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Jaidyn Stephenson, Jackson Trengove and Sam Menegola all pressed their claims in the VFL

State league affiliate: Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: South Adelaide v Adelaide - Saturday, August 24, 2.40pm, Flinders University Stadium

Dumped ruckman Reilly O'Brien responded well to his omission by collecting 20 disposals and 38 hitouts during the Crows' narrow seven-point SANFL loss to South Adelaide.

Experienced midfielder Rory Atkins kicked two goals in his second appearance in the SANFL this season, while rookie-listed player Patrick Wilson was the leading ball-winner with 31 disposals.

Small forward Myles Poholke (26 disposals) and untried defender Lachlan Sholl (21) also won plenty of the ball, while young tall Elliott Himmelberg booted a goal.

State league affiliate: Brisbane (NEAFL)
This weekend: Sydney v Brisbane - Saturday, August 24, 10.15am, Tramway Oval

Brisbane completed its home and away season undefeated with an 18-0 record after beating Sydney by 37 points on Saturday.

It has a percentage of 224.3.

Ryan Bastinac was prolific with 35 disposals and a goal and Lewis Taylor had 28, along with 2.3.

Up forward, Ben Keays didn't waste his chances with 4.0, but Nick Robertson would rue his 0.4.

The Swans started the better side, leading by 20 points at quarter-time, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Lions, who booted 10 goals in the final term to win 19.13 (127) to 14.6 (90).

State league affiliate: Northern Blues (VFL)
This weekend: Northern Blues v Sandringham - Sunday, August 25, 1pm, Preston City Oval

Days after announcing his AFL retirement, forward Alex Fasolo starred with four goals from eight disposals in his final game for the club.

Rookie Hugh Goddard also dominated with 30 disposals and 13 marks, as the Northern Blues fell to Sandringham by 53 points.

Youngsters Angus Schumacher (27 touches) and Liam Stocker (23 touches) found plenty of the ball, while Matthew Lobbe won a game-high 32 hit-outs and finished with 19 disposals.

Another youngster Ben Silvagni kicked a goal from his 13 touches.

State league affiliate: Collingwood (VFL)
This weekend: Box Hill Hawks v Collingwood - Saturday, August 24, 2pm, Box Hill City Oval

Star forward Jaidyn Stephenson made a sparkling start in his return from a ban for gambling on football as Collingwood went down to Box Hill.

Stephenson racked up 10 disposals in the opening term before finishing with 20 for the game, along with a snapped left-foot goal.

Perhaps most importantly for the injury-ravaged Pies, he came through unscathed and put his name up for a berth in the senior side come September.

Big-bodied onballer Brayden Sier didn't have the same luck, suffering a concussion in the second term in his first game back from a calf concern.

It was his first outing since AFL.com.au reported Sier had played a game of local basketball while in rehab. 

Silky veteran Daniel Wells slotted in well across half-back in his first game since May after going down with a posterior cruciate ligament problem.

His knee was strapped and with his movement not at 100 per cent, it seems unlikely the 34-year-old will be called upon in September.

Nathan Murphy suffered a pinched nerve in his neck while VFL-listed Pie Alex Woodward went down late, with fears he might face a fifth knee reconstruction.

Collingwood didn't make the most of its territorial dominance in the opening half and Box Hill finished the stronger side to record the 11.10 (76) to 7.15 (57) win.

State league affiliate: Essendon (VFL)
This weekend: Geelong v Essendon - Sunday, August 25, 11.40am, GMHBA Stadium

Young defender Jordan Ridley backed up 25 disposals in the VFL last week with another strong performance against Geelong, finishing with 27 touches and a goal.

Rookie Jake Long also continued his strong VFL form, collecting 21 touches, taking nine marks and laying five tackles.

Veteran David Myers impressed with 20 disposals and 1.1, while fellow veteran Mark Baguley finished with 11 touches and a goal.

State league affiliate: Peel Thunder (WAFL)
This weekend: Peel Thunder v Perth - Saturday, August 24, 2.15pm, David Grays Arena

Young forward Sam Sturt was the hero as he booted the match-winning goal with three minutes remaining to help Peel Thunder to a three-point triumph over Perth.

Sturt finished the match with 13 disposals and three goals in an eye-catching performance, while mature-age recruit Brett Bewley (32 touches and one goal) also stood out.

Former Essendon midfielder Ben Howlett tied a WAFL record by laying an impressive 20 tackles for Peel.

State league affiliate: Geelong (VFL)
This weekend: Geelong v Essendon - Sunday, August 25, 11.40am, GMHBA Stadium

Forward James Parsons put on a dominant display against Essendon on Sunday, kicking 2.1 from 31 disposals in the Cats' 41-point victory.

Youngster Charlie Constable also found plenty of the ball, finishing with 29 touches, a behind and six tackles.

Midfielder Scott Selwood laid a game-high seven tackles, to go along with 29 touches and eight marks.

Utility Sam Menegola kicked a goal from 24 disposals, while Darcy Fort kicked 2.2 from 13 touches.

Geelong's big men impressed in the ruck, with Ryan Abbott (35 hit-outs) and Zac Smith (33 hit-outs) both dominating. 

State league affiliate: Gold Coast (NEAFL)
This weekend: Gold Coast v GWS Giants - Saturday, August 24, 3.45pm, Metricon Stadium

Highly-rated youngster Izak Rankine booted two goals in an impressive display for Gold Coast's NEAFL side during its 56-point triumph over GWS at home.

The South Australian added 12 disposals, three tackles and three inside 50s to his eye-catching performance, while out-of-favour big man Peter Wright also chipped in with two goals of his own.

Former Cat George Horlin-Smith finished the day with a whopping 38 disposals, six tackles and six inside 50s as the Suns missed out on qualifying for the NEAFL finals by one solitary win.

State league affiliate: GWS Giants (NEAFL)
This weekend: Gold Coast v GWS Giants - Saturday, August 24, 3.45pm, Metricon Stadium

Onballer Jye Caldwell put his hand up for a recall to the senior side during the finals with an impressive showing for the Giants' NEAFL side on Saturday.

The young midfielder collected 21 disposals and laid 12 tackles during the Giants' 56-point loss to the Suns, while fellow youngster Jackson Hately also impressed with 31 touches and 15 tackles.

GWS Academy graduate Zach Sproule booted two goals up forward in his return to NEAFL action following a senior debut against the Bulldogs.

State league affiliate: Box Hill Hawks (VFL)
This weekend: Box Hill Hawks v Collingwood - Saturday, August 24, 2pm, Box Hill City Oval

Ruckman Marc Pittonet was an important presence in Box Hill's 19-point comeback win over Collingwood on Saturday.

The Hawks were dominated early, but Pittonet collected 18 disposals and won 41 hitouts in an impressive display that saw the Hawks storm into the finals.

James Cousins collected 27 disposals and booted a goal, while Teia Miles posted those stats as well.

Down back, David Mirra was his usual reliable self.

Hawthorn champion Jarryd Roughead didn't feature in the game, instead flying to Tasmania for close friend Jordan Lewis' final match, which saw Melbourne lose to North Melbourne by five points.

Box Hill trailed by 19 points at the last break but stormed home to win 11.10 (76) to 7.15 (57).

State league affiliate: Casey Demons (VFL)
This weekend: Bye

State league affiliate: North Melbourne (VFL)
This weekend: Bye

State league affiliate: Port Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Central District v Port Adelaide - Saturday, August 24, 2.40pm, X Convenience Oval

Young tall Billy Frampton had a day out as he booted seven goals during Port Adelaide's 90-point thumping of Central District.

Frampton could have easily kicked double figures, as he finished with 7.4 and five contested marks in a standout individual performance.

Young gun Zak Butters responded well to being dropped by collecting 27 disposals, while big man Peter Ladhams had his day ended early when he was concussed.

Experienced duo Sam Mayes and Jack Trengove won 34 disposals apiece through the middle of the ground, while former Docker Cam Sutcliffe had 25 touches and kicked a goal.

State league affiliate: Richmond (VFL)
This weekend: Bye

State league affiliate: Sandringham (VFL)
This weekend: Northern Blues v Sandringham - Sunday, August 25, 1pm, Preston City Oval

Ed Phillips (27 disposals, six tackles) was one of Sandringham's best in its thumping 53-point win over Northern Blues.

Mid-season rookie recruit Jack Mayo did his chances of re-signing no hard with 17 disposals, 10 marks and three goals.

Ben Paton, who was dropped from the senior side to make way for Sam Rowe, finished with 21 touches, seven marks and six tackles.

Irishman Darragh Joyce finished with a bag of three goals to go with his 15 hitouts, 13 touches and seven marks.

State league affiliate: Sydney (NEAFL)
This weekend: Sydney v Brisbane - Saturday, August 24, 10.15am, Tramway Oval

Ruck duo Darcy Cameron and Sam Naismith showed some good signs as Sydney's NEAFL side put up a brave fight in a 37-point loss to Brisbane.

Cameron (21 disposals, eight marks and 20 hitouts) and Naismith (16 hitouts) battled manfully against Lions' counterpart Archie Smith as the Swans fell away during the final term at Tramway Oval.

James Rose stood out for the Swans with 34 disposals and 10 inside 50s, while James Bell (24 touches), Sam Wicks (24) and Jackson Thurlow (23) also won plenty of the ball.

State league affiliate: West Coast (WAFL)
This weekend: East Fremantle v West Coast - Sunday, August 25, 2.15pm, Mineral Resources Park

Midfielder Brendon Ah Chee was in scintillating form in the WAFL on Sunday, racking up 25 touches and kicking 4.1 in West Coast's 23-point win over East Fremantle.

He was well supported by youngster Hamish Brayshaw, who kicked 1.1 from 26 touches.

Forward Matthew Allen also put in an impressive performance, finishing with 26 touches and seven tackles.

Veteran Will Schofield collected 22 touches, while Keegan Brooksby kicked two goals from 13 disposals.

Big man Nathan Vardy finished with 14 touches, 1.2 and 14 hit-outs.

 

State league affiliate: Footscray (VFL)
This weekend: Coburg v Footscray - Saturday, August 24, 12.30pm, Piranha Park 

It was a big game for Bailey Williams, who picked up 32 disposals and booted 0.3 in Footscray's 35-point win over Coburg on Saturday.

Up forward, Billy Gowers slotted 3.4 and won 26 disposals himself.

Dropped big man Jackson Trengove finished with 18 and Lukas Webb slotted a couple of goals in the last quarter.

The Dogs trailed by 37 points at the first break but a powerful final term brought them the 13.23 (101) to 10.6 (66) win.