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State league affiliate: Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Port Adelaide v Adelaide - Sunday June 28, 2.10pm, Alberton Oval

Midfielder Brad Crouch was taken off the ground in the first quarter of the Crows' SANFL Showdown against Port Adelaide after experiencing left foot soreness.

The 21-year-old took no further part and will now have scans to determine the severity of his latest setback.

He fractured his left foot in the final round of the NAB Challenge against Port Adelaide in March and had surgery to repair the injury.

The luckless Crow made a comeback via the SANFL three weeks ago, but was rested last weekend after experiencing pain in his foot.

In better news, midfielder Jarryd Lyons could fill the void left by the injured Rory Sloane (cheekbone) after gathering a team-high 29 disposals, 11 clearances and eight tackles in the Crows' 20-point win.

Defender Brodie Martin played his best game of the year with 24 touches and seven marks, while key tall James Podsiadly provided a strong aerial presence in attack with five goals and seven marks.

Brisbane Lions

State league affiliate: Brisbane Lions (NEAFL)
This weekend: Brisbane Lions v Gold Coast - Saturday June 27, 12pm, Coorparoo

A standout game from Sam Mayes could not avert a 24-point loss to the Suns.

Mayes kept his side in the contest as he kicked six goals, while also collecting 29 touches in a sensational display.

Veteran full-back Daniel Merrett took part in his first competitive match in almost three months after overcoming a lingering hamstring injury.

The 30-year-old began on the interchange bench and was eased into his first appearance since round one, finishing with nine disposals (six kicks, three handballs) and four marks.

"He played three quarters in the end which was what was planned, so we were happy that he got through unscathed," Lions football manager Dean Warren told

Zac O'Brien also had a field day with 39 possessions, while Ryan Lester (25), Mitch Golby (23) and Liam Dawson (23) were also prominent.


State league affiliate: Northern Blues (VFL)
This weekend: Northern Blues v Frankston - Sunday June 28, 11.25am, Etihad Stadium

Defender Michael Jamison "pulled up really well" from his second straight VFL appearance after overcoming a calf injury.

A Carlton spokesman told Jamison played 80-85 per cent of the game – a 20 per cent increase from his comeback match against Werribee last weekend – and finished with 18 touches.

Six-goal hauls to tall Liam Jones and rookie Blaine Johnson set up the 157-point win, which saw the Blues finish with 29.8 to Frankston's 3.8.

Draftee Blaine Boekhorst was also among the many standouts with 29 disposals, while defender Matthew Dick had 28 touches in his return from a calf injury.

Defender-turned-forward Matthew Watson (three goals) suffered a suspected hip injury and didn't take any further part after three-quarter time.


State league affiliate: Collingwood (VFL)
This weekend: Collingwood v Box Hill Hawks - Saturday June 27, 12.12pm, Victoria Park

Young Collingwood forward Darcy Moore could be called on to make his senior debut against Hawthorn next week after an excellent performance against Box Hill on Saturday.

Moore, pick No.9 in last year's draft, took a huge pack mark and then converted truly in the first five minutes, finishing with three goals.

The 199cm forward appears to be over the hamstring injury he sustained in April earlier this season.

Ben Reid collected 24 disposals and 13 marks before sitting out the final term with calf cramp.

Tony Armstrong (27 touches) and Ben Kennedy (27) were the major ball winners for the Pies, while Patrick Karnezis (three goals) also hit the scoreboard.

Ben Sinclair got through the game unscathed after a long-term hamstring injury.


State league affiliate: Essendon (VFL)
This weekend: Port Melbourne v Essendon - Saturday June 27, 2pm, North Port Oval

Midfielder Heath Hocking made a promising comeback from a persistent groin injury, booting two goals in the Bombers' 11-point win.

It was the 27-year-old's first competitive hit-out since last year's elimination final against North Melbourne.

Onballer David Zaharakis also got through unscathed in his return from an ankle injury he suffered in round six against Fremantle, and was named among his side's best.

Defender-turned-forward Tayte Pears (three goals) and draftee Kyle Langford (two) contributed in attack for the Bombers


State league affiliate: Peel Thunder (WAFL)
This weekend: Peel Thunder v Perth - Saturday June 27, 2.15pm, Bendigo Bank Stadium

Utility Tendai Mzungu staked his claim for an AFL recall with a team-high 26 touches (15 kicks, 11 handballs), nine inside 50s, six tackles and a goal in Peel's 62-point win.

Fellow axed Docker Matt Taberner also responded in the best possible way with four goals to go with his 18 disposals (14 kicks, four handballs) and seven marks up forward.

Goalkicker Max Duffy (14 touches, four goals), draftee Lachie Weller (23), youngster Connor Blakely (23) and ruckman Zac Clarke (21, 36 hit-outs) were other notable standouts.


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

Gold Coast

State league affiliate: Gold Coast (NEAFL)
This weekend: Brisbane Lions v Gold Coast - Saturday June 27, 12pm, Coorparoo

Recently promoted mature-age rookie Keegan Brooksby led the way with five goals from 25 possessions to help his side overcome the Lions by 24 points.

Aaron Hall was also instrumental, booting four goals to go with his 29 disposals.

Zac Smith (27 touches) and Seb Tape (24) also put themselves back in the senior selection mix with fine performances on Saturday.


State league affiliate: UWS Giants (NEAFL)
This weekend: Bye


State league affiliate: Box Hill Hawks (VFL)
This weekend: Collingwood v Box Hill Hawks - Saturday June 27, 12.12pm, Victoria Park

Defender Matt Spangher limped from the field in the third quarter of the Hawks' two-point loss to the Magpies after injuring his right ankle in a marking contest.

With key defender James Frawley (dislocated shoulder) looking at a spell on the sidelines, the sight of Spangher icing his ankle on the bench in the final term was not a positive one.

The injury-plagued defender returned to the field in attacking 50 early in the final term after getting his ankle assessed and re-taped, but was rested soon after.

Spangher has not played at senior level since last year's Grand Final, battling calf issues over the pre-season and suffering a hamstring strain in his first VFL match for the year.

Jonathan Simpkin (29 disposals) and Alex Woodward (28) were the pick of the Hawks' midfielders.

Swingman Ryan Schoenmakers spent time at both ends of the ground but didn't impact the match.


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

North Melbourne

State league affiliates: Werribee, North Ballarat (VFL)
This weekend: Bye; Bye

Port Adelaide

State league affiliate: Port Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Port Adelaide v Adelaide - Sunday June 28, 2.10pm, Alberton Oval

Utility Paul Stewart led the way for the Magpies with 32 touches in his side's 20-point Showdown loss.

Midfielder Sam Gray (31 disposals), mature-age rookie Tom Logan (27) and defender Tom Clurey (26) also found plenty of the ball, while forward Mitch Harvey kicked two goals.


State league affiliate: Richmond (VFL)
This weekend: Richmond v Williamstown - Saturday June 27, 12pm, Punt Road Oval

Forward Sam Lloyd and rookie Jayden Short were prominent with three goals apiece in the Tigers' 40-point loss.

Defender David Astbury made a successful return from a hamstring strain, while midfielder Matt Arnot and rookie Matt Thomas were also named among Richmond's best players in an otherwise disappointing day.

Draftee Connor Menadue, the No.33 pick in last year's draft, responded with two goals after being omitted from the Tigers' round 13 clash against the Sydney Swans.

The Tigers struggled to cover the losses of AFL-listed trio Chris Newman, Nathan Gordon and Kane Lambert, who all took the field against the Swans after their VFL appearances last week.

St Kilda

State league affiliate: Sandringham (VFL)
This weekend: Sandringham v Footscray - Sunday June 28, 2pm, Trevor Barker Beach Oval

Forward Paddy McCartin, last year's No.1 draft selection, led the goalkicking with four majors from his 14 possessions in the Zebras' thrilling three-point win.

"He provided a real good target for us up forward and had seven shots at goal from eight marks," Sandringham coach Paul Hudson told

"The pleasing part about his eight marks was there were some really strong contested ones among them."

Hudson said tall Tom Hickey (16 possessions, one goal) worked well with McCartin, while youngster Jack Sinclair (22, nine tackles) "played like an AFL footballer".

Hudson confirmed onballer Tom Curren (ankle) and omitted midfielder Blake Acres (finger) sustained injuries in the first half. The severity of both injuries was unknown at this stage.

Defender Cameron Shenton and forward Ahmed Saad registered two goals apiece.

Sydney Swans

State league affiliate: Sydney Swans (NEAFL)
This weekend: Sydney Swans v Sydney University - Friday June 26, 4.10pm, SCG

Brandon Jack has put himself in the box seat to earn a recall to the senior team after being best afield for the Swans in Friday night's curtain raiser.

Jack, the younger brother of Swans co-captain Kieren, racked up 29 touches, while also booting two majors. He also had seven tackles.

Dean Towers did his senior chances little harm with 21 disposals and a goal.

George Hewett, pick No.32 in the 2013 draft, also impressed with 20 disposals and 10 tackles.

West Coast

State league affiliate: East Perth (WAFL)
This weekend: Bye

Western Bulldogs

State league affiliate: Footscray (VFL)
This weekend: Sandringham v Footscray - Sunday June 28, 2pm, Trevor Barker Beach Oval

Forward Stewart Crameri got through unscathed in his comeback from an ankle injury, finishing with 19 touches playing mainly through the midfield.

Key tall Jack Redpath was the main focal point in attack with five goals in his side's three-point defeat.

Defender Shane Biggs, draftee Caleb Daniel and midfielder Mitch Honeychurch were the Dogs' leading ball winners with 24 touches each, while onballer Nathan Hrovat was the next best with 23 touches.

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