We're almost at the conclusion of the opening third of the 2023 VFL season, with the weekend's results giving us plenty to be impressed by.
The Bombers' defensive woes have gone from bad to worse, but their selection crisis could open the door for a debutant.
Southport's main men got the job done in Geelong on Sunday, while the Suns and Lions continued their undefeated starts to the season.
Here's a wrap-up of all the action from Round 7 of the VFL.
Carlton vs Brisbane (59 - 63)
The Lions notched up an ugly win at Ikon Park on Saturday as both clubs failed to capitalise late under the wet conditions.
For the second week in a row a high degree of attention from outside the boundary line was placed on potential No.1 draft pick Harley Reid, who pulled on the navy blue against Brisbane and managed to improve on his Round 6 outing.
The teenager amassed 21 disposals, nine tackles and eight marks in the narrow loss in a more defensive role under Luke Power, offering run and penetrating kicking from half-back.
Gold Coast vs Casey (112 - 92)
The Suns retained their undefeated standing and place atop the VFL ladder whilst handing Casey their second loss in three weeks thanks to a five-goal haul from forward Alex Sexton.
Midfielder Charlie Constable recorded his fifth 30-disposal game from his six appearances this year to extend his prolific run in the reserves while also recording a game-high 10 clearances against the Demons.
Ruckman Ned Moyle feasted on an under-sized Demons outfit to record 19 possessions, seven clearances and 42 hit-outs.
Senior Demons quartet Ben Brown, Joel Smith, Jake Melksham and Charlie Spargo shared eight goals between them, with the latter likely to be back in the mix for a chance at AFL level after returning through the VFL due to a recent head knock.
Frankston vs Sydney (60 - 57)
Sydney had the final six scores of the game but couldn't get themselves over the line in Frankston, with the Dolphins holding on by three points.
Late goals to Hugo Hall-Kahan and Corey Warner narrowed the margin to within a kick, with the Dolphins' rearguard standing tall to claim just their second win of the year as the Swans still search for their first.
Trent Mynott and Will Fordham were standouts through the midfield for the Dolphins, while Kai Owens strengthened his case for a potential Mid-Season Draft opportunity, booting two goals from 23 disposals.
GWS vs Footscray (97 - 84)
Young Giant Cameron Fleeton recorded a career-high 31 possessions to help steer his side over the line against the Bulldogs, plucking 10 marks at half-back to offer plenty of run out of defence.
Briggs recorded a game-high 34 hit-outs against Sweet, while also adding six clearances, 19 disposals and one goal in his return to the VFL.
Northern Bullants vs Box Hill (51 - 108)
The Hawks shook off a surprisingly strong start from the Bullants to claim a 57-point win at Preston City Oval, with a nine-goal second term seeing a quarter-time deficit lead to a 32-point buffer at the main break.
Sam Butler put his foot to the floor on his way to booting four goals - three of which came in the opening 12 minutes of the second stanza, while Jaylon Thorpe chipped in with three goals while showing off his high-flying efforts in attack.
New Hawks Cameron Mackenzie and Cooper Stephens were impressive in midfield, sharing 56 touches between them, while ruckman Max Ramsden and VFL-listed onballer Callum Porter were also among the Hawks' best.
Bullant Jean-Luc Velissaris was again an impressive figure in defeat, recording 29 touches for the Preston-based club
Geelong vs Southport (64 - 108)
The Sharks have enjoyed an undefeated three-week spell to now sit in fifth on the ladder thanks to a 4-3 win-loss record, with last year's grand finalists snapping Geelong's own two-game winning run.
Ruckman Brayden Crossley dominated around the ground on his way to 57 hit-outs, nine clearances, 11 tackles and 21 disposals in what was a mammoth effort against the Cats' tall timber.
Former Port Adelaide forward Boyd Woodcock booted three goals from his 25 disposals to be among the Sharks' best performers, getting the job done alongside partner-in-crime Jacob Dawson through the middle.
Dawson and Woodock are ranked first and third in the competition for total disposals so far in 2023, with the former recording his fifth game of 30 or more possessions on Sunday.
Southport tall Fraser Thurlow was the only player to best Woodcock's three majors, booting four goals as Jake McQueen notched up a trio of majors to help the Sharks snatch a win at Kardinia Park.
Williamstown vs Collingwood (68 - 44)
The Seagulls have moved into the top six thanks to a gritty four-goal win over the Magpies on Sunday, with club great Ben Jolley using his wealth of experience to rank among the game's best performers.
Jolley, who sits four games away from the 300-game milestone, recorded a game-high 29 possessions and laid seven tackles in the win over Collingwood.
Second-year Collingwood midfielder Arlo Draper collected 21 disposals and booted a goal in his first game of the season following a battle with concussion.
North Melbourne vs Sandringham (100 - 34)
The Kangaroos' senior side was unable to replicate the performance their reserves put on against Sandringham on Sunday, with North Melbourne's VFL outfit posting an 11-goal win over the Zebras at Arden Street.
Young Roo Tarryn Thomas returned to the field and amassed 19 possessions as he looks to make a return to the club's senior action.
Veteran defender Aaron Hall was again a key piece in the Roos' ball movement out of defence, recording 33 touches and seven tackles in the win.
Will Phillips responded to his being placed on the outer of Alastair Clarkson's plans with a 25-disposal, seven-tackle performance, while VFL-listed midfielder Jack Watkins was exceptional with 31 disposals and a goal.
Tom Highmore's strong VFL campaign continued despite the loss, with the South Australian still finding minutes hard to come by under Ross Lyon.
Essendon vs Werribee (53 - 71)
Werribee recorded a three-goal win over the Bombers to sit among the top eight after seven rounds, while Essendon has fallen to 15th as their winless runs extend to three games.
Former Melbourne forward Kye Declase and livewire forward Shaun Mannagh were prolific through midfield for the Tigers, while Dominic Brew added to a purple patch of form on his way to 27 touches, 10 tackles and seven clearances against the Bombers.
Sam Paea booted four goals in the victory as the remainder of Werribee's 10 majors were all handed out to single goalkickers.
Montgomerie ended the evening as arguably Essendon's best performer, recording 24 disposals and 11 marks to place himself in the frame for a potential AFL debut.
The Bombers will be without Jordan Ridley (concussion) and Jayden Laverde (shoulder) for this week's matchup against Brisbane, while the extent of Reid's setback is not yet known, with Montgomerie among those to be considered for a call-up to take on the Lions.