Geelong Cat Jhye Clark (Image via Geelong Cats Media)

Just the six VFL games over the weekend but there were plenty of takeaways from the Round 6 action.

A first-year Cat enjoyed a breakout performance in midfield to strengthen his debut chances, while Gold Coast have risen to top spot with another well-rounded performance.

Box Hill were handed their first loss of the season as a handful of draft prospects featured across the round.

Here's a wrap-up of Round 6 of the VFL.

Footscray vs Carlton (69 - 64)

All eyes were on likely No.1 draft pick Harley Reid on Saturday, with the Bendigo Pioneers prospect donning the navy blue for Carlton's reserves at ETU Stadium.

Reid ended the day with 13 possessions, three marks, three tackles and two clearances in the five-point loss.

Blues winger Jaxon Binns was the standout for Carlton in the loss as he added to a strong debut campaign, while Lochie O'Brien booted multiple goals from his 22 possessions. After being managed at either level last week, Tom De Koning collected seven disposals and 13 hit-outs for a return of one goal.

Bulldogs defender Ryan Gardner was among Footscray's best in the victory, taking 11 marks for 18 disposals as he looks for an avenue back into Luke Beveridge's side.

VFL-listed ball magnet Lachie Sullivan collected 39 disposals and 13 clearances to be among the best for the Dogs, while Caleb Poulter and Luke Cleary also impressed.

Southport vs Northern Bullants (128 - 46)

The Sharks recorded their third win of the season with a healthy victory over the Bullants as Boyd Woodcock ran riot through midfield.

The former Port Adelaide forward collected 41 possessions and had 14 clearances whilst also being one of Southport's nine goalkickers.

Southport Sharks player Boyd Woodcock training (Image Source: Southport Sharks)

Jack Sexton and Jed Foggo booted four goals each, while ruckman Brayden Crossley was dominant in the middle of the field with 20 disposals, eight marks, seven tackles, five clearances and 34 hit-outs.

Jean-Luc Velissaris good year for the Northern Bullants continued as he recorded 27 possessions, while teammates Patrick Fairlie and Spencer Johnson also featured among the lead ball winners.

Richmond vs Gold Coast (64 - 137)

Gold Coast's 73-point win was enough for the Suns to clinch top spot on the VFL ladder at the conclusion of Round 6, with the Carrara club posting a percentage of 188.8% from their opening five games of the year to be the only remaining undefeated side in the competition.

Sunday's performance was headlined by a 10-goal partnership between Chris Burgess and James Tsitas, who shared the haul evenly as well as having 20 possessions each in the win.

Charlie Constable's strong VFL campaign continued at Punt Road, with the ex-Cat collecting 32 possessions and one goal, with Connor Blakely (35 disposals) the only better ball winner for the afternoon.

Sam Flanders also broke the 30 touches barrier in his return from injury, while Elijah Hollands also impressed.

Thomson Dow and Hugo Ralphsmith were standouts for the Tigers, while Rhyan Mansell booted three goals in his return to the VFL.

Coburg vs Geelong (48 - 56)

Geelong draftee Jhye Clark had a breakout performance for the Cats on Sunday at Piranha Park on his way to collecting 29 disposals, four tackles and five marks in an eight-point win.

Pick 8 from last year's draft, Clark will put himself in the frame for a potential AFL debut in the rounds ahead if he can continue a similar vein of form.

Jhye Clarke poses for a photo at the 2022 AFL National Draft (Photo by Jake Benoiton / Zero Digital Sports)

Clark wasn't the only first-year Cat to impress, with Ted Clohesy booting 1.2 from his 26 possessions.

Jye Chalcraft was also among Geelong's best performers with 33 disposals and a goal, adding to a dominant year for the midfielder, while Brandan Parfitt also chipped in with 25 touches.

Ben Jepson was once again among Coburg's best with 30 possessions to his name as Jhye Baddeley-Kelly and Nathan Boucher booted two goals each for the Lions.

Port Melbourne vs GWS (71 - 73)

A somewhat surprising result on Sunday as the Giants overcame the Borough to record a two-point win at North Port Oval.

Stand-in ruck option Wade Derksen collected 30 possessions, nine marks and 12 hit-outs in a matchup on Sam Naismith, who also had a prolific performance with 24 possessions, eight clearances and six tackles.

Cameron Fleeton was another of GWS" best ball winners with 30 touches, while Jake Riccardi had four goals to his name to help steer the Giants to a win.

Defender Josh Fahey is nearing an AFL debut and did his selection prospects no harm, posting 25 possessions and 13 marks in the win.

Harvey Hooper and Dylan Clarke combined for 67 touches for Port Melbourne, while defender Ethan Phillips was a force on the last line to record 24 disposals and 13 marks.

Box Hill vs Casey (76 - 106)

The Demons handed Box Hill their first loss of the year out at Wonthaggi, with Gippsland Power draft prospect Zane Duursma pulling on the red and blue for the occasion.

The talented teenager collected a dozen disposals as a forward threat for Casey, working alongside senior figures in Jake Melksham and Tom McDonald.

Melksham booted five goals in the win, with McDonald, Joel Smith and Taj Woewodin recording multiple majors each.

James Harmes led the way from midfield with 27 possessions for the Demons, while Mitch White and Bailey Laurie were also among the standouts.

Young Hawk Connor MacDonald and VFL-listed midfielder Callum Brown collected 37 and 36 disposals respectively, with the former also enjoying a nice goal on the run in his return to the VFL.

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Rookie Hawk Cam Mackenzie also bounced back from his demotion to the seconds with 30 possessions, while Lloyd Meek acted similarly with 46 hit-outs, six clearances and 26 touches in the loss.