Round 4 of the VFL premiership season is in the books, with a host of close clashes filling our weekends.

The Frankston Dolphins and the Southport Sharks recorded victories while the Swans and Suns produced the first draw of the 2024 campaign.

Coburg recorded their first win since 2022 while the Giants won in a shoot-out against Werribee.

Byes: Richmond, Casey Demons and Sandringham Zebras.

Frankston Dolphins (85) def. Northern Bullants (34)

Frankston recorded their second win of the season with a strong performance over the Bullants.

Led by Thomas Murphy (30 disposals, 12 clearances and eight tackles) and Matt Johnson (three goals, 13 possessions and eight tackles), the Dolphins ran rampant at Kinetic Stadium.

Tyson Milne was strong through the midfield while Blake O'Leary could've had a much bigger day if he'd kicked straight.

As for the Bullants, Jean-Luc Velisssaris was arguably their best, amassing a game-high 43 touches and a goal.

His performance was closely matched by Patrick Fairlie's 37-disposal match to go along with his 11 clearances and five tackles.

Former Port Adelaide ruckman Sam Hayes was a fair contributor across halfback in the defeat.

Essendon (58) def. by Southport Sharks (59)

Bad kicking is bad football and Southport almost cost themselves the game because of it.

Boyd Woodcock was back to his usual best for the Sharks, dominating through the midfield whilst hitting the scoreboard.

Brayden Crossley was good in the ruck and around the ground while Ben Jepson and Matt Shannon continued to find plenty of the ball.

Despite the narrow loss, the Bombers can be pleased with some of their performances.

Dylan Shiel put his hand up for an ANZAC Day recall with his 24-possession, eight-clearance game, while ruckman Nick Bryan continues to impress despite falling behind Todd Goldstein and Sam Draper.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 02: Nick Bryan of the Bombers and Marc Pittonet of the Blues compete in the ruck during the round seven AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Carlton Blues at Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 02, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Sam Weideman was excellent, putting together 22 touches and eight marks whilst former Adelaide player Jackson Hately led the charge from the midfield.

Werribee Tigers (98) def. by GWS (106)

Fresh off signing a new contract at the Giants, Nick Madden is now pushing for an AFL debut following a best-on-ground performance.

Madden slotted two goals to go with his 21 disposals, 30 hit-outs and seven marks.

Fellow ruckman Braydon Preuss joined the youngster in a stellar output while Toby McMullin kicked four majors and laid 11 tackles in the victory.

Conor Stone did his senior recall no harm while veteran Nick Haynes will be in consideration for GWS' matchup with Brisbane.

As for Werribee, this loss will be a bitter pill to swallow, after leading for most of the day.

Kye Declase was all class on Saturday, collecting 24 possessions to go with his two goals and six marks.

Dom Brew (24 touches, 13 clearances and five tackles) and Jack Henderson (24 disposals, six marks, five clearances and four tackles) were also prominent in the defeat.

Brisbane (64) def. by Geelong (67)

Geelong coach Chris Scott has been given plenty to think about following some strong performances in the reserves side.

Veterans Gary Rohan (three goals, nine touches and four marks) and Jed Bews (one goal, 20 disposals and five marks) look to secure a spot in the senior side while Shaun Mannagh continues to put pressure on the small forwards.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: Gary Rohan of the Cats makes a run during the AFL 2nd Preliminary Final match between the Brisbane Lions and the Geelong Cats at The Gabba on October 17, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Jono Searle/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

Ted Clohesy was arguably the Cats' best, gathering 26 possessions, 13 tackles and five clearances, while Mitch Hardie backed up last week's game with another impressive outing.

Youngster Connor O'Sullivan (24 touches and eight marks) responded well to being demoted after debuting against North Melbourne.

Following their fourth loss in the AFL, Chris Fagan could look to shift the magnets to get back on the winner's list.

Conor McKenna looks likely to return after his injury earlier this year while Harry Sharp could be looked at a strong performance.

Midfielder Deven Robertson (eight touches and three clearances) struggled in the VFL while rebounding defender Jaxon Prior is an option.

Box Hill Hawks (131) def. North Melbourne (71)

Like their AFL side, Box Hill thumped North Melbourne on Saturday in an impressive outing.

Josh Ward (two goals, 27 touches, seven tackles and six clearances) led the way with Max Hall (two goals, 32 disposals, 12 marks and nine tackles).

Pre-season supplemental selection Ethan Phillips doesn't seem to be far away from a long-awaited AFL debut following his 19-possession, 17-mark performance.

Former Pie Callum Brown was also notably one of the Hawks' best in the victory.

As for the Kangaroos, Alastair Clarkson could look to swing the axe following another poor week on the field.

Veteran Hugh Greenwood was arguably North Melbourne's best while Curtis Taylor continues to build into the season.

Jaidyn Stephenson (one goal, 10 possessions and three tackles) didn't bounce back after his dropping as Brayden George inches closer to an AFL debut.

Williamstown Seagulls (41) def. by Western Bulldogs (84)

Luke Beveridge is unlikely to recall any of the AFL-listed players following their reserves performances.

Caleb Daniel was a cut above in the VFL, gathering 20 touches to go with his solitary goal, while defenders Ryan Gardner and Jess Busslinger keep chipping away toward their senior opportunities.

BALLARAT, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 24: Caleb Daniel of the Bulldogs warms up before the 2024 AFL Round 02 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Gold Coast SUNS at Mars Stadium on March 24, 2024 in Ballarat, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Oskar Baker was sound following his axing but unlikely to deserve a call-up.

Former Pie Trent Bianco was the Bulldogs' best, slotting three goals from his 26 possessions, seven tackles, six marks and five clearances.

Non-AFL affiliate club Williamstown was simply outplayed by a much stronger opponent, but fans still saw some handy players.

Joel Fitzgerald tried all day, amassing 23 disposals and 10 marks while Tom Downie had a dominant game in the ruck.

Ex-Tiger Riley Collier-Dawkins was consistent through the midfield while Corey Rich was the only multiple-goal kicker.

Sydney (60) drew Gold Coast (60)

The first draw of the VFL season as the two teams could not be split come the final siren.

Angus Sheldrick was huge for the Swans, picking up 30 touches, 10 marks and five clearances, while Caleb Mitchell matched his performance with his own 25 possessions, two goals and eight marks.

Peter Ladhams was impressive in the reserves while Jacob Konstanty kicked three goals.

Rory Atkins was arguably the Suns' best, although there was an even contribution across the board.

Ben Long's return up forward saw him slot three majors of his own while Darcy Macpherson kicked two goals from his 19 touches.

Ned Moyle won't be far off an AFL recall, gathering 23 possessions, nine clearances and 34 hit-outs.

Coburg Lions (87) def. Collingwood (72)

Coburg recorded their first win since Round 19, 2022, taking down favourites Collingwood.

The Lions were led by Joel Trudgeon's performance, which saw the stat lines of one goal, 29 touches, 10 tackles and seven clearances.

Donovan Toohey (31 disposals and four marks) was just as good while Sam Grant, Braedyn Hillard and Josh D'Intinosante were all multiple-goal kickers.

As for the Magpies, who could make some changes due to the short turnaround for ANZAC Day, can look at Oleg Markov and Jack Bytel after their superior performances.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 16: Oleg Markov of the Magpies kicks for goal during the round five AFL match between St Kilda Saints and Collingwood Magpies at Adelaide Oval, on April 16, 2023, in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

Finlay Macrae continues to force Craig McRae's hand while cricketer-turned-footballer Wil Parker impressed in his first outing at the club.

Mid-season prospect Jack Hutchinson was lively once again up forward, kicking two goals and taking one of the marks of the year.

Ash Johnson was quiet.

Carlton (111) def. Port Melbourne Borough (91)

Carlton survived quite a scare from Port Melbourne, putting five goals to one in the last quarter to run away eventual victors.

Jaxon Binns (27 possessions, eight clearances and four marks) has put together another strong performance, backing up from last week while Ashton Moir slotted three goals from his 15 touches.

Defender Alex Cincotta proved his ready-to-go when needed while Zavier Maher (34 disposals, six marks and five clearances) was arguably the best.

Ruck duo Jimmy Miller (two goals, 22 touches, nine marks, five clearances and 13 hit-outs) and Felix Flockhart (three goals, 17 possessions, five clearances and 18 hit-outs) kept the Borough in the game on Sunday.

Captain Harvey Hooper was instrumental once again, proving to recruiters he was ready to make the jump into the AFL.

Matt Signorello and Kyle Viccars both slotted two goals each while former Saint defender Daniel McKenzie is reminding AFL sides of his availability.