After a slow start to the season, Geelong have won their past five matches, including a 22-point victory over Coburg.

Footscray remain undefeated while stand-alone clubs Werribee Tigers and Southport Sharks notch up important wins to keep in touch with the top four.

The Giants, alike their AFL side, record their third consecutive loss.

Collingwood's slump in form continues as the Bombers dominate to complete the weekend.

Here's a wrap-up of all the action from Round 8 of the VFL.

BYES: Box Hill Hawks, Gold Coast, Port Melbourne Borough

Frankston Dolphins (65) def. Sydney (50)

The Dolphins got the VFL weekend underway with a surprising win over the Swans, led by midfielder Taj Campbell-Farrell.

The No.26 was everywhere on Friday, recording 23 disposals, 20 tackles and 10 clearances in the win.

His efforts were joined by Matt Johnson's three goals while Josh Butland slotted two of his own.

As for Sydney, veteran Luke Parker once again proved his class in the reserves grade, although has a nervous wait ahead following a lewd bump during the clash.

Sydney Swan Angus Sheldrick vs West Coast Eagles 2023 (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images via AFL Photos)

Small forward Jacob Konstanty was impressive with two goals and 17 possessions while Angus Sheldrick collected 30 touches and nine clearances.

Collingwood (48) def. by Werribee Tigers (100)

Werribee took full advantage against a depleted Pies outfit at their home ground.

Jay Dahlhaus capitalised on the opportunities up forward, kicking four goals while Hudson Garoni had an almost day, slotting four behinds.

Jack Riding (one goal, 23 touches, four tackles), Dom Brew (28 possessions, 13 clearances and six tackles) and Angus Hicks (two goals, 22 disposals and five marks) were pivotal in the victory.

Former Hawk Ned Long continues his impressive VFL form for Collingwood in the absence of some of their regulars while Ed Allan is nearing an AFL debut.

Charlie Dean hasn't dropped his head since being relieved of his senior chance while Tew Jiath's dash was on display.

Ex-Pie and Crow Ben Crocker kicked two majors.

GWS (64) def. by Western Bulldogs (109)

Coach Luke Beveridge would be pleased with how his AFL-listed players are performing in the twos.

Ryley Sanders was impressive through the midfield once again while Caleb Poulter (two goals, 30 disposals and eight marks) and Lachlan McNeil (three goals and 18 possessions) were arguably the best afield.

Young defender Jedd Busslinger was strong in defence as he works toward an AFL debut as Anthony Scott and Dominic Bedendo have given Beveridge something to consider.

After being dropped, James Peatling will certainly be in the frame to return.

James Peatling

Three goals, 25 touches and 10 clearances was a special performance from Peatling while untried ruckman Nick Madden grows week by week.

Casey Demons (57) def. by Brisbane (64)

Midfielders Deven Robertson and Jarryd Lyons' efforts were pivotal to the narrow seven-point victory.

The pair combined for 59 disposals, 11 clearances and 11 tackles, proving to be a cut above the reserve grade.

Former Giant and coach Daniel Lloyd put the boots on after retiring at the end of last year, kicking three goals in his return.

As for Casey, rangy forward Oliver Sestan bagged a quartet of goals while youngster Matthew Jefferson kicked two of his own.

Bailey Laurie found plenty of the ball while Andy Moniz-Wakefield was arguably the Demons' best.

Northern Bullants (69) def. by Southport Sharks (125)

The Sharks has winners all across the ground on Saturday, starting with ruckman Brayden Crossley.

The big man kicked two goals to go with his 19 touches, 49 hit-outs, seven tackles and seven-mark effort.

Hugh Dixon slotted three goals while Will Sexton went one better on the day.

Jacob Dawson found plenty of the ball while registering 10 clearances.

The Bullants were valiant in their effort, led by guns Patrick Fairlie and Jean-Luc Velissaris.

A pair of goals to John Jorgenson, Rohan McKenzie and Caleb Franks kept the scoreboard ticking over.

Coburg Lions (66) def. by Geelong (88)

Tough midfielder Jhye Clark did his recall chances no harm after amassing 27 touches, seven tackles, seven clearances and two goals in the 22-point victory.

Clark was joined by Mitch Hardie, who was impressive with a similar stat line while Shaun Mannagh slotted three majors up forward.

Geelong Cats player Shaun Mannagh at training, 2023 (Image via Geelong FC)

The Lions were strong in their output, led by Donovan Toohey (30 disposals and seven marks) and Flynn Gentile (32 possessions, eight clearances and four tackles).

Josh D'Intinosante slotted two goals while ruckman Sam Grant gave his midfielders first look.

Williamstown Seagulls (88) def. Carlton (83)

The Seagulls continued their winning ways after a thrilling five-point victory over Carlton.

Three goals each to Brodie McLaughlin and Jovan Petric put pressure on the Blues to do it down the other end of the ground.

Ruckman Tom Downie (one goal, 16 touches, 29 hit-outs and seven clearances) was pivotal in the victory while Will Fordham and ex-Tiger Riley Collier-Dawkins found plenty of the ball.

As for Carlton, former Pie Liam McMahon slotted four majors while ex-Bomber Ned Cahill missed opportunities he'd normally get.

Axed defender Lachlan Cowan was impressive, as was Jaxon Binns, who was crucial in the midfield.

Sandringham Zebras (134) def. Richmond (24)

Sandringham recorded the biggest win of the season so far, putting Richmond to the sword.

Thanks to the efforts of Matthew Allison (five goals) and Hugo Hall-Kahan (three) along with nine other goal-kickers, the 110-point margin became a reality.

Youngster Hugo Garcia was huge for the Zebras, amassing 27 possessions, 10 tackles and eight clearances while talls Max Heath and Tom Campbell dominated in the ruck and up forward.

Veteran Brad Crouch could be in line for a senior recall after gathering 35 disposals while Jack Hayes will certainly get a look.

St Kilda's Jack Hayes during the 2023 AFL pre-season (Image: St Kilda FC Twitter)

The injury-depleted Tigers struggled for personal and relied on the depths of their list.

Key forward Jacob Koschitzke slotted two goals while Joel Garner (19 touches and five tackles) and Kaleb Smith (22 disposals and five tackles) were the club's best.

Essendon (99) def. North Melbourne (48)

Back-up ruckman Nick Bryan is playing some high level of football that is worthy of a crack at the AFL, with Sunday no different.

Bryan slotted two goals from his 25 touches, 15 clearances, 39 hit-outs and three marks, giving his midfielders the first look.

Former Crow Jackson Hately was the beneficiary of such dominance, collecting 26 possessions and also kicking a pair of majors.

Youngster Nate Caddy was close to a debut and his two-goal performance won't harm his case while Zach Reid returned successfully.

It was a tough day for the Kangaroos with the players struggling to get on top throughout the match.

Will Phillips was North Melbourne's best for his 24-disposal game while Dylan Stephens found plenty of the footy.