MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 02: Luke Dunstan of Sandringham runs with the ball during the round three VFL match between Sandringham and Box Hill at Trevor Barker Beach Oval on May 02, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

There were some standout performances in the state leagues this weekend, with players looking to push their cases for AFL selection and some even eyeing a potential mid-season draft opportunity.

SANFL

In the SANFL the Crows were beaten by the smallest of margins by Sturt, but were led by former AFL player Matt Wright, who booted four goals but ultimately fell short.

Abaina Davis led disposal getters for the day, with the Sturt start collecting 33 touches, 11 marks and a goal.

Port Adelaide were much more impressive as they smashed Woodville-West Torrens to the tune of ten goals. Tom Rockliff put his hand up for an AFL recall with 34 disposals while Kane Farrell had 31 disposals.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – MAY 19: Kane Farrell of Port Adelaide celebrates a goal during the round nine AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Gold Coast Suns at Adelaide Oval on May 19, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

Unfortunately for Rockliff, the former Lion will be sidelined for over a month after suffering a knee injury in the victory.

The win moves Port into the top five, while Glenelg kept up their winning ways as they skipped to 5-0.

They comfortably put away North Adelaide in a professional display that proved they will be hard to beat all season long.

Former Richmond forward turned Glenelg Tiger Liam McBean booted five in the win, while Luke Partington amassed 35 touches.

WAFL

In the WAFL Peel Thunder proved too good for the Eagles in a massive 79-point win. The loss was a disappointing one for the West Coast reserves, who remain winless at the bottom of the table.

Blair Bell booted six goals for Peel, while Fremantle tall Josh Treacy added five majors of his own. Tyrone Thorne was among the best for the Thunder, amassing 33 possessions, six tackles and two goals.

West Coast v Fremantle - 2021 AFL Community Series
PERTH, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 07: Josh Treacy of the Dockers in action during the AFL Community Series match between the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers at Optus Stadium on March 07, 2021 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Former Fremantle utility Brady Grey was best afield for Perth in their five-goal win over East Fremantle, with the 25-year-old recording 29 touches, nine tackles, 11 marks, 10 inside 50’s and one goal.

Claremont now sit 4-0 after a good win over West Perth by 52 points, led by Lachlan Martinis who had 42 disposals for the afternoon.

East Perth will rue missed opportunities after they had two more scoring shots but ultimately fell to Swan Districts. 2.10 in the third quarter when controlling the game proved to be an opportunity missed in a defeat that will leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

Samuel Fisher and Frank Anderson led the way for Swan Districts, collecting 35 and 37 touches respectively while also booting one goal each.

VFL

In the VFL Melbourne forward Sam Weideman looks a likely replacement for Adam Tomlinson, with Tom McDonald set to go down back.

Mitch Wallis is fighting for a spot in the Bulldogs lineup and had 28 disposals in their big win over the Northern Bullants, while Jamarra Ugle-Hagan managed one-goal with queries about whether he is close to AFL fitness remaining persistent.

Collingwood’s Ollie Henry has given Nathan Buckley a decision to make with three goals in the Magpies’ close win over the Gold Coast.

Henry was close to selection at AFL level last weekend with Buckley looking for a body of work from the youngster before putting him in.

22 disposals and 3 tackles showed that goals weren’t all Henry brought to the table for the Pies, as he is now averaging 14 disposals and has kicked 7 goals in the VFL this year.

Brisbane’s NEAFL form hasn’t been translated well into the VFL as they went down to Coburg by 18 points.

GWS skipped away from the previously undefeated Southport Sharks, with Jake Riccardi the star for the Giants in defence as he accumulated 40 disposals and a massive tally of 19 marks.

Riccardi will now be in the frame for senior selection after a best on ground display.

Carlton welcomed back Tom De Koning and Nic Newman on Sunday and both were instrumental in the Blues’ 49-point win over the Bombers.

Newman set up everything off half-back in his first game in over a year, while De Koning showed why Blues fans have been clamoring for his return.

Lochie O’Brien impressed in the win while Matt Kennedy and Will Setterfield were valuable through midfield, with the latter having 26 disposals, 6 tackles and  a goal to form a terrific display.

Setterfield looks a likely replacement for Paddy Dow should he not recover from an eye injury, while De Koning may replace the injured Mitch McGovern.

In a battle of the Tigers, Werribee trounced Richmond 124-43 collect their first win of the year thanks to Kye Declase’s three-goals, 26-disposal effort.

VFL Semi Final - Essendon vs Werribee
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 08: Kye Declase of Werribee kicks a goal during the 2019 VFL Second Semi Final match between the Essendon Bombers and the Werribee Tigers at Adcon Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Dropped Saint Jack Lonie found some much-needed form, booting three goals in Sandringham’s loss to Box Hill.

Luke Dunstan led the way with three goals of his own from 35 touches.

The Hawks picked up a five-goal win, with Tyler Brockman booting 2.2 from 16 disposals as he looks to reclaim a spot in the Hawthorn lineup.

Sandringham join the Northern Bullants and North Melbourne reserves in remaining winless from their opening three games.