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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Riccardi will now be in the frame for senior selection after a best on ground display.
Impressive performances from Riccardi (40 Disposals, 19 Marks), Wehr (27 Disposals), Pollock (3 Goals) and Ross (3 Goals) give us our first win of the season!
— GWS GIANTS (@GWSGIANTS) May 2, 2021
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.
A big win at Windy Hill and we get our second in a row.
A classy display from Setterfield who finishes with 26 disposals and a goal, while Nic Newman doesn't miss a beat in his first game back. pic.twitter.com/3L9FGXBb01
— Carlton Reserves (@CarltonReserves) May 2, 2021
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.
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.
Sandringham join the Northern Bullants and North Melbourne reserves in remaining winless from their opening three games.