The VFL returned over the weekend, with a number of fringe players making a case for potential returns to the AFL.
Here's a quick breakdown of each of the weekend's standout performers and highlights from Round 1 of the VFL.
Carlton Blues vs Geelong Cats (69 - 85)
Carlton's Paddy Dow got his season off to a flying start, recording 30 disposals, 10 clearances, six marks and four tackles in the loss, while fellow AFL-listed player Lachie Plowman also found plenty of the ball and enjoyed a strong start to the game to end with 29 disposals
Collingwood Magpies vs Coburg Lions (141 - 49)
A convincing 92-point win over Coburg came with plenty of highlights for Collingwood at VFL level, most of which came from their younger ranks.
Tom Wilson booted five goals up front, while spearhead Ash Johnson also built his case for a potential recall to senior level with 4 majors of his own.
First-year midfield-forward hybrid Joe Richards collected 22 possessions and one goal in the win.
Brisbane Lions vs Werribee Tigers (70 - 69)
Rhys Mathieson was back to his ball-winning best for the Lions at VFL level over the weekend, recording 28 disposals and booting two goals against Werribee in a thrilling one-point win.
First-round draft pick Jaspa Fletcher managed 11 disposals in his first VFL hitout for the year.
Gold Coast Suns vs Williamstown Seagulls (83 - 52)
Southport Sharks vs Sandringham Zebras (118 - 32)
With the Siants' list heavily depleted due to injuries from the top down, Sandringham were left with a difficult task to open their VFL campaign, facing 2022 grand finalists Southport in Queensland over the weekend.
Defender Tom Highmore stood tall in the 86-point loss, recording 32 touches, seven marks and seven tackles for the day.
Casey Demons vs Footscray Bulldogs (94 - 57)
Veteran defender Hibberd gave Simon Goodwin a nice reminder ahead of selection for this week, recording 36 touches and 10 marks for Casey in their win over the Bulldogs.
For the Dogs, small forward Mitch Hannan was a highlight, amassing 20 possesions and two goals in the defeat.
North Melbourne vs Port Melbourne (66 - 86)
All eyes were on 2022 No.4 draft selection George Wardlaw, who made his debut for the Roos' reserves on Saturday afternoon. The teenager had an enjoyable evening against the Borough, amassing 12 touches, seven tackles and one goal from less than 50% time on ground.
The Roos' evening was soured by a 20-point loss and an injury to young forward-ruck Jacob Edwards.
Sydney vs Box Hill (70 - 97)
Aaron Francis booted three goals from 16 disposals and seven marks in his first game for the Bloods, albeit in a loss to the Hawks.
Tyler Brockman booted three goals, while VFL-listed utility Jed Rule added four goals to get his season off on the right foot.
Richmond vs Northern Bullants (104 - 57)
Supplemental Selection Period recruit Kaelan Bradtke booted five goals and landed six marks in his first VFL showing for the Tigers in a dominant win over the Bullants.
Jack Ross looms as a chance to return to the senior side given a fresh string of setbacks for multiple AFL midfielders, with his efforts of 29 possessions and one goal helping his case.