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A number of well-established AFL players are pressing their claims for a return to the senior side after time in the seconds.

With injury, suspension and health and safety protocols opening the door at selection, several players have done their part to convince the coaching panel to give them a run.

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KEY CROW FIRES ONCE AGAIN

He faces a tough battle to get back into the senior side following Taylor Walker’s return, but Riley Thilthorpe continue to impress in the second-tier.

The 2020 pick No.2 booted three goals and two behinds while gathering 19 disposals and nine marks in a powerful display.

Recruitment Jackson Hately was huge with 35 disposals and a goal, while Sam Berry was the next best through the middle with 26 keys and a goal of his own.

HAWKS ON THE OUTER PROVE WORTH

hawthorn winger Tom Phillips continued to press his claims for a senior recall, racking up 26 Touches to go with a goal in the side’s 43-point win over Sandringham on Sunday.

Liam Shiels is another who has found himself on the outer at senior selection and responded with a game-high 27 disposals to go with eight tackles to comfortably be one of the best players on the field.

Train Geelong midfielder Jordan Cunico thrived as well, driving plenty of attack into the forward 50.

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BIG BEN BRACES FOR AFL SWITCH

Returning from health and safety protocols, Melbourne spearhead Ben Brown kicked a couple of goals in the VFL as he looks to slot back into the senior side for round five.

Brown was replaced by Sam Weideman in the senior side and played a great game against Essendon, but failed to fire against Port Adelaide and could be set for a return back to the VFL.

Free agency recruit Luke Dunstan was once again prolific in the midfield along with Oskar Bakerwith both finishing with 23 disposals.

CARLTON’S CRIPPS CONUNDRUM OPENS DOOR

No one will be able to replace Patrick Cripps, but the injured skipper has left the door open to reward some performers in the VFL.

The VFL side defeated Gold Coast and were buoyed by some encouraging efforts from several players.

Liam Stocker continues to work towards an AFL return, racking up 35 touches in his second game back from an ankle injury.

Paddy Dow had 24 disposals and kicked a goal, while forward Sam Philp kicked three majors returning from a rib injury.

Jack Newnes had 28 disposals and kicked a goal too.

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TIGERS REINFORCEMENTS ON THE WAY

More premiership talent could be on the way back for Richmond, with Kane Lambert playing his first game since battling a debilitating hip injury that threw doubt over his season.

Lambert had 15 disposals but most importantly got through unscathed in managed minutes against Footscray.

Nick Vlastuin didn’t play, but could come straight back into the senior side as he makes his way back from a hamstring injury.

Elsewhere, 2021 draft quarter Judson Clarke, Tom Brown, Samuel Banks and Tyler Sonsie all fired, with Clarke booting four goals.

Ivan Soldo kicked a goal to go with 31 hitouts against experienced opponent Stefan Martin, as Soldo looks to work his way back into the senior side after being omitted for round four.

BOMBER FORWARDS FIRM FOR SENIOR RECALL

The Bombers have forward line reinforcements aplenty if needed to support Peter Wright.

Key forward Aaron Francis kicked three goals and had chances for at least a handful, doing plenty of damage with just 12 disposals.

Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti’s return to footy continues to progress towards an AFL return.

In his second game back, the 28-year-old kicked a goal to go with 17 touches.

PIES’ KEY COG MAKES SUCCESSFUL RETURN

Collingwood’s defensive stocks could soon receive a boost, with Jordan Roughead making a successful return from a shoulder injury.

Roughead got through the match on managed minutes, while fellow senior hopeful mason cox had 33 hitouts and a goal as more chances for a couple more.

Youngster Caleb Poulter also impressed, with the 2020 pick No.30 kicking a couple of goals to go with 21 disposals.

An injury to Ash Johnson comes at the worst possible time, with the 2020 mid-season rookie draftee landing awkwardly in a marking contest as the Pies look for a small forward to replace the injured Jamie Elliott.

SAINTS RALLY DESPITE HEAVY LOSS

The Saints were thumped by 43 points in the VFL, but there were still some shining lights against Hawthorn.

Jack Bytel impressed with 22 disposals and a goal, while Dean Kent kicked two goals, two behinds and also had 22 disposals – a tally matched also by Mitch Owens.

The competition for talls in the senior side is a loaded one given the return of Paddy Ryder, but Tom Campbell did his chances no harm with 20 disposals and 31 hitouts.

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YOUNG SUNS IMPRESS

The Suns fell to Carlton in the VFL by 52 points, but there were some good performers yet again.

Darcy MacPherson was the most prolific in his side with 27 disposals, while Sam Flanders had 24 keys.

Elijah Hollands was another who impressed with 21 disposals and a goal, while 2021 draftee McAndrew looked good in defense and took eight marks.

Charlie Constable and Joel Jeffrey sustained injuries, with a head knock for Constable and potential ankle injury for Jeffrey.

SWANS’ PRIZED DRAFTEE PRESSES CASE

Logan McDonald is set for a return to the senior side after an injury to Lance Franklin and his impressive performance in the VFL.

McDonald kicked three goals and four behinds from his 16 disposals and 11 marks as the Swans edged out Port Melbourne.

It was another powerful display from McDonald’s as he looks to get back into the AFL team following his omission earlier in the season.

Also impressive was Joel Amarteywho booted four goals and two behinds, while ryan clarke had 24 disposals and nine inside 50s.

POWER FORWARD SHINES IN LOSS

Axed from the AFL side after going goalless in the opening two rounds, Jeremy Finlayson pushed for a recall with six goals despite the side’s 10-point loss to South Adelaide in the SANFL.

With the Power’s AFL team limping to the first goalless opening half in its history, Finlayson’s scoring power could become even more alluring for coach Ken Hinkley.

Train North Melbourne stalwart Trent Dumont laid 12 tackles in an impressive display of grit, while in defense Jake Pasini offered plenty of bounce out of the backline.

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SENIOR DOGS PERFORM IN SECONDS

A couple of weeks after a worrying health scare during his side’s AFL game, Hayden Crozier looked good for the Dogs’ VFL side.

Crozier had 21 disposals to go with nine marks, while Riley Garcia led allcomers with 26 disposals in the 25-point loss to Richmond.

veteran ruckman Stefan Martin had 12 hitouts, well below opponent Ivan Soldo, but finished with 21 disposals.

Josh Schache took eight marks to go with 20 disposals, while Rhylee West continue to search for his first senior game of 2022, with the father-son pick having 16 disposals and a goal.

BIDE TIME DRAFT CATS

Geelong and Brisbane’s rivalry continued in the VFL, with the Cats coming out eight-point winners in the end.

Cooper Stephens played well for the side as the 2019 first-round draft pick looks to break back into the senior side – he finished with 26 disposals.

One of the Cats’ draft picks last year – Mitch Knevitt – kicked a goal and had 20 disposals.

Shannon Neale kicked four goals and continues to search for an AFL debut.

LIONS BALL MAGNET THRIVES AGAIN

Rhys Mathieson has once again impressed in the VFL as he waits for an opportunity in the senior side.

Mathieson had 26 disposals, eight clearances and a goal while Ely Smith went one better with 27 disposals.

Defender Darcy Wilmot wasn’t far behind as last year’s pick No.16 looks for a senior berth.

DRAFT GUN CONTINUES TO PRESS FOR AFL DEBUT

Pick No.3 in last year’s draft Finn Callaghan continue to impress at VFL level, laying eight tackles to go with 22 disposals and a goal in a thumping win over Coburg.

Callaghan has thrived so far at the second-tier, while ex-Eagle Jarrod Brander responded well to his omission, kicking a goal to go with 30 disposals.

Third-round draft pick last year Josh Fahey was one of his side’s best with 29 keys and a goal.

Kieren Briggs was the best of him and matt flynn on the weekend and could be in line for a senior return should Braydon Preuss’ one-match ban stand.

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