Goulburn Valley’s AFL exports continued to up the ante in the lead in to the season proper.
Deniliquin’s Sam Lloyd made an impact in the pre-season competition running Richmond’s midfield, combining efficiently with premiership players Josh Caddy and Dan Butler.
Best-on-ground in Richmond’s VFL premiership, Lloyd also snared a goal in the Tigers’ win against North Melbourne as he looks to cement a position in the senior side.
A host of the region’s talent made an impact for Port Adelaide as the Power faced Adelaide at their spiritual home of Alberton Oval.
Echuca’s Ollie Wines showed he will be a ball magnet again this season, racking up 20 disposals.
While Deniliquin’s Todd Marshall did not hit the scoreboard, the former Murray Bushranger showed strong marking skills as he moved the ball inside 50.
Rochester’s Joe Atley is likely to build on the three senior games he played last year, holding his own by firing off 12 handballs as part of his 15 possessions.
Shepparton’s Will Brodie showed plenty of promise as an inside midfielder, with more than half his possessions contested as Gold Coast Suns were seven-point winners against Brisbane Lions.
Mature-age recruit Nick Holman also held his own, while Jarman Impey and Harry Morrison were key contributors for Hawthorn, despite the Hawks narrowly going down to Carlton.
●In AFLW action, Shepparton export Angela Foley could still play in a grand final this season, despite a disastrous start to the year for Adelaide.
While the Crows were defeated in their first two matches this season making back-to-back premierships seemed unlikely, a turnaround in form has Foley’s side in fourth spot on the ladder.
Adelaide clinched a victory against Fremantle by four points, able to master the conditions in Darwin.
With the Crows a joint project between Adelaide and Darwin-based players, Foley thrived taking to the field in the city she calls home.
The vice-captain had 15 disposals and four marks in an imposing display during the 40-36 win.
In a rarity, neither Jess or Sarah Hosking made it into Carlton’s best, with their influence missed as the Blues went down to Melbourne by 35 points.
Mansfield’s Bonnie Toogood is going from strength-to-strength, despite starting the season on the Western Bulldogs’ rookie list.
The rising star was consistent again, although her Dogs were given a lesson against GWS.
Just one round remains in the AFLW season, with Adelaide to face Collingwood in a must-win match, while the Bulldogs are under pressure to gain four points against Melbourne to secure a spot in the grand final.