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VFL exports

By Tyler Maher

The rejuvenation of Reni Hicks continues on the football field.

Following her departure from Carlton's AFLW list at the end of last season, Hicks has been dominating in a new role for the Darebin Falcons in the VFLW.

"Reni came to us after two seasons in Carlton’s AFLW program and played her first game for Darebin in round two against Melbourne University," Darebin midfield coach Julia Chiera told the club's website.

"Starting in a backline position, Reni impressed us with her contested work, both on the ground and in the air, as well as her endurance and work ethic, her strength and ball skills, and most importantly her game sense."

"Promptly following that game Reni was moved into the midfield where she has continued to blossom into a hard-as-nails defensive midfielder.

"She averages 10 tackles a game and is coming in second in the league for this.

"Reni is a uniquely coachable player who responds to changes in game plan immediately on-field and has an excellent understanding of strategy and game style that she is able to implement immediately."

The Nathalia products stocks rose even further at the weekend when she was among the Falcons' best players once more against the Blues.

Carlton midfielders felt the full force of Hicks' tackling pressure as she racked up another 15 to go with 17 possessions in an eight-point defeat.

Jess Hosking had 12 disposals and seven tackles for the Blues.

Other familiar faces in the VFLW at the weekend included Finley's Eloise Ashley-Cooper, Benalla's Becky Webster and Nathalia's Gemma Cusack.

Ashley-Cooper had eight touches as her Essendon side defeated Collingwood, Webster's Geelong dominated against Williamstown as she had 10 disposals, while Cusack had nine possessions and four tackles for the NT Thunder.

In the VFL, Benalla's Nick Mellington and Shepparton's Nik Rokahr both had 10 disposals as Williamstown and Geelong went into battle.

It was Mellington's Seagulls who came out on top, with Echuca's Ben Reid also involved for the Cats with 13 touches.

Mooroopna's Laitham Vandermeer and Seymour-listed Josh Prudden combined for 23 possessions as Footscray defeated North Melbourne by a goal, while Mansfield's James Cousins and Benalla's Harry Morrison were also on the winners list with Box Hill.

Cousins racked up 31 disposals, with Morrison securing 10.

Around the state leagues, Shepparton United's Zane Barzen booted a goal for GWS in the NEAFL, while Kialla's Alex Keath had 16 touches and eight marks for Adelaide in the SANFL.

Shepparton's Jordon Butts was also involved for the Crows with seven disposals.

Moama's Aidyn Johnson kicked a goal and had seven tackles for the Port Adelaide Magpies in a win alongside Rochester's Joe Atley (13 disposals and six tackles).