Echuca’s Ollie Wines played a massive role as Port Adelaide knocked off reigning premier Richmond by 14 points on Friday night.
As speculation around his expiring contract — and a potential desire to return home to Victoria — continues to rise, his performances have lifted with his contested ball work destroying the Tigers.
Wines racked up 29 disposals in the statement win, 16 of which were contested with seven clearances.
In another show of his love of doing the dirty work, he laid a game-high 12 tackles, three more than anyone else on the field.
Benalla’s Tom Rockliff also shone in the win with 25 disposals and seven clearances in one of his better displays for his new club.
Katamatite’s Tom Clurey had 12 touches and 12 one-percenters in a gritty performance.
In Geelong, the home side burst the Kangaroos’ bubble with a 37-point win, and Tom Hawkins played as big a role as anyone.
Finley’s finest kicked three goals, but his influence was not just felt on the scoreboard, racking up 23 touches and 11 marks in a comprehensive game.
For North Melbourne, Katamatite’s Sam Wright had 19 disposals and Rochester’s Shaun Atley had 15.
Mooroopna’s Jy Simpkin, free to play after taking a two-game suspension to the tribunal last weekend, had just the 12 touches.
On a dark day for the Gold Coast Suns as they were belted against Greater Western Sydney, Shepparton’s Will Brodie kicked a goal and had a handy 14 touches and seven tackles.
Jarrod Harbrow was even more prolific with 27 disposals and a goal, while Kyabram’s Nick Holman had just seven touches and nine tackles.
The Suns had to do it without Shepparton United’s Michael Barlow, with a fractured jaw that required surgery potentially keeping him on the sideline for up to a month.
The Seymour flyer David Mundy was at his electric best as his Fremantle side got the best of Adelaide in an absolute thriller.
Mundy racked up 22 disposals with 13 of them contested, with seven clearances and eight tackles also vital in getting the result.
Collingwood superstar Steele Sidebottom had his eighth 30-possession game of the season in his side’s Queen’s Birthday hammering of Melbourne at the MCG.
The Tallygaroopna boy added to his big game reputation to help the Magpies inflict the Demons’ first loss since round five.
Mooroopna’s Clayton Oliver was typically busy with 31 disposals, 10 tackles and a goal for Melbourne.