AFL players in the reserves: Who’s pressing their case for a senior return via VFL, WAFL or SANFL?


Entering the preliminary finals, there’s only four teams remaining, with Collingwood and Brisbane joining Sydney and Geelong in the penultimate week.

The Lions and Melbourne had two battles over the weekend, with both clubs taking a win each.

Casey Scorpions smashed Brisbane’s reserves side to book themselves a spot in the VFL Grand Final.

Gold Coast’s twos were unable to match Casey’s success, losing to fellow Queensland side Southport over the weekend.

Adelaide’s SANFL side also fell short in the preliminary final, going down to Norwood by 11 points.

Peel Thunder (Fremantle’s affiliate) kept their premiership dream alive after defeating South Fremantle in an upset.

The Sporting News has all the latest news on AFL players in the reserves.

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With Brisbane the only side still in the hunt for an AFL premiership whilst their reserves played over the weekend, the chance to impress the coaches is limited to the training track.

Craig McRae (Collingwood), John Longmire (Sydney) and Chris Scott (Geelong) will all need to make their decisions based on past performances and match ups heading into the crucial preliminary final clashes.

However, Lions coach Chris Fagan did have the opportunity to see some fringe players put their best foot forward in the VFL over the weekend.

Mitch Robinson and Rhys Mathieson were arguably the best in the Lions’ defeat at the hands of Casey on Saturday afternoon.

Robinson gathered 29 disposals, six tackles and five clearances to put his hand up for selection.

Mathieson also didn’t do himself any harm with his performance, kicking a goal from his 23 touches and three clearances in a trying display.


The pair at times have fallen behind the likes of midfielders Lachie Neale, Dayne Zorko, Hugh McCluggage, Cam Rayner and Jarrod Berry, but still remain a chance given the latter’s potential suspension.

If Berry were to miss, coach Chris Fagan could bring in a returning Oscar McInernery (concussion) or opt to go with another midfielder, with Mathieson the more likely of the two.

Joe Daniher is also expected to be available after he was a late out due to his partner giving birth.

How AFL players performed in the VFL, SANFL and WAFL


  • Fischer McAsey – three goals, 10 touches and three marks
  • Billy Frampton – 15 possessions, six marks and three tackles
  • Elliot Himmelberg – three goals, 16 disposals and six marks
  • Lachlan Sholl – 17 touches and three tackles


  • Kai Lohmann – two goals, nine touches and three tackles
  • Mitch Robinson – 29 possessions, six tackles and five clearances
  • Ely Smith – 20 disposals, three marks and three tackles
  • Nakia Cockatoo – one goal, 16 touches and five tackles
  • Jaxon Prior – 13 possessions and two marks
  • Rhys Mathieson – one goal, 23 disposals and three clearances





  • Neil Erasmus – 16 touches, four tackles and three marks
  • Connor Blakely – 14 possessions and six tackles
  • Lloyd Meek – 34 hit-outs, 19 disposals and seven tackles
  • Ethan Hughes – 17 touches and four marks
  • Josh Treacy – one goal, eight possessions and three marks
  • Matt Taberner – two goal, 10 disposals and four marks
  • Travis Colyer – nine touches, three marks and three tackles
  • Liam Henry – nine disposals, five tackles and two marks
  • Nathan Wilson – 26 possessions and five marks
  • Sam Sturt – three goals, 12 touches and four marks
  • Mitch Crowden – one goal, 20 disposals and 10 tackles


Gold Coast 

  • Jack Bowes – one goal, 23 touches, seven tackles and five clearances
  • Alex Sexton – one goal, nine possessions and five marks
  • Rory Thompson – 10 disposals and six marks
  • Josh Corbett – two goals, 14 touches and 10 marks
  • Jeremy Sharp – one goal, 17 possessions and six marks
  • James Tsitas – one goal, 18 disposals and 12 tackles
  • Sam Flanders – 42 touches, nine marks and eight tackles
  • Chris Burgess – four goals, nine possessions and five marks
  • Mac Andrew – 11 disposals and five marks
  • Charlie Constable – 42 touches, nine clearances and eight marks
  • Darcy Macpherson – 25 possessions and five marks

GWS Giants



  • Toby Bedford – one goal, 18 touches and nine tackles
  • Jake Bowey – one goal, 23 possessions and seven clearances
  • Adam Tomlinson – 22 disposals, five tackles and four marks
  • Jacob Van Rooyen – three goals, 14 touches and six marks
  • Tom McDonald – three goals, 20 possessions and five clearances
  • Sam Weideman – one goal, 14 disposals, 37 hit-outs and seven tackles
  • Luke Dunstan – 25 touches, 10 tackles, six clearances and six marks
  • Oskar Baker – 18 possessions and four tackles
  • Kade Chandler – one goal, 25 disposals and eight tackles

North Melbourne

Port Adelaide


St Kilda


West Coast 

Western Bulldogs

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