TIM Mohr almost had a fairytale return to the AFL as his Greater Western Sydney side went down to Hawthorn at the MCG on Sunday.
In his first game after ankle and knee problems had halted his year, Mohr brought some much-needed experience to the back half and the expansion club looked far more resilient.
Playing every role from being the third man up to manning-up Jarryd Roughead and Jack Gunston, Mohr had 16 possessions at 69 per cent disposal efficiency and took six marks.
Devonport's Grant Birchall had an intriguing battle with Rhys Palmer, but took the points thanks to his 24 disposals at 71 per cent disposal efficiency and four score involvements.
Launceston's Kade Kolodjashnij had one of his quieter outings, collecting just 13 disposals and three score involvements in Gold Coast's loss to Adelaide, but did sneak forward to kick the second goal of his career.
Burnie's Luke Russell was also quiet, finishing with nine touches and two score involvements, while Hobart's Aaron Hall was lively with 1.1 and five score involvements from 12 disposals, relishing the wet conditions and laying nine tackles.
Clarence's Jack Riewoldt was the personification of the phrase "a week's a long time in football", with Cale Hooker keeping him goal- less for the first three- quarters of Richmond's Dreamtime loss to Essendon, a week after his 11-goal haul against GWS.
Riewoldt did not get his first touch until late in the second term, his first mark until early in the third and his first grab inside-50 not long after that.
He kicked three junk-time goals and finished with seven marks, seven score involvements and 13 disposals. Riewoldt leads the Coleman Medal race by two goals.
Thomas Bellchambers continued his return to football with another solid outing, the former Launceston ruckman playing more forward, winning 12 hit-outs, kicking 1.0, having four score involvements and collecting 12 possessions.
Dodges Ferry's Jeremy Howe again put in another serviceable game in defence, capping it with a trademark screamer in Melbourne's loss to Port Adelaide in Alice Springs.
Howe finished with 21 touches at 76 per cent disposal efficiency, with 10 marks and two score involvements
Wynyard's Colin Garland played on Robbie Gray and had 18 touches (including 14 kicks) at 83 per cent disposal efficiency, took seven marks and had four score involvements.
Clarence's Josh Green was again lively at the Gabba, kicking the sealer for Brisbane against Carlton after crumbing a dropped mark from Chris Yarran in the goal square late in the match.
It was the second of two goals for the small forward, who had 15 touches and eight score involvements.
Glenorchy's Ryan Harwood, in for his first game since round 4, amassed 12 disposals, three marks, four tackles and two score involvements.
Lauderdale's Mitch Robinson was ineffective across half-forward for the Blues, collecting just 12 disposals and one score involvement in his first game back following a one-match suspension.
Burnie's Maverick Weller lasted just seven seconds in St Kilda's Friday night loss to Collingwood before Steele Sidebottom ended his night with an elbow to the head.