IT WAS a long time coming, but Devonport's mature-age recruit Ben Brown finally got the taste of AFL football and looked the part in North Melbourne's win over Melbourne.
The 21-year-old forward-ruckman, recruited from VFL club Werribee after being overlooked in three national and rookie drafts, had the in-form Lynden Dunn and then James Frawley as opponents in attack, kicking 1.0 and having four score involvements from eight disposals and five marks.
Wynyard's Colin Garland played on Lindsay Thomas and Dodges Ferry's Jeremy Howe on Aaron Black in defence for the Demons.
Garland finished with 14 touches and five marks while Thomas kicked 2.0, with Howe having 10 disposals, five grabs and three score involvements and Black kicking 1.0 from 13 possessions.
Lauderdale's Mitch Robinson was outstanding in Carlton's loss to Greater Western Sydney.
He collected 31 touches at 84 per cent efficiency, amassing five marks, five score involvements and nine tackles across half-forward and midfield.
Launceston's Tim Mohr was again brilliant in the Giants' defence, keeping the dangerous Jarrad Waite to 2.0 while having three score involvements himself.
For St Kilda, Burnie's Maverick Weller was again a shining light, collecting 21 disposals, four marks, five score involvements and seven tackles, but let himself down with 0.4 and a disposal efficiency of just 52 per cent.
Glenorchy's Jimmy Webster collected 17 disposals.
In Fremantle's win over Brisbane in Perth, Clarence's Josh Green was well contained by Cameron Sutcliffe, kicking 1.1 from 11 touches, and Glenorchy's Ryan Harwood was well beaten by five-goal man Hayden Ballantyne.
Launceston ruckman Thomas Bellchambers had just six touches and won nine hit-outs before he was subbed out of Essendon's win over Adelaide in the third quarter.
West Moonah's Liam Jones failed to back up from his exciting performance against Collingwood, kicking just 1.1 from nine touches and two marks in the Western Bulldogs' loss to Collingwood.
Clarence's Jack Riewoldt looked dangerous early but was well contained by Ted Richards in Sydney's win over Richmond.
Riewoldt kicked 2.2 and had five score involvements from 10 touches and five marks, and sits third on the Coleman Medal table with 37 goals for the season, three behind Port's Jay Schulz.
Luke Russell, of Burnie, started as sub in Gold Coast's win over Geelong, coming on in the second term as a concussion sub and then again after half-time, kicking 2.0 and having six score involvements.
THOMAS BELLCHAMBERS (Essendon): K: 3 H: 3 M: 1 T: 1 G: 0 B: 0. HO: 9.
GRANT BIRCHALL (Hawthorn): K: 18 H: 5 M: 7 T: 2 G: 0 B: 0.
BEN BROWN (North Melbourne) K: 4 H: 4 M: 5 T: 1 G: 1 B: 0. HO: 1.
COLIN GARLAND (Melbourne): K: 11 H: 5 M: 3 T: 1 G: 0 B: 0.
JOSH GREEN (Brisbane): K: 6 H: 5 M: 0 T: 4 G: 1 B: 1.
RYAN HARWOOD (Brisbane): K: 3 H: 15 M: 0 T: 4 G: 0 B: 0.
JEREMY HOWE (Melbourne): K: 10 H: 0 M: 0 T: 1 G: 0 B: 0.
LIAM JONES (Western Bulldogs): K: 6 H: 3 M: 2 T: 2 G: 1 B: 1.
KADE KOLODJASHNIJ (Gold Coast): K: 13 H: 10 M: 9 T: 1.
TIMMOHR (GWS): K: 2 H: 5 M: 1 T: 2 G: 0 B: 0.
JACK RIEWOLDT (Richmond): K: 7 H: 3 M: 5 T: 3 G: 2 B: 2.
MITCH ROBINSON (Carlton): K: 18 H: 13 M: 9 T: 5 G: 0 B: 0.
LUKE RUSSELL (Gold Coast): K: 8 H: 1 M: 4 T: 1 G: 2 B: 0.
JIMMY WEBSTER (St Kilda): K: 7 H: 10 M: 3 T: 4 G: 0 B: 0.
MAVERICK WELLER (St Kilda): K: 11 H: 10 M: 4 T: 7 G: 0 B: 4.