The bright start to AFL life for North Launceston's Tarryn Thomas has been acknowledged with the 19-year-old the recipient of Rising Star nomination for round 12.
Thomas, the state's first selection in last year's national draft at pick eight, has looked comfortable at the level since making his debut for North Melbourne in the round two loss to Brisbane, and this was the case again in the win over Gold Coast on Saturday.
Playing mainly across half-forward, Thomas kicked 2.1, had two goal assists and eight score involvements from 12 touches at 75 per cent disposal efficiency, three marks, two clearances and three tackles against the Suns.
In his short AFL career, he is averaging 12.4 touches, 2.6 marks and 3.2 tackles, and has kicked 8.7 in 10 games.
He was a Next Generation Academy pick for the Roos after winning the Hunter Harrison Medal as Tasmania's best under 18 player last year, before being part of the Allies' campaign in the national under 18 championships.
He is the first Tasmanian nominated since Burnie's Lachie Weller at his former club Fremantle in round 12, 2016.
Ironically, Weller was in the opposition on Saturday, where he continued his fine campaign for the Suns, by collecting an equal season-best 27 possessions from defence.
Seventeen of his touches were uncontested, with six intercepts, while he took seven marks (two intercepts), laid two tackles and had four score involvements.
Thomas' teammate Ben Brown had somewhat of a frustrating outing as his North Melbourne side made it three wins in succession.
Brown, of Devonport, kicked 2.3 with Chris Burgess as his main marker, and had 12 kicks, four marks, one goal assist and eight score involvements.
Brown remains in third spot on the Coleman Medal table behind Jeremy Cameron (39.29) and Tom Hawkins (35.15).
Thomas and Brown will get another opportunity to play in their home state this weekend, with North to host Greater Western Sydney at Blundstone Arena on Sunday.
Later on Saturday, Hugh Greenwood was the ultimate example of a late inclusion on Saturday for Adelaide, and left it pretty late in the piece to repay the faith.
The former basketballer from Lauderdale was one of the questionable omissions for the Crows, along with Bryce Gibbs, ahead of the clash with Greater Western Sydney, despite a solid 20 possession, seven tackle outing the previous week against Melbourne.
He only got his second chance after Tom Lynch hurt his calf in the warm-up, and didn't do much until the final quarter.
That was when he displayed his strength in the air in attack, bringing down a strong mark and kicking a vital major.
It was the second of four goals that the Crows would finish the game with.
Playing both in the midfield and attack, Greenwood had just seven possessions (all contested), two marks, three clearances, two tackles, 1.0 and two score involvements.
Lauderdale's Mitch Robinson didn't have the best time of it against his former side Carlton on Saturday as Brisbane, after at one stage leading by 37 points, fell to the Blues.
Robinson had an equal season-low 16 possessions (12 kicks), with seven marks and four tackles playing mainly in the midfield.
He also had two clearances, one goal assist and two score involvements.
Launceston's Jake Kolodjashnij was a key part of Geelong's defence as the Cats demolished Richmond.
Kolodjashnij had 13 possessions (two intercepts), five marks (one intercept), one clearance, two tackles and one score involvement.
His fellow Launceston product Jackson Thurlow had a much tougher time of for Sydney on Sunday.
Returning to the team, Thurlow's afternoon ended after a heavy hit from former teammate Nathan Vardy (which has seen Vardy suspended for a week) in the second term of the Swans' win over West Coast, with the Tasmanian not reentering the contest.
Thurlow collected eight touches, five marks and two score involvements from defence before the incident.
On Monday, Brody Mihocek was busy in the front half for Collingwood in its win over Melbourne with a career-best 20 touches, to go with four marks, two tackles and 1.1, while Dodges Ferry product Jeremy Howe was equally busy in defence with 22 possessions, four marks and two tackles against his former side.
Meanwhile, Ulverstone's Alex Pearce has vowed to come back bigger and better following his latest injury setback.
The Fremantle key defender will miss the remainder of the season after fracturing his foot against Collingwood in round 11, which is the latest injury setback for the 23-year-old after missing about two years of footy due to a broken leg.
"I have been in this situation before so I know what it feels (like). This injury certainly isn't as bad as my last one," Pearce told reporters after surgery on his foot on Friday.
"I missed almost 20 months of footy with the last one, and was able to come back and be a better player on my return, so that's going to be my focus on this recovery as well.
"Hopefully I'll have a full pre-season, get to work and come back a better player than what we've seen this year."
In other injury news, Hobart's Aaron Hall was stretched from the field after apparently suffering a knee injury in the VFL for North Melbourne.
Former Gold Coast Sun Has played six games this year in his first season at Arden Street.