It was a happy homecoming for Mitch Robinson in more ways than one on Saturday.
It wasn't just the fact that the Lauderdale product had his second win in succession when visiting Launceston's UTAS Stadium, but he played a key role as Chris Fagan's Lions again successfully infiltrate Hawthorn's Tasmanian fortress to lock in their return to the finals.
Robinson, who has been reinvented this season on a wing, collected 28 possessions (his second best outing for the season), with 21 of those possessions kicks.
While it wasn't his cleanest outing (with a disposal efficiency of just 50 per cent), his 12 contested possessions, four clearances, five tackles, four marks, four rebound 50s, four inside 50s, nine intercepts, 0.2 and seven score involvements ensured it was one that had an impact.
It was Robinson's second win in three outings in Launceston, a ground where he is averaging 23.33 touches a game.
Meanwhile, Saturday also saw the return (for the second time this season) of Devonport's Grant Birchall to the Hawthorn line-up, all be it from a much shorter layoff after missing the previous week's outing against Geelong due to "delayed onset muscle soreness".
Birchall again was cool and calm from defence with 24 possessions at 79 per cent disposal efficiency (with 13 uncontested possessions and 11 intercepts), four marks, one rebound 50, two inside 50s, 0.1 and five score involvements.
In Melbourne, Saturday provided a pivotal moment in Andrew Phillips' Carlton career, with the ruckman handed against in-form Crow Reilly O'Brien.
While Phillips was handy in the ruck contests (finishing with 35 hit-outs to O'Brien's 32), he was well beaten around the ground with nine touches and four marks to O'Brien's 20 touches and eight marks.
But Phillips wasn't completely ineffective, with three clearances, three tackles, 1.1, one goal assist and seven score involvements.
North Hobart's Liam Jones spent time on Crow Josh Jenkins, finishing with seven possessions (six intercepts), five marks (three intercepts), one tackle and one score involvement, with Jenkins kicking 1.2.
Tasmanian-born Levi Casboult also enjoyed Carlton's win, kicking 3.1 in the victory.
Devonport's Ben Brown was well held by West Coast's Will Schofield in North Melbourne's big loss out west on Saturday.
He kicked 2.1 and had five score involvements from eight possessions (with none in the first quarter), three clearances, three clearances, one inside 50, one tackle and three marks.
Despite his quiet outing, Brown still sits in second spot on the Coleman Medal table on with 48.26 for the year, nine goals behind Greater Western Sydney's Jeremy Cameron and one goal in front of Geelong's Tom Hawkins.
North Launceston's Tarryn Thomas finished with 11 touches (nine contested), three clearances, three tackles, one inside 50, 1.1 and five score involvements.
On Sunday, Launceston's Jake Kolodjashnij was strong in defence for the Cats as Geelong got the job done against Sydney at the SCG.
Kolodjashnij finished with 15 possessions (four intercepts), eight marks (one intercept), four rebound 50s, one inside 50, one clearance, one tackle and three score involvements.
It was quiet afternoon for Burnie's Robbie Fox, who collected just six possessions playing across half-forward.
He also laid three tackles and had one score involvement.
The final game of the round saw Burnie's Lachie Weller put in a solid performance as his Gold Coast Suns only just fell to Essendon.
Weller, again playing a role off half-back, had 18 possessions (16 uncontested and two intercepts), seven marks, one clearance, three tackles, six rebound 50s, two inside 50s and two goal assists and five score involvements.
The round started with a strong Tasmanian impact on Friday night's Richmond versus Collingwood blockbuster, which was won easily by the Tigers.
Clarence's Jack Riewoldt was relatively quiet for the Tigers with 1.1, one goal assist and five score involvements from 12 possessions, five marks, one tackle and four inside 50s.
He at times had Dodges Ferry's Jeremy Howe for company, as well as Jordan Roughead before he left the match due to concussion.
Collingwood defender Howe, who also looked after Dustin Martin at times when he went forward, finished with 18 possessions (nine uncontested and five intercepts), five marks (two intercepts), one tackle, two score involvements and seven rebound 50s.
Burnie's Brody Mihocek did his best work when the game was over, with seven of his 12 possessions and both of his goals coming in the final quarter.
He finished with four marks and had four score involvements what was a disappointing night for the Magpies
Meanwhile, Tasmania Devils star Mitch O'Neill has been invited to October's AFL Draft's Combine.
The North Hobart product who recently made the Under 18 All-Australian side and has been a strong contributor for the Tasmania Devils in the NAB League , was the only Tasmanian invited.
The combine will assess each player's strength and skills through several tests including the 20-metre sprint, agility test and vertical jump.