Entering the first week of the byes, six AFL team will sit out in round 12.

Melbourne will be looking to bolster their defensive line-up against the Swans, as Steven May went down with concussion in their loss against the Dockers.

With three top eight clashes, including a Dogs-Cats Friday night spectacle as well as Fremantle hosting the Lions, coaches could look to make changes to ensure they give themselves the best chance.

Gold Coast have plenty of players in the waiting as they come up against North Melbourne, despite thrashing Hawthorn by 67 points.

Hawthorn may also look to make some changes against Collingwood, after a dismal performance up in Darwin.

Adelaide and West Coast could include some familiar faces for their round 12 match-up.

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Melbourne’s Adam Tomlinson is almost a certain look-in for their clash against the Swans after Steven May went down and will miss under concussion protocols.

Although Tom McDonald was a late out and will be expected to play, Tomlinson’s form in the VFL has given Simon Goodwin another viable defender to replace the May-sized void.

The Ex-Giant collected 28 touches and eight marks over the weekend and will be a welcomed key defender into the Demon line-up against a firing Sydney forward line.

Harrison Petty was also noticeably sore during their loss to Fremantle and will be looked at with caution over the week, alluding to Tomlinson’s significance even more.

Hawthorn defender Kyle Hartigan could also find his way into the senior side. 

Hartigan didn’t have the biggest statistical game, yet amassed 12 touches and seven marks, proving to be an imposing figure down back.

Following their 67-point defeat to the Suns, the key tall stocks are at a all-time low, with no recognisable ruckman available and lacking key defensive pillars

With James Sicily playing as a second key defender alongside Sam Frost, who’s been deployed in the forward line and ruck, coach Sam Mitchell may recall Hartigan for his ability to play at either end.

Collingwood have tall targets Darcy Cameron and Mason Cox in their side, with Brody Mihocek another key target up forward.

Hawthorn played under-sized and will hope to regain some height and strength in key positions, which could see the ex-Crow called into the senior side.

West Coast are extremely like to recall premiership players Elliot Yeo and Dom Sheed for their upcoming match against Adelaide.

Both players are returning from injuries, as Yeo and Sheed played on managed minutes for the WAFL side in their bid to return to AFL action.

The Eagles were demolished by the Bulldogs, losing by 101 points and continue to go from bad to worse and will welcome back to experienced heads.

Yeo had a quiet game, only gathering nine touches and three marks, whilst Sheed had 18 disposals and looked ready to return to the side.

SheedYeo - West Coast

Despite the impressive six-point win against the Tigers, the Swans can still look to make some changes for their clash against the Demons.

Hayden McLean could find himself in the senior side, in an attempt to stretch the Melbourne defence, who will be without Steven May.

McLean kicked two goals from 12 touches on the weekend and could be used to deny the Demons’ intercepting ability.

Logan McDonald was also kept quiet in their Friday night thriller, only collecting six touches and having no impact.

However, coach John Longmire has persisted with the young talent and could see small forward Sam Wicks be replaced in a bid to have more talls in their forward line.

Longmire also has Ben Ronke who could play that small forward role, applying pressure and kicking goals.

Ronke kicked three goals in the VFL from his 14 disposals and would be a good inclusion to the senior side.

Adelaide will also be forced to make a change, with Jordan Butts being subbed out with concussion in their loss against the Cats.

Ben Ronke - Sydney

Coach Matthew Nicks could bring in Billy Frampton as a key defender, after performing well in the SANFL.

Frampton had 17 possessions and six marks on the weekend and will likely come in as Butts’ replacement in the Crows’ backline.

How AFL players performed in the VFL, SANFL and WAFL


  • Billy Frampton – 17 touches and six marks
  • Harry Schoenberg – 25 disposals, one goal and six tackles
  • Elliot Himmelberg – two goals, 15 possessions and 12 hit-outs
  • Patrick Parnell – 19 disposals and seven marks
  • Lachlan Sholl – 24 touches and five marks
  • Kieran Strachan – 16 disposals, 41 hit-outs and seven tackles


  •  Ely Smith – one goal, 23 touches and five tackles
  • Nakia Cockatoo – one goal, 13 disposals and two tackles
  • Thomas Berry – one goal, 20 possessions and four clearances
  • Rhys Mathieson – 37 touches and eight clearances
  • Tom Fullarton – 17 disposals and seven marks


  • Brodie Kemp – 19 touches and four marks
  • Jack Martin – 17 disposals and eight clearances
  • Thomas Williamson – one goal, 25 possessions and six tackles
  • Sam Philp – three goals, 21 touches and four marks
  • Will Setterfield – 26 disposals, seven tackles and eight clearances


  • Trent Bianco – 20 touches and eight marks
  • Callum L.Brown – 19 disposals, seven tackles and six clearances
  • Finlay Macrae – 28 possessions, four tackles and three clearances
  • Caleb Poulter – 29 touches, six marks and five tackles
  • Reef McInners – two goals, 15 disposals and six tackles
  • Liam McMahon – 21 possessions and five marks
  • Aiden Begg – 20 touches, 19 hit-outs and seven tackles


  • Aaron Francis – two goals, 13 touches and seven marks
  • Tom Cutler – one goal, 33 disposals and six clearances
  • James Stewart – 21 possessions and 15 marks
  • Nick Bryan – 47 hit-outs, 15 touches and four marks
  • Kaine Baldwin – three goals, 10 disposals and 3 tackles


  • Neil Erasmus – one goal, 17 touches and three tackles
  • Connor Blakely – 24 disposals, seven tackles and six marks
  • Lloyd Meek – 21 possessions, 30 hit-outs and four marks
  • Joel Hamling – 20 touches and five marks
  • Josh Treacy – three goals, nine disposals and six tackles
  • Liam Henry – one goal, 20 possessions and two marks
  • Nathan Wilson – 18 touches and eight marks
  • Mitchell Crowden – two goals, 27 disposals and six marks


  • Toby Conway – 16 hit-outs, 20 touches and eight clearances
  • Mitch Knevitt – one goal, 15 disposals and three marks
  • Oliver Dempsey – 19 possessions and seven tackles
  • Luke Dahlhaus – two goals, 25 touches and 11 clearances

Gold Coast 

  • Rory Atkins – 11 touches and three marks
  • Jack Bowes – 30 disposals, 14 clearances and six tackles
  • Alex Sexton – four goals, 10 possessions and three marks
  • Brayden Fiorini – two goals, 40 touches and 10 clearances
  • Sam Flanders – two goals, 26 disposals and five tackles
  • Chris Burgess – four goals, eight marks and 12 possessions
  • Mac Andrew – 17 touches and four marks
  • Elijah Hollands – 23 disposals and four tackles
  • Darcy Macpherson – 29 touches and three clearances

GWS Giants

  • Ryan Angwin – 18 touches and 10 tackles
  • Braydon Preuss – 11 disposals, 17 hit-outs and four clearances
  • Jake Stein – 18 possessions and three marks


  • James Worpel – 22 touches and three clearances
  • Kyle Hartigan – 12 possessions and seven marks
  • Jai Serong – 12 disposals 
  • Jackson Callow – four goals, 19 touches and six marks


  • Michael Hibberd – 12 touches and five tackles
  • Adam Tomlinson – 28 possessions and eight marks
  • Oscar Baker – 21 disposals and three clearances
  • Mitch Brown – two goals, 12 touches and five marks
  • Taj Woewodin – one goal, 15 possessions and four marks

North Melbourne

  • Jaidyn Stephenson – 24 touches, five tackles and four clearances
  • Atu Bosenavulagi – 21 disposals, six marks and six tackles
  • Charlie Comben – three goals, 11 possessions and six marks
  • Charlie Lazzaro – 24 touches, six tackles and four clearances
  • Matt McGuinness – 27 disposals and 11 marks

Port Adelaide

  • Xavier Duursma – 19 touches and four clearances
  • Miles Bergman – 17 disposals, four marks and five clearances
  • Mitch Georgiades – two goals, 20 possessions and five marks
  • Jase Burgoyne – 34 touches, six marks and three tackles
  • Martin Frederick – 20 possessions and two tackles


  • Jake Aarts – 20 touches, three tackles and three clearances
  • Riley Collier-Dawkins – 14 disposals, five tackles and two clearances
  • Thomson Dow – one goal, 20 possessions and six clearances
  • Tom Brown – 20 touches and six marks
  • Rhyan Mansell – one goal, 15 disposals and six marks
  • Samson Ryan – 26 hit-outs, five marks and 11 possessions
  • Matthew Parker – two goals, eight tackles and 12 touches
  • Tyler Sonsie – one goal, 25 disposals and five marks
  • Sydney Stack – 17 possessions and four marks

St Kilda

  • Jarryn Geary – one goal, 23 touches and nine marks
  • Jack Billings – one goal, 25 disposals and six tackles
  • Dan Butler – five goals, 23 possessions and five tackles
  • Matthew Allison – one goal, 10 touches and three marks
  • Jarrod Lienert – 21 disposals and seven marks
  • Tom Highmore – 16 possessions and seven marks
  • Leo Connolly – 19 touches and five marks
  • Tom Campbell – one goal, 23 disposals, 50 hit-outs and 11 clearances


  • Hayden McLean – two goals, 12 touches and six marks
  • Dylan Stephens – 37 possessions, 11 marks and eight clearances
  • Ryan Clarke – 30 disposals, five tackles and eight clearances
  • Will Gould – 21 touches and six marks
  • Callum Sinclair – 12 possessions, 21 hit-outs and three clearances
  • Ben Ronke – three goals, 14 disposals and five marks
  • Lewis Taylor – one goal, 38 touches and six clearances
  • James Bell – 22 possessions and five clearances
  • Joel Amartey – one goal, 19 disposals and six tackles

West Coast 

  • Elliot Yeo – nine touches and three marks
  • Dominic Sheed – 18 disposals and two marks
  • Hugh Dixon – three goals, nine possessions and four tackles
  • Patrick Naish – 21 touches and four marks

Western Bulldogs

  • Jamarra Ugle-Hagan – six goals, 16 touches and six marks
  • Mitch Wallis – one goal, 24 disposals and nine marks
  • Hayden Crozier – 12 possessions and four tackles
  • Zaine Cordy – two goals and 11 hit-outs
  • Josh Schache – three goals and seven marks
  • Jason Johannisen – two goals, 13 touches and three marks

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