A host of senior Collingwood players made strong cases to be recalled to the Collingwood side by Nathan Buckley as the Magpies' VFL side tuned up for the season proper with a big win over Bendigo at Victoria Park.
Collingwood was a class above the Gold, extending its lead at every change to ultimately prevail 16.14 (110) to 2.7 (19).
Sam Dwyer, Lachie Keefe and Alex Fasolo were among Collingwood's best, as was much-maligned tall Quinten Lynch. All four missed selection in the senior team's 70-point loss to Fremantle last weekend, and are now likely to come into consideration for the trip to Sydney to face the Swans next Saturday night at ANZ Stadium.
Diminutive forward-cum-midfielder Fasolo was particularly impressive early, appearing to be unhampered by the foot injury which limited him to only three AFL games last season. He was involved in several scoring chains, noticeably polished with his disposal setting up play off half back.
Elsewhere Jackson Sheringham led the way for Geelong in the Cats' three-point victory over Essendon at Simonds Stadium. Sheringham, 25, did not taste any AFL action last season, but was promoted to the Geelong senior list last week after Allen Christensen was placed on the long term injury list.
Fellow AFL-listed players Jake Kolodjashnij, Jed Bews and George Horlin-Smith were also prominent as Geelong pinched a 12.14 (86) to 11.17 (83) win courtesy of a late Mitch Herbison goal.
Defender Courtenay Dempsey got through unscathed from three quarters in his first game back from injury for the Bombers.
Trent Dennis-Lane kept his name in the selection mix for St Kilda, booting four majors as Sandringham thrashed the Northern Blues 16.4 (100) to 4.10 (34) at Visy Park. Dennis-Lane had been named as an emergency for the Saints' clash with Melbourne on Saturday night.
Carlton youngster Nick Graham was the most prolific of the Blues, accumulating 30 possessions, while forward Levi Casboult kicked two goals.
Neville Jetta kicked the winning goal for the Casey Scorpions as they edged Port Melbourne by three points at Casey Fields. Jetta was granted a reprieve in the rookie draft by Paul Roos after initially being delisted by the new Melbourne coach. He was one of a host of Demons to play in the game. Max Gawn and Sam Blease were among the pick of the Melbourne contingent in the 11.8 (74) to 10.11 (71) victory.
Werribee comfortably had the better of North Ballarat in the clash of North Melbourne's affiliates, defeating the Roosters 13.11 (89) to 6.7 (43) at Eureka Stadium. Levi Greenwood had 30 touches for the Tigers, while new Kangaroo Mason Wood kicked two goals.
Frankston was also victorious, overcoming a stubborn Coburg 12.10 (82) to 11.9 (75) at Frankston Park.