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Match Report – GWS Giants vs. Essendon

ESSENDON recruit Devon Smith has enjoyed a happy homecoming at Spotless Stadium, starring in a 35-point victory that handed former side Greater Western Sydney their fourth straight AFL loss. Smith, who requested a trade to the Bombers after he wasn’t picked during the Giants’ 2017 finals campaign, typified the visitors’ pressure...

Match Report – Geelong vs. Carlton

GEELONG have celebrated Gary Ablett’s Kardinia Park homecoming with a hard- fought 28-point win over Carlton. In his first game for the Cats at the venue since departing for a seven-season stint at Gold Coast, Ablett was influential in a dour 11.7 (73) to 5.15 (45) win on Saturday night. The upstart Blues...

Match Report – Brisbane Lions vs. Sydney Swans

WINNING may not be a habit for Brisbane – in fact, the AFL club can’t even spell it. But the plucky Lions still gave Sydney a scare before top-five outfit the Swans held on for a 10.7 (67) to 6.3 (49) victory at a wet Gabba to maintain their nine-year hoodoo. Dayne...

Match Report – Richmond vs. St Kilda

A DECIMATED Richmond have their AFL premiership defence back on track after storming home to defeat a much-improved St Kilda by 28 points at the MCG. Led by small forward Jade Gresham (six goals), the struggling Saints delivered their best performance in weeks but were outclassed when the game was on...

Cox escapes with a fine

MASON Cox has escaped with a fine after being cited for making front-on contact with Jason Johannisen in Collingwood’s win over the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on Friday night. The incident was assessed as careless conduct with low impact to the head by AFL Match Review Officer Michael Christian. Cox has...

Match Report – Collingwood vs. Western Bulldogs

COLLINGWOOD have overcome a sluggish start to sweep to a comfortable 35-point win over the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium. The Bulldogs led by 26 points early in the second quarter, but the Magpies kicked eight unanswered goals after halftime to score a 13.12 (90) to 8.7 (55) win in front of...

Dimma backs Dusty to lift

RICHMOND coach Damien Hardwick admits superstar Dustin Martin needs to lift his defensive workrate after a fortnight well below his AFL best. A week after being locked down by relentless North Melbourne tagger Ben Jacobs, the reigning Brownlow Medallist was somewhat ineffective during last week’s 47-point loss to ladder-leaders West Coast. Most...

No sulking for the Blues

CARLTON coach Brendon Bolton is more worried about fixing team structural issues than the mindset of his players in the lead-up to a rare and daunting AFL trip to Geelong on Saturday. Bolton says his players quickly moved on from their 109-point humiliation against Melbourne with the collective belief reinforced by...

Murphy to miss again for Blues

CARLTON have ruled out skipper Marc Murphy for Saturday’s AFL clash with Geelong, and the Blues skipper could face several weeks on the sidelines as a result of his latest foot injury. Murphy missed five games with a plantar fasciitis injury and disrupted scar tissue in the same foot in his...

Bad break ends Swan’s season

Sydney defender Callum Mills will miss the rest of the AFL season after breaking his foot in a freak accident after training. The Swans say Mills was throwing an American football with teammates on the way back from a cafe on Thursday when he tripped and fell. “It was a really unfortunate...