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Will the Swans murder the Crows?

From the old South Melbourne grounds for the Swans, Rohan Connolly lays down his tips for round six.

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The night's highlights:

- Harley Bennell's brilliant 37-possession, two goal game for the Suns.
- Gold Coast's poise and grit when undermanned against the Dockers
- Rioli (6 goals) and Franklin (5 goals) v Koschitzke (5 goals) and Riewoldt (3 goals)
- Lewis Jetta lighting up the SCG
- The resolute Crows continue their hold over  the high-flying Swans, with Taylor Walker booting five goals, and Patrick Dangerfield continuing his dynamic form.
- Adam Goodes (five goals) going off with an injured hip
- Injuries to Nathan Bock (broken leg) and Sam Fisher (back)
- The thrilling Swans v Crows match at the SCG, which was in dispute all the way.
- 17-year-old Jack Viney, given special dispensation to play for Melbourne's affiliate the Casey Scorpions in the VFL, had his jaw broken in an incident involving Geelong's David Wojcinski. Melbourne coach Mark Neeld described the incident as "disappointing". Jordan Gysberts also had his jaw broken in that game.

ADELAIDE 5.2  8.3  11.6  15.9 (99)
SYDNEY 1.2  7.6  12.7  14.10 (94)
Goals: Adelaide: T Walker 5 I Callinan 3 J Petrenko 3 M Jaensch 2 K Tippett S McKernan. Sydney: A Goodes 5 R O’Keefe 3 K Jack 2 L Jetta 2 J Bolton J Kennedy.
Best: Adelaide: T Walker S Thompson P Dangerfield R Sloane B Reilly J Petrenko. Sydney: L Jetta J Kennedy A Goodes D Hannebery L Parker R O’Keefe.
Umpires: Simon Meredith, Shane McInerney, Heath Ryan.
Official Crowd: 23,969 at SCG.
Possessions: Sydney: Jetta 27, Kennedy 26, Hanneberry 25. Adelaide:Thompson 31, Dangerfield 30, Sloane 29.

Off to the races: Cyril Rioli on his way to another goal at the MCG.

Off to the races: Cyril Rioli on his way to another goal at the MCG. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

HAWTHORN 3.6  8.9  13.11  18.15 (123)
ST KILDA 3.2  7.3  12.7  13.10 (88)
Goals: Hawthorn: C Rioli 6 L Franklin 5 J Roughead 2 B Whitecross D Hale I Smith L Breust P Puopolo. St Kilda: J Koschitzke 5 N Riewoldt 3 A Saad R Stanley S Fisher S Milne T Milera.
Best: Hawthorn: C Rioli L Franklin J Lewis S Mitchell L Shiels B Guerra B Sewell. St Kilda: J Koschitzke L Hayes J Blake J Steven.
Umpires: Robert Findlay, Jacob Mollison, Sam Hay.
Official Crowd: 42,289 at MCG.
Possessions: St KIlda: Goddard 26, Gram, Hayes 24.

FINAL SCORE St Kilda 13.10 (88) v Hawthorn 18.15 (123)
A superb last quarter from the Hawks, who refused to allow another team to come back into a game they had led. They have structural and injury concerns, but at 3-3 remain in contention for a top four berth. St Kilda played with spirit, and would be greatly heartened by the efforts of Koschitzke, Simpkin and Riewoldt, but they lacked the precision of their opponent, and had too few ball winner sand ball carriers when the game was decided.

FINAL SCORE Sydney 14.10 (94) v Adelaide 15.9 (99)
Epic contest ends with the Swans deep inside 50 with the ball in the hands of Jarrad McVeigh. But the siren intervenes and the Crows have recorded a landmark win on the road in front of over 24,000 rabid Swans fans. Adelaide join Sydney at 5-1. Lewis Jetta announces himself as a significant talent with a breakout game. Adam goodes has hurt his hip after another brilliant game. The Crows prove their renaissance is not to be taken for rganted.

Big bird: Lance Franklin in full flight.

Big bird: Lance Franklin in full flight. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Q4 0.30 Sydney 14.10 (94) v Adelaide 15.9 (99)
Crucial mark to Dangerfield on the wing sets up forward thrust which seemingly ends with a goal to Johncock. But there is a video review of the kick from 12 metres out, and a behind is paid as the ball skimmed the post One mroe chance for Sydney.

Q4 1.38 Sydney 14.10 (94) v Adelaide 15.8 (98)
Jetta snap front and centre... just misses. Golden opportunity goes begging.

Q4 2.33 Sydney 14.9 (93) v Adelaide 15.8 (98)
Deep in Adelaide's forward line. Throw-in.

Lewis Jetta of the Swans competes for the ball with Sam Jacobs of the Crows.

Lewis Jetta of the Swans competes for the ball with Sam Jacobs of the Crows. Photo: Getty Images

Q4 2.33 Sydney 14.9 (93) v Adelaide 15.8 (98)
Ball camped in crowded Sydney forward line, before the midfield pack moves Adelaide's way.

Q4 22 mins gone Sydney 14.8 (92) v Adelaide 15.8 (98)
End to end stuff at tthe SCG. Crows get caught out without a forward line after thrusting into defence, then Jetta kicks out on the full. Composure needed in frantic final minutes.

Q4 21 mins gone Sydney 14.8 (92) v Adelaide 15.8 (98)

Buddy Franklin makes friends with Sean Dempster and Jason Blake.

Buddy Franklin makes friends with Sean Dempster and Jason Blake. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Q4 5.27 St Kilda 13.7 (85) v Hawthorn 17.15 (117)
GOAL. Hawks. Hale.
Strong contested mark at half forward from the quiet big man, whose major contribution perviously had been his hit-outs (28).

Q4 12 mins gone Sydney 14.8 (92) v Adelaide 15.7 (97)
Sydney, lit up by Lewis Jetta, again come back when they looked finished. Jetta 24 touches and a goal.

Q4 7.11 St Kilda 13.7 (85) v Hawthorn 16.15 (111)
GOAL. Saints. Milne.
Great work from Koschitzke, who smothers a clearing kick, then handpasses to Milne, who rolls it home from close range.

The Suns celebrate Karmichael Hunt's gola on the stroke of half-time.

The Suns celebrate Karmichael Hunt's gola on the stroke of half-time. Photo: Getty Images

Q4 8.30 St Kilda 12.7 (79) v Hawthorn 16.15 (111)
GOAL. Hawks. Puopolo.
Rebound off Riewoldt lead on the wing started by Stratton and ended by Puopolo's bouncing snap from 25 metres. Dominant last term performance from the Hawks.

Q4 12 mins gone Sydney 12.7 (79) v Adelaide 15.7 (97)
Crows making a statement early in the last term. They have set the pace all night and have now reasserted their dominance. Walker 5 goals; Callinan, Petrenko 3.

Q4 11.11 St Kilda 12.7 (79) v Hawthorn 15.14 (104)
GOAL. Hawks. Franklin.
Buddy gets away with a jumper pull on dempster which leaves him with nothing in front of him but the goalface. He dribbles it home for his 5th goal. Saints just not getting forward enough, and when they do, they are not delivering well enough to their forwards.

Clancee Pearce feels the pressure.

Clancee Pearce feels the pressure. Photo: Getty Images

Q4 8 mins gone Sydney 12.7 (79) v Adelaide 14.7 (91)
Goodes off the ground hurt, and now subbed out, leaving the Swans without an effective target. No score this term for Swans, three goals to the Crows.

Q4 13.44 St Kilda 12.7 (79) v Hawthorn 14.14 (98)
GOAL. Hawks. Franklin. 
Long kick to the goal line, Buddy too strong and big one-out. Saints really missing the defensive and offensive contribution of the injured Sam Fisher.

Q4 14.49 St Kilda 12.7 (79) v Hawthorn 13.14 (92)
Incessant attack from Hawthorn, Saints just holding on, with all their players back.

James Podsiadly was a threat in the air all day for the Cats.

James Podsiadly was a threat in the air all day for the Cats. Photo: Pat Scala PDS

INJURY UPDATE: Nathan Bock suffered a fractured right tibia during the opening term of the Gold Coast SUNS game against Fremantle at Metricon Stadium.

Bock will require surgery over the weekend to repair the damage and is expected to miss a substantial period of time.

Q4 3 mins gone Sydney 12.7 (79) v Adelaide 13.6 (84)
Walker's fifth, and Jaensch's second goal get the Crows back in front.

Q4 18.40 St Kilda 12.7 (79) v Hawthorn 13.12 (90)
Armitage drops a mark in the corridor which lets Hodge in. Savage set shot from 45 metres out floats left. Armitage is off the ground with a sore back after being caught in front of Hodge in a marking duel.

Angus Monfries pitches in.

Angus Monfries pitches in. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Q4 Sydney 12.7 (79) v Adelaide 11.6 (72)

THREE QUARTER TIME Sydney 12.7 (79) v Adelaide 11.6 (72)
Five goals to three that term for the Swans. Five goals to Goodes. They have gone inside-50 51 times to 33, but key forward Sam Reid (five touches) has been well held. Taylor Walker has booted four majors for the Crows, taking up the slack from Kurt Tippett (five touches, one goal).

THREE QUARTER TIME St Kilda 12.7 (79) v Hawthorn 13.11 (89)
Milne marks inside 50 just before the siren after good work from Milera. He can't play on, as he prefers, and his set shot drifts wide. Good comeback from the Saints after the Hawks looked set to run away with the game on the back of Rioli's theatrics. Surely the Hawks won't fade again? Stratton was back in defence in the final minutes of that quarter, after he missed much of the game following a head knock.

Tom Hawkins and James Sellar battle for possession.

Tom Hawkins and James Sellar battle for possession. Photo: Pat Scala PDS

Q3 1.27 St Kilda 12.6 (78) v Hawthorn 13.11 (89)
Franklin's turn to miss an easy shot after a strong mark inside 50.

Q3 2.52 St Kilda 12.6 (78) v Hawthorn 13.10 (88)
Riewoldt marks directly in front 40 metres out, and misses. That was a chance to consolidate momentum for the Saints, who look likely to mark every time they get inside 50.

Q3 4.00 St Kilda 12.5 (77) v Hawthorn 13.10 (88)
GOAL. Saints. Koschitzke.
Five majors for Kosi. This time a long kick into a crowded goalsquare and he judges the ball so much better than Schoenmakers that he grabs it untouched despite hvaing twelve players within five metres.

Charlie Dixon of the Suns marks over Jonathon Griffin of the Dockers.

Charlie Dixon of the Suns marks over Jonathon Griffin of the Dockers. Photo: Getty Images

Q3 5.37 St Kilda 11.5 (71) v Hawthorn 13.10 (88)
GOAL. Saints Koschitzke.
Another mark close to goal for Kosi, who had Hodge for an opponent that time. Four goals for the key forward. Hawks vulnerable at the back if the Saints can get it that far - Stratton is out, as is Gibson, and their key backs are not their strongest feature to begin with.

Q3 20 mins gone Sydney 10.6 (66) v Adelaide 10.5 (65)
Goodes, Walker 4 goals. Jetta, Thompson 21 disposals.

Q3 8.38 St Kilda 10.4 (65) v Hawthorn 13.10 (88)
GOAL. Hawks. Roughead.
Big man marks 45 metres out after smooth transition play, and converts the set shot without fuss. His solid form could be very important in the long run for the Hawks. Rucks: Blake 15 hit-outs, 9 possessions. Hale 23 hit-outs and 6 touches.

Q3 10.53 St Kilda 10.4 (64) v Hawthorn 12.10 (82)
All the statistical measure are equal except for inside-50s, where Hawthorn leads 36 to 26.

Q3 10.53 St Kilda 10.4 (64) v Hawthorn 12.9 (81)
GOAL. Saints. Stanley. St Kilda is not giving in, but the conversion from the superstars at the other end is making it hard for them to keep up. Rioli is now one-out inside 50 for the Hawks.

Q3 11.36 St Kilda 9.4 (58) v Hawthorn 12.9 (81)
Rioli converts a half-chance from 45 metres, turning and kicking a searing drop punt for his sixth goal. Why play Rioli anywhere but forward? Goals are the hardest thing to come by, and he's deadly in the front half.

Q3 8 mins gone Sydney 9.6 (60) v Adelaide 10.4 (64)
Walker four goals for the Crows.

Q3 13.40 St Kilda 9.4 (58) v Hawthorn 11.9 (75)
Rioli ducks his head, gets a free kick then a 50-metre penalty for abuse, which guarantees a goal. Saad had put the Saint back in range with a brilliant snap from 40 metres. Saints fans going spare. Rioli has five goals.

Q3 8 mins gone Sydney 9.6 (60) v Adelaide 9.4 (58)
Goodes 3 goals. Swans in front for the first time.

Q3 17.24 St Kilda 8.3 (51) v Hawthorn 10.9 (69)
GOAL. Saints. Koschitzke.
Third contested mark and goal for the big man. Despite both teams pressing all player on the ball at stoppages, this is a surpisingly open, free-scoring game, featuring goals from all the high-flying stars. St Kilda are probably missing a contribution from Milne at ground level to match that of Rioli. Kosi and Riewoldt have six goals between them Franklina dn Rioli seven. Milne: five touches, no score.

Q3 18.45 St Kilda 7.3 (45) v Hawthorn 10.9 (69)
GOAL. Hawks. Rioli.
Cyril decides to outdo Budddy with an electrifying run straight off the re-start. Four goals for Rioli, 3 for Franklin, and the Hawks now have a handy buffer.

Q3 St Kilda 7.3 (45) v Hawthorn 9.9 (63)
GOAL. Hawks. Franklin.
Turnover in midfield leaves Hawks one-out in attack and Rioli, Roughead, and Buddy combine, Franklin running in and using a banana kick from close range.

Q3 St Kilda 7.3 (45) v Hawthorn 8.9 (57)
Huge blow for St Kilda: Fisher subbed out for Saad with a back or hamstring problem.

HALF-TIME St Kilda 7.3 (45) v Hawthorn 8.9 (57)
St Kilda: Goddard 15 disposals; Steven, Fisher 14. Riewoldt 3 goals, Koschitzke 2. Hawthorn: Liam Shiels 18 touches, Guerra, Smith 14. Rioli 3 goals, Franklin 2.

HALF-TIME Sydney 7.6 (48) v Adelaide 8.3 (51)
Lewis Jetta 15 disposals; Goodes, Jack 2 goals. Scott Thompson 18 disposals; Reilly 15, van Berlo, Sloane, Smith, Henderson 13. Walker 3 goals, Callinan 2.

Q2 2.02 St Kilda 7.3 (45) v Hawthorn 8.9 (57)
GOAL. Hawks. Breust.
Marks on the lead low down, then converts clincially from 35 on a 45 degree angle.

Q2 27 mins gone Sydney 7.6 (48) v Adelaide 8.3 (51)
Swans have fought back from a  four-goal deficit and their intensity is lifting.

Q2 2.02 St Kilda 7.3 (45) v Hawthorn 7.9 (51)
GOAL. Saints. Riewoldt.
The stars are shining. Goddard evasive brilliance sets up Riewoldt, who snaps on the left from close range. Three majors for Riewodlt and Rioli; two for Franklin.

Q2 2.42 St Kilda 6.3 (39) v Hawthorn 7.9 (51)
GOAL. Hawks. Rioli.
Third major for the magician, who capitalises on the hard-running Smith's mark and long kick from the centre circle.

Q2 22 mins gone Sydney 5.5 (35) v Adelaide 8.3 (51)
Goodes 10 possessions and two goals.

Q2 5.28 St Kilda 6.3 (39) v Hawthorn 6.8 (44)
Hodge has come back on after being off for most of the quarter with a corked hip. He is limping heavily. Ben Stratton is already sidelined with suspected concussion, but he has not yet been subbed out.

Q2 6.42 St Kilda 6.3 (39) v Hawthorn 6.8 (44)
GOAL. Saints. Fisher.
Sustained pressure from St Kilda inside 50 coughs up a scramble kick which ends up in the backman's hands 45 out. Fisher elads St KIlda with 12 disposals and four marks.

Q2 15 mins gone Sydney 3.5 (23) v Adelaide 7.2 (44)
Walker three goals, including two from outside 50. It is a midfield pack battle.

Q2 11.15 St Kilda 5.3 (33) v Hawthorn 6.7 (43)
GOAL. Saints. Riewoldt.
Gilbert intercept mark in the corridor. He kicks long to lateral lead from Riewoldt, who marks strongly and converts with a drop punt from 40 metres out.

Q2 13.02 St Kilda 4.3 (27) v Hawthorn 6.7 (43)
GOAL. Hawks. Franklin.
Buddy outmarked two in the goal square. He has 2.3 and is looming as a major problem for the Saints.

Q2 8 mins gone Sydney 3.3 (21) v Adelaide 6.2 (38)
Walker answers with a long set shot after the Swans had booted the first two goals of the second term. Thompson 14 possessions for the Crows; Josh kennedy 11 for the Swans.

Q2 14.02 St Kilda 4.3 (27) v Hawthorn 5.6 (36)
GOAL. Hawks. Roughead.

Q2 15.02 St Kilda 4.3 (27) v Hawthorn 4.6 (30)
Goal-saving tackle from the tall but quick Boumann on Milne close to goal.

Q2 17.20 St Kilda 4.2 (26) v Hawthorn 4.6 (30)
GOAL. Hawks. Whitecross.
Mitchell defies the mauling pack at centre half forward with a deft left foot lateral pass which Whitecross marks 46 metres out. Long straight conversion from the useful utility. Stratton has not returned to play since early in the first quarter and is being assessed for concussion. Luke Hodge has taken a heavy blow and has limped off.

Q2 18.59 St Kilda 4.2 (26) v Hawthorn 3.6 (24)
GOAL. St Kilda. Koschitzke.
Riewoldt kicks long to the hot spot, 25 metres out, and Kosi judges it better than anyone else, taking an uncontested chest mark in the middle of the pack.

Q2 St Kilda 3.2 (20) v Hawthorn 3.6 (24)
Possessions: St Kilda Steven, Hayes 8; Geary, Fisher 7. Hawthorn: Hodge, Shiels Smith 9.

QUARTER TIME Sydney 1.2 (8) v Adelaide 5.2 (32)
Last three goals of the quarter to the Crows. Like Collingwood, they seem to have a hold over the Harbour city team.

QUARTER TIME St Kilda 3.2 (20) v Hawthorn 3.6 (24)
Rioli missed a set shot from 35 metres in the final seconds.

Q1 1.00 St Kilda 3.2 (20) v Hawthorn 3.5 (23)
GOAL. Saints. Riewoldt. Fine left foot snap from 35 metres from the skipper.

Q1 1.55 St Kilda 2.2 (14) v Hawthorn 3.5 (23)
GOAL. Hawks. Rioli.

Q1 2.54 St Kilda 2.2 (14) v Hawthorn 2.5 (17)
Stanley misses a set shot from 30 metres after outrunning David Hale; the Hawks have also missed several gettable shots.

Q1 Sydney 1.2 (8) v Adelaide 2.2 (14)
Goals: Syd: Kennedy. Adel: Tippett, Walker.

Q1 10.00 St Kilda 2.1 (13) v Hawthorn 2.4 (16)
GOAL. Saints. Milera.
Clinical finish from set shot 40 metres out after St Kilda beat the zone. Ben Stratton has taken a heavy knock and is being assessed on the bench.

FREMANTLE 3.0  5.3  10.7  14.10 (94)
GOLD COAST SUNS 3.1  8.2  10.2  14.3 (87)
Goals: Fremantle: C Mayne 3 M De Boer 3 L Neale 2 D Roberton M Pavlich R Crowley S Hill T Mzungu Z Clarke. Gold Coast Suns: D Swallow 3 H Bennell 3 C Brown J Brennan J Caddy K Hunt L Russell M Shaw S Day S Iles.
Best: Fremantle: C Mayne C Pearce M De Boer R Crowley D Mundy G Ibbotson. Gold Coast Suns: H Bennell D Prestia S Iles D Swallow K Hunt M Warnock.
Umpires: Chris Kamolins, Mathew Nicholls, Andrew Mitchell.
Official Crowd: 11,670 at Gold Coast Stadium.

Match report: click here.

Q1 13.16 St Kilda 1.1 (7) v Hawthorn 2.3 (15)
GOAL. Hawks. Franklin.
Steven misses from close range after accepting advantage on Goddard free kick; Hawks rush the length of the ground from kick out and Buddy converts from the pocket.

Q1 Sydney 0.1 (1) v Adelaide 1.0 (6)
Walker the goalkicker for the Crows.

Q1 17.55 St Kilda 1.0 (6) v Hawthorn 1.0 (6)
GOAL. Hawks. Rioli.
Classic crumbing from Cyril - he toe pokes the major from a metre out. Clinton Jones is tagging Sam Mitchell, who had one of his very few quiet days last week against Sydney.

Q1 18.39 St Kilda 1.0 (6) v Hawthorn 0.0 (0)
GOAL. St Kilda. Koschitzke.
Contested mark and a fine set shot from 45 metres from the tall, late replacement for the injured Ben McEvoy.

St Kilda 0.0 (0) v Hawthorn 0.0 (0)
Sean Dempster has started on Buddy Franklin.

St Kilda v Hawthorn, MCG. Saints ruckman Ben McEvoy is out with an injured knee, for up to six weeks. Justin Koschitzke is back for St Kilda.

Sydney v Adelaide, SCG. The Crows have won 11 of their past 13 against the Swans.

FINAL SCORE Gold Coast 14.3 (87) v Fremantle 14.10 (94)
This was a remendous game, proving it is always worthshile taking a gander at even the most obscure AFL fixtures. Every now and again you get a thriller like that where the underdog plays out of its skin. Gold Coast, hard-hit by injury, will take almost as much out of that game as the victors. Harley Bennell came of age in the midfield, his brilliance and persistence almost dragging the Suns over the Line. After a poor start to their second season, the Suns are now becoming a highly competitive unit. The Dockers badly missed injured midfield star Nathan Fyfe, and looked one-paced and devoid of attacking options. But they found a way to win against a fired-up opponent. That will be all that matters later in the season.

FINAL SCORE Gold Coast 14.3 (87) v Fremantle 14.10 (94)
Possessions: Suns: Bennell 37, Prestia 32, Iles 29, Horsley 25, Hunt 22. Dockers: Pearce 29, Ibbotson 26, Crowley, Johnson, Mundy 25.

FINAL SCORE Gold Coast 14.3 (87) v Fremantle 14.10 (94)
GOAL. Dockers. Mzungu.
Dockers lock it in their forward line, then Mzungu soccers off the ground with two seconds left for the sealer. Pavlich started that move kicking the ball while lying on his back.

Q4 0.40 Gold Coast 14.3 (87) v Fremantle 13.10 (88)

Half-forward for Fremantle.

Q4 1.11 Gold Coast 14.3 (87) v Fremantle 13.10 (88)
Dockers go forward after the Suns messed up their thrust with a miskick. Pearce had played on and was tackled but was allowed to take his kick.

Q4 2.29 Gold Coast 14.3 (87) v Fremantle 13.10 (88)
GOAL. Suns. Bennell.
Bennell, already best on ground, caps his three Borwnlow votes with another superb snap under pressure from 40 metres. He is an elite performer - that was his 37th disposal. Epic effort from Gold Coast this.

Q4 3.01 Gold Coast 13.3 (81) v Fremantle 13.10 (88)
A 20-player pack in the middle of the ground will decide the game. The Dockers wrest it free first.

Q4 4.24 Gold Coast 13.3 (81) v Fremantle 13.10 (88)
GOAL. Dockers. Mayne.
The ball travels end to end, but the Dockers get it to the more dangerous spot in front of goal, 20 metres out, and Mayne is hit high by a desperate tackle. A 50-metre penalty makes sure of the goal to Mayne.

Q4 5.56 Gold Coast 13.3 (81) v Fremantle 12.10 (82)
GOAL. Dockers. Pavlich.
Stoppage 20 metres out; spillage to the right and Pavlich, unsighted most of the game, snaps truly. High drama as the Suns strive for their first home ground win.

Q4 8.20 Gold Coast 13.3 (81) v Fremantle 11.10 (76)
GOAL. Suns.
Brilliant combinations from a midfield stoppage, including going through Swallow, and the foot passes end with Brown, who converts from 40 metres out.

Q4 9.27 Gold Coast 12.3 (75) v Fremantle 11.10 (76)
Mzungu misses from directly in front unopposed after taking three bounces. We have the close one!

Q4 10.05 Gold Coast 12.3 (75) v Fremantle 11.8 (74)
GOAL. Suns. Bennell.
Weller gathers with skill and determination from a stoppage and hands off to Bennell, whose brilliant snap puts the hosts back in front.

Q4 10.41 Gold Coast 11.3 (69) v Fremantle 11.8 (74)
Hunt marks on the bboundary and curls his set shot wide for a behind.

Q4 11.30 Gold Coast 11.2 (68) v Fremantle 11.8 (74)
GOAL. Dockers. De Boer.
Brennan tries to beat the field in a huge pack 20 metres from goal and de Boer converts the gimme free kick. A similar holding the ball decision could have been paid from the previous ball-up, but Brennan was caught.

Q4 14.24 Gold Coast 11.2 (68) v Fremantle 10.8 (68)
Mundy runs into an open goal and misses to the right from 20 metres. Freo look sluggish despite their opponent being shorthanded, this game is up for grabs.

Q4 15.28 Gold Coast 11.2 (68) v Fremantle 10.7 (67)
GOAL. Suns. Brennan.
Brennan marks on the boundary line and Ballantyne pushes him late, giving away 50 metres and putting Brennan in the goal square. Terribly undisciplined play from Ballantyne, who has had a forgettable game.

Q4 16.17 Gold Coast 10.2 (62) v Fremantle 10.7 (67)
This is a real slog, the Suns are giving it everything. Bennell is reaching new heights in the midfield, Swallow is gallantly playing on as a forward despite his ankle injury.

Q4 Gold Coast 10.2 (62) v Fremantle 10.7 (67)
Possessions: Suns: Bennell 27, Prestia 23, Iles 22. Dockers: Pearce 23, Crowley 22, Ibbotson 22.
The Dockers ought to have the legs to run over the top of the Suns. The Suns are endeavouring to control the tempo of the game with foot passing, but when such switching of the play comes unstuck, it generally leads to scoring opportunities for the Dockers.

THREE QUARTER TIME Gold Coast 10.2 (62) v Fremantle 10.7 (67)
David Swallow can barely walk, Nathan Bock is in hospital with a auspsected broken leg, Jared Brennan is being assessed by doctors and Trent Mckenzie also has injury issues. The Dockers are gradually overhauling the beleaguered Suns.

Q3 5.21 Gold Coast 10.2 (62) v Fremantle 10.5 (65)

Q3 7.18 Gold Coast 10.2 (62) v Fremantle 9.5 (59)
GOAL. Dockers. De Boer.
Contested mark from Clarke sets De Boer the task close to goal, and he holds offf his opponent and boots the ball off the ground from the top of the square.

Q3 8.03 Gold Coast 10.2 (62) v Fremantle 8.5 (53)
GOAL. Dockers. Neale.
Huge Mayne tackle on a lairising Iles sets up a long shot from Neale which bounces through.

Q3 9.45 Gold Coast 10.2 (62) v Fremantle 7.4 (46)
GOAL. Suns. Swallow.
Harley Bennell's perfect foot pass finds the injured Swallow 40 out, and the midfielder is able to push it through for a goal from his set shot despite looking hampered. Now it appears Jared Brennan has a knee issue - the Suns are running out of experienced players, with Bock injured during the game and Rischitelli, Ablett and Harbrow sidelined.

Q3 11.03 Gold Coast 9.2 (56) v Fremantle 7.4 (46)
Senior Dockers not delivering: Duffield, Barlow, Broughton, Pavlich, Ballantyne, Mzungu could all do more for the Fremantle cause. None have had a big influence on the game.

Saints blow

St Kilda Ruckman, Ben McEvoy, has been withdrawn from the selected team due to a knee injury suffered at training late this week.

Scans have indicated some loose cartilage which will require an arthroscope on Monday morning.

It is anticipated that Ben will miss 4-6 weeks.

Q3 11.42 Gold Coast 9.2 (56) v Fremantle 7.4 (46)
GOAL. Dockers. Roberton.
Fringe player jumps up with a contested mark on fifty, and a long,straight bomb for a major. They needed that.

Q3 12.45 Gold Coast 9.2 (56) v Fremantle 6.4 (40)
GOAL. Suns. Shaw.
Thrilling goal to Gold Coast, started by a shimmy in midfield from hunt, which helped extract the footy from the pack. Shaw's high snap on a severe angle followed big efforts from Bennell and Horsley.

Q3 14.36 Gold Coast 8.2 (50) v Fremantle 6.4 (40)
Stephen Hill has been subbed out after vainly trying to defy a badly corked thigh. Lee Spurr is his replacement. Davd Swallow has had his ankle treated and may play on.

Q3 16.22 Gold Coast 8.2 (50) v Fremantle 6.3 (39)
GOAL. Dockers. Mayne.
High snap from close range is paid a goal after a video review. The Dockers have moved McPharlin to the forward line from defence in a bid to improve their scoring power, but it is their midfield which needs to lift.

Today's earlier games:

ESSENDON 8.3  12.9  16.12  19.15 (129)
BRISBANE 4.1  7.4  8.4  9.8 (62)
Goals: Essendon: S Crameri 4 A Davey 3 L Jetta 3 A Monfries 2 S Lonergan 2 C Dempsey J Melksham J Watson N Lovett-Murray R Dyson. Brisbane: J Brown 2 J Crisp 2 J Polec 2 A Cornelius A McGrath B Hudson.
Best: Essendon: B Stanton S Lonergan J Watson D Heppell D Zaharakis T Bellchambers J Melksham A Davey. Brisbane: J Redden D Rich J Brown S Black.
Umpires: Brett Rosebury, Stefan Grun, Gary Fila.
Official Crowd: 36,361 at Etihad Stadium.

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GEELONG 3.5  9.11  15.14  17.17 (119)
MELBOURNE 3.0  6.1  10.5  11.10 (76)
Goals: Geelong: J Podsiadly 3 P Chapman 3 S Johnson 3 A Mackie 2 J Bartel 2 J Kelly J Stringer S Motlop T Hawkins. Melbourne: M Clark 4 M Bate 2 N Jones 2 A Davey J Howe L Dunn.
Best: Geelong: S Johnson J Corey P Chapman M Duncan S Motlop J Podsiadly C Enright H Taylor. Melbourne: M Clark J Frawley N Jones M Jamar.
Injuries: Geelong: J Bartel (ankle) T Lonergan (ankle) replaced in selected side by T Gillies, J Selwood (concussion) replaced in selected side by S Byrnes. Melbourne: J Grimes (ankle).
Reports: Nil.
Umpires: Stuart Wenn, Jordan Bannister, Craig Fleer.
Venue: Skilled Stadium.
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HALF-TIME Gold Coast 8.2 (50) v Fremantle 5.3 (33)

Here's AAP's take on Nathan Bock: The AFL season of stand-in Gold Coast Suns skipper Nathan Bock appears over after he was rushed to hospital with a broken leg before halftime of the Suns’ clash with Fremantle.Bock, acting as captain with Gary Ablett (knee) sidelined, fractured his lower right leg when he collided with Matt de Boer as he flew high attempting a spoil in defence.The Suns confirmed the former Adelaide full-back was on his way to hospital before the second quarter finished.

 HALF-TIME Gold Coast 8.2 (50) v Fremantle 5.3 (33)
GOAL. Suns. Hunt.
Karmichael Hunt, resting forward, gets on the end of a good foot pass 35 metres out, with one second left in the half. He kicks truly after the siren, and teammates swamp him in jubilation. Hunt is making telling contributions around the packs in midfield, and improving every week. Perhaps more importantly, he is obviously respected and revered by his teammates and fans. That piece of recruitment is a winner. The Dockers now have the lead they deserve. But can they keep up the pace for the entirety of the second half? One would expecte at least a couple of the more credentialled Docker midfielders will lift in the second half. 

 Q2 1.17 Gold Coast 7.2 (44) v Fremantle 5.2 (32)
The Suns have owned the footy for three minutes, sharing it by foot. Rising ruck star Zac Smith (11 possessions) is back to his best, making plenty of dangerous moves forward and doing well at ground level in stoppages.

Q2 4.11 Gold Coast 7.2 (44) v Fremantle 5.2 (32)
GOAL. Suns. Russell.
The Suns use their neat foot skills to set up a shot from 40 out after a Docker midfield turnover. It appears Swallow was hurt by another of the contentious 'slide' tackles. Tony Shaw says it is "very, very identical" to the incident in which Swans winger Gary Rohan broke his leg.

Q2 5.06 Gold Coast 6.2 (38) v Fremantle 5.2 (32)
Another potentially huge injury blow to the Suns with David Swallow - 11 possessions, 2 goals - helped off the ground by trainers with an injury to his left ankle.

Q2 7.04 Gold Coast 6.2 (38) v Fremantle 5.2 (32)
GOAL. Dockers. Clarke.
Zac Clarke outmarks Tom Lynch 20 out directly in front. The Dockers have dug deep to stay in touch in the last three minutes.

Q2 8.18 Gold Coast 6.2 (38) v Fremantle 4.2 (26)
The Suns midfield is winning mroe contests, and spreading more effectively, than its more heralded opponent. But the Dockers are feasting on Suns errors.

Q2 10.18 Gold Coast 6.2 (38) v Fremantle 4.2 (26)
Another terrible decision, this time from Trent McKenzie to traverse midfield, instead of going deep inside 50, and Pavlich ends up with a set shot on the rebound. If Gold Coast eradicate the howlers, they will establish a good lead here, they're right on top.

Q2 11.47 Gold Coast 6.1 (37) v Fremantle 4.1 (25)
GOAL. Suns. Day.
Clearance from a massive centre field pack by Hunt puts Day in good position 15 metres out. Zac Dawson collapses on top of him and the young spearhead converts the free kick from directly in front. Karmichael Hunt's eight possessions have been telling.

Q2 12.47 Gold Coast 5.1 (31) v Fremantle 4.1 (25)
GOAL. Dockers. Crowley.
Shocking turnover in midfield exposes the Suns defence. The Suns had kicked five in a row before that glitch.

Q2 13.53 Gold Coast 5.1 (31) v Fremantle 3.1 (19)
GOAL. Suns. Caddy.
Another snapped goal from a boundary line throw-in, with Caddy making something out of nothing from the middle of a big pack in the forward pocket. This is an intriguing game, which Gold Coast are currently dictating with their foot skills. How long can they keep up this intensity?

TEAM NEWS. Ash Smith has withdrawn from the West Coast side to play North Melbourne tomorrow, due to an ankle injury. Brad Sheppard will now take his place in the 22 and Blayne Wilson has been added to the emergency list.

Q2 19.40 Gold Coast 4.1 (25) v Fremantle 3.0 (18)
GOAL. Suns. Swallow.
Slick work in close from the centre clearance by the Sunsand a clinical finish on the run 45 metres out from the gifted midfielder. You can't help but enjoy goals kicked by uber tagger Ryan Crowley's opponents.

Sometimes the footy news cycle moves too fast. I was unaware that St Kilda changing its name was a major concern, but the club felt it was enough of an issue for them to release the following statement:

"The St Kilda Football Club will not be changing its name."

"The Football Club has been St Kilda and the Saints for the past 139 years, and there are no plans to change the name.

"St Kilda may consider using the ‘Saints’ name to promote the Club when playing in Wellington, New Zealand."

QUARTER TIME Gold Coast 3.1 (19) v Fremantle 3.0 (18)
Possessions: Suns: Prestia 11, Bennell 7, Bock 7; Dockers: Pearce 12, Crowley 10, Mundy 10.
Speedster Stephen Hill has not re-emerged since early in the term. His hamstring is strapped, but apparently it is his quad muscle that has taken a heavy knock. His fate will be decided in the first ten minutes of this second quarter. Nathan Bock has suffered a suspected fracture of the lower leg and was subbed out for Josh Toy.

QUARTER TIME Gold Coast 3.1 (19) v Fremantle 3.0 (18)
The Suns have won their first first quarter of 2012, and deservedly so. They lead every relevant statistical category narrowly, and that smart goal to Bennell finally brought the scoreboard into line. The Suns so far have won contested possessions 49-41, disposal efficiency 75%-74%, clearances 15-7, and inside-50s 16-13. They regrouped very well after the serious Bock injury with four minutes to go, and really only struggled for one period mid-quarter when the Dockers kicked their three goals within a minute and a half.

Q1 0.52 Gold Coast 3.1 (19) v Fremantle 3.0 (18)
GOAL. Suns. Bennell.
Karmichael Hunt weaves through a heavily congested stoppage and handballs to Bennell, who finishes superbly on the run on and angle from 40.

Q1 4.00 Gold Coast 2.1 (13) v Fremantle 3.0 (18)
Nathan Bock looks to have suffered a serious leg injury in a marking duel with Mat de Boer. He signalled immediately for trainers, hasn't moved, and appears likely to have damaged a bone in his right leg. A huge blow for Nathan, and the Suns. He is their next most valuable player behind Gary Ablett. Bock has been carried offf on a stretcher after a long break as he weas tended on the ground by trainers and doctors. Josh Toy has been subbed in for Bock.

Q1 5.11 Gold Coast 2.1 (13) v Fremantle 3.0 (18)
GOAL. Suns. Iles.
Gold Coast breaks the Docker zone and two kicks over the top of opponents end with Sam Day, whose handpass over the top is taken by Sam Iles fifteen metres out under pressure on a tight angle. Excellent snapped dribble goal on the left foot excites the small crowd.

Q1 7.37 Gold Coast 1.1 (7) v Fremantle 3.0 (18)
GOAL. GCS. Swallow.
Zac Smith feeds Swallow from a forward line throw-in and the talented youngster snaps around the corner superbly. Controversial tagger Ryan Crowley is his opponent, and he's not happy at having conceded a goal. Nathan Bock is manning up Matthew Pavlich at centre-half-back, but they way this game is being played, he is seeing plenty of the other end of the ground.

Q1 8.38 Gold Coast 0.1 (1) v Fremantle 3.0 (18)
The game has changed completely after being dominated by the Suns in the first ten minutes. Now its the Suns pushing numbers back into defence.

Q1 10.04 Gold Coast 0.1 (1) v Fremantle 3.0 (18)
GOAL. Freo. Neale, Mayne.
The Dockers break the shackles after their first major, winning the next two centre clearances to set up players in the goal square.

Q1 11.22 Gold Coast 0.1 (1) v Fremantle 1.0 (6)
GOAL. Freo. Hill.
Stoppage on the wing, tap to Broughton. His brilliant left foot kick hits Hill running at full pace into an open goal. It took some special skill to break the goal drought.

Q1 12.04 Gold Coast 0.1 (1) v Fremantle 0.0 (0)
Dion Prestia is in everything for the Suns, and he has won seven touches.

Q1 12.54 Gold Coast 0.0 (0) v Fremantle 0.0 (0)
Plenty of pressure and hard running early as the Suns take it up to the Dockers. The ball is sopending much of its time in the Gold Coast half, with Fremantle apparently happy to congest the Suns forward line and rely on fast breaks into open space.

4.25pm:

ESSENDON 8.3  12.9  16.12  19.15 (129)
BRISBANE 4.1  7.4  8.4  9.8 (62)
Goals: Essendon: S Crameri 4 A Davey 3 L Jetta 3 A Monfries 2 S Lonergan 2 C Dempsey J Melksham J Watson N Lovett-Murray R Dyson. Brisbane: J Brown 2 J Crisp 2 J Polec 2 A Cornelius A McGrath B Hudson.
Umpires: Brett Rosebury, Stefan Grun, Gary Fila.
Official Crowd: 36,361 at Etihad Stadium.

GEELONG 3.5  9.11  15.14  17.17 (119)
MELBOURNE 3.0  6.1  10.5  11.10 (76)
Goals: Geelong: J Podsiadly 3 P Chapman 3 S Johnson 3 A Mackie 2 J Bartel 2 J Kelly J Stringer S Motlop T Hawkins. Melbourne: M Clark 4 M Bate 2 N Jones 2 A Davey J Howe L Dunn.
Umpires: Stuart Wenn, Jordan Bannister, Craig Fleer.
Venue: Skilled Stadium.

4.18pm:

FINAL SCORES:
Geelong 17.17 (119) d Melbourne 11.10 (76)
Essendon 19.15 (129) d Brisbane 9.8 (62)

The Bombers led throughout, and established a five-goal lead early in the first quarter. Geelong led into a strong breeze and dominated possession. Stanton, Heppell and Watson excelled as the Bombers outran the listing Lions. Steve Johnson had 35 possessions and kicked three goals for the Cats, and Corey, Duncan and Enright won a heap of the ball. The Demons matched the Cats for contested possessions, showing their resolve, but they spent long periods of the game chasing their opponents, whose skill level was far superior.

4.10pm Live scores

Essendon and Geelong are winning easily as expected, against Brisbane and Melbourne. At Etihad Stadium, the bigger news than the 10-goals plus margin is the knee injury suffered by Stewart Crameri late in the game. The most productive Bomber forward with 18 possessions and four goals, Crameri fell heavily, but later was walking unaided. Essendon needs him fit and firing to remain a finals contender.

At Simonds Stadium, Chloe Saltau reports that Geelong captain Joel Selwood was a late omission from the Cats team that played the Demons. He was still suffering the effects from his blow to the head from Lions tagger Andrew Raines.

Selwood withdrew from the team with concussion, after coach Chris Scott said earlier in the week he was "still sick and sore" from the blow. Brisbane tagger Raines was suspended for the retaliatory strike on the Cats star, who was cleared by the match review panel for his part in the incident.

Defender Tom Lonergan also withdrew from the team to play the Demons with general soreness, and the pair was replaced with Shannon Byrnes and Tom Gillies.

Gold Coast v Fremantle, Metricon Stadium.

The supposed Tweet Wars mini-saga has added some spice to this encounter, with Ross Lyon taking exception to Suns captain Gary Ablett's criticism of Docker tagger Ryan Crowley's manhandling of Carlton champion Chris Judd. Off-field mind-games will have little bearing on this match however. Fremantle's pressure and maturity should be too much for the undermanned Gold Coast, especially with the prolific Ablett absent due to a knee injury. In their first meeting last year at Patersons Stadium, the Suns were right in the game at half-time, but the Dockers booted 10 goals to two in the second half to run out comfortable winners. 

The Suns have been disappointing on the whole in their second season, with last week's honourable performance away against North Melbourne probably their best performance of a winless season. With Ablett, Michael Rischitelli and Jarrod Harbrow missing through injury, the time is now for some much-heralded junior talents to take up the slack. Fremantle's major problem is its spluttering forward line - if they find a winner or two there today, they should win comfortably. But if the Suns can win enough of the ball in close, and the Dockers struggle to convert, this could become a test for the visitors.

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