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Essendon hold off Saints in a thriller

7:47 PM   Essendon have held off an outstanding challenge from St Kilda to win their pulsating AFL match by two points.

Hodge, Lewis could be suspended for grand final rematch

Jordan Lewis of the Hawks gets in a tangle with Michael Firrito of the Kangaroos.

Jesse Hogan 7:31 PM   Hawthorn's hopes of having Luke Hodge and Jordan Lewis available for their grand final rematch against Sydney in three weeks seemingly rest on the match review panel deciding their blatant strikes were not serious enough to be referred to the tribunal.

Bulldogs president thrilled with stellar start

Deserving winners: The Bulldogs celebrate victory.

Jesse Hogan 7:25 PM   Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon, buoyant after a win away to Sydney he rates as possibly the best he has seen, says "it's a great time to be a Bulldog", with the emerging team winning plaudits, and supporters, for their fantastic start to 2015.

Dogs good for football, good thing for finals?

Celebration: The form that had the Bulldogs winning against the Sydney Swans could also see them into the finals.

Rohan Connolly 7:22 PM   The Western Bulldogs are winning over the football world. But their flying start to 2015 may also have given them a golden opportunity to win a spot in September few would have anticipated.

Demons take step backwards against Dockers

Melbourne's Lynden Dunn is challenged by Fremantle's Matthew at the MCG on Sunday.

Matt Murnane 7:20 PM   Melbourne coach Paul Roos said his team took a step backwards at the MCG on Sunday due to a lack of depth, poor execution under pressure and, at times, selfishness.

Dockers dismantle Demons in MCG rout

Beyond reach: Fremantle's Nat Fyfe has his own way.

Matt Murnane 6:55 PM   Methodical Dockers maintain perfect season, taking apart Melbourne to record their fifth straight win.

VFL wrap: Blues claim upset win over Sandringham

Hamstring tightness: Troy Menzel.

Brent Diamond 6:53 PM   Carlton forward Troy Menzel suffered a minor setback to his recovery from a hamstring injury on return in the Blues' gritty one-goal upset win over Sandringham at Trevor Barker Beach Oval on Sunday.

Pies closing in on deals with young backs

Jackson Ramsay (left) and Tom Langdon (second from left) sing the song after the Pies defeated Carlton on Friday night.

Daniel Cherny 6:04 PM   Collingwood are well into negotiations to lock away defenders Tom Langdon and Jackson Ramsay.

McVeigh says Goodes can choose when he plays in seniors

Jarrad McVeigh says Adam Goodes deserves to right to choose when he plays in the senior team.

Tom Decent 5:59 PM   Sydney co-captain Jarrad McVeigh says veteran-foward Adam Goodes deserves the right to choose when he plays in the top grade because he has "earned enough credits" in his career with the Swans.

Swans won't panic, says McVeigh

Jarrad McVeigh says the Swans aren't panicking.

5:36 PM   Sydney co-captain Jarrad McVeigh says there's no need for the Swans to panic after successive losses, as he prepares to face his old mentor Paul Roos.

Live: Power v Crows

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5:22 PM   Port Adelaide and Adelaide close out round five with the Showdown at Adelaide Oval.

Cat recovers after surgery to repair ruptured testicle

James Kelly high-fives fans after Geelong defeated Carlton in round 21.

4:51 PM   Geelong veteran James Kelly is resting after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured testicle.

Live: Saints v Bombers

Goddard believes changes need to be made.

3:22 PM   The Saints and the Bombers go head-to-head at Etihad Stadium.

Collingwood upset reigning premiers Footscray

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Brent Diamond 1:42 PM   Collingwood withstood a gritty challenge to upset reigning premier Footscray with a four-point win at Victoria Park on Saturday.

Live: Melbourne v Fremantle

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12:58 PM   Melbourne host the undefeated Dockers to kick off Sunday footy for round five.

GWS Giants confident of keeping young guns

GWS's Stephen Coniglio is one West Aussie the Giants are desperate to retain.

Brad Elborough 12:16 PM   Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron says that the young players coming out of contract at the end of this year have told him that they want to stay at the club.

West Coast show giant strides still needed at GWS

Jeremy Cameron of the Giants is struck on the nose in a marking contest with Will Schofield and Shannon Hurn of the Eagles.

Brad Elborough 11:27 AM   While Greater Western Sydney took a massive step back on Saturday night in going down to West Coast by 87 points, coach Leon Cameron says he's still happy with where the club sits after the first five rounds of the season.

Hamstring setback for Magpie Clinton Young

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Brent Diamond 9:10 AM   Collingwood's injury-prone midfielder Clinton Young suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury in the Pies' breakthrough four-point win over Footscray at Victoria Park on Saturday.

Swans pay for errors against resurgent Bulldogs

Lukas Webb gets a handball away.

David Sygall 2:19 AM   Sydney Swans paid the ultimate price for ill discipline in their defensive half, going down to the resurgent Western Bulldogs at a drizzly Sydney Cricket Ground.

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No vest but Johnson has another colourful afternoon

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Peter Hanlon 12:29 AM   Richmond rallies but captain Joel Selwood lifts to keep his team safe

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Eagles hand Giants a drubbing

Jeremy Cameron of the Giants is struck on the nose in a marking contest with Will Schofield and Shannon Hurn of the Eagles.

Brad Elborough 12:13 AM   West Coast hands Greater Western Sydney an 87-point drubbing at Domain Stadium.

Prince Harry cheers West Coast Eagles to win over the Giants

Prince Harry watching the Eagles take on the Giants at Domain Stadium.

11:53 PM   Prince Harry was in the stands at Domain Stadium as the Eagles thrashed Greater Western Sydney by 87 points.

Hodge, Lewis may have to face tribunal

Hawk Jordan Lewis collects Todd Goldstein in the head as he attempts to spoil during the round five match against North Melbourne.

Rohan Connolly and Larissa Nicholson 11:50 PM   Hawthorn face an anxious wait for the match review panel deliberations on Monday after two incidents involving stars Luke Hodge and Jordan Lewis.

Savage Hawks maul the Roos

Players wrestle after a high hit by Hawthorn's Luke Hodge on Andrew Swallow of the Kangaroos.

Rohan Connolly 11:42 PM   Hawthorn show their form again, handing North Melbourne a 60-point mauling.

Rockliff knocked out early against Gold Coast

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Andrew Stafford 11:12 PM   Tom Rockliff's unlucky start to the season has continued, with the Brisbane Lions captain knocked out in the opening minutes of the clash against local rivals, the Gold Coast Suns.

2015 AFL round five: Saturday footy

Jordan Lewis reported for striking Todd Goldstein

Ronny Lerner 10:27 PM   Follow our live blog coverage of a jam-packed Saturday of footy, featuring five matches.

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Swans search for answers as Bulldogs roar

Deserved winners: The Bulldogs celebrate victory.

David Sygall 9:50 PM   While John Longmire lamented his side's costly turnovers and inability to drive the advantage, the big story was the continuing red-hot form of the Bulldogs

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Leppitsch takes aim at mozzies after Lions suffer big loss to Suns

Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch has given his small forwards a spray after a bad loss to the Gold Coast Suns.

Beth Newman 9:33 PM   A seething Brisbane Lions coach, Justin Leppitsch called out his side after a 54-point loss to the Gold Coast Suns.

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Suns take first win as Lions hit new low

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Andrew Stafford 9:29 PM   As one commentator drolly noted, you could see occasional glimpses of why neither of these two Queensland teams have won a game leading into this clash.

Judd: Some teammates had selfish motives

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Daniel Cherny 8:47 PM   Carlton veteran Chris Judd has accused former teammates of selfish motives.

Kelly suffers ruptured testicle

Alex Rance of the Tigers and James Kelly of the Cats compete for the ball.

Daniel Cherny 8:10 PM   Geelong are hopeful veteran James Kelly will make a swift recovery after being taken to hospital with a suspected ruptured testicle.

Sports Commission head praises breakthrough for women

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Samantha Lane 8:00 PM   Australian Sports Commission boss John Wylie has applauded the unprecedented free-to-air live broadcast of a female football match and highlighted how television coverage is critical to the progress of women's sport.

AFL: Suns v Lions

The Lions are without a win this season.

Beth Newman   Which Queensland team will clinch their first win of the season?

AFL must cash in on soccer rip-off

Illustration: Mick Connolly

Jake Niall 8:00 PM   Next to my local high school, there's a large public space, twice the size of two footy grounds, where the kids gather during their breaks.

At 32, Sandilands still having a big influence

High quality: Aaron Sandilands continues to dominate.

Jesse Hogan   Aaron Sandilands' career looked to be winding down after he struggled to overcome injury between 2011 and 2013, but after an All-Australian year in 2014 and a strong start to 2015 the giant ruckman is loving his role at the Dockers.