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Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin ahead of Anzac Day Eve match. 23rd April 2018 The Age Fairfaxmedia News Picture by JOE ARMAO

It's D-Day already for the Dees

It might only be round six, but September has come early for Melbourne and Essendon, whose clash on Sunday is almost an elimination final.

Shaun Higgins shows his wounds after the collision.

'Not quite right': Higgins opens up on concussion

A rattled Shaun Higgins says he now has greater respect for the work that’s being done to reduce the rate of concussion in football, but the North Melbourne star has no ill feelings towards Hawthorn’s Ryan Burton.

Sam Gilbert plays his 200th game this weekend.

A rocky road, but Gilbert gets to 200

There was a time Sam Gilbert didn’t think he’d make it to 200 games. But now that he is almost there, the hope of good things to come keeps him going.

Daniel Menzel will be rested against the Swans.

Injured Menzel to miss Swans clash

Geelong are determined to take no risks with in-form forward Dan Menzel, who will miss Saturday's big match against Sydney with groin soreness.

Ben Reid in action on Wednesday.

Anzac Day game: The match in a snapshot

Trailing by 17 points at halftime and down two rotations, the Dons needed a strong start to the third quarter. But the mercurial Jake Stringer missed a sitter.

Dale Morris celebrates on the final siren.

Dogs won't be hoodoo gurus

The Western Bulldogs won't look back at their painful history of preliminary final losses in the lead up to their Saturday night clash with GWS Giants.

Switched: Sydney Swan Lance Franklin moved from Hawthorn to Sydney as a free agent in 2013.

Chris Judd: It's time to deny the top four clubs access to free agents

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