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Big night: Jobe Watson of the Bombers celebrates the win with fans at the MCG on Saturday night.

Bombers start again, in style

For all those who were and weren't out there for Hawthorn and Essendon last night, for all the various reasons, for those who had come back and those who might never have come back, for those who had never worn these colours before and those who never would again, for all the sentiment, all the adrenalin, all the melodrama, all the sense not merely of a new season but a different time for both clubs, this could never have been simply another first-round match. Nearly 80,000 came, knowing it.

 Lion Dayne Beams is tackled by Gary Ablett at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night.

Brisbane Lions hold on for nailbiting victory

It started as an avalanche in reverse. Few would have fancied the Brisbane Lions going into this QClash against the Gold Coast Suns: on paper, no match for their opponents, in either experience or talent. Yet, within 18 minutes, the Lions had seven goals on the board and had opened up a 44-point lead. By half-time, it was 46.

Nathan Buckley

Magpies 'lick wounds' ahead of Tigers blockbuster

Having "missed" an opportunity against the Western Bulldogs, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley hopes a recent practice match against Richmond helps the Pies be ready for a blockbuster clash against the Tigers on Thursday night.

Nathan Buckley

Loss to Dogs an opportunity missed: Buckley

Collingwood's narrow loss to the reigning premier was an opportunity missed but coach Nathan Buckley said his side illustrated a brand of football that would win a lot of games this year.

Marcus Bontempelli celebrates kicking a goal against the Magpies.

Dogs to blame for Magpie misfortune

On Monday Collingwood was given an implausible story of a dog and a door knob. On Friday they were delivered a far more plausible/pallatable Dogs tale, or tail as the case may be.

 Bec Goddard with the Crows.

Love letters from an AFLW coach

On the eve of the first AFL women’s grand final Samantha Lane reveals the love letters that have bonded Adelaide’s history-making team.

Gearing up: Jarryn Geary is expecting a tough contest against the Dees.

Geary says Saints have been lucky

Saddam Hussein was alive, Shane Warne was an active Test cricketer, and Jarryn Geary hadn't been drafted the last time Melbourne beat St Kilda.

Who got Lade?: Brendon is back at the Power.

Who got Lade? Port did

Brendon Lade is returning to Port Adelaide after seven years as an assistant coach at AFL rivals Richmond.

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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