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Essendon Bombers

James Hird keeps option of suing AFL and ASADA up his sleeve

Options... James Hird

SAMANTHA LANE 10:30pm If successful in Federal Court, James Hird will weigh up suing the AFL, and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, in a high stakes decision that would be informed by any fallout reviews of the national drug agency.

Court ruling could shape James Hird's future at Essendon, says lawyer

The Bombers run onto the field

JON PIERIK 7:00pm A leading sports lawyer believes Friday's findings in the Federal Court could have a major bearing on James Hird's future as coach of Essendon.

AFL in invidious position as ASADA judgment day arrives

Jon Pierik

JON PIERIK 8:39pm COMMENT: The AFL finds itself in an invidious position heading into Justice John Middleton's judgment day.

Essendon v ASADA: The story so far

Essendon in the Federal Court.

JON PIERIK 7:04pm Decision time: Essendon and James Hird v the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

Lions believe Port Adelaide is in box seat for Ryder

Essendon has continued to insist it would not trade Paddy Ryder, who is midway through a four-year contract.

Caroline Wilson and Jake Niall Essendon forward/ruckman Paddy Ryder met Brisbane Lions on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a possible move to the Lions.

Mark Thompson hopeful of staying on at Essendon

Mark Thompson is hopeful that he will be able to stay on at Essendon next season.

Essendon caretaker coach hopeful he will be able to stay at the club, tipping an announcement as early as this week.

Power joins suitors for key Bomber

Hot property: Paddy Ryder is in demand.

CAROLINE WILSON Preliminary finalists Port Adelaide could become a genuine bidder for disenchanted Bomber Paddy Ryder as D-Day approaches for a decision from the 26-year-old who was due on Tuesday to hold another set of separate talks both with Essendon and his manager Paul Connors.

Interview transcripts a key to ruling in Essendon court case

Essendon in the Federal Court.

JON PIERIK The legality of transcripts used by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to issue show-cause notices against 34 current and former Essendon players will be a key factor when a Federal Court judge makes his ruling this week on the legality of an investigation into the Bombers' supplements program.

Hird, Bombers verdict to be delivered on Friday

James Hird (R) with barrister Nick Harrington at the Federal Court.

JON PIERIK The AFL's preliminary final weekend could potentially be overshadowed when Essendon and James Hird find out on Friday whether they have won their court case against the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

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Essendon's Brendon Goddard calls rival AFL clubs unethical

Essendon's Brendon Goddard.

MATT MURNANE Prominent player agent Peter Jess says clubs should do anything in their power to tempt the best players to join them, as Essendon star Brendon Goddard branded the approaches to top Bombers as "unethical".

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Brendon Goddard tells Paddy Ryder he is 'crucial' to Essendon's plans

Paddy Ryder, right, celebrates with his Bomber teammates.

JON PIERIK Brendon Goddard has told teammate Paddy Ryder he is "crucial" to Essendon's hopes of a premiership and says he needs to remain with the club to fulfil his potential.

Mediation between Essendon, Dean Robinson breaks down

Dean Robinson

JON PIERIK Mediation between Essendon and its former fitness chief Dean Robinson failed to broker a settlement on Friday, pushing the two parties closer to what looms as an explosive trial.

When James Hird caught up with a few of his fellow senior coaches

Caroline Wilson

CAROLINE WILSON James Hird's breakthrough first meeting with a somewhat threadbare group of senior AFL coaches underlined again the exiled Bomber's deep personal dislike of Andrew Demetriou and a threatening regime that Hird believed hijacked the investigation into the dangerous drugs program run by his club.

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Dons and dusted? Thompson, Hird and Hardwick

Damien Hardwick and James Hird need to instill a ruthless edge in their teams in 2015.

MATTHEW LLOYD Mark Thompson, James Hird and Damien Hardwick were all former Essendon teammates of mine and  all had one thing in common - their self-belief and courage made their teammates walk taller.

Brisbane to make offer to Ryder within days

Paddy Ryder is expected to be offered a four-year contract worth an estimated $2.5 million.

PHIL LUTTON Brisbane has confirmed it will offer Paddy Ryder a contract within days as the Bomber prepares for a meeting with Essendon club chiefs before Friday.

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AFLPA boss Paul Marsh keen on medical monitoring for Essendon players

Earlier this week Essendon lawyer Neil Young said the club could be destroyed if show-cause notices went ahead.

SAMANTHA LANE The AFL Players Association’s new CEO has urged every footballer who participated in Essendon’s 2011/12 supplements regimen to sign up to a medical monitoring program for at least the next five years.

Simon Goodwin steps up talks with Demons

Essendon assistant coach Simon Goodwin.

JON PIERIK Melbourne's bid to find a successor for Paul Roos has progressed, with the Demons given official permission to interview Essendon assistant Simon Goodwin.

Dean Robinson and Bombers prepare for mediation

Dean Robinson is suing Essendon for $2 million.

JON PIERIK The Dean Robinson camp is still awaiting documents from former Essendon media advisor Liz Lukin, as the Bombers and Robinson prepare for mediation on Friday.

Dons didn't adapt in final loss, says Neil Craig

Essendon captain Jobe Watson reacts after North Melbourne's Drew Petrie kicked what turned out to be a match-winning goal in the elimination final on Saturday.

Essendon has identified how its use of the ball was a crucial factor in its elimination final loss to North Melbourne.

It's not the Brownlow, but the players' association MVP has serious clout

Jordan Lewis.

LIAM MANNIX The AFL Players Association’s most valuable player award has serious clout among the 18 clubs. We assess the front-runners.

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Essendon coach Mark Thompson rules out considering offers from rival clubs

Mark Thompson with his players before the elimination final against North Melbourne.

Mark Thompson has indicated he is likely to stay at Essendon and will not entertain offers from rival clubs.

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The Essendon report card

Dyson Heppell clears during the elimination final against the Kangaroos.

MATT MURNANE What went right for Essendon in season 2014? And what went wrong?

Talks with Ryder and Thompson high on agenda

Mark Thompson made a plea to Paddy Ryder to stay at the club next year

Emma Quayle and Matt Murnane The future of Paddy Ryder could start becoming clearer in the next few days.

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Essendon has to deal with some big decisions

Tom Bellchambers (L) Michael Hibberd (C) and Jobe Watson of the Bombers walk off after their defeat during the Second Elimination AFL Final against North Melbourne,

ROHAN CONNOLLY Essendon has dealt with plenty of uncertainty off the field. But there's plenty to be sorted out for the Bombers on it as well.

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We were embarrassed, say Bombers

Disappointed: Essendon skipper Jobe Watson.

Essendon midfielder David Myers did not mince his words after elimination final fadeout against North Melbourne.

Essendon coach pleads for ASADA issues to be resolved

Bombers coach Mark Thompson looks on during the elimination final at the MCG on Saturday.

DANIEL CHERNY Outgoing Essendon coach Mark Thompson has made an impassioned plea for the 34 players who have been served show-cause notices by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to have their fates determined once and for all.

Roos coach Scott overjoyed with win over Essendon

Brad Scott.

DANIEL CHERNY North Melbourne coach Brad Scott proud of his side’s resilience in win over Essendon.

Essendon bows out in a tight final

All over: Tom Bellchambers, Michael Hibberd and Jobe Watson  walk off after the defeat.

JAKE NIALL This was the final the season needed. In a year beset by complaints about fixturing and still fixated with Essendon’s legal battles, these rivals from the north-west part of town produced both a large crowd and a goosebump game.

Roos rebound as big forwards fire

Drew Petrie kicks one of his two goals.

ROHAN CONNOLLY Throughout this season, both North Melbourne and Essendon have been unable to find anything like the sort of consistency they’d like.

Players to be briefed on medical monitoring

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SAMANTHA LANE Every footballer who took part in the condemned supplements program run at Essendon in 2011/12 is to be briefed in coming days on the medical monitoring arrangements the club has officially committed to fund for at least the next five years.

2014 Home and Away

Round 1
Fri, 14 MarTimes shown AEDT
COL 46 vs FRE 116 Report Stats
Sat, 15 MarTimes shown AEDT
GWS 99 vs SYD 67 Report Report Stats
GCF 87 vs RIC 69 Report Stats
Sun, 16 MarTimes shown AEDT
CAR 87 vs PTA 120 Report Stats
Thu, 20 MarTimes shown AEDT
GEE 119 vs ADE 81 Report Stats
Fri, 21 MarTimes shown AEDT
NTH 60 vs ESS 99 Report Stats
Sat, 22 MarTimes shown AEDT
HAW 139 vs BRI 91 Report Stats
STK 68 vs MEL 51 Report Stats
Sun, 23 MarTimes shown AEDT
WCE 134 vs WBU 69 Report Stats
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Round 2
Thu, 27 MarTimes shown AEDT
RIC 98 vs CAR 86 Report Stats
Fri, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
ESS 86 vs HAW 90 Report Stats
Sat, 29 MarTimes shown AEDT
STK 95 vs GWS 88 Report Stats
PTA 127 vs ADE 73 Report Stats
FRE 87 vs GCF 39 Report Stats
SYD 69 vs COL 89 Report Stats
Sun, 30 MarTimes shown AEDT
BRI 68 vs GEE 93 Report Stats
MEL 30 vs WCE 123 Report Stats
WBU 54 vs NTH 83 Report Stats
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Round 3
Fri, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
HAW 137 vs FRE 79 Report Stats
Sat, 05 AprTimes shown AEDT
WBU 100 vs RIC 98 Report Stats
ADE 71 vs SYD 134 Report Stats
GCF 114 vs BRI 61 Report Stats
WCE 83 vs STK 58 Report Stats
COL 76 vs GEE 87 Report Stats
Sun, 06 AprTimes shown AEST
GWS 79 vs MEL 47 Report Stats
NTH 97 vs PTA 90 Report Stats
ESS 138 vs CAR 57 Report Stats
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Round 4
Fri, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
RIC 72 vs COL 110 Report Stats
Sat, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
CAR 58 vs MEL 81 Report Stats
PTA 159 vs BRI 46 Report Stats
GWS 83 vs WBU 110 Report Stats
GEE 107 vs WCE 32 Report Stats
GCF 49 vs HAW 148 Report Stats
Sun, 13 AprTimes shown AEST
SYD 48 vs NTH 91 Report Stats
STK 50 vs ADE 136 Report Stats
FRE 113 vs ESS 60 Report Stats
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Round 5
Thu, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
BRI 63 vs RIC 106 Report Stats
Sat, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
COL 93 vs NTH 58 Report Stats
SYD 92 vs FRE 75 Report Stats
WCE 56 vs PTA 70 Report Stats
ESS 65 vs STK 81 Report Stats
Sun, 20 AprTimes shown AEST
ADE 137 vs GWS 72 Report Stats
MEL 78 vs GCF 86 Report Stats
WBU 91 vs CAR 119 Report Stats
Mon, 21 AprTimes shown AEST
GEE 106 vs HAW 87 Report Stats
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Round 6
Fri, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
COL 83 vs ESS 60 Report Stats
STK 79 vs BRI 82 Report Stats
FRE 61 vs NTH 74 Report Stats
Sat, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
GCF 134 vs GWS 94 Report Stats
CAR 92 vs WCE 89 Report Stats
MEL 38 vs SYD 69 Report Stats
Sun, 27 AprTimes shown AEST
WBU 83 vs ADE 92 Report Stats
RIC 52 vs HAW 118 Report Stats
PTA 107 vs GEE 67 Report Stats
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Round 7
Fri, 02 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR 70 vs COL 104 Report Stats
Sat, 03 MayTimes shown AEST
HAW 175 vs STK 30 Report Stats
GWS 97 vs PTA 132 Report Stats
ADE 67 vs MEL 70 Report Stats
BRI 44 vs SYD 123 Report Stats
ESS 73 vs WBU 65 Report Stats
Sun, 04 MayTimes shown AEST
NTH 77 vs GCF 120 Report Stats
GEE 81 vs RIC 76 Report Stats
WCE 54 vs FRE 73 Report Stats
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Round 8
Fri, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
SYD 107 vs HAW 88 Report Stats
Sat, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
PTA 94 vs FRE 76 Report Stats
BRI 57 vs ESS 65 Report Stats
MEL 83 vs WBU 99 Report Stats
Sun, 11 MayTimes shown AEST
WCE 188 vs GWS 77 Report Stats
Mon, 12 MayTimes shown AEST
STK 69 vs CAR 101 Report Stats
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Round 9
Thu, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
ADE 76 vs COL 55 Report Stats
Fri, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
ESS 64 vs SYD 114 Report Stats
Sat, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
RIC 74 vs MEL 91 Report Stats
NTH 125 vs BRI 38 Report Stats
FRE 96 vs GEE 64 Report Stats
Sun, 18 MayTimes shown AEST
STK 87 vs GCF 125 Report Stats
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Round 10
Fri, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
GEE 111 vs NTH 91 Report Stats
Sat, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
GWS 41 vs RIC 154 Report Stats
COL 109 vs WCE 101 Report Stats
PTA 100 vs HAW 86 Report Stats
Sun, 25 MayTimes shown AEST
GCF 119 vs WBU 74 Report Stats
CAR 81 vs ADE 76 Report Stats
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Round 11
Thu, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
SYD 148 vs GEE 38 Report Stats
Fri, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
STK 54 vs COL 140 Report Stats
Sat, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
MEL 75 vs PTA 95 Report Stats
BRI 98 vs CAR 91 Report Stats
ESS 104 vs RIC 54 Report Stats
Sun, 01 JunTimes shown AEST
ADE 109 vs GCF 77 Report Stats
WBU 51 vs FRE 89 Report Stats
HAW 94 vs GWS 87 Report Stats
WCE 44 vs NTH 82 Report Stats
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Round 12
Fri, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
GEE 107 vs CAR 102 Report Stats
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
HAW 123 vs WCE 79 Report Stats
PTA 129 vs STK 59 Report Stats
WBU 87 vs BRI 95 Report Stats
GWS 66 vs ESS 81 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
GCF 74 vs SYD 109 Report Stats
FRE 90 vs ADE 50 Report Stats
NTH 116 vs RIC 88 Report Stats
Mon, 09 JunTimes shown AEST
MEL 28 vs COL 61 Report Stats
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Round 13
Fri, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR 90 vs HAW 118 Report Stats
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
RIC 85 vs FRE 105 Report Stats
SYD 98 vs PTA 94 Report Stats
WCE 103 vs GCF 100 Report Stats
BRI 80 vs GWS 125 Report Stats
ADE 109 vs NTH 73 Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
GEE 133 vs STK 37 Report Stats
COL 98 vs WBU 106 Report Stats
ESS 77 vs MEL 78 Report Stats
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Round 14
Fri, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
RIC 51 vs SYD 62 Report Stats
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
PTA 128 vs WBU 56 Report Stats
HAW 115 vs COL 86 Report Stats
GCF 118 vs GEE 78 Report Stats
FRE 105 vs BRI 22 Report Stats
ESS 101 vs ADE 92 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
GWS 100 vs CAR 92 Report Stats
STK 70 vs WCE 103 Report Stats
MEL 66 vs NTH 107 Report Stats
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Round 15
Fri, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
GEE 89 vs ESS 80 Report Stats
Sat, 28 JunTimes shown AEST
HAW 116 vs GCF 63 Report Stats
STK 73 vs RIC 117 Report Stats
FRE 88 vs WCE 81 Report Stats
SYD 106 vs GWS 60 Stats
BRI 70 vs NTH 66 Report Stats
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
WBU 91 vs MEL 85 Report Stats
ADE 99 vs PTA 76 Report Stats
COL 91 vs CAR 76 Report Stats
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Round 16
Fri, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
NTH 108 vs HAW 88 Report Stats
Sat, 05 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC 79 vs BRI 54 Report Stats
GWS 72 vs ADE 140 Report Stats
GCF 80 vs COL 75 Report Stats
MEL 34 vs FRE 97 Report Stats
PTA 60 vs ESS 62 Report Stats
Sun, 06 JulTimes shown AEST
CAR 151 vs STK 66 Report Stats
WCE 51 vs SYD 79 Report Stats
GEE 69 vs WBU 56 Report Stats
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Round 17
Fri, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
ADE 92 vs HAW 104 Report Stats
Sat, 12 JulTimes shown AEST
MEL 36 vs GEE 102 Report Stats
NTH 92 vs STK 33 Report Stats
WBU 94 vs GCF 66 Report Stats
BRI 64 vs WCE 76 Report Stats
SYD 122 vs CAR 51 Report Stats
Sun, 13 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC 126 vs PTA 106 Report Stats
ESS 103 vs COL 39 Report Stats
FRE 136 vs GWS 60 Report Stats
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Round 18
Fri, 18 JulTimes shown AEST
CAR 109 vs NTH 86 Report Stats
Sat, 19 JulTimes shown AEST
STK 118 vs FRE 60 Report Stats
GWS 87 vs GEE 94 Report Stats
Sun, 20 JulTimes shown AEST
PTA 72 vs MEL 69 Report Stats
WBU 94 vs ESS 101 Report Stats
Fri, 25 JulTimes shown AEST
WCE 42 vs RIC 59 Report Stats
Sat, 26 JulTimes shown AEST
BRI 110 vs GCF 56 Report Stats
HAW 104 vs SYD 94 Report Stats
Sun, 27 JulTimes shown AEST
COL 82 vs ADE 98 Report Stats
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Round 19
Thu, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
FRE 83 vs CAR 78 Report Stats
Fri, 01 AugTimes shown AEST
SYD 79 vs ESS 57 Report Stats
Sat, 02 AugTimes shown AEST
ADE 105 vs WCE 136 Report Stats
RIC 89 vs GWS 62 Report Stats
GCF 117 vs STK 64 Report Stats
NTH 79 vs GEE 111 Report Stats
Sun, 03 AugTimes shown AEST
MEL 51 vs BRI 74 Report Stats
HAW 107 vs WBU 45 Report Stats
COL 76 vs PTA 70 Report Stats
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Round 20
Fri, 08 AugTimes shown AEST
RIC 95 vs ESS 77 Report Stats
Sat, 09 AugTimes shown AEST
GWS 51 vs NTH 126 Report Stats
CAR 97 vs GCF 58 Report Stats
HAW 115 vs MEL 65 Report Stats
PTA 58 vs SYD 84 Report Stats
GEE 81 vs FRE 79 Report Stats
Sun, 10 AugTimes shown AEST
BRI 63 vs ADE 168 Report Stats
STK 99 vs WBU 122 Report Stats
WCE 126 vs COL 66 Report Stats
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Round 21
Fri, 15 AugTimes shown AEST
CAR 76 vs GEE 82 Report Stats
Sat, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
SYD 127 vs STK 56 Stats
GCF 47 vs PTA 56 Report Stats
ESS 77 vs WCE 74 Report Stats
COL 56 vs BRI 123 Report Stats
ADE 69 vs RIC 79 Report Stats
Sun, 17 AugTimes shown AEST
NTH 111 vs WBU 61 Report Stats
MEL 34 vs GWS 98 Report Stats
FRE 110 vs HAW 91 Report Stats
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Round 22
Fri, 22 AugTimes shown AEST
PTA 140 vs CAR 37 Report Stats
Sat, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
NTH 101 vs ADE 94 Report Stats
ESS 108 vs GCF 89 Report Stats
GWS 67 vs COL 75 Report Stats
WCE 119 vs MEL 53 Report Stats
HAW 94 vs GEE 71 Report Stats
Sun, 24 AugTimes shown AEST
BRI 48 vs FRE 106 Report Stats
WBU 67 vs SYD 130 Report Stats
RIC 98 vs STK 72 Report Stats
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Round 23
Fri, 29 AugTimes shown AEST
COL 56 vs HAW 121 Report Stats
Sat, 30 AugTimes shown AEST
CAR 90 vs ESS 90 Report Stats
FRE 105 vs PTA 97 Report Stats
SYD 65 vs RIC 68 Report Stats
NTH 123 vs MEL 93 Report Stats
GEE 143 vs BRI 81 Report Stats
Sun, 31 AugTimes shown AEST
GCF 99 vs WCE 151 Report Stats
ADE 141 vs STK 62 Report Stats
WBU 109 vs GWS 115 Report Stats
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AFL Finals Round 1
Fri, 05 SepTimes shown AEST
HAW 104 vs GEE 68 Report Stats
Sat, 06 SepTimes shown AEST
SYD 93 vs FRE 69 Report Stats
NTH 93 vs ESS 81 Report Stats
Sun, 07 SepTimes shown AEST
PTA 132 vs RIC 75 Report Stats
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AFL Finals Round 2
Fri, 12 SepTimes shown AEST
GEE 92 vs NTH 98 Report Stats
Sat, 13 SepTimes shown AEST
FRE 83 vs PTA 105 Report Stats
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AFL Finals Round 3
Fri, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
SYD vs NTH 19:50ANZ
Sat, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
HAW vs PTA 16:45MCG
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AFL Home and Away
Overall standings
Team P W L D % Pts
Sydney Swans 22 17 5 0 142.88 68
Hawthorn 22 17 5 0 140.78 68
Geelong Cats 22 17 5 0 113.77 68
Fremantle 22 16 6 0 130.40 64
Port Adelaide 22 14 8 0 129.92 56
North Melbourne 22 14 8 0 117.04 56
Essendon 22 12 9 1 106.34 50
Richmond 22 12 10 0 105.77 48
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