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Allan, centre, denies deleting the texts.

Allan faces allegations texts were deleted

The long-standing AFL career and reputation of Graeme Allan hangs in the balance amid allegations that the former Giants football boss deleted text messages concerning an attempt to protect the club's former No.1 draft pick Lachie Whitfield from drug-testers.

Giants can win the flag: Cameron

"I knew we'd improve that with a little bit of luck with our injuries": Giants head coach Leon Cameron.

Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron says the Giants have surprised him by making the top four, but now they are there he believes they can go all the way.

Giants climb into the top four

Jonathon Patton celebrates a goal.

North Melbourne courted the prospect of losing to Greater Western Sydney during the week when it announced the end of four much-loved veterans' careers. It might have been seen as defeatist. But in retrospect, it was simply being realistic.

Swans to play finals at SCG

Spiritual home: Xavier Richards shows a clean pair of heels at the SCG, where the Swans will return to finals football ...

Finals are back at the SCG while a blockbuster September Sydney derby would be held at ANZ Stadium under a deal finalised by the AFL on Friday.

Sydney finals derby still on AFL's agenda

On a collision course: The two Sydney teams both have their sights set on the title.

The AFL is working on a model with ANZ Stadium that would see a potential blockbuster Sydney derby final played at the venue while also allowing finals football to return to the SCG for the first time in 11 years.

Giant young gun takes on boyhood idols

Boyhood dream: Giant Jacob Hopper is relishing the chance to play against some of his childhood heroes on Saturday night.

Greater Western Sydney youngster Jacob Hopper will be more excited than most on Saturday night and not just because he is on the verge of playing in a final in his first year.

Giants treating round 23 like a final

Holding nothing back: GWS will go all out in their clash with North Melbourne on Saturday night.

Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron says he will not be hiding anything from North Melbourne, despite the prospect of the Giants facing the Kangaroos in the first week of the finals.

Griffen looms as finals wildcard for Giants

Class act: A Ryan Griffen back in form is a huge bonus for the Giants.

Greater Western Sydney midfielder Ryan Griffen says he has rediscovered the power that made him one of the most dynamic midfielders in the competition after playing arguably his finest game of the season on the weekend.

Live AFL: Saturday super blog

Port Adelaide's Jared Polec is  tackled by Jarryd Lyons of the Crows during Showdown 41.

There's plenty at stake as finals loom, with five of the top-eight sides in action across five big games. Don't miss a kick.