Finals

AFL

Scott Pendlebury still backs Collingwood to play finals

Peter Hanlon His team is in now grave danger of missing the finals for the first time in his nine-season career, but Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury believes the Magpies will still feature in the play-offs...

Jordan Lewis backs Cyril Rioli to return for Hawthorn before finals

Cyril Rioli.

Roy Ward Hawthorn vice-captain Jordan Lewis has backed two-time premiership forward Cyril Rioli to return to the team before the finals.

AFL

Adam Simpson says West Coast Eagles intend to shape AFL finals

West Coast coach Adam Simpson says he won't be giving games away to players who don't earn them.

Brad Elborough Playing finals footy is a long shot for West Coast this season - but Adam Simpson says that if his side can’t taste September action in 2014, it will have a big say on which teams do.

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AFL

AFL releases fixture for round 23

The Magpies and Hawks will open round 23.

Jesse Hogan Adelaide and Gold Coast are the only finals contenders scheduled to play on the final Sunday of the home-and-away season.

AFL

West Coast Eagle careers on the line in AFL's final five weeks

Jacob Brennan.

West Coast coach Adam Simpson has warned his players that careers will be on the line over the next five weeks as he prepares to make some tough calls on his AFL squad.

Ultimate Footy

Ultimate Footy: Ben McGlynn's midfield transformation

Ultimate Footy

Roger Hassan, Footy Prophet The intense pressure for spots has led the Swans to some incredible onfield performances this year, and one of those propelling Sydney forward is Ben McGlynn.

AFL

James Hird decision influenced by media agendas, says Essendon coach Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson and James Hird discuss plans in 2012.

Daniel Cherny Interim Essendon coach Mark Thompson has suggested that the decision to keep James Hird away from a match-day role in 2014 was influenced by the media and public perception.

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AFL

Saints' stunning upset a big blow to Fremantle's finals ambitions

Nick Surban (left) and Tendai Mzungu of the Dockers tackle Luke Delaney of the Saints.

Rohan Connolly It was the upset of the season. And for Fremantle, Saturday's shock 58-point thrashing at the hands of St Kilda has the potential to prove the disaster of the season.

AFL

Current Cats won't cut it in finals

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Geelong coach Chris Scott says the Cats are a “glass half-full” football club.

AFL

Finals spot on the line for Bombers, Magpies

Matthew Lloyd

Matthew Lloyd Essendon and Collingwood haven't clashed in a final in 24 years – the Magpies' drought-breaking 1990 premiership – but Sunday's clash has much at stake for both teams.

AFL

Essendon's win over Collingwood has major ramifications for finals

Essendon champion Dustin Fletcher may well play another AFL season in 2015.

Rohan Connolly Collingwood is now in serious danger of missing finals action for the first time since 2005.

AFL

Bulldogs deal Gold Coast's finals hopes a blow

Will Minson of the Bulldogs and Zac Smith of the Suns vie for possession.

Andrew Stafford This was a significant win for the Dogs, and it dealt the staggering Suns' September prospects a real blow.

West Coast Eagles eye 2014 AFL finals

Young West Coast midfielder Dom Sheed in action for the Eagles.

Brad Elborough West Coast defender Shannon Hurn says that the Eagles player selections over the past few weeks does not indicate they have given up on playing finals in 2014.

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AFL

Collingwood no lock for finals, problems no easy fix

Collingwood trudges off after losing to Gold Coast.

Rohan Connolly Four weeks ago on Monday, after an efficient Queen’s Birthday holiday disposal of Melbourne, Collingwood was parked comfortably in the AFL’s top four.

AFL

Run to the AFL finals: how your team will fare

Dockers

Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide has already proved the surprise packet of 2014. But as the AFL season enters its home stretch, the Power is in danger of not getting the reward its efforts deserve.

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AFL

Essendon, ASADA verdict could overshadow AFL finals

The ruling in the court case could impact on the Bombers in the finals, a stage of the competition they look increasingly likely to reach following strong recent on-field form, such as the round 16 win over Port Adelaide.

Jon Pierik The judge ruling in Essendon's court case against the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority could take at least a month to reach a verdict, meaning this year's AFL finals series could be...

Blues take eye off finals to focus on the basics

Carlton v Adelaide AFL MCG
Marc Murphy on the burst
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Sunday the 25th of May 2014

Jason Phelan Carlton skipper Marc Murphy says the Blues have removed the slim prospect of playing AFL finals from their thinking as they look to salvage some respect from the remaining nine games of their season.

AFL

Dockers' sixth straight win may have ended Eagles' finals hopes

Matthew Pavlich of the Dockers handballs as he is tackled.

Brad Elborough It took a piece of Danyle Pearce magic to seal Fremantle's seven-point win over West Coast at Patersons Stadium on Saturday.

VFL

Geelong facing tough battle to play VFL finals

Matthew Knights:

Brent Diamond Geelong's era of dominance in the VFL appears to be coming to an end as it fights tooth-and-nail to win a finals berth, with a test against in-form Footscray on Sunday.

AFL

Gold Coast Suns back on finals track

Andrew Stafford, Gold Coast Gold Coast has had its finals mettle tested in recent weeks with losses to Adelaide, West Coast and Sydney, but Saturday’s 40-point win over Geelong has the club back on track for September.