Finals

AFL

Adam Simpson says West Coast Eagles intend to shape AFL finals

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.

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.

Ty Vickery whacks Dean Cox in Tigers' AFL win

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Justin Chadwick Richmond ruckman Ty Vickery is facing a lengthy suspension after whacking Dean Cox on the chin in his side's 17-point AFL win over West Coast at Patersons Stadium on Friday night.

Port Adelaide fans create a Melbourne tradition

Neil McMahon In modern football as in modern life, sometimes relationships earn the description: it's complicated.

AFL

Prize catch Jon Ceglar makes big strides with the Hawks

Turning heads: Jon Ceglar celebrates a goal.

Xavier Mardling While Ben McEvoy attracted the headlines after moving to Hawthorn from St Kilda in the off-season, another border region export was quietly waiting in the wings after playing two AFL games in his...

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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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.

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.

AFL

Finals not out of question for West Coast Eagles: Adam Simpson

Dean Cox is expected to return for the Western derby.

Brad Elborough West Coast has not given up on playing finals this season and while ruckman Dean Cox will miss out again this week, he will be back for what could be a crucial round 15 Western Derby clash against...

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AFL

Adelaide Crows' finals hopes live on

Got it: Adelaide's Eddie Betts wins the ball.

Ashley Porter The Grim Reaper lurked around the corner at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night expecting to leave with the Crows.

AFL

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick still confident of finals action

Matt Murnane Damien Hardwick's confidence in the Tigers still reaching the finals is unwavering despite the club's poor 2-5 start to the season.

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