Finals

Essendon ruckman Tom Bellchambers is playing for finals spot, says coach Mark Thompson

Tom Bellchambers (left) has been recalled after strong VFL form.

Daniel Cherny "He's had a cow of a season," but Essendon ruckman Tom Bellchambers has Saturday afternoon's clash with Carlton to audition for a spot in the Bombers' finals team, says coach Mark Thompson.

Hawthorn star Cyril Rioli may miss finals campaign after slow recovery from hamstring injury

Rioli's recovery from injury has been slower than expected.

Liam Mannix The Hawks are preparing for a finals campaign without Cyril Rioli, as the dynamic small forward struggles to recover from a hamstring injury.

Damien Hardwick upbeat about Richmond's finals challenge in Sydney

Tigers

Jesse Hogan Damien Hardwick says his Richmond players have "got one more bridge to cross to get, hopefully, where we deserve to be" with their finals-defining clash away to Sydney.

Ultimate Footy: Grand Finals come early

Ultimate Footy

Conrad McDonald, Footy Prophet This clash of the AFL's in-form teams occurs in the same week of most Ultimate Footy grand finals.

AFL score review system to be bolstered for finals

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jesse Hogan The AFL will install goalpost cameras at every venue and employ additional technical staff in a bid to ensure the score review system runs as smoothly as possible throughout the finals.

Bombers would have missed finals under ASADA deal

James Hird being shown the facilities by chief executive Xavier Campbell (left) and football manager Neil Craig when he returned to work at the club on Monday.

Caroline Wilson Essendon players facing anti-doping sanctions rejected a definitive six-month suspension tabled before them in June this year which would have seen them miss the last four games of the home-and-away...

Essendon's 'incredible' effort to reach the finals: Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson:

Rohan Connolly With his side's spot in the 2014 finals all but booked, Essendon coach Mark Thompson has paid tribute to the mental resolve of his players in overcoming the ongoing distractions of the long-running...

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Bombers all but finals bound after fighting off Gold Coast

Brendon Goddard marks courageously.

Rohan Connolly Perhaps it was a bizarre moment in the second quarter that might have best summed up Essendon's hard-fought win over Gold Coast on Saturday.

Tight win over Geelong not good enough for finals: Clarkson

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson.

Jake Niall Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says his team will have to improve to go far in the finals.

Whiff of September keeps Pies finals hopes alive

Shane Mumford and Brodie Grundy compete in the ruck.

Andrew Wu Leon Cameron said during the week Collingwood were at their best with their backs to the wall, and he was proven right on Saturday night.

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VFL: Tigers' win keeps Cats out of finals

Generic Sherrin.

Brent Diamond The Werribee Tigers' impressive 25-point win over Frankston has kept last year's grand finalist Geelong out of this year's VFL finals, beginning next week.

West Coast coach Adam Simpson happy to be in mix to play finals

Eagles coach Adam Simpson.

Brad Elborough West Coast coach Adam Simpson conceded that his side failed to make the most of an opportunity for an important percentage boosting win against Melbourne on Saturday night.

Eagles boost finals claims with big win over Melbourne

Dean Cox and Scott Lycett of the Eagles

Brad Elborough West Coast finds itself right in the mix to snatch a spot in the final eight at the 11th hour after beating Melbourne by 66 points at Patersons Stadium on Saturday night.

For Richmond, finals start now, says Damien Hardwick

Damien Hardwick

Matt Murnane It's still one week away for Essendon and every club above them, but for eighth-placed Richmond, finals start this Saturday against ladder-leading Sydney.

Six AFL finals-deciding matches in round 23

Richmond's Dustin Martin is 101-1 to win the Brownlow Medal.

It will be an AFL final round to remember: six of the nine matches this weekend will have a direct bearing on who qualifies for the finals and which team snares fourth spot.

Eagle Eric Mackenzie says West Coast can impact AFL finals

Eric Mackenzie says hello to Buddy Franklin.

Brad Elborough West Coast is confident it can do some damage in this year’s finals series, if it makes it that far.

Swans treating Richmond clash as finals dress rehearsal

Lance Franklin kicked six goals.

Andrew Wu Sydney are treating Saturday's clash with the red-hot Richmond as a finals dress rehearsal as they aim to close out just their second minor premiership in 70 years.

Tagger: Five things we thought of this week

Peter Hanlon Are you a dodgy bugger who's feeling left out because you haven't had your photo taken with Swanny? Are you a fan of a fringe finals team who's refusing to look beyond this weekend to the likelihood...

Can Richmond make it 9-0? A modern football fable

Richmond's Dustin Martin is 101-1 to win the Brownlow Medal.

Dugald Jellie Can Richmond do it? Can it topple Sydney, the league’s likely minor premier,playing away, winning an improbable ninth straight game to claim the most unlikely of finals berths?

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Port Melbourne veteran will play key role in showdown with Box Hill

Brent Diamond Port Melbourne warrior Toby Pinwill has come of age since he was controversially red-carded from a final against the Box Hill Hawks in 2010 after the cult figure was reported twice for rough conduct.