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Essendon smashes Collingwood to move back inside the top eight

Emma Quayle Last time, Essendon kicked five goals to none in the first quarter. Last time, Collingwood had levelled the scores by half-time.

The top eight all have claims on the flag

Wayne Carey.

Wayne Carey No team under the current finals system has won the AFL premiership after finishing the home and away season outside the top four. That could change this year.

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Crows eclipse fading Suns to close gap on top eight

The man: Gary Ablett is caught during Gold Coast's loss to Adelaide.

Ed Jackson Adelaide edged nearer to the top eight after beating Gold Coast by 28 points on Saturday.

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Blues hunting top-eight scalp

Carlton star Bryce Gibbs is adamant his club has improved markedly, but admits a top-eight scalp to prove it would give the Blues a massive confidence boost.

Docker upset locks in top eight

Fremantle's Hayden Ballentyne is chased by Liam Anthony.

Martin Blake Fremantle has turned the lower half of the top eight upside down.

Dons crack, Saints in top eight

Michael Hurley outsmarts Saint James Gwilt.

Emma Quayle Essendon misses its chance to grab top spot on the ladder and places pressure on its top-four prospects.

The Darcy Moore dilemma for Collingwood

Darcy Moore takes a hanger. Source: Twitter

Emma Quayle If Collingwood was playing this weekend, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

Sydney should be too consistent for the Roos in preliminary final

Sydney is favoured to figure in a second grand final in three years.

Rohan Connolly The last time Sydney and North Melbourne clashed in September produced one of the more forgettable finals in recent AFL history. We can expect a lot more this time around.

Before knee woes, Melbourne's David Schwarz was destined for greatness

David Schwarz in a relaxed frame of mind this week.

Jesse Hogan It has been more than a decade since David "The Ox" Schwarz played the last of his 173 games for Melbourne.

Fremantle Dockers vs Port Adelaide: the big questions answered

What factors will come into play when the Fremantle Dockers take on Port Adelaide in a knock out final?

Brad Elborough It was only two weeks ago that Port Adelaide made the trek west to tackle Fremantle at Patersons Stadium in round 23.

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Nat Fyfe and Travis Boak save their best for the best

Travis Boak and Nat Fyfe

Rohan Connolly Fremantle's Nat Fyfe and Port Adelaide captain Travis Boak are two of the best players in the AFL. But never more so than when they're playing against the best teams in the competition.

Port Adelaide and St Kilda clear outliers on AFL age ladder

Youngsters such as second-season midfielder Ollie Wines play a key role for the Power.

Daniel Cherny Popular belief says that finals football is an older man’s game, but Port Adelaide begs to disagree.

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.

Pert calls for AFL to set fixture priorities

Gary Pert believes debating fixture formulas is pointless and will not lead to any change.

Matt Murnane Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert has called for the AFL to publicly declare the key priorities for its fixture before it considers making any radical changes to the current formula.

Making sense of Collingwood's season in hell

Wayne Carey

Wayne Carey So the Magpies are fighting for survival in the final round of the season - it's a scenario that would have been unfathomable for any Collingwood supporter at the start of the year.

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North Melbourne and Essendon final a battle of inconsistency

Expect the unexpected when Essendon or North are involved.

Rohan Connolly North Melbourne and Essendon have both proved they can play decent football this season. But for how long?

Twenty years on, exciting finals series looms

Bill Brownless.

Matt Murnane The four finals that lie ahead this weekend have the potential to match 1994 for suspense and drama.

Bombers hope to keep Mark Thompson

Essendon coach Mark Thompson.

Essendon faces a risk that Mark Thompson will leave the AFL club and coach somewhere else.

Tiger Trent Cotchin has no interest in finals fairy tale talk

Trent Cotchin

Richmond captain Trent Cotchin doesn't believe in fairy tales.

Mick Malthouse excited about 'buoyant' Carlton

Mick Malthouse

All of a sudden, Carlton football club is a happy place to be. Improved AFL performances, a legendary re-signing, an inspirational debut and a happy coach.