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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.

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.

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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.

Extra year to provide stability for Demons, says Paul Roos

Three-year stint: Paul Roos.

Alana Schetzer Providing stability to a club accustomed to uncertainty was the main reason for Melbourne coach Paul Roos signing on for an extra year.

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.

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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.

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John Longmire hints Adam Goodes will play on for Sydney Swans next year

Adam Goodes.

Adam Pengilly John Longmire will have further talks with Adam Goodes about his future in the next "few weeks", with the Swans coach hinting the dual Brownlow medallist is in good enough form to push on for another...

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Collingwood's conundrum: Time's in short supply if you are a Magpie

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Collingwood is always a victim of bloated expectations. A football club with a massive membership, huge following and the game’s most outspoken president guarantees headlines whether it’s...

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Dad's advice helped Gary Ablett make tough call

Painful decision: Gary Ablett leaves the field in round 16.

Gary Ablett has revealed advice from his legendary father was pivotal in the tough decision to scratch himself from the rest of the AFL season.

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Live AFL: Collingwood v Adelaide

Collingwood v Adelaide

Ronny Lerner The Magpies host the Crows at the MCG to close out round 18.

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Collingwood falls outside the top 8, as Crows make their move

Laclhlan Keeffe consoles Heritier Lumumba after the Pies' loss.

Emma Quayle Collingwood has tumbled outside the top eight for the first time since round five.

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Top clubs push hard to avoid peeking over precipice

End of eras.

Will Brodie Are any of our perennial finalists in danger of a sudden drop from the eight?

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Brenton Sanderson embraces spotlight for Crows

It's a mini-final. It's whatever cliche you'd like to use, according to Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson.

Thanks for no tanks, but getting the top pick for finishing last is no disaster

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Garry Lyon How refreshing is it that we are six weeks from the end of the AFL season, and we have four teams locked together on just four wins for the season, yet there has scarcely been a mention of the...

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Paul Seedsman agrees Magpies' clash with Crows the 'most important of year'

Paul Seedsman.

Jon Pierik Emerging Collingwood defender Paul Seedsman says the Magpies will attack Sunday's crunch clash against Adelaide as if it was a final.

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AFL Express: Saturday 26 July

Brisbane's Billy Longer

Ronny Lerner All the action from today's two matches in AFL round 18.

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Trent Cotchin questions Richmond's commitment

Trent Cotchin leads the Tigers from the field.

Jon Pierik In a season gone wrong, Richmond captain Trent Cotchin says the Tigers have been guilty of "picking and choosing" in terms of their commitment to winning the contest.

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James Hird says he is keen to return to Essendon

James Hird.

Will Brodie Suspended Essendon coach James Hird is back in Melbourne, and he is keen to return to his club, pending a discussion with fill-in coach Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson.

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