Melbourne Demons

Umps boss clarifies Gawn free kicks

Max Gawn pushes away Billy Longer on Sunday.

AFL umpires coach Hayden Kennedy has clarified a string of free kicks paid against Melbourne's Max Gawn on Sunday which left the All-Australian ruckman baffled.

Will Alex Rance be Richmond's weak link in September?

Alex Rance of the Tigers (left) and Harry Taylor.

Damien Hardwick has been praised this season for the changes he has made personally and overseen in the Tigers' football department. From almost being out the door this time last year, Hardwick has emerged as one of the more astute minds of the competition, having embraced, among other things, the need for quicker ball movement and pressure intensity inside 50.

Dees close on finals despite 'ruthless competition'

Keep it simple: Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin is sticking to basics after an unpredictable season 2017.

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin still won't dare look ahead to September despite the Demons closing in on their first finals berth in 11 years, having all but ended St Kilda's 2017 hopes in the process on Sunday.

AFL Live Scores: Demons vs Saints

Jack Viney and his Melbourne Demons need to win to keep their finals hopes alive, as do their opponents, St Kilda.

It's one of the biggest games of the season, the Demons vs the Saints at the MCG. The winner is still in the hunt for finals but the loser's hopes of a top eight finish will be all but over.

Demons withstand scare to all but eliminate Saints

James Harmes was a standout for Melbourne.

There was a worrying collision of heads at the MCG on Sunday afternoon, but the Demons landed the real knockout blow, their victory over St Kilda all but snuffing out the Saints' hopes of a fairytale ending for veterans Nick Riewoldt and Leigh Montagna.