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New faces in the mix for AFL's round one

New crop: Ben McEvoy, Paul Chapman, Patrick Cripps and Jack Billings.

New crop: Ben McEvoy, Paul Chapman, Patrick Cripps and Jack Billings.

ADELAIDE

(v Geelong, Simonds Stadium, Thursday March 20, 7.10pm)

Eddie Betts will wear his new colours for the first official time and James Podsiadly's hip injury shouldn't prevent him from playing against his old team, but the Crows' side is likely to feature more ''newish'' faces than entirely fresh ones. Matt Crouch is everything you could want in a new draftee and the teenager's hard, tough pre-season form may tempt coach Brenton Sanderson to give him an early debut, although though he's just had a week off sick. 

BRISBANE LIONS

(v Hawthorn, Aurora Stadium, Saturday March 22, 4.40pm)

James Aish arrived in Brisbane after last year's national draft with two years of senior football for Norwood behind him. He looks ready to go, and the rest of Brisbane's draftees shouldn't be far behind him, with new coach Justin Leppitsch planning to give them all a run this year. Luke McGuane and Trent West should slot straight in, while a chance may open for untried second-year forward Michael Close should Jonathan Brown not get up.

CARLTON

(v Port Adelaide, Etihad Stadium, Sunday March 16, 7.40pm)

The Blues used their first choice in last year's draft on a player who knows how to find the ball when things are hectic, and Patrick Cripps is very much in his coaches' minds for a round-one debut. Slot Dale Thomas in for his first official match since early last season, along with Andrejs Everitt. At his third club now, the former Bulldog and Swan has looked good playing a roaming role in Carlton's pre-season games.

COLLINGWOOD

(v Fremantle, Etihad Stadium, Friday March 14, 7.50pm)

Collingwood shed some experience in last year's off-season, but brought in plenty of ready-to-go replacements. Jesse White hurt a calf during Monday's training session and was feeling much better on Tuesday but will need to train again before being included for his first game in black and white. Taylor Adams averaged 24 possessions in his two pre-season games and Tony Armstrong is a chance to play. Of the fresh draftees, Tom Langdon is best placed to make a round-one debut.

ESSENDON

(v North Melbourne, Etihad Stadium, Friday March 21, 7.50pm)

A guy called Paul Chapman might slot nicely into the Bombers' reworked forward line, while the absence of Courtenay Dempsey and possibly Michael Hibberd will give Marty Gleeson, Jason Ashby or both the chance to slide onto a half-back flank. Gleeson's composure and clean skills might have him just ahead, and then there's draftee Zach Merrett. He's smart, switched on and has good skills. He shouldn't have to wait long, if he doesn't play straight up.

FREMANTLE

(v Collingwood, Etihad Stadium, Friday March 14, 7.50pm)

Scott Gumbleton is out for a few months, and it seems Colin Sylvia will start the season in the WAFL. One player to keep an eye out for in coming weeks though, is Anthony Morabito. He is far from a new player, but is on his way back from three knee reconstructions and looked good playing his first WAFL game since July 2012 last weekend. Fingers crossed he can make a difference at senior level this year.

GEELONG

(v Adelaide, Simonds Stadium, Thursday March 20, 7.10pm)

With Joel Corey, Paul Chapman, Josh Hunt, James Podsiadly and Trent West all gone, there will certainly be a new look about this season's Geelong side. There just might not be any fresh faces this week unless you count Hamish McIntosh, working his way back from a knee injury that ruined his 2013 season. That said, the Cats have plenty of under-23s – Billie Smedts, Josh Caddy, Jordan Murdoch, Cam Guthrie, Allen Christensen, Jackson Thurlow, Steven Motlop, George Horlin-Smith and the list goes on – ready for more responsibility.

GOLD COAST

(v Richmond, Metricon Stadium, Saturday March 15, 6.40pm)

Jack Martin signed a five-year contract not long after he joined the club at the end of 2012 as a 17-year-old picked up in the mini-draft and has had a year in the Queensland state league to get himself ready. Coach Guy McKenna wants to get him to 50 games as soon as possible. Clay Cameron could debut in a back line still missing Rory Thompson, while draftee Sean Lemmens has quickly won his coaches and teammates over.

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY

(v Sydney, Giants Stadium, Saturday March 15, 4.40pm)

This Giants should look an older, steadier side this year. Heath Shaw, Shane Mumford, Josh Hunt, Jed Lamb and Dylan Addison all know what it takes, and should make the Giants harder to push around. Josh Kelly shapes as the draftee most likely to play straight away while Tom Boyd, called in for his first senior game last weekend, shouldn't have to wait long.

HAWTHORN

(v Brisbane Lions, Aurora Stadium, Saturday March 22, 4.40pm)

Ben McEvoy is a very handy recruit, and should make an impact straight away. The Hawks might not squeeze any of their 2013 draftees into their round-one side, but they have plenty of players pushing for more opportunity this year: Jed Anderson, Sam Grimley, Taylor Duryea and Will Langford to start with. Angus Litherland and Luke Lowden have been at the club for a while now, but were both mentioned by coach Alastair Clarkson recently as being ready to step into the senior side when required. 

MELBOURNE

(v St Kilda, Etihad Stadium, Saturday March 22, 7.40pm)

Hanging out to watch Jesse Hogan play his first, official senior game? You may have to wait a little longer, with the teenage forward held up in the last week by a back problem. Bernie Vince, Dom Tyson, Viv Michie and Daniel Cross will give the Demons' midfield a different look, while draftees Christian Salem, Jay Kennedy-Harris and Alex Georgiou, a mature-age recruit at 24, are all in the mix.

NORTH MELBOURNE

(v Essendon, Etihad Stadium, Friday March 21, 7.50pm)

North recruited Nick Dal Santo to add some polish to its midfield group, and after a stress-free pre-season at his new club he'll be out there from day one. Luke McDonald is a new draftee, albeit one who spent last season playing in the VFL for Werribee knowing the Roos would take him as a father-son recruit. He has gotten through his second pre-season well, and done enough to deserve a round-one debut.

PORT ADELAIDE

(v Carlton, Etihad Stadium, Sunday March 16, 7.40pm)

Jarman Impey is quick, aggressive and a competitor. The small defender is very much in the conversation for round one. Tom Clurey was unlucky not to sneak a senior debut last season and, after an impressive second pre-season he looks even closer now. Jared Polec, recruited from Brisbane, has improved with each match as well. He has nous, he can kick and, after a bumpy start, his fitness seems to have improved. 

RICHMOND

(v Gold Coast, Metricon Stadium, Saturday March 15, 6.40pm)

Matt Thomas ended an impressive pre-season by gathering 26 possessions and laying 10 tackles against Essendon, earning himself a spot on the senior list and a probable round-one game. The 27-year-old former Port Adelaide player, who won last year's Magarey Medal, and former Carlton ruckman Shaun Hampson are likely to be two new Tigers against the Suns, with first-round draftee Ben Lennon on his way back from minor knee surgery. But Matt McDonough, who made a one-match debut last year, has played some excellent footy on the half-back line and will be hard to leave out.

ST KILDA

(v Melbourne, Etihad Stadium, Saturday March 22, 7.40pm)

Draftee Luke Dunstan's spot in the round-one side has already been confirmed by the Saints' new coach, Alan Richardson. Jack Billings will be hard to leave out, and Luke Delaney might be ahead of Josh Bruce to play in defence. With Ben McEvoy and Nick Dal Santo gone, and Lenny Hayes and Leigh Montagna to miss the start of the season suspended, the Saints will have a new look either way. Last year, nine players made their debut, more than anyone else, and the progression of Tom Curran, Nathan Wright, Josh Saunders and others will be interesting to watch.

SYDNEY

(v GWS, Giants Stadium, Saturday March 15, 4.40pm)

Heard of Lance Franklin? The Swans might decide to give him a round-one game. Jeremy Laidler is a chance to play his first game at his third club, and Kurt Tippett is on his way back from injury, which gives Tom Derickx a chance of being called up to support Mike Pyke in the ruck. Dean Towers, Toby Nankervis and Aliir Aliir have all shown promise through the pre-season but will probably have to wait a little longer.

WEST COAST

(v Western Bulldogs, Patersons Stadium, Sunday March 23, 4.40pm)

The Eagles have the second-youngest squad in the AFL but rank seventh for average games. They're also in good shape, which could make it tough for draftee Dom Sheed to force his way into the round-one side. He's close, though, and shouldn't be too far away if he does miss out. Elliot Yeo has settled in well after moving home from Brisbane, and Xavier Ellis' solid pre-season form has put him in new coach Adam Simpson's thoughts.

WESTERN BULLDOGS

(v West Coast, Patersons Stadium, Sunday March 23, 4.40pm)

The Bulldogs had four kids make their debut last year (Jake Stringer, Jack Macrae, Lachie Hunter and Nathan Hrovat) and all four should play an important part this year. Marcus Bontempelli isn't quite ready to go, having played his first VFL game last week, and while on-baller Mitch Honeychurch has shown some promising signs he may have to wait a little while. That makes Essendon recruit Stewart Crameri likely to be the only new dog in round one.

2014 Home and Away

Round 1
Fri, 14 MarTimes shown AEDT
COL 46 vs FRE 116 Report Stats
Sat, 15 MarTimes shown AEDT
GWS 99 vs SYD 67 Report Report Stats
GCF 87 vs RIC 69 Report Stats
Sun, 16 MarTimes shown AEDT
CAR 87 vs PTA 120 Report Stats
Thu, 20 MarTimes shown AEDT
GEE 119 vs ADE 81 Report Stats
Fri, 21 MarTimes shown AEDT
NTH 60 vs ESS 99 Report Stats
Sat, 22 MarTimes shown AEDT
HAW 139 vs BRI 91 Report Stats
STK 68 vs MEL 51 Report Stats
Sun, 23 MarTimes shown AEDT
WCE 134 vs WBU 69 Report Stats
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Round 2
Thu, 27 MarTimes shown AEDT
RIC 98 vs CAR 86 Report Stats
Fri, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
ESS 86 vs HAW 90 Report Stats
Sat, 29 MarTimes shown AEDT
STK 95 vs GWS 88 Stats
PTA 127 vs ADE 73 Report Stats
FRE 87 vs GCF 39 Report Stats
SYD 69 vs COL 89 Report Stats
Sun, 30 MarTimes shown AEDT
BRI 68 vs GEE 93 Stats
MEL 30 vs WCE 123 Report Stats
WBU 54 vs NTH 83 Report Stats
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Round 3
Fri, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
HAW 137 vs FRE 79 Report Stats
Sat, 05 AprTimes shown AEDT
WBU 100 vs RIC 98 Report Stats
ADE 71 vs SYD 134 Report Stats
GCF 114 vs BRI 61 Stats
WCE 83 vs STK 58 Report Stats
COL 76 vs GEE 87 Report Stats
Sun, 06 AprTimes shown AEST
GWS 79 vs MEL 47 Report Stats
NTH 97 vs PTA 90 Report Stats
ESS 138 vs CAR 57 Report Stats
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Round 4
Fri, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
RIC 72 vs COL 110 Report Stats
Sat, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
CAR 58 vs MEL 81 Report Stats
PTA 159 vs BRI 46 Report Stats
GWS 83 vs WBU 110 Report Stats
GEE 107 vs WCE 32 Report Stats
GCF 49 vs HAW 148 Report Stats
Sun, 13 AprTimes shown AEST
SYD 48 vs NTH 91 Report Stats
STK 50 vs ADE 136 Report Stats
FRE 113 vs ESS 60 Report Stats
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Round 5
Thu, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
BRI 63 vs RIC 106 Report Stats
Sat, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
COL 93 vs NTH 58 Report Stats
SYD 92 vs FRE 75 Report Stats
WCE 56 vs PTA 70 Report Stats
ESS 65 vs STK 81 Report Stats
Sun, 20 AprTimes shown AEST
ADE 137 vs GWS 72 Report Stats
MEL 78 vs GCF 86 Report Stats
WBU 91 vs CAR 119 Report Stats
Mon, 21 AprTimes shown AEST
GEE 106 vs HAW 87 Report Stats
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Round 6
Fri, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
COL 83 vs ESS 60 Report Stats
STK 79 vs BRI 82 Report Stats
FRE 61 vs NTH 74 Report Stats
Sat, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
GCF 134 vs GWS 94 Report Stats
CAR 92 vs WCE 89 Report Stats
MEL 38 vs SYD 69 Report Stats
Sun, 27 AprTimes shown AEST
WBU 83 vs ADE 92 Report Stats
RIC 52 vs HAW 118 Report Stats
PTA 107 vs GEE 67 Report Stats
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Round 7
Fri, 02 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR 70 vs COL 104 Report Stats
Sat, 03 MayTimes shown AEST
HAW 175 vs STK 30 Report Stats
GWS 97 vs PTA 132 Report Stats
ADE 67 vs MEL 70 Report Stats
BRI 44 vs SYD 123 Stats
ESS 73 vs WBU 65 Report Stats
Sun, 04 MayTimes shown AEST
NTH 77 vs GCF 120 Report Stats
GEE 81 vs RIC 76 Report Stats
WCE 54 vs FRE 73 Report Stats
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Round 8
Fri, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
SYD 107 vs HAW 88 Report Stats
Sat, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
PTA 94 vs FRE 76 Report Stats
BRI 57 vs ESS 65 Report Stats
MEL 83 vs WBU 99 Report Stats
Sun, 11 MayTimes shown AEST
WCE 188 vs GWS 77 Report Stats
Mon, 12 MayTimes shown AEST
STK 69 vs CAR 101 Report Stats
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Round 9
Thu, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
ADE 76 vs COL 55 Report Stats
Fri, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
ESS 64 vs SYD 114 Report Stats
Sat, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
RIC 74 vs MEL 91 Report Stats
NTH 125 vs BRI 38 Report Stats
FRE 96 vs GEE 64 Report Stats
Sun, 18 MayTimes shown AEST
STK 87 vs GCF 125 Report Stats
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Round 10
Fri, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
GEE 111 vs NTH 91 Report Stats
Sat, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
GWS 41 vs RIC 154 Report Stats
COL 109 vs WCE 101 Report Stats
PTA 100 vs HAW 86 Report Stats
Sun, 25 MayTimes shown AEST
GCF 119 vs WBU 74 Report Stats
CAR 81 vs ADE 76 Report Stats
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Round 11
Thu, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
SYD 148 vs GEE 38 Report Stats
Fri, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
STK 54 vs COL 140 Report Stats
Sat, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
MEL 75 vs PTA 95 Report Stats
BRI 98 vs CAR 91 Report Stats
ESS 104 vs RIC 54 Report Stats
Sun, 01 JunTimes shown AEST
ADE 109 vs GCF 77 Report Stats
WBU 51 vs FRE 89 Report Stats
HAW 94 vs GWS 87 Report Stats
WCE 44 vs NTH 82 Report Stats
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Round 12
Fri, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
GEE 107 vs CAR 102 Report Stats
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
HAW 123 vs WCE 79 Report Stats
PTA 129 vs STK 59 Report Stats
WBU 87 vs BRI 95 Report Stats
GWS 66 vs ESS 81 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
GCF 74 vs SYD 109 Report Stats
FRE 90 vs ADE 50 Report Stats
NTH 116 vs RIC 88 Report Stats
Mon, 09 JunTimes shown AEST
MEL 28 vs COL 61 Report Stats
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Round 13
Fri, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR 90 vs HAW 118 Report Stats
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
RIC 85 vs FRE 105 Report Stats
SYD 98 vs PTA 94 Report Stats
WCE 103 vs GCF 100 Report Stats
BRI 80 vs GWS 125 Report Stats
ADE 109 vs NTH 73 Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
GEE 133 vs STK 37 Report Stats
COL 98 vs WBU 106 Report Stats
ESS 77 vs MEL 78 Report Stats
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Round 14
Fri, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
RIC 51 vs SYD 62 Report Stats
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
PTA 128 vs WBU 56 Report Stats
HAW 115 vs COL 86 Report Stats
GCF 118 vs GEE 78 Report Stats
FRE 105 vs BRI 22 Report Stats
ESS 101 vs ADE 92 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
GWS 100 vs CAR 92 Report Stats
STK 70 vs WCE 103 Report Stats
MEL 66 vs NTH 107 Report Stats
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Round 15
Fri, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
GEE 89 vs ESS 80 Report Stats
Sat, 28 JunTimes shown AEST
HAW 116 vs GCF 63 Report Stats
STK 73 vs RIC 117 Report Stats
FRE 88 vs WCE 81 Report Stats
SYD 106 vs GWS 60 Stats
BRI 70 vs NTH 66 Report Stats
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
WBU 91 vs MEL 85 Report Stats
ADE 99 vs PTA 76 Report Stats
COL 91 vs CAR 76 Report Stats
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Round 16
Fri, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
NTH 108 vs HAW 88 Report Stats
Sat, 05 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC 79 vs BRI 54 Stats
GWS 72 vs ADE 140 Report Stats
GCF 80 vs COL 75 Report Stats
MEL 34 vs FRE 97 Report Stats
PTA 60 vs ESS 62 Report Stats
Sun, 06 JulTimes shown AEST
CAR 151 vs STK 66 Report Stats
WCE 51 vs SYD 79 Report Stats
GEE 69 vs WBU 56 Report Stats
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Round 17
Fri, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
ADE 92 vs HAW 104 Report Stats
Sat, 12 JulTimes shown AEST
MEL 36 vs GEE 102 Report Stats
NTH 92 vs STK 33 Report Stats
WBU 94 vs GCF 66 Report Stats
BRI 64 vs WCE 76 Report Stats
SYD 122 vs CAR 51 Report Stats
Sun, 13 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC 126 vs PTA 106 Report Stats
ESS 103 vs COL 39 Report Stats
FRE 136 vs GWS 60 Report Stats
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Round 18
Fri, 18 JulTimes shown AEST
CAR 109 vs NTH 86 Report Stats
Sat, 19 JulTimes shown AEST
STK 118 vs FRE 60 Report Stats
GWS 87 vs GEE 94 Report Stats
Sun, 20 JulTimes shown AEST
PTA 72 vs MEL 69 Report Stats
WBU 94 vs ESS 101 Report Stats
Fri, 25 JulTimes shown AEST
WCE 42 vs RIC 59 Report Stats
Sat, 26 JulTimes shown AEST
BRI 110 vs GCF 56 Report Stats
HAW 104 vs SYD 94 Report Stats
Sun, 27 JulTimes shown AEST
COL 82 vs ADE 98 Report Stats
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Round 19
Thu, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
FRE 83 vs CAR 78 Report Stats
Fri, 01 AugTimes shown AEST
SYD 79 vs ESS 57 Report Stats
Sat, 02 AugTimes shown AEST
ADE 105 vs WCE 136 Report Stats
RIC 89 vs GWS 62 Report Stats
GCF 117 vs STK 64 Report Stats
NTH 79 vs GEE 111 Report Stats
Sun, 03 AugTimes shown AEST
MEL 51 vs BRI 74 Stats
HAW 107 vs WBU 45 Report Stats
COL 76 vs PTA 70 Report Stats
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Round 20
Fri, 08 AugTimes shown AEST
RIC 95 vs ESS 77 Report Stats
Sat, 09 AugTimes shown AEST
GWS 51 vs NTH 126 Report Stats
CAR 97 vs GCF 58 Report Stats
HAW 115 vs MEL 65 Report Stats
PTA 58 vs SYD 84 Report Stats
GEE 81 vs FRE 79 Report Stats
Sun, 10 AugTimes shown AEST
BRI 63 vs ADE 168 Report Stats
STK 99 vs WBU 122 Report Stats
WCE 126 vs COL 66 Report Stats
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Round 21
Fri, 15 AugTimes shown AEST
CAR 76 vs GEE 82 Report Stats
Sat, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
SYD 127 vs STK 56 Stats
GCF 47 vs PTA 56 Report Stats
ESS 77 vs WCE 74 Report Stats
COL 56 vs BRI 123 Report Stats
ADE 69 vs RIC 79 Report Stats
Sun, 17 AugTimes shown AEST
NTH 111 vs WBU 61 Report Stats
MEL 34 vs GWS 98 Report Stats
FRE 110 vs HAW 91 Report Stats
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Round 22
Fri, 22 AugTimes shown AEST
PTA 140 vs CAR 37 Report Stats
Sat, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
NTH 101 vs ADE 94 Report Stats
ESS 108 vs GCF 89 Report Stats
GWS 67 vs COL 75 Report Stats
WCE 119 vs MEL 53 Report Stats
HAW 94 vs GEE 71 Report Stats
Sun, 24 AugTimes shown AEST
BRI 48 vs FRE 106 Report Stats
WBU 67 vs SYD 130 Report Stats
RIC 98 vs STK 72 Report Stats
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Round 23
Fri, 29 AugTimes shown AEST
COL 56 vs HAW 121 Stats
Sat, 30 AugTimes shown AEST
CAR 90 vs ESS 90 Stats
FRE 105 vs PTA 97 Stats
SYD 65 vs RIC 68 Stats
NTH 123 vs MEL 93 Stats
GEE 143 vs BRI 81 Stats
Sun, 31 AugTimes shown AEST
GCF 99 vs WCE 151 Stats
ADE 141 vs STK 62 Stats
WBU 109 vs GWS 115 Stats
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AFL Finals Round 1
Fri, 05 SepTimes shown AEST
HAW 104 vs GEE 68 Report Stats
Sat, 06 SepTimes shown AEST
SYD 93 vs FRE 69 Stats
NTH 93 vs ESS 81 Report Stats
Sun, 07 SepTimes shown AEST
PTA 132 vs RIC 75 Report Stats
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AFL Finals Round 2
Fri, 12 SepTimes shown AEST
GEE 92 vs NTH 98 Stats
Sat, 13 SepTimes shown AEST
FRE 83 vs PTA 105 Stats
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AFL Finals Round 3
Fri, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
SYD 136 vs NTH 65 Report Stats
Sat, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
HAW 97 vs PTA 94 Report Stats
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AFL Finals Round 4
Sat, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SYD 74 vs HAW 137 Report Stats
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AFL Home and Away
Overall standings
Team P W L D % Pts
Sydney Swans 22 17 5 0 142.88 68
Hawthorn 22 17 5 0 140.78 68
Geelong Cats 22 17 5 0 113.77 68
Fremantle 22 16 6 0 130.40 64
Port Adelaide 22 14 8 0 129.92 56
North Melbourne 22 14 8 0 117.04 56
Essendon 22 12 9 1 106.34 50
Richmond 22 12 10 0 105.77 48
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