Chris Tarrant

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Chris Tarrant is proof that life after footy doesn't have to hurt

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Peter Hanlon Chris Tarrant is still a high-flyer, just not on the footy field.

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Fremantle Dockers finally find partner for Matthew Pavlich

Matt Taberner and Matthew Pavlich are proving dynamic up forward.

Splashing the cash failed to fix Fremantle's forward-line conundrum, but a bargain buy appears to have done the trick.

Jordan Lewis' year of rolling out the barrel

Natural leader: Jordan Lewis, who is in career-best form for the Hawks, lets fly at training on Friday.

Greg Baum Hawthorn was blockaded in Sydney's half. The game plan called for it to hold its nerve and thread its way out, but it wasn't working.

Lance Franklin packs a punch with six of the best

Face in the crowd: Lance Franklin at Swans training this week.

Andrew Wu Lance Franklin plays his 200th game on Saturday against St Kilda. Here's six of the best from Franklin's first 199 games.

Fremantle Dockers stars keen to stay in Perth

David Mundy was convinced to stay at the Dockers because the club is building.

Brad Elborough Fremantle’s re-signing of star midfielders David Mundy and Nat Fyfe this week is further evidence of the club’s growing maturity.

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Leader of the pack content at Magpies as cohorts take flight

Collingwood's Dane Swan.

Michael Gleeson Working on the theory you kill a snake by cutting off its head, Dane Swan insists his coach Nathan Buckley had no problem with Collingwood's ''rat pack'' of players this year or else Swan would have...

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I'll miss rat pack: sad Swan

Dane Swan.

Michael Gleeson Midfielder insists Nathan Buckley had no problem with "rat pack" this year.

Magpie Tarrant to keep up aggression

Buddy Franklin and Chris Tarrant

Collingwood veteran defender Chris Tarrant will be encouraged to physically test West Coast's tall forwards the way he did Hawthorn's Lance Franklin last weekend.

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A leader of the pack

Running back: Ben Johnson tries to burst out of a tackle.

Michael Gleeson Apart from providing a lot of run and effective disposal — not always pretty but always left-footed — Ben Johnson has played a key role in helping shape members of Collingwood's 'rat pack'.

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Close, but Eagles will win

Collingwood v West Coast Eagles in June.

Michael Voss This is one of those games where there is history and logic and there is gut instinct.

Football

Midfielders must step up, say Woods

Gotcha: Steele Sidebottom is tackled by Scott Pendlebury at training.

Jon Pierik Collingwood turns the spotlight on its midfielders, declaring they will need to improve their ball use and help deliver goals if the Magpies are to prevail in tonight's semi-final against West Coast.

Magpies get their reward

Collingwood

Rohan Connolly Collingwood can, and has, played a lot better quality football than it did last night, and will certainly need to if it is to have any chance of winning the premiership.

All eyes are now on the birds

Lance Franklin and Jack Gunston

Matt Murnane In a three-part series that examines where the preliminary finals will be won and lost, Matt Murnane assesses the defensive and offensive match-ups.

The big issue: who can back up Jolly?

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Jake Niall It will become the selection question of preliminary final week should Chris Dawes lose his battle of wounded knee: Who replaces him and supports Darren Jolly?

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Plan B for the Pies if Dawes is out

Collingwood's Chris Dawes

Jake Niall In the event that Chris Dawes is unable play on Friday night, replacing him will be the Collingwood match committee's most vexing question.

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Dream achieved, Tarrant at ease

Chris Tarrant

Greg Baum The Magpies backman is leaving the game with no regrets.

Swans fresh and ready to fly in tough scrap

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Robert Walls Get set for a low-scoring, high-tackling and full-on contest tonight when Sydney hosts Collingwood on the dead track at ANZ Stadium.

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Sydney breaks jinx to enter grand final

Sam Lienert Sydney smashed its seven-year hoodoo against a tired but valiant Collingwood to surge into next Saturday's AFL grand final on a high.

Magpies left lamenting

Collingwood fell to a season-ending defeat against Sydney last night.

Jon Pierik, Sydney As the Pies fell to a season-ending defeat against Sydney, Nick Maxwell could feel nothing but devastation as he watched on.

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We'll be back, say Pies

Wrapped up: Scott Pendlebury is tackled by Swan Shane Mumford in Friday night's match.

Jon Pierik As the Magpies look forward to a break and beginning afresh, vice-captain Scott Pendlebury believes there is no reason why they cannot again feature in the top four next season.