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Essendon's Michael Hurley helps settle the key position debate

Under pressure: Swan Sam Reid is challenged by Michael Hurley at the SCG.

Rohan Connolly For most of this season, integral to any discussion about Essendon’s finals prospects has been the debate about the use of key position players Jake Carlisle and Michael Hurley.

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Michael Hurley says he feels 'at home' in defence

Reason to smile: Bomber Michael Hurley says he is enjoying life as a defender after spending most of his career as a forward.

Jon Pierik Bomber admits he struggled to read the play as a key forward.

Brownlow Medal 2014: club-by-club votes

Club-by-club votes from the AFL Brownlow medal count on Monday night.- (* denotes ineligible).

Mediation between Essendon, Dean Robinson breaks down

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik Mediation between Essendon and its former fitness chief Dean Robinson failed to broker a settlement on Friday, pushing the two parties closer to what looms as an explosive trial.

The Essendon report card

Dyson Heppell clears during the elimination final against the Kangaroos.

Matt Murnane What went right for Essendon in season 2014? And what went wrong?

Essendon's Brendon Goddard calls rival AFL clubs unethical

Essendon's Brendon Goddard.

Matt Murnane Prominent player agent Peter Jess says clubs should do anything in their power to tempt the best players to join them, as Essendon star Brendon Goddard branded the approaches to top Bombers as...

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2014 AFL round 23 teams

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The selected teams for round 23 of the AFL season, including Saturday's all-important Fremantle v Port Adelaide clash.

Finals preview: North Melbourne v Essendon

Dyson Heppell shone the last time Essendon played North Melbourne.

Emma Quayle Let's go with Essendon, given their best is more damaging.

Retiring former teammates motivate Nick Dal Santo for one more push

Been there: Nick Dal Santo is looking forward to playing finals with his new club, North Melbourne.

Liam Mannix Nick Dal Santo gambled by leaving St Kilda for a shot at finals glory and admits the move to North Melbourne needs to pay off soon.

Versatile Hurley key to forward support

Michael Hurley has been a versatile swingman.

Matt Murnane Key Essendon swingman Michael Hurley could be thrown in as a tall forward for Saturday night’s elimination final against North Melbourne

Incredible Watson driving Bombers towards their destiny

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Michael Voss After 579 long agonising days, Jobe Watson and his troops will play in a final. Even if only for a couple of hours it will be about football. And only football.

2014 AFL finals teams: week one

The selected line-ups for week one of the 2014 AFL finals series.

Can the Bombers put the score on the board?

Forward focus: Essendon needs Joe Daniher to fire.

Jon Pierik Finals questions about the North Melbourne-Essendon clash.

Essendon coach Mark Thompson says Paddy Ryder's future is 'Hirdy's problem'

Killing the contract: Paddy Ryder.

Daniel Cherny The uncertainty surrounding Paddy Ryder's future at Essendon has not been addressed at all in-house by Bombers coach Mark Thompson, with the coach suggesting that "whatever happens next year is...

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Essendon has to deal with some big decisions

Tom Bellchambers (L) Michael Hibberd (C) and Jobe Watson of the Bombers walk off after their defeat during the Second Elimination AFL Final against North Melbourne,

Rohan Connolly Essendon has dealt with plenty of uncertainty off the field. But there's plenty to be sorted out for the Bombers on it as well.

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Bombers snatch thrilling win against Eagles to finally get a happy ending

Dyson Heppell keeps close tabs on Luke Shuey.

Rohan Connolly If Essendon was looking for some sort of emotional boost at the start of this critical game against West Coast, it couldn't have written a better script than what actually unfolded.

Defence key to Essendon staying strong

Bombers skipper Jobe Watson speaks to the media on Tuesday.

Matt Murnane The reasons why Essendon stumbled late in the last three seasons, and yet haven't done so this year, are many and varied. But for skipper Jobe Watson, one stands above the rest: defence

2014 AFL round 22 teams

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The selected teams for round 22 of the AFL season, headlined by Geelong's clash with Hawthorn on Saturday night.

Bombers all but finals bound after fighting off Gold Coast

Brendon Goddard marks courageously.

Rohan Connolly Perhaps it was a bizarre moment in the second quarter that might have best summed up Essendon's hard-fought win over Gold Coast on Saturday.

Age Footballer of the Year: Round 22 votes

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Round 22 votes for the Age Footballer of the Year award for the 2014 premiership season.