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Suddenly ... Sydney are back

Dan Hannebery (left) and Lance Franklin had plenty to celebrate.

Sydney are storming back into finals contention after their third win in a row, the Swans thumping St Kilda by 50 points at Etihad Stadium.

Cheats never prosper? Don't bet on it

Jim Pavlidis illustration

What to do about those St Kilda footballers who last weekend revealed themselves not to have evolved since before most were born, since a time when Tony Shaw said he would use a racist epithet every week if he thought it would gain his team an edge, a time so long ago it can be found only by carbon-dating?

We want Carlisle focused, says Richardson

Jake Carlisle has faced heavy criticism for his behavior in the Marc Murphy sledging scandal.

There has been no special treatment, instruction or focus for under-fire forward Jake Carlisle in the lead up to this week's game with Sydney, Saints coach Alan Richardson says.

AFL fails at stamping out sexism, misogyny on the field

Jake Carlisle and Marc Murphy.

The football fraternity's somewhat feeble response to a series of repulsive verbal attacks levelled at Carlton captain Marc Murphy does not reflect well on the game and its still clear default position regarding what happens verbally on the field.

Richardson lauds five-goal hero Billings

Jack Billings celebrates one of his five goals.

St Kilda coach Alan Richardson has lauded Jack Billings’ response to having his fitness challenged by his teammates after the best performance of his 50-game career.

Saints pushed all the way by Blues

Jack Billings and Seb Ross celebrate a goal for the Saints against Carlton

Twice St Kilda looked set to run away to a comfortable win against Carlton at Etihad Stadium on Saturday. Twice the Blues found enough not only to prevent a hiding, but to actually hit the front.

Saints hope McCartin is frustrated

Sidelined: Paddy McCartin hasn't played in the AFL since round three.

St Kilda coach Alan Richardson says his club hopes Paddy McCartin is getting frustrated as the key forward prepares for a fifth straight weekend in the VFL.

'We're ready now': Cats, Saints made to wait for AFLW teams

Chelsea Randall, Bec Goddard and Erin Phillip hold the cup aloft after the Crows won the inaugural AFLW premiership ...

Geelong and St Kilda are unhappy that the AFL has put the brakes on their push for an AFL Women's team, with Cats chief executive Brian Cook declaring: "We are probably more ready to join the competition than some teams already in [it]."

Coaches query Stevens, Waite MRP verdicts

Tom Lynch was concussed in the Jarrad Waite tackle

Update: North Melbourne will be without enigmatic forward Jarrad Waite for Sunday's clash with Sydney after deciding to accept a one-match ban for his contentious tackle on Adelaide's Tom Lynch.