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Sydney Swans

Bob Murphy: Adrift on a sea of swells and troughs

Bob Murphy - dink

BOB MURPHY 4:52pm Like a fishing boat on the open seas, a footy season lifts and falls over and over and over again. Even from week to week, the physical and mental state of teams and individual players has a rhythmic sway.  

Jake Lloyd's the charm in Sydney Swans' winning streak

Established: Jake Lloyd has become a lucky charm for the Swans.

Adam Pengilly Jake Lloyd reckons the wins and losses ''come with football''. In that respect, he has only ever known one-half of the game he took so long to establish himself in.

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Swan Jake Lloyd nominated for AFL Rising Star award

Sydney Swans youngster Jake Lloyd wins Round 21 AFL Rising Star nomination

Sydney Swans Josh Kennedy, Craig Bird cleared of having serious injuries

Josh Kennedy.

ANDREW WU Sydney have dodged a bullet as premiership-winning duo Josh Kennedy and Craig Bird are likely to return before the finals after injury scares during the weekend.

Brownlow Medal race shaping as a classic with Ablett, Franklin and Heppell in the frame

Rohan Connolly

ROHAN CONNOLLY The contenders are dropping like flies, but this year's Brownlow Medal could still provide a remarkable winner.

Josh Kennedy the latest injury blow for Swans

Pain: Josh Kennedy is tackled by Saint Sam Fisher.

ANDREW WU Sydney's injury toll is mounting at the wrong end of the season after Josh Kennedy became the latest key Swan to enter the casualty ward on Saturday.

Franklin on fire as Sydney Swans smash St Kilda

Six more points: Lance Franklin celebrates a goal against St Kilda.

ANDREW WU Lance Franklin was again the headline act in his 200th game but what lies in the fine print could have a bigger bearing on Sydney's premiership aspirations.

Today's Swans difficult for old Swans to beat, says Sean Dempster

Sean Dempster

ANDREW WU Sean Dempster says if Sydney's fabled team of 2005 were to come up against the Swans of today, they would struggle to match it with John Longmire's ''electric'' class of 2014.

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A salute to Lewis Roberts-Thomson

Lewis Roberts-Thomson announced his retirement from the AFL on Thursday.

MARTIN FLANAGAN Farewell Lewis Roberts-Thomson, I salute you as a player. So gangly and awkward to begin with, you were as brave as they come and, if one measure of a footballer is getting up for big matches, you were a champion.

Sydney Swans' Lewis Roberts-Thomson retires from AFL

Lewis Roberts-Thomson

TOM DECENT Two-time premiership winning defender Lewis Roberts-Thomson has announced his immediate retirement from the AFL. 

Practice makes perfect - except for Sydney Swans star Lance Franklin

Milestone man: Lance Franklin will play his 200th game this week.

ANDREW WU Lance Franklin's goalkicking numbers this year could be a case of ''lies, damned lies and statistics''.

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Hawthorn, Sydney, Geelong and Fremantle can still find something

Hawk Brian Lake and Cat Harry Taylor.

ROHAN CONNOLLY This year's premiership is likely to be won by the team that can still find something a little extra.

Sydney Swans star Ben McGlynn bursts into All Australian calculations

Flying Swan: Ben McGlynn.

ANDREW WU Ben McGlynn is the latest Sydney star to burst into All Australian calculations after continuing his rich vein of form against Port Adelaide, and he could be one of as many as eight Swans to be shortlisted for the AFL's team of the year.

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Port bid to match Sydney's tall forwards fails

Port's Kane Mitchell tries to stop Kurt Tippett of the Swans passing the ball.

ASHLEY PORTER Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley believes one has to give the Sydney Swans something like their own medicine - tall forwards to worry about.

Wounded Port can't stop Sydney express

Going my way: Sydney's Nick Malceski is ready to step into gear.

ASHLEY PORTER After enduring a week of players hospitalised with viral infections and injuries from training mishaps, Port Adelaide was run over by the 7.40 Sydney express on Saturday night, losing by 26 points.

Gary Rohan adds extra dimension to Sydney Swans after finding his feet at the back

Finding his feet: Gary Rohan is returning to his best after suffering a horrific leg injury in 2012.

ANDREW WU Gary Rohan is over the leg soreness which curtailed his start to the season and is now shaping as a potential wildcard Sydney can use at either end in their push for a second flag in three seasons.

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Swan Ben McGlynn in the thick of things, but still kicking goals

Attitude is Ben McGlynn's strongest asset.

ROHAN CONNOLLY When Sydney played Hawthorn a couple of weeks back, you could have forgiven Swans little man Ben McGlynn the temporary indulgence of looking around the MCG and wondering what might have been.

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Father-son drafting shake-up in the wings

Darcy Moore is a highly-rated prospect who would be affected by any rule change.

JAKE NIALL The AFL is looking at overhauling the father-son draft rules.

Sydney Swans star Lance Franklin returns for showdown with Port Adelaide

Welcome back: Lance Franklin will suit up against Port Adelaide.

ANDREW WU Lance Franklin will make his return from injury on Saturday night against Port Adelaide - the team he almost single-handedly beat earlier this year - as Sydney nears full strength for the run into the finals.

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Crunch time nears for Swans' out-of-contract Rhyce Shaw

Rhyce Shaw is chaired from the field after playing his 200th game last month.

ANDREW WU Rhyce Shaw says he will wait until the end of Sydney's premiership campaign before deciding whether he will play on next year.

Injury ends season for Sydney Swans ruckman Tom Derickx

Setback: Tom Derickx.

JESSE HOGAN The importance of Mike Pyke to Sydney's premiership bid has soared after reserve ruckman Tom Derickx was ruled out for the year with a hamstring injury.

Hopes turn bleak for a Ryan O'Keefe swansong

Ryan O'Keefe

ANDREW WU Premiership favourites Sydney are entering the last month of the home and away season with a near full strength list, but it bodes ill for club legend Ryan O'Keefe, whose hopes for a senior recall fade with every week.

AFL

Sydney Swans shrug off Lance Franklin's absence to down Bombers

sam reid

Adam Pengilly No $10 million man, no Buddy worries. Lance Franklin's load was spread wide as flag favourites Sydney vindicated John Longmire's gamble to scratch his marquee man - barely - as the ladder-leading Swans edged past the Bombers by 22 points at the SCG on Friday night.

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AFL Round 19: Sydney v Essendon

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Lee Crossley Follow the action from this compelling Friday night clash at the SCG.

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Franklin in the way of Bombers path to finals

Essendon bomber ... Buddy Franklin averages five goals against Essendon.

ALANA SCHETZER Essendon midfielder Brendon Goddard has declared the Sydney Swans are ‘without deficiencies’ as the Bombers start their uncertain march towards finals.

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Swans defender Ted Richards ready for Bombers challenge

Swans defender Ted Richards.

Adam Pengilly Ted Richards knows all about the ''resting ruckman'', shuffling forward in his vicinity in search of a breather.

The problem with superstars - Sydney still has the L-plates on

Wayne Carey.

WAYNE CAREY Sydney has arguably been the greatest ‘team’ in the AFL over the past decade, but Hawthorn is setting the standards.

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Bombers beware: Swans midfield vow to atone for Hawthorn loss

Josh Kennedy

Adam Pengilly One loss - in more than three months nonetheless - and Sydney's all-star midfield is already talking about redemption.

Girlfriend Jesinta Campbell speaks out about Lance Franklin being booed

Jesinta Campbell and Lance Franklin.

WILL BRODIE Lance Franklin’s girlfriend Jesinta Campbell has taken to the airwaves to express her disappointment at Hawthorn fans booing her superstar partner.

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AFL Match Review Panel defends severe grading for Ty Vickery strike to Dean Cox

Ty Vickery collects Dean Cox.

JESSE HOGAN Match review panel member Joel Bowden is expecting a base penalty of more than a month when Richmond's Ty Vickery faces the tribunal on Tuesday evening for his blow to West Coast's Dean Cox at the weekend.

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 Report 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 Report 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 Report 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 Report 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 Report 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 Stats
NTH 79 vs GEE 111 Stats
Sun, 03 AugTimes shown AEST
MEL 51 vs BRI 74 Stats
HAW 107 vs WBU 45 Stats
COL 76 vs PTA 70 Stats
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Round 20
Fri, 08 AugTimes shown AEST
RIC 95 vs ESS 77 Stats
Sat, 09 AugTimes shown AEST
GWS 51 vs NTH 126 Stats
CAR 97 vs GCF 58 Stats
HAW 115 vs MEL 65 Stats
PTA 58 vs SYD 84 Stats
GEE 81 vs FRE 79 Stats
Sun, 10 AugTimes shown AEST
BRI 63 vs ADE 168 Stats
STK 99 vs WBU 122 Stats
WCE 126 vs COL 66 Stats
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Round 21
Fri, 15 AugTimes shown AEST
CAR 76 vs GEE 82 Stats
Sat, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
SYD 127 vs STK 56 Stats
GCF 47 vs PTA 56 Stats
ESS 77 vs WCE 74 Stats
COL 56 vs BRI 123 Stats
ADE 69 vs RIC 79 Stats
Sun, 17 AugTimes shown AEST
NTH 111 vs WBU 61 Stats
MEL 34 vs GWS 98 Stats
FRE 110 vs HAW 91 Stats
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Round 22
Fri, 22 AugTimes shown AEST
PTA vs CAR 19:50Adelaide Oval
Sat, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
NTH vs ADE 13:45BA
ESS vs GCF 14:10ES
GWS vs COL 16:40Spotless Stadium
WCE vs MEL 19:40PS
HAW vs GEE 19:40MCG
Sun, 24 AugTimes shown AEST
BRI vs FRE 13:10G
WBU vs SYD 15:20ES
RIC vs STK 16:40MCG
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Round 23
Fri, 29 AugTimes shown AEST
COL vs HAW 19:50MCG
Sat, 30 AugTimes shown AEST
CAR vs ESS 13:45MCG
FRE vs PTA 15:10PS
SYD vs RIC 16:40ANZ
NTH vs MEL 19:40ES
GEE vs BRI 19:40SS
Sun, 31 AugTimes shown AEST
GCF vs WCE 13:10MS
ADE vs STK 15:20Adelaide Oval
WBU vs GWS 16:40ES
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AFL Home and Away
Overall standings
Team P W L D % Pts
Sydney Swans 20 16 4 0 142.72 64
Geelong Cats 20 16 4 0 112.84 64
Hawthorn 20 15 5 0 138.54 60
Fremantle 20 14 6 0 128.84 56
Port Adelaide 20 13 7 0 126.50 52
North Melbourne 20 12 8 0 116.71 48
Essendon 20 11 9 0 105.84 44
Adelaide Crows 20 10 10 0 111.24 40
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