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Dockers not expecting 'garbage' from Swans

Nathan Fyfe.

11:38 AM   Fremantle coach Ross Lyon is confident Sydney won't unleash any "garbage" tactics in a bid to unsettle Dockers star midfielder Nat Fyfe in Saturday's qualifying final at ANZ Stadium.

New faces aplenty in All-Australian shortlist

Brandon Ellis.

Jesse Hogan   10:47 AM   More than half of the 40 players shortlisted for this year's All-Australian team are in contention to make the final cut for the first time.

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Dockers v Swans forecast: Buddy, with a chance of rain

Final match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Sydney Swans at Patersons Stadium on September 21, 2013

Brad Elborough   10:28 AM   Publicly, Ross Lyon may be talking down his desire for some wet weather at ANZ Stadium on Saturday when Fremantle takes on Sydney.

Swans at full strength for Dockers clash

All smiles: Lance Franklin trains on Tuesday.

Andrew Wu   10:57 PM   Kieren Jack believes Sydney will enter Saturday's qualifying final much fresher than the side "ambushed" by Fremantle in last year's finals series, but it's the Swans' rebranded all-star forward line shaping as the biggest difference to 12 months ago.

The players to watch this September

Josh Caddy tries to break free from Brisbane's Rohan Bewick in round 23.

Peter Hanlon   7:43 PM   Josh Caddy thinks back to 2011 and the case of Tom Hawkins, a Geelong emergency late in the home-and-away season, and a nine-mark, 19-possession, three-goal hero on grand final day. "All of a sudden he stepped up," Caddy says. "And we all know how good he is now."

AFL charges 27 but Goodes cleared of staging

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Andrew Wu   Shane Warne is wrong. Adam Goodes is not a stager, at least not on Saturday in the eyes of the AFL's match review panel, which gave the dual Brownlow medallist the all-clear.

Docker Johnson ruled out of AFL finals

Fremantle's flag bid has suffered a massive blow after star defender Michael Johnson was ruled out of the finals series due to a back injury.

Finals preview: Sydney v Fremantle

Ted Richards grapples with Matthew Pavlich in round five.

Jesse Hogan   This could be one game in which coach Ross Lyon's tactical and motivation powers prove most vital.

Adam Goodes and Shane Warne in Twitter stoush over staging

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Andrew Wu   Adam Goodes says he will not change the way he plays the game after the AFL's latest staging controversy sparked a Twitter feud between the dual Brownlow Medallist and another Australian sporting icon, Shane Warne.

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Kennedy, Rutten could face suspension

West Coast's Josh Kennedy was reported for this clash with Gold Coast's David Swallow.

Jesse Hogan   West Coast spearhead Josh Kennedy could miss the start of next season due to suspension while Adelaide defender Ben Rutten's first punishment could come in his final game.

Warne tweets he's 'shocked' Goodes is Australian of the Year

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Andrew Wu   Adam Goodes says he will not change the way he plays the game after the AFL's latest staging controversy sparked a Twitter feud between the dual Brownlow Medallist and another Australian sporting icon, Shane Warne.

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Swans expect Franklin and other injured stars to return for qualifying final

A man down: Lance Franklin trains with the Swans at the SCG during the week.

Andrew Wu   Minor premiers Sydney are confident they will regain four of their injured stars, including Lance Franklin, for their qualifying final next week, as Richmond secured their first back-to-back finals berth in 39 years.

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Tigers snag narrow win to reach back-to-back AFL finals

Nick Smith of the Swans is hit by Nathan Gordon of the Tigers.

Andrew Wu   There are times when eighth place is more important than first, and Sydney and Richmond proved that on Saturday night.

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Buddy a late out for Sydney

Lance Franklin is being rested on the eve of the finals.

Daniel Cherny   Richmond’s chances of completing its miraculous run to the finals have been given a significant boost, with Sydney announcing on Saturday afternoon that Lance Franklin was a late withdrawal from its side.

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Great story, but does it have a happy ending for Tigers?

A man for the big stage: Jack Riewoldt.

Garry Lyon   You know you have well and truly crossed the line from former player to media person when you find yourself 'barracking for the story' when confronted with a particularly significant game of football, as opposed to who you want to win, or analytically think might win.

Evolution prepares Jetta for next century

Mark II ... Lewis Jetta believes he is now a more rounded player.

Andrew Wu   Lewis Jetta is not the player he was but Sydney are more than satisfied with the player he has become.

GWS debutant used to changing roles

Ready for lift-off: GWS Giants hold high hopes for debutant Cam McCarthy (right).

Andrew Wu   If Cam McCarthy's junior sporting days are any guide, Greater Western Sydney's next debutant is set for a career as a swingman.

Realist O'Keefe still hungers for the challenge

Consummate professional: Ryan O'Keefe.

Andrew Wu   Some footballers retire when there is something left in the tank, others when the writing is on the wall. Ryan O'Keefe clearly does not belong in either category.

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Hardwick upbeat about Tigers' Sydney assignment

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Jesse Hogan   Damien Hardwick says his Richmond players have "got one more bridge to cross to get, hopefully, where we deserve to be" with their finals-defining clash away to Sydney.

Rance to tackle Franklin

Alex Rance will again be charged with curbing Lance Franklin's influence.

Richmond are going to try a few things in an attempt to put Sydney off their game on Saturday, as the Tigers' unlikely bid for a place in next week's AFL finals series reaches its climax.