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AFL

Saints turn tide on Bombers

Nick Riewoldt celebrates a goal.

Rohan Connolly Few games this season will undergo as dramatic a transformation as early as did St Kilda's upset 16-point win over Essendon.

AFL

Thompson, players at odds as Bombers skid

Not happy: Mark Thompson watches the game against the Saints on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Heading into the biggest match of the home-and-away campaign, Essendon's players are at odds with coach Mark Thompson, as the Bombers' bright start to the season quickly fades.

Ultimate Footy

An ANZAC score to settle

The Age TAC Ultimate Footy

Roger Hassan, Footy Prophet Since the beginning of the annual ANZAC Day clash in 1995, there have been 19 battles between Collingwood and Essendon; the first ending in a draw and since then Magpies have come away the victors...

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Mark Thompson backs Jake Carlisle

Jake Carlisle at Windy Hill.

Essendon coach Mark Thompson denies he is "blueing" with key position player Jake Carlisle ahead of the Anzac Day blockbuster against Collingwood.

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Andrew Demetriou pours cold water on plan to play on Anzac Day eve

An ANZAC Day eve game to precede the annual match between Essendon and Collingwood is

Daniel Cherny A regular game on ANZAC Day eve is "pretty unlikely" according to AFL Chief Andrew Demetriou.

VFL

Magpie Marley Williams to return in VFL on Saturday

Set to play ... Collingwood's Marley Williams.

Brent Diamond Collingwood VFL coach Dale Tapping has declared defender Marley Williams a certain starter in Saturday’s VFL clash against Essendon at Windy Hill.

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AFL Round 6: Collingwood v Essendon

Dustin Fletcher and Dane Swan

Daniel Cherny One of the great days on the AFL calendar.

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Bombers will bounce back: Thompson

Nick Suban of the Dockers tests his strength against Jackson Merrett of the Bombers at Patersons Stadium on the weekend.

Brad Elborough, Perth If you had told Mark Thompson at the start of the season that after four round of AFL action in 2014 Essendon would be 2-2 and sitting seventh on the ladder, he'd have taken it.

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Essendon Bombers coach Mark Thompson hit by flu bug

Mark Thompson.

Mark Thompson forced to skip training on Tuesday.

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Bombers humiliate old enemy

Essendon's Dyson Heppell wraps up Carlton's Dylan Buckley.

Greg Baum The most ominous aspect for the Blues was that it was not hard to see this coming.

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Ex-Bombers president David Evans turns to golf

Former Essendon boss David Evans.

Charles Happell Former Essendon president David Evans has turned his back on football and thrown his lot in with another sport - golf - after striking up a strong friendship with Greg Norman.

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Key Bombers and Dockers likely to miss tough Perth clash

Perth a stretch for Fletch: Dustin Fletcher may be rested for Essendon's clash with Fremantle

Daniel Cherny Essendon coach Mark Thompson says veterans Dustin Fletcher and Paul Chapman could both be rested from this weekend's game with Fremantle at Paterson's Stadium.

As you were for Bombers, Dockers make five changes

Essendon veterans Paul Chapman and Dustin Fletcher have been included in Essendon's finalised team for its clash with Fremantle in Perth on Sunday.

Essendon and the new Bombers

Matthew Lloyd Bomber Thompson is a unique person, a different cat some may say and you don’t have to look too much further than his match day antics in the coach’s box or his post match press...

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Essendon and the new Bombers

Matthew Lloyd Bomber Thompson brought a ruthless streak - and wit - to Essendon this year.

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Ruck dilemma for Bombers

Paddy Ryder.

John Salvado Essendon will likely take a makeshift ruck division into the big round-three clash with Carlton.

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Bombers need to sever ties with James Hird

Caroline Wilson dinkus

Caroline Wilson Essendon Football Club can never truly put the past behind it until it severs its ties with James Hird.

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Time for Bombers to let Hird go

Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik Another Essendon season faces potential ruin if the Hirds don't hit the silence button.

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Bombers back to business with win over Kangaroos

Brendan Goddard.

Jason Phelan The Bombers relished the opportunity to just play football on Friday night, downing a listless North Melbourne by 39 points.

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Hawks and Bombers gearing up for showdown

 Essendon's Courtenay Dempsey and Hawthorn's Paul Puopolo watch the ball when the teams met in season 2013.

Matt Murnane Hawthorn and Essendon will prepare to "put the boxing gloves on" in what is looming as another fierce chapter in the historic rivalry between the clubs.