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Hawks close in on ruck relief

NED Reeves is building his case to be cleared to return to bolster Hawthorn’s depleted ruck division in the AFL clash with Collingwood. Reeves has been battling a shoulder injury that has kept him sidelined for the last six weeks, with Ben McEvoy (neck) and Max Lynch (concussion) also out of...

Petracca healthy for Swans clash

NORM Smith medallist Christian Petracca is ready to return to his best in the AFL clash with Sydney after overcoming a bout of the flu. Petracca produced well below his usual output with just 10 disposals as the Demons suffered their first loss of the season against Fremantle last week. It was...

AFL or WAFL for Fyfe?

FREMANTLE’S dual Brownlow medallist Nat Fyfe is set to return to competitive action this week but is no certainty to play in the AFL clash with Brisbane. Fyfe hasn’t played a game at any level this season after having shoulder surgery last year. The inspirational captain has been suffering what his coach...

Swans challenge Buddy ban

SYDNEY will challenge a one-game AFL ban given to megastar Lance Franklin for striking. Franklin has been offered a one-game suspension for striking Tiger stalwart Trent Cotchin during the Swans’ six-point win on Friday night. But Sydney will challenge the match review officer’s ruling in the knowledge that even if found guilty,...

Port holds off plucky Bombers

PORT Adelaide has survived a mighty fright from lowly Essendon to bank a 16-point win and creep within touching distance of the AFL’s top eight. The Power, with Charlie Dixon kicking two goals in his first AFL game this year, triumphed 9.12 (66) to 6.14 (50) at Adelaide Oval on Sunday. After...

Magpies snatch win over Blues

COLLINGWOOD has improved its AFL finals hopes with a thrilling four-point upset of arch-rivals Carlton, which lost star defender Jacob Weitering to a shoulder injury. Weitering was substituted out of Sunday’s clash at a heaving MCG midway through the first quarter, leaving a huge hole in the Blues’ back-line. The Magpies took...

Saints continue North’s misery

ST KILDA has given North Melbourne no respite, dominating the AFL strugglers for a 53-point win at Marvel Stadium. Saints coach Brett Ratten saw this as a danger game, but they led throughout on Sunday for a regulation 16.7 (103) to 7.8 (50) win. Midfielders Jack Sinclair and Seb Ross starred for...

Suns thrash Hawks in Darwin

GOLD Coast is just one game outside the AFL’s top eight after dismantling Hawthorn with a 67-point win in Darwin. Three first-half goals for Mabior Chol, an outrageous finish from hometown hero Joel Jeffrey and a starring 24-disposal, two-goal, best-on-ground display from Brandon Ellis helped the Suns cruise away for their...

Surging Dockers end Demons streak

MELBOURNE’S 17-game winning streak is over with Fremantle reeling in a five-goal deficit to pull off a momentous and confidence-boosting 38-point upset win at the MCG. The Demons were cruising towards an 11-0 start in 2022 after leading by 30 points late in the second quarter before Fremantle slammed through the...

Lions bounce back after slow start

BRISBANE has overcome a first quarter blitz by GWS to claim a 14-point AFL win over the Giants at the Gabba. The Lions, who trailed by as much as 30 points as the Giants kicked eight goals in the first term, took control over the next three quarters of Saturday’s game...

Cats pull clear to beat Crows

JEREMY Cameron has kicked four goals to help Geelong strengthen their claims for an AFL top-four spot with a 42-point triumph over Adelaide. Heavily favoured at home, the Cats rode a strong challenge during the third term to prevail 15.7 (97) to 7.13 (55) on Saturday at GMHBA Stadium. It gave them...