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Kangaroos end Bombers season with stirring comeback

North Melbourne 14.9 (93) defeated Essendon 12.9 (81)

The Kangaroos stormed home in the second half of the Elimination final to run over the top of Essendon and setup a clash with Geelong next week, in a pulsating contest played in front of almost 80,000 fans at the MCG on Saturday night.

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Fairytales and Finals for the Tigers

Sydney 9.11 (65) defeated by Richmond 10.8 (68)

It seems sometimes fairytales do come true, even for the formerly finals cursed Richmond Footy Club.  The Tigers, incredibly, won their 9th game in a row by defeating minor premier Sydney in Sydney on Saturday evening, and after starting the season with 3 wins from their first 13 games are officially finals bound.  It got off on the right foot for the Tigers before the game even began, the Swans doing exactly what they said they wouldn’t in pulling out another of their stars in Buddy Franklin to rest him before the finals next week.  Already without Josh Kennedy, Ben McGlynn and ruckman Mike Pike it made the Swans seem considerably less scary and no doubt put the scent of blood into the Tigers nostrils who would have sensed their opponent were much more worried about next week than the contest in front of them, and predictably that’s exactly how it began.

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Tale of two halves as Hawks down Cats

Hawthorn 14.10 (94) defeated Geelong 11.5 (71)

It was a tale of two halves in a battle between two premiership fancies at the MCG last night, the Cats got out to the hot start and led by 31 points at halftime before being completely overwhelmed by the Hawks in the second half.  The Hawks would eventually run out 23 point winners after at one stage kicking 10 goals in a row in a stunning turnaround, Geelong seemingly had no answers once the Hawks got going in a result that will provide some concerns for Geelong coach Chris Scott as the two sides are likely to meet again in the first week of the finals.

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Cats too good for disappointing Roos

North Melbourne 10.19 (79) defeated by Geelong 16.15 (111)

Geelong has moved ahead of Fremantle and at least temporarily Hawthorn into second place on the AFL ladder following a convincing 32 point victory over the Kangaroos in front of 32,564 fans at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.  After a tight opening the Cats blew the contest open with a 6 goal to 1 second quarter, and although the Roos would challenge in the 3rd quarter the gap proved to be too great.

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One Quarter Enough for Swans to Sink Blues

Photo – Getty Images : Ryan Pierse

Sydney 18.14 (122) defeated Carlton 7.9 (51)

10 goals 4 to 1 single behind.  That was the score in the third quarter in Sydney’s favor of what had been a tight and tough contest until half time, and is just about all you need to know about this game.

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AFL Match Review – Round 15 Hawthorn Vs Gold Coast

Hawthorn 17 14 (116) defeated Gold Coast Suns 10 3 (63)

On a wet and miserable Tasmanian afternoon at Aurora Stadium the Hawks flexed their muscles on an up and coming Gold Coast team to earn a 53 point win, the only downside for the Hawks was what looked to be yet another hamstring injury to Cyril Rioli.

Gold Coast’s nickname may be the ‘Suns’, but they saw very little of it literally or figuratively on an afternoon of driving rain.

It started out so differently.  The Suns were very competitive early, going goal for goal with the reigning premiers and perhaps beginning to dream of an upset as halftime approached.  In a slog of a first half scores were level at 30 points a piece with just over five minutes of playing time remaining in the first half.

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