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Pies oozing confidence

They may have been less than convincing in the past fortnight but Collingwood are still oozing confidence ahead of their Qualifying Final against the Western Bulldogs.
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Blues' clearance focus

The last time Carlton met Sydney, the Swans jumped them early and cantered away to the easiest of victories and the Blues are desperate to avoid a repeat scenario in their elimination final at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.
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Lucas to help find Bombers coach

Former Essendon player Scott Lucas will help choose the club's next coach after he was named on a three-man selection panel on Friday.
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Ever Green wins Dees best

Melbourne veteran Brad Green has capped his resurgent year by winning the Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Memorial Trophy as the club's best and fairest on Thursday night.
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Late wait for Dogs

The Western Bulldogs have named midfielder Ryan Griffen for Saturday night's qualifying final against the Magpies and they're likely to give the 24-year-old until the last minute to prove his fitness.
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Griffen signs on

Ryan Griffen has resisted the advances of the Gold Coast Suns, signing on for at least two more years with the Western Bulldogs.
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Riewoldt honoured

Richmond forward Jack Riewoldt has described hitting the lead in the count for the club's best and fairest award as more nerve-wracking than lining up for any of the 78 goals he scored in his breakout 2010 AFL season.
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Port re-sign three

Port Adelaide have announced the re-signing of three players, with youngsters Matt Thomas, Matt Broadbent and Mitch Banner inking new deals with the club.
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Hawks keep focus

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson is hopeful the dramas surrounding Travis Tuck won't be a distraction for his team ahead of Saturday's cut-throat elimination final against Fremantle at Subiaco.
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Preview: Freo v Hawks

Subiaco, Saturday September 4, 1:20pm AWST (3:20pm AEST)
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Riewoldt named top Tiger

Richmond forward Jack Riewoldt has capped off a superb season by winning the Jack Dyer Medal at the Tigers' best and fairest count on Wednesday night.
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Jack's wake-up call

Sydney Swans midfielder Kieren Jack has revealed a Gary Ablett master-class in the club's heavy loss to Geelong in Round 18 has helped him become one of the AFL's most consistent players heading into the finals.
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Hawks stand by Tuck

The Hawthorn Football Club has pledged to keep Travis Tuck within the fold and not to abandon the 22-year-old who is the first player to attract three strikes under the AFL's Illicit Drugs code.
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Big wet suits Hayes

St Kilda star Lenny Hayes doesn't believe the Saints will be disadvantaged by the forecast of sustained wet weather ahead of the club's qualifying final against Geelong at the MCG on Friday night.
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Hannebery crowned

Sydney young gun Daniel Hannebery has been named the 2010 NAB AFL Rising Star, beating Melbourne's Tom Scully and Brisbane Lion Tom Rockliff to the prestigious award.
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Eade: Wait on Griffen

The Western Bulldogs will wait until the 11th hour to make a decision on injured star Ryan Griffin ahead of Saturday night's qualifying final with Collingwood.
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AFL defends policy

Adrian Anderson has leapt to the defence of the AFL's illicit drugs policy, claiming Travis Tuck's clinical depression would have gone undiagnosed had it not been for his first two strikes.
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Doubts linger on Presti

Veteran defender Simon Prestigiacomo has failed to join his Collingwood team-mates at training, casting doubt over his availability for Saturday night's qualifying final against the Western Bulldogs.
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Tuck suspended for 12

Hawthorn's Travis Tuck has been suspended for 12 matches by the AFL after his third strike under the League's illicit drugs policy.
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Seven Cats in AA squad

Geelong again dominates the nominations for this year's All Australian team with seven Cats players among the initial 40 announced by the AFL.
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Drugs policy flawed

Mick Malthouse has weighed into the drugs debate, saying the AFL’s three strikes policy does a disservice to those it aims to help and protect.
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Three strikes for Tuck

Hawthorn's Travis Tuck faces a lengthy ban and a heavy fine after becoming the first-ever AFL player to have breached the league's three-strikes drug policy.
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Kangaroos cull five

North Melbourne has announced the delisting of five players, only one of whom, veteran forward Corey Jones, has retired.
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Blue's burning desire

Carlton must defeat Sydney in Sunday's elimination final not only to satisfy a burning desire but to validate the Blues' season, according to veteran midfielder Heath Scotland.
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Lyon returns fire

Mark Thompson tossed the first hand grenade on Monday and St Kilda coach Ross Lyon lobbed it back with interest the following day.
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Hawks probe Tuck incident

Hawthorn are investigating whether there was an attempt to cover up a drug-related incident involving player Travis Tuck.
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Dogs no underdogs

Rodney Eade concedes the football world has all but written off his Western Bulldogs, but he doesn't regard his team's underdog status as a potential positive ahead their qualifying final against Collingwood.
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Goodes senses '03 spirit

Dual Brownlow Medallist Adam Goodes has drawn comparisons with the Sydney side that made an unlikely post-season charge in 2003, as the Swans prepare for one last run at premiership glory under popular coach Paul Roos.
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Ratten warns Hampson

Brett Ratten was none too impressed with his ruckman Shaun Hampson on Friday night, so much so that it may cost him a berth in Sunday’s cut-throat final against Sydney.
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