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Ablett loses faves tag

Gary Ablett's dip in form has seen the Geelong superstar lose his tag as Brownlow Medal favourite with several bookmakers.
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Knights: My job is safe

Beleaguered Essendon coach Matthew Knights insists his job is safe and he's rejected a call from former Bombers champion Matthew Lloyd for a thorough review of the club's football department.
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Swan fine despite fight

Collingwood expects Dane Swan to be fit and ready to take on Richmond at the MCG on Saturday despite having his teeth damaged in a nightclub altercation on Saturday night.
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Crow earns Star nod

Adelaide defender Phil Davis is the Round 16 AFL Rising Star nominee after an impressive display against reigning premier Geelong on Friday night at AAMI Stadium.
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Voss won't panic

Brisbane coach Michael Voss admitted he could easily make up to nine changes to the side that was thumped by Hawthorn last Saturday, but doesn't believe sharpening his selection axe will be the answer to the Lions' horrid form slump.
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Cotchin bumped three

Richmond young gun Trent Cotchin is set to spend at least three weeks on the sidelines after the AFL Match Review Panel handed out a lengthy ban for the Tiger's hit on North Melbourne's Sam Wright.
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Carr to play last match

Port Adelaide's Josh Carr has announced he will retire after Sunday's Showdown against the Crows, drawing the curtain on a 207-game career.
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Hawks eye Saints' scalp

Hawthorn forward Michael Osborne says the club is looking forward to the challenge of taking on a St Kilda side still smarting from a 48-point loss to Collingwood at the weekend.
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Blues bat for Ratten

Carlton midfielder Kade Simpson has defended his coach Brett Ratten and said the playing group takes full responsibility for disappointing recent performances.
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Pratt slams erratic MRP

North Melbourne defender Daniel Pratt has called for an immediate review of the match review panel because 'a few inconsistencies' in the past month are 'frustrating' players.
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Gibson keeps the faith

Hawthorn recruit Josh Gibson's confidence in the club's fitness staff has helped him return from a severe hamstring injury without fear of reinjuring himself.
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No honour in Dees loss

Melbourne coach Dean Bailey was in no mood to hear about honourable losses after the Demons almost produced a stirring comeback victory over Fremantle at Subiaco on Sunday afternoon.
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Freo lucky to escape

Fremantle coach Mark Harvey was all too aware his side got out of jail against a fast-finishing Melbourne in an 11-point result at Subiaco on Sunday afternoon.
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Tigers didn't turn up

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick admitted that his players simply 'didn't turn up to play' on Sunday as the Tigers were comprehensively beaten by North Melbourne.
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22 won it for North

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott was delighted with his side's 50-point win over Richmond on Sunday as it was the first time all year that he got a contribution from all 22 of his players.
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Ratten takes blame

Carlton coach Brett Ratten bravely declared the responsibility of turning around the Blues poor form after his faltering side surrendered to Sydney at Etihad Stadium on Sunday, sits firmly with him.
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Roos: Our best win

Sydney coach Paul Roos rates Sunday's 39-point win over Carlton as the Swans' best for the season.
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Watson: Blame players

Essendon captain Jobe Watson has dismissed speculation of divisions between the playing group and coach Matthew Knights in the wake of Saturday night's humiliating loss to West Coast.
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LeCras bag with the best

West Coast coach John Worsfold has described forward Mark LeCras' 12-goal haul as one of the best in the club's history after he single-handedly dismantled Essendon's defence in the Eagles' 32-point upset win at Etihad Stadium.
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Rock bottom Bombers

Essendon coach Matthew Knights has described his side's 32-point loss to bottom-placed West Coast as rock bottom for the club.
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Lewis loves role

Hawthorn hardnut Jordan Lewis is revelling in his new role up forward after putting in another eye-catching performance in the Hawks' 75-point demolition of Brisbane on Saturday afternoon.
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Hobart home for Kangas?

North Melbourne president James Brayshaw has given the biggest hint yet that his club may yet organise home games in Tasmania in the near future.
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Harvey slams Blues

Carlton assistant coach Robert Harvey has slammed the Blues' midfielders for dishing up 'rubbish' over the past month, and warned that more of the same against the Swans on Sunday could derail the club's finals prospects.
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Saints lose Dal Santo

St Kilda has suffered a setback ahead of Saturday's top-of-the-table clash against Collingwood with the late withdrawal of Nick Dal Santo.
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Craig: Persistence pays off

Adelaide coach Neil Craig said he was delighted with the Crows' aggression and persistence after surviving a thrilling final term to run out 11-point winners against league leader Geelong on Friday night at AAMI Stadium.
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Dirty night for Cats

Geelong coach Mark Thompson said his side was outplayed by an impressive Adelaide unit as the Crows held on in a nail-biting final term to record an 11-point win and their fourth on the trot.
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Knee outs Roo Thomas

Forward Lindsay Thomas has withdrawn with a knee injury from the North Melbourne line-up to take on Richmond at the MCG on Sunday.
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Primus edgy ahead of first match

Port Adelaide caretaker coach Matthew Primus says he now has an appreciation for the life of a head coach after being named to replace Mark Williams for the rest of the season.
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Pies can match Saints

Collingwood defender Simon Prestigiacomo is confident the Magpies can claim a major scalp against St Kilda on Saturday despite their struggles against the Saints in recent years.
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