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Giants are The Real Deal
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The Greater Western Sydney Giants continue to send shivers up the collective spine of every other team in the AFL. Despite losing two talented defenders early in their Sunday contest against the Western Bulldogs, the Giants rolled to their sixth win in a row, outlasting a plucky Bulldog outfit by 25 points at Spotless Stadium. GWS now sits in third on the AFL ladder in a 3 way log-jam at 7-2 for the year.

Rebounding Richmond Rock Dockers
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Chris Kowald reporting for AFANA from Domain Stadium Perth, Australia

In stormy and wet conditions, the Richmond Tigers continued their resurgence as they accounted for a struggling Fremantle. The Dockers were the talk of the competition last year by winning first nine games. This year they have drawn unwelcome focus by losing their first nine games.David Mundy handballs under pressure during the third quarter. Round 9 Fremantle versus Richmond Domain Stadium Perth. David Woodley for AFANA. Luck was with Fremantle at the start of this game, when they won the toss and chose to kick with the advantage of a 20-30 mph wind, which blew straight down the ground.

Eagles Feast on Saints
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Chris Kowald reporting for AFANA from Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia

There are two types of West Coast Eagles. One is powerful and merciless and will quickly destroy any intruder that dares to enter its territory.Eagles players sing the club song after their big win over the Saints during Round 8. Photo by David Woodley for AFANA. The other - offers meek resistance and is easily brought down to earth. The aggressive species controls Domain Stadium. The other is only seen east of the Nullabor plain.

Tigers Dream Finish
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To kick the game winning goal after the final siren is every Australian footballer’s dream.Richmond celebrates stunning win. Photo by Kim Densham for AFANA. It’s the equivalent of the walk-off home run in baseball, the three-point winning buzzer-beater in basketball and the overtime goal in the NHL. On Saturday night, Richmond’s Sam Lloyd lived that very dream. In a see-sawing battle at the MCG in front of a small but rabid crowd of 36,014, Lloyd saved Richmond’s flailing season, possibly the job of its coach Damien Hardwick, and certainly gave its loyal fan base a healthy dose of joy in a season that has delivered mostly just heartache. A live audience on Fox Sports 1 watched across the US.

Kangaroos Remain Undefeated
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North Melbourne has survived a spirited comeback by St Kilda to take a seven point victory at Etihad Stadium and remain undefeated after seven rounds of the AFL season. Despite holding a four goal buffer well into the final quarter, the Kangaroos were almost run down by a determined Saints unit that tied the scores late in the match.  A Todd Goldstein free kick gave North Melbourne a slender lead that they were able to maintain under intense pressure. A goal on the siren by Mason Wood sealed the win for the Kangaroos who remain atop of the AFL table over the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans.

Giants Add to Dockers Nightmare
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Chris Kowald reporting for AFANA from Domain Stadium, Perth, Australia

The Greater Western Sydney Giants showed growing maturity to stave off a spirited Fremantle, to record their first ever victory against the Dockers at Domain Stadium. It was another indicator of the progress that GWS is making and of the disaster that has become the Dockers season.  It is hard to imagine that the same Dockers club was considered a real premiership threat the past several seasons.

Mason Cox's Journey to the AFL
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Chris Kowald, writing for AFANA caught up with Mason Cox post-game at Domain Stadium Perth, Australia.

Mason Cox may still have his Texan drawl but his first words when your AFANA correspondent spoke to him was the typical Australian greeting, "G'day mate". Having played nearly 100 minutes of brutal football against the West Coast Eagles, he then offered a typical Australian understatement by saying he was, "feeling a bit sore". Mason Cox spoils Nic Naitanui in the Eagles forward line during a round 6 match between Collingwood and West Coast in Perth. Photo by David Woodley for AFANA.Going up against Nic Natanui, one of the stars of the Australian game could not have been easy for anyone, let alone an American rookie.

Eagles Prey on Magpies
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Chris Kowald reporting for AFANA from Domain Stadium Perth, Australia.

The long trip west is not one most Victorian teams look forward to, particularly after a six-day break. More often than not, the visiting teams return home looking more like road kill than prime meat. This week it was the Collingwood Magpies' turn to be hit by the hometown juggernaut, West Coast.Collingwoods American recruit Mason Cox gets a handball away during the first quarter of the match against West Coast in Perth. David Woodley for AFANA.

American Cox Debuts in Anzac Day Win
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Mason Cox had not heard of Australian Rules Football just two years ago. Today, he debuted for arguably the biggest team in the AFL – Collingwood – in front of more than 85,000 fans on a day that holds huge importance on the Australian and New Zealand calendar: ANZAC Day (the equivalent of Memorial Day).Mason Cox goes for the ball. Photo by Kim Densham for AFANA.

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 W  L  D %   Pts
Kangaroos  9  0  0  130.88 36
Cats  7  2  0  151.97 28
Giants  7 2  0 147.95 28
Swans  7  2  0  144.22 28

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