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Suns Shine In War of Attrition

Brook “Boris” Kilpatrick reporting for AFANA

A solid crowd of around 24,000 filtered into a sunny Metricon Stadium in anticipation of an excellent game of football between the up and coming Gold Coast Suns and the visiting Collingwood Magpies. With positions tight for a Top Eight finish, a Gold Coast win would set them up with a real chance to play Finals for the first time in their short history, while Collingwood was looking to consolidate a Top Eight spot and possibly challenge those in the Top Four.

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Tough Pies Defeat Eagles

Rick Browner reporting for AFANA from Australia

An undermanned and battered Collingwood held tough over the West Coast Eagles by eight points at the MCG in a thrilling Round 10 encounter. The Eagles had not beaten Collingwood on this ground since 1995 and were looking to turn the tables and set up their year by stealing a game that many thought they could not win. Collingwood players - down one man by quarter time and another by half time - looked out on their feet at times, and at one point trailed by nearly three goals. To their credit, the Pies stood tall when it counted and recorded the win in a high scoring game.
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Free Agency Compensation

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

During the trade period, the AFL released an advisement to the clubs of their compensations for losing players to free agency. Under these rules, according to the AFL, a club is not automatically entitled to compensation for

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AFL Trade Activity Part Two

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

GWS traded Tom Lee, Round 2 selection and its Round Three selection to St Kilda for its Round One selection. Lee, 21, was drafted by

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Round Eight Milestones

Several weeks ago, the MCG hosted its 2500th football game. At the start of the season, AFL historian Col Hutchinson and his team did some extensive research to estimate the MCG would celebrate another milestone in 2012 as the ground would see its 100 millionth footy fan walk through the turnstiles. At the time, it was determined that the milestone would be reached in the Round Nine game between Richmond and Hawthorn.

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Dockers Deliver For Purple Haze

In the second Elimination Final, the Hawthorn Hawks traveled west to take on the Fremantle Dockers. Paul Hasleby, who announced his retirement effective from the end of the season, was a surprise omission from the side.

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Round 21 Injury

GEELONG
Mark Blake, hamstring, test
Mitch Brown, shoulder, season, long term injury list
Cameron Ling, hamstring, test
Tom Lonergan, virus, test
Max Rooke, knee, test
Jesse Stringer, hip, season
Adam Varcoe, knee, season

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Round 20 Injury Report

SYDNEY
Daniel Bradshaw, knee, 1 week
Lewis Roberts-Thomson, hamstring, 1 week
Craig Bolton, achilles, 2-3 weeks
Kristin Thornton, hamstring, 2-3 weeks
Jake Orreal, back, season
Mark Seaby, ankle, season

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Bleak Hawks Down

Hawthorn were heavily criticized last week after their embarrassing and humiliating defeat against the struggling Essendon. They were labeled “soft” by their supporters and their courage when going for the ball was questioned. This week they found themselves playing in Perth without key forward Buddy Franklin, out with injury, in a game that was set to be an even match up. The disconcerting fact for the Hawks was their dismal record at Subiaco Oval where they have won only one game in the last fifteen years. The Eagles were playing for pride in front of their home crowd with a one win and five loss record and expectations were high for them to run all over the hapless Hawks. To atone for their shocking performance in Round Six, the Hawks declared they had come to play and their fans were certainly hoping to see them bring some more backbone to this encounter.

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Two Lose At Tribunal

TRIBUNAL

Charges Laid:
James McDonald (MELB), striking North Melbourne's Andrew Swallow: assessed as intentional conduct (three points), low impact (one point) and body contact (one point), equaling five activation points, a Level Two offense, 125 demerits, and a one game suspension. His five year good record reduces the penalty 25% to 93.75 demerits. He accepted, reducing the penalty a further 25% to 70.31 demerits. As a result, he comes away with a reprimand with the demerits held over toward his future record.

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