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AFANA Power Poll - Round Fifteen

Gresham celebrates a Saints goal

With the byes behind us, the first full slate of AFL games in a month gave us an absolutely sensational round of football with upsets, tight finishes and a brand new AFANA Power Poll leader!

Round fifteen highlights included a win for the Tigers over the second placed Swans, upset wins by Saint Kilda, the Western Bulldogs, Essendon and Brisbane and a big win by the Giants over the Hawks that has really opened up the competition for the final eight as we head into the last two months of the minor round.

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Semi Finals Milestones

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

200 games: Kade Simpson (CARL)
150 games: Nick Malceski (SYD)
100 games: Daniel Hannebery (SYD)
50 games: Steven Motlop (GEEL)

Club Record Finals: Jude Bolton (SYD) will play his 25th Finals match in the Semi Final, giving him the club record for most Finals games in the history of South Melbourne/Sydney.

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Round Seven Milestones

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

500 goals: Matthew Pavlich (FREM), needed four goals to reach the milestone and did it in the dying minutes of the Dockers' match against Port Adelaide. It looked like he would be stranded on 499 when he came off the ground in the first term after suffering a knock to his knee, but he returned to finish out the game and be the first player in the club's history to kick 500 goals. He is also the 50th player in League history to kick 500 goals, a milestone within a milestone. Brisbane's Jonathan Brown and Saint Stephen Milne both kicked their 500th career goal earlier this season.

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Round Six Milestones

Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

150 consecutive games: Carlton's Kade Simpson played his 150th consecutive game in Round Six. His streak began in Round 15, 2005. It is the longest current streak and Simpson is the 19th player in League history to play 150 or more games consecutively. Former Tiger champion Kevin Bartlett did it twice during his 400-plus game career.

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Finals X Factors Part 2

Brook Kilpatrick reporting for AFANA from Australia

After looking at potential catalysts for Collingwood, Geelong, Hawthorn and West Coast in Part 1, AFANA turns its attention to the remaining four Finals' combatants, Sydney, Essendon, Carlton and St Kilda. Who are the “under the radar” players to watch out for as Week One of the Finals approaches?

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Blues Carve Up Dockers

Carlton effectively ended Fremantle’s Finals’ hopes in a comprehensive demolition at Patersons Stadium in Round 21. Fremantle had won the last 12 of 14 encounters with Carlton and got off to a great start winning the ball from the first bounce down. Aaron Sandilands was back after injury and tapped the ball down for a Matthew Pavlich clearance. Pavlich chased up his own kick to goal within the first 30 seconds of the game.

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Malthouse To Ireland

Mick Malthouse, fresh from coaching Collingwood to the 2010 AFL Premiership, had little or no time to relax afterward as he began preparations for the Australian team to play against Ireland in the International Rules Series.

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Best And Fairest For Judd

One week after winning his second Brownlow Medal ahead of Geelong's Gary Ablett and Collingwood's Dane Swan, Chris Judd has won his third consecutive John Nicholls Medal as Carlton's best and fairest. Judd, who was presented with the medal by Nicholls, has won the medal every year since he joined the club.

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Dockers Nail Home Final In Thriller

A sell out crowd was treated to an enthralling Round 22 battle between two teams vying to end the home and away season on a triumphant note with a home Final the prize for the winner.

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Another Record For Malthouse

Round 15 will be Mick Malthouse's 250th game as Collingwood Coach, making him the third person in the history of the club to reach this milestone. He joins Jock McHale (714 games, 1912-49) and Phonse Kyne (272 games, 1950-63).

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