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Dockers Dominate Dismal Demons

Darcy Marks (Dave Woodley/AFANA)

The Fremantle Dockers dominated the Melbourne Demons in a match where the final scoreboard suggested a flattering representation of the Demons' underwhelming performance. The Demons had recently been competitive against the Brisbane Lions in a narrow loss and had beaten the Essendon Bombers last week. Now they have been bumped out of the top eight and face a perilous path as they hope to make the finals. The battle for the finals has all the characteristics of a game of snakes and ladders. One loss can send a team spiraling downwards and conversely a win can see them zoom up the ladder. The Dockers have moved back into the top four after last week's speed-bump loss to the Hawthorn Hawks in Tasmania. It was not the size of the victory over Melbourne that was impressive for the Dockers; but rather the way they dominated Melbourne for long periods of the game.

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Lions Survive in a Thriller

Neale and Serong (file photo)

The Brisbane Lions triumphed in a tight and enthralling game against the Fremantle Dockers, where the lead changed hands ten times. The Lions were fighting for a shot at the top two position after losing two of their past three matches. The win keeps them in the frame for two valuable home finals. The Dockers had the slimmest of mathematical chances of making the top eight and played with confidence after their victory in Geelong last week. It was a game where both teams played a similar game style: pressure around the ball and either careful buildups in attack, or quick transferences from defence to attack. The difference was Brisbane had an edge in the air, taking more marks (catches) than the Dockers, and the Dockers used handball and pace to run the ball into attack.

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