Bomber Jake makes his mark

EXTENDED VERSION: JAKE Carlisle is the best player in the league at this moment. Live blog with Robbo from 11.30am.

Bomber focused on September

ESSENDON coach Mark Thompson says James Hird’s return won’t be a distraction as the Bombers set their sights on September.

Attitude the difference for Saints, Roos

THE TACKLE: Attitude. It is the difference between winning and losing. St Kilda and North Melbourne illustrated that perfectly.

Carlisle leads Bombers past Dogs

JAKE Carlisle was a one-man wreaking ball as Essendon snatched victory from the Western Bulldogs in a thrilling clash.

Leppitsch invites Q-Clash spite

BRISBANE senior coach Justin Leppitsch will not mind if it gets “spiteful’’ against the Gold Coast in Saturday night’s Q-Clash 8 at the Gabba.

Saint Nick sends love to ill sister

ST KILDA captain Nick Riewoldt delivered an emotional message to his sister, Madeleine, who is battling a rare blood disease, after the Saints’ upset victory over Fremantle.

Magpie Eliott to return, Reid a chance

COLLINGWOOD will regain Jamie Elliott for Sunday’s clash against Adelaide as swingman Ben Reid also closes in on a long-awaited return.

LIVE: Port escape, Dogs hot Bombers

MELBOURNE give Port Adelaide an almight scare at Adelaide Oval as the Western Bulldogs host Essendon. Rolling updates here.

LIVE: Power v Demons

PORT ADELAIDE will attempt to break a three-game losing streak when it hosts Melbourne at the Adelaide Oval this afternoon.

Round 18: The Half-time Report

SAINTS, sledges and Greater Western Sydney’s big boys send rivals ominous warning. Recap what you might have missed from Saturday’s two games.

Cats survive Giants’ charge

GEELONG avoided becoming another victim of an AFL upset and rose to second on the ladder with a seven-point win over Greater Western Sydney.

No.1 never lonely for Bulldog, Roosy

FITZROY legends Kevin Murray and Paul Roos reunite as the famous No.1 jumper is voted the fifth greatest in VFL/AFL history.

QClash most anticipated in years

“IT IS like a grand final for the Lions and a qualifying final for the Suns.” Alastair Lynch is looking forward to the QClash.

Live: Saints punish Freo, Giants face Cats

GEELONG holds a narrow lead over Greater Western Sydney despite wasting several opportunities in a scrappy first half. FOLLOW LIVE HQ HERE

No prelim would be horrible history for Port

FOR the first time in his short tenure as Port Adelaide coach, Ken Hinkley is in danger of failing to live up to expectations.

Bulldogs left to rue fadeout

WESTERN Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney doesn’t believe his team was stiff against Essendon in fourth loss by nine points or less.

Crows look to poach Davis back

INTRIGUE on Adelaide possibly making a play to regain contracted Greater Western Sydney captain Phil Davis is increasing.

Roos lauds courageous Demons

PAUL Roos hailed his team for its courageous performance against Port Adelaide yesterday, despite coughing up a late lead which cost it the game.

GWS earns reputation as Giant thriller

IN its short history GWS has shown an ability to rise to the occasion and match the biggest sides in the competition.

Kade deserves Rising Star: O’Meara

JAEGER O’Meara says Kade Kolodashnij deserves to be this year’s Rising Star because the Tasmanian’s importance to the Suns outstrips his own when he dominated last year’s award.

Port survives scare, umps under glare

PORT Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley admits his team again has to learn how to deflect pressure after surviving a scare from Melbourne.

LIVE: Bulldogs on top of Bombers

THE Western Bulldogs are leading Essendon at half-time after Melbourne gave Port Adelaide an almight scare. Rolling updates here.

Power snatch victory to make Dom’s day

PORT Adelaide held off a plucky Melbourne to scrape a three-point AFL win on Sunday and ensure their stalwart Dom Cassisi retired a winner.

’Our attitude wasn’t great’: Lyon

ROSS Lyon denied Fremantle disrespected his former club St Kilda after the bottom-placed Saints stunned the Dockers in an extraordinary 58-point boilover.

No prelim final would be horrible history for Port

AFTER a 10-1 start and sitting on top of the AFL ladder, Port Adelaide has slipped to fifth and second-year coach Ken Hinkley is under pressure.

Speedy ‘JJ’ gives Dogs extra bite

WHEN South African Jason Johannisen slipped into the East Fremantle Colts team in the second half of 2010 only one AFL club took serious notice.

The great Bomber debate

IF you had to choose one man to coach Essendon, who would it be ... Mark Thompson or James Hird?

Richo didn’t see belting coming

ALAN Richardson admits he didn’t see St Kilda’s belting of Fremantle coming as Ross Lyon is left to lament a missed opportunity.

Stanley show heralds coming of age

WHEN St Kilda forward Rhys Stanley ran out for game No.50 last month there wasn’t a huge reason to celebrate. That may have changed.

SuperCoach Studs and Duds

AS you fine-tune your SuperCoach team in the run to the finals, we take a look at who starred and who stunk in the first half of Round 18.

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