Crows need their backs to the wall

IT is all in their heads. Call it the “nothing to lose” syndrome.

Kennedy injury rattles Swans’ camp

HE’S the ex-Hawk who has been a dominant force for the Swans all season and a player the club can’t afford to lose as it chases a premiership.

Dockers lift to finally clip Hawks’ wings

FINALLY, maybe, Fremantle has found a way to solve its Hawthorn puzzle.

Sando holds back on score review

HAVING pushed the agenda far enough last week with his blast of the AFL fixture, Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson is avoiding the other great inequity in AFL football: Score review.

Dull Suns need reality check to shine

JACK Martin showed in a one possession quarter of football on Saturday everything that is good — and bad about the Suns.

The run home: Who will make it?

MATT Windley runs his eye over the contenders for the AFL’s final eight and predicts who will make it, and where the top contenders will finish.

Classy Dockers sink Hawks

FREMANTLE made a bold statement at Patersons Stadium handing reigning premiers Hawthorn a 19-point defeat. LIVE HQ

Freeman feeds Eddie humble pie

WEEKS after a rant about the Academy set-ups in Queensland and NSW, Eddie McGuire squirmed in his seat at the MCG on Saturday night.

Live: Classic in the West, Giants thump Dees

HAWTHORN holds a narrow lead over Fremantle while Greater Western Sydney shows up insipid Melbourne at the MCG. LIVE HQ

‘Sideshow’ shines in Kangas rout

HE’S been dubbed ‘Sideshow Bob’ for his long curls, but North Melbourne key forward Ben Brown might yet have to approach September like he’s the main man.

Pies concede 2014 may be over

COLLINGWOOD has all but conceded its chances of September glory are over, with the club admitting it may shift its focus to next season.

Half-Time Report: Buddy brilliant

THE Buddy show was soured by Josh Kennedy’s injury, before Collingwood’s season hit a major speed bump and the Tigers fought on.

Buckley defiant ‘we can play finals’

COLLINGWOOD lost of a host of star players to injuries, dropped to 10th and took a percentage hammering but remain defiant.

Crows fight on despite Tiger bite

PATRICK Dangerfield believes only a huge improvement on last night’s performance against Richmond will demand a spot in September.

Tigers keep finals dream alive

RICHMOND’s unlikely finals bid is on track after a fighting 10-point win over the Crows at the Adelaide Oval.

New boss poised to make his mark

THE AFL giveth and the AFL taketh. Rarely does the AFL open its left hand to reveal it is bearing gifts without reaching with its right to grab something back as well.

‘I went off the rails’: Dempsey

ESSENDON defender Courtenay Dempsey has admitted he “went off the rails” earlier this season which led to his banishment from the team.

The Tackle: Bomber, Hird should co-coach

ESSENDON was no longer Hird’s team and it never was Thompson’s team. Yet, it was their team together. And it still can be. VOTE

Players ducking into trouble

QUADRIPLEGIC Neil Sachse has implored players not to use their heads as a battering ram as the AFL considers penalising players who duck into contests.

Lions ‘shocked’ by awesome win: Zorko

LIONS livewire Dayne Zorko says Brisbane’s worst performance of 2014 against Adelaide sparked its best win of the year against Collingwood.

Roos ‘embarrassed’ by insipid Dees

MELBOURNE coach Paul Roos has labelled Sunday’s 10-goal thrashing to GWS “a huge step back” and believes his side is begging for the season to end.

Scans confirm Patton ACL rupture

GREATER Western Sydney has been dealt a giant blow with scans confirming Jon Patton ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Hamstrung Giants thump tragic Dees

GWS has crushed Melbourne by 64 points, but it may have come at a major cost with Jonathon Patton suffering a potentially serious knee injury.

Scott confident on Wells bump

NORTH Melbourne coach Brad Scott says he is confident Daniel Wells was going for the ball when he landed a bump on Shaun Higgins that could face match review scrutiny. WATCH THE INCIDENT

Live: Freo hosts Hawks, key Giants injured

FREMANTLE hosts Hawthorn in a Sunday night blockbuster while GWS Giants lead Melbourne despite injuries to key players. LIVE HQ

Live: Macrae a late out for Dogs

NORTH Melbourne will try to consolidate their position in the eight with victory over an improving Western Bulldogs outfit at Etihad Stadium today. LIVE HQ

SuperCoach Studs and Duds

THE SuperCoach finals are well underway ... so who’s carving it up, and who’s to blame for your finals exit? HAVE YOUR SAY

Leppitsch lauds Lions’ demolition

BRISBANE coach Justin Leppitsch lauded his young side’s ruthless demolition of an injury-crippled Collingwood as its best this season.

Young Lions slaughter hobbled Magpies

NO Scott Pendlebury and injuries to Ben Reid, Travis Cloke and Dayne Beams see Collingwood belted by a hungry Brisbane Lions.

Finals ‘spiritual’ reward for Bombers

ESSENDON edged a step closer to a finals berth as coach Mark Thompson insisted playing off in September would be significant.

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