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Dockers suffer key injuries as underdogs snatch rare AFL win

Fremantle 9.10 (64) lose to Brisbane 18.11 (119)Melbourne 18.9 (117) lose to St Kilda 18.11 (119)Essendon 19.11 (125) beat North Melbourne 16.12 (108)Fremantle have lost star duo Nat Fyfe and Aaron Sandilands to injury as Brisbane overcame their openin…

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Dayne Beams stands down as Brisbane captain following father’s death

Lions player has experienced ‘some really bad lows’Dayne Zorko to take over captaincy temporarilyDayne Beams has stood down as captain of the Brisbane Lions, citing a “bloody difficult” personal life following the death of his father earlier this year….

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Saints lose Riewoldt in defeat to Demons as Port power past Swans

  • St Kilda 13.12 (90) lost to Melbourne Demons 18.12 (120)
  • Sydney Swans 12.10 (82) lost to Port Adelaide 17.8 (110)

Port Adelaide scored a drought-breaking 28-point AFL round one upset win over Sydney at the SCG on Saturday. The 17.8 (110) to 12.10 (82) victory was Port’s first in eight matches and 11 years at the SCG, and their first anywhere over the Swans in their past six contests, going back to 2013.

Related: AFL: Bulldogs hold off determined Collingwood to kick off flag defence

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AFLW grand final moved from Brisbane to Gold Coast due to pitch concerns

Metricon Stadium to host inaugural title decider instead of GabbaAdele concert had left playing surface damaged earlier this monthThe AFLW grand final between Brisbane and Adelaide will be played at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast after the Gabba pi…

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Adelaide book AFLW grand final date with Brisbane after beating Collingwood

  • Crows beat Magpies 10.10 (70) to 7.4 (46) at Olympic Park
  • Carlton and Brisbane draw 6.1 (37) to 5.7 (37) at

Adelaide will play the Brisbane Lions in the inaugural AFL Women’s grand final next week after defeating Collingwood by 24 points in hot conditions at Olympic Park on Sunday. The Crows’ grand final hopes were looking grim when they were held scoreless in the third quarter as their 13-point half-time lead turned into a seven-point deficit at three-quarter-time.

Adelaide’s hearts were in their mouths when Collingwood’s Jess Cameron lined up for goal early in the final quarter. But instead of giving the Pies a 13-point lead, she missed a sitter and the Crows grabbed their second life with both hands as they piled on the last five goals of the game to run out 10.10 (70) to 7.4 (46) winners.

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Adelaide book AFLW grand final date with Brisbane after beating Collingwood

  • Crows beat Magpies 10.10 (70) to 7.4 (46) at Olympic Park
  • Carlton and Brisbane draw 6.1 (37) to 5.7 (37) at

Adelaide will play the Brisbane Lions in the inaugural AFL Women’s grand final next week after defeating Collingwood by 24 points in hot conditions at Olympic Park on Sunday. The Crows’ grand final hopes were looking grim when they were held scoreless in the third quarter as their 13-point half-time lead turned into a seven-point deficit at three-quarter-time.

Adelaide’s hearts were in their mouths when Collingwood’s Jess Cameron lined up for goal early in the final quarter. But instead of giving the Pies a 13-point lead, she missed a sitter and the Crows grabbed their second life with both hands as they piled on the last five goals of the game to run out 10.10 (70) to 7.4 (46) winners.

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Kangaroos come back to edge Swans in AFL pre-season clash

  • North Melbourne beat Sydney 0.9.11 (65) to 0.8.15 (63)
  • Gold Coast Suns beat Brisbane Lions 11.15 (81) to 1.7.6 (57)

Recruit Nathan Hrovat helped a new-look North Melbourne to a come-from-behind two-point AFL pre-season win over Sydney on Sunday.

Hrovat, who was traded from Western Bulldogs, kicked the first two goals of the final quarter in Coffs Harbour to tilt the game in North’s favour.

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Brisbane Lions open to trading No2 AFL draft pick as Hawks move on Vickery

  • Greg Swann says Lions will give up pick two for the right deal
  • Richmond’s Tyrone Vickery could sign three-year deal with Hawthorn

Brisbane chief Greg Swann says the Lions are willing to put the No2 pick in this year’s AFL draft on the table for the right deal. The Lions are looking to rebuild their lacklustre list following another terrible season, culminating in the sacking of coach Justin Leppitsch who has been replaced by former Hawthorn football boss Chris Fagan.

“It’s definitely on the table, and if it helps get us something we think is going to make us better, then we’ll look to do that,” Swann told SEN radio on Thursday. “Our preference is we want to go to the draft and keep building from underneath. That’s the thing for us. We think the last couple of years, we’ve brought in some really good young talented players.

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Noble appointed new GM as hunt for Lions’ AFL head coach narrows

  • Brisbane Lions appoint former Adelaide Crows head of football
  • Race to replace sacked Justin Leppitsch believed to be down to two

Brisbane have appointed David Noble to be the AFL club’s new general manager of football.

Noble, who has spent the best part of the past decade with the Adelaide Crows as an assistant coach, list manager and head of football, will join a five-person panel in appointing the Lions’ new coach, which will begin interviewing candidates immediately.

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Justin Leppitsch sacked as Brisbane Lions AFL coach

  • Lions legend had one year remaining on his contract with the club
  • Brisbane had won only 14 games in Leppitsch’s time in the job

Brisbane’s declining performance under Justin Leppitsch left the Lions with little choice but to sack him as coach, chairman Bob Sharpless says. Leppitsch was ousted with one year still remaining on his contract, having won just 14 matches in three seasons at the helm.

The Lions made the decision at a board meeting on Monday morning, with Sharpless conceding they are “simply not a competitive football team”.

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Hawthorn secure top four spot after late drama against Collingwood

  • Hawthorn defeat Collingwood 17.10 (112) to 17.9 (111) at the MCG
  • St Kilda defeat Brisbane 25.11 (161) to 15.13 (103) at Etihad Stadium

Hawthorn reclaimed their spot in the AFL’s top four with a thrilling one-point win over Collingwood at the MCG. The Hawks, chasing a fourth straight premiership, needed to win or draw their final game of the regular season to secure a coveted double chance in the finals, and they will now face rivals Geelong in a qualifying final, having dramatically beaten the Magpies 17.10 (112) to 17.9 (111).

Collingwood, who were a man down in the second half following James Aish’s hamstring injury, booted four consecutive goals to hit the front with a tick under three minutes remaining. Jack Fitzpatrick, called into the Hawks’ side following ruckman Jon Ceglar’s season-ending knee injury, was the unlikely hero, bursting through the middle and unloaded a bomb from over 55 metres out to level the scores.

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AFL roundup: fast-starting Hawks beat Roos, Brisbane edge Carlton in thriller

  • Hawthorn 14.12 (96) defeat North Melbourne 8.9 (57)
  • Brisbane 15.9 (99) defeat Carlton 13.17 (95)

Hawthorn have burst out of the blocks to return to the winner’s list over North Melbourne, earning a hard-fought 39-point win at the MCG.

The Hawks kicked the opening seven goals and spent the rest of the match clinging onto their lead, running out 14.12 (96) to 8.9 (57) winners.

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Far from vintage Hawthorn still beat Richmond to retain buffer at top of AFL

Hawthorn defeat Richmond 16.18 (114) to 5.14 (44) at the MCGBrisbane defeat Essendon 20.8 (128) to 12.19 (91) at Etihad StadiumHawthorn maintained their two-win cushion at the top of the AFL ladder in ugly fashion, defeating Richmond by 70 points at th…

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Inside 50: Brisbane have 99 problems but Tom Rockliff ain’t one

Brisbane Lions captain Tom Rockliff has been pilloried on account of the club’s struggles in the past two years, but the blame game is wearing a little thin

When in doubt, blame Tom Rockliff. Why not when everybody else does? When Brisbane are losing, blame Tom Rockliff. When Justin Leppitsch is under the pump, blame Tom Rockliff. The deliberate out of bounds rule? Probably safe to blame Tom Rockliff for that too.

Tom Rockliff is overweight. Tom Rockliff is not a leader of men. Tom Rockliff’s team-mates can’t stand him (never mind that the same charge has frequently been levelled at no less than Sam Mitchell, with whom said team-mates have won so many premiership medals that they could be melted down and turned into an actual Batmobile for Angry Anderson). Tom Rockliff is overpaid, obviously.

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Brisbane Lions see vision of future and glimmer of hope in dismal defeat to GWS | Craig Little

A simple formula of identification, development and retention of local talent should allow the Lions to see beyond the large rainclouds currently over the club

Justin Leppitsch is angry. And when Justin Leppitsch is angry his game face is a thing of beauty. It really is. When Justin Leppitsch is angry, he has a face like a clenched fist. On Saturday, Justin Leppitsch was angry.

The media training sheen is off him now. It’s as though the shinier parts of his key messages have been replaced with something dark and uneasy.

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Justin Leppitsch’s shaky AFL coaching tenure shows the importance of belief | Mick Ellis

As the Brisbane coach faces calls for his sacking we’re reminded again that like religious prophets, football coaches require an audience of true believers

Like his embattled coach, Brisbane Lions captain Tom Rockliff has been increasingly busy on the ramparts. It’s the lot of a senior player when a team is failing. After one win in 12 rounds, the Lions are warding off the disbelievers.

Yes, Brisbane still had faith in coach Justin Leppitsch and his methods, Rockliff was telling RSN radio on Friday. “If there was no pressure from the outside on Leppa you would be surprised, but within the four walls the boys have faith in the system and the way we play.”

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Hawthorn maintain AFL dominance over Melbourne with 13th straight win

  • Hawthorn defeat Melbourne 11.16 (82) to 10.4 (64) at the MCG
  • Carlton defeat Brisbane 16.6 (102) to 9.10 (64) at Etihad Stadium
  • Geelong defeat GWS 14.14 (98) to 14.4 (88) at Simonds Stadium

Hawthorn withstood a fierce challenge to maintain their decade-long AFL winning streak over Melbourne. The Hawks broke clear in the last quarter to beat Melbourne by 18 points on Saturday at the MCG. The 11.16 (82) to 10.4 (64) result in gloomy, wet conditions was the Hawks’ 13th-straight win over the Demons, extending back to 2006.

Related: Roos romp home over Tigers as Hobart hosts first Friday night AFL game

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Lance Franklin leads Sydney Swans to narrow AFL win over Brisbane

  • Sydney Swans beat Brisbane Lions 15.7 (97) to 14.10 (94)
  • Franklin kicks five goals as Swans move into third on ladder

Lance Franklin booted five goals as Sydney held off a gallant Brisbane Lions to win a pulsating AFL clash by three points on Sunday. What started as a scrapfest at a rain-drenched Gabba ended up resembling a shootout, with the lowly Lions providing a scare but the Swans ultimately holding their nerve to secure the 15.7 (97) to 14.10 (94) result.

Franklin’s brilliance was the difference, with three of his goals coming in the opening term as Sydney established a 22-point quarter-time lead, and the two others at crucial junctures in the contest.

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Steven May handed five-match suspension for hit on Stefan Martin

Three-man jury take 10 minutes to decide penalty after player pleads guilty to rough conduct chargeThe AFL tribunal has suspended the Gold Coast defender Steven May for five matches.A three-man jury took 10 minutes to decide on the penalty after May pl…

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Brutal shirtfront bump on Martin set to land Suns defender May in trouble

Brisbane Lions AFL ruckman Stefan Martin knocked out in crude bumpGold Coast defender Steven May facing suspension for high contactGold Coast defender Steven May is facing almost certain AFL suspension after a brutal bump left Brisbane Lions ruckman St…