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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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Blues shock winless Swans as Saints flog hapless Hawks

  • Carlton beat Sydney 15.7 (97) to 11.12 (78) at the MCG
  • St Kilda beat Hawthorn 19.16 (130) to 8.7 (55) at York Park, Tasmania

Carlton have pulled off a shock 19-point win over Sydney on a day that confirmed a changing of the guard in the AFL. The Blues’ outstanding 15.7 (97) to 11.12 (78) win on Saturday at the MCG came after St Kilda walloped Hawthorn by 75 points in Launceston.

The Swans remain mired at the bottom of the AFL ladder with a 0-6 record and the Hawks are also a shell of their former selves at 1-5. Sydney and Hawthorn, two AFL powerhouses for the last decade, will need miraculous turnarounds to make this year’s finals. Last year, the Swans were grand finalists and Hawthorn made a straight-sets exit from the finals.

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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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Nick Dal Santo retires after 15-year AFL career

Midfielder calls time on 322-game career with Saints and KangaroosThirty-two-year-old was released by North Melbourne at end of last seasonFormer St Kilda and North Melbourne star Nick Dal Santo has officially brought his decorated AFL career to a clos…

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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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Geelong ease to comfortable win over Essendon to go four points off top spot

Geelong defeat Essendon 15. 10 (100) to 4.10 (34) at Etihad StadiumWest Coast defeat Fremantle 17.8 (110) to 9.10 (64) at Domain StadiumSt Kilda defeat Carlton 19.8 (122) to 7.9 (51) at the MCGTop-four aspirants Geelong cruised to a 66-point win over a…

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Rebounding St Kilda stun listless Blues with AFL reality check

  • St Kilda defeat Carlton 17.8 (110) to 12.6 (78) at Etihad Stadium
  • Tim Membrey stars with five goals as Saints give Blues a reality check

St Kilda have handed Carlton a harsh reality check, ending the Blues’ recent AFL resurgence with an impressive 32-point win at Etihad Stadium. Carlton went into Sunday’s clash having won six of their past seven games, but the Saints rebounded from an 88-point hiding at the hands of Adelaide to stun Brendon Bolton’s men 17.8 (110) to 12.6 (78) in front of a bumper crowd of 47,945 fans.

Related: Patrick Dangerfield stars in Geelong victory over North Melbourne

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Western Bulldogs hold on to edge out fast-finishing West Coast in AFL thriller

Western Bulldogs defeated West Coast 12.11 (83) to 11.9 (75) Port Adelaide defeated Collingwood 19.11 (125) to 7.16 (58)Adelaide defeated St Kilda 19.19 (133) to 6.9 (45)The Western Bulldogs survived a late charge by West Coast to score a thrilling eig…

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North Melbourne stay top of AFL ladder with controversial win over St Kilda

  • North Melbourne defeat St Kilda 11.16 (82) to 11.9 (75)
  • Drew Petrie celebrates 300th game as Kangaroos ride luck late on

A controversial late free kick to Todd Goldstein helped North Melbourne beat St Kilda by seven points in an AFL thriller. The 11.16 (82) to 11.9 (75) win on Sunday at Etihad Stadium maintained North’s unbeaten start to the season and was Drew Petrie’s 300th game.

Related: Gold Coast Suns to investigate heated exchange between Gary Ablett and fan

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Fremantle flounder as Saints get back to winning ways

  • Adelaide 14.13 (97) – Fremantle 8.16 (64)
  • St Kilda 20.15 (135) – Melbourne 15.6 (96)

Adelaide ace Eddie Betts has booted four goals in a 33-point win over Fremantle to hand the Dockers an unwanted AFL record.

The Crows triumphed 14.13 (97) to 8.16 (64) at Adelaide Oval to leave Fremantle winless after six rounds.

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St Kilda shrug off injuries to stun listless Collingwood

  • St Kilda beat Collingwood 18.11 (119) to 14.6 (90) at the MCG
  • Adelaide beat Richmond 19.14 (128) to 13.14 (92) at Etihad Stadium

Injury-ravaged St Kilda dug deep to score a famous 29-point AFL victory over Collingwood at the MCG. The Saints finished Saturday’s game with one fit player on the bench after Nick Riewoldt and Paddy McCartin were concussed in the second quarter and Dylan Roberton suffered a knee injury in the third term.

Related: Port Adelaide trounce Essendon by 61 points

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Inside 50: Rebuilt Western Bulldogs leaving behind the AFL’s battlers

Often strugglers in their AFL past, the Western Bulldogs have leap-frogged St Kilda and other similarly placed sides in their exciting regeneration period

  • Inside 50 is Guardian Australia’s new weekly AFL blog, published every Friday

Following on from an opening round brimming with up-tempo football, the Western Bulldogs’ clash against St Kilda this Saturday night also provides us with a salutary and fascinating lesson in the way that the paths of two remarkably similar clubs can diverge so dramatically in the space of a few seasons.

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2016 AFL season preview: St Kilda and Melbourne | Russell Jackson

In the third of our AFL season previews, we take a look at St Kilda and Melbourne, two sides who continue to slowly rebuild their playing lists2015 ladder position: 14th Continue reading…

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St Kilda fall to North Melbourne and lose Paddy McCartin to hamstring injury

  • North Melbourne defeat St Kilda by 44 points in NAB Challenge hit-out
  • Saints’ 2014 AFL No1 pick Paddy McCartin suffers hamstring injury

St Kilda were robbed of a glimpse into their AFL future when Paddy McCartin was forced out of Saturday’s pre-season game against North Melbourne. The 2014 No1 pick pick only lasted 10 minutes of the 44-point loss in Wangaratta before he suffered hamstring tightness. Predictably, the Saints benched the key forward for the rest of the game.

It was also no surprise that the Kangaroos, preliminary finalists for the past two years, took control after halftime and beat a young Saints line-up 18.9 (117) to 1.9.10 (73). Stand-in Saints coach Danny Sexton said with veteran captain Nick Riewoldt not playing, they were looking forward to seeing how McCartin and Josh Bruce combined as key forwards.

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2015 newsmaker: Jason Holmes, the AFL’s first born and bred American | Russell Jackson

In two short years, St Kilda’s international rookie has completed a remarkable journey from American college basketballer to AFL footballer

Up close the modern AFL footballer is a far different physical specimen than his predecessors of the last few decades, far more sinewy and slight. On account of his finely-calibrated diet and training regime and the relentless pursuit of success, he’s closer in shape to a middle distance runner than a wide receiver, as was once the case.

This is a good thing, in many respects. The AFL footballer is now faster, stronger and more physically resourceful than ever and generally more skilled too, concepts not lost on St Kilda ruckman Jason Holmes when he emerged from almost total obscurity in 2015 to become the first born and bred American to play in the AFL. It was a truly remarkable achievement for a college basketballer who’d never properly watched a full game, let alone played in one, before the Saints secured him as an international rookie.

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Greater Western Sydney win to climb back into AFL top eight

  • Greater Western Sydney defeated St Kilda 12.12 (84) to 6.13 (49)

Greater Western Sydney climbed back into the AFL top eight after ending a three-match losing streak with a 35-point home win over St Kilda. Forward Jeremy Cameron booted five goals for the Giants, who kicked the first six goals of Sunday’s match on their way to a 12.12 (84) to 6.13 (49) victory at Spotless Stadium.

It was a case of going from feast to famine for the Saints, who went from kicking their biggest score of the season to their smallest in successive games. Coming off a 25-goal assault on Essendon last week, the Saints only logged behinds with their first six scores before Jack Sinclair kicked their first goal almost 14 minutes into the second quarter.

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AFL: Bombers in freefall after Saints drubbing

  • St Kilda 25.12 (162) to 8.4 (52) Essendon

St Kilda have destroyed Essendon and intensified pressure on James Hird’s AFL coaching future with a stunning 110-point upset win at Etihad Stadium.

From the first bounce the Saints had the measure of the Bombers, earning a record-breaking 25.12 (162) to 8.4 (52) win.

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AFL: Bombers in freefall after Saints drubbing

  • St Kilda 25.12 (162) to 8.4 (52) Essendon

St Kilda have destroyed Essendon and intensified pressure on James Hird’s AFL coaching future with a stunning 110-point upset win at Etihad Stadium.

From the first bounce the Saints had the measure of the Bombers, earning a record-breaking 25.12 (162) to 8.4 (52) win.

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AFL: five things we learned from round 13 | Kathryn Kernohan

Freo edge the little battles against the Pies; Richmond’s big-game players stand tall; Roughead’s versatility helps Hawks; Jekyll and Hyde Crows and more

Thursday night’s intriguing Fremantle v Collingwood game was in the balance from the opening bounce to the final three minutes, when Jesse White sprayed a relatively straight forward set shot that would have pulled the Pies within a goal. It was tight, congested finals-like footy all night – not pretty, but compelling. You know that when even Nat Fyfe and Scott Pendelbury seem hurried at times, space is at a premium. In a low-scoring contest, a moment or two of magic can be all that separates two teams. The Dockers’ crafty small forward Michael Walters booted majors in the final 20 seconds of both the second and third quarters, each keeping his side afloat in an arm wrestle it would eventually win. Just before the stroke of half time, Walters sharked an Aaron Sandilands tap and somehow found room to weave out of a clutch of Magpie defenders and throw the ball onto his left boot. It wobbled through to make the margin two points at the main break. Half an hour later he drew the Dockers level by accepting a handball from Michael Barlow, then off one step drilling a low goal from about 35m, less than 10 seconds before the final change. Nathan Buckley would have been ropable, but neither goal was due to lax defending. With Matthew Pavlich and Chris Mayne off the boil and Hayden Ballantyne buzzing around for little impact (he’s kicked just nine goals in 10 games this season – but that’s another story), Walters loomed as the Docker most likely all night. He finished with four goals, but it was his two red time goals that gave his team momentum, and more importantly, on the scoreboard were all that separated his team from their opponent.

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AFL: five things we learned from round 13 | Kathryn Kernohan

Freo edge the little battles against the Pies; Richmond’s big-game players stand tall; Roughead’s versatility helps Hawks; Jekyll and Hyde Crows and more

Thursday night’s intriguing Fremantle v Collingwood game was in the balance from the opening bounce to the final three minutes, when Jesse White sprayed a relatively straight forward set shot that would have pulled the Pies within a goal. It was tight, congested finals-like footy all night – not pretty, but compelling. You know that when even Nat Fyfe and Scott Pendelbury seem hurried at times, space is at a premium. In a low-scoring contest, a moment or two of magic can be all that separates two teams. The Dockers’ crafty small forward Michael Walters booted majors in the final 20 seconds of both the second and third quarters, each keeping his side afloat in an arm wrestle it would eventually win. Just before the stroke of half time, Walters sharked an Aaron Sandilands tap and somehow found room to weave out of a clutch of Magpie defenders and throw the ball onto his left boot. It wobbled through to make the margin two points at the main break. Half an hour later he drew the Dockers level by accepting a handball from Michael Barlow, then off one step drilling a low goal from about 35m, less than 10 seconds before the final change. Nathan Buckley would have been ropable, but neither goal was due to lax defending. With Matthew Pavlich and Chris Mayne off the boil and Hayden Ballantyne buzzing around for little impact (he’s kicked just nine goals in 10 games this season – but that’s another story), Walters loomed as the Docker most likely all night. He finished with four goals, but it was his two red time goals that gave his team momentum, and more importantly, on the scoreboard were all that separated his team from their opponent.

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