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Tom Scully has signed a six-year, $6 million deal with Greater Western Sydney Giants. His former club Melbourne reacted swiftly by removing his profile from the club's website and the playing list.

Carlton captain Chris Judd was named AFL Players' Association's Most Valuable Player at a gala function in Melbourne's Crown Casino tonight. It was the second time he has taken out the award, but his first with Carlton, following on from his success while playing for West Coast in 2006.
Other winners from the awards, which were held at the Crown's Palladium Room included Essendon's Dyson Heppell, who followed up on last week's NAB AFL Rising Star Award by winning the Best First Year Player Award and Brisbane Lions skipper Jonathan Brown who was awarded the Robert Rose Most Courageous Player Award for the third time (having won in 2007 and 2008).
Essendon's Henry Slattery received the Open Universities Australia Education and Training Excellence Award, which celebrates a players' success in juggling football and study commitments.



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Melbourne has been compensated for the loss of young gun Tom Scully to Greater Western Sydney with two first-round draft picks.
The Demons received what the AFL described as First Band Compensation for Scully after announcing on Tuesday night compensation deals for the clubs that have lost players to the expansion outfit.
It means Melbourne will get one first-round pick, which can be activated after their first selection in any draft between 2012 and 2015 and one mid-first-round pick.
That selection, when activated, is placed in the draft behind the clubs who missed that year's finals series.
The ruling means the Demons will get the same for Scully as Geelong received when Gary Ablett moved to Gold Coast at the end of 2010.
The Bulldogs and Crows received Second Band Compensation for the departures of Callan Ward and Phil Davis respectively, meaning they will get a first-round pick in any draft between 2012 and 2015.

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Former Demons captain James McDonald will join Greater Western Sydney next year as both a player and assistant coach. McDonald, who turns 35 next month and skippered the Demons from 2008 until his first retirement, had been mentoring the Giants' Melbourne-based players in a part-time capacity.

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St Kilda coach Ross Lyon is set to become the new coach of Fremantle after the WA club sensationally sacked Mark Harvey today.
Harvey was informed of the Fremantle board's decision this afternoon.
Harvey, who has been Fremantle senior coach since 2008 after taking over as caretaker coach when Chris Connolly resigned with seven rounds to play in 2007, still had one year to run on his contract.
Fremantle chief executive officer Steve Rosich said that it had been an extremely difficult decision to end Harvey’s tenure at the club, which he had joined as an assistant coach in 2006.
“It was an extremely difficult decision to make but after lengthy consideration it is a decision that we believe is in the best interests of the long-term future of the Fremantle Football Club,” Rosich said.
“We are very grateful for everything that Mark has done during his six years at the club and wish Mark all the best for the future, both personally and professionally.”
Lyon told St Kilda officials this evening he would not see out his contract and would take on the Dockers' position.
He knocked back a a new, unconditional four year deal to coach the Saints until 2015.
In a statement, the Saints said they were disappointed by Lyon's decision.
"Until this evening the club was engaged in constructive discussions with Lyon’s management about his long term future at the Saints," the statement said.
Assistant coach Robert Harvey will assume the club's head coaching responsibilities on an interim basis.
And in another stunning development tonight, Lyon's management - Elite Sports Properties - announced they were parting ways with the coach after he reportedly kept them in the dark over his negotiations with the Dockers.
"Today Ross Lyon informed Elite Sports Properties of his decision to resign from the St Kilda Football Club and of his recent discussions with another AFL football club," ESP said in a statement.
"Given that ESP has not been privy to any of these discussions, a decision has been made to cease our management relationship with Ross."
As news was breaking about Harvey's sacking, speculation mounted that Rodney Eade was taking over from Lyon at the Saints. But the former Bulldogs coach confirmed in a live video show on theage.com.au that this was not the case.

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Where the hell did this all come from?

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no idea, I thought Lyon had said over and over again he's staying at St Kilda but then the Saints board were meeting today so I guess he wanted to quit before he was sacked.

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I must say I was surprised by Freo's sacking of Mark Harvey as coach and Ross Lyon quitting the Saints.

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Fremantle's decision to part with coach Mark Harvey and appoint Ross Lyon rocked the AFL world on Thursday night but this astonishing coup was not pulled off in the blink of an eye.
Harvey was "angry and disappointed" in the wake of his sacking. But foxsports.com.au understands a lengthy and thorough review of his performance and the ultimate decision was weeks in the hatching.
The fact nobody knew about their manoeuvring is a tick for the Fremantle powerbrokers who were able to keep their dealings behind closed doors.
The latest man to have "former Fremantle coach" annexed to his name was on shaky ground as his fifth season in charge spluttered towards its end.
The shocking injury toll confronted by Harvey during 2011 was expected to save him but influential people at the Dockers were seriously concerned about the direction he was taking the club.
One stumbling block between the two camps at Fremantle was recruiting. Harvey is understood to have had wantaway Brisbane Lions big man Mitch Clark in his sights while others were desperate to win the frenzied auction for teenager Jaeger O'Meara.
Foxsports.com.au also understands that Harvey and the Fremantle medical staff have clashed regularly. The coach was without stars Aaron Sandilands, Luke McPharlin and David Mundy for periods of the season and, understandably, wanted key personnel on the park. Harvey, becoming increasingly desperate to keep in the finals race as the year unfolded, overruled medical opinion. The gamble backfired on Sandilands, their most important player, who managed just 13 games and was down on his All Australian best. Others would return ahead of schedule only to be sidelined again.

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Speaking at the Dockers press conference as the club's new coach, Ross Lyon revealed that he first asked for a new 4-year, unconditional contract extension from St Kilda, but the offer did not come until Wednesday, when secret negotiations between him and the Dockers had been going on for 2 weeks.

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Summary of the second semi final:
HAWTHORN 3.5 10.5 12.6 19.8 (122)
SYDNEY 0.1 4.1 9.6 13.8 (86)
Goals: Hawthorn: L Franklin 4 P Puopolo 3 C Bateman 2 D Hale 2 C Rioli J Lewis L Hodge L Shiels M Bailey M Osborne M Suckling S Burgoyne. Sydney: A Goodes 3 R O'Keefe 3 C Bird G Rohan J McVeigh M Spangher S Mumford S Reid T Kennelly.
Best: Hawthorn: J Gibson S Mitchell I Smith L Hodge J Lewis S Burgoyne B Sewell M Osborne. Sydney: J Kennedy S Mumford J McVeigh J Bolton A Goodes.
Injuries: Hawthorn: Nil. Sydney: Hannebery (shoulder)
Umpires: Chris Donlon, Shaun Ryan, Mathew Nicholls.
Official Crowd: 55,198 at MCG.

Hawthorn's decision to risk star full-forward Lance Franklin paid dividends as the Hawks proved their premiership tilt was far from extinguished with a 36-point semi-final triumph over Sydney at the MCG on Friday night.
Franklin took to the field despite suffering bone bruising to his knee last week, and his four-goal return was vital in fending off a spirited second-half comeback by the Swans in a 19.8 (122) to 13.8 (86) victory that setup a preliminary final showdown with Collingwood next week.
It was the Hawks' first finals victory since it beat Geelong in the 2008 Grand Final.
After trailing by as much as 46 points, Sydney breathed life into the dour contest by narrowing the margin to three goals at three-quarter time thanks to a stirring five-goals-to-two third term.
The Hawks responded to the challenge early in the fourth quarter with Franklin reaffirming his miraculous recovery when he sprinted away from his opponent to seemingly kick his side to safety with around 13 minutes remaining.
Unbelievably the Swans came again with three straight goals, including a third to 300-gamer Adam Goodes, bringing the margin back to 18 points.
But Franklin once more rose to the occasion with two goals in the space of a minute out of the goal square to put the final nail in the Swans' season.
The star forward moved freely for the majority of the match and despite a slow start and some wayward kicking on goal, showed good strength and hardly favoured his injured knee in a host of marking contests which had anxious Hawks fans holding their collective breaths, especially late in the game.
For the Swans, it was their 12th loss in their past 14 games at the MCG. And the loss brought to an end the decorated career of Irishman Tadhg Kennelly, who was chaired off after having little impact in his 197th and final appearance.
Next Friday's preliminary final between Collingwood and Hawthorn will be the just the fourth final and first between these two clubs since 1978, when the Hawks defeated the Pies by 56 points in the qualifying final on their way to win the flag.

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Melbourne has appointed Mark Neeld as the club's senior coach for the next three years. Following four consecutive premierships with Ocean Grove, and after a three year stint as coach of the Western Jets in the TAC Cup, Neeld joined Collingwood in 2008, where he quickly earned a reputation as a highly respected assistant coach. He initially coached Collingwood’s defence and then took over as midfield coach in its 2010 Premiership year, and has been Senior Assistant for the past two years.
Neeld played 74 AFL matches and kicked 36 AFL goals from 1990-96 with Geelong and Richmond. The only other AFL coach to have served a longer coaching apprenticeship than Neeld - from the time he retired as an AFL player until his first AFL senior coaching appointment - is Ross Lyon. (For the record, Lyon retired at the end of 1995 and became St Kilda coach in 1997)
Neeld will forgo his Magpies' duties immediately - despite the Pies still being in the race for back-to-back flags - but said he accepted the job with coach Mick Malthouse's blessing.
"It is not practical to have the Melbourne coach working at Collingwood, which is why he won't be continuing with us. Mark is fully appreciative and understanding of this," Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse said. "On behalf of everyone at the club I wish him every success in the future."
And it's set to be a double act at the Demons with former Adelaide coach Neil Craig likely to be Neeld's senior assistant.
After a frantic 24 hours, the Demons swooped to take Neeld from the clutches of Adelaide, which was planning on signing him over the weekend.
The final details of the deal were signed off at chief executive Cameron Schwab's house around 6pm.
The Demons are understood to have decided on Neeld earlier this week, hence their surprising lack of interest in former St Kilda coach Ross Lyon before his shock move to Fremantle.
Adelaide had led the running with Neeld who presented to the club's board last Sunday, but has been caught short by the Demons.
Neeld was down to the final three at the Bulldogs and presented to their selection panel on Thursday.
With Neeld out of the picture, former Collingwood captain Scott Burns looks almost certain to get the Crows job.

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Summary of the first semi final:
WEST COAST 1.3 9.3 11.8 15.11 (101)
CARLTON 4.1 7.4 10.5 15.8 (98)
GOALS: West Coast: Kennedy 3, Nicoski 3, Darling 3, Cox, Priddis, Hurn, Lynch, McGinnity, LeCras. Carlton: Walker 3, Murphy 2, Ellard 2, Garlett 2, Betts, Thornton, Joseph, Scotland, Simpson, Tuohy
BEST: West Coast: Cox, S. Selwood, Kerr, Kennedy, Priddis, Nicoski, Glass. Carlton: Robinson, Murphy, Simpson, Ellard, Carrazzo, Walker
INJURIES: West Coast: Nil. Carlton: Bret Thornton (concussion).
Reports: Nil
Umpires: Chamberlain, Rosebury, Stevic
Official crowd: 42,803 at Patersons Stadium

West Coast narrowly beat Carlton by 3 points at Patersons Stadium (Subiaco Oval) in one of the best finals of the past 10 years. The Eagles, wooden spooners last year, will face Geelong at the MCG next Saturday afternoon for a spot in the Grand Final.
It was the Eagles' first finals win since its 2006 premiership and sets up its first September clash with the Cats since the 1994 Grand Final. The Blues have never won a final outside Victoria.
The two sides went virtually goal-for-goal in an enthralling second half, but the Blues never found a way to hit the lead in front of a hostile home crowd.
The Eagles were 21 points in front late in the last quarter before the Blues closed to within less than a kick to ensure a heart-stopping finish.
Josh Kennedy, Jack Darling and Mark Nicoski led the way for the Eagles with three goals each, while Andrew Embley and Daniel Kerr continued their terrific seasons with instrumental performances.
Mitch Robinson put in a near career-best performance to lead the Blues possession count, but skipper Chris Judd was well held against his former team by tagger Scott Selwood, managing only 17 possessions.
And the Blues heartbreak was compounded by a nasty collision involving Bret Thornton in the dying seconds of the second quarter that saw the key position player substituted out of the game with concussion.
He was taken to hospital for scans on a potential neck injury as the third quarter began.
In what was a see-sawing first half, the Blues kicked the first four goals of the match inside the first 17 minutes, before the Eagles hit back with an 8 goal second term to set up an 11-point half time lead.
Having kicked three of the last four goals before the main break, the Eagles continued their momentum in to the second half via an early goal to defender Shannon Hurn to set up a 17-point lead. The third quarter was a pulsating affair as the pressure lifted a notch and players threw themselves at the contest.
The Eagles led by 11 points at three quarter time and appeared to have the game in the bag at the 21st minute mark of the final term when Mark LeCras kicked truly.
But west Coast appeared to take the foot off the pedal and a poor turnover from Dean Cox in defence, coupled with a 50-metre penalty against Eric Mackenzie saw David Ellard start the fightback with a goal in the 24th minute.
Four minutes later Eagles' skipper Darren Glass, resolute all night, misjudged the ball in flight and allowed it to bounce in front of him, giving Jeff Garlett the chance to swoop and goal before Andrew Walker nailed a set shot to make it just a three-point game in the 32nd minute.
With the clock winding down, Irish sub Zach Tuohy snapped to the goal square where it looked like Glass held Walker as he went for the ball.
But the umpires, so keen to pay free kicks in the early stages, had put the whistle away by that stage and the Eagles took the ball up the other end where they kept it safe until the final siren.

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Semi Final Results

This week's winner is Michael Knowles with a score of 2 and a round margin of 5. The game's margin was 36.

Congratulations Michael :) :D

32 Whopper Vouchers have been given out in Our AFL Competition B)

1 Michael Knowles
2 Evelyn
3 deltaluva2
4 Mei
5 johnson
6 Ninafan
7 Alicia Turner
8 Anita
9 Rhedyn *
10 Matt Kwan
11 Hannah Clark
12 Patrick Lijnders
13 Dean Bennett
14 Rise Up Stiffy
15 Nick Burge
16 ChristinaBerliBabbey
17 Boden Ebery
18 Carley Swan

Comp Tip Stats

This report displays the site wide split between teams tipped as a % for each match of a given round (excluding default tips). The winning team is indicated in Bold

Hawthorn 55% - 45% Sydney Swans
West Coast Eagles 92% - 8% Carlton

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Semi Final Leaderboard

Our Competition Leader is Michael with a total score of 145 and with a total margin of 568. :D B)

Then Dean also on 145 Points Followed By Deltaluva2, Mei & Renee on 143 Points

1 Michael Knowles
2 Dean Bennett
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4 Mei
5 Ninafan
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12 Hannah Clark
13 Nick Burge
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15 johnson
16 Alicia Turner
17 Boden Ebery
18 Carley Swan

Preliminary Final Matches

Fri 23 Sep 7:45 pm Collingwood v Hawthorn MCG
Sat 24 Sep 2:20 pm Geelong v West Coast Eagles MCG

Good Luck with Preliminary Final Tips B) ^_^

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The Cats-Eagles preliminary final will be held at 2.20pm Saturday so that the Eagles can fly back to Perth after the match, to prepare for the Grand Final, if they win.

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The Western Bulldogs have announced Brendan McCartney as its new coach.
McCartney, the former Geelong assistant who followed Mark Thompson to Essendon this year, has committed to the Bulldogs for three years.
McCartney becomes one of the few men in the modern VFL/AFL era to be appointed as a senior coach without playing the sport at the highest level.
Before breaking into the AFL system he coached local league clubs Newtown and Ocean Grove.
Coincidentally, both McCartney and Collingwood assistant coach Mark Neeld - who was appointed as Melbourne coach on Saturday - won four premierships as coach of Bellarine Football League powerhouse Ocean Grove.
Awarded the AFL Assistant Coach of the Year in 2010, McCartney brings 22 years coaching experience to the club, 14 at AFL level.
His experience includes 11 years as the senior assistant coach at Geelong; two years development coach at Richmond and one year as assistant coach at Essendon.
During his 11 years at Geelong Football Club, McCartney was involved in two premierships, two night premierships and experienced three Grand finals.

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Geelong assistant coach Brenton Sanderson has been appointed coach of the Adelaide Crows, the club has announced.
Sanderson, 37, has immediately stood down as assistant coach at Geelong to accept a three-year contract with the Adelaide Football Club.
The former Sturt, Adelaide, Collingwood and Geelong player is the first former Crows player to coach Adelaide.
He was in the last three candidates for the Western Bulldogs position, won by another former Geelong assistant Brendan McCartney.
Sanderson will be the sixth coach of the Adelaide Football Club, following Graham Cornes (1991-94), Robert Shaw (1995-96), Malcolm Blight (1997-99), Gary Ayres (2000-2004) and Neil Craig (2004-2011).
He was one of the original Crows in 1991, when he was selected in the inaugural squad as a promising All-Australian under-17 midfielder from SANFL club Sturt. He made his AFL debut in 1992 and played six games in two seasons before he was traded to Collingwood, where he played four games in one season.
In his first season with the Cats he was dropped for the 1995 grand final but he then became a regular half back and his 199-game career with the Cats was highlighted by winning the 2001 club best and fairest. He also finished third in 1998, 2000 and 2003.
Sanderson retired at the end of the 2005 season and moved back to South Australia to be a development coach at Port Adelaide.
After one season he returned to Geelong, where he has been an assistant coach for the past five seasons.
Crows CEO Steven Trigg said Sanderson’s appointment had unanimous support from the selection panel and the club's board of directors.

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Collingwood dominated this year's All-Australian Team, with all six of their nominations in the original squad of 40 making the final 22-man team.
Travis Cloke, Leon Davis, Ben Reid, Scott Pendlebury, Dane Swan and Dale Thomas were the Magpies named in the final team.
Gold Coast captain Gary Ablett was a popular choice as captain, while Judd was named vice-captain.
It was Ablett's fifth-straight All-Australian selection and the first time he has been named captain.
There were eight first-time selections - Western Bulldogs defender Robert Murphy, Reid, Thomas, Hawthorn midfielder Sam Mitchell, Carlton onballer Marc Murphy, Cloke, Saints small forward Stephen Milne, Geelong midfielder James Kelly and North Melbourne key forward Drew Petrie.
Among the players who can consider themselves unlucky to miss out on the final 22 were North ruckman Todd Goldstein, Geelong utility Steve Johnson, Hawks defender Grant Birchall and Richmond defender Brett Deledio.

All Australian team 2011:
B: Matthew Scarlett (Geelong), Darren Glass (West Coast), Corey Enright (Geelong)
HB: Robert Murphy (Western Bulldogs), Ben Reid (Collingwood), Leon Davis (Collingwood)
C: Dale Thomas (Collingwood), Sam Mitchell (Hawthorn), Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood)
HF: Marc Murphy (Carlton), Travis Cloke (Collingwood), Dane Swan (Collingwood)
F: Stephen Milne (St Kilda), Lance Franklin (Hawthorn), Adam Goodes (Sydney Swans)
Ruck: Dean Cox (West Coast), Chris Judd (Carlton), Gary Ablett (Gold Coast)
I/C: Matthew Boyd (Western Bulldogs), Nick Dal Santo (St Kilda), James Kelly (Geelong), Drew Petrie (North Melbourne)

Hawthorn forward Lance Franklin missed the AFL All-Australian awards in Melbourne tonight because of stomach bug. He was supposed to be at the function to receive the John Coleman for being the leading goalkicker of the regular season.
Also at the All-Australian Awards, Collingwood's Andrew Krakouer won mark of the year and the Dockers' Hayden Ballantyne goal of the year. And Geelong's Matthew Scarlett announced at the function that he would retire at the end of the season.

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Preliminary final teams

COLLINGWOOD
B: Alan Toovey, Ben Reid, Harry O'Brien
HB: Nick Maxwell, Chris Tarrant, Heath Shaw
C: Dayne Beams, Sharrod Wellingham, Dale Thomas
HF: Ben Johnson, Leigh Brown, Alan Didak
F: Steele Sidebottom, Travis Cloke, Luke Ball
Foll: Darren Jolly, Scott Pendlebury, Andrew Krakouer
Interchange: Leon Davis, Dane Swan, Chris Dawes, Jarryd Blair
Emergencies: Tyson Goldsack, Cameron Wood, Alex Fasolo

HAWTHORN
B: Thomas Murphy, Josh Gibson, Benjamin Stratton
HB: Grant Birchall, Ryan Schoenmakers, Paul Puopolo
C: Jordan Lewis, Sam Mitchell, Isaac Smith
HF: Luke Hodge, Lance Franklin, Liam Shiels
F: Chance Bateman, David Hale, Cyril Rioli
Foll: Max Bailey, Shaun Burgoyne, Brad Sewell
Interchange: Brent Guerra, Michael Osborne, Brendan Whitecross, Matt Suckling
Emergencies: Jordan Lisle, Shane Savage, Luke Breust

GEELONG
B: Josh Hunt, Matthew Scarlett, Tom Lonergan
HB: Corey Enright, Harry Taylor, David Wojcinski
C: Jimmy Bartel, Andrew Mackie, Joel Selwood
HF: Steve Johnson, Tom Hawkins, Allen Christensen
F: Travis Varcoe, James Podsiadly, Brad Ottens
Foll: Trent West, Cameron Ling, James Kelly
Interchange: Paul Chapman, Joel Corey, Mathew Stokes, Mitch Duncan
Emergencies: Shannon Byrnes, Darren Milburn, Cameron Mooney

WEST COAST
B: Will Schofield, Darren Glass, Shannon Hurn
HB: Sam Butler, Eric Mackenzie, Beau Waters
C: Andrew Embley, Matthew Priddis, Scott Selwood
HF: Mark LeCras, Josh Kennedy, Mark Nicoski
F: Nic Naitanui, Quinten Lynch, Jack Darling
Foll: Dean Cox, Daniel Kerr, Adam Selwood
Interchange: Chris Masten, Luke Shuey, Patrick McGinnity, Andrew Gaff
Emergencies: Matthew Rosa, Bradley Ebert, Ashley Smith

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Summary of the first preliminary final:

COLLINGWOOD 2.3 3.5 5.6 10.8 (68)
HAWTHORN 2.4 4.7 7.11 9.11 (65)
Goals: Collingwood: Dawes 3, Cloke 3, Jolly, Swan, Ball, Davis. Hawthorn: Franklin 3, Guerra, Rioli, Lewis, Hodge, Puopolo, Mitchell.
Best: Collingwood: Swan, Ball, Pendlebury, Tarrant, Cloke, Shaw. Hawthorn: Lewis, Mitchell, Gibson, Burgoyne, Sewell, Hodge.
Injuries: Collingwood: B Reid (groin), D Jolly (thigh). Hawthorn: Nil.
Reports: Nil.
Umpires: Shaun Ryan, Meredith, Jeffery, Rosebury.
Crowd: 87,112 at the MCG.

Collingwood scraped through to the AFL grand final with a stunning final-quarter surge to topple Hawthorn by three points in one of the most thrilling preliminary finals ever at the MCG.
The Magpies were below their best for much of the contest, trailing by 17 points at three-quarter time before calling on their fresh All Australian stars to lift them to a memorable 10. 8 (68) to 9.11 (65) victory and set up a final with either Geelong or West Coast.
In the dying minutes of a hotly-contest last term, Luke Ball kicked the sealer for the second time in two finals matches for Collingwood, just moments after Lance Franklin had Hawks fans going ballistic with a freak goal from the boundary that handed Hawthorn the advantage.
Collingwood superstars Dane Swan, Scott Pendlebury, Travis Cloke and Davis all stood up with amazing efforts in the final term, while their All Australian team-mate Dale Thomas overcame a uncharacteristically poor match to lay a telling tackle on Cyril Rioli to halt a final Hawks rebound.
Cloke and his forward partner Chris Dawes kicked three goals each while Swan and Pendlebury led the possession counts with 32 valuable touches apiece.
Jordan Lewis, Sam Mitchell and Luke Hodge were all terrific for the injury-battered Hawks, while Franklin booted three goals.
Collingwood will carry a host of worries through to next week's decider, with centre half back Ben Reid (quad) and ruckman Darren Jolly (groin) the biggest concerns after both were forced to play through injuries.
Hawthorn stunned Collingwood with the ferocious pressure to take an eight point lead into half-time.
The Hawks revelled in their underdog status to unnerve the surprisingly hesitant Magpies.
In a defence-dominated contest, Hawthorn looked dangerous on the burst with its high-possession style.
The Magpies, who trailed by as much as 21 points in the third quarter, clearly benefitted from the week off as their fresher legs kicked five majors in the breathless fourth term - double their return up to three-quarter time.
Dawes and Davis booted back-to-back goals early in the fourth to narrow the margin to four points before Hodge's heroic mark and goal gave the gasping Hawks some breathing room.
But it would not last as Swan snapped truly from the pocket before Cloke followed in Hodge's lead to give Collingwood its first lead since late in the opening quarter.
Franklin, hampered by a stomach bug during the week, then seemingly entered finals folk lore with his amazing display of speed, composure and precision to notch a goal worthy of winning any final only for Ball to have the final say from a stoppage.
An emotional Mick Malthouse was in tears following the final siren, his Collingwood charges presenting him with the chance to bow out with a fourth premiership as a coach.
"I'm hopeless. I'm too old for it, or too soft for it, all I want to do is cry," a now smiling Malthouse told Channel Seven.
Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson cut a contrasting figure to his counterpart at the siren, punching the dugout as he recognised a "golden opportunity" slip.
"We had a plan and we executed it for the best part of the game," he told Seven.
"A big part of that plan was be harder and tougher for longer periods of the game than what Collingwood was and we just couldn't do it in the end.
"We had a grand final berth just sitting in the palm of our hands for the bulk of the night and we let a golden opportunity slip and we are really disappointed in ourselves."
Clarkson said Hawthorn will ultimately rue its inability to convert a glut of chances on goal for not pulling away from the nervy Magpies in the first half.

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Summary of the second preliminary final:
GEELONG 5.7 8.11 15.14 17.15 (117)
WEST COAST 2.3 5.4 7.6 10.9 (69)
Goals: Geelong: J Podsiadly 3 A Christensen 2 T Hawkins 2 T Varcoe 2 D Wojcinski J Bartel J Hunt J Selwood M Stokes P Chapman S Johnson T West. West Coast: J Kennedy 3 N Naitanui 2 D Kerr J Darling L Shuey M LeCras S Selwood.
Best: Geelong: J Selwood J Kelly M Scarlett J Bartel A Mackie H Taylor C Enright J Podsiadly. West Coast: N Naitanui B Waters D Kerr A Selwood.
Injuries: Geelong: S Johnson (knee). West Coast: nil.
Reports: nil.
Umpires: Chris Donlon, Matt Stevic, Ray Chamberlain, Mathew Nicholls.
Crowd: 59,455 at MCG.

It will be Collingwood v Geelong in the 2011 AFL Grand Final next Saturday after the Cats beat West Coast by 48 points at the MCG. The Eagles were aiming to become the first team since the Magpies in 1977 to come from last place to grand finalists this year while the win sent the Cats to their fourth Grand Final in five years.
The Eagles were unable to discover either the energy or purpose they have had for much of the season, outplayed in all four quarters before kicking three of the last four goals late in the final quarter to tidy up the scoreboard.
For the winners, James Kelly, Joel Selwood, Cameron Ling and Andrew Mackie were all superb while James Podsiadly kicked three goals. Their major concern out of the game was the twisted left knee of star forward Steve Johnson in the third term that threatens his availability for next week’s decider. Early reports suggest that Johnson, whose leg bent under the force of a heavy tackle from West Coast's Andrew Embley, dislocated the patella (knee cap) on his left knee. He re-emerged up the race at the start of the fourth quarter to a round of applause from Cats fans.
The Eagles' much vaunted tall forward line was given a bath by a disciplined Geelong defence.
The foot skills of some of the Eagles' most important players were deplorable, with Andrew Embley a chief offender in a sour postcript to his Norm Smith Medal effort on the same stage five years ago.
West Coast were well served by a brave Beau Waters off half back, Daniel Kerr midfield, Nic Naitanui in the ruck. Matt Priddis battled on bravely but several of the stars that have served them well all year had poor games.
Andrew Embley lost the radar by foot, spraying several shots on goal, Dean Cox had one of his worst games of the season, Darren Glass looked uncharacteristically vulnerable in defence.
The Cats opened the game with three quick goals, as an Eagles side battered by an intense semi-final win against Carlton last weekend struggled to fire.
Led by sterling midfield efforts from Joel Selwood and James Kelly, the Cats dominated possession early and led by as much as 28 points late in the first term.
West Coast needed a free kick and 50-metre penalty to ruckman Nic Naitanui to create a goal, which cut the quarter-time margin to 22 points.
The Eagles created some faint hope of an upset with two quick goals to start the second term, narrowing the gap to 10 points.
But that was as close as it got, as Geelong pushed out to a 25-point margin by the long break.
It then sewed up the game with three early second-half goals, starting with an excellent Johnson snap, shortly before his injury.

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Preliminary Final Results

This week's winner is Matt Kwan with a score of 2 and a round margin of 9. The game's margin was 3.

Congratulations Matt :) :D

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Comp Tip Stats

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Collingwood 83% - 17% Hawthorn
Geelong 83% - 17% West Coast Eagles
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