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Last week of the AFL produced the upset of the season with the Blues beating the Cats in Melbourne – outdoing the previous week’s effort when the Pies dusted Geelong at the MCG. This week Friday night again features ladder-leaders North Melbourne hosting Richmond at Blundstone Arena in Hobart; the first time Friday night footy has been played in the Apple Isle.

On Saturday, five matches will take place across the country with the Hawks playing the Demons at the MCG, Carlton hosting Brisbane at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium and the Cats up against round two conquerors the Giants in the comfort of their own home; Geelong’s Simonds Stadium. The final two matches on Saturday will be played outside of Victoria with the Suns at home to the Swans on the Gold Coast and the Dockers playing the Bombers at Domain Stadium in Perth.

On Sunday, Collingwood will look to get their season back on track against the Power at the MCG, while the Bulldogs play host to the West Coast, who are yet to win in Victoria this year. The final match of round 11 sees the Crows start as heavy favourites against the Saints at Adelaide Oval.



NORTH MELBOURNE v RICHMOND

Friday, June 3, 7:50 pm (AEST) @ Blundstone Arena

Tasmania hosts Friday night footy for the first time and the locals should turn out in force for the Kangaroos’ home game against the Tigers. The Kangaroos suffered their first loss of the season last week against a very clinical Swans outfit but still sit alone at the peak of the AFL ladder. North’s start to the season has been highly impressive and it has even surprised a lot of experts that they sit in first position after 10 rounds.

The Tigers had a disastrous start to the season following their round one victory over Carlton; they then managed to inexplicably lose their next seven matches against opponents coach Damien Hardwick would have expected them to overcome. However, their form over the last month has been terrific – since the injection of confidence following their win over the Swans by one point, the Tigers have posted three consecutive wins and will fancy their chances against North.

  • North has won six of their last seven against Richmond.
  • Three of the Kangaroos’ last four wins over the Tigers have been by 25+ points.
  • North Melbourne has won their last four home games against Richmond.
  • The Kangaroos have scored 100+ points in eight of their last nine matches against the Tigers.

Key changes:

Mason Wood comes into the team for the Kangaroos while the Tigers unchanged after posting three straight wins.


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RESULTS

North Melbourne (124) def. Richmond (54)



HAWTHORN v MELBOURNE

Saturday, June 4, 1:45 pm (AEST) @ MCG

Despite winning the last three flags, the Hawks have had a pretty tame start to the year and appear to be flying under the radar compared to the likes of Sydney, North and Geelong. Last week Hawthorn disposed of a brave Brisbane Lions by 48 points in the Queensland capital. That win signified the Hawks’ seventh from 10 matches to sit in seventh position on the AFL ladder and perfectly positioned for a stretch of wins to get themselves within striking distance of the top four.

The Demons have been one of the most improved teams in the competition. Since posting back-to-back wins for the first time in five years, the Dees just seem to be going from strength to strength. Last week’s loss to the Power in Adelaide was their fifth of the year, equalling their amount of wins in 2016 to sit just outside the top eight.

  • Hawthorn has won their last 12 matches against Melbourne.
  • Eight of those twelve wins have been by 39+ points.
  • The Hawks have registered 100+ points in 10 of their last 12 versus the Demons, while Melbourne has zero.
  • The Demons’ last win over Hawthorn was in 2007.

Key changes:

Daniel Howe and Kade Stewart are in for the Hawks while the Demons have included Jack Trengove, Chris Dawes, Clayton Oliver, Sam Frost and Aaron Vandenberg.


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RESULTS

Hawthorn (82) def. Melbourne (64)



CARLTON v BRISBANE

Saturday, June 4, 2:10 pm (AEST) @ Etihad Stadium

Carlton has been a remarkably different team to the one that has shown up over the last few years. Last week they produced a huge breakthrough in beating Geelong in what was probably the upset of the season and the Cats’ second consecutive loss to teams they were expected to comfortably dispose of. The Blues can’t afford to be complacent against the woeful Lions after their epic upset of Geelong because victory will put them in contention to break into the top eight.

Last week the Lions were more than brave against the defending premiers, Hawthorn at the Gabba. While they were eventually beaten by 48 points, the young Brisbane side stuck with one of the flag favourites for the majority of the match and it was only late in the fourth quarter that the Hawks were able to kick away and post a margin that probably didn’t reflect the closeness of the contest.

  • The Lions have won three of their last four matches against the Blues, including a last start win in Melbourne.
  • Three of the last four matches between these teams have been decided by 1-24 points.
  • Carlton has won five of their last eight against Brisbane.
  • - The Blues have registered 100+ points in five of their last 10 games against the Lions, while Brisbane has three in the same period.

Key changes:

Nick Graham and Ciaran Byrne are the ins for the Blues while the Lions' big addition for this match is in the form skipper Tom Rockliff.


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RESULTS

Carlton (102) def. Brisbane (64)



GEELONG v GWS

Saturday, June 4, 4:35 pm (AEST) @ Simmonds Stadium, Geelong

For consecutive weeks now, the Cats have been upset by underdogs Collingwood and Carlton but both of those matches were played away from Geelong. Despite those hiccups against inferior opponents, Geelong is the equal second favourite to secure its first premiership since 2011. In what shapes as the match of the round, the Cats have been installed as the early favourites to post their first win over GWS this season after they fell in a heap in the teams’ last meeting in round two.

The Giants are without question, the story of the year as far as the AFL is concerned. They have come from a team that regularly copped 100+ point floggings for a few seasons, to a team that is now one of the competition’s genuine flag contenders. The Giants sit in fourth position on the ladder and victory over Geelong will reaffirm their status as a premiership force after last week’s loss to the Crows in Adelaide.

  • In their last match this year, the Giants recorded their first ever win over the Cats.
  • Geelong has won four of their five matches against GWS.
  • The Giants have never scored 100+ points versus Geelong, while the Cats have hit triple figures twice.
  • In Geelong’s only home game against GWS, they won by more than 60 points.

Key changes:

On the back of two losses, Geelong has added Lincoln McCarthy, Daniel Menzel and Tom Ruggles. GWS' two new faces are Phil Davis and Matt Buntine.


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RESULTS

Geelong (98) def. GWS (88)



GOLD COAST v SYDNEY

Saturday, June 4, 7:25 pm (AEST) @ Metricon Stadium

After an extremely promising start to the year that featured three consecutive wins, the Gold Coast club has fallen in a heap to regularly lose matches by whopping margins, including a 120-point loss to Geelong back in April. Last week wasn’t much better when the Suns travelled west to Perth to take on the Eagles at Domain Stadium; they were beaten, once again, by more than 70 points but in a positive sign for the club they do have more troops back from injury including skipper Gary Ablett.

Last week the Swans were able to do what no other AFL club has been able to do in 2016 – beat the previously undefeated North Melbourne Kangaroos. Led by the brilliant Buddy Franklin, Sydney was clinical in its 26-point win with their star forward kicking three goals.

  • Sydney has won every game they have played against the Gold Coast.
  • In those six wins, five have been by 39+ points and one by 25+ points..
  • The Suns have never reached triple figures against Sydney, while the Swans have scored 100+ points in five of their six wins.
  • Gold Coast has lost all four of its home games versus Sydney.

Key changes:

The Suns have made mass changes, drafting in Kade Kolodjashnij, Callum Ah Chee, Matt Rosa, Alex Sexton, Touk Miller and Jesse Joyce to their squad. Sydney is unchanged after last week's victory over the ladder-leading Kangaroos.


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RESULTS

Sydney (79) def. Gold Coast (41)



FREMANTLE v ESSENDON

Saturday, June 4, 7:40 pm (AEST) @ Domain Stadium

This match could potentially decide which team collects the wooden spoon at the end of the year. The Dockers sit in stone cold last position with zero wins and twice as many losses as they suffered last season when they clinched the minor premiership. Last week against St Kilda, the Dockers improved slightly upon previous weeks but the 34-point loss was their 10th from as many games in 2016; a very worrying sign for coach Ross Lyon, who has been accused of putting the cue in the rack this year.

If Freo is to register only one win this year, you’d think it would have to be against the extremely undermanned and understrength Bombers in Perth. Essendon has been pretty ordinary in 2016, winning just one match against the Demons in Melbourne. Last week they buckled to the Tigers by 38 points.

  • Fremantle has won five of their last seven against the Bombers.
  • The Dockers’ last six wins over Essendon have been by more than 25 points.
  • Freo has scored 100+ points against the Dons in four of their last 10 matches, while the Bombers have reached triple figures twice in the same period.
  • Three of Essendon’s last four wins over Fremantle have been by 1-24 points.

Key changes:

David Mundy, Darcy Tucker and Michael Apeness have been included for Freo, while the Bombers have added Jackson Merrett, Will Hams and Matthew Leuenberger to their squad.


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RESULTS

Fremantle (126) def. Essendon (47)



COLLINGWOOD v PORT ADELAIDE

Sunday, June 5, 1:10 pm (AEST) @ MCG

Collingwood has had an extremely topsy-turvy start to the year, with four wins and six losses from their 10 matches. The highlight from those wins came a fortnight ago when they disposed of the Cats at the MCG. In that match, the Pies blew Geelong off the park with a quarter-time lead of 41 points, and despite the Cats winning the next three quarters, Collingwood still posted a comfortable victory over one of the flag favourites.

Like the Pies, the Power has endured an up and down season but they appear to be back on track after last week’s 45-point win over a much-improved Demons. Port has been afflicted with injury and suspension throughout much of the year but with star midfielder Robbie Gray back on deck, they are a team that can make a statement heading into the finals.

  • Port has won three of their last four against Collingwood.
  • The Pies have won seven of their last 10 matches against the Power.
  • Four of the last five matches have been decided by 1-24 points.
  • Port has not scored 100+ points against the Magpies in their last 10 matches, while Collingwood has five in the same period.

Key changes:

With injuries affecting the Pies, they have called Ben Sinclair, Travis Cloke, Brent Macaffer, Jarrod Witts, Jonathon Marsh and Matthew Goodyear into an extended squad. Port has also named an extended squad, drafting in Logan Austin, Matthew Broadbent, Alipate Carlile and Brendon Ah Chee.


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RESULTS

Port Adelaide (125) def. Collingwood (58)



WESTERN BULLDOGS v WEST COAST

Sunday, June 5, 3:20 pm (AEST) @ Etihad Stadium

The Bulldogs and Eagles are two of the more fancied contenders to take home the 2016 premiership and with a place in the top four potentially on the line; they will be as keen as ever to register victory. The Bulldogs are coming off an important 21-point win over Collingwood that cemented their position inside the top eight. That was the Dogs’ seventh win of the season to have them outside the top four on percentages in sixth place after 10 rounds.

West Coast put their away demons to bed when they beat the Power in Adelaide a fortnight ago but this match shapes as probably even more critical because West Coast is yet to win in Victoria this year. Last week the Eagles were at their ruthless and clinical best against the Suns at Domain Stadium, heaping more misery on the Gold Coast club that went down by 70+ points yet again.

  • The Eagles have won seven of their last 10 matches against the Bulldogs.
  • Five of those seven victories have been by 39+ points.
  • West Coast has won three of their last five matches against the Bulldogs in Melbourne, but has lost its last two.
  • West Coast has not won in Victoria since round 16 last year.

Key changes:

Mitch Honeychurch, Will Minson and Bailey Williams were named in an extended Western Bulldogs squad. West Coast has added Elliot Yeo, Andrew Gaff and Kane Lucas in what will be Josh Hill's 150th match.


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RESULTS

Western Bulldogs (83) def. West Coast (75)



ADELAIDE v ST KILDA

Sunday, June 5, 4:40 pm (AEST) @ Adelaide Oval

The Crows made their way back into the top eight after bringing the Giants’ six match unbeaten run to an end at the Adelaide Oval. After that win over GWS, the Crows would be full of confidence considering how the Giants have been travelling. In that match, the irrepressible Eddie Betts staked a claim for goal of the year after an insane piece of skill only Betts would be capable of in the AFL’s Indigenous Round.

St Kilda inflicted Fremantle’s 10th consecutive loss on the weekend and at the same time registered their fifth win of the season. The Saints were actually down heading into the fourth quarter but a late flurry of goals consigned the battling Dockers to yet another loss in what has been a miserable season.

  • The Crows have won seven of their last eight against the Saints, including their last five.
  • Adelaide’s last four wins over St Kilda have been by 39+ points.
  • The Crows have reached 100+ points in four of their last five matches against the Saints, while St Kilda has scored triple figures in four of their last 10.
  • Adelaide’s third worst loss (100 points) was against St Kilda in 1991.

Key changes:

David Mackay, Rory Laird and Matt Crouch have been added to a winning Adelaide side, while the Saints have included Hugh Goddard, Tom Lee, Jack Billings and Jimmy Webster with Sam Fisher absent as a result of a hamstring injury.


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RESULTS

Adelaide (133) def. St Kilda (45)