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Fremantle defender Luke McPharlin is adamant the AFL club doesn’t have a culture issue, but admits a minority of the player group needs to clean up their act.

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Lemon’s winners and losers, AFL Round 5

Geelong may have been the biggest winner of Round 5, but they beat Hawthorn who didn’t lose much at all. Richmond mostly lost despite a win, Essendon purely lost, while Carlton won and lost at the same time.

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Carlton showed on Sunday how well they can win without Chris Judd; now it’s a skill the AFL club must master if they wish to clamber up the ladder.

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The AFL plans to introduce goal-line cameras in the second half of the season after another round of score review bungles.

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Brian Lake is one of few men capable of matching Tom Hawkins pound for pound but Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has no qualms about leaving the defender in the VFL.

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Hawks and Cats continue a modern-day AFL rivalry

Rivalries are what makes footy – any footy, any code, anywhere – so wonderfully good.

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Poorly prepared and unable to get things going at any point, Essendon’s third loss of the AFL season was their worst.

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Dynamic Patrick Dangerfield kicked five goals in Adelaide’s 65-point trouncing of Greater Western Sydney in Sunday’s AFL match at Adelaide Oval.

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The Gold Coast Suns have chalked up their third win of the AFL season with an unconvincing and uninspiring eight-point win over Melbourne.

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Chris Judd was injured but Carlton posted their first win of the AFL season on Sunday, downing Western Bulldogs by 28 points in a brilliant exhibition of free-flowing football.

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Guts and determination; two words you would never use to describe the 2014 edition of Carlton until Sunday night.

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Collingwood’s 108kg wrecking ball, Travis Cloke, is back in town and has torn North Melbourne’s defence apart at the MCG.

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North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has defended Drew Petrie after the key forward was held goal-less in a 35-point loss to Collingwood at the MCG.

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Nick Riewoldt ran Michael Hurley ragged to lead St Kilda to an upset 16-point AFL win over Essendon on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium.

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Port Adelaide strengthened their claims for a top-four finish with a dogged 14-point win over West Coast in Saturday night’s AFL clash at Patersons Stadium.

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Fremantle coach Ross Lyon insists he hasn’t lost patience with Josh Simpson, despite declaring the young Dockers midfielder had dropped his bundle by not catching the team’s flight to Sydney. Simpson was named as a travelling emergency for Saturday’s SCG clash with the Swans, but didn’t turn up at the airport when the team departed […]

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Jarrad McVeigh, Dan Hannebery and Lance Franklin of the Swans celebrate a goal during the 2014 AFL round 03 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Sydney Swans at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide on April 05, 2014. (Photo: James Elsby/AFL Media)

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A composite image of David Gallop CEO of Football Federation Australia (FFA) (top left), Andrew Demetriou, CEO of the Australian Football League (AFL) (top right), David Smith, CEO of the National Rugby League (NRL)(bottom left) and Bill Pulver, CEO of the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) (bottom right). AAP Image/Lukas Coch

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Adam Cooney of the Western Bulldogs clears the ball against the Kangaroos at TIO Stadium in Darwin. They're the only two Melbourne teams without an annual blockbuster match. (Source: AFL)

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Brisbane Lions player Tom Rockliff takes on Richmond's Brandon Ellis and Andrew Browne at the Gabba. (Photo: Patrick Hamilton/AFL Media)

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Collingwood President Eddie McGuire

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ANZAC Day triple-header preview

By mastermind5991, Today

It’s the most important day on the AFL calendar. With Anzac Day this year falling on a Friday, the stage is set for what should be a blockbuster triple-header with three matches to be played across three different time zones.

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AFL Round 5 review

By Sean Mortell, Today

Another round completed in the Australian Football League, with the footballers taking us on a wild rollercoaster ride.

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Master meets apprentice on the big stage

By mastermind5991, Today

While the ANZAC Day triple-header will highlight Round 6 of the AFL season, one match that will be worth watching is the Saturday night showdown between Melbourne and the Sydney Swans.

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Was trading Josh Kelly a mistake?

By Jackson Clark, Today
Was trading Josh Kelly a mistake?

The Demons’ decision to trade away the most highly-rated midfielder of last year’s draft has been widely criticised.

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Time to appreciate Stevie Johnson

By Joel Clarke, Today

It has become fact that Gary Ablett Jr is the best midfielder in the competition and arguably the best player. His peers say it, experts say it and stats say that no one can lay claims to being better than the little master.

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What we learnt from Round 5 of the AFL season

Five rounds of the AFL season have now passed and as expected, both the Geelong Cats and Hawthorn the key contenders for the flag. Their Easter Monday clash was a thriller, the modern-day rivals battling it out for more than two-and-a-half hours.

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How to create a losing culture

By James Jenkin, 22 Apr 2014
How to create a losing culture

You may have been excused for spitting out your teeth in your tea at the start of the year when Gold Coast Suns Chairman made claim to making the final eight in 2014 and a premiership by 2015.

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Richardson has young Saints on the rise

By Tony Loedi, 22 Apr 2014
Richardson has young Saints on the rise

Many experts tipped St Kilda to win the wooden spoon at the beginning of the 2014 AFL season, but after their victory over Essendon that now appears highly unlikely.

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A footy fan’s away day experience

By mds1970, 22 Apr 2014

Travelling interstate to watch your team is always an enjoyable, but sometimes challenging experience.

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Geelong remain the only undefeated team in the competition after edging arch-rivals Hawthorn in a tight, finals-like contest.

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[VIDEO] Geelong Cats vs Hawthorn Hawks: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

The only two undefeated teams are set to meet in an Easter Monday blockbuster when the Geelong Cats host bitter rivals the Hawthorn Hawks at the MCG. Join The Roar for live scores coverage from 3:20pm (AEST).

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Subdued Suns stumble past Demons

By Tracey Winning, 21 Apr 2014 Video New author!
Subdued Suns stumble past Demons

Gold Coast Suns have lost their lustre over the last couple of weeks. Their eight-point win over the Melbourne Demons should have been closer to a belting.

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Western Bulldogs vs Carlton Blues: AFL live scores, blog

The Western Bulldogs host the Carlton Blues at Etihad Stadium this evening, with the winless Blues looking to post their first victory of the year. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 4:40pm AEST.

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[VIDEO] Melbourne Demons vs Gold Coast Suns: AFL live scores, highlights

The Melbourne Demons will enter their Sunday afternoon clash with the Gold Coast Suns high on the confidence they earned in their 23-point win over the Blues last weekend. Join The Roar for live scores from 3:20pm (AEST).

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[VIDEO] Adelaide Crows vs Greater Western Sydney Giants: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

The Adelaide Crows host the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Adelaide Oval, the home side searching for their first win at the newly-renovated stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 1:10pm AEST.

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West Coast vs Port Adelaide: AFL live scores, blog

West Coast will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 75-point loss to Geelong last week when they host a red hot Port Adelaide in their top-four clash this week. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog from 7:40pm (AEST).

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Nick Riewoldt of St Kilda

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Michael Walters of Fremantle celebrates a goal during the 2013 Toyota Grand Final match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Fremantle Dockers at the MCG, Melbourne on September 28, 2013. (Photo: Sean Garnsworthy/AFL Media)

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Travis Cloke of the Collingwood Magpies. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)

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Melbourne coach Paul Roos

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tefan Martin, Jonathan Brown and Tom Rockliff of the Lions celebrate after the 2013 NAB Grand Final match between the Carlton Blues and the Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)

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Mitch Clark addresses the media during a Melbourne Demons press conference announcing his signing to the Demons at AAMI Park, Melbourne. Slattery Images

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Carlton's Chris Judd is swamped by a number of Port Adelaide Power tacklers (Photo: Andrew White/AFL Media).

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Gary Ablett celebrates winning the 2013 Brownlow Medal from Joel Selwood and Dane Swan (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media).

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Paul Chapman of the Bombers

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