‘I can’t believe how far he’s fallen’

Live: AFL Sunday

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AFL Rd 20 - North Melbourne v Collingwood

Live: AFL Sunday

Welcome to AFL Sunday, our coverage of today’s games:

Melbourne 14.12 (96) defeated St Kilda 10.12 (72)

Hawthorn 18.8 (116) defeated North Melbourne 14.5 (89)

Port Adelaide 14.14 (98) defeated Collingwood 10.11 (71)

PORT Adelaide has shaken off Collingwood as the Magpies began a final quarter attack in an attempt to upset the Power at home.

Hawthorn took a strong win over North Melbourne, meaning a perfect finish to the regular season could see them make the eight.

Earlier in the day Melbourne defeated St Kilda, giving Dees fans hope of a rare final’s series as they rose into the top eight on the ladder.

7:10pm

Port send Collingwood packing

Port Adelaide have held off a spirited Collingwood for a precious 27-point victory to move within striking range of the AFL’s top four. The sixth-placed Power are a win shy of fourth place after their 14.14 (98) to 10.11 (71) Sunday twilight triumph at Adelaide Oval.

Collingwood’s finals prospects are officially over, an insurmountable 10 premiership points shy of eighth spot with two games remaining. Port’s vice-captain Ollie Wines will face scrutiny from the match review panel for a high bump on Tom Langdon.

Wines’ upper arm hit the head of Langdon, who fortunately for the Power midfielder wasn’t hurt, in an error-riddled opening quarter. Wines was prominent in Port’s valuable win, collecting 29 disposals and kicking a goal while teammates Robbie Gray (two goals), Chad Wingard (32 disposals), Brad Ebert (28 possessions) and Jasper Pittard (26 disposals) were influential. Collingwood’s Adam Treloar and Taylor Adams were their side’s chief ball- winners, both with 31 touches, Ben Reid kicked four goals, and Steele Sidebottom (27 disposals) and Jack Crisp (27 possessions) were lively.

Port, despite laying just two tackles in the first quarter, shaded the visitors early and held a 22-point halftime lead in a scrappy affair. And when the brilliant Gray slotted his second goal midway through the third quarter, the Power moved 34 points clear and were coasting.

But the plucky Pies launched an unheralded fightback, booting four goals in a seven-minute spree to sneak to within eight points.

Port responded to the crisis, scoring four of the next six goals to bank a 12th win of the season - the historical benchmark for reaching the finals. But the Power, with games against Western Bulldogs and Gold Coast to come, are only one win ahead of a chasing pack of three clubs.

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6pm

Hawthorn pull through in Hodge’s Tassie farewell

Retiring Hawthorn veteran Luke Hodge bid farewell to Tasmania in style in a 27-point AFL win over North Melbourne in Launceston on Sunday. Returning from suspension, the former skipper played his final game in the Apple Isle as Hawthorn recorded an 18.8 (116) to 14.5 (89) victory. Luke Bruest booted a game-high four goals, captain Jarryd Roughead kicked three and a host of other Hawks scored doubles.

Hawthorn held the lead all afternoon with the margin blowing out to 51 points midway through the third quarter.

But it wasn’t all smooth sailing.

The Kangaroos went into the final term with momentum on the back of five- straight goals which reduced the margin to 19 points.

Devonport junior Ben Brown was a standout up front for the Kangaroos with three goals.

But the Hawks rallied in the last quarter in front of a 14,509-strong crowd. Kangaroos lost captain Jack Ziebell before the match with a foot injury and were slow to start with Kayne Turner booting their first major in the 24th minute. Hawthorn ball magnet Tom Mitchell finished with a game-high 35 disposals.

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5:45pm

Power rocket ahead as Pies flop

Port Adelaide have taken a strong lead at the halftime break, blasting ahead of Collingwood with a flurry of goals in the second term.

The Pies suffered an early scare with star Will Hoskin-Elliott coming off the field to have medical staff look at his hip after getting crunched in a pile-on.

Collingwood aren’t giving fans much to cheer for with a number of errors seriously putting them behind. Josh Thomas has been particularly damaging to the team’s effort, giving away four free kicks in the first two terms.

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5:20pm

Pies put the pressure on

Collingwood has started applying pressure on the Power during their back-and-forth first quarter at the Adelaide Oval.

The Pies have been solid despite going into the second term seven points behind, dodging their way around the home side as the Power made just two tackles for the entire term.

A questionable hit from Ollie Wines on Tom Langdon could see the Power star in a bit of trouble.

The 22-year-old crashed into his opponent as he took a mark, angering Pies fans as Langdon hit the deck.

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Meanwhile, Hawthorn has continued its attack on North Melbourne, taking a 20-point lead going into the final quarter.

4:30pm

Cameron Ling: ‘I can’t believe how far he’s fallen’

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It’s been a rough few months for Todd Goldstein. Source: Getty Images

Todd Goldstein had a shocker against Hawthorn this afternoon as North Melbourne fell seriously behind at the halftime break.

The 29-year-old finished the first two terms with no marks, no kicks and just one handball.

AFL legend Cameron Ling took a swipe at the ruckman, who has been having a rough season with the Roos.

“I can’t believe how far Todd Goldstein has fallen,” he said on 3AW radio Sunday afternoon.

“He’s got no confidence at all,” Matthew Richardson replied.

Former Kangaroos star Nick Dal Santo said Goldstien should request a trade after being dropped for Majak Daw for a match last month.

“If you’re in the situation where you feel the club isn’t best suited for you — being Goldy doesn’t think that he’s best at North Melbourne — or that the club is actually offering him, so they don’t want him, then I think it’s worth looking at,” he said on Fox Sports.

4:20pm

Bizarre Melbourne fan turns heads at the ‘G

As mum always said, when in doubt, bring a cheese platter.

But to the footy? We’re not too sure about that.

This ambitious fan turned heads at the MCG during the Demons’ clash with the Saints with his cheese platter in the stands.

The man, donning what looks to be a Demons bucket hat, sat watching the game with his extravagant lunch option as onlookers took photos in awe.

Is this the most Melbourne thing ever?

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3.45pm

Melbourne crash St Kilda’s party

Melbourne have put a huge dent in St Kilda’s AFL finals hopes, clinging on for a 24-point victory in an MCG thriller on Sunday.

In a fierce battle between two sides desperate to remain in the hunt for a top- eight spot, the Demons dominated early and staved off the fast-finishing Saints for a 14.12 (96) to 10.12 (72) victory.

The Dees led by 40 points late in the second quarter and looked set to claim an easy win.

But the Saints — helped by Jack Steven’s eight disposals and three inside-50s — switched gears in the third term, cutting the margin to 10 points at the final break.

Tim Membrey brought the Saints within a goal when he slotted his second major early in the fourth quarter.

But Melbourne found a response through Mitch Hannan, who stepped up with the game on the line after a quiet start.

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It was a painful day for the Saints. Source: AAP

The young forward steadied his teammates’ nerves with a sweetly-placed set shot, then moments later took a strong contested mark and kicked truly to put the result beyond doubt.

The result lifts Melbourne into seventh spot on the ladder, with 11th-placed St Kilda a win behind eight-placed West Coast with two matches remaining against North Melbourne and Richmond.

It was one-way traffic early with the Dees cruising to a five-goal lead at quarter-time.

With no Jesse Hogan or Jack Watts, and Tom McDonald starting in the backline, small forward James Harmes did the damage, slotting three majors in the first quarter.

Melbourne’s slick ball movement and ability to transition from the backline at high speed was in stark contrast to the fumbling Saints, who coughed up multiple goals from turnovers.

Ruckman Max Gawn had a rare off day, being well beaten by Saints counterpart Billy Longer, but Nathan Jones (35 disposals) and Clayton Oliver controlled the midfield battle.

The Saints lost prime mover Koby Stevens to concussion after a first-quarter collision with Demons midfielder Angus Brayshaw.

Brayshaw was outstanding in just his third game for the season, having spent a prolonged break on the sidelines after suffering his fourth concussion in the space of 12 months.

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2.15pm

Warnie ‘embarrassed, hurt’ by ‘pathetic display’

Proud St Kilda fan Shane Warne was let down badly by his team as they continued to suffer against Melbourne.

The Dees led 54-14 at one stage early in the second before the Saints staged a mini-revival, kicking two goals late in the term to reduce the deficit to 26 points. But when Cameron Pedersen booted his second goal of the afternoon after the halftime siren, the score stood at 9.6 (60) to 4.4 (28).

Warne was clearly filthy with St Kilda.

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The Aussie cricket legend also teed off in the first quarter.

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