Collingwood got their pre-season off to a confidence-boosting start with a comprehensive 62-point
win over West Coast at Subiaco Oval. The Magpies brought close to a full-strength team over to
Subiaco while West Coast had several top-line players out; but the one-sided nature of the contest
underlined Collingwood's dominance around the ground. With 33 scoring shots to 18, if pre-season
form is any indication then the Magpies look primed for a big performance in 2009.
Collingwood        0.5.2        1.8.8        1.12.14        1.15.17 (116)
West Coast         1.1.3        1.2.4          2.3.7               3.3.9 (54)
Nine-Point Goals : Collingwood -
M Clarke. West Coast - P McGinnity, D Kerr, B McKinley.
Goals : Collingwood - T Cloke 4, T Lockyer 3, J Anthony, L Davis, B Johnson 2, A Didak, C Wood. West
Coast -
B Staker 2, C Cox.
Best : Collingwood - T Lockyer, A Didak, S Pendlebury, T Cloke, H Shaw, H O'Brien. West Coast - M
Nicoski, D Kerr, C Masten, T Swift, M Priddis.
Injuries : West Coast - E Mackenzie (shoulder), P McGinnity (broken jaw)
Reports - Nil. Umpires - Donlon, Kennedy, Margetts, Schmitt
Crowd - 22,819 at Subiaco Oval.

A huge crowd came to Telstra Dome for Essendon's match against the Western Bulldogs, with
proceeds from the game going to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal. And they were to witness a thriller,
with the lead changing hands through an even first half before Essendon made a break in the third
term. Early in the last, the Bomber lead extended to 18 points, but the Bulldogs weren't done yet and
came storming home to hit the lead. But despite a few lost opportunities, when Adam McPhee and
Matthew Lloyd missed shots from close range, the Bombers steadied; with a long-range shot by
McPhee sailing through for a point to give the Bombers a one-point lead with just seconds remaining -
just enough to send them through to the second round.
Essendon                          0.2.3        0.5.4        1.7.8        1.8.13 (70)
Western Bulldogs           1.1.2        1.3.7        1.5.9        1.8.12 (69)
Nine-point goals : Essendon -
J Atkinson. Bulldogs - J Grant.
Goals : Essendon - L Jetta 2, J Neagle 2, H Skipworth 2, B Houli, N Gumbleton. Bulldogs - B Johnson
4, C Ward, B Stack, W Skipper, N Eagleton.
Best : Essendon - J Watson, A Lovett, C Dempsey, H Skipworth, D Hille, B Houli, J Neagle, J Nash.
Bulldogs - B Johnson, D Cross, M Boyd, S Higgins, B Hudson, L Gilbee, J Harbrow, D Morris.
Injuries - Nil.
Reports - Nil. Umpires - Keating, Wenn, Hendrie
Crowd - 35,123 at Telstra Dome.
A second quarter super-goal by Josh Drummond was the difference between Brisbane and St Kilda
in their Saturday night clash at Carrara. Coached for the first time by Michael Voss, the Lions made
a break in the second quarter, with Drummond's super goal plus four goals while holding the
Saints to just 2 points for the quarter. Early in the third term the margin was out to 46 points, but St
Kilda finished the stronger, a run of 4 unanswered goals in the third term putting the match back
within striking distance, and another surge in the last term cutting the margin back to that super
goal before the Lions were saved by the bell.
Brisbane            0.2.3        1.6.6        1.8.6        1.8.8 (65)
St Kilda               0.1.3        0.1.5        0.5.7        0.8.8 (56)
Nine-Point Goals : Brisbane -
J Drummond.
Goals: Brisbane - S Harding 3, T Notting, J Sherman, T Cornelius, R Hooper, M Clark. St Kilda - S
Milne 2, B Goddard 2, J Geary, R Clarke, J Steven, B McEvoy.
Best : Brisbane - T Johnstone, J Brennan, S Harding, B Dalziell, J Drummond. St Kilda - B
Goddard, N Dal Santo, J Geary, L Ball, R Clarke.
Injuries : St Kilda - R Eddy (knee).
Reports - Nil. Umpires - Stevic, S Ryan, Pannell, B Ryan
Crowd - 6,103 at Gold Coast Stadium.

Kicking 5 super goals to 1, Fremantle would be wondering how they managed to lose their match
against Richmond at Subiaco Oval. The Dockers led by 23 points at one stage in the third term, but
a run of 7 unanswered goals saw Richmond take a 16-point lead during the last term. But this was
a game of wildly fluctuating fortunes, with the Dockers again hitting the lead before some late
heroics from veteran Tiger forward Matthew Richardson, kicking the Tigers' only super goal with just
a minute left on the clock before moving to the back line to take a game-saving mark.
Richmond          1.1.5        1.3.5        1.8.5        1.12.8 (89)
Fremantle          2.3.2        3.4.4        3.4.8        5.5.11 (86)
Nine-point goals : Richmond -
M Richardson.  Fremantle - A Browne, B Schammer, D Solomon, G
Ibbotson, S Hill.
Goals : Richmond - M Morton 3, N Brown 3; J Riewoldt 2, M Richardson 2; C Hughes, R Nahas.
Fremantle -
A  Grover, K Bradley, M De Boer, R Murphy, S Dodd.
Best : Richmond - M Richardson, B Deledio, N Foley, J Riewoldt, N Brown, D Jackson. Fremantle -
R Hayden, D Solomon, D Mundy, S Hill, M DeBoer, A Browne, A Sandilands
Injuries - Nil.
Reports - Nil. Umpires - S McBurney, S Meredith, J Dalgleish, G Statham.
Crowd - 14,517 at Subiaco Oval.

The current decade has been the worst in the history of the Carlton Football Club, but the Blues
have expressed a determination through the pre-season to put their recent woes behind them and
return to their glory days in 2009. And in their first pre-season game the Blues showed they meant
business with a convincing 53-point demolition of North Melbourne. Brendan Fevola, after his
99-goal haul last season, kick-started the Blues run with a goal in the opening minute of the game;
his effort from outside the 50m line not long afterwards building up a handy buffer and ensuring the
Kangaroos would always be behind on the scoresheet. Chris Judd was best on groung, while
Fevola and Gibbs were also prominent in a star-studded day for the Blues.
Carlton                        1.2.3        1.8.6        1.14.10        1.17.12 (123)
North Melbourne       0.2.1        0.5.3          0.7.3             0.11.4 (70)
Nine Point Goals : Carlton -
B Fevola.
Goals : Carlton - B Fevola 5, C Cloke 2, J Garlett 2, M Murphy, C Judd, C Johnson, E Betts, R
Houlihan, S Wiggins, G Bentley, C Simpson.
North Melbourne - D Hale 3, D Wells 2, J Ziebell 2, B
Harvey, J Gibson, L Thomas, E Lower.
Best : Carlton - C Judd, B Fevola, C Simpson, B Gibbs, S Grigg, M Murphy, G Bentley, A Joseph, J
North Melbourne - D Wells, D Hale, D Harding, J Ziebell.
Injuries : Carlton - C Yarran (ankle). North Melbourne - D Pratt (ribs)
Reports - Nil. Umpires - Jeffery, Kennedy, Findlay, Bowen.
Crowd - 24,187 at Telstra Dome.

Playing with a determination and flair rarely seen during their disastrous 2008, Melbourne looked
set for a boilover when they led reigning premiers Hawthorn by 33 points early in the last quarter.
With 10 premiership players from last season out of the Hawthorn side, the Demons capitalised
with a display that belied the difference in form between the sides. Brad Green and Brock McLean in
particular were in sizzling touch. But somehow the Hawks got back into the contest, hitting another
gear in the final quarter to hold the Demons to a solitary point while kicking 6 goals. Jarryd
Roughead was best on ground with 5 goals, while Sam Mitchell and Stuart Dew were also
prominent for the Hawks.
Hawthorn                      0.4.0        0.5.1        0.5.2        0.11.3 (69)
Melbourne                    0.4.5        0.5.6        1.8.8          1.8.9 (66)
Nine-point goals : Hawthorn -
Nil. Melbourne - Bartram.
Goals : Hawthorn - J Roughead 5, C Stokes 2, M Williams 2, J Morton, S Dew. Melbourne - M Bate
4, B Green, C Bartram, P Johnson, B McLean.
Best : Hawthorn - J Roughead, S Mitchell, S Dew, B Sewell, C Young, M Suckling. Melbourne - B
Green, M Bate, B McLean, C Morton.
Injuries : Hawthorn - M Osborne (knee), C Bateman (ankle). Melbourne - A Wonaeamirri
(hamstring), J McDonald (leg).
Reports : Hawthorn - C Young for rough contact on A Davey in the first quarter. Melbourne - P
Johnson for striking S Mitchell in the first quarter
Crowd - 8,122 at Aurora Stadium, Launceston.

Only a small crowd of just over 10,000 was on hand at Telstra Dome for the Geelong v Adelaide
game, and they witnessed the Cats taking their first step towards righting the shock of the 2008
grand final when they defeated Adelaide by 35 points. The Cats jumped Adelaide early, by once they
had run to a 37-point lead by half-time they were happy to sit on that margin for the remainder of the
game. Gary Ablett was sensational, a highlight being a booming super goal, while Matthew Stokes
and Brownlow medallist Jimmy Bartel also had solid games for the Cats.
Geelong                           1.5.3        1.11.4        1.15.5        1.17.8 (119)
Adelaide                          1.1.2         1.5.3           1.7.6          2.9.12 (84)
Nine-point goals : Geelong -
G Ablett. Adelaide - I Maric, N Gill.
Goals : Geelong - R Gamble 4, M Stokes 3, T Lonergan 3, G Ablett 3, J Selwood, P Chapman, S
Hogan, T Varcoe.
Adelaide - T Edwards 2, S Stevens 2, T Hentschel, A McLeod, A Otten, S
Thompson, T Walker.
Best : Geelong - G Ablett, R Gamble, M Stokes, J Bartel, J Selwood, H Taylor, M Blake. Adelaide - S
Goodwin, N Bock, S Stevens, C Knights, T Edwards.
Injuries : Geelong - Nil. Adelaide - T Walker (corked knee)
Reports - Nil. Umpires - McCarthy, Hay, Wenn, Avon
Crowd - 10,320 at Telstra Dome.

It's easy to forget that Port Adelaide were in a grand final just two seasons ago, but the Power
showed some signs of rediscovering their best touch while ensuring the Swans' winless run in the
NAB Cup would run to 7 seasons with a comprehensive 65-point victory at Manuka Oval. An early
super-goal by Craig Bolton gave the Swans a good start, but once the Power settled into their
rhythm they were unstoppable. Westhoff kicked 4 and Tredrea 3 for the Power, while the run of
Danyle Pearce and Daniel Motlop excited the small crowd and sent hope that Port Adelaide may be
on track towards putting their 2008 woes behind them.
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Port Adelaide                  1.3.2        3.8.6        4.11.8        4.16.11 (143)
Sydney                              1.1.3        1.3.6         1.7.7           1.10.9  (78)
Nine Point Goals : Port Adelaide -
D Pearce, D Meyer, T Logan, B Lade. Sydney - C Bolton.
Goals : Port Adelaide - J Westhoff 4, W Tredrea 3, W Thompson 3, D. Motlop 2, C Cornes, B Ebert,
D Cassisi, J Davenport.
Sydney - J McVeigh 4, M O'Dwyer, A Goodes, J Bolton, R O'Keefe, D Jolly, J
Best : Port Adelaide - D Cassisi, W Tredrea, D Motlop, W Thompson, D Pearce, T Boak, J Westhoff.
Sydney - R Shaw, R O'Keefe, J McVeigh, B Kirk.
Injuries : Port Adelaide - Nil. Sydney - R Brabazon (concussion)
Reports : Port Adelaide - D Motlop for charging J White in the first quarter.
Umpires - Chamberlain, Nicholls, Gestier, Jennings
Crowd - 5,397 at Manuka Oval.
Thursday 26th February
Collingwood v Richmond (Telstra Dome, 7:40pm)
Friday 27th February
Essendon v Brisbane (Telstra Dome, 7:40pm)
Saturday 28th February
Port Adelaide v Geelong (AAMI Stadium, 3:40pm)
Sunday 1st March
Carlton v Hawthorn (Telstra Dome, 4:40pm)

Friday 27th February
St Kilda v Western Bulldogs (Princes Park, 4:30pm)
Adelaide v West Coast (Alice Springs, 8:30pm)
Saturday 28th February
North Melbourne v Fremantle (Maunka Oval, 1:00pm)
Melbourne v Sydney (Princes Park, 1:00pm)

(All times shown are Sydney time)

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