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AFL Round 18 Wrap

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Highlights from this weekend's round

Essendon overruns Carlton for thrilling eight-point win at the MCG

Essendon scored a thrilling eight-point win in front of over 58,000 fans.

Essendon held a 10-point lead at the main break but the Blues led as late as the 24-minute mark of the final term before Cale Hooker put the Dons in front.

The result puts Essendon in the eight for the moment.

Essendon captain Dyson Heppell spoke to 3AW in the rooms.

He said he was happy that the group managed to stay composed in the final clinches.

“We’ve got a few things to iron out, but we’ll take the points,” he said.

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Collingwood beat North by nine goals amid heavy injury toll Collingwood won by nine goals but, in truth, it was a poor match.

Disposal efficiency was poor all night as the clanger count mounted.

Jarryd Blair finished with three majors for the victors, while Adam Treloar and Taylor Adams were typically prolific in midfield.

Jack Ziebell played a lone hand for North, booting five goals after injury forced him into a forward role.

Both sides suffered some notable injuries, including Ziebell (ribs), Ben Brown (head knock), Levy Greenwood (knee), and Tyson Goldsack (concussion.

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Richmond smashes Hawthorn to press Top 4 credentials

The Tigers will be playing finals in 2017!

Richmond smashed the Hawks from the get-go, running out winners by 29 points.

The Tigers are now two wins inside the Top 4.

Richmond legend Matthew Richardson said 2017 recruits Josh Caddy and Dion Prestia had their best games for the club.

Prestia told 3AW in the rooms it’s a lot different playing in Melbourne compared with the Gold Coast.

“It’s different worlds,” Prestia said.

“I’ve played in front of 80,000 a couple of times – that’s why you want to come back.”

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Joel Selwood suffers leg injury as Swans crush Cats Sydney has won by 46 points.

Tom Papley and Will Hayward each booted three goals, while Luke Parker finished with 23 disposals and 14 tackles.

The night went from bad to worse for the Cats with Joel Selwood’s game ending early with a left leg injury.

Doc Larkins said Joel Selwood will have scans on a “nasty” ankle injury.

“The medical staff will be looking at the medial or syndesmosis injury – so he’s got double trouble,” Doc said.

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