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AFL live: Demons play Tigers in MCG blockbuster, Dockers face Kangaroos behind closed doors in Perth


Unbeaten Melbourne meets Richmond at the MCG, while Fremantle hosts the Kangaroos in an empty stadium during Perth’s lockdown.

Earlier, the Brisbane Lions downed Carlton by three goals, Geelong thumped West Coast by 97 points, and Gold Coast defeated the Sydney Swans. 

Follow the live scores, stats and results in today’s matches below.

Demons vs Tigers

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Dockers vs Kangaroos

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Wounded Lions hold off Blues

Dayne Zorko gets a handball away for the Lions.(

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Brisbane has pushed past a plethora of injury scares and a six-goal haul from Carlton’s Harry McKay to beat the Blues by 18 points for their second win on the bounce.

The Lions lost Darcy Gardiner to concussion in the first term, while Lachie Neale (ankle), Mitch Robinson (eye), Dan McStay (head knock) and Harris Andrews (head knock) all had treatment throughout Saturday evening’s clash at Docklands.

Hugh McCluggage’s class stood out in his 33 disposals and Eric Hipwood pushed past an early hip complaint to kick three goals as the Lions shrugged off the Blues to prevail 15.13 (103) to 12.13 (85).

Sam Walsh (33 disposals) was again brilliant for the Blues and McKay thrashed Brisbane vice-captain Harris Andrews.

Carlton got off to a bright start, drawing first blood when Patrick Cripps slipped a handball to Mitch McGovern, who prodded home from just inside 50.

Brisbane managed to remain within touching distance at quarter-time despite its wastefulness, while Neale went down holding his ankle late in the quarter after getting it caught underneath his body.

The Brownlow medallist looked proppy early in the second quarter but was able to run off the injury and play out the game.

Neale could also be cited for making contact with umpire Matthew Nicholls when he touched the official on the arm to get his attention after having his eyebrow split open in the second quarter.

After quarter-time, the Lions exploded and looked set to leave a listless Carlton in their wake.

Deven Robertson steered through his first AFL goal on the run to put the Lions in front, while Hipwood kicked three for the quarter.

Despite their dominance, the Lions led by just 26 points at half-time, keeping the door open for the Blues and McKay almost busted it down.

The key forward, with heavy strapping around his thigh, took two big contested marks and booted three goals to spark the Blues at the start of the third term with Carlton cutting the deficit to seven points.

But the Blues were unable to maintain the rage, with Cripps and Eddie Betts both wasteful in front of goal, while Brisbane’s late surge nudged the three-quarter time margin back out to 25 points.

From there, the Lions kept Carlton at arm’s length.

Cats smash flat Eagles

A Geelong AFL player attempts to mark the ball with his left hand in front of a West Coast opponent.
Geelong’s star recruit Jeremy Cameron had a Cats debut to remember with the convincing win.(

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Geelong destroyed a listless West Coast in Jeremy Cameron’s first AFL match for the Cats.

Trailing by five points at quarter-time, Geelong caught fire to kick 13 consecutive goals — including 10.1 to 0.1 in the second term — to embarrass the Eagles at Kardinia Park.

The Cats piled on 20 of the last 22 goals to run out 21.10 (136) to 5.9 (39) winners and inflict Adam Simpson with his heaviest defeat in eight seasons as Eagles coach.

It was the Eagles’ worst loss since 2009.

During the first five rounds, the Cats showed none of the spark that took them to last year’s grand final.

But the dismantling of a fellow finals contender is guaranteed to put the rest of the competition on notice.

Without superstar Patrick Dangerfield for up to two months, former GWS ace Cameron made a welcome appearance after a series of hamstring issues kept him on the sidelines since his high-profile arrival at Geelong during the off-season.

Cameron, like the rest of his team, looked flat early, but came alive with two goals in the second quarter to earn a standing ovation from the Geelong faithful.

The nine-time Giants leading goal kicker combined seamlessly with fellow key forward Tom Hawkins, who presented Cameron with his jumper before the match, as both players booted three goals each.

Midfielder Mitch Duncan kicked a career-high four goals, including bombing a torpedo through from beyond 50 metres after the half-time siren.

Geelong’s only concern from the percentage-boosting result was a late leg injury to hardworking Irishman Mark O’Connor.

The Eagles’ horror day worsened when star defender Jeremy McGovern was subbed out of the game with a groin injury.

Their preparation was impacted with all players having to be tested for COVID-19 due to Perth entering a snap three-day lockdown.

West Coast slipped to a 3-3 record, having lost all three games on the road this season.

Suns make statement with win over Swans

A Gold Coast Suns AFL player pumps his right fist as he celebrates a goal against the Sydney Swans.
Ben Ainsworth was among the Suns’ goal kickers with three majors in the massive win over the Swans.(

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A week after being humiliated by the Western Bulldogs, Gold Coast has responded brilliantly to stun Sydney with a 40-point win in Carrara.

The Suns, who conceded 11 goals to one last week in the first half, were a different proposition against the Swans, winning 15.10 (100) to 9.6 (60).

Ben King kicked a personal-best five goals for the hosts in one of the strongest games of the 20-year-old key forward’s short career.

Ben Ainsworth (three), Izak Rankine and Josh Corbett (two each) were the other multiple goalkickers for the Suns.

Midfielder Touk Miller was everywhere for the Suns, particularly early as he claimed 16 disposals in the first quarter on his way to a tally of 36 for the game.

Noah Anderson finished with 34 disposals, while Nick Holman’s 13 tackles were an indication of the pressure brought throughout by the Suns.

The Swans omitted young forward Logan McDonald and were missing Lance Franklin (knee) and it showed as they managed just one goal in each of the second and third quarters.

The Suns set the tone for the day in a first quarter where their high-pressure game forced the Swans into several errors, with Holman’s goal on the siren giving his team a seven-point advantage.

Gold Coast kicked four goals to one in the second term to open its advantage to 22 points at the main break.

Sydney’s woes were compounded with George Hewett subbed out after a head clash in the first quarter, while Nick Blakey was left sore after copping a knee from Charlie Ballard to his thigh.

Blakey returned in the second term to the Swans’ forward line.

The Suns continued the rout in the third quarter, with King having a day out as his side added a further five goals to one to be 49 points clear at the final change.

Josh Kennedy had a game-high 41 disposals as he ran himself into the ground despite the Swans’ being second-best, while Hayden McLean was the visitors’ only multiple goal kicker with two majors.

The big win is just Gold Coast’s second of the year. Sydney has now slumped to back-to-back defeats after winning its first four matches of the season.

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