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It`s been a big weekend of footy with plenty of upsets. Check out the updated ladder and all the weekend`s results. Full match reports on wins by the Dockers and the Demons, plus all other matches covered in our news home. In other breaking footy news, Dogs on tender hooks over Grant, Northey optimistic after another Lion kill and case of history repeating itself for Blight in wake of Showdown III. Also check out the features on Wayne Schwass and rookie James McDonald. Don`t forget to check out our Player of the Week and Match of the Week for round 5.


Crows overpowered as Port take control in the storm
Peter Krupka
The Australian
Monday, April 20, 1998


Port Adelaide 11.7 73 Adelaide Crows 8.16 64 IT was a familiar feeling for Adelaide Crows coach Malcolm Blight, who knew he would be forced to draw parallels between games a year apart when his side was beaten by Port Adelaide yesterday in a virtual replay of the city`s first Australian Football League derby.

The nine-point defeat in teeming rain at Football Park was a two-point improvement on the Crows first humbling defeat at the hands of the rookies, but, like last year, Port could not care and celebrated the fourth-round win as if it were victory in a grand final.     Full Story

Demon rookie shines in thriller
Michael Davis
The Sunday Mail
Sunday, April 19, 1998


ACTUALLY Melbourne's James McDonald did the wrong thing when he backed himself to mark over David Schwarz in the last frenetic quarter at Optus Oval yesterday.

He should have waited at ground level and hoped the "crumbs" from the contest would spill towards him. He is, after all, only 180cm tall about 15cm shorter than Schwarz.

But certainly, after a thrilling come-from-behind two-point win over Carlton, Melbourne coach Neale Daniher was not about to admonish McDonald especially given that after he took the mark McDonald calmly kicked a goal to level the scores at 10.10 (70).     Full Story
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Trio of top Cats
Demons hell for bookies
Brisbane good but still comes up short
Ten best time wasters
It's all too familiar to Blight
Planning pays off for Wallace
Ayres cries foul
Dee booked
McDonald rises to the occassion
The '98 Dees demand respect
Major change ahead: Wallace

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