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WHAT a weekend.

Hawthorn and Sydney kick-started a sensational AFL Multicultural Round under Friday night lights at the MCG.

It was a big night for Swans captain Josh Kennedy, who celebrated a milestone against his former club.

That was about as good as it got for Sydney as the Hawks held on to keep their slim finals hopes alive.

Despite the quality of the footy on display, it was Will Langford’s cheeky smacker on Jarrad McVeigh that grabbed the headlines.

North Melbourne went into Saturday’s clash in Hobart with accusations of tanking hanging over their heads.

What better way to hit back at the haters than with a clutch win over a finals contender?

That result extended a winning streak over Melbourne that dates back more than a decade.

There was a lot of love for big Ben Brown, who booted four goals to take his tally to 51 for the season.

Online bookie has moved the big Tasmanian into +350 to win the Coleman Medal over a star-studded group that includes Joe Daniher (+150), Lance Franklin (+200) and West Coast’s Josh Kennedy (+250).

Yet the play of the day was toss-up between Luke McDonald and Jarrad Waite.

The wind-assisted bomb or the brutal rejection – which gets your vote?

GWS Giants had to fight tooth and nail to arrest their slide down the ladder.

Fremantle threw everything at them and even took the lead going into the last quarter.

Nat Fyfe and Lachie Neale stood out for the Dockers, while Brady Grey had an impact up forward with a couple of goals.

It wasn’t enough to keep the Giants from scraping an ugly win to secure at least another week in the top four.

Freo coach Ross Lyon was eager to highlight the positives from a match that left fans proud yet deflated.

Port Adelaide pulled a rabbit out of the hat to break St Kilda hearts.

Trailing by 10 points with less than two minutes remaining, the Power looked certain to become the latest casualty in a season riddled with big upsets.

More than a few ‘supporters’ certainly thought so.

Aaron Young closed the gap to four points, but it appeared a case of too little, too late for Port.

Then up stepped the big guns.

With only seconds left on the clock, a stunning piece of tap ruckwork from Paddy Ryder put Robbie Gray through to seal a vital win at the death.

That would have seen the Power surge into the top four if Richmond had come undone on the Gold Coast.

It looked a distinct possibility early on as the Suns bolted from the gates with a flurry of first-quarter goals.

Tigers fans felt their stiffest opposition was the blokes with the whistles.

Even so, Richmond did enough to wrap up a comfortable 33-point win – their first at Carrara since 1991.

Back in Melbourne, there were few problems for Geelong as they dealt plummeting Carlton their sixth consecutive defeat.

However, there could be some strife for Brownlow Medal favourite Patrick Dangerfield.

The superstar Cat may have a case to answer at the Match Review Panel after driving Matthew Kreuzer’s head into the Etihad Stadium turf.

That dodgy tackle has already thrown Brownlow betting into chaos, with top bookie removing Dangerfield from the outright market and installing Dustin Martin as the -181.82 favourite.

Social media went into overdrive as the media rallied to Danger’s defence.

Where do we start with Sunday?

The Eagles got back on track with a much-needed percentage booster over the Brisbane Lions.

Marc LeCras came in for some harsh criticism during the week, but he hit back with a classy all-round display and some choice highlights.

With so many tight encounters to choose from, it might seem strange to highlight the Western Bulldogs’ five-goal win as the match of the round.

Essendon got their first taste of finals pressure in many a year as the reigning premiers put on by far their best show of the season.

You could tell the Dogs were up and about when Travis Cloke managed to slot one off his right foot.

The Bombers held sway for large periods of the game and constantly threatened to run away with it, but critical errors at key moments cost them dearly.

Nobody was more culpable in that regard than Cale Hooker, whose brainless decision-making and woeful execution around goal summed up the Dons’ day.

They lost the plot altogether in the dying minutes, most obviously when serial offender Brendon Goddard gave away a needless 50-metre penalty to tee-up another late goal for the Doggies.

Even so, one suspects Bombers coach John Worsfold would not have traded places with Nathan Buckley for all the money in the world.

Sunday arvo at the ‘G was shaping up as a belter for Collingwood.

League leaders Adelaide looked clueless as the Pies kicked out to a 50-point lead early in the third quarter.

Then it all changed.

By the last break, the Crows had whittled the margin down to three goals.

A few minutes into the final term, they were within a kick of the lead.

The Pies kicked away again, the Crows clawed it back, and then this happened:

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