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www.ntnews.com.au Friday, August 30, 2013. NT NEWS. 21 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:30-AGE:21 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K RACE FOR THE FINALS Certainties:Hawthorn (presently first), Geelong (second), Fremantle (third), Sydney (fourth), Richmond (fifth), Collingwood (sixth), Port Adelaide (seventh) Possibles: Carlton (presently ninth, 40 points, 107%) Round 23: versus Port Adelaide, AAMI Stadium, tomorrow twilight Likely scenarios: Theyre in: If they beat Port Adelaide. Or if they lose, and Brisbane lose to Geelong, and NorthMelbourne lose to Collingwood. Theyre out: If they lose to Port, and Brisbane beat Geelong, or North Melbourne beat Collingwood, or Adelaide thrashWest Coast, or West Coast thrash Adelaide. Brisbane (10th, 40 points, 89.1%) Round 23: versus Geelong, Simonds Stadium, tomorrow afternoon Theyre in: If they beat Geelong, and Carlton lose to Port. Theyre out: If they lose to Geelong. NorthMelbourne (11th, 36 points, 120.2%) Round 23: versus Collingwood, MCG, Sunday afternoon Theyre in: If they beat Collingwood, and Carlton lose to Port, and Brisbane lose to Geelong. Theyre out: If they lose to Collingwood. Adelaide (12th, 36 points, 103.7%) Round 23: versusWest Coast, Patersons Stadium, tomorrow night Theyre in: If they thrashWest Coast, Carlton lose heavily to Port, and North and Brisbane lose. Theyre out: If they lose toWest Coast. Or if they beatWest Coast yet Carlton, Brisbane or Northwin. West Coast: (13th, 36 points, 99.3%) Round 23: versus Adelaide, Patersons Stadium, tomorrow night Theyre in: If they thrash Adelaide, and Carlton lose heavily, and North and Brisbane also lose. Theyre out: If they lose to Adelaide. Or if they beat Adelaide narrowly, yet one of Carlton, Brisbane or Northwin. LADDER Team P W L D F A % Pts HAWTHORN 21 18 3 - 2411 1759 137.1 72 GEELONG 21 17 4 - 2297 1665 138.0 68 FREMANTLE 21 16 4 1 1994 1406 141.8 66 SYDNEY 21 15 5 1 2144 1582 135.5 62 RICHMOND 21 14 7 - 2050 1689 121.4 56 COLLINGWOOD 21 14 7 - 2034 1743 116.7 56 PORTADELAIDE 21 12 9 - 1948 1898 102.6 48 CARLTON 21 10 11 - 2021 1889 107.0 40 Essendon 21 14 7 - 2080 1896 109.7 56 Brisbane Lions 21 10 11 - 1811 2032 89.1 40 NorthMelbourne 21 9 12 - 2182 1816 120.2 36 Adelaide 21 9 12 - 1935 1866 103.7 36 West Coast 21 9 12 - 1995 2010 99.2 36 Gold Coast 21 7 14 - 1772 2028 87.4 28 Western Bulldogs 21 7 14 - 1819 2175 83.6 28 St Kilda 21 4 17 - 1639 2079 78.8 16 Melbourne 21 2 19 - 1368 2584 52.9 8 GWS 21 1 20 - 1461 2844 51.4 4 COLEMANMEDAL TALLY: Jarryd Roughead (Hawthorn) . . . . . . . . . . 64 Travis Cloke (Collingwood) . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 JeremyCameron (GWSGiants) . . . . . . . . . . 60 Josh J. Kennedy (West Coast) . . . . . . . . . . 60 Jack Riewoldt (Richmond) . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Lance Franklin (Hawthorn) . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Lindsay Thomas (NorthMelbourne) . . . . . . . . 50 Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 DrewPetrie (NorthMelbourne) . . . . . . . . . . 46 TomHawkins (Geelong) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Jack Darling (West Coast) . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Jay Schulz (Port Adelaide) . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 MichaelWalters (Fremantle) . . . . . . . . . . 40 Round 23 (NT time) Tonight: Sydney vHawthorn at ANZ Stadium, 7.20pm. Tomorrow: St Kilda v Fremantle at Etihad Stadium, 1.15pm; Geelong v Brisbane at Simonds Stadium, 1.40pm; Port Adelaide v Carlton at AAMI Stadium, 3.40pm;West Coast v Adelaide at Patersons Stadium, 7.10pm; Essendon v Richmond atMCG, 7.10pm. Sunday:Gold Coast v GWSatMetricon Stadium, 12.40pm; Collingwood vNorthMelbourne atMCG, 2.50pm;Western Bulldogs v Melbourne at Etihad Stadium, 4.10pm. Aaron Sandilands, right, is an important inclusion for Fremantle this weekend Picture: GETTY IMAGES Dockers rest up for tilt at finals Coach says playing B-team an A-grade idea FREMANTLE coach Ross Lyon has defended his decision to select his B-team, claiming resting star players will ultimately boost the clubs chances of a successful AFL finals campaign. The Dockers have made 10 changes for tomorrows lastround clash with St Kilda at Etihad Stadium. Key players Michael Walters (knee) and Nick Suban (hamstring) were already ruled out during the week, while Stephen Hill joined them in the casualty ward with a hamstring issue. But with a top-two berth highly unlikely, the Dockers have decided to rest stars Nat Fyfe, David Mundy, Hayden Ballantyne, Michael Johnson, Zac Clarke and Lee Spurr. Alex Forster will make his debut, while fellow fringe players Peter Faulks, Jesse Crichton, Josh Mellington, Alex Silvagni, Matt Taberner and Hayden Crozier have also been handed guernseys. Ruckman Aaron Sandilands returns from a fractured cheekbone, while Clancee Pearce (calf) and Garrick Ibbotson (achilles tendon) will also get much-needed runs after stints on the sidelines. With Fremantle almost certain to play either Geelong or Hawthorn in an away qualifying final, Lyon said it was important to rest players so a core group wont have to travel two weeks in a row. If thats viewed as sinister, then we all look through the world with different eyes and different circumstances, Lyon said yesterday. Last year we flew two weeks in a row (during the finals) off two six-day breaks. We think that had a cumulative effect, so were planning for a strong campaign. St Kildas Justin Koschitzke will play his 200th and final AFL game after overcoming a calf injury. The Saints also recalled Tom Lee and Dylan Roberton. Ladder leaders Hawthorn rested injured trio Cyril Rioli, Liam Shiels and Brent Guerra for tonights clash with fourth-placed Sydney at ANZ Stadium, while Jordan Lewis is among three inclusions. The Swans have made four changes including losing Daniel Hannebery, Rhyce Shaw and Nick Smith because of injuries. Second-placed Geelong have rested Nathan Vardy and hell be replaced by ruckman Trent West for tomorrows game against Brisbane at Simonds Stadium. Brent Moloney is one of three inclusions for the Lions. Carlton, who can play finals if they beat seventh-placed Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium tomorrow, regain Matthew Kreuzer, David Ellard, Andrew Walker and Jeff Garlett, while Brock McLean has a thigh injury. Domenic Cassisi is one of four inclusions for Port. Finals-bound Richmond have rested key forward Jack Riewoldt for tomorrow nights emotion-charged MCG clash with Essendon. Shane Tuck will play his final game for the Tigers after deciding to retire. While for Essendson, David Hille and Nathan Lovett-Murray have been recalled by the Bombers for their farewell games. West Coast see the return of Andrew Embley and Adam Selwood, who will play their last AFL games in tomorrow nights match at Patersons Stadium against Adelaide. West Coasts Will Schofield is out with a fractured cheekbone after he was allegedly attacked in his former home town of Geelong last weekend. Adam Cooney returns for Western Bulldogs, who host Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Sunday. Luke Ball (calf) is out of Collingwoods side to play North Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday and star onballer Dayne Beams returns. Nathan Grima is determined to play for finals hopefuls North despite a foot injury. Gold Coast named Jarrod Harbrow and Liam Patrick in their squad for Sundays home game against Greater Western Sydney.