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Round 19

Essendon v Adelaide
St Kilda v West Coast Eagles
GWS v Gold Coast Suns
Hawthorn v Collingwood
Geelong v Western Bulldogs  
Port Adelaide v Richmond
Brisbane v Sydney
Fremantle v Melbourne
Carlton v North Melbourne

Round 18 Results


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