Co- tenants of Etihad Stadium , North Melbourne and St Kilda , are keeping their finals hopes alive with convincing wins over interstate sides Â .Â Carlton won the battle between long time rival Essendon , and Collingwood continued winning Â , beating Â the Gold Coast Suns . The Bulldogs couldn’t beat a skillful Swans side , Â to resurrect their flagging 2011 season . Hawthorn and Geelong remain in the hunt for the Flag , along with the West Coast Eagles, who won the West Australian Derby by beating the Dockers , in a thrilling one point victory . Co tenants of the MCG , Melbourne and Richmond are both struggling to remain in the Finals Race .
Newsworthy headlines include the retirement of Burly Bulldog , Barry Hall , at seasons end ,
and Â Neil Craig’s resignation as coach of the embattled Adelaide Crows side .