The Sydney Swans continued their red-hot form as they won their 12th consecutive game, beating Carlton 18.14 (122) to 7.9 (51).

The victory equalled a club-record and saw them maintain their position at the top of the ladder. Marquee signing Lance 'Buddy' Franklin again starred for the Swans, kicking six goals including five in a remarkable third quarter that saw Sydney boot 10 goals without reply.

Josh Kennedy finished with 41 touches whilst ruck-man Mike Pyke finished with a career-best 53 hit-outs. Carlton drop down the ladder to 14th.

Port Adelaide's flag hopes appear to be faltering as they went down to a third consecutive defeat, losing 19.12 (126) to 16.10 (106) to Richmond. The Power slip to fifth in the standings and are now an outside chance to finish in a top-two berth. The upset win was a rare highlight in an otherwise disappointing season for the Tigers.

Fremantle success

Port Adelaide's defeat opens up a top-two opportunity for Fremantle, who maintained their recent good form with a comfortable win in Perth over Greater Western Sydney 21.10 (136) to 9.6 (60).

Hayden Ballantyne kicked five for the Dockers who have a decent looking run home with September looming. The opportunity to secure a top-two berth and a home final in Perth will be a priority for last season's grand finalists. 

Reigning Premiers Hawthorn showed they remain genuine flag contenders with an away win over Adelaide Crows. Missing several key players, notably Cyril Rioli, Brian Lake and Josh Gibson, the Hawks showed their depth to overcome the resilient Crows 14.8 (92) to 15.14 (104). Hawthorn sit third on the ladder on percentage whilst Adelaide remain one win outside the top eight.

Collingwood danger

Collingwood are in real danger of slipping out of finals contention after they were soundly beaten by Essendon 16.7 (103) to 5.9 (39), who now leapfrog them in the standings. It is now four defeats in the last five for the Magpies and Nathan Buckley's men will have to rediscover their form. Essendon will be hoping to make the finals in 2014 after fading away in both 2012 and 2013.

The Western Bulldogs continue to delight and frustrate in equal measure after their upset win over a Gary Ablett-less Gold Coast 13.16 (94) to 9.12 (66). The Bulldogs continue to frustrate with their inconsistencies, with the team capable of being both brilliant and awful from week to week.

Gold Coast will be looking to bounce back next week against the Brisbane Lions, as they look to prove they can handle the loss of captain Ablett and achieve a maiden finals appearance for the franchise side.

Elsewhere there were wins for the Geelong Cats, West Coast Eagles and North Melbourne.

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