The 2016 AFL home and away season is done and dusted and the finals matchups have been set.Sydney claimed the minor premiership in a complete walk-over against a lacklustre Richmond. After three quarters of unrelenting football, the Swans eased off late in the fourth quarter. John Longmires men take on the GWS Giants now after they locked up a finals double chance for the fifth consecutive year.St Kilda finished off their 2016 season in style, defeating Brisbane to register their 12th win of the season. Missing a place in the finals by 9.5 percentage points, the Saints were led by a Nick Riewoldt masterclass as he put the Lions to the sword in a dazzling display.The reigning premiers Hawthorn have now won a record-equaling 5 games by under a goal during the home and away season with their one-point victory over Collingwood. The win secured third spot on the ladder and a meeting with Geelong in the second qualifying final. Jack Fitzpatricks late goal to seal the victory meant the Adelaide Crows dropped out of the Top 4 and host an elimination final versus the Kangaroos.Essendon had a double-win of sorts by beating rivals Carlton on the weekend but still retain the prized number 1 pick in the AFL Draft. It is the Bombers first wooden spoon since 1933.GWS spoiled the North Melbourne farewell party and knocked off the Roos in what was a close first half encounter. The Giants put the result beyond doubt with a dominant third quarter lead by Jonathan Patton who has now bagged 11 goals from his last 2 outings.HEROESEagles team defence: The final rising star nomination is a decision between Gold Coasts Braden Fiorini (32 disposals & 2 goals) and Tom Barrass superb performance at half-back for the West Coast Eagles. In a result that re-shaped the final 8, Barass and his teammates were simply outstanding.The Eagles brought their web and all over ground pressure to stifle the ball movement of the normally rampant Adelaide Crows. The midfield, led by Jonathan Giles, were all over the Crows who sorely missed the hit around the contest from Rory Sloane and the skill execution of Brodie Smith. Josh Kennedy took his tally to a massive 80 goals and secured his second straight Coleman Medal.Stevie Johnson: The Giants have secured a Top 4 finish in an historic first finals berth. It is just rewards for a scintillating season and the fast development of this talented young side but form of Stevie Johnson is something to behold.Forty-three goals at the end of the home and away season is a terrific return for a champion discarded by his former club. It will be, however, his finals experience that will be invaluable during September. He has made this GWS forward line function and players like Devon Smith, Toby Greene and Jonathan Patton are blossoming because of his presence and winning attitude.Nick Riewoldt: What a star he has been! Nick Riewoldt wound back the clock to finish with 9 goals, 21 marks and 200 Champion Data ranking points as he monstered the Brisbane Lions. The second quarter alone produced a gob smacking 12 disposals, 11 marks and three goals highlighting Riewoldts pure work rate and forward smarts and a perfect launchpad for the St Kilda football club for 2017.VILLAINSDrew Petrie: The entire North Melbourne football club endured a tough week after news emerged that Drew Petrie, Nick Dal Santo, Michael Firrito and Boomer Harvey were not going to be contracted in 2017. Unfortunately for Petrie, he then played like he was carrying the weight of the world, failing to register a disposal until deep in the 3rd term. Finishing with 4 touches when the final siren sounded, it will be a long two weeks for Petrie and the selection committee spent mulling over the final lineup for their elimination final versus Adelaide.Damien Hardwick: A completely insipid performance from Richmond and the faithful were calling for Damien Hardwicks head after they were embarrassed by Sydney in the final round.Eight wins for the season is a poor return from a club that chased Chris Yarran because they thought their premiership window was open. The loss highlighted the cavernous gap in both intensity and talent between one of the flag favourites and this Richmond side. Expect wholesale list changes during the aftermath.The Round 23 bye: For the first time in AFL history, the eight sides competing in the AFL finals will get a week off. 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The Taipans have broken a two-game losing streak to record their biggest win of the NBL season, beating the Illawarra Hawks 99-82 in Cairns.Sitting last on the NBL ladder, the Snakes on Saturday were desperate to avoid a third consecutive loss at the Snakepit, and this time it was finally their turn to be on the right end of a second-half comeback.Cairns began the match with a Nate Jawai alley-oop courtesy of a Travis Trice assist, but it was Illawarra who would dominate the first half.Hawks import Rotnei Clarke continued his blistering form from the bench, gunning down an early 10-point Taipan lead to put the visitors in front by eight at the main break.The former MVP was in everything, recording 21 points that included a tough fade-away and-one and also producing several defensive stops on Cairns point guard Trice.But the prospect of their third consecutive home-court defeat at the Cairns Convention Centre spurred the Taipans in the second half, with Trice in particular rediscovering his groove to hit a deep, buzzer--beating three to leave Cairns ahead by eight points at the end of the third quarter.dddddddddddd.From there, Snakes veteran Alex Loughton hit a couple of buckets to kill the contest, while Trices jumper became automatic on his way to 22 points, five assists and two blocks.Illawarra coach Rob Beveridge blamed his sides 43 per cent shooting rate from the field for the momentum-halting loss.We missed six open lay-ups so thats the game right there, particularly here where the crowd are really behind them. 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