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Your call on the best games of 2017: 10-6

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Jarryd Roughead celebrates his captain's goal that brought victory against the Swans

AFL.COM.AU asked you to nominate the top 10 matches from the amazing 2017 season, a year of unprecedented close finishes and classic games.

Here's your countdown, beginning with the matches from 10-6.

No.10

R10: Geelong v Port Adelaide

Geelong was celebrating the 10th anniversary of its 2007 premiership, but the Power nearly spoilt the Thursday night party at the Cattery. Superstar Cat Patrick Dangerfield kicked a brilliant goal on his left foot with about 90 seconds left on the clock to put Geelong in front. There was one last desperate attempt from Port Adelaide – with the ball surging forward, Power star Robbie Gray fumbled a mark, allowing the Cats to clear the ball and cling on to a two-point win. The final quarter was also rife with controversy. Power forward Charlie Dixon was ruled to have taken too long over a set shot for goal and was forced to play on, costing Port a possible major when the game was in the balance.

 

No.9

R17: Geelong v Hawthorn

It was a game that had 70,000 fans at the MCG on the edge of their seats right until the final siren. A leg injury in the opening quarter to Cats star Patrick Dangerfield forced the Brownlow medallist to full-forward, in what eventually became a match-defining move. The midfielder monstered the Hawthorn defence, kicking 5.6 for the game. But in Luke Hodge's 300th game for the brown and gold, the Hawks wouldn't lay down. Isaac Smith had the chance to win the game for Hawthorn, but missed a running shot at goal with the final kick of the game, and Geelong held on to win by three points.

 

No.8

R14: West Coast v Melbourne

The Demons travelled to Domain Stadium with a 15-year hoodoo against the Eagles hanging over their head. Not since 2004 against Fremantle had Melbourne won a game in Perth. But that was all about to change in round 14. In a pulsating contest, the Demons upset West Coast by three points, with a miraculous goal from defender Tom McDonald in the final minute of the match proving the match-winner. The victory for the Demons was even more meritorious as it was in the absence of stars Jesse Hogan, Jack Watts and Nathan Jones. The win was also the first time in 11 years that Melbourne had won four-straight games, boosting their chances of a top-eight finish.

 

No.7

R22: Adelaide v Sydney

It was an epic Friday night encounter at Adelaide Oval between two teams at the top of their games towards the business end of the season. In front of a full house, the Swans snatched victory thanks to two late goals to Sam Reid and Tom Papley. More significant though, the three-point win saw Sydney leap into the top four, a near unthinkable proposition considering the Swans had lost their first six games of the season.

 

No.6

R10: Sydney Swans v Hawthorn

It was no surprise that Swans star Lance Franklin produced some of his most brilliant football during Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round.  A five-goal haul was enough to deliver him the Goodes-O'Loughlin Medal, but unfortunately it wasn't enough to get the then stuttering Swans over the line. Late in the final term, the Hawks looked shot, but a rousing clutch set-shot goal by veteran Shaun Burgoyne in the 23rd minute, and then a rushed behind, levelled the scores. With less than two minutes remaining, Tyrone Vickery hit up captain Jarryd Roughead right on the paint of 50. The star forward was the hero as he kicked a memorable goal to hand the Hawks their fourth win of 2017, in a courageous team performance.