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AFL Changes – Round 10

THE Western Bulldogs have regained Jake Stringer from injury and dropped Travis Cloke ahead of Saturday’s AFL clash with St Kilda. The Saints suffered a blow, losing former skipper Nick Riewoldt to a knee injury, while Luke Dunstan was dropped, with Shane Savage and Darren Minchington called up for the Etihad...

Greaves on familiar ground

  LITTLE did Aaron Greaves know when he departed Simonds Stadium following Melbourne’s 68-point loss to Geelong in the middle of the 2013 season his next visit to the venue would come four years later as part of Port Adelaide’s coaching staff. The former Geelong Falcons, Leopold and St Joseph’s coach, who...

More midfield time for Power star

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley forecasts more midfield time for linchpin Robbie Gray as his AFL club seeks to end a decade-long hoodoo in Geelong. Hinkley says Gray will be among a batch of players asked to take up a slack caused by the loss of injured Chad Wingard for Thursday...

Punch and you’re out: AFL

  THE AFL has put its players on notice: punch an opponent in the stomach or head and you will be suspended. Whether it be a jumper punch like the one thrown by Richmond’s Trent Cotchin or a gut punch like the one employed by North Melbourne’s Ben Cunnington – the AFL...

Rising Star for young Pie

COLLINGWOOD has produced its first Rising Star nomination of 2017, with Tom Phillips earning the nod for Round 9. In his second season at the Magpies, Phillips had 24 possessions and took five marks as his side came from 44 points in arrears to beat Hawthorn on Saturday night. Taken with pick...

Match Review Panel – Round 9

NORTH Melbourne midfielder Ben Cunnington has escaped with a $1000 fine for his punch to the stomach of Melbourne’s Bernie Vince in yesterday’s fiery win at the MCG. The Match Review Panel assessed the incident as intentional conduct with low impact to the body In all six charges were laid by the...

Rowe blow for Blues

  CARLTON have confirmed that defender Sam Rowe suffered a serious knee injury in his side’s 35-point AFL loss to Fremantle in Perth. Rowe injured his knee early in the match, but was given the green light to return to the field late in the first term. His return was short-lived, with Rowe’s knee...

Surgery for Giant Smith

GREATER Western Sydney’s injury crisis has worsened, with Devon Smith set to miss up to 12 weeks with a knee injury. Small forward Smith tore his right meniscus at training on Friday and will undergo surgery early next week. Former Fremantle midfielder Matt de Boer will make his club debut in place...

AFL Changes – Round 9

WESTERN Bulldogs have loaded up on stars while being brutal with the axe as they attempt to get their premiership defence back on track in Friday’s crunch clash with Geelong at Simonds Stadium. The eighth-placed Bulldogs welcomed back Robert Murphy, Travis Cloke, Dale Morris, Mitch Wallis and Tory Dickson for the...

AFL clubs show support for wildcard round

CLUBS have surprised AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan with their level of interest in a wildcard round the week before the finals. A fixture option, debated at length during Thursday’s meeting between the league and the 18 club chief executives, is to replace the round-23 bye with one or more wildcard...