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Guns without a Rising Star nom

EVERY Monday evening throughout the home and away season the AFL announce its latest Rising Star nominee. For a football club – particularly those in a rebuild – a successful nomination is important on a number of fronts. Apart from serving as a timely reminder to fans that their club is on the right...

Thompson to call time

ADELAIDE stalwart Scott Thompson has confirmed he’ll retire at the end of the AFL season. The dual Crows club champion has only added one AFL match this season to his career tally of 308 games. Thompson, who has finished in the top 10 in Adelaide’s club champion award nine times in the...

Wingard to miss up to a month

PORT Adelaide will be without star midfielder Chad Wingard for up to a month after scans revealed a high ankle sprain suffered in the loss to Melbourne on Saturday. The Power says best case scenario is a fortnight on the sidelines, with four weeks at the upper end. If it is the full...

Harley to become Swans CEO

TWO-time Geelong premiership captain Tom Harley will be Sydney’s next chief executive, taking over from Andrew Ireland at the end of 2018. Harley, who played 197 games with the Cats, was appointed as the Swans’ head of football in late 2014. The Swans’ succession plan for Harley includes the retiring Ireland remaining...

Rookie Swan a Rising Star

ANOTHER impressive defensive display has earned Sydney rookie Lewis Melican the AFL’s Rising Star nomination for Round 18. Melican, who is in his third season at the Swans, had 15 posessions, including eight contested, at a disposal efficiency of 87 per cent in the Swans’ win over St Kilda at the...

Season over for Docker

FREMANTLE veteran Michael Walters will miss the rest of the AFL season despite not needing surgery on his injured knee. Walters damaged the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during last week’s 52-point loss to Hawthorn. It’s the same injury he suffered in 2013. Scans showed a minor tear of the PCL, ruling...

Match Review Panel – Round 18

TOBY Greene’s bad record has come back to haunt him after the feisty Greater Western Sydney forward was offered a two-week suspension for striking Richmond’s Alex Rance in yesterday’s loss at the MCG. Having already been cited four times this season, including an earlier two-week ban for striking Western Bulldog Caleb...

Pert pulls pin at Pies

COLLINGWOOD chief executive Gary Pert says the timing was perfect to announce his resignation after a decade at the helm of the AFL’s biggest club. Pert told president Eddie McGuire late last week that he was leaving, with the decision made public on Monday, less than 24 hours after a stirring win...

Betts blow for Crows

ADELAIDE goal-sneak Eddie Betts has undergone surgery to remove his appendix. As a result the 30-year-old will miss Sunday’s clash with Collingwood at Adelaide Oval. “Eddie fell unwell on Sunday evening and was sent to hospital,” Crows medical officer Dr Marc Cesana said. “He will not play this weekend as he recovers from...

Final AFL Changes – Round 18

GWS have decided against an AFL return for Stephen Coniglio, giving him at least a week in their reserves. The star onballer was named on Friday in the squad for Sunday’s big MCG match against Richmond. But, instead, he will join Brett Deledio in the Giants’ NEAFL side for a Saturday match...