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Take your chance, Dal Santo tells ‘Roos

It has been an emotional time for North Melbourne’s star midfielder Nick Dal Santo as he prepares for his new club’s elimination-final clash with Essendon on Saturday night. St Kilda’s Lenny Hayes and Collingwood’s Luke Ball,...

Eagles aim to eat their way to success

Forget about the gruelling running sessions, West Coast players will start heading to the all-you-can-eat buffets as coach Adam Simpson attempts to transform his side into a premiership contender. The Eagles finished ninth in Simpson’s first...

Dockers scramble to cover Johnson blow

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon will consider switching either Chris Mayne or Matt Taberner to defence in order to fill the void left by injured backman Michael Johnson. Johnson will miss the entire AFL finals series due to a back injury that requires...

North, ‘Dons meet again in AFL finals

The last time they met in an AFL final, Essendon were like a red rag to a bull for North Melbourne. More than a decade later, North veterans Brent Harvey and Drew Petrie will impress that strong history on their teammates ahead of Saturday...

Hodge has no plans to end AFL career

Two years ago, any questions about Luke Hodge’s AFL future were no laughing matter for Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson. Persistent injuries had restricted the Hawks captain to only 10 senior games that season. There was a growing sense that...

D’s Dawes to miss AFL opener

Melbourne key forward Chris Dawes is set to miss the opening game of next year’s AFL season because of a striking charge. The match review panel booked Dawes for striking North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow during Saturday’s...

Docker Johnson ruled out of AFL finals

Fremantle’s flag bid has suffered a massive blow after star defender Michael Johnson was ruled out of the AFL finals series due to a back injury. Johnson will undergo “exploratory surgery” this week after struggling to even run...

Cotchin’s baby due in AFL finals

It’s the baby that has the potential to hurt Richmond’s finals hopes and help their long-term future. Tigers captain Trent Cotchin and wife Brooke are expecting a child in AFL grand final week. Cotchin could be forced to follow in the...

Port allowed to don the black and white

Port Adelaide captain Travis Boak doesn’t regret sledging Richmond’s Troy Chaplin, but insists there’s no bad blood with his former teammate. Boak bristled at Chaplin’s overt celebrations when the Tigers beat Port by 20...

Johnson running, on target for AFL return

Steve Johnson is running, with confidence rampant at Geelong that the game-breaking star will return against Hawthorn on Friday night. Johnson has missed three AFL games due to a foot injury. That stretch includes the Cats’ loss to Hawthorn in...

ANZ Stadium surface to get worked on

The AFL has responded to criticism of the ANZ Stadium playing surface by insisting on some repair work to the ground before Saturday’s finals clash between Sydney and Fremantle. Players frequently slipped over during the course of last...

Docker Gumbleton retires from AFL

Fremantle forward Scott Gumbleton has retired from AFL ranks, but he insists his ongoing injury woes weren’t the driving force behind his decision. Gumbleton looked set for a long AFL career after being drafted by Essendon with pick No.2 in...