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AFL pick umpire once suspended for betting

A goal umpire once suspended for betting and a field umpire who has made a remarkable health comeback will officiate in Saturday’s AFL grand final. Goal umpire Chris Appleton was stood down in May 2010 for the rest of that season after he was...

Improving Tippett enjoys Buddy AFL show

Kurt Tippett credits fellow Sydney Swans forward Lance Franklin with improving his game and reckons he has the best seat in the house for the Buddy show. The Swans have lost just one of 11 games this year when both men have played in the side. In...

AFL refuses Melbourne’s priority pick bid

The AFL Commission has knocked back Melbourne’s request for a priority pick in the November 27 draft. Melbourne won four games in 2014 under first-year coach Paul Roos after claiming just two victories in 2013. Rules introduced in 2012 allow...

Swans hail Priddis AFL Brownlow win

Sydney’s Josh Kennedy can joke about his coach possibly cruelling his Brownlow Medal hopes, but both he and another highly placed Swan, Lance Franklin, have called Matt Priddis a deserved winner. Forward Franklin finished joint second with...

Brownlow winner hopes to set example

Surprise Brownlow Medallist Matt Priddis is happy to become the poster boy for AFL hopefuls showing that even if you are overlooked as a teenager, you can still become a star. Provided you work hard, that is. The West Coast Eagles midfielder won the...

Franklin’s radar right for AFL decider

Lance Franklin is hopeful his goalkicking radar that went awry in previous games against Hawthorn is on target for the AFL grand final but he still expects his teammates to share the scoring workload. Franklin won the Coleman Medal in his first year...

Tim Watson blasts Essendon’s critics

Rival AFL clubs are urging Essendon to bring their supplements saga to an end but Bombers’ great Tim Watson says they are being hypocritical. Fairfax Media reports Essendon have lost the support of all 17 rival clubs over their handling of the...

Tough choice for AFL’s Hawks on Rioli

If Hawthorn’s Cyril Rioli gets a game in Saturday’s AFL grand final, he won’t be under pressure to win the match off his left boot. Rioli’s dual-premiership teammate Sam Mitchell says the small forward, who suffered a...

Kieren eyes AFL flag No.2 for Jack family

Keiren Jack doesn’t have the heart to gloat about his AFL grand final success to his old man – unless he starts boasting about how good a rugby league player he was. The Sydney co-captain realised a dream in 2012, helping beat Hawthorn...

Hawks still feel pain of AFL final loss

The bad memories from Hawthorn’s AFL grand final loss two years ago mean Sam Mitchell takes nothing out of what they have done this season. The reigning premiers have impressed with their resilience this year to reach another grand final...

Critics say AFL almost left red-faced

Matthew Priddis’ two votes in the final round of the AFL’s Brownlow Medal count allowed the West Coast midfielder to overtake the ineligible Nat Fyfe as the highest vote-getter. Fyfe was ineligible because of two suspensions, one for a...

Savvy Swans use AFL rookie list wisely

The success of the Sydney Swans and Brownlow Medal winner Matt Priddis could be the best yet advertisements for the AFL’s rookie-list concept. West Coast’s Priddis on Monday night became the first Brownlow winner to have graduated from...