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Hird gains more support on ‘Dons AFL board

Essendon coach James Hird has gained more support on the AFL club’s board, with Paul Cousins and Catherine Lio winning election. While Cousins comfortably polled enough to be elected, Lio beat fellow candidate Ron Gauci by only eight...

SOS answers Blues’ SOS

Carlton great Stephen Silvagni is returning to the AFL club that made him a household name as the Blues’ list manager. Silvagni, named as fullback in the AFL’s team of the century, joins the Blues as General Manager – List...

Essendon … and the rest of the AFL year

The year will end the way it started in the AFL, with everyone desperate for a resolution to the Essendon supplements scandal. As the saga lurched from one courtroom session to another ugly media leak, there were plenty of other big stories coming...

Giles relishing new AFL home at Essendon

Jonathan Giles’ new AFL opportunity comes with equal measures of massive opportunity and pressure. After playing only nine senior games this season, the 26-year-old ruckman was traded from Greater Western Sydney to Essendon. Giles replaces...

Cooney ready to step up in AFL

Adam Cooney is cautiously raising the bar again, two years after he lamented he would never return to his top AFL form. The 2008 Brownlow Medallist has not missed a beat in training since leaving the Western Bulldogs and going to Essendon. While...

AFL anti-doping hearing will be private

The landmark Essendon hearing at the AFL anti-doping tribunal will go ahead behind closed doors. Tribunal chairman and former County Court judge David Jones has ruled that the media and public cannot attend the hearing, which starts next...

Shannon Hurn named new Eagles skipper

New West Coast captain Shannon Hurn knows exactly what type of leader he wants to be – a premiership-winning one. Hurn was unveiled as the Eagles’ 10th captain on Monday, with the 27-year-old beating out Scott Selwood, Josh Kennedy, Matt...

Shannon Hurn named Eagles’ AFL skipper

Shannon Hurn has been named West Coast’s new skipper, with the long-kicking defender taking over the role from the retired Darren Glass. Hurn beat out Scott Selwood, Matt Priddis, Eric Mackenzie and Josh Kennedy for the coveted role. Glass was...

Buckley expects fresher Swan in AFL

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley expects Dane Swan’s AFL career to be put back on track as quickly as it went putrid. The 2011 Brownlow Medallist was candid last week when asked about his season, which was blighted by injuries and...

We’re ready for AFL tribunal, says ASADA

ASADA remains confident about going to the AFL anti-doping tribunal after a week where it took unprecedented Supreme Court action. The body’s chief executive Ben McDevitt said on Friday that the cases against 34 current and past Essendon...

Clubs hope sons are AFL guns

The mid-1990s have proved an exceptional vintage for perpetuating AFL bloodlines. Last week’s national draft and Wednesday’s rookie selection have featured an unusually-large number of players whose dads also played senior...

Blues went back on their word: Lucas

Carlton players should probably buy coach Mick Malthouse a new phone for Christmas. Dumped midfielder Kane Lucas became the latest player to take a parting shot at the Blues on Thursday, claiming he was axed by the AFL club just weeks after being...