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Melanoma forces Roughead to sit out AFL

AFL star Jarryd Roughead must endure a nerve-wracking week before learning the extent of his skin cancer scare. The Hawthorn key forward underwent surgery on Wednesday to have a melanoma removed from his lip. While the operation appeared to go well,...

AFL Players Association backs drugs policy

The AFL Players’ Association is confident the code’s current illicit drugs policy is working but says it will look at making it more of a deterrent. Despite the latest revelations out of the Gold Coast Suns, with photographs circulating...

AFL in no rush over drugs review

The AFL won’t expedite a review of its “three strikes” illicit drugs policy in light of explosive allegations of drug use at expansion club Gold Coast. Photos of Suns forward Harley Bennell appearing to prepare drugs on a March...

Suns’ Bennell to sit out AFL match

Gold Coast midfielder Harley Bennell will miss Saturday’s AFL clash against North Melbourne after photos were published of him allegedly using drugs. The 22-year-old trained with his teammates at Metricon Stadium on Thursday but coach Rodney...

‘Dogs confirm concerns about AFL star

Western Bulldogs star Tom Liberatore is in trouble again for his off-field behaviour, with the AFL club confirming it had been “unacceptable”. The Bulldogs would not go into details, but according to Channel Nine the player missed club...

Give Docker Pavlich room to fly: Lyon

Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich is being boxed in – and coach Ross Lyon doesn’t like it. Pavlich has failed to kick a goal in his past three games – a situation that hasn’t occurred since 2011 when the 325-game veteran...

Lyon supports AFL drug policy tweak

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon says he’s keen for the AFL to close any loopholes in the league’s illicit drugs policy. The AFL is set to change its three-strikes drug policy in the wake of the Gold Coast Suns drugs drama. “I really like...

Hanley unlikely to face Dockers

Brisbane Lions vice-captain Pearce Hanley is at long odds to play his 100th AFL game on Sunday against Fremantle. Coach Justin Leppitsch says the Lions will not take any risks with Hanley, who was subbed out in the third quarter of their loss to...

Hardwick laments Suns drug woes

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has backed AFL senior management to review and change the AFL’s illicit drugs policy. Hardwick said he was “disappointed” to see photos of Gold Coast player Harley Bennell on the front page of News...

Hawks’ Clarkson impressed by Pies

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says he’s been impressed by Collingwood’s recent form ahead of their MCG clash on Friday night. The defending AFL champions have won their last seven matches by an average of 42 points but Clarkson feels...

McLachlan stands with Bennell

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan says embattled Gold Coast player Harley Bennell needs the support of the industry, not shaming. A photo of Bennell, taken in March 2013, with potentially illicit drugs was published in News Corp newspapers on...

No fear in Freo for Lions: Leppa

Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch has backed ruckman Matthew Leuenberger ahead of his showdown with the best big man in the business on Sunday. Out of favour for much of the year, Leuenberger will go head-to-head with Fremantle’s Aaron...