Why Tiger troubles start at the draft

RICHMOND’S drafting and over-reliance on its moneyball trading is at the root of its rot, with its cautious approach proving catastrophic. MEDIA WATCH.

Disappointed Lions don’t blame Swans

BRISBANE remain disappointed in the umpires blunder on Saturday but say they do not believe Sydney deliberately exploited the stretcher rule.

‘Mum’s just getting her head around it’

A WEEK after Mason Cox made world news, Aliir Aliir remains an unknown in his home country of Kenya. But he’s hoping to change that.

Funny man Laird upbeat despite toe woes

ADELAIDE’S presenting a jocular front despite concern over Rory Laird’s immediate playing future.

Code-hopper Hall shows slick skills

FORMER Gold Coast forward uses his AFL skills before racing the length of the field for a eye-catching try for Penrith Panthers.

Why Saints expect Riewoldt to play on

ST KILDA’S skipper is firming to play on into 2017. Here’s why the Saints desperately want Nick Riewoldt to continue his esteemed AFL career.

AFL Confidential: Footy’s unluckiest team

YOU might think Richmond or Fremantle is having footy’s worst season. But spare a thought for the club that recently lost 404-0. AFL CONFIDENTIAL

Daisy never doubted he’d find his best

CARLTON’S star wingman Dale Thomas says the Blues have always “had his back” through the dark times and he appreciates their support in helping him return to top form.

‘Sour grapes’: Kennelly blasts Leppitsch

SYDNEY premiership player Tadhg Kennelly has slammed Justin Leppitsch over his reaction to ‘stretchergate.’

Why you should be mad as hell about Cox

MASON Cox is an amazing story, but where does it leave the Aussies who’ve been kicking a footy and chewing Stimorol gum since they were a kid?

Tigers deny Travis Cloke rumours

RICHMOND has rubbished suggestions it has made inquiries about a trade for embattled Collingwood forward Travis Cloke.

Aliir Aliir endures ‘baptism of fire’

COACH John Longmire says the Sydney Swans’ nail-biting win over Brisbane was the perfect stress test for his debutant, Aliir Aliir, yesterday

Buckley demands four-quarter Pies

NATHAN Buckley admitted Collingwood is unable to string together four competitive quarters, after the Magpies’ heavy loss to West Coast on Sunday.

Flat track bullies? Eagles’ issue is different

THE wisdom from some is that the West Coast Eagles are ‘flat track bullies’ — that they only beat lesser sides. But the real problem is different. FOOTY SHORTS

Suns are a long way off the Giants

JUST once, will the Gold Coast Suns look at the players who were on the park, in body if not spirit, as the cause of their problems?

Wait worth it for Rising Star Acres

BLAKE Acres played a key part in St Kilda’s impressive win over Melbourne on Saturday and has been recognised with a Rising Star nomination.

Swans feared for Sinclair in ‘stretchergate’

SYDNEY has moved quickly to distance itself from ‘stretchergate’, claiming it initially feared big man Callum Sinclair had ruptured his ACL.

Blues young gun out indefinitely with illness

CARLTON young gun Charlie Curnow is set for an extended stint on the sidelines after being diagnosed with glandular fever.

Three Word Analysis: Is hunger waning?

SOMETIMES all the analysis is too much. Sometimes you don’t have time to read the full story. Sometimes you just need a Three Word Analysis. ROUND 6 RECAP.

‘They could be cooked’: Hawks in a hole

IT WAS the loss that had been brewing for a month, but could Hawthorn’s latest loss sparks a downward curve? Plus Tiger woes and Cats porn. PODCAST

Thomas banned for coathanger

KANGAROOS forward Lindsay Thomas has been offered a one-match ban for his crude high tackle on Bulldog Lachie Hunter. See the full match review panel verdict.

Gray out but Port crossing fingers for Lobbe

PORT Adelaide has ruled dual All-Australian Robbie Gray out of Sunday’s Mother’s Day clash against Brisbane and expects to know Tuesday the full extent of Matthew Lobbe’s “fairly serious’’ knee injury.

Giants loss a ‘reality check’: Gibson

HAWTHORN might be down after a 75-point loss to Greater Western Sydney but it’s anything but out, according to defender Josh Gibson.

The Keating-like recession Tigers had to have

RICHMOND has found itself in a downturn. Painful as this year will likely continue to be — it is the recession that the Tigers had to have. JAKE’S TAKE.

Tigers deny Travis Cloke rumours

RICHMOND football boss Dan Richardson has rubbished suggestions it has made inquiries about a trade for embattled Collingwood forward Travis Cloke.

Report Card: Tame Tigers, Giant killers

RICHMOND’S form slump continued, while the GWS Giants announced themselves as a serious contender for the 2016 AFL flag. EVERY TEAM ANALYSED

Firing on all cyclinders - fantasy and beyond

THE numbers suggest the Giants are not only fantasy stars, but genuine premiership contenders.

Laird to have scans on sore toe

CROWS running defender Rory Laird will have scans on a bruised toe this week to investigate why he is experiencing foot pain.

Bolton proud of brave Blues

CARLTON’S coach Brendon Bolton said he felt a sense of pride when he saw No.1 draft pick Jacob Weitering’s brave act in defence on Sunday.

Dogs have grand plans for women’s league

WESTERN Bulldogs plan to play women’s national league matches at Etihad Stadium, Whitten Oval and in Ballarat capitalising on the fast growing territory west of Melbourne.

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