Towers’ bid built on strong foundations

IN the blink of an eye the Sydney Swans have gone from one of the toughest teams to break into to the land of opportunity for young players.

No way back for banned Bombers

NEW Essendon chairman Lindsay Tanner says it is “theoretically possible” but “unlikely” banned players could be back on the park this season.

Taylor: It’s on me to make up for mistakes

BRISBANE young gun Lewis Taylor had a wisdom tooth removed Thursday but the lessons from a scrape with the law will stay with the Lion for a lifetime.

Women voting with their footy feet

AFL Victoria will host an additional three training sessions at their Women’s Academy, after it received an overwhelming response of applicants.

Walters lays down the law to Bennell

MICHAEL Walters has warned new recruit Harley Bennell of the consequences of failing to toe the team line, drawing on his own misadventures as advice.

Why frisbee is a dangerous game

AS stories swirl as to how Jeremy Howe broke his finger, the boss of frisbee in Australia says he wasn’t surprised to hear the Collingwood utility injured himself such circumstances.

How did the AFL pull this off?

WHAT one man was able to achieve for Aussie sport will never be seen again in our lifetimes.

Giants women born to play Aussie rules

THE Auburn Giants Aussie rules team have a simple goal — they want Haneen Zreika and Angela Priftis to become the Isaac Heeney and Callum Mills of women’s football in NSW.

AFL to brief Crows, Power on rule changes

ADELAIDE and Port Adelaide won’t get their briefing on the new rules until next month, after they have played some of their pre-season matches.

Time up for Dons’ appeals

BANNED current and former Essendon players will today file papers in the Swiss Federal Tribunal, making official their last-ditch appeal of doping suspensions handed out last month.

Luckless Docker’s latest setback

FREMANTLE Dockers midfielder Anthony Morabito’s luckless run has continued, with scans confirming a tear to his left hamstring.

Trengove takes stride, key Dee hurt

FORMER Melbourne captain Jack Trengove has taken another big stride forward in his comeback from a career-threatening foot injury.

Reid hopes to play every game in 2016

BEN Reid is confident he can play every game this season as the Collingwood swingman continues to enjoy an injury-free pre-season.

Kouta to return ... in black and white

HE WOWED crowds in navy blue, but when Anthony Koutoufides makes a special footy comeback in April, he’ll be decked out in Magpies colours.

Shy Saint handed leadership chance

A RELUCTANT leader, the opportunity to potentially develop into the next St Kilda captain has presented itself to Jack Steven.

Wines extends Power deal

OLLIE Wines is staying at Port Adelaide until at least the end of the 2018 AFL premiership season.

Banned sports AFL players must avoid

CRICKET isn’t on the list, but judo and hang gliding are.

Why Carlton must shake its ‘boy’s club’ image

CARLTON wants to field a women’s stand-alone team in the inaugural 2017 competition. But first, they’ve got to lose the tag of being a ‘boy’s club’.

WA grassroots footy 'shafted': Opposition

THE WA opposition has criticised both the state government and the WAFC, saying grassroots football will suffer from the recent Perth Stadium deal.

It’s back to basics for Port Adelaide

VETERAN Justin Westhoff says Port Adelaide is poised to hit the ground running this season after a summer of dramatic change at Alberton.

Your club’s player to watch in NAB Challenge

WE’VE rumbled through every team and found the players that are most likely to whet the appetite of footy supporters throughout the NAB Challenge.

Old Crow ‘enjoying best pre-season yet’

SCOTT Thompson is entering his 16th AFL season. But age isn’t wearying the veteran. He’s having his best preseason in recent memory.

Why skipper sees upside in Dees scuffle

MELBOURNE captain Nathan Jones says the training dust-up between teammates Jack Viney and Tom McDonald indicates the Demons’ hunger for 2016.

Crows confident van Berlo can return to best

ADELAIDE expects former captain Nathan van Berlo to be back to his trademark best this season after having a full year under his belt since he snapped his achilles tendon.

Malceski convinced Suns on upward spiral

LAST year was a nightmare for Nick Malceski and the Suns but his dreams for his new club have not changed.

Shy Steven could be future Saints skipper

SO confident in Jack Steven’s power to influence by his sheer will and skill, St Kilda decided he must be drafted into the club’s leadership group in 2016.

Jeremy Howe’s frisbee demons

JEREMY Howe has undergone surgery to repair a broken finger ... sustained while playing frisbee with his dog.

‘If Alex wants to play, we’ll support him’

THE Swans will continue to support Alex Johnson, as he shops around for the best surgeon to execute his fifth knee reconstruction, says Tom Harley.

The baby Hawks who’ll cover Rough, Lake

RYAN Schoenmakers is backing Hawthorn’s next generation of talls to cover for the loss of the injured Jarryd Roughead and retired Brian Lake.

Switch it up: Players set for new roles

WHICH players at your club are set to spend 2016 in a new role or a different part of the ground? We profile possible switches at all 18 AFL teams.

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