Top women’s footballers ready to feel the heat

TWO OF the country’s top female footballers say they’re not fazed at the prospect of playing in the heat of the Australian summer.

Gill ‘pleased’ with Queensland football

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan says he is “generally pleased” with the state of football in Queensland while backing Good Friday football in 2017.

The brutal hazards of being an AFL umpire

THIS ump did his best to stay upright after copping a big hit from former Saint Raph Clarke, but after a valiant effort he came crashing down.

Respect but Saints keen to spoil party

ST KILDA coach Alan Richardson has lauded record-breaking Kangaroo Brent Harvey but is adamant the Saints will be party-poopers on Saturday night.

Young Lion cruelly denied AFL debut

BRISBANE Lions defender Sam Skinner has been cruelly denied his first game in the AFL after he a setback with his already reconstructed knee at training.

Clarko to put aside friendship with Bolton

THERE’S no room for romance for Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson, who will face his former assistant coach Brendon Bolton for the first time in a premiership match.

Hungry Dogs ‘proud’ of Boyd deal

THE Western Bulldogs are adamant Tom Boyd won’t be told to take a pay cut and his big-money deal won’t stop them from being an active player in this year’s trade period.

The top five bargain buys of the decade

AFTER the incredible form spell of St Kilda defender Sean Dempster, Julian De Stoop lists his top five bargain buys of the last decade.

Behind the ink: Meet the real Tim Membrey

DO NOT judge a book a its cover, because then you will be doing St Kilda forward Tim Membrey a disservice. This is his story, from Swan to Saint.

New deal to see Goddard reach 300

ESSENDON captain Brendon Goddard says contract talks are progressing on a new deal which would allow him to reach 300 games next season.

Daisy Pearce open to tinkering with the rules

DAISY Pearce says she’s open to rule changes, as long as they enhance the women’s game to create a sustainable and entertaining product.

Menzel inspires, gives back after ACL pain

DANIEL Menzel has poured the heartbreak of four knee reconstructions into a new website designed to inspire local footballers sharing his plight.

Talent-rich Giants have big decisions to make

LEON Cameron is GWS’s coach and Jeremy Cameron is the franchise forward but as the Giants’ rise continues, the newest Cameron might be equally influentional.

Bomber Thompson reveals his favourite flag

FIVE-time premiership winner, Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson, reveals which flag was his biggest achievement.

Bombers find potential suitor for Pick 1

ESSENDON might have a buyer for Pick 1 in the national draft, with one club interested in acquiring a pick inside the top three.

Local stars get shot at Grand Final sprint

SUBURBAN and country footy stars now have the chance to take on the AFL’s fastest with a spot in the AFL Grand Final sprint up for grabs.

Clarko: Coach, commander, crooner

THERE’S been no campfires or Kumbaya — as far as we know — but it turns out Alastair Clarkson is rather fond of belting out a tune or two with his players.

Emotion alone not enough: Lyon

DOCKERS coach Ross Lyon says his team can’t rely on the emotion surrounding Matthew Pavlich’s 350-game milestone to get over the line against Sydney at Subi.

Late Mail: Will Crows run Talia risk?

ADELAIDE could make a last-minute decision on Daniel Talia against the bottom-placed Essendon as the defender recovers from a corked hip.

North expresses interest in Freo forward

A VICTORIAN club has expressed some interest in Fremantle’s free agent forward Chris Mayne, whom the Dockers expect to depart the club.

How the Eagles have lost their mojo in 2016

WEST COAST is lacking the “manic” energy that took it to a grand final in 2015, according to AFL 360 co-host Mark Robinson.

VFL ‘embarrassment’ as biter escapes ban

AFL Victoria is satisfied with a tribunal decision to let VFL star Myke Cook escape suspension despite pleading guilty to biting Melbourne young gun Clayton Oliver. SEE THE VISION

Behind the ink: Meet the real Tim Membrey

DO NOT judge a book a its cover, because then you will be doing St Kilda forward Tim Membrey a disservice. This is his story, from Swan to Saint.

The milestone Stewart wasn’t expecting

PAUL Stewart’s No. 14 will be etched onto his Alberton locker on Saturday on reaching a 100-game milestone he had banished from expectation.

Nankervis, Naismith ready for Dockers

SYDNEY will field its least experienced ruck pairing in decades this weekend after Toby Nankervis was called into the Swans squad to face Fremantle.

Boomer gathers with greats before game 427

WITH eight of the game’s greats gathering to help celebrate his historic milestone match, Brent Harvey says he finally had a chance to reflect on his career.

Lions to hit up AFL for more cash

THE AFL Commission will be presented with a tale of two cities when it meets in Brisbane on Friday — it has dropped the ball in Queensland and their presence there is long overdue.

Giants out to chase golden era of premierships

THE GWS Giants want to emulate the sustained success of power house clubs Geelong and Hawthorn, says assistant coach Alan McConnell.

How Giants’ journey mirrors grassroots clubs

ALAN McConnell says the Giants’ journey as “a young, emerging and developing club” mirrors the experience of many grassroots footy clubs.

Teams: Good news for Dogs, Nic Nat a chance?

AFTER a heartbreaking week on and off the field, the Western Bulldogs look set to welcome back Jake Stringer and Luke Dahlhaus. FULL TEAMS.

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