Buddy, Parker see Swans escape Lions’ den

SWANS superstar Lance Franklin was the difference as Sydney held off a brave Brisbane to claim a hard-fought three-point win at the Gabba.

We don’t need to rebuild: Tigers

RICHMOND insists it doesn’t need to rebuild and has defended its recruiting strategy as its nightmare season lurches from bad to worse.

‘Look, David was a sniper’

COLLINGWOOD premiership player Denis Banks conceded he would be suspended for eight to 10 matches these days for his 1986 hit on Carlton’s David Rhys-Jones.

Stats confirm Eagles’ home truths

WEST Coast has the biggest drop-off between performances at home and on the road in the competition, again raising the unwanted tag of flat-track bullies.

Dimma: We’re just not good enough

RICHMOND has lurched deeper into disarray after a fifth straight loss so deplorable coach Damien Hardwick compared the Tigers to a local side.

Cats demolish Suns in a canter

GEELONG has crushed Gold Coast by 120 points at Simonds Stadium to win its fifth game for the season.

Re-live: Tigers lose again, Cats thrash Suns

PORT ADELAIDE sent Richmond to its fifth straight defeat, recording a comfortable victory at the MCG on Saturday night. RE-LIVE THE ACTION.

Clubs jostling for women’s league spots

A POTENTIAL $1 million bill hasn’t deterred clubs from rushing to win first-mover advantage in the national women’s football league.

Keays has Lions blood in the veins

BRISBANE debutant Ben Keays has the Lions in his blood as he follows in the footballing footsteps of his great grandfather Fred Keays.

Video: Hawk KO’d in big bump by own teammate

CAN you get weeks for sending your own teammate flying? Ben Stratton will be hoping not. WATCH THE INCIDENT.

Bulldogs to open Beveridge contract talks

THE Western Bulldogs will open discussions with coach Luke Beveridge about a contract extension in the coming months, expecting him to have a “long stay” at Whitten Oval.

Roos disputes complacency claims

DANNY Frawley says Melbourne players “got ahead of themselves” talking prematurely about their finals ambitions leading into Saturday’s loss to St Kilda.

Selfish Stringer will learn from mistakes

JAKE Stringer is guilty of selfish play at times, Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge concedes but he is confident the young star will learn.

Live: Giants hold upper hand against Hawks

HAWTHORN looks well below its best against GWS at Spotless Stadium, with the midfield battle almost entirely favouring Leon Cameron’s men. LIVE COVERAGE

Saints prove to be Dees’ devils yet again

THE past and the future haunted Melbourne on Saturday as it lost for a 13th consecutive time against a white-hot St Kilda.

Hardwick: I can still take Tigers forward

DAMIEN Hardwick says he is the man to quickly arrest Richmond’s dramatic slump, with the Tigers adamant they do not need to rebuild.

Live: Lions host Sydney, Blues v Bombers

BRISBANE will host Sydney on Sunday, while Carlton and Essendon will face-off at the MCG before West Coast meet Collingwood. LIVE COVERAGE.

Dockers prepare long-term Fyfe deal

FREMANTLE is preparing to offer injured superstar Nat Fyfe a monster long-term deal that would make him the centrepiece of the club’s revival plans.

‘The goals will come eventually’

FOCUS on what you can control, and the goals will come.

What the coaches said on Saturday

HEAR from the winning and losing coaches from Saturday’s games as the Saints, Crows, Giants, Cats and Power bank wins.

Tigers on the brink as Port storms home

RICHMOND’S season is on life support. As the final siren echoed around a deserted MCG on Saturday night those that were left booed.

Welcome to the ‘House of Pain’

IN case Collingwood defender Nathan Brown forgets how hard it is for visiting teams to beat West Coast at Subiaco Oval, he has his twin brother issuing reminders.

Live: Tigers, Port scrappy, Cats lead Suns

RICHMOND and Port Adelaide are playing out a scrappy encounter at the MCG, as Geelong takes an early lead over Gold Coast. LIVE COVERAGE.

Giants bulldoze Hawks in stunning upset

GWS has defeated Hawthorn by 75 points to announce itself as a genuine premiership contender at Spotless Stadium.

Video: Hodge and Stevie J go toe-to-toe

WATCH as old rivals Luke Hodge and Steve Johnson go toe-to-toe in a fiery encounter between the Hawks and the Giants. VIDEO HERE.

Dockers still searching for first win

FREMANTLE will continue its search for the first win of its calamitous season when it hosts giant-killing Greater Western Sydney on Saturday night.

Why Saints felt they were in with a shot

ST KILDA young gun Jack Billings believes Melbourne was ripe for the picking this weekend as the Dees chased their third straight victory.

Crows cruise over wayward Dockers

RORY Sloane starred and ace Eddie Betts booted four goals to lead Adelaide to a 33-point and hand Fremantle an unwanted AFL record.

A ‘nearly’ day for the Dees’ debutant

IT was a ‘nearly’ day for Christian Petracca, as the Melbourne midfielder made his long-awaited debut for the club.

Are Kangas cashing in on cosy draw?

THE Kangaroos are 6-0 and sit atop the ladder, but have simply cashed in on a favourable draw so far according to a former club great. Vote: Do you think North can win the flag?

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