Good Friday footy a possibility in 2017

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said he is personally divided on the notion of playing on Good Friday, but said it remains a possibility for next year.

Late Mail: Roos hoping for some good news

NORTH MELBOURNE will be hoping for some positive news on the injury front ahead of its crucial clash with Collingwood on Friday night.

AFL clarifies rushed rule with coaches

THE AFL has moved to clarify the contentious deliberate rushed behind rule with all 18 coaches for the remainder of the season, insisting there had been no interpretation change.

How do the Lions start selling hope?

ONE of the subtle arts of football is selling hope. But the Lions could find that difficult under Justin Leppitsch, writes Julian De Stoop.

Ablett rules out fairytale return to Cats

SUPERSTAR midfielder Gary Ablett has ruled out returning to Geelong to finish his illustrious career.

‘The Pies were the one thing that let him down’

PORT Adelaide champion Kane Cornes believes 300-game Crow Scott Thompson was ‘let down’ by Collingwood last weekend.

Eagles’ Mackenzie back, Yarran’s Freo debut

DEFENDER Eric Mackenzie is back for West Coast, which has wielded the axe ahead of Saturday’s clash with Melbourne at Subiaco Oval. ROUND 18 TEAMS

Stevens jailed for bashing ex-partner

FORMER AFL player and woman-basher Nick Stevens is behind bars after failing a last-ditch bid to avoid a prison term for savage domestic violence, including kicking his ex as she lay on the ground.

Teams: Lachie no lock, debutants galore

LACHIE Henderson’s fate is in the hand of doctors, while Essendon, Fremantle and Gold Coast will all blood debutants. ROUND 18 TEAMS.

Scott searching for flag form

GEELONG coach Chris Scott knows the clock is ticking as the Cats try to rediscover the form that earned them the tag of premiership favourite.

We’ve got bigger fish to fry: Kennedy

SYDNEY midfielder Josh Kennedy says he’s not thinking about Michael Talia’s drugs charges, it’s the to Hawthorn he’s been losing the most sleep over.

The toughest call umpires have to make

AFL OUTSIDER: Paul Puopolo was trying to do the unthinkable ... the umpires saw it as illegal. An ump explains why it’s not their fault the deliberate rule is driving you nuts.

The player your club has missed most in 2016

THE fitter the list, the better chance of success your club has come September. But some injuries are more devastating than others. YOUR CLUB’S BIG OUT

Why the time is right to unleash Francis

THOUGHT Darcy Parish was an exciting prospect, Bombers fans? Just wait until you see another of your club’s young guns unleashed on an AFL field this weekend.

Enter at own risk: Dogs allowed at AFL House

WHO let the dogs ... in? It’s a question that doesn’t need to be asked at AFL House as league employees have been granted permission to bring one pooch to work per week.

Why Cyril might just be the best in the comp

FORGET about the best player at Hawthorn, you can easily mount a case that Cyril Rioli is the best player in the competition, writes Jake Niall.

Saints ready for test against the best

ST KILDA knows it can’t afford to look beyond the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium in its pursuit for the unlikeliest of finals appearances.

Gill’s ‘man crush’ on the US Veep

UNITED States “VP” Joe Biden turned on the charm in Melbourne last weekend, with AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan admitting that he was bowled over by the second most powerful man in the world.

Ablett rules out return to Cats

SUPERSTAR midfielder Gary Ablett has ruled out returning to Geelong to finish his illustrious career.

No stress over Rockliff contract delay

BRISBANE CEO Greg Swann insists Lions captain Tom Rockliff is not a divisive figure at the Gabba and there is no “stress’’ about his stalled contract talks.

Roos need spark to halt slump: King

ANALYST David King says North Melbourne’s issues go deeper than players out of form and the Roos have a “whole host of problems” to address if they are to arrest their slide.

St Kilda joins race for banned Bomber

ST KILDA has registered its interest in Essendon’s star defender Michael Hurley in the event the suspended All-Australian decides to leave.

Watch out Boomer — Sam far from finished

AHEAD of Sam Mitchell’s 300th game, former teammate Ben Dixon provides an insight into what makes the champion tick — and why his career is far from over.

Jack gives Demons Watts they want

MELBOURNE has secured the prized signature of improving forward Jack Watts, who has committed to the club for a further three seasons.

Jenkins to remain a Crow with five-year deal

ADELAIDE has finally secured the signature of Josh Jenkins, with the forward-ruckman committing to the Crows for another five years.

Dog act? Hawks stitch up Mitch

EVEN if you’re about to become a 300-game superstar of your club, it seems that is no longer enough to make you immune from a stitch up from said club.

Pride Game critics not a concern: Finnis

WHEN St Kilda approached the AFL in 2014 to hold a Pride Game, it did so in the knowledge that there would be a groundswell of critics. They were right.

Yarran to make AFL debut against Suns

SHANE Yarran will take another step in a remarkable life transformation on Saturday when he makes his AFL debut in Fremantle’s clash with Gold Coast.

Proud Ward prepared to make GWS history

GWS co-captain Callan Ward is proud of the journey the Giants have taken as he prepares to become the first player to play 100 games for the club in its history.

Deledio set to miss clash with Hawks

RICHMOND coach Damien Hardwick has all but put a line through injured star Brett Deledio for Sunday’s game against Hawthorn.

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