Schulz keeps grounded with charity work

GRANT Thomas’ fear of full-time AFL players losing perspective with the real world — a case made strongly by the former St Kilda coach this week — is well countered by Port Adelaide forward Jay Schulz.

Cloke will get special treatment: Eade

GOLD Coast coach Rodney Eade reckons Travis Cloke will get special treatment from umpires in after complaints from Collingwood.

Carlisle’s best not far away: Hird

JAKE Carlisle will play forward against Brisbane on Sunday with Essendon coach James Hird feeling his best form isn’t far away.

Lake return key to containing Swans

HAWTHORN coach Alastair Clarkson welcomed the flexibility down back with Brian Lake’s return for Saturday night’s Grand Final rematch.

Dank making killing on speaking circuit

THE man at the centre of the Essendon drugs scandal is making money out of his new-found celebrity in the Northern Territory.

Does ducking cloud Selwood’s reputation?

ISSUES surrounding players ducking into high tackles have ignited calls for the AFL to instigate a rare midyear change to rules.

How academy, father-son bidding works

CONFUSED by the AFL’s new bidding system for academy and father-son selections? We’ve listed everything you need to know in our cheat sheet.

Libba steal was last straw for AFL

WHEN the Western Bulldogs pounced on father-son gems Mitch Wallis with pick No.22 and Tom Liberatore at No.41, the AFL raised a concerned eyebrow.

Teams: Sidebottom, key Cats return

COLLINGWOOD has been boosted by the return of star Steele Sidebottom, while Geelong has re-called three veterans for its clash with Carlton. SEE TEAMS

Injuries no excuse — we must step up, says Walsh

ADELAIDE coach Phil Walsh has called on his injury-riddled team to “find a way’’ and step up to the challenge of beating top-five clubs GWS and Fremantle in the next two weeks.

Burgess defends Port training regime

PORT Adelaide fitness chief Darren Burgess is dismissing external views that the Power players were overloaded — and “cooked” in the Dubai heat — in their pre-season preparation.

Blues ‘devoid of confidence’: Mick

MICK Malthouse says questions about his future are “irrelevant” and talk of a Carlton rebuild has shattered his players’ confidence. REPLAY LIVE STREAM.

Tigers finding success in threes

RICHMOND is poised to stick with its three tall forward set-up against Port Adelaide on Sunday.

Injury strikes Metro’s top draft prospect

SAM Weideman’s chances of being selected in the top 10 the national draft have reached a hurdle after he re-aggravated an ankle stress fracture..

Cameron receives giant reality check

GWS Giants star Jeremy Cameron endured a humbling experience when he conceded victory to a local footballer in a goalkicking challenge.

Boot is now on other foot for this Tiger of old

JAY Schulz will wear his fourth pair of boots in eight weeks tomorrow. And the Power key forward would love to say he has worn out three pairs with record-breaking goalkicking feats.

O’Kearney the one to watch for Vic Metro

VIC Metro midfielder Nick O’Kearney is one to watch at the upcoming Under 18s National Championships.

Who’s on your club’s father-son radar

THEY’RE the giftwrapped AFL young guns who promise everything their dads did and more. Here are your club’s father-son prospects for season 2016.

Friday Night Bites: Cats v Blues

FOX Footy previews Friday night’s clash between Geelong and Carlton at Etihad Stadium, with both having a lot to play for.

Friday flashback: Was it touched?

WAS Peter Riccardi’s famous matchwinning goal against the Blues in 2002 touched? On the day the Cats and Blues meet again, we revisit that match in our Friday Flashback.

No end in sight for old Dog Murphy

BOB Murphy says he doesn’t feel old after signing on to lead the Western Bulldogs again next season.

VIDEO: Parker a SuperCoach bargain

WHILE SuperCoach owners jump on Tom Rockliff, is could Luke Parker be going under the radar? WATCH The SuperCoach Match Committee.

Will new father-son rule “end the romance”?

FOOTBALL’S new, complex father-son draft system - delivered by the AFL tonight - will need to be sold to fans who are at risk of being confused by the game’s most “romantic” rule.

Drafting Pendles ‘no mistake’: Hine

WHILE some within the industry thought drafting Scott Pendlebury with pick No. 5 in the 2005 national draft was a “monumental mistake”, almost a decade later its proven an inspired choice.

LIVE: Round 8 AFL teams

COLLINGWOOD could be boosted by the return of star Steele Sidebottom, while Jack Watts might be named when the Round 8 teams drop. LIVE CHAT

Hinkley not tearing his (or others) hair out

POWER coach Ken Hinkley has his hand nowhere near the panic button and still has faith in his players as the club seeks to arrest a two-week losing run against Richmond on Sunday.

Jenkins, Ellis-Yolmen fit to take on Giants challenge

CROWS coach Phil Walsh says key forward Josh Jenkins and midfielder Cam Ellis-Yolmen are fit to play against GWS at Spotless Stadium on Saturday.

Is this the biggest bargain in SuperCoach history?

FIRE sale! The SuperCoach banker is throwing out one of the best scorers in the game at an insane price — don’t miss out!

LIVE: Mick Malthouse fronts the media

CARLTON Coach Mick Malthouse will speak to the media for the first time since the club’s disastrous GWS performance. WATCH LIVE AT 10.15AM.

Women’s game a pathway to national comp

WOMEN’S football’s leading stars say the exhibition match between Melbourne and the Bulldogs is a pathway to a national competition.

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