Papley exceeding his own expectations

SYDNEY Swans young gun Tom Papley might have rivalled Leicester City as the sporting bet of the year, if only the bookies knew who he was.

Fans have field day with Hawks frees

THE AFL says Isaac Smith wasn’t holding the ball but fans disagree, with Hawthorn’s latest escape last Friday night sparking an influx of hilarious memes on social media.

The most humiliating part of Freo’s loss

THERE are ample clangers to choose from, but one turnover against Carlton perfectly summarises Fremantle’s unexpectedly horrid start to 2016. PODCAST

Kochie slammed for breaking code

A STRING of AFL premiership stars have lined up to slam David Koch for a blunder the Seven star refuses to back away from.

Port to face Tigers without Trengove

PORT Adelaide’s job against Richmond Saturday night just got a bit harder with key back Jackson Trengove rubbed out of the MCG clash.

Hawks playing ‘OK’ footy: Frawley

THE reigning premier sits fifth on the ladder and is 4-1, but Hawthon defender James Frawley says its football has only been “OK” in recent weeks.

Lions got ahead of themselves

BRISBANE Lions defender Darcy Gardiner concedes the players got ahead of themselves after their QClash upset before being belting by the Western Bulldogs.

Harden up! Why Hawks bashing is off the mark

DOES Hawthorn get preferential treatment from umpires? Was David Koch right to criticise his players? What’s with comparisons between football and war?

Who falls victim to ‘not-good-enough’ rule?

JAKE’S TAKE: FORGET the ‘Round 7 Rule’, September aspirants are falling victim to the ‘Not-Good-Enough Rule’ in season 2016, writes Jake Niall.

Casualty Ward: Tiger, Magpie, Swan hurt

JACK Riewoldt and Chad Wingard are in doubt for Round 6, while Travis Varcoe, Nat Fyfe and Michael Johnson have been ruled out. CASUALTY WARD.

Media watch: What got Chris Scott fired up?

GEELONG coach Chris Scott has denied he said anything untoward to Port Adelaide midfielder Hamish Hartlett during Saturday night’s fiery game.

Mason ‘gave us everything’, now for Eagles

MASON Cox is set to retain his place as the forward line spearhead against West Coast after the bold move to select him ahead of Travis Cloke paid dividends.

Steele goes sick to destroy Bombers

STEELE Sidebottom entered Monday’s Anzac Day clash pale in the face. After just 30 explosive minutes he had the entire Essendon contingent feeling off colour.

Steele shines as Pies dominate woeful Dons

STEELE Sidebottom’s dominant ANZAC Medal-earning performance powered Collingwood to an emphatic win over Essendon at the MCG.

Hazards of life as a footy photographer

VIDEO: HERALD Sun photographer Michael Klein didn’t expect to get this close to the action during Monday’s Anzac Day clash at the MCG.

Hayne roasted for ‘doing bugger all’ in US

JARRYD Hayne hasn’t impressed everyone with his NFL transition, and he copped an absolute shellacking on Tuesday afternoon.

‘Tweaks’ helped Pies claim reassuring win

COLLINGWOOD recruit Jeremy Howe described the club’s big ANZAC Day win as reassuring after the club’s indifferent start to the season.

Double blow for injury-hit Bulldogs

WESTERN Bulldogs will be without nuggety midfielder Caleb Daniel for Friday night’s blockbuster against North Melbourne, while Matt Suckling will miss a month with a knee injury.

‘This goes against my moral fibre’

SUSPENDED Richmond defender Alex Rance has made an emotional apology for his ‘dumb, stupid’ hit on Melbourne’s Jack Watts after accepting a two-match striking ban.

Morale low at Tigers, says Riewoldt

RICHMOND star Jack Riewoldt admits morale isn’t great at Punt Rd but backs the Tigers to pull off their almost-customary Houdini act to play finals for a fourth year running.

Why Vander Haar was ahead of his time

FOR A footballer with a severe dislike of discipline, Paul Vander Haar’s cautious attitude towards concussion in the 1980s was somewhat of a paradox.

Hawks opt out of women’s league

SUBMISSIONS for teams in the first AFL women’s competition close on Friday — and Hawthorn won’t be part of it.

How Cox could inspire American AFL influx

A GROUP of athletes in Los Angeles, California watched Mason Cox’s incredible debut on Monday, and chances are one of them will follow in the Collingwood ruckman’s footsteps.

Catch? Yards? US media’s take on Mason Cox

US VIEW: MASON Cox’s sensational AFL debut didn’t go unnoticed by the American media. But they may need to brush up on some terminology.

Report card: Freo finished, Pies rebound

ROUND 5 delivered more surprises and talking points than any other so far this season. Which teams are under the pump, and who is rising? REPORT CARD.

Surprise packet Papley a Rising Star

THE rise of the little men continued last night with diminutive Sydney forward Tom Papley’s swift AFL transition earning him the Round 5 Rising Star.

Silver lining for slow-starting Dons

LOOKING down the barrel of a record-breaking Anzac Day defeat, Essendon coach John Worsfold appealed to his players at half time to show something in the second half. SEE WOOSHA SPEAK

Three Word Analysis: Lid wobbling furiously

SOMETIMES all the analysis is too much. Sometimes you don’t have time to read the full story. Sometimes you just need a Three Word Analysis. ROUND 5 RECAP.

Williams proud to have defied Giant odds

ZAC Williams was forced to scrap from the bottom up after coming to the Giants via the AFL rookie list.

The American Dream: Cox’s incredible start

MASON Cox wasted no time making an impact in his AFL debut. The 211cm Texan had the MCG buzzing when he kicked the opening goal of the match for Collingwood. VIDEO

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