Ahmed Saad devastated, not defeated

AHMED Saad talks exclusively to the Sunday Herald Sun for the first time since receiving an 18-month ban for taking a banned supplement.

Cassisi future up in the air

POWER veteran Dom Cassisi is no certainty to return to the line-up anytime soon after being denied an opportunity in the SANFL.

Crows hope 13 is the lucky number

THE golden number to guarantee a top-eight spot is generally considered to be 13 wins and Adelaide still believes they can play finals.

Two’s company for Diesel

IN THE first two chapters of his AFL career, Greg Williams couldn’t have cared if he’d worn No.99 on his back.

Judd has nothing left to prove

CARLTON supporters — and all footy fans — should do themselves a favour over the next six games and go along and see Chris Judd play.

Suns, Lions must access local talent

RETIRED Western Bulldogs player Tom Williams is a perfect reason why there is a key role for AFL club academies in the northern states.

Calls to axe BT for “poofter” jibe

BRIAN Taylor has sparked outrage by calling Geelong defender Harry Taylor a “big poofter” on national TV.

Crows still in the finals hunt

PATRICK Dangerfield says Adelaide is “well and truly in the hunt” for a finals berth despite leaving themselves with a mountain to climb in the final six rounds.

Smooth sailing after GWS win: Clarko

ALASTAIR Clarkson says the illness which forced him out of the Hawthorn coaching box only caused a major disruption in the first week.

Kangaroos breeze by wayward Saints

NORTH Melbourne avoided a repeat of the Gabba debacle a fortnight ago by doing what it needed to against an inaccurate St Kilda in Hobart.

SuperCoach Studs and Duds

TOP SCORERS: PATRICK Dangerfield set the mark at 159 SuperCoach points but not for long as Todd Goldstein accumulated 166 to snare top billing.

Free agent Frawley’s price dives

ON MORE than one occasion today, James Frawley inadvertently kicked it to the blue and white hoops of Geelong. Will he be doing it more next year?

LIVE: Dees take on Cats, Roos host Saints

GEELONG and North Melbourne will be looking for percentage boosts today as they look to shore up their finals hopes.

Hawks defence holds firm without Lake

HAWTHORN coach Alastair Clarkson gave his backline qualified praise in its first outing since the suspension of key defender Brian Lake.

Which is the best team of the past 50 years?

MICK Malthouse says Sydney has the “strongest” list he has seen in 42 years of footy. But are the Swans the greatest? VOTE AND HAVE YOUR SAY

Saad deserves a second chance: Watters

FORMER St Kilda coach Scott Watters has urged every club to consider giving banned forward Ahmed Saad a second AFL lifeline at this year’s draft.

Bucks spray helps Witts graduate

JARROD Witts wishes his fierce internal drive was reflected on the football field so he wasn’t accused of a laconic, laid-back air.

No.1 tag a blessing and curse

COME November, one youngster will be honoured with the No.1 draft pick but it isn’t always plain sailing, writes Jon Anderson.

LIVE: Swans v Blues, Lions v Eagles

SYDNEY leads Carlton by eight points at quarter time in a tight clash at the SCG, while West Coast leads Brisbane. FOLLOW IT LIVE

Judd could finish career in the west

CHRIS Judd could make an emotional playing farewell in Perth in a star-studded international rules game at Patersons Stadium in November.

Macrae, Bulldogs outshine Suns

JACKSON Macrae produced a career-high 43 disposals to inspire the Western Bulldogs to victory over the Gold Coast in Cairns.

Heppell is Essendon’s hair apparent

IN an era where confusion reigns over the status of AFL players as role models, Essendon’s Dyson Heppell embraces his celebrity.

Age no barrier for Boomer, Lenny

IT was veterans day in Hobart with Brent Harvey and Lenny Hayes flying the flag for their respective clubs.

Cats don’t know where they sit

GEELONG coach Chris Scott admits he is not sure how his team stacks up against the other top four contenders, but he’s eager to find out.

Too many Demons ‘weren’t interested’

MELBOURNE COACH Paul Roos concedes that some Demons had lacked an appetite for the contest in their 66-point loss to Geelong at the MCG.

Frawley at mercy of Cats’ leaders

GEELONG has already asked its on-field leaders for feedback on the Cats’ plans to lure Melbourne free agent James Frawley.

Business as usual against Cats’ bunnies

WHEN GEELONG looks at the Melbourne fixture it must not so much pencil in a win as ink in a percentage boost.

AFL ump makes shocking call, ‘retard’ remark

THEATRICAL AFL umpire “Razor” Ray Chamberlain has come under scrutiny over a terrible call and an insensitive remark in last night’s Adelaide-Hawthorn clash.

Gunston guides Hawks to win over Crows

JACK Gunston came back to haunt his former club as Adelaide’s finals hopes took a hit at Adelaide Oval last night.

Surgery validates Ablett’s decision

SURGERY revealed that Gary Ablett’s injured shoulder was far worse than initially believed, validating his season-ending operation.

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