How young Judd was inspired by Barassi

CHRIS Judd first learned about the power of Ron Barassi as an eight-year-old kid with big dreams.

GWS set to secure gun Riverina midfielder

THE AFL’s controversial northern academies are set to bear more fruit with Riverina teen Jacob Hopper almost certain to be headed to Greater Western Sydney.

Collingwood’s plan to avoid injury setbacks

COLLINGWOOD coach Nathan Buckley says he will look to “spread the load” this year in a bid to avoid a repeat of the calamitous run of injuries in 2014.

The historic transfer that changed AFL

IN football terms, it’s been called the equivalent of the “Big Bang Theory”, that one seismic moment that changed everything.

Goodes could go on past 2015: O’Loughlin

FORMER Sydney champion predicts there are more years left in Swans hero Adam Goodes.

Jakovich turns spotlight to Chris Masten

WEST Coast great Glen Jakovich has turned a blowtorch on Eagles midfielder Chris Masten to be a barometer to his old club’s finals ambitions this year.

How fitness helped Port find their Power

HOW fitness coach Darren Burgess borrowed from other sports to help Port Adelaide turn itself around through running.

Vickery poised to perform: Griffiths

TYRONE Vickery is ready to turn withering pre-season form into a quality season, according to fellow Tigers forward Ben Griffiths.

Griffen thriving under Giant anonymity

IN the short history of the Giants Ryan Griffen is unique, he’s the first player to choose them rather than the Giants chose him.

Crawf joins Hawk greats in hall of fame

LIKE MOST of the 40 men he will join in Hawthorn Football Club’s hall of fame, Shane Crawford played his first and last game alongside premiership heroes.

Kangas OK despite bruising session

NORTH Melbourne endured a bruising match simulation session on Friday, but the silver lining was in the key position players out on the track.

Who is your club’s next skipper?

WITH Ollie Wines’ elevation to the Port Adelaide leadership group after just two seasons, SuperFooty nominates your club’s next skipper.

Essendon agrees to play in NAB Challenge

UPDATE: ESSENDON will field a team in the NAB Challenge using as many as 15 top-up players after reaching a compromise with the AFL.

Dons’ pre-season fate to be revealed

AFL operations manager Mark Evans is set to reveal the level of Essendon’s NAB Challenge participation later today.

Ball, Sewell join new-look MRP

THE AFL has appointed a star-studded match review panel featuring premiership experience to bed down its radical overhaul of the judicial system.

Rare footage of Carlton hero Barassi

CARLTON has unearthed rare colour footage of Ron Barassi’s first pre-season as captain-coach of the Blues, 50 years on.

Rare footage of Carlton hero Barassi

CARLTON has unearthed rare colour footage of Ron Barassi’s first pre-season as captain-coach of the Blues, 50 years on.

Pies president warns of AFL pick-pocketing

MAGPIES president Eddie McGuire has warned that the AFL would try to pick the club’s pockets when competitive balance measures come into play this season.

Crows’ secret weapon in staying injury-free

ADELAIDE has revealed one of the secrets behind its lowest soft tissue injury rate in club history.

Duffy determined to take Freo to AFL finals

VETERAN Fremantle defender Paul Duffield is approaching the end of a contract but is no hurry to go anywhere except another AFL finals series.

Essendon reach deal for NAB Challenge

SENIOR Essendon players reluctantly agreed to a compromise deal yesterday that will see up to 15 VFL “top-up” players used in the NAB Challenge.

How young Judd was inspired by Barassi

CHRIS Judd first learned about the power of Ron Barassi as an eight-year-old kid with big dreams.

Docker Fyfe suffers minor hamstring strain

FREMANTLE AFL midfielder Nat Fyfe has suffered a minor hamstring strain during match simulation training.

‘Finals in ’15, or else’: Suns chairman

SUNS chairman John Witheriff is not afraid to drop the F-word, because after five years at the Suns, nothing less will be considered a pass mark.

Dons turn up heat on training track

FITNESS won’t be an issue for any Essendon player chosen to play that first NAB Challenge match against St Kilda after an intense training session.

Clubs at odds with father-son overhaul

SELF-interest will dominate club feedback on the AFL’s radical overhaul of the father-son and academy player bidding system.

Buddy a no-show for All Stars game

SUPERSTAR Lance Franklin has pulled out of the Indigenous All Stars game against West Coast with knee soreness.

Breust’s knee ‘good as gold’

HAWTHORN has moved to allay fears that gun forward Luke Breust injured a knee in match simulation at Waverley Park on Friday morning.

Crows, Power score $3m windfall

PORT Adelaide’s blueprint for a profit this year — after a $2.5 million loss last season — is to be underwritten by a new deal at Adelaide Oval.

State leagues in dark on top-up plan

THE AFL and Essendon are yet to contact state leagues requesting top-up players for the NAB Challenge.

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