Finals experience vital for young Cats

TOM Hawkins says Geelong’s golden era is far from over as none of the Cats’ champions are expected to retire this off-season.

Players will dictate future: Selwood

GEELONG captain Joel Selwood says his team has a choice to make during the upcoming pre-season.

Young Roo on cloud nine after win

WHEN North Melbourne vice-captain Jack Ziebell speared his side 32 points clear in the last quarter of Friday night’s thriller at least one Cat suspected they were cooked.

We can bring down Swans: Firrito

NORTH Melbourne veteran Michael Firrito is adamant a shock Grand Final berth is within reach, saying his side’s even spread of talent can again upset the superstar Sydney line-up.

Aspley beats Swans in NEAFL decider

PINT-sized Daniel Smith lived every footballer’s fantasy, kicking a last-second goal in a grand final to hand Aspley a miraculous NEAFL premiership over Sydney.

Let Boomer play: Archer

KANGAROOS great Glenn Archer says he would be gutted if Brent Harvey misses Friday night’s preliminary final against Sydney at ANZ Stadium over his clash with Geelong captain Joel Selwood.

We’re peaking at right time: Dal

NORTH Melbourne has its devastating ball use back with Nick Dal Santo describing last night’s fast start against Geelong as good as anything the team has produced this year.

Too little, too late for Cats

IF NOTHING else Geelong proved there was life left in its sustained run of dominance yet.

Hey Cats, anyone on Sam Gibson?

AMID the truly remarkable spectacle of North Melbourne’s win over Geelong, a question has to be asked: anyone see Sam Gibson?

Powering up to shock Dockers with stranglehold

POWER will employ a defence-first strategy as it seeks to move into a preliminary final by beating Fremantle at Patersons Stadium on Saturday.

Parting shots: Kayne touches the sky

TOM Hawkins kicked three goals in six minutes to almost snatch victory, but Kayne Turner typified North Melbourne’s will to win.

Demons back in the black

MELBOURNE chief executive Peter Jackson has achieved a football miracle with the Demons preparing to declare a small profit this year.

Saints join fight for Giant Jaksch

ST KILDA has joined the race for GWS Giants swingman Kristian Jaksch in a bid to secure another blue-chip key position player.

Dockers wield too much power for Port

THE ruck battle is just one area of the ground where Ross Lyon’s Fremantle will be too strong for the impressive Port Adelaide.

Travis Boak has the Power to win

HIS coaches and teammates could see it in Travis Boak’s eyes all last week: an intense resolve to put in an influential game in the elimination final against Richmond.

Big Roo marks win with golden moment

ONE thought in Todd Goldstein’s mind as Andrew Mackie’s long kick came floating in with 30 seconds left was: “Don’t be the one who lets a Geelong player take a mark.”

Black builds confidence from Cats win

AARON Black admits the support of coach Brad Scott helped him through a difficult personal season that has seen him manage a few niggling injury issues.

Roos finding their bounce at ideal time

DREW Petrie says North Melbourne has made big improvements since its watershed smashing of Sydney in Round 4.

Ryder only leaves if Bombers compensated

ESSENDON remains adamant Paddy Ryder would only choose to leave if the club was compensated with a top player and early draft choice.

Burning Questions: Freo v Port

LIVE COVERAGE: Fremantle or Port Adelaide? Reigning premiers Hawthorn await the victors of tonight’s sudden-death semi-final.

Cats put eggs in Frawley basket

GEELONG has confirmed its interest in Melbourne’s James Frawley, with coach Chris Scott saying the Demon is the Cats’ only free agency target.

Selwood quiet on Boomer clash

GEELONG captain Joel Selwood has refused to comment on a clash with Brent Harvey that will attract AFL match review panel scrutiny.

Injuries no excuse for exit: Scott

GEELONG coach Chris Scott refused to blame part-time ruckmen Mark Blicavs and Josh Walker for his side’s agonising finals exit at the MCG last night.

Roos escape Cats comeback in thriller

NORTH Melbourne is through to a preliminary final against Sydney after holding off a desperate Geelong comeback in a thriller.

Roos’ generation next arrives just in time

GENERATION next is suddenly generation now. But just ... and only just ... as North Melbourne set up a preliminary final showdown.

Saint Nick to play on in 2016

ST KILDA great Nick Riewoldt will play on until at least 2016 with the Saints about to offer their captain another contract extension.

Fletch, Licka to play on in 2015

ESSENDON veterans Dustin Fletcher and Jason Winderlich will resist retirement and play on next year in a win for the Bombers.

Higgins still talking to Bulldogs

SHAUN Higgins remains in talks with the Western Bulldogs, with his manager insisting the free agent doesn’t want to leave the kennel.

Lyon or Hinkley: who would you rather?

ROSS “The Boss” Lyon or Calm Kenny Hinkley? They are contrasting coaching styles but which would you prefer, asks Gerard Whateley.

Hinkley: Lyon’s words not a dig at Power

PORT Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley thinks Fremantle rival Ross Lyon was lining up the Dockers — not the Power — with his “men win footy games” mantra.

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