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Leon Cameron hails selfless GWS namesake

GWS forward star Jeremy Cameron's hot early season goalkicking form has cooled, but he's the ultimate selfless player according to his coach.

Cripps needed more help: Bolton

Carlton AFL captain Patrick Cripps should have got more help, according to Blues' coach Brendan Bolton after the midfield champion suffered a rare off day.

The 10 best moments from round 9, 2019 | AFL

McEvoy joins Hawks growing AFL injury list

Ben McEvoy is one of several Hawthorn players battling injury to play against Port Adelaide in Launceston in round 10.

Mumford, Varcoe in AFL match review danger

GWS ruckman Shane Mumford, Collingwood's Travis Varcoe and Sydney's Luke Parker could all be in the crosshairs of the AFL's match review officer.

GWS Giants v Carlton Match Highlights | Round 9, 2019 | AFL

Huge AFL loss renews pressure on Bolton

Blues coach BRENDON BOLTON looks on during a Carlton Blues AFL Media Opportunity at Highgate Reserve in Melbourne, Australia.

Carlton's thumping AFL loss to Greater Western Sydney spells trouble for coach Brendon Bolton, while Richmond have posted another convincing win.

GWS smash Carlton by 93 in AFL rout

HARRY MCKAY of the Blues kicks the ball during the AFL JLT Community Series match between the Carlton Blues and the St Kilda Saints at Ikon Park in Melbourne, Australia.

GWS Giants have increased last-placed Carlton's AFL woes with a 93-point thrashing of the Blues at Giants Stadium.

Richmond v Hawthorn Match Highlights | Round 9, 2019 | AFL

What happened in round nine of the AFL

LIAM RYAN of the Eagles is tackled by DARGY TUCKER of the Dockers during the JLT Community Series AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles at HBF Arena in Perth, Australia.

Geelong and Collingwood continued their winning ways, Melbourne lost again and Sydney prevailed in a thriller in round nine of the AFL season.

Tigers cruise past injury-hit Hawks in AFL

DUSTIN MARTIN of the Tigers handpasses the ball under pressure during the JLT Community Series AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Richmond Tigers at Norm Minns Oval in Wangaratta, Australia.

Richmond have scored a 36-point win over an injury-hit Hawthorn at the MCG.

Port Adelaide v Gold Coast Match Highlights | Round 9, 2019 | AFL

Hinkley likes look of Port's AFL future

KEN HINKLEY the coach of the Power looks on during a Port Adelaide Power AFL training session at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley is heartened by the fine displays of a batch of inexperienced players in a 38-point AFL win over Gold Coast.

AFL players 'suffering in silence': Scott

JOEL SELWOOD (left) and Chris Scott, Senior Coach of the Cats share a laugh during a Geelong Cats AFL training session at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, Australia.

Geelong coach Chris Scott hopes Western Bulldogs premiership hero Tom Boyd can one day return to the AFL after retiring due to mental health issues.

Port Adelaide beat Gold Coast in AFL slog

TRAVIS BOAK of the Power passes the ball during the AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Port Adelaide Power at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Port Adelaide have defeated Gold Coast by 38 points in Sunday's AFL game at a rain-soaked Adelaide Oval.

Bombers happy to grind out ugly AFL win

Dockers head coach ROSS LYON walks off at quarter time during the AFL match between North Melbourne v Fremantle at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

It wasn't pretty but Essendon coach John Worsfold is delighted with his side's hard-fought AFL win over Fremantle at Marvel Stadium.

No Kennedy, no worries for gutsy AFL Swans

Swans coach JOHN LONGMIRE looks on during the Sydney Swans AFL pre-season training session at Lakeside Oval in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney coach John Longmire has lauded his AFL side's heart and determination to defeat North Melbourne in Hobart despite losing several key players.

Sydney deny Roos in Hobart AFL thriller

LANCE FRANKLIN of the Swans celebrates with fans after the AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Essendon Bombers at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney have withstood a late North Melbourne comeback to prevail by five points in a gripping and spiteful AFL clash in Hobart.

Bombers hold off late Dockers surge in AFL

DYLAN SHIEL poses during the Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL media day in Sydney, Australia.

Essendon have held off a stirring late charge by Fremantle to score a seven-point AFL win at Marvel Stadium.

Fort makes impressive AFL debut for Cats

Cats head coach CHRIS SCOTT walks from the field prior to the First AFL Preliminary Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Geelong Cats at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

Darcy Fort has booted three goals in an impressive AFL debut for Geelong with coach Chris Scott calling the 25-year-old a "genuine big target talent".

Saints lose fourth-straight in AFL slump

St Kilda's problems in their forward half came back to bite them again in Saturday's AFL loss to Collingwood at the MCG.

Home form leading Lions' AFL rise

CHRIS FAGAN, Senior Coach of the Lions looks on during the Brisbane Lions AFL pre-season training session at University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston, Australia.

Adelaide have joined the list of AFL teams to head to Brisbane this season and leave defeated with the Lions sitting proudly in the top four.

Lions hold out Crows in AFL thriller

EDDIE BETTS of the Crows celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Adelaide Crows at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Brisbane have held on against a fast-finishing Adelaide to secure a one-point AFL win over the Crows at the Gabba.

Lewis Jetta offered one-week AFL ban

West Coast's Lewis Jetta has been offered a one-week suspension after pinning the arms of Melbourne forward Tim Smith in a tackle.

Tiger cubs up for Hawks ruck battle in AFL

TOBY NANKERVIS of the Tigers during the Richmond Tigers AFL training session at Punt Road Oval in Melbourne, Australia.

Richmond will count on Ivan Soldo and Noah Balta to carry the ruck workload in the absence of Toby Nankervis when they take on Hawthorn at the MCG.

Dangerfield sprains ankle in Cats' AFL win

Geelong have kicked their highest score of the AFL season on the way to a 44-point win over the Western Bulldogs.

Simpson speaks to Vardy after AFL incident

NATHAN VARDY of the Eagles is challenged by SHANE MUMFORD of the Giants during the AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the West Coast Eagles at Spotless Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

West Coast AFL coach Adam Simpson was unimpressed when his ruckman Nathan Vardy decided to return fire on Melbourne opponent Max Gawn.

Magpies swoop on Saints late for AFL win

JORDAN DE GOEY of the Magpies marks during the 2016 NAB Challenge match between the Geelong Cats and the Collingwood Magpies at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, Australia.

Collingwood have overcome two late withdrawals and an injury, plus a solid AFL challenge from St Kilda, to storm clear in the last quarter at the MCG.

Will De Boer put clamps on Cripps?

MATT DE BOER of the Giants looks to pass the ball during the AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Greater Western Giants at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Matt de Boer may have his toughest run-with job of the AFL season if he follows Brownlow medal favourite Patrick Cripps when GWS host Carlton at Giants Stadium.

Suns not meeting shadow of Port: Dew

Senior coach STUART DEW during a Gold Coast Suns AFL training session at Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew says he's ignoring Port Adelaide's lengthy injury list ahead of their AFL fixture at Adelaide Oval.

Three Demons concussed in loss to Eagles

SIMON GOODWIN the coach of the Demons looks on during a Melbourne Demons AFL training session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne put up a brave effort against West Coast, but their shonky goalkicking ended up costing them dearly.

AFL stats not adding up for Eagles coach

ADAM SIMPSON, Senior Coach of the Eagles chats to Mark LeCras of the Eagles during the 2017 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

West Coast came from behind to beat Melbourne on Friday night, but the defending premiers lost most of the key stats.

Flyin' Ryan helps Eagles sink AFL Demons

LIAM RYAN looks on while from the field following a West Coast Eagles AFL pre-season training session at the WA Athletics Stadium in Perth, Australia.

West Coast have overcome a 19-point deficit to post a 16-point win over Melbourne at Optus Stadium on Friday night.

Suns King to debut in AFL, Deledio returns

TOUK MILLER of the Suns handballs away from Jack Crisp of the Magpies during the AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Gold Coast Suns at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia

As Gold Coast's Ben King and Port Adelaide youngster Joel Garner make their AFL debuts on Sunday, injured-plagued GWS veteran Brett Deledio will return.

'Sore' North recruit building AFL form

JARED POLEC of the Power kicks the ball during the AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

Prized North Melbourne recruit Jared Polec will get his first taste of playing AFL in Hobart when the Kangaroos host Sydney at Blundstone Arena.

Lions chase drought-breaking Crows win

CHRIS FAGAN, senior coach of Brisbane speaks to his players during the AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Brisbane Lions at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Brisbane will debut the versatile Mitch Hinge when the fifth-placed side host third-placed Adelaide at the Gabba on Saturday.

Hawks keen on keeping young Tiger quiet

ALASTAIR CLARKSON, Senior Coach of the Hawks addresses his players during the 2017 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Hawthorn Hawks at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Hawthorn are wary of a young Richmond ruckman granted his opportunity by injury to a key teammate.

Crows lose Matt Crouch for AFL clash

MATT CROUCH of the Crows handballs during the NAB Challenge AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Adelaide Crows at Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Adelaide midfielder Matt Crouch has been ruled of out Saturday's AFL match against Brisbane.

Dew ponders King call-up for Suns

Suns coach STUART DEW smiles during a Gold Coast Suns AFL training session at Bond University AFL Field in Gold Coast, Australia.

Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew is pondering his options up front ahead of a trip to Adelaide to face a depleted Port on Sunday.

Richardson backs Saints for big AFL test

Saints head coach ALAN RICHARDSON talks to his players during the AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

St Kilda coach Alan Richardson says how they go against Collingwood is a question of whether they can be consistent for the whole match.

Emotional Dogs coach praises Boyd's impact

Bulldogs coach LUKE BEVERIDGE looks on during a Western Bulldogs AFL training session at Whitten Oval in Melbourne, Australia.

An emotional Luke Beveridge has praised the impact Tom Boyd had at the Western Bulldogs after his shock decision to retire from the AFL.

Dockers won't breathe down Shiel's neck

DYLAN SHIEL poses during the Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL media day in Sydney, Australia.

Prized Bombers recruit Dylan Shiel has won plenty of the ball this season, but his kicking efficiency has been put in the spotlight.

Saints defenders taught hard AFL lessons

SHANE SAVAGE of the Saints marks the ball during the AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Fremantle Dockers at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

St Kilda defender Shane Savage will reach 150 games in Saturday's match against Collingwood at the MCG.

Melbourne aim to put Perth demons to bed

JACK VINEY of the Demons handballs during a Melbourne Demons AFL training session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne copped a 66-point thumping in their last visit to Perth, but co-captain Jack Viney insists Optus Stadium holds no fears.

Folau shows need to be careful: GWS CEO

ISRAEL FOLAU of the Wallabies runs with the ball during the Bledisloe Cup match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

GWS chief executive Dave Matthews, who was Israel Folau's boss during the code-hopper's AFL stint, says the recent saga shows why all employees must be careful.

Boyd a catalyst of Bulldogs AFL turnaround

TOM BOYD of the Bulldogs handballs whilst being tackled during the AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Sydney Swans at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

The Western Bulldogs believe their move for Tom Boyd back in 2014 was a watershed moment for the club on their road to an AFL premiership.

Bulldogs flag hero Boyd, 23, quits AFL

TOM BOYD of the Bulldogs eyes the ball during AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

After five seasons hit by injuries and mental health issues, former No.1 draft pick Tom Boyd, 23, has announced his AFL retirement.

AFL round nine preview panel

A preview panel of round nine of the AFL.

West Coast Eagles to unleash Rioli in AFL

WILLIE RIOLI of the Eagles slaps the ball clear during the 2019 JLT Community Series AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles at Rushton Park in Perth, Australia.

West Coast goalsneak Willie Rioli will be aiming to make up for lost time when he lines up in his AFL season debut against Melbourne at Optus Stadium.

Swans accept captain Rampe's AFL fines

DANE RAMPE of the Swans is tackled during the AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the West Coast Eagles at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney co-captain Dane Rampe has accepted the sanctions handed down by the AFL in response to two incidents that overshadowed the Swans' win over Essendon.

Port Adelaide coach to shake-up AFL side

KEN HINKLEY the coach of the Power looks on during a Port Adelaide Power AFL training session at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley says he'll make up to four changes to his AFL side for their home game against Gold Coast.

Dees make four changes, blood AFL debutant

SHANE MUMFORD of the Giants handballs during the AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia.

Oskar Baker will debut in round nine of the AFL season, having been called up as part of four team changes made by Melbourne as they prepare to face West Coast.

Giants set for AFL response: coach Cameron

Giants coach LEON CAMERON looks on during a Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL training session at Sydney Olympic Park in Sydney, Australia.

GWS coach Leon Cameron says the AFL club's leaders have been vocal after a poor loss to Hawthorn and are ready to make some on-field statements against Carlton.

2019 AFL Round 9 Preview – RICHMOND v HAWTHORN

Can Richmond overcome the loss of Nankervis?

Racing and Sports will provide analysis of many games in the 2019 AFL Season.

2019 AFL Round 9 Preview – BRISBANE v ADELAIDE

DAYNE ZORKO is leading well

Racing and Sports will provide analysis of many games in the 2019 AFL Season.

De Goey in Magpies AFL setback

JORDAN DE GOEY of the Magpies marks during the 2016 NAB Challenge match between the Geelong Cats and the Collingwood Magpies at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, Australia.

James Aish, Dayne Beams and Chris Mayne are on track to play against St Kilda on Saturday but Jordan de Goey could miss Collingwood's AFL round nine match.

Cats coach Scott says Ablett no AFL sniper

GARY ROHAN of the Swans marks during the AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Gold Coast Suns at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

Geelong coach Chris Scott has again stressed that Gary Ablett's two on-field incidents have been errors in technique, not intent.

Hannebery joins Saints' main AFL training

DAN HANNEBERY of the Swans handballs during the AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Essendon Bombers at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

Injury-plagued St Kilda recruit Dan Hannebery has ramped up his training, joining in the Saints' main session.

2019 AFL Round 9 Preview – WEST COAST v MELBOURNE

JOSH KENNEDY ready to kick a bag

Racing and Sports will provide analysis of many games in the 2019 AFL Season.

Confused Bombers seek AFL goalpost clarity

DANE RAMPE of the Swans is tackled during the AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the West Coast Eagles at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

Essendon CEO Xavier Campbell says the AFL club has written to the league office seeking formal clarity over Friday's post-siren goalpost incident.

Daniher back but Bombers injuries mount

JOE DANIHER of the Bombers runs with the ball during the AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Geelong Cats at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Essendon coach John Worsfold has confirmed star forward Joe Daniher will face Fremantle in their AFL clash at Marvel Stadium.

Sore Jeremy Cameron to push on for GWS

JEREMY CAMERON of the Giants tackles Jackson Nelson of the Eagles during the AFL match between the Greater Western Giants and the West Coast Eagles at Spotless Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Jeremy Cameron, who is nursing a sore shoulder, has led some robust discussions at GWS as the AFL club seeks to bounce back against Carlton after a bad loss.

AFLPA, Swans weigh options on Rampe fine

DANE RAMPE of the Swans is tackled during the AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the West Coast Eagles at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

The AFL's Dane Rampe saga is set to drag on with Sydney and the players' union both unhappy with his "excessive" punishment for sledging an umpire.

Docker Bennell nearing another WAFL return

HARLEY BENNELL of the Dockers handballs during the 2016 NAB Challenge match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Geelong Cats at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Luckless Fremantle midfielder Harley Bennell has trained strongly over the weekend and could make his playing return in two weeks' time.

Hamstrung Buddy to miss AFL game in Hobart

LANCE FRANKLIN of the Swans kicks during the AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney's AFL superstar Lance Franklin will remain on the sidelines for a further week because of the hamstring injury he suffered last month.

Key Roos in the mix for Hobart AFL game

SCOTT THOMPSON of the Kangaroos passes the ball during a North Melbourne Kangaroos AFL training session at Arden Street Ground in Melbourne, Australia.

Marley Williams, Scott Thompson and Luke McDonald are all a chance to return for North Melbourne's AFL clash with Sydney in Hobart.

Key reasons why Geelong top the AFL

Some key reasons why Geelong are top of the AFL ladder with just one loss from eight games.

Bombers star Smith faces knee surgery

DEVON SMITH of the Bombers runs with the ball under pressure from Kobe Mutch of the Bombers during an Essendon Bombers AFL training session at the Essendon Football Club in Melbourne, Australia.

Essendon are expecting to lose star AFL forward Devon Smith for up to two months if a specialist recommends knee surgery.

Crow Jenkins bemused by AFL trade talk

JOSH JENKINS of the Crows kicks the ball during the AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the West Coast Eagles at AO in Adelaide, Australia.

Adelaide's Josh Jenkins says he's bemused by speculation he's on the AFL trade table while trying to regain his spot in the Crows side.

Eagle McGovern challenged by dirty ball

Jeremy McGovern

West Coast defender Jeremy McGovern admits it's been tough to adjust to new tactics from opposition sides that try to kick the ball away from him.

Crows next in giant-killing Lions' sights

Having already toppled AFL heavyweights West Coast, Sydney and Port Adelaide at home this season, high-flyers Adelaide are the next team in Brisbane's sight

Fresh knee concerns for Bombers star Smith

DEVON SMITH of the Bombers runs with the ball under pressure from Kobe Mutch of the Bombers during an Essendon Bombers AFL training session at the Essendon Football Club in Melbourne, Australia.

Essendon star Devon Smith will consult a specialist after experiencing more pain associated with an ongoing knee injury.

Swans captain fined over AFL ump comments

Dane Rampe

Dane Rampe has copped a $10,000 fine for telling an AFL umpire he talks like a little girl, with half of it suspended, and a suspended fine for climbing a post.

Magpies lose Elliott, Cox in doubt again

JAMIE ELLIOTT of the Magpies runs with the ball during a Collingwood Magpies AFL training session at Holden Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

Collingwood have lost forward Jamie Elliott to injury for Saturday's AFL clash with St Kilda, while Mason Cox could miss a third straight game.

Crows tip Crouch, Gibbs for AFL return

MATT CROUCH of the Crows kicks whilst being tackled by Cyril Rioli of the Hawks during the AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Adelaide Crows at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Adelaide's Matt Crouch and Bryce Gibbs are expected to be fit for Saturday's AFL game against Brisbane.

GWS out to make amends in Davis's 150th

PHIL DAVIS of the Giants in action during the AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Fremantle Dockers at UNSW Canberra Oval in Canberra, Australia.

GWS captain Phil Davis is disappointed in every aspect of a shocking loss to Hawthorn but has vowed the club will bounce back in his 150th AFL match.

Boring Hawks happy to claim dull AFL wins

JAEGER O'MEARA of the Hawthorn Hawks runs with the ball during the AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Hawthorn Hawks at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

AFL great Wayne Carey has labelled Hawthorn a boring team to watch but the Hawks are happy as long as they're winning.

Richmond's Shaun Grigg retires from AFL

TOBY NANKERVIS of the Tigers and PEARCE HANLEY of the Suns compete for the ball during the AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Richmond Tigers at Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Richmond utility Shaun Grigg has called time on his AFL career, paving the way for the Tigers to add to their list in the mid-season draft.

Lever eyes return for injury-hit Demons

JAKE LEVER of the Crows in action ahead of Rhys Stanley of the Cats during the 2017 AFL First Preliminary Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Geelong Cats at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

Melbourne's injury list continues to grow before their AFL clash with West Coast but Jake Lever will return through the VFL this weekend.

Port's Ebert waits on AFL concussion tests

BRAD EBERT of the Power in action during the AFL JLT Community Series match between the West Coast Eagles and the Port Adelaide Power at Leederville Oval in Perth, Australia.

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley says concussion victim Brad Ebert will miss another AFL game this weekend.

Young Lion making an impression on Hodge

Lions coach CHRIS FAGAN looks on during the AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Geelong Cats at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia.

He hardly knew him before arriving at Brisbane but Lions veteran Luke Hodge is excited to see where Hugh McCluggage's AFL career ends up.

AFL club bosses to watch Goodes film

Less than a month from its public release, a documentary about Adam Goodes will be shown to AFL club bosses on Tuesday.

Scott defends Ablett after AFL scrutiny

Geelong star Gary Ablett and Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe have escaped sanction after their incidents in Sunday matches.

Kennett whacks AFL over poor Hawks crowd

Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett wonders whether their poor home crowd on Mother's Day was part of an AFL conspiracy to drive them out of Launceston.

Demons suffer Melksham foot fracture blow

While Melbourne have lost Jake Melksham for up to five weeks with a foot fracture, the news is more promising on Michael Hibberd and Jordan Lewis.

Saints' Parker making most of AFL chance

MATTY PARKER of the Saints runs out onto the field before the AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the St Kilda Saints at Manuka Oval in Canberra, Australia.

Matty Parker's partner Sharday and baby son Matty Jnr are massive reasons why he has made it to the AFL.

Tigers lose Nankervis in new AFL blow

TOBY NANKERVIS of the Tigers during the Richmond Tigers AFL training session at Punt Road Oval in Melbourne, Australia.

Richmond ruckman Toby Nankervis and newcomer Jack Ross are the latest additions to their lengthy injury list.

AFL dynamo Liam Ryan earns lavish praise

LIAM RYAN of the Eagles is tackled by DARGY TUCKER of the Dockers during the JLT Community Series AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles at HBF Arena in Perth, Australia.

West Coast goalsneak Liam Ryan hasn't kicked as many goals this season, but his defensive game has risen to a new level.

Buddy AFL return to help youngsters: coach

LANCE FRANKLIN of the Swans kicks during the AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

Injured AFL star Lance Franklin has been mentoring Sydney's young forwards in recent weeks, with coach John Longmire expecting more of the same when he returns.

Worst GWS performance: Jimmy Bartel

JIMMY BARTEL of the Cats looks dejected after a loss during the AFL Second Preliminary Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Jimmy Bartel, the Geelong legend who now sits on GWS's board, say the Giants' "embarrassing" loss to Hawthorn was the club's worst performance.

Port's injured Burton might be okay in AFL

RYAN BURTON of the Power handballs during the AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Port Adelaide Power at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Port Adelaide assistant AFL coach Brett Montgomery is hopeful defender Ryan Burton has avoided substantial damage to an injured hamstring.

Long following in AFL indigenous footsteps

BEN LONG of the Saints celebrates a goal during the 2019 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Adelaide Crows at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

St Kilda player Ben Long, the nephew of Michael Long, has designed the AFL club's indigenous guernsey for this month's Sir Doug Nicholls Round.

Embarrassed Swans captain responds to AFL

DANE RAMPE of the Swans is tackled during the AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the West Coast Eagles at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney co-captain Dane Rampe says he is embarrassed and will learn from two mistakes that have overshadowed his AFL club's victory over Essendon at the SCG.

Blakely finally set for Dockers return

CONNOR BLAKELY of the Dockers kicks the ball during the AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Fremantle midfielder Connor Blakely has starred in his past two WAFL games, and is set to earn an AFL recall against Essendon this week.

Bomber Fantasia sidelined with AFL injury

ORAZIO FANTASIA of the Bombers in action during the Essendon Bombers training session at The Hangar in Melbourne, Australia.

Essendon star Orazio Fantasia will be sidelined for two to three weeks after suffering a minor quad strain in their five-point AFL loss to Sydney.

Roughead's five keeps AFL dream alive

JARRYD ROUGHEAD of the Hawks looks dejected after a loss during the AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Melbourne Demons at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Axed Hawthorn veteran Jarryd Roughead's five-goal effort at VFL level has enhanced his chances of extending his AFL career.

Hardwick sings the praises of Tom Lynch

Richmond's Tom Lynch has endured a tough time of late but he eased the pressure on himself with a strong-marking display in their 25-point win over Fremantle.

AFL stars Ablett, Fyfe escape sanction

NAT FYFE of the Dockers marks the ball during an AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Geelong star Gary Ablett and Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe are in the clear, with insufficient force cited for why they don't face charges.

GWS have giant AFL failure against Hawks

Giants coach LEON CAMERON looks on during a Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL training session at Sydney Olympic Park in Sydney, Australia.

Hawthorn had a big upset win over the Giants, while Geelong stayed a game clear top of the ladder and Richmond had a successful trip to Perth.

Fyfe strife as Tigers beat Dockers in AFL

TOM LYNCH of the suns celebrates a goal during the AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Geelong Cats at MS in Gold Coast, Australia.

Richmond have overcame the early loss of two players to post a fighting 25-point AFL win over Fremantle at Optus Stadium.

What happened in round eight of the AFL

Melbourne snatched a miraculous win, Dane Rampe climbed a goal post and Gary Ablett is in match review trouble for the second-straight week.

Hawks grind down Giants in upset AFL win

ALASTAIR CLARKSON, Senior Coach of the Hawks looks on during the 2017 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Hawthorn have put on a defensive masterclass to score a 33-point AFL win over more-fancied GWS at the MCG.

Cats coach Scott defends late AFL changes

JOEL SELWOOD of the Cats and GEORGE HORLIN-SMITH of the Cats celebrates the win during the AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Geelong Cats at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Geelong skipper Joel Selwood is no certainty to return next week after being added, then withdrawn, from the Cats' 22 against North Melbourne.

AFL likely to ban fans after more violence

The AFL will see what comes out of Victoria Police investigations before taking its own action after more crowd violence.

Roughead helps opponent in classy gesture

JARRYD ROUGHEAD of the Hawks looks dejected after a loss during the AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Melbourne Demons at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Demoted Hawthorn key forward Jarryd Roughead has kicked five goals in the VFL while also giving advice to Footscray opponent Reuben William.

Cats down Roos, Ablett facing MRP scrutiny

JOEL SELWOOD of the Cats runs with the ball during the AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Melbourne Demons at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Geelong star Gary Ablett is again at risk of being suspended after a clumsy incident in the Cats' 24-point AFL win over North Melbourne.

Injured Saints progressing on AFL returns

DAN HANNEBERY of the Swans handballs during the AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Essendon Bombers at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

Injured St Kilda players Dan Hannebery and Jake Carlisle could resume through the VFL around the Saints' round-12 AFL bye.

Eagles' McGovern faces AFL video scrutiny

JEREMY MCGOVERN of the Eagles looks on during the AFL First Elimination Final match between Port Adelaide Power and West Coast Eagles at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

West Coast star Jeremy McGovern is in match review trouble for his bump well off the ball that flattened St Kilda opponent Blake Acres.

AFL rule changes backfire: Crows coach

DON PYKE, Senior Coach of the Crows addresses his players during the 2017 AFL First Preliminary Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Geelong Cats at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

Adelaide coach Don Pyke says AFL rule changes have resulted in heightened defence, not more scoring.

Sick Sun matches it with AFL's best

MAX GAWN of the Demons looks to get the ball during a Melbourne Demons AFL training session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

Gold Coast ruckman Jarrod Witts defied a week-long illness to match it with Melbourne star Max Gawn in Saturday's AFL match at Metricon Stadium.

Demons lose one, two in doubt for Eagles

JORDAN LEWIS controls the ball during an AFL match at TIO Stadium in Darwin, Australia.

Melbourne duo Jordan Lewis and Jake Melksham are racing the clock to prove their fitness for Friday's AFL clash with premiers West Coast in Perth.

Crows beat arch foe Port Adelaide in AFL

TOM LYNCH of the Crows celebrates after kicking a goal during the AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Adelaide Crows at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia.

Adelaide have held off a fast-finishing Port Adelaide for a 20-point win which lifts them into the AFL's top four.

West Coast lift to beat St Kilda in AFL

ELLIOT YEO of the Eagles celebrates kicking a goal during an AFL match at Etihad Stadium in Australia.

Despite St Kilda's strong finish, West Coast had too big a buffer and won their AFL match by three goals at Marvel Stadium.

AFL's Roberton widens search for heart fix

St Kilda defender Dylan Roberton might look overseas as he tries to find a fix for his heart condition.

Suns beaten but coach backs AFL 6-6-6 rule

Senior coach STUART DEW during a Gold Coast Suns AFL training session at Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

It prevented him shutting down the game and securing a win over Melbourne in the dying seconds, but Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew likes the 6-6-6 rule.

Demons steal AFL win over Suns

A scuffed shot onto the goalpost in the last seconds of the match has secured Melbourne a one-point AFL win over Gold Coast on Saturday.

Wayward Lions pay in AFL loss to Bulldogs

CHRIS FAGAN, Senior Coach of the Lions looks on during the Brisbane Lions AFL pre-season training session at University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston, Australia.

Brisbane AFL coach Chris Fagan has bemoaned his side's inability to capitalise on their early momentum in a 16-point loss to the Western Bulldogs in Ballarat.

No positives for shattered Blues AFL coach

Blues coach BRENDON BOLTON looks on during a Carlton Blues AFL Media Opportunity at Highgate Reserve in Melbourne, Australia.

Carlton coach Brendon Bolton could barely summon a positive word after the Blues fell desperately short of a major upset AFL victory over Collingwood.

Magpies prevail over Blues in AFL thiller

PATRICK CRIPPS of the Blues is tackled by Shaun Grigg of the Tigers during the AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Carlton Blues at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Collingwood have denied old rivals Carlton a stunning upset AFL victory, prevailing by 19 points in a thriller at the MCG.

Bulldogs bite Lions in wet Ballarat AFL

AARON NAUGHTON of the Bulldogs marks the ball during a Western Bulldogs AFL training session at Whitten Oval in Melbourne, Australia.

The Western Bulldogs have scrapped their way to a hard-fought 16-point AFL win over Brisbane at Mars Stadium in Ballarat.

AFL Giants relish chance to end MCG curse

PHIL DAVIS of the Giants looks on during a Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL training session at WestConnex Centre in Sydney, Australia.

GWS Giants are excited about playing Hawthorn on Sunday at the MCG, where the AFL's youngest club have won just two out of 15 matches.

North's Thompson out of Cats AFL clash

SCOTT THOMPSON of the Kangaroos kicks during the AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

North Melbourne have made a late change for their AFL game at Marvel Stadium, while there is also intrigue around Geelong's line-up.

Tigers, Dockers have point to prove in AFL

TOM LYNCH of the Crows handballs whilst being tackled during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Richmond will be aiming to bounce back from their 47-point loss to the Bulldogs when they face Fremantle in Perth in the AFL.

Sydney Swans unsure when Buddy will return

LANCE FRANKLIN of the Swans kicks during the AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney coach John Longmire is unsure whether four-time Coleman medallist Lance Franklin will return in Hobart or miss a fourth straight AFL game through injury.

Umpiring of Rampe incident practical: Gill

DANE RAMPE of the Swans is tackled during the AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the West Coast Eagles at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

The umpiring of Sydney defender Dane Rampe's potential match turning goalpost climb at the SCG on Friday was pretty practical, says AFL boss Gillon McLachlan

Swans win after-the-siren AFL thriller

DAVID MYERS of the Bombers playing his final home game during the AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Fremantle Dockers at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Sydney have claimed a dramatic five-point AFL win over Essendon at the SCG, where David Myers missed a shot at goal after the final siren.

Selwood's AFL return for Cats on hold

JOEL SELWOOD of the Cats runs with the ball during the AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Melbourne Demons at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Geelong skipper Joel Selwood has been named as emergency for Sunday's AFL clash with North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium.

Paton making most of AFL opportunity

After coming in as a last-minute replacement for St Kilda earlier this season, Ben Paton has gone from strength to strength.

Lloyd loving AFL life after Dogs switch

SAM LLOYD of the Tigers avoids being tackled by NATHAN FYFE of the Dockers during the AFL NAB Challenge match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Richmond Tigers at Rushton Park in Mandurah, Australia.

An off-season move from Richmond to the Western Bulldogs has helped Sam Lloyd rejuvenate his AFL career.

SA Showdown is AFL's biggest game: Hinkley

KEN HINKLEY the coach of the Power looks on during a Port Adelaide Power AFL training session at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley says there's no bigger game in the AFL than the Power's clashes against Adelaide.

Scully, Tomlinson to be run ragged at MCG

TOM SCULLY of the Giants and SAM MITCHELL of the Eagles in action during the 2017 AFL First Semi Final match between the GWS Giants and the West Coast Eagles at Spotless Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Hawthorn's Tom Scully will face former side GWS for the first time, with the AFL running machine likely to match up with mate Adam Tomlinson on the wing.

Clarkson unsure when Roughead plays AFL

ALASTAIR CLARKSON, Coach of the Hawks looks on during the 2017 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at the University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston, Australia.

Hawthorn AFL coach Alastair Clarkson hopes former captain Jarryd Roughead has not played his last senior game for the club.

Blues will respond against Magpies: Bolton

Blues coach BRENDON BOLTON looks on during a Carlton Blues AFL Media Opportunity at Highgate Reserve in Melbourne, Australia.

Carlton coach Brendon Bolton has pledged a fight and a response against Collingwood in their AFL clash at the MCG.

AFL coach Bolton shrugs off McGuire call

BRENDON BOLTON, Senior Coach of the Blues looks on during the AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Carlton Blues at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Brendon Bolton has overseen a 1-6 start to Carlton's campaign and says winning matches was more important to him than any comments from Eddie McGuire.

Hardwick defends struggling Tiger Lynch

TOM LYNCH of the Crows handballs whilst being tackled during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has hit back at critics of AFL forward Tom Lynch ahead of their clash with Fremantle.

AFL Swan Rampe buoyed by Carey praise

DANE RAMPE of the Swans is tackled during the AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the West Coast Eagles at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

The stock of Sydney co-captain Dane Rampe continue to rise with AFL great Wayne Carey saying he wouldn't have liked playing on the Swans defender.

Cats pose solid AFL test for Brown, North

BEN BROWN of the Kangaroos is tackled by Nick Graham of the Blues during the 2018 AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Carlton Blues at Blundstone Arena in Hobart, Australia.

North Melbourne key forward Ben Brown has only kicked five goals in six games against Geelong ahead of Sunday's clash.

Robinson's AFL aggression gold for Lions

CHRIS FAGAN, Senior Coach of the Lions looks on during the Brisbane Lions AFL pre-season training session at University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston, Australia.

Brisbane midfielder Mitch Robinson's aggression can sometimes lead him to overstep the mark but Lions coach Chris Fagan wouldn't have it any other way.

Rankine setback not worrying Suns coach

IZAK RANKINE handballs during a Gold Coast Suns AFL training session n Gold Coast, Australia.

Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew says no-one will remember the injury-marred start to Izak Rankine's AFL career in a few years' time.

Cameron can kick 100 goals: Wayne Carey

JEREMY CAMERON of the Giants and Nathan Brown of the Saints compete for the ball during the AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Red-hot GWS Giants star Jeremy Cameron is a massive chance of kicking 100 goals this season according to legendary AFL forward Wayne Carey.

AFL round eight preview panel

A preview panel of round eight of the AFL.

Naughton backed to cope with AFL attention

AARON NAUGHTON of the Bulldogs marks the ball during a Western Bulldogs AFL training session at Whitten Oval in Melbourne, Australia.

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has backed young forward Aaron Naughton to stay focused after his breakout AFL game.

Sydney needs to stay strong: Paul Kelly

He played through the Sydney Swans' darkest times and now club legend Paul Kelly says they have to stay strong and stick together.

Pies lose Beams, Hawks axe Roughead in AFL

DAYNE BEAMS of the Lions handballs during the AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and Brisbane Lions at Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Collingwood have been dealt an injury blow with Dayne Beams out of their AFL clash with Carlton at the MCG.

Wayne Carey captain of Greatest NSW team

Channel seven commentator WAYNE CAREY reacts to Matthew Richardson during the AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Skilled Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Champion North Melbourne forward Wayne Carey has been named captain of a Greatest NSW Australian Rules team announced in Sydney.

Fit-again Melican relishing every AFL game

LEWIS MELICAN of the Swans handballs whilst being tackled by Will Langford of the Hawks during the AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Sydney Swans at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Defender Lewis Melican says an injury-ruined 2018 has helped him stay positive during last-placed Sydney's poor start to this AFL season.

2019 AFL Round 8 Preview – HAWTHORN v GWS

Alastair Clarkson has been at his best post game lately

Racing and Sports will provide analysis of many games in the 2019 AFL Season.

2019 AFL Round 8 Preview – PORT ADELAIDE v ADELAIDE

Travis Boak keeps getting the sherrin

Racing and Sports will provide analysis of many games in the 2019 AFL Season.

Dew wants speedy Suns to face Demons

Senior coach STUART DEW during a Gold Coast Suns AFL training session at Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Stuart Dew is hoping forward Sean Lemmens can return from injury to add speed to Gold Coast for their AFL clash with Melbourne.

Dangerfield could play against Roos in AFL

PATRICK DANGERFIELD of the Cats looks to pass the ball during the AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Geelong Cats at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Geelong coach Chris Scott says injured star Patrick Dangerfield hasn't been ruled out of their AFL match against North Melbourne.

No MCG malaise for GWS Giants: coach

Giants coach LEON CAMERON looks on during a Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL training session at Sydney Olympic Park in Sydney, Australia.

GWS coach Leon Cameron says his AFL club's 2-13 record at the MCG, which includes season-ending losses in the 2017 and 2018 finals, should be put into context.

Harris Andrews to make Lions AFL return

HARRIS ANDREWS of the Lions marks the ball during the AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Fremantle Dockers at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane coach Chris Fagan has confirmed key defender Harris Andrews will return from injury for the Lions' AFL clash with the Western Bulldogs.

Star Magpie Beams out of Blues AFL clash

Magpies head coach NATHAN BUCKLEY speaks to his players during the JLT Community Series AFL match between Collingwood Magpies and the Western Bulldogs at Ted Summerton Recreational Reserve in Moe, Australia.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has been forced to shuffle his line-up due to injury for the Magpies' AFL clash with Carlton at the MCG.

2019 AFL Round 8 Preview – SYDNEY v ESSENDON

The Swans needs youngsters like Will Hayward to grab hold of a game

Racing and Sports will provide analysis of many games in the 2019 AFL Season.

No excuses as Saints take on AFL premiers

Saints head coach ALAN RICHARDSON talks to his players during the AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

St Kilda coach Alan Richardson says his team isn't looking to make excuses for its dip in form before the clash with AFL premiers West Coast.

Besieged Dees turning the corner: Goodwin

Demons head coach SIMON GOODWIN gives instructions during a Melbourne Demons AFL training session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne are determined to back up their much-improved AFL showing against Hawthorn last week when they travel to the Gold Coast to face the Suns.

Young Sydney Swans need to step up: Aliir

ALIIR ALIIR of the Swans runs the ball during the AFL JLT Community Series match between the Brisbane Lions and the Sydney Swans at Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex in Brisbane, Australia.

Sydney backman Aliir Aliir says he and other young players at the AFL club must step up as they seek to climb the ladder, starting with a game against Essendon.

Nic Nat a good nuisance at Eagles training

NIC NAITANUI of the Eagles runs with the ball during the AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the West Coast Eagles at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

West Coast veteran Nic Naitanui returned to full training duties on Wednesday and coach Adam Simpson says the ruckman is looking good.

May incident 'overblown': Demons AFL coach

STEVEN MAY of the Suns handballs during the AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Melbourne Demons at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia.

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin says Steven May has been unfairly maligned after the star AFL recruit apologised to teammates for drinking while injured.

Dockers bracing for Richmond ambush in AFL

Dockers head coach ROSS LYON walks off at quarter time during the AFL match between North Melbourne v Fremantle at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Richmond have copped plenty of criticism in the wake of last week's 47-point AFL loss to the Western Bulldogs but Fremantle coach Ross Lyon remains on alert.

No need to call Blues, says Pies' McGuire

Collingwood president EDDIE MCGUIRE looks on during the AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Collingwood Magpies at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has no problem with his comments linking Carlton with Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson and says the Blues wouldn't either.

Hawks, Pies clash for emergency workers

Hawthorn and Collingwood will play in the inaugural Emergency Services Match at the MCG in round 16.

Ablett the latest winner at AFL tribunal

GARY ABLETT reacts during a Gold Coast Suns AFL training session at Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Geelong star Gary Ablett is the fifth AFL player to successfully challenge a suspension this year, less than a third of the way through the season.

AFL exile has made me better: Collins

SAM COLLINS of the Suns looks to ass the ball during the round seven AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Gold Coast Suns at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Cast aside from the AFL, Gold Coast defender Sam Collins says his season with VFL side Werribee has made him a better player and leader.

Port suffer double injury blow in AFL

Jack Watts of the Demons and TOM JONAS of the Power compete for the ball during the AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Port Adelaide Power at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Port Adelaide look up against it in the Showdown clash with the Crows with injury cutting a swathe through the side.

Four GWS stars on cusp of AFL returns

JOSH KELLY of the Giants celebrates a goal during the AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Melbourne Demons at UNSW Canberra Oval in Canberra, Australia.

Fit-again stars Josh Kelly, Lachie Whitfield, Phil Davis and Brett Deledio could all return for AFL premiership contenders GWS this weekend.

Swans sweat on Franklin, Smith has surgery

LANCE FRANKLIN of the Swans kicks during the AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

Lance Franklin's hopes of returning from a hamstring injury are in the balance, with Sydney to make a late call on the eve of their AFL clash with Essendon.

Dockers heap praise on stingy AFL duo

JOEL HAMLING of the Dockers warms up before the AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Fremantle duo Alex Pearce and Joel Hamling are fast establishing themselves as the best defensive pair in the AFL following a series of stunning shut-down jobs.

Hawks AFL skipper plays down Wingard spray

BEN STRATTON Ben of the Hawks is tackled during the AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Hawthorn Hawks at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

Hawthorn skipper Ben Stratton says he was thrilled with the "passion" shown in his teammates' on-field confrontation of star recruit Chad Wingard.

Dogs want to keep Air Naughton soaring

EASTON WOOD of the Bulldogs high fives fans after winning the AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Western Bulldogs skipper Easton Wood expects rival defenders to put plenty of work into grounding Aaron Naughton after his breakout AFL performance.

AFL fightback in Perth gives Suns a boost

JARROD HARBROW of the Sun's handballs during the AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the St Kilda Saints at Metricon Stadium on Gold Coast, Australia.

Gold Coast defender Sam Collins says the Suns rediscovering their fighting spirit in the second-half of their AFL loss to West Coast is a crucial step.

Trading places provides an AFL lifeline

GARY ROHAN poses during a Sydney Swans AFL portrait session in Sydney, Australia.

A batch of injury-prone footballers have this season rekindled their AFL careers after being traded from their original clubs.

May faces AFL teammates over pub session

MAX GAWN of the Demons looks to get the ball during a Melbourne Demons AFL training session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

Steven May has escaped penalty after fronting his Melbourne AFL teammates to explain why he was consuming alcohol while recovering from injury.

AFL tribunal overturns Ablett suspension

GARY ABLETT of the Cats in action during the AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Geelong Cats at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Geelong star Gary Ablett is free to face North Melbourne on Sunday after the AFL tribunal overturned his striking suspension.

Jenkins still of value at Crows: Walker

TAYLOR WALKER of the Crows celebrates after kicking a goal during the AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Adelaide Crows at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia.

Adelaide co-captain Taylor Walker says dumped teammate Josh Jenkins remains an important player to the AFL club.

Ex-Swan Rohan details trade discontent

Swans head coach JOHN LONGMIRE talks to his players during the AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Sydney Swans at ES in Melbourne, Australia.

Former Sydney Swan Gary Rohan says he was hurt by the narrative his AFL club used during last year's trade period.

Magpies star faces month on AFL sidelines

TAYLOR ADAMS of the Magpies celebrates a goal during the Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the West Coast Eagles and the Collingwood Magpies at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Collingwood midfielder Taylor Adams could be sidelined until the Queen's Birthday AFL clash with Melbourne after suffering tendon damage in his groin.

Mumford's AFL comeback tour could roll on

SHANE MUMFORD of the Giants handballs during the AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia.

Dean Brogan, who came out of retirement to extend his AFL career at GWS, says the Giants would be crazy not to look at asking Shane Mumford back for 2020.

Eagles adamant they've got flag hunger

BRAD SHEPPARD of the Eagles passes the ball during the AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers at DS in Perth, Australia.

West Coast's form has been topsy-turvy so far this season, but defender Brad Sheppard isn't worrying just yet.

Wilson hopes to boom for Magpies in AFL

NATHAN BUCKLEY, coach of the Magpies addresses the team during the 2017 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Collingwood Magpies at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Former Australian basketballer Tom Wilson says Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley and Scott Pendlebury were major reasons he joined the Magpies.

Franklin could return for struggling Swans

LANCE FRANKLIN of the Swans celebrates with fans after the AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Essendon Bombers at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney coach John Longmire says Lance Franklin has started running and could return from a hamstring injury in his team's AFL match against Essendon.

I deserved spray from coach: Port's Wines

OLLIE WINES of the Power is tackled by JACK CRISP of the Magpies during the 2017 AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Collingwood Magpies at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

Port Adelaide's co-captain Ollie Wines says he has no problem with copping a verbal spray from coach Ken Hinkley during Friday night's AFL loss to Collingwood.

Crows, Port get early taste of AFL finals

TAYLOR WALKER of the Crows celebrates after kicking a goal during the AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Adelaide Crows at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia.

Taylor Walker says Adelaide and Port Adelaide will get an early taste of AFL finals football in the grudge match between the South Australian clubs.

Cripps promises Blues will respond in AFL

PATRICK CRIPPS of the Blues in action during the 2018 AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Carlton Blues at Blundstone Arena in Hobart, Australia.

Carlton co-captain Patrick Cripps is upbeat about how they will perform in the AFL when they face in-form Collingwood.

Ablett suspended in shock AFL decision

GARY ABLETT of the Cats in action during the AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Geelong Cats at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Geelong star Gary Ablett has been suspended for striking Essendon onballer Dylan Shiel during Sunday's win at the MCG.

Crows' coach Pyke content with AFL revival

DON PYKE Senior Coach of the Crows addresses his players during the 2017 Toyota AFL Grand Final match at MCG in Australia.

Adelaide coach Don Pyke is content but says the AFL challenges will keep coming for his club.

Firing forwards a good AFL sign for North

BEN BROWN of the Kangaroos is tackled by Nick Graham of the Blues during the 2018 AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Carlton Blues at Blundstone Arena in Hobart, Australia.

The return of small forward Taylor Garner proved to be a big positive for North Melbourne in their 58-point thrashing of Carlton.

Lyon silent on umpires after Dockers loss

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon doesn't want to add to the controversy around two contentious calls made against his AFL side during their loss to Adelaide.

Bombers must close AFL gap after Cats loss

Essendon coach John Worsfold concedes the Bombers have the job ahead of them to close the gap on the AFL's best teams after their loss to Geelong.

What happened in round seven of the AFL

A snapshot of what happened in round seven of the AFL season.

Adelaide pip Fremantle in tight AFL scrap

Adelaide have moved into the AFL's top eight by beating Fremantle by 17 points at home in a low-scoring twilight encounter.

Blues under the pump after Roos battering

BRENDON BOLTON, Senior Coach of the Blues looks on during the AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Carlton Blues at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Under-pressure Carlton coach Brendon Bolton has questioned his players' mental preparation after they were belted by North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium.

North jump dire Blues in AFL flogging

North Melbourne have secured a much-needed second win for the season in a 58-point thrashing of Carlton at Marvel Stadium.

Demons condemn ugly scene after Hawks win

Melbourne have condemned the behaviour of a fan who is expected to be charged over an ugly incident following their win over Hawthorn.

Have patience with Lynch: Richmond coach

TOM LYNCH of the suns celebrates a goal during the AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Geelong Cats at MS in Gold Coast, Australia.

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says it will take time for star recruit Tom Lynch to hit peak AFL form with his new club.

Ablett shines in Cats win after AFL report

ZACH TUOHY of the Cats handpasses the ball during the 2017 AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Geelong Cats at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Geelong lost Esava Ratugolea to a head knock and Patrick Dangerfield was also injured, but they were too good for Essendon as Gary Ablett was reported.

Demons star Lever closing in on AFL return

JAKE LEVER of the Crows in action ahead of Rhys Stanley of the Cats during the 2017 AFL First Preliminary Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Geelong Cats at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

Melbourne could be boosted by the return of star defender Jake Lever for their AFL clash with his former side Adelaide in round 11.

Lions coach warns against complacency

CHRIS FAGAN, senior coach of Brisbane speaks to his players during the AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Brisbane Lions at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Brisbane coach Chris Fagan has cautioned his side against getting too excited as they notched up their fifth win of the season, on par with last season's total.

Eagles coach defends four-disposal ruckman

NATHAN VARDY of the Eagles is challenged by SHANE MUMFORD of the Giants during the AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the West Coast Eagles at Spotless Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

West Coast ruckman Nathan Vardy tallied just four disposals against Gold Coast, but his competitiveness in the ruck proved crucial.

Naughton excites as Bulldogs bite Tigers

Western Bulldogs youngster Aaron Naughton has starred with five goals in his side's 47-point AFL win over Richmond at Marvel Stadium.

Darling heroics help Eagles beat AFL Suns

JACK DARLING looks on during a West Coast Eagles AFL training session at Subiaco Oval in Perth, Australia.

West Coast forward Jack Darling has booted four goals to help the Eagles overcome a plucky Gold Coast outfit at Optus Stadium in Perth.

Bulldogs bite back against Tigers in AFL

The Western Bulldogs have snapped a four-game losing streak with a 47-point AFL win over Richmond at Marvel Stadium.

Drought-breaking Lions extend Swans' woes

Brisbane have weathered a slow-starting Sydney's resurgence at the Gabba to record their first AFL win over the struggling Swans since 2009.

Hawks are middle of AFL road: Clarkson

ALASTAIR CLARKSON, Coach of the Hawks looks on during the 2017 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at the University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston, Australia.

Hawthorn AFL coach Alastair Clarkson says changes are needed if they are to become a premiership threat again.

Undermanned St Kilda cop fresh injury blow

St Kilda defender Jimmy Webster (suspected broken hand), GWS backmen Adam Kennedy (concussion) and Aidan Corr (ankle) have all suffered injuries in Canberra.

Blues look for midfield edge against Roos

Carlton will look to continue their encouraging midfield play against North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium.

Cameron boots six, GWS beat Saints by 44

JEREMY CAMERON of the Giants tackles Jackson Nelson of the Eagles during the AFL match between the Greater Western Giants and the West Coast Eagles at Spotless Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Jeremy Cameron has booted six goals to enhance his lead in the Coleman medal race and help GWS record a 44-point AFL win over St Kilda in Canberra.

Demons score crucial AFL win over Hawks

Melbourne's beleaguered AFL season has a pulse, thanks to their five-point win over Hawthorn at the MCG.

Cats lose skipper Selwood for AFL clash

JOEL SELWOOD of the Cats and GEORGE HORLIN-SMITH of the Cats celebrates the win during the AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Geelong Cats at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Geelong captain Joel Selwood is a big loss ahead of the Cats' country festival AFL match against Essendon at the MCG.

AFL Dockers not fearful of Adelaide Oval

Dockers head coach ROSS LYON looks on while players warm up during the AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Hawthorn Hawks at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Fremantle will be aiming to put their Adelaide Oval demons to bed when they take on the Crows in Sunday's AFL clash.

Firing Pies ponder giant AFL forward mix

NATHAN BUCKLEY, coach of the Magpies addresses the team during the 2017 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Collingwood Magpies at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Collingwood will consider playing both Mason Cox and Ben Reid in their forward line after thrashing Port Adelaide by 39 points at Marvel Stadium.

Adams injured, Magpies thrash Power in AFL

TAYLOR ADAMS of the Magpies looks dejected after defeat during the AFL Grand Final match between the Collingwood Magpies and the West Coast Eagles at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Collingwood's 39-point demolition of Port Adelaide at Marvel Stadium has been tempered by an injury to Taylor Adams.

Giants lose Kelly, Bombers boosted in AFL

JOSH KELLY of the Giants is tackled by Jacob Townsend of the Tigers during the AFL Preliminary Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Essendon have made two changes to their line-up for Sunday's AFL clash against Geelong, while GWS have lost star midfielder Josh Kelly to injury.

GWS back Cameron to boot Saints off park

JEREMY CAMERON of the Giants tackles Jackson Nelson of the Eagles during the AFL match between the Greater Western Giants and the West Coast Eagles at Spotless Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Giants forward Jeremy Cameron is leading the Coleman Medal race and has been backed to star against St Kilda on Saturday.

Naitanui's AFL return starting to heat up

NIC NAITANUI of the Eagles runs with the ball during the AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the West Coast Eagles at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui is progressing well from his knee injury, and could return before the club's bye in round 13.

Young basketball star Tom Wilson a Magpie

Rising basketball star Tom Wilson has signed with Collingwood after quitting NBL club Sydney Kings to pursue his AFL dream.

Saints give Steven space, unsure of return

JACK STEVEN of the Saints looks dejected after a loss during the AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Richmond Tigers at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

St Kilda star Jack Steven has taken indefinite leave to deal with a mental health issue for the second time this year.

AFL premiers sign Willie Rioli until 2022

WILLIE RIOLI of the Eagles evades Bailey Dale of the Bulldogs during the 2018 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

West Coast forward Willie Rioli says it was an easy decision to re-sign with the club for a further two seasons.

Hawks happy to have Burgoyne back in AFL

ALASTAIR CLARKSON, Coach of the Hawks looks on during the 2017 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at the University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston, Australia.

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says the addition of Shaun Burgoyne will take some pressure off Jaegar O'Meara against Melbourne.

Berry backs Lions to end Swans' AFL streak

Brisbane are hopeful of ending a 10-year, 11-game losing streak when they host Sydney at the Gabba.

Dogs must bite back against Tigers in AFL

Bulldogs coach LUKE BEVERIDGE looks on during a Western Bulldogs AFL training session at Whitten Oval in Melbourne, Australia.

The Western Bulldogs will take an unchanged line-up into their AFL clash with Richmond at Marvel Stadium despite a run of four losses.

Eagles avoid axe after rough AFL stretch

JACK DARLING of the Eagles kicks on goal during the AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Richmond Tigers at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

West Coast forward Jack Darling is among the premiership-winning Eagles who have avoided losing their spots after a lean run of AFL form.

Scott urges Roos to be brave against Blues

BRAD SCOTT, Senior Coach of the Kangaroos looks on during the North Melbourne Kangaroos training session at Arden St in Melbourne, Australia.

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott is urging his players to be brave and not worry about the consequences of a loss to Carlton at Marvel Stadium.

Renowned TV sport caller Williamson dies

Former television commentator Mike Williamson, who provided one of the most memorable calls in Australian Rules football history, has died in Melbourne.

AFL round seven preview panel

A preview panel for round seven of the 2019 AFL season.

Cats shelve plans to give Ablett a rest

GARY ABLETT of the Cats in action during the AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Geelong Cats at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Geelong star Gary Ablett's hot AFL form has encouraged the Cats to shelve plans to rest the 34-year-old for now.

Saints star Steven takes another AFL break

JACK STEVEN of the Saints looks dejected after a loss during the AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Richmond Tigers at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

St Kilda will again be without star midfielder Jack Steven for an extended period as he deals with mental health issues.

Port mull options for AFL star De Goey

Coach KEN HINKLEY of the Power talks tactics to his players at the 3rd quarter break during the AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Port Adelaide Power at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia.

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley says an AFL clash with Collingwood - and their superstar Jordan De Goey - will give the Power a better idea of where they're at.

Bombers mull forward options against Cats

JOHN WORSFOLD, Senior Coach of the Bombers addresses his players during the 2017 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Essendon Bombers at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Essendon coach John Worsfold is considering multiple options in attack as he plots his side's approach to a key AFL clash with Geelong.

Rankine to tour as Suns debut nears

IZAK RANKINE handballs during a Gold Coast Suns AFL training session n Gold Coast, Australia.

Talented forward Izak Rankine will travel to Perth with the Gold Coast to gain valuable inner sanctum exposure ahead of his NEAFL return from injury.

Another recruit axed as Roos look for win

BRAD SCOTT, Senior Coach of the Kangaroos looks on during the North Melbourne Kangaroos training session at Arden St in Melbourne, Australia.

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has dropped recruit Aaron Hall as he looks for a winning formula against Carlton at Marvel Stadium.

Dees drop Weideman, Roos axe Hall in AFL

ROBBIE GRAY of the Power reacts during the AFL match between Port Adelaide Power and the Collingwood Magpies at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

Melbourne forward Sam Weideman and North Melbourne recruit Aaron Hall are among the players who have lost their spots in round seven of the AFL season.

Geary eyes AFL return after thigh fright

Jarryn Geary

St Kilda's Jarryn Geary is keen to make his AFL return as soon as possible after an emergency operation on his thigh but it'll depend on how the wound heals.

Swans out to repeat 2017 AFL turnaround

Can the Swans rebound?

Sydney's history-making turnaround after a 0-6 start to the 2017 AFL season started against Brisbane, now they face the same opposition in the same round.

2019 AFL Round 7 Preview – GEELONG v ESSENDON

GARY ABLETT is on fire

Racing and Sports will provide analysis of many games in the 2019 AFL Season.

2019 AFL Round 7 Preview – GWS v ST KILDA

TIM TARANTO one of the Giants star youngsters

Racing and Sports will provide analysis of many games in the 2019 AFL Season.

New Tigers bring fresh life to AFL season

DAMIEN HARDWICK, coach of the Tigers looks on during the AFL JLT Community Series match between the Richmond Tigers and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Ikon Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says inexperienced players have invigorated his injury-hit AFL squad ahead of a seventh round clash with the Western Bulldogs.

2019 AFL Round 7 Preview – COLLINGWOOD v PORT ADELAIDE

SCOTT PENDLEBURY is still brilliant

Racing and Sports will provide analysis of many games in the 2019 AFL Season.

Never underestimate Sydney Swans: GWS CEO

Swans head coach JOHN LONGMIRE talks to his players during the AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Sydney Swans at ES in Melbourne, Australia.

The struggling Sydney Swans have found a source of support in Dave Matthews, chief executive of cross-town AFL rivals GWS.

Transformed Port a new challenge for Pies

NATHAN BUCKLEY, coach of the Magpies addresses the team during the 2017 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Collingwood Magpies at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley is expecting a considerably different Port Adelaide on Friday night from the team the Pies thrashed last AFL season.

Change length of AFL draft contracts: GWS

JOSH KELLY of the Giants celebrates a goal during the AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Melbourne Demons at UNSW Canberra Oval in Canberra, Australia.

GWS boss Dave Matthews says changing the length of first-round draftee contracts to three years could deliver AFL clubs in NSW and Queensland some 'protection'.

Dockers coach returns serve at Beveridge

Bulldogs coach LUKE BEVERIDGE looks on during a Western Bulldogs AFL training session at Whitten Oval in Melbourne, Australia.

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge reckons Fremantle defender Joel Hamling should have been pinged by the umpires last week, but Ross Lyon disagrees.

Demons use extended AFL break to reset

SIMON GOODWIN the coach of the Demons looks on during a Melbourne Demons AFL training session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin says it's critical that the slumping Demons keep chipping away after their 1-5 start to the AFL season.

Magpies lose Mason Cox for Port AFL clash

MASON COX of the Magpies hydrates with a drink during the JLT Community Series AFL match between Collingwood Magpies and the Western Bulldogs at Ted Summerton Recreational Reserve in Moe, Australia.

Collingwood will be without Mason Cox for their AFL clash with Port Adelaide and potentially longer as he deals with an ankle injury.

Giant Kelly signs new AFL deal: report

Josh Kelly

Greater Western Sydney are expected to announce Josh Kelly has penned an AFL contract extension to remain with the Giants.

Kelly signs, Coniglio now GWS's AFL focus

JOSH KELLY of the Giants is tackled by Jacob Townsend of the Tigers during the AFL Preliminary Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

GWS have announced Josh Kelly has signed a two-year AFL contract extension, with the club now keen to lock away fellow gun midfielder Stephen Coniglio.

O'Meara helps Hawks cover Brownlow star

Jaeger O'Meara

Jaeger O'Meara's impressive early-season form is helping Hawthorn cover the loss of Brownlow Medal winner Tom Mitchell.