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Woosha out of isolation

JOHN Worsfold is just one of many Sandgropers planning to make the most of Perth’s forecast maximum of 33C on Thursday. But Essendon’s AFL coach will probably enjoy the sunshine more than most. The 51-year-old has been cooped up in isolation under government orders for the last two weeks, having returned home...

Players keen for timeline: Swan

SYDNEY co-captain Luke Parker has kept busy in recent weeks with renovation and charity work, but he and AFL teammates are craving some sort of timeline regarding their main vocation. Parker has tried to put his time in shutdown to good use, swapping footy boots for work boots and also helping out...

2020 a war of attrition: Danger

PATRICK Dangerfield believes the 2020 AFL premiership will come with an asterisk but also says it will be one of the hardest in history to win. The Geelong superstar is part of a wider playing group that faces great uncertainty during the competition shutdown. Players are training and maintaining fitness in isolation, with...

Teague open to quarantine hubs

CARLTON coach David Teague says he would be “all for” the prospect of putting AFL clubs in quarantine hubs if it resulted in the season’s resumption. The AFL is considering moving teams to quarantined locations to play round-robin matches, pending the lifting of government coronavirus restrictions that would allow football to...

Coach defends Heeney flip

SYDNEY coach John Longmire has defended AFL star Isaac Heeney in response to criticism of his isolation behaviour, saying now is the time to take a breath and hold back on strong opinions. Heeney has headed back to his family farm near Newcastle, NSW, during the league’s COVID-19 shutdown. After footage subsequently emerged...

AFL examines hub options

AFL coronavirus cabinet member Eddie McGuire says the league is considering a plan to restart the 2020 season in four hubs based in Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania. The AFL, which reduced its regular season to 17 rounds on the eve of the opening match, has joined the growing trend...

Hurley helps a fan in need

WHILE sidelined long term for the second time in his AFL career, veteran Essendon defender Michael Hurley has gifted a Bombers fan suffering hardship their membership costs for the year. Hurley is one of four current Bombers among the 34 who had missed the 2016 season as a result of the...

Asterisk no issue for Bucks

NATHAN Buckley knows some people will doubt the legitimacy of the eventual 2020 AFL premiers, but he doesn’t care if Collingwood’s 16th flag comes with an asterisk. The season has already been shortened to 17 rounds and quarters trimmed to 16 minutes plus time-on as the AFL grapples with the effects...

Saints hopeful of Paddy return

ST KILDA coach Brett Ratten remains hopeful Paddy McCartin will be cleared to return to the AFL fold at some point, with the former No.1 draft pick showing improved health in recent weeks. McCartin, who has suffered eight concussions since 2014, was delisted late last year as part of a plan...

AFL won’t push Roos to Tassie

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan has attempted to pour cold water on fresh speculation linking North Melbourne with a full relocation to Tasmania. The Kangaroos responded angrily this week to reports that senior figures in the game believe relocation remains on the table, more than a decade after the club rejected...

Tassie noise nonsene: North

NORTH Melbourne chairman Ben Buckley has slammed speculation his AFL club could relocate to Tasmania as “complete nonsense” and “rumour-mongering”. The COVID-19 pandemic shutdown has created much uncertainty throughout the AFL, with chief executive Gillon McLachlan attempting to end some of the conjecture on Tuesday by declaring it will remain an...