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Rayner injuries mars Lions’ win

A SERIOUS-looking knee injury to Cam Rayner has overshadowed Brisbane’s 28-point win in Monday’s AFL pre-season match against Gold Coast. The 2017 No.1 draft pick suffered a suspected ACL injury midway through the second-quarter of the Lions’ 18.9 (117) to 13.11 (89) win over their Queensland rivals. Rayner collapsed in agony after...

New Blue offered suspension

BOOM recruit Zac Williams is set to miss Carlton’s round-one showdown with AFL premiers Richmond after being offered a one-match suspension for rough conduct. Williams, lured from GWS through free agency at the end of last year in a boost to the Blues’ rebuild, jumped off the ground and caught St...

Naughton injured in Bulldogs’ win

ACE Western Bulldogs forward Aaron Naughton will have scans on his injured right forearm after pulling up sore in his team’s resounding 39-point AFL practice- match victory over Melbourne. The 21-year-old took no part in Monday’s second-half at Marvel Stadium after hurting himself before the main break, and the strong marking...

High injury tolls for Freo, Eagles

FREMANTLE stars Rory Lobb and Michael Walters appear certain to miss the start of the AFL season after going down with injury during a Western Derby of carnage. Lobb’s right knee and ankle both twisted at awkward angles when he was tackled by Tom Cole in the first quarter of the...

Port recruits shine in win over Crows

PORT Adelaide recruits Aliir Aliir and Orazio Fantasia have dominated in a 71-point belting of a lacklustre Adelaide in Sunday’s AFL pre-season game. Aliir was arguably best-afield while Fantasia booted 3.3 in Port’s comprehensive 17.14 (116) to 6.9 (45) win at Noarlunga Oval in Adelaide’s south. Ex-Essendon goalsneak Fantasia only played the...

Bowers, Houghton star as Freo hammers Eagles

Star Fremantle midfielder Kiara Bowers has continued her western derby dominance as Gemma Houghton booted five goals to help lift their side to a 67-point AFLW win over West Coast. Bowers tallied 24 disposals, nine clearances, and six tackles to win the medal as best afield in the 11.9 (75) to...

Greene magic settles Sydney deby

VETERAN Toby Greene and impressive youngster Tanner Bruhn have shone for GWS in a 28-point AFL pre-season over local rivals Sydney. The Giants kicked the first four goals of Sunday’s game and surged to a 37-point lead in the second quarter, with GWS midfielder Jacob Hopper snaffling eight clearances. The Swans lifted their...

Unbeaten Magpies send AFLW flag warning

COLLINGWOOD survived its sternest test of the AFLW season so far and maintained its perfect record with a tough 36-point win over the Western Bulldogs. Star duo Brianna Davey and Chloe Molloy stood up when it mattered most as the Magpies sent a strong message to their premiership rivals, breaking a finals-like contest...

Injury concerns for Blues in win

CARLTON star Madison Prespakis had an injury scare on return from suspension as the Blues gave their AFLW finals hopes a boost with a comfortable 33-point win over Geelong. Marquee forward Tayla Harris was left out of the selected side but Carlton still found plenty of avenues to goal, piling on...

Cats overcome dogged Dons

BOOM recruits Jeremy Cameron, Isaac Smith and Shaun Higgins all made valuable contributions as Geelong edged inaccurate Essendon by seven points in the AFL pre-season match at GMHBA Stadium There was plenty to like about the new-look Bombers in coach Ben Rutten’s first official game in charge since taking over from John...

Demons

MELBOURNE has shrugged off a wayward fortnight to return to the AFLW winners’ list with a crushing 44-point victory over St Kilda. Usually a midfielder, Demons captain Daisy Pearce proved a handful up forward with two goals as Melbourne swept away the Saints 9.12 (66) to 3.4 (22) at Casey Fields. It was...