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Wounded Tigers stick to their guns

RICHMOND coach Damien Hardwick will continue to back his AFL side’s famed pressure and surge brand of football against Greater Western Sydney on Saturday night in the face of a mounting injury toll. The Tigers are reeling from a 63-point hammering by Geelong in round eight and have tackled off-field distractions...

AFLW expansion green light

ALL 18 AFL clubs will have an AFLW team by 2023 after the AFL Commission approved plans for further expansion of the women’s competition. AFLW will also be brought forward on the calendar next season in order to avoid a scheduling overlap with the men’s competition. The sixth AFLW season will begin...

Blues downplay Cripps injury

CARLTON coach David Teague has attempted to ease concerns over Patrick Cripps’ fitness, denying the Blues co-captain has a fractured back. The Age reported on Thursday that the star midfielder has been playing with a fracture in his back that has needed weekly injections. Cripps has been below his best for most...

Costa farewelled as the King of Geelong

ON the desk of Frank Costa was a simple sign which summed up the unofficial King of Geelong. “It said: ‘the buck stops here’,” Father Kevin Dillon told Costa’s state memorial service in the Victorian city on Wednesday. “That was, and remains, the mark of true character.” Hundreds gathered at Kardinia Park, the...

The King of Geelong farewelled

ON the desk of Frank Costa was a simple sign which summed up the unofficial King of Geelong. “It said: ‘the buck stops here’,” Father Kevin Dillon told Costa’s state memorial service in the Victorian city on Wednesday. “That was, and remains, the mark of true character.” Hundreds gathered at Kardinia Park, the...

Hurt Hunter aiming to play

WESTERN Bulldogs warrior Lachie Hunter is pressing his case to play in their AFL match against Port Adelaide, just six days after breaking his hand. The versatile Hunter will test out his hand at training on Wednesday in preparation for his club’s clash with fellow premiership contenders at the Adelaide Oval...

Lycett suspended for four

PORT Adelaide ruckman Scott Lycett has been suspended for four matches by the AFL Tribunal for a sling tackle that concussed an Adelaide opponent. Lycett was sent straight to the tribunal on a rough conduct charge for his tackle on Adelaide’s Ned McHenry in Saturday night’s match. The Power ruckman didn’t contest...

Scott urges AFL to fix coach cuts

GEELONG coach Chris Scott has pleaded for the AFL to fix the “decimation” of football departments that followed last year’s COVID-19 enforced dramas. The league instructed all 18 teams to cut their soft cap by about $3 million amid the financial damage created by the pandemic. When the competition was shut down...

Tiger injured in nightclub fight

RICHMOND  gun Shai Bolton will require surgery on a fractured wrist and miss 2-3 AFL games after he was involved in a nightclub fight. The Tigers confirmed Bolton and teammate Daniel Rioli were involved in an altercation at the weekend, which started when Rioli’s girlfriend was “subjected to inappropriate behaviour” from...

Lions cruise in fourth-straight win

HUGH McCluggage has again oozed class in a 24-point Brisbane win over Fremantle at the Gabba. The silky Lions wingman ensured the absence of injured Brownlow Medallist Lachie Neale wasn’t felt as the hosts ran out 14.11 (95) to 10.11 (71) winners in a game that was first scheduled to be...

Dogs dig deep to beat Blues

CARLTON coach David Teague delivered on his promise of an AFL shootout but the Blues have come off second best in a 16-point loss to the Western Bulldogs. During his midweek press conference, Teague predicted an attacking contest and implored his side to take on the competition’s highest-scoring team with an...