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Giants shock Magpies to book first grand final berth

GWS are through to their first-ever AFL grand final after they stunned hot favourite Collingwood in a four-point preliminary final thriller at the MCG. The Giants led by a game-high 33 points early in the final term on Saturday but had to withstand a stirring late challenge by the Pies, who...

Richmond overruns Geelong to book grand final berth

RICHMOND has pulled off a great escape to book their spot in the AFL grand final, coming from behind to defeat Geelong by 19 points in a classic preliminary final at the MCG. In a scintillating Friday night thriller before a raucous crowd of 94,423 fans, the Tigers were outmatched early and...

Bucks backs Pies’ staying power

LIKENING his team to a Melbourne Cup stayer, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley is confident a slow-burn September won’t harm the Magpies’ AFL premiership tilt. Saturday’s preliminary final against GWS at the MCG will be the Pies’ second game in 29 days as a result of the pre-finals bye. While the extra time off...

Tigers unfazed by Cats’ changes

RICHMOND coach Damien Hardwick has returned serve with a smile on Geelong counterpart Chris Scott ahead of their AFL preliminary final. Scott has been provocative this week before the Friday night clash at the MCG, saying Richmond was a better side before last year’s preliminary final loss to Collingwood. The Cats finished minor...

Appendicitis sidelines star Giant

GREATER Western Sydney has been dealt another massive blow before Saturday’s AFL preliminary final against Collingwood, with star Lachie Whitfield ruled out after being hospitalised with appendicitis. Giants coach Leon Cameron confirmed on Wednesday that the 25-year-old midfield ace would be sidelined for at least one week. But Cameron was hopeful that Whitfield...

Greene suspension upheld

GWS will strongly consider a last-ditch appeal after the AFL tribunal upheld Toby Greene’s suspension for Saturday’s AFL preliminary final against Collingwood. In a shock decision on Tuesday night, Greene was unsuccessful in attempting to overturn his one-match ban for making unreasonable or unnecessary contact to the eye region of Brisbane’s...

Rutten to succeed Worsfold in 2021

ADAMANT their succession plan is about putting family first, Essendon is confident of achieving a smooth handover when Ben Rutten replaces John Worsfold as senior AFL coach in 2021. Worsfold will see out the final season of his Essendon contract in 2020 – his fifth at the helm – before returning to...

Higgins stays true to Roos

WITH his AFL future secured at North Melbourne, Shaun Higgins has moved to set the record straight about the protracted contract negotiations that fed speculation he was off to Geelong. Higgins joined ruckman Todd Goldstein in shunning interest from the Cats to sign a one-year contract extension that ties him to the...

Hawkins ban stands

TOM Hawkins’ one-match striking ban will stand, dealing underdogs Geelong a significant hit for their AFL preliminary final against Richmond. After a one-hour tribunal hearing on Monday night, the three-man jury took just seven minutes to uphold the original penalty. The tribunal will sit again on Tuesday night in another major case, with...

Gaz hunts form, undecided on future

IN striking distance of returning to the AFL’s biggest stage, Geelong champion Gary Ablett is adamant he’s yet to decide whether this September will be his last hurrah. Ablett’s future is a fascinating subplot as the Cats prepare to face Richmond on Friday night at the MCG for a spot in the...

Gaz undecided on future

IN striking distance of returning to the AFL’s biggest stage, Geelong champion Gary Ablett is adamant he’s yet to decide whether this September will be his last hurrah. Ablett’s future is a fascinating subplot as the Cats prepare to face Richmond on Friday night at the MCG for a spot in the...