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Worpel the star in Hawks’ upset of Crows

Hawthorn midfielder James Worpel has orchestrated a 32-point away thumping of Adelaide in Saturday’s AFL twilight game. Worpel gathered 27 disposals and kicked two goals in the Hawks’ 12.15 (87) to 7.13 (55) victory at Adelaide Oval. The Crows are expected to lose defender of Tom Doedee for the season after the...

Harris stars as Blues book grand final berth

TAYLA Harris has put an upsetting week behind her with a starring role as Carlton overwhelmed Fremantle by 36 points to reach the AFLW grand final. Harris was prominent in attack and kicked a goal as the Blues upset the Dockers 9.10 (64) to 4.4 (28) in Saturday’s preliminary final at...

Dynamite Power down Demons in MCG upset

PORT Adelaide has served up the first boilover of the AFL season, downing flag fancies Melbourne by 26 points at the MCG. Justin Westhoff kicked five straight goals and Tom Rockliff tallied 44 possessions in the 12.15 (87) to 9.7 (61) win that marks the Power as a team to watch...

Big men solid in Cats VFL win

GEELONG’s pre-season was given a solid boost on Friday afternoon, triumphing over Collingwood in a VFL practice match at Olympic Park. In what was a scrappy contest, it was the Cats who rose to another level in the final quarter, outlasting the home side by 17 points, 10.11 (71) to 7.12...

Cats claim a thriller

IN its first visit to the MCG since their AFL grand final heartbreak, Collingwood has suffered more pain, Geelong winning a seven-point thriller on Friday night. Tom Hawkins booted his 500th career goal with just over five minutes left in the tense contest to put the Cats in front, Chris Scott’s side...

Season over for star Tiger

RICHMOND’s dream injury run among their top AFL stars is over, with Alex Rance to have a right knee reconstruction. Scans have confirmed Rance has ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament. The five-time All Australian will consult a surgeon on Friday ahead of surgery in coming days, Richmond said in a statement. Rance landed awkwardly...

Rance injury takes shine off Tigers win

ALEX Rance’s knee injury has sent a massive scare through Richmond, who survived another fright from Carlton to open the AFL season with a -point win. Rance was pessimistic about his prognosis immediately after Thursday night’s 14.13 (97) to 9.10 (64) on Thursday night at the MCG. “I will find out the severity...

Dusty charges into season opener

BOOM Richmond recruit Tom Lynch has hogged the headlines but Tigers fans have another reason to be excited about the coming AFL season: just quietly, Dusty is in the best shape of his career. After taking all before him in 2017, Dustin Martin struggled with a sore knee late last year...

I was sexually abused: Harris

AFLW star Tayla Harris says she has been sexually abused on social media and wants action taken against those who vilified her. Harris said on Wednesday she was repulsed by some online comments regarding a picture of her kicking at goal while playing for Carlton. “The comments I saw were sexual abuse,...

Lynch to line-up for Tigers

MONTHS of speculation have ended with boom recruit Tom Lynch receiving the all-clear to play his first AFL game for Richmond in Thursday’s season opener against Carlton. Tigers coach Damien Hardwick told reporters the former Gold Coast captain had proved his fitness after undergoing off-season knee surgery. Lynch had a season-ending operation to...

Scott calls for realism on Ablett

GEELONG is determined to dampen expectations around Gary Ablett with coach Chris Scott saying the Cats can have a good AFL season without him dominating. The two-time Brownlow Medallist is one of the AFL’s all-time greats but he turns 35 in May and Ablett’s role will change this season. Rather than play as...