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Lynch to miss first final

Richmond star Tom Lynch has been ruled out of Friday night’s AFL qualifying final against Brisbane with a hamstring injury. The key forward completed a light training session with teammates on Monday, after which coach Damien Hardwick declared Lynch’s progress looked “promising”. But the Tigers decided hours later it would be too...

Two Crows caught with drugs

ADELAIDE Crows players Brad Crouch and Tyson Stengle have been caught with illicit drugs and face fines and possible suspension from the AFL. Crouch and Stengle were stopped and searched by police early Monday morning in inner Adelaide. Police won’t charge the pair but have referred them to counselling, the Crows say. But Crouch,...

Boss proud but job not done yet

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan is thrilled a season he feared may never have restarted is about to enter finals but he’s warning the job’s not done yet. McLachlan officially launched this year’s finals campaign at a sun-soaked Brisbane hotel, reflecting Queensland’s status as the home of the competition during a...

Tiger stars set for finals return

JACK Riewoldt has declared fellow Richmond star Dion Prestia a certainty to return from his long injury lay-off in the AFL qualifying final against Brisbane. Reigning best-and-fairest winner Prestia has not played since round five because of an ankle syndesmosis injury that required surgery. Confirmation of his availability comes after Tom Lynch took...

Dickson downs tools

Western Bulldogs premiership hero Tory Dickson has announced his retirement on the eve of the AFL finals. The 33-year-old was a central figure in the Dogs’ fairytale 2016 flag, kicking 10 goals in four finals that season. But he has managed just one senior appearance in 2020, failing to lock down a...

Schofield to call time

WEST Coast defender Will Schofield has announced he will retire at the end of the AFL season. Schofield has played just four games this season, bringing his career tally to 194 matches since making his debut in 2007. The 31-year-old played a key role in the club’s 2018 premiership triumph after Brad...

Increase quarter length: Danger

AFLPA president Patrick Dangerfield believes it will be too taxing on players to return to full-length quarters next season, saying a minute more each term is probably the “sweet spot”. The AFL reduced quarters from 20 minutes plus time on to 16 minutes plus time on this year to help accommodate...

Cat named All-Australian captain

GEELONG superstar Patrick Dangerfield has made a record-equalling eighth appearance in the All-Australian team and been selected as captain for the first time. The 30-year-old continued his perfect streak of being named in the AFL’s best 22 every year since his high-profile move to the Cats from Adelaide in 2016. Dangerfield joins...

Career over for Watts

MALIGNED No.1 draft pick Jack Watts has announced his retirement with one year remaining on his contract with Port Adelaide. Watts, who has been sidelined since suffering a severe leg injury early in the 2019 season, said the physical and mental toll had played a role in his decision. “I have been...

Cat expects different Power for finals

GEELONG forward Tom Hawkins doesn’t believe his six-goal mauling of Port Adelaide earlier this year will give him or the Cats a psychological edge in next week’s AFL finals opener. Hawkins bullied the Power’s defence at Metricon Stadium as the Cats claimed a comprehensive 60-point round-12 win. While that display likely left Port...

Milestone in reach for Murphy

MARC Murphy will get the chance to become only the sixth player in Carlton history to play 300 VFL/AFL matches after signing a one-year contract extension. The 33-year-old, who is one of ten players to sign new deals with the Blues, will enter the 2021 season on 285 games. A former captain...