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Dees in box seat to land Brown

MELBOURNE is in the box seat to secure outgoing North Melbourne forward Ben Brown in this year’s AFL trade period. Brown, who is out of contract but not a free agent, has met with the Demons and had a medical with the club this week. North Melbourne put Brown on the trade...

Tigers aim to blunt revamped Cats attack

RICHMOND is wary of the threat posed by a “vastly different” Geelong attack in Saturday night’s AFL grand final compared to the one they blunted six weeks ago. When the teams last met, in round 17, the Tigers held their opponents to just four goals from 11 scoring shots and won by...

Christensen calls time

ALLEN Christensen has announced his retirement after 133 games across the Brisbane Lions and Geelong. The 29-year-old, who didn’t play a game for the Lions in 2020, spent 11 years in the AFL after being drafted by the Cats from the Geelong Falcons in 2009. After 65 games with the Cats, including...

Hawkins in the clear

GEELONG star Tom Hawkins will play in the AFL grand final on Saturday night after testing negative to COVID-19. The Coleman Medal winner was told to isolate himself away from Cats players earlier this week after feeling unwell. Hawkins had a sore throat, believed to have been passed on by one of...

Persistence pays off for Sam

SAM Simpson was literally the last player picked for Geelong’s AFL finals campaign. In Saturday’s grand final, unless the Cats or Richmond spring a selection shock, the 14-game midfielder will be the least experienced player on the ground. “It’s still settling in a bit,” Simpson told AAP. “Late in the week it will hit...

Cameron wants to be a Cat

STAR Greater Western Sydney forward Jeremy Cameron has told the Giants he wants to be traded from the AFL club. It is expected Cameron, who has kicked 427 goals in 171 games for GWS, will end up at Geelong, who are preparing for Saturday night’s grand final against Richmond at the...

Lachie bolts in Brownlow

BRISBANE star Lachie Neale has won this year’s Brownlow Medal, polling 31 votes from 17 games in the shortened AFL season. Neale was voted best-on-ground in a remarkable 10 matches during 2020, fashioning an unassailable lead in Sunday’s Brownlow count after 16 rounds of the 18-round season. The gun midfielder, who had...

AFL Preliminary Final 2

GEELONG has ended its run of AFL preliminary final outs with a 40-point win over Brisbane to book a date with Richmond in the season decider. Retiring champion Gary Ablett kicked two goals in the 11.16 (82) to 6.6 (42) victory at the Gabba on Saturday night to help ensure his...

Cats set up all-Victorian grand final

GEELONG has ended its run of AFL preliminary final outs with a 40-point win over Brisbane to book a date with Richmond in the season decider. Retiring champion Gary Ablett kicked two goals in the 11.16 (82) to 6.6 (42) victory at the Gabba on Saturday night to help ensure his...

Tigers book third grand final berth in four years

RICHMOND has knocked out Port Adelaide by six points in their preliminary final slugfest to advance to a third AFL grand final in four seasons. The Tigers, with trump card Dustin Martin kicking two goals, prevailed 6.10 (46) to 6.4 (40) in a rain-soaked clash at Adelaide Oval on Friday night. Richmond will...

Shaw steps away at Roos

NORTH Melbourne coach Rhyce Shaw has been granted an extended period of leave from the AFL club and there’s no guarantees he will return. After weeks of speculation, North Melbourne has confirmed that Shaw will be given time off to deal with personal issues. “We have been acutely aware of speculation regarding our...