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Hawk slams AFL over vaccines

HAWTHORN champion Shaun Burgoyne has taken the AFL to task over a lack of understanding about Indigenous issues following the league’s bungled handling of vaccinations. The AFL has vowed to take responsibility for all future issues relating to vaccines after Indigenous players were left hurt and distressed when the 2020 season...

Bulldogs calls time

A PLAYER best-known for his after-the-siren heroics for Richmond in 2016, Western Bulldogs forward Sam Lloyd has retired from the AFL. Drafted as a mature-age recruit from the VFL in 2013, Lloyd booted 69 goals in 57 games for Richmond and kicked another 45 in 32 appearances for the Bulldogs. His crowning...

Eddie to step down at Magpies

EDDIE McGuire has announced he will step down as Collingwood president at the end of 2021. McGuire was re-elected for a further three-year term in February. But a tearful McGuire announced during a fan forum on Monday night that he would step down at the end of next season. McGuire’s position had come...

Cameron hits “restart” button

Fresh from claiming Geelong’s most famous guernsey number, boom recruit Jeremy Cameron has declared his intention to have a career-best AFL season in 2021. The Cats officially unveiled Cameron – who will don the No.5 previously worn by Gary Ablett Snr – alongside fellow recruits Shaun Higgins and Isaac Smith and...

Former Pie’s retirement backflip

COLLINGWOOD premiership player Tyson Goldsack’s retirement backflip is complete after the 33-year-old was selected by Port Adelaide in Thursday’s AFL rookie draft. Goldsack retired at the end of 2019 and had planned to play with Port in the SANFL this year, but the club’s reserves team withdrew from the competition due...

AFLW dumps conferences

THE AFLW has abandoned its controversial conference system in favour of a single ladder for 2021 with matches also ticketed for the first time. The nine-round home-and-away season will start on January 28, with the full fixture to be released on Friday. The conference system that was first introduced for 2019 and...

Quarter lengths return to normal

THE AFL commission announced games will revert back to normal quarter lengths next season, but the fixture will still have a ‘floating’ element to it in 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic that forced a fixture squeeze this year resulted in the league reducing quarter lengths to 16 minutes plus time. But quarters will...

Ugle-Hagan keen to shine at Dogs

AFTER borrowing Marcus Bontempelli’s jeans for AFL draft night, No.1 pick Jamarra Ugle-Hagan is set to spend his first season in the Western Bulldogs skipper’s pocket. Adelaide held the first pick overall in Wednesday night’s AFL national draft and opted to bid on the Bulldogs’ next-generation academy prospect Ugle-Hagan. The Bulldogs immediately...

DeGoey re-signs with Magpies

DYNAMIC Collingwood forward Jordan De Goey’s long-anticipated two-year AFL contract extension has been confirmed by the Magpies. The 24-year-old recommitting to the club is a much-needed boost for Collingwood after a tumultuous off-season, blighted by having to offload players to free up salary cap space. De Goey, who is managed by his father,...

Maxy takes on new role at Magpies

COLLINGWOOD’S turbulent AFL off-season has resulted in premiership captain Nick Maxwell stepping into the club’s soon-to-be-vacant football manager position. The 37-year-old will share the role on an interim basis with Marcus Wagner after the experienced Geoff Walsh last week announced his retirement. Maxwell retired from playing in 2014 after 208 games for...

Suns taking it easy with Rowell

HIS teammates can’t wait to have him back but Gold Coast isn’t rushing the comeback of AFL young gun Matt Rowell. Rowell has been working so hard on his rehab from the shoulder injury that ended his 2020 campaign in recent weeks he’s been placed on light duties as the Suns’ first-to-fourth...