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Star Magpie in doubt

IN-form Collingwood forward Jordan de Goey will be given until the morning of Saturday’s AFL clash with St Kilda to prove his fitness after leaving Magpies training early on Thursday. Buckley said James Aish, Dayne Beams and Chris Mayne were on track to play, but De Goey loomed as a touch-and-go...

Smith in doubt for Bombers

ESSENDON has suffered a fresh injury blow with doubt surrounding the availability of reigning best-and-fairest winner Devon Smith ahead of its Round 9 clash with Fremantle. The hard-tackling forward is off to see a specialist this week after reporting new soreness in the knee that he has had to carefully manage over...

Swan fined for umpire comments

SYDNEY co-captain Dane Rampe has been fined $10,000 for telling an AFL umpire he “talks like a little girl” last Friday night, with half of the amount suspended. Rampe has also been handed a suspended $1,000 fine for scaling a goal post during the same SCG match between Essendon and the Swans. AFL...

Ablett in the clear

Gary Ablett celebrates a goal in Geelong’s 24-point win over North Melbourne. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens) GEELONG star Gary Ablett and Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe are in the clear for their clashes with opponents on Sunday. Match review officer Michael Christian said there was insufficient force for a charge against Ablett, even...

Fantasia sidelined

ESSENDON has suffered another injury blow with livewire Orazio Fantasia ruled out for up to three weeks with a minor quad strain. Fantasia, who was restricted to 13 games last season due to multiple injuries, suffered the injury during Friday night’s clash against Sydney while returning from a two-week illness absence. But the...

Fyfe, Ablett face nervous waits

THE Brownlow Medal market might be turned on its head on Monday when superstars Nat Fyfe and Gary Ablett face the wrath of the AFL’s match review officer. Ablett and Fyfe could be in hot water for head-high hits at the weekend. Fyfe collected Tom Lynch high in Fremantle’s 25-point loss on Sunday...

Fyfe in strife, Tigers roll Dockers

THE Brownlow medal hopes of Nat Fyfe hang in the balance after he elbowed Tom Lynch in the head during Richmond’s 25-point win over Fremantle on Sunday. Fyfe collected Lynch in the head just after the Tigers forward had disposed of the ball. Although Lynch was able to play on and the contact...

Hawks upset Giants

DEFENSIVELY disciplined Hawthorn has strangled the life out of the more-fancied GWS to score an upset 33-point AFL victory at the MCG. The powerbrokers at AFL House won’t be thrilled by Sunday’s dour, low-scoring encounter but the Hawks won’t care after they grinding the Giants into submission for a 10.11 (71)...

Ablett stars, facing MRO scrutiny

GARY Ablett is facing AFL match review scrutiny for a second-straight week after another undisciplined act in Geelong’s 24-point victory over North Melbourne. Having convinced the tribunal last week to overturn a one-game ban for striking Essendon’s Dylan Shiel, Ablett is highly likely to be cited for striking Kangaroos backman Sam Wright...

Eagles hold off late Saints charge

ONBALLERS Dom Sheed, Elliot Yeo and Luke Shuey have spearheaded West Coast’s workmanlike three-goal AFL win over St Kilda. Despite the Saints kicking four goals to one in the last quarter, the Eagles held sway to win 12.16 (88) to 10.10 (70) on Saturday night at Marvel Stadium. The reigning premiers remain well...

Crows edge Port to move into top four

ADELAIDE forward Tom Lynch has slotted three goals in a 20-point win against arch-foe Port Adelaide which lifts the Crows into the AFL’s top four. The Crows held off a fast-finishing Port to triumph 13.10 (88) to 9.14 (68) on a slippery Saturday night at Adelaide Oval. Adelaide led at every change...