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Gill targets October decider

THE AFL has set a target of October 31 to complete the 2020 premiership season, with league boss Gillon McLachlan increasingly confident long-term hubs won’t be required to achieve that goal. McLachlan believes the pathway for stalled sporting codes laid out by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday has made a...

Blues put line through Charlie

WHATEVER form the 2020 AFL season takes, Carlton have accepted hobbled star forward Charlie Curnow won’t play any part. The 23-year-old had expressed confidence he would return to the field this year after surgery to remove screws from his right knee cap, but a related stress response suffered last month has dashed...

No flag asterisk – Danger

GEELONG star Patrick Dangerfield believes winning the AFL premiership this year would be as legitimate as any other season, despite the unique circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The season has already been cut to 17 rounds plus finals and quarter lengths have been reduced while it is unlikely any games will...

Dockers under investigation

FREMANTLE star Luke Ryan is one of three Dockers under investigation over a possible breach of coronavirus restrictions after allegedly attending a house party last weekend. Senior Dockers defender Ryan and young teammates Michael Frederick and Jason Carter have been seen in a social media video that sparked the investigation. Seven people...

Dogs’ premiership medal stolen

WESTERN Bulldogs star Easton Wood’s AFL premiership medal has been stolen. Victoria Police allege it was taken during a burglary in the inner Melbourne suburb of Albert Park between April 14 and 26. Wood, 30, stood in for injured captain Bob Murphy captain in the Bulldogs’ drought-breaking grand final win over Sydney...

Young Blue named AFLW’s best

STAR Carlton midfielder Madison Prespakis has become the first teenager to collect the AFL women’s best-and-fairest. Last year’s Rising Star winner only got better in her second season, polling 15 votes to finish three ahead of Fremantle’s tackling machine Kiara Bowers. The 19-year-old joins dual winner Erin Phillips and North Melbourne’s Emma Kearney...

Ratten wary of hub health challenges

ST KILDA coach Brett Ratten has given tentative support to the AFL’s quarantine hub concept but says the Saints will respect the decision of any player who does not want to be part of it. The AFL has not yet finalised its plan to resume the season but is understood to be...

AFL to make season call in May

THE AFL will not settle on its plan for the resumption of the 2020 season until the middle of next month. Chief executive Gillon McLachlan told clubs on Friday the AFL would wait for updated advice from relevant government and medical authorities before making a decision on the season reboot amid the...

Shaw doing hard yards

RHYCE Shaw is going the extra mile to help guide his players through the AFL season shutdown with the North Melbourne coach completing the same fitness program as some of his charges. Shaw, who played the last of his 237 career AFL games in 2015, believes the move helps him better...

Docker happy with Melbourne hub

FREMANTLE coach Justin Longmuir has backed a Victorian push to host a quarantine hub in a bid to restart the AFL season. All states and territories are being considered by the AFL to set-up a hub to ensure the competition resumes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The AFL is weighing up whether to put...

Hubs possible in all states: AFL

EVERY state remains a contender to host quarantine hubs when the AFL restarts, league boss Gillon McLachlan says. Hubs are almost certain to be a requirement if the AFL season resumes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with a return date to be confirmed as soon as next week. “The guys are, or will...