Bombers won’t rush Daniher’s AFL return

Essendon coach John Worsfold is pleased with Joe Daniher’s gradual return to fitness, but a return game for the key forward remains uncertain. Having been restricted to 11 AFL matches in the past two seasons, the 2017 All-Australian is…

AFL ‘flinched’ on tackling rule: Beveridge

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says the AFL “flinched” in cracking down on the holding-the-ball rule after Alastair Clarkson’s complaints and needs to hold its nerve before making adjustments mid-season. In the wake of Hawthorn’s win over North Melbourne,…

Cats wary of former AFL teammate McCarthy

Tom Hawkins doesn’t need reminding of the threat posed by former teammate Lincoln McCarthy in Thursday night’s AFL clash at the SCG, admitting the Brisbane forward has broken Geelong’s hearts before. Hawkins is referring to McCarthy’s match-winning effort in…

Pies focus on winning, not off-field drama

The Collingwood “bubble” has helped the Magpies to escape intense media scrutiny in Melbourne and get through the AFL club’s week from hell. Arguably the AFL’s most high-profile club, Collingwood have been in the headlines for all the wrong…

Brisbane’s Zorko returns to AFL action

Brisbane captain Dayne Zorko will return from injury in Thursday night’s AFL fixture against a Geelong side missing Jack Steven. Zorko has overcome achilles soreness and related calf issues which have restricted him to three games this season. The…

Lockdown hits home for AFL stars in hubs

Geelong veteran Tom Hawkins is bracing for further changes to his AFL club’s itinerant schedule, having already investigated the possibility of flying his young family into a hub. Richmond premiership star Jack Riewoldt admits he second-guessed his decision to…

AFL flag fancies Brisbane set for SCG test

Brisbane face arguably their sternest test on Thursday night when they tackle Geelong at the SCG, having been anointed genuine AFL premiership contenders by Leigh Matthews. The Lions’ clinical 37-point win over ladder-leading Port Adelaide had the AFL talking,…

Richmond’s Lynch a 50/50 AFL prospect

Injured Richmond spearhead Tom Lynch says he’s a 50/50 prospect of playing in Sunday’s AFL match against Sydney. Lynch had surgery on a broken finger on Monday before travelling to join his teammates at their Gold Coast hub. “I…

No football in Victoria, but golf allowed

The VFL season has been abandoned as Melburnians brace for a six-week COVID-19 lockdown, while golfers will still be able to tee off on Victorian fairways. Plans for a modified state league competition have been scrapped, and all of…

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