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Match Review Panel – Round 9

NORTH Melbourne midfielder Ben Cunnington has escaped with a $1000 fine for his punch to the stomach of Melbourne’s Bernie Vince in yesterday’s fiery win at the MCG. The Match Review Panel assessed the incident as intentional conduct with low impact to the body In all six charges were laid by the...

Rowe blow for Blues

  CARLTON have confirmed that defender Sam Rowe suffered a serious knee injury in his side’s 35-point AFL loss to Fremantle in Perth. Rowe injured his knee early in the match, but was given the green light to return to the field late in the first term. His return was short-lived, with Rowe’s knee...

Surgery for Giant Smith

GREATER Western Sydney’s injury crisis has worsened, with Devon Smith set to miss up to 12 weeks with a knee injury. Small forward Smith tore his right meniscus at training on Friday and will undergo surgery early next week. Former Fremantle midfielder Matt de Boer will make his club debut in place...

AFL Changes – Round 9

WESTERN Bulldogs have loaded up on stars while being brutal with the axe as they attempt to get their premiership defence back on track in Friday’s crunch clash with Geelong at Simonds Stadium. The eighth-placed Bulldogs welcomed back Robert Murphy, Travis Cloke, Dale Morris, Mitch Wallis and Tory Dickson for the...

AFL clubs show support for wildcard round

CLUBS have surprised AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan with their level of interest in a wildcard round the week before the finals. A fixture option, debated at length during Thursday’s meeting between the league and the 18 club chief executives, is to replace the round-23 bye with one or more wildcard...

Farewell, Lou

THE state funeral for the incomparable Lou Richards began with a beautiful rendition of Good Old Collingwood Forever by the organist at St Paul’s Cathedral. It ended with a recording of Frank Sinatra’s time-honoured classic New York, New York. And the intervening two hours or so were filled with memories of a man...

Injury issues for Hawks

Hawthorn’s hopes of salvaging something from this AFL season have been dealt an immense blow, with Cyril Rioli, Ben Stratton and James Frawley all set for long stints on the sidelines. Rioli will miss up to three months after scans confirmed he suffered a high- grade posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury...

Prognosis “very good” for Hogan

MELBOURNE AFL forward Jesse Hogan could return to playing in four to eight weeks after being diagnosed with cancer just weeks after his father died of the disease. The 22-year-old was to undergo surgery for testicular cancer on Tuesday, after he missed last week’s game against Adelaide. Melbourne’s club doctor Zeeshan Arain said...

Dee’s cancer shock

MELBOURNE forward Jesse Hogan has been diagnosed with cancer. The Age is reporting 22-year-old Hogan, who was listed as missing Saturday’s win over Adelaide due to illness, has a form of testicular cancer. The diagnosis has come only weeks following the death of his father. Hogan has played 45 games and kicked 94...

Taranto’s time for Rising Star

TIM Taranto has become the first GWS Giant to earn a Rising Star nomination following an impressive performance in Saturday night’s win over Collingwood. The 19-year-old, who was taken with pick No.2 from TAC Cup club Sandringham Dragons, had 21 possessions, six score involvements and laid five tackles as the Giants...