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Johannisen re-signs for five

SPECULATION over the future of Norm Smith medallist Jason Johannisen has been put to bed after he signed a five-year deal to remain at the Western Bulldogs. Out-of-contract at the end of this year, Johannisen will now remain at Whitten Oval until at least the end of 2022. “Jason is not only...

Another Rising Star for Blues

CHARLIE Curnow has been rewarded for some impressive form by becoming Carlton’s fifth Rising Star nomination for 2017. Curnow kicked two goals from 19 possessions in the Blues’ narrow loss to Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday. He joins fellow Carlton youngsters Caleb Marchbank, Sam Petrevki-Seton, David Cunningham and Jack Silvagni in...

Match Review Panel – Round 16

St Kilda’s Tim Membrey, Collingwood’s Levi Greenwood and Western Bulldogs defender Easton Wood have all been offered AFL suspensions. The match review panel on Monday offered Membrey a two-game ban for striking Dylan Grimes in the Saints’ win over Richmond on Saturday night. Greenwood can accept a one-game ban for rough conduct...

Season over for Cripps

CARLTON young gun Patrick Cripps will miss the rest of the season with a broken leg, but has avoided surgery. Cripps suffered a fractured fibula after being kicked in the back of the leg by Melbourne’s Jayden Hunt while trying to smother the ball during the second quarter of the Blues’ loss...

Hodge to hang up boots

HAWTHORN champion Luke Hodge will retire at the end of the AFL season. The former captain will end his decorated career after 16 seasons with the Hawks, winning four premierships, two Norm Smith medals and three All Australian selections. The 33-year-old is set to play his 300th AFL game when the Hawks...

AFL Final Changes – Round 16

WEST Coast ruckman Scott Lycett will make his long-awaited AFL comeback in Sunday’s clash with Port Adelaide. The highly-rated big man Lycett will play his first game of the season, joining veterans Matt Priddis, Mark LeCras and Shannon Hurn in the final 22 for the Domain Stadium match. Off-season recruit Jack Redden is...

AFL Changes – Round 16

MELBOURNE key forward Jesse Hogan will make his much-anticipated AFL comeback this Sunday in a timely morale boost for the suddenly-embattled club. Hogan and forward Jeff Garlett were named in the Demons’ starting lineup among seven inclusions to the squad for the MCG clash with Carlton. After his father died in April...

Fahour suspended, stands down from AFL job

AFL diversity manager Ali Fahour has stood down from the role after being banned from playing football for life over a punch in a local league game. Fahour was banned for 14 weeks by the Northern Football League on Wednesday night, taking his career total suspensions beyond the 16-week threshold which...

Bulldog big man to take break

WESTERN Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says the pressure on Tom Boyd due to his enormous contract has weighed heavily on the premiership hero, who is taking an indefinite break from the AFL due to clinical depression. Beveridge expects the 21-year-old power forward to return to the sport at some stage, although he...

Bugg hit for six

MELBOURNE forward Tom Bugg has copped a six-week AFL suspension for knocking out Sydney’s Callum Mills. Bugg pleaded guilty to the charge of intentional conduct with high impact to the head after being referred directly to the tribunal for the incident in Friday night’s game at the MCG. Bugg’s representative Iain Findlay argued...