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Season over for star Giant

GREATER Western Sydney’s Jeremy Cameron will play no further part in the AFL finals, while injured ruckman Shane Mumford may also be a forced omission this week. Cameron suffered a hamstring injury in Thursday night’s qualifying final loss to Adelaide, with GWS co-captain Callan Ward confirming on Monday the key forward...

Season over for Smith

ADELAIDE star Brodie Smith has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the rest of the AFL finals series. Smith left Thursday night’s 36-point qualifying final win over Greater Western Sydney in the first quarter and did not return. His right knee buckled under him as he attempted to tackle the Giants’...

AFL Changes – Finals Week 1

GEELONG forward Daniel Mezel is a shock axing for their blockbuster AFL qualifying final against Richmond. Sydney have also sprung a selection surprise, dropping Kurt Tippett and recalling Sam Naismith from an abdominal strain for Saturday’s SCG elimination final against Essendon. While the Bombers regain Orazio Fantasia and Michael Hurley from injury, key...

Tigers embracing finals challenge

RICHMOND coach Damien Hardwick says the Tigers are playing a brand of football ideally suited to ending two long hoodoos in Friday night’s AFL qualifying final against Geelong. The Tigers have lost 13 straight matches against the Cats dating back to 2006 and have gone 16 years without a finals win, including...

Tigers embrace finals challenge

RICHMOND coach Damien Hardwick says the Tigers are playing a brand of football ideally suited to ending two long hoodoos in Friday night’s AFL qualifying final against Geelong. The Tigers have lost 13 straight matches against the Cats dating back to 2006 and have gone 16 years without a finals win, including...

AFL Changes – Adelaide vs. GWS Giants

ADELAIDE will be without midfield star Rory Sloane and Greater Western Sydney has dropped veteran forward Steve Johnson in two key changes ahead of tomorrow night’s qualifying final at Adelaide Oval. The Crows have decided not to risk Sloane, who had his appendix removed early last week, while the Giants lost...

Caddy right to take on Cats

JACK Graham or Oleg Markov are likely to make way for Josh Caddy, who has declared he is fit for Richmond’s AFL qualifying final. Caddy is a certain recall for Friday night’s MCG blockbuster against his old club Geelong. He has been out of action since a hamstring injury in round 21, also...

Scrap pre-finals bye: greats

AFL greats Mick Malthouse and Brent Harvey have joined Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson in calling for the league to scrap the pre-finals bye. This is the second year the AFL has had the week off between round 23 and the opening week of the finals. It was introduced to stop finals-bound teams...

Ablett to Geelong ‘impossible’: Scott

GEELONG coach Chris Scott says a fairytale move for Gary Ablett from Gold Coast back to the Cats to finish his AFL career is “impossible” as the situation stands. Ablett, who won his fourth club champion award at the Suns on Saturday, has expressed his desire to play for Geelong in 2018...

Hopper commits to Giants

SPECULATION Greater Western Sydney young gun Jacob Hopper was headed elsewhere at the end of the season has proven off the mark with the midfielder re-signing with the club. Originally from the NSW Riverina town of Leeton, the 20-year-old GWS Academy product had been linked with a potential move to Geelong,...