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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,...

McGrath the Rising Star

ESSENDON’S top draft pick Andrew McGrath has won the four-way contest for the AFL Rising Star award. McGrath polled 51 votes to win the coveted award by 10 votes over Hawthorn’s Ryan Burton, who was the favourite. Port Adelaide midfielder Sam Powell-Pepper was next on 35 and Carlton key forward Charlie Curnow polled...

Dusty deal done

Dustin Martin had two million reasons to cheat on Richmond with another AFL club but the superstar midfielder just couldn’t bring himself to do it. Martin ended his long-running contract saga on Thursday night when he announced he had signed a seven-year deal to remain at Punt Road. The blockbuster deal is...

Hocking takes AFL role

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan has appointed long-time Geelong backroom guru Steve Hocking to the hefty position of football operations manager. Hocking replaces Simon Lethlean, after his departure last month over a workplace affair, as the sport’s No.2 executive. The former Cats’ defender and staffer takes charge of football across the country,...

Hocking appointed to crucial AFL position

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan has appointed long-time Geelong backroom guru Steve Hocking to the hefty position of football operations manager. Hocking replaces Simon Lethlean, after his departure last month over a workplace affair, as the sport’s No.2 executive. The former Cats’ defender and staffer takes charge of football across the country,...

2017 All-Australian team

STAR Richmond full-back Alex Rance is the surprise captain of the All-Australian team, his fourth-straight selection. West Coast spearhead Josh Kennedy was named vice-captain of the season’s top 22 players. Rance was named captain ahead of Geelong skipper Joel Selwood, who won selection on the interchange bench. The Tigers defender is one of...

Montagna calls time

ST KILDA’S Leigh Montagna has joined his former skipper Nick Reiwoldt in calling time on his AFL career. Montagna on Wednesday announced his retirement after 287 games and 16 seasons for the Saints. The club had already farewelled Riewoldt, with the pair playing almost all of the careers together. ‘Joey’ Montagna told his...

Scott extends stay at Roos

BRAD Scott will continue as North Melbourne’s coach until the end of 2020 after securing a contract extension with the AFL club. Scott’s two-year extension ends speculation he had topped the wishlist of rivals Gold Coast. “I would expect people would approach my management … but I was certainly not keen to explore...

Bombers sign Zaharakis to long-term deal

ESSENDON midfielder David Zaharakis has shunned AFL free agency to sign a new four-year deal with the Bombers. Zaharakis, 27, was due to become a restricted free agent at the end of the season but declined the opportunity to test his value on the open market. “It’s fantastic to get the contract...