Crows rookie Jarryd Lyons believes his path into the AFL would have been smoother with a stand-alone reserves side in the SANFL.
When Pat Karnezis was left out of the Brisbane Lions team to play Melbourne in round one, more than a few eyebrows were raised.
The decision before Carlton ruckman Robert Warnock will be about opportunity rather than money, according to his manager, Colin Young.
Collingwood appears primed to re-introduce four premiership players into its team for Friday night, making the Western Bulldogs “mission possible” all the more difficult.
Essendon’s well-documented injury crisis is likely to ease this week, with the Bombers expected to regain three players for their Saturday AFL home match against Brisbane.
Coach Ross Lyon claims Gold Coast lack respect and says the Dockers are keen to have “a good go” against the lowly Suns in Saturday’s clash at Metricon Stadium.
Mathew Stokes is set to miss the Cats’ clash with Melbourne at Simonds Stadium on Saturday, but midfielder James Kelly and veteran defender David Wojcinski are expected to return to face the Demons.
If the AFL had a most improved player award, Karmichael Hunt would be a clear front-runner. Hunt is rapidly developing into a competitive footballer this season.
Greater Western Sydney:
The Giants have earned their second AFL rising star nomination for the year, with defender Tomas Bugg recognised for a fine performance against Western Bulldogs.
Jordan Lewis has angrily denied accusations the Hawks quit during Sunday’s second-half AFL wipeout against Sydney in Launceston.
Liam Jurrah is set to make his return from wrist surgery in the VFL this weekend.
Todd Goldstein is hopeful a 64 hit-out performance for North Ballarat Roosters will be enough to earn him a recall by North Melbourne.
The club could be without two of its best six forwards against Richmond on Sunday.
Midfielder Shaun Grigg says narrow AFL losses to Geelong and West Coast have hit hard, but there are some encouraging signs.
Former St Kilda coach Grant Thomas has revealed 500-goal forward Stephen Milne could have been swapped for West Coast’s Dean Cox back in 2004.
Lewis Jetta’s life has been turned upside down ever since he was drafted by the Sydney Swans in 2009.
Veteran West Coast ruckman Dean Cox believes the Eagles squad is more advanced than their 2005 counterparts, but more improvement is needed if the AFL club is to taste premiership success this year.
Key defender Dale Morris made strides in his rehabilitation program over the weekend, lining up for Williamstown’s development squad to play out his first quarter of football since August 2011.
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