The Crows are talking down the dump tackle that could cost star forward Taylor Walker multiple weeks on the sidelines.
The Lions believe they are ready to test their revitalised form against the “benchmark” Sydney Swans at the SCG on Saturday.
Embattled midfielder Bryce Gibbs has jumped to the defence of Brett Ratten, declaring he has “no doubt” the club will honour the coach’s contract next year.
Club president Eddie McGuire has ridiculed the declining football career of former Magpies forward Jack Anthony as the war of words between Fremantle and the Magpies intensified.
The team will play in colours other than red and black for the first time in the club’s 140-year history this weekend, having bowed to the AFL’s demand for a clash guernsey after six years of stubborn resistance.
Freo’s young guns owe it to captain Matthew Pavlich and the club’s other ageing stars to build the depth needed to give them a crack at a premiership before their careers come to an end, according to forward Chris Mayne.
The Cats took another couple of baby steps to generation next with several youngsters playing their best games for the club on Sunday.
Suns future star Jaeger O’Meara’s year is over with the teenager to undergo season-ending surgery this week.
Greater Western Sydney:
Israel Folau insists he will remain an AFL player despite a reserves appearance last Saturday as his coach, Kevin Sheedy, remains furious at suggestions the rugby league convert won’t make it.
Skipper Luke Hodge could make his return to the Hawks line-up on Sunday against Greater Western Sydney at the MCG according to forward Brendan Whitecross.
The Demons will consider trading one of its three first round draft picks if the right senior player becomes available as a trade.
Jack Ziebell has conceded the Kangaroos have raised expectations after two impressive victories and need to maintain that form to prove they are genuine finals contenders.
The team is set to receive a huge boost ahead of Saturday’s night Showdown against Adelaide, with the expected return of star midfielder Travis Boak.
Richmond midfielder Daniel Jackson has been offered a two-week suspension from the AFL Match Review Panel.
Nick Riewoldt’s never seen a season like it.
Fresh from claiming the Brett Kirk Medal in Saturday night’s derby against Greater Western Sydney, Kieren Jack is being compared to iconic former Sydney Swans captain – Paul Kelly.
Injured Eagles forward Mark LeCras hasn’t given up hope of making a shock return during this year’s AFL finals series, and his teammates are urging him to take the punt in a bid for premiership glory.
Bulldogs defender Bob Murphy hopes to miss just one match after being subbed off with a hamstring injury in Saturday night’s big AFL loss to Essendon.
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