Club champion Richard Douglas could return against Collingwood, a match the Crows say will help define their AFL season.
A key defender kicked seven goals, a former NRL star returned to Brisbane as an AFL rookie, and the Brisbane Lions won by 92 points: it was an odd afternoon at the Gabba yesterday.
Star midfielder Marc Murphy will be out until round 14 with a shoulder injury that requires surgery.
Collingwood will be without Brownlow Medallist Dane Swan and key defender Ben Reid for Saturday night’s AFL match of the round against Adelaide.
Essendon remained tight-lipped yesterday about which of its players would be rested for the Bombers’ first match with Greater Western Sydney at Skoda Stadium on Saturday night.
On-baller David Mundy and his fellow midfielders have accepted responsibility for their team’s embarrassing 56-point loss to Hawthorn.
Captain Joel Selwood yesterday conceded the Cats had slipped from the 2011 form that claimed a third premiership in five seasons.
You won’t hear the W word uttered at the Gold Coast Suns this week.
Greater Western Sydney:
GWS co-captain Phil Davis has described the club’s 92-point loss to Brisbane Lions as ‘very disappointing‘.
When Hawthorn lured defender Josh Gibson away from North Melbourne at end of 2009, it was seen as a shrewd piece of recruiting.
Demons forward Liam Jurrah will be sidelined for up to six weeks after suffering an ankle injury late in Saturday’s 101-point drubbing by Sydney Swans.
North Melbourne’s players were more culpable than their coach for squandering a seemingly match-winning lead against Port Adelaide on Saturday, according to club great Wayne Carey.
Travis Boak needs to put pen to paper on a new deal at Port Adelaide – quickly.
Hawthorn is readying itself for a major challenge on Saturday against Richmond, with Brad Sewell describing the Tigers’ midfield as one of the competition’s best.
St Kilda favourite Leigh Montagna has declared he fully intends to stay at the Saints beyond 2012, despite being out of contract and on the radar of AFL rivals.
Lewis Jetta’s transformation has been so complete he is on course to become the Swans’ smallest leading goalkicker in 24 years.
John Worsfold has put the Eagles’ phenomenal improvement in the past two years into perspective – comparing his wooden spoon playing group of 2010 to current cellar dwellers Greater Western Sydney and the Gold Coast.
The Bulldogs will face Geelong on Friday night off their fifth six-day break, after notching their third win in a row, and fourth in five games, last night in Darwin against the Gold Coast.
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