THE ever growing injury list at the Fremantle Dockers has claimed another big name with news today that star forward Michael Walters will miss the next three to four weeks with an ankle injury. The gun forward injured his ankle during the third quarter of Fremantle’s draw with Sydney at the SCG on Saturday night.
HAWTHORN coach Alastair Clarkson says the scoreboard “flattered” his team in its 83-point win over Greater Western Sydney at Aurora Stadium.
And while the result was largely a comfortable one, the most important factor to come out of the round for the Hawks is that they are flying on top of the ladder after seven straight wins. After round one, the Hawks appeared to be questioning themselves after the round one loss to Geelong
Football Nation’s roving reporter DANIEL PAPROTH gives us his take and his picks on the first games of Round 8. West Coast vs North Melbourne Friday 8:40 Patersons Stadium Round eight kicks off with what is, on paper, a very interesting game. Both West Coast and North Melbourne are currently sitting outside the top eight with
WELCOME to the latest instalment of Football Nation’s unofficial AFL injury list as we approach Round 8 of the 2013 season. We continue to trawl the web, looking at each club’s website, the AFL site and the main news sites in order to put together our best guess for a league-wide report. It’s not perfect but then again what
HAWTHORN has announced that they have signed a new deal with yet another star player not named Lance Franklin, after revealing this morning that Jarryd Roughead has agreed to a two year contract extension. With one year still remaining on his current contract, the new deal will see the Hawks forward remain with the club
GOLD Coast’s first win at the MCG was a phenomenal one against Melbourne by 60-points. It may well have huge ramifications for coach Mark Neeld and even the president Don McLardy on Monday but right now the Suns have their second win of the season and are in a good place
WELCOME to the latest instalment of Football Nation’s unofficial AFL injury list as we approach Round 7 of the 2013 season. We continue to trawl the web, looking at each club’s website, the AFL site and the main news sites in order to put together our best guess for a league-wide report. It’s not perfect but then again what
IF they didn’t have bad luck the Demons would have no luck at all.
The Melbourne Football Club has revealed that co-captain Jack Grimes is set to miss up to eight weeks of football after breaking his collarbone in this afternoon’s 61-point loss to Carlton at the
COLLINGWOOD’S elevated rookie Jack Frost suffered a knee injury in the loss to Williamstown by six-points at Burbank Oval on Sunday. The injury – which occurred in the third term – is suspected to be a season-ending one although scans tomorrow will determine the extent of the damage. Also on Football Nation: What we learnt
A DEPLETED Fremantle Dockers team came away with the four points after a 45 point win over the Gold Coast Suns at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night.
Led by Michael Waters four goals and Jon Griffins 31 hit outs and three goals, the Dockers took control of the match early a despite commendable efforts by the Suns were able to win comfortably
HAWTHORN is preparing for a blockbuster showdown against Sydney next week; a showdown between last year’s grand finallists. The Hawks lost last year’s grand final by 10-points but are playing down the motivation to beat the reigning premier next week. “You let the players be the ones that try and drive themselves for this particular
THE Carlton Football Club has announced that Jaryd Cachia will make his senior debut for the club in tomorrow’s game against Melbourne at the MCG with vice-captain Andrew Carrazzo being withdrawn due to a corked calf. Cachia, 21, was elevated from the club’s rookie list earlier this week after Nicholas Graham, the club’s third round draft pick and
WELCOME to the latest instalment of Football Nation’s unofficial AFL injury list as we approach Round 6 of the 2013 season. We continue to trawl the web, looking at each club’s website, the AFL site and the main news sites in order to put together our best guess for a league-wide report. It’s not perfect but then again what
GEELONG defender Jared Rivers has been ruled out for at least the next month with a knee injury that is worse than thought according to the Cats today. It means that the club may look to forward James Podsiadly to be transformed into a defender. It wouldn’t be the first time Podsiadly has played in
DESPITE Ryan Schoenmakers’ season-ending knee injury last week, Hawthorn appear to have reasonable depth in defence given that Kyle Cheney and Matt Spangher are ready to be called upon if necessary according to development coach Damian Carroll. Brian Lake stepped into Schoenmakers’ position on Sunday against the Kangaroos and performed amicably. Carroll said Spangher has
FOUR Rounds into the 2013 VFL season, Geelong and the Casey Scorpions remain undefeated while pre-season fancy Werribee is floundering after heavy defeats against Williamstown and Sandringham. Regular contributor Andrew Calleja takes a look at how your side is faring and the month ahead. Bendigo Gold Went into Round 1 with a side averaging just
CARLTON’S Jarrad Waite failed to kick a goal for the Northern Blues in his return match from a calf injury but that didn’t worry the Blues’ coaching staff who were just relieved the star forward had got through unscathed against Port Melbourne at Preston City Oval on Sunday. Waite finished with 12 disposals and six
FREMANTLE held on for a thrilling one-point victory over Richmond but is now likely to be without Kepler Bradley for the rest of the season after he injured his knee in the second quarter of the game. The club now fears that Bradley has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee after an
CARLTON coach Mick Malthouse is likely to give forward Jarrad Waite at least two weeks in the VFL before he makes his AFL return ahead of his comeback match for the Northern Blues against Port Melbourne at Preston City Oval on Sunday. Waite has recovered from the calf injury that derailed his pre-season yet again
JUST two years ago Central District was in its 12th consecutive grand final and West Adelaide had missed the finals for the seventh consecutive season. Fast forward to 2013 and the Bulldogs are win-less and on the bottom of the SANFL ladder, while the Bloods are four-for-four and perched atop the premiership table. And on
MELBOURNE 22.12 (144) def GWS GIANTS 15.13 (103) IN the face of the fiery hell burning below, Melbourne has exorcised their Demons by unleashing a record-breaking 12-goal last quarter haul to overcome Greater Western Sydney. It marks the highest ever last quarter score in the history of the club. Demons coach Mark Neeld can now
THE Western Bulldogs got stuck between a rock and hard place last week when Ayce Cordy became a late scratching for last Sunday’s game against Richmond. With no key position players listed in the club’s emergencies, the Doggies called up Tom Campbell to replace Cordy even though he was not on the announced team. The
WELCOME to the latest instalment of Football Nation’s unofficial AFL injury list as we approach Round 4 of the 2013 season. We continue to trawl the web, looking at each club’s website, the AFL site and the main news sites in order to put together our best guess for a league-wide report. It’s not perfect but then again what
(DAILY ONE LINERS) Pictured: North Melbourne coach BRAD SCOTT is insisting on a more four-quarter performance from his Kangaroos as they attempt to avoid slipping from finals contention just a month into the AFL season
IT is no surprise to see reigning premier Geelong undefeated and sitting in third spot behind the Northern Blues and Casey Scorpions, but what has happened to the other grand finallist, Port Melbourne
THERE is no coincidence that the return of skipper Luke Hodge coincided with the team turning around its fortunes quickly after the round one loss to Geelong. Since then, the Hawks have belted both West Coast and Collingwood; two preliminary finallists from last season. And the inspirational skipper, who missed so much footy last season
(DAILY ONE LINERS) Pictured: Gold Coast coach Guy McKenna says Brisbane Lion DAYNE ZORKO is not good enough to be a Sun
(DAILY ONE LINERS) Pictured: Essendon chairman David Evans says fresh allegations against his club, including the bombshell claim that Bombers coach James Hird had injected a WADA-blacklisted drug, are “extremely serious and very distressing”
WELCOME to the latest instalment of Football Nation’s unofficial AFL injury list. We continue to trawl the web, looking at each club’s website, the AFL site and the main news sites in order to put together our best guess for a league-wide report. It’s not perfect but then again what is? Please note: There’s not a lot of detail
(DAILY ONE LINERS) Pictured: Cats forward STEVE JOHNSON is a chance to return against Carlton on Saturday night, while Jared Rivers has been ruled out for up to three more weeks
(DAILY ONE LINERS) Pictured: The Saints will be forced to reshuffle its backline, potentially for the next month, after fresh injuries to important defenders James Gwilt and SEAN
IT seems that every time Port Melbourne play Box Hill, you know that you’re in for a mighty contest. The last five matches have been tight but Port has prevailed in every one of them. Box Hill, however, would have got some confidence out of the four-point loss at Box Hill City Oval on Sunday.
WITH the split-round that opened the season now over we now move to our regular slate of nine games and Football Nation’s roving reporter DANIEL PAPROTH gives us his take on all of them
JUST 18 months since their last premiership victory the football public had largely assumed that Geelong would be the underdog against Hawthorn last Monday. Underdog or not they took care of business and the Hawks yet again.
It’s amazing how quickly we forget
(DAILY ONE LINERS) Pictured: JACK ZIEBELL admits North Melbourne needs to make major improvements in its use of the football if it’s going to be competitive against Geelong.
PORT Melbourne warriors Toby Pinwill and Shane Valenti will miss the next four to six weeks with calf injuries in what is described as a challenge for the Borough to overcome. The Borough face Box Hill, Frankston, Sandringham and the Northern Blues over the next month and going by their performance against Werribee on the
WELCOME to the latest instalment of Football Nation’s unofficial AFL injury list. The details below have been collected by trawling each club’s website as well as the main news sites in order to put together our best guess for a league-wide report.. Please note: There’s not a lot of detail available at the moment but we’ve tried
(DAILY ONE LINERS) Pictured: The Power elevated rookie KANE MITCHELL on Tuesday, but there’s no guarantee the 23-year-old Western Australian will play round one, or even remain on the senior list until season’s end
FREMANTLE was able to beat West Coast on Saturday night without Aaron Sandilands. Now it looks like they will have to get used to playing without their star ruckman for an extended period with the club announcing tonight that he will have to undergo surgery on his injured left hamstring. The club has said that
THIS year’s Victorian AFL draft hopefuls were on display for the first time in 2013 on Sunday at Visy Park as the TAC Cup season kicked off with a triple header featuring all six metro teams. Northern Knights 15.7 (97) def Calder Cannons 11.9 (75) Game one saw the Calder Cannons take on the Northern
(DAILY ONE LINERS) Pictured: The Demons face tough decisions on million-dollar forwards Mitch Clark and CHRIS DAWES this week after they combined for just 100 minutes of football in the pre-season
COLLINGWOOD star Dale Thomas is expected to miss the Pies round one clash against North Melbourne after pulling out of last night’s VFL practice match against the Northern Blues. Thomas was in line to play for some match fitness after an ankle injury derailed his pre-season. He has missed the entire NAB Cup and is
IN emotional scenes at a Alice Springs court today, former AFL star Liam Jurrah, was found not guilty of assaulting his cousin last year. The verdict has given some hope to re-ignite Jurrah’s AFL career. Jurrah was found not guilty of “unlawfully causing serious harm to his cousin Basil Jurrah” in March last year. The former
Guest contributor RowdyOne continues his series looking at each club’s best 22 players for the upcoming 2013 season. Key Personnel Questions for the Demons: A sub-par season last year meant that Chris Dawes was suddenly expendable. Now that he’s at a new club, can he recapture his 2010 season form and be the forward target the
WELCOME to the latest instalment of our unofficial AFL injury list. While we live in hope for better information there is still no real improvement on the reporting of injury news from around the league so in he meantime we continue to do our best in assembling this report. Please note: There’s not a lot of detail
A SEASON with some dominant performances and a steady rise saw the Hawks finish the 2012 season on top of the ladder but for most of us all we remember is that they last the last game of the year
AARON Sandilands’ return from a hamstring injury has been hit with a setback after the Fremantle Football Club announced that their star ruckman aggravated the injury at training earlier today. Sandilands sustained a partial tear to his left hamstring tendon last month in the club’s 18-point Round 1 NAB Cup win over Geelong and at that time was ruled
NORTH Melbourne has just revealed that they have re-signed Scott McMahon and Robbie Tarrant. Both players have signed two-year contract extensions keeping them with the Roos through to the end of the 2015 season. McMahon, 26, was originally rookie listed by North Melbourne back in 2005, and has now played in 106 games for the
Port Melbourne Coach: Gary Ayres Key Player Arrivals: Nathan Batsanis (Norwood), Luke Rounds (Collingwood), Matt Fieldsend (Casey), Danny Hughes (Box Hill) Key Player Departures: Sam Dwyer (Collingwood, AFL), Stephen Brewer (Greenvale), Adam Bentick (St Bernard’s), Tim Allen (Collingwood) Last Year’s Finish: 2nd on the ladder and Runners-up This year’s prediction: 3rd And why?: A gigantic
Collingwood Coach: Dale Tapping Key Player Arrivals: Ben Moloney ( Werribee ) Tim Allan ( Port Melbourne ) Tom Tyquin ( Sandringham Dragons ) Sam Dwyer ( Port Melbourne ) Kyle Martin ( Frankston ) Jack Frost ( Williamstown ) Ben Hudson ( Brisbane Lions ) Brodie Grundy ( Sturt ) Ben Kennedy ( Glenelg
Sandringham Coach: Simon McPhee Key Player Arrivals: Ryan Minahan (Upper Ferntree Gully), Cameron Banfield (Sandringham Dragons), Kenny Ong (Sandringham Dragons) Key Player Departures: Jackson Coleman (Frankston), Michael Sikora (Essendon), Matthew Stapleton (Bendigo) Last Year’s Finish:8th This year’s prediction: 8th And why?: With the loss of two very promising players in Jackson Coleman and Michael Sikora, and
North Ballarat Coach: Gerard FitzGerald Key Player Arrivals: Lucas Cook ( Melbourne ) Steve Clifton ( GWS Giants ) Sam Scott ( Geelong Falcons ) Nick Rippon ( Ballarat Rebels ) David Morris ( Ballarat Rebels ) Tony Lockyer ( Ballarat Rebels ) Key Player Departures: Derick Micallef ( North Juniors ) Marc Creig (
Box Hill Hawks Coach: Damian Carroll Key Player Arrivals: Sam Iles (Gold Coast), Jackson Eade (Old Camberwell), Sam Crocker (St Kilda), Brad Harvey (Brisbane Lions), Ryan Exon (Oakleigh Chargers), Bryce Retzlaff (Brisbane Lions) Key Player Departures: Adam Pattison (retired), Danny Hughes (Port Melbourne), Guy Phelps, Daniel Cooper, Jayden Cass (Frankston), Matt Jones (Melbourne) Last Year’s
(DAILY ONE LINERS) Pictured: Hawthorn forward JACK GUNSTON says the 81-point win over North Melbourne on Saturday has given the Hawks a confidence boost heading into its Round 1 blockbuster against Geelong
GUEST contributor Ben Woods continues his popular “Don’t Argue” column, this week taking us through this year’s mid-priced forwards prospects . Make no mistake, the forward line will win or lose SuperCoach for you this season. Unfortunately, there are no standout rookies demanding to be selected meaning that your probably going to have to invest a lot
THERE is so much hype around Carlton since Mick Malthouse took over the reins and a NAB Cup final appearance (albeit a loss) has done nothing to abate it. In spite of this we can expect to see a much hungrier line-up this year
THE West Coast Eagles have announced that Mark Nicoski has been placed back on the long-term injury list as he battles to recover from a major hamstring injury. Nicoski, 29, went down in last year’s NAB Cup Final after pursuing Adelaide’s Brent Reilly in the loss to the Adelaide Crows. At the time West Coast coach John
CAN Norwood win back-to-back SANFL flags for the first time since 1922-23? That is the major question to be answered leading into the 2013 season.
THE Fremantle list is the strongest it’s been since the club made the 2006 Preliminary Final. The Dockers were unlucky against Adelaide in last year’s semi final going down late despite being in the contest for three and half quarters.
IT will be interesting to see how season 2013 plays out for the Cats. Most had them pencilled in for a mouth-watering preliminary final clash with Hawthorn in September last year but they were beaten by a more determined Fremantle side.
Guest contributor RowdyOne continues his series looking at each club’s best 22 players for the upcoming 2013 season. Key Personnel Questions for the Cats: Can Tom Hawkins build on his 2012 campaign and push himself into elite status with another 60 plus goal season? Geelong added three “name” recruits to their list during the off-season
(DAILY ONE LINERS) Pictured: Demons wunderkind JACK VINEY remains a Round 1 lock, despite not playing since the first round of the NAB Cup
HAWTHORN has been in the thick of the action since 2008 when it snared a flag from nowhere. Some commentators said at the time that the Hawks have pinched one earlier than expected. Really from there, the team has largely disappointed in terms of flag success and its biggest opportunities have been over the past
THERE is still plenty of improvement to come from the Gold Coast but the story of the season may be how patient the club and its fans can be.
14/3/13 – ESSENDON has continued its massive pre-season of recruiting in its inaugural season with Trent Shinners coming across from Bendigo. It has also snared Temora’s Sam Tagliabue. 7/3/13 – GEELONG is set to include delisted Gold Coast youngster Piers Flanagan on its final list this week. He has been training with the VFL
(DAILY ONE LINERS) Pictured: Geelong has put Josh Cowan and Lincoln McCarthy on its long-term injury list, clearing the way for the Cats to promote Josh Walker and Mark Blicavs
WE’VE had a number of contract announcements already today with new deals announced for Andrew Carrazzo (Carlton), Daniel Talia (Adelaide) and Jordan Lewis (Hawthorn). And we can’t help but add one more to the list: Sav Rocca. The former Collingwood and North Melbourne spearhead was re-signed earlier today by the Washington Redskins on the opening
STILL no improvement on the injury news from around the league with some teams (eg Collingwood) doing a much better job than others (eg West Coast). In spite of that here at Football Nation we continue to do our best in assembling a report for every club. With the start of the ‘real” season upon
The Carlton Football Club has announced that Andrew Carrazzo has signed a new contract extension that will keep the midfielder with the Blues until the end of 2015 season. Carrazzo, 29, entered the AFL through the National Draft on two occasions. Initially drafted by Geelong in the 2002 Rookie Draft he was never able to crack a
HAWTHORN will be looking to re-ignite its premiership hopes after losing to Sydney in last year’s grand final. That alone will provide it with plenty of motivation heading into the 2013 season and it may be about how many players want to taste that success and how hungry they will be to achieve it
NORTH Melbourne was perceived to have had a so called ‘easy’ draw in 2012 and made the finals accordingly and for some they may now be seen as the most vulnerable to slide out of the 8 this season. But not for us
ROUND 3 of the NAB Cup competition is complete and Football Nation’s team of writers takes a detailed look at the action and outcomes of each of the games
THERE is no silver lining for him in his new role because Austinn “Aussie” Jones hopes one day it’s decked in Gold. The 36-year-old Jones is the new coach of Bendigo – the VFL’s third stand-alone team – and he is relishing the opportunity as his side prepares to kick start the season against now-bitter
IT has been a rough day for the Hawthorn Football Club with defender Matt Suckling suffering a knee injury during the club’s game against Richmond at Aurora Stadium (Launceston) this afternoon.
IT has been a horror month for the Hawks on the field. They’re winless and one of their key playmakers – Matt Suckling – is likely to under go a knee reconstruction after the one-point loss to Richmond on Saturday
Team: Port Adelaide Coach: Ken Hinkley Player Losses: Retired: None Delisted: Jacob Surjan, Simon Phillips, Jarrad Irons, Daniel Webb, Mitch Curnow, Mitch Banner, Ben Jacobs, Steven Salopek Traded: David Rodan (Melbourne), Free Agency: Troy Chaplin (Richmond), Danyle Pearce (Fremantle) Deceased: John McCarthy Player Additions: Traded: Angus Monfries
In years gone by I have tended to favour a superstars and rookies Supercoach strategy. It served me well. However, gone are the compromised drafts, which means that so too are the abundance of Supercoach rookie bailouts that the expansion teams provided. This means we are going to have to pay more attention to the
(DAILY ONE LINERS) Pictured: Melbourne midfielder NATHAN JONES says no-one should expect Jimmy Toumpas and Jack Viney to dominate for a while yet
AS usual we are still waiting on better team released injury reports so in the meantime we continue to do our best in assembling a report for every club. Hopefully we’ll be back to a more thorough report as we approach the home and away season. There’s not a lot of detail available at the
ST KILDA could have one quickest and most exciting forward lines in 2013, if the early stages of pre-season are anything to go by. Stephen Milne, Ahmed Saad, Terry Milera and Trent Dennis-Lane (otherwise known as the ‘mosquito fleet’) will cause much headaches for opposition defenders
(DAILY ONE LINERS) Pictured: Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has offered BRYCE GIBBS a lead role – “ball-winning midfielder” – and he is delivering as many knew he always would
THE Saints came from behind to beat the Swans yesterday and have luckily avoiding paying a higher price for that victory after scans this morning revealed Rhys Stanley had avoided major damage to his left knee. The St Kilda key defender left the field immediately after hyper-extending his knee during a third quarter contest with
IT’S hard enough to travel from one side of the country to another and then back it up with a top notch performance but to do so in a pre-season game is impressive.
To do it against a team as talented as West Coast however is remarkable
PORT Melbourne coach Gary Ayres says the club is in a better position than it was this time last year as the grand finalists look to improve to go one step further in 2013. Speaking on the recently launched Borough TV, Ayres admitted there was a “lot of issues” after the clubs’ breakthrough premiership win
HAWTHORN skipper Luke Hodge is in a race against time to be fit for the season opener against Geelong just 12 months on from missing the majority of the first half of the season last year for the grand finalists. In a major disappointment for Hawk fans, Hodge – an important weapon of the clubs’
(DAILY ONE LINERS) Pictured: Injury prone Carlton key forward JARRAD WAITE could miss the Blues’ opening-round blockbuster against Richmond
THE flow of information from clubs and the AFL is not at it’s regular season best yet but we continue to do our best in assembling a team by team injury report. There’s not a lot of detail available at the moment we’ve tried our best to assemble the list from various sources. Some of
FOR the past 5 months I’ve had to pretend that I was a fan of other sports. It was exhausting. While cricket and the NBA have kept me away somewhat entertained nothing can compare to our great sport
LOST amid all the coverage about Paul Puopolo is the fact that Hawthorn playmaker Cyril Rioli was also injured in the game against the Gold Coast Suns on Saturday night. It is not known exactly when Rioli injured his ankle but it was enough to keep him out of the line-up for the team’s subsequent game
(DAILY ONE LINERS) Pictured: Michael Voss wants to win the NAB Cup and his Brisbane Lions are in a good position to do just that after round one of the pre-season competition
After two weeks of competition the split round opening this year’s NAB Cup tournament is finally over. While for some it’s “just” pre-season football for others it’s more meaningful as they get their first chance to see their club in action and determine how successful their off-season moves were. So for those for you that
HAWTHORN appeared to be in third or fourth gear when it lost to the Gold Coast and Brisbane Lions last night but the most concerning factor was a knee injury to plucky defender Paul Puopolo. It is believed Puopolo’s injury isn’t serious as he was walking around after the match but it will derail his
The flow of information information from clubs and the AFL is not at it’s regular season best yet but we continue to do our best in assembling a team by team injury report. There’s not a lot of detail available at the moment we’ve tried our best to assemble the list from various sources. New
(DAILY ONE LINERS) Pictured: Rejuvenated Suns defender MAVERICK WELLER has moved to end speculation about his long-term future by declaring he wants to become a one-club player
(DAILY ONE LINERS) Pictured: Swans speedster LEWIS JETTA is hoping to inspire Swans fans both on and off the field this season
JOSH Jenkins was the stand-out in Adelaide’s NAB Cup campaign and his bid to replace Kurt Tippett perhaps has run more smoothly than expected. He kicked two goals for the Crows in their win over Port Adelaide yesterday, but moreso he provided that lynch-pin up forward in the absence of not only Taylor Walker –
After a desultory four-win campaign in 2011 it was widely expected that the Lions would struggle again in 2012. But while Voss and co. may not have made the finals they did impress down the stretch as a group of young players emerged to give the Lions a spark en-route to winning 10 games
Our first look at the team by team injury reports for 2013 is ready to go and while there’s not a lot of detail available at the moment we’ve tried our best to assemble the list from various sources. Return dates are approximations and best guesses but don’t place any bets based on them! We’ve tried
(DAILY ONE LINERS) Pictured: Suns defender SEB TAPE is confident his knee will recover fully and is focused on assisting recently recruited defenders Tom Murphy and Greg Broughton settle in to a strengthened and miserly backline
(DAILY ONE LINERS) Pictured: With the Swans ruck stocks going from strength to strength in last year’s trade period, premiership ruckman Mike Pyke says he is looking forward to some more healthy competition in