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AFL Rising Star – Round 22

FOR a season that has had few highs for the Gold Coast, talented youngster Ben Ainsworth has delivered one ray of sunshine late in the year by claiming the penultimate Rising Star nomination for 2017. The fourth pick in the 2016 National Draft, Ainsworth kicked three goals in the Suns’ 33-point...

AFL Match Review Panel – Round 22

ST KILDA defender Jake Carlisle is free to play in his club’s must-win final round clash with Richmond after having two match day reports thrown out by the AFL Match Review Panel. Carlise was reported for striking North Melbourne duo Luke McDonald and Declan Mountford in yesterday’s win at Etihad Stadium. However, in...

Recurring theme for Magpies

CLOSE, but just not good enough. That’s been the theme of Collingwood’s 2017 season. The Magpies sit 13th on the ladder following an 11-point loss to Geelong at the MCG in their penultimate match of the season, but have an average losing margin of under three goals The frustration for utility Jack...

Final AFL Changes – Round 22

RICHMOND are set to blood their fifth debutant for the AFL season, with Jack Graham named to face Fremantle on Sunday. Graham, a big-bodied midfielder plucked from the second round of last year’s draft, is one of three inclusions for the Domain Stadium clash. He is joined by Jacob Townsend and Oleg...

AFL Changes – Round 22

HAWTHORN star Jaeger O’Meara will make his long-anticipated AFL return after being named to face Carlton on Saturday. The gun recruit will play his first game since round six after overcoming a lingering knee injury, while goalsneak Paul Puopolo will return from a groin complaint. O’Meara is one of several big inclusions for...

Saints re-sign Billings

STAR midfielder Jack Billings believes St Kilda have the talent to take the next step to being a title force after inking a new two-year deal with the AFL club. Ahead of their clash with North Melbourne on Sunday, the 21-year-old extended his contract with the Saints until the end of 2019,...

Former Cat Kelly to retire

ESSENDON veteran James Kelly will retire at the end of the AFL season as a three-time premiership player. Kelly joined the Bombers in 2016 after winning the 2007, 2009 and 2011 flags with Geelong. He was recruited to top up the Bombers’ squad after 12 players were banned for doping last year. The...

Redpath challenge fails

THE Western Bulldogs will be without key forward Jack Redpath for three matches after the AFL tribunal found him guilty of striking. The finding means Redpath will miss the last two rounds of the 2017 home-and- away season and either the Bulldogs’ first final or round one of next season depending on...

Gibson to say goodbye

AFL LIST CHANGES Champion Hawthorn defender Josh Gibson has joined the long list of AFL stars retiring this season. The triple-premiership winner, 33, has been sidelined with a groin injury since round 12 and he told a media conference on Tuesday he would not return for a farewell AFL game. “It was something...

Bob to bow out

WESTERN Bulldogs captain Bob Murphy will retire at the end of the season after 18 years playing AFL. The 35-year-old, a two-time All Australian, has played 310 games and is the oldest player in the league. “It’s been a privilege to be among you (teammates) for 18 years and an even greater thrill...