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Saint Eli Templeton played a starring role.

VFL Saturday wrap

Sandringham are making their move after winning their seventh match from their last eight outings, with a comprehensive 40-point win over the Northern Blues at Preston City Oval on Saturday.

Fighting fit: Carlton prospect Harry McKay returned with the Northern Blues.

Blues draftee McKay comes back strong

Promising Carlton draftee Harry McKay got through unscathed on his return from a back injury for the Northern Blues in a VFL development league match at Preston City Oval on Saturday.

Matthew Kennedy is tackled by Dale Thomas.

AFL Live: GWS v Carlton

It's the middle week of the three-round AFL bye period. Second up on Saturday, Greater Western Sydney host Carlton at Spotless Stadium.

Dim view: Damien Hardwick on Saturday.

Hardwick wants Tigers in for the kill

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick bemoaned the Tigers' lack of "killer instinct" as they failed to meet his 20-goal challenge against the Brisbane Lions on Saturday.

Backing his boys: Alastair Clarkson with Shaun Burgoyne last year.

Clarkson wants veterans to go on

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says he wants Luke Hodge, Shaun Burgoyne and Josh Gibson to join fellow veteran Sam Mitchell in playing on next year.

James Sicily's ebullience was on display against North Melbourne in round 13 with five match-winning goals.

Independent spirit fills Sicily, thrills Hawks

You don't have to read too far between the lines to discern the finely judged way Hawthorn is pacing the progress of James Sicily, anxious not to suppress his exuberance but careful also that it does not carry him away. So far, the record says, they have it just right.

All smiles: Travis Cloke and teammates after the game.

Buckley won't guarantee Cloke will keep spot

Nathan Buckley has refused to publicly guarantee Travis Cloke a spot in Collingwood's team next week, despite the veteran playing his role "really well" in his senior return on Friday night.

Tegan Higginbotham: If comedy is timing, boy, did they mess it up.

Rule one: When telling a joke, it must be funny

Sport and Comedy. Now I don't know whether you've picked up on this, but over the past couple of years I've been subtly attempting to mash these two worlds together with the intention of making you, my loyal and trusting readers, laugh.

Fox Footy's Sarah Jones at the MCG.

Win for Jones and Fox Footy amid the mess

It is almost three months ago to the day since I wrote in summarising Rebecca Maddern's move to The Footy Show that it generally took a stoush or a drama for a woman to ascend to a position of strength in the AFL.

Matthew Pavlich: His final MCG appearance.

AFL Live: Collingwood v Fremantle

There's plenty of incentive for Fremantle to win this game on the road - four points would take them past Collingwood on the ladder.

Carlton resurgence: Lachie Plowman handballs away from Daniel Rich during the round 11 AFL match between the Carlton ...

Plowman move a win for all

It's taken just over half a season but it's already clear that Lachie Plowman's move from Greater Western Sydney to Carlton will prove a win-win for both clubs.

September on their minds? Giants defenders Joel Patfull, Heath Shaw and Phil Davis.

September football a Giant-sized challenge

Greater Western Sydney have already as good as qualified for September. Now comes the task of preparing to climb their biggest potential finals hurdle – a lack of experience.

Whole new game: The women's league was launched last week

AFL using club scouts for women's rule analysis

AFL opposition analysts have been looking at women's exhibition games this year, analysing game trends with a view to making minor rule alterations for next year's inaugural season of the national women's league.

Gold Coast Suns academy player Jack Bowes.

Bombers, Suns in AFL draft intrigue

The Gold Coast Suns have declared they will look at "every option" - including a swap of selections for the No.1 draft pick - should that be the best way for them to emerge as a power.

First game: Mason Cox (centre) celebrates with his Magpie teammates after their big win on Anzac Day.

Corporate cream or footy dream: How a Magpie learnt to fly

On Anzac Day at the MCG, Collingwood unleashed debutant Mason Cox. It was a dream start for the 211-centimetre American who kicked the first goal of the game in the Pies' 69-point win. He has now played eight games and kicked 13 goals. This extract from "Jumping At The Chance" tells part of his story.