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Hawthorn move to Dingley: Supporters react to plan for new base

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Matt Murnane 11:05 AM   The "Dingley Hawks". Or "the Dawks", for short

Hawks plan to leave nest for huge Dingley HQ

Supporters watch Hawthorn players at the final training day of 2012 Waverley.

Jake Niall 9:36 AM   Hawthorn has revealed well-advanced plans to move its headquarters from Waverley Park to a massive new facility at Dingley, where it has signed a contract of purchase.

Giants captain Davis will not bump the bump

Phil Davis is set to miss a week.

Andrew Wu 12:43 AM   Phil Davis will not take the bump out of his tool kit when he makes his return from suspension this week but says players have to look after their opponents by avoiding head high contact.

Is regret at leaving weighing on Griffen?

Ryan Griffen (centre) watches as Will Minson of the Bulldogs celebrates a goal during the round nine encounter.

Matt Murnane 9:35 PM   Is the regret of leaving the Western Bulldogs weighing on Ryan Griffen?

Dank dismissive of WADA appeal

Stephen Dank: "I find this whole situation as laughable as when the investigation first started on February 5, 2013."

Samantha Lane 7:53 PM   Stephen Dank says he does not give "a flying f---" that the World Anti-Doping Agency is appealing the decision to drop 21 charges that Australian sports drug authorities laid against him.

Injured Ablett still inspiring Suns: Nicholls

Gary Ablett.

6:44 PM   Absent champion Gary Ablett's leadership has been defended by Gold Coast teammate Tom Nicholls after stinging criticism from Jonathan Brown.

Brad Scott, Clarkson still under police probe

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Larissa Nicholson 6:31 PM   As North Melbourne coach Brad Scott takes time off for back surgery, he will do so with a police investigation hanging over his head.

Puopolo cleared as Hawks crave momentum

Paul Puopolo tackles Jesse Lonergan of the Suns during the round nine match on Saturday.

Jon Pierik 6:18 PM   A frustrated Hawthorn has been buoyed by small forward Paul Puopolo being cleared of a major foot injury, while Jordan Lewis is likely to return against St Kilda.

Blues are playing for their careers, admits Wood

Levi Casboult, seen here with Chris Yarran, has been a rare shining light in Carlton's horrible season.

Ronny Lerner 6:15 PM   The Carlton playing group understands the writing is on the wall and many of them are playing for their careers after Mick Malthouse was sacked as coach, according to Blues ruckman Cameron Wood.

Magpies have only scratched 'tip of the iceberg'

Nathan Buckley hopes his team's rousing second-half performance against the Kangaroos would act as a baseline for the remainder of the season.

Jon Pierik 6:00 PM   Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has declared the Magpies are in the best health they have been for four years and says his team has only scratched "the tip of the iceberg" in its development.

Docker Johnson backs Goodes war dance

Adam Goodes and his teammates during the post-match presentation on Friday.

Brad Elborough 4:26 PM   Fremantle defender Michael Johnson has backed Sydney Swans great Adam Goodes amid criticism the dual Brownlow medallist is receiving after the 'war-dance' he performed on Friday night.

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Riewoldt: We need everyone to tag Fyfe

Unstoppable? Nat Fyfe.

Ronny Lerner 3:58 PM   Richmond forward Jack Riewoldt has joked the Tigers will have to tag Nat Fyfe with "every player we've got" in order to contain the raging Brownlow Medal favourite on Friday night.

The trend: Going back to go forwards

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Matt McGrath, Footy Prophet 3:42 PM   Champion AFL players – midfielders in particular – have often retired too young or faded at the finish, with years of bash and crash in and around the contest taking a heavy toll.

AFL 101: three things we worked out from round nine

Nic Naitanui flies for a mark that ranks among the best of the season.

Staff writers 12:58 PM   Apparently Adam Goodes did some kind of dance, Nic Naitanui took some kind of mark and Phil Walsh and Ross Lyon decided to do fans some kind of favour and let two superstars go head-to-head. 

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Queensland team opening doors for special needs kids

Graydon Poulsen receiving his MVP award from AFLQ CEO Michael Conlan.

Beth Newman 12:51 PM   Graydon Poulsen has two main passions in his life - his job on the farm and football.

AFL greats pay tribute to suburban footballer

Mohammed Allouche, in an image posted on the Northern Saints Football Club's Facebook page.

Tom Cowie 12:49 PM   Football greats Ablett and Koutoufides pay respects to young footballer who died from a heart attack.

Buckley raises fears over head-high rule change

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley.

Jon Pierik 12:09 PM   Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley fears the mid-season rule change, which will see free kicks awarded against players leading with their heads, will be hard for umpires to adjudicate.

WADA's Essendon appeal expected to be heard by November

Paul Little and Essendon chief executive Xavier Campbell arrive for the AGM in Melbourne on Monday.

Claire Siracusa 11:35 AM   Essendon chief executive Xavier Campbell expects the case of the 34 past and present players to be heard in October or November this year.

Roos' Demon warning: improve or be cut

Melbourne coach Paul Roos speaks to his players during the match against Port Adelaide.

Matt Murnane   Melbourne coach Paul Roos has raised the possibility of another off-season of significant list change, warning that some of his players need to improve to stay at the club next season.

Brown challenges Ablett to 'stand up'

Gold Coast Suns superstar Gary Ablett.

Matt Murnane   Brisbane Lions hard man has sent the Gold Coast superstar a blunt message as he continues his recovery from a shoulder injury.

Swans could use Tippett as trade bait: Carey

Kurt Tippett of the Swans.

Matt Murnane   North Melbourne legend Wayne Carey has urged Sydney to forget the lengths they went to secure Kurt Tippett and put the star forward up for trade at the end of the season.

It's time to boot the AFL grand final off the MCG: David Koch

David Koch.

Jon Pierik   Port Adelaide president David Koch has suggested the AFL grand final be shifted away from the MCG, once the current deal with the Melbourne Cricket Club expires.

WADA appeals Dank ruling

Stephen Dank.

The World Anti-Doping Agency will appeal the AFL anti-doping tribunal's decision to drop 21 charges against Stephen Dank, the man who was at the centre of the Essendon supplements saga.

Dons list management 'compromised'

Tim Watson says Essendon's list management has been compromised.

Matt Murnane   Essendon great Tim Watson says he believes his former club has been "compromised" by the supplements saga in terms of their willingness to make hard decisions on players caught up in the still-ongoing anti-doping investigation.

Adam Goodes and the boos crews

Adam Goodes and his teammates during the post-match presentation on Friday.

Greg Baum   I don't understand why Adam Goodes is booed so vehemently. But I don't think it helps his cause to deny that booing was at least partly the catalyst for his so-called war dance on Friday night.

AFL introduces new rule against ducking

AFL general manager of football operations Mark Evans.

Caroline Wilson and Matt Murnane   The AFL has taken the radical step of introducing a mid-season rule change after concerns that players were willingly risking head injuries by ducking into contests.

Saints' self-belief sparks 'comeback kings'

Saints players and their dogs at Brighton on Monday.

Matt Murnane   Alan Richardson's St Kilda are building a reputation that they can recover from seemingly perilous positions to, if not win games, at least turn them into dog fights, and young gun Jack Newnes says players "definitely" have the belief to match the trademark.

Dane Swan bites back: I'm no has-been

Dane Swan of the Magpies and Lindsay Thomas of the Kangaroos compete for the ball during the round nine match on Sunday.

Michael Gleeson   Dane Swan is a study in bemused insouciance to the noise around football but he still heard the queries and the doubts that he could still be the player he had been and he resolved to prove them wrong.

Ablett won't be pressured into returning from injury: manager

Gary Ablett.

Jon Pierik   Gary Ablett's manager says the Gold Coast Suns champion won't be pressured into returning from injury before he feels ready.

Aish breaks jaw, Rockliff ribs at Lions

James Aish suffered a broken jaw in the Lions loss to St Kilda.

Young gun James Aish has been added to Brisbane Lions' horror injury list after it emerged he played the second half of their AFL loss to St Kilda with a broken jaw.

Indigenous coverage running out of money

Richmond players sing the song in the rooms after defeating Essendon in the Dreamtime at the G game on Saturday.

Caroline Wilson   Days after the game celebrated Adam Goodes' dance and a near-record Dreamtime attendance at the MCG, it has emerged that the jewel in the AFL's Indigenous broadcasting crown may fold due to lack of funding.

Watson, Fletcher to miss one match for Essendon

Jobe Watson.

Emma Quayle   Essendon has lost key pair Jobe Watson and Dustin Fletcher for this week's clash with Geelong, with both players injured during Saturday night's loss to Richmond.

Giants confident of keeping young stars

Will Hoskin-Elliott has become the latest Giant to be placed out of reach of Victorian clubs.

Emma Quayle    Greater Western Sydney should not be forced into losing one of the club's established young stars to a rival club in order to access its pair of highly rated academy players using the new points-based bidding system.

Eagles fly again and prove the doubters wrong

Shannon Hurn leads the Eagles in singing of the club song after they defeated Geelong on Sunday.

Rohan Connolly   Hell hath no fury like a lover scorned, and in football terms, that's kind of how things have been for West Coast these past few years, at least among the game's professional observers.

Swans chairman tells McGuire to butt out of Goodes debate

Over she goes: Adam Goodes of the Swans celebrates kicking a goal.

Andrew Wu   Sydney have told Eddie McGuire to butt out of the latest Adam Goodes issue after the Collingwood president ensured discussions surrounding the dual Brownlow Medallist's indigenous war dance ran into a fourth day on Monday.

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