Adam Cooper

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Bombers doctor 'gravely concerned'

Adam Cooper Bruce Reid fears AFL Commission would hear charge against him in biased manner.

Milne fronts court on rape counts

Milne arrives at court.

Adam Cooper St Kilda footballer Stephen Milne has made his first court appearance since he was charged with four counts of rape last month.


AFL says no power to strike deal with ASADA

AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou.

Adam Cooper Andrew Demetriou confirms league inquired how players might beat two-year suspension.


AFL ponders earlier start to season to bolster northern markets

Andrew Demetriou.

Adam Cooper Future AFL seasons could start earlier and expand to 25 home and away games.

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Demetriou dismisses countdown clock idea

Andrew Demetriou.

Adam Cooper AFL chief executive insists there is no chance of a countdown clock being installed at Etihad Stadium.


Banking on a lifetime's experience

Adam Cooper Kevin Sheedy is about to enter his 29th coaching season, but at 65 won't have it that he's too old.


Talent alone won't win us flag: Buckley

Nathan Buckley

Matt Murnane and Adam Cooper Collingwood coach concedes many of his players have been guilty of trying to win premierships on talent alone in the past few years.

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Zaharakis to be played in reduced role

David Zaharakis.

Adam Cooper Essendon is set to use midfielder David Zaharakis in a limited capacity against Adelaide at AAMI Stadium on Friday night, while key-position player Michael Hurley has proved his fitness and has been...

After bombardment, Bombers bond

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Adam Cooper Essendon coach James Hird is hopeful the way his players have handled their endless summer will create a tighter bond among them, but knows that emotion alone cannot help the Bombers make up the...


Bombs away

Brendon Goddard.

Adam Cooper Essendon coach James Hird is hopeful the way his players have dealt with the supplements probe that has centred on his club will have a galvanising effect on the team this season.

Rule change may put Cat Blicavs into play

Mark Blicavs.

Adam Cooper Fate already seems on the side of former steeplechaser to make his AFL debut.


Key pair a boost for Bombers

Michael Hurley.

Matt Murnane and Adam Cooper Essendon can be thankful all its troops will be on call for opening night battle against Adelaide.

Crows look forward to life without Kurt

Adelaide's Josh Jenkins

Adam Cooper Ill-feeling aside, Kurt Tippett's departure from Adelaide also presents practical issues. How does a team replace a 202-centimetre key forward who has booted almost 200 career goals?

Kangas keen to claim Friday nights

Andrew Swallow

Adam Cooper An increased exposure in high-profile games has North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow convinced the Kangaroos must perform when everyone is watching to take advantage.


Crows to button up on drug allegations


Ashley Porter, Adelaide, and Adam Cooper Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson asks Crows fans to show the opposition respect.


Pies back under-siege pair

Nick Maxwell and Dale Thomas.

Adam Cooper Off-field dealings of Dane Swan and Dale Thomas not distracting Magpies' premiership bid.

Campaigner urges long-term view on sports brain injury

Joel Selwood

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Peter Jess says it is nonsense to suggest no link between concussion and post-career problems.


Saint wary of EPL-like competition

Nick Riewoldt

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Nick Riewoldt fears two-tiered league unless action taken to ease equalisation concerns.

Dons feel the strain

Captains speaking: Callan Ward (left), Jack Grimes, Jack Trengove, Phil Davis, Joel Selwood and Travis Boak at Etihad Stadium.

Adam Cooper and Matt Murnane Skipper Jobe Watson admits Bombers stressed and flat during a turbulent past six weeks.

No change in contact rule in the wet: Gieschen

Jeff Gieschen.

Adam Cooper Umpires boss says new rule will not change for games played on wet surfaces.