Jesse Hogan

Jesse Hogan

Jesse Hogan has been a reporter at The Age since 2004, and has been part of its sports department since 2008. He is primarily focused on cricket and has covered a number of the Australian team's overseas tours, including the 2011 World Cup. He also reports on AFL and soccer.

AFL crackdown on players going head-first into tackles

Jesse Hogan The AFL is considering a mid-season rule tweak that would see players who lead with their heads concede a free-kick, rather than receive one as they are intending to, out of fears for serious injury,...

Fremantle star Nat Fyfe preserves Brownlow eligibility after tripping fine

Nat Fyfe

Jesse Hogan Nat Fyfe's Brownlow Medal eligibility is intact after his trip at the weekend was deemed only worthy of a fine by the match review panel, while Steve Johnson escaped penalty altogether for contact to...

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Blues continue to back Mick Malthouse ahead of Friday night double

Blues coach Mick Malthouse gives instructions to Cameron Wood during the match against GWS on Saturday.

Matt Murnane and Jesse Hogan Carlton has moved swiftly to douse calls for coach Mick Malthouse to be sacked as the club steels itself for two prime time Friday night tests where the pressure on...

Nat Fyfe could retain Brownlow Medal eligibility despite tripping penalty

Geelong's Steve Johnson makes contact to Sydney's Jarrad McVeigh in the teams' match at ANZ Stadium on Sat 16 May 2015.

Jesse Hogan Nat Fyfe's Brownlow Medal eligibility is set to be preserved despite him being reported on Sunday for tripping under the new disciplinary system.

A case of deja Blues?

Dennis  Pagan and Bryce Gibbs in 2007.

Jesse Hogan and Jon Pierik Dual premiership coach Denis Pagan believes Carlton's treatment of Mick Malthouse shows they have not learnt anything about solidarity since they sacked him as their coach almost eight years ago.

No AFL players facing suspension from round six

Players scuffle during the Bulldogs-Saints game.

Jesse Hogan No players face suspension this week, with fines the most severe penalties meted out by the match review panel for incidents from round six.

Western Bulldog Clay Smith kept playing after knee-reconstruction diagnosis

Clay Smith of the Bulldogs

Jesse Hogan Western Bulldogs standing by decision of their medical staff to allow Clay Smith to continue playing immediately after suffering an injury they knew would require a third knee reconstruction.

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Damien Hardwick seething after sloppy Tigers fall to Kangaroos

Down and out: Tigers coach Damien Hardwick leaves the field after the three-quarter-time break.

Jesse Hogan, Hobart An exasperated Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has flagged scouring their VFL team for reinforcements able to follow his instructions after a horror end to the third quarter gifted North Melbourne a...

North Melbourne turn it on after half-time to defeat Richmond by 35 points

Lindsay Thomas of the Kangaroos and Tiger Dylan Grimes exchange pleasantries.

Jesse Hogan It is a good thing Tasmania is already a rusted-on football state, otherwise any uncommitted fans testing the waters at the North Melbourne-Richmond match would, at least until half-time, been...

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Brodie Grundy: Magpie on a mission - in football and in life

Collingwood's Brodie Grundy lays a tackle on Zach Tuohy of the Blues.

Jesse Hogan In addition to forging a good career as a ruckman for Collingwood, 21-year-old Brodie Grundy is studying hard to be a physiotherapist.

Luke Hodge banned for three games for Andrew Swallow strike

Luke Hodge shakes hands with Andrew Swallow after the game.

Jesse Hogan Luke Hodge will miss Hawthorn's next three matches after the tribunal gave its verdict on the much-publicised strike he had intended to be to Andrew Swallow's chest but instead got him in the neck.

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Hawthorn star Jordan Lewis gets two-match ban as Luke Hodge sent to tribunal

Luke Hodge shakes hands with Andrew Swallow after the game.

Jesse Hogan Hawthorn are set to have at least one of Jordan Lewis and Luke Hodge available for their grand final rematch against Sydney after the match review panel decided only Hodge's strike was serious enough...

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Bulldogs president Peter Gordon thrilled with their stellar start to 2015

Deserving winners: The Bulldogs celebrate victory.

Jesse Hogan Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon, buoyant after a win away to Sydney he rates as possibly the best he has seen, says "it's a great time to be a Bulldog", with the emerging team winning...

Hawks Luke Hodge, Jordan Lewis could be suspended for grand final rematch

Jordan Lewis of the Hawks gets in a tangle with Michael Firrito of the Kangaroos.

Jesse Hogan Hawthorn's hopes of having Luke Hodge and Jordan Lewis available for their grand final rematch against Sydney in three weeks seemingly rest on the match review panel deciding their blatant strikes...

Aaron Sandilands still having a big influence for Fremantle Dockers at 32

Jesse Hogan Aaron Sandilands' career looked to be winding down after he struggled to overcome injury between 2011 and 2013, but after an All-Australian year in 2014 and a strong start to 2015 the giant ruckman...

Lions and Suns' struggles hampering AFL's appeal in Queensland

Gold Coast will be hoping to register their first win for 2015 on Saturday.

Jesse Hogan Brisbane and Gold Coast, particularly the latter, entered 2015 with expectations of being final contenders.

Hawks urged to follow Eagles' lead amid defensive reshuffle

Hawks teammates celebrate with Ryan Schoenmakers.

Jesse Hogan Sam Mitchell says Hawthorn should look to West Coast for inspiration on how to cope with the loss of their two primary key defenders, and has praised the resilience of likely beneficiary Ryan...

New water fountains another fan-friendly move at Etihad

Jesse Hogan Etihad Stadium has welcomed the support of its caterer, Delaware North, over the installation of chilled-water fountains inside the venue that will likely cut sales of bottled water.

Radio host John Burns 'apologises' for Bachar Houli terror slur

Ross Stevenson and John Burns

Marissa Calligeros and Jesse Hogan Melbourne radio host John Burns has apologised for calling Richmond footballer Bachar Houli a terrorist at the MCG last week, if he did, in fact, do so.

Radio show host John Burns cannot recall comments relating to Bachar Houli vilification claims

Burns cannot recall making comments about Houli.

Jesse Hogan The co-host of Melbourne's most popular radio show, John Burns, says he does not recall labelling Richmond footballer Bachar Houli a terrorist at the MCG at the weekend - but has apologised if he...