Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says it's "sad" Heritier Lumumba feels the way he does about his time with the Magpies and has denied hearing the former backman being nicknamed "Chimp" by his teammates.
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For the Cats, their focus is firmly on September. This win ensured they remain in contention for a top-two finish - and a home final in the first week of September - but this did little to inspire.
Former Geelong premiership star Jimmy Bartel has called for an overhaul of the match review panel, declaring on-field reports should be broken into "football and non-football" incidents.
Richmond football-department chief Neil Balme said the Tigers were aware of Chris Yarran's drug issues when the two parties came to an agreement to part ways after the 2016 season.
Carlton will this weekend celebrate the 30th anniversary of their premiership against Hawthorn that came at a time when the Blues were a power club. The 1987 flag erased the pain of the losing 1986 grand-final, also against the Hawks. Robert Walls, having enjoyed three flags as a player with the Blues, was coach, the legendary Stephen Kernahan was captain and David Rhys-Jones claimed the Norm Smith.
Three of Carlton's former greats have backed the rebuild under Brendon Bolton, saying patience is required in a year when the Blues may collect their fifth wooden spoon this century.
When the Gold Coast Suns were borne, the AFL said it had learnt from the mistakes of the "Bad News" Bears, a franchise that took to the field for the first time 30 years ago with a bunch of cast offs, ageing greats and a smattering of high-priced recruits. Not to mention an administration working in portable buildings.
When it comes to remembering the Hawthorn dynasty that powered to three premierships in as many years, Josh Gibson may not be one of the first names recalled. Luke Hodge, Sam Mitchell, Lance Franklin, before he decamped for the Swans, Jarryd Roughead and Jordan Lewis would generally find themselves at the top of the list.
Geelong hopes to again play host to a big Melbourne-based club next season, having seen Saturday's clash against a frustrated Richmond as nothing short of a success.
AFL clubs set to lose their VFL development-league pathway will consider forging more formal relationships with TAC Cup and suburban clubs.