Tom McDonald went forward because they needed him to. Tom McDonald went in the ruck because they needed him to.
Michael Gleeson is a senior AFL football writer and Fairfax Media's athletics writer. He also covers tennis, cricket and other sports. He won the AFL Players Association Grant Hattam Trophy for excellence in journalism for the second time in 2014 and was a finalist in the 2014 Quill Awards for best sports feature writer. He was also a finalist in the 2014 Australian Sports Commission awards for his work on ‘Boots for Kids’. He is a winner of the AFL Media Association award for best news reporter and a two-time winner of Cricket Victoria’s cricket writer of the year award. Michael has covered multiple Olympics, Commonwealth Games and world championships and 15 seasons of AFL, He has also written seven books - five sports books and two true crime books.
Multiple injury concerns and fears captain Joel Selwood may miss next round sour comeback win over Dockers.
Geelong had only one player on the bench with the side playing horrible football. Fremantle were outrunning them, outworking them, out-pressuring them and the Cats were fumbling and flagging. Then, of course, they came back.
Geelong captain Joel Selwood was knocked out in the first minute of the clash with Fremantle at Kardinia Park. A clash of heads barely 30 seconds into the game left Joel Selwood lying motionless on his back, unconscious.
Adelaide didn't pay the price they needed to last October to secure Bryce Gibbs. It is a non-deal that looks more damaging now - not only for how the Crows are travelling but for how important he is to the Blues.
Last year the moons needed to align for the seventh-placed Dogs to win the flag. This year it has not taken one big moment but a small shift of those moons to see them now they sit outside the eight.
Given the uncertainty over what was wrong with him, the fact Jaeger O'Meara will be back is very good news at Hawthorn.
Two of the most prominent uncontracted players appear set to recommit to their clubs with ruckman Brodie Grundy poised to re-sign with Collingwood and Gold Coast captain Steven May closing on a new deal with the Suns.
Fans take time to change perceptions about players who have taken their game to another level – for better and worse.
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