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Gillon McLachlan said the AFL's rules to punish punching and jumper punching could change, after a fiery weekend of footy.

MRP pulls up Salem for elbow strike

As AFL boss signals harsher punishments for jumper punching, while tribunal offers Demon a one-match ban and fines two Roos in wake of heated clash.

The Buckley 'rocket' that turned the Pies around

'Rocket': Nathan Buckley didn't hold back at quarter-time.

Collingwood forward Jarryd Blair says the Magpies needed a quarter-time "rocket" from coach Nathan Buckley after what Blair labelled an "embarrassing" start to Saturday night's game against Hawthorn at the MCG.

Big Week In Art: Van Gogh and Bucks

Nathan Buckley and Vincent Van Gogh

"I've done the portrait of M. Gachet with a melancholy expression, which might well seem like a grimace to those who see it... Sad but gentle, yet clear and intelligent…" Vincent van Gogh could very well have been describing Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley,

Dogs, Tigers reach for the axe, Pies regain Treloar

Tom Liberatore of the Bulldogs.

Tom Liberatore has been dropped while Travis Cloke, Bob Murphy and Mitch Wallis are all back as the Western Bulldogs have elected for wholesale change in their bid to beat Geelong for the first time since 2009.

Footy tragic: King-hit by an umpire and on losing end of the law

Author Phil Tagell with daughter Siobhan

Phil Tagell doesn't remember the king-hit, but when he woke up in hospital, cranial fluid was oozing from his left ear. He was told how close he came to "doing a Hookesey". That was more than eight years ago, but he lives with some of the legacy still, including dulling of his senses of smell and taste.

Generation Why? Discovering Lou Richards

Magpies legend Lou Richards waves to the crowd during the 2014 AFL grand final.

The AFL is surging into a brave new world, and nothing illustrates this better than the week we've just had. To start, there was the long-awaited release of AFL Evolution, a footy video game that allows you to experience what life would be like as an AFL player and/or coach. After losing just one match, I was suddenly taken into "contract review mode" and a media van pulled up outside my property. So realistic!

Collingwood: A club in two minds

Nathan Buckley speaks to his team

Collingwood are a club torn between two list management strategies and have set themselves up for potential long-term on-field pain, according to former list management guru Chris Pelchen.