Competitions

Sydney Swans' Mr Fix-It ready to take on anyone

Andrew Wu There is no job too big or too small for Dane Rampe, who is revelling in his role as Sydney's Mr Fix-It.

A verdict written in blood

Jesse Hogan Whether Boomer would play for North Melbourne on Friday night hinged solely on whether the head clash he initiated was considered forceful impact.

An insider's survival guide to Mad Monday

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The Secret Footballer It's an interesting day where the young fellas, full of false bravado, often lose their compass and their way.

2014 AFL All-Australian team announcement

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Ronny Lerner Return here for live coverage of the naming of the 2014 AFL All-Australian team.

Brent Harvey should not have been at tribunal, says AFL Players Association

Ian Prendergast says it is wrong if every head clash is penalised.

Jon Pierik The AFL Players Association has labelled the tribunal system as unfair and says North Melbourne star Brent Harvey would not have been hauled before the judiciary under its alternate plan.

Relieved Brent Harvey in clear over rough conduct charge

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Matt Murnane Favourable evidence from Geelong captain Joel Selwood has helped Brent Harvey beat his AFL Tribunal charge and ensured the North Melbourne star will be available for Friday night's preliminary final...

Not right, not wrong but cause for debate

Michael Gleeson This is the team that plays no-one that represents everyone, and so pleases no-one and everyone.

Relieved Harvey is in the clear

Matt Murnane Brent Harvey may have Joel Selwood to thank for winning his appeal against a one-match suspension.

Fremantle report card: how the Dockers fared

Nat Fyfe breaks through against Richmond.

Brad Elborough Not a lot went wrong for the Dockers but they still went out in straight sets.

Lions believe Port Adelaide is in box seat for Ryder

Hot property: Paddy Ryder is in demand.

Jake Niall Essendon forward/ruckman Paddy Ryder met Brisbane Lions on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a possible move to the Lions.

Cyril Rioli's return to training boosts Hawks' spirits

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Melissa Woods Hawthorn defender Josh Gibson says Cyril Rioli's no certainty to play in the Hawks' AFL preliminary final against Port Adelaide but his side has been boosted by his return to training.

AFL

Fremantle Dockers 2014 AFL report card

Brad Elborough Fremantle were bounced out the AFL finals in straight sets despite two gallant efforts against Sydney away and Port Adelaide at home. Here's our report card on their 2014 season.

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Brent Harvey penalty triggered by blood, match review panel says

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Jesse Hogan Brent Harvey would likely have escaped punishment for his bump on Joel Selwood had the Geelong skipper not bled after it, the match review panel has confirmed.

Scott Thompson has Lance Franklin in sights again

Melissa Woods He's done the job once already this season, but North Melbourne's Scott Thompson says stopping Sydney's superstar Lance Franklin a second time is a much tougher task.

Brad Scott reveals Leigh Matthews' no-sex edict

Brad Scott, left, in his last game, with coach Leigh Matthews, right.

Brad Scott has revealed one of former coach Leigh Matthews' lesser-known edicts during Brisbane's golden AFL era: time your conception efforts.

North Melbourne's backmen face tall order

Will either Lachie Hansen or Brent Harvey line up for North Melbourne this weekend?

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott wants Lachie Hansen fit and ready to go for a possible recall for Friday night's preliminary final against Sydney.

AFL

Fremantle Dockers keen to lure James Frawley

Ross Lyon says Fremantle will chase free agent James Frawley.

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has confirmed he is interested in signing free agent James Frawley but he hopes the tyranny of distance won't scare the Demon away.

Brent Harvey MRP decision provokes support and outrage, but may not help him escape ban

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Will Brodie Supportive testimony from Geelong captain Joel Selwood may not help North Melbourne star Brent Harvey avoid a one week ban at the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night.

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No room for slacking as Hawks train for phantom game ahead of real thing against Port Adelaide

Matt Suckling of the Hawks warms up

Jon Pierik Hawthorn forward Jack Gunston✓ hopes an intense fortnight of training will help avoid another preliminary-final heart burner, when the Hawks confront a buoyant Port Adelaide on Saturday.

Power joins suitors for key Bomber

Hot property: Paddy Ryder is in demand.

Caroline Wilson Preliminary finalists Port Adelaide could become a genuine bidder for disenchanted Bomber Paddy Ryder as D-Day approaches for a decision from the 26-year-old who was due on Tuesday to hold another...