Essendon Bombers

Fletch is 40: The life and times

A young Dustin Fletcher

6:51 PM   Empires rise and fall, fortunes are won and lost, fashions come and go. Through it all, one thing is constant: Fletch.

Cumby, the footballer who proved there's life after 40

Vic Cumberland

Peter Hanlon 6:40 PM   Dustin Fletcher is about to become the second 40-year-old to play AFL/VFL football, but he'll never top the story of Vic Cumberland.

Fletcher is pitch-perfect analogue in a digital age

Dustin Fletcher

Rohan Connolly 6:31 PM   At 40, many men are pondering the struggle of life's day-to-day business, not pursuing a career in one of the most punishing sports. But Dustin Fletcher has it all covered.

Merrett re-signs with Essendon

Young Bomber Zach Merrett.

1:12 PM   Essendon have re-signed Zach Merrett on a three-year deal, which will see him stay at the club until the end of the 2018 season.

Port ruckman Ryder finally finds peace

Paddy Ryder of the Power and Sam Jacobs of the Crows compete in the ruck during the derby in round five.

Finally at peace with the Essendon supplements scandal, Port Adelaide's prized recruit Paddy Ryder feels ready to make a lasting impression on his new AFL club.

Jamie Cox sliding doors on his football dream

Saint: Nearly 30 years after being drafted by a football club, Jamie Cox is at StKilda.

Peter Hanlon   Football was Jamie Cox's great love. After a life in cricket, it's now his sporting life.

Essendon hold off Saints in a thriller

Travis Colyer launched a blistering run before kicking a goal to put the Bombers in front.

Michael Gleeson   Essendon have held off an outstanding challenge from St Kilda to win their pulsating AFL match by two points.

Bombers with work still to do, says Hird

Bombers Patrick Ambrose, Jobe Watson and Michael Hibberd  celebrate the win over St Kilda on Sunday.

Emma Quayle   ¬†Essendon must improve their contested work to match it against the best sides, according to coach James Hird.

Live: Saints v Bombers

Goddard believes changes need to be made.

The Saints and the Bombers go head-to-head at Etihad Stadium.

Chapman could miss another week

Paul Chapman could miss the game against Fremantle.

Daniel Cherny   Essendon veteran Paul Chapman is in doubt for next week's game against Fremantle at Pattersons Stadium as he overcomes a sore groin.

Monkhorst helps others learn from 'terrible mistake'

Re-united: Michael Long (left) and Damian Monkhorst at the Long Walk launch.

Martin Flanagan   Twenty years ago, a racially offensive comment by Collingwood ruckman Damian Monkhorst to Essendon's Michael Long brought the matter of racial abuse in the game to a dramatic climax.

Risk of random abuse becoming pay day for onlookers

Chris Judd

Chris Judd   The events of recent weeks makes me feel that the target on my back just got that little bit bigger.

Night off for the AFL tribunal

A melee breaks out as Marley Williams of the Magpies is dragged down by Zach Merrett and Joe Daniher of the Bombers.

The AFL tribunal won't sit on Tuesday night after six players accepted fines.

Pies, Bomber fined for Anzac Day melee

A melee breaks out on Saturday as Marley Williams of the Magpies is dragged down by Zach Merrett (L) and Joe Daniher of the Bombers.

Four players have been fined for their part in a melee during the Anzac Day blockbuster between Essendon and Collingwood.

Anzac Day win will help Collingwood believe: Buckley

Coach Nathan Buckley congratulates Paul Seedsman after he won the Anzac Day medai.

Tom Cowie   Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says his players will get belief from their stirring 20-point blue-collar win against Essendon in the traditional Anzac Day blockbuster on Saturday at the MCG.

Collingwood's grit sees them through

On song: The Magpies  celebrate yet another rousing Anzac Day victory over the Bombers.

Jake Niall   This particular Anzac Day wasn't an exceptional spectacle. The pre-game routines were exactly that.

Live AFL: Essendon v Collingwood

Essendon v Collingwood

Scott Spits   Follow our live coverage of the iconic Essendon-Collingwood Anzac Day clash at the MCG.

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Magpies earn tough Anzac Day win

Magpies captain Scott Pendlebury is tackled by Dyson Heppell.

Rohan Connolly   Collingwood have once again showed their modern-day dominance of Anzac Day football, earning a tough 20-point win over Essendon.

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Why ASADA's case against Essendon players fell apart

Darren Kane dinkus Dinkus

Darren Kane   ASADA has failed to prove its case against the 34 Essendon players, and WADA is unlikely to fare any better.

Small names who have thrived on Anzac Day

Damian Cupido, Matthew Banks and Mark McGough.

Jesse Hogan   The biggest stage outside finals is, unsurprisingly, often dominated by the best players. But every now and then the biggest names in the game have let their teammates take centre stage in the iconic Anzac Day clash.