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Gold Coast Suns

O'Meara eyes return for Suns

Jaeger O'Meara has not played since April after rupturing his patella tendon in a practice match.

The Gold Coast Suns hope injury-stricken star Jaeger O'Meara will return to football within the next fortnight, but concede the decision of when to play ultimately rests with him.

Hawks go top after beating Suns

Hawks v Suns

With Luke Hodge back and heir home and away campaign nearly two-thirds over, Hawthorn have ascended to the most most important place of all this time of year: The top of the ladder.

Hawks sitting pretty, but need to lift

Pretty in pink: Jordan Lewis,  Alastair Clarkson, Luke Hodge and Sam Mitchell celebrate the win over Gold Coast.

Having reached the top of the ladder as they head for their mid-season bye, Hawthorn still have plenty of room for improvement, says coach Alastair Clarkson.

Bombers, Suns in AFL draft intrigue

Gold Coast Suns academy player Jack Bowes.

The Gold Coast Suns have declared they will look at "every option" - including a swap of selections for the No.1 draft pick - should that be the best way for them to emerge as a power.

Cotchin lauded after overcoming kidney infection

Trent Cotchin

Damien Hardwick lauded Tigers captain Trent Cotchin after the courageous midfielder played a key role in his side's comeback win over Gold Coast on Sunday – just five days after being hospitalised with a kidney infection.

Swans find skills in the wet

Swans' Jeremy Ladler and Ryan Davis compete for the ball.

Ten minutes before this game's first bounce, fog was illuminated well below the light towers of Metricon Stadium. Water had pooled on the wing and sidelines around the player dugouts. A massive east coast low had already dumped more than  100 millimetres of rain at the Gold Coast seaway since 9am.

AFL not ready for 'Rooney rule'

Chris Johnson, left. with  Michael Voss and the 2001 premiership cup.

Indigenous team of the century member Chris Johnson says the AFL is not ready for a 'Rooney rule' that would accelerate diversity in elite coaching ranks.

Suns took a risk on Saad, and lost

Saad during the round one game against Essendon.

The Gold Coast Suns have admitted they took a losing punt on Adam Saad's hamstring in the lead up to the round-eight clash with Greater Western Sydney, playing the 21-year-old knowing he risked further injury.