Roos hits out at change in umpiring

Matt Murnane Melbourne coach Paul Roos admits he wishes the AFL's umpiring department had warned clubs far earlier about a ''dramatic shift'' in the way the game is being officiated.


Roos hits out at change in umpiring

Shining: Gold Coast captain Gary Ablett gives  opponents the slip.

Matt Murnane Refusing to blame a controversial umpiring decision for Melbourne's eight-point loss to Gold Coast, Paul Roos admits he wishes the AFL's umpiring department had warned all clubs much earlier about a...


Jeff Garlett is working hard to return to Carlton's senior side

Jeff Garlett says he has been working on his defensive efforts, as directed by Carlton coach Mick Malthouse.

Brent Diamond Carlton livewire Jeff Garlett says he isn’t confident about returning to the senior line-up for next week’s clash against West Coast, despite an encouraging performance for the Northern...


Risk-free football does fans no favours

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Nothing in football is certain, but if empirical evidence is any guide, Monday’s Geelong-Hawthorn clash will be a belter. Let’s hope so. Because the AFL has seldom needed one more.


Gold Coast prevails in forgettable clash with Melbourne

Chris Dawes flies for the mark in front of Rory Thompson.

Matt Murnane As much as Melbourne's mission statement for 2014 is to simply win back respect, coach Paul Roos is the first to say that the best way to move forward is to win.


Judd was ready: Malthouse

Chris Judd speaks to coach Mick Malthouse after limping off the ground with a leg injury only minutes after entering the field as a sub.

Jason Phelan Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has dismissed suggestions Chris Judd's interrupted preparation was a factor in the star veteran's hamstring injury.


Blues lose Judd in daring win

Patrick Cripps takes a high mark over waiting Dogs.

Peter Hanlon Carlton fans would have taken a win of any sort, so cold and dark had their season become.

Melbourne puts forward Mitch Clark on indefinite leave over health issues

Jon Pierik Melbourne forward Mitch Clark has been granted indefinite leave from the club to deal with his personal health.


Eagles recruit Xavier Ellis sheds fitness issues

Former Hawthorn player Xavier Ellis in 2012.

Justin Chadwick West Coast recruit Xavier Ellis admits he was glad former coach John Worsfold wasn't around to challenge him to a race when he arrived for the AFL club's pre-season training.

O'Brien needs time and space to sort out issues


Emma Quayle Pies star deserves to deal with distressing issues without constant questioning.


O'Brien return delayed until major issues are resolved: Pert

Harry O'Brien.

Samantha Lane No date has been fixed for Harry O'Brien to resume playing for Collingwood.


Tackling tough issues: How these Tigers can slip from your grasp

Rhyce Shaw

Andrew Wu John Longmire swears by the success of Sydney's defensive trademarks but Richmond are showing this year there is more than one way to skin a cat.

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Crows have anxiety issues: Sanderson

Brenton Sanderson

Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson blames a lack of composure for near-misses this season that will cost the Crows a finals spot.


Not just Essendon: issues with supplement use by 12 AFL clubs

AFL supplements.

An AFL survey has revealed that there have been several issues with most clubs’ use of supplements, as the league seeks to formalise changes to its anti-doping code.

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Vilification process 'deals with any issues'

Sport.  Neafl Belconnen Vs Broadbeach. Belconnen player John Love has a kick spoiled by Broadbeach player Adam McKenzie during the match at Kippax Oval.  25 May 2013 Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

David Polkinghorne When Belconnen player John Love was racially vilified as a kid, he didn't know how to deal with it.


Greater Western Sydney Giants' big three well held as Adelaide gives fans something to crow about

Scoot Thompson and Patrick Dangerfield celebrate.

Ashley Porter Adelaide continued its recovery as Greater Western Sydney's visit to the top eight ended with a 65-point mauling at Adelaide Oval on Sunday, but the fallout may be significant for the Crows.

Crow coach issues Kurt reminder

Steve Larkin, Adelaide Out of sorts and almost out of contract, Adelaide forward Kurt Tippett has been challenged by his coach to salvage his AFL finals campaign.


Aboriginal issues: AFL takes a look

Dayle Garlett: Overlooked in the draft.

Jake Niall The AFL will tackle Aboriginal participation at a meeting on Friday.

AFL 'out of touch' on medical issues


Jon Pierik Kangaroos chairman James Brayshaw accuses league of not being in touch with clubs.

Collingwood's injury issues easing

Collingwood's wretched season of injuries is easing, with the Magpies likely to get three key players back this week ahead of Friday night's AFL grand final rematch.