Issues

Essendon v ASADA: The story so far

Jon Pierik Decision time: Essendon and James Hird v the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

AFL finals teams: week three

Cyril Rioli

Daniel Cherny Live coverage of the naming of AFL teams for the third week of the finals.

The softer side of hard-as-nails Ollie Wines

Emma Quayle When Ollie Wines flew home from the draft two years ago and started packing for Port Adelaide, he looked so white and worried that his mother told him he didn't have to go.

Mark Ricciuto says Adelaide had to sack Brenton Sanderson

Mark Ricciuto.

Will Brodie The Adelaide Crows would have gone from bad to worse if they didn't sack coach Brenton Sanderson, the AFL club's great Mark Ricciuto says.

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Brenton Sanderson sacking not linked to players, says Adelaide chairman Rob Chapman

Former Crows coach Brenton Sanderson: dismissed after three seasons at Adelaide.

Ashley Porter Brenton Sanderson's sacking not a response to player dissatisfaction, says Adelaide chairman Rob Chapman.

Sacked Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson already taking calls from other clubs

Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson.

Daniel Cherny and Liam Mannix Sacked Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson says he is disappointed, but far from deterred by his sudden dismissal and hopes to continue in coaching after even fielding phone calls from interested...

Why North Melbourne didn't go north - and hasn't gone south

Michael Gleeson When North Melbourne chose to be Kangaroos known for shinbones not white shoes, who lived in Arden Street not Carrara they made a decision in the knowledge they would be a smaller club.

Tiny Tagger ... on the Roos, twin coaches and the Birregurra Rec Reserve

Peter Hanlon Can the Roos survive the Buddy and Kurt show?

Nick Malceski set for Sydney Swans preliminary final

Nick Malceski.

Sydney coach John Longmire has confirmed hamstrung defender Nick Malceski will be right for Friday night's AFL preliminary final against North Melbourne.

Once a sad case, Sydney became a September specialist

The Swans and Kangaroos battle out the 1996 grand final.

Rohan Connolly When Sydney plays North Melbourne in Friday night's preliminary final, memories of a much darker chapter in the Swans' history will be revived.

AFL preliminary finals by the numbers

Jesse Hogan Head-to-head form during the regular season is not necessarily consequential when it comes to finals. For this year's four preliminary finalists, that argument is stronger than usual.

Sydney v North: the expert's view

Opposition Analyst What John Longmire wants; what Brad Scott wants.

North Melbourne's Lachie Hansen, Leigh Adams to miss Sydney but Joel Tippett likely to play

Lachie Hansen.

Liam Mannix Lachie Hansen and Leigh Adams have both been ruled out of North Melbourne’s squad to face Sydney this weekend – but Roos defender Joel Tippett is a chance to match up on brother Kurt.

Preliminary final preview: strengths and weaknesses of the four contenders

Wayne Carey Preliminary finals are unlike any other match in September. They're played with the intensity of a grand final, yet the pain of losing one can arguably be more excruciating.

Essendon coach pleads for ASADA issues to be resolved

Bombers coach Mark Thompson looks on during the elimination final at the MCG on Saturday.

Daniel Cherny Outgoing Essendon coach Mark Thompson has made an impassioned plea for the 34 players who have been served show-cause notices by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to have their fates...

Tigers commit to lead on gender issues

Leading the push for equity: Peggy O'Neal and Brendon Gale.

Samantha Lane Richmond will radically transform the way it recruits, promotes and looks in order to be the AFL leader on gender equity – eventually with an equal male/female staff mix – and become the...

Johann Wagner picks Port Adelaide after winning reality show The Recruit

Johann Wagner.

Will Brodie Port Lincoln forward Johann Wagner has become a Port Adelaide rookie after being chosen as the winner of the Fox reality TV series The Recruit.

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AFL

I have no issues with Mick Malthouse: Jarrad Waite

Important Blue: Jarrad Waite.

Alana Schetzer Carlton forward Jarrad Waite has hosed down rumours he and coach Mick Malthouse are feuding, despite a reportedly rocky working relationship.

Danny Frawley to reveal health issues after returning to work on Wednesday

Danny Frawley.

Caroline Wilson Danny Frawley will this week end his self-imposed sabbatical from the media, in a return to work which will see him reveal details of the health issues that followed his departure from the top job at...

AFL

Gary Ablett issues AFL rallying call for Suns

Gary Ablett turns it on against Collingwood.

Dual Brownlow Medallist is eyeing off a return to September football as Gold Coast enter the final third of their campaign clinging to eighth spot.