Off Season

AFL

Cameron Ling the hottest property of the off-season?

Cameron Ling.

Jon Pierik Provided Cameron Ling opts to join the assistant coaching ranks next year, a move he is deliberating, in sharemarket terms he looms as one of the major ''buys'' of this year's off-season.

Pert worried about 'volcanic' off-season behaviour by players

Collingwood's Gary Pert

Jon Pierik As concerns about illicit drug use by AFL players mount, Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert says some players are guilty of "volcanic behaviour" during the off-season and wants a forum of all...

It’s finally official: Frawley to leave the Demons

Going, going, gone: James Frawley has officially left the Demons.

Emma Quayle Melbourne defender James Frawley has confirmed football's worst-kept secret by quitting the Demons.

Richmond's Trent Cotchin joins greats with three medals

Top Tiger: Trent Cotchin has capped off a stellar year with his third Jack Dyer Medal.

Daniel Cherny Richmond captain Trent Cotchin has ascended into rarefied air at Punt Road, becoming just the ninth Tiger to win three Jack Dyer Medals.

Ben Stratton: a defender for all seasons

Hawks favourite: Ben Stratton greets enthusiastic fans at Hawthorn’s grand final training session on Thursday.

Michael Gleeson Ben Stratton - classical guitarist, surfer, Spanish speaker, moustache twirler, footballer. He is many things Ben Stratton, Hawthorn premiership defender is one of them.

Adam Goodes advised to bow out of the Sydney Swans sooner rather than later

Kieren Jack consoles Adam Goodes after the debacle on Saturday.

Andrew Wu Former Hawthorn great Leigh Matthews has urged Adam Goodes to quit while there is still something left in the tank rather than risk the prospect of being dropped next season.

Police drop five charges against GWS footballer Toby Greene

Toby Greene.

Mark Russell Police have dropped five serious criminal charges against Greater Western Sydney's Toby Greene over an allegedly violent, drunken incident at a Caulfield nightclub.

Match Review Panel must decide if Brent Harvey's act was as bad as its consequence

Brent Harvey

Jesse Hogan For impact, Brent Harvey should walk free after the Match Review Panel assesses his bump that cut Geelong's Joel Selwood above the eyebrow. For consequence, however, he is likely to walk the plank.

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North Melbourne's Brent Harvey offered one-match suspension

Brent Harvey could be on the sidelines again following this clash with Joel Selwood.

Jesse Hogan North veteran slugged with a one-match suspension that, barring a successful tribunal challenge, will sideline him from his side's first preliminary final for seven years.

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Kangaroos pip Cats by six points to enter preliminary final

Geelong's James Kelly is taken down by North's Andrew Swallow.

Michael Gleeson North Melbourne advances to its first preliminary final since 2007 after upsetting Geelong by six points.

Saints re-sign another youngster

Jon Pierik Emerging St Kilda midfielder Blake Acres has joined the growing list of young talent to re-sign with the club.

Live blog with Rohan Connolly, noon Monday

North Melbourne on a roll.

Rohan Connolly Discuss the footy issues that matter to you with The Age's voice of the people, Rohan Connolly.

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Young Bulldogs overrun Port Melbourne to make VFL grand final

Happy days: Footscray’s Brett Goodes (left) celebrates with Jason Johannisen during Saturday’s preliminary final.

Brent Diamond Footscray coach Chris Maple hopes Bulldogs fans will travel to Etihad Stadium in droves next Sunday after his team remarkably made the VFL grand final in its return season as a stand-alone team after...

GWS chief David Matthews gets over loss of battle for Lance Franklin and wishes for Swans win

GWS chief David Matthews.

Samantha Lane Jilted, just 12 months ago, after AFL superstar Lance Franklin slipped through Greater Western Sydney’s fingers, club chief Dave Matthews says he now hopes the gun forward leads the Swans to...

Surprise packet Bulldogs brim with talent for VFL match that offers shade of 1923

A Sherrin footy.

Brent Diamond Footscray has named a strong line-up for its preliminary final clash against Port Melbourne as perhaps shades of 1923 hit the VFL in this finals series.

Scott twins the best of enemies this week

Great Scotts.

Michael Voss One of my favorite television shows of recent times was the hit series "West Wing". The story of the United States President and his staff taking charge of the White House and leading their country...

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Supplements saga: Bombers must change a bad game plan

Jake Niall

Jake Niall In September, there have been two complete and utter routs that were decided within 25 minutes.

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AFL club Melbourne re-signs Rohan Bail, Aidan Riley and Dean Terlich

Liam Mannix Rohan Bail, Aidan Riley and Dean Terlich have all avoided the end-of-season cull at Melbourne, signing new contracts with the club.

3AW a footy ratings winner

3aw logo.

Jon Pierik 3AW Football has regained lost ground and emerged as a ratings winner, as most of its callers and expert commentators seek to renegotiate new contracts.

St Kilda's American rookie puts the pieces together

St Kilda’s American import found:

Emma Quayle Chicago born Jason Holmes knew nothing about Australian Rules football when he was first asked to have a go.