North Melbourne Kangaroos
Claire Siracusa 11:06 AM Kangaroos key defender Nathan Grima has announced his retirement, effective immediately, after being advised he will need a third operation on his back.
Ronny Lerner 8:03 PM North Melbourne must put the bitter disappointment of their 55-point loss to lowly Gold Coast behind them or run the risk of having their "pants pulled down again" against Geelong this week, according to Kangaroos veteran Brent Harvey.
Matt Murnane Jack Ziebell says it is "now or never" for North Melbourne.
Andrew Stafford Let's start with the match highlight, which came early. In a bumper year for the high mark, North's Lindsay Thomas took a serious contender for the best yet: floating for what seemed like forever on the shoulders of Adam Saad, Thomas eventually took the grab facing the wrong way as his opponent twisted and buckled beneath him.
Drew Petrie It looked like an evacuation. Players and staff streamed out of our club's headquarters in North Melbourne and spilled onto the surrounding streets.
North Melbourne caretaker boss Darren Crocker has no idea what to expect this weekend but is sure of his AFL coaching future from next week.
Jesse Hogan Gold Coast champion Gary Ablett says he is all but certain of making his long-awaited return to playing this weekend as he insisted he did not make a unilateral decision to miss one more week with a shoulder injury against the wishes of the club's coaches and medical staff.
Jason Phelan North Melbourne coach Brad Scott will not face any charges over an alleged assault at Blundstone Arena in Hobart.
Rohan Connolly "Nothing is ever as good as it seems and nothing is ever as bad," Leigh Matthews has famously said about most things in football. The AFL legend is spot-on about that at the moment.
David Polkinghorne David Matthews says Canberra's Jack Steele was a "flag bearer for the future of the game".
David Polkinghorne Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron says Jack Steele could have made his AFL debut "four or five weeks ago" and "100 per cent" deserves to play against North Melbourne at the Sydney Showgrounds on Saturday.