North Melbourne Kangaroos
JESSE HOGAN 8:06pm Whether Boomer would play for North Melbourne on Friday night hinged solely on whether the head clash he initiated was considered forceful impact.
JON PIERIK 7:38pm The AFL Players Association has labelled the tribunal system as unfair and says North Melbourne star Brent Harvey would not have been hauled before the judiciary under its alternate plan.
LIAM MANNIX 5:35pm This weekend, North Melbourne’s Scott Thompson will need to be herculean, as the fullback faces football’s own version of the Hydra, Sydney spearhead Lance Franklin.
JESSE HOGAN 2:56pm Brent Harvey would likely have escaped punishment for his bump on Joel Selwood had the Geelong skipper not bled after it, the match review panel has confirmed.
SIMON WHITE 7:36am These are the facts.
7:15pm One glance at Sydney's imposing finals record at ANZ Stadium is enough to understand why the Swans are happy to play there in September.
11:27am North Melbourne coach Brad Scott wants Lachie Hansen fit and ready to go for a possible recall for Friday night's preliminary final against Sydney.
WILL BRODIE 10:34am Supportive testimony from Geelong captain Joel Selwood may not help North Melbourne star Brent Harvey avoid a one week ban at the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night.
North Melbourne great delivers a verbal shirtfront to the AFL's match review panel.
Roos considering recalling Joel Tippett and Lachie Hansen to bolster their backline against Sydney's big men.
MICHAEL GLEESON Brent Harvey has been done by the Little Aussie Bleeder 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.
JESSE HOGAN Brent Harvey's hopes of playing in North Melbourne's first preliminary final in seven years rest on the tribunal not taking Joel Selwood's cut eyebrow as proof the bump, and resulting head clash, inflicted on him was hefty enough to warrant punishment.
Schoolboy footballer Kayne Turner hardly says boo around the club, according to his North Melbourne teammate Brent Harvey.
MATT MURNANE Can North Melbourne hold Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett?
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.
LIAM MANNIX Nick Dal Santo is ''a little bit surprised'' to be playing in a preliminary final with his new Roos teammates.
ROHAN CONNOLLY Recent finals history has been turned on its head. And now Port Adelaide and North Melbourne go into their preliminary finals with plenty of momentum.
Veteran midfielder says speculation over his possible suspension is affecting his preparation for preliminary final against the Swans.
JON PIERIK North Melbourne veteran Brent Harvey faces an anxious wait, with opinion divided over whether he faces suspension from Friday night's preliminary final against the Sydney Swans.
ROHAN CONNOLLY The last time Sydney and North Melbourne clashed in September produced one of the more forgettable finals in recent AFL history. We can expect a lot more this time around.
EMMA QUAYLE North Melbourne's defenders have more than just Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett to worry about, says backman Nathan Grima.
Greg Buckle It was Todd Goldstein's Leo Barry moment and it has lifted North Melbourne into an unlikely place in next week's AFL preliminary finals.
MICHAEL GLEESON Bitterly disappointed at losing and exiting the finals in straight sets, Chris Scott took some comfort in the fact that when the team was most challenged, it was his young captain and full-forward who rose to the challenge.
MICHAEL GLEESON North Melbourne goes into its first preliminary final in seven years supremely confident.
JAKE NIALL North Melbourne was derided for its inconsistency this year and was widely viewed as a team that alternated, like the girl with the curl, between very good and horrid.
MICHAEL GLEESON North Melbourne advances to its first preliminary final since 2007 after upsetting Geelong by six points.
Lee Crossley If you finish in the AFL top four, you're widely expected to reach the preliminary finals. North Melbourne will be striving to stop Geelong achieving that outcome.
The Opposition Analyst The expert take on Friday's semi-final
ROHAN CONNOLLY The demands on an AFL coach's time are extraordinary enough during the regular season and even more so when his team is involved in finals, let alone when he's also just become a father for the first time.