People

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.

Drink-driving classes for all Geelong players after Dawson Simpson's breach

Jesse Hogan Geelong has committed all of its players to attend a drive-driving education course typically reserved for people who have lost their licence for that offence as part of its response to ruckman...

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.

Cyril Rioli remains a selection puzzle for Hawthorn

Jesse Hogan The likelihood of Cyril Rioli returning from a near three-month absence for Hawthorn's preliminary final against Port Adelaide was not significantly advanced by his training performance on Thursday.

Sydney Swans will not stop Stuart Dew from departing to coach

Stuart Dew, right, with Swans colleagues John Blakey and John Longmire.

Sydney coach John Longmire would be understanding if understudy Stuart Dew broke his contract to leave the AFL club.

Simon Goodwin signs on with Melbourne and turns back on Adelaide

Simon Goodwin has joined the Demons.

The hot favourite to take over as Adelaide coach has instead signed as Melbourne's senior assistant.

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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.

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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Hawthorn's Paul Puopolo has big AFL impact

Paul Puopolo

Paul Puopolo is the little big man of Hawthorn's revamped forward line.

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.

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.

AFL

Mark Thompson is one of the people to blame for Essendon scandal, says Tony Shaw

Mark Thompson.

Matt Murnane Collingwood legend Tony Shaw has slammed Mark Thompson’s emotional call for the public to “back the boys” in their fight to clear their names from the stigma of drug cheating.

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Power of the people forces Cats backflip

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Geelong's decision to slug non-members to watch training sessions backfires.

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We, the people

Adam Goodes.

Rohan Connolly The Indigenous All-Stars as AFL representatives has raised no heat here and set off curiosity in Ireland. Which is heartening, to be sure.

Social network crashes as people from all walks of life pay respects

Jared Lynch Lance Armstrong's tribute was retweeted more than 1200 times.