Drew Petrie

Drew Petrie deflects North Melbourne hype

Matt Murnane North Melbourne's acting captain Drew Petrie is aware of the expectation surrounding his team, but insists there should be just as much round one hype surrounding their opponents Essendon...


Physicality does the trick for Travis Cloke

Travis Cloke takes a strong mark as Scott Thompson of the Kangaroos tries to bring him down.

Jake Niall During the week, Collingwood's coaches sat down with Travis Cloke and reviewed about 20 one-on-one contests in which he had engaged, and mainly lost, during his indifferent first four matches.


2014 AFL round five teams

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The selected teams for the Easter weekend of footy.


AFL Express: Saturday 19 April

Lance Franklin

Ronny Lerner All the action from today's four AFL matches.

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Collingwood brushes aside North Melbourne

Travis Cloke

Jason Phelan Collingwood has surged into the top eight with a dominant 35-point win against North Melbourne at the MCG on Saturday.


Four Points: I was wrong

Daniel Wells finished off the Swans at the SCG.

Will Brodie Time to apply exacting standards to tips for round four, and some 2014 preconceptions.

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AFL 2014 round four teams


All the teams for round four of the 2014 AFL season.


North needs boost beyond Boom times

Jake Niall dinkus

Jake Niall The notion that the next generation of Kangas would be the difference in a critical, defining game is optimistic. It's like Andrew Demetriou admitting he's stuffed up the fixture. It doesn't happen.


Brad Scott praises North Melbourne's intensity

Kangaroos Scott Thompson, Brent Harvey and Aaron Black celebrate.

Peter Hanlon Brad Scott said the only message his North Melbourne players were interested in sending was to each other, and they now had a reference point for shared intensity and commitment after a stirring...

The Fours Rs: Round three

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Conrad McDonald, Footy Prophet This week saw some monster scores posted, both by fantasy favourites and emerging stars..


After eight years, Daniel Currie plays his first AFL game

Daniel Currie marks in front of Jordan Roughead of the Bulldogs.

Emma Quayle Daniel Currie had been an AFL footballer for seven years, without really ever being one.


North Melbourne off the mark with a round two win over the Western Bulldogs

Big kick: Luke Dahlhaus snaps at goal.

Emma Quayle Bulldogs got only so far, two kicks out, before North found a way to get the ball back and push it back in.


Roos' big test is to win the close ones

Ultimate Footy.

Essendon ruckman Patrick Ryder offers good value in the absence of Tom Bellchambers.

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Round one preview

Ultimate Footy 2014

Roger Hassan, Footy Prophet The second week of Round 1 has some interesting matchups, but the most exciting battle is likely to take place between Essendon and North Melbourne tonight.


North desperate to spoil Dustin Fletcher's party

Drew Petrie.

Matt Murnane North Melbourne acting captain Drew Petrie says the Kangaroos are desperate to win their first round one clash for five years, and set the scene for a season where the expectation is to “go to...

Tania Hird reopens old wounds over treatment of husband James

James Hird.

The wife of Essendon's suspended coach James Hird has gone on national television to press her claim that her husband was made the 'scapegoat' of last season's Essendon drug scandal.


The Four Rs of the week: round one, part two

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Jarryd O'Dowd, Footy Prophet What a second week and a whirlwind of results. The reigning premiers starting the year off with four points and new Saints' coach Alan Richardson winning his first AFL game as a senior coach are just...


North Melbourne's veterans exposed by stats

Drew Petrie says expectation and pressure is a good thing.

Daniel Cherny The post-game flack was directed mainly at its young midfield, but statistics suggest that it is North Melbourne's veterans who are more deserving of scorn following another lacklustre showing at the...


Ludicrous to say Brent Harvey isn't a big-game player

Michael Firrito is tackled by Ben Cunnington as Coach Brad Scott looks on during training.

Greg Buckle Brad Scott had little time for gentle persuasion in response to his side's 39-point loss to Essendon in round one.


AFL practice match squads

The full squads for this weekend's AFL practice matches, at Punt Road Oval, Blacktown, Visy Park, Simonds Stadium, Alberton Oval, Casey Fields and Burpengary.