Adam Cooper

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Judd cools Malthouse hopes

Carlton captain Chris Judd

Adam Cooper Chris Judd is sure he and his Carlton teammates will know exactly where they stand under Mick Malthouse, but has warned against expecting all the Blues’ problems to be instantly solved.

Judd: Mick not the messiah

No expectations: Chris Judd.

Adam Cooper Carlton skipper warns against expecting all the Blues' problems to be instantly solved.

Blues boosted by return of Laidler and Rowe

Sam Rowe.

Adam Cooper Return of Jeremy Laidler and Sam Rowe in Carlton's first intra-club match of the year has the Blues optimistic they can put their injury curse behind them in 2013.

Blues defenders itching for action

Carlton's Lachie Henderson.

Adam Cooper A competitive match can't come quickly enough for Carlton's defenders.

Riewoldt, Judd may be rested

Nick Riewoldt.

Adam Cooper and Matt Murnane Carlton and St Kilda are weighing up whether to recall Chris Judd and Nick Riewoldt.

AFL

Waite in doubt for round one clash

Jarrad Waite

Adam Cooper Carlton key forward Jarrad Waite is in doubt to play in the blockbuster against Richmond in round one because of a calf injury.

AFL

Malthouse poses concussion sub

Mick Malthouse

Adam Cooper Carlton coach Mick Malthouse wants the AFL to consider a second substitute player.

Message loud and clear for Malthouse's Blues

Ball magnet: Carlton's Eddie Betts gets the jump on Docker Nathan Fyfe on Saturday night.

Adam Cooper Mick Malthouse admitted during the week he was impatient for Carlton to click to his way.

Blues coach highlights improved flexibility in win over Dockers

Eddie Betts.

Adam Cooper Mick Malthouse has nominated improved flexibility as the most significant step his side took in thrashing Fremantle by 70 points in their NAB Cup match at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

Flexibility key for Blues in defeat of Dockers

Mick Malthouse

Adam Cooper Carlton coach nominates improved flexibility as the most significant step his side took.

Neeld joins anti-cap coaches' club

Melbourne coach Mark Neeld.

Ashley Porter and Adam Cooper Dees coach believes contest with Port indicates AFL's rotation cap not in players' best interests.

AFL

McGuire slams Dane Swan and The Footy Show

Eddie McGuire

Adam Cooper Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says he would like to fine Dane Swan $25,000, even though he has no problem with what his star midfielder said in a televised interview.

AFL

Rival coaches want to nab some silverware

Adam Cooper Rival coaches Mick Malthouse and Michael Voss are agreed their sides won't be holding back in pursuit of silverware in Friday night’s NAB Cup final at Etihad Stadium.

AFL

Lions, Blues at full strength

Brisbane's Jonathan Brown and Carlton's Marc Murphy hold the NAB cup.14th March 2013.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Adam Cooper Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has forecast more than one role for Chris Judd in his return for Friday night's NAB Cup final against Brisbane in a bid to continue developing greater flexibility in his...

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AFL

Brisbane knocks Blues over

NAB Cup Final. Carlton v Brisbane. Brisbane celebrate their win at Etihad Stadium.

Adam Cooper It's been a long time, but Jonathan Brown never lost that taste for silverware.

Kangas keen to claim Friday nights

Andrew Swallow

Adam Cooper An increased exposure in high-profile games has North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow convinced the Kangaroos must perform when everyone is watching to take advantage.

AFL

Banking on a lifetime's experience

Adam Cooper Kevin Sheedy is about to enter his 29th coaching season, but at 65 won't have it that he's too old.

AFL

Malthouse admits to Krakouer concerns

Mick Malthouse at 3AW.

Adam Cooper Former Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse admits he's unsure whether Andrew Krakouer will return to the AFL as the Magpie forward takes time away from the game to deal with family issues.

Hawthorn v Collingwood

Hawthorn

Adam Cooper Welcome to our coverage of the round one clash between Hawthorn and Collingwood from the MCG.