SAMANTHA LANE 7:27pm Fed up with sniping from Victorian rivals about Sydney’s talent-laden list and recruiting coups, Swans chairman Andrew Pridham has named it a “targeted attack” that he refuses to tolerate.
JON PIERIK 3:51pm While appreciative of the service he gave, Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says Lance Franklin is now a "faceless man" to the Hawks as the superstar forward aims to inflict more pain on his former club on Saturday night.
DANIEL CHERNY 9:44am Just nine months after securing his client an unprecedented nine-year deal, Liam Pickering has been axed as Sydney superstar Lance Franklinfrom his longstanding role as Franklin's manager, according to a report on Channel Nine's The Footy Show.
ANDREW WU Sydney will field its all-star forward line against Hawthorn after welcoming back Kurt Tippett for Saturday night's clash at the MCG.
ROHAN CONNOLLY If a week is a long time in football, three months might as well be a lifetime - more than enough for the most sweeping of statements to be forgotten.
SAMANTHA LANE Calling on the AFL, under fresh leadership, to stamp its authority, Sydney chairman Andrew Pridham has singled out Gillon McLachlan, saying the new CEO must show the competition who is boss.
WILL BRODIE Are any of our perennial finalists in danger of a sudden drop from the eight?
CAROLINE WILSON Gold Coast chairman John Witheriff✓ has questioned the AFL’s business values and accused it of a lack of courtesy in the decision to review the bidding system for development academy players and father-son selections.
ANDREW WU Kieren Jack says Sydney's near record-winning streak has helped create a self-belief within the team which was missing even for much of their successful premiership campaign of 2012.
EMMA QUAYLE Sydney Swans defender Nick Malceski has put off contract talks with the club until the end of the season, when he will become an unrestricted free agent.
CAROLINE WILSON Sydney has threatened to radically scale down its investment in developing the game in NSW should the AFL revise the bidding system in a move which could force the club to pay a higher price for prize recruits.
ROHAN CONNOLLY Sydney could hardly be better-placed for a tilt at a third premiership in 10 seasons than it is right now.
ANDREW WU Sydney will find out later this week if they will have their all-star forward line available as they close in on two rare milestones in their blockbuster away clash with Hawthorn.
JESSE HOGAN Hawthorn is bullish about the prospect of pivotal players Josh Gibson and Brad Hill returning from injury on Saturday night for its bid to wrest top spot from Sydney.
ANDREW WU Gun Hawthorn defender Josh Gibson has declared he is fit enough to return for the clash with flag favourite Sydney on Saturday week, where he could be set for another battle with best mate Lance Franklin.
CAROLINE WILSON Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold has backed Collingwood’s Eddie McGuire in raising misgivings over the AFL academies in Sydney and southern Queensland and urged the league to work towards a ‘‘pure draft’’.
DANIEL CHERNY Lenny Hayes' 16-year career at St Kilda nearly ended after just one season.
CAROLINE WILSON Eddie McGuire's voice is so loud it cannot help prove a distraction to his staff.
EMMA QUAYLE Eddie McGuire is not the only person to have begun grumbling about how blessed Sydney is to have Isaac Heeney on the way as a first-round draft pick.
JON PIERIK Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has launched another stinging attack on Sydney, and also taken aim at rival club presidents and even one of his own employers, as his feud with the Swans intensifies.
ANDREW WU Sydney made a statement on and off the field on the weekend with chairman Andrew Pridham likening Eddie McGuire to multi-millionaire politician Clive Palmer, in the wake of the Collingwood president's latest stoush with the Swans.
ANDREW WU At half time, Sydney were in the midst of a red-hot contest, their hopes of equalling a club record of 12 consecutive wins on the line, against a Carlton team taking the game up to the flag favourites.
ALANA SCHETZER Eddie McGuire has blasted Sydney Swans coach John Longmire for being “petty” after he declined to coach the Australian International Rules team because McGuire is the team’s manager.
ANDREW WU It takes some players an entire career to prove they are a champion. In Chris Judd's case, the point could be made simply by going through his games against Sydney.
ANDREW WU Up until now, the Greek mythological figure Tantalus would have made an apt mascot for Dean Towers' career with Sydney.
ANDREW WU If pay packets were based on the adage that defence wins premierships then it would be Ted Richards and Heath Grundy on the megabucks instead of Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett.
ANDREW WU Andrejs Everitt's switch from Sydney to Carlton is one of those rare trades that is proving a winner for all parties.
Sydney spearhead Kurt Tippett has suffered another setback in his stop-start season and will miss the AFL ladder leading Swans' home match with Carlton on Saturday.
ANDREW WU Sydney will have to equal the club's record winning streak without Kurt Tippett after the forward was ruled out of the Swans' clash with Carlton.
ANDREW WU John Longmire has called for the AFL to plough extra resources into their umpiring department to improve performance as confusion mounts among clubs and players over how the game is being officiated.