Adam Cooper

Adam Cooper joined The Age in 2011 after a decade with AAP, the country's news service. Email or tweet Adam with your news tips.

AFL

Clash jumpers should not be all white

Adam Cooper The standard of some AFL games has never been higher, but some of the teams look like they have been put through the wash. The colour has been drained and white is the new black.

AFL

Rodan relishes new role at Demons

David Rodan

Adam Cooper Melbourne recruit David Rodan expects his various experiences to be handy in mentoring his younger teammates, but is hopeful he can stay at the club long enough to see the circle of success turn.

Rodan can see the good in the Demons

Melbourne mentor: The Demons' mature recruit David Rodan at training this week.

Adam Cooper Melbourne recruit expects his experience to be handy in mentoring his younger teammates.

AFL

Tippett a Swan, as Prismall, Garlett ignored

Kurt Tippett

Adam Cooper Reigning premier Sydney has finally got its man, by recruiting ex-Adelaide forward Kurt Tippett in the AFL pre-season draft on Tuesday.

Nothing to hide: Geelong

Geelong has been drawn into the investigation because Dean Robinson worked previously at the Cats.

Adam Cooper, Emma Quayle Investigation into Essendon's use of supplements will prompt discussions among conditioning staff at other clubs and is likely to lift the pressure on players to question any substance they are given.

AFL

St Kilda's second ruckman shows promising signs

Tom Hickey

Adam Cooper The ruckman St Kilda gave up its prized compensation pick for made an encouraging start to the pre-season campaign with his new club and has coach Scott Watters hopeful the Saints won't be caught...

Saint Kilda's new second ruckman shows promise

Intra-club: Beau Maister (left) and Jay Lever battle for possession.

Adam Cooper Coach Scott Watters hopeful the Saints won't be caught short in the ruck this year.

AFL

Minson agrees Dons' drama off-limits

Western Bulldog Will Minson

Adam Cooper Western Bulldogs ruckman swears he will not sledge Essendon players in Friday night's match.

Byrnes stars for Demons

Adam Cooper Former Geelong forward Shannon Byrnes showed he could be a handy acquisition.

Connolly and Bailey bear the brunt of AFL tanking probe

Demons logo

Adam Cooper The AFL has suspended former Melbourne coach Dean Bailey and the club's ex-football operations manager Chris Connolly - both will keep their jobs.

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Demons cop huge fine on the chin

Don McLardy

Adam Cooper Melbourne president Don McLardy insists his club’s integrity is intact.

Australian football

Integrity intact: Demons

Dees fined: Don McLardy faces the media.

Adam Cooper Dees slugged $500,000 for being responsible for two former officials who acted outside AFL rules in 2009.

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.

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.

Big guns hit track as the heat goes up

Jonathan Brown.

Adam Cooper Key forwards Jonathan Brown and Nick Riewoldt will play their first games of the pre-season on Saturday.

Brown rejuvenated and optimistic ahead of 2013 season

Veteran Brisbane Lions captain Jonathan Brown.

Adam Cooper Brisbane captain Jonathan Brown says he enters his first game of the pre-season as refreshed as he could ever be and rejuvenated by the Lions' encouraging showings last year and over the summer.

Brown's fresh approach

Jonathan Brown.

Adam Cooper Jonathan Brown says he enters his first game of the pre-season as refreshed as he could be.

AFL

Saint wary of EPL-like competition

Nick Riewoldt

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Nick Riewoldt fears two-tiered league unless action taken to ease equalisation concerns.

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.