Posted: 6 May, 2016

Was This James Sicily Kick Really A Goal?


(Image: Channel 7)

During Hawthorn's last-quarter rout over Richmond, James Sicily let rip a snap from the boundary. He pumped his fist in delight, the goal umpire moved into position and signalled a goal, and Hawthorn was suddenly 21 points in front.

But was it really a goal?

As replays suggested, if Sicily's kick didn't go over the goal post, it went pretty close.

Fans weren't happy.

Maybe #freegoalhawthorn should start trending on Twitter next.

Goal or point? What's your verdict?

Read more

Tags: AFL, Hawthorn Hawks

Posted: 6 May, 2016

Richmond's Kane Lambert Opens Up On Lung Injury

The Tiger punctured a lung last week

Richmond's Kane Lambert has opened up on his nasty lung injury on the Friday Rub.

Lambert cracked a rib and punctured a lung in the first 30 seconds of Richmond's clash with Port Adelaide and eventually needed to be taken to hospital.

"When it happened I was spewing because it was only the first 30 seconds and I thought I was gonna have to play through," Lambert said.

"[It] probably wasn't until about 8 or 10 minutes in that I realised I was real short of breath...when I went back on the ground I just couldn't change speed or call for the ball and take the air in.

"I sort of felt okay sitting around...but [the doctor] explained to me what could happen, whether the lung could collapse and I could deteriorate pretty quickly.

"Once he said that it was all a bit concerning."

Lambert said the injury was healing well.

"I was running on Thursday at a pretty good level, so my breathing's fine, it's just purely the rib and when I can take contact."

Lambert also justified Richmond's poor start to the season.

"I just think we're not executing basic skills of the game," Lambert said.

"Between our four walls we're confident of what we're doing."

Read more

Tags: AFL, Richmond Tigers

Posted: 6 May, 2016

Nick Riewoldt Keen To Play On

Contracted until the end of 2016

St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt has expressed his desire to play beyond 2016 on the Friday Rub.

The 33-year-old is still in outstanding form and he says he has the fitness and passion to continue on.

"My management and the club have had some very preliminary discussions but what i can say is that i'm relaly excited about the club's future and i'm really keen to play on," said Riewoldt.

"My body's feeling great, a few years ago I thought I was in a fair bit of trouble straining my knee every week."

"[I'm] just loving the direction of the club, I feel invigorated by the young players."

"I'm loving footy still."

Read more

Tags: AFL, St Kilda Saints

Posted: 6 May, 2016

Chief: Hawthorn Can't Win The Flag

"They're a long way off the mark"

(Image: Getty)

Jason Dunstall has spoken harshly of his Hawks on the Friday Rub, saying they can't win a grand final the way they are playing.

Hawthorn has won four of their first six games but sit eighth with a percentage of 91.8 after being thumped by GWS last week.

"I can't see it (Hawthorn playing in a grand final)," he said.

"Hawthorn players are okay if they can break even in contested footy and then get enough possession to control the game, they're not getting anywhere near that.

"If you drill down further and look at scores from turnovers, percentage of conversion once the ball goes inside 50, all those numbers will tell you they're a long way off the mark from the last three or four years."

St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt, whose side lost to Hawthorn by three points in Round 4, disagreed with the former Hawks champion.

"Clearly in that game they just knew how to win better than we did, they've been in that situation so many times before," said Riewoldt.

"We know they're not playing their best footy, but their best is still good enough, considering how even the competition is, to put them in a really aggressive spot come finals.

"We know what they do on the big stage, they've done it time and time again.

"I wouldn't be so premature to write them off."

Read more

Tags: AFL, Hawthorn Hawks

Posted: 6 May, 2016

Sam Mitchell Out Of Richmond Clash

Out with injury

(Image: Getty)

Sam Mitchell is a late withdrawal from Hawthorn's team to face Richmond tonight.

Mitchell will miss with a corked calf.

"Sam is a late withdrawal due to the fact he has some soreness with a corked calf," said GM of Football Operations Chris Fagan.

He will be replaced by young midfielder Kieran Lovell.

Mitchell has been in supreme form in 2016, averaging 33.8 disposals a game.

Read more

Tags: AFL, Hawthorn Hawks

Posted: 6 May, 2016

Players Who Played For Both Teams - Round 7

We take note of the superstars as well as the obscure players!

(Image: Getty)


Collingwood v Carlton

Heath Scotland (1999-2014) 268 games – Coll 53, Carl 215

Barry Mitchell (1984-1996) 221 games – Coll 13, Carl 38 (Syd 170)

Peter McKenna (1965-1977) 191 games – Coll 180, Carl 11

Dale Thomas (2006- ) 187 games – Coll 157, Carl 30

Mick McGuane (1987-1997) 155 games – Coll 152, Carl 3

Jordan Russell (2005-2013) 125 games – Carl 116, Coll 9

Cameron Wood (2005- ) 88 games – Coll 48, Carl 24 (BL 16)

Trent Hotton (1994-2002) 78 games – Coll 17, Carl 61

Cameron Cloke (2004-2010) 58 games – Coll 21, Carl 36 (PA 1)

Chris Bryan (2005-2009) 46 games – Carl 16, Coll 30


Richmond v Hawthorn

Alan Martello (1970-1983) 255 games – Haw 223, Rich 32

Terry Wallace (1978-1991) 254 games – Haw 174, Rich 11 (Foot 69)

Paul Hudson (1990-2002) 245 games – Haw 134, Rich 3 (WB 108)

Mark Graham (1993-2005) 243 games – Haw 223, Rich 20

Barry Rowlings (1975-1986) 234 games – Haw 82, Rich 152

Geoff Ablett (1973-1985) 229 games - Haw 202, Rich 16 (StK 11)

Greg Dear (1985-1996) 190 games – Haw 137, Rich 53

Dan Minogue (1911-1926) 180 games – Rich 94, Haw 1 (Coll 85)

Barry Young (1989-2000) 142 games – Rich 53, Haw 13 (Ess 76)

Kevin Ablett (1977-1985) 38 games – Haw 31, Rich 5 (Geel 2)

Billy Nicholls (2001-2004) 16 games – Haw 6, Rich 10


Geelong v West Coast

Mitchell White (1991-2003) 174 games – WC 151, Geel 23

Geoff Miles (1982-1992) 122 games – WC 71, Geel 20 (Coll 31)

Derek Hall (1993-2000) 76 games – WC 2, Geel 74

David Haynes (2000-2005) 65 games – WC 46, Geel 19

Brett Spinks (1994-1998) 40 games – WC 21, Geel 19

Andrew MacNish (1987-1992) 23 games – WC 20, Geel 3


Sydney v Essendon

(Image: Getty)

Terry Daniher (1976-1992) 313 games – SM 19, Ess 294

Ted Richards (2002- ) 257 games – Ess 33, Syd 224

Anthony Daniher (1981-1994) 233 games - SM/Syd 115, Ess 118

Merv Neagle (1977-1990) 203 games – Ess 147, Syd 56

Neville Fields (1969-1982) 200 games – Ess 140, SM/Syd 60

Derek Kickett (1989-1996) 152 games – Ess 77, Syd 63 (NM 12)

Craig Bird (2008- ) 140 games – Syd 137, Ess 3

Mark Eustice (1980-1991) 137 games – Ess 29, Syd 46 (Rich 62)

Craig O’Brien (1989-2000) 114 games – Ess 21, Syd 41 (StK 52)

Ben Doolan (1991-1999) 101 games – Syd 25, Ess 76

Ryan O’Connor (1994-2000) 87 games – Ess 63, Syd 24

Peter Filandia (1991-2000) 83 games – Ess 13, Syd 70

Ed Considine (1986-1995) 77 games – Ess 49, Syd 28

Michael Werner (1989-1994) 60 games – Ess 40, Syd 20

Andrew Bomford (1997-2000) 28 games – Ess 13, Syd 15


Gold Coast v Melbourne

Matthew Warnock (2006-2014) 87 games – Melb 55, GC 32


Western Bulldogs v Adelaide

Tony McGuinness (1986-1996) 222 games – Foot 109, Adel 113

Scott Welsh (1996-2009) 205 games – Adel 129, WB 40 (NM 36)

Ben Hudson (2004-2013) 168 games – Adel 55, WB 88 (BL 18, Coll 7)

Kym Koster (1994-2000) 133 games – Foot 38, Adel 95

Barry Standfield (1990-1997) 111 games – Foot 98, Adel 13

Stuart Wigney (1988-1996) 72 games – Foot 47, Adel 10 (Syd 1, Rich 14)

Shane Ellen (1993-2000) 65 games – Foot 11, Adel 54


Fremantle v GWS

Rhys Palmer (2008- ) 115 games – Fre 53, GWS  62


St Kilda v North Melbourne

(Image: Getty)

Nick Dal Santo (2002- ) 306 games – StK 260, NM 46

Brian Wilson (1978-1991) 209 games – NM 39, StK 7 (Foot 9, Melb 154)

Farren Ray (2004- ) 205 games – StK 130, NM 0 (WB 75)

Les Foote (1941-1955) 167 games – NM 134, StK 33

Jim Krakouer (1982-1991) 147 games – NM 134, StK 13

Matthew Capuano (1994-2003) 107 games – NM 82, StK 25

Mark Arceri (1984-1993) 92 games – NM 70, StK 5 (Carl 17)

Grant Thomas (1978-1985) 83 games – StK 72, NM 7 (Fitz 4)

Joe McLaren (1996-2001) 69 games – StK 57, NM 12

Kristian Bardsley (1992-1998) 58 games – NM 5, StK 53

Luke Delaney (2011- ) 59 games – NM 26, StK 33


Port Adelaide v Brisbane Lions

Stephen Paxman (1991-2003) 240 games – Fitz 102, PA 138

Matthew Primus (1996-2005) 157 games – Fitz 20, PA 137

Adam Heuskes (1994-2000) 125 games – PA 37, BL 39 (Syd 49)

Tom Logan (2005-2014) 117 games – BL 3, PA 114

Fabian Francis (1991-2001) 109 games – BB 22, PA 86 (Melb 1)

Aaron Shattock (2000-2006) 68 games – BL 57, PA 11

Scott Harding (2006-2010) 50 games – BL 48, PA 2

Danny Morton (1993-2000) 50 games – Fitz 30, PA 20

Jared Polec (2011- ) 50 games – BL 16, PA 34

John Rombotis (1995-2000) 48 games – Fitz 26, PA 9 (Rich 13)

Read more

Posted: 6 May, 2016

Guess The AFL Player From Their Haircut

Not for the faint-hearted...

(Image: Getty)

Bit of a time-killer for you on your Friday.

See how you go comparing the wide-ranging styles of haircuts in the AFL.

If you get 15 you're a gun:

Read more

Posted: 5 May, 2016

Nathan Buckley's Awkward Phone Call With Damien Hardwick's Wife


(Image: Getty)

As if Richmond coach Damien Hardwick didn't have enough to worry about at the moment.

The coach has come under fire for his team's slow start to the season - the Tigers sit 15th with one win from six games - and Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley tried calling him to offer support.

It was a Hardwick that answered the phone...but not Damien.

"He thought he was ringing me, he was actually ringing my wife," Hardwick said.

AFLCA chief Mark Brayshaw made the slip-up when Buckley asked him for the Richmond coach's number, giving him Hardwick's wife's number instead.

"Why Mark Brayshaw has got my wife's number, I'm not too sure," he laughed.

Buckley confirmed the incident at a Collingwood press conference.

"Yeah, I got the number from the coaches association and left a really nice message on his wife's phone," he said.


Read more

Tags: AFL

Posted: 5 May, 2016

AFL TEAMS: Round 7, 2016

All the ins and outs!

Richmond v Hawthorn

MCG, 7:50pm AEST, Friday 6th May


B Nick Vlastuin, Troy Chaplin, Jake Batchelor
HB Corey Ellis, Bachar Houli, Brett Deledio
C Steven Morris, Shaun Grigg, Daniel Rioli
HF Kamdyn McIntosh, Dustin Martin, Ty Vickery
F Jack Riewoldt, Sam Lloyd, Shane Edwards
FOL Shaun Hampson, Connor Menadue, Ben Griffiths
I/C Brandon Ellis, Anthony Miles, Jason Castagna, Jayden Short
EMG David Astbury, Andrew Moore, Taylor Hunt
Nick Vlastuin, Kamdyn McIntosh, Ben Griffiths, Jayden Short
Ivan Maric (Omitted), David Astbury (Omitted), Kane Lambert (Ribs), Trent Cotchin (Cheekbone)


B Kaiden Brand, Tim O'Brien, Josh Gibson
HB Sam Mitchell, Ben Stratton, Grant Birchall
C Bradley Hill, Jordan Lewis, Isaac Smith
HF Luke Breust, Jack Gunston, Liam Shiels
F Paul Puopolo, Jonathon Ceglar, Cyril Rioli
FOL Ben McEvoy, Will Langford, Shaun Burgoyne
I/C Billy Hartung, James Sicily, Taylor Duryea, Daniel Howe
EMG Angus Litherland, Dallas Willsmore, Kieran Lovell
Kaiden Brand, Will Langford, Billy Hartung
James Frawley (Concussion), Luke Hodge (Knee), Kieran Lovell (Omitted)
Kaiden Brand

Collingwood v Carlton

MCG, 1:45pm AEST, Saturday 7th May


B Alan Toovey, Jack Frost, Brayden Maynard
HB Adam Oxley, Ben Reid, Josh Smith
C Tim Broomhead, Adam Treloar, Steele Sidebottom
HF Jordan De Goey, Darcy Moore, Levi Greenwood
F Alex Fasolo, Mason Cox, Jeremy Howe
FOL Brodie Grundy, Scott Pendlebury, Jack Crisp
I/C Jesse White, Jarryd Blair, James Aish, Ben Crocker
EMG Brent Macaffer, Tom Phillips, Travis Cloke
Jesse White, James Aish, Ben Crocker
Nathan J. Brown (Omitted), Tom Langdon (Ankle), Ben Sinclair (Concussion)
Ben Crocker


B Zach Tuohy, Sam Rowe, Sam Docherty
HB Andrew Walker, Lachie Plowman, Dale Thomas
C Kade Simpson, Patrick Cripps, Jed Lamb
HF Liam Sumner, Levi Casboult, Matthew Wright
F Sam Kerridge, Simon White, Liam Jones
FOL Matthew Kreuzer, Bryce Gibbs, Marc Murphy
I/C Ciaran Byrne, Dennis Armfield, Ed Curnow, Andrejs Everitt
EMG Dylan Buckley, Nick Graham, Michael Jamison
Andrew Walker, Patrick Cripps, Andrejs Everitt
Jacob Weitering (Shoulder), Andrew Phillips (Hamstring), Nick Graham (Omitted)

Geelong v West Coast

Simonds Stadium, 2:10pm AEST, Saturday 7th May


B Harry Taylor, Tom Lonergan, Corey Enright
HB Mark Blicavs, Lachie Henderson, Jimmy Bartel
C Andrew Mackie, Joel Selwood, Mitch Duncan
HF Lincoln McCarthy, Shane Kersten, Steven Motlop
F Josh Caddy, Tom Hawkins, Rhys Stanley
FOL Zac Smith, Cameron Guthrie, Patrick Dangerfield
I/C Nakia Cockatoo, Darcy Lang, Daniel Menzel, Tom Ruggles
EMG George Horlin-Smith, Jake Kolodjashnij, Nathan Vardy
Andrew Mackie, Rhys Stanley, Tom Ruggles
Nathan Vardy (Omitted), Jake Kolodjashnij (Omitted), Jed Bews (Omitted)

West Coast

B Will Schofield, Eric MacKenzie, Brad Sheppard
HB Sharrod Wellingham, Jeremy McGovern, Shannon Hurn
C Andrew Gaff, Matt Priddis, Jack Redden
HF Elliot Yeo, Jack Darling, Chris Masten
F Mark LeCras, Josh J. Kennedy, Josh Hill
FOL Nic Naitanui, Mark Hutchings, Luke Shuey
I/C Jamie Cripps, Liam Duggan, Lewis Jetta, Scott Lycett
EMG Thomas Cole, Jackson Nelson, Patrick McGinnity
Elliot Yeo
Sam Butler (Groin)


Sydney v Essendon

SCG, 4:35pm AEST, Saturday 7th May


B Dane Rampe, Heath Grundy, Zak Jones
HB Jarrad McVeigh, Jeremy Laidler, Callum Mills
C Dan Hannebery, Josh P. Kennedy, Isaac Heeney
HF Harry Cunningham, Lance Franklin, Jake Lloyd
F Tom Papley, Kurt Tippett, Ben McGlynn
FOL Callum Sinclair, Luke Parker, Kieren Jack
I/C Tom Mitchell, Daniel Robinson, George Hewett, Nick Smith
EMG Aliir Aliir, Toby Nankervis, Dean Towers
Nick Smith
Aliir Aliir (Omitted)


B Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Nathan Grima, Mark Baguley
HB James Kelly, Michael Hartley, Matt Dea
C Jonathan Simpkin, David Zaharakis, Brendon Goddard
HF Orazio Fantasia, Mitch Brown, Adam Cooney
F Courtenay Dempsey, Joe Daniher, Mason Redman
FOL Matthew Leuenberger, Zach Merrett, Ryan Crowley
I/C Craig Bird, James Gwilt, Shaun McKernan, James Polkinghorne
EMG Jackson Merrett, Patrick Ambrose, Kyle Langford
Nathan Grima, Mark Baguley, Mason Redman, Craig Bird, Shaun McKernan
Sam Grimley (Omitted), Martin Gleeson (Omitted), Kyle Langford (Rested), Mathew Stokes (Hamstring), Darcy Parish (Rested)
Nathan Grima, Mason Redman

Gold Coast v Melbourne

Metricon Stadium, 5:10pm AEST, Saturday 7th May

Gold Coast

B Adam Saad, Henry Schade, Sean Lemmens
HB Jarrod Harbrow, Sam Day, Nick Malceski
C Kade Kolodjashnij, Gary Ablett, Matt Rosa
HF Jarrod Garlett, Tom J. Lynch, Jack Martin
F Alex Sexton, Peter Wright, Clay Cameron
FOL Daniel Currie, Jesse Lonergan, Dion Prestia
I/C Jarrad Grant, Touk Miller, Aaron Hall, Darcy MacPherson
EMG Matt Shaw, Brandon Matera, Mackenzie Willis
Adam Saad, Jarrod Garlett, Darcy MacPherson
Ryan Davis (Omitted), Trent McKenzie (Ankle), Mackenzie Willis (Omitted)
Darcy MacPherson


B Neville Jetta, Tom McDonald, Tomas Bugg
HB Josh Wagner, Colin Garland, Jayden Hunt
C Bernie Vince, Dom Tyson, James Harmes
HF Jack Watts, Cameron Pedersen, Jeff Garlett
F Dean Kent, Jesse Hogan, Christian Petracca
FOL Max Gawn, Nathan Jones, Jack Viney
I/C Clayton Oliver, Billy Stretch, Viv Michie, Ben Kennedy
EMG Oscar McDonald, Alex Neal-Bullen, Jack Grimes
Colin Garland, Clayton Oliver, Billy Stretch, Viv Michie
Lynden Dunn (Omitted), Sam Frost (Omitted), Heritier Lumumba (Concussion), Christian Salem (Concussion)

Western Bulldogs v Adelaide

Etihad Stadium, 7:40pm AEST, Saturday 7th May

Western Bulldogs

B Matthew Boyd, Fletcher Roberts, Dale Morris
HB Jed Adcock, Marcus Adams, Easton Wood
C Lachie Hunter, Tom Liberatore, Tory Dickson
HF Liam Picken, Tom Campbell, Jake Stringer
F Luke Dahlhaus, Jack Redpath, Toby McLean
FOL Jordan Roughead, Jack Macrae, Marcus Bontempelli
I/C Mitch Wallis, Shane Biggs, Bailey Dale, Caleb Daniel
EMG Zaine Cordy, Josh Dunkley, Mitch Honeychurch
Jack Redpath, Caleb Daniel
Koby Stevens (Abdominal), Lin Jong (Omitted)


B Luke Brown, Daniel Talia, Jake Lever
HB Ricky Henderson, Kyle Hartigan, Brodie Smith
C David Mackay, Scott Thompson, Paul Seedsman
HF Eddie Betts, Tom Lynch, Mitch McGovern
F Josh Jenkins, Taylor Walker, Charlie Cameron
FOL Sam Jacobs, Rory Sloane, Brad Crouch
I/C Rory Atkins, Kyle Cheney, Richard Douglas, Matt Crouch
EMG Nathan Van Berlo, Wayne Milera, Jarryd Lyons
Ricky Henderson, Brad Crouch
Rory Laird (Toe), Jarryd Lyons (Omitted)

Fremantle v GWS Giants

Domain Stadium, 8:10pm AEST, Saturday 7th May


B Cameron Sutcliffe, Zac Dawson, Lee Spurr
HB Stephen Hill, Alex Pearce, Tommy Sheridan
C Lachie Weller, Michael Barlow, Danyle Pearce
HF Hayden Crozier, Matthew Pavlich, Hayden Ballantyne
F Michael Walters, Chris Mayne, Matt Taberner
FOL Jonathon Griffin, David Mundy, Lachie Neale
I/C Connor Blakely, Garrick Ibbotson, Nick Suban, Ethan Hughes
EMG Matt De Boer, Ed Langdon, Jack Hannath
Garrick Ibbotson, Nick Suban, Ethan Hughes
Brady Grey (Omitted), Zac Clarke (Omitted), Darcy Tucker (Omitted)

GWS Giants

B Nathan Wilson, Nick Haynes, Joel Patfull
HB Adam Kennedy, Phil Davis, Heath Shaw
C Zac Williams, Callan Ward, Toby Greene
HF Tom Scully, Jonathon Patton, Steve Johnson
F Rhys Palmer, Rory Lobb, Jeremy Cameron
FOL Shane Mumford, Stephen Coniglio, Lachie Whitfield
I/C Jack Steele, Josh Kelly, Dylan Shiel, Matt Buntine
EMG Jacob Hopper, Adam Tomlinson, Tim Mohr
No Change

St Kilda v North Melbourne

Etihad Stadium, 3:20pm AEST, Sunday 8th May

St Kilda

B Jarryn Geary, Sean Dempster, Jimmy Webster
HB Shane Savage, Sam Fisher, Leigh Montagna
C Blake Acres, David Armitage, Jack Newnes
HF Jack Billings, Nick Riewoldt, Darren Minchington
F Jack Sinclair, Josh Bruce, Tim Membrey
FOL Tom Hickey, Sam Gilbert, Jack Steven
I/C Sebastian Ross, Luke Dunstan, Jade Gresham, Maverick Weller
EMG Jack Lonie, Hugh Goddard, Brodie Murdoch
No Change

North Melbourne

B Jamie Macmillan, Robbie Tarrant, Luke McDonald
HB Sam Wright, Scott D. Thompson, Shaun Atley
C Sam Gibson, Ben Cunnington, Nick Dal Santo
HF Ben Brown, Jarrad Waite, Daniel Wells
F Brent Harvey, Drew Petrie, Shaun Higgins
FOL Todd Goldstein, Andrew Swallow, Jack Ziebell
I/C Ben Jacobs, Michael Firrito, Robin Nahas, Mason Wood
EMG Brad McKenzie, Aaron Mullett, Majak Daw
Robin Nahas, Mason Wood
Kayne Turner (Hamstring), Lindsay Thomas (Suspension)

Port Adelaide v Brisbane

Adelaide Oval, 4:40pm AEST, Sunday 8th May

Port Adelaide

B Jarman Impey, Tom Jonas, Jasper Pittard
HB Cam O'Shea, Jack Hombsch, Matthew Broadbent
C Jared Polec, Ollie Wines, Brad Ebert
HF Jake Neade, Charlie Dixon, Hamish Hartlett
F Aaron Young, Justin Westhoff, Chad Wingard
FOL Jackson Trengove, Travis Boak, Brendon Ah Chee
I/C Paul Stewart, Jimmy Toumpas, Darcy Byrne-Jones, Nathan Krakouer
EMG Karl Amon, Dougal Howard, Sam Gray
Chad Wingard, Jackson Trengove
Dougal Howard (Omitted), Sam Gray (Omitted)


B Darcy Gardiner, Daniel Merrett, Daniel McStay
HB Ryan Harwood, Harris Andrews, Sam Mayes
C Ryan Lester, Allen Christensen, Daniel Rich
HF Pearce Hanley, Tom Rockliff, Rohan Bewick
F Josh Walker, Josh Schache, Ben Keays
FOL Stefan Martin, Dayne Zorko, Dayne Beams
I/C Ryan Bastinac, Mitch Robinson, Tom Bell, Claye Beams
EMG Marco Paparone, Lewis Taylor, Billy Evans
Josh Schache, Dayne Beams
Liam Dawson (Illness), Lewis Taylor (Omitted)

Read more

Tags: AFL, Teams

Posted: 5 May, 2016

Melbourne Upgrade Viv Michie To Senior List

Set to play against Gold Coast

(Image: Getty)

Melbourne has upgraded Viv Michie off the rookie list ahead of their match with Gold Coast this Saturday.

The 24-year-old has played just the 18 games for Melbourne but has been in fine form in the VFL for Casey, averaging 28.5 disposals and 5.5 marks per game.

He is in line for selection after Christian Salem and Angus Brayshaw were both ruled out during the week.

The Demons have space to upgrade a player after young ruckman Mitch King went down with an ACL tear.

Read more

Tags: AFL, Melbourne

Posted: 5 May, 2016

The Evolution Of TV Footy Scoreboards

Over the ages

(Image: YouTube)

Over on the brilliant AFL subreddit, user u/FarFun put together an album of screenshots showing how scoreboards have changed over the years.

From broadcaster to broadcaster, there have been many experiments in the showing of the score - screen placement, size, colour and the display of the clock.

Since Channel 7 first used the 'constant scoreboard' for the first time in 1997, here's how it looked:

Channel 10 and Channel 9 took over the broadcasting of footy from 2002, but Nine only hung around for a few years:

Ten stuck around a little while longer, showing the AFL until the end of the 2011 season:

Foxtel joined the scoreboard game in 2004 when they started using their own graphics.

The original Fox Footy Channel looked like this:

After a 5-year break from covering footy, Channel 7 joined back in for the 2007 season.

This is from their comeback until how the footy looks on our screens today:

And finally, here's how Fox Footy has looked since it was re-booted by Foxtel under a new name in 2012.

They initially advertised their HD coverage during an entire game, but quickly changed this in its first year:

Read more

Posted: 5 May, 2016

Collingwood Duo Taylor Adams And Travis Varcoe Ruled Out Of Carlton Clash

Injuries building for the Pies

(Image: Getty)

Collingwood will be without midfield duo Taylor Adams and Travis Varcoe for their clash with Carlton on Saturday as their inujry list builds.

Adams was ruled out of last week's clash with West Coast with a knee injury and failed to get up for this week.

The 22-year-old has been one of Collingwood's best this season.

Varcoe will once again miss with a hamstring injury that has bothered him throughout the season.

Varcoe injured his hamstring late in the pre-season and returned against Melbourne in Round 4, before re-injuring it the following week against Essendon.

Tom Langdon and Ben Sinclair will also miss with injury.

Star duo Scott Pendlebury and Steele Sidebottom also failed to train, but Collingwood is confident both will play.

Read more

Tags: AFL, Collingwood