Leppa had to go: Lions chairman

Brisbane Lions chairman Bob Sharpless says the club was left with little choice but to sack Justin Leppitsch as coach after a disastrous 2016 season.

Hawks still in good AFL spot: Smith

Hawthorn midfielder Isaac Smith says his AFL team, who face rivals Geelong in week one of the finals, are in as good a spot as any other side in the top four.

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Hawks must lift in AFL finals: Clarkson

Hawthorn have recorded a one-point win over Collingwood but coach Alastair Clarkson knows they'll need to play better to defeat Geelong in AFL finals.

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