A new chapter of South Australian football's fiercest rivalry begins on Friday.The Adelaide Crows will go head-to-head against Port Adelaide in the first AFLW Showdown at Adelaide Oval.
Alastair Clarkson fears his chances of a fair process or just outcome to the racism allegations levelled against him might be "irrevocably corrupted".Four-time Hawthorn premiership coach Clarkson and his then-football manager Chris Fagan and ex-Hawthorn welfare manager Jason Burt were named last week in an ABC report detailing historic racism allegations from some Indigenous Hawthorn players.
Hawthorn sharpshooter Jack Gunston will depart the Hawks as an unrestricted free agent to join Brisbane, where he will chase a fourth AFL premiership.The 30-year-old booted 430 goals in 225 games for Hawthorn, winning flags in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Scott Gowans still keeps a keen eye on North Melbourne's AFLW results, but is now plotting their downfall with the Sydney Swans.After leading the Kangaroos to 11 wins in 14 games, Gowans was released as head coach in 2020.
Geelong champion Joel Selwood kept his decision to retire from teammates so they could maintain focus in their AFL premiership pursuit, coach Chris Scott has revealed.The Cats were ultimately successful, thrashing Sydney in last Saturday's grand final to give Selwood the perfect send-off.
Dayne Zorko will play a 12th AFL season with Brisbane after the long-time captain confirmed a one-year contract extension.The 33-year-old survived a thorough examination of his leadership following a final-round sledging incident to steer the Lions into a preliminary final.
Geelong star Georgie Prespakis will miss the next two matches after failing at a marathon AFLW Tribunal session to overturn her ban for a dangerous tackle.Prespakis was slapped with a two-match suspension for the tackle, which concussed St Kilda ruck Erin McKinnon.
Brendon Lade is officially out of the running to become Essendon's new AFL coach as intrigue grows over Brad Scott pitching for the job.Lade was among four candidates interviewed by the Bombers for their head coaching role but has now joined the Western Bulldogs' assistant coaching ranks.
Richmond midfielder Jack Graham is on Port Adelaide's trade radar amid speculation the dual premiership winner will be squeezed out of the Tigers.Graham is believed to be open to offers despite being contracted at Richmond for next season.
Geelong's coach Chris Scott was prepared to quit last year if his players doubted he could lead them to an AFL premiership.Scott bluntly asked captain Joel Selwood, Patrick Dangerfield and other players if they believed he could take the Cats to the flag.
AFLW finals aspirants Geelong will be without Georgie Prespakis for crucial games against the Western Bulldogs and Essendon after the young gun received a two-match ban for a dump tackle.Collingwood captain Steph Chiocci (striking) and Essendon's Daria Bannister (dangerous tackle) have also been dealt bans.
Geelong star Patrick Dangerfield has capped his drought-breaking premiership victory by claiming the Gary Ayres Award as the AFL's best finals player.Dangerfield was best on ground in Geelong's thumping preliminary final win over Brisbane and finished second in the Norm Smith Medal behind Isaac Smith in the grand final demolition of Sydney.
Controversial Collingwood utility Jordan De Goey has reportedly rejected his AFL club's contract offer because of behavioural clauses.De Goey, who was arrested in New York last October and was the centre of more trouble in Bali this year, has been offered a fresh five-year deal by the Magpies.
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AFL observers were stunned when it was revealed Collingwood want to trade Brodie Grundy, and the hulking ruckman is filthy at the club. Read more here.
Sam Newman has offered a withering assessment of Sydney's display against Geelong in the AFL grand final. Read more here.
A swan song for Buddy Franklin announced in grand final week was supposed to spur Sydney on, but now there are more questions than answers.
Adelaide have bounced back into premiership contention with the biggest win in AFLW history - a 96-point demolition job on hapless GWS at Unley Oval.The Crows also registered their highest-ever score in the 15.
Charlie Rowbottom gave her family a reason to smile at the end of a dark weekend, producing a best-on-ground performance in Gold Coast's 14-point AFLW win over Port Adelaide at Bond University Oval.Rowbottom flew from Melbourne to Coolangatta on Saturday night after watching from the MCG stands as older brother James and his Sydney teammates copped an 81-point belting at the hands of Geelong in the AFL grand final.
A push from AFL broadcasters for a regular twilight grand final is expected to gather steam after record-low ratings accompanied a return to the traditional afternoon timeslot.Geelong thrashed Sydney in the first season decider played in Melbourne for three years, following two seasons affected by the global pandemic.
AFL greats have cast doubts about how effective Lance Franklin will be during his farewell season after a horror finals series exposed the legendary Sydney forward's declining mobility.Franklin boldly announced a one-year contract extension in the days leading up to Saturday's grand final, which could have been the crowning moment of his initial nine-year mega-deal with the Swans.
Chad Warner does not intend ever to watch the AFL grand final where he delivered a star turn in a humiliated losing team.The brilliant Warner had 29 disposals, 18 contested possessions, 10 clearances and 587 metres gained to go with two goals and was clearly Sydney's best in Saturday's 81-point loss to Geelong at the MCG.