FIRST ON 7: With 1000 days to go until the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, organisers say the competition venues will be ready well before 2018. Max Futcher reports.

Under fire coach James Hird has called on the Essendon board to hold its nerve, after yesterday's historic loss to St Kilda. Mark Stevens reports.

Essendon coach James Hird says his job isn't under threat despite the Bombers 110 point thrashing to St Kilda.