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2020 May
  • Wed, May 27, 2020
    AFL football operations boss Steve Hocking says coaches could still get their wish to have interchange bench numbers increased to six players in 2020.
  • Wed, May 27, 2020
    Victorian sports minister Martin Pakula thinks the AFL will shift its grand final to a historic night timeslot should it fall on the same day as the Cox Plate.
  • Wed, May 27, 2020
    Giants midfielder Josh Kelly knows how to play with AFL contract talks hanging over his head and won't bug star forward Jeremy Cameron to follow his lead.
  • Wed, May 27, 2020
    Pre-season recruit Harley Bennell lit up Casey Fields on Wednesday as Melbourne players were put through a brutal three-hour training session.
  • Wed, May 27, 2020
    Brisbane's Jarryd Lyons is confident his side can exploit their home ground advantage despite playing in an empty Gabba when the season resumes.
  • Wed, May 27, 2020
    West Coast captain Luke Shuey won't initially be taking his young family with him to the Gold Coast but expects some AFL teammates to take up the offer.
  • Wed, May 27, 2020
    Sydney's superstar veteran forward Lance Franklin has suffered another hamstring setback at Swans training following an injury-riddled 2019 AFL season.
  • Tue, May 26, 2020
    The AFL's fixture boss Travis Auld says TV broadcasters are keen to stick with games on Thursday to Sunday even if it means some matches continue to overlap.
  • Tue, May 26, 2020
    Brisbane coach Chris Fagan says he developed even stronger relationships with some Lions players as a result of the AFL's coronavirus enforced shutdown.
  • Tue, May 26, 2020
    Joe Daniher was running laps as Essendon returned to full contact AFL training and Cale Hooker says it's up to the Bombers to convince the star forward to stay.
  • Tue, May 26, 2020
    North Melbourne are likely to share charter flights with Essendon in round two, with the AFL determined to cut costs in tough financial circumstances.
  • Tue, May 26, 2020
    West Coast, Fremantle, Adelaide and Port Adelaide are not daunted by the prospect of sacrificing an AFL 'home' game while based in a Gold Coast quarantine hub.
  • Mon, May 25, 2020
    Collingwood have never played in Tasmania for premiership points while Essendon haven't since 1992, but that might change if AFL returns there this season.
  • Mon, May 25, 2020
    Brisbane champion Simon Black is certain to be one of the seven inductees to be included into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in June.
  • Sun, May 24, 2020
    The first phase of fixtures for the AFL season restart could be released as soon as Monday with Richmond and Collingwood tipped to lock horns on June 11.
  • Sun, May 24, 2020
    Joel Selwood has thrown his weight behind Geelong's push to play all their home games during the coronavirus-hit AFL season at their Kardinia Park base.
  • Sun, May 24, 2020
    Richmond superstar Dustin Martin enjoyed escaping the AFL bubble during the competition shutdown. Now he's determined to lead the Tigers to another premiership.
  • Sun, May 24, 2020
    Sydney will have to get used to game-day interstate travel throughout this AFL season, with Luke Parker keen to see what impact the change has on veterans.
  • Sun, May 24, 2020
    Joel Selwood says the right people will learn more about Jack Steven's stabbing, but the Geelong captain is more worried about his AFL teammate's wellbeing.
  • Sat, May 23, 2020
    Matt Crouch is thrilled with talk of a round-two AFL Showdown, adding the SA clubs will have to lean on each other in 2020 given they can't field SANFL teams.
  • Sat, May 23, 2020
    Geelong star Jack Steven has reportedly been interviewed by police over the events surrounding the stab wound he suffered last weekend.
  • Sat, May 23, 2020
    Sydney Swans coach John Longmire and GWS chief executive Dave Matthews say the AFL should continue to focus on growing the game in non-traditional markets.
  • Sat, May 23, 2020
    West Coast have asked for permission to use extra football staff to ease the burden of their temporary relocation to Queensland when the AFL season restarts.
  • Fri, May 22, 2020
    Debate rages over the legitimacy of an AFL premiership winner in 2020, but several celebrated flags have been won amid world crises before.
  • Fri, May 22, 2020
    With the AFL on the brink of a restart, Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has described the sadness of standing down staff, including premiership hero Dale Morris.
  • Fri, May 22, 2020
    Luke Beveridge says small-sided practice matches or training sessions between clubs would need to happen on AFL game day given cuts to football departments.
  • Fri, May 22, 2020
    Alastair Clarkson says Hawthorn will balance minimising injuries with preparing their players for the AFL season restart when full contact training resumes.
  • Thu, May 21, 2020
    Geelong carried multiple underdone players into their round one AFL clash, but will have almost a full squad to choose from once games resume on June 11.
  • Thu, May 21, 2020
    Brisbane's Mitch Robinson made the most of his AFL downtime but says the Lions are "in ripping nick and ready to go" now a restart date has been confirmed.
  • Thu, May 21, 2020
    Port Adelaide assistant Michael Voss is hopeful government restrictions will be eased to allow the AFL club to fly in and out of South Australia for matches.
  • Wed, May 20, 2020
    West Coast started the year as AFL premiership fancies but the coronavirus pandemic has left the club unsure when its next home game will come.
  • Wed, May 20, 2020
    Key Fremantle forward Jesse Hogan has resumed training with the Dockers after dealing with injuries and mental health troubles since joining the AFL club.
  • Wed, May 20, 2020
    West Coast coach Adam Simpson says the club is yet to determine who will travel to the Gold Coast with players seeking further details from the AFL.
  • Wed, May 20, 2020
    Former GWS co-captain Callan Ward is on track to play in the Giants' first AFL game after the restart, having been sidelined for over a year.
  • Wed, May 20, 2020
    St Kilda coach Brett Ratten had no issues with travelling to interstate venues on game day when he was an AFL player and doesn't expect it to hurt his team now.
  • Wed, May 20, 2020
    After just one AFL game in 20 months, Brownlow medallist Tom Mitchell admits it will be some time before he's back to his dominant best for Hawthorn.
  • Wed, May 20, 2020
    North Melbourne coach Rhyce Shaw says skipper Jack Ziebell is fitter than he was going into round one and has impressed in their return to AFL training.
  • Mon, May 18, 2020
    Clubs face the prospect of travelling interstate on match-days in 2020 and Collingwood are willing to share the travel burden with their rivals.
  • Mon, May 18, 2020
    Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley says putting his club and Adelaide in the same Queensland hub makes little sense given the fierce AFL rivalry of the SA clubs.
  • Mon, May 18, 2020
    Gold Coast CEO Mark Evans expects the Suns to play away games in the early weeks of the AFL season despite a six-team isolation hub in south-east Queensland.
  • Mon, May 18, 2020
    Sydney coach John Longmire is more concerned about building the resilience of his players than worrying over who the Swans' next AFL match will be against.
  • Mon, May 18, 2020
    Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says the 2020 premiership will be one of the "greatest" ever won and believes his team is primed to take full advantage.
  • Sun, May 17, 2020
    The AFL hopes to schedule the Derby and Showdown later in the season, rather than holding them in Gold Coast hubs in the first month of the restart.
  • Sat, May 16, 2020
    AFL chairman Richard Goyder says Adelaide's training protocol breach didn't help the AFL's case for training and travel exemptions in South Australia.
  • Sat, May 16, 2020
    Carlton were ravaged by injuries at the start of the AFL season but the competition shutdown has allowed key players to recover in time for Monday's training.
  • Sat, May 16, 2020
    West Coast coach Adam Simpson says the Eagles couldn't justify relocating to Victoria and giving Melbourne-based teams an advantage for the AFL season restart.
  • Fri, May 15, 2020
    AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has urged players to be on their best behaviour and respect "over and above" health protocols ahead of the league's June 11 restart.
  • Fri, May 15, 2020
    Players from the AFL's four hub clubs are being praised for embracing being placed in quarantine on the Gold Coast in order for the AFL season to resume.
  • Fri, May 15, 2020
    West Coast want a run of home games later in the AFL season to make up for having to restart the 2020 campaign with a succession of matches interstate.
  • Fri, May 15, 2020
    Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan fears increased injury rates when the season returns and believes expanded interchange benches could help limit the risk.
  • Fri, May 15, 2020
    AFLPA chief executive Paul Marsh says the AFL covering the costs of players bringing families into hubs was crucial to getting them to temporarily relocate.
  • Fri, May 15, 2020
    AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has conceded this year's grand final could be played away from the MCG if the coronavirus-affected season runs longer than planned.
  • Fri, May 15, 2020
    Gold Coast know what it's like to be on the road, so will relish the chance to play host to four other AFL clubs as the season's return looms large.
  • Fri, May 15, 2020
    Richmond are searching for a new AFLW coach after parting ways with Tom Hunter on the back of a winless debut season in 2020.
  • Thu, May 14, 2020
    Players at the four AFL clubs set for temporary relocation when the 2020 season restarts will be allowed to take their families into hubs with them.
  • Thu, May 14, 2020
    Port Adelaide's preference is to relocate to a Queensland hub after South Australian health officials rejected travel exemptions for the state's two AFL clubs.
  • Wed, May 13, 2020
    Brisbane captain Dayne Zorko was back at the Gabba on Wednesday as the Lions and Queensland counterparts Gold Coast complied with the 'no, jab, no play' policy.
  • Wed, May 13, 2020
    AFL Players Association president Patrick Dangerfield has no problem dealing with strict social gathering restrictions if it means the competition resumes.
  • Wed, May 13, 2020
    The AFL and South Australia's government are continuing negotiations over travel exemptions for Port Adelaide and the Adelaide Crows when games resume.
  • Wed, May 13, 2020
    Adelaide and Port Adelaide may have to relocate for the AFL season restart after SA health officials reportedly refused to grant travel and training exemptions.
  • Tue, May 12, 2020
    Players who miss selection in their AFL team might still be able to play each week with the league looking into organising scratch matches for clubs.
  • Tue, May 12, 2020
    Every AFL player must undergo a coronavirus test before clubs are cleared to resume training in full squads with an eye towards restarting the season.
  • Tue, May 12, 2020
    Max Gawn says disjointed training programs during shutdown could see injury rates increase when the AFL returns, if players have not adequately prepared.
  • Tue, May 12, 2020
    The SANFL won't feature the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide Magpies teams this season because of AFL coronavirus protocols.
  • Mon, May 11, 2020
    The AFL has given 16 Adelaide players suspended one-match bans and stood down assistant coach Ben Hart for six weeks for breaching coronavirus protocols.
  • Mon, May 11, 2020
    Sydney could be boosted by the return of key forwards Lance Franklin and Sam Reid, who are both recovering from knee surgery, when the AFL season resumes.
  • Mon, May 11, 2020
    As the AFL plans for its season restart, Eagles coach Adam Simpson has hinted West Coast could be prepared to start training without some quarantined players.
  • Sun, May 10, 2020
    Gold Coast Suns chief executive Mark Evans says his club is eager to fulfil its commitment to playing an AFL match in the Northern Territory this year.
  • Sun, May 10, 2020
    SANFL players, coaches and umpires will work without payment in 2020 under a plan designed to ensure the league and its clubs survive the financial crisis.
  • Sun, May 10, 2020
    Carlton's Sam Petrevski-Seton made the tough call to stay in Melbourne during the AFL shutdown, rather than return to his remote home town of Halls Creek.
  • Sun, May 10, 2020
    Port Adelaide assistant Jarrad Schofield has thrown his weight behind calls for local derbies to feature at the start of the AFL season's resumption.
  • Sat, May 09, 2020
    The AFL is preparing to release its return-to-play plan and Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett expects it will include a full fixture for the reworked 2020 season.
  • Fri, May 08, 2020
    The Adelaide Crows are waiting to learn details of their penalty after admitting they broke AFL protocols when a group of 16 players trained together.
  • Fri, May 08, 2020
    The AFL will not implement a mandatory league-wide policy regarding the flu shot and will leave decisions on the vaccination up to players and club doctors.
  • Fri, May 08, 2020
    As some footballers struggle to find purpose without AFL, Richmond premiership defender David Astbury has been relishing the opportunity to connect with family.
  • Thu, May 07, 2020
    The AFL and Adelaide are investigating after a group of Crows players in quarantine in the Barossa Valley allegedly breached the league's training protocols.
  • Thu, May 07, 2020
    Hawthorn are determined to push ahead with AFL games in Tasmania this year despite the state premier insisting matches should not be held without crowds.
  • Thu, May 07, 2020
    South Australia and Western Australia's clubs could resume the AFL season with long runs of interstate games because of the two states' border restrictions.
  • Thu, May 07, 2020
    Jake Riccardi and Tom Hutchesson, both drafted by GWS as mature-age recruits, believe the importance of state leagues to the AFL can't be underestimated.
  • Wed, May 06, 2020
    Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan says his state won't ease border restrictions and has urged the AFL to push ahead with hubs to resume its season.
  • Tue, May 05, 2020
    Geelong coach Chris Scott says all clubs will need to adjust their training programs on the run in the lead-up to the restart of the AFL season.
  • Mon, May 04, 2020
    Port Adelaide midfielder Travis Boak has called for greater fixture equality, believing Richmond's golden MCG run to finish the 2019 AFL season is a "bit out".
  • Mon, May 04, 2020
    Private ownership has reared its head during the COVID-19 shutdown of the AFL but the model is unlikely in a league where it has been tried and failed before.
  • Sun, May 03, 2020
    Port Adelaide midfielder Tom Rockliff understands the AFL's stance around group training but still believes the league has a tendency to favour Victorian clubs.
  • Sun, May 03, 2020
    The prospect of the AFL employing some form of isolation hub remains an option for the league to restart the premiership season after the COVID-19 shutdown.
  • Sat, May 02, 2020
    The Northern Territory's proposal to host games with crowds this year has given AFL boss Gillon McLachlan hope that spectators could be back in 2020.
  • Sat, May 02, 2020
    The Sydney Swans three interstate recruits barely had time to get used to the Harbour City and celebrate a first-round win before hitting the road again.
  • Fri, May 01, 2020
    Patrick Dangerfield has made no secret of his desperation to win an AFL premiership and says for him the 2020 flag is as legitimate as any other.
  • Fri, May 01, 2020
    The AFL will weigh up recommendations from Friday's national cabinet meeting to decide how the league restarts amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Fri, May 01, 2020
    The AFL could yet welcome crowds back in 2020 with the Northern Territory's chief minister offering to host games in the top end as COVID-19 restrictions ease.
  • Fri, May 01, 2020
    Gold Coast players haven't shown opposition to the AFL's isolation hub idea but Suns coach Stuart Dew admits everyone at the club is waiting for a formal plan.
2020 April
  • Thu, Apr 30, 2020
    Police will not take any action against Fremantle players who were filmed attending a party with COVID-19 restrictions in place, however two have been fined.
  • Wed, Apr 29, 2020
    Collingwood president Eddie McGuire believes unnecessary panic has been allowed to set-in around the AFL restart, slamming suggestions of a 20-week hub stay.
  • Wed, Apr 29, 2020
    Three Fremantle Dockers AFL players are under police investigation after allegedly breaking social distancing rules at a house party over the weekend.
  • Wed, Apr 29, 2020
    Punctured lungs, broken ribs and split kidneys were just part of the reason the 1989 grand final is considered the last of the truly brutal AFL/VFL deciders.
  • Wed, Apr 29, 2020
    Retired tennis pro Sam Groth has taken aim at AFL players who are unwilling to enter proposed hubs because over concerns about being away from their families.
  • Tue, Apr 28, 2020
    North Melbourne's Shaun Atley admits motivation has sometimes been lacking during the AFL shutdown, but his brothers have pushed him along at the family farm.
  • Tue, Apr 28, 2020
    Carlton teenager Madison Prespakis has claimed the AFLW's best-and-fairest after polling the maximum three votes in all but one of the Blues' 2020 games.
  • Tue, Apr 28, 2020
    A shift down back and an injury-free run helped Western Bulldogs young gun Isabel Huntington deliver a season that earned her the AFLW Rising Star award.
  • Tue, Apr 28, 2020
    A pair of genuine small forwards are looking to help GWS improve their problem area of not forcing enough turnovers, as the club strives for a maiden AFL flag.
  • Tue, Apr 28, 2020
    Being able to see family remains central to player negotiations with the AFL as the league attempts to resume the 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Tue, Apr 28, 2020
    Geelong coach Chris Scott and Richmond football boss Neil Balme have urged the AFL to carefully consider how deep cuts to the industry need to go next year.
  • Tue, Apr 28, 2020
    West Coast and Fremantle's plans to take advantage of relaxed coronavirus restrictions in WA have been stopped by the AFL following complaints from rival clubs.
  • Mon, Apr 27, 2020
    Eleven players have been chosen in the AFLW All-Australian team for the first time while Karen Paxman and Emma Kearney each earned record fourth selections.
  • Mon, Apr 27, 2020
    AFL Coaches Association chief Mark Brayshaw says development coaches will feel the brunt of cost-cutting at clubs in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Mon, Apr 27, 2020
    St Kilda's new cult hero Caitlin Greiser was one of 11 first-time selections in the 2020 AFLW All-Australian team after topping the league's goal-kicking chart.
  • Mon, Apr 27, 2020
    Brisbane CEO Greg Swann believes Queensland's southeast just makes sense as a hub to help the AFL resume the 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Mon, Apr 27, 2020
    Peter Gutwein says the AFL should reconsider its commitment to less profitable clubs amid dire financial circumstances during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Sun, Apr 26, 2020
    Premiership coach Damien Hardwick says AFL teams could prepare for a season reboot with as little as two weeks' full training under their belts.
  • Sun, Apr 26, 2020
    Port Adelaide chairman David Koch says Ken Hinkley has done a "great job" with the Power's list and expects the AFL senior coach to be at Alberton in 2021.
  • Sun, Apr 26, 2020
    John Worsfold wants to stay involved in the AFL beyond 2020 and is open to joining another club after he hands over the Essendon coaching reins to Ben Rutten.
  • Sat, Apr 25, 2020
    Several AFL coaches and football managers will help guide the AFL through a return to play and assess the future of footy departments and talent pathways.
  • Sat, Apr 25, 2020
    RSL national president Greg Melick hopes there will be more focus on the meaning of Anzac Day, rather than the sports fixtures now locked into the date.
  • Fri, Apr 24, 2020
    Suns CEO Mark Evans says that maintaining a national footprint for the AFL following the COVID-19 crisis will ensure survival for Gold Coast.
  • Fri, Apr 24, 2020
    The AFL's decision on how the 2020 season will restart has been put back to mid-May as it awaits further advice from relevant government and health authorities.
  • Fri, Apr 24, 2020
    Jasmine Garner is among the top picks to be named AFLW's best-and-fairest player after adding North Melbourne's top award to her growing trophy cabinet.
  • Fri, Apr 24, 2020
    GWS star Lachie Whitfield has been regularly having a kick with teammate Nick Haynes during the AFL shutdown, but also trained with two former teammates.
  • Fri, Apr 24, 2020
    Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir says forward Jesse Hogan will be ready to return to the Dockers following a mental health break once the AFL season resumes.
  • Thu, Apr 23, 2020
    AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan has floated quarantine hubs being set up in every state, declaring all options are being considered to restart the season.
  • Wed, Apr 22, 2020
    Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks says the Crows possibly should have released information about Tyson Stengle's drink-driving charge earlier than they did.
  • Wed, Apr 22, 2020
    AFL fixture boss Travis Auld says quarantine hubs could provide an opportunity to restart the season and there could be either one base or multiple hubs used.
  • Wed, Apr 22, 2020
    West Coast's Liam Duggan says AFL players are facing battles to keep their motivation levels high during the indefinite shutdown period.
  • Tue, Apr 21, 2020
    Adelaide forward Tyson Stengle will be unavailable for four AFL matches as part of the club's sanctions for his drink-driving incident.
  • Tue, Apr 21, 2020
    Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir believes current travel and quarantine restrictions will prevent players returning to training at their clubs any time soon.
  • Tue, Apr 21, 2020
    Young Carlton midfielder Sam Walsh has urged the AFL to resist calls to lift the minimum draft age from 18, saying most teenagers are ready to make the step up.
  • Mon, Apr 20, 2020
    Victoria's chief health officer says the AFL needs detailed plans about how it intends to play games amid the COVID-19 crisis before the season can restart.
  • Mon, Apr 20, 2020
    Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks says the AFL club is currently determining the sanctions forward Tyson Stengle will face for his drink driving incident.
  • Mon, Apr 20, 2020
    Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin hopes recruit Harley Bennell will be one of several players to benefit from the break created by the AFL season suspension.
  • Mon, Apr 20, 2020
    North Melbourne star Jasmine Garner has been rewarded for her stellar 2020 AFLW season by being named most valuable player by her peers.
  • Sun, Apr 19, 2020
    With coach David Parkin's job hanging by a thread after bombing out of the 1994 finals, a series of off-field changes led to the Blues' 16th premiership.
  • Sat, Apr 18, 2020
    Bailey Smith and Billy Gowers have been officially embroiled in Lachie Hunter's car accident, with police fining and warning the Western Bulldogs pair.
  • Sat, Apr 18, 2020
    With restrictions on mass gatherings unlikely to be lifted any time soon, community football leagues and clubs say they won't stage games without crowds.
  • Fri, Apr 17, 2020
    Carlton forward Charlie Curnow's AFL season is likely over after suffering a setback in his recovery from a serious knee injury.
  • Fri, Apr 17, 2020
    Adelaide forward Tyson Stengle faces penalties from the Crows and South Australia police after being caught drink-driving in an unregistered car.
  • Fri, Apr 17, 2020
    Western Bulldogs vice-captain Lachie Hunter is expected to face drink driving and traffic charges over collisions with parked cars in Melbourne.
  • Thu, Apr 16, 2020
    AFL chief Gillon McLachlan isn't planning to extend next year's premiership season to help recoup some of the losses incurred during the coronavirus shutdown.
  • Thu, Apr 16, 2020
    Injuries and the suspension of the competition means Sydney 2016 grand-final ruckman Sam Naismith is looking at playing just AFL one game in 1000 days
  • Thu, Apr 16, 2020
    AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan says the league is investigating whether it should lift the minimum draft age as the lottery faces changes this year.
  • Thu, Apr 16, 2020
    The Sydney Swans have abandoned plans to develop a new $70 million headquarters at Moore Park, which would have been shared with netball's NSW Swifts.
  • Thu, Apr 16, 2020
    AFL forward Paddy McCartin claims he's recovering from head injuries with St Kilda coach Brett Ratten open to redrafting the key forward.
  • Wed, Apr 15, 2020
    Fremantle was debt-free before COVID-19 shutdown the AFL season, now the Dockers will likely ask for financial help from the league amid the pandemic.
  • Wed, Apr 15, 2020
    Brisbane Lions captain Dayne Zorko says five day turnarounds will not be sustainable when the AFL returns from the coronavirus shutdown.
  • Wed, Apr 15, 2020
    Essendon great and former Bombers coach James Hird said he was surprised to see son Tom turn his back on his soccer ambitions to pursue an AFL career.
  • Wed, Apr 15, 2020
    Geelong coach Chris Scott has always been a fan of midweek AFL games and thinks "marquee games" every night during the season should be looked at.
  • Wed, Apr 15, 2020
    Victoria's Minister for Sport Martin Pakula says quarantine hubs are a practical way forward for sporting codes looking to restart their seasons.
  • Tue, Apr 14, 2020
    Port Adelaide chairman David Koch has been buoyed by recent progress in the fight against the spread of COVID-19, which could see the AFL season restart.
  • Tue, Apr 14, 2020
    He's played only one AFL game for GWS after just five matches for Adelaide last year, but ruckman Sam Jacobs isn't getting toey looking across to rugby league.
  • Tue, Apr 14, 2020
    Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge wants the minimum AFL draft age raised now while the coronavirus shutdown has provided a window in which to do so.
  • Tue, Apr 14, 2020
    Carlton recruit Jack Newnes has had to overcome an unexpected hurdle with the coronavirus pandemic limiting his ability to interact with his new AFL teammates.
  • Mon, Apr 13, 2020
    Former St Kilda forward Paddy McCartin says he is clear of concussion issues and is prepared to go anywhere to resume his AFL career.
  • Sun, Apr 12, 2020
    Carlton coach David Teague says AFL clubs have to trust that players are training through the competition shutdown because they aren't allowed to monitor them.
  • Sun, Apr 12, 2020
    Collingwood boss Mark Anderson says his AFL club hopes to honour current player contracts but the coronavirus crisis may impact this.
  • Sun, Apr 12, 2020
    Collingwood boss Mark Anderson is confident a "meaningful" AFL season will take place despite Victoria extending its coronavirus restrictions for another month.
  • Sun, Apr 12, 2020
    Sydney coach John Longmire, a long-time mental health advocate, says players at the AFL club are helping support each other in a time of much uncertainty.
  • Sat, Apr 11, 2020
    Gold Coast leader Touk Miller is making the most of the AFL shutdown period, which he believes could "make or break" teams before the 2020 season resumes.
  • Sat, Apr 11, 2020
    Geelong star Richelle Cranston has thrown herself into training since the AFLW season finished, but is concerned about the future of the competition.
  • Fri, Apr 10, 2020
    Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew has backed the AFL's cautious approach to resuming their competition despite the NRL's bold decision to re-launch next month.
  • Fri, Apr 10, 2020
    GWS recruits Tom Green, Lachie Ash and Jake Riccardi all moved to Sydney after the 2019 draft, now they're back at family homes amid the AFL shutdown.
  • Thu, Apr 09, 2020
    Essendon mentor John Worsfold will enjoy a run in the sunshine on Thursday after completing his two weeks at home in isolation under government orders.
  • Thu, Apr 09, 2020
    Melbourne defender Michael Hibberd has paid a moving tribute to his missing brother, Geoffrey, as the clubs wraps its arms around the Hibberd family.
  • Thu, Apr 09, 2020
    Conor McKenna is back home in Ireland amid the AFL season suspension and the Bombers speedster hopes to make that move permanent within the next two years.
  • Thu, Apr 09, 2020
    Melbourne are hopeful they will be able to resume AFL group training sessions on May 4 but are prepared to alter that plan according to government regulations.
  • Thu, Apr 09, 2020
    Former St Kilda defender Sam Gilbert has accepted a two-year ban for an anti-doping violation that occurred last year, after he had retired from the AFL.
  • Thu, Apr 09, 2020
    GWS are in ongoing talks with Giants Stadium management, but the AFL club expects the venue will be able to host games throughout October and November.
  • Wed, Apr 08, 2020
    Gold Coast vice-captain Touk Miller says Izak Rankine is back on track after a hamstring injury prevented the young star from making his AFL debut in round one.
  • Wed, Apr 08, 2020
    Sydney star Luke Parker, who has been busy training and doing renovation and volunteer work, is hoping the AFL's next update brings some sort of certainty.
  • Wed, Apr 08, 2020
    Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks says his club is asking the AFL to provide some direction on the future of the soft salary cap amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Wed, Apr 08, 2020
    Essendon coach John Worsfold is confident Conor McKenna will return from Ireland to play with the Bombers again when the AFL season is cleared to resume.
  • Tue, Apr 07, 2020
    Geelong star Patrick Dangerfield has described this year's disjointed AFL premiership battle as the "ultimate war of attrition" amid coronavirus restrictions.
  • Tue, Apr 07, 2020
    Sydney star Isaac Heeney believes the Swans can do something special if they can hang on to what he rates as an exciting and talented list of players.
  • Tue, Apr 07, 2020
    Women's football trailblazer Susan Alberti has no doubt the AFLW competition will survive the financial disaster brought on by the coronavirus shutdown.
  • Tue, Apr 07, 2020
    The AFL is considering playing round-robin matches in centralised quarantine hubs but Geelong star Patrick Dangerfield is not sure the plan is realistic.
  • Tue, Apr 07, 2020
    Players' Association boss Paul Marsh says clubs should think twice about cutting lists as the AFL ponder drastic changes to get the 2020 season back underway.
  • Tue, Apr 07, 2020
    Carlton coach David Teague is open to the idea of AFL quarantine hubs but believes the Blues would allow players to opt out if they weren't comfortable.
  • Tue, Apr 07, 2020
    David Teague says Carlton's decision to cut ties with Northern Blues is a sad reflection of the financial pressures AFL clubs are facing.
  • Mon, Apr 06, 2020
    The AFL is exploring the option of returning to action after the coronavirus shutdown with its 18 teams quarantined in up to four separate locations.
  • Mon, Apr 06, 2020
    AFLW players have expressed fears for the future of the competition as the AFL attempts to navigate its way through an unprecedented financial crisis.
  • Sun, Apr 05, 2020
    Veteran Essendon AFL defender Michael Hurley has put his hand in his own pocket to help out a Bombers fan who had been struggling to pay her membership.
  • Sun, Apr 05, 2020
    Geelong superstar and AFL Players' Union president Patrick Dangerfield isn't sure about shortened quarters or reduced player lists, saying nothing's decided.
  • Sat, Apr 04, 2020
    Dayne Beams worries the coronavirus pandemic will further contribute to mental health issues in the AFL and wider society but is finding peace outside the game.
  • Sat, Apr 04, 2020
    AFL powerhouse Richmond faces the prospect of losing many of its competitive advantages under tighter financial controls to be enforced by league headquarters.
  • Fri, Apr 03, 2020
    AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan and the game's administrators face a series of big decisions in the coming weeks as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
  • Fri, Apr 03, 2020
    AFL boss Gillon McLachlan says the governing body will work with lower levels of the game in an attempt to steer them through the financial crisis.
  • Fri, Apr 03, 2020
    AFL whistleblowers will take a 50 per cent pay cut until the end of May, rising to 70 per cent if the competition's shutdown is extended.
  • Fri, Apr 03, 2020
    Western Bulldogs AFLW coach Nathan Burke has pleaded with the AFL to make sure the national women's competition thrives beyond the coronavirus crisis.
  • Thu, Apr 02, 2020
    The AFL's return date could yet be pushed past June 1 but chief executive Gillon McLachlan is adamant a 17-round season could still be completed this year.
  • Thu, Apr 02, 2020
    AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan says club members are entitled to ask for refunds as the season is suspended due to COVID-19.
  • Thu, Apr 02, 2020
    AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan says he is committed to ensuring all 18 clubs survive the coronavirus crisis and remain in their current locations.
  • Thu, Apr 02, 2020
    Former AFL No.1 draft pick Paddy McCartin is reportedly free of symptoms relating to repeated concussions, sparking hope he could make a return with St Kilda.
  • Wed, Apr 01, 2020
    AFL clubs have reportedly applied for the Federal Government's JobKeeper package in the face of massive financial pressure caused by the coronavirus shutdown.
  • Wed, Apr 01, 2020
    Richmond are excited by the prospect of seeing gun midfielder Monique Conti in full flight when AFLW returns on the other side of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Wed, Apr 01, 2020
    West Coast board member and long-time fan Justin Langer has revealed the message he delivered to players on the eve of the 2020 AFL season.
  • Wed, Apr 01, 2020
    St Kilda is on board with the push for AFL matches to be played at Melbourne's suburban venues to work around an impending clash with cricket.
2020 March
  • Tue, Mar 31, 2020
    AFL boss Gillon McLachlan and Cricket Australia counterpart Kevin Roberts have little interest in start a turf war as uncertainty continues to cloud 2020.
  • Tue, Mar 31, 2020
    Carlton director of high performance Andrew Russell says AFL clubs will need to have access to substitute players during games to manage the extra workload.
  • Tue, Mar 31, 2020
    Carlton remain unsure exactly when AFL forward Charlie Curnow will fully recover from multiple injuries to the same knee but are happy with his recent progress.
  • Tue, Mar 31, 2020
    North Melbourne boss Ben Buckley has fired back at suggestions that several AFL clubs want the Kangaroos to shift to Tasmania in the current financial crisis.
  • Mon, Mar 30, 2020
    The AFL has secured a lifeline from banks which will allow it to continue operating through the coronavirus crisis and potentially save clubs from extinction.
  • Mon, Mar 30, 2020
    Port Adelaide's chief executive Keith Thomas admits the Port Magpies - South Australia's most successful Australian rules team - may not survive beyond 2020.
  • Sat, Mar 28, 2020
    AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan says the league must be agile and flexible in its thinking, including the timing and venue for this season's grand final.
  • Sat, Mar 28, 2020
    A week of tense negotiations between the AFL and the AFLPA has resulted in a new pay deal aimed at ensuring all 18 clubs survive the coronavirus shutdown.
  • Fri, Mar 27, 2020
    Fremantle captain Kara Antonio has told of the pain she felt upon realising the Dockers' AFLW premiership dream had been ripped away from them this year.
  • Fri, Mar 27, 2020
    Brisbane chief executive Greg Swann says cutting 75 Lions staff members as a result of the COVID-19-forced AFL shutdown was the worst day of his working life.
  • Thu, Mar 26, 2020
    Key AFL figures including playing and coaching legend Malcolm Blight believe clubs will never be the same as they were before the coronavirus shutdown.
  • Thu, Mar 26, 2020
    Carlton have ended their alignment with the Northern Blues, effectively meaning the VFL club originally known as Preston will fold after 138 years.
  • Thu, Mar 26, 2020
    Geelong coach Chris Scott says Mark Blicavs realises he made a grave mistake in having a group of teammates over to his house amidst the coronavirus crisis.
  • Thu, Mar 26, 2020
    Hawthorn remain hopeful of fulfilling their obligations in Tasmania this year despite the AFL competition being put on hold because of coronavirus.
  • Thu, Mar 26, 2020
    North Melbourne recruit Josh Walker has been cleared of major damage after a horrific fall during his side's opening round AFL win over St Kilda last Sunday.
  • Thu, Mar 26, 2020
    AFL legend Leigh Matthews has led a chorus of criticism of current players during the ongoing pay dispute, which Geelong coach Chris Scott says has been unfair.
  • Sun, Mar 22, 2020
    Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says football has to take a back seat during the coronavirus pandemic after the AFL's decision to suspend games until June.
  • Sun, Mar 22, 2020
    Geelong coach Chris Scott has criticised the AFL in the past but he says now is the time for him and everyone involved in the sport to fall in line.
  • Sun, Mar 22, 2020
    Goal celebrations were notably muted during West Coast's victory over Melbourne after the AFL announced it would go on break until at least June.
  • Sun, Mar 22, 2020
    GWS coach Leon Cameron says Lachie Ash and others are in the mix for a call-up should Adam Kennedy be an enforced omission come round two of the AFL season.
  • Sun, Mar 22, 2020
    Hawthorn won their round-one contest against Brisbane by 28 points as the AFL announced mid-game that the competition would be suspended until at least June.
  • Sun, Mar 22, 2020
    Gillon McLachlan has revealed the AFL had considered awarding the AFLW premiership to one of the four teams still in contention after cancelling the season.
  • Sun, Mar 22, 2020
    Despite an impressive 47-point win over Gold Coast in their AFL season opener, Port Adelaide will head back to South Australia nursing some key injuries.
  • Sun, Mar 22, 2020
    North Melbourne have kicked six goals to one in the second half despite being down to one man on the bench to overrun St Kilda in a two-point AFL thriller.
  • Sat, Mar 21, 2020
    Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has raised concerns over some of the limits put on players by the AFL during the coronavirus crisis.
  • Sat, Mar 21, 2020
    North Melbourne coach Scott Gowans wants an AFLW premier to be crowned even if the season is unable to be completed amid the coronavirus crisis.
  • Sat, Mar 21, 2020
    Touted as big AFL improvers this year, St Kilda and North Melbourne will face off in round one at Marvel Stadium with hyped recruits and fresh coaches.
  • Sat, Mar 21, 2020
    Port Adelaide have made a convincing start to the AFL season, defeating Gold Coast by 47 points at Metricon Stadium, but the Power have several injury concerns.
  • Sat, Mar 21, 2020
    Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley believes shorter quarters this AFL season will create a more contested game that will play right into his side's hands.
  • Sat, Mar 21, 2020
    Toby Greene and Harry Perryman have kicked four goals each to help GWS record a 32-point win over Geelong in round one of the AFL season.
  • Fri, Mar 20, 2020
    Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer will miss four months, with the Blues confirming he will need surgery after fracturing his foot in the AFL season opener.
  • Fri, Mar 20, 2020
    The lack of an atmosphere at the MCG didn't stop the AFL's best season opening crowds for four years from tuning in, but the NRL lacked the same success.
  • Fri, Mar 20, 2020
    North Melbourne's Majak Daw will play his first AFL game since 2018, completing a fairytale comeback from career-threatening hip and pelvic injuries.
  • Fri, Mar 20, 2020
    Carlton's Joanne Doonan is leaving Melbourne for Ireland ahead of the AFLW finals amid fears she won't be able to return home later due to the coronavirus.
  • Fri, Mar 20, 2020
    All-Australian ruckman Brodie Grundy dominated as Collingwood posted an impressive 52-point win over the Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium on Friday night.
  • Fri, Mar 20, 2020
    Fremantle will start as hot favourites in their AFLW finals clash with Gold Coast on Saturday, but skipper Kara Antonio isn't taking the Suns lightly.
  • Thu, Mar 19, 2020
    As the AFL braces for a financial hit from the coronavirus crisis, AFLPA boss Paul Marsh believes players have the "whole industry on their shoulders".
  • Thu, Mar 19, 2020
    Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says federal Health Minister Greg Hunt "won the day" in convincing the AFL to play amid the coronavirus crisis.
  • Thu, Mar 19, 2020
    Gold Coast have never made finals during their nine seasons in the AFL, but the Suns' women's team has qualified for the post-season after just one.
  • Thu, Mar 19, 2020
    Sydney co-captain Dane Rampe says flying together on a charter flight and other COVID-19 precautions can help his team bond during this unique AFL season.
  • Wed, Mar 18, 2020
    An AFL season that "will not look like any other" will start on time when Richmond host Carlton at the MCG on Thursday night in a coronavirus-affected schedule.
  • Wed, Mar 18, 2020
    The AFLW's last two rounds will not be played, with the competition going straight into finals mode this weekend amid the coronavirus crisis.
  • Wed, Mar 18, 2020
    The AFL is set to make a definitive call on Wednesday about whether round one of the 2020 season will go ahead amid the coronavirus crisis.
  • Wed, Mar 18, 2020
    Carlton coach David Teague says recruits Jack Martin and Jack Newnes will debut for the Blues if their AFL season-opener against Richmond goes ahead.
  • Wed, Mar 18, 2020
    Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says Tyler Brown will make his AFL debut in round one against the Western Bulldogs if the match goes ahead.
  • Tue, Mar 17, 2020
    Essendon coach John Worsfold expects Tom Bellchambers, Jake Stringer and Conor McKenna to be in the frame to play against Fremantle in round one.
  • Tue, Mar 17, 2020
    Tigers AFLW captain Katie Brennan is all but certain to miss the last two games of the regular season as she continues to suffer from concussion symptoms.
  • Tue, Mar 17, 2020
    Brisbane chief executive Greg Swann says playing all their AFL home matches behind closed doors in 2020 would cost the Lions up to $5 million.
  • Mon, Mar 16, 2020
    The AFL's 2020 season will be cut from 23 rounds to 17, but Thursday's kick-off remains in doubt and pay cuts loom as the sport contends with the coronavirus.
  • Mon, Mar 16, 2020
    Travis Boak has signed on for two more seasons at Port Adelaide, joining teammate Robbie Gray in shunning AFL free agency to remain at Alberton beyond 2020.
  • Mon, Mar 16, 2020
    Sydney will be without Lance Franklin for their first two AFL games while Sam Reid is also in doubt for this week's clash with Adelaide.
  • Mon, Mar 16, 2020
    Taylor Adams and Jaidyn Stephenson have been given the green light to play in their AFL round one fixture against Western Bulldogs.
  • Mon, Mar 16, 2020
    Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley expects more AFL players to be tested for coronavirus after Magpies captain Scott Pendlebury experienced cold symptoms.
  • Mon, Mar 16, 2020
    The AFL has put all state leagues and elite talent programs on hold until at least May 31 as questions remain over the 2020 season amid the coronavirus crisis.
  • Mon, Mar 16, 2020
    Dual Richmond premiership coach Damien Hardwick is keen to get the Tigers' AFL flag defence up and running against Carlton at the MCG on Thursday.
  • Sun, Mar 15, 2020
    Fremantle have avoided an AFLW boilover, coming back from 17 points down against the Western Bulldogs to secure top spot in Conference B.
  • Sun, Mar 15, 2020
    GWS have hit new heights to beat reigning premiers Adelaide by five points in the AFLW clash at Richmond Oval, putting the Giants in line to play finals footy.
  • Sun, Mar 15, 2020
    West Coast have won the inside-50m count 29-26, but they have managed just one goal for the match in their 25-point AFLW loss to Gold Coast in Perth.
  • Sat, Mar 14, 2020
    Carlton have stormed home to beat Melbourne by 16 points in their AFLW clash in Alice Springs, the Blues recording their fourth win in a row.
  • Sat, Mar 14, 2020
    Eddie Betts will miss his first AFL game back at Carlton after injuring his calf at Blues training, ruling him out of the season-opener against Richmond.
  • Sat, Mar 14, 2020
    Richmond have kicked the lowest score in AFLW history, with star forward Caitlin Greiser kicking three goals for St Kilda in their 39-point win at Moorabbin.
  • Fri, Mar 13, 2020
    Fans will be locked out of AFL games as part of the league's measures to combat the spread of coronavirus.
  • Thu, Mar 12, 2020
    Amid concerns over the coronavirus, the AFL has taken precautions to limit the amount of interactions between the media and AFL and AFLW players and coaches.
  • Thu, Mar 12, 2020
    AFL Players' Association president Patrick Dangerfield hopes round one will go ahead as planned but is bracing for it to be delayed or played in empty stadiums.
  • Thu, Mar 12, 2020
    Melbourne have made no secret of their desire to make amends for a horror 2019 AFL season, and now the Demons get the chance to walk the walk.
  • Wed, Mar 11, 2020
    Brisbane hope to capitalise on their breakout 2019 season by eclipsing their own membership record before the Lions' AFL home opener at the Gabba this month.
  • Wed, Mar 11, 2020
    Injured midfielder Lin Jong hopes to return to action during the first half of the AFL season but faces a fight for a spot in the Western Bulldogs' engine room.
  • Wed, Mar 11, 2020
    David Swallow expects Gold Coast's next wave of bright young talent to commit to the club long-term if the struggling Suns can start winning more AFL games.
  • Tue, Mar 10, 2020
    AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan says the league is preparing to play games without fans present as part of the fight to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Tue, Mar 10, 2020
    Western Bulldogs wingman Will Hayes will miss the opening round AFL clash with Collingwood after receiving a one-week suspension for rough conduct.
  • Tue, Mar 10, 2020
    The 18 AFL club captains have voted for the teams they see as their biggest competition in 2020 and players they think will take out the end-of-season awards.
  • Tue, Mar 10, 2020
    Fremantle's Sam Switkowski was tested for the coronavirus after coming into contact with a friend who had been in China, but he has since been cleared..
  • Tue, Mar 10, 2020
    Jack Darling has recovered from a fractured cheekbone and will play on Friday in West Coast's final intra-club match before round one of the AFL season.
  • Mon, Mar 09, 2020
    Western Bulldogs winger Will Hayes has been suspended for the AFL's opening round while, in the AFLW, Richmond's Laura McClelland has received a two-match ban.
  • Mon, Mar 09, 2020
    Despite half of their 2016 premiership side having left the club, the Western Bulldogs have revitalised their list to again be in AFL flag contention.
  • Mon, Mar 09, 2020
    New Giants captain Stephen Coniglio has replaced Melbourne defender Steven May on the AFL's Competition Committee for the upcoming season.
  • Sun, Mar 08, 2020
    West Coast have some work to do before the AFL's opening round after suffering a shock one-point pre-season loss to an injury-depleted Fremantle outfit.
  • Sun, Mar 08, 2020
    A devastating first quarter has earned Fremantle victory over Brisbane to leave the Dockers top of AFLW Conference B with the comp's only 100 per cent record.
  • Sun, Mar 08, 2020
    Super versatile Chloe Molloy has proven the match-winner for Collingwood in their 32-point AFLW thumping of the Western Bulldogs.
  • Sun, Mar 08, 2020
    St Kilda's trade period recruits put in strong performances to lead the way in an 11-point win over Collingwood in the sides' final AFL pre-season match.
  • Sat, Mar 07, 2020
    North Melbourne have beaten Adelaide by 42 points in a one-sided AFLW match at North Hobart Oval, with Kaitlyn Ashmore kicking four goals.
  • Fri, Mar 06, 2020
    An injury-hit Fremantle will be forced to confront a West Coast midfield unit brimming with talent when the two sides lock horns in an AFL trial on Saturday.
  • Fri, Mar 06, 2020
    A heavy influx of new recruits and players returning from injury makes St Kilda an unpredictable proposition in Brett Ratten's first full year in charge.
  • Thu, Mar 05, 2020
    The AFL has fined Geelong $40,000 for breaching the Total Player Payment rules through an "inadvertent administrative error" repeated over eight years.
  • Thu, Mar 05, 2020
    Mitch McGovern has been given the green light to return in Carlton's final preseason match, against Brisbane at Ikon Park on Sunday.


2020 April
  • Fri, Apr 24, 2020
    The prime minister has announced a national framework to help state governments decide when Australia's sporting codes can return from the coronavirus shutdown.