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AFL Changes – Round 6

BY MICHAEL RAMSAY NORTH Melbourne have sprung an AFL selection shock, dropping veterans Andrew Swallow and Lindsay Thomas for Saturday’s clash against Gold Coast. Former captain Swallow has faced scrutiny for his lacklustre form throughout the season, and there have been suggestions coach Brad Scott is looking to move him out of the...

Hogan out for Dees after father’s death

BY WARREN BARNSLEY & BEN McKAY Melbourne will allow forward Jesse Hogan all the time he needs away from the AFL after the death of his father. Tony Hogan passed away in Melbourne on Wednesday after a battle with cancer. The 22-year-old Demon has been given leave by his club as a result,...

Young Lion earns Rising Star nod

ERIC Hipwood’s three-goal performance in Brisbane’s 32-point loss to the Western Bulldogs has earned him the Rising Star nomination for Round 5. All of the tall forward’s goals came in the opening term before he suffered corked leg in the second quarter. He finished with 12 possessions in an encouraging effort. Originally from...

Match Review Panel – Round 5 (Part 1)

GREATER Western Sydney star Toby Greene is free to play in Friday night’s blockbuster clash with the Western Bulldogs in Canberra after the Match Review Panel deemed their was insufficient force behind his headbutt on Sydney’s Isaac Heeney. Greene was reported by umpire Curtis Deboy during the first quarter of the...

Hill blow for Dockers

SOME of the gloss has been taken off Fremantle’s thrilling one-point win over North Melbourne on Saturday night following news midfielder Stephen Hill will up to four weeks with a hamstring injury. Hill suffered the injury late in the final term of the Dockers third-straight victory. “Stephen had scans on Sunday and...

Power look into alleged hotel brawl

BY STEVE LARKIN PORT Adelaide utility Jackson Trengove has arrived at training with a black eye after allegedly being involved in a pub brawl. Port is investigating the incident on Saturday night and is awaiting video footage of a fight outside a hotel at beachside Glenelg. The AFL club is refusing to confirm the...

AFL Changes – Round 5 (Monday/Tuesday)

MELBOURNE has made four changes for Monday night’s ANZAC Day eve clash with Richmond at the MCG. Jesse Hogan returns from a two-week suspension, former Bomber Michael Hibberd will play his first game for the club, Tim Smith has been recalled, and Jay Kennedy-Harris will make first appearance of the season. They...

Final AFL Changes – Round 5

BY JASON PHELAN HAWTHORN have overlooked free agent signing Ty Vickery for their AFL clash with West Coast at the MCG. Vickery, who crossed from Richmond at the end of last season, struggled in his first three games for the Hawks before missing last week’s 86-point loss to Geelong with back tightness. The 26-year-old...

AFL Changes – Round 5

BY MICHAEL RAMSEY WEST Coast midfielder Sam Mitchell has been ruled out of facing Hawthorn in Sunday’s AFL clash at the MCG. The four-time premiership player initially feared he had broken his leg, when he injured his ankle last week against Sydney, but had been hopeful of recovering in time to face...

Demon fined for misleading AFL on gambling

BY JASON PHELAN Melbourne midfielder Jake Melksham has been fined for misleading AFL investigators conducting a gambling probe. Melksham was slapped with a $10,000 sanction after he was found to have given misleading answers to questions about his betting account. An investigation was launched after it appeared a third party had been using...