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Crow Curtly calls it quits

ADELAIDE’S controversial AFL pre-season camp isn’t a factor in the sudden retirement of Curtly Hampton, Crows coach Don Pyke says. Hampton told his teammates on Wednesday he’s quitting the AFL, saying he’s lost motivation to continue after a string of injury setbacks. Hampton is understood to be among some of Adelaide’s indigenous...

Hibberd to miss Cats clash

MELBOURNE has suffered a big blow before their crucial AFL clash with Geelong on the weekend with star defender Michael Hibberd ruled out through injury. Hibberd hurt his quad at training on Wednesday morning with the Demons confirming he will miss their Saturday night match with the Cats at GMHBA Stadium. Melbourne...

Division over rule changes

LEADING AFL players and coaches are divided on proposed rule changes which Nathan Buckley fears would be a “blight” on the game. The AFL’s competition committee will meet next Wednesday and several ideas are in the mix, with the elimination of congestion around the ball a top priority. Momentum is building for...

AFL could dock team interchanges, runners

THE AFL’s proposed starting positions could also come with some radical new penalties. Rather than giving up free kicks, teams might be docked interchange rotations or the use of their runners. AFL football boss Steve Hocking remains vague on what new rules will be introduced later this year. The league’s competition committee will...

Break sidelines Sicily

HAWTHORN defender James Sicily’s AFL season could be over with scans revealing he has a broken wrist. The influential backman will miss the next six games after being injured in Hawthorn’s loss to Brisbane on Saturday. With only six matches remaining before the finals, any return this season by Sicily depends on...

Nic Nat’s worst fears confirmed

WEST Coast’s worst fears have been confirmed, with scans reportedly showing star ruckman Nic Naitanui has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Naitanui suffered the injury in innocuous fashion during the second quarter of Sunday’s win over Collingwood at the MCG. The 2012 All-Australian underwent scans on Monday morning,...

Gregson goes under the knife

GEELONG small forward Cory Gregson has undergone another bout of foot surgery and will miss the remainder of the 2018 season. Cats coach Chris Scott has confirmed the 21-year-old’s navicular has been operated on tonight, the fourth time he has gone under the knife since mid-2016. “Cory Gregson’s year’s over. He’s had surgery,”...

Straight to Tribunal for Docker

FREMANTLE defender Ryan Nyhuis has been referred directly to the AFL tribunal over his slam tackle which knocked out Port Adelaide star Robbie Gray. Gray was knocked unconscious and stretchered off early in the third quarter of Sunday’s game in Perth after being body slammed into the turf. Port players remonstrated angrily...

Gibbs to challenge fine at Tribunal

ADELAIDE midfielder Bryce Gibbs will head to the AFL tribunal to challenge his fine for rough conduct on Geelong’s Joel Selwood. Gibbs was fined $2000 for the off the ball incident in Thursday night’s game at Adelaide Oval and will front the tribunal on Tuesday night. Teammate Taylor Walker has accepted a...

Port pair injured in shock loss

STAR duo Paddy Ryder and Robbie Gray were struck down by injuries as Port Adelaide’s premiership hopes took a blow in the club’s nine-point loss to Fremantle at Optus Stadium on Sunday. Ryder injured his hip flexor during the second quarter of the shock 8.11 (59) to 7.8 (50) defeat and...