Geelong coach Chris Scott wants all Cats home games at Kardinia Park

“And I don’t think, per se, that’s an integrity or a fairness issue. It’s what we’ve always had as a best-fit policy.” Scott took umbrage at McLachlan’s attempt to portray the MCG as the Cats’ second home ground, saying the club’s clear and stated preference was to play all of their home matches in Geelong. “This is not really even a Geelong position; this just should be an industry-wide fact,” Scott told reporters on Thursday. Loading “There are 11 home games and there are 11 away games. “Every club should…

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Wayne Carey says Carlton forward Mitch McGovern risks flushing his potential down the toilet

While those are obvious examples of withstanding pain, the week-to-week grind of footy can sometimes be just as difficult to push through. Some don’t bat an eyelid, even now, in July, probably the toughest time of the year. There’d be countless players performing at a high level who’d be carrying niggles others simply couldn’t cope with. Plenty has been made of the ‘Danger Show’, but Patrick Dangerfield, like Joel Selwood and ScottPendlebury, is a prime example of a champion playing on under duress. Most of the time, we don’t even…

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Richmond coach Damien Hardwick wants the league to stop tinkering with the rules as Steve Hocking has tackling in his sights

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said the AFL should stop “tinkering with the rules” following football boss Steve Hocking’s comments around tackling. Hocking said the AFL is examining the issue of excessive tackling to reduce the number of collisions per game. He didn’t specify the number of tackles he would like to see per game, but said tackling had become a “feature” of the game and the league wanted to change that. Tigers coach Damien Hardwick said there should be less rules, not more.Credit:AAP But Hardwick hit back on Thursday, saying…

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Caretaker Brett Ratten casts calm figure in St Kilda audition

“It probably is,” Ratten responded when asked if this role was an audition. “I’ve been out of the senior coaching ranks for seven years. I didn’t want to get back into this way but I spoke to the club about it, to ‘Richo’ about it and he was pleased for me. “I thought I would take it on for six weeks and get back in the saddle.” If Carlton asked him to apply to be Brendon Bolton’s replacement, he would “consider it”, same with any other club, but otherwise he…

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Richmond youngster Jack Higgins’ brain bleed caused by ‘abnormality’

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has said Jack Higgins will leave hospital on Thursday and revealed the young forward’s brain bleed was a result of an “abnormality” he’s had since birth, not from head trauma. The 20-year-old won’t play football for the rest of the year after he was hospitalised on Tuesday night following headaches that began after his VFL match on Sunday. While the doctors examined the number of head knocks the player sustained during his career, Hardwick said the player’s neurosurgeon confirmed the brain bleed had no relation to…

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Alan Richardson’s sacking as St Kilda coach was 18 months in the making, according to Nick Riewoldt

“The more senior players would be aware of the noise and aware of the pressure and aware of the struggles. “I think it would have been eerie today (Wednesday), it would have been eerie.” Western Bulldogs legend Bob Murphy had four coaches sacked throughout his playing career and said each experience was different. Loading “The older you got, you felt it far more deeply,” Murphy said. “‘Plough’ [Terry Wallace] got dropped in my second year so there was no real relationship there but there was almost the shock, the shock…

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When will St Kilda part ways with coach Alan Richardson?

Essendon are in the eight after riding a wave of momentum and a couple of thrilling results, the latest a final-minute victory over North Melbourne thanks to a superb goal from Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti. The tests don’t stop for the Bombers, however, with a critical “eight-point game” against the Crows coming up at Adelaide Oval on Friday night. On The Age Real Footy Podcast this week, Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Caroline Wilson examine the state of play at Essendon and whether recent results will impact thinking about John Worsfold’s coaching…

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How your team’s draw is shaping up in the run to the finals

ST KILDARanking: -5.8 (the easiest draw) St Kilda have just come off a tough stretch that included Brisbane Lions, Richmond, a resurgent North Melbourne and Geelong at the Cats’ fortress down the highway. Unsurprisingly, the Saints have had a 1-5 run since they set off for China and a clash with Port Adelaide. The mid-season stretch of matches sealed Richardson’s fate. What will be a break-even result for Ratten? Maybe 3-3. Even though St Kilda’s draw is considered the best, the clashes against the teams around the same spot on the…

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Coleman Medal-bound Cameron out to add blue collar edge

Of the past 10 premiers, only one side has ranked outside the top three for scores from turnovers while the Giants sit in the bottom half since round 12 in this key measure. Cameron has taken his game to another level this year, narrowing the gap between his best and his worst. In previous seasons, it would not be uncommon for him to have little to no impact if he was not kicking goals but he can now find the ball up the ground. So well did Cameron start the…

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Lachie Neale hits back after being told AFL is a ‘man’s game’

Brisbane Lions midfielder Lachie Neale was bruised, scratched and poked in the eye in the first quarter of Sunday’s match against Port Adelaide. There were no visible symptoms at the time and Neale was criticised by former Hawthorn star turned commentator Dermott Brereton for asking to see the club doctor. Brereton said AFL was a “man’s game” and criticised Neale for seeking medical attention after experiencing blurred vision. “He’s a senior player. I’d like the blokes to say, ‘Hey I’m paying league football. It’s a man’s game. It’s hard, it’s tough.…

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