Kennedy back in running for Swans after hamstring hiatus
Decorated veteran Josh Kennedy could return to the Swans line-up as soon as this weekend after overcoming a career-threatening hamstring injury.
- by Malcolm Conn
Tigers stars to miss Dockers clash; St Kilda’s bitter blow; young AFLW gun suffers spinal injury
Richmond are playing it safe with hamstrung stars Martin and Lynch, Paddy Ryder could be done for the season; and Demon Eliza McNamara has had spinal surgery after a barbell accident at training.
- by Nell Geraets, Marnie Vinall and Jake Niall
Real Footy Podcast
‘Back in your box’: Why the Cats are so good
Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Sam McClure discuss Geelong, who flexed their muscles at the MCG in a clear indicator of what we can expect in September.
‘Incredible’: Chris Judd blown away by Nick Daicos’ stunning debut season
Two-time Brownlow medallist Chris Judd played one of the game’s greatest debut seasons, and even he is blown away by the staggering first-year campaign of Collingwood’s Nick Daicos.
- by Jon Pierik
AFL round 18 key takeouts and match review news
Our reporters give you the lowdown on all the action from round 18 of the AFL season.
- by Peter Ryan, Steve Barrett, Jon Pierik, Andrew Wu, Roy Ward, Marnie Vinall and Russell Bennett
‘There are a couple of recidivists’: Inside the AFL’s review bunker
In a dark, windowless hub inside Marvel Stadium, scoring, umpiring, medical and match reviews take place. On Saturday night, The Age went inside the AFL Review Centre to see exactly how it works.
- by Sam McClure
Sun starts to set on Gold Coast’s finals hopes, Dons too hot to handle
Essendon notched their fourth win in five games and broke the 100-point mark as they nudged Gold Coast further away from finals hopes.
- by Marnie Vinall
Brilliant Pickett bags six as Demons switch off the Power in the Alice
Kysaiah Pickett has unleashed a six-goal masterclass to inspire Melbourne to a 14-point victory over Port Adelaide in Alice Springs on Sunday.
- by Justin Chadwick
Four Points: Blicavs the utility, Blues’ hopes, battling Tigers, and the fast-rising Daicos
If footy cards still came with a stick of chewing gum and great exaggerated poses from players scooping up a ball one-handed or baulking a non-existent opponent then Mark Blicavs’ card would be appended with the position utility.
- by Michael Gleeson
Hurley’s long haul: After more than 660 days sidelined, Bomber’s comeback takes a key step
Essendon veteran Michael Hurley made his long-awaited return to football after nearly two years, taking to the field in Sunday’s VFL match against the Gold Coast Suns at Windy Hill.
- by Marnie Vinall
‘The way he plays is very dangerous’: Swans fans swooning over ‘The Chad’
Chad Warner’s finest performance yet came on Saturday night, as Sydney claimed another top-four scalp with a 17-point win over Fremantle.
- by Vince Rugari