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‘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

Insight & Analysis

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.

Michael Gleeson
Michael Gleeson

Sports columnist

If not Clarkson, then North should consider a Lyon handover

If North can’t lure Alastair Clarkson, they should seriously consider appointing Ross Lyon for a short three-year stint, in the manner of Paul Roos at Melbourne, with the club identifying a younger coach for a handover in year two or three.

Jake Niall
Jake Niall

Chief football writer, The Age

‘A little bit of a 2016 feel’: Can a team outside the top four challenge for the flag this year?

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Sam McClure discuss how open the flag race is this season, Geelong showing their bona fides as contenders and the issues at Melbourne.


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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17: Jake Stringer of the Bombers celebrates kicking a goal during the round 18 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Gold Coast Suns at Marvel Stadium on July 17, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

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
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Breust, Hawks fly high to down the Eagles

Hawthorn continued their rebuild under new coach Sam Mitchell with a commanding win against West Coast at the MCG on Sunday.

  • by Bruce Matthews

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