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Russell Bennett is a sports desk editor at The Age.

AFL round 18 key takeouts and match review news
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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

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Blues weigh up shock McGovern return; Hurley’s footy comeback; Hodge wary of the ‘Clarko Show’
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Blues weigh up shock McGovern return; Hurley’s footy comeback; Hodge wary of the ‘Clarko Show’

Mitch McGovern is in line for a shock early AFL return; Luke Hodge has delivered a warning to North Melbourne about Alastair Clarkson; and Michael Hurley is on the verge of a comeback through the VFL.

  • by Jon Pierik, Peter Ryan, Andrew Wu and Russell Bennett
AFL round 16 key takeouts and match review news
Analysis

AFL round 16 key takeouts and match review news

Our reporters give you the lowdown on all the action from round 16 of the AFL season.

  • by Jon Pierik, Peter Ryan, Andrew Stafford, Steve Barrett, Damien Ractliffe and Russell Bennett
Hird rules out coaching role; former Gaelic star boots Giants to victory

Hird rules out coaching role; former Gaelic star boots Giants to victory

While the Giants proved too strong for the Hawks in the Sydney wet, former Bombers coach - and current GWS assistant - James Hird ruled out a run at their senior coaching role.

  • by Martin Pegan and Russell Bennett
Stewart clash raises questions about concussion message; Saints back Ratten; Daw retires
AFL Briefing

Stewart clash raises questions about concussion message; Saints back Ratten; Daw retires

Veteran player agent Peter Jess has questioned whether the threat of life-altering brain trauma is getting through to AFL players, Simon Lethlean says the Saints are pushing ahead with talks on new deal for coach Brett Ratten, and Majak Daw calls time.

  • by Jon Pierik, Nell Geraets and Russell Bennett
Dangerfield to miss Tigers blockbuster; emotional Archer learns of son’s North debut
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Dangerfield to miss Tigers blockbuster; emotional Archer learns of son’s North debut

Patrick Dangerfield won’t return to face Richmond in a crunch round 15, while Tim English has signed a contract extension with the Western Bulldogs.

  • by Andrew Wu, Nell Geraets, Damien Ractliffe and Russell Bennett
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Loving, genuine, loyal: The proud Gunaikurnai woman who is a ‘footy mum’ to AFL stars

Loving, genuine, loyal: The proud Gunaikurnai woman who is a ‘footy mum’ to AFL stars

From Dyson Heppell and Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, to David Rodan and Beau Vernon, Bobbie Lee Blay’s influence has been felt by footballers at all levels.

  • by Russell Bennett
‘Ready for life beyond football’: Essendon cult figure Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti retires
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‘Ready for life beyond football’: Essendon cult figure Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti retires

Essendon forward Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti has retired, declaring he is at peace with the decision.

  • by Jon Pierik and Russell Bennett
‘The AFL has some responsibility’: Author says dissent crackdown misses the point

‘The AFL has some responsibility’: Author says dissent crackdown misses the point

A community umpire has described the anxiety she suffers stemming from vitriolic and sexist abuse from spectators over the boundary fence, as the AFL explained its decision not to release a report into the issue.

  • by Russell Bennett and Lachlan Abbott
As it happened AFL 2022 Round 6: Jack Ginnivan wins the Anzac Medal as Magpies beat Bombers on Anzac Day

As it happened AFL 2022 Round 6: Jack Ginnivan wins the Anzac Medal as Magpies beat Bombers on Anzac Day

Follow along as we cover the major moments and post-game reaction as Collingwood takes on Essendon in their annual Anzac Day game at the MCG.

  • by Roy Ward, Damien Ractliffe and Russell Bennett
‘Zero competitive fire’: NBA great slams Simmons over play-off absence

‘Zero competitive fire’: NBA great slams Simmons over play-off absence

Ben Simmons’ continued absence from the Brooklyn Nets’ line-up as they struggle to keep their heads above water in the NBA play-offs has drawn the ire of some of the biggest names in basketball.

  • by Russell Bennett