AFL News

Ratten wary of hub health challenges

ST KILDA coach Brett Ratten has given tentative support to the AFL’s quarantine hub concept but says the Saints will respect the decision of any player who does not want to be part of it. The AFL has not yet finalised its plan to resume the season but is understood to be...

AFL to make season call in May

THE AFL will not settle on its plan for the resumption of the 2020 season until the middle of next month. Chief executive Gillon McLachlan told clubs on Friday the AFL would wait for updated advice from...

Shaw doing hard yards

RHYCE Shaw is going the extra mile to help guide his players through the AFL season shutdown with the North Melbourne coach completing the same fitness program as some of his charges. Shaw, who played the...

Docker happy with Melbourne hub

FREMANTLE coach Justin Longmuir has backed a Victorian push to host a quarantine hub in a bid to restart the AFL season. All states and territories are being considered by the AFL to set-up a hub to...

Hubs possible in all states: AFL

EVERY state remains a contender to host quarantine hubs when the AFL restarts, league boss Gillon McLachlan says. Hubs are almost certain to be a requirement if the AFL season resumes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with...

Dogs suspend Hunter

WESTERN Bulldogs have suspended Lachie Hunter for four AFL games and fined him $5000 over his alleged drink-driving incident, while he has stepped down from the club’s vice-captaincy and leadership group. Hunter, 25, allegedly crashed into...

Walsh backs draft age

FOR every Sam Walsh that slots into the AFL seamlessly, there are plenty of young draftees who take more time to reach that level in their development. But last year’s runaway Rising Star award winner sees...

Danger warming to hubs

AFL Players Association president Patrick Dangerfield says he’s coming around to the concept of quarantine hubs as a way to resume the 2020 season. The Geelong superstar initially vetoed the idea of hubs, which would see...

Garner named AFLPA MVP

NORTH Melbourne AFLW star Jasmine Garner has claimed the AFL Players’ Association most valuable player award as she continues to reap the benefits of her move into the midfield. The 25-year-old was an All-Australian forward in her...

Detailed restart plans needed

The AFL season can’t restart until it demonstrates how it intends to play games amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Victoria’s chief health officer says. Brett Sutton has been in regular discussions with AFL boss Gillon McLachlan but...

Dog fined for COVID-19 breach

WESTERN Bulldogs young gun Bailey Smith has been fined by police for breaching COVID-19 restrictions as the AFL club attempts to get to the bottom of vice- captain’s Lachie Hunter’s wild Thursday night. Teammate Billy Gowers was...