AFL Opinion

Jack out of the box

Tuesday August 14, 2012 by  

Jack Ziebell returns this weekend from one of the most controversial suspensions in recent years. Should he change the way he plays? Nick Mockford looks into it further.

It’s been a crazy weekend of football. Again.

The Selwood antics, which most certainly were deliberate, and a pesky football that continued to cross the boundary line, perhaps not quite as deliberately. There were a couple of phenomenal performances from young Brownlow Medallists-in-waiting, several outstanding games borne out of high finals stakes, and another controversial press conference from a Scott twin. Read more

Roughead paves way for Ruck future

Thursday May 26, 2011 by  

Hawthorn’s stocks are on the rise, and as Jason Rumble reports, they have a dilemma ahead with Jarryd Roughead starring in the role while David Hale is out injured.

Hawthorn’s forward, turned ruckman, Jarryd Roughead has a new found confidence, giving relief to the Hawks problem with their current big man stocks.

The past three weeks has seen Roughead battle a couple of quality big men, in Port Adelaide’s Dean Brogan and formidable Shane Mumford, of Sydney. Read more

Bomber’s grand plan

Sunday October 4, 2009 by  

Geelong’s victory over St Kilda in the 2009 AFL Grand Final confirmed the Cats as one of the greatest teams of all – a deserved mantle considering the dominance the side had displayed since 2007.

But the Cats very nearly ran out of lives on the way to 2009’s Holy Grail: a poor finish to the home-and-away season – by their own lofty standards – and question marks hanging over the fitness of a host of key players entering the finals had Geelong thrust into the unaccustomed role of underdog.

The Cats only lost four games all season; but 2009 would prove to be by far Geelong’s toughest test since the horror 2006 season when all that could go wrong, did go wrong. However, as history will forever show, the Cats rose above all to claim the Cup – a success that in part should be attributed to Bomber’s grand plan: a plan that began in Round 15 with a trip north to Brisbane. Read more