AFL News

Black back at Lions

Tuesday November 5, 2013 by  

One of the most decorated players in the Brisbane Lions’ long history, Simon Black, has confirmed that he will remain with the Club for the next two years as an Assistant Coach.

Black, who announced his retirement as a player less than two weeks ago, will now dip his toe into coaching under the guidance of new Senior Coach – and former premiership teammate – Justin Leppitsch.

Upon his retirement, Black became highly sought after by a number of rival clubs, which is no surprise given his intimate knowledge and incredible standing in the game. Read more

Pratt the final piece of the puzzle

Monday November 4, 2013 by  

The West Coast Eagles completed their coaching structure by today appointing former North Melbourne defender Daniel Pratt in a development role.

Pratt joins the coaching staff and replaces Adrian Hickmott who had been working as development coach with the defenders for the previous two years before last week being announced as a line coach with the senior team.

A hard-nosed defender, Pratt played 116 games for the Kangaroos – as well as three with Brisbane – but for the last two seasons has played with Hawthorn affiliate Box Hill, where he was captain in their 2013 premiership year. Read more

Lions sign McGuane

Monday November 4, 2013 by  

The Brisbane Lions today completed paperwork which will see former Richmond utility Luke McGuane join the Club as a delisted free agent.

McGuane, 26, will now return home to Queensland for the first time since he was originally drafted to the Tigers from Broadbeach with Pick No.36 at the 2004 AFL National Draft.

He has since played 105 senior AFL matches in nine seasons with the Tigers, most of which have been spent playing in defence. Read more

Exciting fixture looms – Eagles

Thursday October 31, 2013 by  

The West Coast Eagles are excited by the release of the AFL 2014 fixture today which will see the club open its season with a home game against the Western Bulldogs in a stand-alone game on Sunday, March 23.

The club is also delighted to get the opportunity to play at Adelaide Oval as elite football returns to one of the country’s traditional sporting arenas, as well as returning to Launceston where there is a strong local supporter base and to Metricon Stadium for the first time in club history.

“It’s a well-balanced fixture for us and we are looking forward to what the season presents,” West Coast Chief Executive Officer Trevor Nisbett said. Read more

Lions welcome 2014 fixture

Thursday October 31, 2013 by  

A new era at the Brisbane Lions will commence with a 2014 season-opening clash against Premiers Hawthorn in Tasmania and see the return of the Easter Thursday action at the Gabba.

With new Senior Coach Justin Leppitsch at the helm, the Lions’ travel away for Round One, before returning to the Gabba the following week for a home opener against Geelong on March 30.

Following the AFL’s release of the 2014 fixture, Lions’ highlights include: Read more

Hickmott steps up

Monday October 28, 2013 by  

The West Coast Eagles have appointed Adrian Hickmott as an assistant coach in 2014, focusing on the backline.

Hickmott, 41, who has been with the club for the last two years as a backline development coach, is the last appointment in a senior coaching structure to support new head coach Adam Simpson. He will join Brady Rawlings and Justin Longmuir in that capacity, along with structure, stoppages and innovations coach Don Pyke.

An outstanding team player, who racked up 183 matches with Geelong (50) and Carlton (133), he recognised towards the end of his playing career that he wanted to maintain an involvement in the game and he has been engaged in a coaching role since his playing retirement in 2003. Read more

Black calls time

Friday October 18, 2013 by  

Simon Black has called time on his illustrious 16-year playing career with the Brisbane Lions.

Black advised the Club late yesterday of his intention to retire after originally delaying his decision on his future following post-season surgery on his groins and knees.

“I still absolutely love the game and have the passion to compete, but I just wasn’t 100percent certain that my body could withstand the demands of another AFL season,” Black said. Read more

Graham returns to the nest

Friday October 11, 2013 by  

West Coast has today appointed past player Jaymie Graham as a development coach.

After two years working within the coaching structure of St Kilda under Scott Watters, Graham will be returning home to his native WA to take up a position at the Eagles.

Graham joins former teammate Adam Selwood in a development role, led by the highly-regarded Gavin Bell. Read more

Lions commit to Freeman

Monday October 7, 2013 by  

The Brisbane Lions are committed to using their fourth round selection at the 2013 AFL National Draft (currently Pick No.59 overall) on Queensland key position prospect Jonathan Freeman following a successful Father/Son and Academy bidding meeting.

Although the Lions had priority access to the 19-year-old due to his involvement in the Lions Academy, all other clubs were given the opportunity to bid for his services at the official bidding meeting at Etihad Stadium on Monday morning.

The Lions will use their fourth round selection – currently Pick No.59 overall – at next month’s National Draft on Freeman, after Adelaide bid their third round draft selection – Pick No.42 overall – for the 198cm forward. Read more

Simpson appointed Eagles senior coach

Thursday October 3, 2013 by  

The West Coast Eagles have appointed highly-regarded Hawthorn assistant coach Adam Simpson as its senior coach for the next three years after a thorough selection process.

Simpson, a champion midfielder at North Melbourne, has been an assistant coach at Hawthorn for the last four years and played a leading role in the Hawks winning the 2013 premiership.

As midfield and forwards coach, he worked closely with senior coach Alastair Clarkson, who endorsed the former North Melbourne captain as being ready for a senior role earlier this week. Read more