• North Geelong coach Daniel Kee. Picture: AL PACKER

    Lessons to be learned for North

    NORTH Geelong coach Daniel Kee has been around football long enough to know you can’t change the past. He also knows that if you don’t learn from it you are doomed...

  • Tom Limb (right) and Steve Owen lead Queenscliff off the ground following last year's Round 18 loss to Ocean Grove. Picture: AL PACKER

    Playing with freedom

    TOM Limb feels like a kid again. Free from the pressures of coaching, the Queenscliff great has attacked pre-season with the enthusiasm of a fresh-faced teenager. “I just love turning up...

  • Geelong Amateur coach Rowan McSparron is hoping to take his team to a third straight BFL flag. Picture: AL PACKER

    Quest for greatness

    IN the 45 seasons the BFL has been in existence there been five occasions of a club winning a hat-trick of premierships. Geelong Amateur would love to make that six in...

  • Developing Grovedale big man Lachie Headlam is expected to see more senior football in 2016. Picture: AL PACKER

    Coach backs big man to step up

    GROVEDALE coach Craig McCaughan has backed developing big man Lachie Headlam to play senior football in 2016. The former Geelong Supercats basketballer spent 2015 honing his craft in the Tigers reserves,...

  • Wade Chapman is back for a second stint as coach of Drysdale. . Picture: AL PACKER

    Hawks embrace challenging start

    AFTER a 2015 that reaped just five wins, being handed a fixture that features four of last year’s finalists to open the season would be considered daunting for most. But according...

  • North Geelong's Steve Richert at training last month. Picture: AL PACKER

    Richert ready to go one better

    FOR both team and individual, the post-mortem following any humiliating grand final defeat can be confronting. In fact, very few within the four walls of a football club are immune from...

  • Mitch Herbison leads from the front at South Barwon training. Picture: AL PACKER

    Herbie content back at South

    STAR South Barwon midfielder Mitch Herbison is embracing his new role as the Swans start to build what they hope will be another era of success. Herbison, who played 29 VFL...

  • Baden Dodd will have to wait until Round 7 to make his first appearance with Geelong Amateur on 2016. Picture: AL PACKER

    Suspended duo held back

    WITH their start to 2016 delayed as a result of suspensions from last year’s grand final win over Torquay, Geelong Amateur duo Baden Dodd and Kane Smith made a later start...

  • Is Anthony Klisby the man to fill the void left by Jamie Pitman? Picture: AL PACKER

    Magpies add key forward

    NORTH Geelong may have gone some of the way to filling the void left by star forward Jamie Pitman after signing South Australian Anthony Kilsby. The athletic Kilsby arrives at Osborne...

  • Page puts pain behind him

    FOR Joel Page, the image above is one of mixed emotions. Taken just minutes after Bell Post Hill claimed its fifth premiership in six seasons following the Panthers systematic dismantling of...

  • Steve Lewry's impact as coach is already being felt at Bell Post Hill. Picture: AL PACKER

    Fresh voice excites Panthers

    THE man they affectionately call ‘Stoofa’ may have the toughest gig in local football. Steven Lewry was announced in November as club legend Brent Grgic’s coaching replacement at Bell Post Hill...

  • Bell Post Hill premiership trio Dylan Witney (pictured), Caleb Bacely and Beau McNamara have all impressed since joining Grovedale in the off-season. Picture: AL PACKER

    Panther trio impress at Tigers

    GROVEDALE coach Craig McCaughan says Bell Post Hill recruits Dylan Witney, Beau McNamara and Caleb Bacely will be “good, solid players” in the GFL. The focus has been squarely on the...

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    Suns down Lions in scrappy AFL win

    THE sight of Gary Ablett in full kit on the sidelines was the closest Gold Coast got to greatness in their scrappy 25-point NAB Challenge pre-season win over fellow battlers Brisbane....

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    Crows thump Eagles in NAB Challenge

    EDDIE Betts has shown why he’s the most dangerous small forward in the AFL, helping Adelaide to a thumping 100 point win over an inexperienced West Coast outfit in the NAB...

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    GDFL Practice Matches

    Here is a list of confirmed practice matches for GDFL clubs.         March 5: vs. Tarneit @ TBA March 19: vs. Parkside @ TBA        ...

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    BFL Practice Matches

    Here is a list of confirmed practice matches for BFL clubs.         February 27: vs. St Mary’s @ Alcoa Oval March 5: vs. PEGS (Old Essendon Grammarians) @...

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    GFL Practice Matches

    Here is a list of confirmed practice matches for GFL clubs.         March 19: vs. North Ballarat City @ Hamlyn Park           March 12:...

  • Geelong West coach Andrew Clark looks on at training. Picture: AL PACKER

    Cheetahs keep it real

    GEELONG West coach Andrew Clark is keeping his expectations for 2016 simple; “to win more than we did last year”. After narrowly missing the finals in 2013 and winning seven games...

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    Franklin quiet for Swans in pre-season cup

      LANCE Franklin has made a quiet return to action, but Swans’ youngster Callum Mills has justified the early noise about his potential in a NAB Challenge victory over Port Adelaide...

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    Saints’ McCartin hurts hamstring

    No.1 draft pick Paddy McCartin gave St Kilda a scare when he hurt his hamstring during their AFL pre-season loss to North Melbourne. The preliminary finalists for the past two years...

  • Tom Parsons is looking forward to running out with Bannockburn after overcoming a serious injury suffered in 2015. Picture: AL PACKER

    “I did think about dying”

    FOR a split second, Tom Parsons thought he was going to die. The then Anakie skipper had found himself in the back of ambulance after an o- field collision against Winchelsea...

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    Dockers outclass inexperienced Tigers

    Fremantle goalsneak Hayden Ballantyne faces a race against time to be fit for the start of the AFL season after injuring his hamstring in Friday’s 60-point NAB Challenge win over Richmond...

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    Franklin set to let boots do his talking

    LANCE Franklin is in a good head space and ready to let his boots do the talking. Superstar forward Franklin was named on Thursday in the Swans’ 29-man squad for their...

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    Scans for Ammos big man

    GEELONG Amateur is hopeful big man Hamish Dahl will only be sidelined for a month after suffering an ankle sprain during match simulation against Grovedale on Wednesday night. Dahl, who has...

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    Hawks battle past Blues

    THREE goals from Luke Breust have helped guide Hawthorn to a 21-point win over Carlton in the opening game of the AFL pre-season competition. The reigning premiers on Thursday night posted...

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    Former Roo bounds to Bombers

    NATHAN Grima is confident his back woes are behind him after becoming Essendon’s ninth top-up signing. Grima, who played 86 games in seven seasons with North Melbourne before retiring during the...

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