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2019 AFL Round 1 Preview - CARLTON v RICHMOND

Trent Cotchin

Racing and Sports will provide analysis of games in the 2019 AFL Season.

AFL round one preview panel

A preview panel for the 2019 AFL season opener between Carlton and Richmond.

Heppell pack breaks AFL TeamCoach 2019 cards | 2019 | AFL

Essendon captain Dyson Heppell has just got his hands on a pack of this year’s AFL TeamCoach 2019 - Official AFL Game Cards!

Lions defender to miss AFL season start

BRANDON STARCEVICH of the Lions is pressured by the defence during the round 23 AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the West Coast Eagles at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane Lions defender Brandon Starcevich has been ruled out for the first eight weeks of the 2019 AFL season after undergoing hamstring surgery.

Wingard's calf could delay Hawks AFL debut

CHAD WINGARD of the Power celebrates a goal during the AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Port Adelaide Power at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Star Hawthorn recruit Chad Wingard says he won't rush his problematic calf and may be forced to miss AFL round two.

Hogan's mental wellbeing paramount: Lyon

ROSS LYON, Senior Coach of the Dockers, addresses the players at the three quarter time break during the AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Richmond Tigers at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon says the Dockers are being led by their medical staff's advice regarding troubled spearhead Jesse Hogan.

Top pick Walsh one of six new Blues in AFL

SAM WALSH of Vic Country runs during the U18 match between Vic Country and Vic Metro at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Carlton will have six new players in their line-up when they take on Richmond in the AFL season opener at the MCG.

AFLW star Phillips wins another gong

ERIN PHILLIPS of the Crows runs to the coin toss during the NAB AFLW match between the Carlton Blues and the Adelaide Crows at Ikon Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Adelaide's Erin Phillips has won yet another AFLW award but says her sole focus is winning another premiership.

Star trio boost Demons for AFL opener

JACK VINEY of the Demons handballs during a Melbourne Demons AFL training session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

Nathan Jones, Jack Viney and Jake Melksham will all be fit for Melbourne's season-opening AFL clash with Port Adelaide at the MCG.

Magpies to start AFL season in good shape

With competition hot for positions, Collingwood feel they have the depth and game plan to get off to a winning start in their AFL round one clash with Geelong.

Comments 'sexual abuse': AFLW star Harris

CHRISTINA BERNARDI of the Magpies and TAYLA HARRIS of the Blues in action during the 2018 AFLW match between the Carlton Blues and the Collingwood Magpies at Ikon Park in Melbourne, Australia.

AFLW star Tayla Harris wants action taken against those who made lewd comments online in response to a photo of her kicking at goal.

Lynch to play for Tigers in AFL opener

TOM LYNCH of the suns celebrates a goal during the AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Geelong Cats at MS in Gold Coast, Australia.

Boom recruit Tom Lynch will play his first AFL game for Richmond in the season opener against Carlton.

Giants ready to counter old AFL mate Shiel

GWS hope their knowledge of former AFL teammate Dylan Shiel will help shut down the midfield speedster when he plays for Essendon against them on Sunday.

Scott upbeat on Kelly's stay at AFL's Cats

Cats head coach CHRIS SCOTT walks from the field prior to the First AFL Preliminary Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Geelong Cats at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

Boom Geelong recruit Tim Kelly is out of contract at the end of this AFL season and Fremantle could join West Coast in trying to recruit him.

Wallis a better Bulldog after tough year

Jamie Macmillan of the Kangaroos, MITCH WALLIS of the Bulldogs and Matthew Suckling of the Bulldogs compete for the ball during the 2017 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Mitch Wallis couldn't be happier with his decision to turn his back on AFL free agency to stay with the Western Bulldogs.

Pride of Lions pushing for AFL opener

DAYNE ZORKO runs the ball during the Brisbane Lions AFL training session at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane captain Dayne Zorko believes up to 30 players are pushing for selection in the Lions' AFL season opener against West Coast.

Beware of speedy Cameron: GWS' Tomlinson

ADAM TOMLINSON of the Giants poses during a Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL training session at WestConnex Centre in Sydney, Australia.

Jeremy Cameron will be a even bigger threat this AFL season and GWS teammate Adam Tomlinson is warning opposition defenders, the key forward is at peak fitness.

Lukosius looking likely for Suns AFL debut

Suns coach STUART DEW smiles during a Gold Coast Suns AFL training session at Bond University AFL Field in Gold Coast, Australia.

Stuart Dew has been impressed by draftee Jack Lukosius, indicating the South Australian is a strong chance of debuting for Gold Coast on Sunday.

AFL wants regular Easter match in Brisbane

AFL CEO GILLON MCLACHLAN speaks to media in Melbourne, Australia.

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan is hoping the feel-good factor around Brisbane can help turn this year's Easter Thursday clash into a permanent fixture.

Gibbs bullish about Crows' AFL midfield

RORY SLOANE of the Crows kicks the ball during the AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Adelaide Crows at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Adelaide's Bryce Gibbs is relishing the prospect of playing alongside the Crows' frontline midfielders in Saturday's AFL season-opener against Hawthorn.

Refreshed Lloyd ready to deliver for Dogs

SAM LLOYD of the Tigers avoids being tackled by NATHAN FYFE of the Dockers during the AFL NAB Challenge match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Richmond Tigers at Rushton Park in Mandurah, Australia.

Western Bulldogs recruit Sam Lloyd is ready to get his AFL career back on track after a frustrating final season with Richmond.

Fit O'Meara ready to fire for Hawks in AFL

JAEGER O'MEARA of the Hawks runs the ball during the AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Collingwood Magpies at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Hawthorn midfielder Jaeger O'Meara is confident he and the club's fitness staff have conquered the knee issues that have troubled him in the past.

Scott says Collingwood have no AFL gaps

CHRIS SCOTT, Senior Coach of the Cats addresses his players during the 2017 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and Port Adelaide Power at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, Australia.

Geelong will field a new-look line-up for their Friday night AFL blockbuster against Collingwood.

Goodwin extends deal as Demons' AFL coach

SIMON GOODWIN the coach of the Demons looks on during a Melbourne Demons AFL training session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

Simon Goodwin has had his contract as Melbourne coach extended until the end of the 2022 AFL campaign.

Ryder cleared for Port's AFL opener

PADDY RYDER of the Power poses for a photograph during the Port Adelaide Power training session at Jiangwan Stadium in Shanghai, China.

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley says Paddy Ryder has recovered from a fractured cheekbone and will play against Melbourne in their AFL season opener.

Giant Whitfield gets tips from Toby Greene

LACHIE WHITFIELD of the Giants runs with the ball during the AFL Inter Club match between the Sydney Swans and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Henson Park in Sydney, Australia.

GWS star Lachie Whitfield is learning the half-forward craft off teammate Toby Greene as he prepares to take on a new role heading into the AFL season.

Scott calls for AFL realism on Ablett

Cats head coach CHRIS SCOTT walks from the field prior to the First AFL Preliminary Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Geelong Cats at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

Geelong coach Chris Scott expects Gary Ablett to remain a valuable player but says expectations of the two-time Brownlow Medallist need to be tempered.

Saints' Steven a chance for AFL round one

JACK STEVEN of the Saints runs with the ball during the JLT Community Series AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the St Kilda Saints at Casey Fields in Melbourne, Australia.

After taking time away from the AFL for mental health reasons, St Kilda star Jack Steven is likely to play in their round one clash with Gold Coast.

Dogs president calls for Tassie AFL team

Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon wants the AFL to expand to 20 teams and give Tasmania its own club.

Contentious runners rule 'clear': AFL boss

Gillon McLachlan

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan says the new runners rule is clear despite four-time premiership coach Alastair Clarkson demanding clarity on the crackdown.

Magpie Dunn coping with AFL finals drought

LYNDEN DUNN of the Magpies gathers the ball during the AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Collingwood Magpies at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

While Lynden Dunn isn't proud of his long drought without any AFL finals matches, he says he doesn't want to play in September just for the sake of it.

Freo's Hogan banned for alcohol slip-up

JESSE HOGAN of the Demons kicks during the AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Brisbane Lions at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

New Fremantle forward Jesse Hogan won't make his Dockers debut in round one of the AFL season as he battles clinical anxiety.

AFL veteran vows to return from ACL injury

DALE MORRIS takes part during a Western Bulldogs AFL training session at Whitten Oval in Melbourne, Australia.

Western Bulldogs veteran Dale Morris has vowed to return from another ACL injury, with the premiership hero declaring it's not in his DNA to give up.

Adams unsure on when he will return to AFL

TAYLOR ADAMS of the Magpies celebrates a goal during the Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the West Coast Eagles and the Collingwood Magpies at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Star Collingwood midfielder Taylor Adams aims to return to the AFL by round five, but will have a better idea next week exactly when that will be.

Adelaide's top draftee set for AFL debut

Adelaide's first pick at last year's national draft, Chayce Jones, is set to make his AFL debut against Hawthorn on Saturday.

Question mark over West Coast's Kennedy

JOSH KENNEDY of the Eagles competes for the ball against Michael Hartley of the Bombers during the AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Two-time Coleman Medallist Josh Kennedy is no guarantee to be given the green light to face Brisbane this week despite making it through an intraclub hitout.

Dees bullish on co-captains for AFL opener

MAX GAWN of the Demons in action during the AFL 2018 JLT Community Series match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Melbourne Demons at Kingborough Oval in Hobart, Australia.

Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn believes co-captains Jack Viney and Nathan Jones will prove fit for Saturday's AFL season-opener against Port Adelaide.

Magpie midfielders await Cats' AFL test

STEELE SIDEBOTTOM of the Magpies competes for the ball against JACK RIEWOLDT of the Tigers (L) during the AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Richmond Tigers at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Collingwood's Steele Sidebottom says Geelong is the perfect test for the Magpies' midfielders at the start of the AFL season.

AFLW preliminary finals locked in

The AFLW preliminary finals will be played in Melbourne on Saturday and Adelaide on Sunday.

Franklin a chance for Swans' AFL opener

LANCE FRANKLIN of the Swans celebrates with fans after the AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Essendon Bombers at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

Lance Franklin is in contention to play in Sydney's AFL season opener against the Western Bulldogs, despite groin surgery disrupting his pre-season.

Stability key to Blues AFL revival: Murphy

ZACH TUOHY of the Cats and Marc Murphy of the Blues in action during the 2017 AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Geelong Cats at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Ex-captain Marc Murphy says Carlton can make inroads on the AFL this year on the back of new-found stability at the club.

Ex-AFL player Palmer's surgery after crash

Former Fremantle, GWS and Carlton AFL player Rhys Palmer has been hospitalised with serious injuries after a motorcycle crash.

Blues survive late scare to win in AFLW

Carlton beat the Western Bulldogs by three points after the Bulldogs kicked five goals to one in the last quarter.

Grimes expects Martin to fire again in AFL

DUSTIN MARTIN of the Tigers celebrates kicking a goal during the AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Carlton Blues at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Richmond AFL defender Dylan Grimes says star teammate Dustin Martin is coming off the best pre-season of his career.

Blues coach shrugs off AFLW criticism

Carlton coach Daniel Harford is unfussed about commentary around the AFLW's controversial new conference system.

Fortress Fremantle a must for AFL finals

NAT FYFE of the Dockers is chased by Hamish Hartlett and Darcy Byrne-Jones of the Power during the 2018 AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Fremantle Dockers at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe says his side must be harder to play against at Optus Stadium if they are to return to the AFL finals.

Collingwood upset Brisbane in AFLW

The Magpies saved their best for last in the AFLW, upsetting Brisbane to cost the Lions a spot in the finals series.

Ablett has Magpies wary before AFL opener

SCOTT PENDLEBURY of the Magpies celebrates during the AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury says wherever Gary Ablett plays, the Geelong star is a big threat.

Roos shafted by AFLW's conference system

North Melbourne finished the AFLW season with the league's third best record, so why are they not one of the four teams to qualify for the finals?

Dockers beat North for AFLW finals berth

Expansion team North Melbourne have missed out on an AFLW finals berth after losing to Fremantle by 27 points.

Slumping Demons lament AFLW fade out

The Adelaide Crows are through to the AFLW finals series after thrashing the Demons 68-8 in Melbourne.

Injury-hit Saints out to silence doubters

JARRYN GEARY of the Saints handpasses the ball under pressure from Nat Fyfe of the Dockers during an AFL match at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

St Kilda captain Jarryn Geary remains confident his club can climb up the AFL ladder despite a string of injury setbacks on the eve of the season.

Gawn happy to work in AFL ruck tandem

MAX GAWN of the Demons looks to get the ball during a Melbourne Demons AFL training session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

Ruckman Max Gawn is ready to park his ego to help Melbourne chase premiership glory in 2019.

Cats suffer giant setback in AFLW

Geelong's hopes of securing a finals berth in their maiden AFLW season have been damaged by a loss to struggling GWS in Canberra.

Pies poised for AFL success

SCOTT PENDLEBURY of the Magpies runs with the ball during the AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury is confident the Magpies will kick on from last year's dramatic resurgence.

Mitchell imparting wisdom to young Hawks

TOM MITCHELL of the Hawks in action during the 2018 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Collingwood Magpies at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Returning premiership winner Sam Mitchell is shaping as one of Hawthorn's most valuable coaching recruits this AFL season.

AFL veteran Morris suffers new ACL injury

DALE MORRIS listens as Matthew Boyd speaks to media after announcing his retirements during a Western Bulldogs AFL press conference at Whitten Oval in Melbourne, Australia.

Western Bulldogs veteran Dale Morris has suffered another anterior cruciate ligament rupture in a massive blow for the AFL club.

Port to atone for wasted AFL season: Jonas

TOM JONAS of Port Adelaide during the AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the Port Adelaide Power at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia

Port Adelaide have set their sights on a return to AFL finals after letting an opportunity slip in 2018.

Tigers, Magpies favoured for 2019 AFL GF

PATRICK CRIPPS of the Blues is tackled by Shaun Grigg of the Tigers during the AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Carlton Blues at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

After last year's pulsating preliminary final, Richmond and Collingwood are rated by opposing club captains as the most likely to feature in the 2019 decider.

Superstar Greene ready for Giants return

TOBY GREENE poses during the Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL media day in Sydney, Australia.

GWS Giants forward Toby Greene will aim to get through an intraclub hit-out on Saturday as he prepares to face off against Essendon in their AFL season opener.

Heart condition forces Saint Roberton out

DYLAN ROBERTON of the Saints handballs during the AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the St Kilda Saints at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

St Kilda defender Dylan Roberton will not play in the 2019 AFL season due to an ongoing heart condition.

Bomber Daniher to miss start of AFL season

JOE DANIHER of the Bombers runs with the ball during the AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Geelong Cats at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Essendon forward Joe Daniher has picked up a calf strain and will miss the start of the 2019 AFL season.

Ryan nearly missed AFL grand final moment

LIAM RYAN looks on while from the field following a West Coast Eagles AFL pre-season training session at the WA Athletics Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Liam Ryan and Dom Sheed should have been on the interchange bench with less than three minutes left in last year's grand final.

AFL makes no change to grand final start

EDDIE MCGUIRE the President of the Magpies speak to the media during a Collingwood Magpies AFL press conference at the Holden Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

The AFL Commission has decided to keep the grand final's afternoon start time, despite chairman Richard Goyder liking the idea of a twilight first bounce.

Saints throw ex-Magpie Marsh AFL lifeline

JONATHON MARSH of the Magpies marks during the 2016 NAB Challenge match between the Geelong Cats and the Collingwood Magpies at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, Australia.

St Kilda have added former Collingwood defender Jonathon Marsh to their playing list via new supplemental signing rules.

AFL aims to open up game with rule changes

The league's nine rule changes that are designed to open up the game mean greater uncertainty around what will happen this season.

Time may finally be catching AFL's Cats

Geelong's time as one of the AFL's elite teams could be coming to an end as a number of emerging contenders look to replace them.

Bulldogs seeking new paths to goal

Bulldogs coach LUKE BEVERIDGE looks on during a Western Bulldogs AFL training session at Whitten Oval in Melbourne, Australia.

If the Western Bulldogs are to return to the finals for the first time since their 2016 AFL flag, coach Luke Beveridge needs to find new routes to goal.

Lions boss embraces AFL hype

CHRIS FAGAN, Senior Coach of the Lions looks on during the Brisbane Lions AFL pre-season training session at University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston, Australia.

Brisbane chief executive Greg Swann says the pieces are in place for the rebuilding AFL club to edge closer to a finals return.

AFL need for speed a worry, says Longmire

Swans coach JOHN LONGMIRE looks on during the Sydney Swans AFL pre-season training session at Lakeside Oval in Sydney, Australia.

With a raft of AFL rule changes designed to boost speed, Sydney coach John Longmire is warning it may lead to more injuries.

Carlton want AFL lift sooner not later

SAM WALSH of Vic Country runs during the U18 match between Vic Country and Vic Metro at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Last year's AFL wooden spooners know they're going to get better but they want improvement to land in 2019, not later.

Cameron insists premiership window open

Giants coach LEON CAMERON looks on during a Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL training session at Sydney Olympic Park in Sydney, Australia.

Some pundits believe the AFL premiership window may have already closed for GWS Giants but coach Leon Cameron thinks otherwise.

Lions' Rayner ready to push AFL limits

CAMERON RAYNER of the Lions poses during the 2017 AFL Draft at Sydney Showgrounds in Sydney, Australia.

Brisbane's Cameron Rayner learnt what he was capable of in the AFL last year and says that should help him reach a higher, more consistent level in 2019.

AFL could cut back on pre-season games

AFL General Manager Football Operations STEVEN HOCKING addresses the media after Steve Hocking was announced as the new AFL General Manager of Football Operations at AFL House in Melbourne, Australia.

Several AFL clubs had six-day turnarounds between their two official pre-season matches, prompting concerns about scheduling.

AFL backs Saints on McCartin, Roberton

AFL General Manager Football Operations STEVE HOCKING was announced as the new AFL General Manager of Football Operations at AFL House in Melbourne, Australia.

AFL football operations boss Steve Hocking said St Kilda are best-placed to look after Dylan Roberton and Paddy McCartin after their latest health scares.

AFL's GF hero Dom Sheed no one-hit wonder

DOM SHEED of the Eagles runs with the ball during the AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the West Coast Eagles at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

West Coast midfielder Dom Sheed has been in hot form during the pre-season, with coach Adam Simpson praising his humble attitude.

coaches left 'nude' by new rules

Bulldogs coach LUKE BEVERIDGE talk to players during the AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Western Bulldogs at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia.

Despite the concerns of coaches such as the Western Bulldogs' Luke Beveridge, the AFL will go ahead with its clamp on when runners can be used.

Dockers lose another AFLW player to ACL

ALEX WILLIAMS of the Dockers looks to handball during the AFLW match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Western Bulldogs at Fremantle Oval in Perth, Australia.

Fremantle defender Alex Williams will miss the club's AFLW finals push after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament against Geelong last week.

Top Suns AFL draft pick in injury setback

IZAK RANKINE handballs during a Gold Coast Suns AFL training session n Gold Coast, Australia.

Gold Coast's top draftee Izak Rankine will miss the start of the AFL season after scans revealed a hamstring tear.

Dockers snare forwards, but at a price

RORY LOBB of the Giants poses during a Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL training session at WestConnex Centre in Sydney, Australia.

Fremantle finally have an AFL forward line to be proud of, but questions remain on the ability of their midfield to give the spearheads enough supply.

Lynch helps Tigers build premiership case

TOM LYNCH of the Suns and PATRICK AMBROSE of the Bombers compete for the ball during the AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Gold Coast Suns at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Richmond have added a classy forward in Tom Lynch as they look to atone for a disappointing finish to 2018 with a second premiership flag in three years.

Fit-again Docker Nat Fyfe not panicking

NAT FYFE of the Dockers is chased by Hamish Hartlett and Darcy Byrne-Jones of the Power during the 2018 AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Fremantle Dockers at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

Fremantle's Nat Fyfe says he tested his injured right elbow at training on Sunday and passed with flying colours, declaring himself a certainty for round one.

Melbourne's May loses AFL tribunal case

STEVEN MAY of the Suns handballs during the AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Melbourne Demons at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia.

Star Melbourne recruit Steven May will miss the Demons' round-one clash against Port Adelaide after the AFL tribunal upheld his suspension.

AFL program for Muslim youth gets $1.2m

BACHAR HOULI of the Tigers runs the ball during the AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Hawthorn Hawks at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

The federal government is continuing its support of the Bachar Houli AFL program, providing $1.2 million to help boys and girls develop their football skills.

Walsh impresses again for Blues in AFL

SAM WALSH of Vic Country runs during the U18 match between Vic Country and Vic Metro at Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia.

Carlton's No.1 draft pick Sam Walsh will surely make his AFL debut in the season opener against Richmond.

Port ruckman Ryder has cheekbone surgery

PADDY RYDER of the Power handpasses the ball during the 2017 AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Port Adelaide Power at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Port Adelaide's Paddy Ryder is recovering well after having surgery to fix a depressed fracture in a cheekbone, his AFL club says.

May, Matera banned by AFL match review

STEVEN MAY of the Suns leads his team mates onto the ground during the AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Gold Coast Suns at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

Melbourne's Steven May and Fremantle's Brandon Matera have been offered one-game suspensions by the AFL's match review officer.

Eagles happy with their own Cyril Rioli

WILLIE RIOLI of the Eagles evades Bailey Dale of the Bulldogs during the 2018 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

West Coast forward Willie Rioli booted four goals against Fremantle on Sunday, and appears set to take his game to another level this season.

Geelong duo charged in AFLW match review

ASHLEE ATKINS of the Dockers celebrates during the NAB AFLW match between the Adelaide Crows and the Fremantle Dockers at TIO Stadium in Darwin, Australia.

Geelong duo Denby Taylor and Georgie Rankine have been charged with rough conduct by the AFL match review officer.

Blues push Magpies in close AFL trial loss

JAMIE ELLIOTT of the Magpies runs with the ball during a Collingwood Magpies AFL training session at Holden Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

Carlton have kicked four goals to two in the last quarter to draw level, only to fall short against Collingwood in their AFL pre-season match in Morwell.

Injured St Kilda duo out of hospital

DYLAN ROBERTON of the Saints handballs during the AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the St Kilda Saints at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

St Kilda pair Dylan Roberton and Paddy McCartin have been released from hospital with their AFL club to closely monitor the pair.

Exposed Suns lose 'most important player'

RORY THOMPSON of the Suns takes a mark over Tom Hawkins of the Cats during the AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Geelong Cats at Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Gold Coast recruit Jack Hombsch knows it will be hard to replace the injured Rory Thompson in the heart of the Suns' defence this AFL season.

Rule change to excite the AFL: coaches

BRAD SCOTT coach of the Kangaroos speaks to his team during a quarter time break with Jack Ziebell of the Kangaroos during an AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Fremantle Dockers at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

AFL coaches say the new rule dictating starting positions at centre bounce will have a dramatic impact on the game.

AFL Eagles tick off on hot pre-season form

ADAM SIMPSON, Senior Coach of the Eagles chats to Mark LeCras of the Eagles during the 2017 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

West Coast have enjoyed a strong pre-season campaign but still have a few injury concerns leading into round one.

Bombers embracing buzz as finals beckon

DYSON HEPPELL leads the Bombers kicks during the AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Essendon Bombers at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia.

Essendon are widely tipped to return to the AFL finals in 2019 and the Bombers are happy their fans are excited about their prospects.

Neale steal shows belief in Lions rebuild

LACHIE NEALE of the Dockers looks to pass the ball during the AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Port Adelaide Power at OS in Perth, Australia.

Dayne Beams is gone but Lachie Neale's switch from Fremantle to Brisbane provides the biggest endorsement the Lions are on the path back to success in the AFL.

Calls grow for AFL to ease runners clamp

Bulldogs coach LUKE BEVERIDGE looks on during a Western Bulldogs AFL training session at Whitten Oval in Melbourne, Australia.

While star Essendon AFL recruit Dylan Shiel wants the new runners rule scrapped, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says his team are prepared either way.

Saints await test results for key AFL pair

DYLAN ROBERTON of the Saints handballs during the AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the St Kilda Saints at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

St Kilda's Paddy McCartin and Dylan Roberton will undergo testing after suffering health setbacks in their club's pre-season win over the Western Bulldogs.

Lyon worried by AFL pre-season scheduling

Dockers head coach ROSS LYON looks on while players warm up during the AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Hawthorn Hawks at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has questioned the AFL's pre-season scheduling after injuries to Matt Taberner and Brennan Cox put them in doubt for round one.

Suns AFLW launch a 'distraction' for Lions

CRAIG STARCEVICH, coach of the Lions addresses the team at quarter time during the 2017 AFLW match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Brisbane Lions at Fremantle Oval in Perth, Australia.

Lions coach Craig Starcevich admits the introduction of a second Queensland AFLW side in 2020 has been a "distraction" as player recruitment heats up.

Gaff forgiven, Eagles win AFL trial derby

ANDREW GAFF of the Eagles passes the ball during the AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Fremantle's Andrew Brayshaw has shaken hands with West Coast's Andrew Gaff before the bounce to prove they've moved on from last year's fiery AFL incident.

Dogs upbeat despite winless AFL pre-season

Bulldogs coach LUKE BEVERIDGE talk to players during the AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Western Bulldogs at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia.

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge is upbeat heading into the AFL premiership season despite failing to win either of his side's pre-season matches.

Lopsided AFLW conference system laid bare

Adelaide will enter the final round of the AFLW season on top of conference A after beating GWS by 32 points on Sunday.

Prespakis stars as Blues hit AFLW summit

Carlton have surged to the top of AFLW's Conference B after a 16-point win over the Brisbane Lions, thanks to young gun Maddie Prespakis.

Fears for key Saints after AFL trial win

PADDY MCCARTIN of the Saints celebrates a goal during the AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

St Kilda's Paddy McCartin and Dylan Roberton will undergo testing after health scares in an AFL pre-season win over the Western Bulldogs.

Swans swamp injury-hit Suns in AFL trial

The Sydney Swans have beaten Gold Coast by 42 points in an AFL pre-season game in Lismore, with Aliir Aliir a standout.

Crows hold firm against GWS for AFLW win

The cool and classy Crows had to tough it out to hold off Greater Western Sydney in their AFLW clash in Adelaide, but eventually won out by 32 points.

AFLW coach wants triple headers at Marvel

PAUL GROVES, Senior Coach of the Bulldogs speaks to the media during the AFLW Grand Final media opportunity at Ikon Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Western Bulldogs' one-point loss to Melbourne on Saturday night was arguably the game of the season in the AFLW.

Magpies' smiling assassin shining in AFLW

BRITTANY BONNICI of the Magpies runs with the ball during the AFL Women's match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Olympic Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Collingwood's Brittany Bonnici was outstanding on Saturday in her run-with role against AFLW star Emma Kearney, despite a 22-point defeat to North Melbourne.

Demons stay in AFLW finals hunt with win

TEGAN CUNNINGHAM of the Demons handballs during the AFLW match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Melbourne Demons at Blacktown International Sportspark in Sydney, Australia.

After narrowly missing the AFLW grand final in the first two seasons, Melbourne scored a crucial one-point win over the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night.

Cotchin leads Tigers AFL trial comeback

TRENT COTCHIN of the Tigers celebrates after scoring a goal during the AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Collingwood Magpies at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Richmond skipper Trent Cotchin has helped inspire a comeback win for his side in their final AFL pre-season hit-out against Hawthorn.

AFL Hawks aim to share Mitchell's workload

TOM MITCHELL of the Hawks in action during the 2018 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Collingwood Magpies at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says it will take a team effort to cover injured star Tom Mitchell, after the Hawks lost their final AFL trial to Richmond.

Tigers come back, beat Hawks in AFL trial

Richmond have beaten Hawthorn by eight points in their final AFL pre-season match after coming back from a 40-point halftime deficit.

Demons beat Bulldogs in AFLW thriller

TEGAN CUNNINGHAM of the Demons handballs during the AFLW match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Melbourne Demons at Blacktown International Sportspark in Sydney, Australia.

Melbourne's Tegan Cunningham kicked a goal with less than three minutes left to beat the Western Bulldogs by a point and stay in the AFLW finals hunt.

Goodwin confident despite Demons' defeat

Demons head coach SIMON GOODWIN gives instructions during a Melbourne Demons AFL training session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin is confident Steven May and James Harmes will be available for their AFL season opener against Port Adelaide next weekend.

North set up massive Dockers AFLW clash

Kangaroos coach SCOTT GOWANS talks to players during the AFLW match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and North Melbourne Kangaroos at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney, Australia.

North Melbourne coach Scott Gowans is happy with the new AFLW conference system, despite their ongoing log jam with Adelaide and Fremantle.

North coach lauds draftee Bailey Scott

BAILEY SCOTT of the Kangaroos handballs whilst being tackled by LEWIS PEARCE of the Saints during the 2019 JLT Community Series AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the St Kilda Saints at Avalon Airport Oval in Melbourne, Australia.

North Melbourne's first-year draftee Bailey Scott is making a big impression on his namesake coach Brad Scott.

AFL position rule is biggest change: Scott

BRAD SCOTT, Senior Coach of the Kangaroos looks on during the North Melbourne Kangaroos training session at Arden St in Melbourne, Australia.

Brad Scott says the AFL's new starting position rule will have the biggest impact of any law change in his decade as North Melbourne coach.

Dockers surge past flat Cats for AFLW win

Fremantle have overcome a slow start to romp to a 36-point AFLW win over Geelong at GMHBA Stadium.

Ryder hurt as Port down North in AFL trial

PADDY RYDER of the Power poses for a photograph during the Port Adelaide Power training session at Jiangwan Stadium in Shanghai, China.

Port Adelaide ruckman Paddy Ryder has been injured in a 21-point win against North Melbourne in their AFL pre-season game in Adelaide.

Suns' Rory Thompson out for AFL season

RORY THOMPSON of the Suns takes a mark over Tom Hawkins of the Cats during the AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Geelong Cats at Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Rory Thompson, due to take the load of departed defender Steven May, will be a big loss for the Suns this season after rupturing his ACL at training on Friday.

United down but not out in NBL GF series

Melbourne United Head Coach DEAN VICKERMAN talks to his players during the NBL Blitz match between the Brisbane Bullets and Melbourne United at BM in Ballarat, Australia.

Melbourne United were able to restrict Wildcats star Bryce Cotton to just 10 points, but they still lost the series opener 81-71 on Friday night.

Crows regain spark ahead of AFL season

DON PYKE Senior Coach of the Crows addresses his players during the 2017 Toyota AFL Grand Final match at MCG in Australia.

After a dismal 2018 campaign, there is cause for optimism at Adelaide with the Crows closing in on having a full-strength team for their AFL season opener.

Crows too good for GWS in AFL pre-season

DON PYKE, Senior Coach of the Crows addresses his players during the 2017 AFL First Preliminary Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Geelong Cats at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

Adelaide have warmed up for the AFL season with a second-straight trial win, defeating GWS by 18 points at Manuka Oval.

Lions' Hodge urges AFL rethink on runners

LUKE HODGE handballs during the Brisbane Lions AFL training session at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane's Luke Hodge believes less-experienced teams are in for some major hidings amid AFL limits on the number of times runners can enter the field.

Dockers play down injury fears over Fyfe

NAT FYFE of the Dockers is chased by Hamish Hartlett and Darcy Byrne-Jones of the Power during the 2018 AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Fremantle Dockers at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe won't play a game for the Dockers during the pre-season, but he has been declared a certain starter for round one.

Saints had 'chip on their shoulders'

DEAN KENT of the Saints marks the ball during the St Kilda pre-season club match at RSEA Park in Melbourne, Australia.

St Kilda recruit Dean Kent says the squad wanted to do the club - plus sidelined teammates Jake Carlisle and Jack Steven - proud in last week's trial match win.

Port to get serious in AFL pre-season game

PADDY RYDER of the Power poses for a photograph during the Port Adelaide Power training session at Jiangwan Stadium in Shanghai, China.

Port Adelaide assistant coach Michael Voss says naming an unchanged side for Saturday's AFL trial game is a pointer to their premiership season opener.

Hawks lose one Mitchell, but gain another

TOM MITCHELL of the Hawks in action during the 2018 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Collingwood Magpies at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

With Brownlow Medallist Tom Mitchell out for the season, assistant coach Sam Mitchell will have his work cut out working with their midfielders.

Demons raise bar after breakout AFL season

TOM MCDONALD of the Demons handballs during a Melbourne Demons AFL training session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne emerged from years in the AFL doldrums in 2018 and are widely expected to challenge for the premiership cup this season.

Glut of tall defenders for Cats

MARK BLICAVS of the Cats runs with the ball during the AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Brisbane Lions at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, Australia.

Geelong face a difficult decision on how many tall defenders to take into the round-one clash against Collingwood.

Giants' Tomlinson over AFL calf troubles

ADAM TOMLINSON of the Giants poses during a Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL training session at WestConnex Centre in Sydney, Australia.

GWS' Adam Tomlinson, despite sending a scare through the Giants' camp in January, will return for their final AFL pre-season game against Adelaide.

Dahlhaus, Rohan good for Cats in AFL

LUKE DAHLHAUS of the Bulldogs in action during the AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Western Bulldogs at UNSW Canberra Oval in Canberra, Australia.

Geelong have completed their AFL pre-season campaign with an impressive 28-point win over Essendon.

Dockers lose forward for big AFLW clash

ASHLEE ATKINS of the Dockers celebrates during the 2019 NAB AFLW Round 04 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Fremantle Dockers at TIO Stadium in Darwin, Australia.

Having kicked three goals last weekend, concussed Fremantle AFLW forward Kellie Gibson will miss the must-win match against Geelong.

Hawks, Magpies load up in AFL pre-season

STEVEN MAY of the Suns handballs during the AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Melbourne Demons at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia.

Melbourne will unveil star recruit Steven May, with the former Gold Coast co-captain returning on Saturday from a hamstring injury.

Eagle Naitanui could make early AFL return

NIC NAITANUI of the Eagles runs with the ball during the AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the West Coast Eagles at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui is tracking so well in his recovery from a knee injury that he could return by round eight.

Giants' Ward to miss start of AFL season

CALLAN WARD of the Giants runs with the ball during the AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

GWS co-captain Callan Ward could miss the first month of the AFL season after suffering a knee injury in a pre-season game against Sydney.

AFL lags in promoting women: Bec Goddard

BEC GODDARD, Senior Coach of the Crows during the 2017 AFLW match between the Adelaide Crows and the GWS Giants at Thebarton Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

The inaugural AFLW premiership coach Bec Goddard says the AFL should look to basketball in how to treat female athletes and coaches equally.

AFL Dockers find their new Ryan Crowley

DOM SHEED of the Eagles is tackled by DARCY TUCKER of the Dockers during the 2018 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Fremantle midfielder Darcy Tucker is set to become the team's No.1 tagger this year, and he showed promise in last week's loss to Collingwood.

Hinkley calls for bolder approach at Port

KEN HINKLEY the coach of the Power looks on during a Port Adelaide Power AFL training session at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley says he has changed his AFL club's game style, hoping a bolder approach will pay dividends in the coming season.

North build depth in AFL finals quest

ANDREW GAFF of the Eagles passes the ball during the AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

North Melbourne hope a deeper midfield can help them secure an AFL finals berth despite failing to sign West Coast free agent Andrew Gaff.

Adam Goodes becomes a Sydney Legend

Sydney's all time AFL games leader Adam Goodes has been elevated to the status of Bloods Legend.

Docker Brayshaw will wish Gaff 'good luck'

ANDREW BRAYSHAW of the Dockers during warm up of the AFL JLT Community Series match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles at HBF Arena in Joondalup, Australia.

Andrew Brayshaw and Andrew Gaff will this weekend come face to face in a match situation for the first time since last year's ugly western derby incident.

AFL committee weighs up shorter pre-season

The AFL's competition committee will look at restructuring the pre-season amid concern about player injuries.

Crows' Talia set to make AFL comeback

DANIEL TALIA of the Crows is tackled by Jack Silvagni of the Blues during the AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Adelaide Crows at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Adelaide key defender Daniel Talia has been cleared to make his comeback from knee surgery in Friday night's AFL pre-season game against GWS.

Roos to bounce back in AFLW double header

North Melbourne will look to get their AFLW finals tilt back on track when they take on Collingwood in the first game of a double header at Marvel Stadium.

Pyke's Crows fall in love with AFL again

DON PYKE, Senior Coach of the Crows addresses his players during the 2017 AFL First Preliminary Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Geelong Cats at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

Adelaide coach Don Pyke says there's a silver lining to the dark clouds which hovered over his AFL club last season.

Young stars drive Swans' 2019 AFL hopes

Swans coach JOHN LONGMIRE looks on during the Sydney Swans AFL pre-season training session at Lakeside Oval in Sydney, Australia.

A mixture of proven veterans and exciting players 24 and under are giving Sydney coach John Longmire cause for optimism heading into the 2019 AFL season.

Saints ace set to miss most of AFL season

JAKE CARLISLE of the Saints kicks the ball during the AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the St Kilda Saints at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

St Kilda's grim AFL prospects have suffered a blow with the club confirming star defender Jake Carlisle needs surgery on his injured back.

AFL drugs code failing players: Goddard

BRENDON GODDARD of the Bombers handpasses the ball during the 2018 AFL ANZAC Day match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Essendon Bombers at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Former St Kilda and Essendon champion Brendon Goddard is the latest influential figure to back strengthening the AFL's illicit drugs code.

Goddard reveals post-retirement AFL talks

BRENDON GODDARD of the Bombers runs with the ball during an Essendon Bombers traing session on in Melbourne, Australia.

Former Essendon captain and St Kilda great Brendon Goddard was approached by Carlton last month about potentially continuing his AFL career.

AFL players 'not buying' illicit drug talk

AFL Players' Association chief Paul Marsh is adamant a more hardline illicit drug policy is unlikely to win the support of players.

Adelaide's Brown out for two months in AFL

Adelaide defender Luke Brown is to have ankle surgery and will be sidelined from AFL action for the next two months.

Adelaide's Walker denied by AFL tribunal

Taylor Walker of the Crows (right) celebrates a goal with HUGH GREENWOOD of the Crows during the AFL First Preliminary Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Geelong Cats at AO in Adelaide, Australia.

Adelaide's Taylor Walker has failed to have his rough conduct charge and $3000 fine overturned after fronting the AFL tribunal.

New AFL 6-6-6 rule all over the shop: Yeo

ELLIOT YEO of the Eagles celebrates kicking a goal during an AFL match at Etihad Stadium in Australia.

West Coast midfielder Elliot Yeo wants umpires to give players more clarity about the AFL's new 6-6-6 rule.

Dockers set to unleash Fyfe against Eagles

Dockers head coach ROSS LYON walks off at quarter time during the AFL match between North Melbourne v Fremantle at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Fremantle were brave in their 27-point loss to Collingwood on Monday, and they will be boosted by the return of Nat Fyfe against West Coast this week.

Swans coach likes Buddy further up field

LANCE FRANKLIN of the Swans kicks during the AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

Lance Franklin is the most prolific AFL goalkicker of his generation but Sydney coach John Longmire would prefer to use the key forward up the ground.

Lake named Suns' inaugural AFLW coach

Newly appointed Gold Coast Suns women's coach David Lake says the next 12 months will be the most important ahead of the team's 2020 competition debut.

Richardson, Saints face AFL reckoning

Saints head coach ALAN RICHARDSON walks away from talking to his players during the AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the St Kilda Saints at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Under-pressure St Kilda coach Alan Richardson is optimistic the Saints can bounce back from the misery of last year's AFL season.

Eagles hope to avoid premiership hangover

DOM SHEED of the Eagles is tackled by DARCY TUCKER of the Dockers during the 2018 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

West Coast were shock winners of last year's premiership, but they will become the hunted this season as they attempt to go back-to-back.

Bombers' Hooker to miss AFL season start

CALE HOOKER of the Bombers and Jasper Pittard of the Power compete for the ball during the 2017 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Port Adelaide Power at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Essendon will be without Cale Hooker for the start of the AFL season after he suffered a calf strain during training.

McCarthy fit and good to go for Lions

LINCOLN MCCARTHY of the Cats palms the ball to Steven Motlop during the AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Geelong Cats at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

So often let down by his body, Brisbane recruit Lincoln McCarthy is excited to get his AFL career back on track at the Lions after an injury-free pre-season.

McLachlan lauds captains, calls AFL lucky

AFL CEO GILLON MCLACHLAN speaks to media in Melbourne, Australia.

As rugby league deals with a succession of off-season dramas, AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has praised his code's player leaders.

Magies still sweating on De Goey fitness

Magpies head coach NATHAN BUCKLEY speaks to his players during the JLT Community Series AFL match between Collingwood Magpies and the Western Bulldogs at Ted Summerton Recreational Reserve in Moe, Australia.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley wants to see Jordan De Goey ramp up his training loads in the coming weeks before making a decision about round one.

Jesse Hogan quiet as Magpies beat Dockers

JESSE HOGAN of the Demons kicks during the AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Brisbane Lions at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Collingwood overcame an early Fremantle charge to post victory in their pre-season clash on Monday.

Judd likes first look at new AFL rules

CHRIS JUDD of the Blues handballs during a Carlton Blues AFL media session at Ikon Park in Melbourne, Australia.

For AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan, it's so far, so good on a raft of rule changes after the weekend's opening pre-season games.

AFL commission to make grand final call

AFL CEO GILLON MCLACHLAN is seen speaking at a press conference at AFL House in Melbourne, Australia.

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan says he will make a recommendation to the commission next week about the start time for the grand final.

AFL to create mental health officer role

AFL CEO GILLON MCLACHLAN speaks to media in Melbourne, Australia.

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan says mental health is the game's biggest issue, above drugs and gambling.

'Empowered' Suns aim to break the cycle

Senior coach STUART DEW during a Gold Coast Suns AFL training session at Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

After eight seasons in the AFL wilderness, the Gold Coast Suns have started again under second-year coach Stuart Dew as they aim to find success.

Stronger Magpies well-placed for AFL flag

DOM SHEED of the Eagles is tackled by DARCY TUCKER of the Dockers during the 2018 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

After riding the emotional rollercoaster of 2018, can vanquished grand finalists Collingwood win an AFL premiership under Nathan Buckley?

Suns enjoy preseason AFL win over Bulldogs

Jamie Macmillan of the Kangaroos, MITCH WALLIS of the Bulldogs and Matthew Suckling of the Bulldogs compete for the ball during the 2017 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Gold Coast have snared a five-point win over the Western Bulldogs in a tight but scrappy AFL preseason match in Mackay.

Crows end Roos unbeaten AFLW record

EMMA KEARNEY of the Bulldogs in action during the AFL Women's match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Western Bulldogs at UNSW Canberra Oval in Canberra, Australia.

Adelaide have gone top of conference A of the AFLW with a crushing 35-point win over previously undefeated North Melbourne in Werribee.

Dockers prevail over Bulldogs in AFLW

KATIE BRENNAN of the Bulldogs during the AFLW match between the Brisbane Lions and the Western Bulldogs at South Pine Sports Complex in Brisbane, Australia.

The Western Bulldogs' AFLW title defence hangs by a thread after being beaten by 18 points by Fremantle.

Saints, Lions deliver hope in AFL trials

LACHIE NEALE of the Dockers looks to pass the ball during the AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Port Adelaide Power at OS in Perth, Australia.

Long-time strugglers Brisbane, St Kilda and Carlton have delivered their fans some hope in the initial batch of AFL pre-season games.

Richmond defeat Melbourne in AFL trial

JEFF GARLETT of the Demons kicks the ball during the AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Port Adelaide Power at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Richmond have defeated Melbourne by 12 points in their AFL pre-season game in Shepparton.

Crows thump North by 35 points in AFLW

ERIN PHILLIPS of the Crows runs to the coin toss during the NAB AFLW match between the Carlton Blues and the Adelaide Crows at Ikon Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Adelaide move to the top of Conference A in the AFLW with a 35-point win over previously unbeaten North Melbourne in Werribee.

Demons smash Giants by 39 in AFLW

Melbourne have smashed GWS by 39 points in Sydney to boost their AFLW finals hopes and hurt those of the Giants.

Neale loving AFL life at ego-free Lions

LACHIE NEALE of the Dockers looks to pass the ball during the AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Port Adelaide Power at OS in Perth, Australia.

Star recruit Lachie Neale has praised Brisbane's selfless culture after a strong display in the Lions' AFL pre-season victory over Hawthorn.

GWS kid Caldwell pushing for AFL debut

Power Senior Assistant coach MATTHEW NICKS speaks to Jackson Trengove of the Power during warm-up ahead ofthe AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Port Adelaide Power at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

He's taken over the departed Dylan Shiel's guernsey number at GWS and teenager Jye Caldwell is hunting a place in the midfield after some impressive early work.

Coaches in the dark over AFLW 50m rule

WAYNE SIEKMAN, Senior Coach of the Magpies looks on during the 2017 AFLW match between the Western Bulldogs and Collingwood Magpies at VU Whitten Oval in Melbourne, Australia.

A rule interpretation communicated to Carlton and Collingwood minutes before their AFLW match has left both coaches bemused.

Giants trump Swans in AFL pre-season game

STEPHEN CONIGLIO poses during the Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL media day in Sydney, Australia.

GWS have started and finished strongly to secure a 22-point win over local rivals Sydney in an AFL pre-season game in western Sydney.

Carlton win late in AFLW over Collingwood

WAYNE SIEKMAN, Senior Coach of the Magpies looks on during the 2017 AFLW match between the Western Bulldogs and Collingwood Magpies at VU Whitten Oval in Melbourne, Australia.

Carlton have come from behind to keep Collingwood winless in the AFLW, securing a late five-point triumph in Melbourne.

Port's Ryder hurt in AFL loss to Crows

Adelaide have beaten Port Adelaide by 17 points in their AFL pre-season game at Port Pirie.

Geelong put brakes on Lions to top AFLW

Geelong have issued a statement to the AFLW with a 27-point defeat of Brisbane, keeping the Lions to the lowest score in competition history in the process.

St Kilda thump Kangaroos in AFL trial

JACK STEVEN of the Saints looks dejected after a loss during the AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Richmond Tigers at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

A second-quarter blast from St Kilda has helped them cap off a rough week with a 25-point trial victory over North Melbourne.

Gaff to face his demons against Dockers

ANDREW GAFF of the Eagles handpasses the ball under pressure during the AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

West Coast midfielder Andrew Gaff is set to play in a pre-season game against Fremantle next week, putting him face-to-face with young Docker Andrew Brayshaw.

Sheed stars, Eagles beat Cats in AFL trial

JACK DARLING of the Eagles kicks on goal during the AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Richmond Tigers at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

West Coast forward Jack Darling has booted five goals to help lead his side to victory in their AFL pre-season clash with Geelong in Perth.

Docker Hill's quad setback for AFL opener

STEPHEN HILL of the Dockers looks to pass the ball during the AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Western Bulldogs at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Fremantle veteran Stephen Hill will miss the start of the AFL season after suffering another quad injury.

Zorko re-signs with Lions through to 2021

DAYNE ZORKO runs the ball during the Brisbane Lions AFL training session at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane Lions skipper Dayne Zorko has re-signed with the club through to 2021.

Top AFL pick Walsh excites Blues faithful

SAM WALSH of Vic Country runs during the U18 match between Vic Country and Vic Metro at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Carlton's latest No.1 draft pick Sam Walsh has continued to excite Blues fans with his brilliant AFL pre-season form.