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AFL finals week three preview panel

ALEX RANCE, DUSTIN MARTIN and BRANDON ELLIS of the Tigers run during a Richmond Tigers AFL training session at Punt Road Oval in Melbourne, Australia.

A preview of this week's preliminary finals, with Richmond to take on Collingwood, and West Coast to host Melbourne.

Dees dump unlucky Fritsch for AFL prelim

DUSTIN MARTIN of the Tigers handpasses the ball under pressure during the JLT Community Series AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Richmond Tigers at Norm Minns Oval in Wangaratta, Australia.

Melbourne and West Coast have each made one change for their AFL preliminary final in Perth while Richmond and Collingwood have both named unchanged teams.

Welcome to footy finals in the 1990s | AFL

Magpies lose Molloy for AFLW season

AFLW 2018 Rising Star Chloe Molloy won't be seen in the competition next year after suffering a serious foot injury in the VFLW preliminary final last weekend.

AFL Eagles not fazed by Victorian snubs

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.

West Coast are being written off by many AFL pundits in Victoria but Eagles captain Shannon Hurn says it doesn't bother him one bit.

The worrying sign for the Pies | The Round So Far | Finals Week Two, 2018 | AFL

Matt Thompson and Kane Cornes discuss the semi finals over the weekend and the massive preliminary finals ahead.

Demons no longer fear AFL trip to Perth

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

Melbourne aim to notch their third straight win in Perth when they take on West Coast in the AFL preliminary final at Optus Stadium.

Star Magpie learned from first-year finals

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.

A premiership player at 19, Collingwood star Steele Sidebottom is confident his young teammates won't be overawed in their preliminary final against Richmond.

Richmond wary of Magpies AFL prelim noise

DAMIEN HARDWICK Senior Coach of the Tigers during the 2017 AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Richmond Tigers at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

All Australian Shane Edwards says Richmond are bracing themselves for loud and passionate Collingwood support in their AFL preliminary final.

Dusty in spotlight before AFL prelim

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's Brownlow Medallist Dustin Martin is expected to take his place in the AFL preliminary final with Collingwood despite a corked leg.

Demon Lewis to tap AFL finals experience

JORDAN LEWIS of the Demons runs out onto the field during the AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne veteran Jordan Lewis can vouch for how hard it can be to win an AFL preliminary final because's he's already played six of them.

Hardwick ponders tweaks to Tigers line-up

DAMIEN HARDWICK, coach of the Tigers looks on during the AFL JLT Community Series match between the Richmond Tigers and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Ikon Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick admits he has some selection headaches ahead of the blockbuster AFL preliminary final against Collingwood.

Lynch camp regrets messy Suns split in AFL

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.

Gold Coast co-captain Tom Lynch and his manager Paul Connors say they could have handled things better before confirming his wish to leave the Suns.

Hannebery talks up Saints' AFL prospects

DAN HANNEBERY of the Swans kicks during the AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Sydney Swans at Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Sydney premiership player Dan Hannebery is confident that a trade deal will be struck with St Kilda to facilitate a move back to Melbourne.

Goodwin calls on Demons to step up in AFL

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

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin says parts of the win over Hawthorn need attention ahead of their preliminary final against West Coast.

Coach Goodwin wins battles with demons

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

Melbourne AFL coach Simon Goodwin has beaten some personal demons.

Magpies have weapons too, warns Buckley

DARCY MOORE 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 coach Nathan Buckley says the blockbuster AFL preliminary final against Richmond isn't all about stopping Tigers superstar Dustin Martin.

AFL prelim a test of Treloar list analysis

Adam Treloar famously suggested he chose Collingwood over Richmond because they had a better AFL list and it's safe to say the Tigers haven't forgetten

AFL stars Shiel, Gaff undecided on futures

DYLAN SHIEL poses during the Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL media day in Sydney, Australia.

Player manager Paul Connors says he wouldn't be surprised if GWS star Dylan Shiel decides to seek a trade to a Victorian club.

Tigers star hobbled but will take on Pies

DUSTIN MARTIN of the Tigers runs with the ball during the JLT Community Series AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Richmond Tigers at Norm Minns Oval in Wangaratta, Australia.

Richmond superstar Dustin Martin has been battling a corked thigh but is expected to be fit to take on Collingwood in their AFL preliminary final.

Timing is right for Demons' vandenBerg

Melbourne wingman Aaron vandenBerg is making the most of his opportunities after winning his long battle with a chronic foot injury.

AFL final win bittersweet for former Giant

Collingwood midfielder Taylor Adams spared a thought for his former GWS teammates after the Magpies' AFL semi-final victory.

Tag doesn't rattle Eagle McGovern anymore

JEREMY MCGOVERN of the Eagles looks on during the AFL First Elimination Final match between Port Adelaide Power and West Coast Eagles at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

West Coast defender Jeremy McGovern says he has worked out plans if he happens to get tagged again in Saturday's preliminary final against Melbourne in Perth.

Jetta worried about bump on star Hawk

NEVILLE JETTA of the Demons marks the ball during a Melbourne Demons AFL training session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne hard man Neville Jetta was worried for a few minutes after he floored Hawthorn midfielder Tom Mitchell with a solid bump.

Demons need to lift against Eagles: Viney

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

Melbourne will need to lift their game if they are to prevail against West Coast in their preliminary final at Optus Stadium.

Gawn talks up Eagles ruckmen before final

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.

Star ruckman Max Gawn has rejected any speculation that he is in doubt for Melbourne's AFL preliminary final against West Coast.

Eagles' Jetta inspired by NBA superstars

West Coast's Lewis Jetta hopes he will get the chance to unleash a funky goal celebration in their AFL preliminary final against Melbourne.

Bad blood aplenty between Pies and Tigers

Why do AFL rivals Collingwood and Richmond hate each other? The answer can be traced back to a century ago.

SANFL extra man final result upheld

The SANFL Tribunal has ruled North Adelaide's preliminary final win will stand despite the club fielding an extra man for a period in the last quarter.

Saints won't trade Paddy to lure star Swan

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.

St Kilda coach Alan Richardson has ruled out using Paddy McCartin in any trade to bring in star Sydney midfielder Dan Hannebery.

Pies tagger unsure if he goes to Dusty

LEVI GREENWOOD handballs during the Collingwood Magpies AFL Intra-Club match at Olympic Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Collingwood utility Levi Greenwood says he will know in the next few days whether he will go up against Richmond's Dustin Martin again in the midfield.

Eagles prepare for combative Demons in AFL

ADAM SIMPSON, coach of the Eagles addresses the team at quarter time during the 2018 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Melbourne are riding a wave of confidence and West Coast coach Adam Simpson knows his team are in for a fight in their AFL preliminary final.

AFLW Dogs sign sister of premiership star

The Western Bulldogs are keeping it in the family, signing Tessa Boyd - Tom Boyd's sister - to an AFLW rookie deal.

AFL critics no concern for Pies' big Texan

Collingwood's American giant Mason Cox had never picked up a Sherrin four years ago but is now just one win away from the AFL grand final.

Pair fined for fiery Giants-Magpies melee

AFL match review officer Michael Christian has applied three fines and no suspensions after assessing the semi-final weekend.

Pies might have new AFL plan for Dusty

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.

Collingwood are playing close to their best football, skipper Scott Pendlebury says, as the Pies ponder ways to best contain Richmond star Dustin Martin.

Gawn missing from Demons' AFL training

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

Melbourne have been quick to shoot down any suggestion of injury to Max Gawn, who was an obvious absentee from the Demons' training at Goschs Paddock.

SANFL club protests extra man in final

SANFL club Woodville-West Torrens is protesting its preliminary loss to North Adelaide, who had an extra player on the field for a period in the last quarter.

Why are perfect Eagles forwards nervous?

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.

West Coast forward Josh Kennedy was rusty against Collingwood, but he hopes to be far cleaner in Saturday's preliminary final against Melbourne in Perth.

Tigers star trains solo before AFL prelim

DUSTIN MARTIN of the Tigers runs with the ball during the JLT Community Series AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Richmond Tigers at Norm Minns Oval in Wangaratta, Australia.

Dustin Martin's fitness remains a topic of intrigue after he trained away from Richmond's main group just days from their AFL preliminary final.

Pies keep an eye on star after ankle scare

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

Collingwood star Jordan De Goey is one of several players who will be closely monitored by medical staff in the lead-up to the AFL preliminary finals.

SANFL final marred by extra-man furore

Two second-tier Australian rules competitions had their finals marred by an extra-man controversy.

What happened in week two of AFL finals

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

Melbourne and Collingwood advanced to AFL preliminary finals with wins against Hawthorn and GWS respectively.

Pies overcome adversity to take on Tigers

NATHAN BUCKLEY, Senior Coach of the Magpies addresses his players during the 2017 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Essendon Bombers at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Collingwood set up a blockbuster AFL preliminary final with Richmond when they defeated GWS by 10 points in a semi-final at the MCG.

Pies ace De Goey shrugs off ankle concerns

JORDAN DE GOEY of the Magpies marks the ball before warm up during the AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Collingwood star Jordan De Goey is one of several players who will be closely monitored by medical staff in the lead up to the AFL preliminary finals.

A look at week 3 of the AFL finals series

A snapshot of the upcoming AFL preliminary finals at the MCG and Optus Stadium with a spot in the grand final on the line.

Goldsack relishing AFL finals comeback

TYSON GOLDSACK of the Magpies gestures during a Collingwood Magpies AFL training session at Olympic Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Collingwood backman Tyson Goldsack continued his stunning return from injury during the Magpies' AFL semi-final triumph against GWS.

Giants don't need wholesale changes: coach

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

GWS coach Leon Cameron is adamant the Giants are on the right track despite their exit from the AFL finals at the hands of Collingwood.

Buckley wants more from Pies in AFL finals

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says the Magpies have room for improvement ahead of their AFL preliminary final against Richmond.

GWS star Ryan Griffen to retire from AFL

RYAN GRIFFEN poses during a Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL portrait session in Sydney, Australia.

GWS and former Western Bulldogs player Ryan Griffen has announced his retirement following the Giants' AFL semi-final loss to Collingwood.

Magpie subdues Greene in AFL semi-final

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

Collingwood backman Brayden Maynard took the points in his battle with GWS star Toby Greene during the Magpies' AFL semi-final victory.

GWS stalwart Griffen retires from AFL

GWS and former Western Bulldogs player Ryan Griffen has announced his retirement following the Giants' AFL semi-final loss to Collingwood.

Snapshot of Magpies v GWS AFL semi-final

Jordan De Goey proved the spark for Collingwood as they ran out 10-point winners in a fiercely-contested AFL semi-final against GWS.

Magpies down Giants in AFL semi-final

Collingwood have prevailed by 10 points in their AFL semi-final against GWS to set up a preliminary final meeting with reigning premiers Richmond.

Melksham stars late in Demons' AFL win

JAKE MELKSHAM of the Demons and Kade Simpson of the Blues compete for the ball during the 2018 AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Melbourne Demons at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne forward Jake Melksham was outstanding in the last term in Friday night's AFL semi-final, kicking two big goals against Hawthorn.

Goodwin calls on Demons fans to go west

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

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin wants as many Demons as possible to attend their AFL preliminary final against West Coast in Perth.

Hawthorn to top up after AFL finals exit

ALASTAIR CLARKSON, Senior Coach of the Hawks looks on during the 2017 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says the club will again look to lure established talent after bowing out of the AFL finals in straight sets.

AFL Giant Whitfield eyes MCG space

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.

Lachie Whitfield is hoping to express himself within the ample confines of the MCG when the Giants aims to end Collingwood's premiership dream on Saturday.

Roughead to stay with AFL Hawks: Clarkson

ALASTAIR CLARKSON, Senior Coach of the Hawks addresses his players during the 2017 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Hawthorn Hawks at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Hawthorn skipper Jarryd Roughead is certain to remain at the club next season despite heavy speculation about his future, coach Alastair Clarkson says.

Melksham stars late in Demons' AFL triumph

JAKE MELKSHAM of the Demons looks to pass the ball during the AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Melbourne Demons at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Melbourne forward Jake Melksham has delivered a dynamic fourth quarter to propel the Demons to victory in their AFL semi-final against Hawthorn.

Snapshot of Hawks v Demons AFL semi-final

Hawthorn will again be left to rue a wayward performance in front of goal after Melbourne proved too good and made their way to an AFL preliminary final.

Demons win through to AFL prelim final

Melbourne will play their first AFL preliminary final since 2000 after downing Hawthorn by 33 points in their semi-final at the MCG.

AFL setbacks steeled GWS for AFL finals

HARRY HIMMELBERG of the Giants in action during the Greater Western Sydney GIants AFL Intra-Club match at Tom Wills Oval in Sydney, Australia.

Harry Himmelberg and Callan Ward say GWS won't lack belief in the AFL finals, having bounced back from a month-long losing streak and stack of injuries.

GWS challenge Swans for AFL lead in Sydney

GWS can possibly lay claim to challenging the Swans' status as Sydney's top AFL team after going deeper into the finals than them for a second straight year.

Eagles Gaff coy on future as Roos circle

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.

West Coast winger Andrew Gaff hopes to remain at the club but has confirmed he is mulling offers from other AFL clubs.

No injury dramas with Dusty, say Tigers

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 have denied superstar Dustin Martin is battling an injury after his early departure from a training session at Punt Road.

Umps won't target Toby in AFL semi: Giants

Giants coach, LEON CAMERON is talks to players during the AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Sydney Swans at Spotless Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Toby Greene's marking technique has dominated discussion about this week's AFL semi-final at the MCG, now umpires must decide how to police it.

Swans delist unlucky defender Johnson

ALEX JOHNSON of the Swans thanks fans during the 2018 AFL Pink Lady match between the Melbourne Demons and the Sydney Swans at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

The Sydney Swans have made the call not to renew Alex Johnson's contract for the 2019 AFL season after he required a sixth knee reconstruction.

Black Eyed Peas, Barnes at AFL Grand Final

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

American band Black Eyed Peas and Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes will get AFL fans out of their seats at this year's Grand Final.

Eagles thrive off Simpson's 'brotherhood'

ADAM SIMPSON, coach of the Eagles addresses the team at quarter time during the 2018 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

West Coast coach Adam Simpson has helped instil a strong family culture at the Eagles, and his players are thriving from it.

May expected to request Suns trade: report

TOM LYNCH of the Crows handballs whilst being tackled during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

AFL defender Steven May could join fellow co-captain Tom Lynch on his way out of the Gold Coast Suns with reports he's expected to request a trade.

Out in straight sets: What happened next?

Since the introduction of the current top-eight format, just six of 34 sides have exited the AFL finals in straight sets.

AFL coaches look for edge with new rules

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 coach Adam Simpson says if the proposed AFL rule changes are introduced, it will take 12 months to judge them.

Magpies' leaders helping AFL finals charge

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 defender Brayden Maynard says skipper Scott Pendlebury's growth as a leader has helped the tight-knit Magpies reach the AFL finals.

Hawks pitch rookie into AFL finals action

Hawthorn's rookie-listed 27-year-old David Mirra will make his AFL finals debut against Melbourne in Friday night's AFL semi-final.

AFL finals week two preview panel

A preview panel of week two of the AFL finals.

AFL looks to help up to five strugglers

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.

The AFL could help several struggling clubs source off-field staff, as well as looking at requests for priority picks in the national draft

Port winger Polec wants AFL trade to North

JARED POLEC of the Power kicks the ball during the AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

Port Adelaide wingman Jared Polec has told his AFL club he wants to be traded to North Melbourne.

Ex-netball star Layton joins Magpies AFLW

SHARNI LAYTON of the Magpies wins the ball over KRISTINA BRICE of the Giants during the Super Netball Major Semi Final match between the Giants and the Magpies at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre in Sydney, Australia.

Former Australian netball captain Sharni Layton will play AFLW with the Magpies, switching to football following her recent retirement from netball.

Aish slots smoothly back into Magpies side

TYSON GOLDSACK of the Magpies gestures during a Collingwood Magpies AFL training session at Olympic Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Collingwood defender James Aish is surprised with how easy it was to return to the team after a lengthy injury layoff.

Ups and downs give Eagles steely resolve

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 been forced to deal with injuries and off-field distractions all year, but coach Adam Simpson says it has helped his team build a stern resolve.

AFL could bring in two major rule changes

The AFL competition committee wants to press ahead with the 6-6-6 rule for centre bounces and a larger goalsquare.

Greene the pantomime villain of AFL finals

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

Toby Greene, hated by most AFL fans and loved by his teammates at GWS, has been a near-constant presence in the headlines throughout the finals.

No let-down for returning Magpies: Buckley

NATHAN BUCKLEY, Senior Coach of the Magpies addresses his players during the 2017 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Essendon Bombers at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Nathan Buckley believes the enormity of playing an AFL final will help Adam Treloar, Tyson Goldsack and Jeremy Howe maintain their post-injury form.

Advice helps GWS star handle tags

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 has sought advice on how to combat being tagged as he embraces a new role with the Giants.

GWS star Kelly out of AFL semi-final

DARCY MOORE 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.

GWS midfielder Josh Kelly has been ruled out of Saturday's AFL semi-final against Collingwood because of a knee injury.

Hawks brace for Demons chaos in AFL final

ALASTAIR CLARKSON, Senior Coach of the Hawks looks on during the 2017 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson expects Melbourne to bring more Richmond-like chaos in Friday night's AFL semi-final.

Changes pay off for late AFL bloomer Reid

SAM REID of the Swans trains during a Sydney Swans AFL training session at Lakeside Oval in Sydney, Australia.

Changes made by GWS stalwart Sam Reid after the disappointment of missing his side's first two finals campaigns have paid of handsomely.

Treloar's AFL comeback hinged on session

DANIEL WELLS of the Kangaroos handballs away from ADAM TRELOAR of the Magpies during the AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

By his own admission, Collingwood midfielder Adam Treloar was going nowhere a month into the comeback from his twin hamstring injuries.

Dees young gun epitomises AFL turnaround

NATHAN JONES of the Demons kicks the ball whilst being tackled by Isaac Smith of the Hawks during the AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Melbourne Demons at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne co-captain Nathan Jones says tagger James Harmes is the perfect example of how far the AFL finalists have come.

Magpie Mayne bounces back after AFL trials

NATHAN BUCKLEY, Senior Coach of the Magpies addresses his players during the 2017 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Essendon Bombers at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

After being a lightning rod for criticism last year in his first season at Collingwood, Chris Mayne has enjoyed much better form.

Giants ready for hostile MCG crowd

CALLAN WARD of the Dockers passes the ball during the AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Fremantle Dockers at UNSW Canberra Oval in Canberra, Australia.

GWS are ready for to play in front of another large and predominantly hostile MCG finals crowd after learning lessons from last year's AFL preliminary final.

Mate against mate in Pies-GWS AFL final

DANIEL WELLS of the Kangaroos handballs away from ADAM TRELOAR of the Magpies during the AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Former GWS young guns Adam Treloar, Taylor Adams and Will Hoskin-Elliott are now part of the Collingwood outfit aiming to end their old club's AFL campaign.

Comeback Magpie set for new AFL deal

TYSON GOLDSACK of the Magpies gestures during a Collingwood Magpies AFL training session at Olympic Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Premiership defender Tyson Goldsack expects to play on with Collingwood next season after making a strong return from injury in the AFL finals.

Pendlebury out to make amends in AFL final

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.

Scott Pendlebury says he wasn't at his best in Collingwood's AFL qualifying final loss to West Coast and is determined to lift against GWS.

Dees gun 'way past' AFL concussion battle

ANGUS BRAYSHAW of the Demons handballs during the AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Adelaide Crows at Traeger Park in Alice Springs, Australia.

Melbourne young gun Angus Brayshaw is taking on the AFL finals with excitement after moving on from his long concussion battle.

Feet issues force Eagle Mackenzie to quit

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 defender Eric Mackenzie says there are no guarantees his feet will ever heal completely after announcing the end of his AFL career.

Defensive switch lands Thomas Blues deal

DALE THOMAS of the Blues marks during the AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Carlton Blues in Melbourne, Australia.

AFL veteran Dale Thomas has penned a one-year extension with Carlton after impressing as part of the Blues' bombarded backline.

Swans Hannebery, Rohan set to be traded

DAN HANNEBERY of the Swans handballs during the AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Essendon Bombers at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney have confirmed vice-captain Dan Hannebery and speedster Gary Rohan will be both on the trade table during the AFL off-season frenzy.

Ryan Griffen close to AFL final comeback

RYAN GRIFFEN poses during a Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL portrait session in Sydney, Australia.

Ryan Griffen's stop-start stint at GWS may yet finish on a high note with the veteran now fully fit and on the cusp of an AFL call-up in the finals.

Demons' Jetta relishes hard stuff in AFL

NEVILLE JETTA of the Demons marks the ball during a Melbourne Demons AFL training session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne defender Neville Jetta has been one of the players at the heart of their resurgence.

Demons, Hawks to fight like it's 1996

Melbourne champion David Neitz kicked six goals against Hawthorn in the famous "Merger Game" of 1996 and would love to see the Demons prevail 22 years later.

Demons' Weideman taking his AFL chance

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

Sam Weideman's best-afield performance for Melbourne in their AFL elimination final win over Geelong had all the signs of a breakout performance.

AFL confirms daytime slot for Eagles final

West Coast's preliminary final against Hawthorn or Melbourne will start at 1.20pm on Saturday week.

Veteran Crameri out as Cats start AFL cull

STEWART CRAMERI of the Bulldogs marks during the AFL match at SCG in Sydney, Australia

Geelong have told six players, including journeyman forward Stewart Crameri, they won't be offered new contracts for the next AFL season.

Tigers' Caddy apologises for AFL sledge

JOSH CADDY of the Tigers high fives fans after winning the AFL Second Qualifying Final Match between the Geelong Cats and the Richmond Tigers at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Audio has emerged of Richmond forward Josh Caddy verbally abusing Hawthorn tagger Daniel Howe during their fiery AFL qualifying final.

Kelly yet to run, set to miss AFL semi

JOSH KELLY poses during the Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL media day in Sydney, Australia.

A seven-day window to recover from a knee injury is likely to be too short for Josh Kelly as GWS prepare to take on Collingwood in their AFL semi-final.

Devastated Eagle vows to put on brave face

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.

Eagles defender Brad Sheppard says he was left shattered and devastated after tearing his hamstring last week, but he is taking inspiration from Nic Naitanui.

GWS to prune Greene's AFL fly-kick action

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

Toby Greene's fly-kick marking technique in the AFL will be slightly tweaked, but not fully outlawed, by GWS coach Leon Cameron.

Assistant coach Shaw leaves Swans for Roos

Rhyce Shaw says he's leaving his AFL assistant coaching role at Sydney to return to Victoria.

Coach at odds with McGuire over AFL final

NATHAN BUCKLEY, coach of the Magpies addresses the team during the 2017 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Collingwood Magpies at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley does not agree with club president Eddie McGuire that AFL's scheduling of the preliminary final is problematic.

GWS pair Greene, Hopper accept AFL fines

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

GWS pair Toby Greene and Jacob Hopper have accepted fines from the AFL match review officer for weekend incidents in their finals win over Sydney.

Hibberd expected to play in AFL final

JAKE MELKSHAM of the Demons looks to pass the ball during the AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Melbourne Demons at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Melbourne defender Michael Hibberd left training early on Tuesday but is expected to play in the AFL semi-final against Hawthorn

Cats don't need to start again: Scott

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 are still hurting after their elimination final loss to Melbourne, but coach Chris Scott has backed his club's long-term strategy for AFL success.

Eagles won't hide from growing AFL hype

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.

The buzz surrounding West Coast continues to grow, and coach Adam Simpson says there's no point trying to hide from the hype.

Giant Buntine on verge of AFL milestone

Giants coach, LEON CAMERON is talks to players during the AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Sydney Swans at Spotless Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

GWS back Matt Buntine is poised to reach his 50-game AFL milestone in a semi-final this weekend after almost seven full seasons.

Saints deny Steven eyeing trade to Cats

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.

St Kilda coach Alan Richardson has poured cold water on speculation Jack Steven could move to Geelong via the AFL trade period.

Dees tagger backs himself to curb AFL gun

JOEL SELWOOD (left) and Chris Scott, Senior Coach of the Cats share a laugh during a Geelong Cats AFL training session at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, Australia.

Melbourne tagger James Harmes will take a minimalist approach to preparing for a likely showdown with Hawthorn's Tom Mitchell in the AFL finals.

Eagle Sheppard sidelined for AFL finals

West Coast have suffered an injury blow, with defender Brad Sheppard ruled out for the rest of the AFL finals because of a serious hamstring injury.

GWS Giants to embrace hostile MCG crowd

JEREMY CAMERON of the Giants tackles Jackson Nelson of the Eagles during the AFL match between the Greater Western Giants and the West Coast Eagles at Spotless Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

GWS key forward Jeremy Cameron says a big crowd of Collingwood supporters at the MCG can help inspire his team during their AFL semi-final.

Franklin and Dangerfield left lamenting

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.

For all their many honours, Sydney star Lance Franklin and Geelong gun Patrick Dangerfield look a long way off playing in a premiership for their current clubs.

Bombers delist Green after two AFL seasons

JOSH GREEN of the Bombers gathers the ball during an Essendon Bombers AFL training session at True Value Solar Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

Small forward Josh Green has been delisted by Essendon after playing 24 games over two AFL seasons at the Bombers.

Slushy, not critics, help fire up Eagles

JACK REDDEN marks the ball during a West Coast Eagles AFL pre-season training session at the WA Athletics Stadium in Perth, Australia.

West Coast are just one win away from securing a spot in the AFL grand final but there are still plenty of doubters questioning whether they can win the flag.

GWS star Greene cleared over AFL fly-kicks

CALLUM MILLS of the Swans is tackled by TOBY GREENE of the Giants during the JLT Community Series AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Blacktown International Sportspark in Sydney, Australia.

GWS forward Toby Greene has copped a $2500 fine for misconduct on Sydney's Isaac Heeney but the AFL say his fly-kick marks are legal.

AFL, Magpies at odds over finals schedule

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.

AFL fixtures chief Travis Auld says there's no chance the league will change the finals schedule after complaints from Collingwood.

Lewis sees a bit of Hawks in AFL Demons

JORDAN LEWIS controls the ball during an AFL match at TIO Stadium in Darwin, Australia.

Melbourne defender Jordan Lewis is about to play against his former club Hawthorn for the first time in an AFL final.

Smith warns against writing off Hawks

NATHAN JONES of the Demons kicks the ball whilst being tackled by Isaac Smith of the Hawks during the AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Melbourne Demons at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne will start handy favourites against Hawthorn in their AFL semi-final but veteran Hawks runner Isaac Smith says they won't have it all their own way.

Hannah Mouncey withdraws from AFLW draft

Hannah Mouncey says she won't nominate for the 2018 AFLW draft as the battle to become the league's first transgender footballer has taken an "enormous" toll.

Hurn confident Eagles can handle AFL hype

ADAM SIMPSON, coach of the Eagles addresses the team at quarter time during the 2018 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

West Coast are just one win away from securing a spot in the grand final after posting a 16-point qualifying final win over Collingwood in Perth on Saturday.

GWS star Josh Kelly in doubt for AFL final

JOSH KELLY of the Giants celebrates a goal during the AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Melbourne Demons at UNSW Canberra Oval in Canberra, Australia.

GWS midfielder Josh Kelly's knee injury isn't serious but the torn meniscus is expected to sideline him from the AFL club's semi-final against Collingwood.

What happened in week one of AFL finals

Richmond and West Coast booked preliminary final berths in an eventful first week of the AFL finals.

Beaten Magpies quickly turn focus to GWS

NATHAN BUCKLEY, coach of the Magpies addresses the team during the 2017 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Collingwood Magpies at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Collingwood didn't waste any time dwelling on their qualifying final loss to West Coast, Nathan Buckley's men quickly turning their attention to hosting GWS.

Stern words put GWS back on track in AFL

JACOB HOPPER of the Giants handballs whilst being tackled by Jack Graham of the Tigers during the AFL Preliminary Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

GWS are back on track to contend for the AFL flag this month after responding positively to some strong talking from their midfield leaders

GWS skipper not happy with Swans' Franklin

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.

GWS co-captain Phil Davis has revealed he is unhappy with some of the tactics used by superstar Sydney opponent Lance Franklin.

Dees CEO sees bright future for Melbourne

Plenty had doubts over Melbourne's ability to play strong AFL finals football but not chief executive Peter Jackson.

Car crash changed my life, says Eagle Ryan

LIAM RYAN of the Eagles is tackled by DARGY TUCKER of the Dockers during the JLT Community Series AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles at HBF Arena in Perth, Australia.

Eagles forward Liam Ryan says he has struggled at times being away from home, but has benefited from the extra support the club has given him in recent times.

Finals debunk age-old AFL adage

The opening week of the finals has debunked one of the oldest theories in the AFL: don't play underdone footballers.

AFL settles finals dates

The AFL has settled on dates for the remaining finals with flag favourites Richmond eyeing a potential extra day of rest if they reach the grand final.

Magpies won't dwell on AFL finals loss

Magpies head coach NATHAN BUCKLEY speaks to Scott Pendlebury of the Magpies during a Collingwood Magpies AFL training session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says there's no point crying over spilt milk after his club's 16-point loss to West Coast in an AFL qualifying final.

Experienced Eagles thriving on big stage

West Coast have booked a spot in the preliminary finals after beating Collingwood by 16 points in the qualifying final at a sold out Optus Stadium.

Plenty more to come from Giant Williams

JACK RIEWOLDT of the Tigers tackles ZAC WILLIAMS of the Giants during the AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

GWS back Zac Williams says he has a lot of improvement left after making an encouraging return in the Giants AFL elimination final win over Sydney.

Swans shift AFL focus to Hannebery, Lloyd

Speculation continues to swirl about the future of Sydney vice-captain Dan Hannebery, while Jake Lloyd is yet to sign a contract extension with the AFL club.

A look at week 2 of the AFL finals series

A snapshot of the upcoming AFL semi-finals, where both Hawthorn and Collingwood are aiming to avoid straight-set exits.

Snapshot of Eagles v Pies qualifying final

Snapshot of West Coast v Collingwood qualifying final.

Goldsack gamble pays off despite Pies loss

TYSON GOLDSACK of the Magpies gestures during a Collingwood Magpies AFL training session at Olympic Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Veteran defender Tyson Goldsack made a strong AFL return in Collingwood's qualifying final loss to West Coast in Perth.

Swans' scoring woes exposed in AFL final

Sydney scored 4.6 (30) in their elimination final, a record low for the AFL club at the SCG.

Kelly's knee the latest injury woe for GWS

JOSH KELLY of the Giants celebrates a goal during the AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Melbourne Demons at UNSW Canberra Oval in Canberra, Australia.

GWS's horrible luck on the injury front has continued in their elimination-final victory over Sydney at the SCG, where Josh Kelly suffered a knee injury.

Eagle Sheppard now a doubt for AFL prelim

BRAD SHEPPARD of the Eagles looks to handball during the AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Richmond Tigers at OS in Perth, Australia.

West Coast are sweating on a hamstring injury suffered by defender Brad Sheppard during their 16-point qualifying final win over Collingwood.

Toby Greene sparks GWS over Sydney in AFL

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

GWS forward Toby Greene has kicked three goals in a triumphant return in the Giants' 49-point AFL elimination final shellacking of Sydney at the SCG.

Swans-Giants AFL final snapshot

A snapshot of GWS's AFL elimination final victory over GWS at the SCG.

AFL boss lauds Swans CEO Ireland

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

AFL CEO Glllon McLachlan has praised the contribution of Sydney Swans counterpart Andrew Ireland

Demons all clear ahead of AFL semi-final

AFL match review officer Michael Christian has handed out fines but no suspensions after the first two matches of the AFL finals series.

GWS thump Swans in AFL elimination final

PHIL DAVIS of the Giants in action during the AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Fremantle Dockers at UNSW Canberra Oval in Canberra, Australia.

GWS key defender Phil Davis and small forward Toby Greene have starred at the SCG, helping their side defeat Sydney by 49 points in the AFL elimination final.

Cats' Dangerfield in bid to lure Bulldog

PATRICK DANGERFIELD of the Cats looks to pass the ball during the AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Geelong Cats at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Geelong's Patrick Dangerfield has spoken with Western Bulldogs free agent Luke Dahlhaus about a potential move to the Cats.

Demons' Viney all clear after AFL toe test

JACK VINEY of the Demons handpasses the ball during the AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Melbourne Demons at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Melbourne's Jack Viney can attack the rest of the AFL finals series confident he is completely over the toe injury that hampered him late in the season.

Swans and Giants out to end SCG woes

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

Neither Sydney or GWS have great recent SCG form as they head into their AFL elimination derby at the famous ground.

Ablett still bullish on AFL's beaten Cats

GARY ABLETT of the Gold Suns poses for a portrait at Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Geelong superstar Gary Ablett says the Cats can challenge for the AFL premiership next season despite their quick exit from the finals.

Hungry Demons focused on AFL basics

JACK VINEY of the Demons handpasses the ball during the AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Melbourne Demons at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Melbourne forward Christian Petracca said the inspiring work of individual Demons fired the club to their AFL elimination final win over Geelong.

Young Demons show their AFL finals fettle

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 says ferocious Demons support among 91,767 fans at the MCG made a huge difference in their AFL elimination final win over Geelong.

Eagles pip Collingwood in AFL thriller

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.

West Coast have scored the last two goals of the game to beat Collingwood by 16 points in Saturday night's AFL qualifying final.

Scott optimistic Geelong's era not over

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's season came to an abrupt halt when Melbourne scored an elimination final win at the MCG on Friday.

Demons reward fans with term for the ages

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

Melbourne has set up a semi-final with Hawthorn on the back of a relentless first term that left opponents Geelong shell-shocked.

Demons-Cats AFL final snapshot

A snapshot of Melbourne's AFL elimination final victory over Geelong at the MCG..

Fast-starting Demons hold off Cats in AFL

Melbourne have scored five unanswered goals against Geelong in the first quarter and held off the Cats to tee up an AFL semi-final with Hawthorn.

Hawks to kick off AFL semi-finals

WILL HAYWARD of the Swans celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Sydney Swans at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

The AFL has confirmed the semi-finals schedule after Richmond's defeat of Hawthorn in their qualifying final.

Daniher honoured by AFL at Demons final

NEALE DANIHER (R) speaks to media alongside Kevin Sheedy during an Essendon Bombers AFL media and training session at True Value Solar Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

AFL great and motor neurone disease (MND) awareness advocate Neale Daniher has been honoured by the AFL.

Plucky Parker steeled for AFL derby final

LUKE PARKER of the Swans throws an American football during a Sydney Swans AFL training session at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

It didn't take Sydney vice-captain Luke Parker long to establish himself as one of the toughest players in the AFL.

Star Tigers quartet cleared for AFL final

JOSH CADDY of the Tigers marks the ball during a Richmond Tigers AFL training session at Punt Road Oval in Melbourne, Australia.

Trent Cotchin and Richmond teammates Jack Riewoldt, Alex Rance and Josh Caddy came under scrutiny after the fiery qualifying final win over Hawthorn.

Misses cost Hawks as Tigers backs shine

DUSTIN MARTIN of the Tigers runs with the ball during the JLT Community Series AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Richmond Tigers at Norm Minns Oval in Wangaratta, Australia.

Star Richmond defender Dylan Grimes was relieved as well as pleased when Hawthorn opponent Luke Breust missed his easy shot on goal.

Eagle Kennedy won't have the wobbles

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.

Eagles forward Josh Kennedy has been given the green light to return from a shin injury in Saturday night's qualifying final against Collingwood in Perth.

Phil Davis to resume AFL battle with Buddy

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 and Phil Davis' battle within a battle will go a long way to deciding whether Sydney or GWS win the AFL elimination final at the SCG.

Swan Hayward seeking more AFL goals

Emerging Sydney forward Will Hayward gets his chance to test himself in AFL finals combat when he plays in Saturday's elimination game against local rivals GWS

AFLW moves to conferences for 2019

The AFLW has rejected the pleas of some women's footballers for an extended regular season to allow each team to play at least once.

Eagles' AFL forwards all fit - at last

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.

West Coast spearhead Josh Kennedy will play his first game since round 18 when he lines up in Saturday night's qualifying final against Collingwood in Perth.

Buckley backs returning Pies for AFL final

NATHAN BUCKLEY, coach of the Magpies addresses the team during the 2017 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Collingwood Magpies at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley is backing Adam Treloar, Jeremy Howe and Tyson Goldsack to thrive in the AFL finals on return from injuries.

Six moments that made Sydney's AFL rivalry

LUKE PARKER catches a pass during a Sydney Swans AFL training session at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

There's yet to be anything as full on as the 2002 Ramsgate Hotel brawl but GWS and Sydney have built a heated rivalry in recent years.

Stratton hamstrung after AFL finals loss

ALASTAIR CLARKSON, Senior Coach of the Hawks addresses his players during the 2017 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Hawthorn Hawks at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Hawthorn have confirmed that top defender Ben Stratton will miss their semi-final after he suffered a hamstring injury against Richmond.

Ellis remains in Tigers' AFL finals mix

DAMIEN HARDWICK Senior Coach of the Tigers during the 2017 AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Richmond Tigers at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says it was a tough call to drop Brandon Ellis and is confident Alex Rance will be ready for their preliminary final.

Hawks can repeat 2015 AFL finals: McEvoy

BEN MCEVOY of the Hawks celebrates a goal during the AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Ruckman Ben McEvoy says Hawthorn have full confidence they can turn around their poor start to the AFL finals and avoid a straight-sets exit.

The rising stars of every AFL finalist

JACK GRAHAM of the Tigers grabs the ball during the Second AFL Preliminary Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

A look at an emerging star from each of the AFL finalists.

Dumped Demon a hard-luck AFL story: coach

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

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin says Jay Kennedy Harris is stiff to be dropped for Friday night's elimination final against Geelong.

Clarkson rubbishes AFL final tactics talk

ALASTAIR CLARKSON, Senior Coach of the Hawks looks on during the 2017 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson was unimpressed with pre-game speculation about what impact his coaching might have on their qualifying final.

Dusty steals spotlight in 200th AFL game

DUSTIN MARTIN of the Tigers runs with the ball during the JLT Community Series AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Richmond Tigers at Norm Minns Oval in Wangaratta, Australia.

Richmond superstar Dustin Martin has delivered a dominant performance to propel the Tigers to victory in their AFL qualifying final against Hawthorn.

Tigers-Hawks AFL qualifying final snapshot

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.

A snapshot of Richmond's AFL qualifying final victory over Hawthorn at the MCG.

AFL finals week one preview panel

A preview panel of the first week of the AFL finals.

Demons' Gawn a lost rugby union star

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's star ruck Max Gawn has rugby union in his blood with his Kiwi dad a representative player but a move to Melbourne set the Demon on the AFL path.

Key tactics in Melbourne-Geelong AFL final

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

Some of the key tactics in Friday night's AFL elimination final between Melbourne and Geelong.

Stingy Cats out to curb fired-up Demons

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

Geelong will look to blunt Melbourne's potent attack when the sides clash in an AFL elimination final at the MCG.

Eagle Barrass brought undone by dustpan

Eagles defender Tom Barrass is fit and firing leading into Saturday's qualifying final against Collingwood, but it was a different case earlier this year.

AFL warhorse Simpson carries on in 2019

KADE KOLODJASHNIJ of the Suns gets tackled by Kade Simpson and Marc Murphy of the Blues during the AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Gold Coast Suns at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Kade Simpson has agreed to play on for a 17th AFL season with battlers Carlton.

Magpies take AFL finals punt on Goldsack

LUKE PARKER catches a pass during a Sydney Swans AFL training session at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

Collingwood have named veteran Tyson Goldsack for his first AFL game this season in Saturday's qualifying final against West Coast.

Demons emerge from AFL hell, at last

NEALE DANIHER (R) speaks to media alongside Kevin Sheedy during an Essendon Bombers AFL media and training session at True Value Solar Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

The world's oldest professional football club wakes from its slumber on Friday night when Melbourne, for the first time in 12 years, plays in an AFL final.

Swans steeled for brutal AFL derby final

DANE RAMPE of the Swans is tackled during the AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the West Coast Eagles at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney defender Dane Rampe says his AFL club's elimination final against rivals GWS will be a fierce and physical encounter.

Viney confident in body for AFL finals

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

Jack Viney will play just his eighth game for the season on Friday night against Geelong in Melbourne's first AFL final for 12 years.

The wildcards of every AFL finalist

Some of the wildcard players in the AFL finals

Tigers roar and down Hawks in AFL final

ALASTAIR CLARKSON, Senior Coach of the Hawks looks on during the 2017 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Richmond are one win away from returning to the AFL grand final after downing Hawthorn by 31 points in the qualifying final at the MCG.

Clarkson, Hardwick set friendship aside

ALASTAIR CLARKSON, Senior Coach of the Hawks looks on during the 2017 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Damien Hardwick and Alastair Clarkson are great mates, but the Richmond and Hawthorn coaches will be friendly foes before Thursday's qualifying final.

Clarkson sees some merit in AFL finals bye

ALASTAIR CLARKSON, Senior Coach of the Hawks addresses his players during the 2017 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Hawthorn Hawks at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

While Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has been one of the biggest critics of the finals bye, he can also see the benefits.

Mihocek lapping up Magpies AFL ride

Collingwood defender-turned-goalkicker Brody Mihocek has seized his chance in the AFL after waiting several years to get there.

Riewoldt says he backs Saints' Richardson

NICK RIEWOLDT of the Saints celebrates after kicking a goal during the AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the St Kilda Saints at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

St Kilda legend Nick Riewoldt vehemently denies that if he was to join the club board, it would spell the end for coach Alan Richardson.

Tigers set to be in box seat to sign Lynch

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.

Rival Tom Lynch suitors Hawthorn and Collingwood apparently have been told they should look elsewhere.

Players to support Varcoe, Sloane families

RORY SLOANE of the Crows runs with the ball during the AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Adelaide Crows at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia.

All players in the opening round of the AFL finals will wear two black armbands in support of the grieving Varcoe and Sloane families.

AFL preview panel for 1st qualifying final

A preview panel of the AFL's first qualifying final.

Giants want AFL derby to be like Origin

Giants CEO DAVID MATTHEWS during a GWS Giants AFL Media Announcement at the WestConnex Centre in Sydney, Australia.

GWS chief executive David Matthews envisages a time when the Sydney AFL derby holds the same appeal locally as rugby league's annual State of Origin series.

Ellis axed, Ceglar recalled for AFL final

Hawthorn will play two ruckmen and Brandon Ellis is the unlucky Richmond omission for the qualifying final.

Durable Dusty sprints to 200th AFL game

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 superstar Dustin Martin is set to bring up his 200th AFL game faster than any player in Tigers history.

VFL great 'Bluey' Hampshire dies

Former Geelong and Footscray ruckman Ian 'Bluey' Hampshire has died at the age of 70.

'Ferocious' Viney ready for AFL finals

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

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin says co-captain Jack Viney will relish the intensity of the AFL finals in his return from injury.

How Hawthorn might try to beat Richmond

ALASTAIR CLARKSON, Senior Coach of the Hawks looks on during the 2017 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Minor premiers Richmond will probably beat Hawthorn in the first qualifying final, but Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson is plotting.

Cats ruckman Stanley a no-show at training

JOEL SELWOOD (left) and Chris Scott, Senior Coach of the Cats share a laugh during a Geelong Cats AFL training session at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, Australia.

Geelong ruckman Rhys Stanley didn't take the field for the Cats' final training session before their elimination final against Melbourne.

Swan McVeigh makes Father Time wait

JARRAD MCVEIGH during a Sydney Swans AFL pre-season training session at Weigall Sports Ground in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney AFL stalwart Jarrad McVeigh is the Swans oldest player but definitely still one of their most influential.

Saints cut veteran Gilbert from AFL list

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.

AFL veteran Sam Gilbert says he'll weigh up his future after being told by St Kilda that he won't be offered a contract for next year.

Tiger focus on 'known knowns' in AFL final

KANE LAMBERT of the Tigers kicks the ball under pressure from Jake Long of the Bombers during the AFL match at Norm Minns Oval in Wangaratta, Australia.

Richmond are set to make just one change for their AFL qualifying final against Hawthorn with Kane Lambert recalled and Dan Butler ruled out.

AFL finals return marks a new Hawks era

ALASTAIR CLARKSON, Senior Coach of the Hawks addresses his players during the 2017 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Hawthorn Hawks at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Regardless of the result, Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson looks forward to seeing how his side performs in the qualifying final against Richmond.

Confidence high for in-form Cat Hawkins

TOM HAWKINS of the Cats is tackled by Jordan Kelly of the Bulldogs (R) during the AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Geelong Cats at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Geelong forward Tom Hawkins is confident he and the Cats are hitting the AFL finals in hot form.

Magpies have firepower: Hoskin-Elliott

WILL HOSKIN-ELLIOTT of the Magpies kicks whilst being tackled by Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti of the Bombers during the AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Collingwood Magpies in Melbourne, Australia.

A fine goalkicking spread is one of the reasons Collingwood half-forward Will Hoskin-Elliott believes the Magpies can triumph in the AFL finals.

Demon Jetta hungry to taste Storm success

NEVILLE JETTA of the Demons marks the ball during a Melbourne Demons AFL training session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne's Neville Jetta says he's excited to taste some AFL finals after watching the Storm, who they share facilities with, reach the play-offs each season.

Tigers must find different way to win flag

JACK RIEWOLDT of the Tigers marks during a Richmond Tigers AFL training session at ME Bank Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

Richmond spearhead Jack Riewoldt says the Tigers must tread a different finals path if they are going to win this year's AFL premiership.

Divisive Demons days in AFL are revisited

JACK TRENGOVE of the Demons celebrates the win with fans during the AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Port Adelaide Power at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Former Melbourne players Brad Green and Brent Moloney have taken to social media to refute claims by fired Demons coach Mark Neeld.

Eagle Nathan Vardy feels Nic Nat's pain

NATHAN VARDY of the Eagles is challenged by SHANE MUMFORD of the Giants during the AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the West Coast Eagles at Spotless Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

West Coast ruckman Nathan Vardy will face a tough assignment when he confronts Collingwood big man Brodie Grundy in Saturday's qualifying final in Perth.

The unsung heroes of AFL finalists

BRAD SHEPPARD of the Eagles passes the ball during the AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers at DS in Perth, Australia.

A look at the unsung heroes of each club in the AFL finals.

Dahlhaus bolts from Bulldogs 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.

Western Bulldogs premiership player Luke Dahlhaus has told the club he intends to leave via AFL free agency.

Footy manager Chris Bond to leave Dockers

Fremantle football operations manager Chris Bond will leave the club in November, meaning the Dockers now have two major posts that need filling.

Baby Bombers show AFL miracles can happen

Bombers legend KEVIN SHEEDY waves his scarf during the AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Hawthorn Hawks at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

A look at AFL grand final anniversaries makes uncomfortable reading for Richmond fans as their team prepares to defend the premiership.

Eagle Lycett faces heavyweight AFL battle

West Coast coach Adam Simpson hopes ruckman Scott Lycett will be able to hold his own against Brodie Grundy during Saturday's clash with Collingwood.

GWS ace Kelly tips brutal AFL finals derby

JOSH KELLY poses during the Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL media day in Sydney, Australia.

GWS midfielder Josh Kelly is bracing for another brutal Sydney AFL derby when he brings up his 100th game in their elimination final.

Stewart leaving nerves back in 2017

TOM STEWARTof the Cats handballs during the AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Fremantle Dockers at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, Australia.

Tom Stewart has given a frank assessment of how he felt in the lead-up to last year's maiden finals series with AFL club Geelong.

Astbury expects Lambert to return in AFL

KANE LAMBERT of the Tigers kicks the ball under pressure from Jake Long of the Bombers during the AFL match at Norm Minns Oval in Wangaratta, Australia.

Richmond on-baller Kane Lambert is likely to return for their AFL qualifying final against Hawthorn.

AFL probing US-style anti-tampering rules

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.

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan says the competition is pondering the introduction of rules used in the US to stop coaches meeting with opposition players.

Finals experience no Demons barrier: Lewis

JORDAN LEWIS controls the ball during an AFL match at TIO Stadium in Darwin, Australia.

Jordan Lewis is the only Melbourne Demon to have won an AFL premiership while only three others have even played finals but says it won't hamper their chances.

Coaches in the AFL finals at a glance

DAMIEN HARDWICK Senior Coach of the Tigers during the 2017 AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Richmond Tigers at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

The records of the coaches in the AFL finals.

Cats star Ablett primed for finals return

GARY ABLETT juggles the ball during a Gold Coast Suns AFL training session at Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Geelong star Gary Ablett will play his first AFL final since 2010 when the Cats take on Melbourne at the MCG.

Eagles a tad worried about Magpie Treloar

DANIEL WELLS of the Kangaroos handballs away from ADAM TRELOAR of the Magpies during the AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Collingwood midfielder Adam Treloar faces an uphill battle to prove his fitness in time for the AFL qualifying final against West Coast in Perth.

Crisp stays durable amid Magpies' injuries

OLLIE WINES of the Power is tackled by JACK CRISP of the Magpies during the 2017 AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Collingwood Magpies at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

Collingwood defender Jack Crisp has played 94 consecutive games, the fourth-best streak amid current AFL players.

Saints coach laughs off AFL speculation

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.

St Kilda coach Alan Richardson has revealed he met incoming club president Andrew Bassat and denies his position is in strife.

Big Cat Stanley a chance to take on Demons

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 coach Chris Scott says ruckman Rhys Stanley is pressing his claims for a return to the side to face Melbourne in an AFL elimination final at the MCG.

Nervous wait for some AFL Giants

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

With potentially up to six key men available again, some incumbent GWS players could face a nervous wait to see if they retain a spot for Saturday's final.

Young Demon follows AFL family footsteps

Melbourne youngster Sam Weideman is preparing to step up to the big stage when the Demons launch their AFL finals campaign against Geelong.

Week off helps Swans Franklin and Parker

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.

Injured Sydney stars Lance Franklin and Luke Parker are on track to play in the AFL elimination final against GWS.

NRL player welfare wins out over AFL clash

TODD GREENBERG, Chief Executive Officer of the National Rugby League looks on after the NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Canberra Raiders at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Todd Greenberg says while he'd rather try to avoid finals clashes between the NRL and AFL in the same precinct, welfare concerns left him little choice.

Tigers won't win AFL premiership: Pagan

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

North Melbourne premiership coach Denis Pagan believes AFL flag favourites Richmond are in danger of getting ahead of themselves.

Pendlebury, Varcoe likely for Collingwood

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.

Scott Pendlebury has recovered from an illness that sent him to hospital last week and he'll travel to Perth for Collingwood's AFL qualifying final.

AFL honour is just the start for Grundy

Magpies head coach NATHAN BUCKLEY speaks to Scott Pendlebury of the Magpies during a Collingwood Magpies AFL training session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy has spoken to coach Nathan Buckley about immediately building on his first AFL All-Australian selection.

Lycett AFL talk won't distract us: Simpson

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.

The AFL futures of Scott Lycett and Andrew Gaff remain up in the air as West Coast prepare for this year's finals series.

Magpie Goldsack wants AFL finals return

TYSON GOLDSACK of the Magpies gestures during a Collingwood Magpies AFL training session at Olympic Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Just six months after an ACL injury, Collingwood's Tyson Goldsack has recovered to the point where he is in the selection mix for the AFL finals.

Key players in the AFL finals

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.

A glance at key players for each club in the AFL finals.

Cats not keen on Blues AFL handout

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 coach Chris Scott says each of the eight finalists are legitimate challengers for the AFL flag.

Brown puts hand up for AFL finals berth

Collingwood midfielder Callum Brown has impressed in the VFL, while Geelong's Esava Ratugolea is set to miss the Cats' final against Melbourne.

Suns not keen on return to China

Power President DAVID KOCH speaks to the media during an AFL announcement at The Chinese Museum Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia.

The Shanghai fixture between Port Adelaide and Gold Coast appears to be over after the Suns removed their support for the AFL match after two seasons.

Heeney lauds Swans' serious AFL talent

ISAAC HEENEY poses during a Sydney Swans AFL portrait session in Sydney, Australia.

Isaac Heeney is in just his fourth year in the AFL but is already excited by the prospect of the younger crop of players coming through at Sydney.

Giants brace for fresh Franklin in AFL

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.

GWS defenders are bracing for the scary prospect of a well-rested Lance Franklin for their AFL sudden-death final against Sydney.

No Power players off AFL trade table: Koch

Power President DAVID KOCH speaks to the media during an AFL announcement at The Chinese Museum Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia.

Port Adelaide chairman David Koch says the Power won't be afraid to make ruthless trade decisions as part of a searching off-season review of the AFL club.

Hawk happy he's doing AFL godfather proud

Hawthorn's Harry Morrison was born to be an AFL player - his godfather is Ken Judge and Tom Rockliff is a cousin.

Sydney rivalry heading AFL finals derbies

KIEREN JACK of the Swans kicks during the Sydney Swans AFL pre-season training session at Lakeside Oval in Sydney, Australia.

As the teams get set for a second finals match, Swans stalwart Kieren Jack feels the AFL could never have envisaged how quickly the Sydney derby would develop.

Demons' Viney presses claim for AFL return

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

Melbourne's Jack Viney is in the frame to return from a toe injury after taking part in the Demons' main training session before their AFL elimination final.

Eagle Ryan has won back our respect: Rioli

LIAM RYAN of the Eagles is tackled by DARGY TUCKER of the Dockers during the JLT Community Series AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles at HBF Arena in Perth, Australia.

Eagles forward Liam Ryan has been in strong form since returning from a club-imposed suspension, and he looms as a key figure against Collingwood next week.

Time for Giants as AFL flag clock ticks on

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

History is against GWS overturning back-to-back preliminary final losses but the Giants have plenty of time on their hands, defender Adam Tomlinson says.

Crows coach regrets pushing AFL players

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 has acknowledged making mistakes in 2018 as the Crows miss the AFL finals, a year after being beaten in the grand final.