Dale Thomas will be sidelined until the final rounds of the season with an ankle injury. (Picture: Pat Scala)
DOUBLE BLOW: Collingwood has suffered a cruel blow with injuries to star midfielders Dale Thomas and Dayne Beams looking to keep them on the sidelines for a large proportion of the season.
FOOTY TIPS: Find out who 3AW Football's call team picked for Round 9. Who will win the big Dream time at the G' Clash? And Can Collingwood defeat the reigning premiers Sydney in a Friday night blockbuster?
3AW FOOTBALL: The 2013 AFL fixture has been released with last season's top teams getting fewer games against the bottom sides. You can view your club's round-by-round fixture or download a copy here.
FOOTBALL: Collingwood forward Travis Cloke has been the best contested mark in the league for the last three years, but says the rule interpretation in marking contests has changed dramatically since he first joined the AFL.
GOAL REVIEW: The goal review system has had plenty of coverage since it's introduction last season. Leigh Matthews told 3AW football a way that he thinks could reduce confusion in these circumstances.
SPORTS TODAY: Caroline Wilson has apologised to North Melbourne’s director of medical services, Steve Saunders, for implying that he had previously overruled advice from club doctors, instead saying she believed he was a leader in his field.
SPORTS TODAY: Coming off a resounding 41-point win and the highest scoring 4th quarter ever in the history of the Melbourne Football Club, Nathan Jones hopes the Demons are back on track. He joined Gerard, Dwayne and BT on Monday.
GODDARD TEARS: After playing 205 matches for St Kilda and being a hero of the club for many years, Brendan Goddard was forced to face the inevitable on Saturday evening when he came up against his old side while playing for Essendon.
MELBOURNE INVESTIGATION: Andrew Demetriou has told Neil Mitchell an investigation will be launched, following allegations Melbourne Football Club players received injections from controversial former Essendon sports scientist Stephen Dank.
SUPPLEMENT SCANDAL: The Melbourne Football Club has been drawn into the AFL supplement scandal with allegations demons players received injections from controversial former Essendon sports scientist Stephen Dank.
ESSENDON: After a week of ongoing scrutiny regarding the Essendon Football Club and James Hird, Friday night’s comeback win against the Dockers away from home gave the club a reason smile once again, even if it is temporary.
3AW FOOTBALL: An Outspoken Caroline Wilson says James Hird's decision to coach the Bombers through Round 3 is a major distraction for the club. Also, Stephen Dank hits back at Hird and Andrew Demetriou.
LISTEN: Football Operations Manager Mark Evans joined 3AW Sports Today and addressed a number of issues, including fresh racial vilification claims, flares at the football and the role of cameras in reviewing umpiring decisions.
SPORTS TODAY: North Coach Brad Scott has told 3AW Sports Today he regrets angrily approaching the AFL's match-day official after the final siren on Sunday, a game in which the Roos squandered a 41-point lead to his twin brother's Geelong squad.
3AW FOOTBALL: After a long off-season riddled with never-ending controversy, footy fans are celebrating 2013's commencement. But unlike previous years, something is amiss: The MCG will be devoid of fans.
STATEMENT: Mark Evans has joined the AFL as the new football operations manager, replacing Adrian Anderson, who resigned last year. AFL chief Andrew Demetriou denies Evans role at Hawthorn gave him the inside running, saying his track record speaks for itself.
LISTEN: Geelong young ruckman Mark Blicavs has been widening eyes throughout the NAB Cup. Cats Coach Chris Scott told Sports Today the former steeplechaser has put on an impressive show in the pre-season.
LISTEN: Bob Skilton award winner Josh Kennedy joined Gerard and Dwayne on Sports Today on Tuesday night and discussed whether the Swans' poor performance in the NAB cup will affect their chances of a repeat premiership in 2013.
LISTEN: The Hawthorn Head Coach joined Gerard Healy, Dwayne Russell and Caroline Wilson on Sports Today and said he expects his boys to go deep into September and beyond as the season kick-off rapidly approaches.
3AW FOOTBALL: The AFL team captains converged on Melbourne today to officially help launch the 2013 Premiership season. 3AW's own Shane McInnes ventured down to Etihad Stadium to catch up with a number of the leaders.
ALL AUSTRALIAN: A record 15 players have been named in the All-Australian team for the first time . Star Hawthorn forward Lance Franklin has been named for the fourth time despite missing six games with injury.
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