Hawthorn's Brian Lake looks set for a crucial clash with Geelong's Tom Hawkins in Friday night's qualifying final. (Photo:Justin McManus).

Hawthorn's Brian Lake looks set for a crucial clash with Geelong's Tom Hawkins in Friday night's qualifying final. (Photo:Justin McManus).

Dew keen for top job

Stuart Dew is keen for a senior coaching role. AFL: As the Swans prepare for the Grand Final next Saturday afternoon, one of the key men in their coaching ranks has expressed his interest in coaching at the senior level, perhaps even as soon as next year.

Paddy Ryder quits Essendon

Patrick Ryder has quit the Bombers. AFL: Essendon ruckman Patrick Ryder has officially quit the club with two years remaining on his contract.

Crows part ways with Sanderson

Adelaide's coach Brenton Sanderson SACKED: Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson has been sensationally sacked by the club.

Swann confirms Robbo talks

Mitch Robinson Paddy Ryder LISTEN: Newly appointed Brisbane chief executive Greg Swann has confirmed dumped Blue Mitch Robinson met with the club on Monday. Plus news on Paddy Ryder.

Lloydy names his All-Australian team

Nathan Fyfe TEAM: Bombers champion Matthew Lloyd has popped his selector's hat on to name his All-Australian team for 2014.

Pies eye high-flying youngster

Darcy Moore (possible Collingwood draftee) taking a big mark at VISY Park LISTEN: Collingwood fans will be salivating at the prospect of picking up father-son recruit Darcy Moore, who showed the makings of a future star when he took an almighty hanger in the TAC Cup.

Boomer slapped with one week ban

Brent Harvey Joel Selwood MRP: North Melbourne superstar Brent Harvey is set to miss Saturday's final after being offered a one-match ban by the Match Review Panel for his bump on Joel Selwood.

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Finals experience worth 50 games

Dal Santo AFL: North Melbourne midfielder Nick Dal Santo has paid credit to the younger crop of players at the club for their finals series so far.

Winderlich set for 2015

Jason Winderlich is expected to reverse his decision to retire. AFL: Essendon fans can expect an announcement in the coming days regarding Jason Winderlich’s footballing future.

Lloyd: Paddy Ryder departure 'likely'

Patrick Ryder has quit the Bombers. LISTEN: Bombers champ Matthew Lloyd believes Essendon ruckman Paddy Ryder will leave the club this year.

New club for Mitch as he eyes return?

Demons forward Mitch Clark has been granted indefinite personal leave from Melbourne. (Photo: Joe Armao) LISTEN: Retired footballer Mitch Clark will meet with Melbourne coach Paul Roos this week as he considers a potential return to football.

Taylor a rising star

Brisbane Lions Lewis Taylor took out the 2014 AFL Rising Star award LISTEN: Brisbane Lions Lewis Taylor took out the 2014 AFL Rising Star award by one vote from Bulldog Marcus Bontempelli. He joined Gerard and Dwayne in studio.

Ins and Outs - Finals round 1

Brian Lake of Hawthorn Football Club at the AFL Tribunal INS AND OUTS: The all-important team selections for the first round of the finals.

AFL to review away strip policy

3AW is Port Adelaide LISTEN: AFL operations manager Mark Evans confirmed to Sports Today the AFL will review the away strip policy after Port Adelaide were told to wear clash strip against Richmond at Adelaide Oval.

Delivery decision for Cotchin

Trent Cotchin LISTEN: Richmond may be without captain Trent Cotchin in this weekend’s elimination final, with the midfielder expecting his first child to be born in the next fortnight.

Fyfe in, Johnson out for Dockers final

Nathan Fyfe LISTEN: Fremantle coach Ross Lyon confirmed on Sports Today Nat Fyfe will return for the Dockers qualifying final against Sydney on Saturday.

'Challenges have brought opportunity'

Brad Scott LISTEN:North Melbourne coach Brad Scott said the Kangaroos are in the strongest position so far this season as they head into Saturday’s elimination final against Essendon.

Jake Carlisle a 50/50 chance

Jake Carlisle. AFL: Essendon swing man Jake Carlisle is a 50/50 chance to return in the Bombers Saturday night’s second Elimination Final against North Melbourne.

No holding back against Hawks

Chris Scott LISTEN: Geelong coach Chris Scott says he'll consider "holding back" when the Cats meet Hawthorn in a possible finals preview on Saturday night.

Broken neck for Crow

Tom Lynch ducking into Justin Clark. AFL: Thorough checking and further scans on Adelaide’s Tom Lynch have confirmed a fractured neck after his collision with Brisbane’s Justin Clarke last Sunday.

Umpire got it wrong

Was this worthy of a free kick to Allen Christensen? AFL: It was the defining free kick of the game and on review, it was wrong.

Expect rule change to protect head

Tom Lynch ducking into Justin Clark. AFL A worrying clash between Adelaide’s Tom Lynch has sparked conversation regarding protection against head and spinal cord injury.

Hard decisions to be made at Carlton

Chris Judd AFL: The early morning fight involving Carlton players Mitch Robinson and Jeff Garlett resembles where the club is at right now, according to Matthew Lloyd.

'We haven't got free agency right'

Richmond's coach Damien Hardwick at quarter time at the MCG. EQUALISATION: Free agency is again on the agenda with Richmond coach Damien Hardwick urging the AFL to follow the American model used in the NFL.

AFL's plan to win back footy fans

AFL Melbourne Demons v Fremantle Dockers at the MCG. Low crowd just over 13,000 people LISTEN: The AFL will aim to put the fans first next season as it tries and turn around falling crowd numbers.

Shagga calls time on footy career

Shannon Byrnes FOOTBALL: Melbourne forward Shannon Byrnes has announced his retirement, effective immediately, after being ruled out for the rest of the season with a foot injury.

Malceski set to reunite with Roos?

Nick Malceski LISTEN: Melbourne has emerged as one of the front-runners in the scramble to sign free agent Nick Malceski from the Swans, reports Sam McClure.

'What do you gain by potting Tyrone?'

Walker Hanley TWEETS: Essendon champ Matthew Lloyd has slammed the current AFL players who took to Twitter to censure Ty Vickery for his hit on Dean Cox.

Hird gagged and no match-day role

James Hird LISTEN: James Hird and the Essendon board met last night to discuss the exiled coach's return to the club, reports Sam McClure.

'Most players want fewer games'

Colllingwood's Luke Ball LISTEN: Collingwood star Luke Ball says the majority of AFL players would be prepared to take a pay cut if it meant playing fewer matches.

Open (radio) Mike with Matthew Lloyd

Matthew Lloyd AFL: Mike Sheahan goes one on one with Matthew Lloyd on the media, diving, Brad Sewell, Matthew Knights and much more.

Top 5 difficult coaches: Mike Sheahan

Mike Sheahan AFL: Given the official AFL Media Centre at AFL Headquarters is named after Mike Sheahan, we think he is very well equipped to give us his opinion on which coaches from his time have been particularly difficult to deal with.

Revealed: Caroline Wilson's real name

Caroline Wilson LISTEN: So here's something that rocked our world at the weekend: 'Caroline Wilson' is not Caroline Wilson's real name!

Judd lacks 'competitive will': Matthews

Chris Judd AFL: Leigh Matthews rates Chris Judd very highly in many aspects both on and off the football field.

'Irresponsible' to agree to Frawley deal

James Frawley. AFL Melbourne key defender James Frawley is the biggest name on the free agency list this year and it is reported he is seeking a seven-year deal worth around $4.5 million.

Will Ling coach?

Ling AFL: It’s a burning question that is still yet to be answered; will Cameron Ling be sitting in a coach’s box next season?

'Big issue is not Mick's grumpiness'

Several of Malthouse's former 3AW Football colleagues say Malthouse has crossed the line too many times. LISTEN: Football legend Leigh Matthews says Mick Malthouse's surliness and hostile demeanour may not be his biggest faults at present.

Nick Maxwell calls it quits

Nick Maxwell. AFL: Collingwood premiership captain Nick Maxwell has announed his retirement, effective immediately.

Watts should have chosen basketball

Leigh Matthews says Jack Watts perhaps should have chosen basketball over AFL. (Photo: Wayne Taylor) WATTS WRONG?: After a quiet game against Geelong on Saturday, Jack Watts has come under fire by Leigh Matthews, who says he should be playing basketball.

Sirengate #2 for Adelaide Oval

Ray Chamberlain blew the whistle too early at three quarter time on Friday night. SIRENGATE: The Adelaide Oval has had its second siren controversy this season after umpire Ray Chamberlain blew his whistle to stop play with 3 seconds remaining in the third quarter on Friday night.

We don't need representative games

The last AFL representative match was in 2008. STATE OF ORIGIN: Each year when the State of Origin series is played in the NRL the debate is raised whether the AFL should bring back its own version of the representative matches.

Sloane should be captain: Lloyd

Matthew Lloyd says Rory Sloane is the man to take the Crows forward. (afc.com.au) CAPTAIN CROW: As Nathan Van Berlo aims for a return to the Adelaide side in September, the Crows are in safe hands out on the field according to Matthew Lloyd.

Pavlich re-signs for 2015

Matthew Pavlich will play on in 2015. AFL: Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich will play on for a 16th AFL season in 2015 after signing a one-year deal with the club.

Lloyd: Saints going nowhere fast

AFL.Round 17.St.Kilda v Port Adelaide.St.Kilda's Nick Riewoldt after the loss to Port at Etihad Stadium.20th july 2013.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age. SAINTS WOES, SUNS GLOW: Matthew Lloyd has painted a pretty bleak picture of St Kilda's footballing future.

Campbell: 'It wasn't cut and dry'

Angus Monfries LISTEN: The AFL's director of umpiring Wayne Campbell has confirmed the decision not to penalise Port Adelaide's Angus Monfries over a 'holding the ball' incident was incorrect.

Fletcher to play on: Lloyd

Matthew Lloyd said Dustin Fletcher should go on next year. FLETCHER FLYING: Despite being officialy ‘omitted’ from tonight’s clash against Port Adelaide, Dustin Fletcher is setting himself for another season of football next year according to Matthew Lloyd.

Lake choke 'almost murderous'

Brian Lake chokes Drew Petrie on Friday Night. HAWK CHOKE: It could be a nervous wait over the weekend for star Hawthorn back man Brian Lake after an ugly confrontation with North Melbourne’s Drew Petrie.

BT becomes an actor

Emma Hamilton with Cameron Line and Matthew Lloyd. LAST CAB: Not many people can bring our football panellists back down to earth like Australian actress Emma Hamilton did on Friday night.

Who turned the Kangas' lights out?

Kangaroo blackout LISTEN: Hawthorn champ Shane Crawford says North Melbourne is suffering from complete team blackouts as the Roos struggle to find consistent form.

'I'm not critical of you Lloydy but...'

Trent Cotchin LISTEN: A war of words has erupted between Essendon champ Matthew Lloyd and Tiger skipper Trent Cotchin.

Where are Melbourne's AFL fans?

After 13 rounds of the 2014 AFL season, it’s been revealed crowds are officially up by 42,000 year on year, but Melbourne figures are still not up to scratch. LISTEN: After 13 rounds of the 2014 AFL season, it’s been revealed crowds are officially up year on year, but Melbourne figures are still not up to scratch.

'Let's exploit it for the kids'

friday GOOD FRIDAY: Neil Mitchell says he doesn't like the idea of Good Friday football, but now that it's inevitable, he says it should be used to exploit the Royal Children's Hospital.

Bulldogs in the mix for Good Friday

The Western Bulldogs and North Melbourne are believed to be frontrunners for Good Friday Football. GOOD FRIDAY The Good Friday Football debate might have dwindled out in recent weeks for the average football fan, however it is right on the minds of the Western Bulldogs heavy hitters.

Dons to 'fall in a hole': Lloyd

Matthew Lloyd expects the ASADA investigation to take its toll on Essendon. ESSENDON: As the Essendon Football Club prepares for its Federal Court action against ASADA, club legend Matthew Lloyd believes a suspension might be appropriate for the players.

Lloyd: 'I'd let Frawley go'

James Frawley. LISTEN: Matthew Lloyd says Melbourne should take the draft pick and let go of defender James Frawley.

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