The Bombers coach didn’t like the job he did, but Caleb Serong’s role in Fremantle’s loss to Essendon was worth more than the four points on offer.
Essendon coach Ben Rutten has taken issue with Fremantle’s treatment of midfield star Zach Merrett behind the ball despite some altercations gifting the Bombers shots on goal.
The power forward, rising ruckman and three midfielders scored seven in the ratings, but captain Nat Fyfe’s poor kicking costs him dearly.
Fremantle could not overcome Essendon at Marvel Stadium today. Here’s who impressed and who didn’t in the key clash.
Cale Hooker might be the AFL’s most under appreciated swing man. The Essendon veteran has answered Essendon’s call of duty to shift from defence to attack and back again over 14 seasons.
Fremantle midfield coach Josh Carr says there is nothing wrong with superstar Nat Fyfe’s goal kicking technique. So the club has taken a different approach to fix Fyfe’s woes.
Fremantle have named Sam Switkowski and Adam Cerra to face Essendon while the Eagles welcome back Jeremy McGovern and Tom Barrass to face an Adelaide outfit without Taylor Walker.
West Coast are confident star midfielder Elliot Yeo will return from a lengthy injury lay-off before the blockbuster Thursday night clash with reigning premiers Richmond.
Claremont product Matt Guelfi could be part of the answer to replacing injured X-factor Jake Stringer, as the Bombers prepare to host Fremantle.
Giant Jeremy Finlayson faces an anxious wait after being reported for a “sloppy” elbow to the neck of Essendon’s milestone man Zach Merrett.
The Dockers, who haven’t played finals football since finishing as minor premiers in 2015, now have the second-hardest run home of any AFL side — behind only ladder leaders Melbourne.
Marc McGowan and Catherine Healey
It might only be round six, but for the loser of today’s Anzac Day clash between Essendon and Collingwood, the equation is simple — it’s season over.
Despite forking out more than $6 million on about 65,000 tests to help save the 2020 season, players from multiple clubs confirmed they had not been tested by the AFL this year.
Collingwood have been forced into isolation just a day out from their Anzac Day clash with Essendon due to Perth’s COVID-19 lockdown.
Oliver Caffrey, Ed Jackson and Anna Harrington
Collingwood are counting the cost of their loss to West Coast at Optus Stadium tonight with a pair stars sidelined for at least a week and another in doubt.
Ryan Daniels: WA footy has once again been treated like the generic, uneaten salad on the side of a pub parmi.
The AFL says the decision not to penalise former Eagle, now Swan Tom Hickey holding the ball in the dying seconds of Thursday night’s clash with Essendon was the right call.
How an AFL player tips the scales will give you a small clue of how he and his team will measure up in the premiership race, writes Kane Cornes.
The Eagles should prepare for a fired up Saints outfit on Saturday after the club received a blast from St Kilda great Nick Riewoldt.
Former West Coast and Claremont forward Alec Waterman will make his AFL debut for Essendon against St Kilda at Marvel Stadium on Saturday.
Having two of the AFL’s current leaders previously playing for the same suburban footy club in the same year isn’t just rare, it is freakish.
Essendon recruit Alec Waterman credits the ability to seize his opportunities in front of goal as one of the most crucial aspects of him earning a second chance at the AFL.
Craig O'Donoghue and Jon Ralph
Two-time Eagles premiership winner Chris Waterman says his son was bed-ridden for 18 months. But he’s confident Alec’s ready for a second chance in the AFL.
Alec Waterman’s bags were packed and his flight back home was locked in. Less than a fortnight ago, it looked like his hopes of getting back onto an AFL list were dashed.
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