Kade Simpson comeback dream over as ex-Carlton Blues star opts out of mid-season draft, while the Hawthorn Hawks could swoop on Sam Mitchell protege Jai Newcombe

Those close to Stengle believe he would be much better off moving out of Adelaide.

Collingwood also have interest in ruckman Alexander Mirkov, currently on Carlton’s VFL list.

Essendon are interested in half-back flanker Angus Baker, who is in their VFL program, while the Tigers have been looking closely at half-back Sam Durham who is in their VFL side.

Blues stalwart Kade Simpson won’t be picked up in the mid-season draft.

Blues stalwart Kade Simpson won’t be picked up in the mid-season draft.Credit:Getty Images

Meanwhile Kade Simpson’s AFL career will not be revived with the former Carlton star opting not to nominate for next Wednesday night’s mid-season rookie draft.

Simpson, 37, had last month flagged an interest in putting his hand up to be taken in the mid-year pool after the Blues chose not to extend his 342-game career at the end of last season.

But Simpson’s name was not on a list of around 600 players distributed by the AFL on Wednesday. The deadline to nominate was 5pm on Tuesday.

Fellow former AFL players Nathan Freeman, Riley Knight and Wylie Buzza have all nominated in the hope of another chance at the top level.

Buzza, the former Geelong and Port Adelaide-listed tall, is now playing with Werribee in the VFL and has spoken to Gold Coast, who rival clubs expect to take the versatile big man following injuries to a string of Suns talls including Jarrod Witts, Matt Conroy, Sam Day and Rory Thompson.

However there remained some uncertainty as to whether the Suns – whose finals hopes are slim – would opt for a ready-made ruckman or choose a player who would be of more benefit in the longer-term.

Fit again after injury-marred years at Collingwood and St Kilda, Freeman has thrown his hat in the ring after a brilliant start to the season for Frankston, where he is averaging 41 disposals per game in 2021.


The prevailing view of AFL club recruiters, agents and state league club sources is that the draft will be dominated – at least at the pointy end – by teenage Victorian talls who were bypassed last year after their season was cancelled but have thrived in the first half of 2021.

Sandringham Dragons forward/ruckman Jacob Edwards is all but certain to be taken by North Melbourne at pick
No. 1. The Kangaroos are effectively locked into bottom spot at the end of the round given their woeful percentage.

Around 15 to 25 picks are expected to be used next Wednesday night, with the event to be held virtually. The COVID-19 situation in Victoria threatens to deny local hopefuls one final chance to impress on-field this weekend.

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Sydney Swans v Hawthorn Hawks; round 13 fixtures, results, tipping, tickets, draw, odds, tickets

You might be able to hear it on the TV but you can definitely feel it here at the SCG: Swans fans are absolutely fuming.

They’ve got reason to be as well – for one, their team is playing average football, but two, the umpires certainly aren’t helping their cause.

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The Hawks have had 14 free kicks to four, but it was some of the non-calls that would have been particularly frustrating for the Sydney faithful, especially in the early part of that second quarter when they had a fair bit of territory and possession but struggled to make it count.

John Longmire and his assistants need to get to work at half-time to figure out what’s gone wrong here, because a loss would be a bitter blow to their top-four hopes.

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AFL live: Swans take on Hawks at the SCG

They may be at opposite ends of the ladder but the old Swans-Hawks rivalry is back on at the SCG. Follow our live AFL ScoreCentre for all the scores, stats and results.

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Western Bulldogs head to Sydney but Hawthorn Hawks return to Melbourne amid COVID-19 outbreak

The Western Bulldogs will depart Melbourne on Sunday however Hawthorn have returned to Melbourne as the AFL manages its delicately placed fixture amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria.

With their home state locked down for at least another five days, the Bulldogs are set to fly to Sydney on Sunday afternoon, spending the week there before travelling to Perth on Saturday ahead of next Sunday’s game with Fremantle.

Bailey Smith and the Bulldogs are off to Sydney.Credit:Getty Images

The Dogs had previously believed they would be heading straight to Perth, and were caught on the hop with the change of plans on Sunday morning.

They will be able to train in Sydney but otherwise are extremely restricted in their movements, effectively in stage three lockdown just as they would be in Victoria.

They will join Carlton in NSW, with the Blues playing Sydney on Sunday afternoon and likely to remain in Sydney to take on West Coast next Sunday.

Richmond face Adelaide at Giants Stadium on Sunday and are unlikely to return to Victoria any time soon, with their match against Essendon next Saturday night likely to be held in Perth, where the Bombers are already stationed after beating the Eagles at Optus Stadium on Saturday night.


But the Hawks, who lost to Gold Coast at the SCG on Saturday night, touched down in Melbourne on Sunday morning. Their situation is less urgent as they have the bye next week, as do Geelong, who will remain in Victoria for now after beating Collingwood at the MCG on Saturday.

Melbourne’s match with the Brisbane Lions on Friday night is almost certain to be moved from Alice Springs to Sydney or Queensland, while there are also doubts over next Saturday’s Saints-Swans match at Marvel Stadium and the Pies’ date with the Crows at Adelaide Oval.

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AFL live ScoreCentre: Magpies vs Cats, Lions vs Giants, Saints vs Kangaroos, Suns vs Hawks, Eagles vs Bombers, live scores, stats and results

Collingwood take on Geelong in front of no crowds at the MCG, to kick-off a jam-packed Saturday of footy.

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Why Melbourne Demon Kysaiah Pickett is sparking comparisons to Hawthorn Hawks legend Cyril Rioli

Football family: Kozzi’s uncle Byron won the Norm Smith Medal in 2004.Credit:Getty Images

While boarding he spent weekends with his uncle Byron Pickett, the dual premiership player and 2004 Norm Smith medallist, and, of course, played football, developing a show reel of highlights rarely seen at that level.

It was the spark that occasionally leapt from Pickett’s shy demeanour that impressed the school’s co-curricular director Troy McKinnon from the moment he took him on a tour of Prince Alfred.

After he committed to what was required to catch up on his schooling, the school marvelled at Pickett’s drive as he mixed humility and hunger to ready himself for an AFL career.

He had a teenager’s fondness for chocolate and a keen interest in shoes that made friends laugh as he slotted in easily at the famous sporting school.

Laid back, he surprised his teachers one night while camping at Para Wirra conservation park when he told them he might get a call from the coach that night to tell him how he had gone at the tribunal after an incident on the weekend. He barely missed a beat as he took the call to find out he would be sitting out the next match and moved straight back into the camp’s activities.

“He’s so likeable,” McKinnon said.

Pickett evades North’s Jack Ziebell. Former Demon stalwart Aaron Davey is a big fan.

Pickett evades North’s Jack Ziebell. Former Demon stalwart Aaron Davey is a big fan. Credit:Getty Images

The son of well-known comedian and artist Kevin Kropinyeri, Pickett has his own sense of humour, making an ex-player who was telling Pickett how much of a fan he was of his father’s work chuckle when he cheekily responded – albeit with obvious pride in his father – that he’d heard all his dad’s jokes before.

That background might explain why Pickett appears so comfortable on the big stage. Davey says his emergence is great for the game.

“Watching the goal he kicked against Kangaroos [in round seven] he made something out of nothing,” Davey said.

“He started on the wing and his ability to keep working, working, working and finish off like he did … those are things you can’t just go to a shop and buy.

“He will never talk himself out of anything by the look of it. He has told himself, ‘I am going to win this, I am going to make an impact,’ whereas some guys sort of question it with do I, or don’t I?”

Pickett knows what he is capable of but what he actually does comes about through hard work. He has an outstanding athletic profile, which allows him to both work from contest to contest and explode into action from a standing start.


After he returned to Western Australia for a family bereavement, that work rate was evident in rediscovering his fitness in South Australia, training with his former club Woodville-West Torrens and doing daily high-intensity fitness sessions. It meant he was ready to play in round one. He had won everyone’s trust when he spent the football shutdown in 2020 in Western Australia and returned as fit as anyone.

Club sources say he has an unfussed competitiveness and is a brilliant decision-maker who has created great relationships across the club because of his breezy outlook, with Indigenous welfare officer Matt Whelan and teammate Neville Jetta lending support as he settled in to the club.

Even the fact he fell asleep in his first meeting at Melbourne makes people laugh now and he was forgiven when he breached COVID-19 protocols with Charlie Spargo last season and missed a match.

Melbourne’s determination to draft him had solidified when he was vital to Prince Alfred’s win over Henley High School in the 2019 open school’s grand final. His spatial awareness and speed shone through with McKinnon describing the sound of the clash when Pickett laid a bump on an opponent during the game as like nothing he had heard before.

But they know it’s impossible not to sit up and take notice of a player as exciting as Pickett.

“That number is going to be Kozzy Pickett’s,” Davey said.

“In 10 years’ time if the kid keeps doing what he is doing, they are not even going to know who I am.”

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AFL live ScoreCentre: Swans vs Magpies, Hawks v North, Suns vs Lions, Tigers vs Giants, Power vs Bulldogs live scores, stats and results

Richmond comes up against GWS after the Swans and Kangaroos win and the Lions thrash the Suns at Carrara.

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Lions roar in Q-Clash rout of Suns

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The Brisbane Lions dominated the Q-Clash, thumping the Gold Coast Suns at Carrara by 73 points. (

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Brisbane Lions have destroyed Queensland rivals Gold Coast to keep their top-four charge on track after a 73-point win over the Suns.

The Lions extended their winning run to five matches in a one-sided match at Carrara, charging to a 19.10 (124) to 7.9 (51) victory.

Big forward Daniel McStay kicked a career-best equalling four goals for the visitors, with Charlie Cameron picking up three majors.

McStay had a day out as the Suns’ defence went to water, claiming eight marks in a dominant tall forward display.

Lincoln McCarthy, playing his 50th match for the Lions, kicked two goals and took several big marks while Eric Hipwood, Joe Daniher and Zac Bailey also booted two majors in the rout.

While the forwards hit the scoreboard there were plenty of stars for the Lions across the park with captain Dayne Zorko (34 disposals, one goal, nine marks), ex-Sun Jarryd Lyons (38 disposals, nine clearances, nine tackles) and Hugh McCluggage (23 disposals, eight marks) bossing the midfield.

Lyons’ display was enough for him to be awarded the Marcus Ashcroft Medal as best on ground.

The game was blown apart in an eight goals-to-none third-quarter as the Lions kicked 14 unanswered between the Suns’ third and fourth goals of the match by which time Brisbane had opened up a 91-point lead.

Four late goals added some gloss to the scoreboard for the Suns but the truth was they were comprehensively outplayed.

Gold Coast missed the hard work of suspended Touk Miller but there was no excuse for the Suns’ lack of contest, especially in a dismal third quarter.

The defeat is the Suns’ fifth-straight loss to their local rivals and leaves them 13th on the ladder with just three wins from nine matches.

Brisbane didn’t leave Carrara unscathed however with milestone man Ryan Lester subbed out in the first quarter of his 150th AFL match with a hamstring injury while Darcy Gardiner’s night ended with a dislocated right shoulder late in the third term.

Defender Jack Bowes was also subbed out with a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter for the Suns, who next face a daunting trip to Geelong to play the Cats next Saturday.

The Lions are at home next Friday against defending premiers Richmond.

Kangaroos beat Hawks for first win of 2021 

A group of North Melbourne players gather and wrap their arms around each other after a win.
The Kangaroos have won an AFL game for the first time since round nine, 2020, beating Hawthorn in Launceston.(

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North Melbourne have broken through for their first win of the AFL season with a stirring comeback over fellow cellar dwellers Hawthorn in Launceston.

The last-placed Kangaroos came from 32 points down on Saturday afternoon to snap a losing streak stretching back to round nine last season.

Cameron Zurhaar was inspirational in the 13.9 (87) to 12.8 (80) victory, slotting four goals including crucial majors either side of three-quarter time.

Hawthorn’s Luke Breust set up a thrilling finish when he reduced the margin to six points with a running goal inside the final two minutes.

But the Kangaroos held on to give David Noble his maiden win as an AFL coach on his 54th birthday.

Jy Simpkin topped the possession count for the match with 33, while North Melbourne teammate Ben Cunnington was next best with 29.

After scoring the opening point of the match, it took until the beginning of the fourth quarter for North Melbourne to regain the lead.

The lead changed hands twice during the final term, with Tasmanian Tarryn Thomas notching a crucial major for the Kangaroos to open up an 11-point lead with seven minutes to play.

It was a remarkable turnaround after a red hot start by Hawthorn which was spearheaded by Chad Wingard, who kicked two majors from tight angles and had two goal assists in the opening quarter.

Hawthorn opened up a 33-7 point lead at quarter time and were ahead 54-32 at the main break.

The Kangaroos, who found themselves behind by 32 early in the second quarter, mounted a third-term surge, booting four goals to one.

They entered the final term just a point behind after a Zurhaar snap moments before the break.

Taylor Garner was another shining light for the Kangaroos, picking up three goals.

Swans too strong for Magpies at SCG

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Isaac Heeney made a welcome return for the Sydney Swans, kicking three goals in their win over Collingwood.(

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Sydney Swans have overcome a sluggish start to bank a 30-point AFL win over Collingwood at the SCG, where returning young gun Isaac Heeney kicked three goals.

Both sides struggled to find free space and move the ball freely, with a swirling breeze and lots of pressure ensuring the turnover-riddled game was not much of a spectacle.

Jordan De Goey helped the Magpies shoot out to an 18-point lead early in the first quarter, but the visitors failed to boot a single goal in the second or third terms.

The Swans worked their way into the scrappy contest, seized control in a dominant third quarter and eventually triumphed 10.12 (72) to 5.12 (42).

Lance Franklin was restricted to two goals as Magpies Brayden Maynard, Darcy Moore and Chris Mayne combined to ensure the four-time Coleman medallist was rarely a go-to option.

Heeney and small forward Tom Papley combined for five goals in the low-scoring tussle, while Franklin’s understudy Hayden McLean grabbed a game-high five contested marks.

Heeney, who missed the club’s tight loss to Melbourne at the MCG last weekend because of an ankle injury, also had 22 possessions and six marks in a productive comeback.

Sydney ruckman Tom Hickey finished with a game-high eight clearances, while Callum Mills, Justin McInerney and Jake Lloyd were also influential for the hosts.

Heeney’s third goal, coming in the 17th minute of the final quarter, proved the sealer as Sydney made it a 6-3 start to a season in which they were widely tipped to finish outside the top eight again.

In a match with limited fodder for the end-of-round highlight reel, Papley’s second goal stood out as due reward for a spectacular piece of hard work.

The 24-year-old took possession of an in-dispute ball on the half-back flank, danced past a would-be tackler, fended off Steele Sidebottom then had a bounce as he sprinted through the middle of the ground.

The Sherrin passed to Sam Wicks and McLean before returning to a hard-running Papley, who nailed his set shot after holding a mark in the forward line.

The Swans next face Fremantle, Carlton, St Kilda and Hawthorn as they seek to clamber into the top four, while Collingwood’s finals hopes are fading fast as they prepare to host Port Adelaide at the MCG.

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Brisbane Lions v Fremantle Dockers; Carlton Blues v Western Bulldogs; Hawthorn Hawks v West Coast Eagles; round eight; results, new, fixtures, odds, tipping, teams, draw;

For almost three quarters, Carlton Blues showed us the style and substance of a serious AFL finals side but then the Western Bulldogs showed they are already that team with a resounding comeback performance.

The Bulldogs trailed by as much as 27 points in the third term as Blues forward Harry McKay took their defence apart but in the final stages of the third term they cut the lead back a couple of goals then swept over the Blues in the last term to claim a 16-point win.

Marcus Bontempelli.Credit:Getty Images

The Sons of the West have gears that this Blues side simply doesn’t possess and that is why they are second on the ladder and why the Blues are well behind them.

Marcus Bontempelli, Jackson Macrae, Caleb Daniel and the rest of the midfield stood up for the Dogs when the game was on the line, Josh Bruce was again stunning with five goals and some crucial marks.

Eddie Betts turned back the clock for Carlton with four of his five goals in the first half while McKay showed he is as good as any forward in this league with five goals and some awesome marks.

The Dogs are the team of today, if the Blues can follow their lead they could be the team of the future.

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Hawthorn Hawks vs West Coast Eagles Tips, Odds and Teams – AFL 2021

MCG will play host to Sunday”s
Round 8 AFL game between Hawthorn Hawks and
West Coast Eagles. The game kicks off at 1:10 pm with West Coast Eagles heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Hawthorn Hawks vs.
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When: Sunday May 9, 2021 at 1:10 pm

Where: MCG

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Where do we start on this game? Hawthorn are a sub-par team at the moment but West Coast are no good outside of Perth.

Even with the Eagles injuries at the moment they should be too good for Hawthorn but at their current quote I’m happy to stay out of this one.

I’d be looking at the total match points market later this week, I can’t see Hawthorn allowing the Eagles to kick a big score here so play the unders maybe.

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Hawthorn Hawks overrun St Kilda Saints after trailing by 63 at Waverley Park; AFL 2021

Playing across half forward in the second quarter, Smith began to work his way into the game. His disposals were erratic, but at least he was getting the ball. At the 19-minute mark, he offered a reminder of why Hawthorn had waved a $400,000 three-year contract at him, exchanging rapid handballs on the wing before sending a kick down Paul Salmon’s throat in the goal square. The passage may well have saved his day, as moments later he was headed to the interchange bench before being sent back.

Smith’s best contribution of the day came in the first 30-seconds of the third quarter, when he took a handball from Aaron Lord, wheeled around and chipped delicately into the path of Nathan Thompson. Thompson goaled and, suitably encouraged, the Hawks turned the match with a 10-goal period.

Paul Salmon celebrates with team mates.Credit:Joe Armao

As the fourth quarter unfolded, Jones was sent forward, Matthew Young and then McLaren moving on to Smith. The real action was elsewhere, however. At the 28-minute mark, Nick Holland kicked his fifth goal to seal Hawthorn’s stunning 13-point win. Smith bounded up, ruffled Holland’s hair and ran back to the top of the centre square.

Streaming in after the bounce, he had to alter direction sharply to avoid an attempted shirtfront from Peter Everitt. When the ball was killed, he jogged over to Everitt, whispered a few words in his ear and patted his stomach. Just “Spider” having a bit of harmless fun, Smith smiled later.

When the siren sounded, Smith jumped on to the pack surrounding Paul Salmon and clung tight. He then hugged everyone he could find in a brown and gold guernsey. Eighteen possessions to Smith and four points to his club amounted to a fair day’s work.

In the raucous rooms afterwards, Smith described it more excitedly. It was “one of the greatest wins” he’d ever been involved in. That it came against StKilda was incidental.

Last night, Smith was heading to Fitzroy Street for dinner with Jones and Tony Brown. It was uncertain who’d be paying. It was clear who’d enjoy the food most.



Peter Everitt talks with umpire David Howlett.

Peter Everitt talks with umpire David Howlett.Credit:Joe Armao

1.1 4.4 14.4 17.7 (109)


9.4 11.6 14.7 14.12 (96)


Hawthorn: Holland 5, Thompson 3, Salmon 2, Harford 2, Lord, Rock, Lekkas, Collica, Dixon.

St Kilda: Loewe 3, Hall 2, Harvey 2, Peckett, A Thompson, Mitchell, Young, McLaren, Heatley, Everitt.


Hawthorn: Holland, Salmon, Thompson, Croad, Crawford, Harford.

StKilda: Harvey, Burke, Brown, Jones, Young.


Hawthorn: Salmon (cut head), Barlow replaced in selected side by Turvey.

St Kilda: Peckett (bruised ribs).


Howlett, Rowe, Williams.



36,381 at Waverley Park.


The clock read nine minutes 40 seconds in the final quarter when Hawthorn planted its nose in front for the first time in the game, having come from 63-points down in the second quarter. Nick Holland, just inside 50 metres and almost straight in front, drove through the goal with a sharp, deliberate kick, and Waverley Park erupted.


Thompson (Hawthorn) v Hudghton/Elliott (StKilda): with the game spiralling out of Hawthorn’s grasp in the first half, the move to bring on Nathan Thompson was rewarded with a spectacular three goals in 18 minutes in the third quarter. He had the aerial skills, height and running skills to comprehensively beat both his opponents.

Holland (Hawthorn) v DWakelin (StKilda): Wakelin restricted Holland to one goal in the first half, but St Kilda had restricted every Hawthorn player at that stage. Holland turned in a magnificent second half with four goals and 12 marks for the game, providing a focus so desperately needed.

Harvey (St Kilda) v Crawford (Hawthorn): Harvey was on song for best-on-ground for his first quarter in which he kicked two goals and created two more, with Crawford left only with memories of how he restricted Harvey the previous time the two met. But the Hawks’ captain came back into the game and worked tirelessly, and Harvey was his side’s best.



Ken Judge (Hawthorn): “It might sound surprising, but our blokes thought they could win at half-time … it’s the best comeback I’ve been involved in as a coach and I’d like to think it’s a win that will help us grow as a club.”

Tim Watson (St Kilda): “When you have a lead like we did, you wouldn’t expect that you’d surrender a lead like that … we probably allowed ourselves to be hunted by the Hawks in that third term.”

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