Champion Richmond defender and devout Jehovah’s Witness Alex Rance has announced his shock retirement from the AFL to focus on his family and faith.
Adelaide can’t win the premiership this year according to one AFL great, while another has accused the Crows of surrendering to Port Adelaide and questioned Taylor Walker’s captaincy.
South Australia’s two AFL clubs hold a strong stake in arguably the most talent-laden draft in almost two decades, and one brimming with South Australian stars of the future – although most of them appear set to ply their trades interstate.
The 2001 draft has come to be revered as the ‘Super Draft’ thanks to the feats of AFL superstars like Chris Judd, Gary Ablett and Luke Hodge, but it seems that esteemed draft class has some competition.
Richmond have secured key forward Tom Lynch with Gold Coast confirming they would not try to match the Tigers’ AFL offer.
Amid the jubilation, there were some wry smiles and sighs of relief after the West Coast Eagles dug deep, drawing on their “head, heart and gut” to recover from a disastrous start and beat Collingwood by five points in an epic AFL grand final.