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Fast Five – Our Best Stories Ahead of Round 18

Can’t wait for Round 18 to get underway? You’re not alone. In the meantime, here are our five best footy stories of the week.

Hamish Hartlett: Hockey, Health and the future

We sat down with one of the best kicks in the game to find out what he’s up to away from footy, how injuries have changed his perspective, and the perks of training with Robbie Gray.

Watch the teaser below, or click here to see the full video.


The St Kilda defender played 55 games without receiving a Brownlow vote between 2003 and 2008.

These days, he decides who gets the votes.

We caught up with Fisher to talk about the transition from player to umpire.

I’m still star-struck: Hogan

The Melbourne young gun grew up idolising the likes of Jonathan Brown and Wayne Carey – 14 games into his career, he’s drawn praise from both of them.

What does that feel like, for a 20-year-old from South Australia?

AFL 2015 Rd 11 - St Kilda v Melbourne

‘It was touch and go for a long time’

Geelong premiership star Tom Lonergan remembers his seventh AFL match, which very nearly ended in tragedy.

For a time, it looked as though he wouldn’t survive.

A decade on, he’s encouraging others to donate blood to help save the lives of others.


There’s been a lot of talk about Adam Goodes this week.

It’s fair to say most people are looking forward to the topic of conversation returning to footy, as Round 18 kicks into gear. But before Hawthorn and Richmond kick things off on Friday night, here’s one last message from the captains of all 18 clubs.

“Enjoy the game, celebrate the success. But don’t boo, jeer or taunt players because of who they are or what they stand for.”

Click here to read the full statement.