What is featured this month…
• Ruckman SAM JACOBS is leading a supercharged CROWS midfield. We chat with the star big man.
• The MRP has come under fire in recent times. NATHAN BURKE writes that it has a tough task, and commentators’ opinions are often high impact and careless.
• We ask whether FUTURE PICK TRADING needs PROTECTION like what occurs in the NBA.
• THE TITANIC ICE MYTH … why new evidence on injury treatment and an evolving mindset may mean the RICE protocol is fried.
• We analyse how HAWTHORN won four premierships in eight years, where it’s FAILING now … and why the AFL’s policies may never achieve TRUE EQUALISATION.
• Despite an unexpected inquiry, colourful former Bulldog WILL MINSON has no plans to come out of retirement, writes BEN CASANELIA.
• Blinders, Rising Stars, Draft Watch, Brownlow Guide, Ratings Leaders and the Team of 2017. Our ONE MONTH AT A TIME column has it all.
• PHOEBE MCWILLIAMS illustrates the impact of AFLW with influx of women players in LOCAL LEAGUES, who are mostly former juniors returning to the sport.
• DAVE TAYLOR traces the origins of the growing number of AFL players born overseas but adopting the code.
• BRETT STEPHENS had a basic ambition – to play just one game of League football. He suffered plenty of rejections and setbacks, but the journey created an amazing life that saw him become a key part of the team behind world No.1 tennis player PETE SAMPRAS. He chats to DAVID RHYS-JONES.
• We update you on all the happenings in the VFL – including a chat with PORT powerhouse BRODY MIHOCEK and how NORTH BALLARAT is fighting hard to survive, but some of its pain is self-inflicted.
• SWAN DISTRICTS stalwart TALLAN AMES is reinvigorated by an influx of talent. We round up all the action in the WAFL.
• A former RICHMOND who is leading a stunning revival at once-battling GLENELG, heads our look at the SANFL.
• Our LOCAL WHITEBOARD gives you all the information you need about what is happening in metro and country football in May.
• COMMUNITY FOOTBALL is sport at its most tribal and metropolitan Melbourne has thrown up some superb RIVALRIES over the years. We take a look at some of the best of them.
• JUSTIN KOSCHITZKE on the Dogs flag; STEVEN MOTLOP’s golf rort; and some changes on the horizon at the SUNS – we expand on some of the whispers around the corridors of power.
All this and more in the May issue of Inside Football magazine.
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