Sport Horne-Francis ready to join North in AFL
Toby Greene's AFL ban doubled on appeal
GWS star Toby Greene's suspension for making intentional contact with umpire Matt Stevic has been extended from three to six matches by the AFL appeals board.Greene was initially banned for three matches over what the independent tribunal found was an "aggressive, demonstrative and disrespectful" interaction with experienced whistle-blower Matt Stevic during the Giants' elimination-final win over Sydney.
The AFL's hottest teen talent Jason Horne-Francis says he can make an instant impact for North Melbourne after they select him with the top pick at the national draft.
The 18-year-old has been assured by the Kangaroos that they'll recruit him with the No.1 selection at next month's draft.
Horne-Francis has already featured in senior ranks for two years at SANFL club South Adelaide.
The utility, who models his game on Fremantle captain and Brownlow medallist Nat Fyfe, initially just wanted to get drafted.
North turns down bold offer for No.1 pick
North Melbourne are determined to hang onto their first-ever No.1 AFL draft pick, turning down a bold bid from Adelaide to snatch the prized selection.After claiming their first wooden spoon since 1972, North are set on using the top pick in the draft and pushing forward with the biggest rebuild in the club's history.
But after game-breaking feats in the SA competition, he set his sights on being the No.1 draft pick.
"At the start, it was just trying to get my foot in the door and get me drafted," he said on Saturday while undergoing physical testing at SA's draft combine.
"But obviously after getting my name out there a bit, a goal for me was to try to go number one.
"I feel like, for me, it would be good."
The Kangaroos refused a substantial offer from Adelaide to trade their No.1 selection - the Crows offered three first-round picks with an eye on securing Horne-Francis.
And Richmond also came calling to the 'Roos, proposing a package of picks and players in return for the coveted No.1 selection.
North have told Horne-Francis they'll use their top pick on him, he said.
"I feel like I can make an impact straight away, as in I've had that two years of league footy under my belt and it's really helped me," he said.
"So I feel like I can make a pretty big impact at the start."
AFL players will be BANNED from games unless they are vaccinated .
The AFL has announced a bombshell vaccine mandate requiring all players across both the men's and women's competitions to get a Covid jab or be barred from taking the field. The ruling announced on Thursday afternoon means the AFL is the first top tier sporting code in Australia to make Covid vaccines compulsory. Both AFL and AFLW players along with club staff such as coaches and trainers must be fully vaccinated by the start of the upcoming season.