BEN Stratton's AFL pre-season has suffered another setback, with the Hawthorn premiership defender sidelined during their big win over Melbourne.
LANCE Franklin picked an unlikely location to kick his first goal for Sydney in a 12.14 (86) to 8.11 (59) AFL practice match win over Brisbane on Saturday.
NORTH Melbourne have beaten Geelong by nine points in their AFL practice match.
THE West Coast Eagles will stand by footballer Murray Newman while he serves a one-year prison sentence for fracturing the jaw of a man who slept with his girlfriend.
ESSENDON could be without key forward Jake Carlisle for their AFL season opener after he was reported during Friday's practice loss to Richmond.