Hawthorn Hawks pick Fergus Greene, Port Adelaide Power sign Francis Evans; Jasmine Garner Wins AFLW Coaching Association Award

Misson worked with NRL powerhouse Sydney Roosters in 2022 but his family were looking to return to Melbourne.

He will add experience to St Kilda’s conditioning department and have an instant rapport with Lyon and assistants Lenny Hayes and Robert Harvey. Nick Walsh should stay at the club.

Flashback: Nick Riewoldt chats with Dave Misson and Ross Lyon before St Kilda training in 2008.Credit:John Donegan

Hawks surprise move on Greene

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Hawthorn came as a surprise by adding former Western Bulldogs forward Fergus Greene on the first day of the delisted free agency period.

Greene played five games for the Bulldogs in 2018 but found his way back onto an AFL roster after scoring 53 goals for Box Hill.

Former Bulldog Fergus Greene.

Former Bulldog Fergus Greene.Credit:Getty Images

He will be 25 at the end of the year and could fill a void left by the departure of Jack Gunston.

The Bendigo product was picked 70 in the 2016 national draft and delisted in 2020.

Port Adelaide also threw a lifeline at former Geelong striker Francis Evans by taking him on as a deregistered free agent. The popular Cat, who was brought out of obscurity in the 2020 National Draft, played in seven games for the Cats, all of which were wins.

He couldn’t carve out a place in the squad, but the Cats were happy to drop him from the roster to ease his move to Port Adelaide. He will add depth and strength to their forward line as a mid-sized pressure player under 50.

Garner named best coach

North Melbourne star Jasmine Garner has won the AFLW Coaches Association award for the second time, despite being pulled from the game in the final round.

Garner surprisingly beat Richmond ace Monique Conti and Geelong ball magnet Georgie Prespakis by a commanding margin of nine votes.

The Kangaroos onballer had perfect 10s in five of the nine games she played for a total of 76, with Conti and Prespakis next on 67.

Garner and Conti have played nine of 10 games this season, while Prespakis has played eight.

Jasmine Garner topped the coaches poll.

Jasmine Garner topped the coaches poll.Credit:Photos

Georgie’s older sister Maddy interviewed 63 people after she moved from Carlton to expansion-side Essendon.

Garner, a four-time All Australian who scored the opening goal of the AFLW’s inaugural season, also won the coaches award two years ago.

But in a possible preview of the opposition’s tactics for the final, Richmond’s Amy Macdonald put a hard tag on Garner in Sunday’s draw at Arden St and kicked her out of the game.

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Conti scored three votes in the game, but Garner already had an unbeatable lead.

“Polling five perfect scores and votes in all but one game during the season is an incredible effort after a short run into season seven,” said AFLCA Chief Executive Alistair Nicholson.

If Georgie Prespakis has recovered from her ankle injury, she will face Garner in midfield in Saturday night’s playoff final at GMHBA Stadium.

Conti will be a key player for the Tigers in Saturday’s qualifying final against the Brisbane Lions at Metricon Stadium.

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