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AFL Premiership

AFL Toyota PremiershipThe AFL competition consists of 18 teams from the states of Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, and West Australia, with teams playing 23 home and away rounds before a four week final series that culminates in September.

The 2014 Toyota Premiership AFL season is full of debatable talking points. Will Hawthorn be able to remain dominant after the loss of key-forward Lance Franklin? Is there anything left in the tank for former contenders Geelong? Will Fremantle continue to improve? And can the Suns and Giants finally make an impact on the competition?

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Finals are out of reach for the ‘Pies, now it’s time for a rebuild

Finals are out of reach for the ‘Pies, now it’s time for a rebuild

by , 22 Aug 2014

It’s late August and the mathematical possibility term is being wheeled out as usual with the AFL approaching finals time. Collingwood have 10 wins and are out of the eight on percentage, by a hefty one mind you, but can still make it if they beat Greater Western Sydney this week and then Hawthorn next […]

Priddis must finally be made All-Australian

Priddis must finally be made All-Australian

by , 22 Aug 2014

West Coast Eagles workhorse Matt Priddis cannot possibly be overlooked again for All-Australian selection this season. The 29-year-old midfielder has been one of the most effective and hardest working on-ballers in the competition for many years now. Yet he has never been rewarded with an All-Australian guernsey. What is truly remarkable is that he has […]

Hawks drop McEvoy for Cats AFL blockbuster

by , 22 Aug 2014

Hawthorn have recalled Jonathon Ceglar at the expense of fellow ruckman Ben McEvoy for Saturday night’s round-22 AFL blockbuster against Geelong at the MCG. The third-placed Hawks, coming off last week’s loss to Fremantle, have made four changes for their clash with their great modern-day rivals. Star forward Jarryd Roughead and tough onballer Brad Sewell […]

Please be gentle: Confessions of an AFL virgin

Please be gentle: Confessions of an AFL virgin

by , 22 Aug 2014

I love sport, all kinds of sport. I love the unity it brings to those who otherwise wouldn’t associate with each other and I love the wild spirit it gives people who are sitting among the crowd. In saying that, I have never really had the opportunity to be completely immersed in AFL. I could […]

Time to take the onus for the Brownlow Medal off the umpires

Time to take the onus for the Brownlow Medal off the umpires

by , 21 Aug 2014

Since 1924, the Brownlow Medal has been presented to the best and fairest player in the VFL/AFL as voted by the match-day umpires. Up until 1930 just one vote was cast per game before it was modified to the 3-2-1 system that is still in place today. (When the VFL introduced the two-umpire system in […]

What do you do with the Demons?

What do you do with the Demons?

by , 21 Aug 2014 Video

Last Sunday, Melbourne Football Club played one of the worst AFL games I’ve ever seen. Think World War II Italy crossed with the dying days of Fitzroy. Three goals, sixteen behinds, in a carnival of sporting poverty. A few friends and I watched the game, one of them a lifelong Melbourne supporter. By the end […]

The sound of heartbreak: Neale Daniher, my hero

The sound of heartbreak: Neale Daniher, my hero

by , 21 Aug 2014

When Neale Daniher’s knee crumpled beneath him in the next to last game of the 1981 VFL season, the football world was robbed of one of its most promising rising stars. The then 20-year-old had been one of the driving forces behind a 15-game winning streak that had the Bombers – who had started the […]

Priority picks are wasted on the Demons

Priority picks are wasted on the Demons

by , 21 Aug 2014

The Demons have asked for a priority pick at this year’s draft, but the AFL should consider the bigger picture before granting such a wish. Melbourne have not played finals since 2006 and have won just 38 of 174 games dating back to the start of the 2007 season. In anyone’s language, they are a […]

Why 1980 was year zero for our modern game

Why 1980 was year zero for our modern game

by , 21 Aug 2014

The year 1980 was a year in football that has reverberated massively right through to this day. In particular, the Richmond football club that won the premiership that year has turned out to be arguably the most influential in VFL-AFL history, boasting names that wield enormous influence in footy even 34 years later. Moreover, Jan […]

Baudo’s Brownlow brief: Can Ablett still clinch the medal?

Baudo’s Brownlow brief: Can Ablett still clinch the medal?

by , 21 Aug 2014

I reckon there are few blokes sitting around at home thinking what if regarding the Brownlow Medal. Individual accolades are often played down by players. We always hear them say things like, ‘the premiership is more important’. I just wonder whether some of these guys lay there at night and start adding up their best […]


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