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Air Gary: Eade says Ablett is AFL’s Jordan

Playing finals look set to be a slam dunk for the Gold Coast after new coach Rodney Eade claimed Gary Ablett was ready to emulate NBA superstar Michael Jordan and inspire greatness at the Suns.

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Midfielder Liam Anthony leads a group of eight players cut from North Melbourne as AFL clubs continue to finalise their lists.

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It’s official – finally. The Gold Coast’s on-again, off-again announcement that Rodney Eade will be their new coach has finally happened after days of talks with Collingwood.

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AFL chief executive Gill McLachlan has laughed off criticism that its fixture next year unfairly impacts on soccer.

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Former Melbourne captain Jack Trengove is determined to continue his AFL career, despite conceding he might not play at all next season.

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The AFL has defended its packed Anzac Day schedule as a one-off that it hopes will add to the occasion.

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2015 AFL fixture announced

The complete fixture for the 2015 AFL season has been released following the release of the opening round matches last week.

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Suns offer too good to pass up: Eade

Rodney Eade thought his AFL coaching days were behind him – until Gold Coast made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

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North Melbourne will play Richmond in the first of three Hobart games in the AFL next season.

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Former Melbourne coach Mark Neeld will return to the AFL, joining Essendon to head their player development.

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The AFL continues to overhaul its pre-season format, ditching the 18 games in 18 days experiment for a four-week schedule.

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The Sydney Swans have announced they will appeal in a bid to have their AFL trade ban overturned.

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Gold Coast have presented Rodney Eade with a belated chance to fix the one glaring gap in his outstanding AFL career.

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A player from the North Melbourne Football club is allegedly one of two men under police investigation following the robbery of a taxi driver in Adelaide.

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Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has warned fellow AFL club Gold Coast to tread carefully as they try to poach Magpies football director Rodney Eade.

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2015 AFL NAB Challenge fixture announced

The fixture for the 2015 AFL NAB Challenge, has been released with the tournament kicking off on Thursday February 26 to Sunday March 22.

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Coach Mark Thompson of Essendon speaks with his players during the 2014 AFL round 07 match between the Essendon Bombers and the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne on May 03, 2014. (Photo: Darrian Traynor/AFL Media)

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Bombers Coach James Hird looks on during the 2013 AFL Round 20 match between the Essendon Bombers and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne on August 11, 2013. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)

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The Roar of the crowd

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The Sydney Swans and the COLA Myth

Twenty years ago the Sydney Swans Football Club was in a world of hurt after years of mismanagement. How the old VFL foundational club from South Melbourne is still with us today is somewhat of a miracle.

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Pros and cons of your AFL team’s draw (Part I)

The AFL fixture for season 2015 has been launched and a few anomalies and highlights have emerged.

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Port Adelaide fans should embrace tough draw

By Ben Mitchell, 31 Oct 2014
Port Adelaide fans should embrace tough draw

Excitement should come to mind when Port Adelaide Power fans see the 2015 AFL fixture.

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The must-see games in the 2015 AFL season

By mastermind5991, 31 Oct 2014
The must-see games in the 2015 AFL season

The highly-anticipated draw for the 2015 AFL season is out and there are some matches and special occasions that are worth not missing.

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2015 AFL Fixture: Breaks do matter

By Ryan Buckland, 30 Oct 2014
2015 AFL Fixture: Breaks do matter

The full 2015 AFL fixture is scheduled to be released tomorrow, in what’s quickly becoming a big event in the 11-months-of-the-year footy calendar.

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The Riverina Australian Rules Team of All-Time

It is often said children in Australia play footy in the winter and cricket in the summer.

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McLachlan’s Swans remarks undermine the AFL’s Sydney dream

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan’s “you can’t have everything” remark directed at the Sydney Swans is a massive insult in the highest order.

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Stop reminding Demon supporters of their drafting failures

With just over a month until the 2014 AFL draft, every Melbourne supporter is dreading a time which should be an exciting one for the club.

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What did we learn from season 2014?

By Terry Russell, 24 Oct 2014
What did we learn from season 2014?

It’s late October and I’m still thinking about footy. It’s tragic, but let’s face it – so are you.

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Gillon McLachlan: Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown

Being top dog is never easy. The climb to the top is steep and protracted, so when you finally arrive, there is a tendency to relax, become complacent, and forget that tenacity, hard work and dedication got you there in the first place.

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Winners and losers in the Dayne Beams ‘mega-trade’

After taking a breath and letting the overly lengthy draft period wash over me, I want to have a closer look at the drawn-out, five-club ‘mega-deal’ completed to get Dayne Beams to his desired destination.

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The 2014 AFL trade and free agency report card

By Josh Elliott, 18 Oct 2014

With the AFL’s 2014 Trade and Free Agency period done and dusted, I’ve put together my report cards for each of the eighteen clubs.

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The Ryan Griffen saga shows player power is upon us

By Michael Pepicelli, 17 Oct 2014
The Ryan Griffen saga shows player power is upon us

Welcome to the new AFL, in which players hold all the power and coaches are merely pawns in the players’ games.

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The winners and wieners in the 2014 AFL post season

We know who won the flag and the Norm Smith, but that doesn’t mean there are no more winners in the AFL until first bounce next year. Here are some of the big winners of the off season, along with some honourable mentions.

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2014 AFL Trade and Free Agency period: Final day updates, breaking news

The 2014 AFL Trade and Free Agency period reached a climax yesterday with a string of big name trades being finalised. Today is the last opportunity for clubs to make their moves, up until the deadline of 2:00pm (AEDT).

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Collingwood did right by Beams, now it’s the Bombers’ turn with Ryder

Collingwood’s Dayne Beams has finally flown the coop, leaving the Magpie nest and flying north to join his brother Clay at the Lions.

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A frustrated Patrick Ryder of the Essendon Bombers. Photo: Anthony Pearse

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Matthew Pavlich takes a mark for Fremantle

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Kurt Tippett and Lance Franklin

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Tom Boyd in action. Photo:Michael Willson

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Dayne Beams

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Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney (Photo: Lachlan Cunningham/AFL Media)

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Patrick Dangerfield of the Crows is tackled by Grant Birchall

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Defender James Frawley gets through traffic (Slattery Images)

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Lance Franklin of the Swans celebrates

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