From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
Returning forward Jarryd Roughead will replace Luke Hodge as Hawthorn AFL captain despite his on-going recovery from cancer.
Before the takes start flying, it’s prudent to take our now bi-annual clinical look at the AFL as a way of setting the scene for the season.
Star small forward Eddie Betts has re-signed with the Adelaide Crows on a new three-year deal that will see him remain in South Australia through to 2020, the club announced on Wednesday.
And we are back! 2017 is here, my friends, and if you’re anything like me you are already brimming with excitement for a new AFL season.
185 Have your say
Hawthorn footballer Jarryd Roughead says he is “all good to go” for 2017, even suggesting he could make a return in the AFL pre-season competition.
Christian Salem got hit in the head by a brick.
And we’re back! The 2017 AFL season is 71 days away, so it’s the time of year when predictions are flying left, right and centre. Here are some early thoughts, with a simple maths problem at their core.
106 Have your say
James Hird’s father Allan says there were no signs his son was on a path to ill-health and accused AFL and Essendon administrators of pursuing him as a scapegoat.
The AFL and the players’ union are set to resume pay discussions in the hopes of averting a pre-season strike.
The AFL players’ union have reached out to former Essendon coach James Hird amid growing criticism of his treatment prior to his health crisis.
James Hird is modern sport’s ultimate cautionary tale. About power, ego, spin, agendas, QCs, money, supplements, pressure, trolls. Everything.
AFL figures have shown support for James Hird amid reports the former Essendon coach is in a mental health facility recovering from a suspected overdose.
Xavier Richards’ departure from Sydney isn’t turning out the way the forward had planned.
‘Tis the season to be really greedy and request all sorts of frivolous things.
UPDATE: Shane Yarran has told Fremantle that the statements referred to in the article below were not made by him.
Is there anything more exciting than the AFL’s annual rule change extravaganza? The answer is yes. In fact, pretty much everything else on the calendar.
The Roar of the crowdYour sports opinion. Write your own article
As the AFL preseason continues with fantasy footy prices being released and teams tearing it up on the training tracks, my mind wanders to articles past.
It’s hard to believe as we swelter through this scorching heat, kept awake at night by blazing temperatures and nightly T20 cricket. But footy is just two weeks away.
Last season was basically devoid of superstar Nat Fyfe. But baby, he’s back.
100 Have your say
In December’s article, I wrote about Brisbane, Gold Coast and Carlton being the bottom three for this year’s ladder. Today, positions 15th through to 13th are up for grabs – which will be three Victorian teams.
From premiers in 2010 to missing three finals series from 2014-2016, the Magpies expect nothing less than a finals berth in 2017.
It’s that time of year when we review the Australian TV ratings for all the football codes for the previous year.
239 Have your say
If you look at AFL expansion strictly from a business perspective, overseas expansion is the next logical step.
Like any human pursuit worth blood, sweat and tears, sport has always been the whole world writ small. We find in it all the shades of good and evil, nobility and pettiness, generosity and selfishness.
In just over 60 days the AFL world will rejoice after what has been an intriguing off-season.
Collingwood heads into 2017 without brand synonymous stars Dane Swan and Travis Cloke, having left behind them a hole of on-field aggression, off-field personality and a whole lot of clear skin ready to be tattooed.
In alphabetical order, I’m going to offer up my semi-serious views on each of the club’s chosen membership slogans.
The AFL should be thinking big when it comes to both expansion of the league and expansion of the sport.
148 Have your say
No one knows what is going to happen this season. Don’t let them tell you they do.
Although millions of words have been written over the past four years about Essendon and James Hird, very few have alluded to what is a very simple truth.
The first thing one needs to remember about James Hird is simple: he is human.
104 Have your say
AFL is a wonderful unique sport, which is arguably the strongest sport in Australia. However there are two gaps which I believe administrators can address.