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Nathan Jones dreams of holding aloft the AFL premiership cup and he says he wouldn’t have signed a long-term deal with Melbourne if he didn’t believe the Demons were capable of achieving that lofty goal.

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Essendon have failed in an official bid to have a representative observe the AFL anti-doping tribunal hearing.

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Children will have free admission to Sunday games at the MCG and Etihad Stadium next season as the AFL continues its charm offensive.

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Rodney Eade has found Gold Coast have plenty to learn before they become an AFL power.

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Ben Reid has sent a shudder of worry through Collingwood with yet another injury scare.

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Essendon chairman Paul Little has defended the AFL club’s disastrous legal action against ASADA, saying it was the right thing to do.

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Bombers want Sheedy back

Essendon remain unsure whether they can coax legendary coach Kevin Sheedy back to the AFL club.

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Gold Coast players hoping reputation or potential may be enough at AFL level have been put on notice by coach Rodney Eade.

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The AFL anti-doping tribunal is closed to Essendon officials, as well as the media and public.

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Essendon chairman Paul Little has forecast that the AFL anti-doping hearing will run until late January.

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AFL anti-doping hearing set to kick off

The long-awaited AFL anti-doping tribunal hearing involving 34 past and present Essendon players begins on Monday, with ASADA needing to make its case without first-hand testimony from potential key witnesses Shane Charter and Nima Alavi.

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Former Australian anti-doping boss Richard Ings calls it a one-all scoreline between ASADA and the Essendon players, with the penalty shootout to come.

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Star players Mitch Duncan, Josh Caddy and Tom Lonergan have all re-signed with Geelong in an off-season boost for the Cats.

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Essendon coach James Hird has gained more support on the AFL club’s board, with Paul Cousins and Catherine Lio winning election.

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Adam Cooney is cautiously raising the bar again, two years after he lamented he would never return to his top AFL form.

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The lawyer for a key witness in ASADA’s anti-doping case against Essendon players will still be fighting a subpoena only days before the AFL tribunal hearing is due to start.

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The Roar of the crowd

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The Western Bulldogs’ forward thinking

By Cameron Palmer, 20 Dec 2014
The Western Bulldogs’ forward thinking

You make the boldest and biggest move in your club’s recent history – to overpay a young and supremely talented forward to be the linchpin of your next successful side – so then what?

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Hawthorn and what two-time reigning champs do

By Cameron Palmer, 20 Dec 2014
Hawthorn and what two-time reigning champs do

When you are the two time defending and reigning premiers natural progression would suggest that other teams are going to be looking at you as a benchmark and for the inside running on how to build a champion team.

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Greater Western Sydney and the top-pick conundrum

By Cameron Palmer, 19 Dec 2014
Greater Western Sydney and the top-pick conundrum

Like fellow expansion club Gold Coast, Greater Western Sydney have spent their initial existence being inundated with talent from the best young players in Australia.

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2015 AFL: Make it or break it list (Part III)

By Christopher Pepper, 19 Dec 2014
2015 AFL: Make it or break it list (Part III)

The Pep Talk is back with the next instalment of players who are gearing for a crucial season in their careers.

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Collingwood and their quest for assets and commodities

Collingwood has always been a club that is ahead of the curve. The Magpies are one of the more innovative sides in the AFL.

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Adelaide and taking draft punts

By Cameron Palmer, 17 Dec 2014
Adelaide and taking draft punts

Beating the odds has been pivotal for Adelaide at the draft table in the fallout to the Kurt Tippett scandal.

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2015 AFL: Make it or break it list (part II)

By Christopher Pepper, 16 Dec 2014
2015 AFL: Make it or break it list (part II)

Last week The Pep Talk gave the names of the first six players who needed to have a make it or break it season in 2015.

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2015 AFL: Make it or break it list (Part I)

By Christopher Pepper, 14 Dec 2014
2015 AFL: Make it or break it list (Part I)

All the 18 AFL clubs are back into pre-season training and every single one has a player that is tearing up the track. But we all know that means squat when the real stuff kicks off in 2015.

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Port Adelaide: Expectation and consolidation

By Leigh Devlin, 14 Dec 2014
Port Adelaide: Expectation and consolidation

We hear it every year – AFL clubs that have had a tough preseason, certain players are flying and the teams are ready for a big year.

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Gold Coast and picking the Wright talent

By Cameron Palmer, 13 Dec 2014
Gold Coast and picking the Wright talent

It was almost ironic that Gold Coast would be the club that would select Peter Wright. Since their start in AFL drafts in the past five years, the Gold Coast have been renowned for taking the most talented players available.

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ASADA fails on witnesses

By David Ward, 13 Dec 2014 New author!
ASADA fails on witnesses

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has failed in its attempt to force three reluctant witnesses to testify at the AFL’s anti-doping tribunal hearing, which commences on Monday.

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Essendon triumphant in the AFL draft

By Cameron Palmer, 13 Dec 2014
Essendon triumphant in the AFL draft

With the seemingly never ending ASADA investigation into Essendon taking up much analysis of the club, a number of Essendon success stories have not had the opportunity to be widely discussed.

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Richmond’s recruitment strategy is keeping things simple

What’s the best gig in AFL scouting you ask? The answer is Richmond.

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2015 AFL preview: Western Bulldogs

By Sam Aldridge, 11 Dec 2014
2015 AFL preview: Western Bulldogs

Onto our final team to preview and the team that has been the talk of the off-season. The Western Bulldogs come into 2015 with internal expectation and external doubt.

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West Coast must forget about playing it safe

By Cameron Palmer, 11 Dec 2014
West Coast must forget about playing it safe

Since their last premiership in 2006, West Coast have had a tendency to take home grown and safe midfield or small player picks with their top 30 draft selections.

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Carlton and the curious case of the 2014 draft

By Cameron Palmer, 10 Dec 2014
Carlton and the curious case of the 2014 draft

Curious. That is about the only word that can do justice to what was the 2014 draft of the Carlton Football Club.

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Gold Coast Suns Jaeger O'Meara

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Matt Priddis of the Eagles kisses the Brownlow Medal

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Hugh Goddard and Paddy McCartin

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Lance Franklin of the Swans celebrates

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Dayne Beams

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Jack Ziebell of the Kangaroos

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Patrick Dangerfield of the Crows is tackled by Grant Birchall

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St Kilda's Nick Riewoldt

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Nathan Jones of the Demons looks dejected

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