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The Essendon Bombers own the fifth oldest and most experienced list in the competition. In some ways, and on some days, they’re playing like it. On others, everything falls apart.
As the only indigenous captain playing in the AFL, Gold Coast skipper Steven May has more reason than most to change his guernsey number this Saturday in Alice Springs.
The AFL will immediately act to crack down on the jumper punch, rather than wait until the season’s end.
The AFLW’s best player, Erin Phillips, has re-signed with premiers Adelaide for next season.
Often accused of lacking superstar talent during their recent years in finals – and not unfairly – North Melbourne appear to be going to great lengths to rectify that, with news coming through on Monday that they have put down a second million-dollar offer for an out-of-contract opposition player.
West Coast coach Adam Simpson admits he doesn’t know what he’s going to get from his team when the Eagles play in Melbourne.
This is the closest AFL season ever, the competition has never been so even and there are no such thing as easybeats.
North Melbourne are reportedly set to make a huge play to lure Richmond star Dustin Martin to Arden Street.
Some semblance of reality returned to the AFL this weekend. Most of the market fancies won the day, and one of the game’s best reminded us of his potential for outright desolation.
Sydney will be without injured young gun Harry Cunningham for the next six weeks of the AFL season, while Kieren Jack and Sam Naismith are no certainties to return from injury against Hawthorn on Friday night.
There may only have been eight games of footy this week but with more surprise results and some big moments, it didn’t feel any the less. Here’s my quick takes from the week.
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The future of the iconic centre bounce will again be in the spotlight after history-making umpire Eleni Glouftsis chose to throw the ball up in the second half of Sunday’s AFL match between Essendon and West coast.
Fremantle have come from a 28-point deficit to defeat Carlton by 35 points to end Round 9 at Domain Stadium.
North Melbourne have hung on to beat the Melbourne Demons at the MCG by fourteen points, recording their third win of the season.
On the back of a Bomber blitzkrieg in the second quarter, Essendon have eviscerated a lackadaisical West Coast Eagles outfit to the tune of 61-points.
The Magpies have eased the pressure on coach Nathan Buckley with a come-from-behind 18-point victory over the Hawks at the MCG.
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Paul Roos at the Sydney Swans famously had a ‘no dickheads’ policy during his halcyon years of 2005-06. Roos meditated, maintained his pristine brown hair over eight years of coaching, and was once seen to be whistling right before a quarter-time address with the Swans five goals down. They won.
Three closely related issues floated in the background of the AFL this week, behind the jumper punches and the injuries and the comparisons of flawed title contenders.
The wildcard idea in the AFL just refuses to die, and for the first time in my life, I am trying to get on board with the pesky conference system.
One of the most important rounds on the AFL calendar has arrived, and the highlight of it will be Saturday night’s annual ‘Dreamtime at the G’ clash between Richmond and Essendon.
Some incredible performances in the midfield are highlighted in Round 9’s Team of the Week.
Elation. Disbelief. Heartbreak. Three juxtaposing emotions experienced all within two minutes.
If the first eight rounds taught us anything, it’s to expect anything, which is why – with the exception of the margin between Essendon and West Coast – there were no real surprises in Round 9.
Coming into Indigenous round this week, it’s fascinating to revisit Buddy Franklin’s charge up the all-time goal-kicking ranks.
The last ten premiership sides enjoy some very similar traits.
Over-umpiring is the bane of my existence.
Match result: Fremantle have come from a 28-point deficit to defeat Carlton by 35 points to end Round 9 at Domain Stadium.
Match result: North Melbourne have hung on to beat the Melbourne Demons at the MCG by fourteen points, recording their third win of the season.
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Match result: On the back of a Bomber blitzkrieg in the second quarter, Essendon have eviscerated a lackadaisical West Coast Eagles outfit to the tune of 61-points.
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Much has been made of the recent Australian rules game between the Gold Coast Suns and Port Adelaide in Shanghai. There was a lot of hype from the AFL, mockery from other codes and some local confusion over the intricacies of the game itself.
This Sunday, the Melbourne Football Club face arguably their biggest challenge of the season thus far when they take on the North Melbourne Kangaroos at the MCG.
Match result: The Magpies have eased the pressure on coach Nathan Buckley with a come-from-behind 18-point victory over the Hawks at the MCG.
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