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The absentees that will define the 2016 AFL premiership race

No matter how hard the football gods try, there’s just no separating the top eight in the 2016 AFL season.

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Dockers terrible season leaves them wishing for Matthew Pavlich

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon wishes he could have sent Matthew Pavlich out on a better note, describing the retiring veteran as an extension of himself.

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Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge feels spirits at the AFL club have lifted and players have processed Mitch Wallis’ horrific injury.

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Stop the premiership clock: Freo to fire in 2017

Fremantle must not be seduced into a rebuild off this, their annus horribilus. They must re-group and press onward and upward.

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The television cameras lying in wait at Sydney Airport on Monday were a telltale sign of Greater Western Sydney’s rise to AFL prominence.

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Nearly a decade after his AFL playing career ended in heartbreak, Nathan Buckley still curses Jimmy Bartel’s genius.

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Richmond: The sleeping AFL giant that just won’t wake up

St Kilda did not get off to a good start, losing their first 48 VFL games on the trot. That was just the beginning.

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AFL Power Rankings: Round 18

Could the AFL’s top four be settled? Hawthorn, GWS, Sydney and Geelong occupy the prized spots with five matches to play, and they may just be able to ward off any challenge.

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Brent Harvey will break the AFL’s games record on Saturday but Scott Thompson expects his teammate to shatter it next year.

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Highlights: Giants come from behind to take 12th win

Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron has hailed his side’s 19-point AFL triumph over Port Adelaide as their best win for the year.

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Highlights: Hawks too good for the Tigers

Hawthorn have run out 70-point winners against the outmatched Tigers, 16.18.114 to 5.14.44.

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Highlights: Lions lower the pressure with long-awaited win

The Brisbane Lions celebrated their first win in thirteen weeks and took some of the pressure off coach Justin Leppitsch when they steamrolled a disappointing Essendon by 37 points at Etihad Stadium.

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Another in-demand forward has been taken off the AFL market, with Mason Wood signing a four-year contract extension to stay at North Melbourne.

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Highlights: Cats pounce on low-flying Crows with second half display

Geelong forwards Tom Hawkins and Dan Menzel combined for eight goals as the Cats extended Adelaide’s miserable record at Simonds Stadium with a 30-point AFL victory.

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Highlights: Dogs hit by the injury stick as Saints take vital win

The Saints set the tone for this game early as Jack Steven won the first clearance, and had the first inside 50 to set up the first goal in the opening minute.

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Midfielder Mitch Wallis has broken both bones in his left leg, the result of a tackle gone wrong during Western Bulldogs’ 15-point AFL loss to St Kilda.

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Matt Priddis of the West Coast Eagles

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Peter Wright Gold Coast Suns AFL 2016

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Luke Parker Sydney Swans AFL 2016

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AFL BRISBANE COLLINGWOOD

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Jarrad Waite North Melbourne Kangaroos 2016 AFL

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Steele Sidebottom Collingwood Magpies AFL 2014

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The Roar of the crowd

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Who your club needs to target this off-season

AFL clubs are constantly scouting the country looking for the best possible targets to bring into their club. At the pointy end of 2016, here are the potential trade/free agency targets for your club.

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Brent Harvey to create history this Saturday night

History will be made this weekend when Brent Harvey plays his 427th AFL game, breaking the all-time record for most games played in VFL/AFL history by an individual in the process.

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Brent ‘Boomer’ Harvey, 427 and counting

Michael Tuck is a legend of Australian football folklore. He won seven premierships with Hawthorn in a career that spanned three different decades.

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WATCH: VFL player kicks goal of the year contender

St Kilda player Cameron Shenton has kicked an unbelievable goal for the Sandringham Dragons during their VFL loss to the Casey Scorpions.

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What’s happened to holding the ball?

By Les Zigomanis, 26 Jul 2016
What’s happened to holding the ball?

How freaking hard is it to pay the holding the ball rule?

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The Hawks just know how to win

By Dylan Waghorne, 26 Jul 2016
The Hawks just know how to win

In a tight season where no team has a handle on premiership favouritism, small margins and factors will go a long way to determining who will emerge as the premiers.

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The Roar’s AFL MVP: Round 17 and Round 18 votes and leaderboard

Hello Roarers and welcome to this week’s edition of The Roar AFL MVP! We’ve got a double edition this time around, covering all of the votes from the past two weeks of the AFL. See below who our live blogging team voted as the best of the best over Rounds 17 and 18.

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Devastating injuries leave Western Bulldogs at a crossroads

The Doggies’ tough Saturday night loss to St Kilda was made even worse by the heartbreaking season-ending injuries to Mitch Wallis and Jack Redpath.

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The important stats separating the contenders from the pretenders

Hawthorn are two games clear on the top of the ladder with five weeks to go and St Kilda has a finals sniff.

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WATCH: Mitch Wallis breaks his own leg and hearts of teammates

It was one of the most sickening moments witnessed on the AFL field in 2016.

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Trading places: 2017’s potential comings and goings

We’re three quarters into the season, and with the top eight settled, at least ten clubs will be turning their attention to 2017 as their priority.

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Who has been the best coach in the AFL in 2016?

Every year, there are teams which excel on the back of the mastermind strategies of their head coach.

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Don’t let the losses fool you, Melbourne are on the up

On a cold, dreary Saturday evening, I sat in front of my television and tortured myself watching the Melbourne Football Club get so close to beating the 2015 grand finalists nearly 3500km away.

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The Roar AFL Podcast: Episode 19

By The Roar, 25 Jul 2016
The Roar AFL Podcast: Episode 19

The Roar AFL Podcast is back, with Cam Rose and Josh Elliott taking a look over all of the major developments to come out of Round 18.

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Port Adelaide Power vs GWS Giants highlights: Giants by 19

Match result: The GWS Giants took an important win over the Port Adelaide Power on Sunday, coming back from a horror start to run out the 19-point winners.

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Hawthorn Hawks vs Richmond Tigers highlights: Hawks give Tigers a smashing

Match result: The Hawthorn Hawks are now two games clear on top of the ladder after a 70-point win over the Richmond Tigers on Sunday.

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Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch

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Josh Jenkins Adelaide Crows AFL 2016

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Jason Johannisen Western Bulldogs AFL 2016

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Josh J Kennedy West Coast Eagles AFL 2016

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Tom Lynch Tom J Lynch Sam Day Gold Coast Suns AFL 2015

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Dan Hannebery Sydney Swans AFL 2015

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The Melbourne Cricket Ground MCG

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Patrick Dangerfield Geelong Cats AFL 2016

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Essendon Bombers player Ryan Crowley

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