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Numbers game: Which AFL teams should rise and fall in 2018?

The numbers game is back, despite one of the all time stinkers of a prediction flowing from our analysis this time last year. But don’t fret, because the guidance provided is a useful place to start our preseason proper.

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Already making your AFL 2018 predictions? Don’t be daft

Welcome to the post-truth Australian Football League, where the rules of the previous decade have been tossed asunder and anyone can win the last game of the season.

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Dockers banish Bennell after club scuffle

Fremantle have decided against tearing up Harley Bennell’s AFL contract despite the troubled midfielder’s latest off-field indiscretion.

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The top ten AFL players in 2025

Those who are regular readers of my writing will know that when it comes to taking the risk of potentially being horribly wrong, I have no fear.

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Six big questions for the AFL in 2018

The clock has struck midnight and calendars are being changed all over the nation – it’s officially the new year, and a new AFL season is just months away. Here’s six big questions that 2018 will give us the answers to.

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Planning to copy Richmond? Good luck

Well, it’s Christmas Eve, and my early gift to the world (particularly the Richmond-supporting part of the world) is the final chapter in my list management series. Let’s get started.

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Who won the AFL in 2017?

The answer here is obvious: Dustin Martin won the AFL in 2017. But he was not alone, and in our annual tradition, let’s dish out the rest of the higher honours before the year is out.

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Crows face another contract crunch, but they’re built for sustained success

It occurred to me a little while ago that I should probably finish off the list management series I started in September before the calendar ticks over to 2018 – only two teams are left, the pair that competed in the grand final.

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The AFL’s 2018 MRP changes are a universal improvement

The AFL’s changes to its judicial system will prove confusing at first, but at first glance will calm a building wave of criticism regarding how the league doles out justice.

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AFL to abolish Match Review Panel in 2018

AFL football boss Steve Hocking has today told media that the league will abandon the match review panel format in 2018, instead appointing Collingwood premiership player Michael Christian as a sole match review officer.

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See the Bombers level up: Essendon enters eSports world

The Essendon Football Club will be the second AFL team, after Adelaide, to have an official eSports venture, after the club announced they had acquired Australian League of Legends franchise Abyss earlier this week.

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John Worsfold to seek Essendon extension

Essendon coach John Worsfold seems destined to be rewarded for overseeing the Bombers rebirth, with contract renewal negotiations kicking off in the new year.

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The Roar Podcast: What’s the best way to judge a sport’s success?

The gang is back this week with the second episode of The Roar Podcast.

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Like anyone else, trans people should have the right to play

For a lot of the last two months, the one question I’ve been asked repeatedly is “why?”.

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2017 AFL Draft review: Part 2, Hawthorn Hawks to Western Bulldogs

With the national and rookie drafts now complete, AFL clubs have finalised their lists for season 2018. Yesterday we looked at the draft hauls of Adelaide through GWS – today, it’s Hawthorn through the Bulldogs.

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2017 AFL Draft review: Part 1, Adelaide Crows to GWS Giants

With the national and rookie drafts now complete, AFL clubs have finalised their lists for season 2018. Over the next two days I’m going to look at every club’s draft haul – today, we’re talking Adelaide through GWS.

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Lindsay Thomas North Melbourne Kangaroos AFL 2016

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AFL Draft

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Andrew Brayshaw

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What will the sporting landscape look like in Sydney in 2050?

What will the football sporting landscape look like in Sydney in 2050?

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A nine-month AFL season? I’d like to see that

Fixturing can be tricky at the best of times, but some interesting ideas can come from unlikely places.

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Where should the AFL expand to next?

By aligee, 18 Jan 2018
Where should the AFL expand to next?

At what point will the AFL expand again? Will the AFL ever reward Tasmania with a team?

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Queensland footy culture is growing without Ablett

The AFL’s expansion in Queensland over past few years could be described as patchy at best.

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The AFL top 100: It’s not just about games played

The second limb of the AFL top 100 is all about the 100 leading AFL and club goal kickers. The list is more unpredictable than the games played list, because as soon as a player runs onto the ground, one more is added to his tally.

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Will Aussie rules ever have a credible international game and do we even care?

I must admit I am torn. On one hand I would love Australian football to have a buoyant, viable international presence.

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Your club’s next breakout player: Part three

By Hamish Hutton, 11 Jan 2018
Your club’s next breakout player: Part three

This the final instalment of my series on the upcoming stars for each AFL club.

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Your club’s next breakout player: Part two

By Hamish Hutton, 9 Jan 2018
Your club’s next breakout player: Part two

Continuing from part one of my selected breakout players for 2018, in this edition I will look at the lists of Geelong, Gold Coast, Greater Western Sydney, Hawthorn, Melbourne and North Melbourne.

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Why you can’t force sport to be entertaining

By Athos Sirianos, 9 Jan 2018
Why you can’t force sport to be entertaining

Sport and entertainment are two very distinct ideas, yet the lines between them are often blurred.

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Am I not pretty enough? The AFL needs to look in the mirror

Generally speaking, top-end – or even Western Australian – football is more open, faster and arguably more skilful than the Victorian or Tassie style of the game, which traditionally was played on wetter, colder, smaller grounds and was a far more physical.

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Best 22 analysis: Gold Coast

By Conor, 6 Jan 2018
Best 22 analysis: Gold Coast

All the AFL lists are finalised for 2018, and now is the time to start investigating what each club’s best team looks like.

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The AFLW 2018 season guide

By The_Wookie, 6 Jan 2018
The AFLW 2018 season guide

The second AFLW season is less than four weeks away. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the opening round.

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Football is a game of opportunities. How did your team use theirs in 2017?

Sometimes you become acutely aware that something you are doing is objectively odd.

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Your club’s next breakout player, part one

By Hamish Hutton, 4 Jan 2018
Your club’s next breakout player, part one

For the past two years I have compiled a list of players who I believed were poised to break out into the type of players your chosen team could count on to perform every week.

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Gerard Whateley’s move to SEN makes for an intriguing 2018 on radio

The first day of 2018 produced the year’s first big sports media story: Gerard Whateley is departing ABC Grandstand for its commercial radio rival SEN.

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I was there when: 2017 in sport

By mds1970, 31 Dec 2017
I was there when: 2017 in sport

And so this is Christmas/ And what have you done?/ Another year over/ And a new one just begun.

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Jordan Rapana Canberra Raiders NRL Rugby League 2017

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The Melbourne Demons face an angry crowd

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Dan Hannebery Sydney Swans AFL 2016

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Phil Davis GWS Giants Lance Franklin Sydney Swans AFL 2016

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Nathan Buckley Collingwood Magpies AFL 2017

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Josh Schache Brisbane Lions AFL 2016

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Gary Ablett AFL Geelong Cats

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Bryce Gibbs Sam Gibson Adelaide Crows AFL

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