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Essendon coach James Hird is at odds with the AFL again, angry that six Bombers were stopped from taking part in a special training session.

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James Hird is as confident about Essendon’s fate at the AFL anti-doping tribunal as he is adamant that no-one at the club has broken ranks.

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Practice games are an evil necessity

When West Coast’s Eric McKenzie and Bulldog Tom Liberatore had their seasons ruined by crumpled knees in the first round of AFL practices matches last weekend, many began questioning the worth of holding a pre-season competition at all.

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The MCG’s cheap food and drink could change Aussie sport

In case you missed it, the MCG earlier this week waved the white flag in its battle with Tullamarine Airport for the title of Worst-Value Eatery in Melbourne.

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Young star Jeremy Cameron knocked back a seven-year offer from Adelaide to stay with Greater Western Sydney in the AFL.

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Four Essendon players who were at the club in 2012 are in their squad for Saturday’s AFL pre-season match against St Kilda.

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Forward twin towers Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett will be missing, but for most of the rest of the key Sydney Swans players, the long road to redemption from last year’s grand final shocker starts in Coffs Harbour on Friday.

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Whitten Oval brings back the memories

Growing up in the 1970s and ’80s, AFL game was so different, with all those suburban grounds and their unique characteristics.

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Sydney coach John Longmire is upbeat about Kurt Tippett’s availability for round one of the AFL regular season, despite his new leg injury.

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Andrew Demetriou’s last seven months as AFL chief executive earned him a package worth $2 million.

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Why every AFL coach should take a back seat during the NAB Challenge

There’s an old saying that two heads are better than one. But when it comes to coaching in AFL, there has always been a clear hierarchy.

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Rosey’s 2015 AFL preview: Greater Western Sydney Giants

Last year, Greater Western Sydney were able to shrug off the tag of bullied runt of the litter, and take a couple of baby steps up the ladder. This year, they can take a few more.

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Kevin Sheedy to return to Bombers: report

Kevin Sheedy will reportedly make a return to embattled AFL club Essendon.

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Rosey’s 2015 AFL preview: West Coast

They say it’s hard to soar like an eagle when you’re surrounded by turkeys. This season, West Coast are likely to find out just how many of the latter are on their list.

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Melbourne coach Paul Roos has backed the AFL pre-season format as the minimum needed to adequately prepare players for the season proper.

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A delegation of three senior Essendon players have met with AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan as the landmark Bombers anti-doping tribunal verdict looms.

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Brisbane Lions Lewis Taylor

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Mick Malthouse gets stuck into the Carlton Blues

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Jack Ziebell of the Kangaroos

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The Roar of the crowd

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The AFL must preserve the father-son rule

The AFL’s father-son rule, however archaic, is a feature of the game which must be preserved, not abolished or limited under the guise of equalisation.

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What did we learn from the Lions’ win over the Swans?

Brisbane appear to have intensified their ‘moving cage’ game plan, which involves flooding around the ball and then sprinting back into an open forward line when they rebound.

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Disposals are Collingwood’s biggest weakness

With a disposal efficiency of just over 50 per cent, Collingwood couldn’t kick last season.

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[VIDEO] Sydney Swans vs Brisbane Lions highlights: 2015 NAB Challenge live scores and blog

Match result: Brisbane have defeated Sydney by 36 points in the NAB Challenge at the Coffs Harbour International Stadium. BRISBANE 0 10 13 73 SYDNEY 1 4 6 39

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Random ideas to improve the AFL (part II)

By Cameron Palmer, 6 Mar 2015
Random ideas to improve the AFL (part II)

Following on from Part 1, I have put together five other ideas for the AFL to enhance the game that we all know and love.

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I have a number of gay friends, and unfortunately, despite the fact that it is 2015, they are still cautious celebrating their sexuality with complete confidence.

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Thoughts on the NAB Challenge

By Tim Armstrong, 6 Mar 2015

News that food prices at the MCG are set to be slashed was welcomed by footy fans this week, while news that alcohol prices have remained the same resulted in me burning an effigy of Gillon McLachlan.

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[VIDEO] Fremantle Dockers vs Melbourne Demons highlights: 2015 NAB Challenge score, blog

The preseason gets underway for two more clubs on Thursday night, as the Fremantle Dockers take on the Melbourne Demons. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:00pm (AEDT).

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Maturing Wines the key ingredient to Port’s success

In the space of just two short years, Port Adelaide’s Ollie Wines has established himself as one of the game’s most promising young midfielders. And if the pre season chatter out of Alberton is to be believed, he may well hold the key to Port’s 2015 premiership aspirations.

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Random ideas to improve the AFL (part I)

By Cameron Palmer, 5 Mar 2015
Random ideas to improve the AFL (part I)

In a two-part series, I will provide 10 random ideas discussing how to grow the AFL now and into the future. They all have an element of randomness about them, are all hopefully original and take an outside-the-box look at the AFL.

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Burning questions ahead of the 2015 AFL season (Part III)

As the countdown to the 2015 AFL season continues, there will be some more burning questions asked of last year’s bottom six teams as they look to climb off the canvas this season.

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Essendon bring in ‘The Replacements’ ahead of NAB Challenge

Essendon’s army of replacements have begun to filter in to join in training at the club, ahead of the upcoming NAB Challenge Series.

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Burning questions ahead of the 2015 AFL season (Part 1)

With less than a month until the 2015 AFL season kicks off, there are many burning questions before 18 teams start level on zero points in their pursuit of the flag.

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Collingwood’s best XVIII

By Matt Tomlinson, 4 Mar 2015
Collingwood’s best XVIII

Based on pre-season form and last year’s performances, I have picked Collingwood’s best 18.

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Burning questions ahead of the 2015 AFL season (Part II)

With the countdown to the 2015 AFL season now just less than a month away, there will be questions asked of some of the contenders and pretenders for this year’s AFL premiership.

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Melbourne’s Messiah misfortune: Jesse Hogan and the next great hope

In a team sport in which as many as 44 individuals can directly affect the match result, we seem to spend a disproportionate amount of time and energy focussing on the efforts of a handful of athletes.

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Melbourne Demons midfielder Colin Sylvia tries to evade Tom Liberatore of the Western Bulldogs Photo: Sean Garnsworthy/AFL Media).

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Melbourne coach Paul Roos

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Josh Jenkins of the Crows celebrates a goal

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Harley Bennell of the Suns

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Richmond Tigers players after losing to Essendon

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Brisbane Lions Lewis Taylor

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Tom Langdon of the Magpies

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Richmond's Brandon Ellis celebrates a goal

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Matt Priddis of the West Coast Eagles takes a mark during the 2013 AFL Round 23 match between West Coast Eagles and the Adelaide Crows at Patersons Stadium, Perth on August 31, 2013. (Photo: Daniel Carson/AFL Media)

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