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New Adelaide coach Don Pyke has pledged to respect the legacy of the late Phil Walsh but he says the AFL club must move on from his tragic death.

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Retiring Sydney champion Adam Goodes has revealed he hadn’t planned to come back for the final weeks of the AFL season until he saw the support from Swans fans, as he battled with the vilification that marred his 2015 season.

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Scott Selwood accepts Geelong offer, Eagles face tough decision

West Coast Eagles midfielder Scott Selwood has officially accepted an offer to join the Geelong Cats as a restricted free agent.

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Adelaide have appointed former West Coast assistant Don Pyke as their new senior AFL coach.

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Every 2015 AFL free agent ranked

The AFL Silly Season officially gets underway today, with the restricted free agency offer period. It’s the first of what is something like seven distinct player movement periods that take place between now and the final 2016 list lodgement with the AFL on December 1.

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James Aish has told Brisbane he wants to be traded to Collingwood but the Lions have no intention of helping him find a new AFL home.

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Fremantle have delisted Ryan Crowley, a month after the tagger completed a one-year doping ban.

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Rose and Ryan review the AFL grand final

Ryan Buckland: So Cam, do you think Adam Simpson has sent anyone to Cyril Rioli yet? It’s not too late!

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Five reasons the West Coast Eagles can bounce back

In what was a grand final to forget for many West Coast players, there may be an upside to their 46-point loss to Hawthorn.

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Port Adelaide star Hamish Hartlett has spurned interest from rival AFL clubs to sign a new long-term deal with the Power.

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Geelong premiership star Steve Johnson might extend his AFL career next season at Brisbane.

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Geelong testing the theory that Cats have nine lives

They say cats have nine lives, and the Geelong Cats look to have spent their last in season 2015.

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Hawks’ duo Brian Lake and David Hale retire

Hawthorn have wasted little time beginning the regeneration of the oldest premiership team in AFL history, calling time on the careers of triple flag-winning stars Brian Lake and David Hale.

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The Hawks’ balance is the key to their success

We all acknowledge what an offensive beast Hawthorn has been during the club’s premiership three-peat. But this year’s premiership was built on a foundation of superb team defence on grand final day.

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2015 AFL off-season key dates: Free agency, trade period and the draft

The 2015 AFL off-season is upon us and it is shaping to the biggest and most active yet. This post contains all the key dates that you will need to know in order to follow the AFL off-season.

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New Essendon coach John Worsfold says he never lost his passion for AFL football and has vowed to make the Bombers a force in the competition once again.

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Nic Naitanui of the West Coast Eagles wins ruck contest over David Hale of the Hawthorn Hawks

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Hawthorn are standout favourites for the 2016 AFL premiership. (Photo by Justine Walker/AFL Media)

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Hawthorn are standout favourites for the 2016 AFL premiership. (Photo by Justine Walker/AFL Media)

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Cyril Rioli and Luke Breust of the Hawks celebrate

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The Roar of the crowd

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The grass may not be greener on the other side

With another season over, attention invariably turns to trade week, where the ‘will he go or will he stay’ scenarios capture the attention of the media and the football public.

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The 2015 EU Cup is upon us

By The_Wookie, Today Video

The AFL season in Australia may be over, but the international footy continues with various national and international tournaments being played overseas over the next few weeks.

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Comparing the Lions, Cats and Hawks – who’s the best?

Hawthorn’s 46-point demolition of West Coast in Saturday’s grand final gave them their third premiership in as many years, joining Brisbane as the only two sides to have achieved the feat this century.

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Who does your club need in 2016? Fremantle Dockers

Despite the securing the minor premiership, the Dockers bowed out of the AFL finals in a loss to Hawthorn at Domain Stadium.

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Who your club should and shouldn’t let go in 2016 (Part I)

The 2015 season has just ended, but for the 18 AFL clubs planning for 2016 is in full swing.

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A team full of Hodge’s Hawks and Lethal’s Lions

Last Saturday, Hawthorn became the first team in twelve years to complete a premiership hat-trick when it defeated the West Coast Eagles by 46 points in the AFL grand final.

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AFL off-season preview: All the trade rumours

The AFL’s trade period is just around the corner, beginning on Monday October 12, and it’s set to the be the biggest in the history of the league.

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The (far too early) 2016 AFL ladder

By Steven Paice, 8 Oct 2015 Video
The (far too early) 2016 AFL ladder

The dust has yet to settle on 2015 and there is a trade and draft period to come. But hey, why not take a look at what the ladder will look like in 2016.

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Why Brisbane should not look at Steve Johnson

Make no mistake about it, Steve Johnson is a champion. With 253 games of AFL football, three premierships, three All-Australian selections and a Norm Smith medal, he has been a champion of the Geelong Football Club.

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The AFL playlist: Theme songs for each club in 2015

Just before Round 1 of the 2015 AFL season, I put in my pre-season predictions with an AFL playlist. I attached a theme song to each club, that of which I thought would represent their upcoming season.

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AFL off-season preview: Free agents

By Josh Elliott, 7 Oct 2015
AFL off-season preview: Free agents

In the space of just three years, free agency has had a huge impact on player movement. We’ve seen big names like Brendon Goddard, Eddie Betts, Nick Dal Santo and of course Lance Franklin move clubs. This year will add to that list.

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The AFL’s grand final ‘problem’

By Brandon Marlow, 7 Oct 2015 Video
The AFL’s grand final ‘problem’

In the wake of Hawthorn’s historic three-peat there has been an incredible outcry from Australian sporting fans.

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The history of Hawthorn’s first-round picks since 2008

Since the Hawks won their premiership in 2008, they have showed some expert drafting to stay at the top of their game.

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AFL off-season preview: Welcome to the new age

Maybe it’s a little unfair, but premiership teams don’t get much time to celebrate these days.

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How Johnathan Thurston shamed Australia over Adam Goodes

The AFL was upstaged last night on grand final weekend. Very rarely does it get said, because generally the AFL’s showpiece has always delivered.

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Woosha’s challenges as Essendon’s new coach

By Paul Schlanger, 6 Oct 2015
Woosha’s challenges as Essendon’s new coach

I wasn’t sure what to think when I heard about John Worsfold’s appointment as Essendon’s new coach, but I have previously admired his relatively unemotional yet controlled approach in the coaches’ box on game days.

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Hawthorn win 2015 AFL Grand Final

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Adam Goodes of the Swans

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Cyril Rioli and Shaun Burgoyne celebrating winning the 2015 Grand Final with Hawthorn

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The Hawks are indisputably kings of the AFL, but there's still hope for the rest. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/AFL Media)

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Cyril Rioli and Shaun Burgoyne celebrating winning the 2015 Grand Final with Hawthorn

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Shaun Burgoyne of the Hawks in action against the West Coast Eagles

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Norm Smith medal winner Luke Hodge

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Nic Naitanui of the West Coast Eagles wins ruck contest over David Hale of the Hawthorn Hawks

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