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James Hird appeal dismissed at Federal Court

James Hird’s appeal against the joint AFL-ASADA investigation has been quashed in the Federal Court in Melbourne today, meaning the investigation into the club’s practices in 2011 is considered legal.

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The Essendon supplements saga has moved a step closer to a resolution with a timetable set down for the conclusion of the AFL’s Anti-Doping Tribunal.

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Fremantle champion Matthew Pavlich says he is honoured to captain the Dockers for a ninth straight season in 2015, in what could be the final year of his decorated AFL career.

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The AFL is looking to replicate the success of the NRL’s indigenous All Stars game, by setting up a camp where more than 70 Aboriginal stars will attend ahead of a game against the West Coast Eagles in Perth on February 20.

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Matthew Pavlich can’t confirm if he will continue as Fremantle captain or if his AFL career will last beyond 2015.

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Simon Garlick has resigned as chief executive of AFL club the Western Bulldogs.

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Malthouse wants more Anzac Day games

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse wants every AFL player to have the chance to play on Anzac Day.

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Sydney games record holder Adam Goodes is returning for his 17th AFL campaign – and it might not be his last.

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New Adelaide coach Phil Walsh insists gun midfielder Patrick Dangerfield remains a senior leader at the AFL club, despite being overlooked for the captaincy amid rampant speculation about his future.

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Tex Walker named captain of the Adelaide Crows

Taylor Walker, affectionally known as “Tex”, was named as the new captain of the Adelaide Crows, taking over from Nathan van Berlo.

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Caution will be the key word for West Coast this pre-season as they attempt to nurse star AFL trio Jack Darling, Scott Selwood and Beau Waters back to full health.

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Geelong have fallen behind the big guns: Scott

Geelong coach Chris Scott says his team has fallen behind other pace-setting AFL clubs in the basics of the game.

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Nathan Jones dreams of holding aloft the AFL premiership cup and he says he wouldn’t have signed a long-term deal with Melbourne if he didn’t believe the Demons were capable of achieving that lofty goal.

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Essendon have failed in an official bid to have a representative observe the AFL anti-doping tribunal hearing.

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Children will have free admission to Sunday games at the MCG and Etihad Stadium next season as the AFL continues its charm offensive.

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Kevin Sheedy walks off the field following GWS Giants loss to St Kilda

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Bombers Coach James Hird addresses the media after the 2013 AFL Round 22 match between the Carlton Blues and the Essendon Bombers at the MCG, Melbourne on August 24, 2013. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)

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The Roar of the crowd

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Collingwood’s season could be another topsy-turvy ride

Collingwood are in a unique situation at the moment, just four years ago they were a top four team and playing off in grand finals.

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Seven untold stories from Fremantle in 2015

After promising so much in 2013, Fremantle’s 2014 must have disappointed their long suffering fans. Can they live up to their potential in 2015?

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Seven untold stories from Carlton in 2015

By Cameron Palmer, 29 Jan 2015
Seven untold stories from Carlton in 2015

Carlton’s 2015 season is about to begin. Continuing our series of 2015 previews, can the Blues improve on their 2014 form?

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Hird judgement could change everything or nothing

With the Full Federal Court soon to deliver its judgment in James Hird’s appeal, chances are David Jones will be taking more than a casual interest in the result.

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Phil Walsh’s lack of spin denies the new Crows coach a perfect 10

Adelaide’s new premiership coach Phil Walsh has spoken to the media a number of times since his appointment in October of last year. His major appearances have been on the day he took charge and 10 days later alongside new captain Tex Walker.

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Why it sucks that ‘Bomber’ Thompson is on the radio

Like a lot of footy fans, I wondered now and then over the off season exactly what was going to happen to Mark Thompson.

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Seven untold stories from Greater Western Sydney in 2015

Last season saw great improvement from Greater Western Sydney, as Leon Cameron stamped his authority on the club.

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The hypothetical AFL draft lottery: What could have been?

The fruits of mediocrity in the AFL are draft picks. Nick Riewoldt, Luke Hodge, Chris Judd and Brendon Goddard are these fruits. Great players who define their teams, sport and generations.

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Seven untold stories from North Melbourne in 2015

By Cameron Palmer, 22 Jan 2015
Seven untold stories from North Melbourne in 2015

North Melbourne turned the corner in 2014, overcoming their ‘near but so far’ season in 2013. What does 2015 hold for the Kangaroos?

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Seven untold stories from Adelaide in 2015

By Cameron Palmer, 20 Jan 2015
Seven untold stories from Adelaide in 2015

The Adelaide Crows had another disappointing season in 2014, despite a strong recruitment drive. Inconsistency was the problem, and hopefully new coach Phil Walsh can turn them into a top four side.

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Tex is different and he should be celebrated as Crows captain

Is Taylor ‘Tex’ Walker a bogan and more to the point does it really matter? Well, firstly let’s take a look at what Australia’s Macquarie Dictionary defines as a bogan.

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Seven untold stories from St Kilda in 2015

By Cameron Palmer, 17 Jan 2015
Seven untold stories from St Kilda in 2015

St Kilda got off to a blistering start in 2014, winning three of their first five games. But it was all downhill from there.

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Seven untold stories from Hawthorn in 2015

By Cameron Palmer, 16 Jan 2015
Seven untold stories from Hawthorn in 2015

Hawthorn Hawks went back to back in 2014, dominating the Swans in a game they never looked like losing. What’s in store in 2015?

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Walker this way: Tex to lead the Crows

By Mark Aiston, 15 Jan 2015
Walker this way: Tex to lead the Crows

The Crows have a new captain, their seventh since the clubs inception in 1991, with Taylor Walker leading Adelaide into battle in 2015.

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Seven untold stories from Western Bulldogs in 2015

After finishing 2014 in 14th, the Western Bulldogs’ captain left and their coach was sacked. So what does 2015 have in store for the Bullies?

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Don’t write the Cats off for 2015

By Tommo Willo, 15 Jan 2015
Don’t write the Cats off for 2015

Geelong’s long-term success has been truly remarkable, with 2014 marking their eighth consecutive year in finals. And there is no reason to expect anything different in 2015.

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Nat Fyfe (left) and Matthew Pavlich of the Dockers look dejected

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Essendon Bombers coach James Hird celebrates with Jobe Watson. Photo: Will Russell

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Tom Langdon and Jack Frost of the Magpies

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Lachie Henderson of the Blues

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Marcus Bontempelli

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Patrick Dangerfield of the Crows is tackled by Grant Birchall

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The Hawks celebrate

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GWS Giants celebrate their first AFL win in the changerooms

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Brisbane Lions Lewis Taylor

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