From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
Essendon’s Dustin Fletcher must be allowed to play on next year.
Success over time in a competition like the AFL is primarily judged on premierships, with a flag the ultimate barometer of a club’s performance.
Robbie Gray is a lock for the All-Australian side, one of the favourites for Port Adelaide’s best and fairest award and is a decent chance of winning the Brownlow medal.
Nathan Buckley has served AFL premiership fancies a cautionary tale ahead of the last round of the season: don’t lose that winning feeling.
It’s All-Australian time, and this year seems particularly tough to round out the best 22, even if there are probably more locks than usual.
Despite the Essendon issue still bubbling away, let’s talk about what we really want to talk about – who will make the eight, take home the Brownlow and secure the Rising Star.
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has pledged to leave nothing in the tank as his side chases the most unlikely of finals appearances against Sydney next Saturday.
West Coast defender Eric Mackenzie is confident the Eagles can cause some finals carnage if they can make it, saying an elimination final against either Fremantle or Port Adelaide holds no fears.
James Hird has returned to work at Essendon, adding his voice to the club chorus wanting caretaker coach Mark Thompson to stay on for the 2015 AFL season.
AFL coaches are calling for a mid-year draft or trade period, with league chief Gillon McLachlan saying the commission will consider the proposal.
AFL finals will start early after results set up some knockout games for the last round of the season. Twelve teams can still make the finals, five can make the top four, and the rest can make the best of one last crack at 2014. So who won big this week?
It was the second weekend in July when Port Adelaide slid out of the top four, and Geelong crept in. From that moment on, it was merely a case of the best four teams in the competition jockeying for starting finals positions.
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Fremantle returned to the top four on the AFL ladder on Sunday with a comfortable 58-point victory over the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba.
The boss of Australia’s anti-doping body says there’s no prospect of AFL players caught up in the 2012 supplements scandal being offered a deal similar to those at NRL club Cronulla.
Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch said Fremantle demonstrated on Sunday the perfect example of defensive pressure he wants his side to implement next season.
Two months ago the idea was folly but with just one match left in the regular season, Richmond have entered the AFL top eight with a 26-point win over St Kilda.
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AFL boss Gillon McLachlan is advocating a radical change to the AFL fixture in future years. With many teams, clubs and fans unhappy with the current compromised draw, change is both necessary and inevitable.
With the finals fast approaching, let’s throw the cat among the pigeons. How will the eight play out?
It’s official. I have to say it. I love AFL. Attending my first AFL game in my 21 years of life over the weekend – GWS vs Collingwood – I had huge expectations and I can honestly say I was not let down.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have arrived. The final round of the regular season is upon us and almost each match will play a key role in determining the final order of the ladder for season 2014.
This week marks the 18th anniversary of the cruel demise of the once proud Fitzroy Lions.
What has Adam Goodes done wrong to become the target of incessant booing at AFL games, particularly in Melbourne?
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Last week Dan Lonergan wrote an article about how it was time for Collingwood to rebuild. In fact the Pies have been rebuilding since Nathan Buckley took over as coach.
Turning up to the Dockers versus Lions match on the weekend I was unaware of the late withdrawal of Matthew Pavlich.
Twenty-two rounds down, one to go. With seven teams confirmed to play finals this year, the battle for that last place in the eight is set to go down to the wire.
With Round 22 officially in the history books, there are a number of key stories that will shape the remainder of the year that haven’t been discussed.
Adelaide Crows supporters have a problem. They continue to think that it is 2012.
The final round of the home-and-away season is looking fantastic, with many teams still fighting it out for a spot in the finals.
Over the last month of the season there has been a groundswell of support for the likes of Gary Ablett, Tom Rockliff and Matt Priddis to be no-brainer All Australian players. Well, no brainer if you avoid the one statistic that actually does matter, winning.
MATCH RESULT: A comfortable win for Richmond in the end, albeit not a particularly exciting one.
MATCH RESULT: The Sydney Swans have taken a step closer to the minor premiership with 63 point victory over the Western Bulldogs.
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The Fremantle Dockers and Brisbane Lions are both coming off of what most would consider their best wins of the season. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 1:10pm (AEST).
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