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Holes, they have a few: Geelong’s second straight high stakes off season looms

Geelong have the services of Patrick Dangerfield for at least four more years, which is important because the Cats have a few holes in their list to fill in October.

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COLA and academy picks propel Sydney to another grand final

Rarely has there been a richer narrative entering an AFL grand final than what we have in front of us this week.

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Injury forces Aliir Aliir to miss AFL grand final

Sydney Swans defender Aliir Aliir has been ruled out of Saturday’s AFL grand final against the Western Bulldogs.

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Cy Walsh found not guilty of murdering father Phil

The son of former Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh has been found not guilty of his father’s murder due to mental incompetence.

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If you think even a tiny part of Bob Murphy wishes the Bulldogs hadn’t made the grand final while he’s out injured, you don’t know Bob Murphy at all.

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Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has been named by his peers as coach of the season for guiding the side to their first grand final in 55 years.

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Former Melbourne skipper Jack Grimes is looking for a new AFL club after he was one of three players cut by the Demons on Tuesday. Grimes, Matt Jones and Dean Terlich have all been told they will not be offered new contracts for the 2017 season. Grimes, 27, played 100 games for Melbourne and was […]

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Brave punter puts $375k on the Swans to beat the Bulldogs in the AFL Grand Final

There is a difference between having a bet, and being silly and if the line hasn’t been crossed by one punter who has put a ridiculous $375,000 on the Sydney Swans to win the AFL grand final against the Western Bulldogs, then it never will be.

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Premiership medallions for all: Why every member of the winning team deserves a trophy

In this year of all years, it feels like the time is right to embrace the full squad nature of modern AFL, and award premiership medallions to more than just the 22 who play on grand final Day.

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You don’t need a Brownlow to win the flag, but it helps

The 2016 AFL Grand Final will be something of a rarity in that it will be just the third time since the turn of the millennium that the league’s ultimate fixture did not feature a Brownlow Medallist on either side of the field.

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Get keen, footy fans, Roy and HG are back on the airwaves for the finals

Australian footy fans are in for a treat this grand final weekend, with hilarious radio duo Roy Slaven and HG Nelson announcing they will broadcast the ‘Festival of the Boot’ for both the AFL and NRL deciders.

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I don’t need to justify Swans move says Lance Franklin

He craves it and will do everything in his power, but Lance Franklin says he does not need an AFL premiership to justify his move to Sydney.

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Patrick Dangerfield has dedicated his AFL Brownlow Medal to fellow Geelong great Paul Couch in an emotional tribute.

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His injury woes finally behind him, Sydney ruckman Kurt Tippett is confident and looking to build on his form going into Saturday’s grand final after breaking the longest scoring drought of his AFL career.

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2016 AFL Brownlow Medal: Who polled the most votes for your team?

The 2016 Brownlow Medal has been lauded and awarded, but who polled the most votes for your team? We’ve got every team’s leading vote-getter right here.

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Patrick Dangerfield wins the Brownlow, surprising no one

Millions of Australians are absolutely not at all shocked tonight, as Patrick Dangerfield was named the 2016 AFL Brownlow Medallist.

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Brownlow Medal AFL

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The prestigious AFL Brownlow Medal

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Majak Daw mark against Collingwood

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Eddie Betts Adelaide Crows AFL 2016

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Aliir Aliir of the Sydney Swans bumps a North Melbourne Kangaroos player

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Travis Cloke of the Magpies kicks a goal

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Clay Smith Western Bulldogs AFL Final 2016

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Nat Fyfe Nathan Fyfe Fremantle Dockers Brownlow Medal AFL 2015

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Tom Boyd Western Bulldogs AFL 2016

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The Roar of the crowd

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Where to now for Hawthorn?

By Jarryd Barca, Today New author!
Where to now for Hawthorn?

Hawthorn’s bid for a fourth consecutive premiership was wiped away in the semi-final, where the Western Bulldogs mauled the Hawks to eliminate them from the 2016 finals series in straight sets.

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The three keys for a Sydney Swans grand final victory

The Swans can be excused for thinking they’re national enemy number one this week.

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My best ever team of premiership-less players

The cliche that you need to be in the ‘right place at the right time’ is so apt when it comes to winning premierships.

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The game’s greatest entertainers

By Pumping Dougie, 28 Sep 2016 New author!
The game’s greatest entertainers

Kick a scintillating goal, salute the crowd with a roar of exultation, slow to a trot soaking up the adulation, puff the chest out, strut, elbow bent at the side, forefinger raised, head jiggling ever so slightly as if on a coiled spring with that deity look of ‘I know I’m good’.

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The three keys for a Western Bulldogs grand final victory

The Western Bulldogs’ miracle is just one win away.

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2016 AFL grand final: The Mastermind preview

By mastermind5991, 28 Sep 2016
2016 AFL grand final: The Mastermind preview

It all comes down to this. After 206 matches, 824 quarters of football and the distribution of 1,188 Brownlow Medal votes, we are down to the biggest match of the year – and the one that will decide it all – the grand final.

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AFL grand final so much more than another Sydney vs Melbourne story

At first glance, the 2016 AFL grand final looks like just another chapter in the great sporting rivalry between Australia’s two most populous cities, but is that the case?

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A Bulldogs win would help justify AFL equalisation

It has been 55 years since the Western Bulldogs, formerly known as Footscray, appeared in a grand final in a professional competition.

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1994: The year the Brownlow changed

By Andrew Lewis, 28 Sep 2016 New author!
1994: The year the Brownlow changed

Many in the media lament that a Todd Goldstein or Lance Franklin can put up a good showing in the Brownlow Medal but cannot be genuine contenders to win the award because they are not midfielders.

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Dennis Cometti in ’89: The best call ever?

By Shannon Gill, 27 Sep 2016
Dennis Cometti in ’89: The best call ever?

Channel Seven recently featured the 1989 grand final on Footy Flashbacks. Another tribute to this match would be superfluous. The game has been dissected and mythologised like no other match.

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2016 AFL Brownlow Medal: Red carpet photos, best dresses

Love it or hate it, the red carpet is a big part of the Brownlow Medal these days as we all sit at home in our tracksuit pants and criticise the WAGs’ expensive gowns.

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2016 AFL Brownlow Medal: All the votes, live blog

Count result: Patrick Dangerfield won the 2016 AFL Brownlow Medal with a total of 35 votes, the most ever recorded by a player in a single year.

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Ranking the best grand finals of the AFL era

It’s Sydney against the Western Bulldogs next weekend, the first time these teams have matched up in a grand final.

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How the Swans and Storm have thrived in hostile territory

Over the last two decades, the Sydney Swans and Melbourne Storm have been the most consistent teams in the Australian Football League and National Rugby League respectively, codes that dominate each other’s cities.

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The secret of the Dogs’ success? Handball, handball, handball

With most Western Bulldogs fans relishing their club’s first appearance in a grand final in 55 years – for many, the first in their lifetime – it’s worth taking a moment to consider how Luke Beveridge and the players have achieved what looked near impossible at the start of the 2015 season.

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Grand final convergence theory

By Graeme Tutt, 26 Sep 2016 New author!
Grand final convergence theory

Sydney Swans v Western Bulldogs; Melbourne Storm v Cronulla Sharks. Grand finals of eerie similarity.

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Patrick Dangerfield Geelong Cats AFL 2016

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Liam Picken Western Bulldogs 2016 AFL Finals

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Jeremy Cameron of the GWS Giants

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Brodie Grundy Collingwood Magpies AFL 2016

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Geelong Cats coach Chris Scott

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Tom Hawkins of the Geelong Cats marks the ball against the Sydney Swans

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Liam Picken Western Bulldogs AFL Finals 2016

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Hawthorn Hawks player Cyril Rioli

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Jack Steven St Kilda Saints AFL 2016 2

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