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The Giants Dynasty is upon us

Make no mistake sports fans, what you’re witnessing right now is the start of Greater Western Sydney’s reign as one of the league’s perennial contenders. The Giants might not be the best team this year, but by the end of the decade there is little doubt that’ll be their title.

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Greater Western Sydney’s chance to host a home AFL final at Spotless Stadium could be scuppered with chief executive Gillon McLachlan indicating a big-drawing clash would likely be shifted to ANZ Stadium.

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Hawthorn AFL star Bradley Hill has been charged with assault for his part in an alleged altercation that occurred in Melbourne in January this year.

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Send-off rule not required in the AFL

The social justice warriors (SJW’s) are every chance to get their way in the wake of the Tom Jonas hit on Andrew Gaff, following on from Steven May’s hit on Stef Martin a month ago. A red card system, or send-off rule, may come into the AFL.

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The AFL Contenders: Part 1 – What holds back the Cats?

Before the trading period Geelong were paying $17 for the flag. More recently, they’re paying $4. The only other shortening of the odds that compares this year is in the preferred Prime Minister polls.

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AFL great Terry Wallace has urged the league to introduce a send-off rule, but West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui doesn’t want to see it happen despite watching his teammate get cut down in thug fashion.

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North Melbourne’s Kayne Turner will have to earn back the respect of AFL teammates, having been charged with drink-driving then slapped with a four-week ban.

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AFL Power Rankings: Round 9

Taking a trip to the Gold Coast to put your feet up is hardly unusual. That a group of AFL footballers get to do it every fortnight doesn’t say great things about the Suns, though.

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North Melbourne forward Kayne Turner will lose his driver’s licence, incur a fine and is also set to be sanctioned by his AFL club after being arrested for drink-driving.

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AFL players are rock solid in their solidarity to fix a percentage share of the game’s income to player wages, and won’t rule out industrial action to make it happen.

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Fremantle’s injury crisis has plunged to even greater depths after key defender Alex Pearce broke his leg and skipper David Mundy re-injured his calf.

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St Kilda have bounced back to rejoin the winners list with a solid 46-point win over Essendon on Sunday afternoon at Etihad Stadium.

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The GWS Giants cemented their position in the AFL’s top four on Sunday with a 25-point victory over the Western Bulldogs.

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The Melbourne Demons have recorded their fifth win of the season and continued a push towards the finals, recording a 63-point win over the Brisbane Lions on Sunday afternoon.

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Who is the AFL’s best ruckman – Gawn, Naitanui or Goldstein?

With Fremantle giant Aaron Sandilands out of action, and his era of dominance quite possibly finished, the title of the AFL’s best ruckman is being fought for by Todd Goldstein, Nic Naitanui and Max Gawn.

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The North Melbourne Kangaroos have burst the Carlton Blues’ bubble, storming to a 67 point win at Etihad Stadium. They now sit two games clear on top of the ladder at 9-0, the best start to a VFL/AFL season in club history.

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Gary Ablett Junior Gold Coast Suns AFL 2016

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Mason Wood North Melbourne Kangaroos AFL 2015

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2016 AFL season: Round 10 preview

By mastermind5991, Today
2016 AFL season: Round 10 preview

This weekend is the newly named Sir Doug Nicholls Round, and there will be a number of blockbusters that are worth watching as we celebrate Indigenous contributions to the game.

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Should the AFL adopt the EPL format?

With two games remaining in the 2015-16 EPL season, a Tottenham/Chelsea draw saw Leicester complete the greatest sporting shock of all time to win the Premier League.

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Jogging among Lions: Remembering a once in a lifetime opportunity

On the night of May 13 2006, the Brisbane Lions ran out onto Carrara Stadium for their game against Hawthorn.

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Confidence and concerns for a Hawks supporter

Watching the Hawks over the first nine rounds, there are a few things that have me worried and others that make me very happy.

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Tom Jonas’ hit on Andrew Gaff wasn’t hard, it was cowardly

Andrew Gaff would have had an interrupted sleep last Saturday night, because someone would have been under strict instructions to wake the Eagle about every four hours. This guards against the onset of a subarachnoid haemorrhage, which if left unchecked and untreated likely would have resulted in his death.

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The Roar’s AFL MVP: Round 9 votes, leaderboard

Hello Roarers and welcome to another edition of The Roar’s AFL MVP! Round 9 saw some highs, some lows, and a few individual performances that we’ll remember for a long time. Take a look below at who our bloggers rated as the best of the best.

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The Subiaco curse is a myth

By Wayne, 24 May 2016
The Subiaco curse is a myth

The long-standing ‘Subiaco curse’ holds that teams playing in Perth are prone to a poor performance the next week, but a quick flick through results show that this is rubbish.

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Best 22: The AFL’s new young guns

By Julia Montesano, 24 May 2016
Best 22: The AFL’s new young guns

The following young faces of the AFL have not only showcased their talent to the rest of the competition but have revolutionised the dynamic of fast-paced, electrifying Aussie rules football.

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Tippett, Cloke and the death of the power forward

2016 has seen the rise of Tom Scully and the demise of Travis Cloke. The contested marking beasts are on the decline and the aerobic beasts are on the rise.

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Geelong is well and truly in the frame for another premiership

Geelong have already done what many thought impossible. They made four grand finals in five years, winning three, while making the finals eight years in a row.

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For the AFL Grand Final, there’s only one choice

With the current AFL season fast approaching the halfway point, it’s time to start thinking grand final entertainment.

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St Kilda Saints vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Saints by 46

Match result: A dominant second half saw the St Kilda Saints power away for a 46-point win over the Essendon Bombers who kept pace to half time but fell away afterwards.

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GWS Giants vs Western Bulldogs highlights: Giants win by 25

Match result: The GWS Giants are firmly inside the AFL’s top four after recording a 25-point win at home over the Western Bulldogs on Sunday.

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Melbourne Demons vs Brisbane Lions highlights: Dees thump Lions

Match result: The Melbourne Demons are pushing their case to be in the AFL’s top eight, recording a comprehensive victory over the Brisbane Lions on Sunday afternoon at the MCG.

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Fremantle Dockers vs Richmond Tigers highlights: Tigers claim third win

Match result: The Richmond Tigers have back-to-back wins for the first time in 2016 after they bested a poor Fremantle side by 38 points in torrid conditions on Saturday night.

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North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Carlton Blues highlights: Roos stay undefeated

Match result: The North Melbourne Kangaroos are two games clear on the top of the ladder after a 67-point win over the Carlton Blues on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium.

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Port Adelaide Power walk off sadly

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Rory Sloane Adelaide Crows 2016 AFL

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Geelong Cats captain Joel Selwood

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West Coast Eagles AFL 2016

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Rory Lobb GWS Giants Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL 2016

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Swans' Lance Franklin kicks the ball

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Tom Hawkins Geelong Cats AFL 2015

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Adelaide Oval

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Coach Rodney Eade has endured some horrible injury luck, but the Suns should be in better shape.  (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

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