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Essendon’s latest AFL experiment, and its surprising results

The Essendon Bombers own the fifth oldest and most experienced list in the competition. In some ways, and on some days, they’re playing like it. On others, everything falls apart.

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Steven May welcomes indigenous focus in the AFL

As the only indigenous captain playing in the AFL, Gold Coast skipper Steven May has more reason than most to change his guernsey number this Saturday in Alice Springs.

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AFL to fast-track jumper punch crackdown

The AFL will immediately act to crack down on the jumper punch, rather than wait until the season’s end.

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Erin Phillips staying put at the Crows

The AFLW’s best player, Erin Phillips, has re-signed with premiers Adelaide for next season.

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AFL Trade Rumours: North Melbourne shopping for superstars

Often accused of lacking superstar talent during their recent years in finals – and not unfairly – North Melbourne appear to be going to great lengths to rectify that, with news coming through on Monday that they have put down a second million-dollar offer for an out-of-contract opposition player.

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Simpson struggling to sort out Eagles’ road worries

West Coast coach Adam Simpson admits he doesn’t know what he’s going to get from his team when the Eagles play in Melbourne.

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It’s official! The closest start to AFL season since 1994

This is the closest AFL season ever, the competition has never been so even and there are no such thing as easybeats.

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North to break the bank for Dustin Martin

North Melbourne are reportedly set to make a huge play to lure Richmond star Dustin Martin to Arden Street.

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Round 9 in the AFL: Dangerfield detonates, and the Giants find another way to beat the odds

Some semblance of reality returned to the AFL this weekend. Most of the market fancies won the day, and one of the game’s best reminded us of his potential for outright desolation.

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Swans’ injury woes continue with Cunningham out for six weeks

Sydney will be without injured young gun Harry Cunningham for the next six weeks of the AFL season, while Kieren Jack and Sam Naismith are no certainties to return from injury against Hawthorn on Friday night.

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Eleven quick takes from AFL Round 9

There may only have been eight games of footy this week but with more surprise results and some big moments, it didn’t feel any the less. Here’s my quick takes from the week.

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Glouftsis makes AFL umpiring history

The future of the iconic centre bounce will again be in the spotlight after history-making umpire Eleni Glouftsis chose to throw the ball up in the second half of Sunday’s AFL match between Essendon and West coast.

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Dockers down fast-starting Carlton

Fremantle have come from a 28-point deficit to defeat Carlton by 35 points to end Round 9 at Domain Stadium.

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Sweet sixteen for rising Roos

North Melbourne have hung on to beat the Melbourne Demons at the MCG by fourteen points, recording their third win of the season.

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West Coast wilt under Bomber belting

On the back of a Bomber blitzkrieg in the second quarter, Essendon have eviscerated a lackadaisical West Coast Eagles outfit to the tune of 61-points.

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Collingwood comeback leaves Hawthorn humbled

The Magpies have eased the pressure on coach Nathan Buckley with a come-from-behind 18-point victory over the Hawks at the MCG.

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Dayne Beams Brisbane Lions AFL 2017

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Jeremy Cameron of the GWS Giants

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Dan Hannebery Sydney Swans AFL 2015

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Lin Jong Western Bulldogs AFL 2016

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GWS Giants coach Leon Cameron

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Adelaide Crows AFLW Grand Final 2017

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Travis Cloke Western Bulldogs AFL 2017

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AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan

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The Roar of the crowd

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Comparing dynasties: Who were the greatest irritants?

Paul Roos at the Sydney Swans famously had a ‘no dickheads’ policy during his halcyon years of 2005-06. Roos meditated, maintained his pristine brown hair over eight years of coaching, and was once seen to be whistling right before a quarter-time address with the Swans five goals down. They won.

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Hold the brakes on AFL expansion

By Gordon Smith, Today
Hold the brakes on AFL expansion

Three closely related issues floated in the background of the AFL this week, behind the jumper punches and the injuries and the comparisons of flawed title contenders.

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A wild AFL should move to a conference system

The wildcard idea in the AFL just refuses to die, and for the first time in my life, I am trying to get on board with the pesky conference system.

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Tigers and Bombers to light up the G this Saturday night

One of the most important rounds on the AFL calendar has arrived, and the highlight of it will be Saturday night’s annual ‘Dreamtime at the G’ clash between Richmond and Essendon.

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AFL Team of the Week: Round 9

By Josh Barnstable, 23 May 2017
AFL Team of the Week: Round 9

Some incredible performances in the midfield are highlighted in Round 9’s Team of the Week.

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Can’t buy a win, but Richmond remain great value for entertainment

Elation. Disbelief. Heartbreak. Three juxtaposing emotions experienced all within two minutes.

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AFL Power Rankings 2017: Round 9

By Adrian Polykandrites, 22 May 2017
AFL Power Rankings 2017: Round 9

If the first eight rounds taught us anything, it’s to expect anything, which is why – with the exception of the margin between Essendon and West Coast – there were no real surprises in Round 9.

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Will Buddy be the last 1000-goal legend?

By Martin Rocks, 22 May 2017
Will Buddy be the last 1000-goal legend?

Coming into Indigenous round this week, it’s fascinating to revisit Buddy Franklin’s charge up the all-time goal-kicking ranks.

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The nine AFL clubs that should drop their ruckmen

By AFLBOLDPredictions, 22 May 2017
The nine AFL clubs that should drop their ruckmen

The last ten premiership sides enjoy some very similar traits.

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Over-umpiring is killing the AFL

By Dylan Carmody, 22 May 2017
Over-umpiring is killing the AFL

Over-umpiring is the bane of my existence.

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Fremantle Dockers vs Carlton Blues highlights: AFL live scores, blog

Match result: Fremantle have come from a 28-point deficit to defeat Carlton by 35 points to end Round 9 at Domain Stadium.

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Melbourne Demons vs North Melbourne Kangaroos: AFL live scores, blog

Match result: North Melbourne have hung on to beat the Melbourne Demons at the MCG by fourteen points, recording their third win of the season.

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Essendon Bombers vs West Coast Eagles: AFL live scores, blog

Match result: On the back of a Bomber blitzkrieg in the second quarter, Essendon have eviscerated a lackadaisical West Coast Eagles outfit to the tune of 61-points.

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AFL’s China foray can be considered a success

Much has been made of the recent Australian rules game between the Gold Coast Suns and Port Adelaide in Shanghai. There was a lot of hype from the AFL, mockery from other codes and some local confusion over the intricacies of the game itself.

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Melbourne must face their Demons against the Kangaroos

This Sunday, the Melbourne Football Club face arguably their biggest challenge of the season thus far when they take on the North Melbourne Kangaroos at the MCG.

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Collingwood Magpies vs Hawthorn Hawks: AFL live scores, blog

Match result: The Magpies have eased the pressure on coach Nathan Buckley with a come-from-behind 18-point victory over the Hawks at the MCG.

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Brisbane Lions AFL 2015

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Jeremy Cameron GWS Giants AFL 2017

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Tim Membrey of the Saints

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Daniel Menzel Geelong Cats AFL 2017

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Charlie Curnow Carlton Blues AFL 2017

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Geelong Cats Patrick Dangerfield Harry Taylor Steven Motlop AFL 2016

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Todd Goldstein North Melbourne Kangaroos AFL 2016

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Jade Gresham St Kilda Saints AFL 2017

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Daniel Wells Collingwood Magpies AFL 2017

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