From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
This year’s Brownlow medal is one of the most difficult ever to predict. Gary Ablett was the midseason leader, but can he hold on? I think so.
I’m not for one moment suggesting the impact of Lance ‘Call me Buddy’ Franklin should be seen for anything other than what it is – match-winning.
The 2014 AFL Brownlow Medal kicks off at 8:15pm (AEST) on Monday night and looks destined to be one of the tightest counts of recent years.
Lance Franklin won’t have any problem handling the inevitable hoopla of him lining up against his former club Hawthorn in Saturday’s AFL grand final, according to Sydney teammate Nick Malceski.
A frenetic final quarter comeback has secured Footscray an emotional VFL grand final victory, with the Bulldogs beating reigning premiers Box Hill on Sunday by 22 points.
Hawthorn star Cyril Rioli has put his hand up for a risky AFL grand final recall after the injury-prone forward played his first game in three months.
Ted Richards says there are similarities between Sydney’s charge to to the AFL grand final and his first year at the club, but he would obviously like a different ending on Saturday.
AFL coaches and umpires often disagree and the Brownlow Medal historically has been no different.
Will Langford is a Hawthorn premiership baby who will now have a massive role in determining whether they win their 12th AFL flag.
Melbourne key defender James Frawley could plug significant gaps at Fremantle or Geelong. Both sides bowed out of the finals in straight sets and look in danger of sliding out of premiership contention next season due to their dependence on ageing stars.
Tony Shaw senses Paddy Ryder’s departure will be the watershed moment in James Hird’s tenure as Essendon coach.
Swans defender Nick Malceski has given a strong hint he intends staying in Sydney despite suggestions he could look elsewhere when his contract ends.
Ben McGlynn is happy to have the chance to finally exorcise the daily demons that have lodged in his mind the past two years since missing the Sydney Swans’ 2012 AFL grand final triumph.
The AFL preliminary finals are done and dusted for another year, and once again it is the Sydney Swans and the Hawthorn Hawks that will face off on the last day in September to decide who will claim the 2014 AFL Premiership.
Hawthorn have set up a dream AFL grand final against their former favourite son Lance Franklin after hanging on for a three-point win over a gallant Port Adelaide in a dramatic preliminary final at the MCG.
Adelaide captain Nathan van Berlo has moved to allay fears of a splintered playing group at the AFL club in the wake of the sudden sacking of coach Brenton Sanderson.
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It’s fitting that 2014′s two best sides will face off in what promises to be a cracking grand final. Only two years ago the same sides faced off in the corresponding fixture, but things have changed significantly for the sides since then.
Port Adelaide superstar Robbie Gray has had a breakout year in 2014, with many experts claiming him to be the “smokey” for the 2014 Brownlow Medal.
MATCH RESULT: A smashing game in the end, with Port making a late charge but falling devastatingly short – 97-94 the final score in Hawthorn’s favour, and the Hawks are through to the Grand Final to face Sydney in what will be a rematch of the 2012 Decider.
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Glory is on the line in the AFL finals when the Sydney Swans host the North Melbourne Kangaroos at ANZ Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:50pm (AEST).
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What wins premierships? Such a simple question deserves a simple response, yet the answer still eludes us.
In light of Tuesday night’s All Australian team announcement, let’s take a (satirical) look and honour those players in the AFL that may have ‘just’ missed out on All Australian selection.
As Ollie Wines starred in Port Adelaide’s incredible upset win over the Fremantle Dockers, it brought a tear to the eyes of Melbourne supporters.
Last weekend AFL fans were treated to two fantastic games which saw a nail-biter at the MCG between the old stager Geelong and the new contender North Melbourne, followed by a remarkable comeback by the Power in the West.
Boring football, high ticket prices, TV friendly timeslots and the Essendon saga have given even the most ardent AFL fan reasons to abandon their support.
Following Fremantle’s straight sets exit from the finals there has been talk on The Roar of the Dockers’ premiership window being slammed shut.
The search for Paul Roos’s number two is heating up and widely anticipated with many teams reaching the end of their seasons.
Gary Ablett is undeniably the best player of his generation. In becoming the first player to make eight consecutive All-Australian teams, his case for the title of greatest AFL player ever is strengthened.
Football fans hear it constantly, the AFL is a business. Players say it. Coaches say it. Administrators say it. The clubs say it. This is not just sport, this is business.
If there was any doubt as to the ruthless nature of the AFL coaching profession, those doubts were answered with the sacking of Brenton Sanderson by Adelaide.
Remarkably, only 10 of the AFL’s 18 coaches from 18 months ago are still in their respective top jobs.
With a historic second weekend of 2014 finals action in the history books, it brought up another set of seven untold stories.