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AFLX is now officially a real thing

One of the AFL’s worst-kept secrets is finally official, with the league announcing on Friday that AFLX will be part of the 2018 pre-season schedule.

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AFL draft analysis: Carlton Blues

After bottoming out in recent years, Carlton are starting to show some promise for the future. With two picks in the top ten and another coming at No.30, the draft will give them a chance to continue the rebuild.

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TELL US: What would you do to keep growing women’s sport?

There’s been a veritable explosion of women’s sport in the past few years.

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AFL mock draft 2017: Top 30

Just a little more than a week out from the 2017 AFL draft, Maddy Friend and Josh Elliott have put together a mock draft of the top 30 picks.

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Schwab removed as AFL umpires’ boss

Former Hawthorn head coach Peter Schwab has been dumped as head of the AFL umpiring department after less than a year in the position.

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AFL clubs eyeing NBL expansion

AFL clubs are considering setting up teams to play in an NBL competition slated for “imminent” expansion.

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Australia win first International Rules Test, Pendlebury injured

Australia have drawn first blood in the International Rules Series, with a blistering third quarter proving the difference as the hosts were made to fight hard to shake off a plucky Ireland in recording a 10-point victory.

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AFL International Rules Australia vs Ireland start time, tv guide, live stream

The 2017 International Rules series gets underway in Adelaide as Australia and Ireland do battle for the Cormac McAnallen Cup. The match is scheduled to start at 4:10pm (AEDT) on Sunday, November 12

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AFL draft analysis: Brisbane Lions

Brisbane has the luxury of the coveted number one draft pick for 2018, but with some key players missing from next year’s side, how they approach the draft will be critical to the ongoing rebuild of their list.

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Former North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow has retired with a year left on his AFL contract after failing to secure a move to Gold Coast.

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AFL draft analysis: Greater Western Sydney Giants

After losing their first-round pick as punishment for the club’s role in Lachie Whitfield missing a drug test earlier in the year, the Giants were eager to get back into the first round of the draft.

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AFL Women’s players set for significant pay raise in 2018

AFL Women’s players will be collectively paid $500,000 more next year under a new deal designed to more accurately reflect the hours they put in.

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Lions hope Hodge signing the beginning of a new era

Brisbane coach Chris Fagan hopes the recruitment of Luke Hodge and Charlie Cameron is a sign the tide is turning for the struggling AFL club.

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21 insights into the 2018 AFL fixture

It’s Christmas in October. The beginning of the end this football year gets underway with the release of the 2018 AFL fixture, and there is much to discuss.

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The good and bad of your club’s AFL draw

The AFL has released the much-anticipated 2018 fixtures. Here are some of the positives and negatives for each club:

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Grand final rematch pencilled in for Round 2 as 2018 AFL fixtures released

The AFL has released the entire 2018 season draw, completing the fixtures for the season after the matches for Round 1 were leaked last week.

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Shannon Hurn West Coast Eagles AFL 2017

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Adelaide Crows AFLW Grand Final 2017

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Adelaide Crows AFLW Grand Final 2017

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Travis Cloke celebrates a goal against the Bombers

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Bryce Gibbs Adelaide Crows AFL

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The Roar of the crowd

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Collingwood fans need to trust Bucks – and the process

With Nathan Buckley stating that Collingwood need to play finals in 2018, and the players agreeing, there’s plenty of pressure on the Pies.

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Goals, behinds and fouls: Could AFL clubs have NBL teams?

With the National Basketball League looking to expand, speculation is circling that AFL clubs are looking to field teams in the competition.

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Why Adelaide and Geelong won’t win the flag in 2018

Following an impressive and dominant finals series from Richmond, their coach Damien Hardwick spoke of the Tigers’ focus on a high pressure rating and speed (especially up forward) being the cornerstone of their turnaround as a team.

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International rules is back on the up

By Pat Hornidge, 14 Nov 2017
International rules is back on the up

A few years ago, when it was at its lowest point, I felt like I very much in the minority when I said that I liked and enjoyed International Rules – both the concept and the game itself.

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Saint Nick’s retirement, a chance for St Kilda to bury its demons

The response from Saints fans to their club’s recent tweet as to a suitable successor for recently retired great Nick Riewoldt’s no.12 was unsurprisingly emphatic.

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Why North Melbourne are stuck in a vicious cycle

North Melbourne’s controversial decision to axe club stars Brent Harvey, Drew Petrie, Nick Dal Santo and Michael Firrito, as well as the loss of star midfielder Daniel Wells to Collingwood via free agency, robbed it of 1588 games of experience.

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Australia vs Ireland: AFL International Rules first Test highlights, live scores, blog

Match result: Australia have won the first International Rules Test against Ireland by a margin of ten points, but it has come at a cost to the Collingwood Football Club with Scott Pendlebury breaking a finger.

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The disadvantage Queensland clubs face in the AFL

In an extraordinary trade period move, Lachie Weller is now a Gold Coast Sun. A last-minute move, driven by the player and completed by the fledgeling Queensland side, saw the Suns part with the prized second pick in the 2017 national draft.

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Power play: Port Adelaide’s bold moves will pay dividends… Eventually

Port Adelaide’s moves in this year’s trade period are those of a club that believes they are firmly in the premiership window, after some say they prematurely made a preliminary final in 2014.

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The 2017 All Australian team reimagined using Brownlow votes

The All Australian team seeks to name the all-star team of Australian footballers at the end of the season.

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Nathan Broad: Three weeks punishment for a lifetime of suffering

Here’s a list of the things you can do in the AFL to get yourself suspended for three weeks.

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2018 AFL crystal ball: Familiar faces in the big dance

With the trade period done and only drafts and delisted free agency period to be completed, we can now make our first look at ladder predictions for next year.

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1999 AFL Draft reorder: picks 11-20

Back in July, I reordered the top ten of the 1999 AFL draft. Now I am reordering pick 11-20.

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Black Cats: How everyone’s second favourite team exhausted its goodwill

Bitterness towards the recent reunion of the Geelong Cats and Gary Ablett isn’t as much a tipping point as the realisation of a growing – but largely suppressed – feeling of coolness towards the Cats.

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Friday night Blues. A show of faith or a club on trial?

For years we have seen this team get it wrong. So horribly wrong that not less than two years ago they declared a full club reset and re- build.

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The matches you must watch in 2018

By mastermind5991, 2 Nov 2017
The matches you must watch in 2018

The fixture for the 2018 AFL season has been released and as always, it is loaded with blockbusters that you cannot afford to miss.

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Jaeger O'Meara Hawthorn Hawks AFL 2017

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Adelaide Crows AFL Grand Final 2017

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AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan

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Melbourne Demons player Jack Watts

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Travis Cloke of the Magpies kicks a goal

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Jack Riewoldt Richmond AFL Grand Final Tigers 2017

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