From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
This time of year some like to sit on the fence. For the purposes of this column, however, we’re going to do the opposite. This is the fearless AFL preview, where being bold is the name of the game.
Essendon players should not be issued with infraction notices. It is as simple as that!
AFL boss Andrew Demetriou has balked at assisting the Brisbane Lions with a player retention allowance, saying more wins will avoid another off-field exodus at the battling AFL club.
Fans of Israel Folau may disagree but AFL boss Andrew Demetriou believes off-contract code hopper Karmichael Hunt’s achievements may never be rivalled in Australia.
He endured a topsy-turvy summer, but Fremantle recruit Colin Sylvia is a chance to make a shock appearance against Collingwood on Friday night as the Dockers sweat on the fitness of Danyle Pearce.
The AFL season starts in two days time, and the excitement is palpable across the nation. Yesterday I had a look at the sides I’m tipping to miss out on finals action, and today we get to those I think will be there at the pointy end of the season.
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On his deathbed, Dean Bailey delivered a parting message the Adelaide Crows say will guide them not just through football, but life.
The forgotten man of Whitten Oval, Shaun Higgins, will be reborn on the half-back flank as the Bulldogs charge into the new AFL season.
West Coast coach Adam Simpson has intimate knowledge of just how hard it will be to stop powerhouse Hawthorn this season, and the early signs don’t look good for the rest of the AFL competition.
Hawthorn have drawn a line through Brad Sewell and Ben Stratton for their round-one AFL match with Brisbane on March 22.
Sydney defender Nick Smith is confident the Swans have enough height to counter Greater Western Sydney’s three exciting young tall forwards, should they all be picked for Saturday’s opening-round AFL derby.
The 2014 AFL season looks skinny for premiership contenders at the top end, thick for final-eight candidates through the middle, and has a few teams near certain to prop up the ladder throughout the year.
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It hasn’t been the ideal summer for Fremantle, but skipper Matthew Pavlich is adamant the club have sorted out their problem areas heading into Friday night’s AFL season opener against Collingwood at Etihad Stadium.
The Brisbane Lions will be without luckless midfielder Claye Beams for the opening two months of the AFL premiership due to a broken foot.
Jimmy Bartel kicked 16 goals in 2013 playing largely as a half-back and now Geelong want to see what the Brownlow Medallist can do as a forward.
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Question, are the Cats The Beatles of modern day footy? Since 2007 the Cats have been as unstoppable as the fab four were when they released Sgt Pepper’s in 1967. Take a look.
You know the moment in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when the turtles infiltrate the Shredder’s junkyard and Donatello says, “The perimeter’s quiet” and Leonardo says, “Yeah, a little too quiet”?
As the new season is about to begin, one has dreams and visions of what they want to see. Here are a few of mine.
The AFL preseason always sees last year’s also-rans talk a big game for the coming season.
The retention allowance is dead. At least for the AFL’s original frontier clubs in Sydney and Brisbane.
While it’s important to peak in the lead up to the finals, the way your team starts the season can make or break their fortunes.
Port Adelaide enters the 2014 season with more depth than they had twelve months ago.
While plenty of Roarers are predicting the AFL ladder – who will be in the top eight, who will miss out and who will win the flag – I’ve had a closer look at how the AFL season will unfold.
The pre-season; where hope and optimism reign. Each club is more or less quietly confident about achieving more than the last year. Yet for all the talk of the most even season seen in years, the top of the table may be remarkably similar to last season.
Plenty of people are making predictions for the coming AFL season, I figured I’d get in on the act with my top eight for season 2014.
AFL season has almost started and, at the risk of making a fool of myself, here are my thoughts for the year, with a limit of three sentences per club.
When I speak to my friends about the West Coast Eagles the same thing is said – “I dunno.”
The countdown to the new AFL season is finally over and, if last year was an indication, fans will be in for a blockbuster final season under the reign of Andrew Demetriou.
The home game for any team used to be sacrosanct in the AFL. It was the opportunity to use a parochial home crowd to try and intimidate both the umpire and the opposition and generate a win for the home team.
At the start of any football season every man and his dog is keen to have a crack at predicting the ladder, usually fairly spontaneously and without much thought. I thought I’d take a slightly different route.
According to most punters, Port Adelaide were going to finish in the bottom four in 2013. Instead, they finished fifth and announced themselves as a team to watch in the future.