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Can Pearce Hanley be better than Jim Stynes?

Run-and-carry players are more valuable than ever in modern AFL’s tight defensive structures. Few footballers are more dangerous when offered a skerrick of space than the Brisbane Lions’ Irish jet Pearce Hanley.

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Bottom five AFL teams have bright futures

If you look back at the on-field history of the VFL and AFL, there has usually been at least one team each season that has virtually been noncompetitive.

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Dockers claim thrilling last-gasp win against the Blues

Fremantle overcame the early loss of skipper Matthew Pavlich to post a gutsy five-point win over Carlton in Thursday night’s AFL clash at Patersons Stadium.

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Frenzied interest in Lance Franklin and a 12-game winning streak have translated into a record membership tally for AFL club Sydney.

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Preview of AFL Round 19 matches (all times AEST).

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Hawthorn are already the team of the year

To date, without doubt, Hawthorn has been the AFL’s most impressive performer this year.

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Greater Western Sydney boss David Matthews has rubbished rumours he’s interested in having NRL discard Todd Carney join the AFL club.

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Essendon midfielder David Myers says the players back the AFL club’s decision to delay James Hird’s return to the coaches box until next season.

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It’s become one of the most daunting trips in the AFL, but Carlton are determined not to become easy road kill when they trek west to take on Fremantle at Patersons Stadium on Thursday night.

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Vickery hard and tough? Try stupid

No matter what Richmond’s Ty Vickery achieves throughout the remainder of his career, he will always be remembered for the sickening hit he inflicted on retiring West Coast favourite Dean Cox last Friday night.

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Hawks for flag, Buddy for Coleman

Roarers, it’s time to put your name on some end-of-season predictions.

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The Suns are still a one-man team

There were some worrying signs for the Gold Coast Suns in their loss to the Western Bulldogs in Cairns a fortnight ago.

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Geelong coach Chris Scott has launched an extraordinary attack on the AFL’s free agency system, saying he and the club don’t support it.

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Gold Coast defender Nathan Bock has given up his battle with injury and retired from the AFL.

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Gold Coast minus Gary Ablett equals GWS

The Gold Coast Suns without Gary Ablett are basically just GWS. The only surprise is that this wasn’t as obvious as the false outrage that was always going to occur after Tyrone Vickery gave Dean Cox his comeuppance.

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Led by inspirational captain Luke Hodge, Hawthorn’s veterans are taking some of the burden off coach Alastair Clarkson.

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Ben Reid of the Magpies and Ricky Henderson of the Crows in action

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Paul Puopolo of the Hawks is chased by Jeremy Laidler of the Swans

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The Roar of the crowd

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[VIDEO] Fremantle vs Carlton: AFL highlights, scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: The Fremantle Dockers pulled of a remarkable last-gasp win against the Carlton Blues at Patersons Stadium on Thursday night, keeping their top four aspirations in check.

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The AFL Tribunal system got it all wrong

By Eliot Bingham, 31 Jul 2014 Video
The AFL Tribunal system got it all wrong

Richmond’s Tyrone Vickery was handed a four-week holiday by the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night for his clubbing blow to West Coast Eagles ruckman Dean Cox, and that was not enough.

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Brisbane are the new Geelong

By Cameron Palmer, 31 Jul 2014
Brisbane are the new Geelong

Imagine for a second that this article did not have a headline and the premise of this story had not been blatantly given away with the opening five words.

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Carlton’s list in dire need of a clean-out

By Nick Butler, 31 Jul 2014 Video
Carlton’s list in dire need of a clean-out

While Carlton scored a fantastic win last week against the Jekyll and Hyde Kangaroos, 2014 will go down as a season where reality struck the Blues.

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Why the AFL draft doesn’t always work

By Michael Pepicelli, 31 Jul 2014

It’s supposed to be one of the most important means of equalisation. Just like communism, it seems like it should work in theory, but when you try and apply it to the real world it never seems to work properly.

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The AFL’s free agency system has once again received ample coverage in the press over the past week, and none of it positive.

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Essendon: The waking giant

By Jayme Markus, 31 Jul 2014
Essendon: The waking giant

Much of the focus on Essendon’s season has been on the storm caused by the supplement scandal.

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Buckley’s short term pain to deliver Pies long term gain

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley wasted no time dismantling a premiership team in an attempt to remodel the Magpies in his own image. But will the short term pain translate to long term gain?

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AFL Round 19 preview

By Sean Mortell, 31 Jul 2014
AFL Round 19 preview

The 2014 AFL season is starting to get exciting. In the lead-up to the finals, many teams are fighting for their seasons in many different ways. I’ll preview another huge round of footy and show you my tips.

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Will Higgins live up to his potential at another club?

When Shaun Higgins was taken at pick number 11 in the 2005 national draft, most pundits saw a talent that was more than a pick 11.

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Cats the elephant in the room in an apparent two-horse race

Last week we saw a game that was built up for weeks as the potential match of the year.

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Success for the Gold Coast Suns is far from inevitable

Ever since September 2008, when the concessions for the Gold Coast Suns were first announced, there has been a widely-held view that the AFL was setting its expansion teams up for certain success.

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Injuries conspiring against Giants in wooden spoon battle

With five rounds remaining this regular season and one of the worst injury tolls in the AFL, the Greater Western Sydney Giants are facing a huge battle to avoid a third consecutive wooden spoon.

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AFL Round 18 review: Part 2

By Sean Mortell, 29 Jul 2014

The second weekend of Round 18 only consisted of four games, but it showed us the teams building up form in Hawthorn, Richmond, Brisbane and Adelaide, as well as highlighting the teams on the downhill in West Coast, Gold Coast and Collingwood.

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AFL missing its chance to send the game global

By Cameron Palmer, 29 Jul 2014
AFL missing its chance to send the game global

By not taking advantage of the international exposure available during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, the AFL’s new administration under Gillon McLachlan is showing a timidity that was never a part of Andrew Demetriou’s reign at the top of the game.

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The world is upside down these days. It has to be. Something is in the water, for there is something not right with AFL this year. It’s the bench. There’s a problem with the bench.

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Tom Rockliff is one of the stars of the Lions (Slattery Images)

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Lance Franklin of the Swans is tackled by Josh Gibson of the Hawks

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Dean Cox of the West Coast Eagles and Richmond's Tyrone Vickery contest the ruck during the AFL Round 12 match between the Richmond Tigers and the West Coast Eagles at the MCG, Melbourne. Slattery Images

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Gary Ablett of the Suns is taken from the field injured (Photo: Bradley Kanaris/AFL Media)

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Paul Puopolo of the Hawks is chased by Jeremy Laidler of the Swans

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Lance Franklin of the Swans celebrates

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Travis Cloke of the Magpies clashes with Ben Rutten of the Adelaide Crows. (Photo: AFL Media)

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