From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
The introduction in 2007 of an initial 40-man All-Australian squad took a lot of heat off the selectors. Each season they had copped widespread flak for the dozen or more worthy players they overlooked for the 22-man side.
With the AFL finalists decided, the other 10 clubs can think what might have been as they get stuck into Mad Monday celebrations, post-season reviews and end-of-season operations.
The opening match of the 2014 AFL finals sees Geelong come up against bitter rivals Hawthorn under lights at the MCG on Friday night.
Melbourne coach Paul Roos has apologised over the “unacceptable” costumes Dean Terlich and Alex Georgiou donned at the AFL club’s Mad Monday.
Teen sensation Jack Martin admits his debut AFL campaign with Gold Coast has been a frustrating time.
Gary Ablett Jnr is set to draw level with his legendary father and bag an incredible eighth All Australian selection.
Fremantle Dockers tagger Ryan Crowley is renowned for shutting down the best midfielders the AFL has to offer, but Sydney Swans co-captain Kieren Jack is relishing the potential of a showdown with him on Saturday night at ANZ Stadium.
If Richmond, for some reason, doesn’t continue its current winning streak all the way through to the last Saturday in September, just who is the team best placed to deliver premiership glory?
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Port Adelaide captain Travis Boak doesn’t regret sledging Richmond’s Troy Chaplin, but insists there’s no bad blood with his former teammate.
Should you change a side that has knocked over the minor premiers in the last round of the AFL season?
Sydney coach John Longmire has no reservations about potentially bringing as many as five players back from injury and illness for Saturday’s AFL finals clash with Fremantle.
Splashing the cash failed to fix Fremantle’s forward-line conundrum, but a bargain buy appears to have done the trick.
Fremantle’s flag bid has suffered a massive blow after star defender Michael Johnson was ruled out of the AFL finals series due to a back injury.
The AFL has responded to criticism of the ANZ Stadium playing surface by insisting on some repair work to the ground before Saturday’s finals clash between Sydney and Fremantle.
For weeks I have insisted that Richmond would not make the finals. On Saturday Richmond made the finals. In the last Winners and Losers wrap for the year one victor stands above all others, resplendent in yellow and black.
My face wasn’t exactly covered in egg after the weekend footy results, but there was a certain amount of yellow and white, courtesy of the yellow and black.
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I miss Tim Rodgers walking up to the ‘G and giving a rev up. I also miss AC/DC singing It’s a Long Way to the Top.
Every year when a side wins a Premiership there are unexpected players whose performance lifts with the occasion and propels them into heroes’ status among their fans.
It has been a matter of debate in the AFL world. Just when did Richmond’s improbable rise to the 2014 AFL finals start?
After 23 regular season rounds and 792 quarters of football, we have now come to the stage where eight teams will fight it off for the right to be crowned premiers for season 2014.
Another year gone, and those of us who bleed black and white are feeling a bit down. But that’s the thing about footy.
September 1 means two things, the start of Spring, and the beginning of the AFL finals, which morphs everyone and anyone into an expert on who will make the grand final, and who will triumph.
In a national competition in which ten out of the eighteen clubs are based in the same state, it is inevitable that the majority of media scrutiny will be on Victoria – regardless of whether it should be or not.
As a businessman with a background in human capital advisory, coupled with a passion for sport, I am continually bemused by the sustained whinging surrounding free agency.
With Round 23 officially in the history books and the premiership season now complete, these are the final seven stories to come from the home-and-away season.
It might have been yet another poor season for the Melbourne Football Club in season 2014, but unlike years past they weren’t as bad as you think they were.
With the regular season wrapped up, I will start to review each club’s season. As always, I will begin with the last-placed team, which this year is St Kilda.
As the curtain closes on the home-and-away season, quick analysis of the ladder shows a few interesting things.
Despite a three-point loss to the in-form Richmond Tigers, the Swans have finished top of the AFL ladder, capturing the minor premiership and a ‘home ground’ final.
198 matches down, nine to go. The regular season is over, so is winter and so too are the AFL seasons of ten clubs.
The final home-and-away round did not disappoint, with many close finishes and upsets making for a glittering round of footy.
Carlton will finish their 150th year with a lot of what ifs, however there was plenty to take way from season 2014.