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2014 Brownlow Medal: Gary Ablett will hold on and win

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.

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Enough about Buddy: Kennedy and McGlynn to lead Swans to premiership triumph

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.

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2014 AFL Brownlow Medal: Complete guide, tips, odds

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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AFL coaches and umpires often disagree and the Brownlow Medal historically has been no different.

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Langford shines in tight Hawks’ win over Port

Will Langford is a Hawthorn premiership baby who will now have a massive role in determining whether they win their 12th AFL flag.

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Frawley’s signing has the potential to revive Geelong or Fremantle

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.

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Shaw: Hird must go

By , 21 Sep 2014

Tony Shaw senses Paddy Ryder’s departure will be the watershed moment in James Hird’s tenure as Essendon coach.

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Swans defender Nick Malceski has given a strong hint he intends staying in Sydney despite suggestions he could look elsewhere when his contract ends.

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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.

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AFL Finals week 3 results: Who won, who lost

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.

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Hawks edge out Power in AFL thriller

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.

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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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Hird to the AFL: "I will see you in court" in response to the ASADA scandal (Photo: Sean Garnsworthy/AFL Media)

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James Hird in black and white

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Ollie Wines of the Power

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Brad Scott, Senior Coach of the North Melbourne Kangaroos

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The Roar of the crowd

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AFL Grand Final: Storylines a-plenty ahead of the big dance

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.

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Analysing Robbie Gray’s Brownlow Medal chances

By Nicholas Mirarchi, 21 Sep 2014 Video
Analysing Robbie Gray’s Brownlow Medal chances

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.

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[VIDEO] Hawthorn Hawks vs Port Adelaide Power: AFL highlights scores, blog

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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[VIDEO] Sydney Swans vs North Melbourne Kangaroos: AFL preliminary final highlights, scores, blog

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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Familiarity breeds premierships: Why Hawthorn may fall short

What wins premierships? Such a simple question deserves a simple response, yet the answer still eludes us.

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2014′s Almost Australian team

By Eliot Bingham, 19 Sep 2014
2014′s Almost Australian team

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.

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Wines’ gain is Demons’ pain

By Dylan Carmody, 19 Sep 2014
Wines’ gain is Demons’ pain

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.

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The AFL’s top eight should return to the top six

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.

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Port and North are diamonds in a rough AFL season

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.

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Don’t write Fremantle off just yet

By the 13th Man, 18 Sep 2014
Don’t write Fremantle off just yet

Following Fremantle’s straight sets exit from the finals there has been talk on The Roar of the Dockers’ premiership window being slammed shut.

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The search for Paul Roos’ successor begins

The search for Paul Roos’s number two is heating up and widely anticipated with many teams reaching the end of their seasons.

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Ablett worthy All-Australian, but not as starting rover

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.

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Finals should mean passion, not business

By Cameron Palmer, 18 Sep 2014
Finals should mean passion, not business

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.

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Sanderson’s sacking has brought AFL down a level

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.

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Port prove if a week is a long time in football, 18 months is an eternity

Remarkably, only 10 of the AFL’s 18 coaches from 18 months ago are still in their respective top jobs.

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Seven untold stories from week two of the finals

By Cameron Palmer, 17 Sep 2014
Seven untold stories from week two of the finals

With a historic second weekend of 2014 finals action in the history books, it brought up another set of seven untold stories.

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James Hird in black and white

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Lance Franklin of the Swans celebrates

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Mathew Stokes of the Cats

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Luke McPharlin of the Dockers

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Gary Ablett and Dayne Beams are both in contention for the 2012 Brownlow (AFL Media)

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Michael Hurley of the Bombers is congratulated by his teammates

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