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Geelong have the services of Patrick Dangerfield for at least four more years, which is important because the Cats have a few holes in their list to fill in October.
Rarely has there been a richer narrative entering an AFL grand final than what we have in front of us this week.
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Sydney Swans defender Aliir Aliir has been ruled out of Saturday’s AFL grand final against the Western Bulldogs.
The son of former Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh has been found not guilty of his father’s murder due to mental incompetence.
If you think even a tiny part of Bob Murphy wishes the Bulldogs hadn’t made the grand final while he’s out injured, you don’t know Bob Murphy at all.
Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has been named by his peers as coach of the season for guiding the side to their first grand final in 55 years.
Former Melbourne skipper Jack Grimes is looking for a new AFL club after he was one of three players cut by the Demons on Tuesday. Grimes, Matt Jones and Dean Terlich have all been told they will not be offered new contracts for the 2017 season. Grimes, 27, played 100 games for Melbourne and was […]
There is a difference between having a bet, and being silly and if the line hasn’t been crossed by one punter who has put a ridiculous $375,000 on the Sydney Swans to win the AFL grand final against the Western Bulldogs, then it never will be.
In this year of all years, it feels like the time is right to embrace the full squad nature of modern AFL, and award premiership medallions to more than just the 22 who play on grand final Day.
The 2016 AFL Grand Final will be something of a rarity in that it will be just the third time since the turn of the millennium that the league’s ultimate fixture did not feature a Brownlow Medallist on either side of the field.
Australian footy fans are in for a treat this grand final weekend, with hilarious radio duo Roy Slaven and HG Nelson announcing they will broadcast the ‘Festival of the Boot’ for both the AFL and NRL deciders.
He craves it and will do everything in his power, but Lance Franklin says he does not need an AFL premiership to justify his move to Sydney.
Patrick Dangerfield has dedicated his AFL Brownlow Medal to fellow Geelong great Paul Couch in an emotional tribute.
His injury woes finally behind him, Sydney ruckman Kurt Tippett is confident and looking to build on his form going into Saturday’s grand final after breaking the longest scoring drought of his AFL career.
The 2016 Brownlow Medal has been lauded and awarded, but who polled the most votes for your team? We’ve got every team’s leading vote-getter right here.
Millions of Australians are absolutely not at all shocked tonight, as Patrick Dangerfield was named the 2016 AFL Brownlow Medallist.
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Hawthorn’s bid for a fourth consecutive premiership was wiped away in the semi-final, where the Western Bulldogs mauled the Hawks to eliminate them from the 2016 finals series in straight sets.
The Swans can be excused for thinking they’re national enemy number one this week.
The cliche that you need to be in the ‘right place at the right time’ is so apt when it comes to winning premierships.
Kick a scintillating goal, salute the crowd with a roar of exultation, slow to a trot soaking up the adulation, puff the chest out, strut, elbow bent at the side, forefinger raised, head jiggling ever so slightly as if on a coiled spring with that deity look of ‘I know I’m good’.
The Western Bulldogs’ miracle is just one win away.
It all comes down to this. After 206 matches, 824 quarters of football and the distribution of 1,188 Brownlow Medal votes, we are down to the biggest match of the year – and the one that will decide it all – the grand final.
At first glance, the 2016 AFL grand final looks like just another chapter in the great sporting rivalry between Australia’s two most populous cities, but is that the case?
It has been 55 years since the Western Bulldogs, formerly known as Footscray, appeared in a grand final in a professional competition.
Many in the media lament that a Todd Goldstein or Lance Franklin can put up a good showing in the Brownlow Medal but cannot be genuine contenders to win the award because they are not midfielders.
Channel Seven recently featured the 1989 grand final on Footy Flashbacks. Another tribute to this match would be superfluous. The game has been dissected and mythologised like no other match.
Love it or hate it, the red carpet is a big part of the Brownlow Medal these days as we all sit at home in our tracksuit pants and criticise the WAGs’ expensive gowns.
Count result: Patrick Dangerfield won the 2016 AFL Brownlow Medal with a total of 35 votes, the most ever recorded by a player in a single year.
It’s Sydney against the Western Bulldogs next weekend, the first time these teams have matched up in a grand final.
Over the last two decades, the Sydney Swans and Melbourne Storm have been the most consistent teams in the Australian Football League and National Rugby League respectively, codes that dominate each other’s cities.
With most Western Bulldogs fans relishing their club’s first appearance in a grand final in 55 years – for many, the first in their lifetime – it’s worth taking a moment to consider how Luke Beveridge and the players have achieved what looked near impossible at the start of the 2015 season.
Sydney Swans v Western Bulldogs; Melbourne Storm v Cronulla Sharks. Grand finals of eerie similarity.
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