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Should the Western Bulldogs trade Tom Boyd?

October 2014 was a tumultuous time for the Western Bulldogs. They lost Shaun Higgins to free agency, they traded away a Brownlow Medallist in Adam Cooney, and their captain, Ryan Griffen, asked to leave the club.

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Captain Travis Boak inspired Port Adelaide to a 38-point victory against Richmond on Friday night, dealing a savage blow to the Tigers’ AFL finals hopes.

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By the bye: Brisbane, Fremantle, Geelong, GWS, Hawthorn, North Melbourne

Today we continue a look at how the AFL season has unravelled so far, in comparison to my own predictions made at the start of the season.

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Port Adelaide vs Richmond: Friday Night Forecast

Port Adelaide most likely hosts a broken, beaten Richmond, in a game that looks a little closer than the market would have you believe. They may not make the eight, but the Power are still playing good football.

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The Western Bulldogs’ multi-million dollar key forward Tom Boyd and AFL teammate Zaine Cordy are serving indefinite club suspensions for a late-night drunken stoush.

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West Coast had a comfortable 78-point win over the Essendon Bombers on Friday night without reaching any great heights in terms of their performance despite the inflated margin.

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Tom Boyd handed secret suspension by the Bulldogs

Big-money Western Bulldogs recruit Tom Boyd has been handed a suspension for a late-night incident involving teammate Zaine Cordy, although the club has only recently made the sanctions public.

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Gods and broken men: Ben Cousins and the deification of athletes

“It’s dangerous to confuse children with angels”, William H Macy is warned in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia.

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West Coast vs Essendon: Thursday Night Forecast

It’s West Coast for me, to the tune of 78 points. That’s my Thursday Night Forecast, what’s yours?

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The Roar’s AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 15

We’re so very nearly out of the woods. This week, the bye rounds come to an end! Welcome, one and all, to another edition of The Roar‘s AFL expert tips.

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Former Lion Jack Redden has become the second West Coast recruit to be axed this season, while key defender Mitch Brown has been given the chance to ignite his stalled AFL career.

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A mid-season trade period: Bryce Gibbs to Adelaide?!

The idea of a mid-season trade period isn’t new in the AFL, but the novelty might be gaining some momentum as a real item of reform.

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Richmond midfielder Brandon Ellis is expecting plenty of niggle when the Tigers take on Port Adelaide in a must-win AFL game for both sides.

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Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy says teammate Travis Cloke deserves to hold his spot in the Magpies’ side for Saturday night’s AFL clash with Carlton.

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Geelong still the team to beat in 2016

Relax, Geelong fans. You’re going to be fine.

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Geelong weren’t robbed of a potentially game-changing free kick late in their shock loss to St Kilda, according to the AFL.

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Brodie Grundy Collingwood Magpies AFL 2016

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Jack Steven St Kilda Saints AFL 2016

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Jack Steven St Kilda Saints AFL 2016 2

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Hodge-Hawks-AFL

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Jack Steven St Kilda Saints AFL 2016

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Steve Johnson GWS Giants Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL 2016

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The Roar of the crowd

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Port Adelaide Power vs Richmond Tigers highlights: AFL live scores, blog

The Port Adelaide Power and the Richmond Tigers are knocking on the door of the eight, and they go head to head in a Friday Night belter. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:50pm (AEST).

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All Australian players standing up at the midpoint of the season

My mid-year All Australian team combines innovative goal kickers, hard-nut midfielders and elite defenders- who’ve all lifted their game to another level to earn them a coveted spot in the All Australian line up.

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Jimmy’s best AFL bets: Round 15

By James McLure, 1 Jul 2016
Jimmy’s best AFL bets: Round 15

As we get towards the pointy end of the season, here are this week’s Round 15 betting tips.

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West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Eagles by 78

Match result: In a result that will go down as one of the least surprising in history, the West Coast Eagles defeated the Essendon Bombers by 78 points on Thursday night.

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The Adelaide Crows and the Phil Walsh tragedy, twelve months on

This weekend’s fixture against Melbourne at the MCG will mean a little more to the in form Adelaide Crows, as it marks the anniversary of the murder of former senior coach Phillip Walsh.

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Media’s half-empty focus distorts footballers’ reputations

There are many responsibilities that come with being a professional footballer.

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Fixing the AFL bye: Farewell six-game weekends, hello Thursday nights

We’re in the midst of the bye rounds. At this point of the season, we’re playing just six games each weekend and with one of them being on a Thursday night, there are some major breaks in the program.

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Scratching the artificial surface: A physiotherapist’s perspective

The artificial surface that surrounds the boundary line at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne is in dire need of change.

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Round 15 AFL Teams: All the ins and outs as they’re announced

A number of big names are set to make their return to AFL level this week, with the teams for West Coast vs Essendon to be named a night before the rest. Join The Roar for all the ins and outs as they’re announced live from 6:25pm AEST.

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Transsexuality and Australian football

By Jackson Clark, 29 Jun 2016
Transsexuality and Australian football

Should a transgender person be allowed to play women’s footy?

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Remembering Phil Walsh, 12 months on

By mastermind5991, 29 Jun 2016
Remembering Phil Walsh, 12 months on

This Sunday marks twelve months since the sickening and tragic death of Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh.

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Winners and losers of an AFL mid-season transfer window

Gillon McLachlan sparked the wheels into motion on the idea of a potential ‘trade month’ in the middle of the AFL season in the coming years. Player agents and others have suggested this period could run similarly to that of the January transfer market in European football.

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Does Hawthorn deserve to be on top?

By Tara Cosoleto, 29 Jun 2016
Does Hawthorn deserve to be on top?

In a season plagued with player setbacks and incomplete performances, it appeared the Hawthorn Football Club would not be serious premiership contenders in 2016.

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AFL not even a little bye-curious

By Dalgety Carrington, 29 Jun 2016 New author!
AFL not even a little bye-curious

Have you ever heard the saying that you can disregard everything someone has said before the word ‘but’? Well, I’m not an AFL basher, but… I can’t believe their stonewalling position on the scheduling of the bye.

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Bye bye, bye? How to solve the bye dilemma

By Rhys Adams, 29 Jun 2016
Bye bye, bye? How to solve the bye dilemma

The bye round. Along with the deliberate out of bounds rule, this is the most contentious argument at the moment in football.

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What do we make of Dangerfield’s season so far?

Undoubtedly Patrick Dangerfield is in major contention for the Brownlow medal this year. Racking up over 25 disposals per game at least, Dangerfield has been the poster boy at Geelong since being traded from Adelaide last year.

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Sydney Swans player Lance Franklin reaches after kicking a goal

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AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan

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Dustin Martin

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Ben Cousins in West Coast Eagles training.

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AFL-podcast

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A proven premiership star, Luke Hodge makes his way into the backline. (Photo by Justine Walker/AFL Media)

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Travis Cloke celebrates a goal against the Bombers

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Sam Gilbert of St Kilda

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Carlton's Patrick Cripps

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