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Highlights: New Essendon era begins with a bang

Essendon have produced a brilliant performance to comprehensively defeat a rejuvenated Hawthorn team by 25 points in a Saturday night blockbuster at the MCG.

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Melbourne magnificent, Riewoldt hurt

Against what was expected to be their biggest obstacle to finals this season Melbourne have sent an emphatic message to the rest of the competition.

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Highlights: Power and passion drive Port to break SCG drought

Port Adelaide have pulled off a major upset in round one, they’ve ousted the fancied Swans on their home turf and they’re good value for it.

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Adelaide are AFLW premiers! Crows claim first cup

The Adelaide Crows have defeated the Brisbane Lions by 6 points at Metricon Stadium to write themselves into the history books as the first ever AFLW Premiers.

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AFLW Grand Final: Key information, teams, date, start time

The AFW Grand Final will be played between the undefeated Brisbane Lions and the Adelaide Crows at Metricon Stadium on March 25.

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AFLW Grand Final live stream: How to watch on TV or stream online

The inaugural AFLW Grand Final will be played between the undefeated Brisbane Lions and the Adelaide Crows at Metricon Stadium on Saturday afternoon in Queensland.

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Four questions for an AFL Saturday, Round 1

Saturday of Round 1 takes us all along the east coast, with two intriguing matchups in Melbourne, a local derby in Queensland, and the Swans hosting the Power in Sydney.

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Bulldogs win secured, but new ruck rules not easy for Beveridge

The reigning premiers are back to their winning ways but coach Luke Beveridge admits the Western Bulldogs are having a hard time adapting to the AFL’s new ruck rules.

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‘Good kid’ De Goey will learn from AFL ban: Buckley

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says Jordan De Goey is a “good kid” but will learn a valuable lesson from his club-imposed AFL suspension.

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Pendlebury powerful, but Dogs on top

The Western Bulldogs have begun their premiership defence well seeing off a spirited Collingwood to record a 14 point win.

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AFL releases official list of 2017 free agents

The AFL has released its official list of free agents for the 2017 season, including which are restricted and unrestricted.

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Collingwood vs Western Bulldogs: Friday Night Forecast

The reigning premiers assume their position in the Friday night spotlight, journeying across town to face the Pies. Uncertainty abounds for both of these teams. What better way to expose it than in the first prime time game of the year.

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Do you believe in miracles? Remembering the Bulldogs’ journey to the top

There are five minutes left in the grand final. The Western Bulldogs lead by nine points.

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Women’s sport weekly wrap: Lions denied Gabba grand final

Whether it’s in relation to players and clubs abiding by the rules, governing bodies treating each club in the same way, or consistency in decisions made by governing bodies, officials and judiciaries, there is an expectation that sport is an even playing field.

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Highlights: Hey Prestia! Martin magic wins it for Richmond

The Richmond Tigers have kicked their 2017 season off in style, riding a monumental effort from superstar midfielder Dustin Martin to defeat the Carlton Blues by 43 points in the first game of the season.

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Round 1 AFL Teams: Every team, every player

Round 1 of the 2017 AFL season is here and as usual, there are plenty of new faces lining up in new colours for the first time. Check out the full teams below.

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Lance Buddy Franklin Ben McGlynn Sydney Swans AFL 2016

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In 2016, the Western Bulldogs won their first premiership since 1954

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Matthew Kreuzer Carlton Blues AFL 2016

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AFL Captains 2017

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Dayne Beams with possession for Brisbane Lions

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Ben Cousins in West Coast Eagles training.

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The Roar of the crowd

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Roaring out your speakers: the songs to get you through a massive weekend of sports

A look at the biggest stories from our sporting world this week and the musical soundtrack they inspire. Crank these tunes out as you ready yourself for a huge weekend in front of the telly, or your headphones on your way to the stadium.

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The ten best Round 1 games from the past ten years

There is perhaps no better feeling for all footy fans than when the umpire holds the ball aloft in the middle of the MCG on a Thursday night as the iconic sound of the siren reverberates around the arena.

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2017 season preview: Western Bulldogs

By Stirling Coates, 24 Mar 2017
2017 season preview: Western Bulldogs

The Western Bulldogs tasted ultimate success for the first time in 62 years last season. Despite their excellent performances, opinion has not been so divided on a defending premier’s chances for years.

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Dealing with the loss of Nic Nat? How ’bout a dose of Sam Mitchell?

Throughout much of the AFL off-season leading into 2017, most pundits and fans were wondering how the Eagles would deal with the loss of Nic Naitanui.

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AFLW and the importance of evolution

By Clarko's Knuckle Sandwich, 24 Mar 2017
AFLW and the importance of evolution

We are now coming to the completion of the first season of AFLW and despite reservations that the skill level of the women could be a turn off to the casual fan or that the talent pool would be spread too thin, the inaugural season has been an overwhelming success.

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Carlton Blues vs Richmond Tigers Highlights: AFL live scores, blog

Match result: The Richmond Tigers have kicked their 2017 season off in style, riding a monumental effort from superstar midfielder Dustin Martin to defeat the Carlton Blues by 43 points in the first game of the season.

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Are the Tigers destined to finish ninth again?

By Mitchell Crawford, 23 Mar 2017
Are the Tigers destined to finish ninth again?

All Aussie Rules fans, especially the Richmond faithful are aware of the running joke which is the Tigers are always favourite to finish in ninth position.

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2017 season preview: West Coast Eagles

By Stirling Coates, 23 Mar 2017
2017 season preview: West Coast Eagles

West Coast couldn’t capitalise on premiership favouritism in 2016, with a meek showing in the elimination final casting doubt on their big-game mettle.

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What will the ladder look like come September?

At this stage of the AFL season, it’s impossible to predict exactly when certain events will happen and what their ramifications will be.

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A totally accurate, not at all random prediction for the 2017 AFL ladder

This time last year, I randomised a list of all the AFL teams and decided to argue why that would be the correct outcome for the season. It wasn’t, but there were some close calls, including being very close to predicting the grand final.

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2017 season preview: Sydney Swans

By Stirling Coates, 22 Mar 2017
2017 season preview: Sydney Swans

Sydney made a mockery of predictions they’d slide in 2016, but the season ultimately ended in disappointment after a second grand final defeat in three years.

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Time for Buddy and Kurt to put up for the Swans

The Sydney Swans will be looking to finally get their first premiership with their two big signings in Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett.

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AFL’s reigning premiers to miss top eight

Since the AFL went to an eight-team finals system in 2000, only once has the reigning premiers missed the finals the next season. In 2017, it will occur for the second time.

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Carlton’s rebuild is starting from weak foundations

Robert Walls once said the thing that made Carlton what it was, was its striving for excellence and the undesirable urge to do whatever it takes to win.

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2017 AFL season: Round 1 preview

By mastermind5991, 21 Mar 2017 Popular article!
2017 AFL season: Round 1 preview

After a long and eventful off-season, headlined by a stunning trade period and the inaugural AFL Women’s season, Round 1 of the 2017 AFL season is finally here.

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Weekly AFL meanderings: AFLW’s sweetly surprising success

With the boys taking a week off to gather themselves for the kick-off of season 2017, let’s take a moment to examine the ladies’ work in this experimental first season of the AFLW.

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Phil Davis GWS Giants Lance Franklin Sydney Swans AFL 2016

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Tim Membrey of the Saints

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Ben Brown of North Melbourne Kangaroos

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Patrick Dangerfield Geelong Cats AFL Brownlow Medal 2016

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Richmond coach Damien Hardwick

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