Posts Tagged "2011 AFL season"

Twenty-two premiership medallions, a Norm Smith Medal and one premiership cup later, a number of men go unrecognised officially in the record books, but their contribution to this almighty Geelong dynasty must not go forgotten.

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He arrived at Geelong with the breeding, the build and a boom. But Tom Hawkins had often been maligned and regarded as inconsistent and an underachiever – until a heavy responsibility landed on his shoulders in the AFL grand final at the MCG on Saturday.

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All week the question was would Steve Johnson play. Boy, did he play.

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Mick Malthouse has said an emotional public goodbye to his players and expressed confidence that Collingwood are in the process of creating an AFL dynasty.

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The AFL is often praised for how well it runs the game. However, they still have room for massive improvement when it comes to grand final ticket allocation.

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So, it has come to this: Collingwood against Geelong. It is the grand final we had to have. The two best teams of the season will, somewhat fittingly, end the season at the ‘G.

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Fact: AFL clubs without a coach have a thing for Collingwood assistants and past players. Of the five vacancies for the top job created by clubs this season – Adelaide, Western Bulldogs, Melbourne, St Kilda and Fremantle – two have been taken by ex-Pies, one a player and one an assistant coach. And more could […]

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After a season from hell, the Adelaide Crows must act tough until the end of the year – and so far, so good.

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Reigning premiers Collingwood resisted a stubborn challenge from the West Coast Eagles to seal progression into yet another preliminary final with a 20-point win at the MCG today.

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This week what many Essendon and general football fans already knew was confirmed: Dyson Heppell is without a doubt the most exciting prospect at Windy Hill since a young James Hird rose to prominence in the early 1990s.

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With the finals upon us once again, there has been enough talk and spotlight of the superstars in the final eight whose team’s finals aspirations hinge on their performances.

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Over the last few years, there has been a considerable change in the coaching landscape in the AFL. A large influx of young and untried coaches have entered the battlefield of senior coaching, and rewritten the history books in the process.

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The first AFL match for premiership points at Adelaide Oval was a huge success. A bumper crowd of 29,314 turned up for the Port Adelaide versus Melbourne clash, more than double the Power’s previous home game against the Western Bulldogs.

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Almost three years on, Geelong supporters still cringe from the memories of what some consider ‘the stolen premiership’. Both clubs with an eerily similar campaign as 2008 will meet with the winner to progress through to the preliminary final and loser to return to the MCG a week later.

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Each AFL club has a certain word or phrase that you can associate with them. With the season now entering finals time, I have attempted to link them all.

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“Wanna go to the footy at Adelaide Oval this Sunday?” read the text message from a friend last week. “I don’t give a shit about the two teams, but it’ll be good to see footy at the Oval,” it continued. “Then we can stay in the city for some pints” – the final drawcard.

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In case you live under a rock (or Sydney), you would have heard Geelong smashed Collingwood by 96 points in the so-called ‘mockbuster’ on Friday night.

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St Kilda earnt a home elimination final against Sydney with a hard-fought 20-point AFL win over Carlton on Saturday night at the MCG.

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Some calming words from Western Bulldogs caretaker coach Paul Williams ensured Barry Hall’s AFL career ended with a flurry of goals, not an eruption of frustration.

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Despite only beating the lowly Gold Coast by nine points, Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson was unfazed by the performance of his understrength Hawks a week out from the AFL finals.

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