Posts Tagged "AFL"

With five rounds to go, the top four remains up for grabs. The rest of the top eight remains up for grabs. The wooden spoon is up for grabs. It’s open season.

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This week I could have written about Richmond’s continued ability to find some form, which would have coach Damien Hardwick a little less stressed about his future.

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Tom Rockliff has slipped under the radar his whole life, but now he is fast becoming one of the AFL’s elite, if he isn’t there already.

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The epic encounter between Hawthorn and Sydney on the weekend was the grand final preview, or at least it should be.

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Richmond’s hardened win over West Coast on Friday night was overshadowed by an ugly incident between Richmond’s Tyrone Vickery and Eagles big man Dean Cox.

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Lebron James, Michael Clarke, Gary Ablett. Each share the rare distinction of being both undisputed superstars of their respective sports but also being the tailsman for their respective teams: they can make or break their team’s fortunes.

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Not only was it the grudge match of the year, it was also the match that could have served as a preview to this year’s grand final.

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It seems like we hear both sides of the argument every few weeks. Some weeks of footy leave us feeling as if the AFL is as competitive as a North Korean election, while other weeks give off the impression that the league is as fickle as Cyril’s hamstrings.

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Gold Coast coach Guy McKenna staunchly refuses to admit Gary Ablett’s absence is a factor in his Suns’ worrying slide from finals reckoning.

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Condemned Richmond forward Ty Vickery will learn his fate on Monday after apologising for committing one of football’s cardinal sins.

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The AFL’s highest-profile club, Collingwood, took centre stage at the MCG on Sunday and lost their fifth game in six matches.

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MATCH RESULT: The Adelaide Crows sealed an impressive 18-point victory against Collingwood at the MCG on Sunday afternoon and subsequently have slipped past them on the ladder into the top eight for the first time this season.

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The Brisbane Lions (110) defeated the Gold Coast Suns (56) in the Queensland derby ‘Q Clash’ at The Gabba on Saturday.

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With rookie coach Adam Simpson taking over from club great John Worsfold, and a list seen to have talent but yet to fulfil its potential, West Coast began this season as the enigma of the competition.

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The leading contested marker in the AFL this season is not Geelong power forward Tom Hawkins, Collingwood brute Travis Cloke, or Fremantle goliath Aaron Sandilands. It’s an unheralded, slightly-built, rookie-drafted forward playing for West Coast.

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A decade ago it was hard to believe that anyone could earn $10 million playing AFL, let alone over the course of one contract.

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Brisbane’s debt level is a noose around the AFL club’s neck, new chief executive Greg Swann says.

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Shellshocked coach Guy McKenna lambasted an “insipid” Gold Coast after Brisbane dealt their AFL finals hopes a near mortal blow with a 54-point QClash drubbing on Saturday night.

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Jarryd Roughead made his 200th AFL match one to remember as the Sydney juggernaut finally came unstuck in a 10-point loss against Hawthorn at the MCG.

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MATCH RESULT: A great second half by the Hawks ends the streak of the Swans.

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