Posts Tagged "AFL"

Mark Thompson and Gary Ablett built an AFL dynasty at Geelong and Gold Coast are hoping lightning will strike twice with the pair.

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The off-season coaching purge has claimed its first victim, with Gold Coast mentor Guy McKenna sacked by the club, just a few weeks after they missed the AFL finals.

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AFL club St Kilda are keeping an open mind when it comes to the No.1 draft pick.

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It was legendary New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra who said: “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”

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In the middle of last season, after the treatment of Jobe Watson at the hands of West Coast fans, I suggested that booing was for morons.

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Saturday’s AFL grand final was disappointing for neutral fans hoping to see another close contest between these great sides.

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Brisbane admit Dayne Beams might have to wait a year before leaving Collingwood, despite his manager’s confidence that the AFL clubs can strike a deal.

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Hawthorn legend Jason Dunstall described his back-to-back AFL premiership pep talk as a “very minor thing” on Monday, while the plaudits poured in for Alastair Clarkson.

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Key forward Jarrad Waite has walked out on Carlton after 12 AFL seasons and appears likely to join North Melbourne under free agency.

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Wow, where to start? Firstly, credit to the victors. Just seven days earlier, I made it fairly clear I thought the Swans would not only win the AFL premiership, but do it with reasonable ease.

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For all the discourse about structures, zones, tactical match-ups and running patterns, football is an incredibly simple game. It usually comes down to one thing – who wants to win more.

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With Saturday afternoon’s drubbing at the hands of the high-flying Hawks, the Swans fell at the final hurdle in Lance Franklin’s first year at the club.

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It’s almost twelve months to the day since Lance “Buddy” Franklin stunned the AFL world when he announced that he was leaving Hawthorn to join the Sydney Swans on a nine-year, multi-million dollar deal.

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The Swans went missing in action for all four quarters in their AFL grand final clash with Hawthorn at the MCG, the Wallabies for the last 11 minutes against the Springboks at Newlands.

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With Hawthorn joining the Brisbane Lions and Geelong Cats in winning three premierships this century, I have assembled the ultimate triple-premiership winning team.

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The Swans were comprehensively beaten by Hawthorn in the grand final. They were dismal.

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Adam Goodes was asked if the fire still burned in him enough to think about extending his stellar AFL career.

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Hawthorn’s premiership stars nursed hangovers, but it was Sam Mitchell’s three children who played up the most at Sunday’s fan day.

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Greater Western Sydney’s Heath Shaw will undergo counselling after being detained and fined $590 by Melbourne police for drunken behaviour on Saturday morning.

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It was surprising the number of AFL pundits and fans who tipped the Hawks would be vaporised by Sydney in yesterday’s grand final. Many of us are too quick to write off our champion teams.

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