Posts Tagged "AFL"

Hawthorn’s bid for a fourth consecutive premiership was wiped away in the semi-final, where the Western Bulldogs mauled the Hawks to eliminate them from the 2016 finals series in straight sets.

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The Swans can be excused for thinking they’re national enemy number one this week.

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The cliche that you need to be in the ‘right place at the right time’ is so apt when it comes to winning premierships.

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Sydney Swans defender Aliir Aliir has been ruled out of Saturday’s AFL grand final against the Western Bulldogs.

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The son of former Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh has been found not guilty of his father’s murder due to mental incompetence.

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Geelong have the services of Patrick Dangerfield for at least four more years, which is important because the Cats have a few holes in their list to fill in October.

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Wallabies skills guru Mick Byrne believes there is plenty rugby nations across the world can learn from the AFL when it comes to ball-handling and spatial awareness.

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Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O’Connell have made a surprise return to the studio this month, for the grand final special edition of the Cheap Seats podcast.

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Kick a scintillating goal, salute the crowd with a roar of exultation, slow to a trot soaking up the adulation, puff the chest out, strut, elbow bent at the side, forefinger raised, head jiggling ever so slightly as if on a coiled spring with that deity look of ‘I know I’m good’.

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The Western Bulldogs’ miracle is just one win away.

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It all comes down to this. After 206 matches, 824 quarters of football and the distribution of 1,188 Brownlow Medal votes, we are down to the biggest match of the year – and the one that will decide it all – the grand final.

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At first glance, the 2016 AFL grand final looks like just another chapter in the great sporting rivalry between Australia’s two most populous cities, but is that the case?

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It has been 55 years since the Western Bulldogs, formerly known as Footscray, appeared in a grand final in a professional competition.

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Many in the media lament that a Todd Goldstein or Lance Franklin can put up a good showing in the Brownlow Medal but cannot be genuine contenders to win the award because they are not midfielders.

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If you think even a tiny part of Bob Murphy wishes the Bulldogs hadn’t made the grand final while he’s out injured, you don’t know Bob Murphy at all.

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Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has been named by his peers as coach of the season for guiding the side to their first grand final in 55 years.

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Former Melbourne skipper Jack Grimes is looking for a new AFL club after he was one of three players cut by the Demons on Tuesday. Grimes, Matt Jones and Dean Terlich have all been told they will not be offered new contracts for the 2017 season. Grimes, 27, played 100 games for Melbourne and was […]

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There is a difference between having a bet, and being silly and if the line hasn’t been crossed by one punter who has put a ridiculous $375,000 on the Sydney Swans to win the AFL grand final against the Western Bulldogs, then it never will be.

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Rarely has there been a richer narrative entering an AFL grand final than what we have in front of us this week.

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In this year of all years, it feels like the time is right to embrace the full squad nature of modern AFL, and award premiership medallions to more than just the 22 who play on grand final Day.

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