Posts Tagged "AFL"

You make the boldest and biggest move in your club’s recent history – to overpay a young and supremely talented forward to be the linchpin of your next successful side – so then what?

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There was a time when footy in summer was alien. It didn’t belong in the papers, it was off-topic over barbecue powwow, and if you showed up to the park with anything oval, it would be ruthlessly deflated with a stump and fed to the dog.

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Like fellow expansion club Gold Coast, Greater Western Sydney have spent their initial existence being inundated with talent from the best young players in Australia.

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The Pep Talk is back with the next instalment of players who are gearing for a crucial season in their careers.

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Nathan Jones dreams of holding aloft the AFL premiership cup and he says he wouldn’t have signed a long-term deal with Melbourne if he didn’t believe the Demons were capable of achieving that lofty goal.

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Essendon have failed in an official bid to have a representative observe the AFL anti-doping tribunal hearing.

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Children will have free admission to Sunday games at the MCG and Etihad Stadium next season as the AFL continues its charm offensive.

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Collingwood has always been a club that is ahead of the curve. The Magpies are one of the more innovative sides in the AFL.

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Rodney Eade has found Gold Coast have plenty to learn before they become an AFL power.

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Ben Reid has sent a shudder of worry through Collingwood with yet another injury scare.

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Beating the odds has been pivotal for Adelaide at the draft table in the fallout to the Kurt Tippett scandal.

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Essendon chairman Paul Little has defended the AFL club’s disastrous legal action against ASADA, saying it was the right thing to do.

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Essendon remain unsure whether they can coax legendary coach Kevin Sheedy back to the AFL club.

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Gold Coast players hoping reputation or potential may be enough at AFL level have been put on notice by coach Rodney Eade.

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The AFL anti-doping tribunal is closed to Essendon officials, as well as the media and public.

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Essendon chairman Paul Little has forecast that the AFL anti-doping hearing will run until late January.

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Last week The Pep Talk gave the names of the first six players who needed to have a make it or break it season in 2015.

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All the 18 AFL clubs are back into pre-season training and every single one has a player that is tearing up the track. But we all know that means squat when the real stuff kicks off in 2015.

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We hear it every year – AFL clubs that have had a tough preseason, certain players are flying and the teams are ready for a big year.

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It was almost ironic that Gold Coast would be the club that would select Peter Wright. Since their start in AFL drafts in the past five years, the Gold Coast have been renowned for taking the most talented players available.

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