Posts Tagged "Greater Western Sydney AFL"

Melbourne midfielder Nathan Jones doubts ex-teammate Tom Scully will be put off by verbal barbs or physical aggression at the MCG on Sunday, but he plans to try both.

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Greater Western Sydney midfielder Tom Scully knows the boos are coming on Sunday afternoon, but feels Melbourne fans have nonetheless moved on.

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Israel Folau admits his cross-code venture has been harder than expected, but good mate Nic Naitanui is confident the former NRL star will succeed in the AFL.

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As Greater Western Sydney prepare for their first away clash of the AFL season, midfielder Rhys Palmer is taking heart from the fact North Melbourne will effectively be doing the same when they host in Hobart.

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Greater Western Sydney football manager Graeme Allan has boldly forecast an AFL premiership for the new team by 2015-16.

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Fledgling AFL side Greater Western Sydney is ready to clash with the reserves of the Gold Coast, a club which has been a source of guidance and rivalry for the competition’s newcomers.

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The challenges facing the 32 youngsters who are already contracted with fledgling AFL club Greater Western Sydney are varied and plentiful, but coach Kevin Sheedy says his inexperienced charges are handling them all with aplomb.

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So far, the 2011 AFL season has been able to last eight rounds without much press surrounding player movement to the Greater Western Sydney Giants. This time last year, rumours were rife over Ablett, Falou, Bock and a swag of others as to their intentions with the fledgling club.

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The Gold Coast’s Karmichael Hunt has had a solid AFL introduction, showing just enough to suggest he may prove the cynics wrong and make a career in a third code.

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Greater Western Sydney will on Saturday night be offered the sort of chance considered essential to the rise of a raft of sporting greats in the past.

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AFL legend Leigh Matthews says the season should be extended to 24 rounds – with shorter matches and a reduced pre-season – when the league expands to 18 teams in 2012.

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It has been announced that Israel Folau will be joining the AFL’s new Greater Western Sydney club. The move will delight some and infuriate others, but it sets up another intriguing code-switch experiment that is sure to capture plenty of interest.

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So where are we at with the AFL’s foray into Greater Western Sydney? Is the frontier club beginning to bed down in its new home of Blacktown? Or are there worrying signs already, since the west really means within walking distance of Homebush rather than “city within a city.”

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Gary Ablett going to the Gold Coast, Western Sydney signing the big Is and Jarrod Harbrow, Quentin Lynch and Chad Cornes all involved in negotiations.

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Newly appointed Greater Western Sydney chief executive officer Dale Holmes expects to have the home venue for the AFL’s 18th franchise locked in by August, after becoming the latest piece of their recruiting puzzle.

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AFL administrators face a crucial few months as they work to a tight deadline on their ambitious Greater Western Sydney expansion project.

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According to an article on the NT News website, the AFL is set to create a second tier league comprising teams from NSW, ACT, QLD and NT from 2012. This eastern seaboard league would be on the equivalent level of the VFL, SANFL and WAFL.

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Kevin Sheedy’s willingness to explore different AFL recruiting opportunities has led to South African Bayanda Sobetwa joining the fledgling Greater Western Sydney team.

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Expansion will continue to be the buzzword of the Australian sporting landscape as it heads into 2010, with upstart franchises facing a decisive year of development across three codes.

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Years in the making, the V8 Supercars finally have a footprint in Australia’s biggest market, Sydney, following the successful running of the Sydney Olympic Park race around the streets of Homebush, which saw carnage, close racing and was even used as a battleground for the code war.

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