Posts Tagged "NAB Cup"

The AFL continues to overhaul its pre-season format, ditching the 18 games in 18 days experiment for a four-week schedule.

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Yesterday I began outlining some of the most exciting talent to look out for in the AFL preseason, today I complete the list.

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Here are some of the players that I am looking forward to watching in the AFL’s preseason competition in 2014. This is part one in the list, which includes players from all 18 AFL teams.

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The AFL has suggested that in 2014 the much-maligned pre-season cup will be scrapped, and instead there will be just one long 24-round premiership season.

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It’s been close to a decade, but in 2013 the Brisbane Lions may have nearly finished their long march back to AFL contention.

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After watching the NAB Cup grand final on the weekend and witnessing arguably the least probing performance from Chris Judd in the last five years, I found myself asking if age was finally catching up with the champ and what can he possibly do about it?

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Brisbane coach Michael Voss has tipped Carlton for the AFL’s top four, which he says makes it ideal facing the Blues in the pre-season final.

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The AFL would love Brisbane to host the pre-season final, but is adamant Etihad Stadium is the right venue for Friday night’s match.

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They’ve done it. The Brisbane Lions have made the grand final of the NAB Cup.

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AFL observers, especially Hawthorn fans, have enjoyed predicting when the great Geelong side of the last six years would begin to decline.

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It’s the pre-season competition and nothing is at stake. So why are coaches complaining about rule changes when they don’t take the competition seriously themselves?

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Round two of the NAB Cup kicks off tonight at Etihad Stadium tonight as two sides predicted to be at opposite ends of the table in 2013 – Western Bulldogs and Hawthorn – do battle. We’ll have live scores and commentary from 7.40pm AEDT.

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Melbourne may have lost both chapters of their first round of the NAB Cup, but there was plenty of post-game buzz following the solid performances of Jack Viney, Jimmy Toumpas and teenage forward Jesse ‘The Hulk’ Hogan.

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Carlton started life under Mick Malthouse with a comfortable 22-point AFL pre-season victory over reigning premiers Sydney, but the veteran coach says the Blues are yet to march to the beat of his drum.

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Footy is back! Even if it is in a truncated form, it’s back! No doubt every AFL coach would tell you they are preparing for round one and the NAB Cup itself means very little at all beyond setting up “structures”.

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AFL: It’s back!

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Football! Yes, it’s back, even if it is in a truncated form. Every AFL coach would tell you they are preparing for round one ,and the NAB Cup itself means very little at all beyond setting up “structures.”

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Last week I read about Brenton Sanderson’s intent to rest a number of star players for the opening rounds of the NAB Cup. It’s got me thinking about how different clubs approach the pre-season competition.

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Scott Watters is right to be asking for the AFL to review their position on playing games in extreme heat.

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The NAB Cup is back for 2013, heralding the start of the annual circus that is the AFL.

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The first weekend of pre-season matches comes to an end this afternoon with the Adelaide Crows, Port Adelaide and St Kilda getting their first real taste of game time in 2013. We’ll have live scores and commentary from 4.40pm AEDT.

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