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St Kilda vs Richmond: Friday Night Forecast

For all the talk in the build-up about how bad last Friday night’s match-up looked, I at least managed to convince myself it’d be a contest.

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Think the AFL’s gone soft? Think again

Are you from the old school which forever asserts modern footy’s gone soft? Do you feel infuriated at a game too quick to punish players for no more than old-fashioned hard-but-fair tackles?

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The Roar’s AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 18

There’s a couple of matches this week that look likely to be thrilling contests and are a bit hard to tip because of that.

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Buckley, Danger split on rule tweaks

AFL legend Malcolm Blight says anyone resisting rule changes in the code should quit their posts.

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Starting positions “would kill the flow of the game”: Buckley

Leading AFL players and coaches are divided on proposed rule changes which Nathan Buckley fears would be a “blight” on the game.

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GWS are on the march, but is their season already a waste?

Greater Western Sydney might be one of the best three teams in the competition, but have they left their run too late?

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Dees skipper pumps up Max Gawn’s Brownlow chances

Max Gawn is uncomfortable pumping up his burgeoning Brownlow Medal chances, but Melbourne co-captain Nathan Jones is happy to do the job for him.

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Hawks dealt huge blow as Sicily’s wrist hits him for six

Hawthorn defender James Sicily’s AFL season could be over with scans revealing he has a broken wrist.

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Less is more when it comes to AFL trades

Those who regularly read my articles here on The Roar may, by now, have clued into the fact that I am a bit keen on this whole trade period thing.

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Nic Naitanui’s second ACL tear could re-shape the league as we know it

Can a single, four-centimetre piece of connective tissue change the shape of the AFL as we know it? Most certainly, in the case of Nic Naitanui’s second ACL tear.

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Giants CEO: ‘Best ever’ crowd a sign of GWS’s progress in Sydney

GWS enjoyed wins both on and off the AFL field last Saturday night, with the expansion club drawing their biggest home crowd of the season.

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Naitanui possibly out for two years with latest ACL injury

West Coast’s worst fears have been confirmed, with scans showing star ruckman Nic Naitanui has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

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Which Round 17 slip up will prove the most costly?

That whole ten-teams-into-eight thing I’ve been spruiking for the last little bit? It might be time to toss it out and start again.

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Seven hot takes from AFL Round 17

Round 17 has come and gone with some results that surprised, and some that will shape September. Here’s my hot takes from the round.

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Coach not sweating Tigers’ away woes

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick isn’t perturbed by the reigning premiers’ inability to win outside Melbourne this AFL season.

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Carlton’s nightmare continues at the hands of St Kilda

St Kilda have prolonged Carlton’s horror season, downing the Blues by 64 points in a Friday the 13th massacre at Etihad Stadium.

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Charlie Curnow

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Don Pyke

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Jack Riewoldt

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Patrick Dangerfield

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Adelaide Crows

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Aaron Hall Gold Coast Suns AFL

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Patrick Cripps

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Lance Franklin

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Jack Riewoldt

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Now or never for Demons and Cats

By Samuel Ord, Today
Now or never for Demons and Cats

Heading into Round 18 of the 2018 AFL season, the stakes have never been higher for Geelong and Melbourne, who are going head-to-head on Saturday night for the second time this season.

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Are Collingwood contending or pretending?

After 17 rounds in the 2018 AFL home-and-away season the Collingwood Football Club are yet to claim a huge scalp in the top eight.

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AFL top 100: Round 18 selection highlights

Richmond is a very strong favourite to win Maddie’s Match on Friday night by a significant margin despite the fact that the match is at Etihad Stadium – not the MCG.

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Predicted Team of the Week: AFL Round 18

This team consists of players that I predict to be the best performers in the upcoming round.

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The AFL’s top 99 players in 2018

By Gordon P Smith, 19 Jul 2018
The AFL’s top 99 players in 2018

With six weeks to go in the season, here are the AFL’s top 99 Meta-Player Of The Year contenders, as recognised by a range of evaluators.

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Congestion or concussion: High time the AFL got its priorities straight

Taylor Walker’s bump is the latest reminder the AFL must start throwing the book at head hits if it is to combat the mortal threat posed to the game by player concussions.

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The AFL needs to stop treating Swans supporters like vampires

I have supported the Swans since they came to Sydney as a result of the relocation of the South Melbourne Football Club. A ‘bloods transfusion’ if you will.

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‘Rebuild’ is the dirtiest word in the entire AFL

Brendon Bolton keeps telling fans to be patient, as the Blues are going through a rebuild. While this is a problem for Carlton and their players – and frustrating for their fans – it’s a bigger problem for the AFL.

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Warning signs for Tigers, Eagles, Pies

By Samuel Ord, 18 Jul 2018
Warning signs for Tigers, Eagles, Pies

The old saying goes that bad news comes in threes and that was certainly the case AFL’s top three premiership contenders in Round 17.

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New to AFL? Why you should support North Melbourne

As my interest in American sport grows, the daunting task of choosing an NBA side looms larger and larger.

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Can St Kilda repeat last year’s shock result against Richmond?

It was a match you had to watch many times over to believe.

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Stephen Silvagni needs to put those words into actions at Carlton

On Footy Classified this week, we saw one of the most fiery TV interviews of 2018, as Carlton list manager Stephen Silvagni sought to justify the club’s last three years of drafting.

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How about we start celebrating the AFL a bit more?

Every week, AFL players do remarkable things, having breakout games and creating moments that fans will remember for a very long time. But the first thing we talk about are the teams that lost and the players who didn’t play well.

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Changing of the guard for South Australia

By Sylvester, 18 Jul 2018
Changing of the guard for South Australia

Fast-forward six months from now and its mid-January 2019, where most AFL clubs will be announcing their leadership groups and captains for the upcoming season.

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Team of underperformers from Round 17

By Doran Smith, 18 Jul 2018
Team of underperformers from Round 17

This team consists of players who underperformed in Round 17 of the 2018 AFL season.

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Six rounds to go: Every club’s run home

By Gordon P Smith, 17 Jul 2018
Six rounds to go: Every club’s run home

With just six rounds remaining in the home-and-away season, let’s look at the projections for each team on the run home.

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Dangerwoodblett

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Patrick Cripps Carlton Blues AFL 2017

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Swans' Lance Franklin kicks the ball

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Eddie Betts Adelaide Crows AFL 2017

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Isaac Heeney

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Nic Naitanui

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Tim Taranto

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Dustin Martin

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Adam Cerra

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