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Lions Demolish Demons

Brisbane has demolished a disappointing Melbourne side by 41 points at the MCG today. Many saw the round one clash as a perfect opportunity for the Demons to send off club legend Jim Stynes with a strong disciplined showing against an opponent coming off a underwhelming 2011. Melbourne supporters certainly

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Crows set for Sunny day

  After the Crows’ dominant NAB Cup series win, there’s something to rejoice about in South Australia. But they’ll have to refocus this weekend as they head up to Metricon Stadium to face the Gold Coast Suns. As we’ve seen so far in the Richmond vs Carlton game in round

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North and Essendon to jump finals gun

Where: Etihad Stadium, 7.45pm, Saturday 31st March TV: Fox Footy, 7.30pm Radio: 3AW, MMM Odds: North Melbourne $2.17, Essendon $1.87, Line North +1.5 It’s not often that the first round of the AFL season can be viewed to have such a clear impact on the finals. Most years, teams are

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Title Defense 101: Cats tackle Dockers

It seems almost forever since that day in September last year when Geelong consolidated themselves  as one of the greatest sides in football since the Lions of the new millennium. The hunger, the drive, the ferocious attack on the ball is second to none in modern football. Even more importantly,

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Hawthorn victorious over Collingwood

Hawthorn have had the dream start to its premiership aspirations, defeating Collingwood by 22 points at the MCG. Putting off the disappointment from the last time these teams played, the Hawks displayed quality beyond that expected of a round 1 clash, to hand new Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley a loss

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Ahhh Richmond…..

Different Year, Same Old Story
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Melbourne to Honour a Great

When: Saturday March 31st, 1:45pm Where: MCG Weather: Min: 18. Max: 29. Partly cloudy. Warm at first with north to northwesterly winds increasing to 35 to 45 km/h. A cooler south to southwest change 25 to 35 km/h during the early afternoon. Isolated showers possible following the change. TV: Fox

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Finals footy five months early

Where and When: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Friday 30 March, 7:50 pm If this match is half as good as their preliminary final encounter from last year, then tonight’s clash between Hawthorn and Collingwood will be match of the round. Although both captains are missing – Nick Maxwell through an ankle

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The Best Teams Never to Win a Flag

History is written by the winners. While Paul Chapman’s heroics in the 2009 Grand Final have entered footballing folklore, Brendon Goddard’s performance in the same game with a broken collarbone and broken nose has been consigned to the dustbin of history. While it is only right to celebrate the teams

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Blues Stroll Home Against Tigers

Carlton 18.17 125 def. Richmond 12.9 81 A piece of Chris Yarran brilliance kick-started an avalanche of last quarter goals which allowed Carlton to overrun Richmond and claim their first win of 2012. In a see-sawing battle Carlton were able to outlast Richmond and coast to an easy 44-point win.

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Daydream Believer

I’ve done it. I’ve tipped the Tiges. Not only that, finalising my DreamTeam, I realised I have four Richmond players in there – Martin, Cotchin, Lids and Jack Riewoldt – four! FOUR! There’s no denying the Tigers hype at the moment. And the vast majority of neutrals are behind them.

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And they’re off….in Melbourne

Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Thursday March 29, 7.45pm TV: Channel 7 and Fox Footy from 7.30pm Radio: SEN, ABC774, 3AW, MMM Odds: Richmond $2.88, Carlton $1.55, Line Richmond +13.5 The normal season opener has been interfered with in 2012 thanks to the Sydney Derby, but nevertheless we have football back

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Bring me fortune, O gods of footy

There is a great scene in Gladiator, a movie I’ve always considered as being more a documentary account of Roman times than a simple Hollywood drama, where the ageing Proximo, Russell Crowe’s owner, arrives at the front of the Colosseum. Proximo, played with full verve by the magnificent old bastard

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Club app officially disappoints

For the first time the AFL have released an official application for each club on iTunes and the Android market. Despite many flaws, it’s a good starting point for a better app next year. I’ll be using an iPhone 3GS for this review. The initial loading screen takes you to

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A Day In The Life: Mark ‘Robbo’ Robinson

Robbo proclaimed on AFL360 tonight that he’d love some sleep. Working 19 hours a day is starting to get to him; and here at the BigFooty News, we get the insight into what that day is like. 10am: Wake up, dust stale Doritos off chest, find some particularly stubborn crumbs

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Swans dominate Western shoot-out

The Sydney Swans have taken out the first Sydney derby by 63 points in front of more than 38,000 fans. The Greater Western Sydney Giants put up a spirited performance in their first ever AFL premiership game, and competed well across the field – just not on the scoreboard. The

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Not Giants Yet

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These are your captains speaking

The 18 club captains – or the most photogenic of the co-captains – gathered on the rooftop of the Museum of Contemporary Art to help launch the 2012 AFL season. While the annual captains’ survey found Hawthorn to be the most likely to make the grand final amongst the skippers,

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Thought of the Week with Jason Akermanis

Alright, so sue me, I stuffed up on my Jimmy Stynes call. Well, really, I didn’t, but everyone seems to have got their knickers in a knot so I’ve had to wear it again and apologise for saying something that, quite frankly, I know everybody was thinking anyway. The problem

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In Conversation: Mick Malthouse

In Conversation: Mick Malthouse interviewed by David Lowden: https://theconversation.edu.au/in-conversation-mick-malthouse-5985 MM’s still not owning up to this: http://bit.ly/mmhacks

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Aker’s Greatest Hits

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Breaking down the (Unrestricted) Free Agents

Last Friday the AFL released a full list of restricted and unrestricted free agents for the end of 2012. In total there are 17 restricted free agents and 64 unrestricted free agents. Who will be the main targets in free agency at the end of the year? Let’s firstly rule

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BigFooty Bookie – Round 1

Brought to you by Sportingbet.com.au So Sheeds you reckon you and your new mob have done a great job building a list and you’re going to “make it an arm wrestle” this week. Well I’d hate to burst your bubble but the TAB doesn’t agree and have you at $21 to win the

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The NAB Cup – An accurate season preview?

For several years the value of the AFL’s annual pre-season competition is questioned from a number of shareholders in the game. Every year there seems to be debate on the relevance of tournament given the interest factor from clubs, some sections of the media and a proportion of fans. The

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Sydney Derby – A Parade of Firsts

Where and When: ANZ Stadium, March 24 2012, 19:20 AEST The sigh of relief from AFL House will be audible when the ball is bounced at 7:20 pm, Saturday the 24th of March at ANZ stadium for two reasons. One, it’s finally starting. After an off-season of tumultuous speculation and

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Time to get serious with NAB?

A recent thread on BigFooty.com has got me thinking about this. Is it time for an FA Cup-type tournament for the AFL? Let’s face it, by year’s end not many people will remember that Adelaide did win the NAB Cup. Fewer will remember that West Coast played in the final.

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Free Agency has Rich Rewards

It appears the AFL will drip feed details about the introduction of free agency at the end of the year. We have now learned that teams losing a player through free agency will be entitled to a maximum of one draft pick, which is less than Geelong and Melbourne received

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Vale Jim Stynes

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Rendell and the AFL: A drama untold

The startling interview of Matt Rendell on Channel 9 has thrown light onto a problem the AFL may have in indigenous affairs. The conversation Rendell is quoted as having with Jason Mifsud, regarding the development of disadvantaged U16 youth players in order to prepare them for the rigours of the

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Herald Sun launch SuperFooty subs

The Herald Sun will officially launch Super Footy’s new subscription service today with their online site charging people for premium content. In previous years The Herald Sun has allowed readers to browse through their online site free of charge, but the time cost, we’re told, was becoming too much. Journalists

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Club PWLD%Pts
1 Sydney Swans Sydney221750142.968
2 Hawthorn Hawks Hawthorn221750140.868
3 Geelong Cats Geelong221750113.868
4 Fremantle Dockers Fremantle221660130.464
5 Port Adelaide Power Port Adelaide221480129.956
6 North Melbourne Kangaroos North Melbourne22148011756
7 Essendon Bombers Essendon221291106.350
8 Richmond Tigers Richmond2212100105.848
9 Eagles West Coast2211110116.944
10 Adelaide Crows Adelaide2211110114.144
11 Collingwood Magpies Collingwood221111094.144
12 Gold Coast Suns Gold Coast221012093.740
13 Carlton FC Carlton22714189.830
14 Western Bulldogs Western Bulldogs2271508228
15 Brisbane Lions Brisbane22715069.328
16 GWS Giants GWS22616076.724
17 Melbourne Demons Melbourne22418068.416
18 St. Kilda Saints St. Kilda22418060.816