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AFL unable to act on McLean tanking claims

“[Bailey] was saying it was all in the category of development etc. – his players were always trying and [there was] never any intent to lose.” – Adrian Anderson, August 2011, following comments by former Melbourne coach Dean Bailey. Next minute, Melbourne charged with tanking because of Brock McLean’s comments?

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Scott Thompson escapes conviction – Match Review Panel Round 18 2012

Adelaide’s midfield superstar Scott Thompson remains in contention for the AFL’s most prestigious award, the Brownlow Medal, after his high bump on Geelong’s Steve Johnson was cleared of being malicious. Geelong were forced to sub Johnson out of the match after he was bumped by Thompson in the first few

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Saints Push on for Finals

St Kilda have kept their finals hopes for 2012 alive with a commanding 76 point victory over the Western Bulldogs on Sunday. In star player Brendan Goddard’s 200th game the Saints put on a clinic in the second half, building on a 24 point half-time lead and kicking 9 goals

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Grinners and Moaners Round 18

Grinners Geelong The chase is on. It could be scoffed at earlier in the year when it was suggested that a side could win the flag from outside the top 4, but who’s laughing now? Geelong, clearly, can never be counted out. Their run home sees a mega-blockbuster against Hawthorn

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Fremantle Fail to Capitalise

PORT ADELAIDE 1.2 1.3 2.7 6.12 (48) FREMANTLE 5.2 6.7 9.9 11.9 (75) In front of a meagre crowd, just short of 15,000; Fremantle has kept its increasingly slim finals hopes alive by making easy work of Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium. An early burst of goals by Ross Lyon’s

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Lions Crushed

WEST COAST             7.4   11.5  17.6    28.7  (175) BRISBANE LIONS     2.0    5.2    7.3     12.5   (77) The last time these two sides met, Brisbane stunned the Eagles with a last gasp goal and seemingly sent the Eagles into a spiral of poor form. They lost three of their next six games and

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Late McLean Sinks Tigers

CARLTON      4.2    7.5   10.11  14.11   (95)                  RICHMOND   5.2   5.7    8.11    13.13  (91)          It was almost accidental, but a goal to Brock McLean late in the game sealed a four-point victory to the Blues and yet another heartbreaking loss for the Tigers. With 53 seconds remaining in the match McLean marked

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Pies inflict Giant Defeat

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY    3.4     5.4        6.11     7.12 (54) COLLINGWOOD                               7.5    13.11    17.14   26.18 (174) Travis Cloke has responded to a week of heavy speculation in perfect fashion, booting six majors as Collingwood, as expected, thumped the tiring Greater Western Sydney Giants. GWS were quick out

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Slick Swans Smash Suns

GOLD COAST              2.1       5.2       7.4       8.6 (54) SYDNEY SWANS        6.3       8.7       16.9     19.12 (126) Once again Suns captain Gary Ablett has produced a masterclass yet has still been powerless to stop his Suns from being completely dismantled by a superior opponent. The Swans rotated opponents off the Brownlow Medallist, allowing

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North on the Up

North Melbourne   5.4   9.6   15.10   19.13 (127) Melbourne              1.2     5.5     7.5     11.7 (73) North Melbourne have consolidated their grasp on finals footy after beating Melbourne by 54 points yesterday. Melbourne’s chances were quickly ended, with the Kangaroos jumping out of the blocks, kicking the first five goals of the contest.

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Saints Look to September

The Saints have strayed from the script, hoping to write a quick fast-track to the dizzing high’s of 2009 and 2010. It seemed that their older players were getting on and the rebuild was imminent. This has changed greatly this season. The hunt for the eight is on, and they

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Adelaide hunted down by Cats

GEELONG                 4.3 | 9.7 | 10.10 | 15.12 (102) ADELAIDE                3.2 | 4.4 | 9.8 | 11.9 (75)  The dominant forward presence of Tom Hawkins and a standout midfield performance from captain Joel Selwood has seen Geelong walk away 27-point winners at Simonds Stadium. The Cats’ victory

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Power out to Prevent Freo’s Push

Where and When: AAMI Stadium, Sunday 29 July, 12:40 pm It’s another game set to shape up the bottom half of top eight and those below it, as Fremantle continue their push for finals with a trip to South Australia to play Port Adelaide. While the Power cannot make finals,

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Swans to roost in Suns’ perch

WHERE AND WHEN: Metricon Stadium, Saturday July 28, 7.40pm LAST TIME: Sydney Swans 15.16 (106) d Gold Coast 4.12 (36), round 16, 2011, at Metricon Stadium     Gold Coast play host to what is quickly becoming one of the toughest tasks in the AFL on Saturday night, the rampaging

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Roos Will Roll On

WHERE AND WHEN: Etihad Stadium, Saturday July 28, 2.10pm North Melbourne will look to sure up their spot in the top 8 and make it six wins from their last seven when they face Melbourne. The Kangaroos are coming off a thrilling game against Richmond. They were able to hold on

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Hawks Demolish Dismal Dons

ESSENDON      1.4     3.7      9.11      12.14 (86) HAWTHORN    8.5    14.9    20.15    27.18 (180) Hawthorn have further enhanced their premiership credentials after smashing yet another top eight team. This time it was Essendon who were on the receiving end of  a 94 point romp. The Hawks won the game in the first

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Box Hill with Hodge romp it in – VFL Wrap Round 17

BigFooty News will be running a quick weekly wrap-up of the Victorian Football League. The VFL was formed as the VFA in 1877 and was renamed the former in 1995. It took on its current status in 2000, as the reserves league to the Victorian AFL clubs, as well as mantaining

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Let the Games Begin

The Australian sports fan’s quadrennial interest in random sports like European Handball and Judo is about to kick off again. The London Olympics starts early Saturday morning, Australian time with an opening ceremony predicted to feature James Bond, Paul McCartney, Harry Potter and the Queen. The undoubted star of the

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On the Grass – AFL Round 18

CHAT and LIVE BLOG @ 7:30 TONIGHT Round 18 Teams Win a Footy Book Get your Tips in! Play BigFooty Coach Competition – Win a Guernsey Prize: 3 x Supporter Guernseys (winner’s choice of team) to 3 separate, randomly selected people as a prize for anyone who signs up to

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Cats to Pounce

Geelong v Adelaide Simonds Stadium – Saturday 28 July – 1:45PM Adelaide will be looking to consolidate a top two position when they travel down to Simonds Stadium to take on Geelong. A win for Adelaide this week would all but clinch a top two finish for 2012, given the

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A Pie in the sky hope

GWS v Collingwood SKODA Stadium – Saturday 28 July – 4:40PM Collingwood will be after a vital percentage boost when they travel to SKODA Stadium to take on GWS. Possessing the weakest percentage of the top four contenders, the Pies will be desperate to capitalise on the competitions free hit

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Two teams black and blue

Carlton vs Richmond MCG, Saturday 28 July, 7:40pm This round 18 clash looms much larger than just the four points on offer. The patience and hope of fans, members and boards has all but evaporated for the Blues and the Tigers, jobs and futures could be on the line both

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Hawthorn set to blow Bombers away

Essendon v Hawthorn Etihad Stadium – Friday 27 July – 7:50PM Hawthorn will be vying for blood when they meet with arch-rivals Essendon at Etihad Stadium Friday night. Fresh off their commanding performance against Collingwood the Hawks now turn their eye on the Bombers, who have stumbled in previous weeks.

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Weekly Punt: Take GWS Line

Last week was the first time we didn’t profit after a hattrick of positive results the previous three weeks. In fact in two of the lines that didn’t come up, the lines were covered to the very last second. In one game we were beaten by a kick after the

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AFL Round 18 Teams

ESSENDON V HAWTHORN ES – Fri Jul 27, 7:50pm Essendon B: Mark Baguley, Jake Carlisle, Kyle Hardingham HB: Courtenay Dempsey, Dustin Fletcher, Cale Hooker C: Dyson Heppell, Brent Stanton, Jake Melksham HF: Jason Winderlich, Scott Gumbleton, Stewart Crameri F: Leroy Jetta, David Hille, Alwyn Davey Foll: Tom Bellchambers, Jobe Watson,

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Team of the Week – Round 17

Forwards Jordan Lewis (Hawthorn) – Lewis took the opportunity to play a more prominent role in the forward line this week. He was on fire in the third quarter and got on the end of some of the Hawks great ball movement through the midfield. He finished with 5 goals and 20 disposals. Luke Dalhaus

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Grinners and Moaners – Round 17

As the writing super sub, I’m coming in this week with my look at who were the big winners and big losers from this round of footy. Grinners Hawthorn Certainly did all they could on Saturday against Collingwood to remove any doubts about their premiership credentials. Despite not having any

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The Ziebell conundrum – how to keep the AFL physical but safe

The AFL has a love/hate relationship with Jack Ziebell. Please keep reading! This isn’t a whinge about Ziebell’s suspension last week. The case has been tried and he’s already served one week. He’s in Utah now preparing for his return. That matter is done and dusted. There’s a wider issue

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Howe leaps straight to the Tribunal – Match Review Panel Round 17 2012

Melbourne high-flyer Jeremy Howe will face the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night after the Match Review Panel bypassed his case. Howe alledgedly wiped blood from his knee on Port Adelaide defender Tom Jonas’ shorts during the third quarter of Saturday Night’s match in Darwin, which the Demons lost by 28

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Crowing from the Top

ADELAIDE         6.5    10.6    14.7  19.10  (124) WEST COAST    1.2    5.5       8.7   11.9    (75) Bernie Vince has celebrated his 100th game in perfect fashion, kicking four goals and gaining 25 disposals as the Crows created a one-game buffer at the top of the ladder by comprehensively

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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