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No White Knight

The Switkowski report is out, and no heads have been called for. While broad statements have been made about who should have been responsible for what, and what should and should not happen in the future at AFL clubs in relation to supplements and sports science research, there is no

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Responsibility in the Modern Age

You’ve read it all this week following Friday’s astonishing comeback by Essendon in Perth against the AFL’s own version of a Boa Constrictor, the Fremantle Dockers. It was a tough week for those at Windy Hill, and they were able to deal with the adversity and produce a remarkable performance.

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Why everyone will slide in 2013

According to the punditry, everyone will do better in 2013. This rather extraordinary exercise in groupthink has occurred holistically but, basically, everyone seems to be suggesting this year is the most difficult to pick the eight finalists, how everyone is improved in 2012, all the while essentially picking the same

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Innocence was lost a long time ago…

It has been called the blackest day in Australian sport. You have to admit it is a bit of a shocker. Revelations that the Australian Crime Commission has found evidence of widespread match fixing and use of illegally obtained and used performance enhancing substances has left the wider Australian sport-watching

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Do good clubs lose good people?

Good clubs don’t lose great people. Whatever you think of Grant Thomas, it’s hard to argue with this contention as Brendon Goddard, 2002 #1 draft pick and life member of the St Kilda Football Club, prepares to finish his playing days at Essendon. However, the reality is a lot less

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The 2012 AFL Punter Awards

More eagerly awaited than a “WOWEE” from Brian Taylor… More wonderfully articulated than an elocution course conducted by Andrew Demetriou… Fairer than Adelaide’s fixture… It’s the 2012 edition of everyone’s favourite awards – The Punter Awards! The Aunty Jack Award for best ability to “Rip Your Bloody Arms Off” To Chris Judd,

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Hawks squeeze past Crows into Grand Final

Hawthorn 13.9.97 def Adelaide  14.8.92 Hawthorn have survived the mother of all scares to win through to the 2012 AFL Grand Final, beating Adelaide in the 1st Preliminary Final, 13.19.97 to 14.8.92 at the MCG Saturday. Hawthorn will play Sydney next week for the 2012 flag. Heavily favoured to win during the

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Greening

Godwin’s Law states that the longer an online discussion goes on, regardless of original topic, the chances that someone will mention the Nazis will eventually reach 1. On BigFooty, the greatest of all places where our native game is discussed, we have our own version, and this is the one

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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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Hard Line on Salary Cap

This week, the Herald Sun carried a back-page article (read here on Fox Sports) revealing a desire in some player circles, such as player agents and the Players’ Association, for the consideration of a soft salary cap. This would mirror the cap in the American National Basketball Association and help teams

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This is the way the Salary Cap is meant to work

Collingwood are facing a salary squeeze. While St Kilda keep annoucing the signing of some of their mid-range players, almost everyone expects Brendon Goddard to be left with nowhere to sit when the music stops at the end of this year. Carlton can’t afford to address their list needs because

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The End of Sledging?

If you had the DeLorean from Back to the Future, went back 30 years and asked your average footy fan whether he would live to see a player suspended by their own club for something that the player said to an opponent, the answer probably would have been no. Sledging

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Goodbye to a Local Legend

Football clubs are made up of people. If you are ever involved in a footy club, you’ll come across these people. Some you won’t pay much mind to, others you naturally won’t have much interaction with, but others will strike you with their interest in how you are doing, just

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That’s Why They Play The Game

There’s a large number of old sayings that come to mind when thinking about the weekend of football we just witnessed. The title of this piece is one of them, and another is “they don’t play the games on paper”. Friday night was a track meet, with 34 goals kicked,

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Back to basics

Matthew Richardson thinks the taller posts makes the goals look skinnier. Welcome to what passes for expert commentary in the AFL in 2012. If it ain’t skinny goals, it’s fat fingers, and that’s just dealing with some of the stuff Richo has brought up this year. Some may say it’s

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Hawks Under Pressure

We should have known better. We should have seen the warning signs. On reflection, they were there all summer. Hawthorn were all over the media talking about how much that Preliminary Final loss to Collingwood last year ate at them. Luke Hodge. Jordan Lewis. Josh Gibson. It still hurt. They

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North face one direction

In every young team’s development, there comes a time when it must finally defeat a very good team; one that realistically aspires to win the premiership that year. Recent history is littered with such successful efforts to achieve what best can be described as “legitimacy”. The most famous such claim

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Newbies Need Resurrection

The AFL knew what it was doing when it scheduled only matches involving its two newest additions on Easter Sunday. It was an admission that people don’t like to go to the footy on the day. Keeping that in mind, the fixture was fair enough. What is not fair enough

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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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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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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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NAB Changes Fail to Inspire

The hot button issue this off-season, other than a team with a nickname of a type of plane being unable to land to play a practice match, has been the trialling of alternate rules for Australian Football in the AFL’s pre-season competition, the NAB Cup. At a cursory glance, it

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St Kilda 2012: The Thrill of the Unknown

Sometimes the greatest feeling of excitement is the one that accompanies having no earthly idea what is going to happen. It is a feeling that has disappeared from the standard range of emotions for St Kilda fans watching their team play over the last few years. While they have enjoyed

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The Best (and Worst) AFL Club Songs

With another club song entering the football world this week, I thought it may be timely to rate the AFL club songs from worst to first. But before we do that, it should be noted that the club song is a unique part of our national game. While other teams

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The Wonderful Idiosyncrasy of the AFL Pre-season (and how we can keep it and improve on it)

For some reason, the AFL insists that their pre-season must be meaningful. You could argue it’s money, but the last time I checked, the NRL’s, the NBA’s and the NFL’s pre-seasons were all pretty profitable (and except for practice and promotional purposes, completely meaningless). You could argue it’s tradition, but

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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