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Swans Shut Out

It hasn’t been a terribly enjoyable two weeks. My team lost a Grand Final in which we were widely tipped to win. We lost and we lost badly. It still is a bitter pill to swallow. Then, on Thursday evening, Emma Quayle from The Age dropped a bombshell. The Swans would

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    Matthew Priddis – 2014 Brownlow Medal Winner

Matthew Priddis – 2014 Brownlow Medal Winner

With 627 touches – second most clearances and third most tackles in the AFL in 2014. A humble, hard-working footy player. » The Congratulations Matt Priddis Thread Video and Photo – Channel 7 Though he has polarised sections of the footy community, he is a deserving winner if ever there was

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    Essendon/Hird v ASADA – The Judgment

Essendon/Hird v ASADA – The Judgment

In a resounding victory for ASADA, Justice John Middleton dismissed the applications made by James Hird and Essendon. Middleton has not set aside any show-cause notices. The 34 notices issued to the former and current Essendon players will continue to stand. » The Judgment Aftermath – With full collated live

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    ASADA Show Cause Notices – all the links and clips

ASADA Show Cause Notices – all the links and clips

BigFooty mod The_Wookie has been maintaining our thread of links and information on all ASADA events. A new thread has been set up full of links and videos covering the case since 12th of June when show-cause notices were issued to 30 or more players. You can find the thread

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2014: The Year of Equality

All the talk in the off season from various Men Who Count at the AFL has been about Equalisation, and even though we covered this briefly in November,  I thought it might be handy to get a grasp on exactly what developments took place to bring us up to date.

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Bigfooty Offseason Report – Jan 11th-18th

On January 14th, The AFL announced changes to the eligibility rules for total games which now means that where previously only games played were counted in a players tally, now coaching and umpiring will be included in the overall tally. The league said that since total games counted toward life

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The AFL word for 2013 – “governance”

The achingly crap hipster neologism “selfie” has been given the official seal as 2013’s international word of the year. But for footy fans, that title undoubtedly belongs to the rather more staid “governance”. According to the Oxford Dictionary, which gave selfie official status, governance is a noun that is defined

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The AFL plans for equalisation

The AFL has recently returned from its sojourns with the NFL in America to try to resolve the thorny issue of Equalisation. Since the return, information has been coming to us in drips and drabs – as the AFL likes to do. Heres what we know so far. On August

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News Update 21/10/2013

The Australian Indigenous side has been defeated in the first test against Ireland after an Australain fightback failed in the final term. The Irish won by 22 points 57-35, leaving Australia needing to win by 23 points or more in the second test. You can see Highlights from the test

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Trade Update 20/10/2013

In case you’ve been under a rock for a few days, heres the most recent trade news. Bernie Vince has left Adelaide to go to Melbourne, with Adelaide expecting the Demons second round compensation pick in return (pick #23). Melbourne has traded picks 2, 20 and 72 in exchange for

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AFL News Update – 10/10/2013

The Lions board woes continue with Lions lawyers advising the club that Matthews is ineligble to stand for the Board after not meeting the membership conditions set out in the constitution. In the meantime Brisbane members have reached the numbers required for an Emergency General Meeting, but the deadline for

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AFL news as it happens – 9/10/2013

SYDNEY today unveiled restricted fee agent Lance Franklin after Hawthorn yesterday announced it would not be matching Sydney’s offer. The Swans nine-year, $10,000,000 million offer received industry-wide condemnation, with the AFL giving the final tick-of-approval yesterday. Speaking this morning, Franklin denied that the move was a bid to get out

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AFL news as it happened – 08/10/2013

Lance Franklins nine year, ten million dollar deal has been approved by the League, despite the reservations of the Commission.  AFL Deputy CEO Gillon Mclachlan told AFL Trade Radio that “It’s such an extraordinary risk in many respects that the Sydney Swans board has taken. I know a number of

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AFL news as it happens – 7/10/2013

The Tigers have pounced on the first day of Trade Week 2o13 striking a deal with Carlton for ruckman Shaun Hampson. The Queenslander, who was drafted in 2007 with pick #17 will be traded to Richmond after 63 games with the Blues in return for pick #28. Richmond list manager,

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AFL news as it happens – 1/10/2013

SYDNEY has reportedly entered the race for Hawthorn’s Lance Franklin as the star forward prepares to make his intentions clear to Hawthorn in the coming days. The Swans, who acquired Kurt Tippett last year on a lucrative contract, are prepared to offer Franklin $7 million over five years in order

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AFL news as it happens – 25/9/2013

FREMANTLE expects to name an unchanged line up for Saturday’s grand final, despite numerous players pulling up sore from their preliminary final triumph over Sydney. Luke McPharlin, Michael Johnson, Aaron Sandilands, Chris Mayne and Zac Dawson all failed to train yesterday, though Sandilands was confident that all players would be

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AFL news as it happens – 24/9/2013

GOLD COAST champion Gary Ablett has claimed his second Brownlow medal after holding off former Geelong team-mate Joel Selwood in a scintillating count. Ablett shot off to an early lead along with Sydney midfielder Daniel Hannebery before both began to stagnate in the second half of the season. Ablett went

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AFL News As It Happens – 9/9/2013

SYDNEY champion Adam Goodes could make a spectacular return this week after surviving a gruelling training session. Goodes, who hasn’t played since round 13, had struggled to return to running following a knee injury. Swans coach John Longmire was optimistic that his star player could return. “He had a pretty

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AFL News As It Happens – 2/9/2013

THE AFL has confirmed the schedule for the first week of finals. • Friday night – Hawthorn v Sydney – 7:50pm AEST – MCG • Saturday afternoon – Geelong v Fremantle – 2:20pm AEST  – Simonds Stadium • Saturday evening – Collingwood v Port Adelaide  – 7:45pm AEST – MCG

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AFL News As It Happens – 30/8/2013 – Updated 1:11pm

GEELONG looks likely to host a qualifying final at Simmonds Stadium should the cats finish in a top two position. AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou said this morning that Simmonds Stadium is seriously being considered due to Geelong’s right to a home final and the expected attendance for a potential game

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Essendon Sanctions Announced

THE Essendon Football Club has been removed from the 2013 finals series and James Hird has been suspended for 12 months after the AFL Commission handed down the biggest punishment in the league’s history. It means that Essendon will finish in ninth position this season while keeping all of the

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AFL News As It Happens – 27/8/2013 – Update: 12:07pm

THE AFL has announced that an interchange cap of 120 rotations will be introduced for the next two seasons. The 120 rotations is cumulated over the course of the match and is not divided up into quarters. Clubs will be able to make unlimited changes between quarters. The rotation will

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AFL News As It Happens – 26/8/2013

THE AFL will meet this morning where it is likely that Essendon will be booted out of the finals. The meeting, commencing at 8am, will bring some closure to the Essendon saga which has been ongoing for seven months. It is expected that along with the stripping of premiership points

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AFL News As It Happens – 22/8/2013

ESSENDON Coach James Hird is set to sue the AFL over the handling of the Essendon supplement scandal. Speaking to News Limited, Hird’s lawyer, Stephen Amendola, said that Hird “will be instituting proceedings in the morning”. It follows after the AFL yesterday released the the full list of charges that

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AFL News As It Happens – 12/8/2013 – Updated 4:55pm

UPDATE: THE Match Review Panel has have offered four players suspensions this week as Essendon lose two stars. Essendon’s Dustin Fletcher and Patrick Ryder, Hawthorn’s Campbell Brown and Melbourne’s Mitch Clisby have been offered two, one, three and three weeks respectively. The suspension means that Fletcher will have to wait

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AFL News As It Happens – 8/8/2013 – Updated 1:10pm

ESSENDON coach James Hird remains defiant in the face of continuous speculation that he will resign from his position. Speaking today, Hird put to bed any concerns Essendon supporters may have by replying with a steely “no” when asked about the issue. Twitter was rife with rumours of an impending

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AFL News As It Happens – 7/8/2013 – Updated 5:45pm

ELEVEN Essendon players are alleged to have taken the banned peptide Thymosin Beta 4 . Fairfax Media are today reporting that the interim ASADA report of the Essendon supplement program of 2012 provides strong circumstantial evidence that eleven players were administered Thymosin Beta 4. The circumstantial evidence outlined by Fairfax

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AFL News As It Happens – 6/8/2013 – Updated 6:20pm

ESSENDON coach James Hird was allegedly advised to stand down by a club lawyer before the Bombers’ round three triumph over Fremantle. News Limited are today reporting that club lawyer Tony Hargreaves advised James Hird’s personal lawyer, Tony Nolan SC, that he should consider his future at Windy Hill. The

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AFL News As It Happens – 5/8/2013 – Updated 7:15pm

FORMER Essendon champion Tim Watson believes that the AFL has already made the decision internally to strip Essendon of its points over the supplement scandal. Speaking on SEN with Robert Walls, Watson, the father of current Essendon captain Jobe, believes that the AFL has been preparing the general public for

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WADA: AOD-9604 a prohibited substance

BigFooty Discussion Thread: http://bit.ly/WADAAOD In a statement issued last night, WADA (World Anti-Doping Authority) confirmed that as the drug AOD-9604 has not been approved for human use it is a prohibited substance. Following a number of inquiries regarding the substance AOD-9604 available on the Internet ‘black market’ and possibly elsewhere,

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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