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    Round 8 Recap

Round 8 Recap

Without dwelling too much on Carlton, Round 8 2015 drew the curtain on the longest and one of the most decorated coaching careers of all time. It began at Footscray, ended at Carlton, and spent most of it’s time at Collingwood. But the Malthouse legacy will forever be synonymous with

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    AFL’s New Fan based initatives

AFL’s New Fan based initatives

Early indicators are showing that the AFL is kicking goals in 2015; with new match day incentives for supporters, ensuring 2015 is truly the ‘Year of the Fan.’ Both clubs and stadiums have been working hand in hand to create an overall positive experience for fans on match day, after

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    Which rising star would you rather: Shiel, Bontempelli or Wines?

Which rising star would you rather: Shiel, Bontempelli or Wines?

Which rising star would you rather: Shiel, Bontempelli or Wines? Potentially the toughest ‘who would you rather’ so far, this edition measures up three of best young guns in the AFL. So let’s get straight into it shall we? Which star midfielder would you rather – Dylan Shiel, Marcus Bontempelli

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    AFL Round 8 – The Rematch

AFL Round 8 – The Rematch

The AFL media, along with many Sydney supporters, will be approaching Saturday Night’s game as the Grand Final rematch that it technically is. But for Hawthorn that rematch was played last season on Grand Final Day. As far as the Hawks are concerned, they and the Swans are square now,

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    Carlton Passion

Carlton Passion

It is with great sadness that I write this, a lifelong Blues supporter born in 1968 I was blessed to have 8 premierships occur in my lifetime but since the heady days of 1995 and the surprising GF appearance in 1999 there has been little joy. We endured the early

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    Carlton look for forwards to step up

Carlton look for forwards to step up

It’s been a tough start to the season for Carlton, with the club looking to move on from the loss of important forwards Jarrad Waite and Jeff Garlett. However, their comprehensive 110-74 victory over St Kilda showed there is attacking talent in this squad and reason for optimism. While Carlton aren’t expected

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    Wake up Suns, the Giants are overtaking you

Wake up Suns, the Giants are overtaking you

With the Suns starting 0-2 with the little master Gary Ablett struggling with a shoulder injury that occurred last year, I decided to investigate why they are struggling when the Giants seem to be going from strength to strength. Obviously living in the party scene that is the Gold Coast,

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    The Defensive Forward Specialist

The Defensive Forward Specialist

The defensive forward specialist! In the first game of 2015’s season I couldn’t stop watching one of Richmond’s forwards. He wasn’t kicking goals. He wasn’t even getting touches. His tackle count wasn’t even that high. He also finished with the second worst fantasy score on the field – trailing only

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    Essendon: THE REPLACEMENTS

Essendon: THE REPLACEMENTS

Essendon’s army of replacements have begun to filter into the True Value Solar Centre in recent days to join in training at the club, ahead of the upcoming NAB Challenge Series. With the clubs first pre-season game against St Kilda just over a week away, the Bombers have added six

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    Carlton’s 5 Important Players

Carlton’s 5 Important Players

With the 2015 Premiership season near and the Pre-Season NAB Challenge games fast-approaching, Alex Docherty takes a look at the 5 players who are the most crucial to your club’s immediate or future success. Today is the Carlton Blues. A side that failed to improve on their 2013 finals appearance,

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    Adelaide Crows’ 5 Important Players

Adelaide Crows’ 5 Important Players

With the 2015 Premiership season near and the Pre-Season NAB Challenge games fast-approaching, Alex Docherty takes a look at the 5 players who are the most crucial to your club’s immediate or future success. The Adelaide Crows are a side I thought pulled out one of the big surprises of

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    Brisbane Lions’ 5 Important Players

Brisbane Lions’ 5 Important Players

With the 2015 Premiership season near and the Pre-Season NAB Challenge games fast-approaching, Alex Docherty takes a look at the 5 players who are the most crucial to your club’s immediate or future success. Today is the Brisbane Lions. A team many thought would struggle all throughout 2015, and although

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    The Essendon Tribunal hearing – a summary from a legal perspective

The Essendon Tribunal hearing – a summary from a legal perspective

The AFL Tribunal’s hearing into the supplements charges against 34 past and present Essendon footballers, which started back in December, continues this week with the players’ representatives outlining their defences. It is the latest step in the long-running saga that has already dominated headlines throughout the 2013 and 2014 seasons. 

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    The rookie draft – where experience now counts most

The rookie draft – where experience now counts most

The evolution of the rookie draft in recent years shows that AFL coaches and military commanders understand one universal truth when it comes to combat, be it of the shooting or non shooting variety: nothing counts more than experience. That’s why the rookie draft is now as much about selecting

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    Back in time suits me fine

Back in time suits me fine

As the 2014 footy talk edge’s closer to closure with the draft just over two weeks away I thought it would be good to follow in the Podcast footsteps this week and reminisce. Before I do, I have one gripe, not sporting, but was involved in sporting discussion. There has

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    The Great G20 Swindle

The Great G20 Swindle

The G20 summit is the most patently moronic thing happening in Australia and I write this as the Essendon Football Club parts ways with dual premiership coach Bomber Thompson in favour of the Four Horsemen Of Finals Failure in James Hird, Mark Harvey, Neil Craig and Mark Neeld. Estimates on

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    Sporting code wars – It’s time to show the powerbrokers the red card.

Sporting code wars – It’s time to show the powerbrokers the red card.

Two weeks ago, there were two huge news stories and events that potentially will help alter the sporting landscape here in Australia dramatically in the months and years to come. One was a wonderful achievement and a testament to the Australian sporting psyche of an underdog rising to the occasion

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    Enhancing the Fan Experience

Enhancing the Fan Experience

We have had many attempts over the years to enhance the fan experience on match day and it seems it is back on the agenda. Port Adelaide’s fanatical supporters singing “Never tear us Apart” has created a cauldron of excitement that has become the benchmark for all clubs. So what

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    AFL Trade Rumours for 2015

AFL Trade Rumours for 2015

Now that season has ended and been decided (congratulations to the Hawthorn Football Club fans) all the talk has turned to what is going to happen in 2015. The draft period for the 2015 season technically started on August 1st but things have only now started to really heat up.

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    Swans Shut Out

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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    Bigots not confined to the AFL

Bigots not confined to the AFL

Footy has its bigots but so does the rest of society, writes footy fan and feminist Cheryl Critchley The AFL is an easy target these days. As a left-leaning feminist who loves footy and traveled interstate three times to watch Richmond this year, I’m the first to criticise the AFL

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    James Hird and Essendon FC receive sensitive ASADA documents

James Hird and Essendon FC receive sensitive ASADA documents

 ASADA has been ordered to give investigation documents to the Essendon Football Club and James Hird. We asked litigator Natalie Hickey what this means. In civil proceedings, the parties are required to file their evidence, usually in affidavit form.  At trial these deponents will then be cross examined. It is also

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    Carlton take a punt on Trigg

Carlton take a punt on Trigg

Last Monday the Blues announced that after an exhaustive head hunting program, Adelaide Chief Executive Officer, Steven Trigg, would take over the role at Carlton recently vacated by Greg Swann. Steven Trigg has most recently been the a twelve year Chief Executive of the Adelaide Crows, but his most widely

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Collingwood eye improved month

Collingwood midfielder Luke Ball has admitted the club have plenty of room for improvement this season after a modest beginning to the New Year. The Magpies currently find themselves 1-2 from the opening three games of the season, knowing they face a crucial clash against Richmond at the MCG on

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The Power of Possibility

If you live in Adelaide and follow the footy at all in the last 23 years, you’ll be familiar with the divide that separates the Adelaide Crows and the Port Adelaide Power. One has been a team that for all intents and purposes claimed to represent all South Australians, and

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See the Bombers fly … where?

If you were to take the Internet as representative of how club supporters feel, then you’d probably believe all Essendon supporters are members of the Stand By Hird Division, still grimly defending the barricades at the Red and Black February Factory as the rumble of ASADA tanks grows ever louder.

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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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The BigFooty Top 50 2013

BigFooty members, 112 in all, voted for the Top 50 AFL players. This was based on a mix of predicted and current form. The full list, with commentary on each player and member discussion: http://bit.ly/BFTop50-2013 Gary Ablett (Gold Coast) Lance Franklin (Hawthorn) Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood) Jobe Watson (Essendon) Dane Swan

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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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Club PWLD%Pts
1 Fremantle Dockers Fremantle8800155.332
2 Eagles West Coast8620158.224
3 Sydney Swans Sydney8620127.424
4 GWS Giants GWS8620118.924
5 Collingwood Magpies Collingwood8530129.920
6 Adelaide Crows Adelaide8530116.320
7 Hawthorn Hawks Hawthorn8440145.816
8 Richmond Tigers Richmond8440107.616
9 Essendon Bombers Essendon8440101.916
10 Geelong Cats Geelong84409616
11 Western Bulldogs Western Bulldogs844094.616
12 North Melbourne Kangaroos North Melbourne844090.416
13 Port Adelaide Power Port Adelaide835086.612
14 Melbourne Demons Melbourne835075.312
15 St. Kilda Saints St. Kilda826077.68
16 Brisbane Lions Brisbane826065.28
17 Gold Coast Suns Gold Coast817069.84
18 Carlton FC Carlton817064.94