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    Comeback player of the year 2018

    One of my favourite awards that exists in other sports (most notably to me the NFL) is Comeback Player of the year that recognises a player who has overcome adversity (generally) injury to return to success. Given the prevalence of major injuries and other adversities in the AFL I thought it...
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    Non experts phantom draft

    I don't watch a lot of under 18's. Just the championship and a few games here and there. Then I see highlights, read the experts and try to read between the lines as well. Plus any rumours. Either way, I still wanted to have a go at a first round but I don't want to be so self indulgent as to...
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    Footy has a Mark Robinson problem

    Mark 'Robbo' Robinson is the Chief Football Writer for the biggest footy paper in the country - and associated online media. He hosts AFL 360 which if not the highest rating AFL show it surely has the most content. Both of these jobs also link him in with News Corp and Foxtel and the massive...
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    The bump is back baby.

    The AFL forgot to send the memo: The MRP have been lenient for most of the year but today I think it's official. Weller. Front on contact. No play at the ball. Straight in the shoulder and neck area and lucky wasn't right on to the top of the head. Gets away with just a fine. Malceski and...
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    Expansion AFL Footy mate figurines..for fans of 12 clubs

    The AFL and Coles have today launched talking Boony style figurines with 15 different ones available. http://aflfootymate.com/ But with 2 different Tigers, Pies and Hawks (and a don't bemoan those clubs getting 2, they'll sell like hot cakes) it's only 12 clubs represented. I'm angry there's...
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    What would happen if all games were on FTA?

    Obviously the TV deal would drop dramatically with games going head to head on different networks or using secondary channels. Would it be over-saturation for the masses? Or do passionate fans already mostly own foxtel and those who don't wouldn't care. How would the drop in revenue hit clubs...
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    Myki/Richmond station vs Year of the fan

    Sorry for non Victorian fans who won't be troubled by this. But Myki is our dysfunctional public transport smart card introduced a few years back. It's terrible for a whole number of reasons, many of which aren't relevant to AFL footy games but some are. Firstly, Jolimont station has an...
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    NAB challenge TV coverage, the haves and have nots once again from the AFL

    Thought this thread could start off on the main board and maybe more after a while. Sorry if this has been covered. But the AFL in their wisdom are having fox footy broadcast all but 6 of the nab challenge games this year. The 6 games not being broadcast: Bris v Saints Adel v North GWS v GC...
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    AFL players now legally able to dodge taxes

    Well what a great win for the little guy. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/afl-stars-to-pocket-tax-breaks-after-australian-taxation-office-ticks-off-image-rights-deal/story-fni5f22o-1227215128278 Oh and even better. Rookies, draftees and minimal salary players don't qualify so it's only...
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    Someone please explain Hawthorn's salary cap to me

    10.071 million for next year. 600k - Roughead, Lewis, Mitchell, Hodge 500k - Frawley, Burgoyne, Gibson, Birchall 400k - Rioli, Gunston, Isaac Smith, Breust, Lake 300k - McEvoy, Hale, Hill, Suckling, Shiels, Stratton 150k - Duryea, Spangher, Puopolo, Ceglar, Langford, Litherland, Schoenmakers...
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    Junction oval deal looking likely

    http://www.theage.com.au/afl/st-kilda-saints/saints-in-line-to-go-marching-back-to-junction-oval-after-afl-brokers-complex-deal-20140829-109xvs.html *Did a quick search and only found a stadium board thread so thought I'd start a thread and it can be merged or moved later* But sounds like some...
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    How did Deledio escape scrutiny?

    http://www.afl.com.au/video/2014-08-16/mackay-left-dazed-after-clash-of-heads Seems to be a push in the back that contributed to Mackay being concussed (and resulted in Deledio getting a goal). There was plenty of outrage but no suspension with a similar incident from Jaegar O'Meara earlier...
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    Scowt - A really expensive call with an AFL player

    http://www.scowt.com.au/ Possibly one of the most cringeworthy ads of all time. The $135 dollar option for a player who hasn't even played a game seems a real bargain. Better buy up your Sean Gregory's and Tim McGenniss' before the all sell out. Interestingly Matthew Dick from Sydney is the...
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    Caff on Gaz - Not a sling tackle is it?

    Best view is at 0:55. Arms pinned. Rotated around 270 degrees and dumped on to his forearm/elbow which causes the force to dislocate his shoulder. Compared to probably the two most infamous sling tackles Is it that much difference between the head hitting the ground causing a concussion...
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    Has there been a free for a goal line shepherd all year?

    It seems like pretty much anything goes these days. You used to push an opponent away from the ball but then have to pretend to mark it whilst letting it go. Now you just grab the defender, push them way across the goal and it's all good. Check out the work by Pods here with the Jenkins...
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    Centre square collisions - no one in to the ball is out

    If the AFL want to clean up the game maybe they should look at the root cause of the Viney hit and not try to make it against the rules to compete for the football. Centre bounces create the environment where players charge off the line and if the ball ends up in between the mids and forwards...
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    The 2nd level at Etihad - a blight on the game

    Ok sorry if this has been covered before or others don't feel the same way. And yes being a Melbourne supporter I am a rare visitor to Etihad but I think the seating set up is a complete farce. But 31,000 people at last nights game. And a good percentage (at least 10,000) were Melbourne fans...
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    WSYD Are the AFL about to tell us Western Sydney is a more expensive place to live than Eastern Sydney?

    http://www.afl.com.au/news/2014-02-17/cost-of-living-split Now we've all debated the COLA and I don't think anyone outside of Sydney supporters will ever be happy with anything other than either no COLA or a relocation bonus to 1st to 3rd year players dealing with a more expensive rent market...
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    Transfer fees in State Leagues/Wonaeamirri

    Just read this afl.com.au article and it's fascinating http://www.afl.com.au/news/2013-12-09/wonaeamirri-no-tiger It's also alarming that NT Thunder have the power to restrict opportunity for out of contract players. Does this happen anywhere else? I know there's been talk of compensation...
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    Dees want Dew, Sydney blocking it

    So according to the herald sun the Dees have gone with Stuey Dew as their senior assistant coach, guaranteed to take over the head coach job in 2 or 3 years. Dew has one more year on his contract with Sydney. Is currently stoppages coach but they have offered him the promotion to midfield...