Cats Will Need One or More of Nine Lives Against Crows Tigers Fit

If the finals of the Toyota 2017 AFL Premiership competition were to be decided on the basis of health, the Richmond Tigers would win the flag, hands, er, paws down. Richmond has an unbelievably short casualty list, with only Nathan Drummond will be off the list for the Saturday preliminary against the Greater Western Sydney…

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Buddy Franklin Alone Will Not Bring Swans Flags

Nine years and $10 million does not an AFL premiership buy, at least not in the first four years since Lance Franklin left the Hawthorn Hawks for the Sydney Swans following the 2013 AFL season. Yet, 1988 Brownlow medalist and former Swans great Gerard Healy termed Franklin’s time in Sydney as a “great success.” Franklin…

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Top Four Through to AFL Preliminary Finals Courtesy of Blowouts

The spectre of an all-Sydney AFL Grand Final has been erased, thanks to the Geelong Cats’ 98 – 39 dispatching of the Sydney Swans in semifinal two Friday evening, but we still have that sour taste in our mouth from a side losing in its first final, but living on due to the way the…

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AFL Semifinal Contest Features Inspirational Eagles v Gentle Giants

The Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers get to sit at home, pop a coldie and watch two AFL finals this week in order to learn who their opponents will be when they resume playing in the preliminary finals. In what we consider one of the most egregious miscarriages of justices ever perpetrated in the…

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Roos Money No Good Kelly Recommits to GWS Giants

The latest butt down at the scuttle is that Josh Kelly is staying in Sydney for the next two years, as the big money and lengthy contract offer of the North Melbourne Kangaroos was not enough to lure Kelly away from a winning side to one that finished seven slots out of the top eight…

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AFLPA Awards Have Something for Everyone Seemingly

The AFLPA recently held its awards ceremony, and from the looks of it, no one went home empty handed. It almost seems like one of those microbrew beer festivals, where every brewer who supports the festival gets a medal of one sort or another. “Best Australian Pale Ale Packaged in Bottles Only and Distributed Only…

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GWS Giants Will Host Eagles Despite Losing First Finals Round

The Greater Western Sydney Giants, thanks to managing to end the home-and-away season of the Toyota 2017 AFL Premiership competition in the top four, gained a reprieve following their first round finals loss to the Adelaide Crows and will seek redemption in the September 16 semifinal against the West Coast Eagles at Spotless Stadium. While…

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Bombers Fail to Release Payload in Quiet Loss to Swans

Those who were hoping for a fairytale ending for the Toyota 2017 AFL Premiership competition had their hopes dashed when the Essendon Bombers, who had to play the 2016 season with top-up players of dubious abilities, made it to the finals this year but could not pull off the equivalent of last year’s Western Bulldogs…

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Crows Crush or should we say Slay Giants 84 – 48 at AO

Was it the Brisbane Lions and the West Coast Suns on the Adelaide Oval for the first qualifying final in the Toyota 2017 AFL Premiership competition? The 84 – 48 final score would seem to indicate a game of a very different nature from the one the Crows typically produce. They alone scored more than…

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Crows Favourtism Shrinking as First Qualifying Final Approaches

It would seem as though some punter money has been migrating toward the Greater Western Sydney Giants as the bounce for their first round finals game against the Adelaide Crows at the Adelaide Oval is down to a question of hours. The point spread is down from 15.5 to 10.5 and it is hard to…

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