Active AFL Trade Period Moves on to National Draft

Just hours out from the outset of the national AFL draft, some trends and tendencies are emerging. The Saint Kilda Saints have two top-10 picks in their basket and the generally accepted tip is that they will use pick 8 to take Nick Coffield, a player that can play in the midfield or the half….

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From Labour to Management is Path Ahead of Sean Wellman

Anything beats a real job would seem to be the operative principle behind Essendon Bomber premiership defender Sean Wellman’s attempt to gain a seat on the Bomber’s board, taking the place of outgoing football director Chris Hefferman. Wellman’s footy career spanned 2012 games at the senior level. He played for the Adelaide Crows 34 times…

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AFL Opts to Retain Centre Bounce in 2018 Despite Ump Issues

We have seen rules enacted to enhance player safety in various leagues. In many instances, those rule changes have had unintended consequences, as there are always those who look at rules as a possible route to gaining an advantage over an opponent. Take the NFL. Please. At one point in the not too distant past,…

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Essendon Bombers Take in Impressive $65 Million in 2017

Nothing like a good drug scandal to increase the box office, or at least, so it would seem as the Essendon Bombers, after suffering a revenue drought following the Essendon 34 saga that was dragged out for four years, returned to the finals in 2017 and turned a tidy $5.1 million profit. Membership was up,…

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Aussies Defeat Irish Reclaim the Cormac McAnallen Trophy

The Irish, always ready for a good bout of fighting, or a good drinking bout, came to Perth with aspirations of an International Rules footy victory over their Aussie hosts, but all they got for their effort was a bit of a push-and-shove at the half. We cannot say with certainty that they got the…

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Speculation Swirls Around Lions Number 1 Pick in National Draft

Last year, the Essendon Bombers kept the footy world on tenterhooks before selecting Andrew McGrath with the first pick of the 2016 national draft. This year, it is Brisbane’s turn, although Brisbane got to the bottom of the ladder in the 2017 AFL Premiership competition with bad, honest play, rather than with having most of…

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Ty Vickery Leaves Richmond Tigers One Season Too Soon

Footy fans will not have Ty Vickery to kick around anymore. Vickery will not have anything to kick around after pulling off a surprise retirement announcement. Vickery may not have anything to kick any longer, but he did have some things to say. “It hasn’t been an easy call to make. Football has been a…

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NBL Should Guard Against Poaching by AFL Clubs

The recent idea being floated, that the AFL would be an ideal match for running clubs in the NBL has some sound logic behind it, but there is at least one detractor. Dean Brogan, who probably owns the city of Adelaide through his exploits as a championship player for the Adelaide 36ers of the NBL…

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Craig Cameron to Manage Gold Coast Suns List Following Draft

We may be naïve, but it seems as though the best time to bring a new list manager on before the draft, rather than after, but all the same, with no implication that the powers of the Gold Coast Suns are not exactly the alpha hopper in the mob, they will retain Scott Clayton until…

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Brisbane International Attracts Top Tennis Talent

The Brisbane International will attract some big time tennis talent for the tournament that begins on the last day of 2017 and concludes January 7 of 2018. Milo Raonic and Kei Nishikori will take part as an attempt to move up the world rankings. Both players are already well ranked, with Nishikori at 22 and…

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