Geelong Accepts Risk of Rusty Stewart Crameri for 2018 AFL Season

The Geelong Cats are expressing confidence that they can have Stewart Crameri back in full training by the end of January, despite the interrupted preparation to the mature-age rookie. They would like to get him some time on ground for the JLT Community Series. Crameri has played senior footy for the Western Bulldogs and the…

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AFLW Using First Season to Leapfrog Competition to Next Level

The AFLW Collingwood Magpies seem to have scored a coup by bringing former Hawthorn Hawk Daniel Harford into the fold as an assistant coach. Harford will be the deputy of incumbent Coach Wayne Siekman and a new cadre of assistants. “Harf” as he is known to the footy players, Harford is cause for positive vibes…

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Geelong Cats Intend to use Gary Ablett Fully in 2018

Despite some injury issues that limited Gary Ablett to 34 games over the past three seasons with the Gold Coast Suns, Geelong Cats Coach Chris Scott said that Ablett’s playing time will be at midfield, not at forward, as some have speculated. Shoulder issues have been the primary culprit hindering the 33-year-old Ablett. He played…

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Mason Woods Cuts Back Training to Stay Healthy

North Melbourne Kangaroo forward Mason Wood is trying the time-tested method of cutting down on his pre-season training with the expectation of spending more time on the ground when the outcome matters during the 2018 Toyota AFL Premiership competition. Wood has been with the Roos since 2014 and has an ungrand total of 26 games…

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Elliot Yeo to Play for Home Side Until 2023 or Longer

Top-flight defender and midfielder Elliot Yeo has signed a long-term deal with the West Coast Eagles that will keep him based in Perth until the end of the 2023 AFL season. He earned an extension via his play in the 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership competition. Just 24, Yeo is coming off his best season and…

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AFL Match Review Panel Replaced by Michael Christian

The last disposal out of bounds being trialed in the AFLW this season pales in comparison to the major changes the AFL plans to institute for 2018. The league, with the stroke of a pen, has eliminated the Match Review Panel, instead putting that responsibility in the hands of former Collingwood Magpie player Michael Christian….

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AFLW Decides Definitively to Trial New Last Disposal Rule in 2018

The speculation is over, as the AFL has officially proclaimed that it will debut the experimental rule of last disposal out of bounds when the AFLW resumes in 2018. The league perhaps could have given the players more notice and only told the players about the change last week via the AFL Players’ Association. According…

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Tigers will Continue to Hunt Stalk Prowl Growl in 2018

It is the company line Richmond Tigers’ Coach Damien Hardwick was espousing when he said that his club would not suffer the same fate as befell 2016 premiers Western Bulldogs, who dropped out of the final eight in the 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership competition. Hopefully, for his sake and the Tigers supporters’ sake, Hardwick’s prognostication…

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Pre-Season Injuries at Outset of AFL Training Carry Various Impacts

At the rate the training camp injuries are mounting, the AFL, or some of the clubs at least, should be taking a look at their pre-season regimens. Gold Coast recruit Harrison (Harry) Wigg, who used to play in Adelaide, fractured his ankle and will miss an extended period of time. Wigg was selected with the…

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Whew! Top AFLW Recruit Breathes Easier After Late Draft Call

When we were mildly competetnt at sports and enduring the travails of the jungle of the educational system, we often played pick-up games during breaks and had only one goal-to not be the last one picked for one of the sides. So, we can empathise with Bridie Kennedy, to a degree at least. She was…

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