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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Blues Lose Sam Docherty to Reconstructive Knee Surgery

Nothing stings so much for an athlete than to be hurt before the season bounces, but Carlton Blues star Sam Docherty, who ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament soon after returning to the club to start training, is taking the optimistic approach of believing that he can get back during the 2018 AFL Premiership season. The…

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Western Bulldogs Erase Debt has Black Ink on 2017 Ledger

Interesting, is it not, that winning an AFL premiership has vast benefit so far as the profit picture is concerned? The Western Bulldogs may have fallen out of the finals last year, but their surprise win in the 2016 AFL Premiership competition, along with strong support from the year previous, has led them to a…

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Several Tigers Mending Well from Off-Season Surgery

The Richmond Tigers will be sans the services of Dion Prestia, hopefully just some time away from training, as he used the post-season to address some ankle issues that required surgery. The impact on the Tigers should be minimal, however, as Prestia has already begun to do some running and he, along with everyone else…

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Richmond Tigers Captain Cotchin Hits for Six Camp Opening Presser

The Richmond Tigers have resumed training in preparation for the 2018 AFL Premiership competition and the pledges to maintain the spirit and intensity that led to a flag in 2017 were not long in coming. Captain Trent Cotchin will lead the Tigers for the first time as a premiership captain. The Tigers were one of…

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Essendon Bombers Re-arm and Look Forward to 2018 AFL Season

It seems like only last year when we were writing of the travails of the unfortunate Essendon Bombers. Well, it seems that way because that is the way it was. Yet, in the hope-springs-eternal world of sports, the tune coming out of the Dons’ training ground of late is decidedly more chipper than the one…

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