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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Coleman Winner Franklin to buy a Round for the Carlton Blues

But for a 10-goal outburst by the Sydney Swans’ Lance Franklin in the final game of the home-and-away season of the Toyota AFL Premiership competitionagainst the Carlton Blues, the 2017 Coleman Medal for the most goals kicked in a season would have gone to Josh Kennedy of the West Coast Eagles. Perhaps if the two…

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World Champion and Olympic Medalist Aussie Cyclist Defects to Russia

It is difficult to fathom why an Australian cyclist, any Australian for that matter, would want to flee the friendly confines of Down Under and defect to Russia, but that is exactly the course taken by Shane Perkins. Perkins has been granted Russian citizenship by President Vladimir Putin, who has been vastly dismayed by the…

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First to 400? Cameron Smith Will Surpass Lockyer in First Finals Round

It would seem as though the senior citizen discount is not far distant in the future of Cameron Smith, as he has tied the mark of Brisbane Broncos legend Darren Lockyer for the most games ever played in the NRL. The NRL concluded its 2017 Premiership season with Round 26 and Smith played his 355th…

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Non-Punting Aussies NFL Prospects Less Than Optimistic

Over in Yank land, the NFL is just over a week away from the bounce of the 2017 – 2018 season. Unlike in past years, where teams were compelled to make a cut to their rosters down to 75 men following the second pre-season game, they have been permitted to carry full rosters throughout the…

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Greg Inglis Reveals Reasons behind Choice to Play for Queensland

More than a few New South Walers want to know why Greg Inglis, born in Blues territory, chose to play for the Maroons, where he has run roughshod over NSW defences. That has been the case for over 10 years, more so for the Maroons’ dominance in the State of Origin series that has seem…

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Aussie Men’s Tennis Far Cry from days of Laver, Newcombe, Rosewall

Nick Kyrgios grabs all the headlines, but an Aussie player his senior by just a couple of years is also falling on some hard times. That player is Bernard Tomic, who is having a bad season, if you will pardon the understatement. He crashed out in the first round of the U.S. Open at FlushingMeadow,…

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Lull Before the Storm is Brief for First Finals Opponent

In some quarters, it would not be unreasonable to assume that the Melbourne Storm would like to commemorate their 20th season of play in the NRL with a premiership. They appear headed in that direction, provided they can maintain the sort of dominance that has them six premiership points clear of the Roosters, with a…

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