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AFL confirm return of International Rules Series in 2020 after three-year absence

Australia to play in Ireland in November next yearGame is hybrid of Gaelic and Australian rules footballThe two-game International Rules Series will return in 2020 after a three-year hiatus, the AFL confirmed on Tuesday. Ireland will host the series in…

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‘Ridiculous’ Richmond Tigers demolish GWS Giants in AFL grand final

Richmond 17.12 (114) beat GWS 3.7 (25)Dustin Martin wins Norm Smith medalIn the end, even by Richmond standards, it was all rather ridiculous. They won it in a canter. In doing so, they stamped themselves as one of the great sides of the modern era, wi…

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GWS holds out Collingwood to reach first ever grand final

GWS beat Collingwood 8.8 (56) to 7.10 (52)Magpies came back from a 33-point deficit to nearly take the matchGWS are through to their first-ever AFL grand final after they stunned hot favourite Collingwood in a four-point preliminary final thriller at t…

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Dustin Martin comes of age but crocodilian menace remains | Jonathan Horn

Richmond have smoothed some rough edges and expectations of the in-form Tiger are high for Friday’s AFL preliminary finalThe problem with writing about Dustin Martin is there’s no-one to compare him to. There’s no obvious reference point. People throw …

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West Coast take on Geelong in AFL finals reeling from Willie Rioli’s Asada finding

Rioli faces ban of up to four years after anti-doping test‘Something other than urine’ found in test jarWest Coast have many questions that need answers after Willie Rioli’s shock Asada ban but the most pressing query is whether the stunning developmen…

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Recent AFL finals history weighs heavily on Geelong before Pies clash | Jonathan Howcroft

This is probably the Cats’ best side since 2011 but they have a habit of wilting in September Every time Chris Scott is asked to address recent finals capitulations, he bristles. He’s not one for looking in the rear vision mirror. Leigh Matthews, his o…

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Sam Murray free to play next AFL season after 18-month drug ban

Collingwood rookie’s suspension backdated Murray tested positive to illicit substance in July 2018Collingwood defender Sam Murray is free to play in the AFL next season after receiving his punishment for failing a game-day drugs test last year. The lea…

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AFL coach Ross Lyon sacked by Fremantle

Eight-year tenure at helm comes to an endChief executive Steve Rosich also expected to leaveCoach Ross Lyon and chief executive Steve Rosich have been sacked by Fremantle in a significant shake-up at the struggling AFL club. The decision to show Lyon t…

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Gabba gears up for most significant game in a decade as AFL season gets serious | Jonathan Horn

The spirit of the Gabbatoir lives on as the Lions prepare to make life difficult for Geelong in BrisbaneIn one of Chris Judd’s first games, six months out of school and playing at the Gabba, he had his chin split open by Chris Scott. A minute or so lat…

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Indigenous AFL trailblazer Graham ‘Polly’ Farmer dies aged 84

Considered one of the true greats of the game, Farmer played 101 games for Geelong in the 1960sGraham “Polly” Farmer, widely regarded as Australian rules football’s greatest-ever ruckman, has died aged 84.Farmer, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s dise…

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Essendon’s latest calamity heaps pressure on Worsfold

Consecutive heavy defeats towards the end of the AFL season have enraged Bombers fans This has not been the best couple of weeks for the Essendon Football Club. Not since the club’s crisis was at its pee-in-a-cup high tide has the Twitterverse, or at l…

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Young Richmond player Jack Higgins in hospital with brain bleed

20-year-old has had headaches since SundayPlayer ‘in good spirits’ as he receives treatmentRichmond player Jack Higgins is in hospital after being diagnosed with bleeding on his brain.According to media reports, the cause is unknown and the AFL club wi…

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Young Richmond player Jack Higgins in hospital with brain bleed

20-year-old has had headaches since SundayPlayer ‘in good spirits’ as he receives treatmentRichmond player Jack Higgins is in hospital after being diagnosed with bleeding on his brain.According to media reports, the cause is unknown and the AFL club wi…

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Geelong star Patrick Dangerfield happy to give brain to concussion research

AFLPA president “all for” donating organs‘You can’t take them with you when you’re gone’AFL Players Association president Patrick Dangerfield is all for donating his brain to post-mortem concussion research after last month the disease CTE was found in…

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Majak Daw’s return: the best story the AFL has to tell in 2019 | Craig Little

The North Melbourne midfielder’s recovery from a bridge fall is a reminder of sport’s true power to healEmpathy, from the Greek empatheia – em (into) and pathos (feeling) – is a kind of travel. “It suggests you enter another person’s pain as you’d ente…

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Black Cats: Curse of the Bye strikes again but there’s little mystery to latest loss | Craig Little

Forget superstitions and hoodoos, like all sporting curses the reasons for Geelong’s surprise defeat to Port Adelaide are much more mundaneIf there is one thing our game lacks, it is a decent curse – the invocation of an otherworldly power to punish a …

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Collingwood’s Jaidyn Stephenson handed 22-game ban for betting on Pies games

AFL delivers toughest possible penalty Player also fined but 12 games of ban suspended Collingwood star Jaidyn Stephenson has been banned from playing in the Magpies’ next 10 matches and handed a $20,000 fine for betting on three AFL games involving hi…

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Marvel Stadium to review ‘intimidating’ AFL security measures

Guards patrolling aisles causes fan backlashAFL say it is still looking for ‘right balance’Marvel Stadium management will review security procedures after the AFL venue’s chief executive Michael Green conceded some fans felt intimidated by the more-vis…

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The art of photography: sporting images – in pictures

Ryan Pierse is a Sydney-based sports photographer for Getty Images. He talks through some of the most memorable frames from his 20-year careerThe art of sport photography with Ryan Pierse – video Continue reading…

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The art of photography: sporting images – in pictures

Ryan Pierse is a Sydney-based sports photographer for Getty Images. He talks through some of the most memorable frames from his 20-year careerThe art of sport photography with Ryan Pierse – video Continue reading…