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AFL: Eagles thrash Demons to book AFL grand final

Eagles 18.13. 121 – Demons 7.13.55West Coast rampant at game in PerthJosh Kennedy ran riot, Flyin’ Liam Ryan soared high and Jack Darling stood tall as the AFL’s most potent forward line propelled West Coast to a preliminary final demolition of Melbour…

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Maturing Melbourne seek to lay demons to rest in AFL finals | Jonathan Horn

Heading into their elimination final with Geelong, the Dees appear to have figured it all out Just over seven years ago, Geelong defeated Melbourne by 186 points. It’s hard to imagine that a football team has ever played better than Geelong that day. T…

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AFL’s trans participation policy sets a dangerous precedent for women

With weight being used as a measure for exclusion, women are yet again being body-shamedLate last week, the AFL released its long-awaited policy on transgender participation in Australian rules football. In it are a set of requirements trans women need…

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AFL’s trans participation policy sets a dangerous precedent for women

With weight being used as a measure for exclusion, women are yet again being body-shamedLate last week, the AFL released its long-awaited policy on transgender participation in Australian rules football. In it are a set of requirements trans women need…

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Hawks and Eagles owe AFL finals appearances to coaching excellence

Hawthorn appear immune to rebuilding, while the Eagles have overcome serious adversityLet us now praise Alastair Clarkson and Adam Simpson. Let us start with Clarkson. Football, like every sport, has its what-ifs, its sliding doors if you will. After a…

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Is it time for the women’s game to break free from AFL’s shackles? | Kate O’Halloran

AFLW players must say no when the league refuses to play fair, as tennis players did in the 1970sTennis is often lauded as the most gender equitable of sports: a contemporary reality that owes everything to a guerrilla past. With the birth of professio…

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Andrew Brayshaw ruled out for AFL season after jaw-breaking punch

Young Fremantle player also loses teeth in incidentWest Coast’s Andrew Gaff faces tribunal on TuesdayFremantle young gun Andrew Brayshaw will not be able to eat solid food for the next four weeks after having his jaw broken by West Coast player Andrew …

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‘A remarkable sporting story’: Alex Johnson to return to AFL after six years out injured

Swans player has not featured since 2012 grand finalSet to play against Magpies after 12 knee operationsInjury-cursed Sydney defender Alex Johnson will make his long-awaited AFL return, almost six years since his last senior game, after the Sydney Swan…

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Pagan, Ablett, Long and Baby Bombers: why 1993 stands out in AFL history | Jonathan Horn

Events on footy fields a quarter of a century ago helped forge a love of the game for many“Remember when is the lowest form of conversation,” Tony Soprano once said. Or perhaps it was Tony Antrobus. Whatever the case, an exception can be made for the 1…

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Are we returning AFL players too early from concussion? | Nicole Hayes

Koby Stevens’ retirement adds to growing evidence linking concussion with player welfareIn a season of football notable for the high number of players diagnosed with concussion or concussion-like symptoms – on my count, 50 after Mitch Honeychurch was t…

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Friday night joke proves AFL fixture needs to change

A much-improved round from thereon in raises the spectre of a rolling fixture from 2019In 1976, the comedian Steve Martin opened a show with the line “I have decided to give the greatest performance of my life! Oh, wait, sorry. That’s tomorrow night.” …

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Cyril Rioli: the champion with a killer instinct is a huge loss to the AFL | Jonathan Horn

Better Hawthorn players have departed recently but none left a hole the way his retirement willHemmed in by the Monash Freeway and the lawns of Kooyong Tennis Club, Scotch College is tucked away in one of Melbourne’s most affluent suburbs. Its alumni p…

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Dockers suffer key injuries as underdogs snatch rare AFL win

Fremantle 9.10 (64) lose to Brisbane 18.11 (119)Melbourne 18.9 (117) lose to St Kilda 18.11 (119)Essendon 19.11 (125) beat North Melbourne 16.12 (108)Fremantle have lost star duo Nat Fyfe and Aaron Sandilands to injury as Brisbane overcame their openin…

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Dayne Beams stands down as Brisbane captain following father’s death

Lions player has experienced ‘some really bad lows’Dayne Zorko to take over captaincy temporarilyDayne Beams has stood down as captain of the Brisbane Lions, citing a “bloody difficult” personal life following the death of his father earlier this year….

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India looms as the next frontier for AFL after China venture

League considering staging game in India by 2020Door could open to Melbourne or Sydney-based team in ChinaA Melbourne or Sydney-based team could soon be playing for premiership points in Shanghai as the AFL looks to capture the hearts and minds of Aust…

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Ed Curnow banned over AFL umpire contact but brother Charlie escapes

Ed Curnow’s charge upgraded to intentional contactJust the second time AFL has appealed a tribunal verdictEd Curnow – but not his brother Charlie – has been banned from Sunday’s clash with Melbourne by the AFL appeal board, which upgraded the tribunal’…

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IDAHOBIT: time to reflect on impact negative reporting has on trans kids | Hannah Mouncey

Almost half of young trans people in Australia attempt suicide. That must change To say the last six months have been interesting would be an understatement. I’ve found myself in a world that is truly bizarre, and that I think I will always fail to com…

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IDAHOBIT: time to reflect on impact negative reporting has on trans kids | Hannah Mouncey

Almost half of young trans people in Australia attempt suicide. That must change To say the last six months have been interesting would be an understatement. I’ve found myself in a world that is truly bizarre, and that I think I will always fail to com…

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Round of improved AFL contests heralds a more compelling season

Ben Ronke’s seven-goal haul started the round in an enjoyably surprising fashionIn both literary and popular entertainment, the element of surprise is a useful tool for anyone who wants to create a compelling story. Vera Tobin, a cognitive scientist wh…

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Ross Lyon given Fremantle’s full backing despite increasing pressure

AFL club remains fully committed to under-fire coach In separate incident Bradley Hill investigated by policeFremantle have thrown their full support behind Ross Lyon, but it remains to be seen whether any other past skeletons will come back to haunt t…