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‘Black and proud’: remembering the day Nicky Winmar changed footy | Jonathan Horn

The player’s defiant gesture at Victoria Park 25 years ago also changed the country that obsesses over AFLIn 1993 it was the international year of the world’s Indigenous peoples. The Australian High Court had recently abolished the legal fiction of ter…

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‘A quick nip’: Conor McKenna apologises after AFL ban for biting

Essendon player takes full responsibility for incidentAFL tribunal hands down three-game banA guilty plea and clear contrition was not enough to save Essendon defender Conor McKenna from a three-game suspension for biting at Tuesday’s AFL tribunal hear…

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Not even ‘five Martins’ enough for Tigers to beat Crows, says Hardwick

Adelaide beat Richmond triumph in grand final rematchDustin Martin shines in 18.10 (118) to 12.10 (82) defeatRichmond could have had five Dustin Martin’s and still lost to Adelaide, Tigers coach Damien Hardwick says. Martin kicked five goals and collec…

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AFL 2018 season opener: Richmond v Carlton – live!

Updates from the round one game at the MCGFeel free to get in touch on email or tweet @JPHowcroft 8.58am GMT Q1 01:00 remaining – Richmond 4.4 (28) v Carlton 5.1 (31)Rance grabs a Mark of the Year contender at halfback to set off a chain involving Mart…

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Changing the game: Muslim women in Australian sport – in pictures

With increasing numbers of Muslim women participating in Australian sport – from amateur through to professional ranks – photographer Lisa Maree Williams caught up with some of those involved Continue reading…

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Mark Thompson arrested without charge in drug trafficking investigation

A home he owns in Port Melbourne was raided by policy on FridayMan who was charged was reportedly staying at Thompson’s warehouseAFL great Mark Thompson has been caught up in a drug trafficking investigation in which three other people have been charge…

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Australia’s sporting year in review – success stories and slip-ups of 2017 | Paul Connolly

It has been a rollercoaster year across the codes but women’s sport has gone from strength to strength‘This moment is for you’: how women’s sport rocked 2017Australian sports quiz of the year 2017In the 43rd minute of the Matildas’ 30 July match agains…

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‘Here to stay’: AFL commission vote to retain the centre bounce

Decision comes despite concerted campaign from umpires to ban bounceAFL CEO Gillon McLachlan also supports mid-year trade periodThe AFL commission have voted to retain the traditional centre bounce, despite increasing calls from umpires to have it scra…

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Early grand final rematch highlights 2018 AFL fixture

Chinese experiment to continue in round nine Greater Western Sydney and Sydney handed tough drawsAdelaide will not have to wait long for a chance to gain revenge on Richmond, with the Crows to host the Tigers in a Thursday night grand final rematch in …

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AFL and Richmond must face sport’s problem with male entitlement | Kate O’Halloran

The response to the topless photo scandal should be swift and decisive – and shift the blame from victim to toxic cultureThe AFL and the Richmond football club have a big problem. In light of the news that the woman at the centre of the topless photo s…

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AFL star Robbie Gray undergoes surgery after testicular cancer diagnosis

  • The Power player will undergo chemotherapy after successful procedure
  • He is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for pre-season

Port Adelaide player Robbie Gray has been diagnosed with testicular cancer, the Power announced on Monday. Gray was diagnosed shortly after the AFL season ended and underwent successful surgery to remove a tumour.

Related: Footy prospects: AFL teens put to the test – in pictures

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Adelaide wilt under pressure as Richmond’s 37-year nightmare ends | Craig Little

The Tigers’ game has been defined by its manic, persistent pressure and the grand final was no different as the Crows were suffocated

With little more than 11 minutes remaining in the third quarter of Saturday’s grand final, Adelaide captain Taylor Walker kicked the Crows’ fifth goal to bring them to within 20 points of Richmond.

Walker carries the legacy of the late Phil Walsh perhaps closer than any of his team-mates, having been appointed captain of the club by Walsh in 2015. On the day of the appointment, Walsh said, “the message is to any young boys out there, believe in your dream and chase it as hard as you can. You might end up one day like Taylor Walker.”

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Adelaide Crows v Richmond Tigers: 2017 AFL grand final – live!

Live updates from the premiership decider at the MCGGet in touch with Jonathan on email or via Twitter @JPHowcroft 5.36am BST Q1 15:50 remaining – Adelaide 2.0 (12) v Richmond 0.0 (0)Two in the blink of an eye for the Crows! Betts, the oldest man on th…

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No injury concerns for Crows or Tigers after training on eve of AFL grand final

  • Adelaide midfielder Hugh Greenwood declared fit for Saturday’s decider
  • Richmond ‘in a good state’, says coach Damien Hardwick

The Richmond and Adelaide coaches have given their AFL grand final sides a clean bill of health after Friday’s training sessions.

Crows coach Don Pyke has dismissed any concern over midfielder Hugh Greenwood’s suspected calf complaint after Adelaide’s closed training session at the MCG on Friday morning. “All fine,” Pyke said.

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Tigers into grand final with Adelaide after disposing of Giants: AFL second preliminary final – as it happened

  • Live updates from the big match in front of 90,000 at the MCG
  • Get in touch with Kate on email or via Twitter @Kate_ohalloran

10.35am BST

Into the rooms

An almighty roar greets the Tigers in their rooms, and it’s a ferocious rendition of “Oh we’re from Tigerland”. Damien Hardwick watches on with an enormous, proud smile. Well done, Richmond. Will do a little-wrap up now – and let you know if anything else exciting happens!

10.32am BST

Dustin Martin

Says this is ‘surreal’ and he always intended to split 50-50 between midfield and forward. Thanks his teammates for their incredible pressure. Says hi to his Dad, who is of course in NZ and has been denied entry back into Australia: “I know you’re watching, I love you”.

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Geelong Cats v Sydney Swans: AFL second semi-final – live!

12.04pm BST

Wow. There is only one story from the MCG: Patrick Dangerfield. What a masterstroke sending him to the square. This is Leigh Matthews from the 1985 Prelim stuff. More contested possessions than anyone on the field. Four majors from his seven shots on goal. Sure, some luck along the way, but clever to create the final of those free kicks. Had a chance to pop Geelong out to a seven-goal lead as well before Sydney got their steadier. Freeeeeak.

The hosts have 20 more contested possessions, which won’t be lost upon the Sydney coaching staff at the break. Nor will Buddy’s sub-par opening half, three kicks for one behind so far. That shot would have put Sydney back to four goals behind with two majors inside 45 seconds. Instead, down the other end Danger, of course, to make it seven of the last eight in the half. Sydney in big, big trouble.

11.58am BST

2nd quarter, 3.00 left: Geelong 9.4.58 v Sydney 3.4.22

“Danger, Danger! High voltage! When we touch… when we kiss!” Four goals in the opening half! Seven shots on goal from the square. What an individual hand. What a great decision to send a champion down to bolster a the hapless forward line of last weekend. The set shot made from a tight angle 30m out after another clutch grab.

This is already turning into a classic September individual performance and it’s not even half-time! #Danger #AFLCatsSwans #AFLFinals

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Depression ‘widespread’ in AFL, says Collingwood’s Alex Fasolo

  • Forward opens up on his mental health issues
  • Reveals he saw death ‘as an escape fantasy’

Collingwood forward Alex Fasolo says mental health struggles are hugely widespread across the AFL, which he says is ignorant to the challenges. Fasolo has written about his battle with depression for the first time, detailing episodes where he would sit in his car and cry before and after training.

In a courageous and frank piece, Fasolo described days when he dreaded waking up, drank to excess, hid his true feelings from loved ones and saw death “as an escape fantasy”.

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The boy whose commentary for his blind friend inspired his sporting heroes

When the Sydney Swans heard that a 12-year-old boy had been commentating for his mate at one of their matches, they went looking for the two young friends

By Jonathan Drennan for Behind the Lines, part of the Guardian Sport Network

“Mateship” is an Australian expression that stands for friendship and equality, even in times of great challenge. Mark Smith and Jarryd Haines, two young boys from Sydney, embody this ethos of close friendship. The pair have known each other for most of their lives and always enjoyed playing sport together. If there was a ball involved, they would be in the backyard, acting out a crucial Ashes test or taking a spectacular mark in the Australian Rules Grand Final for their beloved Sydney Swans.

A few years ago, when Mark was only nine, he was diagnosed with cancer of the brain and spine. It robbed the young boy of many things: his sight, part of his hearing and his ability to play the sports he loves. Throughout the gruelling medical treatment that left Mark nauseous and exhausted, Jarryd remained his close friend, sharing their continued love of sport, particularly the Sydney Swans.

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A work in progress: Essendon show what raw potential looks like | Justin Robertson

The 2017 season was a lot more than a 12-10 record for the Bombers, who travelled a long way in a short period – from the wooden spoon to the top eight

As the sunlit corners of the SCG started to fade, Joe Daniher sat on Heath Grundy’s shoulders for what felt like an eternity and took one of his now trademarks hangers. He converted truly and gave Essendon the early lead in spectacular fashion. The Swans replied by kicking 13 of the next 15 goals in a devastating avalanche that Essendon appeared ill-equipped to deal with.

This is what raw potential looks like. It’s full of ups and downs and there’s a glimmer of hope sandwiched in the middle. This year the Bombers showed they are an enthralling work in progress to watch, despite their 65-point finals exit at the hands of the Swans in last weekend’s elimination final.

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AFL boss says game is ‘leader’ on combatting racism after Heritier Lumumba criticism

Gillon McLachlan hits back at former Collingwood player’s claim the league failed to address racism but is yet to speak to him following the revelations

The AFL has defended its record after former player Heritier Lumumba said the league was “incompetent” at dealing with racism in the game, with the chief executive, Gillon McLachlan, claiming it is “a leader in the country” on the issue.

McLachlan spoke out after Guardian Australia published an interview with the former Collingwood and Melbourne player in which he said the AFL had failed to effectively address what he perceived was institutional racism.

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