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Liam Ryan racist abuse: West Coast want ‘keyboard cowards’ punished

Forward subjected to racist abuse on social mediaWestern Australian state premier calls comments ‘hateful’The chief executive of Australian Football League champions West Coast Eagles has demanded “hateful, keyboard cowards” be held to account after on…

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New AFL season met as much by relief as love for the game | Craig Little

If the ear-splitting off-season noise is cut through, there is plenty to look forward to in 2019Our game has always been noisy. There are no objective football fans, but plenty of zealous ones with loud opinions based on blind faith – has been from the…

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AFL drug use ‘out of control, says former player Nick Riewoldt

Ex-St Kilda star calls for AFL to remove ‘safety net’Debate over recreational drug policy intensifiesSt Kilda great Nick Riewoldt has poured fuel on the AFL illicit drug debate, calling for a zero-tolerance approach to fix a situation he has labelled “…

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AFLX coin toss to be replaced by rock, paper, scissors

Latest innovation seeks to encourage on-pitch ‘banter’Much-criticised pre-season event takes place on FridayThe much-maligned AFLX competition, which takes place on Friday in Melbourne, will employ a game of rock, paper, scissors instead of the more tr…

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‘Embarrassed’ Carlton player Alex Fasolo fractures arm while wrestling at party

Blues forward tripped on gutter on Australia DayPort Adelaide’s Ollie Wines injured while water skiingEmbarrassed Carlton forward Alex Fasolo is set to miss the start of the AFL season after he fractured an arm while wrestling with friends at a late-ni…

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‘Embarrassed’ Carlton player Alex Fasolo fractures arm while wrestling at party

Blues forward tripped on gutter on Australia DayPort Adelaide’s Ollie Wines injured while water skiingEmbarrassed Carlton forward Alex Fasolo is set to miss the start of the AFL season after he fractured an arm while wrestling with friends at a late-ni…

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‘Embarrassed’ Carlton player Alex Fasolo fractures arm while wrestling at party

Blues forward tripped on gutter on Australia DayPort Adelaide’s Ollie Wines injured while water skiingEmbarrassed Carlton forward Alex Fasolo is set to miss the start of the AFL season after he fractured an arm while wrestling with friends at a late-ni…

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AFL player Majak Daw says he has ‘second chance at life’ as he recovers from bridge fall

North Melbourne AFL club releases letter revealing utility is making ‘huge strides’AFL player Majak Daw, who fell from a bridge in Melbourne in December, says he is recovering from his injuries and has been blessed with a “second chance at life”.The No…

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2018: an AFL year with plenty despite the perceived demise

Amid all the doom and gloom 2018 served up plenty to savourSome reckon 2018 was the year football went to the dogs. The low scores, the congestion and the thinning talent pool were constant talking points. “The game is not the same,” the old legends bl…

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Former AFL player Colin Sylvia killed in car crash

Accident near Mildura claims life of 32-year-oldMidfielder retired from AFL in 2015The AFL world is mourning the loss of Colin Sylvia after the ex-Melbourne and Fremantle player died in a car crash. The 32-year-old was involved in a two-vehicle collisi…

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West Coast win thrilling AFL grand final with late goal

West Coast 11.13 (79) defeat Collingwood 11.8 (74)Dom Sheed kicks winner with under two minutes left West Coast have snatched the most dramatic of late victories to deny Collingwood in the 2018 AFL grand final by five points.With less than two minutes …

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AFL grand final preview: resilience the key for Magpies and Eagles

Collingwood must neutralise the twin towers up front, but will the West Coast defence survive its own inquisition?As the rain made a soft applause over a sea of black and white during the grand final parade, Nathan Buckley looked a different man to the…

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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…