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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…

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Carlton finally commits to rebuild – but will leadership baulk? John Butler

From 2015 the Blues committed to a rejuvenation not just of its list, but of its world-viewBy modern football reckoning, clubs are either in the premiership “window”, or working to return to that exalted state with all possible speed. That’s a journey …

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Former Essendon coach Mark Thompson charged with seven drugs offences

Thompson to appear in court after raids on his homeCharges include trafficking of ice and ecstasyThe former Essendon assistant coach, Mark Thompson, has reportedly been arrested and charged with seven counts of drugs offences, including trafficking of …

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AFL fans prove parasite to footballers’ hosts in social media era | Craig Little

Essendon fan who taunted Max Gawn a less common sight than those who abuse players onlineIn Body Politic: The Great American Sports Machine, David Shields observes that for some of us, adulthood doesn’t turn out to have quite as much glory as we though…

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The Anzac Day specialist: Matthew Banks and his three-game AFL career

The former Essendon player holds the curious distinction of having played in two Anzac Day clashes despite his brief careerFor Matthew Banks, Anzac Day represents the beginning and the end of an inimitable three-game AFL career.On the Tuesday leading i…

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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…