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Richmond and Collingwood clash to resume stalled AFL season

Geelong and Hawthorn also meet in first week backThe Showdown scheduled in prime Saturday slotThe AFL has delivered clarity on the 2020 season restart after confirming multiple blockbusters in the first week back.Victorian heavyweights Richmond and Col…

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My favourite game: Geelong v St Kilda – 2009 AFL grand final | Jonathan Horn

There have been better grand finals involving more accomplished teams, but 2009 encapsulated everything that is brutal, cruel, sublime and unique about this sportSome grand finals are jolly romps. Some are stinkers. Some are knife fights. The 2009 vers…

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My favourite game: Geelong v St Kilda – 2009 AFL grand final | Jonathan Horn

There have been better grand finals involving more accomplished teams, but 2009 encapsulated everything that is brutal, cruel, sublime and unique about this sportSome grand finals are jolly romps. Some are stinkers. Some are knife fights. The 2009 vers…

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AFL season to resume on 11 June with players back in training by next week

Modified training from 18 May; full contact from 25 MayRevised fixture will not be released until next weekThe AFL will resume its 2020 season on 11 June with players back in training from Monday and to be tested for Covid-19 twice a week. AFL chief ex…

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AFL restart plans hit snag with South Australia clubs facing quarantine hubs

SA health officials reject training, travel exemptionsCrows and Power resigned to moving to interstate hubSouth Australia’s AFL clubs are prepared to move interstate within days if the state’s health authorities reject a last-ditch appeal to relax coro…

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Adelaide Crows admit breaking AFL coronavirus protocols

Club faces sanctions after group of players train together‘We have got it wrong and we own our mistake’The Adelaide Crows expect AFL sanctions after the group of players and assistant coach Ben Hart, who were meant to be self-isolating in the Barossa V…

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Adelaide Crows admit breaking AFL coronavirus protocols

Club faces sanctions after group of players train together‘We have got it wrong and we own our mistake’The Adelaide Crows expect AFL sanctions after the group of players and assistant coach Ben Hart, who were meant to be self-isolating in the Barossa V…

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AFL plays smart game as plans to restart season begin to take shape | Scott Heinrich

In some ways, the AFL is indebted to the NRL’s bulldozer tactics during the coronavirus crisisFooty next month, anyone? When Gillon McLachlan spoke of an “endorsed pathway” on Saturday – quite possibly the perkiest two words the AFL chief executive has…

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AFL ‘almost past’ controversial hub idea as Covid-19 cases decline, says sport minister

Rising hope 2020 season can resume by end of JuneClubs begin to call back players in readiness for restartFederal sports minister Richard Colbeck says the AFL season will be able to resume without quarantine hubs if Covid-19 cases continue to decline. …

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Dean Laidley arrest: Victoria police to investigate leaked photos of ex-AFL coach

Lawyers and civil liberties groups condemn police after images from inside station appear on newspaper front pages Victoria police has launched an internal investigation into how photos of former AFL player and coach Dean Laidley inside a police statio…

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Australian sport’s shaky financial foundations exposed by Covid-19 spotlight | Scott Heinrich

We thought sport in Australia was rich, but in reality it has been living pay cheque to pay chequeThe chickens they are a-roosting. Covid-19 has claimed many things in its dastardly travails – lives, jobs, a common sense of security – and it might well…

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Playing the waiting game: shutdown of sport is beginning to test patience | Jonathan Howcroft

Athletes and supporters are compelled to wait, with no guarantee of a satisfying resolutionWaiting and cricket go hand in glove. It is an instruction barked urgently as a defensive push scuttles towards a fielder. It is the next batter, padded up, visu…

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Sport in Australia will survive Covid-19 but those currently in charge might not | Geoff Lemon

Whatever happens on the far side, professional sport cannot come back pretending it’s as important as when it left now that we’ve seen a world without itCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFor a while when the coronavirus first …

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A return to suburban grounds would offer a chance to reawaken the AFL’s soul | Adam Collins

Playing at a former cathedral like Princes Park would restore the sense that footy belongs to the suburbs as well as the city“The whole of consumerism is based on us wanting the next thing rather than the present thing we already have,” Matt Haig lamen…

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My favourite game: North Adelaide v Glenelg, 1987 SANFL grand final | Scott Heinrich

A crowd of 50,617 were present at Football Park to witness to a masterclass by the Roosters There are few years as significant in the timeline of Australian football as 1987. It was the year the VFL welcomed teams from Western Australia and Queensland,…

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AFL and players agree to pay deal during coronavirus shutdown

Players accept 50% cut rising to 70% if delay extends past MayThey are also prepared to play into December to finish seasonThe bitter stand-off between the AFL and its players has ended, with players agreeing to a 50 per cent pay cut until the end of M…

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Hawthorn v Geelong: VFL grand final 1989 – retro liveblog

A retrospective account of the classic match at the MCGEvery goal as it happened over 30 years ago 3.18am GMT Q1. 14:45 gone: Hawthorn 4.2 (26) v Geelong 1.0 (6) Brilliant hands from Dipper to Whitman, who is the linkman again to Platten this time, the…

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Australian sport braces for widespread cuts as financial crisis hits

AFL staff cut by 80%; players offer to take 50% pay cutA-League players out of contract at end of MayThe huge financial cost of the coronavirus outbreak is being felt in the major football codes as Australian sport braces itself to feel the full impact…

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AFL faces ‘most serious threat’ in 100 years | Scott Heinrich

The AFL is facing the biggest financial crisis in its history after the coronavirus crisis forced the suspension of the 2020 season until at least 31 MayIn the end the AFL came to its senses. In arriving at a decision many hoped might have been made la…

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AFL suspends season and cancels AFLW amid coronavirus crisis

All matches called off until 31 MayAFLW season ends without a premiership awardedNRL and A-League under pressure to followFollow the latest coronavirus updates hereThe 2020 AFL season has been postponed after just one round and the AFLW competition can…