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Collingwood’s Jaidyn Stephenson handed 22-game ban for betting on Pies games

AFL delivers toughest possible penalty Player also fined but 12 games of ban suspended Collingwood star Jaidyn Stephenson has been banned from playing in the Magpies’ next 10 matches and handed a $20,000 fine for betting on three AFL games involving hi…

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Anzac Day AFL game: Essendon v Collingwood – live!

Updates from the Anzac Day clash from the MCGThoughts? Join the conversation via email or @rrjparkin 8.46am BST Goal – Pies! Essendon 10.9 (69) v Collingwood 10.12 (72) DaniherHello, hello! Anything you can do, I can do better! And does he fancy it tod…

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Eddie McGuire is too frequently bringing shame and embarrassment to Collingwood | Paul Daley

Casual, unintended discrimination has the very same impact as the intentionalEddie McGuire could tell you that successful football clubs, like most enduring political parties, stand on history, myth and memory – handed down supporter to supporter, fath…

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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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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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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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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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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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Heritier Lumumba hits out: ‘The AFL is incompetent in dealing with racism’

Interview: Former Collingwood and Melbourne player tells the Guardian that clubs and the game’s authorities have failed to tackle racism on and off the field

Heritier Lumumba says the AFL has a simple choice to make in how it deals with systemic racism. “What side of history are you going to stand on?”

Speaking with Guardian Australia following Sunday night’s airing of his SBS documentary, Fair Game, the former Collingwood and Melbourne player says the AFL has failed to effectively address the issue of institutional racism and this sets a dangerous precedent.

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‘I don’t get paid to do this’: Eddie McGuire hits back at Collingwood critics

The Magpies president says he will not stand down from his position, but admits the club’s performances this season have not been acceptable

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has emphatically rejected claims he should stand down from his position with the struggling club, claiming he has never been more excited by the prospect of reviving the Pies’ fortunes, but admits the club needs a new blueprint for the future following its recent on-field woes.

Reacting to media speculation that the club had become stale and needed fresh ideas, McGuire said he had never felt more energised to take the club into a new era. “I’m not trying to gild the lily. I’m actually, to be perfectly honest, in the most exciting phase of my career with what I’m doing at Collingwood and in AFL football,” McGuire said on his Triple M radio show.

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Lou Richards: death finally kisses Louie the Lip, one of footy’s great characters

Part PT Barnum, part Groucho Marx, but all Collingwood, the Magpie legend’s great gift was that we always laughed with him

Lewis Thomas Charles Richards was “Louie the Lip” long before he forged a pioneering media career as football’s reigning larrikin. Born and bred in Abbotsford – which he dubbed “the higher class part of Collingwood” – he graduated from kicking paper footballs around those working class laneways to captaining his beloved Magpies to the 1953 premiership. The personification of a nuggetty, niggly Collingwood rover, he survived 250 games in one of football’s toughest eras through a combination of skill, courage, cunning and sheer bravado.

Related: Lou Richards, Collingwood legend and AFL commentator, dies aged 94

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Essendon defeat Collingwood in Anzac Day AFL – as it happened

  • Essendon defeat Collingwood by 18 points in Anzac Day blockbuster
  • Joe Daniher takes out Anzac Day medal for commanding display

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And there are no surprises here as the big forward steps up to receive his medal, paying tribute to Collingwood for their determined effort. “To our boys, a really proud effort,” he says, “and hopefully a big stepping stone going forward.”

Daniher had 16 possessions, eight marks, 3.4 in front of goal and did plenty of valuable work through the middle when he was dragged into the ruck. Zach Merrett was also yuuuge with 33 possessions, and Jobe Watson (28), Dyson Heppell (26) and Darcy Parish (25) all had special moments. Orazio Fantasia’s four goals and three for Josh Green also proved decisive.

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Collingwood 11.16 (82) defeated by Essendon 15.10 (100)

And that is all she wrote! The Bombers win it by three goals and deserve their victory. They were the better side for much of the day, and in Joe Daniher and Orazio Fantasia, had the two standout forwards. “They’re a good side,” says Jobe Watson, being interviewed by his father Tim. “Sometimes you’ve just gotta grind it out and will yourself to win the game.”

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Adelaide book AFLW grand final date with Brisbane after beating Collingwood

  • Crows beat Magpies 10.10 (70) to 7.4 (46) at Olympic Park
  • Carlton and Brisbane draw 6.1 (37) to 5.7 (37) at

Adelaide will play the Brisbane Lions in the inaugural AFL Women’s grand final next week after defeating Collingwood by 24 points in hot conditions at Olympic Park on Sunday. The Crows’ grand final hopes were looking grim when they were held scoreless in the third quarter as their 13-point half-time lead turned into a seven-point deficit at three-quarter-time.

Adelaide’s hearts were in their mouths when Collingwood’s Jess Cameron lined up for goal early in the final quarter. But instead of giving the Pies a 13-point lead, she missed a sitter and the Crows grabbed their second life with both hands as they piled on the last five goals of the game to run out 10.10 (70) to 7.4 (46) winners.

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Adelaide book AFLW grand final date with Brisbane after beating Collingwood

  • Crows beat Magpies 10.10 (70) to 7.4 (46) at Olympic Park
  • Carlton and Brisbane draw 6.1 (37) to 5.7 (37) at

Adelaide will play the Brisbane Lions in the inaugural AFL Women’s grand final next week after defeating Collingwood by 24 points in hot conditions at Olympic Park on Sunday. The Crows’ grand final hopes were looking grim when they were held scoreless in the third quarter as their 13-point half-time lead turned into a seven-point deficit at three-quarter-time.

Adelaide’s hearts were in their mouths when Collingwood’s Jess Cameron lined up for goal early in the final quarter. But instead of giving the Pies a 13-point lead, she missed a sitter and the Crows grabbed their second life with both hands as they piled on the last five goals of the game to run out 10.10 (70) to 7.4 (46) winners.

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Collingwood open AFL pre-season with comeback win over Essendon

Collingwood defeat Essendon 2.13.9 (105) to 0.14.10 (94) Banned Bombers players return to action at Etihad StadiumJobe Watson gave Essendon fans plenty to smile about in his AFL return but could not stop Collingwood from stealing a 11-point pre-season …

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Huge interest in AFLW prompts another venue change to bigger ground

  • Princes Park to now host double-header on Saturday
  • Magpies to play Demons after Blues host Giants at 24,500-capacity stadium

The huge initial popularity of the AFLW has led to a second venue change in as many weeks, with Saturday’s encounter between Collingwood and Melbourne to be moved to Princes Park.

The match was originally scheduled to take place at Olympic Park, the Pies’ 5,000-capacity home ground, but the match has been switched after last week’s bumper crowds during the opening round.

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Huge interest in AFLW prompts another venue change to bigger ground

  • Princes Park to now host double-header on Saturday
  • Magpies to play Demons after Blues host Giants at 24,500-capacity stadium

The huge initial popularity of the AFLW has led to a second venue change in as many weeks, with Saturday’s encounter between Collingwood and Melbourne to be moved to Princes Park.

The match was originally scheduled to take place at Olympic Park, the Pies’ 5,000-capacity home ground, but the match has been switched after last week’s bumper crowds during the opening round.

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AFL trades: Collingwood defender Nathan Brown joins Saint Kilda

  • Injury-prone free agent ‘a handy acquisition’, says Ameet Bains
  • Deal comes on final day of AFL’s free agent trade period

Collingwood key defender Nathan Brown has joined St Kilda on the final day of the AFL’s free agent trade period.

The Magpies opted not to match an offer made to the restricted free agent, whose career has been interrupted by injuries including a torn anterior cruciate ligament and repeated shoulder issues.

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Travis Cloke willing to cut salary in half to play for Western Bulldogs

  • Pies star willing to play for less than half his wage to land at AFL premiers
  • Brent Harvey, Drew Petrie and Daniel Wells could all end up at new clubs

Travis Cloke is so desperate to switch from Collingwood to the Western Bulldogs that he will forego more than half the money he was set to earn next year with the Pies. The Bulldogs’ inspiring AFL grand final triumph has raised questions about whether Cloke, who turns 30 next year, will bring much to a premiership team.

But player manager Paul Connors says his client is committed to making the move a success. “Travis would love to get to the Dogs,” Connors told AFL Trade Radio. “Now is not the time to go and bang down their door, but let them enjoy the week and we’ll catch up with them in a week or so.”

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