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The Hawks and the Giants played AFL in the snow, but was it the first time ever?  ABC News

When snow fell during an AFL match between the Hawks and the Giants, it was lauded as the first time it had ever happened during an AFL game. Fact Check ...

AFL coach Ross Lyon sacked by Fremantle  The Guardian

Coach Ross Lyon and chief executive Steve Rosich have been sacked by Fremantle in a significant shake-up at the struggling AFL club. The decision to show ...

Forget the flogs, the new Adam Goodes movie — The Australian Dream — is must-see for everyone  Fox Sports

Today a film opens and as is the case with films, those who want to see it will see it.

AFL 2019, news: Ross Lyon newspaper front page, Fremantle Dockers

Ross Lyon's time as the man in charge at Fremantle was cut short on Tuesday when the club swung the axe and parted ways with him after eight seasons.

Why the AFL should extend the women's season  The Age

Been to an AFLW match lately? That's AFL Women's for those who have been living under a Sherrin-shaped rock. It's the game that is inspiring young girls in ...

AFL 2019: Steele Sidebottom ruptures testicle, Collingwood, AFL Finals

Collingwood star Steele Sidebottom will undergo surgery on a ruptured testicle and will miss Friday night's clash with Essendon.

Hawthorn are not the best AFL club of the decade  The Roar

The 7AFL Instagram page has been running polls this week to see who the public think is the greatest player from 2010 until now. These polls got me thinking ...

Indigenous AFL trailblazer Graham 'Polly' Farmer dies aged 84  The Guardian

Considered one of the true greats of the game, Farmer played 101 games for Geelong in the 1960s.

Bulldogs primed for last AFL finals hurdle  7NEWS

Coach Luke Beveridge might be keeping a lid on it but the Western Bulldogs and their die-hard fans are riding a wave of momentum to the AFL finals.

AFL understand irony better than integrity  Sydney Morning Herald

If Jaidyn Stephenson had punched someone, gone to the tribunal and been suspended for 10 matches he would not be able to play in the VFL this weekend.

AFL in talks to extend TV deal with Seven by two years  The Age

The AFL is exploring a two-year extension of the broadcast rights agreement which would take its decades-long relationship with the Seven Network until the ...

AFL takes lead on mental health issues in positive if long overdue move  The Guardian

After decades of silence, the wellbeing of players has finally been pushed to the foreground.

Magpies, Bombers to make big AFL changes  7NEWS

Collingwood and Essendon will gain and lose some big names as they open round 23 with Friday night's MCG blockbuster.

Mediaweek Roundup: ABC, Seven, 10, Rebel Wilson, AFL + more  Mediaweek

AFL boss Gill McLachlan has revealed the top pick on his wishlist to perform at the AFL Grand Final, reports News Corp's Nui Te Koha.

Port lose key backman Clurey for AFL clash  7NEWS

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley says key defender Tom Clurey will miss Sunday's AFL fixture against Fremantle.

AFL great slams Freo's 'bizarre and weak' Lyon decision  The West Australian

Ross Lyon's mate Paul Roos launches tirade at Dockers hierarchy.

AFL 2019: Jaidyn Stephenson Collingwood return, Gerard Whateley

Collingwood have somehow scored an early return for livewire forward Jaidyn Stephenson from his gambling ban, with the 20-year-old free to play VFL this ...

Fight for Coniglio: Giants don't need to match front-loading  Sydney Morning Herald

GWS would only need to match the aggregate amount and number of years – but not specific annual dollars – if they chose to match any free-agent offer to ...

Essendon's latest AFL calamity heaps pressure on John Worsfold  The Guardian

This has not been the best couple of weeks for the Essendon Football Club. Not since the club's crisis was at its pee-in-a-cup high tide has the Twitterverse, or at ...

Tom Browne: How Carlton plotted to get Alastair Clarkson and why it riled Hawthorn  7NEWS

A week after David Teague was appointed Carlton's coach, lifts the lid on the Blues' ill-fated pursuit of Alastair Clarkson.

Giant Patton's AFL season over: Cameron  7NEWS

Giants AFL coach Leon Cameron has effectively ruled key forward Jonathon Patton out for the rest of the 2019 season.

Star Collingwood forward Jaidyn Stephenson to play this weekend after AFL green lights return  The West Australian

Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett says he is “disturbed” the AFL has allowed banned Collingwood forward Jaidyn Stephenson to return in the VFL, which has ...

Frank form inspired by his dad  The Cairns Post

Every time Manunda key forward Ezekiel Frank takes to the footy field, he has his father Jerry right there with him.

Sacked podcast: Mark Williams says Israel Folau could have made it in the AFL  The West Australian

The Israel Folau AFL experiment cost millions of dollars and lasted 13 games. But former GWS assistant coach Mark Williams says it didn't have to end that way ...

Dew contemplates Suns draftee's AFL debut  7NEWS

Gold Coast prospect Izak Rankine is giving Stuart Dew a selection headache ahead of Saturday's AFL finale against GWS.

Sam Rowe set to make St Kilda debut and play 100th AFL game in last match of season  The West Australian

Almost a year after he played his last game for Carlton, Sam Rowe will finally reach the 100-game milestone when he debuts for St Kilda this weekend.

Dew ticking boxes despite Suns' AFL losses  7NEWS

Gold Coast will consider hiring a coaching mentor for Stuart Dew, who won't be judged on his win-loss AFL record as a contract extension nears.

Another year of underachievement at SA's AFL clubs has led to calls for fundamental changes  The West Australian

Disappointment in failing to live up to expectation was loaded with anger at the weekend towards the Crows and Power. And it has prompted some powerful ...

Macquarie Point multipurpose stadium would be ideal for Tasmanian AFL team, Parliamentary Committee hears  The Mercury

A NEW multipurpose stadium on the Hobart waterfront would be a perfect venue for a Tasmanian AFL team, a Parliamentary Committee has heard.

SPORTS RATINGS WRAP | Audiences swell as AFL and NRL march towards thrilling finals  TV Blackbox

It's hard to believe, but August is already here. The AFL and NRL march towards the end of their seasons, Super Netball returns from its World Cup hiatus, and ...

Jimmy and Nadia Bartel ditch wedding rings as split confirmed  Fox Sports

For a number of years they were one of the AFL's ultimate glamour couples but now it appears the dream is over for Jimmy Bartel and wife Nadia.

AFL coaches and club culture questioned as form slump continues for Adelaide and Port Adelaide  ABC News

As Port Adelaide's CEO takes the unusual step of telling fans to blame him — not coach Ken Hinkley — for his club's poor form, the Crows are also in damage ...

AFL to overhaul studs up free kick interpretation after furore from players and coaches  The West Australian

The AFL says the umpire got it right when he paid 'studs up' free kicks against Jack Riewoldt, but the interpretation that cost the Tigers forward has been binned ...

What if the AFL awards were like American sport?  The Roar

As the home and away season begins to wrap up, star players will be rewarded for their achievements during the year at events like the All-Australian selection ...

Sport: Pacific AFL community mourns the loss of Scott Reid  RNZ

The Australian Rules community in the Pacific Islands is mourning the death of Scott Reid, who started AFL in Samoa before spending 20 years helping to grow ...

Utah Jazz star Dante Exum, Ben Simmons ‘overreacted’, AFL 360

Australia and Utah Jazz star Dante Exum seems to have broken ranks with the rest of the Boomers squad and commented on the storm that engulfed Ben ...

The pressure piles on Adelaide after it suffers its fourth loss in five games  Fox Sports

This was the test Adelaide desperately needed to pass to show their credentials in the finals race.

AFL: Magpies players Jordan De Goey and Isaac Quaynor face injury concerns  7NEWS

7NEWS' Tom Browne reports Collingwood's shocking injury situation has developed further, with key injury concerns this morning to Pies superstar Jordan De ...

Geelong, Brisbane, West Coast and Richmond have AFL seasons on the line this weekend  ABC News

It may only be mid-August, still weeks away from Spring sun and footy finals, but for four premiership contenders the 2019 AFL season may well come down to ...

AFL Trade Whispers: Shaun Higgins and Jack Steven linked to Geelong, Sam Draper shuns St Kilda’s interest

A star Kangaroo could be hopping home and back down the highway — as could a Saint.

Latest AFL Run Home predicted finals series and final ladder | Round 19, 2019  Fox Sports

Three clubs are breathing down Geelong's neck for top spot while it now looks like Ballarat is going to host a final - in Round 23, with the winner to finish eighth.

AFL Finals on Macquarie Sports Radio  Macquarie Sports Radio

The race to make the Top Eight is taking shape but the finishing order is anyone's guess. But here's the thing, it will be September faster than you can scream ...

Collingwood v Richmond: AFL round 19 scores and stats  ABC News

Richmond steamrolls Collingwood by 32 points in an ominous blowout at the MCG, cementing its status as premiership favourites and leaving the Magpies in a ...

Essendon defeats Gold Coast Suns in Round 19: Bombers just escape in thriller against the bottom side  Fox Sports

Goals in the dying seconds by Cale Hooker and Jake Stringer have secured Essendon a narrow 10-point AFL win over Gold Coast.

AFL round 21 live scores: Updates, results, video, news | score review

Port Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs kept their hopes of finals action alive as Brisbane and Geelong both placed serious claims on the top two spots.

AFL 2019: Port Adelaide fume at score review system in clash against GWS  Fox Sports

The score review system again took centre stage after a strange decision resulted in a “major disadvantage” for Port Adelaide.

'Snow good!': Snow falls in Canberra during AFL clash  7NEWS

"We've been playing this game for well over 100 years and it's the first time it's been played in snow."

AFL tips Round 20 2019: Tipping advice from Fox Footy experts  Fox Sports

Fox Footy experts, including teams from Saturday Stretch, Selection Night and the Fox Footy Podcast, are here to help with their winners for all nine games.

AFL 2019: Tom Hawkins’ journey from a raw talent to a future Geelong great ahead of game 250  Fox Sports

When Tom Hawkins entered the Geelong Football Club for the first time, Cam Mooney took one look at the father-son draft pick and knew this was going to be a ...

West Coast and Fremantle keen to recruit out-of-contract AFL emerging star Tim Kelly  ABC News

Tim Kelly left Perth two years ago a virtual unknown, but arrives back this week an AFL star after a breakout start to his career — and the Dockers and the Eagles ...

'Potential link': AFL takes action amid Shayna Jack scandal  Yahoo Sports

The Shayna Jack doping scandal has reportedly spread to the AFL.

AFLX tournament dropped to give clear air to AFL Women's season and longer preseason for male players  ABC News

After just two instalments and no end of scepticism from AFL clubs and fans, the maligned AFLX exhibition is canned for 2020, allowing for more column inches ...

AFL trade talks ramp up: Clubs want tight controls on mid-season trade  Sydney Morning Herald

Rules determining which players would be allowed to switch clubs during a mid-season trade period will be debated by the competition committee on ...

Sam Murray cocaine case: AFL boss calls for more transparency from ASADA  The West Australian

Collingwood's Sam Murray is finally awaiting a ruling on his football future after a year-long delay for his AFL anti-doping hearing and the league wants greater ...

Supergroup aimed at leading Tasmania to national sport’s promised land  The Mercury

PREMIER Will Hodgman has formed a supergroup with his leading ministers to co-ordinate Tasmania's bid for national sporting licenses and has declared the ...

The Ultimate Round 20 AFL SuperCoach Guide  Fox Sports

Welcome to SuperCoach finals week! By now, your teams are set, you're assessing your opposition this week, and ready to make an assault on SuperCoach ...

Reality Bites: How would Oval Games bid work with AFL?  The West Australian

Falling membership figures and the 'novelty factor' falling at Adelaide Oval has once again put the term 'stadium deal' on the agenda. Reality Bites looks at what ...

Geelong humiliate North Melbourne, lowest score in Kangaroos AFL history

Geelong have held North Melbourne to the lowest score in the Kangaroos' 95-year AFL history to win by 55 points at GMHBA Stadium and regain top spot on the ...

Victims of alleged bashing outside MCG deny instigating fight after AFL qualifier, court hears  ABC News

Three men front court accused of an attack near the MCG, as the two victims of the alleged bashing deny starting a fight that resulted in them repeatedly being ...

Sport Jamie Elliott plays 100th AFL game Seven years on from his AFL debut, Euroa's Jamie  Shepparton News

Seven years on from his AFL debut, Euroa's Jamie Elliott brought up his 100th game on Sunday afternoon and marked the occasion with two goals.

AFL likely to give Darwin zone to struggling Gold Coast  The Age

The Gold Coast Suns are likely to be given Darwin as a recruiting zone as part of a package of measures aimed at lifting the struggling club. But the league is yet ...

Finley's Tom Hawkins plays 250th AFL game  Shepparton News

Champion Geelong forward Tom Hawkins made his 250th AFL game one to remember, taking best-on-ground honours in the Cats' 27-point win against Sydney.

Sport is more important than ever after spate of AFL fan violence  The Guardian

Ugly crowd incidents are hardly a new phenomenon, but what we saw on the weekend feels as if it's powered by something else.

Round four of the AFL a remarkable, incomprehensible celebration  The Guardian

Nailbiters, from-the-canvas comebacks, shock upsets - round four was pure football feelings.

AFL to consider pre-season overhaul in bid to combat injuries  The Guardian

The AFL's competition committee will look at restructuring the pre-season amid concern about player injuries.

Unpredictable AFL season brings fun to the game  The Guardian

This season of AFL has brought upsets galore and the fun continues with the final ladder only becoming harder to predict. Craig Little. Sun 21 Jul 2019 14.00 ...

AFL 'devastated' that fans feel intimidated by security measures  The Guardian

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan says he is devastated that some fans feel they are victims of a security crackdown at venues.

The difference between AFL and politics? The footy's easier to predict  The Guardian

The weekend's results showed it is hard to see where the challenges come for Geelong and Collingwood.

AFL's position on Indigenous history of Aussie Rules leaves game's historians baffled  ABC News

The AFL has changed its official version of the how Australian Rules football was created, now officially recognising Indigenous origins — but the game's ...

AFL club bosses to watch Adam Goodes documentary  The Guardian

Club bosses will have a private screening of an upcoming documentary about Adam Goodes as the AFL braces itself for the fallout once it is released publicly.

AFL in $18.5m-a-year sponsorship deal with Toyota, reportedly largest ever in Australia  The Guardian

Deal to run until 2023 takes AFL past Tennis Australia as highest-earning sporting body from sponsorship.

Idiocy reigns as AFL commentators and umpires draw focus from on-field action  The Guardian

Moments of madness rose to the fore during round eight in AFL tweedledee, tweedle-dumb show.

New AFL season a welcome distraction after bumpy summer  The Guardian

Thursday's opener between Carlton and Richmond is likely to be greeted at AFL House with a certain sense of relief. Geoff Lemon. Wed 20 Mar 2019 13.00 EDT ...

We all want to feel safe at the footy but the AFL must rethink its crowd security approach  The Guardian

It is not the sport that inherently attracts violence and discrimination, it is the way in which it is administered.

Marvel Stadium to review 'intimidating' AFL security measures  The Guardian

Marvel Stadium management will review security procedures after the AFL venue's chief executive Michael Green conceded some fans felt intimidated by the ...

2018: an AFL year with plenty despite the perceived demise  The Guardian

Amid all the doom and gloom 2018 served up plenty to savour.

Has the AFL's soft cap saved the jobs of underperforming senior coaches?  ABC News

The job security of an AFL coach is often considered tenuous, particularly when their team is underperforming. But the introduction of a soft cap in 2015 — to limit ...

SPORTS RATINGS WRAP | AFL and NRL continue to shine amid crowded sporting fixture  TV Blackbox

It was another big weekend in sport with Ash Barty getting to the number 1 spot in women's tennis, and Australia continuing their journey in the cricket world cup, ...

AFL Fails In China Again, As Buses Take 'Fans' To Wrong Stadium  10 daily

The third AFL match in China was even flatter than the first two.

Harm associated with sports gambling finally arrives at AFL’s door  The Guardian

The irony of the league sanctioning a player for something it is complicit in promoting is glaring.

Collingwood's Jaidyn Stephenson to miss 10 matches after betting on AFL games  ABC News

Jaidyn Stephenson admits it was incredibly stupid to bet on AFL matches after he is banned for 22 matches, with 12 suspended, meaning he will return for the ...

New AFL role points to progress in acceptance of mental health issues  The Guardian

In late February Jack Steven stood up in front of his St Kilda teammates and told them he was taking time away from the club to deal with mental health issues.

AFL issues unreserved apology for failings over Adam Goodes saga  The Guardian

AFL admits it let down the Sydney Swans star over racist abuse and promises to learn from its mistakes.

AFL wants to cut back on tackling  Sydney Morning Herald

The AFL is examining the issue of excessive tackling, with football boss Steve Hocking saying the AFL wants to reduce the amount of tackling in the game.

AFL to crack down on bumps, niggles and studs next season  The Guardian

The bump is back on the endangered species list after the AFL Commission approved a range of tweaks to the match review and tribunal systems for 2019.

AFL sides deal with new 6-6-6, kick-out and 50m penalty rules ahead of season opener  ABC News

A raft of rule changes look set to shake up the new season of footy — but what does the preseason tell us about how the players and coaches have responded to ...

Alan Richardson stands down as coach of AFL club St Kilda  The Guardian

St Kilda have become the third AFL club to join the chase for a new coach this season after Alan Richardson's 127-game tenure came to an end.

Geelong veteran Gary Ablett handed one-week AFL suspension  The Guardian

Gary Ablett has been handed a one-game AFL suspension for striking Gold Coast opponent Anthony Miles behind the play.

McLachlan hails 'pragmatic' AFL umpiring after Rampe goalpost furore  The Guardian

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has described as 'pretty practical' the umpiring of Sydney co-captain Dane Rampe's goalpost climb in Friday's dramatic Essendon ...

Loud, obnoxious and at times racist: the sordid history of AFL barracking  The Conversation AU

Barracking has been a colourful and controversial part of Australian Rules football since the game's inception. Now, the AFL is trying to maintain order – and ...

Jaidyn Stephenson's suspension shows the AFL's mixed messages on sports betting  ABC News

One of the AFL's rising stars, Jaidyn Stephenson, has been rubbed out of the competition for 10 matches after admitting to placing bets on matches he played ...

Toyota extends AFL sponsorship to 2023 with record deal for Australian sport  mUmBRELLA*

Toyota has announced it will continue its lead sponsorship of the Australian Football League for another four years. At the official launch of the AFL season in ...

Anzac Day AFL game: Essendon v Collingwood - as it happened  The Guardian

Goal-by-goal report: Richard Parkin brings you the 2019 AFL Anzac Day clash between Essendon and Collingwood from the MCG.

'Unmitigated disaster': AFL world explodes over 'embarrassing' moment  Yahoo Sports

The AFL's score review system is under fire yet again after a controversial goal helped Essendon stun GWS on Thursday night. Replays appeared to show ...

AFL strugglers Carlton sack coach Brendon Bolton  The Guardian

Brendon Bolton is understood to have been sacked as coach of AFL strugglers Carlton.

Sportwatch: AFL's Showdown 46, NRL, Super Netball - as it happened  The Guardian

Rolling report: Join Richard Parkin for coverage of the day's AFL, NRL, Super Netball and Super Rugby action.

AFL's obsession with change blinds it to the consequences of endlessly tinkering with the game  ABC News

The AFL's endless tinkering with every facet of the sport means that no matter how good the game is, it won't be good enough, writes Richard Hinds.

Majak Daw's return: the best story the AFL has to tell in 2019  The Guardian

The North Melbourne defender's recovery from a bridge fall is a reminder of sport's true power to heal.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley accuses AFL of hypocrisy over gambling  ABC News

Following a player's suspension for betting on a match, AFL coaches, a former player and a gambling researcher warn gambling poses a problem for the league, ...

AFLW's Tayla Harris is not first female athlete targeted by trolls, and even some male players  ABC News

When former male AFL players join the pile-on of their female counterparts, you can see there's still a lot of work to do, writes Kate O'Halloran.