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

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

AFL: Gary Ablett Jr. welcomes son, Instagram post, father-son rule

Gary Ablett Jr and his wife Jordan have revealed the birth of their first child on Instagram.

AFL 2019, news: Dylan Grimes broken nose, Richmond Tigers | Brett Deledio, 10 Year Challenge

The 2019 AFL season is just around the corner and teams are beginning to ramp up their training loads.

Australian rules: AFL-stacked funding board has conflict of interest  The Sydney Morning Herald

There is a paradox at the heart of Australian sport and, given some of the unfolding power plays, it is likely to persist, unresolved, even if there is a change of ...

Why we should nationalise Cricket Australia, the AFL and all Australian sport  Crikey

Sports fans are fed up with corporate capture. It's time to fight back. It's time to nationalise major Australian sporting leagues.

The new year's resolutions your AFL club should be making for 2019  The Age

With 2019 upon us, we dissect what each club needs to do to make next season a successful one.

Aussie Rules Football helping refugee children feel more included at school  ABC News

Learning how to kick a footy and take a mark are skills many Australian kids learn growing up, but for those who've come across the seas, it can be a foreign ...

West Coast 2018 premiership: Brad Sheppard injury, heartbreak of missing out, Nic Naitanui and Andrew Gaff

West Coast defender Brad Sheppard says he leant heavily on Nic Naitanui and Andrew Gaff to deal with the heartbreak of missing out on the club's premiership ...

AFL: Essendon star Zach Merrett hurts ankle  The Age

Star Essendon midfielder Zach Merrett will miss a chunk of AFL preseason training after spraining an ankle.

James Aish says 2018 success proved to Collingwood players they can match best teams  Herald Sun

James Aish says getting a taste of finals football last year has steeled Collingwoods resolve to go one step further in 2019.

AFL player Majak Daw says he has 'second chance at life' as he recovers from bridge fall  The Guardian

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 ...

Matt Wearn | Giving up on AFL to pursue Olympic sailing with the Australian Sailing Team  PlayersVoice

He was on track for a career in the nation's biggest sport. He threw it away to pursue one very few follow. This is why Matt Wearn made the right decision.

AFL year in review: when Eagles soared and Gold Coast floundered  The Age

Few would have been brave enough to pick this year's grand finalists when the season got under way seven months prior.

Gavin Wanganeen’s biggest struggle during AFL career  Herald Sun

Come the weekend, we urge them forth in contest but it takes the near-death of someone such as North Melbourne AFL player Majak Daw to realise there are ...

Test your knowledge with the ultimate sports quiz on 2018  Herald Sun

How about your racing, or netball? Tennis, anyone? As we draw the curtains on 2018, take our quiz below to see how well you were paying attention over the ...

ASADA set to build barriers to protect sport  The Canberra Times

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief David Sharpe has called on a raft of major stakeholders to build barriers to protect codes from organised crime.

Alex Fasolo ramps up pre-season training with Carlton while Mitch McGovern returns from injury  Herald Sun

New Blue Alex Fasolo is continuing to ramp up his training as he pushes for an early-season debut for Carlton. The 26-year-old former Collingwood forward ...

Sport of kings accessible to all, say polo players  The Mercury

POLO has long been regarded as the sport of kings — an elite sport few commoners know much about or have access to.

Crows veteran David Mackay hoping Kane Cornes’ prediction for Adelaide in 2019 is on the money  The Advertiser

Crows veteran David Mackay hopes Kane Cornes bold prediction for Adelaide in 2019 is on the money.

Dan Christian calls for Big Bash Indigenous Round  Daily Telegraph

Melbourne Renegades star Dan Christian has asked Cricket Australia to introduce an Indigenous Round into the Big Bash League next season.

AFL injury ward: Who's in the recovery ward at your club over Christmas  The Age

As clubs head into their three-week summer break, we detail who will be digging into their Christmas pudding while wearing a moon boot. Adelaide Captain ...

Langer brings in AFL duo for pre-Boxing Day Test chat  The Age

AFL coaches Alastair Clarkson and Chris Fagan were guests of honour at the MCG on Christmas Eve, chatting with Australian cricket counterpart Justin Langer.

Rory Lobb is ready to be recognised at the Fremantle Dockers  The West Australian

He spent years in New South Wales without the public knowing who he was, now Rory Lobb is ready to embrace his role as one of Fremantle's high-profile new ...

Halifax AFL lower divisions  Halifax Evening Courier

Northowram revived their Division One promotion challenge, after a mauling at the hands of Illingworth the previous week, with a 5-1 win away to Elland Allstars.

Jack Riewoldt won’t pick Jack Higgins in AFLX because he has to ‘deal with him every day’  Herald Sun

Rampage captain Jack Riewoldt hasn't settled on a draft wish list yet but one thing he knows, Richmond goal sneak Jack Higgins is free to test the AFLX free ...

The 30 most popular pre-season SuperCoach picks  Herald Sun

Patrick Dangerfield lost his crown as the No.1 scorer in SuperCoach in 2018 but hes on track to be the most selected player in the game this season.

Eight reasons for Collingwood fans to get excited ahead of 2019  Herald Sun

Collingwood fell agonisingly short in the 2018 Grand Final and that type of defeat can send a club one of two ways. However, looking at the Magpies list and ...

The Punt: your ultimate ticket to winning big this weekend with TAB  Herald Sun

We might be still digesting our Christmas pudding but footy is never too far from our minds with one TAB punter placing 27000 on a team that didnt even make ...

Callan Ward committing to his two loves, fiance Ruby Keddie and hard work on the football field  Daily Telegraph

Giants co-captain Callan Ward will share the biggest day of his life with his teammates on Saturday and he is confident such a bond will only aid the clubs push ...

Good Friday booze battle: Bid to lift beer ban at Perth’s Optus Stadium  PerthNow

Premier Mark McGowan wants a ban on beer being served to West Coast Eagles fans at this year's inaugural Good Friday AFL fixture in Perth to be overturned.

Disappointment, then rebirth: Michael Dickson’s path from AFL hopeful to Seahawks sensation  The Seattle Times

Not getting drafted into Australia's AFL was the 'greatest disappointment' of Michael Dickson's young life. But if his dream of playing professional Australian ...

AFL appoints its first Indigenous commissioner  The Age

A background in mental health gave Helen Milroy the edge to to become the first ever Indigenous member of the AFL commission.

The Phantom’s SuperCoach formguide for North Melbourne: New recruits set to shine in 2019  The Advertiser

Whether you are punting on a mid-price selection or backing the favourite, its not always easy picking a winner in SuperCoach. To help, The Phantom predicts ...

Alex Bolt v Alexander Zverev Australian Open day six, the story behind the bleached hair  Herald Sun

Alex Bolt has the opportunity to bust through the door, according to former Australian player Sam Groth, with the bleached-haired revelation confident of holding ...

There’s no hiding our team spirit, says Crows forward Marijana Rajcic ahead of third AFLW season  The Advertiser

EVEN with six seasons in elite soccer under her belt, for Marijana Rajcic nothing comes close to the team spirit thats building at the Adelaide Crows.

Nick Kyrgios takes swipe at Lleyton Hewitt on social media before deleting post  ABC News

Nick Kyrgios has taken a swipe at Lleyton Hewitt in an Instagram post only a day after denying there was a rift between him and the Australian Davis Cup captain ...

From kicking goals to setting goals: Premiership-winning Sydney Swans player Ted Richards  3AW

Former AFL player Ted Richards has more than 260 first grade games under his belt but unbeknownst to many he was also kicking goals off the field, tackling a ...

AFL welcomes Palyku woman as first Indigenous commissioner  National Indigenous Times

An Indigenous woman will become the AFL's first Indigenous commissioner in 2019. Professor Helen Milroy, a descendent of the Palkyu people of the Pilbara ...

AFL is the dominant Australian sport – but can it stay on top?  The Age

The early history of Melbourne marked Australian Rules football into our soul. But with demographic changes, can the game stay on top?

Oscar Brownless has wasted little time making his mark at the Geelong Cats this summer, according to Patrick Dangerfield  Geelong Advertiser

GEELONG father-son draftee Oscar Brownless has wasted little time making his mark at the Cats, with the 18-year-old one of several recruits to have caught the ...

AFL: Eagles thrash Demons to book AFL grand final  The Guardian

Josh 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 ...

AFL grand final 2018: West Coast v Collingwood – as it happened  The Guardian

Goal-by-goal report: Alana Schetzer takes you through every goal in a pulsating AFL grand final, as the Eagles grab their fourth crown.

Eight Thursday night games included in AFL's 2019 fixture  The Guardian

The AFL has scheduled Thursday night matches in each of the five opening rounds in 2019, and eight times overall, in a move certain to please broadcasters.

AFL, the Australian game kicking off in the United States

It's a sport normally associated with Australia but on a crowded sports field on the outskirts of Minneapol...

AFL as a true global sport? Don't laugh - it could happen  The Age

Just how far-fetched is it to think one day an AFL team could be permanently based in Shanghai?

Magpies shock Tigers as US import sparks AFL finals boilover  The Guardian

Collingwood have stormed into the AFL grand final with a stunning 39-point preliminary final win over reigning premiers Richmond at the MCG.

Magpie Brazill set for some dual-sport razzle dazzle

As an AFLW and netball Collingwood player, Ash Brazill is set to double up again this season.

AFL preliminary finals: your guide to the final four teams  The Guardian

Tigers, Magpies, Eagles or Demons? Justin Robertson runs the rule over the AFL's final four.

AFL finals frenzy means no tickets left for non-members  The Guardian

Tigers versus Pies 'match will be at capacity', says AFL, as club members snap up 40,000 tickets made available on Monday morning. Pádraig Collins. Mon 17 ...

From collection to analysis: sports data and its profound impact on the AFL  The Guardian

But a lack of access to and a broader understanding of statistical analysis is a tough problem to solve.

AFLW: New deal 'massive' for women's sport, says star Crow

Erin Phillips says broadcast deal is setting AFLW in the right direction.

Tony Peek: AFL legends remember the 'visionary' who transformed the game  The Guardian

The driving force behind Rule 30, Peek infused AFL and its communities with his values.

Australian sport doesn't need to be slathered in American mustard  The Age

It has become clear that there are several things things afoot in Australian sport that seek to emulate America.

AFL grand final shows 'fixers' the enduring allure of defence  The Guardian

For those hell-bent on changing AFL, Saturday's grand final was a shining example of its health.

AFL rule changes take step closer to becoming reality  The Guardian

The AFL commission will have plenty to think about after the league's competition committee decided to recommend a raft of rule changes and interpretations.

Three AFL clubs still yet to employ a psychologist or psychiatrist  The Age

Three of the AFL's 18 clubs still do not employ a psychiatrist or psychologist to support their players dealing with mental health issues according to the AFL ...

AFL tightens new six-six-six rule with a 50m penalty  The Age

The AFL will add a 50m penalty to teams that deliberately flood back to protect a lead.

Where to watch AFL Grand Final: TV guide to all footy shows  Herald Sun

FOR Collingwood and West Coast Eagles supporters — and general lovers of footy — theres a smorgasbord of quality AFL *content* to watch on TV before ...

After Daw incident, AFL looks to make clubs hire mental health experts  The Age

Amid heightened concern about footballers' mental heath after the Majak Daw incident, the AFL is looking to make it mandatory for clubs to spend a certain ...

West Coast down Magpies as Sydney's AFL finals end in misery  The Guardian

West Coast have produced a last-gasp surge to pip Collingwood by 16 points in a nerve-jangling AFL qualifying final.

Violence has no place in sport  The Age

Contact sport is hazardous. Participants by implication consent to the inherent risks involved in physically and psychologically charged competition, particularly ...

AFL grand final: Do Collingwood's home comforts unfairly disadvantage the West Coast Eagles?  ABC News

West Coast finished higher on the AFL ladder than Collingwood but will cede home field advantage in the biggest game of the season. Is that fair, and what, ...

AFLW: Magpies appoint head of women's sport

COLLINGWOOD has appointed two-time netball premiership coach Jane Woodlands-Thompson as head of its women's sports program, including its AFL ...

St Kilda replace Gold Coast for AFL game in China  The Guardian

Chasing funding and fans, St Kilda have replaced Gold Coast as Port Adelaide's opponents for the AFL's annual match in Shanghai. The Saints have committed ...

AFL's trans participation policy sets a dangerous precedent for women  The Guardian

Late 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 ...

AFL, NRL grand finals: Sport fans to be forced to decide who they loathe the least  ABC News

For NRL fans who don't support the Storm or the Roosters, the Grand Final will be like watching Cruella de Vil and her twin sister strolling into a lost dogs' home, ...

'A remarkable sporting story': Alex Johnson to return to AFL after six years out injured  The Guardian

Injury-cursed Sydney defender Alex Johnson will make his long-awaited AFL return, almost six years since his last senior game.

AFL trades live: Deadline day of trade period  The Age

Will all the big deals get done before deadline? Follow our live trade blog for all the latest on player movement.

AFL is already great, it doesn't need to be made great again  The Age

AFLX was inspired by a worthy idea. The AFL wanted to create a game that can be played on rectangular fields in non-traditional football markets to showcase ...

AFL membership ladder: Tigers set to reach 100,000 once again, as Suns bottom out  The Age

Richmond are on track to crack 100,000 members again in 2019, having reached almost 75,000 members by the first week of December. The Tigers faithful ...

Cork player among GAA quartet chasing AFL contracts  Irish Examiner

By Daragh Ó Conchúir. Footballers from Carlow, Down, Derry and Cork will be hoping to impress the scouts as they pursue a professional contract at the AFL ...

AFL bids to arrest low scoring games with nine rule changes  The Guardian

The AFL says it has listened to fans and will introduce nine rule changes next year to produce more free-flowing football and make the game a better spectacle.

Hawthorn remain buoyant despite heavy loss in AFL finals opener  The Guardian

A bruising loss to Richmond confirmed plenty of fears about Hawthorn but ruckman Ben McEvoy insists the Hawks have what it takes to avoid a straight-sets AFL ...

AFL to consider rule changes ahead of 2019 season  The Guardian

AFL supremo Gillon McLachlan expects some rule tweaks to come into force next season and has taken a veiled swipe at critics.

Melbourne beat Hawthorn in AFL semi-final – as it happened  The Guardian

Goal-by-goal report: The Demons held up under late pressure to beat the Hawks at the MCG and move within one game of the AFL grand final.

Hannah Mouncey hits out at AFL as she withdraws from AFLW draft  The Guardian

Transgender footballer Hannah Mouncey appears to have given up her AFLW dream after deciding not to nominate for the draft.

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

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 man of sorrows of ...

Muslim AFL players and teammates stand united after Fraser Anning's remarks  The Guardian

Essendon's Adam Saad and Richmond's Bachar Houli, both practising Muslims, to join captains for coin toss.

Majak Daw: AFL criticised by North Melbourne legend Wayne Schwass

North Melbourne legend Wayne Schwass has criticised the AFL over what he says is a failure to combat mental health issues rife throughout the game.

AFL club membership numbers 2018: Richmond, Collingwood, Western Bulldogs, Hawthorn

THE AFL has released the final club membership tallies for the 2018 season, with the league finally cracking the magical seven-figure mark despite the decline ...

AFL 2018: Waleed Aly consulted on state of game, Warnie furious

TV PERSONALITY Waleed Aly has opened up on meeting with the AFL as part of its investigation into the state of the modern game.

Collingwood edge GWS to set up AFL preliminary final with Richmond  The Guardian

Collingwood set up a blockbuster AFL preliminary final clash with Richmond thanks to a hard-fought 10-point win over GWS at the MCG. The Pies led by just ...

Stuck in limbo: AFL players looking for a lifeline  The Age

Fremantle's Tom Sheridan and Collingwood premiership player Jarryd Blair are among a raft of players still in limbo at the conclusion of the AFL trade period.

Friday night joke proves AFL fixture needs to change  The Guardian

In 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 ...

Is the AFL trade period bigger than the game?  The Age

Today, we have two football seasons - one involves games played on a field and has only one ultimate winner; the other is the traffic of players.

Five AFL clubs awarded new 20-year licenses to operate pokies  The Age

Carlton, Hawthorn, Essendon, Richmond and St Kilda have all been handed 20 year licenses to continue operating pokies at venues around the state.

AFL girls kicking goals in rugby league territory  The Age

Since the 2017 inaugural season of the AFL women's league female participation has more than doubled in NSW.

Young Demons make point in AFL finals win over Geelong  The Guardian

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin has lauded his team's character after they dispelled their doubters with a 29-point AFL elimination final win over Geelong.

AFL 2018: Ripping story behind Australia’s wonkiest oval

On the biggest island in the Gulf of Carpentaria — between the Northern Territory and northern Queensland — is Alyangula Oval, a footy field that's as Australian ...

Why doesn't the Northern Territory have an AFL team?  ABC News

When it comes to AFL the Northern Territory punches above its weight — per capita more Territorians participate than anywhere else and it's produced a number ...

‘American Pie’ Mason Cox and Magpies in AFL final

The Australian Football League grand final annually attracts a crowd of about 100,000 to the Melbourne Cricket Ground — the largest single-game attendance of ...

AFL rule changes: how the AFL got its numbers wrong in an attempt to justify proposed new laws  ABC News

The AFL claims its trials of new rules have proven they enhance scoring. A closer examination shows that evidence simply doesn't exist yet to back that up.

AFL to bring in 'Toby Greene rule' in raft of changes  The Age

The AFL has introduced a Toby Greene rule to stamp out stops up amid a raft of rule changes.

AFL trades live: The latest trade news is here  The Age

Multiple reports are suggesting that Hawthorn are prepared to trade young star Ryan Burton and pick 15 to Port Adelaide in exchange for Wingard. Ryan Burton.

At its best, nothing can sell the AFL quite like the game itself  The Age

The AFL, along with most other professional sports around the world, has corrupted play with micro-analysis and over-coaching.

Football coach delivers explosive halftime spray to playing group

AS far as halftime addresses go, this one has to rank as one of the all-time greats.

Former AFL player Colin Sylvia killed in car crash  The Guardian

The 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 ...

Billy Slater aims to transfer winning NRL formula to new AFL role  The Guardian

He has never played an AFL game but rugby league great Billy Slater believes he has plenty to offer the rival code.

AFL pride game making a profound difference as awareness grows  The Guardian

In 2018, AFL football and cheerleading are rarely mentioned in the same sentence. In the 1980s, however, several troupes thrived, most notably the Carlton ...