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Why I secretly love being part of footy’s bad hot-take media

A week ago, the AFL media landscape was full of quick, nasty reactions to Geelong’s qualifying final loss to Richmond. Some of them were mine.

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Bombers keen to add lost Bulldog Jake Stringer

Essendon have declared their intent to land Western Bulldogs fallen star Jake Stringer at this year’s AFL trade period.

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Another failed finals series for John Longmire

Once again, John Longmire has led the Sydney Swans to finals failure. As ever, he will escape any meaningful scrutiny.

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Ken Hinkley and Brad Scott played their clubs like a fiddle

The 2017 AFL season isn’t even over yet and already Ken Hinkley and Brad Scott, despite the frustrations of fans, have received extensions to 2021 and 2020 respectively.

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Tiger Army plan to cover the MCG in black and yellow

Greater Western Sydney will be confronted by a seething cauldron of yellow and black when they take on Richmond at the MCG.

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Cats have the guts to go one step further

Geelong’s gastroenteritis crisis wasn’t a crisis after all.

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Josh Kelly re-signs with Giants

Star AFL midfielder Josh Kelly has put an end to months of speculation about his future by re-signing with Greater Western Sydney.

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Hinkley to speak amid speculation he wants out of Port Adelaide

Ken Hinkley’s Adelaide radio interview on Monday will command national attention as intrigue continues over his AFL future.

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Adelaide sweating on fitness of Mitch McGovern ahead of preliminary final

Injuries continue to plague Adelaide’s AFL finals campaign, with forward Mitch McGovern now in doubt because of another hamstring problem.

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Prelims are a referendum on the AFL’s post Round 23 bye

Prior to this year, three teams in the AFL era have had multiple weeks off during their finals campaign. It ended badly for all of them.

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The West Coast Eagles are headed for the cliff’s edge

West Coast’s remarkable efforts to scrape into finals and then win past Port Adelaide were among the most memorable moments of 2017 – but don’t let that fool you. The Eagles have problems.

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Five talking points from GWS Giants vs West Coast Eagles first semi-final

The GWS Giants are through to a preliminary final after a comfortable win over West Coast on Saturday night. Here’s my five talking points from the match.

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GWS bounce back, West Coast hit an off-season of uncertainty

GWS impressed in their officially sanctioned training run against West Coast on Saturday night.

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Stevie J bags best goal haul for six years

Veteran Greater Western Sydney forward Steve Johnson revealed his troublesome knee is feeling better than it has for around 20 weeks, after he bagged his biggest goal haul for six years in Saturday’s semi-final win over West Coast.

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Hinkley’s future at Port still clouded

The AFL future of Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley should become clearer on Monday as Gold Coast continue to hover.

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AFL boss takes cheeky dig at Tigers buzz

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has given Richmond’s success-starved army of supporters a cheeky reminder their 37-year wait for an AFL flag hasn’t ended yet.

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Jonathan Patton GWS Giants AFL 2017

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Steve Johnson GWS GIants AFL Finals 2017

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Dan Hannebery Sydney Swans AFL 2017

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Steven Motlop Geelong Cats AFL 2017

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Jack Darling West Coast Eagles AFL 2017

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Josh Kelly GWS Giants AFL 2017

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Chris Scott Geelong Cats AFL 2017

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Josh Kelly GWS Giants AFL 2017

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Lance Franklin of the Sydney Swans

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Maybe it’s time for Sydney to introduce a ‘no going missing in finals’ policy

Who saw that coming last weekend? By ‘that’, I don’t mean Gary Rohan having a shocker, for if ever there was a bloke born to play really well for the Suns and therefore never in a final again, it is him.

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A message for the Giant haters

In light of Greater Western Sydney making it through to the preliminary final, I felt the need to express my feelings for the club I love so dearly.

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The time is now for Adelaide

By Zac Standish, Today
The time is now for Adelaide

We have finally made it.

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2017 AFL finals series: Week 3 preview

By mastermind5991, Today
2017 AFL finals series: Week 3 preview

Only four teams remain in the race to win this year’s AFL premiership and this weekend has thrown up what can only be described as a promoter’s dream preliminary final line-up.

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Carlton season review and possible trades 2017

Carlton won less games than they won in 2016, however looked like a better side with plenty of excitement and developing youngsters. Here is my season review.

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Don’t wake the sleeping giant: Hawthorn’s potential off-season moves

Is Hawthorn set to launch an attack? Or is Graham Wright having a quiet off-season this year?

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Tasmania: Build a business case, and they will come

Tasmanian media has, at various times, been saturated with calls for an AFL team. There is plenty of passion, but not much objective thought.

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One last roll of the dice for the Eagles?

By Dylan Matthews, 19 Sep 2017
One last roll of the dice for the Eagles?

It is a conundrum that will challenge the powers to be at West Coast over summer. Are they genuine premiership contenders or is it time for a list overhaul and to look towards a rebuilding phase?

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Random musings about the AFL finals

By Gordon P Smith, 19 Sep 2017
Random musings about the AFL finals

At the start of September, who would have bet that West Coast would be the last ‘bottom four’ side remaining alive in the AFL finals?

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Is it just me or are West Coast supporters the worst?

I have a very hard time dealing with so-called ‘supporters’ acting aggressively towards their own team. 

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GWS Giants vs West Coast Eagles Highlights: AFL Finals live scores, blog

Match result: The GWS Giants have joined Geelong as semi-final winners in what should be proclaimed as the redemption weekend, savaging a brave but largely outmatched West Coast side by 67 points, and locking in their second consecutive preliminary finals appearance.

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Chris Scott simply out-coached John Longmire

By Sam Staunton, 16 Sep 2017
Chris Scott simply out-coached John Longmire

The Cats have made a huge statement with a dominant win over the Sydney Swans on Friday night at the MCG following an abysmal effort against Richmond in the qualifying final.

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Geelong Cats vs Sydney Swans: AFL Finals live scores, blog

Match result: Geelong is one win away from the 2017 AFL Grand Final, ending the dream run of Sydney, smashing them by 59 points at the MCG on Friday night.

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Have we written off the Cats too early?

By Zac Standish, 15 Sep 2017
Have we written off the Cats too early?

Finishing equal first and with a 15-6-1 record things were looking good for Geelong. Behind the core midfield duo of Dangerfield and Selwood, Chris Scott’s men looked poised to give the 2017 premiership a real shake.

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Richmond’s rewarding leap of faith may change the AFL

In an era where clubs are obsessed with pre-game entertainment and selling experiences, Geelong opposing Richmond was a poignant reminder that nothing will ever shade the experience of two great sides in a finals series.

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Structural shake up needed for Cats to topple Swans

Not many people are giving Geelong a chance of beating Sydney this Friday night in the Second Semi Final at the MCG – and with good reason.

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Joel Selwood Geelong Cats AFL 2017

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Steven Motlop Geelong Cats AFL 2017

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Rodney Eade Gold Coast Suns AFL 2017

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Jobe Watson Essendon Bombers AFL

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Paddy Ryder Port Adelaide Power 2017 AFL

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Lance Franklin Sydney Swans AFL 2017

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Lance Franklin Sydney Swans AFL 2017

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Eddie Betts Adelaide Crows AFL 2017

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Josh Begley Essendon Bombers AFL 2017

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