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Football hell: Revisiting the glorious Essendon and West Coast collapses

So often it’s the worst, most painful moments that remind you just how lovely football is.

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Seven quick takes from AFL Round 14

If you like great games of football, the 2017 AFL season just continues to give. This year could’ve been written by Shel Silverstein. As always, I’m here with some quick takes.

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Billings shines as Saints beat Suns

Emerging star Jack Billings and veteran Nick Riewoldt were the difference as St Kilda held off Gold Coast for a 31-point AFL win.

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Tigers edge Carlton in scrappy clash

Richmond have survived a late scare from a determined Carlton, edging the Blues by 26 points in a scrappy AFL contest.

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Docker drama! Cats come back from the dead to flip Fremantle

Three men down and trailing by 34-points against a youthful and inspired Dockers outfit, Geelong have risen like Lazarus to steal a 2-point victory.

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Magnificent Melbourne win over West Coast in last-minute heist

Melbourne have pulled off a sensational last minute win over the West Coast Eagles at Subiaco.

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Bulldogs beat North by a point

The Western Bulldogs are back in the AFL top eight after a controversial one-point win over North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium.

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Giants thump Lions, go top of ladder

Dylan Shiel has starred in his 100th game, with Greater Western Sydney grabbing top spot on the AFL ladder with a 10-goal hammering of Brisbane at the Gabba.

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Highlights: Shades of Gray too Power-ful for the black and white

Port Adelaide have refused to let inaccuracy damper a well deserved, and very important, 31-point win over Collingwood at the MCG on Saturday afternoon.

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GWS, Tigers plan Indian AFL clash

Greater Western Sydney and Richmond appear to have stolen the march in staging an AFL match in India, with the clubs confirming plans for a Premiership encounter on the sub-continent.

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Swans are AFL’s form team: Essendon coach

Sydney is coming.

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Swans pip ‘Dons by a point in thriller

Sydney have completed an astonishing one-point AFL victory over Essendon at the SCG, sneaking home via a Gary Rohan conversion from the goal square after the final siren.

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Gary Ablett ruled out of milestone game

Gold Coast superstar Gary Ablett has been ruled out of Sunday’s AFL clash against St Kilda with a calf injury.

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Sydney vs Essendon: Friday Night Forecast

A month ago, this looked like a Friday fizzer. After Essendon’s consolidation and Sydney’s return to form, it’s now a game for a spot in the top eight – at least temporarily.

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International rugby union, AFL, NRL and much more: How to watch all the best sporting action this weekend

After another State of Origin thriller there’s a full slate of AFL and NRL this weekend, but of course don’t forget to fit in the Wallabies Test and top it all off on Sunday night with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

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Hawks hammer Crows in another 2017 upset

Ball magnet Tom Mitchell has inspired Hawthorn to an upset 14-point victory against AFL ladder-leaders Adelaide.

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Travis Cloke Western Bulldogs AFL 2017

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Max Gawn Bernie Vince Alex Neal-Bullen Melbourne Demons AFL 2015

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AFL Sherrin Football Generic 2017

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Rory Atkins Adelaide Crows 2016 AFL

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Jaeger O'Meara Hawthorn Hawks AFL 2017

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Brodie Grundy of the Magpies (left) and Matthew Boyd of the Bulldogs contest

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In 2016, the Western Bulldogs won their first premiership since 1954

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AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan

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The Roar of the crowd

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AFL Power Rankings 2017: Round 14

By Adrian Polykandrites, Today
AFL Power Rankings 2017: Round 14

This season has well and truly lost its mind. Why is anyone still reading these?

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Is the 2013 AFL draft the next ‘SuperDraft’?

The 2001 AFL draft boasts many of the game’s big-name stars, whether recently retired or still soldiering on.

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How good’s footy?

By Dylan Carmody, Today
How good’s footy?

For the first time, in a long, long time, football is good. I’ve heard the phrase ‘how good’s footy?” quite a bit this week.

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St Kilda Saints vs Gold Coast Suns Highlights: AFL live scores, blog

Match result: Emerging star Jack Billings and veteran Nick Riewoldt were the difference as St Kilda held off Gold Coast for a 31-point AFL win.

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Richmond Tigers vs Carlton Blues highlights: AFL live scores, blog

Match result: Richmond have survived a late scare from a determined Carlton, edging the Blues by 26 points in a scrappy AFL contest.

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Geelong Cats vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL live scores, blog

Match result: Three men down and trailing by 34-points against a youthful and inspired Dockers outfit, Geelong have risen like Lazarus to steal a 2-point victory.

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The AFL get their wish

By John Williamson, 25 Jun 2017 New author!
The AFL get their wish

Perhaps the Bulldogs winning the grand final from seventh last year said more about the evenness of the competition than simply the brilliance of one team.

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Why fears of the Sydney Swans’ demise have been greatly exaggerated

After starting this season with six straight losses, and occupying last place on the ladder for the first time since 1999, many feared that the Sydney Swans’ golden finals run would come to an end this year.

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West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons Highlights: AFL live scores, blog

Match result: Melbourne have pulled off a sensational last minute win over the West Coast Eagles at Subiaco.

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Western Bulldogs vs North Melbourne Kangaroos highlights: AFL live scores, blog

Match result: The Western Bulldogs are back in the AFL top eight after a controversial one-point win over North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium.

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Brisbane Lions vs GWS Giants: AFL live scores, blog

Match result: Dylan Shiel has starred in his 100th game, with Greater Western Sydney grabbing top spot on the AFL ladder with a 10-goal hammering of Brisbane at the Gabba.

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Collingwood Magpies vs Port Adelaide Power: AFL live scores, blog

Match result: Port Adelaide have refused to let inaccuracy damper a well deserved, and very important, 31-point win over Collingwood at the MCG on Saturday afternoon.

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The ten best Round 14 games from the past ten years

Welcome to another edition of my weekly column with which we take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of the classic AFL matches that correspond with the upcoming round.

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Sydney Swans vs Essendon Bombers highlights: AFL live scores, blog

This Friday night, the Essendon Bombers travel to the SCG to take on the Sydney Swans for an exciting clash. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of the match at 7:50pm (AEST).

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Why Kangaroos shouldn’t make the hop to Tassie

By Andrew Macdougall, 23 Jun 2017
Why Kangaroos shouldn’t make the hop to Tassie

The reason we love sport is the emotion it brings, it’s a real life soap opera, enormous joy together with the lowest of lows. The lowest of them all, is seeing your club get taken away after years of fighting to keep it alive.

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Sam Newman – no laughing matter

By Sean Woodland, 23 Jun 2017
Sam Newman – no laughing matter

Imagine having a bizarrely altered face like Sam Newman’s and then having the gobsmacking audacity to refer to someone else as an ‘it’.

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Joe Daniher Essendon Bombers 2013 AFL

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Josh Jenkins Adelaide Crows AFL 2016

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Nathan Buckley Collingwood Magpies AFL 2015

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Liam Shiels

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Lance Franklin Sydney Swans AFL Indigenous Round 2017

For once, can’t we just watch the footy?

By Liam Bretag, 22 Jun 2017

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Patrick Dangerfield Joel Selwood Geelong Cats AFL 2016

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Alex Rance of the Richmond Tigers

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Nathan Buckley Collingwood Magpies AFL 2015

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