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AFL Trade Rumours: North Melbourne shopping for superstars

Often accused of lacking superstar talent during their recent years in finals – and not unfairly – North Melbourne appear to be going to great lengths to rectify that, with news coming through on Monday that they have put down a second million-dollar offer for an out-of-contract opposition player.

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Round 9 in the AFL: Dangerfield detonates, and the Giants find another way to beat the odds

Some semblance of reality returned to the AFL this weekend. Most of the market fancies won the day, and one of the game’s best reminded us of his potential for outright desolation.

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Erin Phillips staying put at the Crows

The AFLW’s best player, Erin Phillips, has re-signed with premiers Adelaide for next season.

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Simpson struggling to sort out Eagles’ road worries

West Coast coach Adam Simpson admits he doesn’t know what he’s going to get from his team when the Eagles play in Melbourne.

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It’s official! The closest start to AFL season since 1994

This is the closest AFL season ever, the competition has never been so even and there are no such thing as easybeats.

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North to break the bank for Dustin Martin

North Melbourne are reportedly set to make a huge play to lure Richmond star Dustin Martin to Arden Street.

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Swans’ injury woes continue with Cunningham out for six weeks

Sydney will be without injured young gun Harry Cunningham for the next six weeks of the AFL season, while Kieren Jack and Sam Naismith are no certainties to return from injury against Hawthorn on Friday night.

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Eleven quick takes from AFL Round 9

There may only have been eight games of footy this week but with more surprise results and some big moments, it didn’t feel any the less. Here’s my quick takes from the week.

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Glouftsis makes AFL umpiring history

The future of the iconic centre bounce will again be in the spotlight after history-making umpire Eleni Glouftsis chose to throw the ball up in the second half of Sunday’s AFL match between Essendon and West coast.

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Dockers down fast-starting Carlton

Fremantle have come from a 28-point deficit to defeat Carlton by 35 points to end Round 9 at Domain Stadium.

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Sweet sixteen for rising Roos

North Melbourne have hung on to beat the Melbourne Demons at the MCG by fourteen points, recording their third win of the season.

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West Coast wilt under Bomber belting

On the back of a Bomber blitzkrieg in the second quarter, Essendon have eviscerated a lackadaisical West Coast Eagles outfit to the tune of 61-points.

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Collingwood comeback leaves Hawthorn humbled

The Magpies have eased the pressure on coach Nathan Buckley with a come-from-behind 18-point victory over the Hawks at the MCG.

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Brisbane belted as Crows return to winning form

The Adelaide Crows completely destroyed the Brisbane Lions on Saturday night, and had them limping off the ground.

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Titanic! Cameron kicks last-minute winner as Tiger time hits an iceberg

The Richmond Tigers’ worst nightmare has repeated itself and the GWS Giants have snatched another late win, thanks to Jeremy Cameron booting a match-winning third goal with 59 seconds left on the clock at Spotless Stadium.

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Smooth, skillful, strong! Superb Sydney stifle sad, sorry Saints

If we weren’t sure before today, then we definitely are now; Sydney, after a crushing 50-point win over a hapless St Kilda, are officially back.

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Lin Jong Western Bulldogs AFL 2016

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GWS Giants coach Leon Cameron

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Adelaide Crows AFLW Grand Final 2017

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Travis Cloke Western Bulldogs AFL 2017

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AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan

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Toby Greene GWS Giants Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL 2016

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Gillon McLachlan fronts the media

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Joe Daniher Brendon Goddard AFL Essendon Bombers 2016

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The Roar of the crowd

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AFL Team of the Week: Round 9

By Josh Barnstable, Today
AFL Team of the Week: Round 9

Some incredible performances in the midfield are highlighted in Round 9’s Team of the Week.

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Can’t buy a win, but Richmond remain great value for entertainment

Elation. Disbelief. Heartbreak. Three juxtaposing emotions experienced all within two minutes.

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AFL Power Rankings 2017: Round 9

By Adrian Polykandrites, 22 May 2017
AFL Power Rankings 2017: Round 9

If the first eight rounds taught us anything, it’s to expect anything, which is why – with the exception of the margin between Essendon and West Coast – there were no real surprises in Round 9.

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The nine AFL clubs that should drop their ruckmen

By AFLBOLDPredictions, 22 May 2017
The nine AFL clubs that should drop their ruckmen

The last ten premiership sides enjoy some very similar traits.

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Will Buddy be the last 1000-goal legend?

By Martin Rocks, 22 May 2017
Will Buddy be the last 1000-goal legend?

Coming into Indigenous round this week, it’s fascinating to revisit Buddy Franklin’s charge up the all-time goal-kicking ranks.

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Over-umpiring is killing the AFL

By Dylan Carmody, 22 May 2017
Over-umpiring is killing the AFL

Over-umpiring is the bane of my existence.

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Fremantle Dockers vs Carlton Blues highlights: AFL live scores, blog

Match result: Fremantle have come from a 28-point deficit to defeat Carlton by 35 points to end Round 9 at Domain Stadium.

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Melbourne Demons vs North Melbourne Kangaroos: AFL live scores, blog

Match result: North Melbourne have hung on to beat the Melbourne Demons at the MCG by fourteen points, recording their third win of the season.

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Essendon Bombers vs West Coast Eagles: AFL live scores, blog

Match result: On the back of a Bomber blitzkrieg in the second quarter, Essendon have eviscerated a lackadaisical West Coast Eagles outfit to the tune of 61-points.

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AFL’s China foray can be considered a success

Much has been made of the recent Australian rules game between the Gold Coast Suns and Port Adelaide in Shanghai. There was a lot of hype from the AFL, mockery from other codes and some local confusion over the intricacies of the game itself.

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Melbourne must face their Demons against the Kangaroos

This Sunday, the Melbourne Football Club face arguably their biggest challenge of the season thus far when they take on the North Melbourne Kangaroos at the MCG.

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Collingwood Magpies vs Hawthorn Hawks: AFL live scores, blog

Match result: The Magpies have eased the pressure on coach Nathan Buckley with a come-from-behind 18-point victory over the Hawks at the MCG.

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Brisbane Lions vs Adelaide Crows Highlights: AFL live scores, blog

Match result: The Adelaide Crows completely destroyed the Brisbane Lions on Saturday night, and had them limping off the ground.

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GWS Giants vs Richmond Tigers highlights: AFL live scores, blog

Match result: The Richmond Tigers’ worst nightmare has repeated itself for and the GWS Giants have snatched another late win, thanks to Jeremy Cameron booting a match-winning third goal with 59 seconds left on the clock at Spotless Stadium.

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St Kilda Saints vs Sydney Swans Highlights: AFL live scores, blog

Match result: If we weren’t sure before today, then we definitely are now; Sydney, after a crushing 50-point win over a hapless St Kilda, are officially back.

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Cats prevail in Dogs ‘mystery show’

By Dylan Carmody, 20 May 2017
Cats prevail in Dogs ‘mystery show’

It was a tale of two sides on Friday night: Geelong shone brightly while the Dogs continued their topsy-turvy start to the season.

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Charlie Curnow Carlton Blues AFL 2017

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Geelong Cats Patrick Dangerfield Harry Taylor Steven Motlop AFL 2016

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Todd Goldstein North Melbourne Kangaroos AFL 2016

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Jade Gresham St Kilda Saints AFL 2017

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Daniel Wells Collingwood Magpies AFL 2017

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Taylor Walker Adelaide Crows AFL 2016

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Bryce Gibbs Carlton Blues AFL 2016

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