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AFL releases official list of 2017 free agents

The AFL has released its official list of free agents for the 2017 season, including which are restricted and unrestricted.

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Collingwood vs Western Bulldogs: Friday Night Forecast

The reigning premiers assume their position in the Friday night spotlight, journeying across town to face the Pies. Uncertainty abounds for both of these teams. What better way to expose it than in the first prime time game of the year.

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Do you believe in miracles? Remembering the Bulldogs’ journey to the top

There are five minutes left in the grand final. The Western Bulldogs lead by nine points.

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Women’s sport weekly wrap: Lions denied Gabba grand final

Whether it’s in relation to players and clubs abiding by the rules, governing bodies treating each club in the same way, or consistency in decisions made by governing bodies, officials and judiciaries, there is an expectation that sport is an even playing field.

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Highlights: Hey Prestia! Martin magic wins it for Richmond

The Richmond Tigers have kicked their 2017 season off in style, riding a monumental effort from superstar midfielder Dustin Martin to defeat the Carlton Blues by 43 points in the first game of the season.

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Round 1 AFL Teams: Every team, every player

Round 1 of the 2017 AFL season is here and as usual, there are plenty of new faces lining up in new colours for the first time. Check out the full teams below.

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Lockett won’t tweak Buddy much: Longmire

For Sydney fans it’s a match made in heaven but don’t expect to see too many more photos of Lance Franklin taking goalkicking tips from Tony Lockett.

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2017 AFL season opener date, start time, Round 1 fixtures

The Western Bulldogs will be out to defend their AFL premiership in 2017, with the season getting underway on Thursday, March 23 at 7:20pm with the opener seeing the Carlton Blues taking on the Richmond Tigers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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Carlton vs Richmond: Opening Night Forecast

No more broken hand stories. No more 11-year-old illicit drugs stories. No more Comeback Stories. No more previews, predictions and prattling. Let’s go.

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AFL Season 2017 live stream: How to stream every game of the AFL season online and watch on TV

The 2017 AFL Season commences on Thursday, March 23 with 18 clubs once again to fight for the crown. This is The Roar‘s ultimate guide to streaming every game of the season online, watching on TV and listening on radio.

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The Roar’s AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 1

We’re back. We’re back! The 2017 AFL season begins tonight, and it’s time to get back into The Roar’s AFL expert tips.

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Dayne Beams is Brisbane’s best shot at hope

The immediate future of the Brisbane Lions isn’t ultra bright, but at least they’ve got Dayne Beams.

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2017 AFL Crystal Ball: Read The Roar’s predictions for the year ahead

The 2017 AFL season begins tonight! That being the case, our team here at The Roar have put our collective coconuts together and come up with some crystal ball predictions for the year ahead.

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Ex-ASADA boss defends ‘zero postives’ in Eagles’ 2006 grand final win

Former ASADA boss Richard Ings has weighed into the debate surrounding West Coast’s 2006 premiership win.

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Round 1 AFL Teams: New faces aplenty for Carlton, Richmond

There’ll be no shortage of new faces donning their colours for the first time on Thursday night when the Carlton Blues host the Richmond Tigers in the opening match of the 2017 AFL season.

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The Roar AFL Podcast: Episode 29

The Roar AFL Podcast is back ahead of Round 1 of the 2017 AFL season, this week featuring writers Cameron Rose and Josh Elliott.

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Sydney Swans West Coast Eagles 2006 AFL Grand Final

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Tim Taranto with Leon Cameron at the 2016 AFL Draft.

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Steve Johnson and Toby Greene embrace in the AFL Finals 2016

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AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan launches the new Women's AFL league competition, at a launch in Melbourne, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. The Women's AFL commences this Friday. (AAP Image/Joe Castro)

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AFL Captains 2017

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Essendon Bombers player Dyson Heppell

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Geelong Cats coach Chris Scott

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

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Jordan de Goey Collingwood Magpies AFL

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The Roar of the crowd

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Are the Tigers destined to finish ninth again?

By Mitchell Crawford, 23 Mar 2017
Are the Tigers destined to finish ninth again?

All Aussie Rules fans, especially the Richmond faithful are aware of the running joke which is the Tigers are always favourite to finish in ninth position.

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2017 season preview: West Coast Eagles

By Stirling Coates, 23 Mar 2017
2017 season preview: West Coast Eagles

West Coast couldn’t capitalise on premiership favouritism in 2016, with a meek showing in the elimination final casting doubt on their big-game mettle.

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What will the ladder look like come September?

At this stage of the AFL season, it’s impossible to predict exactly when certain events will happen and what their ramifications will be.

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A totally accurate, not at all random prediction for the 2017 AFL ladder

This time last year, I randomised a list of all the AFL teams and decided to argue why that would be the correct outcome for the season. It wasn’t, but there were some close calls, including being very close to predicting the grand final.

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2017 season preview: Sydney Swans

By Stirling Coates, 22 Mar 2017
2017 season preview: Sydney Swans

Sydney made a mockery of predictions they’d slide in 2016, but the season ultimately ended in disappointment after a second grand final defeat in three years.

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Time for Buddy and Kurt to put up for the Swans

The Sydney Swans will be looking to finally get their first premiership with their two big signings in Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett.

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AFL’s reigning premiers to miss top eight

Since the AFL went to an eight-team finals system in 2000, only once has the reigning premiers missed the finals the next season. In 2017, it will occur for the second time.

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Carlton’s rebuild is starting from weak foundations

Robert Walls once said the thing that made Carlton what it was, was its striving for excellence and the undesirable urge to do whatever it takes to win.

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2017 AFL season: Round 1 preview

By mastermind5991, 21 Mar 2017 Popular article!
2017 AFL season: Round 1 preview

After a long and eventful off-season, headlined by a stunning trade period and the inaugural AFL Women’s season, Round 1 of the 2017 AFL season is finally here.

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Weekly AFL meanderings: AFLW’s sweetly surprising success

With the boys taking a week off to gather themselves for the kick-off of season 2017, let’s take a moment to examine the ladies’ work in this experimental first season of the AFLW.

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In the shadow of the colossus

By Adrian Polykandrites, 21 Mar 2017
In the shadow of the colossus

There’s a strange air of acceptance heading into the 2017 season. After one of the most even seasons in recent memory, there is near-consensus that this year will belong to the league’s youngest club, Greater Western Sydney.

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2017 season preview: St Kilda Saints

By Stirling Coates, 21 Mar 2017
2017 season preview: St Kilda Saints

St Kilda have made wondrous strides since their last-place finish in 2014. Heavy optimism about the club has reached the point where a return to finals is now an expectation, but are the young Saints ready to take the extra step in 2017?

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Your AFL team’s longest winning and losing streaks

Want to find another way to brag to your mates why your team is the greatest, or do you need something to climb on to as it’s been a rough couple years to be a supporter? This list is the one for you.

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Meta-predictions for AFL in 2017

By Gordon Smith, 21 Mar 2017
Meta-predictions for AFL in 2017

As part of my own scoring system, I’ve been tallying every possible prediction I can find for the upcoming AFL season in two categories: player of the year and final finishing order.

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Luckless Lions lose again in shambolic AFLW grand final farce

Someone at the Brisbane Lions must have broken two mirrors, as the club’s rotten run with luck continues into its 14th year, missing out on hosting the AFLW grand final.

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2017 season preview: Richmond Tigers

By Stirling Coates, 20 Mar 2017
2017 season preview: Richmond Tigers

Richmond’s run of finals appearances came to a disappointing end in 2016, with Damien Hardwick claiming he over-coached the team and promising a simpler gameplan. But will that be enough to bring the Tigers back up?

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Travis Boak Port Adelaide Power AFL 2015

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Joe Daniher Brendon Goddard AFL Essendon Bombers 2016

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Todd Goldstein North Melbourne Kangaroos AFL 2016

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Luke Beveridge for the Bulldogs

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