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Four returning Sydney stars will be available for Saturday’s AFL derby but Swans’ coach John Longmire says they won’t automatically fix his winless side’s woes.
Sam Mitchell is no certainty to line up against former AFL side Hawthorn as he receives treatment for an injury he initially thought was a snapped leg.
Let’s get something straight – Sydney’s 0-4 start to the season is not because of injuries. It’s because of list management and poor form, and let’s not pretend otherwise.
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If five straight days of footy isn’t the right way to spend your long weekend, I don’t know what is. To wrap it up, here’s my quick takes from the round.
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Geelong have inflicted a second-straight humiliation of fallen AFL heavyweights Hawthorn, rewriting the record books with an 86-point Easter Monday hammering.
St Kilda have got their second win on the trot after beating Collingwood in an end-to-end, low-scoring encounter under the roof of Etihad Stadium.
He’s boss at Hawthorn and Alastair Clarkson quoted The Boss as he brushed aside sudden speculation about his AFL coaching future.
Essendon coach John Worsfold fears his banned batch of players have hit the wall.
The Fremantle Dockers have come away from the MCG with a two-point victory against the Melbourne Demons to make it back-to-back wins.
Western Bulldogs AFL spearhead Travis Cloke will miss up to six weeks, with scans confirming he has broken ribs.
Richmond will be looking to extend their current longest AFL winning streak against another club, when they venture away from the familiar confines of the MCG for the first time this season.
Carlton’s playing conditions and Gold Coast’s AFL form have been horrible one week, perfect the next.
North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has implored his players to keep the faith after falling to a 0-4 start to the AFL season.
The Western Bulldogs have again found a way to win under pressure, while North Melbourne are 0-4 to start the AFL season after a gripping inaugural Good Friday clash.
The Sydney Swans will have to create history to play in the AFL finals this year after a 26 point loss to West Coast at Domain Stadium – their fourth straight defeat.
A new tradition begins, as North Melbourne host the Western Bulldogs in the first ever Good Friday football game. Beyond the significance of the occasion, and the money set to be raised for charity, an intriguing game awaits.
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It’s a simple question, but not one that’s often explored in popular media. About as close as you’ll get is if some caller to talkback suggests they thought the umpiring was one-sided.
In 2015 favourite son Stephen Silvagni returned to Carlton Football Club in the role of List Manager with the task of rebuilding what most pundits felt was one of the weakest playing lists in the AFL.
Match result: The Geelong Cats have given the Hawthorn Hawks another thrashing, victorious by 86 points in a second-half landslide.
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Match result: The Richmond Tigers have maintained their undefeated start to the season with a 42-point win over the Brisbane Lions.
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Match result: St Kilda have got their second win on the trot after beating Collingwood in an end-to-end, low-scoring encounter under the roof of Etihad Stadium.
It is a rare game of footy when I know more of the umpires than the players. But then, it has become rare for me to watch any football, even in the national competition, let alone the local level.
Aussie Rules is an obscure and little-known sport abroad and the AFL could do more to promote it.
Hey Collingwood supporters, most other football supporters, and anyone who reads from the rear of the newspaper.
Gold Coast’s season is back on track as a bag of seven goals from co-captain Tom Lynch put an inaccurate Carlton to the sword at Etihad Stadium.
Match result: The Adelaide Crows have reaffirmed their status as the AFL’s top dogs with a 65-point smashing of the Essendon Bombers on Saturday night.
Match result: A career-best seven goals from Tom J Lynch has seen the Gold Coast Suns take their second win of the year, over the Carlton Blues.
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Match result: Six goals from Jon Patton has helped the GWS Giants to a 31-win over the Port Adelaide Power on Saturday.
Match result: The Fremantle Dockers have come away from the MCG with a two-point victory against the Melbourne Demons to make it back-to-back wins.
There’s being a lot of talk of the pressure on Nathan Buckley being extinguished – partially at least – I’ll have to disagree with that view.
Match result: The Western Bulldogs have escaped with a narrow win over the North Melbourne Kangaroos in the first Good Friday match.
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Welcome to another edition of my weekly article where I take trip down memory lane and revisit some of the classic AFL matches that correspond with the upcoming round.
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