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The inaugural outing for one of the AFL sides that calls the new, gleaming palace of Optus Stadium home ground did not provide an auspicious beginning, as the West Coast Eagles had to endure the sight of Lance Franklin breaking in the new ground by kicking eight goals to propel the Sydney Swans to a

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Outside of Victoria, the success of the Giants and Swans notwithstanding, it can be tough for AFL franchises to gain the support of the populace, support that is critical for clubs to retain top talent and not have players fleeing to Melbourne at the first opportunity. South Australia might be the possible exception, and the

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Everyone has high expectations ahead of the 2018 AFL season. Those expectations are the result of optimism, as every player, coach and fan carries the belief that this will be their year to achieve deserved glory. The Richmond Tigers expect to repeat as premiers. The Adelaide Crows expect to break their finals duck after two

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It often seems like a “damned if you do, damned if you do not” scenario for AFL teams, as they wrap up pre-season play and training in the final week leading up to the first bounce of the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiership competition. On the one hand, clubs that train and scrimmage with too much

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The NRL was not the only place where thrashing were being handed out recently, as the Waratahs dealt a 51 – 27 sledge to the conference leading Melbourne Rebels at Allianz Stadium in Sydney. While the Waratahs were obviously delighted at seeing their season back on the rails, certain images from the game made it

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It would be hard to argue that the Western Bulldogs suffered from a severe premiership hangover last season, after winning it all in 2016 by coming from seventh on the ladder to shock everyone, perhaps even themselves. They naturally would like to see a return to those halcyon days of 2016 and those players on

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Brad Scott, Coach of the North Melbourne Kangaroos, has fired a shot across the bow of those who doubt ruckman Todd Goldstein. Goldstein was the toast of the league in 2015, setting recording for his positon and high marks for ranking points en route to making it to All-Australian distinction and amassing 18 Brownlow Medal

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On one day, Sheffield Shield cricket is declared of no interest and on its way out. On another day, it seems the reports of Shield’s demise are greatly exaggerated. Victorian player and Captain Aaron Finch is one on the side of a vibrant and virile Sheffield Shield, one where players with big money awaiting them

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The Brisbane Broncos have a bit of a situation brewing. Queensland Origin representative Corey Oates does not appreciate being deployed on the wing for the Broncos and has made no secret of his preference for the back row. The Melbourne Storm and the South Sydney Rabbitohs are willing to accommodate Oates’ preference and the 23-year-old

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