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Collingwood eye improved month

Collingwood eye improved month

Collingwood midfielder Luke Ball has admitted the club have plenty of room for improvement this season after a modest beginning to the New Year. The Magpies currently find themselves 1-2 from the opening three games of the season, knowing they face a crucial clash against Richmond at the MCG on Friday, with the result leaving […]

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The Power of Possibility

If you live in Adelaide and follow the footy at all in the last 23 years, you’ll be familiar with the divide that separates the Adelaide Crows and the Port Adelaide Power. One has been a team that for all intents and purposes claimed to represent all South Australians, and the other has been something […]

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See the Bombers fly … where?

See the Bombers fly … where?

If you were to take the Internet as representative of how club supporters feel, then you’d probably believe all Essendon supporters are members of the Stand By Hird Division, still grimly defending the barricades at the Red and Black February Factory as the rumble of ASADA tanks grows ever louder. There’s an excellent piece by […]

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No White Knight

The Switkowski report is out, and no heads have been called for. While broad statements have been made about who should have been responsible for what, and what should and should not happen in the future at AFL clubs in relation to supplements and sports science research, there is no blood on the floor, no […]

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Responsibility in the Modern Age

You’ve read it all this week following Friday’s astonishing comeback by Essendon in Perth against the AFL’s own version of a Boa Constrictor, the Fremantle Dockers. It was a tough week for those at Windy Hill, and they were able to deal with the adversity and produce a remarkable performance. You know what? I’m sick […]

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The BigFooty Top 50 2013

BigFooty members, 112 in all, voted for the Top 50 AFL players. This was based on a mix of predicted and current form. The full list, with commentary on each player and member discussion: http://bit.ly/BFTop50-2013 Gary Ablett (Gold Coast) Lance Franklin (Hawthorn) Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood) Jobe Watson (Essendon) Dane Swan (Collingwood) Trent Cotchin (Richmond) Josh […]

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goodbye 2012 hello 2013

Why everyone will slide in 2013

According to the punditry, everyone will do better in 2013. This rather extraordinary exercise in groupthink has occurred holistically but, basically, everyone seems to be suggesting this year is the most difficult to pick the eight finalists, how everyone is improved in 2012, all the while essentially picking the same final eight, the next four, […]

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Geelong and equalisation in their own words

Geelong did a strange thing in the footy world today. They were honest. While the AFL and Melbourne continued to spin around the “not tanking but fined and suspended” debacle, and Essendon briefed journos that ASADA turning up to tell players there was a loophole they might yet squeeze through as a “good thing”, Geelong […]

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The Melbourne tanking verdict: worst of all worlds

Just when you thought the AFL couldn’t get any better, or more accurately, worse, they manage to outdo themselves yet again. The official verdict from on high is that Melbourne didn’t tank.  But they have been fined $500,000, and former Melbourne coach Dean Bailey and then football chief Chris Connolly have been sanctioned for their […]

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Innocence was lost a long time ago…

It has been called the blackest day in Australian sport. You have to admit it is a bit of a shocker. Revelations that the Australian Crime Commission has found evidence of widespread match fixing and use of illegally obtained and used performance enhancing substances has left the wider Australian sport-watching community flummoxed to say the […]

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