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Posted: 31 October, 2014

Baby Hawks Get Their Chance

Hawthorn promotes two rookies to its senior list

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Hawthorn has upgraded rookies Dallas Willsmore and Zac Webster to its senior list. 

Willsmore and Webster were taken with pick No.17 and 48 respectively in this year’s rookie draft. 

“Dallas and Zac have had good years ... we think both of those boys can step up and play AFL footy,” Hawthorn recruiting and list manager Graham Wright said. 

Hawthorn has picks 31, 49, 50, 68, 77, 95, 113 and 131 at next month’s national draft.

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Tags: AFL, Hawthorn Hawks, Hawks

Posted: 31 October, 2014

Melbourne Parts Ways With Tapscott

Demons' ninth top-21 pick in eight years departs the club

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Luke Tapscott has become the ninth top-21 pick in the past eight years to depart Melbourne after he was delisted on Friday. 

Tapscott, who was selected at pick 18 in the 2009 AFL Draft, debuted in 2011 and averaged 15 games between seasons 2011 and 2013. 

But the tough midfielder fell out of favour under Paul Roos season, managing just three matches for a career tally of 48. 

Tapscott continues Melbourne’s hellish record at the draft table since 2006 with Tom Scully (pick 1), Cale Morton (4), Jordan Gysberts (11), James Frawley (12), Lucas Cook (12), Sam Blease (17), James Strauss (19) and Addam Maric (21) no longer at the club either.

The Demons head to next month’s draft with picks two, three, 40, 53, 83, 97and 115. 

They have already committed pick 42 to father-son prospect Billy Stretch.

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Tags: AFL, Melbourne Demons, Demons

Posted: 31 October, 2014

Collingwood Make Another List Change

Defender Tony Armstrong has been delisted by the Pies.

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Collingwood have made a final change to their list ahead of the draft by delisting Tony Armstrong.

However, the Pies intend to select the 25-year-old in the Rookie Draft on December 3.

Armstong played the last 5-games of the season for the Magpies, including playing a VFL and AFL game in the same day after the team was crippled by injury.

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Tags: Tony Armstrong, Collingwood Magpies

Posted: 31 October, 2014

North Culls Eight Kangaroos

Liam Anthony, Robin Nahas among North Melbourne's delisted players

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North Melbourne has swept a broom through its playing list with no less than eight players cut on Friday. 

Liam Anthony, Robin Nahas, Tom Curran, Cameron Delaney, Taylor Hine, and Mitch Wilkins have all been delisted while rookie-listed players Tim McGenniss and Max Warren have also been told their services are no longer required at Arden St. 

Kangaroos football director Geoff Walsh wished the departing players well. 

“It’s always a tough time of year when players leave the club, but we thank each of them for their efforts and great contribution over the journey at Arden Street,” he said. 

“We wish them all the best for their future endeavours.” 

Anthony and Nahas were most senior players of the group of eight to be shown the door. 

Anthony played 58 games for the Roos since making his debut in 2009 while Nahas, a former Tiger, racked up 91 games and kicked 107 goals in a career spanning six seasons. 

Nahas only managed eight games with the Kangas since crossing from Richmond at the end of last season. 

North Melbourne will head to next month’s draft with picks 16, 25 and 36.

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Tags: AFL, North Melbourne Kangaroos, Kangaroos

Posted: 31 October, 2014

Trengove Might Miss Next Season

Navicular bone injury could cost Melbourne midfielder another year

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Former Melbourne captain Jack Trengove is determined to continue his AFL career, despite conceding he might not play at all next season. 

The midfielder's lower left leg is in a cast for eight weeks after he had more surgery to repair fresh damage to the navicular bone. 

Trengove only played the first two rounds of this season before the problem flared. 

Melbourne looked at trading him to Richmond earlier this month, but the deal was called off when a routine medical screening showed the fresh damage to the bone. 

He underwent surgery on Wednesday, with existing screws removed and a bone graft used instead on the injury. 

"It's the second time around I've done it now ... it's important not to put a timeline on it, because you don't want to rush back into things," Trengove said. 

"So who knows - I don't really mind if I don't get back and play (by) the end of next year.” 

"It's just a matter of getting it back, fit and healthy, before I go again.” 

"We'll wait and see, anything could happen.” 

"But I'm willing to write off next year if that's what has to happen." 

The 23-year-old has played 81 games for the Demons since his 2010 debut and is determined to return to senior football. 

"That's the biggest motivating factor for me at the moment, is that I know I'm capable of a lot more than what I've produced over the last few years," Trengove said. 

"I feel if I can get my foot right, I will be right and ready to go." 

But Trengove also knows that for now, his biggest test will be staying patient.

"It (recovery) will be more conservative, even though we were pretty conservative last time," he said. 

"It's going to be a lot of boring time ahead for me, sitting on the couch especially in the next month or so.” 

"But it's all a part of it."

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Tags: AFL, Melbourne Demons, Demons

Posted: 31 October, 2014

Three Clubs In The Hunt For Hunt

Taylor Hunt will be looking to kickstart his career after being dumped by the Cats.


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Delisted Geelong midfielder Taylor Hunt will train with St Kilda in an attempt to restart his AFL career.

AFL.com.au report that Richmond and West Coast have also shown interest in the 23-year-old.

Hunt has played 63 games in five seasons at the Cats.

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Tags: Taylor Hunt, Geelong Cats, St Kilda Saints, Richmond Tigers, West Coast Eagles

Posted: 30 October, 2014

Eddie Gets His Birthday Wish

Pies President Eddie McGuire has never played a senior game for Collingwood...until now!

It looks like Collingwood has given its president Eddie McGuire his 50th birthday wish...to play for the Pies!

Watch the video video above to see Eddie running around the ground with his beloved Magies.

Go Eddie!

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Tags: Collingwood, Magpies, Eddie McGuire

Posted: 30 October, 2014

2015 AFL Fixture

The 2015 Toyota AFL Premiership Season Fixture

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The AFL is spruiking next year's fixture list as one for the fans, with more Saturday afternoon matches and no Sunday night or Monday night games.

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Tags: AFL Fixture, 2015 AFL Premiership Fixture, AFL Players

Posted: 29 October, 2014

AFL Blames Soccer For Date Row

AFL says FFA too late in making revised Etihad Stadium grand final request

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The AFL has put the blame squarely on the FFA over a potential scheduling clash for the A-League grand final. 

Two of Australia's top sporting organisations are at odds over the revelation that Etihad Stadium will be unavailable for the A-League on May 17 if Melbourne Victory or Melbourne City make the grand final. 

AAMI Park is available, but it has a much smaller capacity. 

There is speculation that the FFA would prefer the grand final to be played at ANZ Stadium if either of the Sydney teams was also involved. 

Victory currently lead the A-League ladder and are one of this season's title favourites. 

The AFL has priority booking rights for Etihad Stadium and the MCG. 

The FFA was quoted on Wednesday saying it had alerted the AFL and Etihad Stadium last month that the A-League Grand Final would be on May 17, not the original date of May 10. 

But the day before the release of next year's AFL fixture, the league insisted it was not at fault. 

The AFL said Etihad Stadium and the Victory contacted it in July and August and asked for Sunday, May 10 to be kept open. 

The league said it duly scheduled only two Etihad Stadium games for the weekend of May 8-10. 

But the AFL said the Victorian Government made contact on October 16, saying the A-League Grand Final would be on May 17. 

It added the FFA made a formal request on October 21 to keep May 17 free. 

AFL scheduling manager Simon Lethlean said the revised request came too late. 

"Mr Lethlean said the AFL had advised the FFA last week it could not restructure its fixture at that late stage, as five matches had been confirmed in Victoria for that weekend," the AFL statement added. 

"The AFL was now in the process only of confirming match timeslots for each game with its broadcast partners and clubs.” 

"The AFL advised it could not alter the number of matches per round in Victoria at that late stage because the AFL had less flexibility around its 2015 fixture due to a later start to the season, caused by the Cricket World Cup, as well as the fact that all clubs now have only one bye through the season, compared to two byes through 2014." 

The AFL also said Etihad Stadium confirmed it had not made an updated request for an A-League Grand Final date change.

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Tags: AFL, FFA, A-League

Posted: 29 October, 2014

Essendon Delists Three More

Cory Dell'Olio headlines latest batch of axed Bombers

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Essendon has delisted three more players in Cory Dell’Olio, Dylan van Unen and Fraser Thurlow

Their axings come just a week after the Bombers parted ways with Kyle Hardingham, Leroy Jetta, Sean Gregory and Johnny Rayner.

Essendon also lost ruckman Paddy Ryder to Port Adelaide in the recent trade period. 

Goalsneak Dell’Olio was the most senior member of the latest batch of delistings, having played 16 games and kicked 16 goals since being picked up in the 2012 rookie draft. 

Van Unen, selected at No.51 in the 2012 national draft, managed just the one match in Round 4 this year. 

Thurlow, snaffled in last year’s rookie draft as a mature-age recruit, failed to play a match. 

Club football operations manager Rob Kerr thanked the trio for their services to the Bombers. 

“We wish Cory, Dylan and Fraser all the best for their future endeavours beyond Essendon,” Kerr said. 

“They are well-rounded young men who have displayed tremendous commitment and dedication in their bid to carve out AFL careers.” 

“Following the recent delisting of Kyle Hardingham, Leroy Jetta, Sean Gregory, Johnny Rayner and the departure of Patrick Ryder, the club has now finalised its list ahead of the national draft.” 

Essendon have picks 17, 20, 62, 71, 89, 107 and 125 at next month’s draft.

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Tags: AFL, Essendon Bombers, Bombers

Posted: 29 October, 2014

Top 10 Coaching Comebacks

We count down the greatest VFL/AFL coaching comebacks

With Gold Coast set to announce Rodney Eade as its new coach, we count down the top 10 greatest coaching comebacks in VFL/AFL history.

Eade has already had stints as coach of Sydney and the Western Bulldogs, will he join this list by the end of his tenure with the Suns?

 

10. Allan Joyce – Hawthorn 1991-1993


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 69 Games, 1 Grand Final, 1 Premiership, 46 Wins, 23 Losses, 66.67 Winning Percentage

(Previous: Hawthorn 1988)

 

9. David Parkin – Carlton 1991-2000

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235 Games, 3 Grand Finals, 1 Premiership, 140 Wins, 94 Losses, 1 Draw, 59.57 Winning Percentage

(Previous: Fitzroy 1986-1988)

 

8. Frank ‘Checker’ Hughes – Melbourne 1945-1948

84 Games, 3 Grand Finals, 1 Premiership, 49 Wins, 34 Losses, 1 Draw, 58.33 Winning Percentage

(Previous: Melbourne 1933-1941)

 

7. John ‘Jack’ Worrall – Essendon 1911-1915

93 Games, 2 Grand Finals, 2 Premierships, 50 Wins, 40 Losses, 3 Draws, 53.76 Winning Percentage

(Previous: Carlton 1902-1909)

 

6. Reg Hickey – Geelong 1949-1959

213 Games, 3 Grand Finals, 2 Premierships, 125 Wins, 86 Losses, 2 Draws, 58.69 Winning Percentage

(Previous: Geelong 1936-1940)

 

5. Malcolm Blight – Adelaide 1997-1999


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74 Games, 2 Grand Finals, 2 Premierships, 41 Wins, 33 Losses, 55.41 Winning Percentage

(Previous: Geelong 1989-1994)

 

4. Norman Clark - Carlton 1914-1918

86 Games, 3 Grand Finals, 2 Premierships, 59 Wins, 23 Losses, 4 Draws, 68.6 Winning Percentage

(Previous: Carlton 1912)

 

3. Ron Barassi – North Melbourne 1973-1980

198 Games, 6 Grand Finals, 2 Premierships, 130 Wins, 65 Losses, 3 Draws, 66.41 Winning Percentage

(Previous: Carlton 1965-1971)

 

2. Allan Jeans – Hawthorn 1981-87


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174 Games, 5 Grand Finals, 2 Premierships, 124 Wins, 49 Losses, 1 Draw, 71.26 Winning Percentage

(Previous: St Kilda 1961-1976)

 

1. Leigh Matthews – Brisbane Lions 1999-2008

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237 Games, 4 Grand Finals, 3 Premierships, 142 Wins, 92 Losses, 3 Draws, 60.55 Winning Percentage

(Previous: Collingwood 1986-1995)

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Posted: 29 October, 2014

Footy Players Get The RKO Treatment

It was always inevitable AFL players would get the "RKO" treatment.

No one is safe from RKO...

The viral craze that is the ‘RKO outta nowhere!’ has flooded social media sites, with hundreds of photoshopped video clips showing Rand Orton appearing on screen and hitting the RKO on unsuspecting victims.

It was inevitable that AFL players would get the RKO treatment. YouTube user steveozzi has created the below clip and it's pretty funny. Watch it over and over again!

Credit: YouTube user steveozzi

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Tags: AFL, RKO, Viral