‘Hard being Toby’: Giants coach dismisses suspension speculation over Greene’s high hit
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by News
10h ago
Adam Kingsley has leant on the “Toby tax” sentiment in defending Toby Greene as the GWS captain faces scrutiny over high contact on Carlton’s Jordan Boyd. Greene collided with Boyd in a final-quarter marking contest as the Giants’ winning start to the AFL season came to a screeching halt in a 19-point defeat to Carlton at Marvel Stadium on Saturday. Greene was leading for the ball and jumped for a mark, turning his body at the last second before crashing into Boyd, who was running back with the flight. More AFL 'Hard being Toby': Giants coach dismisses suspension speculation over Greene's hig ..read more
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Footy Fix: The Pies might have embarrassed Port… but they’re still not back to their best. Yet
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by Tim Miller
21h ago
A little over 12 months ago, Collingwood demolished Port Adelaide on a sunny Saturday afternoon at the MCG in the first of many, many signs in 2023 that they were destined for a premiership. For two quarters on Saturday against the same opponent, at the same venue, with even the same weather, the Magpies looked every bit back to their best, ripping the Power to shreds with a ferocity and a speed that few sides in the competition could hope to match. The result was a 41-point win that will reaffirm in the eyes of many that the Pies, after a sluggish start to 2024, are back in business – and ind ..read more
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‘One of the all time flops’: Debate erupts over ’embarrassing’ umpire non-call in Bomber’s last-gasp ‘brain fade’
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by The Roar
2d ago
Controversy has erupted following Essendon’s thrilling three-point victory over Adelaide, with an umpire under fire for his decision to not award the Crows a holding the ball free kick in the final seconds of the match. With the ball inside Adelaide’s attacking 50, Bombers ruckman Sam Draper dived down on top of it, with a tackling Taylor Walker pinning the ball underneath him; however, as the siren blew, the umpire called for a ball-up, ensuring the Bombers would hold on. The non-decision sparked cries of protest from the Crows players, with Walker branding the moment an ‘absolute joke’ in a ..read more
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Footy Fix: Ferocious, fast and fantastically coached – stuff the controversy, let’s give the Dons the respect they deserve
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by Tim Miller
2d ago
Over the next few days, all discussion of Essendon’s three-point win over Adelaide will likely centre on the decision, in the final seconds of an epic match, to not award the Crows a free kick for holding the ball against Sam Draper. It’s inevitable that discourse will trend this way, but it also does the Bombers a disservice after what was not only their finest, gutsiest win in many a year, but also one of their most deserved. Having dominated proceedings at the Adelaide over for all but a trio of brief, spectacular bursts of stunning Crows football, there can be no arguing, even from the myr ..read more
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‘Don’t interview me’: Chris Fagan in tense exchange with journo after defending Cameron’s contentious Tribunal escape
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by The Roar
2d ago
Brisbane coach Chris Fagan has defended the AFL Tribunal’s controversial decision to overturn star forward Charlie Cameron’s one-match suspension for a dangerous tackle, as well as the Lions’ much-publicised ‘good bloke’ defence. Cameron successfully had the ban downgraded to a fine, with the Tribunal citing his ‘exemplary’ record as a key reason for their decision. The reprieve has caused consternation around the football world, with Geelong coach Chris Scott saying sparing Cameron is ‘offensive’ as it implies other players are of lesser character. However, speaking on Friday, Fagan staunchly ..read more
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The data says Brisbane are a flag contender – but the eye test tells a completely different story
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by Dem Panopoulos
2d ago
There’s a slight disconnect between the data, the record and the eye test for the Brisbane Lions to start season 2024. This week, Champion Data’s Daniel Hoyne reported on the numbers behind the Lions’ profile to start the season, indicating that the team’s current output would leave them shocked should the numbers continue and the Lions not reach a preliminary final at least. The data indicates that the common premiership trends – being rated a top-four offence and defence for scores and ball movement and being one of the best teams in the “turnover game”, with 17 of the last 18 premiers being ..read more
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Footy Fix: The Saints were ten times as rubbish as the Dogs were last week – and it’s worth working out why
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by Tim Miller
3d ago
Amid all the hysteria and gnashing of teeth that accompanies any team following a particular galling loss, it’s worth remembering at all times that our game has an unmatched capacity to be very, very funny. How else would you describe a team and a coach in the gun all week, with rumours of player discontent running rife and suggestions even the captain and perhaps that club’s greatest player ever might not be all that happy, with their leading goalkicker and best midfielder absent, winning anyway by 10 goals in a manner that felt like double that in dominance? How else could you explain such a ..read more
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AFL News: ‘Never been better’ – Cousins opens up on past in Front Bar appearance, Pies to swoop on star Dog?
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by The Roar
3d ago
Former AFL star Ben Cousins believes his ‘life’s never been better’, following a years-long battle with a substance abuse problem. The 2005 Brownlow Medallist, Cousins’ standing as one of the game’s modern greats was tarnished after drugs derailed his career, causing him to be sacked by West Coast at the end of 2007 before further off-field incidents following his retirement in 2010 after a stint at Richmond led to a 10-month prison sentence. However, in an appearance on The Front Bar, the 45-year old, who is currently reading sports news on Channel 7 in Western Australia and is set to appear ..read more
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The Roar’s AFL expert tips and predictions, Round 6: Can the Bulldogs bounce back after a week of scrutiny?
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by Tim Miller
3d ago
After near-perfect tipping scores across the board in Round 4, the going was significantly tougher last weekend – a slew of upsets made 5 par while many of us were left scrambling to so much as earn a 50/50 split. If anything, Round 6 promises to be even tougher, and so it has proved with our experts: five of the eight games this weekend have divided opinion, with Thursday night’s critical St Kilda-Western Bulldogs clash one of the toughest of all. Having endured a week of heavy scrutiny, will Luke Beveridge be able to inspire his troops to a face-saving win? Or will another loss condemn the D ..read more
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Questions to ponder ahead of Round 6: Can Green dethrone Cripps as AFL’s best big body?
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by Rahul Deepak Kumar
3d ago
Going into Round Six, some teams are absolutely flying, some look lost and the others, well we don’t really know what to make of them. To build up for another significant weekend, let’s ponder some of the questions that lay ahead. St Kilda v Western Bulldogs Can the Saints on-ballers take advantage of a weakened Dogs midfield? If the Bulldogs didn’t already have enough problems heading into Thursday night, they will be without arguably their best player this year in Tom Liberatore, who is out following concussion protocols. The Bulldogs midfield got beaten badly by Essendon last week. The in ..read more
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