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Published: Tue, 20 Mar 2018 21:26:58 +1030

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Don't Believe In Never - Part 3 - Richmond Tigers

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 21:18:56 +1030

The third instalment of the AFL's 2018 campaign featuring stories of overcoming adversity features the Richmond Football Club and their journey to the 2017 AFL Premiership against the odds. Whilst the two previously published clips featured topics of multiculturalism and diversity (see Don’t Believe In Never – Dema And The Bankstown Bull Sharks and Don’t Believe In Never – Aliir Aliir), this latest about the Tigers' success will resonate with all followers of footy.

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Richmond's remarkable 2017 Toyota AFL Premiersh ...

The Fun Of ‘Footy’ Attracts Kids to North Delta

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:45:35 +1030


Journalist Tom Zillich from the Surrey Now – Leader newspaper in Vancouver, British Columbia has written a wonderful little story about the work of Mike McFarlane and his great team at the North Delta juniors in Canada. His achievements to grow junior footy in a part of the world where the game is a long way from the most popular is nothing short of amazing. 

Mike McFarlane would love to play the game known as “footy,” but he says he’s “way too old. 

“Head tells me I can, body says no,” says the man who helps run the North Delta Junior Australian Football League, or NDJAFL.

Instead, McFarlane is keen to get kids sign up to play the game, which has been played in Canada since 1989 and in B.C. since 2001. The NDJAFL was formed in 2003 and ...

The Irish Experiment 2018 - 5 senior listed, 6 rookie listed

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:52:28 +1030

(image) The skillset required to play Gaelic football translates well to Australian ovals. Bouncing a similarly-shaped ball, hand passing and kicking are but a few of the talents required to be successful in either game. So in the early 1980s clubs from the old VFL started scouting players in Ireland.

Sean Wight was the first Irish recruit, playing 150 games along the back line for Melbourne from 1984-95. Jim Stynes followed soon after, winning a Brownlow Medal in 1991 as part of his 264-game career with the Demons. Stynes was All-Australian in ‘91 and ‘93.

The Irish Experiment was a little more hit or miss through the 90s before Tadhg Kennedy broke through with Sydney from 2001-11, winning a Premiership in 2005 as part of a 197-game career with the Swans.

Kennelly’s success on grounds brought the ...

Two Plans To Try And See Out The Season - NTFL

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:57:28 +1030

AFL Northern Territory (AFLNT) wishes to advise it has come up with two plans to try and see through the remaining eight grand finals for the 2017/18 TIO NTFL season.

Based on the most recent advice received from Power and Water Corporation we are hopeful of having power restored to TIO Stadium and surrounds, plus safe drinking water and debris cleared by early this week.

After meeting with Darwin Buffaloes Football Club, Southern Districts Football Club and other stakeholders on Sunday morning, it was apparent all parties want a result, so the plan has been formulated with that in mind.

However, added complexities of new weather events do not make anything certain and a second plan has also been created.


Cockerels And Coyotes Prepare For Finals

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:41:22 +1030

With finals looming in France, the Paris Cockerels and Cergy-Pontoise Coyotes have secured their places with wins on the weekend. The Cockerels travelled south to meet the Perpignan Tigers whilst the Coyotes hosted the Bordeaux Bombers. Despite both teams getting the wins, the round also saw two very committed performances by the defeated teams.

In Perpignan, the Tigers played what might be their best game for the season. It has been a tough draw for the Tigers and a clash with the top team could have been a tough day out. However, the Tigers took the game right up to the Paris Cockerels, in the end going down by just 42 points. The Cockerels have finals to look forward, but the Tigers will have seen signs that they ...

Pies win breaks Crows hearts

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 16:23:26 +1030

(image) Collingwood put an end to the Adelaide Crows season, as they broke away in the second half of the match to run out 21-point victors at the Olympic Park. It was a great second half by the Pies who ended the Crows 2018 AFLW season and broke the Crows hearts. The Pies finished their season on a high and the big dance is decided the Dogs will meet the Lions in the 2018 AFLW Grand Final.

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It was a tight tussle in the early stages of the first quarter, as both teams were working their way into the contest. In the first five minutes the Pies controlled the game play and Crows were on top midway till the end of the first term. The Crows kicking in front of goal was what let them down. Rising star favourite Chloe Molloy was strong in defense with her repeated efforts such as she evaded three Cro ...

The History Of The ANZAC Cup

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:34:50 +1030


With the ANZAC Cup 2018 to be played on ANZAC Day, 25th April, AFL Europe has released an excellent article that gives that background to this solemn yet celebratory event, played each year in honour of those who fought to save Villers-Bretonneaux. To read the full article, follow the link at the end of this story. 

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, the men’s and women’s Australian Spirit sides will go head-to-head with the French national teams to contest the 10th annual ANZAC Cup, honouring those who fought to reclaim the town on the night of April 24th, 1918. 

Villers-Bretonneux had been a key post for the Allies prior to the Germans successfully breaking through defensive lines and taking the town on the 24th as part o ...

AFL Europe’s Country Reviews – Part 2

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:16:26 +1030

As the new 2018 season gets closer for most Australian Rules football playing nations in Europe, the game’s controlling body, AFL Europe, continues to provide snapshots of different counties. Focusing in part on the past, present and the future, the series provides updates for those already familiar with the leagues featured as well as an excellent education for those new to the game.

In the last World Footy News story which featured the AFL Europe articles, the focus was squarely on the game in Switzerland, Scotland and Denmark (see AFL Europe’s Country Reviews). In this instalment we give you the links snapshots on both Wales and Croatia. To ...

NTFL Grand Finals Further Postponed

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 22:38:55 +1030

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With the passage of Tropical Cyclone Marcus striking Darwin today, the AFLNT has postponed the grand finals further. Having already made the decision to postpone from tonight to Sunday, the damage from the Category 2 cyclone has forced further postponement.

The NTFL has released a statement regarding the decision.

AFL Northern Territory (AFLNT) wishes to advise that it has postponed the 2017/18 TIO NTFL Men’s Grand Final Day after receiving strong advice from Power and Water Corporation and NT Police that was not conducive to going ahead.



No decision on rescheduling th ...

Dogs brush past Dees to make AFLW grand final

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 20:30:24 +1030

(image) The Western Bulldogs won by two points, after goal sneak Brooke Lochland booted through the sealer to put an end to the Melbourne Demons season in an absolute classic game of AFLW at the Whitten Oval.

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It was a high-pressure intensity filled game of finals type football with neither side giving each other an inch. This was reflected on the scoreboard, as the Dees were the only team who scored a goal in the opening term. Rochelle Cranston was the first goal scorer midway through the first quarter, because she was awarded a free kick. Sarah Lampard in her first match of the season unfortunately came off the ground in the hands of trainers, after she landed awkwardly on her leg. It was all the Dees in the opening quarter, as they kept the Dogs scoreless. Daisy Pearce, Karen Paxman and Elise O ...

Dockers last quarter blitz secures win over Blues

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 18:44:20 +1030

(image) The Fremantle Dockers were 11-point victors over Carlton in an extremely physical game of AFLW played by both sides at the Fremantle Oval. Both teams tackled exceptionally well and gave it their all in the game, today in the west. It was a great entertaining match of football by two sides who were trying to avoid the wooden spoon.

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It was an exciting end-to-end action packed opening quarter of football. The Dockers had a lot of the attacking play early in the first half of the quarter and as a result they broke through with the first goal of the match via Kara Donnellan who kicked the goal after she used the wind to her advantage. Dana Hooker was on fire in the first term, as she finished the quarter with 11 disposals. Maddi Gay set up Tayla Harris, as she kicked it to Harris and she qu ...

“It’s A Fine, Fine Line Between Pleasure And Pain.”

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 16:22:53 +1030

When the brilliant Chrissie Amphlett sang these words back in 1985, she wasn’t singing about footy – as least we don’t think she was. Yet those words adequately sum up the result of the AFL Middle East Grand-Final played in Dubai yesterday when the Dubai Dragons won their fourth straight premiership (and sixth in seven seasons) by defeating the tragic heroes, the Multiplex Bulls.

The difference between the pleasure of premiership heaven and runners-up despair and pain was just 23 points. Ten minutes into the last quarter it was just ten points. Two goals to either side would turn the result…it was the Dragons that turned.

Four flags in a row is an incredible effort at any level of the game. The consistency to bring together a squad of players over that length of time and keep them hungry enough, as well as talented enough, to hold off every oth ...