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'You can't beat the genes': St Mary's catchcry

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Hawthorn star Cyril Rioli is one of St Mary's most famous alumni

"YOU CAN'T beat the genes."

Those five words are the catchcry of the bloodlines-rich St Mary's Football Club, home to the legendary Rioli and Long clans, in the Northern Territory. 

A club formed in 1952 as somewhere for Darwin-based Tiwi Islanders to play – and initially rejected for having a team of mostly "full-blood" Aboriginals – has blossomed into one of Australia's most successful.

The Saints, also known as the Green Machine, won their fourth senior men's premiership in five seasons and 32nd overall in March this year. 

In that Grand Final side were Ben and Shannon Rioli and Jack Long, as well as ex-St Kilda utility Raphael Clarke, the younger brother of Xavier, who were both top-10 AFL draft picks. 

"It takes a touch of courage to coach this club," senior coach Ricky Nolan, son of the late North Melbourne...


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Tough mid gives Dees early Christmas present

AFL 2017 Media - Inside Melbourne

Jack Viney after injuring his ankle in round 21

MELBOURNE co-captain Jack Viney will resume training with the main group in early January, after he was given the all clear by his foot specialist.

Viney missed the final two games of the 2017 season with a foot injury, and was in a moon boot for most of the off-season.

The midfielder has been on a modified training program since the Demons' pre-season began, but Melbourne assistant coach Troy Chaplin said Viney was expected to rejoin the main group after the Christmas break.

"He went and saw a specialist early this week and got the all clear," Chaplin told SEN radio.

"[The specialist] is happy with how it's going and how he's tracking.

"He's a competitive little bugger, Jack, he probably wants to do more than he's allowed to, so we've just got to rein him in at times.

"But post-Christmas he'll be fine and in the main group...


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Mixed drills: Latest pics from the Pies' joint session

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Collingwood's AFL and AFLW players share a laugh

IT'S A new era of football and pre-season training certainly has a different feel from the sessions of yesteryear.

On Wednesday the Pies took to the track and the club's AFL players and coaches were able to share some tips and a laugh with their AFLW counterparts.

Check out all the pics from Getty's Darrian Traynor below. 

Pies coach Nathan Buckley joins in the fun

Scott Pendlebury and that heavily bandaged finger

Will Hoskin-Elliott in the thick of it
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Get the elbows up when you're being tackled

Jeremy Howe shows off his tatts as a ripped Chris Mayne gets ready for action

Ben Reid, Josh Thomas, and Adam Treloar run laps

Eliza Hynes works on her ruck skills

Skipper Scott Pendlebury shows how it's done on his sweet left foot

Ruck and role: Brodie Grundy and Eliza Hynes work on their skills

You've still got it, Bucks

Key forward Darcy Moore...


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Kangaroos deepen partnership with Tasmania

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The Kangaroos are already entering an AFLW side with Tasmania in 2019

NORTH Melbourne has deepened its partnership with AFL Tasmania in a new deal that will see players from the Apple Isle competing in the VFL and VFLW competitions. 

The Kangaroos are already entering an AFLW side with Tasmania for the 2019 season and have a Next Generation Academy in the state, on top of playing three AFL games in Hobart each season.

The latest development will see Tasmanian State League men's and women's footballers eligible for selection with North Melbourne's new VFL team and Melbourne University's VFLW squad. 

North VFL manager Andrew Carson said the union would be mutually beneficial and expose Tasmanian footballers to two state league competitions. 

"We're committed to developing the game and players in Tasmania and jumped at this opportunity to further enhance the prospects of TSL players,"...


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Star Saint challenges youngsters to fill 'void'

Smith's step up, Saint recovering A Footy Feed news update with Nat Edwards

AFL 2017 Round 21 - Melbourne v St Kilda

Seb Ross expects more from his younger teammates in 2018

THE ONUS is on St Kilda's younger players to fill the "void" left by retired stalwarts Nick Riewoldt and Leigh Montagna, star midfielder Seb Ross says.

Riewoldt is third on the all-time list for longest-serving captains in VFL/AFL history, having held the mantle for 220 games, while Montagna lined up in 287 matches in a highly consistent career that started when he was drafted at No.37 in 2001. 

Ross was the Saints' runaway best and fairest this year after taking his game to a new level and he expected his more youthful teammates to follow suit in 2018 when asked where the club's improvement would come from. 

"It will definitely be from our younger group, I reckon. You can already see a shift in the guys at training," Ross said. 

"We had two legends...


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AFL 2017 Round 21 - Melbourne v St Kilda

Seb Ross expects more from his younger teammates in 2018

THE ONUS is on St Kilda's younger players to fill the "void" left by retired stalwarts Nick Riewoldt and Leigh Montagna, star midfielder Seb Ross says.

Riewoldt is third on the all-time list for longest-serving captains in VFL/AFL history, having held the mantle for 220 games, while Montagna lined up in 287 matches in a highly consistent career that started when he was drafted at No.37 in 2001. 

Ross was the Saints' runaway best and fairest this year after taking his game to a new level and he expected his more youthful teammates to follow suit in 2018 when asked where the club's improvement would come from. 

"It will definitely be from our younger group, I reckon. You can already see a shift in the guys at training," Ross said. 

"We had two legends...


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Don't drive players to drugs, says McGuire

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Collingwood president Eddie McGuire

COLLINGWOOD president Eddie McGuire has urged the AFL to tread carefully when considering whether it reduces interchange rotations further, believing it could drive players to take performance-enhancing drugs to meet the demands of the game.

After introducing an interchange cap of 120 in 2014, the League tightened rotations to 90 in 2016 while also abolishing the sub rule.   

McGuire has long railed against a reduction in rotations, saying in 2012 that the AFL was "driving players into taking EPO" by considering an interchange cap as a solution to congestion in the game.

He repeated his warning on Thursday morning, saying a further slashing of rotations from 90 would be a dangerous move by lawmakers, potentially forcing athletes to find illegal ways to perform at required levels.

"When the AFL brought in the limitations on the interchange, the...


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Don't drive players to drugs, says McGuire

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Collingwood president Eddie McGuire

COLLINGWOOD president Eddie McGuire has urged the AFL to tread carefully when considering whether it reduces interchange rotations further, believing it could drive players to take performance-enhancing drugs to meet the demands of the game.

After introducing an interchange cap of 120 in 2014, the League tightened rotations to 90 in 2016 while also abolishing the sub rule.   

McGuire has long railed against a reduction in rotations, saying in 2012 that the AFL was "driving players into taking EPO" by considering an interchange cap as a solution to congestion in the game.

He repeated his warning on Thursday morning, saying a further slashing of rotations from 90 would be a dangerous move by lawmakers, potentially forcing athletes to find illegal ways to perform at required levels.

"When the AFL brought in the limitations on the interchange, the...


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Ex-Docker 'finding his feet' at the Demons

MELBOURNE recruit Harley Balic will be given time to fit into his new surroundings at the Demons with his new club conscious of how much football he missed during his time with Fremantle. 

Balic, who turns 21 in January, played four games in two seasons on the Dockers' list, battling a wrist injury in his first season and twice being granted personal leave during 2017.

Desperately missing home, Balic requested a trade away from Fremantle with Melbourne parting with pick No.66 in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft for the Victorian.

The Demons secured Balic, who stands at 187cm and 82kg, on a one-year contract.

"Harley's finding his feet in the footy club," Demons assistant coach Ben Mathews told AFL.com.au

"He's settling back into Melbourne, he's got his family over here, his girlfriend. 

"It's never easy changing clubs and especially a young player who has had to go through some...


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Power's off, then Power's on for 'Big Bird'

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New Port Adelaide recruit Joel Garner trains with NRL team South Sydney. Picture: Getty Images

PORT Adelaide draftee Joel Garner was in the dark in more ways than one during the NAB AFL Draft before the Power pressed the button on his football dream. 

Garner was watching the draft unfold with his family at Gruyere, population 848, in the Yarra Valley, when storms forced the television coverage at his house to drop out.

The Vic Metro captain then jumped on his phone to follow proceedings as he surprisingly slid down the board.

The Power snapped up Garner with the 60th overall pick to add to their haul of bargain basement pick-ups who have plenty of upside.

"Our power went out at home so we weren't watching the draft," Garner said.

"We were all on our phones, so that was a bit of a worry.

"I wasn't really nervous, I was more excited and I thought, it will be what it will be, whatever...


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Academy stars take eye-opening Top End trip

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South Australian Izak Rankine was a standout during the camp

LAST week members of the NAB AFL Academy embarked on an eye-opening trip to Darwin and the Tiwi Islands.

A squad of 25 of Australia's most talented young footballers spent a week in the Top End where they trained in a full-time environment under the watchful eye of AFL Academy coach Luke Power and utilised the facilities at the Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre in Darwin.

The players also found themselves immersed in Aboriginal culture after a five-hour boat ride out to the Tiwi Islands, the birthplace of star Hawk Cyril Rioli and several other famous footballers. 

"The boys loved it," Power told AFL.com.au

"The trip included a tour of the island and we had a look at a few local Tiwi dances with a bit of a ceremony and then we went to a school and we had 100 Auskick balls to hand out to the kids which was...


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Numbers come up for Giants' latest crop

RECRUITS Lachie Keeffe and Dylan Buckley will wear new jumper numbers for Greater Western Sydney next season.

Keeffe, who went to the Giants as a delisted free agent from Collingwood, will wear the No.25, two digits up from the number he wore for the Magpies.

Buckley, who was rookie-listed by the club after 39 games in six years for Carlton, will sport the No.43. 

He previously wore No.7 for the Blues after being drafted under the father-son rule. 

The GWS draft crop also received their numbers, with first-round pick Aiden Bonar having no hesitation in taking the No.10 vacated by new Bomber Devon Smith.

Sam Taylor (15), Brent Daniel (16), Zac Langdon (17), Nick Shipley (34) and Jack Buckley (41) all received their numbers. 

Langdon, a mature-age recruit from Western Australia, takes the jumper previously worn by Steve Johnson, while local recruit Buckley has a big jumper to fill –...


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Plowing on: Key Blue inks contract extension

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Lachie Plowman has signed a contract extension

CARLTON has locked in one of its key defensive planks with Lachie Plowman inking a two-year extension.

The 23-year-old, who was already contracted until the end of next year, will now be at the club until at least the end of the 2020 season.

"Lachie has been a very dependable contributor for our backline since making his way to Ikon Park at the end of 2015 and we're delighted someone of his character and ability will be at our club for a further two years," Carlton head of football Andrew McKay told News Corp.

"Under the guidance of Kade Simpson and Sam Docherty across the backline this year, Lachie has made the most of his opportunity in defence, managing 21 consecutive games for the first time in his career.

"We’ll be eager to see Lachie take his game to another level in 2018 and beyond as a key pillar in defence for our...


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'I need to go to another level': Big Cat's big plan

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AFL 2017 Second Semi Final - Geelong v Sydney

Zac Smith was brilliant in the Cats' semi-final win over the Swans

GEELONG'S Zac Smith is aware of the deficiencies in his game that are holding him back from being considered among the top handful of ruckmen in the AFL.

The Cats' No.1 big man knows the areas he needs to address, including his strength in the contest, his contested marking and his aerobic capacity, will give his club the best chance of making the Grand Final in 2018.

With those things in mind, Smith is driven to join the likes of Paddy Ryder, Matthew Kreuzer, Sam Jacobs, Max Gawn and Brodie Grundy, with his focus this pre-season to continually add new elements to his overall ruck craft. 

"I thought I did that (elevate his game) last year but to compete with the top three or four guys in the comp I need to go to another level," Smith said. 

"My actual strength in the gym, I've got to improve that. 

"A big focus for...


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Dockers dish out new numbers to WA recruits

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Brandon Matera will take Zac Dawson's No.3

FREMANTLE recruits Nathan Wilson and Brandon Matera have been handed their jumper numbers for season 2018. 

Former Dockers defender Antoni Grover, who played 202 games for the club from 1999-2012, presented Wilson with his old No.14, while Matera will wear No.3.

Wilson takes over the guernsey from Lachie Weller, who was traded to Gold Coast, and Matera's No.3 was vacated after Zac Dawson's retirement.

The pair of West Australians returned home during this year's NAB AFL Trade Period after Matera managed 101 games in seven seasons at Gold Coast, and Wilson played 77 games in six seasons for Greater Western Sydney. 

Both players were foundation members of the two expansion clubs.

Wilson said being presented with his jumper by Grover, the first Indigenous player to reach the 200-game mark with the Dockers, was a huge honour.

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Dogs hand storied numbers to rising stars

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AFL 2017 Round 21 - Western Bulldogs v GWS Giants

Lewis Young will wear Bob Murphy's former number on his back next year

THE WESTERN Bulldogs have handed out two of their most prestigious numbers to Lewis Young and Josh Dunkley, with the youngsters to don the No.2 and No.5 guernseys respectively in 2018.

Following the retirements of two club greats – Robert Murphy and Matthew Boyd – at the end of the season, the numbers became available for Young and Dunkley to inherit.

Murphy played 312 games for the Dogs between 2000 and 2017 while, after being promoted off the rookie list, Boyd featured in 292 games between 2003 and 2017, including the historic premiership victory in 2016.

"I got a call from 'Bevo' (coach Luke Beveridge) the day before pre-season," Young told the club's website.

"He said, 'we’ve got No.2 here for you, the coaches have decided that you'd be a player that would take that number over, and we'd like to offer it to...


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AFL statement on club community camps

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The AFL is pleased to announce the dates and locations for the 2017/2018 AFL Community Camps which see all 18 AFL Clubs visit both metropolitan and regional locations.

The Fremantle Football Club kicks off the AFL Community Camps tomorrow and Friday with players visiting the Peel, Mandurah and Wheatbelt regions in Western Australia.

With all 18 AFL Clubs participating, the AFL Community Camps see over 750 players each spending two days meeting fans and developing stronger links between Australian Football and the community.  

AFL General Manager Game Development, Andrew Dillon, said the AFL Community Camps are an essential part of the AFL calendar which recognizes the importance of grassroots football and the community in Australia’s game. 

“The AFL Community Camps allow us to give back to the community for their love and support of our game,” Mr Dillon said.

“As a result of all the...


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The AFL is pleased to announce the dates and locations for the 2017/2018 AFL Community Camps which see all 18 AFL Clubs visit both metropolitan and regional locations.

The Fremantle Football Club kicks off the AFL Community Camps tomorrow and Friday with players visiting the Peel, Mandurah and Wheatbelt regions in Western Australia.

With all 18 AFL Clubs participating, the AFL Community Camps see over 750 players each spending two days meeting fans and developing stronger links between Australian Football and the community.  

AFL General Manager Game Development, Andrew Dillon, said the AFL Community Camps are an essential part of the AFL calendar which recognizes the importance of grassroots football and the community in Australia’s game. 

“The AFL Community Camps allow us to give back to the community for their love and support of our game,” Mr Dillon said.

“As a result of all the...


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AFL statement on club community camps

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The AFL is pleased to announce the dates and locations for the 2017/2018 AFL Community Camps which see all 18 AFL Clubs visit both metropolitan and regional locations.

The Fremantle Football Club kicks off the AFL Community Camps tomorrow and Friday with players visiting the Peel, Mandurah and Wheatbelt regions in Western Australia.

With all 18 AFL Clubs participating, the AFL Community Camps see over 750 players each spending two days meeting fans and developing stronger links between Australian Football and the community.  

AFL General Manager Game Development, Andrew Dillon, said the AFL Community Camps are an essential part of the AFL calendar which recognizes the importance of grassroots football and the community in Australia’s game. 

“The AFL Community Camps allow us to give back to the community for their love and support of our game,” Mr Dillon said.

“As a result of all the...


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'Too many mids': Eagles change forward mix

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Willie Rioli may be one of the small forwards the Eagles turn to

WEST Coast will adopt Richmond's recipe for success in a bid to become more dynamic in attack next season.

The Tigers surged to the 2017 premiership on the back of a small forward set-up that for the most part only featured one genuine tall in Jack Riewoldt.

The tackling pressure and speed offered by the smaller forwards played a crucial role in helping Richmond win its first flag since 1980.

West Coast have lacked star power in their small forward department in recent years.

Mark LeCras was once rated the league's best medium-sized forward, but his performances have waned to the point where his future was even being questioned last season.

Josh Hill was axed at the end of an underwhelming 2017 campaign, while Jamie Cripps is an honest performer but hardly a game-breaker.

However, Eagles coach Adam Simpson is excited...


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AFL 2017 Training - West Coast Eagles 201117

Willie Rioli may be one of the small forwards the Eagles turn to

WEST Coast will adopt Richmond's recipe for success in a bid to become more dynamic in attack next season.

The Tigers surged to the 2017 premiership on the back of a small forward set-up that for the most part only featured one genuine tall in Jack Riewoldt.

The tackling pressure and speed offered by the smaller forwards played a crucial role in helping Richmond win its first flag since 1980.

West Coast have lacked star power in their small forward department in recent years.

Mark LeCras was once rated the league's best medium-sized forward, but his performances have waned to the point where his future was even being questioned last season.

Josh Hill was axed at the end of an underwhelming 2017 campaign, while Jamie Cripps is an honest performer but hardly a game-breaker.

However, Eagles coach Adam Simpson is excited...


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'Too many mids': Eagles change forward mix

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AFL 2017 Training - West Coast Eagles 201117

Willie Rioli may be one of the small forwards the Eagles turn to

WEST Coast will adopt Richmond's recipe for success in a bid to become more dynamic in attack next season.

The Tigers surged to the 2017 premiership on the back of a small forward set-up that for the most part only featured one genuine tall in Jack Riewoldt.

The tackling pressure and speed offered by the smaller forwards played a crucial role in helping Richmond win its first flag since 1980.

West Coast have lacked star power in their small forward department in recent years.

Mark LeCras was once rated the league's best medium-sized forward, but his performances have waned to the point where his future was even being questioned last season.

Josh Hill was axed at the end of an underwhelming 2017 campaign, while Jamie Cripps is an honest performer but hardly a game-breaker.

However, Eagles coach Adam Simpson is excited...


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Read more: 'Too many mids': Eagles change forward mix

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    Beginnings: The Gold Coast debuted in Round 2 on the 2 April 2011 against Carlton at the Gabba in front of a crowd of 27,914. The first five goals were scored by Carlton, before Charlie Dixon scored the first goal for the Gold Coast Suns. Carlton extended their lead at every break, finally winning the game by 119 points with the score of 7.10.52 - 26.15.171. Charlie Dixon was the major goal scorer for the Gold Coast with two. Jeff Gartlett and Andrew Walker were the biggest goal scorers for the Blues with five goals apiece.

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    Beginnings: Geelong Football Club, nicknamed The Cats, are an Australian rules football club named after and reigning from the city of Greater Geelong. Playing in the AFL (Australian Football League), the club has been VFL/AFL premiers eight times. EST: 1859.

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    Beginnings: The Western Bulldogs, (Footscray Football Club) are an AFL (Australian Football League) club based at the Whitten Oval in West Footscray, an inner-western suburb of Melbourne. The club draws its supporter base from this traditionally working class area and plays its home matches at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne Docklands, also in the city's inner-west. Established 1883.

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    Beginnings: The Richmond Football Club was officially formed at the Royal Hotel in Richmond on 20 February 1885. A successful application for immediate admission to the Victorian Football Association followed – the VFA was the premier Australian football competition at this time. The club home was Punt Road Oval.

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    Beginnings: Port Adelaide Football Club, nicknamed The Power, are an Australian rules football club reigning from Port Adelaide, South Australia, that plays in the AFL. Port Adelaide is the oldest club in South Australia playing in the AFL and one of the oldest football clubs in the world. Since the club’s first game in 1870, it has won 34 SANFL premierships, including six in a row, and achieved the honour of being Champions of Australia on four occasions.

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    Beginnings: North Melbourne Football Club, nicknamed The Kangaroos, is the fourth oldest Australian rules football club in the AFL and is one of the oldest sporting clubs in Australia and the world. It is based at the Arden Street Oval in the inner Melbourne suburb of North Melbourne.

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    Beginnings:

    Melbourne Football Club, nicknamed The Demons, are an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League (AFL), reigning from Melbourne, Victoria. In 1859,[2] a few days after it was founded, some of its members created the code of football that it still plays. In 1862 it competed in what may be the earliest challenge trophy competition, was a foundation member of the Victorian Football Association (VFA) (1877), one of two associations and governing bodies formed in the same year and in 1897 it became a foundation member of the Victorian Football League (VFL) competition which later became the national Australian Football League (AFL).



    Records:
    • * Record Attendance: 99,346 in round 10 1958
    • * Most Games: 272 by Robert Flower from 1973 to 1987
    • * Biggest finals crowd: 115,802 for the 1956 grand final at the MCG
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    11 Melbourne 22 10 12 0 1944 1991 97.6 40
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    Beginnings: Hawthorn Football Club, nicknamed The Hawks, is one of the 16 Australian rules football clubs in the Australian Football League (AFL). The club, founded in 1902, is the youngest of the Victorian based teams in the AFL. The club is the most successful club in the modern era, having won 10 Premierships.

    Records:
    • * Record Attendance: 72,765 on 25 April 1992: Hawthorn 20.15 (135); Collingwood 17.9 (111)
    • * Most Games: 426 by Michael Tuck 1972-91
    • * Biggest finals crowd: 118,192 for 1971 grand final at the MCG
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    3 Hawthorn 22 17 5 0 2134 1800 118.6 68
  • AFL Fremantle Dockers
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    Beginnings: Fremantle Football Club, nicknamed The Dockers and known informally as "Freo", is one of 16 teams in the AFL (Australian Football League. EST 1994

    Records:
    • * Highest ladder position (after Rd 22): 3rd, 2006
    • * Wooden spoons: One (2001)
    • * Finals series reached: Two (2003, 2006)
    • * Biggest winning margin: 112 points, against Collingwood, 8 May 2005, at Subiaco Oval, 28.12 (180) to 10.8 (68)
    • * Biggest losing margin: 117 points, against West Coast on 15 April 2000, at Subiaco Oval, 28.10 (178) to 9.7 (61); against Adelaide on 11 July 2009, at AAMI Stadium, 19.16 (130) to 1.7 (13)
    • * Longest winning streak: 9 games (Round 14, 2006 – Round 22, 2006)
    • * Longest losing streak: 18 games (Round 22, 2000 – Round 17, 2001)
    • * Highest Score: 28.12 (180), against Collingwood, 8 May 2005, at Subiaco Oval
    • * Lowest score: 1.7 (13), against Adelaide, 11 July 2009, at AAMI Stadium
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    16 Fremantle 22 4 18 0 1574 2119 74.3 16
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    Beginnings: Essendon Football Club, nicknamed The Bombers, are an Australian rules football club which plays in the AFL (Australian Football League). Formed in 1871 as a junior club and as a senior club in 1873, it is headquartered at the Essendon Recreation Reserve, Windy Hill in the Melbourne suburb of Essendon.

    Records:
    • * Record attendance: MCG - 94,825 in round 4, 25 April 1995: Essendon 16.15 (111) drew with Collingwood 17.9 (111)
    • * Most games: 378 by Simon Madden 1974-1992
    • * Biggest finals crowd: 116,828 for 1968 grand final.
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    18 Essendon 22 3 19 0 1437 2356 61.0 12
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    Beginnings: The Collingwood Football Club was born on the cusp of one of the world's worst depressions in February 1892. Collingwood played its first game in the Victorian Football Association (VFA), the premier football competition at the time, against Carlton Football Club on 7 May 1892. The club won the VFA Premiership in 1896.

    Records:
    • * Record attendance: 94,825 in round 4 1995: Collingwood 17.9 (111); Essendon 16.15 (111)
    • * Biggest winning margin: 178 points R4, 1979 (VP) - Collingwood 31.21 (207) v St Kilda 3.11 (29)
    • * Most games: Tony Shaw - 313 (1977-1994)
    • * Most goals: Gordon Coventry - 1299 (1920-1937)
    • * Most goals in a season: Peter McKenna - 143 (1970)
    • * Most goals in a game: Gordon Coventry - 17 goals 4 behinds
    • * Biggest finals crowd: 121,696 for 1970 grand final at the MCG
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    12 Collingwood 22 9 13 0 1910 1998 95.6 36
  • AFL Carlton Blues
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    Beginnings: Carlton Football Club, nicknamed The Blues, is one of the 16 Australian rules football clubs in the Australian Football League (AFL). The Blues is the third oldest club in the Australian Football League and one of the oldest Australian rules football clubs. The club were the first premiers of the Victorian Football Association (VFA) in 1877,[1] and, along with Essendon, share the most premierships of any VFL/AFL club with 16. EST 1864

    Records:
    • * VFL/AFL Premiers – 1906-08, 1914-15, 1938, 1945, 1947, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1979, 1981-82, 1987, 1995
    • * VFL/AFL runners-up – 1909-10, 1916, 1921, 1932, 1949, 1962, 1969, 1973, 1986, 1993, 1999
    • * VFL/AFL Pre-season Premiers – 1983, 1997
    • * Challenge Cup Premiers – 1869, 71, 1873-75
    • * VFA Premiers – 1877, 1887
    • * VFA runners-up – 1879, 1889-91
    • * Brownlow Medallists – Bert Deacon (1947), John James (1961), Gordon Collis (1964), Greg Williams (1994)
    • * Coleman Medallists (AFL leading goalkicker) – Tom Carroll (51 goals, 1961), Brendan Fevola (84 goals, 2006), (86 goals, 2009)
    • * Games record holder 375 - Craig Bradley (1986-2002)
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    14 Carlton 22 7 15 0 1568 1978 79.3 28
  • AFL Brisbane Lions
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    Beginnings: On 4 July 1996 the Australian Football League (AFL) approved the first ever club merger in Victorian Football League (VFL) and AFL history. The Brisbane Bears and the Fitzroy Lions combined to form the Brisbane Lions. The merged entity was to play its home games at The Gabba.

    Records:
    • * Highest score: 29.15 (189) v Adelaide (Gabba) Rd 17 2004
    • * Longest winning streak: 20 games Rd 10 2001 to Rd 4 2002
    • * Longest losing streak: 8 games Rd 21 1997 to Rd 5 1998
    • * Largest home attendance: 37,224 Lions v Collingwood Rd 15 2005
    • * Largest attendance: 91,817 Lions v Collingwood GF 2002 MCG
    • * Most Goals in a Game: 10 Jonathan Brown v Carlton Gabba Rd 16 2007
    • * Largest Winning Margin: 141 pts v Adelaide Gabba Rd 17 2004
    • * Largest Losing Margin: 139 pts v St Kilda TD Rd 22 2005
    Full Ladder Team P W L D FOR AGNST % PTS
    17 Brisbane Lions 22 3 19 0 1770 2872 61.6 12
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    Beginnings: Adelaide Football Club, nicknamed The Crows, are an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League, reigning from Adelaide, South Australia. EST 1990

    Records:
    • * Highest score: 30.8 (188) against Essendon at AAMI Stadium on 2 June, 2006
    • * Longest winning streak: 10 games (Rounds 13–22, 2005)
    • * Longest losing streak: 10 games (Round 18 1999 to Round 5 2000)
    • * Largest home attendance: 51,140 against Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium on 26 April 2003
    • * Largest attendance: 99,645 against St. Kilda at the Melbourne Cricket Ground – 1997 Grand Final
    • * Most Goals in a Game: Tony Modra 13 goals vs Richmond (1993), Tony Modra 13 goals vs Carlton (1994)
    • * Largest Winning Margin: 139 points – Round 16, 1993 v Richmond at Football Park
    • * Largest Losing Margin: 141 points – Round 17, 2004 v Brisbane at Gabba
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    5 Adelaide 22 16 6 0 2483 1795 138.3 64
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    Beginnings: 2012 - AFL Debut Season
    GWS Giants Inaugural Banner, March 24, 2012
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    The club played its first game in the Australian Football League on 24 March 2012 at ANZ Stadium in the inaugural Sydney Derby against the Sydney Swans which they lost by 63 points. On 12 May 2012 the club recorded its first win, defeating the Gold Coast Suns in a Round 7 match by 13.16 (94) to 9.13 (67). The only other victory of the team's inaugural season was a 34 point win over Port Adelaide. Records:
    • * Highest score: Greater Western Sydney 16.11 (107) v Port Adelaide 10.13 (73), Round 19, 2012, Sydney Showground Stadium
    • * Lowest score: Greater Western Sydney 4.7 (31) v Hawthorn 28.25 (193), Round 15, 2012, Melbourne Cricket Ground
    • * Highest losing score: Greater Western Sydney 16.8 (104) v Gold Coast 21.22 (148), Round 5, 2013, Manuka Oval
    • * Lowest winning score: Greater Western Sydney 13.16 (94) v Gold Coast 9.13 (67), Round 7, 2012, Manuka Oval
    • * Greatest winning margin: 34 points – Greater Western Sydney 16.11 (107) v Port Adelaide 10.13 (73), Round 19, 2012, Sydney Showground Stadium
    • * Greatest losing margin: 162 points – Greater Western Sydney 4.7 (31) v Hawthorn 28.25 (193), Round 15, 2012, Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Full Ladder Team P W L D FOR AGNST % PTS
    4 Greater Western Sydney 22 16 6 0 2380 1663 143.1 64


 

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