Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Opinion

  • The Bails I knew

    Mark Stevens

    Dean Bailey had a wit as sharp as his carefully manicured sideburns.In front of the camera as Melbourne coach, he often trotted out the same message, careful to temper expectations and deflect attention away from his emerging side.Away from the glar...

    March 11, 2:06 pm

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  • Entertaining and daring Demetriou will be missed

    Mark Stevens

    Andrew Demetriou was as entertaining as he's ever been on-the-record when the media gathered for his farewell on Monday morning.But Demetriou has always been an off-the-record type of guy.With the cameras and microphones off, he can be cutting, out...

    March 3, 8:28 pm

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  • Collingwood could be on the slide in 2014

    Peter Keenan

    The coming year, 2014, could be very bad for Collingwood.President-for-life Eddie McGuire made a big decision a few years ago to get rid of Mick Malthouse.He immediately won a premiership with the Pies. The pressure was on.Eddie installed one of his...

    December 30, 2:44 pm

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  • Are the Roos on the march?

    Peter Keenan

    Most seasons a club from the lower half of the ladder the previous year jumps up into the top eight and sometimes even the top four, so which club is going to do it in 2014?I'm a life member of the North Melbourne Football Club, playing in a premier...

    December 25, 10:41 am

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  • The sorry Essendon saga

    Peter Keenan

    It was a bad year for James Hird and the Essendon Football Club.Bomber Thompson got fined $30,000, Danny Corcoran was suspended and James Hird is not allowed to coach for almost a whole season.But Hird is going to have a great Christmas because he's...

    December 16, 12:36 pm

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  • Saints are a laughing stock

    Peter Keenan

    Who wants to coach St Kilda? Apparently not Alan Richardson or Robert Harvey, who have both run a mile at the prospect.Instead it looks like the job will go to powerful head of football Chris Pelchen's best friend Mark Williams, leaving his current ...

    November 11, 4:32 pm

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  • 'Choco' Williams in line for Saints

    Peter Keenan

    What is happening at St Kilda?Last week, after two years in the hot seat, coach Scott Watters was bundled out. He was told not to go on Melbourne radio, which he did; a few hours later he was out the door.Having coached there in 1997, I know the cul...

    November 4, 6:54 pm

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  • Trade period drags on too long

    Peter Keenan

    On October 8 I went to America for a holiday and the trade period had already started.At that time Jesse White wanted to go to Collingwood, Billy Longer was supposed to be going to Hawthorn and Ben McEvoy was entrenched at St Kilda.I returned late l...

    October 21, 2:14 pm

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  • Saints, Magpies are on the slide

    Peter Keenan

    A couple of years ago one of the great games of footy was played at the MCG, the draw between Collingwood and St Kilda in the 2010 AFL Grand Final.They were the two best sides in the competition at the time and promised to be powerhouses for years t...

    October 14, 12:51 pm

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  • What a Buddy big rort

    Peter Keenan

    When I played footy too many years ago for many people to remember I was called 'Crackers' Keenan because people said I was mad.But I certainly am not mad enough not to realise that this Buddy Franklin to Sydney deal is a rort.According to the contr...

    October 7, 12:16 pm

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  • Sydney slammed for being too clever

    Ian Rakowski

    If you believed the coaches and pundits losing their minds at the moment, Sydney has performed some sort of highway robbery.It seems like the whole footy world has gone a little mad at the moment, crying foul over Sydney's bid for Lance Franklin and...

    October 2, 3:02 pm

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  • Buddy deal defies footy's good nature

    Mark Stevens

    Nothing lasts forever in footy. Soon enough, the premiership window slams shut.The socialist salary cap is designed to keep clubs in check. Once you win a flag, your players are paid more, hence the squeeze comes on.Super powers are forced to trade ...

    October 2, 11:34 am

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  • Is heading to GWS the right move for Buddy?

    Peter Keenan

    Is Buddy on the move? Everybody tells me he is.Greater Western Sydney have been linked to him for more than a year and there's also been talk of him heading to Fremantle but I'm hearing there's a new player in the chase called Sydney.If Buddy was go...

    September 30, 2:09 pm

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  • 2013 AFL Grand Final preview

    Mark Stevens

    THE BACK STORY Hawthorn is No.1 for pressure acts in the competition. Fremantle is No.1 when it comes to restricting the opposition’s forward entries.Purple has been the most common P word dropped this week, but P for Pressure is not far behind. Thi...

    September 27, 11:31 am

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  • Mick's Picks: AFL Grand Final

    Michael O'Loughlin

    Well it's that time of year - that 'One Day in September' and this season we have a sensational match-up in store.On the one hand we have a superstar Hawthorn team looking for redemption for last year's 10-point loss to Sydney in the grand final up ...

    September 26, 11:40 am

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  • Fremantle can go all the way

    Russell Robertson

    Make no mistake Fremantle can upset Hawthorn in Saturday's AFL grand final!But two conditions have to be met - firstly the Dockers, appearing in their first grand final, have to be not overawed by the huge build-up.And secondly the Dockers have to h...

    September 25, 12:48 pm

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  • The downlow from the Brownlow

    Mark Stevens

    Channel Seven's chief AFL reporter Mark Stevens attended the Brownlow Medal ceremony and, looking beyond the obvious, made these observations.IT is officially the midfielder's medal. Tom Lynch kicked 10 in a round seven game against GWS and could on...

    September 24, 12:17 pm

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  • Pressure on Hawthorn to deliver

    Peter Keenan

    It's the last game of the year and someone's got to win but who will it be when the best attacking team in the comp takes on the best defensive outfit.As last year's bridesmaids, Hawthorn need to win this.They fluked it to win the whole thing in 200...

    September 23, 2:04 pm

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  • Fremantle v Sydney preliminary final preview

    Mark Stevens

    THE BACK STORY Ross Lyon, the master strangler, takes on John Longmire, the man who doesn’t mind a lock-down himself.Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich has predicted it will be a “footy war” and he won’t be far wrong. This will be a bruising, in-clos...

    September 21, 1:00 pm

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  • Hawthorn v Geelong preliminary final preview

    Mark Stevens

    THE BACK STORYIT is impossible to ignore the "Kennett Curse", the gorilla on Hawthorn's back since Jeff questioned the Cats' mental fortitude.The Hawks haven't beaten Geelong post Shane Crawford. Not once in 11 attempts since Crawf famously celebrat...

    September 20, 11:01 am

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AFL Ladder

2014 Premiership Season

Rank Team Won Lost Points
1 Hawthorn 4 0 16
2 Geelong Cats 4 0 16
3 Port Adelaide 4 1 16
4 West Coast Eagles 3 2 12
5 Fremantle 3 2 12
6 Collingwood 3 2 12
7 North Melbourne 3 2 12
8 St Kilda 3 2 12
9 Essendon 2 3 8
10 GWS Giants 2 2 8
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