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(1/12/24) The first schedules for the 2024 AFL season are up. Fox Sports US will carry the preseason Community Series live this year.  We'll post further news and updates for the 2024 season over the next few weeks. Schedules for 2024 are on our TV schedules page and on our Google calendar. (4/2/23) También temenos noticias de AFL en español todas las semanas en https://www.afana.com/aflradio#1Afanaplayer, busque NEMBC. Todos los horarios son EDT/EST, pero si los desea en su hora local, regístrese en este sitio (¡gratis!) Y luego puede establecer su hora local y los listados aparecerán en su zona horaria.

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Pies Sign Three and Lose One

In mid-February, Collingwood signed three players via the preseason Supplementary Selection Period (SSP): Lachie Sullivan, Jack Bytel, and Josh Eyre. Sullivan, 26 years old, has been a star midfielder for the Western Bulldogs in the VFL where he won two best and fairest awards. He was named to the VFL team of the year in 2022 and 2023. Bytel, 23 years old, was drafted by St Kilda in 2018 and played 22 games before being delisted at the end of 2024. Bytel is also a midfielder. Eyre, aged 21, was a member of Essendon's Next Generation Academy and was elevated to Essendon's VFL list in 2022. He joined Collingwood's VFL program last season. He recently underwent surgery for a tendon tear and won't return to training until late April. 

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2024 Rule Changes

Maynard Gets His kick Away

The AFL has announced the annual rule changes for the 2024 season, primarily focusing on player protection. The new rule interpretations cover smothering kicks and run-down tackles, both of which can risk player injury. Two incidents in 2023 led to these changes. Collingwood defender Brayden Maynard leaped into the air to attempt a smother against Demon Angus Brayshaw. Maynard collided with Brayshaw who suffered a concussion as a result of the collision. Maynard faced the tribunal but avoided suspension. Maynard’s exoneration was applauded by some sections of the football community who argued he had done nothing wrong, but the AFL flagged a review. The new rule states in part, "If a player leaves the ground in an attempt to smother, it will be deemed careless conduct at a minimum, “unless the player has taken all reasonable steps to avoid that high contact and/or minimize the force of that high contact (for example, by adopting a body position that minimizes the force of the high contact. The incident can be viewed on YouTube

While the AFL doesn’t want to end the run-down tackle,

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2023 AFLW Premiers - The Brisbane Lions!

 Congratulations to the Brisbane Lions!

Winners of the 2023 AFLW Grand Final

North Melbourne: 1.0  2.2  4.3  4.3 (27)
Brisbane:        0.0  2.1  3.2  7.2 (44)

Goals
North Melbourne: Garner 2, Shierlaw, O'loughlin
Brisbane:        Davidson 2, Hampson 2, Mullins, O'dwyer, Koenen

Best
North Melbourne: Garner, M. King, Riddell, Rennie, Kearney
Brisbane:        Koenen, Dawes, Anderson, Grider, Hodder

Injuries
North Melbourne: Bruton (achilles)
Brisbane:        Conway (head Knock)

Best On Ground Medal: Breanna Koenen
Attendance:  12,616 at Icon Park in Melbourne
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AFL 2023 Draft

Sam Reid (L) (AFANA/file photo)

The 2023 draft was held just days before our November holiday. Ahead of the draft itself, clubs were allowed to trade draft selections. Most of the clubs took advantage of the opportunity to strengthen their drafting possibilities or to select a player they were keen to have. As always, it is club by club in alphabetical order so readers can scroll to the clubs of their interest. The preseason and rookie drafts were held just after the main draft and are included here.

THE DRAFT

DRAFT DAY TRADES

Trades completed during the 2023 AFL Draft:

  1. St Kilda gets pick 42. Melbourne gets a future third round selection.
  2. Brisbane - pick 24, Gold Coast - picks 30, 51, 54, and 65
  3. St Kilda - pick 27, Gold Coast - picks 40 and 42
  4. Fremantle -pick 38, Gold Coast picks 46, 60 and 63
  5. Adelaide - picks 8 and 17, GWS - picks 11, 15 and a future second
  6. Essendon - pick 10, Geelong - picks 11 and 31
  7. GWS - pick 17, St Kilda - pick 18 and a future second
  8. Brisbane - pick 51, Gold Coast - a future fourth
  9. Fremantle - pick 35 , Richmond - pick 38 and a future third
  10. West Coast gets pick 38. Richmond pick 40 and a future third
  11. Port Adelaide - pick 48, North Melbourne - a future fourth
  12. St Kilda - pick 50, GWS - a future third
  13. Port Adelaide - pick 52, Hawthorn - a future fourth
  14. Sydney - pick 53, Hawthorn - pick 59 and a future fourth
  15. Essendon - pick 54. Richmond - a future fourth

The first number is the draft selection followed the player name, (junior club), age (years old), height (in centimeters and then in feet and inches, weight (when available) in kilograms and then pounds, position, and player profile.

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Special Opening Round and More Thursday Games in 2024 AFL Schedule

Collingwood 2023 (AFANA/Kim Densham)

The AFL released its 2024 schedule on Thursday, 16th November, although some details were revealed in the days prior. A new feature is a four-game Opening Round in early March to promote Aussie Rules in NSW and Queensland. Sydney Swans will host the season opener against Melbourne at Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday night, 7th March. It will only be the second time in AFL history that the first game of the season is played in the Harbour City (the first time was 2012). The following night (Friday 8th March) sees Brisbane facing Carlton at The Gabba in a rematch of this year's preliminary final. On Saturday, 9th March, Gold Coast will host Richmond in late afternoon, pitting new coach Damien Hardwick against his former club for the first time. The game will also mark the senior coaching debut of new Tigers coach Adem Yze. It will be followed by a Saturday night game between GWS and Collingwood in another preliminary final rematch. The eight teams involved in Opening Round will have a bye at some point between Round 2 and Round 6, meaning all 18 clubs will have played the same number of games by the start of Round 7. All clubs will have a bye across the four weeks between Rounds 12 and 15.

A full Round 1, featuring all 18 clubs, will kick off on Thursday, 14th March with the traditional Carlton v Richmond game at the MCG.

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US and Canada TV Schedule

This is intended for you to add to your personal calendar (use + button lower right) and free for personal use. Schedules list Fox and TSN networks only. The individual calendar events contain further details in the description (click on an entry). © 2023, AFANA. For a full schedule see our TV schedules web page.

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