As noted on our Grand Final party and TV pages, the Grand Final is live in the USA on Fox Soccer Plus (FSP). US coverage will consist of the game only, no pre- or post-game. (Canadian coverage should be more extensive but we are awaiting confirmed times from TSN.) The US situation is due to a rights dispute between Seven Network and FSP over payment for music used in the pre- and post-game. This is not an issue during Rounds 1 to 23 nor during special games such as Anzac Day. It wasn't an issue before last season. Seven wants compensation or a rights guarantee from FSP. FSP (predictably) says no. A fan has taken matters into hand and started a petition campaign around this on Change.org site to lobby for a change. AFANA has endorsed his effort. Good 'onya Mark. Click on the link and sign the petition. read more »
Richmond players faced St Kilda at the MCG in the final game of Round 22, knowing their fate was well and truly in their own hands. Riding the wave of an incredible seven game winning streak that included on the road wins against the West Coast Eagles and Adelaide Crows, the Tigers had to beat the Saints to keep their slim Finals' chances alive. After Round 14, Richmond held a 3-10 win-loss record, placing them 16th on the AFL premiership ladder. Fast forward to Sunday, and as the Tigers ran out onto the hallowed turf of the MCG, a win would send them to 11-10 and into the Top Eight with one round to play.
Ashley McGrath, the last Brisbane premiership player currently playing, announced his retirement ahead of the Lions' Round 22 match against Fremantle. Drafted in 2000, McGrath played 214 games in 14 seasons and kicked 170 goals. Perhaps his most memorable goal came in Round 13 last year in his 200th game and with the Lions 52 points down against Geelong in the third term. In what is the greatest comeback in the club's history, the Lions roared into life to cut the deficit. McGrath had the ball 50 meters (55 yards) from goal as the siren sounded. He coolly slotted the goal to give Brisbane an incredible victory. read more »
Lewis Roberts-Thomson arrived at Sydney in 2001 with a shaggy mop of blond hair and a rugby background. He debuted in 2003 after an injury-riddled 2002 and quickly established himself as a fan favorite. Although he had doubts he could make it in the AFL, Roberts-Thomson leaves the game after 13 seasons and 179 games as a two time premiership player. He recently announced his immediate retirement after being restricted to just five games this year. He had considered trying to get back for the final games this year but realized he was mentally and physically shot. read more »
Just ahead of the court hearing between ASADA and Essendon, the briefs from all parties involved were made public. Essendon's brief was a 95 page document which detailed a timeline of the case while lawyers for the 34 players submitted a ten page document. That document revealed that the players were threatened with criminal action if they lied to AFL and ASADA investigators. ASADA's 58 page brief outlined notes of conversations between AFL officials, League investigators, ASADA officials and government representatives along with claims that high government officials wanted the matter settled quickly, that ASADA believed the interim report to be the end of its joint investigation with the AFL and that the AFL wanted the matter resolved before the 2013 Finals. read more »
A little over a month and a half ago, the Richmond Football Club was languishing near the bottom of the AFL table, an abysmal 3-10 record reflecting a lost season after a promising return to Finals in 2013. Fast forward to their Round 20 game against arch-rivals Essendon with the Tigers a chance to take their record to 9-10 and retain a sniff of the possibility of Finals footy. Essendon itself has been in good shape to appear in the Finals after a horror 2013 when they finished eighth, only to have their points stripped due to the ASADA drug saga, vaulting Carlton from ninth position into the top eight. A win against Richmond would set the Bombers up nicely to play in the major round, despite missing their Captain Jobe Watson since Round 12. read more »
Rick Browner reporting for AFANA from Patersons Stadium, Perth
In the "battle of the birds", the West Coast Eagles completely outclassed their smaller avian cousins the Collingwood Magpies, with a 60 point thumping in their Round 20 clash at Patersons Stadium. Collingwood were the favorites in the match, having beaten the Eagles in seven out of their eight previous encounters. However the Magpies rarely go on the road and looked out of touch and out of legs for much of the game. read more »
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