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Mason Cox's Journey to the AFL
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Chris Kowald, writing for AFANA caught up with Mason Cox post-game at Domain Stadium Perth, Australia.

Mason Cox may still have his Texan drawl but his first words when your AFANA correspondent spoke to him was the typical Australian greeting, "G'day mate". Having played nearly 100 minutes of brutal football against the West Coast Eagles, he then offered a typical Australian understatement by saying he was, "feeling a bit sore". Mason Cox spoils Nic Naitanui in the Eagles forward line during a round 6 match between Collingwood and West Coast in Perth. Photo by David Woodley for AFANA.Going up against Nic Natanui, one of the stars of the Australian game could not have been easy for anyone, let alone an American rookie.

Eagles Prey on Magpies
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Chris Kowald reporting for AFANA from Domain Stadium Perth, Australia.

The long trip west is not one most Victorian teams look forward to, particularly after a six-day break. More often than not, the visiting teams return home looking more like road kill than prime meat. This week it was the Collingwood Magpies' turn to be hit by the hometown juggernaut, West Coast.Collingwoods American recruit Mason Cox gets a handball away during the first quarter of the match against West Coast in Perth. David Woodley for AFANA.

American Cox Debuts in Anzac Day Win
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Mason Cox had not heard of Australian Rules Football just two years ago. Today, he debuted for arguably the biggest team in the AFL – Collingwood – in front of more than 85,000 fans on a day that holds huge importance on the Australian and New Zealand calendar: ANZAC Day (the equivalent of Memorial Day).Mason Cox goes for the ball. Photo by Kim Densham for AFANA.

Carlton Outlast Dockers
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Chris Kowald reporting for AFANA from Domain Stadium Perth, Australia

In a game riddled with basic errors, Carlton achieved their first win for the year against a bumbling Fremantle. Ross Lyon looks on during the line up before the start of the game against Carlton. Photo by David Woodley for AFANA.The defenses of both teams performed well under pressure, but the midfielders struggled to move the ball past center effectively. The first quarter consisted of both teams attacking the ball but showing very little method. After 18 minutes of miskicks, turnovers and poor goal shooting by both teams, it was Fremantle who provided the first moment of enjoyment for the bemused crowd.

Giants Crush Power in Capital
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Brook “Boris” Kilpatrick reporting for AFANA from Canberra

The Greater Western Sydney Giants have destroyed finals aspirants Port Power in a dominant display at Manuka Oval on Sunday afternoon in Canberra.

In downing the Power by a whopping 86 points the Giants set a number of club records including registering their highest score and biggest winning margin in their short history.

ASADA May Reopen Bock Case and Heppell To File Suit
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by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

In 2010, former Essendon high performance manager Dean Robinson was employed as the fitness coach at the fledgling Gold Coast Suns. Stephen Dank was also there for several months on a "handshake agreement" until dismissed just prior to the 2011 preseason. Adelaide's Nathan Bock also joined the Suns as an uncontracted player at the start of the 2010 season after 113 games with the Crows. During his time with the Suns,

Eagles Dominate Tigers
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Chris Kowald reporting for AFANA from Domain Stadium Perth, Australia

After a tough Western Derby and a second successive six-day-break, West Coast used their height and tackling pressure to totally dominate Richmond in a punishing game of quality football. Lewis Jetta runs with the ball. Round 4 West Coast vs Richmond at Domain Stadium Perth. Photo by David Woodley for AFANA.Richmond’s only victory this year has been against lowly Carlton and serious questions now hang over the club's direction. Coach Damien Hardwick will face increased scrutiny on his return to Melbourne.

In the first two minutes, the Tigers showed good defense and cleared a stoppage with a chain of accurate deliveries, to score a fine goal via Kane Lambert. However, this sparked the Eagles into life and their midfield

Eagles Put Dockers Season On the Ropes
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Chris Kowald reporting for AFANA from Domain Stadium, Perth, Australia

In a prize fight between two of last year's contenders, shown live across the USA on Fox Sports 1, the West Coast Eagles have left a battered Fremantle reeling on the ropes. Natanui Wins the Tap. Photo by David Woodley for AFANA.For the first ten minutes the two teams pushed and probed defenses, but neither could score effectively. Fremantle adopted the more defensive stance as their midfielders missed early targets, and gave West Coast's talented group of Luke Shuey, Matt Priddis and Andrew Gaff opportunities to launch seven of the first ten first attacks. 

Giants Come of Age in Canberra
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A sell-out crowd of almost 14,000 saw the Greater Western Sydney Giants overcome finals favorites Geelong in a stirring performance that signals their arrival as a team to be reckoned with. The fact that the Giants did it with ex-Cat Stevie Johnson kicking two important goals made it all the more memorable for the fledgling club.

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