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Saints Lift For Lenny
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by rickb — Sat, 07/19/2014 - 7:51am — Last Updated: Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:27am

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Saint Kilda honored star player Lenny Hayes who announced his retirement just days before the start of Round 18 by comprehensively thrashing Premiership contenders, the Fremantle Dockers. From the outset the Saints looked sharp and committed to the ball and - for the first time this season - showed the spirit they are famous for. Despite being on the bottom of the Ladder the Saints played above themselves to win one of the most memorable games in their club’s history. No-one gave them any hope of winning before the start of the game. Fremantle coach Ross Lyon even chose this round to rest some of his marquee players and let the lesser lights gain some match experience. The move backfired as his side was left wanting at every stage of the game.
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AFANA Now Accepting 2014 Grand Final Party Announcements
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by admincms — Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:01pm — Last Updated: Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:18pm

Are you or your group hosting a Grand Final party? Columbus

Once again, AFANA is accepting announcements of Grand Final parties. If you are hosting a Grand Final party and want AFANA to post it on our site complete the form below this article.     Milwaukee

If you are a party organizer (no matter how big or small) or your footy club, social club, Australian American Chamber of Commerce, Aussie pub, etc. are planning a party please let us know.  If we know, we can direct local fans and out of town visitors to you.  Last year, many of the individual party listings were read over 1000 times each on our site!  Our listings cover the entire globe.  If there is a party somewhere around the world then we want to have it listed!  If you haven't started planning your party, now is the time to do so.  Selected parties can receive AFL merchandise for door prizes for their guests.  All party organizers are automatically entered into any AFL contest on their web site.Phoenix

Please complete the form below to submit your announcement.  Announcements will be posted to our web site. AFANA reserves the right to edit all announcements for style and brevity.  Attachments may be sent with additional details to: aussiefb@afana.com Please note:  Even if you send something to us by e-mail, you still must complete the form below!  If you do not complete the form first, we may not publish your announcement!  We recommend that you if have a user account on this site that you log in prior to completing the form.  Party listings will be published here. Front page readers click on "read more" to see the form.

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2014 Grand Final Parties Around North America and the World
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by mgoblue — Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:55am — Last Updated: Mon, 07/21/2014 - 8:18pm

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Looking for an AFL Grand Final Party in your area? You can reach all of our listings by clicking on the drop down box at the bottom of this article. (If you are reading this on the front page of our web site click on "read more" first.) Clicking on the city names above this page will take you a special web page with links to every article we have related to that city including the party pages but be sure to scroll down if necessary.

Are you hosting a party and would like to promote it?  Once again, AFANA is accepting announcements of Grand Final parties.  If you are hosting a Grand Final party and want AFANA to post it on our site, send us the details by going to: our party details entry page.  read more »

Tigers Upset Power
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by Boris Kilpatrick — Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:50am — Last Updated: Tue, 07/15/2014 - 9:45am

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Just a month ago Port Adelaide was on top of the AFL ladder with dreams of a home Final all but in their keeping. Since then, losses to Sydney, Adelaide and Essendon have seen the Power drop to third on the AFL Ladder and in danger of dropping out of the Top Four. Coming up against Richmond would have seemingly been just what Port needed, with the Tigers - despite coming off a two game winning streak against lowly Brisbane and St Kilda – not yet having beaten a team above them on the Ladder all season. With the game being played at Etihad Stadium with the roof closed, most experts were tipping that Port’s extra leg speed would prove too much for an inconsistent Tiger outfit that had struggled against the quicker teams in 2014. The optimistic Tiger fan might have pointed to Richmond’s strong record against Port in recent times, winning two of their last four games with a draw in between. Nathan Foley started as the substitute in the green vest for Richmond while fellow on-baller Kane Mitchell assumed the same role for Port Adelaide.
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Dockers Dispatch Giants
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by rickb — Sun, 07/13/2014 - 9:24am — Last Updated: Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:23am

Rick Browner reporting for AFANA from Patersons Stadium, Perth

Fremantle had been flying under the radar of more glamorous performers in recent weeks, but now sits in second position on the Ladder after comfortably dispatching the Greater Western Sydney Giants in Round 17. Starting as favorites, the Dockers ran over the Giants despite spirited opposition and it wasn’t until the final quarter that Fremantle really put the foot down to take the game beyond reach of their young Giants' opponents.

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Suns Shine In War of Attrition
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by Boris Kilpatrick — Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:14am — Last Updated: Tue, 07/08/2014 - 6:42am

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A solid crowd of around 24,000 filtered into a sunny Metricon Stadium in anticipation of an excellent game of football between the up and coming Gold Coast Suns and the visiting Collingwood Magpies. With positions tight for a Top Eight finish, a Gold Coast win would set them up with a real chance to play Finals for the first time in their short history, while Collingwood was looking to consolidate a Top Eight spot and possibly challenge those in the Top Four.

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AFL Drug Policy, Essendon, and Predictable Outcomes
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by admincms — Sun, 07/06/2014 - 12:06pm — Last Updated: Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:02pm

This is an editorial from the chairman of AFANA regarding the Essendon drug scandal.

There is a saying that true insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. If so, where the AFL and its clubs find themselves today is a predictable outcome. Watching the Essendon supplements saga from a distance has been a long and torturous road with the end results (and we're far from the end) yet to be written.

Before offering my analysis of the scandal, let's look at the AFL drug policy. On paper, the idea seems well meant. Test players for the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) and for use of illegal "recreational" drugs (though any addict will tell it becomes occupational when dominates your life) and treat those players. As much as legally possible, keep the results secret until a third offense and treat the players in private. Don't tell anyone beyond the doctors and selected league or club officials of the results and certainly don't publicize them. As a general practice, this is what some of my former employers did and it makes sense, but only to a point and if administered honestly.  read more »

Swans Show Class In Wet
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by rickb — Sun, 07/06/2014 - 6:03am — Last Updated: Mon, 07/07/2014 - 8:56pm

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Sydney recorded its 11th win in a row over the West Coast Eagles at a rain drenched Patersons Stadium and now the Swans sit on top of the Ladder, one game clear of the rest of the field. Although the game was a hard fought contest in trying conditions, Sydney showed its class and finished stronger with three goals in the last quarter to knock the Eagles out of the fight.
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 W  L  D %   Pts
Swans  13  3  0  143.51  52
Cats  13  4  0  112.12  52
Hawks  12  4  0  139.92 48
Dockers  12  5  0  133.16  48

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