We're a happy team at Hawthorn!
Ahead of the 2013 season there were question marks about how Hawthorn would respond after their heartbreaking loss to the Sydney Swans in 2012. They quickly dispelled any doubts about their flag credentials, overcoming injury woes, a recurring Cat curse and a purple haze to register an 11th premiership. Get it for just $A25.99 on DVD. Prices do not include shipping. All video sales benefit AFANA if you use the link below. Purchase your videos here:
AFANA has launched our tipping (predict the results) competitions for 2014. Entrants are now being accepted for the competitions. We have two competitions open to our readers and fans:
The Weekly Tipping Competition. This is a standard, pick the winners of the matches every week competition. Click the link to find out the details and how to sign up. The comp is free and this year, open to all. Easy to enter if you are already entering other similar comps.
Our unique Top 4 Tipping Competition. This is a unique comp we have run for 18 seasons. At the start of the season you pick the 4 clubs, in order, that you expect to be in the top 4 places in the "table" or standings each week. read more »
The AFL will hold its AGM in March, at which time nine new life members (honored for their services to the game) will be announced. The newest inductees will be: recently retired triple premiership Geelong midfielder Joel Corey, former Brisbane Lions’ dual premiership player and current Geelong coach Chris Scott, North Melbourne premiership player and current Sydney Swans coach John Longmire, St Kilda’s Norm Smith Medalist Lenny Hayes, six-time Grand Final umpire Brett Rosebury and Sydney Swans’ dual premiership player Ryan O’Keefe. All qualified automatically during the 2013 season by reaching 300 games as a player, umpire or player and coach. read more »
The late Jim Stynes will join other great Australian sports people on the MCG's Australia Post Avenue of Legends. Recently, Richmond petitioned to have a bronze statue of Tiger great Kevin Bartlett, second to Michael Tuck on the AFL's games record list, commissioned for the avenue. However the selection committee said they could not overlook Stynes, not only for his incredible football career but also for his selflessness in the enormous contributions he made to his beloved Melbourne Demons and the wider community through his youth program Reach. read more »
The AFL-TV internet service is returning for 2014 (see this earlier announcement) but has now been rebranded "Watch AFL Global" which we are referring to simply as Watch AFL here at AFANA. This season we will be including Watch AFL schedules on our TV schedules page right along with Fox and TSN. Here is the announcement from Rightster, which produces the service the for the AFL: "Watch every game of the 2014 AFL Premiership live or on demand with Watch AFL Global Pass. It's the official international subscription service for fans outside Australia. Watch AFL Global Pass allows you to watch games live on personal computers, tablets and mobile devices. You can also catch up on any of the action you've missed, or want to re-live, with our On-Demand service. Watch AFL Global Pass also gives you Watch 24/7, a round the clock TV channel dedicated to AFL, so you can get your fix between matches. Watch 24/7 shows include classic quarters, football panel shows, player interviews, match replays and other great AFL content. Being overseas doesn't mean you can't keep up to speed with all the footy action and we offer a wide range of great value subscriptions to suit everyone those on both long and short trips abroad. To find our more and subscribe just visit http://watchafl.afl.com.au/
*Service not available in Australia"
(Ed note: updated 2/20/14:) Subscription prices are similar to 2013 with an annual "pass" priced at US$139 (A$149). You can also subscribe with a monthly payment of US$25 (presumably about $150 for the season) or you can buy it week by week when you want at US$15. Finals only passes may be offered later in the year. Coverage of the NAB Challenge is free so you can try it out now at no cost and see if it works for you. Another option is to bundle Watch AFL with an AFL club overseas membership. At least 14 of the 18 clubs are participating so far. Contact the respective club membership departments for more information. Bundles typically include a Watch AFL Global Pass, club merchandise, and member benefits plus a subscription to AFL Record for iPad. AFANA hopes to add it's own affiliate sales option later. Thus far, only an Android (Google Play) app link is on the Watch AFL page (and which will soon be available in an updated version). AFANA has been advised that an Apple app is being tested so that link will appear eventually. read more »
Just ahead of the AFL preseason launch, the Brisbane Lions announced that the Irwin family - Terri, Bindi and Robert - would be ambassadors for the club. Terri is the widow of the late wildlife conservationist Steve, who died tragically after a fatal encounter with a stingray. Of course, Irwin was most famous as the Crocodile Hunter. Terri and her two children were on hand at the Gabba for the announcement and brought with them several residents of their Australian Zoo, including a pair of Sumatran tiger cubs.
It was a year ago that the Essendon supplements saga began and then overshadowed much of the 2013 season, ending with the club's disqualification from the Finals. ASADA has yet to announce any final conclusions. In an effort to close the matter, the Australian Federal Government has appointed Garry Downes, a retired federal judge to review the investigation and relevant documentation. Not only will he review the Essendon case but also that of rugby club Cronulla.
AFANA has confirmed that Fox Sports and TSN have both agreed to contract extensions that insure the AFL coverage will remain on those networks through the end of the 2016 season. The previous contact was set to expire after the coming 2014 AFL season. This means that coverage will remain similar this year to that of last season. We do not yet know when coverage will begin. It will start no later than Round 1 in mid-March, however some coverage of the pre-season NAB Challenge series is possible. Once we have those details, we will update this website. For US viewers the primary coverage will remain on Fox Soccer Plus and for Canadian viewers on TSN2. We've are still unsure how much coverage to expect on Fox Sports 2 however we anticipate some coverage there. The amount of that coverage may vary according to the other sports available to FS2 at any given time. (Update 2/25/14: Fox has confirmed we can expect 2 games per week on FS2, usually on delay. TSN in Canada has confirmed we can expect 1 live and 1 delayed game per week in 2014.)
We are also thrilled to tell fans of the most significant change to way we present TV schedules to you since 2006. Our TV schedule system is finally fully data base driven and maintained. This allows us to bring you capabilities we have been unable to with the old page. The web address of the schedules page has not changed so all of your saved links will still work. What you will see now is all of the schedule information in one display and presorted by network. Want it sorted differently? read more »
As you have likely already noticed, our look has changed just a bit. We've simplified the layout and moved things around. We're not done but this is the big start. If you are missing something you looked for in the sidebar that is now gone, look at the bottom of the home page. It's likely there. If you are seeing this message and the page is missing our blue banner at the top, press Ctrl-F5 or the equivalent on your browser to force a full reload. We haven't fully finished the reformatting of pages other than our home page and you'll see some missing info on other pages. That should change over the next week or so. We'll update this post if there are any urgent bits of information.
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Comment submission: We have determined there is a problem with the "comment" system and if you are logged in your comment may not be accepted and the Edit box will be cleared and an error message will appear in red at the top of the page. We have a temporary "fix" in place, however it reverses the behavior of enter and shift-enter when creating new lines or paragraphs.Should this still not work for you, there are workarounds: A. Submit your comment while you are logged out. It will be accepted and go into moderation. B. Before pressing "Preview", press the "Source" button in the Edit box. Wait for the screen to update. Press the "Source" button a second time. You can now proceed normally. read more »
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