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Coverage of International Rules and AFL Draft
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by admincms — Wed, 11/19/2014 - 9:22pm — Last Updated: Fri, 11/21/2014 - 1:08am

For US fans, there will be live coverage of the International Rules match between the AFL and the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). Coverage of Australia v Ireland will begin at 4:30 AM US EST from Perth on Saturday November 22nd. Both Fox Soccer Plus and WatchAFL will carry the match live. (See our TV Schedule page for the full schedule with times and repeats.) WatchAFL coverage will cost US$10 and also includes coverage of the AFL Draft on November 27th (3:00 AM US EDT Thanksgiving Day). At this time only WatchAFL will be available in Canada and Mexico. For those listening via internet radio, all of the major Melbourne sports stations will have some coverage of the draft. Only SEN will provide full live coverage of both events from Australia. There will also be internet radio coverage via RTÉ 1 from Ireland.  read more »

Essendon Hearings Commence
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by Lisa Albergo — Tue, 11/18/2014 - 5:00pm — Last Updated: Sun, 11/23/2014 - 7:43am

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

The Anti-Doping Panel wasted no time and held their directions hearing on November 18. Lawyers for all parties plus the AFL and the media were present. There were arguments for and against, allowing the media access to the actual Tribunal hearings which are now set for mid-December. None of the players were required to be present.  read more »

Fan Friendly 2015 Schedule
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by johnson — Tue, 11/18/2014 - 5:32am — Last Updated: Tue, 11/18/2014 - 5:33am

by Johnson Leung reporting for AFANA from Melbourne

The AFL has revealed the 2015 season schedule with several changes to the format to make it more "fan friendly". After only 40,939 people turned up at the Sunday night Collingwood-Carlton game in Round 15 this year, incoming AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan pledged to rethink the next year's schedule. This led to Sunday Night Football being scrapped. The Monday night game has also been dropped, as the result of average size attendances at the St Kilda-Carlton games which had been played in the time slot in the last few years.
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Second List Lodgements
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by Lisa Albergo — Mon, 11/17/2014 - 8:17am — Last Updated: Sun, 11/23/2014 - 7:35am

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All clubs submitted their second list lodgements in mid-November indicating changes made since the first list.  read more »

Fyfe Rewarded For Stellar Season
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by Lisa Albergo — Mon, 11/17/2014 - 8:02am — Last Updated: Sat, 11/22/2014 - 9:48pm

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

In mid-November, Fremantle held its club champion awards function and - despite missing four games through suspension - midfielder Nat Fyfe was the resounding winner of the Doig Medal. It is Fyfe's second consecutive win, capping a stellar season during which he was named the AFLPA's best player and earned All-Australian selection. Fyfe polled 283 votes from his 20 appearances, 20 more than he did from two more games in 2013.  read more »

Bulldogs Gold Coast Coaching Appointments
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by Lisa Albergo — Mon, 11/17/2014 - 7:53am — Last Updated: Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:48am

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

The Western Bulldogs have appointed Luke Beveridge as senior coach for the next three years. Beveridge has been the back line coach at Hawthorn for the past three years and was set to become director of coaching at St Kilda. Assistant coach Brett Montgomery was an early favorite, but his bid was unsuccessful. Beveridge will not be making any changes to the current coaching panel. Following a systematic and thorough process, Beveridge received the unanimous endorsement of the selection committee, led by Chris Grant and included Chief Executive Simon Garlick, John Worsfold, Luke Darcy and GM Football Graham Lowe. The recommendation of the sub-committee was unanimously endorsed by the club board. The committee was assisted by a recruitment consulting firm.
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AFL Issues Infraction Notices
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by Lisa Albergo — Mon, 11/17/2014 - 7:20am — Last Updated: Tue, 11/18/2014 - 5:16am

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

The day after the 34 past and present Essendon players were placed on the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel's register of findings, the AFL took the final step prior to Tribunal hearings and issued infraction notices. The notices charge the players over the alleged use of the banned peptide Thymosin beta-4 in 2012. The AFLPA hopes this next step will see the matter resolved quickly. In a statement, AFLPA CEO Paul Marsh said "The decision ... to issue infraction notices keeps this process moving and we look forward to this issue being resolved as soon as possible."  read more »

Busy Week In Bomberland
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by Lisa Albergo — Thu, 11/13/2014 - 4:16pm — Last Updated: Sun, 11/16/2014 - 5:55am

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James Hird has finally had his day – actually two days – in court as he tries to have the ASADA investigation declared illegal. Speaking on his behalf, James Hird’s attorney Peter Hanks told the court that ASADA had illegally recruited the AFL in an effort to coerce those under investigation to answer questions. ASADA, in and of itself, has no such coercive power while anyone working within the AFL industry must answer questions put to them by the League or face sanctions.   read more »

Neil Balme Rejoins Collingwood
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by Lisa Albergo — Mon, 11/10/2014 - 8:39am — Last Updated: Fri, 11/14/2014 - 7:37pm

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The  Magpies have lured Neil Balme back to the club as their new Director of Football to replace Rodney Eade, now coaching Gold Coast. Balme has spent the past eight years as General Manager at Geelong.  He previously worked at Collingwood as General Manager 2002-2006 before crossing to the Cats.  read more »

Delisted Free Agents Sign
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by Lisa Albergo — Mon, 11/10/2014 - 8:19am — Last Updated: Fri, 11/14/2014 - 7:32pm

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At the beginning of November, seven delisted players signed with new clubs as free agents. Each club notified the AFL of the signings.

Melbourne - Ben Newton
Newton, a midfielder, debuted for Port Adelaide in 2014 but played only four games in total.  read more »

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 W  L  D %   Pts
Swans  17  5  0  142.88  68
Hawks  17  5  0  140.78  68
Cats  17  5  0  113.77 68
Dockers  16  6  0  130.40  64

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