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Suns Seeking New Coach
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by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Just days after the Suns were defeated by Melbourne in Round 20. the club announced that Coach Rodney Eade's contract would not be extended. Eade was told by the board on the Monday following the Suns' loss. The board voted unanimously not to retain Eade who decided not to see out the year. Assistant coach Dean Solomon will take the reins for the final games.

AFANA AFL Power Poll Round 20
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By Boris Kilpatrick, special to AFANA from Australia

There are just three rounds of the regular season remaining, and the make up of the final eight remains on a knife edge. A big win by the Adelaide Crows over crosstown rivals Port Adelaide has put the Crows six points clear at the top of the table, setting them up for two home finals and Premiership favoritism. The other big stories to come from round 19 were the Greater Western Sydney Giants back on track and looking primed for a big run into September, the Geelong Cats are stumbling, and the Richmond Tigers look to have confirmed an unlikely finals spot just a year after being in crisis.

1.    Adelaide Crows (Last time - 1)
The Crows have established themselves as clear premiership favorites after demolishing fellow finals aspirants and crosstown foes the Port Power by 84 points at Adelaide Oval on Sunday afternoon.

2.    Greater Western Sydney Giants (3)

Dockers Outrun The Suns
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Chris Kowald reporting for AFANA from Domain Styadium, Perth

The Fremantle Dockers used superior fitness and the open spaces of Domain Stadium to defeat the weakened Gold Coast Suns. The Suns came into the game with a long injury list and were forced to play four players with less than ten games' experience.

Predatory Eagles Slay Young Lions
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Chris Kowald reporting for AFANA from Domain Stadium, Perth.

The West Coast Eagles climbed back into the top eight by sweeping aside the Brisbane Lions in a one-sided game. The Lions had several of their best young players home in Queensland as the visitors put in a brave performance, but were overrun by the more polished and more experienced home team.

The Lions began brightly with several forward-half intercepts and pushes into the attacking arc.

AFANA Now Accepting 2017 Grand Final Party Announcements
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Are you or your group hosting a Grand Final party?

For the 22nd consecutive year, 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. Please note that this year, the Grand Final will be played on September 30th (Melbourne time) which is Friday, September 29th in North America. Plan to use WatchAFL as your party video source? Then be sure to click read the entire page!
 
Hawthorn Celebrates After Winning 2015 Grand FinalIf 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.

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 submission form.

Hungry Hawks Demolish Dockers
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The Hawthorn Hawks showed they still have the appetite to participate in this year’s finals by dominating the Fremantle Dockers in the final quarter at the Dockers’ home ground. Fremantle competed solidly but could not overcome the Hawk dominance in the air as the big Hawks out-marked the home side.

Hawthorn started each center bounce by positioning two extra players on the defensive side of the center square.

Move Over Baseball For Your Cricket Cousin
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 by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Indian-born Jignesh (Jay) Pandya, chairman of Global Sports Ventures, has announced an idea of bringing professional cricket to the United States. The idea came to him after he noticed a large segment of the 2015 crowd attending the World Cup cricket series in Australia was made up of Americans and Indian spectators. Should the idea take off, it will be an investment of over $2 million and create 17000 new jobs.

After his trip to Australia, Pandya purchased the licensing rights to T20 cricket (a shortened form of the game which lasts about 3 hours in instead of all day or several days) for $70 million.

A Milestone for AFANA.com
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AFANA AFL Power Poll Round 17
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By Boris Kilpatrick, special to AFANA from Australia

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 W  L  D %   Pts
Crows  15  6  1  135.98  62
Cats  15  6  1 117.38  62
Tigers  15  7  0  118.29  60
Giants  14  6  2  114.85  60

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2017 AFLW Standings (women's standings)

 W  L  D %   Pts
Lions Women  6  0  1  151.4  26
Crows Women  5  2  0  157.3  20
Demons Women  5  2  0  141.0  20
Blues Women  3  3  1  112.5  14

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