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Shake Down The Thunder

Review: Shake Down the Thunder- From Ugly Ducklings to AFL Premiers: The Story of the Sydney Swans
By Jim Main


Shake Down the Thunder  (Published by Geoff Slattery Publishing) is veteran AFL journalist and author Jim Main’s latest work and details the troubled, but ultimately successful, history of the Sydney Swans in the AFL’s most difficult market. Main has undergone extensive research and nearly a 100 interviews to detail a turbulent 25 years in football history from the words of the people involved. For the first time, one of the AFL’s most controversial, but little-known story is finally told in this gripping and extensive account.

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Hurt Dogs Into Top Four

Carlton Blues and the Western Bulldogs have both produced seasons that are out of the norm for their respective clubs. The Western Bulldogs, originally Footscray have never been a top team, winning just the one Premiership. Their style of play has often been labelled ugly, not the fluid white-hot running of the 2006 version. Carlton has traditionally been a league powerhouse with 16 flags to their credit. The current Blues side is a world away from a Premiership threat.

The Bulldogs started the game in a fashion you'd expect a fifth ranked side playing fifteenth, with three quick goals. Daniel Giansiracusa kicked the first after finding space before Rohan Smith converted. Matthew Robbins took a trademark strong mark on a full pace lead for the Bulldogs third. Barnaby French got on the board first for the Blues, before Whitnall took a great one handed mark while holding off an opponent. Big name forwards Brad Johnston and Brendan Fevola scored a goal each for their respective  sides to finish the quarter.
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Dockers Pluck Continues Bombers Bad Luck

Dockers Modest Win Keeps Finals Fire Flickering

By Tim Stone, AFANA Reporter in Perth

Fremantle have kept their 2006 campaign alive with a 37 point victory over the cellar dwellers in Essendon in front  34,000 supporters on a Friday night at Subi.  A less than convincing win would be the best way to describe Fremantles answer to their critics. Blundered opportunities from the Dons marred what was realistically a very even contest.

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Swim Champs to Clash with 2007 Season Opener

FINA or Footy?

The swimming finals of next year's FINA World Championships in Melbourne will clash with the start of the AFL home-and-away season according to competition schedule released this week. The program confirms morning swimming heats will be held at Rod Laver Arena from 10am (AEST) with semi-finals and finals to be held from 7pm (AEST) from March 25 to April 1.

This means potentially the last four days of the swimming finals will clash with the opening round of the 2007 AFL season,

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Rugged Saints Overpower Magpies

By Barry Kennedy, AFANA Reporter in Melbourne


Last season the injury ravaged Collingwood side limped to 15th on the AFL ladder while St Kilda also didn’t live up to expectations of the football public, even with a Preliminary Final appearance. Season 2006 has been much kinder to Collingwood fans, their team flying high in third spot on the AFL ladder after 13 games. The jury was out for St Kilda, with only its long injury list the only defense to its seventh placing prior to yesterday’s clash. It was a crunch game for St Kilda against the upstarts from Collingwood and a chance to demonstrate their preeminence among Victorian clubs. That’s what they duly did.

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Death In Footy Family

There is sad news to report. Erin Walls, wife to former player and coach and current media commentator Robert Walls, passed away after a long battle with cancer. The news broke Sunday afternoon when 3AW caller Rex Hunt received word shortly after the conclusion of the Kangaroo / Bulldog game. Hunt and Walls were contemporaries in their playing days and, in the first years of their careers, played for Richmond and Carlton respectively, two sides which were bitter rivals at the time. Now Hunt and Walls are very good friends and sometimes work together on 3AW Radio with Hunt calling the games and Walls providing special comments. After the announcement, many fans calling in to the talkback forum

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Crows Clip The Swans' Wings

Crows 15.11 (101) d. Swans 8.14 (62) @ The SCG


by Frank Ienco reporting exclusively for AFANA at the Sydney Cricket Ground.


The Adelaide Crows have turned in a performance from the top shelf to thrash the defending premiers on their own turf, running out 39-point winners over the Sydney Swans in front of 36, 104 fans at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday afternoon (AEST).


Sydney have now dropped three of their last four matches as they continue their poor record at home with only three wins from eight matches at either the SCG or Telstra Stadium this year. Not for the first time this year, the Swans lacked the passion and hunger to win. Their biggest loss this season has prompted coach Paul Roos to admit that

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AFL Weekly Review Round 12 2006

by Tim Murphy

The real footy is still happening. I’m off to China on Sunday for a couple of weeks, by the way, so if anyone in Soochow (Suzhou) or Beijing wants a drink and talk footy, let me know.

St. Kilda 2.1  3.7  5.10  8.12.60 
Adelaide 5.3 10.7 13.12 18.15.123

History repeats . . . Last year the Camrys massacred the Stainers by 80-odd points at Docklands and this was much the same. Stainer fans will be hoping the repetition continues, as in September 2005 they put Addleaid out of the finals at Foopall Park. There’ll have to be a big turnaround. In selection the Saints lost Jason Blake with a hamstring injury and dropped wet-weather specialist Mark McGough, in came Xavier Clarke and Andrew McQualter. Sinkilda hope to have Aaron Hamill back after the break, Justin Koschitzke started training again last week but collapsed on live TV on Sunday, a worry. Aaron Fiora played his 100th game here, it ended unhappily as he was singled out afterwards by Thomas for displaying cowardice. The Camrys lost Nathan Van Berlo with a fractured collarbone and Brett Burton (hamstring soreness) was a late pull-out. Jason Torney and Bernie Vince were called up from the Snaffle.

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AFL Weekly Preview Round 14 2006

AFL Preview Round 14 Season 2006

 Last Week: 5 from 8 – Total 67/104 (64.4%)

 What mental aberration caused me to select Hawthorn last week against the Saints? Probably the same mental speed hump that made me dismiss the Tigers against the Pies. That was one upset while the other was the Bulldogs’ great win against the Eagles at Subiaco. Should have scored 6 but that bit of stupidity has allowed the tipping leader to sneak away another point further ahead. With only 9 rounds to go the chances of making up more than 5 – 6 points is very difficult although there is still time to make those unexpected selections based on unexpected results.

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