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Sydney Success Steeped In Bloods Culture

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

It is 1981 and a proposition is on the VFL table to relocate the financially strapped club South Melbourne to Sydney. They had previously played a handful of games there but now it would be a permanent move. There was great angst among South fans at the prospect. A "Keep South at South" movement was started and they fought to keep their beloved club in Melbourne. However, it was a case of move or fold and in 1982 the club moved to Sydney. Unlike Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney today, there was no detailed planning, no draft concessions for the South players who refused to move, little financial backing or publicity to boost their profile once the move was made.

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Preliminary Final Milestones

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Most Club Finals: Adam Goodes and Jude Bolton (SYD) both played their 22 finals match in the Preliminary Final against Collingwood. This is a club record for the duo.

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Semi Final Milestones

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

300 games: Jude Bolton (SYD) will play his 300th game this weekend in the Preliminary Final, making him the third player in club history to reach 300 games, joining Adam Goodes (317 games since 1999) and Michael O’Loughlin (303 games, 1995-2009).

Most Club Finals: Adam Goodes and

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Week One Finals Milestones

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Most Games, Pair of Brothers, Burgoyne family: Hawk Shaun Burgoyne played his 219th game in the Qualifying Final against Collingwood. This, combined with brother Peter's 240 games, puts the duo equal with Michael and Brett Voss in 11th place on the League's list of most games by two brothers. The leaders are Madden, 710 games (Simon 378 and Justin 332), Nankervis, 578 (Ian 325 and Bruce 253), Coventry, 533 (Syd 227 and Gordon 306), Richardson, 518 (Wayne 277 and Max 241), Wakelin, 513

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Swans Retain Top Spot

Rick Browner reporting for AFANA from Patersons Stadium, Perth

At the end of the last round, Sydney Swans found themselves on top of the AFL Ladder by what looked like a feat of legerdemain. Throughout the season the Swans have quietly crept up the table under the radar of their opponents and must now be seen as serious Grand Final contenders. The West Coast Eagles were below them in second position prior to the round but needed to win this important match up to stay in touch for the all-important double chance in the Finals.

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NAB Cup Sub Rule Out

Between the end of the NAB Cup series and the start of Round One on March 24, the AFL held the season launch in Sydney. In between the festivities, League officials met with club captains and coaches to discuss the new rules which were tried out in the preseason. One rule which was high on the agenda was the two substitute-two interchange player rule.

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Week One Finals Records

Most Club Finals Played:
Sydney's Jude Bolton, Adam Goodes and Brett Kirk will play their 18th Finals games in the Semi-Final, equaling the record set by former teammate Michael O'Loughlin.

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Another Record For Malthouse

Round 15 will be Mick Malthouse's 250th game as Collingwood Coach, making him the third person in the history of the club to reach this milestone. He joins Jock McHale (714 games, 1912-49) and Phonse Kyne (272 games, 1950-63).

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Two Lose At Tribunal

TRIBUNAL

Charges Laid:
James McDonald (MELB), striking North Melbourne's Andrew Swallow: assessed as intentional conduct (three points), low impact (one point) and body contact (one point), equaling five activation points, a Level Two offense, 125 demerits, and a one game suspension. His five year good record reduces the penalty 25% to 93.75 demerits. He accepted, reducing the penalty a further 25% to 70.31 demerits. As a result, he comes away with a reprimand with the demerits held over toward his future record.

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ANZAC Spirit Lifts Dockers

Rick Browner reporting for AFANA from Subiaco Oval

ANZAC Day holds a special place in the hearts of all Australians and was honored by the AFL in Round 5. Fremantle has a good ANZAC Day record, having won eight from thirteen "Len Hall" memorial games since entering the competition in 1994. Before the match, veterans paraded with a military band and an eternal flame was lit to pay respect to the fallen soldiers of Australia and New Zealand. As the lone bugler played the Last Post there was absolute silence in the crowd of thirty two thousand as each paused for one minute of remembrance.  The Len Hall Game is named in honor of a member of the Western Australian 10th Light Horse Regiment, active during the Gallipoli campaign.

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