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The Passing of a Magpie and Media Icon - Lou Richards

by Lisa Albergo reporting from AFANA from Chicago

There can be many descriptions of Lou Richards - a cheeky rover, a larrikin, a wit never lost for words, a media star and clown, a gentleman who always was happy to have a chat. Richards, 94, passed away quietly in his sleep in the nursing home where he resided on May 8. Some say he was one of first superstars of Australian Football, which was the VFL during his playing career. For most fans, it is the media work for which he is best known
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Rest In Peace Tom Hafey

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Round Nine was tinged with sadness as the football community mourned the passing of four-time Premiership coach Tom Hafey, aged 82, after a brief battle with cancer. While Hafey was a serviceable player in 67 games for Richmond1953-58, it was his coaching career which elevated him to legendary status. Hafey was appointed senior coach of the Tigers in 1966 after a successful stint in the VFL with Shepperton. He set up a rigorous and grueling training regimen which helped the Tigers become a force and went on to coach them to numerous Finals series and four Grand Final victories. Hafey also had coaching stints with Collingwood, Geelong and Sydney.

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Here Kitty, Kitty!

Ladder leaders live up to hype

Media hype dominated the much awaited clash between the Cats and Hawks - billed as a game within a game, the ‘Grand Final warm up’. These two match-winning teams have not clashed since round four, season 2007. and were ready to rumble! Drama abounded, Luke Hodge, the gun Hawks midfielder and his wife Laura are expecting their first child and the due date was, of course this weekend – would the baby arrive early for Luke and Laura?. Hawks captain Sam Mitchell said earlier in the week on Melbourne radio that at Hawthorn, the family club where family always comes first. Nature has been tugging at the heart strings of the Hawthorn faithful.

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