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Freo Earn Double Chance In September

By Tim Stone reporting for the AFANA @ Subiaco.

 

Fremantle has silenced its critics in 2006 by finishing third on the ladder, breezing past Port Adelaide by 79 points in their final match of the 2006 home and away season.

 

Fremantle has now earned a double change by claiming a spot in the Top Four, and will fly to AAMI stadium next week to do battle with the Adelaide Crows for a place in the Preliminary Final. A club that counted just 6 wins after 13 games has now won its last 9 games on the trot to be the form team going into the Finals. They will now appear in the Finals for only second time in their 12 year history as an AFL club.

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Eagles In Cruise Control

By Barry Kennedy, AFANA Reporter in Melbourne

There were very different stakes for Richmond and West Coast in the round 22 clash at a sunny MCG yesterday. The Eagles had two home finals sealed and, with key players out,  could use the clash as a pre-Grand Final work out on the hallowed MCG. For the Tigers, the game was a chance to send off two retiring veterans -- Mark Chaffey and Greg Stafford.  Lesser lights on the Tigers side were probably playing for the future.

Things began to look ominous for the Tigers from the outset.
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AFL Weekly Preview Round 22 2006

Last Week: 5 from 8 – Total 108/168 (64.3%)

Well dear readers and footy fanatics, here it is. The last instalment of footy previews for the 2006 Home and Away season for the AFL. It’s hard to believe another season is almost gone. We were going along very nicely until about 5 weeks ago and in our bid to find that upset result we continued to pick incorrectly, nay, injudiciously, leaving us with an impossible task in the last round to catch the leader. In fact, hanging on for third place and a bit of the money will be a challenge in itself. Ya gotta love this game!! Can we tip 4 draws in the one weekend?

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AFL Weekly Review Round 21 2006

AFL Round 21

Last week pay TV operator Foxtel announced their AFL-dedicated channel Fox Footy would be closing at the end of the current season, after Foxtel failed to negotiate a deal with the new free-to-air TV rights holders from 2007, Channels Seven and Ten. The consequences for the viewer vary according to your location but for yours truly and anyone else living in NSW, ACT, Queensland or the NT, they could be terrible. Currently, without Fox Footy we’d see a maximum three games a weekend (sometimes one), unless you’re prepared to sit up into the small hours for a replay,

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Freo School Big Brother For Top 4 Spot

Freo Win Biggest Derby Of All

by Tim Stone, reporting for the AFANA @ Subiaco Oval, Perth.

Before the bouncedown of the Round 21 derby between West Coast and Fremantle, the Dockers were the younger colt in a 2 horse town. As the final sounded, Fremantle had not only earned the respect of West Coast, but the attention of the entire AFL community.

Fremantle humbled the top of the table and Premiership favourites in West Coast by an astonishing 57 points only one game away from finals, and in doing so has broken all kinds of club and derby records.

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Turf Experiments for Dome

by Lisa reporting for AFANA from Chicago

New Plan For Telstra Dome
The AFL, Telstra Dome management, and its turf supplier have been working together for the past 2 years on a new plan to improve the playing surface at the Telstra Dome. Experiments with new turf have been conducted in secret at Essendon's training ground Windy Hill. The controversial Telstra Dome playing surface could be replaced as early as the end of this season.

It is believed that Telstra Dome manager Ian Collins, who has traveled extensively to Europe and the USA to learn about turf management, will soon head to Germany to look at stadia used during the recent World Cup Soccer games.  

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Lions Tamed But Swans Need to Improve

By Frank Ienco, reporting for AFANA from Sydney

Even late in the season, with finals beckoning and sides fighting for positions, there are some games that fans and experts alike question why they even take place. With the Brisbane Lions decimated by injuries and looking ahead to 2007, they were considered by many to be pushovers for a Sydney Swans side on their march towards an all-important Top Four position.

 

Brisbane came to Telstra Stadium with 12 players on their injury list, including key position players Jonathon Brown,

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Gehrig Demolishes Bulldogs

By Barry Kennedy, AFANA Reporter in Melbourne

Having conquered the heavyweight Adelaide Crows last week, the Bulldogs were tipped to derail the Saints back from a bad night in Perth last round. But on Friday it was St Kilda that showed that when they're 'on,' they are as electrifying as any AFL outfit. With a package featuring stylish midfielders, bold backline runners and big angry forwards, St Kilda offered a complete performance on Friday not unlike its team of 2004 that served up 14 straight wins.

St Kilda and Western Bulldogs are co-tenants of Telstra Dome. Both sides have led a merry dance over visitors to the ground this year, the Bulldogs with their carry and skill level, St Kilda
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AFL Weekly Preview Round 21 2006

AFL Preview Round 20 Season 2006

Last Week: 5 from 8 – Total 103/160 (64.4%)

Tipping last week, I admit, was tinged with a bit of panic when I committed the Hawks and the Bombers to a draw which at half time looked like it was going to be a 15 goal flogging but ended up just an 18 point win to Hawthorn. Had I stuck with the Hawks, whom I really thought would win, I would have managed 6 correct and gained one valuable point on the competition leader. With two rounds to go and 6 points in arrears (in our comp) there is little hope to win so I will concentrate on that second place. How did the rest of you go? There are a few jackpots in some of the tipping comps and there are some last place prizes. Hope you can score something to salvage the season. It looks like my best season of 125 correct will not be topped this year.

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AFL Weekly Review Round 20 2006

AFL Round 20

At Football Park:

Port Adelaide  3.4    9.6    12.8    12.15.87

Collingwood    6.5   10.10   10.13   12.17.89

Exciting game, Pie Alan Didak slotting a major with 20 seconds to go to put Collywood ahead. Thus the Poise confirmed finals participation, missing out was a mathematical if not realistic possibility going in. Beforehand Power coach Mark Williams had claimed indifference to the result, even breaking a taboo by suggesting a loss would be preferable from a draft perspective. Typical ‘Choco’ bullpoo, the depleted Pooer tried hard. Flower fans will wonder about a last-quarter Danyle Pearce shot which the goal-ump decided had grazed the inside of the post. Wouldn’t have dislodged the bails.

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