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Adelaide Comeback Stuns Cats

Jamie Kloeden reporting for AFANA from AAMI Stadium, Australia

When we talk about the 2013 AFL season, the two teams that squared off against each other at AAMI Stadium in Round 17 could not have more contrasting tales. Geelong traveled to Adelaide having dropped just two games all year and looking destined to continue on for the rest of the season entrenched in the Top Two. In contrast Adelaide had seen its season go from bad to worse. After a successful 2012 that almost resulted in a Grand Final berth the Crows now faced the real prospect on missing out on Finals' action altogether.

Things did not quite go to plan as the Crows dominated the general play in the first quarter and only some inaccurate kicking in front of goals stopped them from having a sizable lead at quarter time.

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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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Cool Cats Outlast Tigers

A buoyant Richmond side, fresh off its first victory for 2012, headed to the fortress now known as Simonds Stadium (formerly Kardinia Park) in Geelong to take on the reigning Premiers in one of football’s toughest tests. Geelong is so hard to beat at home that it recently had an unbeaten run at “the Cattery” that extended from 26 August 2007 to 27 August 2011. To further intimidate the visiting Tigers, the home team unveiled its 2011 Premiership Flag prior to the first bounce as the crowd finally took their seats after a power outage had shut them out of the Stadium.

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Dockers Upset Reigning Premiers

Geelong won the 2011 Premiership and despite the loss of some key players to retirement, this is still a formidable side which plays well away. Nevertheless the Cats have had trouble with the Fremantle Dockers. Last year there was one nail-biting finish and the first quarter for 2012 showed that the fans were in for more of the same.

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Geelong Proves Greatness In Epic Grand Final

Those who condemned Geelong to the “too old, too slow” basket will be adding “too good” to the slogan after the Cats produced a powerhouse final quarter to win the 2011 AFL Premiership. Geelong held a narrow seven point lead at the final change and the game looked to be set for a close and exciting finish. The much talked about second Premiership Cup for retiring Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse was not to be, as the Cats ran over the top of the 2010 Premiers in front of 99,537 screaming fans.

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Geelong Wins 2011 Grand Final

Congrats to the Geelong Cats! 

Collingwood  12 9 (81)
Geelong      18 11 (119)

Cats win 2011 Premiership, 3rd in 5 seasons. Magpies lose 3 games all year, all to Cats.

The Norm Smith medal went to Jimmy Bartel.  Attendance 99,537.  AFANA will have further match reports and photos in the coming days.  Thanks to all the fans for your support this past season.  Stay tuned for off season news, international rules reports, and more. 

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Eagles Win Cat Fight

A sellout crowd of over 40,000 fans packed Patersons Stadium to see the West Coast Eagles take on a determined Geelong Cats. This was a chance for the Eagles to prove that they were real contenders for the Finals even without the in-form Quinten Lynch, who had been suspended for rough contact the week before. Geelong have not lost two games in a row for so long that people have arguments about when that was. The script was supposed to read that the Eagles would put up a valiant fight but go down in the end by five or six goals – but it didn’t go according to the script by a long way.

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Geelong Easy as ABC

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With both teams coming off interstate travel, the ever hopeful thought Essendon had the slightest chance of winning. However the script went according to form.

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International Recruiting Boom

Essendon already had one player from Papua New Guinea on an international scholarship, 17-year old David Meli, who is playing the juniors' TAC competition. Now it is three with the club offering two more international scholarships to Victor Lame and Max Lavai, both 15 years old. The pair spent a week in Melbourne in early May, touring the city, meeting Essendon's senior players and visiting the club's facilities.

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Freo Three 0

Rick Browner reporting for AFANA from Subiaco Oval

Reigning Premiers, the Geelong Cats, traveled to Perth to do battle with the Cinderella team of the AFL, the Fremantle Dockers. With full forward Cameron Mooney suspended and ruckman Brad Ottens injured, the loss of the two biggest Cats gave 28 year-old James Podsiadly the chance to make his debut. Fremantle had won their first two games of the season and on their home turf were tipped to take the game right up to the Cats.

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