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Bomber Dreamtime Tiger Nightmare

Brook “Boris” Kilpatrick reporting for AFANA

“Dreamtime at the G" between Essendon and Richmond once again drew a big crowd of around 75,000 fans, with most expecting a close contest between two teams fighting to stay in contention for Finals' action. Unfortunately for Tiger fans, only one team appeared hungry and it wasn’t the boys donning the yellow sash. Essendon players appeared refreshed after their Round Ten bye and they bounced out of the blocks with the first goal to back man Dustin Fletcher within three minutes of the opening siren. Ben Howlett added a second before ex-Geelong goal sneak Paul Chapman tripled the Bombers' pleasure, giving Essendon a 19 point lead at the ten minute mark with the Tigers yet to score. Essendon’s pressure was first class, forcing Richmond into numerous turnovers. The Tigers bombed the ball forward - seemingly without system - playing into the hands of the hard running Bombers. Howlett kicked his second goal as the Bombers did what they pleased. It wasn’t until the twenty-one minute mark that Richmond finally registered a score - and it was a rushed behind. At quarter time the Bombers held a commanding 27 point lead that should have been even greater on the balance
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Dockers Burn Off Bombers

Bombers Shot Down

Rick Browner reporting from Patersons Stadium, Perth for AFANA

Essendon players withered on the vine in the stifling 90-degree plus Perth heat and were buried under a burst of third quarter brilliance by the Fremantle Dockers to be overrun by 53 points in their Round 4 clash. Slow and steady was the mantra for both teams during the first part of the match as the strength-sapping temperatures made sustained running almost impossible. The Bombers were patient with the ball and racked up possessions with accurate kicking to teammates in the clear. It was an arm wrestle with the Dockers getting the first couple of goals on the board through Ryan Crowley and Danyle Pearce. Jobe Watson and Joe Daniher evened it up with goals for Essendon, with Watson’s goal surely in contention for goal of the year.
Clarke Flies
He booted it from a very difficult angle deep in the pocket just when a Captain’s goal was needed.





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Essendon Board Warns Hirds

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

On the day before the Bombers were to face the Kangaroos in their first match of 2014, the Essendon saga of 2013 once again exploded. Tania Hird, the wife of suspended Essendon coach James, was interviewed on an Australian television program and repeated the allegation that AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou tipped off then Essendon chairman David Evans regarding the Australian Crime Commission’s (ACC) report. She went on to say that she was listening on a speaker phone to a conversation between her husband and Evans shortly before Hird was due to be interviewed by ASADA and that she was "taking … lots of notes.” According to Tania, Evans told Hird not to tell ASADA what they were told by Demetriou to which James responded "if I'm not asked about it, I won't offer it up, but if I'm asked about it, like anything I'm asked about, I will answer it honestly and truthfully and to the best of my knowledge."

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Round 18 Milestones

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Ex-Richmond skipper Chris Newman plays his 230th game in Round 18. This will put him equal with Trevor Barker (StK) for most games without a Finals appearance. They are followed by Geoff Cunningham (224 games for StK), Gary Hardeman (219 games, MELB) and Steven Smith (203 games, MELB).

Other milestones being clebrated in Round 18 include:

200 games: Justin Koschitzke (StK)
150 games: Matt Maguire (BRIS)
100 games: David Mackay ADE)

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Dank Defends Watson

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Just ahead of the Round 14 match against West Coast, Essendon captain Jobe Watson appeared on the Foxtel sports show "On the Couch" and admitted that he may have taken the anti-obesity drug AOD-9604. In making the admission, he qualified it by saying that he and the other players had trusted club doctors and the understanding that everything they were being given was approved.

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Dreamtime Nightmare For Tigers

Brook “Boris” Kilpatrick reporting for AFANA

Off field distractions haunted both teams in the lead-up to “Dreamtime at the G”, with Essendon players continuing to be interviewed by ASADA and Tiger Alex Rance in court to face his one time acquaintance turned stalker. There were further problems on the injury front for Richmond, with young Tiger Brandon Ellis pulling out with a hamstring injury incurred at training prior to the big match.

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Round Four Milestones

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

2400 games: Collingwood played their 2400th match for premiership points in Round Four, joining the then-VFL as a founding member of the competition in 1897. Collingwood is the first club to reach this mark, with an overall record of 1463 wins through Round Four, 911 losses and 26 draws

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Season Preview Part Three

by Brook "Boris" Kilpatrick reporting for AFANA

Melbourne Demons
With the “tanking” saga behind them and the club coffers $500,000 lighter as a result, the Demons can head into 2013 with a clean slate and better times on the horizon. Chris Dawes comes across from Collingwood in an attempt to provide some help for Mitch Clark inside the forward fifty, while disgruntled midfielder Brent Moloney was given his walking papers to the sunny climes of Brisbane with the Lions. Whilst Shannon Byrnes should slot straight into Melbourne’s best 22 with a fresh opportunity after stagnating somewhat at Geelong, the real

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Grand Final Day Events and Timeline 2012

The following is the time line for the the Grand Final day events including key times for match and TV related activities.   All times are listed first in Australian AEST and then in US EDT.  This is based on information from the AFL, AFANA, press reports and past history. This story will be periodically updated with late information.  (Revised 9/28/12)

Start Time AEST Start Time US EDT End Time AEST End Time US EDT Event US / Can Network Coverage
7:00 AM 5:00 PM 11:00 AM 9:00 PM Season in Review / Grand Final Day from the MCG (Ch. Seven Australia) Not available in US or Canada. None
11:00 AM 9:00 PM Grand Final Preview (Relayed from Ch. Seven Australia). SEN radio pregame begins. Coverage on FSP begins. Fox Soccer Plus (FSP)
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Cloke Finds Form For Pies

Jamie Kloeden reporting for AFANA from Melbourne, Australia

Final round action saw traditional rivals Collingwood and Essendon lock horns at the MCG but their end of season situations were in stark contrast. For the Bombers, it was a chance to regain some pride. After letting a great start to the season slip by the wayside with their horrible run home, they cost themselves any chance of participating in Finals action. The Magpies on the other hand needed to win the game to sew up a spot in the Top Four and gain the double chance.

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