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Bomber Favorite Retires

McDonald-Tipungwuti (AFANA file)

Just as Round 10 was set to commence, Bomber's player Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (or Tippa for short), announced his immediate retirement. Tippa, 29, played 20 games in 2021 but took a leave of absence from the club in February for personal reasons. He played 126 games and kicked 153 goals. He recently played several games in the VFL, but decided to retire. Hailing from the Tiwi Islands, Tippa first moved to the Northern Territory, then relocated to Victoria to play in the Under-18 competition. He was originally a defender and his dash out of defense and long-kicking were eye-catching. However, he was overlooked in the drafts.

In 2015, Essendon was in the midst of the supplements controversy. This opened the door for Tippa who was brought into the club's VFL program. With many senior Bombers suspended for the 2016 season, Tippa was added to the rookie list. He began as a running defender but a four-goal haul late in the season saw him switched to the forward line. HIs style and ability to chase down opponents to apply gripping tackles made him an instant hit with teammates and fans alike.

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Nicky Winmar Joins Indigenous Round

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Round Nine is the AFL's Indigenous Round which celebrates the contributions of indigenous players to the game of Australian Rules football. As part of the celebrations, former Saint and Bulldog Nicky Winmar has been invited to launch the round and will return to Collingwood's former home ground Victoria Park. Twenty years ago, the Saints played the Magpies there in a match which became famous. Winmar suffered a barrage of racial abuse from spectators and at the end of the game, Winmar lifted his guernsey and proudly pointed to his dark skin. That moment has become one of the most memorable and iconic in recent League history.

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Matthew Scarlett Retires

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Opposition forwards will be relishing the start of the 2013 season. In recent weeks, it was widely speculated in the media that 2012 would be Matthew Scarlett's last season. This was confirmed after the Cats lost their Elimination Final to Fremantle, with the ace defender later making it official.

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Grand Final Day Events and Timeline 2011

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.  Click on "read more" to see the entire table of events.

Start Time AEST Start Time US EDT End Time AEST End Time US EDT Event US / Can Network Coverage
10:00 AM 8:00 PM 12:30 PM 10:30 PM Season in Review / Grand Final Day from the MCG (Relayed from Ch. Ten Australia) 3AW radio pregame begins ESPN3.com (TV Internet only at this time)
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Dreamtime At The “G”.

Mchael Long's History Making Walk

The Tradition of the LONG Walk continues. A journey that started with an idea and a single step, back on 21 November 2004, with Essendon legend and Aboriginal superstar Michael Long undertaking a journey on foot from his home in Melbourne to the nation's capitol, Canberra, continued on a crisp fall day in Melbourne.

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