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Chris Dutton

Chris Dutton is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.


Former Brumbies boss Andrew Fagan appointed as Adelaide Crows chief executive

Chris Dutton Former ACT Brumbies chief executive Andrew Fagan has made a cross-code swap to take over the Adelaide Crows.

Australian Football

Kangaroos' mercenary dash still causes pain in Canberra

GWS Giants

Chris Dutton Canberrans still feel the pain of the Kangaroos' mercenary stint in the capital.


Eastlake goalless until last quarter in thumping by GWS Giants


Chris Dutton Eastlake thumped by 111 points by the GWS Giants Reserves at Manuka Oval.

Young Bulldog is part of premiership plans

Chris Dutton Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney has backed Canberra's Jason Tutt to be a star of the future.


Young Bulldog Jason Tutt is part of Brendan McCartney's premiership plans

AFL.Round 18.Western Bulldogs v West Coast Eagles. Bulldog's Jason Tutt  battles with Eagle's Andrew Gaff at Etihad Stadium.28th July 2013.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Chris Dutton Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney has backed Canberra's Jason Tutt to be a star of the future.

GWS gets ready to shine in twilight


Chris Dutton Greater Western Sydney Giants will bank on a blockbuster pre-season fixture and an early-season twilight timeslot to attract a bumper crowd to Manuka Oval next year.


James Hird's Hall of Fame status in doubt

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 28:  Suspended Essendon Bombers coach James Hird speaks to the media during a press conference outside his family home on August 28, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. The AFL last night announced sanctions against the Essendon Football Club including a 12 month suspension for Hird.  (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton Suspended Essendon coach James Hird could lose his place in the ACT Sport Hall of Fame with the board to meet next week to discuss his status.


No racism in AFL: Dipper

Robert DiPierdomenico.

Chris Dutton Robert DiPierdomenico says everyone will learn from Eddie McGuire's shocking gaffe concerning Adam Goodes.


There's no racism in AFL: Dipper

SPORT:  Robert DiPierdomenico , 5-time AFL Premiership player at the Gungahlin Lakes golf club.   5th June 2013.Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times..

Chris Dutton AFL great Robert DiPierdomenico says ''there's no racism in AFL'' and sasy Eddie McGuire is ''wonderful for the game''.


Giant Franklin 'great for game'

Lance Franklin

Chris Dutton Hawthorn great Robert DiPierdomenico says while he hopes current superstar Lance Franklin remains a Hawk, he believes if he makes a big-money move to Greater Western Sydney it would be 'great for the...

Australian football

Giants consider Canberra change

Sport. AFL match at Manuka oval between Gold Coast Suns and the GWS Giants. L to R Michael Rischitelli and Toby Greene.  April 27th. 2013 Photograph by Graham Tidy The Canberra Times.

Chris Dutton The Greater Western Sydney board will consider ''spreading out'' games in Canberra and moving their visits to Manuka Oval to later in the season to help boost crowd numbers in Sydney.

Australian football

Birch puts best foot forward at Ainslie

02 September 2009, Sport, Canberra Times Photo by Andrew Sheargold, story by Merryn Sherwood. Local AFL Grand Final Preview. Ainslie coach Chris Rourke L  and Belconnen coach Brendon Read R  at Manuka ovel today. SPECIAL 000

Chris Dutton Ainslie defender Alex Birch is determined to make the most of his football second coming when he makes his debut.

Australian football

Coach sees testing ground for AFL hopefuls


Chris Dutton Guy Cannon is adamant Canberra can be a breeding ground for mature-age hopefuls and wants to prove the capital can match it with the traditional AFL powerhouse zones.

Australian football

Giants, Saints to light up Manuka for first time

Artist's impression of the new lights at Manuka Oval

Chris Dutton Night-time AFL is poised to make a spectacular debut in Canberra when the GWS Giants play St Kilda in April for what will be the first premiership fixture under the new Manuka Oval lights.


Giants skipper sets sights on pointy end

Phil Davis.

Chris Dutton Phil Davis has begun plotting the GWS Giants' path to the AFL grand final.

Australian football

Tigers happy despite meek defeat

Queanbeyan Tigers

Chris Dutton A WEEK of celebrations and emotion drained the Queanbeyan Tigers of their premiership spark as they failed to fire in the NEAFL championship match at Manuka Oval yesterday.

Australian football

Fourth time lucky as Clarke breaks jinx

AFL coaches of the sides playing sudden death semi finals this weekend, from left, Brendan Read, Belconnen Magpies, Mark Armstrong, Queanbeyan Tigers, Chris Rourke, Ainslie and Nathan Clarke of Eastlakes.

Chris Dutton NATHAN CLARKE spent six years in Canberra trying to break his Manuka Oval hoodoo and the former Eastlake coach finally achieved his goal yesterday.


Tigers' Jaques keen to bid farewell with another title

Name: Roy Jaques

Chris Dutton Roy Jaques always dreamed of ending his career with a premiership and the prospect of walking away from the Queanbeyan Tigers with two grand final wins in less than a week has the veteran salivating...


Not just yesterday's hero: Akermanis revives Hawks

23rd  June 2012, Story by  David Polkinghorne,  Canberra Times Photo, Colleen Petch,  Former AFL star Jason Akermanis leads Tuggeranong Hawks to a win over UWS Giants at Greenway Oval this afternoon, Jason Akermanis chase's the ball hard

Chris Dutton The Tuggeranong Hawks want to lure another retired AFL star to Canberra next year after declaring 'Akermania' delivered the biggest financial day in the club's history.


Irwin's big day sealed with win

3 June 2012, sport, story by Chris Dutton, photo by STUART WALMSLEY. Queanbeyan v Ainslie in the NEAFL at Donoghoe Sportsground, Queanbeyan. Ainslie's Matthew Hearn.

Chris Dutton An exhausted Neill Irwin was almost reduced to tears as the Queanbeyan Tigers clinched the biggest victory of their NEAFL season at Margaret Donoghoe Oval yesterday.