Richard Hinds

Richard Hinds

Richard Hinds is the Chief Sports Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

AFL posts a huge year

Richard Hinds As 2012 draws to a close, Richard Hinds looks back at a huge year for AFL in the first of a series of year-enders.

ASADA deals bitter pill to AFL’s brand protectors

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Richard Hinds A high-profile club flouting the unambiguous regulations. A large group of players – unwittingly, or not – using a banned substance to improve strength or aerobic capacity.

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AFL forced to swallow bitter pill

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Richard Hinds A high-profile club flaunting unambiguous regulations. A large group of players - unwittingly, or not - using a banned substance to improve strength or aerobic capacity.

Friday on their minds, and for good reason

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Richard Hinds Privately, the Sydney Swans have confessed to some ambivalence about their ongoing relationship with ANZ Stadium in recent years.

Swans storm into grand final

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Richard Hinds THE Sydney Swans will play in Melbourne's grand final. The Melbourne Storm will play in Sydney's.

When codes sell out for a Sonny disposition

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Richard Hinds He looks so good, that Sonny Quade-Folau. He is the ultimate first-choice athlete.

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Mistakes, we've had a few

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Richard Hinds AFL chief wants to bring the romance back to the game.

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Winning's not the cure-all for malaise at Essendon

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Richard Hinds We now know of the restorative powers of pigs' brains and bovine colostrum. But, if you want to be transformed, there is an even more potent potion. It's called winning.

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Drugs in AFL

Get with the program, chaps

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Richard Hinds We now know of the restorative powers of pigs' brains and bovine colostrum.

Sheedy is a zealot, but he's no racist

Richard Hinds The joy of Kevin Sheedy is that he looks outside the AFL's small world.

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Missionary Sheedy deserves to be judged by his actions

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Richard Hinds The joy of Kevin Sheedy is that he looks outside the AFL's small world. He seeks people and ideas and looks to include them.

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Racism in Sport

Goodes's outstretched hand still can't reach lunatic fringe

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Richard Hinds On Friday night, Adam Goodes made a stand that, we immediately assumed, would heighten awareness of a form of racism that will never be eradicated from society.

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GWS face one Giant task

Richard Hinds Greater Western Sydney Giants play Port Adelaide Power at Skoda Stadium on Sunday. A match between a team that has not won a game and a team that has not won in seven weeks.

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Pioneer Stynes sparked code's emergence from Victorian age

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Richard Hinds The death of Melbourne's Irish legend Jim Stynes comes at a poignant time for the AFL. As the game spreads to a new frontier, Stynes, more than any player, coach or official, encouraged what had been...

A verbal spell and a hard sell

Richard Hinds Getting the Western Sydney locals to take an interest is still a Giant task.

We are not going to be a doormat, says Sheedy

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Richard Hinds Like Bayern Munich's domination of their cross-town whipping boys 1860 Munich, most expect the AFL's Sydney rivalry to be mercilessly one-sided - at least in the initial stages.

Native game has the right numbers to fend off most challenges

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Richard Hinds By choosing to open its season with last Saturday's GWS-Swans derby, the AFL wisely focused the spotlight on its northern expansion.

GWS still standing tall despite loss in land of the real giants

Richard Hinds For Greater Western Sydney, this was supposed to be a knee-knocking moment. Their first match in Melbourne against the premiership favourites Carlton.

A combination of form and fixtures creates a perfect storm for September

Richard Hinds By coming from 20 points down at half-time to beat Hawthorn on Sunday, Sydney made a statement. "Legitimate", "genuine contenders", "the real thing".