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Grassboots: Newtown & Chilwell out to break premiership drought

Adam McNicol After 13 rounds of the Geelong Football League season, Newtown & Chilwell's senior footy team appeared on track to break its 28-year premiership drought.

Ross Lyon well placed to take Fremantle to the promised land

In 2009, Ross Lyon's Saints finished second.

Matthew Lloyd Ross Lyon is one of the great modern day coaches of the past 20 years, but if his career was to end today, there would be a large asterisk next to his name given he has yet to get a team over the...

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Ex-Cats Cameron Mooney and Matthew Scarlett give Dogs more

Matthew Scarlett and Cameron Mooney.

Jon Pierik Geelong premiership stars Cameron Mooney and Matthew Scarlett have extended their coaching commitments with the Western Bulldogs, as the Dogs seek to build on last year's strong finish.

Bob Murphy: Adrift on a sea of swells and troughs

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Bob Murphy Like a fishing boat on the open seas, a footy season lifts and falls over and over and over again. Even from week to week, the physical and mental state of teams and individual players has a rhythmic...

St Kilda had every reason to win but failed

Will Minson gets a grip on Nick Riewoldt as the ball goes loose.

Matt Murnane St Kilda had every reason to win. And a pretty important one not to.

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James Podsiadly joins ranks of late bloomers to reach 100 games

Centurion: James Podsiadly.

Peter Hanlon The two oldest AFL footballers on debut to go on to play 100 games were both good stories.

Chris Judd's statistics suggest he should play on

Since returning in round 13 from a hamstring strain, Chris Judd is averaging 21 disposals, including 11 contested, five clearances, four tackles, four inside 50s and 1.4 score assists a game.

Jon Pierik While there is a growing expectation Chris Judd will retire this year, the Carlton champion's statistics suggest he should seriously consider playing on next year.

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Maxwell's smarts deserve a fairer hearing from footy folk

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Over the past couple of years, there’s been two guaranteed methods of getting football fans to unleash torrents of venom about something not connected to their club.

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After eight years, Bulldog Mark Austin powers on

Mark Austin is one of the AFL's true survivors.

Daniel Cherny Carlton acquired three teenagers from South Australia to bolster its playing list ahead of the 2007 season. All three are still on an AFL list.

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Sydney Swans' defensive duo Ted Richards and Heath Grundy form a solid double act

Quite the pair: Heath Grundy and Ted Richards at the SCG.

Andrew Wu If pay packets were based on the adage that defence wins premierships then it would be Ted Richards and Heath Grundy on the megabucks instead of Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett.

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#FreeBallaz:Twitter abuzz over Hayden Ballantyne bump citing

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Liam Ducey There wasn’t a football fan alive – aside from Dockers fans – who didn’t issue a wry smile when Geelong full-back Matthew Scarlett suffered a brain-fade that caused him plant...

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Nick off, he's the Maxwell for all seasons

Nick Maxwell.

Jake Niall Nick Maxwell's renaissance has been remarkable, and unexpected.

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Last season was nearly Nick Maxwell's last

Caroline Wilson Former Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell almost retired at the end of 2013.

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Geelong and Port Adelaide followed very different paths after 2007

Victors: Geelong players celebrate their 2007 AFL grand final win.

Rohan Connolly Forks in the road of football history don't come a lot sharper than those which followed the events of AFL grand final day in 2007.

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It's hard work being a forward in modern football

Matthew Lloyd

Matthew Lloyd As a kid growing up, all I ever wanted to do was play in the forward line and kick as many goals as I possibly could, but it's a tough job these days.

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Cats-Freo niggle overrated, but good theatre, says Chris Scott

Hayden Ballantyne gives Paul Chapman some unsolicited advice when Fremantle played Geelong in round one 2012.

Matt Murnane Geelong coach Chris Scott says the "niggle" built up between his team and Ross Lyon's Fremantle is overrated in terms of the effect it has on the result, but admits the occasional spite does create...

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Mitch Duncan shapes as a future top Cat

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Garry Lyon Geelong footy club has been putting on quite a show for a number of years now.

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Cameron Ling the hottest property of the off-season?

Cameron Ling.

Jon Pierik Provided Cameron Ling opts to join the assistant coaching ranks next year, a move he is deliberating, in sharemarket terms he looms as one of the major ''buys'' of this year's off-season.

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Cats not ready to fall off the perch, says Bartel

Fronting up: Geelong champion Jimmy Bartel has some tips for Warrnambool West Primary pupils.

Jon Pierik Jimmy Bartel may be preparing for another significant milestone and a change of position and leadership, but the Geelong champion has declared the Cats are not ready to "fall off the perch".

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Round one when anything is possible for the Doggies

Charlie Sutton and Ted Whitten with the 1954 premiership flag.

Rob Clancy They say football clubs are in the business of selling hope.