PORT ADELAIDE POWERS INTO AFL FINALS

Port Adelaide Power have held the top spot on the ladder throughout an unusual Toyota 2020 AFL Premiership competition.   This is a remarkable turnaround for the club.   They finished 10th last season, so while the move up is not quite as dramatic as the Brisbane Lions’ leap from 15th in 2018 to 2nd…

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GRAND FINAL AT THE GABBA FOR THE WRONG REASON

Port Adelaide held the top rung for the entire 2020 AFL Premiership competition. That alone should be worth something. Something more than the four-point win they posted over Geelong Cats at the Adelaide Oval. Credit to the AFL for managing to play 18 home-an-away rounds, almost the normal number. There was something about 2020 that…

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NRL DELIVERS IN ROUND 14 EXPECTATIONS HIGH FOR ROUND 15

Round 15 of the Telstra 2020 NRL Premiership competition is about to begin. It seems almost a shame, certainly is anticlimactic, that what looks the best game of the round is first up. Number 2 Melbourne Storm will venture to Sydney to play number three Parramatta Eels. This should have been the closer for Round…

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BITING THE HAND THAT FEEDS LANDS GOLD COAST PLAYER IN JUDICIARY

We typically prefer our Shark briefly singed on the barbie, just enough to leave some grill marks, but Kevin Proctor of the Gold Coast Suns prefers his sashimi style, raw. The Suns’ captain was sent off for biting Cronulla Sharks player Shaun Johnson. Nature of Injury: Bitten in the scrum. It is not the most…

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2020 AFL GRAND FINAL IN SEARCH OF A NEW HOME

We have advocated for years for an AFL Grand Final to be awarded to the team at the top of the ladder. More specifically, the team that is at the top of the ladder after the home-and-away season that survives through to the Grand Final. Such a scheme could prove daunting from the logistics perspective….

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AFL WINNERS AND LOSERS SHARE ONE CITY

The AFL fixture really has us reeling during 2020, a year that will require asterisks aplenty. The AFL is seemingly scheduling fixtures by the hour. After teasing with the setup for Rounds 9 through 12, a partial fixture for Rounds 13 and 14 is available. Round 13 has a full nine matches, but Round 14…

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DRAGONS FIND UNDER STRENGTH SYDNEY STILL TOO MUCH

An eight-point loss to the reigning premiers in the Telstra 2020 NRL Premiership competition still shows up in the column headed “L”, but the St. George Illawarra Dragons might take the optimistic view over their 24 – 16 loss to the Sydney Rosters in Wollongong. The Dragons could adopt the glass half-full approach and optimism…

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AFL 2020 FAR FROM ROUTINE FIXTURE JUGGLED

A lot of people take their footy seriously; too seriously, it seems at times, while others do not take their footy seriously enough. We might easily be plonked in that second category, but we still try our hardest when we make our fantasy tips. To say this edition of the Toyota 2020 AFL Premiership competition…

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SINNER SAINT CARLISLE GIVEN LIGHT AFL PENANCE

He was wearing no skirt, yet Sydney Swans key defender Dane Rampe decided to get into an altercation with St. Kilda key defender Jake Carlisle during the recent match at the Gabba, a 101 – 48 victory for the Saints. The Saints’ prayers, apparently, were answered, somewhat belatedly, as St. Kilda beat Sydney for the…

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TENTH TO TOP STORY OF PORT ADELAIDE POWER IN 2020

An AFL club beating the Dees is hardly newsworthy; it seems as though it happens every day, despite the reality that games are played only once per week. This time though, it was Port Adelaide Power doing the beating and the story of the Toyota 2020 AFL Premiership competition, other than the obvious one, is…

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QUEENSLAND WELCOMES ADDITIONAL AFL GAMES TO CAIRNS

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan must be one of our devoted readers. The other one’s whereabouts are undetermined at this point, but possibly could be sequestered in Melbourne. Gillon McLachlan has recently spoken of the potential of having an AFL Grand Final someplace other than MCG, although his words contained more than a bucketful of ambiguity….

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ROOSTERS WAKE UP SMELL THE COFFEE CLIMB THE LADDER

Number one for points scored. Number three for points allowed. Answer, Jeopardy style: This NRL club took the Telstra 2019 NRL Premiership, only to return for the 2020 and look the epitome of a premiership hangover. Question: Who are the Sydney Roosters? After 11 games, the Chooks are climbing the ladder with the league’s most…

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