AFL EXPRESSES DESIRE TO FIELD COMPETITIVE QUEENSLAND CLUBS

It would appear that the AFL is determined to make footy a relevant part of the culture of Queensland. They got a boost from the year the Brisbane Lions produced, although it remains to be seen what sort of fixture the Lions will confront in the Toyota 2020 AFL Premiership competition. Will the league hand…

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RUTHLESS RICHMOND POURS AND POURS AND POURS ON GENTLE GIANTS

As we had suspected, the AFL rung in the Gold Coast Suns for the last game of the Toyota 2019 AFL Premiership competition. Final it may have been. Nothing grand about it. These were supposedly the two best teams in the league. Richmond proved themselves the best. They might have some ‘splainin to do, however,…

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DURANT UNLIKELY TO PLAY IN UPCOMING NBA SEASON

With the 2019 – 2020 NBA Championship season not far distant, there is updated information regarding the status of former Golden State Warrior turned Brooklyn Net Kevin Durant. Durant missed some of last season’s playoffs with what seemed a relatively minor calf injury. He returned for Golden State for Game 5 of the NBA Finals…

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AFTER EIGHT FUTILE SEASONS FOR GOLD COAST LYNCH ON CUSP OF PREMIERSHIP

Not to be more cynical than usual, but is the AFL tribunal trolling the GWS list, or looking for a reason to extend Toby Greene’s ban? Their justification could be, “Well, we never expected the Giants to beat the Cats in finals footy, so we have to take action to prevent further phantom future contact.”…

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STALE PIES AT DISCOUNTED PRICES IN GIANT MCG BOILOVER

G’Night Collingwood. We hate to see you go. Worry not, Pie supporters. The AFL will arrange the 2020 fixture so that yourclub play Gold Coast every week. The sense of relief in these parts is palpable, as the prospect of supporting Richmond in the Grand Final was unbearable. GWS 56 – Collingwood 52. GWS refused…

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AFL TRIBUNAL USES THIRD EYE TO KEEP GWS PLAYER GREENE OUT

Why not go all in, ban the entire GWS club and simply hand Collingwood a walkover for the Preliminary final? Toby Greene failed to have his one-match ban overturned on appeal. He fronted the tribunal on allegations of unnecessary contact to the eye region of Brisbane’s Lachie Neale. Translation: Neale ran out for the game…

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ANTONIO BROWN NEW ENGLAND DEBUT SHOWS NOTHING CONCLUSIVE

When you are sitting on a huge pile of chips, chips than include winning the AFL Championship last season, having an ageless Tom Brady looking as good or better than he did 10 years ago, having won the AFC Eastern Division so many years running that it defies logic, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera, you can afford…

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BRISBANE PRELIMINARY FINAL LOSS TO GWS ENDS CAREER OF LUKE HODGE

Ah, Brisbane! Our faith has been destroyed in the capital of Queensland after two successive losses on home ground in the 2019 AFL finals. The second of these was compounded by it being a club from Sydney that did the interstate raiding, as the GWS Giants squeezed by the Lions 93 – 80 at the…

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BOOMERS DOWN CZECHS WHILE FRANCE SENDS YANKS OFF

Our goodness, but is not the 2019 FIBA World Cup Basketball tournament a thriller? After a dramatic loss to Australia, France sent the U.S. and its eclectic mix of NBA superstars to the exits with an 89 – 79 outcome over a U.S. squad that could never have been called the Dream Team, but more…

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NADAL AND MEDVEDEV GIVE NEW YORKERS THEIR MONEY’S WORTH

It was probably not the way she would have wanted it, but Ash Barty has reclaimed the world No. 1 ranking in women’s tennis following the conclusion of the U.S. Open, the last major of the season. The shift in the rankings was not due to Barty’s play in the U.S. Open, but rather the…

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BIANCA ANDREESCRU ACCOUNTS FOR WILLIAMS IN U.S. OPEN FINAL

Serena Williams played an unwelcome supporting role in a bit of tennis history by losing the final of the 2019 U.S. Open to Bianca Andreescu. Andreescu is the first player from Canada to win a major singles title. Notice that we did not say Canadian woman, nor further adjective beyond Canadian was necessary. Williams won…

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WITH 2019 NRL SEASON NOT IN THE BOOKS CLUBS BEGIN MANEUVERING

The line is long with a throng of NRL clubs interested in the services of David Fifita. Fifita still has a year to go on his contract with Brisbane, but the Lions have already initiated extension talks in hopes of locking the 19-year-old before some other club can get its hooks into him. Mal Meninga…

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