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AFL finals – Grand Final review

Posted by redracer on September 29, 2007

In the 2007 AFL Grand Final today, the result was surprising, but not totally unexpected !!!

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AFL finals – week 3 results & week 4 (Grand Final) preview

Posted by redracer on September 23, 2007

Some very disappointing results from the Preliminary Finals this weekend …

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AFL finals – week 2 results & week 3 preview

Posted by redracer on September 16, 2007

This weekend had two quite unexpected results !!!

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AFL finals – week 1 results & week 2 preview

Posted by redracer on September 9, 2007

Quite an interesting set of results from week 1 of the finals, where all the higher placed teams won ….

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AFL finals – week 1 preview

Posted by redracer on September 7, 2007

Now the home & away season has finally ended, Geelong are the minor premiers, and it is time for the finals season to start …

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AFL mid-year coach merry-go-round (part 2)

Posted by redracer on July 26, 2007

Well it looks like I spoke too soon – 2 days later and another change was just announced !!!

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AFL mid-year coach merry-go-round

Posted by redracer on July 24, 2007

Today the third coaching change in not many more weeks was announced …

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What a load of Shit !!!

Posted by redracer on May 8, 2007

Was it a thumping, a thrashing or just plain humiliation ? On Sunday 6th May 2007, 34,584 punters at Telstra Dome witnessed round 6’s game between Richmond & Geelong, which produced a number of records …

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Whoo Hooo !!!! – the footy starts again this weekend !!!

Posted by redracer on March 30, 2007

After a long wait over the summer, the football starts again this weekend. We are talking about the ‘real’ football here, not some stupid game where players just run around after each other, try to knock them down, don’t even kick the ball, or maybe even try to push a player up other player’s bums 🙄

Soccer (the ‘real’ football in MOST countries) excluded, Australian Rules Football is the greatest game in the world, and is the major winter sport in all states of Australia. Hey – it’s even so popular that there is an Australian Rules competition in Tokyo 😆

Even though the draw is supposed to be randomly generated, it seems coincidence that the first game of the year is a rematch of the Grand Final from last year !!! We are lucky to be able to go to this match, as it is held at Telstra Stadium, the huge main venue for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games (the ‘best ever’ Olympics !!!), trains straight to the ground make it easy to get to (the cost is included in the ticket price), and the tickets are just A$30 each.

For those poor uninitiated people, the Grand Final last year was played between the Sydney ‘Swans’, and the West Coast ‘Eagles’ (from Perth, on the other side of the country). Even though the game originated in Melbourne, and used to be called the Victorian Football League because all except one of the teams were based in Melbourne itself, in the 1980’s and 1990’s it was decided to make it a national competition, and teams were added from Brisbane, Adelaide (2) and Perth (2). The Sydney team was actually the first to be established outside of Melbourne, and was created by moving the financially embattled South Melbourne ‘Swans’ interstate in 1982. Teams in the competition now are …

  • Adelaide ‘Crows’ (based in Adelaide, South Australia)
  • Brisbane ‘Lions’ (based in Brisbane, Queensland – used to be called Fitzroy)
  • Carlton ‘Blues’ (based in Melbourne, Victoria)
  • Collingwood ‘Magpies’ (based in Melbourne, Victoria)
  • Essendon ‘Bombers’ (based in Melbourne, Victoria)
  • Fremantle ‘Dockers’ (based in Fremantle, just outside Perth, Western Australia)
  • Geelong ‘Cats’ (based in Geelong, just outside of Melbourne, Victoria)
  • Hawthorn ‘Hawks’ (based in Melbourne, Victoria)
  • Melbourne ‘Demons’ (based in Melbourne, Victoria)
  • North Melbourne ‘Kangaroos’ (based in Melbourne, Victoria)
  • Port Adelaide ‘Power’ (based in Adelaide, South Australia)
  • Richmond ‘Tigers’ (based in Melbourne, Victoria)
  • St Kilda ‘Saints’ (based in Melbourne, Victoria)
  • Sydney ‘Swans’ (based in Sydney, New South Wales – used to be called South Melbourne)
  • West Coast ‘Eagles’ (based in Perth, Western Australia)
  • Western ‘Bulldogs’ (based in Melbourne, Victoria – used to be called Footscray)

Even though I live in Sydney, it is not the team that I support – that priviledge would go to the …

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Carn the MIGHTY PIES !!!!

However I do barrack for the Swans as my ‘second’ team every time they play, EXCEPT when they play Collingwood 🙂

The game this Saturday night should be a beaudy mate, as in the last five meetings between these two teams, the greatest winning margin was 4 points, and the total difference between the two has been just 12 points !!! In the last 11 encounters, neither team has managed to beat the other twice in succession (so by logic this means it must now be Sydney’s turn!!!)

  • 2005 Round 17 – Sydney by 21 points !!!
  • 2005 qualifying final – West Coast by 4 points
  • 2005 Grand Final – Sydney by 4 points
  • 2006 Round 15 – West Coast by 2 points
  • 2006 qualifying final – Sydney by 1 point
  • 2006 Grand Final – West Coast by 1 point
  • 2007 Round 1 – Sydney by ????

If you want to read more about how this strange game works, have a look at this page.

See ya after the game, mate !!!!

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