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Richmond Reaps Rewards with Attacking Style

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Providing both entertainment and positive results is not an easy thing to do in the AFL but Richmond has been doing that in the opening rounds of the 2017 season.
Currently sharing top spot on the ladder with Adelaide and Geelong after winning their opening four games, the Tigers are playing with greater confidence than in previous years.
Coach Damien Hardwick is implementing a more attack-minded gameplan and so far it is paying off. Instead of playing at a slow tempo and emphasising on defending, Richmond is playing in a more direct manner and it moves the ball at a high tempo.
If there is one particular part of the team that has improved more than the others this year, it is Hardwick’s forward set-up.
The Tigers had been lacking in quality small forwards but now they have Dan Butler, Daniel Rioli, and Jason Castagna making an impact.
Butler has kicked six goals since making his debut against Carlton in Round One and he averages nearly 16 disposals a game.
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2017 AFL Round 2 Review Part Two

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Here is Part Two of the 2017 AFL Round Two Review, summarising each team from Hawthorn to the Western Bulldogs. If you did not read Part One, click here.
Hawthorn
Showing signs of decline in the opening rounds of the 2017 season but facing Gold Coast in Round 3 should give the Hawks a boost of confidence. Hawthorn started in emphatic fashion against Adelaide kicking 6.2 to 2.2 in the first quarter but that momentum wasn’t sustained for the remainder of the game.
New additions Tom Mitchell and Jaeger O’Meara were positive performers for the Hawks gathering 38 and 36 respectively but the remainder of the team was rather uninspiring. The mercurial Cyril Rioli was disappointing, kicking the solitary goal and laying just four tackles.
Melbourne
The Demons broke their Carlton hoodoo and won despite the absence of star midfielder Bernie Vince. It was a tight and low-scoring encounter at the MCG but Simon Goodwin’s team kicked six goals in the final quarter to pull away…

2017 AFL Round 2 Review Part One

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Round Two of the 2017 AFL season has been completed and while some teams sustained their success from the opening rounds, there were others who had once again struggled and underperformed, and there were games in which the result perhaps did not reflect too much on the result.
Port Adelaide is surprisingly on top of the AFL ladder on percentage but the likes of Richmond and Essendon were able to register consecutive victories. Hawthorn, Sydney and St Kilda are not getting the results but it is too early to doubt their abilities and the likes of Collingwood, Fremantle and Gold Coast demonstrated little signs of a promising future.
Here is a team-by-team summary of each club, how they performed, and which players stood out or failed to impress.
Adelaide
The Crows were impressive in their demolition of GWS in Round 1 and they backed their form up with a victory against Hawthorn on Saturday. Despite trailing by 24 points at quarter time, Adelaide won the remaining t…

2017 AFLW Season Review - Intrigue and Potential in Inaugural Campaign

Embed from Getty Images Expectations as well as doubts surrounded the inaugural AFLW season but it proved to be an intriguing experience as groups of women realised their dream of becoming elite footballers.
The 2017 season will be looked at in a mixed light. The nay-sayers will criticise the game for its low attendances and the fact that the crowds had free entry to watch matches but for those who followed the competition intently, they would have seen that women’s football has the potential to grow.
Adelaide – Entertainers and Inaugural Premiers
Adelaide won the inaugural AFLW Grand Final against Brisbane by six points in a tight contest but the Crows were worthy winners. Throughout the season, the Crows were a powerful attacking force capable of outscoring almost any opponent that faced them.
Erin Phillips was the star of the team, displaying great goal sense and also possessing the ability to link-up with her teammates in the forward 50.
The daughter of SANFL legend Greg Phillips …

Brisbane 2017 AFLW Season Review - Lionesses Bringing Pride to Brisbane Town

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Brisbane was defeated in the AFLW Grand Final but the achievements of the Lions in the inaugural season should be something that the club and supporters should be proud of.
Before the season commenced, the Queenslanders weren’t given a hope or a prayer and were expected to finish the 2017 season as wooden spooners but instead they finished the top of the table and were the first side to secure their place in the Grand Final.
This was the team that defeated a highly-fancied Melbourne squad and defeated them by 15 points in the rain at Casey in Round 1 and then went on to win their next five AFLW matches.
Coach Craig Starcevich constructed a team built on solid defending and Brisbane was a very hard side to break down. There were teams that may have had more naturally gifted players but they could have been thrown kitchen sinks at the Lionesses and they coped more often that not.
Defensively, the Lions were great at closing down spaces, tackling opponents, marki…

Wenger must leave Arsenal at the end of the 2016/17 season

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Arsene Wenger needs to leave Arsenal at the end of the season if the club is to challenge for honours in the near future.
He will still go down in the history of the Gunners and he has done many great things for the club but both parties need a change of atmosphere.
Although the 67-year-old has brought silverware to the north London club, his reign will probably become infamously remembered for the number of times Arsenal has finished fourth in the English Premier League, which has happened six times.
He has been praised for his ability to work on a limited transfer budget, especially when the club had spent money on the Emirates Stadium, and he has turned a club once known for playing the most boring football in the United Kingdom into a team synonymous with entertaining football.
In the past the Gunners produced entertaining football and results but now there is style with little substance. He has become so focused on the aesthetics of football and his team a…

Brisbane Lions 2016 Review - A Season of Regression and Humiliation

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Disappointment and a lack of competitiveness were evident to see throughout the 2016 AFL season for Brisbane.
In the third season with Justin Leppitsch as coach, the Lions went backwards in terms of results, performances and player development.
Although some promising youngsters have emerged such as Josh Schache, Rhys Mathieson, and Jarrad Jansen, Brisbane looks like it is in worse shape than what it was in 2013 when Michael Voss was sacked as senior coach and Angus Johnson stepped down as club chairman.
Dismal Performances, Dismal Results
There were many occasions in which the Lions played some dour and uninspiring football and that should not be a surprise considering that the Queenslander club lost 19 games.
The 138-point defeat to Adelaide in Round 20 was clearly the worst of the lot but most of the other losses were just as humiliating and embarrassing. More often than not, Brisbane looked non-competitive and devoid of inspiration and determination.
Injury woes did have an effec…