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Roughead’s Bulldogs Enjoy Cairns Home

Australia
Jordan Roughead, Liam Picken and Lachie Hunter were three of the younger and less experienced players at the Western Bulldogs back in 2014. On their first visit to Cairns for the annual match against the Gold Coast Suns at Cazalys Stadium, the three were sent down to Gordonvale – 25 kilometres south of Cairns – to meet with the kids at the Pyramid Power club. After a kicking session and a frenetic handpassing match with the locals, the three returned to their hotels.

Returning in 2017 the three are now premiership players and three of the first picked in a strong, talented Bulldogs team. Today in Cairns they all helped the Bulldogs to down the Gold Coast Suns by 54 points and keep their finals hopes on track.

Yesterday, Jordan opened up about his personal love of Cairns and that of his Western Bulldogs team mates.

“We love being up in Cairns as a playing group and as a club.”
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Being A Bulldog

Australia
Jen is a long way from home. She hails from Melbourne’s northern suburbs and has been a life-long Western Bulldogs supporter – a daughter of the “Scray” and an avid fan since their days at the Whitten Oval (or Western Oval as it was called then) and they were known as Footscray.

Today she is sitting in the Cairns warmth – a tropical 25 degrees – watching her Western Bulldogs players train in the lead-up to tomorrows clash at Cazalys Stadium against the Gold Coast Suns. The temperature I a far cry from the 6 degrees which greeted Melbourne this morning. “That’s the great thing about Cairns,” Jen says. “We can sit here watching the footy in t-shirts, it’s so beautiful here.” After the game is done tomorrow she plans to possibly visit Green Island. She travelled to Kuranda on the scenic railway last year when she was in Cairns for the previous Bulldogs match in 2016.

But Jen adds that the flight itself was a highlight. “When we got on the plane in Melbourne there were people everywhere in their Western Bulldogs colours. We were all going to Cairns together. It was fantastic.”
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2017 AFL International Broadcast Schedule: Round 18

Australia

Round 18 of the 2017 AFL Season kicks off tomorrow night at the Adelaide Oval with the Adelaide Crows hosting Geelong.  The full international broadcast schedule can be seen below.

In addition to the TV networks you can also subscribe to the Watch AFL service that will give you live access to all the matches and more (outside Australia only).  You can access that service by clicking on the link here or the  Watch AFL banner below and paying the subscription fee.

 

 

 

MATCH DATE TIMESLOT MATCH VENUE STATE LOCAL TIME GMT
1 21-Jul Night Adelaide Crows vs. Geelong Cats Adelaide Oval SA 19:20 09:50
2 22-Jul Day Essendon vs. North Melbourne Etihad Stadium VIC 13:45 03:45
3 22-Jul Day Melbourne vs. Port Adelaide MCG VIC 13:40 04:10
4 22-Jul Twilight Western Bulldogs vs. Gold Coast SUNS Cazalys Stadium QLD 16:35 06:35
5 22-Jul Night Sydney Swans vs. St Kilda SCG NSW 19:25 09:25
6 22-Jul Night Fremantle vs. Hawthorn Domain Stadium WA 17:40 09:40
7 23-Jul Early Richmond vs. GWS GIANTS MCG VIC 13:10 03:10
8 23-Jul Day Collingwood vs. West Coast Eagles Etihad Stadium VIC 15:20 05:20
9 23-Jul Twilight Brisbane Lions vs. Carlton The Gabba QLD 16:40 06:40

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McGrath Is More Canadian Than Many Realise

Australia

The International Cup for 2017 (IC17) is just around the corner and with it will come the finest players from nations across the globe competing to be the best nation outside of Australia. Canada has long been one of the most consistent nations at the event, and one of their greatest AFL exports, Mike Pyke, was even a part of the Sydney Swans 2012 premiership team – and has the premiership medal to prove it. He also played 110 games for the Swans at the highest level of AFL football.

Andrew McGrath wasn’t recruited from Canada, unlike Pyke. Yet he is Canadian. His junior football was here in Australia and was recruited to the Essendon club from the TAC Cup team, the Sandringham Dragons.

But his impact has been remarkable for a young man who has only just turned 19. In his 15 games for Essendon to date he has averaged just under 20 disposals per game, three tackles per game and four marks. But it has been the manner in which he has achieved this, with an uncanny sense of timing and control, which has already drawn comparisons to past Essendon and Port Adelaide great, and 1993 Brownlow Medallist Gavin Wanganeen.

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2017 AFL International Broadcast Schedule: Round 17

Australia

Round 17 of the 2017 AFL Season kicks off tomorrow night at the Etihad Stadium with St Kilda hosting co-tenant Essendon.  The full international broadcast schedule can be seen below.

In addition to the TV networks you can also subscribe to the Watch AFL service that will give you live access to all the matches and more (outside Australia only).  You can access that service by clicking on the link here or the  Watch AFL banner below and paying the subscription fee.

 

 

MATCH DATE TIMESLOT MATCH VENUE STATE LOCAL TIME GMT
1 14-Jul Night St Kilda vs. Essendon Etihad Stadium VIC 19:50 09:50
2 15-Jul Day Geelong Cats vs. Hawthorn MCG VIC 13:45 03:45
3 15-Jul Day Port Adelaide vs. North Melbourne Adelaide Oval SA 13:40 04:10
4 15-Jul Twilight Gold Coast SUNS vs. Collingwood Metricon Stadium QLD 16:35 06:35
6 15-Jul Night GWS GIANTS vs. Sydney Swans Spotless Stadium NSW 19:25 09:25
5 15-Jul Night Melbourne vs. Adelaide Crows TIO Stadium NT 19:10 09:40
7 16-Jul Early Richmond vs. Brisbane Lions Etihad Stadium VIC 13:10 03:10
8 16-Jul Day Carlton vs. Western Bulldogs MCG VIC 15:20 05:20
9 16-Jul Twilight Fremantle vs. West Coast Eagles Domain Stadium WA 14:40 06:40

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Northern Lights To Shine

Australia

July is the time of the year when northern humidity is at its lowest and conditions are ideal for Australian Rules football in our most northern cities. Hence, the next two weekends are the annual showcase of northern footy with two AFL premiership matches being played in both Darwin and Cairns.

Many good teams have travelled north at this time of year to play, but usually not in matches which would determine finals fortunes – at least not both matches together. But this year Darwin will be blessed with a genuine match which could determine the makeup of the top four, whilst Cairns will host a game which will spell curtains for the loser in terms of 2017 finals.
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2017 AFL International Broadcast Schedule: Round 15

Australia

Round 15 of the 2017 AFL Season kicks off tomorrow night at the MCG with Melbourne hosting Sydney.  The full international broadcast schedule can be seen below.

In addition to the TV networks you can also subscribe to the Watch AFL service that will give you live access to all the matches and more (outside Australia only).  You can access that service by clicking on the link here or the  Watch AFL banner below and paying the subscription fee.

 

 

MATCH DATE TIMESLOT MATCH VENUE STATE LOCAL TIME GMT
1 30-Jun Night Melbourne vs. Sydney Swans MCG VIC 19:50 09:50
2 1-Jul Day Western Bulldogs vs. West Coast Eagles Etihad Stadium VIC 13:45 03:45
3 1-Jul Day Carlton vs. Adelaide Crows MCG VIC 14:10 04:10
4 1-Jul Twilight Gold Coast SUNS vs. North Melbourne Metricon Stadium QLD 16:35 06:35
5 1-Jul Night GWS GIANTS vs. Geelong Cats Spotless Stadium NSW 19:25 09:25
6 1-Jul Night Port Adelaide vs. Richmond Adelaide Oval SA 19:10 09:40
7 2-Jul Early Essendon vs. Brisbane Lions Etihad Stadium VIC 13:10 03:10
8 2-Jul Day Hawthorn vs. Collingwood MCG VIC 15:20 05:20
9 2-Jul Twilight Fremantle vs. St Kilda Domain Stadium WA 14:40 06:40

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Bachar Houli programs set to grow

Australia

AFL Media Release - Bachar Houli programs set to grow, including female Academy.

The Federal Government, together with the AFL, today announced a $625,000 investment to the Bachar Houli programs, growing the existing programs to include a female component of the Bachar Houli Academy and the Bachar Houli Schools Cup.

The Bachar Houli Academy is a high-performance football talent program while the Bachar Houli Cup engages over 5,000 Islamic school students, providing a starting point for players from a Muslim background to transition into football pathways.

AFL Chief Executive Officer Gillon McLachlan said the Bachar Houli Programs have been an integral part of engaging Muslim youth into the AFL, allowing young men and women the best opportunities to excel on and off the football field through training and guidance.

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2017 AFL International Broadcast Schedule: Round 14

Australia

Round 14 of the 2017 AFL Season kicks off tomorrow night at Adelaide Oval with the Adelaide Crows hosting Hawthorn.  The full international broadcast schedule can be seen below.

In addition to the TV networks you can also subscribe to the Watch AFL service that will give you live access to all the matches and more (outside Australia only).  You can access that service by clicking on the link here or the  Watch AFL banner below and paying the subscription fee.

 

 

MATCH DATE TIMESLOT MATCH VENUE STATE LOCAL TIME GMT
1 22-Jun Night Adelaide Crows vs. Hawthorn Adelaide Oval SA 19:20 09:50
2 23-Jun Night Sydney Swans vs. Essendon SCG NSW 19:50 09:50
3 24-Jun Day Collingwood vs. Port Adelaide MCG VIC 13:45 03:45
4 24-Jun Twilight Brisbane Lions vs. GWS GIANTS The Gabba QLD 16:35 06:35
5 24-Jun Night Western Bulldogs vs. North Melbourne Etihad Stadium VIC 19:25 09:25
6 24-Jun Night West Coast Eagles vs. Melbourne Domain Stadium WA 17:40 09:40
7 25-Jun Early Geelong Cats vs. Fremantle Simonds Stadium VIC 13:10 03:10
8 25-Jun Day Richmond vs. Carlton MCG VIC 15:20 05:20
9 25-Jun Twilight St Kilda vs. Gold Coast SUNS Etihad Stadium VIC 16:40 06:40

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Blight eleveated to Australian Football Hall of Fame

Australia

The Australian Football League (AFL) last night announced that decorated premiership player, goalkicker and premiership coach Malcolm Blight had been named an official Legend of the Game.

Blight, 67, was a star of both the SANFL and VFL across an 18-season career between 1968-85 representing Woodville and North Melbourne, before going on to coach in the SANFL, VFL and AFL with five clubs, and leading the Adelaide Crows to their first two premierships.

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