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Wednesday, September 19 2018 @ 08:51 am ACST

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A Masters in code wars

AustraliaThe AFL has made a major commitment via expansion clubs Gold Coast Suns and Greater Western Sydney Giants. Part of a long term plan they have drawn both criticism and support from within and outside of football circles. Few non AFL journalists though have focussed on the AFL more than the Sydney Morning Herald’s Roy Masters. However, in his latest attack on GWS he’s made a bit of a blue that is worth reviewing especially given some recent developments and stories around GWS.
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Interstate Results

Australia

Results from last weekend's interstate matches between various state leagues.

The SANFL narrowly defeated the WAFL, the VFL smashed the Tasmanian State League and QLD/NT destroyed NSW/ACT.

Detailed result follow:

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Big upset by NT in national U18s

Australia

The Northern Territory has defeated Vic Metro in one of the biggest upsets in the competition history in the opening match of the 2012 NAB AFL Under -18 Championships at TIO Stadium in Darwin.

Northern Territory 15.10 (100) defeated Vic Metro 11.16 (82)
 
 

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Interstate matches this weekend

AustraliaState league representative matches will be played this Saturday, May 26 in Adelaide, Hobart and Brisbane.

It is the first time state leagues throughout Australia have a fixtured bye allowing for the representative matches to be played at the same time. Matches between the state teams will be rotated over a six-year period.

AFL General Manager National and International Development Andrew Dillon said he is anticipating a high standard of football.

“For the first time state league players have the chance to play in a structured representative format.
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Players paid to turn up to training

Australia

Tocumwal is located 257kms from Melbourne on the New South Wales border (the Murray River). The football club there like in many small country towns is struggling for numbers as the population has declined over the years and many young men move away from the town for employment in larger centres.

In a unique move to maximise player attendance at football training (which ensures they have numbers on the field come Saturday) the club is paying players to attend training Tuesday and Thursday nights, but they must also meet a few other requirements to assist the club.

The article on this novel approach in The Weekly Times can be read here

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Marngrook the long ago story of Aussie rules

Australia

This audio is from a few weeks ago but we thought we'd give it a run during the AFL's Indigenous Round.

Unfortunately the video that showed the book and the story has been removed from the site.

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Indigenous Round details

Australia

The 2012 Indigenous Round will celebrate Land and Country.  The launch in Brisbane was attended by AFL Community Engagement Manager Jason Mifsud, Murri elder Aunty Carol Currie, students from the Murri School and players Ashley McGrath (Brisbane Lions) and Jarrod Harbrow (Gold Coast SUNS).

 

Jason Mifsud said country is central to Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders.  “While players play for their jumper, they represent and acknowledge their land, communities and people.  Land defines and inspires players on and off the field. This week is an opportunity for the players to share their stories about their country.

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AFLPA Indigenous Player Map Launched

Australia
The AFL Players’ Association this week launched the first ever Interactive Indigenous Players’ Map to highlight the cultural diversity amongst Indigenous players.
Featuring 79 current players from 41 language and/or cultural groups in Australia, the map aims to inform and educate the football community and wider public on the various language and cultural groups of Indigenous AFL players.
Adam Goodes, AFL Players’ Indigenous Advisory Board Chairman said, “Indigenous players represent a diverse range of language groups across the country. The different language groups each have their own distinct traditions and culture and can differ greatly between each group.
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Australian Youth Girls National Championships

AustraliaThe third Under 18’s Youth Girls National Championships will commence on Tuesday 15th of May, with matches taking place throughout Adelaide. The final will be played at the AAMI Stadium as a curtain raiser to the Port Adelaide v North Melbourne game on Saturday 19th.

Teams are selected from local Youth Girls clubs and school teams, and include Indigenous girls who will take part in the launch ceremony wearing their uniforms. From the teams, an All-Australian Youth Girls team, coach and field umpire will be selected.

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AFL Record celebrates 100 Years

Australia

MEDIA RELEASE FROM THE AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE

The AFL Record is celebrating 100 Years in 2012.   The first edition was available for football fans attending Round One VFmatches on Saturday April 27 1912. It was in pocket form, cost a penny and was 32 pages.

While the Record has become more comprehensive and been published in various forms, some things haven’t changed. The inaugural editorial said the Record will cover “every point of interest in the football world’ and “news will be up-to-date, and presented in a crisp fashion, that cannot fail to meet with the approbation of readers”.

 
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