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Resilience – A Story of Sydney Swans Legend Michael O’Loughlin

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Micky O, as he if commonly referred to, has had an incredible journey in AFL football and is in a unique position to share his vast experience with the next generations of footballers. At the 2017 National AFL Male Kickstart and All Nations Championships Michael did exactly that when asked to motivate the boys with a talk about his background.

 

The following story is taken from a transcript of his presentation to the players during the championships. Not a pin drop could be heard as Michael entranced his audience.

 

 

I’m originally from Adelaide and moved to Sydney as a 17-year old to play footy with the Swans. I’m from a little place called Salisbury in Adelaide where I spent a lot of time at the Central Districts footy club. I guess the journey to get to Sydney has been a pretty tough one.

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A Life Before Foxtel & Friends

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Last night I sat in the comfort of home watching a thrilling game between Collingwood and Sydney. I don’t support either, but was grateful that I could turn on the television and (with the power of two remote controls) watch a genuine thriller. To live in a world where every AFL game can be live in the home is, to many, normal.

But it wasn’t always that way.

I am a product (proudly) of 1961. Hawthorn won their first flag, probably not directly because of me. It started something of a trend, with the Hawks winning far too many since. Geelong took out the “consolation” night series, Roos got the spoon and Carlton got the Brownlow & Coleman (John James & Tom Carroll). Meanwhile, I did little more than crawl around the floor making gurgling sounds (still do, occasionally!).
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2017 AFL International Broadcast Schedule: Round 3

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Round 3 of the 2017 AFL Season kicks of in Sydney tonight where the Sydney Swans host Collingwood at the SCG.

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 LOCAL TIME GMT
1 7-Apr Night Sydney Swans vs. Collingwood SCG 19:50 09:50
2 8-Apr Day North Melbourne vs. GWS GIANTS Blundstone Arena 13:45 03:45
3 8-Apr Day Richmond vs. West Coast Eagles MCG 14:10 04:10
4 8-Apr Twilight Geelong Cats vs. Melbourne Etihad Stadium 16:35 06:35
6 8-Apr Night Port Adelaide vs. Adelaide Crows Adelaide Oval 19:10 09:40
5 8-Apr Night Fremantle vs. Western Bulldogs Domain Stadium 17:40 09:40
7 9-Apr Early St Kilda vs. Brisbane Lions Etihad Stadium 13:10 03:10
8 9-Apr Day Carlton vs. Essendon MCG 15:20 05:20
9 9-Apr Twilight Gold Coast SUNS vs. Hawthorn Metricon Stadium 16:40 06:40
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2017 AFL International Broadcast Schedule: Round 2

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Round 2 of the 2017 AFL Season kicks of in Melbourne on Thursday night with Richmond hosting co-tenant Collingwood at the MCG. The Grand Final rematch will be played on Friday night at Etihad Stadium where the Western Bulldogs will host the Sydney Swans.  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 LOCAL TIME GMT
1 Thursday March 30 Night Richmond vs. Collingwood MCG 19:20 08:20
2 Friday March 31 Night Western Bulldogs vs. Sydney Swans Etihad Stadium 19:50 08:50
3 Saturday April 1 Day Hawthorn vs. Adelaide Crows MCG 13:45 02:45
4 Saturday April 1 Twilight GWS GIANTS vs. Gold Coast SUNS Spotless Stadium 16:35 05:35
5 Saturday April 1 Night Brisbane Lions vs. Essendon The Gabba 18:25 08:25
6 Saturday April 1 Night West Coast Eagles vs. St Kilda Domain Stadium 16:40 08:40
7 Sunday April 2 Early Geelong Cats vs. North Melbourne Etihad Stadium 13:10 03:10
8 Sunday April 2 Day Melbourne vs. Carlton MCG 15:20 05:20
9 Sunday April 2 Twilight Port Adelaide vs. Fremantle Adelaide Oval 16:10 06:40
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2017 AFL International Broadcast Schedule: Round 1

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The 2017 AFL Season kicks of in Melbourne on Thursday night with the now traditional Carlton vs Richmond match at the MCG.  Once again in 2017 we will have the International Broadcast schedule available (below) so you can see when and on what network you can watch footy around the world. 

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.

 

GAME DATE TIMESLOT MATCH VENUE LOCAL TIME GMT
1 23-Mar Night Carlton vs. Richmond MCG 19:20 08:20
2 24-Mar Night Collingwood vs. Western Bulldogs MCG 19:50 08:50
3 25-Mar Twilight Sydney Swans vs. Port Adelaide SCG 16:35 05:35
4 25-Mar Twilight St Kilda vs. Melbourne Etihad 16:35 05:35
6 25-Mar Night Gold Coast SUNS vs. Brisbane Lions Metricon 19:05 09:05
5 25-Mar Night Essendon vs. Hawthorn MCG 19:25 08:25
7 26-Mar Early North Melbourne vs. West Coast Eagles Etihad 13:10 02:10
8 26-Mar Day Adelaide Crows vs. GWS GIANTS Adelaide Oval 14:50 04:20
9 26-Mar Twilight Fremantle vs. Geelong Cats Domain 16:40 08:40

 

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2017 Australia Post AFL Multicultural Player Ambassadors Announced

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MEDIA RELEASE FROM THE AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE

The AFL and Australia Post are pleased to announce the 2017 Australia Post AFL Multicultural Player Ambassadors which will include 19 AFL and AFLW players.

Female footballers Sabrina Frederick-Traub (Brisbane Lions), Darcy Vescio (Carlton), Helen Roden (Collingwood) and Akec Makur Chuot (Fremantle) will be joined in promoting some of the many diverse backgrounds in Australia’s game by Dayne Zorko (Brisbane Lions), Dyson Heppell (Essendon), David Zaharakis (Essendon), and Jake Kolodjashnij (Geelong), Adam Saad (Gold Coast SUNS), Tom Nicholls (Gold Coast SUNS), Stephen Coniglio (GWS GIANTS), Christian Salem (Melbourne), Majak Daw (North Melbourne), Jimmy Toumpas (Port Adelaide), Bachar Houli (Richmond), Aliir Aliir (Sydney Swans), Nic Naitanui (West Coast), Lin Jong (Western Bulldogs) and Jason Johannisen (Western Bulldogs).

(Picture: Adam Trafford - AFL Media)
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FOX SPORTS now drive the Watch AFL app

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We did find the new Watch AFL app last week in our desperation to help viewers around the world find a way to watch AFLW matches.  There was no release to the public and the Watchafl.com.au site was still down as they tried to get everything ready to go before Friday's AFLW debut.  We believe we were the first to download it after some detective work and shared it on our social media channels on Thursday.

The app looks like it will be a much improved service for most viewers outside Australia that will use it through the free AFLW and JLT pre-season series and into the paid regular AFL season.  The cost of subscription has been reported to have increased significantly in some markets.  We have also been told that a number of AFL clubs offer international memberships that include subscription to the service that may cost less for the whole membership than directly subscribing to the Watch AFL service.

As well as live streaming the app will give access to full replays and a number of programs from Fox Footy to viewers outside Australia/NZ.

The full release from Fox Sports follows:

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Beyond Your Wildest Dreams

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It took way, way too long for women’s football to finally happen at the highest national level. But happen it did, and a lock-out crowd of spectators descended on Ikon Park (formerly Princes Park – iconic home of the Carlton Blues)to usher in a new era of Australian Rules football in style.

Such was the magnitude of the crowd, that caught organisers off guard, that AFL CEO, Gillon McLachlan actually went outside the ground to apologise to members of the estimated 2000 people that could not get into the game. Inside the stadium a crowd estimated at over 25,000 watched an historic but also highly entertaining match of women’s football.

The game had everything – snapped goals, pack marks, brutal tackles, dashing runs. Carlton’s Darcy Vescio scintillated the crown with four outstanding goals. Brianna Davey’s dash out of defence was as telling as her finishing skills, managing a goal along the way. Her 26 disposals set up Carlton’s attacking and left Collingwood players in her wake.
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“The Greatest Innovation To The Game Since They Changed The Shape Of The Ball.”



That isn’t my line. I heard someone say it recently, and they possibly nabbed it from somewhere else. But the advent of women’s football – Australian Rules football – is very well summed up by that line. It isn’t really an exaggeration either.

Numbers on backs, centre squares, interchange players, countless umpires on the field: all have played a part in refining the game along the way. But women’s football has seen the game grow in a way that is extraordinary, and we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg. The game has moved along at an impressive rate since the 1850’s when it was first hatched as an alternative for cricket training. But in more than 150 since nothing has shown the next 150 years like the women’s game.
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Footy, Footy Everywhere

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The end of the Australian AFL season sometimes brings despair. For thee seasoned footy fan their run from February to October is finished as their beloved team is done for now. Same goes for local level. Some survive by tuning into the great race at Mount Panorama, the Bathurst 1000 car race. Others struggle through with Spring Racing Carnival, highlighted by the Melbourne Cup, then the cricket season kicks in.

But for some that just isn’t enough.

They want footy. They adore footy. They live and breathe footy. And the solutions are right there if they know where to look. In some cases the new seasons are about to start, competitions which will run through until the next “footy season”. In others, major overseas Aussie Rules tournaments are about to get under way.

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