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Pyke earns stripes while RUWC file photos replaced

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When the final siren sounded yesterday afternoon, one of the more interesting efforts to circumvent the AFL draft and develop talent outside of the primary channels had a milestone moment of vindication.  Mike Pyke's journey to the AFL is now pretty well known - in Australia.  What has also happened over the last week has been a recognition of his efforts 'back home' in Canada.  And with yesterdays win - we now see the file photos of Pyke from the Canadian national Rugby side during the 2007 RUWC replaced with Mike Pyke, Swans player, and a premiership cup.

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AFL Grand Final 2012

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Teams 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3d Qtr Final
Hawthorn4.5.(29)4.6.(30)9.10.(64)11.15.(81)
Sydney1.4.(10)7.4.(46)10.5.(65)14.7.(91)

Goals :
Haw :
Franklin 3, Roughead 2, Gunston 2, Hale 2, Breust 2, Ellis, Smith
Syd : McVeigh 2, Malceski 2, Morton 2, Jack 2, Kennedy 2, Hannebery, Reid, Roberts-Thomson, Goodes

Norm Smith Medal : Ryan O'Keefe, (Syd), 28 disposals and 15 tackles.

Att : 99,683

Premierships : 1909, 1918, 1933, 2005, 2012

In a see-sawing final quarter Hawthorn had kicked out to an early lead, only to see the Swans pegging back the lead then first levelling the scores before pushing ahead by a first a point, then a Goodes goal to lead by 7. 3 Consecutive misses including a poster from Gunston and 2 (snaps) by Sewell (who had battled valiantly all day with a game high 33 disposals) saw the Swans leading by just 4 points with just minutes remaining. The Swans surged forward, there ensued a stoppage and large pack from which Malceski snapped the match sealing goal, after kicking the Swans first he closed the deal with the last. Hawthorn could rue several posters, and other misses including Franklin who finished with 3 goals 4 plus one very much across the face and out on the full at a crucial time kicking to the Punt Rd end just before half time. Roughead also finihed with 0.3 while Hale squared his ledger with 2.2 after his 2 first half misses. The Hawks inaccuracy cost them, and for the Swans, with the frees ledger sitting 9-22 against, there might have been an grudging excuse had they lost. In the end it was a classic contest irrespective.

Of interest to Canadian footy fans - Mike Pyke finished with 16 disposals and 6 marks and 29 hit outs. The Swans headed into the last quarter with substitute player Luke Parker still to be brought into the game - and shortly into the last made the call of removing a tall. That they replaced big Shane Mumford (6 disposals, 2 marks) was a massive show of faith in Pyke who rucked out the last quarter. Including a key late pack mark (that led to Adam Goodes scrabbling a goal to put the Swans up by 7) as well as a couple of vital contesting efforts in the play that saw his mid-air hack at the ball marked by Jetta who went back with about a minute and a half remaining to drive the ball to the teeth of goals - from where the pack developed that lead to Malceski's match winner.

After the Swans had surged to a 28 point lead midway through the third term, Hawthorn had shown courage to fight back, take the lead just before 3/4 time but conceded a 50m penalty (against Sam Mitchell for a sloppy return of the ball) and late goal to Jarrad McVeigh who regained the lead for the Swans. The first 2 goals of the last quarter came to the Hawks The Swans kicked the last 4 goals of the game, against the Hawks 5 behinds. Goals first to Hannebery on the run to get back with 6; then Jack in the goal square to tie up the scores, followed by Goodes and finally Malceski.

Kieren Jack manages to go one better than his dad (Balmain legend, Garry Jack) did for Balmain in the NRL (losing to Canterbury in 1988 and Canberra in 1989). Jude Bolton has been revealed to have played on through the finals with a partially torn PCL and more significantly a partially torn ACL - and is facing a knee reconstruction and the question would be posed as to whether he's played his last game. Nick Malceski as well headed in for his LARS knee reconstruction in early March 2011, was walking within 4 days and now has a premiership medallion to fully validate the decision. Rhyce Shaw who missed out at Collingwood almost 10 years (the 2003 50 pt loss to Brisbane) ago has tasted the ultimate success and was congratulated by brother Heath after the game - however, the emotion of Mark and Jarrad McVeigh's embrace across the fence during the lap of honour was palpable. (Read Mark's tribute ). Mike Pyke as well has 'stuck it up' his detractors (chief of whom perhaps 'BT' - Brian Taylor, although in part tongue in cheek at times, becoming a bit of a running 'gag' on Ch.7 during the season - so much so that even Swans president Richard Colless passed a message via Ch.7 boundary riders back to 'BT' from the rooms after the game.). Pyke was interviewed on the ground post match by Cameron Ling - and perhaps Pyke doesn't know the Canadian for 'Lingy' as Pyke said it with perhaps a hint of Aussie twang? Mitch Morton spoke of having to earn the trust of his teammates to finally get a game, and the surreal feeling he had as a premiership player 12 months on from leaving Richmond. Adam Goodes has been reported to have suffered a torn PCL early in the contest - through which he played out the game and continued to compete strongly, including kicking a vital late goal. Meanwhile, Swans stalwart Kenny Williams again led the Swans song back in the rooms - premiership cup in hand.

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AFL Grand Final Day 2012

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As the clock counted down to the first bounce and from the international angle - the plot was threatening to twist and turn. The late rumour doing the rounds (incl. AFL website here) was that Swans #1 ruckman Shane Mumford was very much doubtful with a hamstring injury from training during the week.

Canadian Mike Pyke has been built up in the media (somewhat overdue Melbourne based recognition - including on AFL.com.au today), and ironically former Hawthorn premiership player and now media commentator Dermott Brereton had suggested that with the weather forecast that the Swans might consider replacing a 'tall'. The obvious candidate would have been Pyke as suggested in the Age here.  Yesterday Swans coach John Longmire denied that Pyke's place was in jeopardy (the Australian here).  Whilst Mumford was in doubt, then Pyke would have been called on to take the number 1 ruck role with perhaps Irishman Tommy Walsh slipping into the 22 (Another of the Swans emergencies is Trent Dennis-Lane with Burmese background).

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2012 AFL Grand Final - International TV broadcast schedule

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 Please note that these details are correct at the time of publishing. WFN accepts no responsibility for any changes to these times by broadcasters. Please check local guides or afl.com.au. 

2012 AFL Grand Final INTERNATIONAL BROADCAST SCHEDULE Saturday 29 September.

DATE MATCH VENUE STATE LOCAL EST CST WST GMT NETWORK
Saturday 29 September Hawthorn vs. Sydney Swans MCG VIC 14:30 14:30 14:00 12:30 4:30 Seven Network

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2012 Grand Final Parties around the world (updated)

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Hawthorn and Sydney will battle it out this Saturday for the 2012 AFL title.

Every year since 2005 World Footy News has displayed an extensive list of Grand Final Parties around the world. And with finals starting this week we once again call for clubs around the world to send details of your party so that fans of the game in your city can watch the big game with you.

You can either post details as a comment below (you must register before you are able to post a comment) or email troy@worldfootynews.com - all these details will be collated as per previous years.

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Tony Woods discusses international combine athletes

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Tony Woods speaks to Radio Australia following the announcement of the international athletes invited to next months Draft Combine in Melbourne.

 

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AFL Preliminary Finals - International TV Broadcast schedule

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 Please note that these details are correct at the time of publishing. WFN accepts no responsibility for any changes to these times by broadcasters. Please check local guides or afl.com.au. 

2012 TOYOTA AFL PREMIERSHIP SEASON – AFL Preliminary Finals INTERNATIONAL BROADCAST SCHEDULE Friday 21 September  – Saturday 22 September.

GAME DATE DAY/NIGHT MATCH VENUE STATE LOCAL TIME EST CST WST GMT NETWORK
Prelim 1 Friday 21 September Night (N) Sydney Swans vs. Collingwood ANZ Stadium NSW 19:50 19:50 19:20 17:50 9:50 Channel 7
Prelim 2 Saturday 22 September Twilight (T) Hawthorn vs. Adelaide Crows MCG VIC 17:15 17:15 16:45 15:15 7:15 Channel 7

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Internationals invited to AFL Combine for first time

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The AFL today historically announced the seventh group of players, its International prospects, who will attend the NAB AFL Draft Combine to be held at Etihad Stadium from October 2-5, as part of its talent identification process in the lead up to the 2012 NAB AFL Draft.

 AFL National and International Talent Manager Kevin Sheehan said this is an exciting time for the game with potential AFL talent from six countries outside of Australia attending our NAB AFL Draft Combine for the first time - including players from the USA, PNG, New Zealand, Ireland, Nauru and China.

“Over the last few years the AFL has been preparing for this with AFL International Combines being held in the USA, South Pacific, China and Europe, in search of potential talent.”

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AFL Finals Week 2 - International TV Broadcast schedule

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 Please note that these details are correct at the time of publishing. WFN accepts no responsibility for any changes to these times by broadcasters. Please check local guides or afl.com.au. 

2012 TOYOTA AFL PREMIERSHIP SEASON – AFL Finals Week 2 INTERNATIONAL BROADCAST SCHEDULE Friday 14 September  – Saturday 15 September.

GAME DATE DAY/NIGHT MATCH VENUE STATE LOCAL TIME EST CST WST GMT NETWORK
SF2 Friday 14 September Night (N) Adelaide Crows vs. Fremantle AAMI Stadium SA 20:15 20:45 20:15 18:45 10:45 Channel 7
SF1 Saturday 15 September Night (N) Collingwood vs. West Coast Eagles MCG VIC 19:45 19:45 19:15 17:45 9:45 Channel 7

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AFL Finals Week 1 - International TV Broadcast schedule

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 Please note that these details are correct at the time of publishing. WFN accepts no responsibility for any changes to these times by broadcasters. Please check local guides or afl.com.au. 

2012 TOYOTA AFL PREMIERSHIP SEASON – AFL Finals Week 1 INTERNATIONAL BROADCAST SCHEDULE Friday 7 September  – Sunday 9 September.

GAME DATE DAY/NIGHT MATCH VENUE STATE LOCAL TIME EST CST WST GMT NETWORK
QF1 Friday 7 September Night (N) Hawthorn vs. Collingwood MCG VIC 19:50 19:50 19:20 17:50 9:50 Channel 7
QF2 Saturday 8 September Day (D) Adelaide Crows vs. Sydney Swans AAMI Stadium SA 14:45 15:15 14:45 13:15 5:15 Channel 7
EF2 Saturday 8 September Night (N) Geelong Cats vs. Fremantle MCG VIC 19:45 19:45 19:15 17:45 9:45 Channel 7
EF1 Sunday 9 September Day (D) West Coast Eagles vs. North Melbourne Patersons Stadium WA 13:15 15:15 14:45 13:15 5:15 Channel 7

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