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The Draw

A live orchestrated screening of the drawn 2010 AFL Grand Final between St Kilda and Collingwood - an epic game that most Australians have never forgotten - was conducted at the Arts Centre last Thursday. Play...
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Bull and Jeffery to debut in the Grand Final

SA based boundary umpire, Chris Bull has taken all before him this season and this weekend debuts in his first AFL grand final.  He continues the great dynasty of SA umpires in AFL grand finals.  Chris has umpi...
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The business of preliminary finals

We all know Brian Taylor is prone to exaggeration from time to time and some were surprised to realise he even knew the name Chris Appleton.  However, to say he is the most experienced goal umpire was a little ...
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Biggest weekend of the footy calendar

Ask anyone and they will say that there is no bigger roar than the start of a preliminary final in front of a packed house.  The footy purists clearly say that it solely because it is the last bastion of club s...
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AFL Rookies step up in State Leagues

AFL Rookie umpires have a tough but rewarding time in each season they are "supplementary listed" and given an AFL contract to sit on a bench as an emergency field umpire. They are often required to sit in an ...
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Semi Final shorts – Footy continues to be the winner

I can't help but think that the AFL finals in 2016 are about renewal.  I cannot remember a series that has captured the imagination of the football public like it in recent years.   Brodie Kenny-Bell certainly...
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A final’s first for goal umpire Steve Piperno

Umpiring your first AFL game is always a highlight of an umpire’s career, so when Steve Piperno was appointed to his first AFL final, it was another positive step forward in only his second year on the list. “...
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Brodie Kenny-Bell makes it two from two

NSW based goal umpire, Brodie Kenny-Bell made news last year when he became the first goal umpire since 1995 to be appointed to a final in his first year as a contracted umpire.  Brodie comes into the first sem...
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Finals records tumble

It's only after the event that a person who equals or break a record has time to reflect on what that means.  You will often hear players say, "When my career is over it will be something that I will sit back a...