Category: AFL

Can Brisbane break their finals drought?

That’s the question on everyone’s lips in Queensland after the Lions managed to topple Adelaide by a solitary point today. It was a great win for the young Lions outfit, with the Crows no pushovers after playing a solid month of football. Lachie Neale was again outstanding with 39 disposals and Charlie Cameron was dynamic […]

Expectation vs reality: Pick 1 is just a number

When called upon we always want to deliver. Whether it’s a deadline set by an employer, a favour from a best friend or to perform on sport’s biggest stage, it’s basic human instinct. From an NBA standpoint, pick No. 1 is the golden ticket. It’s a chance to revolutionise the franchise and give fans hope. […]

Trade period and draft analysis: Gold Coast

‘The more things change, the more they stay the same’. It’s a phrase that aptly describes the ‘drafting good players/losing good players’ scenario facing the Gold Coast Suns, for whom the 2018 draft shapes as a crucial foundation for the club’s long-term future. Since the club’s formation in 2010, it has had 15 first-round draft […]

The comprehensive end-of-year review: Gold Coast Suns

This is the eighth of nineteen articles that are looking at the meta-results for both team and players, as collected from ELO-Following Football’s wide range of sources. Presenting, the Gold Coast Suns. Back in 2017 The team finished in 17th place with a home-and-away record of 6-16 with a percentage of 76 – and that […]

AFL Trade Wrap Day 8: Tom Scully, Steven May, Tim Kelly and more

The 2018 AFL trade period is set for a barnstorming finish tomorrow, with a number of small moves on day eight of the player movement window setting the scene for high drama ahead of the 8:30pm (AEDT) deadline. The biggest deadline of the day came right before the final siren, with Tom Scully completing his […]

The AFL’s most experienced coaches: How they stack up

The 2018 AFL season has come and gone, and in a twist ending every single senior coach managed to make it through the year without getting sacked. It’s the first time in a long time we’ve seen this level of stability across the league, and with this in mind, plenty of questions are being asked […]

Richmond’s ambitions rest on the shoulders of Tiger Tom

What started 2018 as the trade period’s biggest question has become a foregone and almost forgotten conclusion but today, after much ado, Tom J Lynch will become a Tiger. The free agency window officially opens at 9am today and given how long in advance we’ve know this deal was coming it wouldn’t surprise if Richmond […]

Can Fremantle finally land Hogan?

The coming AFL free agency and trade period may yet deliver the Fremantle Football Club the key forward it has yearned for since Matthew Pavlich’s retirement in 2016. However, will the acquisition of Jesse Hogan remove some of the apprehension that Victorian born/based players have about moving to the west? Fremantle struggle to recruit key […]

Dylan Shiel is not St Kilda’s knight in shining armour

Greater Western Sydney star midfielder Dylan Shiel has allegedly been offered a staggering deal from St Kilda. The Saints are after the services of Shiel for six years and have supposedly offered him more than $8 million dollars. That offer from the Saints would land Shiel firmly in the top 10 bracket of highest paid […]

West Coast’s unpredictable premiership is the start of a new AFL era

Historical trends are often not realised without hindsight. Richmond’s premiership win in 2017 showed that the fairytale Bulldogs win the year before would not be the only one of the era. Melbourne’s dominance against Geelong and Hawthorn in the finals made supporters think that it might be their fairytale this year – that is, until […]