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Hawthorn Hawks played better than expected in 2015 and beat the West Coast Eagles in the AFL Grand Final at the MCG. AAP Image/Julian Smith

Is winning all that matters in AFL or does the performance count?

The path to grand final victory in AFL can be paved with many wins and losses. But it's measuring how a team plays against an expected result that can help them improve.
Predicting the outcome of each of the 198 AFL home-and-away matches is no small task. AAP/Joe Castro

A tip to win your office footy tipping? Don’t listen to the experts

If you're looking to win your colleagues' and friends’ respect in a footy tipping competition you can do a whole lot worse than simply tuning out of the countless hours of TV and radio analysis.
Footage was recently aired of Jake Carlisle, now at St Kilda, ingesting a white powder while on an end-of-year holiday. AAP/Joe Castro

A brave new world? The AFL’s updated illicit drug policy

This week the AFL announced revisions to its illicit drug policy. With strident critics calling for “zero tolerance” and even criminal sanctions for transgressions, it is an opportunity to reflect on why…
Hawthorn is among the AFL clubs with the best years in the competition to premierships won ratio. AAP/Joe Castro

The glory or the ‘gravel’: what keeps fans flocking to the AFL?

Being a footy fan is not mainly about the glory of a premiership – it is much more about enjoying the gravel-shovelling entailed in each and every season your club goes without success.
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological conditions in the world. from shutterstock.com

Epilepsy: sorting the myths from the facts of a common disorder

Saying someone has epilepsy is a little like saying they're ill. Its cause can vary from a brain tumour to an inherited genetic condition, the consequence of injury or a disorder affecting the brain.
Australian Jarryd Hayne (right) is attracting much attention as he plays for the San Francisco 49ers against Dallas Cowboys in pre-season NFL game. EPA/John G Mabanglo

The secret behind Jarryd Hayne’s success on the US footy field

Jarryd Hayne is wowing crowds and commentators with his play on the American football field in the US. His years in Australian rugby league may have a lot to do with his star performance.
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Man up? I see a man down: booing and being Adam Goodes

The imbroglio surrounding AFL legend and 2014 Australian of the Year Adam Goodes has been unedifying, to say the least. Those who boo Goodes when he has the ball invariably claim it has nothing to do with…
Australia’s Bumala-y Yuurrama-y seems to be accepted only when confined to matches between Indigenous players, yet all New Zealanders feel able to embrace the Haka. AAP/David Crosling

We all know and admire the Haka … so why not one of our own?

While AFL player Adam Goodes polarised Australians by performing an Indigenous war dance, New Zealanders unite in celebration of the Haka. The difference in approach to Indigenous culture is telling.
Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane said the booing of Goodes, which was racist, had gone too far and was damaging not just the game but also our society. Dave Hunt/AAP

Players may have to act on racist attack against Goodes: Soutphommasane

Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane has said if the vilification of Adam Goodes does not stop, players may have to take matters into their own hands and walk off the field in protest.

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