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It may not be comfortable or easy to do but racist abuse needs to be challenged in sport and our society. Ben Macmahon/AAP

Eddie Betts and racism in sport: it’s not enough to just not join in

Sport can be a driver for change; it can make a difference in people’s lives and unify communities, particularly around national successes. But it can also create tensions and cause conflict.
Whichever way you look at it, Australian rules football makes a clear difference for the better in people’s lives. AAP/Joe Castro

Back to the future: has the AFL lost its community?

In their hearts, everyone associated with the AFL knows the decline in the community is real.
Sport continues to be one of Australia’s most potent social lubricants. AAP/David Crosling

More than fun: capitalising sport’s social goods

Public discourse and commentary are generally blind to the massive contribution that local sport contributes to social connectedness.
Footballer Adam Goodes was daring to speak of things that many Australians would prefer to be ignorant of. AAP/Dean Lewins

The land we play on: equality doesn’t mean justice

Until we see a marked change in the stories that are told, together with a shift from inclusion to social justice, the national story of Australian sport will remain very, very white.
The Papunya elders who organised the event were less concerned about their team winning and more about ensuring each community got a fair go. Barry Judd

The Aboriginal football ethic: where the rules get flexible

Sports weekends are where family connections are sustained, and culture is infused into Australian football games played on country.
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.

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