The Papunya elders who organised the event were less concerned about their team winning and more about ensuring each community got a fair go.
Sports weekends are where family connections are sustained, and culture is infused into Australian football games played on country.
Are players victims of workplace hazards or willing participants in known dangers?
The 2016 State of Origin rugby league competition is over for another year and the focus has shifted to off-field events with claims for compensation for brain injury.
The AFL must be prepared to take a consistent, ethical position on sexism and misogyny in the game.
Despite efforts to make football a more inclusive game, the AFL has been long been dogged by accusations of sexism and misogyny.
Eddie McGuire caused a furore by suggesting the drowning of prominent sports journalist Caroline Wilson.
Two AFL club presidents have created a furore with their 'banter' about the drowning of a female journalist. Here's how it happened, and why it's unacceptable.
Football is now seen as a legitimate sporting pursuit for girls and women.
Playing football demands full-contact physicality. How does celebrating women playing elite level football impact the way gender and sexuality is perceived, experienced and made possible?
The AFL season opened this week. But on the day that Collingwood was slated to play Sydney, the media was focusing on much more than the footy. The Herald Sun alleged that 11 Collingwood players had positive…
Hawthorn Hawks played better than expected in 2015 and beat the West Coast Eagles in the AFL Grand Final at the MCG.
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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.
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.
Try convincing Australian sports fans that Hawthorn’s dominance in the AFL is purely down to a cosmological coin flip.
Sport is by its very nature unpredictable, and that's why we love it.
Can the Cowboys do it again and win a back to back NRL grand final?
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The North Queensland Cowboys will be hoping to win back-to-back grand finals in this year's NRL. But what about that old saying on winning and losing?
The Wallabies may be flying high at the World Cup, but the picture for rugby union at home looks reasonably bleak.
Regardless of the World Cup final result, rugby union is dwarfed by the three other major football codes in Australia's competitive football landscape.
Footage was recently aired of Jake Carlisle, now at St Kilda, ingesting a white powder while on an end-of-year holiday.
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…
The level of contributions made by clubs to community purposes is low as a proportion of poker machine revenue.
Some clubs provide genuine benefits to their communities. Unfortunately, clubs have developed significant poker machine dependency – an average of about 60% of total revenue.
Our national anthem tells us we are young and free. Blindly, many Australians continue to accept this.
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It's every performer's dream. To stand in front of a huge live audience and perform the national anthem. So why did Deborah Cheetham decline the chance to sing at the 2015 AFL Grand Final?
Hawthorn is among the AFL clubs with the best years in the competition to premierships won ratio.
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.
We should be thankful that Adam Goodes played and that we were able to watch him.
If we can do anything that is remotely respectful it is to see Adam Goodes’ class not just as an Aboriginal or a man, but as an Australian.
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological conditions in the world.
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.
Lance Franklin has been ruled out of Saturday’s qualifying final due to a mental health condition.
Lance 'Buddy' Franklin's story highlights not only the persistent stigma surrounding mental illness, but the potential of sport to help tackle it.
Australian Jarryd Hayne (right) is attracting much attention as he plays for the San Francisco 49ers against Dallas Cowboys in pre-season NFL game.
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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.
Last week’s prestigious National Press Club address was delivered by the Australian Football League’s CEO, Gillon McLachlan, on the topic of “Australia’s game in a global environment”. This was an opportunity…