Behind the scenes: 2018 AFLX Tournaments

Ah AFLX… the much discussed variation of Australian Rules Football made its long-awaited debut last month in Adelaide. The hybrid game then travelled onto Melbourne before culminating in Sydney in what was a marathon three-day three-tournament series. It was certainly an unusual experience going in completely blind. It’s one thing knowing footy inside out but throw in a rectangular field, silver Sherrins and Zooper goals into the mix and it’s a whole different story. No one really knew what to expect! Call me bias but I like it. It has a place in the pre-season and I can see the…

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Behind the scenes: 2017 AFL season, Round 1-22

So that’s the 2017 AFL season in the bag, and what an epic year it was. From the start of February, with the first ever AFL Women’s Competition, right through to the last Saturday in September – or late October if you’re counting the Trade Period too – this season has been one rollercoaster of a ride I’ll never forget. When you live, breath and work footy that equates to roughly eight straight months anticipating, absorbing and analysing the weekend’s results. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s fair to say now games are done and dusted, Saturdays…

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Behind the scenes: 2016 AFL Grand Final

It was never supposed to happen. They weren’t even meant to make it over their first finals hurdle, let alone win the whole thing. But the Western Bulldogs did. There are so many facets to this football fairytale that it’s hard to know where to begin. I was fortunate to follow the Bulldogs throughout their 2016 AFL Finals journey as I travelled around Australia to provide at-ground coverage on the AFL’s social media channels. The start of September From day dot on a balmy Thursday night in Perth, where they knocked off the fancied West Coast Eagles, right through to the first Saturday in October where so…

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