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Vince Rugari reports on the AFL webpage that the Gaelic Athletic
Association (GAA) has announced the mark one of Australian Football's
most-distinctive features will be officially introduced to Gaelic football as
of January 1st.
Gaelic footballers will be given five seconds to move the
ball on unimpeded after taking a clean catch from an opponent or teammate's
A mark will only be awarded from a kick-out, and only if the
player marks the ball on or beyond the 45m line.
Presently, play does not stop in Gaelic football when a
player takes what would be deemed a mark in AFL.
The rule has been successfully trialled in lower divisions
and is designed to encourage more aerial contests or what the Irish call 'high
The AFL and GAA have agreed to play a two-Test series in
Australia next year on November 11 and 18; venues are yet to be determined.
St Kilda has finished in the black for the first time since 2010, announcing a
$1,107,311 profit for the financial year.
An additional 7,500 members were signed up bringing the final
number to 38,101.
Nov 29: Geelong has posted its first financial profit in three years. The
Herald Sun reported the Cats announced a net profit of $2.3 million for
the 2016 financial year.
With a record membership of 52,195, Geelong's spending in
their football department rose to $23.2 million.
The Costa brothers Robert, Anthony, Kevin and long-serving
president Frank collectively stumped up $3 millions, continuing their
legendary mark on the club.
Nov 26: ASADA has taken aim at disgraced sports scientist Stephen Dank
after his appeal against a lifetime ban from sport was formally thrown out by
the AFL Appeal Board on Monday, as Rohan Connolly reported in The
Dank, who failed to attend his own hearing at the AFL last
Monday, citing a medical emergency, was given until last Friday to produce
documented proof as to why he did not show up.
After failing to respond to that demand, the League announced
it had dismissed his appeal.
ASADA was quick to weigh in after the announcement, releasing
a statement in which it said Dank should "not be allowed near any athlete in the
Nov 26: Essendon kept the suspense to the last minute, refusing to declare their
hand even to the player they eventually chose, before finally calling out the
name of 18-year-old Andrew McGrath with their first No.1 pick in an AFL
draft held at Sydney's Horden Pavilion on Friday night and nationally televised
on Fox Footy.
Michael Gleeson noted in The Age that
McGrath becomes the shortest of all No.1 picks in 30 years, the first player
less than 180 centimetres tall, but he is a powerful, versatile player who plays
tall, belying his height.
A 400-metre hurdler who won multiple national championships
as a schoolboy, he is an elite athlete who has played in midfield and defence as
a rebounding runner but can also shut a player down or go forward and kick a
Nov 24: The Age reports Melbourne's financial position continues to
mirror their onfield resurgence, the AFL club posting a profit for the third
The Demons reported a profit of $720,218 for the year ending
31 October 2016, but conceded they received $230,000 in AFL equalisation funding
on top of the base league distribution received by all clubs.
Membership grew to record levels, with 39,255 signing up for
the 2016 season, and complemented strong home game attendances, which saw over
330,000 people attend home games an increase of 72,000 compared to 2015
Nov 24: Collingwood announced an operating profit before depreciation of
$1,551,350 for the financial year ending 31 October 2016 (2015 - $1,880,927).
The result is the 16th consecutive operating profit
Collingwood has recorded and one built upon a strong membership base of 74,819
Nov 22: Jon Pierik reported in The Age that law firm Slater
and Gordon has revealed that an in-principle agreement has been reached between
Essendon FC and 18 current and former players who suffered loss as result of the
club's 2012 supplements program.
The Bombers announced a $9.8 million loss last season,
including $4.5 million in player compensation claims and legal fees
Nov 20: Brisbane's horror season ended with a loss of $1.78 million chiefly
brought about the payout to sacked coach Justin Leppitsch, declining
membership and poor attendances. The result follows the $700,000 loss Brisbane
posted for 2015.
Nov 16: Richmond will report a deficit of $80,257 for the financial year ended
The Club generated an operating surplus of $1.2 million but
after amortisation and depreciation, a small loss will be reported.
The Tigers generated revenue of $47.5 million, an increase of $825,000
On-field performance saw match day attendances drop 14.6%
across the season and this had a significant impact on the final result, as did
bad debts related to two club sponsors which totalled more than $300,000
November 16: ABC Grandstand reported
Greater Western Sydney (GWS) midfielder and former number one draft pick Lachie
Whitfield has been suspended for six months by the AFL for a breach of the
The League's investigation into accusations that Whitfield
conspired to evade a drug test started last August but was first reported in
September, before the Giants maiden finals campaign.
Former Giants administrators Graeme Allan and Craig
Lambert have received 12-month suspensions for their role in the incident.
November 16: Peter Rolfe in the Herald Sun noted the
average weekly wage of $5800 per AFL player is weighed with the average salary of a
Hawthorn listed player in 2015 who drew $332,808
or $6400 a week.
West Coast ranked second on an average salary of $329,011, in
front of Collingwood where the average is $327,421.
The Western Bulldogs showed out as the League's lowest-paid
with an average salary of $257,050 which is expected to soar on the back of this
November 15: The AFL Commission has retrospectively awarded the 2012 Brownlow
Medal to midfielders Trent Cotchin (Rch) and Sam Mitchell (Haw)
after Essendon's Jobe Watson ceded the game's highest individual honour
in wake of his doping ban.
The Age reported the Commission went into
Tuesday's meeting split over whether to present the medal to Cotchin and
Mitchell who finished equal second, or to leave that year blank in the history
The pair would be awarded their medals in Melbourne next
month at a date and place to be confirmed.
Nov 15: Essendon FC has recorded an operating loss of $9.8 million for the 2016
The Court of Arbitration for Sport decision had a number of direct and indirect
financial impacts on the Clubs bottom line, including;
The net additional
cost of player compensation claims and legal fees $4.5 million
costs of the short-term contracted player program $1.5 million
A reduction in consumer and commercial revenues, and match receipts $3.1
In addition, there was a non cash cost of $806,000 in writing
off certain assets at Windy Hill, which are no longer in use, per accounting
The Age reported Collingwood football
operations boss Graeme 'Gubby' Allan has agreed to a 12-month suspension
as a result of the Lachie Whitfield drugs saga.
And Brisbane Lions welfare manager Craig Lambert will
also miss a year of football for his role in helping Whitfield avoid drug
testers in 2015. Allan and Lambert were with Greater Western Sydney at the time.
The charges relate to an incident in May last year when
Whitfield stayed at Lambert's house for three days, on the advice of Allan,
allegedly to avoid drug testers.
Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik reported
Whitfield's punishment has yet to be confirmed, but he was close to agreeing to
a six-month suspension but remains hopeful he can return to training in mid
Allan's absence will be a major blow for coach Nathan
Buckley, who will be fighting to save his career next season after the Pies'
poor recent seasons.
It is understood the AFL is also looking to strip the club of
two early draft picks, possibly a first- and second-round selection in national
draft on November 25
The Age reported Jobe Watson is
handing back his 2012 Brownlow Medal, won in the year he was involved in
Essendon's doping program.
Essendon officials took responsibility for Watson's right to
the medal being called into question and apologised to the 31-year-old and his
10: What is an annual headache for AFL clubs has raised its head again
Hawthorn heads a list of seven clubs for failing to keep the League posted about
the whereabouts of players in a breach of the anti-doping code.
The Herald Sun reported the Hawks were fined
$7500 for three breaches, West Coast and Geelong $5000 for two breaches while
Collingwood, Essendon, the Western Bulldogs and St Kilda fined $2500 for one
Clubs must keep the AFL updated on where their players are at
all times so they can be subjected to random drug tests conducted by ASADA.
The AFL has confirmed to Fairfax Media that the
pre-season competition will no longer be named the *NAB Pre-Season* following
the decision of the bank on October 10 to become the official sponsor of the
The format of the pre-season competition won't change for
2017 each club will play three games in four weeks the name of "challenge"
is likely to change at the discretion of the new sponsor.
NAB has been the official naming rights sponsor of the
pre-season competition since 2006, when what was the Wizard Cup became the NAB
Cup. Before that it was the Ansett Cup, the Foster's Cup and originally the
Panasonic Cup in 1988.
Nine AFL clubs were due to return to training this day according for
Adelaide: Monday November 21
Brisbane: Monday November 7
Carlton: Monday October 31
Collingwood: Monday November 7
Essendon: Monday November 7
Fremantle: Monday November 7
Geelong: Monday November 21
Gold Coast: Monday November 7
GWS Giants: Monday November 21
Hawthorn: Monday November 21
Melbourne: Monday November 7
North Melbourne: Monday November 14
Port Adelaide: Monday November 7
Richmond: Monday November 7
St Kilda: Monday November 7
Sydney: Monday November 21
West Coast: Monday November 14
West.B'dogs: Thursday November 24
2: The AFL formally completed its purchase of the 54,000-seat Docklands Stadium.
Documents for the agreement understood to be worth $200
million were signed in October but the completion of financial transfers
occurred on Wednesday.
The AFL had been due to take ownership in 2025 for $30
but opted to buy it earlier.
The draw for 2017; full details at
AFL analysis, club-by-club
Reminiscing Past seasons in
review since 1950
some nostalgia, musing on past campaigns in a very different era.
Going to the footy in Melbourne in 1965 was still like it was
pre-war, with run-down facilities at most grounds, and the most basic provision
of comforts, frightful loos, a maelstrom of bodies and hands to buy food and
drinks. Food = pie or hot dog (a burger was too hard for the provenders). Drink
= beer. Most patrons got to venues by train or tram, although more and more were
using their cars. Parking was often 20 minutes walk away from the ground
additions, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2008, 2009
(official title of the code)
Whether it is called
Australian Football, Australian Rules Football,
"Aussie Rules", the VFL, the AFL, Australia's only indigenous
football code is officially titled 'Australian football'.
It has never been officially referred to as 'Australian rules
football'. Such terminology has only ever appeared in the form of
football journalism, coined by different writers.
AFL refers to
the elite Australian football competition known as the Australian
The insult of "Aussie Rules" equates to an
offence of the words "aerial pingpong".
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