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D-08-R26 Footystats Diary, Week 646, Sept 26-Oct 2, 2008
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Friday Grand Final selected sides:
> Cats get Paul Chapman back; Wojcinski, Taylor and Murphy miss out
Fans embraces grand final fever
Ben Cousins will reveal *where* he wants to resume AFL career
Saturday Warm conditions forecast for Grand Final; 28C the top?
VFL: North Ballarat clinch first premiership
Max Hudghton re-signs for a 13th season with St Kilda
Farren Ray want a trade from the Bulldogs
Sunday Hawks cream the Cats
Hawthorn solid winners over Geelong
100,012 see Hawks take first flag since 1991
Trivia and stats from the big day ...
Tassie to reap big return from Hawthorn victory
Ben Cousins remains in limbo
Monday Hawthorn party; Geelong look to next year
They said it: Tim Lane: Geelong left to solve 'G mystery
Michael Rogers: Grand finals ladder and the premierships won – detailed
MWB: Scott West: the end of the non-draftees
New York Jets change their mind on Ben Graham – re-signed
Tuesday Grand final viewing: Hawk premiership watched by nearly 5 million
Chase is on for Ryan O'Keefe
MRP: Sam Mitchell cleared of hit on Gary Ablett
Hawks visit fans with Cup in Hobart and Launceston
Wednesday Club champion – Western Bulldogs
> Daniel Cross takes Charles Sutton medal
Shoulder surgery for Lance Franklin
Laws of the game committee – No hurry on rule changes
Ken McGregor retires from Crows
Swans show interest in Andrew Lovett
Melbourne: driest September on record; only 12mm of rain
They said it: Damian Barrett: North commits to 11 home games in 2009
MWB: Hawks as premiers move up the charts
Comment:  BigPond helps me out – kind of ...
New York Jets give Ben Graham the chop – a second time
Thursday Club champion – Essendon
> David Hille tops terrific season with Crichton medal
They said it: Fox Sports: Trevor Nisbet adamant on Cousins
MWB: Rounding out The Big Picture of 2008 – detailed
Paul Menotti lifted by the North promise

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D-08-R25 Footystats Diary, Week 645, September 19-25, 2008
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Friday Bruce Kennedy: Most one-sided preliminary finals by far
Selections: Wojcinski and Kelly return for Geelong
> St Kilda name Luke Ball
Darren O'Shaughnessy: Brownlow votes – do winners get more?
North delist Nathan Thompson
Hawthorn set for record $4 million profit
Michael Rogers: The draw reveals interesting anomalies
Saturday Finals, Week 3: Bulldogs fight hard but Geelong win by 29 points
St Kilda fined $5000 for semi-final warm-up breach
They said it, Scot Spits: Cousins 'must meet conditions' before AFL return
Brisbane axe Robert Copeland and Chris Schmidt
Martin Windsor-Black: The *six* million crowds – detailed
Sunday Hawthorn smash St Kilda with solid 9-goal victory
Michael Rogers: 2008 was a poor year for non-Vics
Monday Scott Burns ready to quit
Joel McDonald arrested in Brisbane
VFL: Port and North Ballarat play for flag on Friday
Worth your attention: Australia's favourite footy jumper ...
> The Game that made Australia, interactive painting ...
> Bruce Kennedy: Analysis on Grand Final ...
Bruce Kennedy: Cats and Hawks stand out as best ever ... detailed
Bruce Kennedy: Gap between grand finalists ... detailed ...
Michael Rogers: Day versus night finals attendances ... detailed
Brownlow thoughts of Sunday Herald Sun experts
Tuesday Outsider Adam Cooney claims Brownlow ... votes, details
Martin Windsor-Black: Pertinent observations on the Brownlow
Match Review Panel: Preliminary's: Hawthorn trio cleared
> Charges and assessments from the weekend
Magpie skipper Scott Burns retires
Wednesday Bulldogs tell Scott West he is no longer required
The Age: AFL to get tough with MCG, Docklands
Leo Barry to go one more year with Swans
Tigers move Craig Cameron in as football manager
GF umpires: McLaren, Vozzo, Ryan
MWB: Reader question prompts search and answer on Brownlow trivia
Michael Rogers: Geelong; Hawthorn: Summary of GF score and results
Thursday They said it: Greg Denham: Swans offer Daniel Kerr five-year deal
Geelong's Paul Chapman completes training test
Goddard and Hill accept MRP reprimands
First to 1400 wins – Collingwood's record since 1903
Comment: Another last Saturday in September

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D-08-R24 Footystats Diary, Week 644, September 12-18, 2008
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Friday Finals, Week 2: Scott Burns and Luke Ball both selected
> Sydney have doubts on Luke Ablett
> Bulldogs make only one change; Magpies dump Rhyce Shaw
Lions take Olympian as high-performance manager
Carlton: Judd wins John Nicholls Medal
TV viewers suffer dip but AFL is still "a class act"
MWB: Buddy!
Michael Rogers: Just rambling ...
Carlton re-sign Jarrad Waite, Jordan Russell and Joe Anderson
Tasmania near to locking down new Statewide League
Saturday Bulldogs too good; Sydney run out of steam
Hall of Fame member Bob Quinn passes away
Bulldogs first finalist to incur interchange penalty
North Melbourne fined $50,000 over betting by club director
Sydney TV viewers duded again
Sunday St Kilda crush the Magpies
Worth your attention: Patrick Smith: No retreat in $200M Sydney plan
Fraser Gehrig calls it a day
Monday All-Australian team: Geelong expected to dominate selection
They said it: Rohan Connolly: Finals system is in good shape
Interesting semi-final stats
Peter Everitt retires
Unsubtle push with both night preliminary finals
Fickle Sydney market pings NRL Friday final with only 18,343 at SFS
Tuesday Geelong dominate with seven selections in All-Australian team
Bruce Kennedy: St Kilda has something going for it
MRP: Koschitzke and Barry escape charges
MWB: Saints swap in September
Voss adds Wayne Brittain to Lions' coaching panel
Peel Thunder's Ballantyne wins WAFL Sandover Medal
Wednesday Preliminary finals: Injury maintenance the key in three camps
Return of Ben Cousins moves ahead
Michael Rogers: Greatest combined margins in a season
Tassie north v south State premiership match shelved
Updates start to flow to Footystats files
Thursday Seaford set to be new home for St Kilda
Darren O'Shaughnessy: Highest average margin
Crows appoint Mark Bickley to assistant role
Club champion: Richmond: Brett Deledio wins Jack Dyer medal
AFL names the Mike Sheahan Media Centre
New York Jets cut Ben Graham
Pies development manager Alan Richardson lured to Essendon
David Mundy and Ryan Murphy get two more years with Fremantle

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D-08-R23 Footystats Diary, Week 643, September 5-11, 2008
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Friday Finals, Week 1: Pies rule out Burns; surgery for Porplyzia
> Brown in doubt for Hawthorn;
Sore groin suggests Bird to miss for Sydney;
Thompson, Lower and Sinclair in for Kangaroos
They said it: Yahoo! Sport: AFL gives Gold Coast generous player package
> GC17 launches colours and mascot
Michael Rogers: Three new teams in top 4 for second year running
Retirements and delistings: Clearing the decks
Ticket slow to sell for Homebush final
Saturday Hawthorn overwhelm Bulldogs; Franklin 8.2
Matthews and Brown strongly deny any rift exists
AFL still on track for new crowd record despite dips
Swans' record 6th finals series and 14th year over 100 per cent
Finals blackout on Foxtel
Paul Roos is named Australian Father of the Year
Sunday Dogged Pies score solid win over Crows
Embarrassingly empty stadium see Sydney succeed
Sydney trump Kangaroos for just 19,127
Kane Cornes takes second Port Adelaide champion award
Monday Finals, Week 1: Brett Prismall injury takes shine off 10-goal rout
Trivia and details from Elimination and Qualifying Finals
They said it: Stephen Rielly: Can Hawthorn deny the Cats?
Some reasons for Saturday night disaster at Homebush
Leigh Matthews make great return to TV stage
Tuesday AFLPA: Gary Ablett is MVP for second year in a row
MRP: No charge laid from weekend; Lenny Hayes clear
AFL considers video to settle the score
Geelong reaches 41 wins from past 43 games
NRL perspective on Homebush crowd debacle
What's the story on Scarlett-Harvey clash?
MWB: Assessing the weekend
Michael Rogers: Attack and defence standings at Week 1
Wednesday Duffield and Thornton sign new Docker deals
> Laycock and McVeigh ink another two years
Buddy Franklin gets his ball back
Lance Franklin stumped by praise from Leigh Matthews
Prismall should be ready by mid-May
Anchor to stay on Dockers' guernsey
Power assistant Phillip Walsh signs with Eagles
Thursday David McKay appointed to new analysis job
Scott Burns ready for semi-final
Voss swings the coaching axe
MWB: Crowds by the million
Michael Rogers: Too many footies on the one boot at Hawthorn
Dockers' Robert Warnock heads back to the east
North's Jess Sinclair calls it a day
North Adelaide sack coach Andrew Jarman
Scribes choose Matthew Pavlich as best WA player

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D-08-R22 Footystats Diary, Week 642, Aug 29-Sept 4, 2008
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Friday R22 selections: Prestigiacomo back for Collingwood
> Crows regain Porplyzia, Tippet and Vince; Hawks rest Crawford
Gold Coast will get cream of draft concessions
Pie players nominate Didak for AFL PA MVP award
Bruce Kennedy: Last round dramas (part four)
Tougher drugs tests to be trialled; three-strikes stay
Farewell game for Richmond veteran Greg Tivendale
Saturday Dockers blow away Pies' chance to top four place
CORRECTION: Yes Cynthia, there really IS a parallel!
Sunday Port hammer North; Cats demolish Eagles
Adelaide nearly lock up 4th spot; Dogs fail again
Hawks too good for Blues; Franklin gets his 100
Sydney get a new life with solid win over Lions
Richmond humiliate Melbourne
Slick Saints rip 4th place off the Crows
Record 6,511,265 attend 176 games of minor round
Monday Trivia and details from Round 22
Michael Rogers: Last 6 rounds ladder (rounds 17-22)
Bruce Kennedy: Stats summary, every club
Tuesday Leigh Matthews walks – with a year left to go
Jonathan Brown remains a life with new deal
Lions seek out Michael Voss as likely coach
MRP: Players in finals get good news
Grand final presenters announced
NAB Rising Star: Round 22 – Alipate Carlile (Adelaide)
Simon Black wins ABC Footballer of the Year
Wednesday Tribunal: Jamie Charman cleared of striking charge
> Carlton's Nick Stevens out for one game
Brisbane appoint Michael Voss as coach
Jeff Farmer retires
Nathan Ablett quits footy
Michael Rogers: Rambling ... just rambling
Surprise! – Fevola disgraces himself, again
Thursday NAB Rising Star: Fremantle's Rhys Palmer worthy winner
Comment – Let's start the finals in March
All Australian squad of 40 named
Exodus continues: Phil Walsh leaves Port

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D-08-R21 Footystats Diary, Week 641, August 22-28, 2008
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Friday Round 21 selections: Saints pick Milne to play Crows
Dockers faced with added injuries
Michael Rogers: In search of the super super team
Kane Johnson and Joel Bowden to play in 2009
Essendon tell Damien Peverill "services no longer required"
Saturday Bulldogs regain spirit with 46pt win over Bombers
Mark Thompson point finger at Homebush surface
Bombers get $10 million in Samsung sponsorship deal
They said it: Greg Denham: Sydney's profit dive concerns AFL
Four gun-youngsters re-sign with Essendon
Retirees start to build
Brisbane give Irishman Pearce Hanley his debut
Sunday Tigers hold onto dream with close win over Freo
Port Adelaide slam Melbourne in scrappy clash
Record Carlton comeback shatters the Lions
Dominant Magpies slaughter the stunned Swans
Geelong record another trusty win over North
Saints thrash Crows and settle top eight
Solid Hawthorn too slick for West Coast
Monday Final 8 set: Geelong, Hawks, Bulldogs, North,
> Magpies, Crows, Saints and Sydney
Trivia and details from Round 21
Michael Rogers: Last 6 rounds ladder (rounds 16-21)
Bruce Kennedy: Great and ghastly finishes
Michael Rogers: Low behind count in a match – detailed
Tuesday MRP: Max Rooke and Michael Firrito offered early plea
Cameron Schwab returns as Demon CEO
Bruce Kennedy: Last round dramas (part one)
AFL International Cup returns tomorrow, 16 countries participating
Scott West will not play again in 2008
Robert Shaw resigns from Fremantle
IR: Louts and drunks need not apply
Michael Rogers: Highest against, conceded, defeats, 1897-2008
Crowds reached six million – 6,238.370
Wednesday MRP: Max Rooke takes one week early plea
Shannon Grant retires: cannot keep up with modern game
Bruce Kennedy: Last round dramas (part two)
Melbourne discard Adem Yze and Jeff White
Paul Medhurst signs new two-year deal with Pies
NAB Rising Star: Round 21 – Bradd Dalziell (Brisbane)
Dockers rule out Pavlich for Round 22
Thursday Tassie Devils killed off
Bruce Kennedy: Last round dramas (part three)
Michael Rogers: Geelong and North vie fro top match-win ratio
MCG lays big slice of new turf for finals
Fevola and Franklin set for unique meeting on Saturday night
Carlton launch $18 million Princes Park redevelopment package
Blues to offer new contract to coach Brett Ratten

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D-08-R20 Footystats Diary, Week 640, August 15-21, 2008
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Friday Round 20 selections
> North play safe with Thompson and McIntosh;
> Sydney regain Barry and Buchanan;
> Geelong leave out Chapman for another week
Hawks nab eight players on new contracts
They said it: New Gold Coast AFL venue a step closer
Michael Rogers: The match-win ratio ledger
Saturday Round 20: Magpies kick away to beat Port by five goals
Michael Rogers: Port fans end Collingwood's run
Stab Kicks: Kathryn Michaelsen ...
Sunday Crows break hoodoo and beat Essendon in Melbourne
Demons whip woeful Eagles
Brisbane stay alive as Bulldogs slump again
Geelong juggernaut swallow the Swans
Tenacious Tigers shock sloppy Hawks
North get a grip on 4th place; Blues wilt
Saints trample the Dockers; take 8th place
Mal Michael announces retirement (again)
Bombers to honour stalwart Jason Johnson
Monday Facts and trivia from Round 20
MWB: The Full Picture after Round 20 – detailed
Michael Rogers: Last 6 rounds ladder (15-20)
Michael Rogers: On the attack!
Crowds: 268,049, progressive is 5,982,284
Tuesday MRP: Hodge strike charge draws at least one game
Rhett Biglands retires as game overtakes him
They said it: Fox Sports: India the AFL's next frontier
GC17 snare Scott Clayton as recruiting manager
Michael Rogers: Attack and defence standings at round 20
Nigel Lappin expected to announce retirement
Four boundary umpire become permanent
Injury causes Stephen Milne to return from west by car
Wednesday MRP: Luke Hodge takes early plea one week
Neale Daniher joins West Coast
Two more years: Daniel Wells re-signs with North
Bombers sign four-year deal with *adidas*
NAB Rising Star: Round 20 – Cale Morton (Melbourne)
Michael Rogers: Tops and bottoms
Thursday Fifth Docker retires: Mark Johnson to hang up the boots
Strictly for Statophiles
> Bruce Kennedy and Michael Rogers head-to-head
> And the winner on both counts is, Geelong
Worth repeating: John Harms meets Rocket Rod
Peter Ryan re-stacks the files
Setanta O'hAilpin to seek help of German doctor

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D-08-R19 Footystats Diary, Week 639, August 8-14, 2008
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Friday Round 19 team selections
> Geelong bring back Gary Ablett
Goodes still in doubt for Swans; Magpies to debut two youngsters
MWB: Bottom versus top; Melbourne take on Geelong
Michael Rogers: Geelong 36+2; Posed for new consecutive streak
Michael Rogers: It's Gold, Gold, Gold, Gold for Geelong
Tassie NTFL vote in favour of radical new draw for 2009
Saturday Geelong decimate the Demons
Clubs confirm threatening letters received
MWB: More, bottom versus top
Rhett Bartlett; half-time siren 08-08 on 08-08-08
Michael Rogers: Carlton has won only 1-4quarter game since 2002
Sunday Carlton thump Port by 11 goals
Hawthorn smash Brisbane's hopes: Crawford 300
Magpies hold out St Kilda
Sydney's last-gasp comeback floors the Dockers
North tighten call on 4th spot; Dogs down by 20pts
Tigers no match as Crows celebrate McLeod's 300th
Eagles' 4th win end Essendon's hopes
They said it: Barry Hall's NFL punt
Peter FitzSimons hails AFL development officer's
Monday Facts and trivia from Round 19
Bruce Kennedy: Fortunes of four have changed dramatically
Michael Rogers: 4 quarters won and lost
Crowds: 262,023, progressive is 5,714,235
Sydney and North vie for poison chalice
Tuesday MRP: Aaron Fiora offered one-match suspension
AFL satisfied with Stadium Australia surface
Michael Rogers: Strictly for statophiles
> Last 6 rounds (14-19) ladder
> Attack and defence standings at Round 19
> Attendance tables; 50,000+ since 1997
> Essendon: never at outposts
> The trend continues: Sydney and Fremantle in 6pt and 12pt games
Wednesday MRP: Aaron Fiora accepts one-game suspension
Crows extend Neil Craig until 2010
4th annual Ralph Robertson lecture on Friday
MWB: The Full Picture after Round 19– detailed
MWB's Prognostications
NAB Rising Star: Round 19 – Shaun Grigg (Carlton)
Melbourne lose major sponsor *iPrimus*
Thursday GC17 franchise make their choice; Guy McKenna is first Gold Coast coach
Shoulder surgery ends Tarrant's season
Hansen and Wirrpanda likely to miss for Eagles
Brett Ratten supports ban on fan invasion
Strictly for statophiles: Stephen Williamson
> Total margins for and against 1897-2008
Michael Rogers: Defence department
Adelaide: yet to beat Essendon in Melbourne
Sydney signs Canadian to rookie contract

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D-08-R18 Footystats Diary, Week 638, August 1-7, 2008
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Friday Round 18 team selections:
> Josh Fraser in among four Magpie changes
> Shane Crawford and Stuart Dew return for Hawks
Fevola re-signs with Carlton
Fraser Gehrig off long-term injury list
Clarkson apologises to umpire Schmitt
Tassie AFL push gets a $4-million sponsor
Five rounds left – background to 8th place race
Michael Rogers: Tigers on track for the "double double"
Saturday Round 18: Hawks overpower Magpies by nine goals
Leigh Colbert rejects West Coast offer
Channel Nine defends Newman's sex slur
They said it: Tim Morrissey: Sydney's TV ratings continue to drop
Crows fined $20,000 for breach of TPP rules
Sunday Lloyd kicks 8.1; Bombers win tight call over Dees
Crows take the points against Carlton
Geelong swamp Richmond
North in another great fight-back clip Brisbane
Bulldogs consign Sydney to shaky territory
Tardy Saints just survive over Port youngsters
Freo are emphatic derby winners over Eagles
Monday Facts and trivia from Round 18
Bruce Kennedy: Another perspective
Kathryn Michaelsen: Fool me once, shame on Sam; Fool me twice ...
Crowds, R18 276,170, progressive 5,452,212
Morning games in League football
for those who remember – R and S on the old scoreboards
Tuesday Disciplinary action by Collingwood expected
Alan Didak emerges as Heath Shaw passenger in drink-driving accident
They said it; Mark Stevens: Collingwood stars have shamed club
MRP, Round 18: Heavy tackle spells trouble for Darren Milburn
Michael Rogers: Six-week snapshot
e-mails on "around the grounds" scoreboards
Bruce Kennedy: 2 x 8pt results, and 2 x 8ptsx2 (ie 16 pts)
Cousins trains with WAFL club Perth
Wednesday Collingwood suspends trio over drink-driving lies
AFL Tribunal chairman calls for update of tackle rules
> Darren Milburn charge reduced to one-game; Steven Browne acquitted
Port hero Michael Wilson retires
MWB: The Full Picture after Round 18– detailed
NAB Rising Star: Round 18 – Gavin Urquhart (North Melb)
Michael Rogers – Is is time for a new ladder? – detailed
They said it: Kathryn Michaelsen: Collingwood is football writ large
Bruce Kennedy: Where the symbols referred to ... scoreboard trivia
Thursday St Kilda's Robert Harvey to retire after 21 years; Heath Black also quits
They said it; The Age: AFL to review spear tackles
Injury toll rises for West Coast
They said it: Bruce Walkley: Wills to Milburn some things never change
Melbourne fund-raiser brings in $2 million
MWB's Prognostications
Michael Rogers: Geelong: almost the most successful in 16-team comp

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D-08-R17 Footystats Diary, Week 637, July 25-31, 2008
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Friday Round 17 selections: Barry Hall and Matthew Richardson are back
Fremantle appoint Steve Rosich as CEO
They said it: The Age: Victorian government bail out Bulldogs
> Richmond lose major sponsor AFG
Port discipline Peter Burgoyne: back to SANFL
Crows drop Johncock back to SANFL
Cousins expect to start training with Port Melbourne
Saturday Geelong with 16th win firm as flag favourites; solid effort over Hawthorn
Cousins aims for AFL return in 2009
They said it; The Age: Tassie out but not dead
Sunday Young Bombers thump Collingwood
Eagles break through to upset St Kilda
Tigers beat Brisbane in a heart-stopper
Crows end their horror run by thrashing Swans
Paul Chapman hamstring; will miss two at least
Monday Dockers turn the tables on Port
Last-lustre Kangas jump to 5th; Demons no match
Extraordinary Carlton win over Bulldogs
Richmond and Greg Miller part company
Michael Rogers updates W-L-D sequences
Crowds after Round 17 now 5,176,042.
Tuesday MRP: Alan Didak and Leon Davis cleared
> Lynden Dunn offered early with reprimand
The Age: Greg Miller sacking all about timing
AFL issues "please explain" to Clarkson
One last time for Docker veteran Shaun McManus
Tredrea and Salopek to miss rest of season
Challenge to salary cap will affect all codes
Sydney game had eight posters
MWB: Three 28pt margins; Six of the top eight sides beaten – detailed
They said it: Storm over Kennett comments; Trainer sacked for being gay
Wednesday Gold Coast sign first three players
MRP: Demon Dunn accepts reprimand; R17 charges and verdicts
Score blunders noted from Swans-Crows game
Demons re-sign James McDonald
West Coast put an offer to Leigh Colbert
MWB: The Full Picture after Round 17 – detailed
NAB Rising Star: Round 17 – Brad Ebert (West Coast)
Sydney's four Q4 posters – Mathews, McVeigh, Hall, O'Keefe
Thursday Clarkson fined over umpire sledge
They said it: Greg Baum: AFL is trading on its isolation for protection
Graham Polak out of hospital
They said it: Greg Denham: Club war looming over Gold Coast fixturing
Colin Carter welcomed back to Geelong board
Andrew Krakouer sentenced to two years
MWB: Prognostications
Bruce Kennedy: Comebacks and collapses

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D-08-R16 Footystats Diary, Week 636, July 18-24, 2008
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Friday Round 16 selections >
North dump Thompson; Grant gets recall; Bombers down to 27 fit players
Four boundary umpires for finals
Magpies re-sign Didak on no-restriction deal
Leonard Colquhoun: 2008 attendances, Rounds 8-15
Wallace attends team meeting then returns to hospital
AFL Tasmania extends Statewide deadline to September 23
Neale Daniher joins GC17 panel to choose development coach
Saturday Persistence pays off for North; gutsy win over Pies
Geelong's Brian Cook declines Gold Coast offer
They said it: The Age: $6.75 million boost for Tigers
Price freeze for elimination, qualifying and semi's
North forced to wear "away" guernsey at "home"
Sunday Geelong maul the Bulldogs by 10 goals
Tigers down Bombers in MCG thriller and get a sniff
Hungry Lions feed off Eagles
St Kilda run over Hawthorn in last half
Sydney clinch important top four break
Port push Adelaide out of top eight
Dockers too good for Demons in long haul
They said it: McGuire shows his stripes over jumper clash
Monday From the Round – details and trivia from the weekend
Crowds reach 4,855,221
Bowden's time-wasting act brings controversy
Tuesday Match Review Panel – Round 16
> Koschitzke and Fiora booked for striking
> Two umpire incidents draw $1950 fines
Chad Cornes: in for running repairs
Paul Roos defends Nick Davis
AFL agenda: Clash guernsey and Gabba pitch
Wednesday MRP: Koschitzke accepts one-game suspension
Grand final and preliminary tickets jump 3.5 per cent.
MWB: The Full Picture after Round 16 – detailed
MWB: Prognostications
NAB Rising Star: Round 16 – Kyle Reimers (Essendon)
Christian Braun – at a glance, more useless stats
Thursday Melbourne axe CEO; Demons sack Paul McNamee after 15 weeks
Barry Hall likely to return this Saturday
Demons face pay-out for McNamee departure
AFL (NSW-ACT) Commission move to new offices in Sydney

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D-08-R15 Footystats Diary, Week 635, July 11-17, 2008
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Friday Team Selections for Round 15
> North drop Corey Jones; Richardson out of Richmond line-up
> Demons bring back Jeff White; June and Hayes return for Friday night
Michael Voss appointed assistant by West Coast
They said it: Delay on Coast priority draft picks
Michael Rogers: So much for the good-ole days ...
Saturday Saints survive strong Carlton fight-back
They said it: AFL considers Irish-dominated West Sydney
Sunday Solid last half gives Pies victory over Crows
Geelong thump Fremantle by 12 goals
Bombers with too many answers scuttle Brisbane
North finish strongly to pip Port
Hawthorn easily dispose of Sydney
Bulldogs enjoy predictable win over Demons
Richmond crush West Coast
Fractured cheekbone surgery for Cameron Ling
Monday From the Round – details and trivia from the weekend
Nathan Buckley repeats his Fevola roast
Comment: Twice is better than none at all
Eddie McGuire: ambitious plans need re-think
Tuesday MRP: Amon Buchanan facing 5-match suspension
> Dean Solomon incident sent straight to Tribunal
Bruce Kennedy: How your team will finish this season – detailed
Paul Roos: Swans need to 'get back to basics'
They said it: Stingrays ahead in GC17 nickname game
Wednesday Tribunal: Solomon given 8-match suspension; heaviest for 11 years
Bombers suspend Andrew Lovett a second time
NAB Rising Star: Round 15 – Jack Riewoldt (Richmond)
New record of club members: 574,091
Shannon Grant admits to being drunk
Brett Burton will be sidelined 12 months
Bulldogs lose $1m LeasePlan sponsorship
MWB: More "fascinating but almost useless stats" – Tough tipping ...
Neale Daniher confirms "very preliminary" discussions with GC17 group
Thursday Expansion plans step up
> "Our greatest risk is to do nothing"
> New licences will cost up to $150 million
Knee surgery sidelines key Bomber for five weeks
Terry Wallace hospitalised with respiratory infection
MWB: The Full Picture after Round 15 – detailed
Ten set to take on Fox in sport

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D-08-R14b Footystats Diary, Week 634, July 4-10, 2008
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Friday Selections: Pies get back Cloke, Davis and Wakelin
> Scarlett and Stokes return for the Cats
Bruce Kennedy: Draw is too skewed to be fair to all
Essendon re-sign Fraser and Lucas
Saturday Cats crumble before Cat onslaught; Geelong by 68 points
Grant Thomas wins pay claim from St Kilda
Country player sentenced to prison over punch
They said it: Geelong's run no match for Col (Hutchinson)
Polak moved to Epworth rehab
Leonard Colquhoun: A simple answer is sometimes the best
Michael Rogers: Another slant on anomalies in the draw
Sunday Powerful Pies overwhelm lifeless Swans
Bruce Kennedy: Cats challenge Essendon's 1949-51 benchmark
Crowds tip over to 4,252,122 for first 112 matches
Monday Launceston siren debacle in 2006:
> Punters sue AFL over Saints-Freo decision
They said it: Magpies speak out on surface at Homebush
Hall waits on MRP assessment
Michael Rogers: Do the stats make it a challenge by the Cats?
Tuesday Sydney stand down Barry Hall 'indefinitely'
MRP: One-match suspension for Hall for attempting to strike
Peter Bell retires
Last season for Michael Braun
They said it: The Age: Concern for Homebush surface
Melbourne suspend Aaron Davey for one game
Toyota remain as AFL major sponsor
Michael Rogers: Round 14 sets a no-Vic benchmark
Wednesday Bombers name Sheedy as a club legend
MWB: The Full Picture after Round 14 – detailed
NAB Rising Star: Round 14 – Colin Garland (Melbourne)
How much will Swans miss Hall in the run home?
Comment: Goodes, the best of No.37 – but no cigar
Thursday Kangas suspend Shannon Grant for one match
League appoints integrity manager
David Dench sentenced to 14 months
They said it: Fox News: Gabba to retain permanent wicket area

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D-08-R14 Footystats Diary, Week 633, June 27-July 3, 2008
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Friday Team selections for split Round 14
> Kane Johnson, Will Thursfield in for Tigers
> Crawford and Croad back for Hawthorn
Players Association denies hair testing reports
Jason Winderlich out for the season
Heath Black and Jeff Farmer dropped to WAFL
David Hille cleared on spitting allegation
David Dench jailed on fraud charges
Ricky Nixon to meet GAA about Irish draft network
Saturday Hawks coast to easy win over West Coast
Richmond centenary celebrations
John James, CEO at Port Adelaide resigns
Ben Cousins expect to register with Port Melbourne
Sunday Blues kick away to rain on Tigers parade
Saints fightback flattens Kangaroos
Port no match for determined Bulldogs
Interchange blunder at Carrara; Kangas get momentary free kick boost
Graham Polak critical after being hit by a tram
Monday Hit by a tram: Graham Polak remains in critical condition
Bruce Kennedy: Brisbane: suspect in tight finishes
Tuesday MRP: Hawks become regulars; Renouf, Williams and Croad this week
> Fevola booked for wrestling
Graham Polak out of intensive care
They said it; The Age: Minson sorry for sledge on Cornes
Malthouse to coach Australia in IR series
> IR suspensions to will carry into AFL schedule
AFLQ games may be played in Alice Springs
> Northern Territory will AFLQ's 10th team
Cousins registers with Port Melbourne
Wednesday Demons lose Brock McLean for season
They said it: Adrian Anderson: Interchange penalties stay
June in Melbourne was one of the driest
Bruce Kennedy: "All day drubbings" – detailed
Thursday Graham Polak still tired and confused
They said it: Jake Niall: AFL needs to abandon 'round 15 raffle'
They said it: Paul Gough: More milestones for Mick Malthouse
MWB: Assessing the month of June – detailed
Carey wins three-month delay in Miami assault case
Fremantle membership climbs to 43,366
Jobe Watson resigns for two more years with Bombers

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D-08-R13 Footystats Diary, Week 632, June 20-26, 2008
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Friday Round 13 selections
> North axe four; Dockers unchanged; Saints drop Dal Santo to VFL;
> Pies lose Fraser and Davis to knee injuries
St Kilda's move to Frankston on hold
Demetriou remains opposed to night grand final
AFL clears Xavier Ellis of betting code breach
Tassie calls for tenders on AFL bid
Saturday Saints stay alive with narrow win over Fremantle
Dick Pratt steps aside; Kernahan take helm at Carlton
They said it: Tanking: will clubs sue over allegations?
Sunday Kangas upset Hawks to climb back into eight
Tigers beat Port in rare Footy Park victory
Brisbane gain crucial break over Crows
Geelong in record-setting success at Subiaco
Demons press hard but Swans make it 6-straight
Dons jump early and defy late Carlton comeback
Bulldogs overcome Pies and move to second
Monday From the Round – details and trivia from the weekend
Ankle injury may be the end of Rocca
Negotiations bog down on new Fevola deal
Throat scare for Adam Selwood
Tuesday MRP: Suspensions face Goods, Bassett; Thomas
Rocca and Reid to miss two months
Slattery has minor cheekbone crack
MWB: The Full Picture after Round 12 – detailed
Bruce Kennedy: We have an amazing ladder
Wednesday MRP-Tribunal: Adam Goodes: stumped at 204
Nathan Bassett cleared by tribunal
North re-sign five key players
Scott West should return early August
McCloud could miss a month
NAB Rising Star: Round 13 – Jarryd Morton (Hawthorn)
Thursday Cousins expected to nominate by Monday; either VFL or WAFL
Almost half of Tassie show support for AFL team

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D-08-R12 Footystats Diary, Week 631, June 13-19, 2008
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Friday Melbourne FC board revamped
> New chairman Jim Stynes faces difficult task
Round 12 selections
> Fremantle make four changes; Wells back for North
> Barry Hall, Shaun Burgoyne return from suspension
Injuries stretch Geelong's defence
They said it: Caroline Wilson: New Sydney club on fast track
Martin Windsor-Black: Attendance v capacity
Greg Miller stays but steps down from Richmond board
They said it: Geoff McClure: Not half bad, boys
Saturday Round 12: Bombers snap 8-game losing streak
Demetriou: Monday night's all right for footy
Kathryn Michaelsen: Statistics can be made to say anything
They said it: The Age: Tasmania bid picks up steam
Sunday Bulldogs smash Brisbane by 10 goals
Dockers break the hoodoo; Pavlich 8 goals
Sydney's 5th-straight win; Saints fail by 35 points
Hawks clip Crows in thrilling cliffhanger
Kangas lose McIntosh to right knee injury
Hawks wait on Franklin report
Search of books show Demons owe $4.5 million
Monday From the Round – details and trivia from the weekend
They said it: In saffron robes and Swans scarves monk bring karma to Sydney
Crowds hit 3,698,136 for 12 rounds
Tuesday MRP: Lance Franklin set to accept reprimand
> Magpies to decide on Cloke's two-game charge
MWB: The Full Picture after Round 12 – detailed
Hawks lose ruckman Max Bailey to right knee reconstruction
Essendon's Scott Gumbleton breaks collarbone in VFL comeback
Gabba's centre wicket area "hard as concrete"
Wednesday AFL may impose fine: Jonathan Brown awaits judgement on comments
They said it: Greg Denham, The Australian:
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Radical new plan to 'bank' draft selections
> Gold Coast Gabba deal may extend into 2025
Mark Harvey: Tanking a slur on the game
NAB Rising Star: Round 12 – Trent Cotchin (Richmond)
Thursday Brown escapes fine; AFL warning on making early comments
They said it: Herald Sun: Twilight grand final mooted next year
Rodney Eade: AFL should act on light of 'tanking'
Nigel Lappin fails to finish training
Return of premiership stars likely to boost Eagles
Andrew Krakouer convicted over car park attack
Tasmania looks to 10 teams for new Statewide
Gas crisis may push West-Cats match to afternoon

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D-08-R11 Footystats Diary, Week 630, June 6-12, 2008
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Friday Round 11 selection: Kangas lose two forward from important clash
Allan Jeans is a St Kilda legend, officially
They said it: Caroline Wilson: Top two snub pivotal match for Olympics
Carlton offer Fevola a three-year deal
Magpies re-sign five top youngsters
Gold Coast: TAC Cup next year, VFL in 2010
Saints and Demons swap affiliates: Saints to Sandy; Demons to Casey
Saturday Round 11: Cats hold on to beat brave Kangas by 13 points
AFL to note: 'No more rule changes'
Sunday Adelaide crush the Tigers
Hawks blitz Bombers; Franklin nine goals
Swans beat Eagles by 5pts in another epic
Brisbane beat Dockers and secure 7th win
Bulldogs enjoy solid win over disappointing Saints
150 Heroes: Melbourne celebrates their 150th anniversary
Monday 59,548 at Queen's Birthday clash
Magpies win easily against improved Demons
They said it: Sportal: Blues complete stunning comeback
From the Round – details and trivia from the weekend
Tuesday MRP: Goodes offered reprimand for high contact
Black accepts guilt to striking and wrestling
Changes at Melbourne FC: Gardner to step down as chairman
Jim Stynes to contest top board role
Ankle sidelines Rocca for at least a month
They said it: Geoff McClure: 150: One hell of a night
Crowds total: 3,391,470
Wednesday Tribunal: Adam Selwood reprimanded for Buchanan blow
Travis Cloke takes reprimand for headbutt
They said it: Paul Roos lays down the law to Goodes
MWB: The Full Picture after Round 11 – detailed
NAB Rising Star: Round 11 – Matthew Kreuzer (Carlton)
Bruce Kennedy: The best and worst of 25-50-100-200 games – detailed
They said it: Geoff McClure: Foxtel proves it's no pay-for Tiger
Thursday They said it: Stynes push for complete control
Shoulder injury takes out Brent Moloney
NTFL rains with goals
Docklands finds happy medium for growing turf
They said it: Geoff McClure: Not half bad, boys! – stats trivia, first 11 weeks

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D-08-R10 Footystats Diary, Week 629, May 30-June 5, 2008
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Friday Round 10 selection: Ottens back for Cats; Dons regain Lucas
O'Loughlin bags 300 games with the Swannies
Bruce Kennedy: Best & worse: best over 50 matches – detailed
Hawk icon 'Doc' Ferguson dies at 91
Saturday Round 10: Relieved Crows edge past desperate Bombers
Hawks are third club to pass 40,000 members
International Rules: Australia-Ireland to meet in Tests in October
Sunday Magpies unleash its biggest win over West Coast
Bulldogs bring Hawks' unbeaten run to an end
Brisbane's scoring power too much for North
Class wins out for Cats against Blues
Tigers no match for ruthless Sydney; 1000th win
Revved-up St Kilda beat sloppy Demons
Fremantle's extraordinary record of defeat
Southport Sharks is first $150,000 sponsor
Monday From the Round – details and trivia from the weekend
Tuesday MRP: Burton, Murphy and Waters cited for head-high
AFL delighted with North Melbourne's transformation
MWB: Checking out Round 10; The month of May
BK: Top of the ladder – three teams, one loss
Wednesday Tribunal, MRP: Three suspended; Head-high bumps are out
> Demetriou: Head is 'sacrosanct'
Nathan Thompson waits on scans
Richmond name two captains for injured Johnson
Mark Coughlan's treatment speeds return
NAB Rising Star: Round 10 – Nathan J Brown (Collingwood)
Gerry McGuire: My passion boils over
Thursday Sport Australia Hall of Fame: 1989 Hawthorn team into Hall of Fame
They said it: Clarkson: I was out of line
MWB: Scoring oddities
Bulldogs open Whitten Oval redevelopment
Demons set to ditch away guernsey design
Collingwood plan IR match in Dublin

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D-08-R09 Footystats Diary, Week 628, May 23-29, 2008
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Friday Round 9 selections: Collingwood names Josh Fraser
> Chad Cornes, Michael Wilson return for Port
They said it: Patrick Smith:
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AFL on red alert as NRL drops Sydney bombshell
ANZ withdraws advertising from Footy Show
200th for David Wirrpanda; may be his last season
Wayne Carey case adjourned
SANFL rejects inclusion of Northern Territory team
Saturday Round 9: Magpies irresistibly triumph over the Cats
They said it: AFL bids to buy Olympic Stadium at Homebush
Kennett: Demons should locate to Gold Coast
Troy Cook wins Nowalenko Award
Sunday Dockers fail again after leading at last change
Sydney pip Port in real scrap at Footy Park
Tigers too good; Dons recover in second half
Eagles roast the Crows with 50 point win
Brisbane climb to 7th; smashing win over Saints
Kangaroos pip Bulldogs by three points
Eagles gift Crows with first interchange indiscretion penalty
> League admit major blunder on ruling
Monday First interchange penalty; Messing around with the rules
> AFL's embarrassing blunder at Subiaco
From the Round – details and trivia from the weekend
Tuesday MRP: Jarrad Waite and Sam Mitchell face suspension
AFL admits blunder: Official "thought he saw" player go onto to field
Score mix-up from opening emerges
Geelong's thrashing; could have been worse
Trevor Nisbett inks new three-year deal as Eagles CEO
Crowd for the round: 331,733, progressive 2,811,409, average 39.047
Wednesday Tribunal: Jarrad Waite cops one week;
> Reprimand leaves Sam Mitchell free to play
MWB: The Full Picture after Round 9 – detailed
NAB Rising Star: Round 9 – Garrick Ibbotson (Fremantle)
Bruce Kennedy: Biggest defeats suffered by eventual premiers
Cancer claims Mick Nolan
Worth repeating: Crikey: AFL quietly doing its homework on NRL
David Hill signs new two-year deal  with Essendon
Thursday AFL change revised interchange rule
> Champion Data to record interchange movements
Footy Show fallout: Channel Nine to "rest" Newman
They said it: 2007 injury report
> Head, neck and PCL injuries down; Groin, hamstring rates up
Barry Hall on track to return in Round 12

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D-08-R08 Footystats Diary, Week 627, May 16-22, 2008
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Friday Use of Hibbins essay by AFL "regrettable"
Notion by appointed historian tackled
AFL distances itself from racist comments
Round 8 – selection: Fraser and Riewoldt among the missing
Malthouse: Change to bench should have waited
Sydney scholarship rookie Ryan Davis to make West Coast debut
NTFL votes against new AFL Tasmania statewide model
Saturday Round 8: Magpies outlast Saints in hard contest
Debate over our beginnings: Battle of Wills not over
Comment: Our detractors gather comfort
Sunday Unbeaten Hawks defy Port's lightning start
Cats lap up the Tigers in wet-weather MCG win
Brisbane rip through the Blues
Lowest crowd for 12 years watch Kangas pip Eagles
Crows easily defeat Melbourne by 12 goals
Sydney thrash Bombers by 91 points
Bulldog fightback scuttles the Dockers
Monday From the Round – details and trivia from the weekend
They said it: The Age: Confusion on interchange benches
Bruce Kennedy: Comparison: Doggies and Dockers
They said it: Kathryn Michaelsen: Gotta love history – an opinion
Tuesday AFL new interchange rules
> Weekend trial noted 16 infringements
> First Sydney error will cost Swans $25,000
Melbourne veteran David Neitz calls it a day
MRP: McGlynn, Crawford, Burgoyne face certain suspensions
Matthew Car retires
Hawthorn's Mark Williams mocks Port coach
Roger Hayden suffers collapsed lung
Wednesday Tribunal: Burgoyne, McGlynn and Crawford suspended
MWB: The Full Picture after Round 8 – detailed
NAB Rising Star: Round 8 – Kurt Tippett (Adelaide)
200-straight for Sydney's Adam Goodes
League cuts Kangas from Gold Coast schedule
Saints place Fraser Gehrig on long-term injury list
Roger Hayden hospitalised with collapsed lung
Thursday Interchange confusion: Terry Wallace slams officious bench rules
Port coach Mark Williams: Suspension threatens 'fabric of the game'
Bruce Kennedy: Clubs' best and worse of 25 matches – detailed
Melbourne to seek more AFL financial help
Hawks warn Shane Crawford over undisciplined acts

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D-08-R07b Footystats Diary, Week 626, May 2-9, 2008 (150th anniversary match)
Friday AFL Hall of Fame: Kevin Sheedy leads eight new inductees
> Alex Jesaulenko elevated to Legend status
AFL Tribute Game: AFL elite players urge return of State of Origin
They said it: Paul Roos: Paul Roos backs Fame exclusion clause
Lean times for Fox replay of Tribute match
Saturday AFL Hall of Fame Tribute Match: Jonathan Brown cleared to lead Victoria
Martin Flanagan, The Age: Official historian clouds contribution of Wills
Sunday Tribute Match: Vics kick away in the last quarter – details, teams
New SCG stand will lift capacity to 47,000
They said it: Bulldog director Susan Alberti sues Nine Network
Long time between ... Collingwood and Port – 38 rounds between meetings
Monday Normal programs resume
Josh Fraser receives hopeful news
Tuesday Rapid return from knee surgery; Sydney's Malceski set to return
Overhaul of interchange to be revealed
Football Park upgrade gets AFL backing
Des Headland to be out eight weeks for left knee surgery
AFL Tasmania to proceed to 10-team statewide comp in 2009
Cameron Schwab likely to be behind an AFL desk
Mike Sheahan: Ten got 1.7 million viewers for Tribute match
Essendon put Jason Johnson and Damian Peverill on the shelf
Wednesday Interchange rules overhaul – New changes apply from this weekend
Hawks re-sign Clarkson until end of 2011
Bruce Kennedy: Where will your team finish based on performance to R7?
Repeat foot surgery for Matthew Egan
League expecting small turn-out at Carrara
Thursday Gold Coast franchise: Michael Voss: a step closer to coach
St Kilda-Thomas battle reaches County Court
They said it – Jake Niall: West Sydney could be a disaster
Mark Coughlan's return to Tigers delayed further by hamstring soreness
Grand Final motorcade of retiring champs returns
Gillian Hibbins brands Adam Goodes for *racist* comments

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D-08-R07 Footystats Diary, Week 625, May 2-8, 2008
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Friday R7 selections: Saints regain Gehrig, Gardiner and Schneider
> Burns and Rocca return for Magpies; Bombers add trio of debutants
They said it: Newman's 'stupid' antics gets official Nine rebuke
MWB: There's always a first time: Port's quarters, 18, 19, 20 and 21 points
Robert Harvey equals Bernie Quinlan record – 366th game without a flag
Will Nine viewers get what they deserve? – Caro and Sammy Unzipped
Saturday Round 7 – Carlton beat Eagles; first Perth win for seven years
They said it: The Age: AFL image 'being damaged by Nine behaviour
Docker Peter Bell returns to full-time training in Perth
Tassie no nearer to new statewide league issue
Sunday Saints scrape home over unlucky Richmond
Last term lapse dulls Crow victory over Kangas
Bulldog pressure wipe out the Swans
Demons break the ice and sink the Dockers
Bombers no match for Port Adelaide
Monday From the round – details and trivia from the weekend
> three unbeaten sides after Round 7 is a first ...
> Demons stage second greatest comeback from a half-time deficit ...
They said it: Devonport 'Advocate' – what have women ever done for footy?
They said it: Ken Booth: Channel Ten's 'five-minute warning' – yes or no?
Crowds to six of first seven rounds over 300,000 – progressive 2,227,096
Tuesday McPhee and Lovett-Murray face suspension
They said it: The Age: Injuries sideline Saints Riewoldt and Maguire
Essendon fined $5000 for approach to umpire
They said it: Mike Sheahan: Matthew Richardson setting footy alight
AFL confirms 300,023 for Round 7
Wednesday Tribunal: McPhee and Lovett-Murray outed for one match
MWB: The Full Picture after Round 7 – detailed
NAB Rising Star: Round 7 – Austin Wonaeamirri (Melbourne)
Thursday Headland may need season-ending knee surgery
Worth repeating: Patrick Smith: The search for Fremantle's soul – link
Launceston FC added to Tasmania's Hall of Fame
Jack Boon, 16, makes his debut with Clarence

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D-08-R06 Footystats Diary, Week 624, April 25-May 1, 2008
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Friday Bombers lose Alwyn Davey in ACL training mishap
McDonald and Bruce to lead Melbourne
Jimmy Bartel and Cameron Ling re-sign with Cats
Hall of Fame: Nine reports Carey snubbed this year
Bob Ansett to again be saviour in Kangaroo crisis
Kathryn Michaelsen: Instant premiership – just add football
Saturday Round 6 – Anzac Day
> Magpies by 12 goals; Cats home by a point
Cameron Ling: New consecutive win record of 25
Sunday Crows run away from Blues in second half
Bulldogs crush West Coast by 10 goals
Port too slick for St Kilda
Michael Voss confirms interest in Gold Coast job
Fremantle ask: "where did the nine seconds go?"
Update of *W-L-D, club-by-club" files – detailed
Monday Lions give Demons another thumping
North Melb and Sydney draw
Hawks survive strong Richmond challenge
From the round – details and trivia from the weekend
Tuesday MRP: Daniel Kerr and Josh Carr face suspensions
Hawthorn honour John Kennedy
Scans confirm Bombers lose Davey for season
They said it: The Age: Win for Melbourne; club gets city training venue
MWB: Around and about ...
Wednesday Sydney fined $50,000 for unwanted 19th man
MRP, Tribunal – Round 6: Kerr takes three weeks; Carr three games
MWB: The Full Picture after Round 6 – detailed
NAB Rising Star: Round 6 – Cyril Rioli (Hawthorn)
Thursday Free agency issue on AFL backburner
They said it: Fox Sports: Interchange rules to be changed
Crowd figures – interesting parallels
Gerry McGuire: "Do my eyes deceive me?"
Statewide comp for Tasmania still on the drawing board
Gehrig hit with arthritis in both hands
Sydney gets Peter Everitt back; Nick Davis dumped again
Gieschen: Taggers warned on illegal tactics

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D-08-R05 Footystats Diary, Week 623, April 18-24, 2008
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Friday Round 5 selections: St Kilda dump Gehrig; Bombers regain Lloyd
Barry Hall starts the mending process; rest and a psychologist ...
Bombers (38,953) and Magpies (over 40,000) announced peak membership
Saturday Round 5: St Kilda survive pressure of Bomber fightback
Ben Cousins meets Malthouse again for a friendly chat
Sunday Geelong's last quarter blitz split Swans apart
Improved Dockers rattle scrappy Adelaide
Unbeaten Hawks sparkle; Franklin 8.6
Kangas pip Pies in MCG nail-biter
They said it, The Age: Subjected to scrutiny, AFL must improve
Monday Carlton bag rare back-to-back wins; Fevola 7.0
Bulldogs desperately claw Tigers back to draw
Port get first win; Another shattering loss for Eagles
Tuesday MRP–Round 5: Pratt and Whelan face suspension
David Neitz faces career-ending neck injury
MWB: The Full Picture after Round 5 – detailed
MWB: Demons slip to lowest percentage since 1919
NAB Rising Star: Round 5 – Ben McKinley (West Coast)
Swans saddened by passing of Geoff Polites
ANZAC Medal list since inauguration in 2000
Umpires guilty of dreadful bounce which goaled for North
Umpire wrong in awarding kick to Bulldog Will Minson
Court ordered to community work for urinating offence
Wednesday AFL Tribunal: Daniel Pratt is only suspension
Gold Coast group prepare for 17th club franchise
They said it; The Age: More work before new Sydney team is viable
Jonathan Brown: a likely Lion for life
16, 50kg, 154cm – eye-catching teenager sparks Hobart footy
Nick Riewoldt caught sledging Andrew Lovett via umpires' mike
Scott Burns likely to miss 250th again
Thursday Gold Coast and West Sydney
> AFL will give massive draft help to new clubs
17th club bid team launches 'GC 17'
They said it: The Age: AFL's Coast bid hits road block
Cameron Ling on verge of historic winning streak
Scott Burns to miss 250th for third-straight week
Umpire Damien (crooked bounce) Sully dropped for Round 6

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D-08-R04 Footystats Diary, Week 622, April 11-17, 2008
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Friday Round 4 selections: Bombers weakened; Lloyd lost to calf injury
Lloyd and Lucas absent from Bomber line-up for first time since 1999
TFL to add 1958 Centenary Carnival side to Hall of Fame
Monday night football adds up to early retirement
Saturday Round 4: Bulldogs survive exhilarating Bomber challenge
Sunday North comfortably dispose of Melbourne
Geelong easily beat the Saints by seven goals
Solid Sydney thump the Eagles
Gutsy Brisbane fightback flattens Port
Hawks overpower Adelaide
Carlton break the drought after 14 defeats
Richmond flog Dockers by 10 goals
Monday MRP: Hall is one charge of many from weekend
Barry Hall apologises to Brent Staker
West Coast in worst slump since 1989
Bruce Kennedy: Geelong: is current 23 from 24 better than 1952-53?
Tuesday MRP refers Hall judgement to Tribunal
Free agency inevitable: Matthews
Richard Pratt expects AFL clarification
After-shock from Showdown and the Derby
Peter Coatman: Essendon's 33 games 1949-51 ...
Dale Kerr: Port Adelaide's losing start, and the numbers ...
Round 4 crowds 315,414; progressive 1,297,678
Wednesday Tribunal: Barry Hall suspended for seven matches
> Mooney and Dodd escape with reprimands
They said it: The Age: Tasmania stakes claim to field its own AFL team
AFL 2005 grand final plot
MWB: The Full Picture after Round 4 – detailed
MWB: North struggling to finish off matches
NAB Rising Star: Round 4 – Kieren Jack (Sydney)
Tiger great Jack O'Rourke passes
Thursday They said it: The Age: AFL tells Melbourne to 'face up to the crisis'
Leigh Matthews: "I still live with the guilt"
> Hall wrist surgery will take 8 to 10 weeks to heal
> AFL sees no reason for send-off rule
Tasmanian AFL bid certain to be snubbed
Hall of Fame tribute match: Squads named for May 10 event
They said it: Players propose 17-round season
What you say: Kathryn Michaelsen: If footy heartless and homeless?

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D-08-R03 Footystats Diary, Week 621, April 4-10, 2008
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Friday Ben Holland sues Richmond; compensation of $530,000 sought
Round 3 – Fourth Selwood brother (Scott) will debut for Eagles
> Blues pick Matthew Kreuzer for first game
Bruce Kennedy: Like it or lump it, interstate clubs have the numbers
Betting: $100,000 on Geelong to win
Kennelly on slate for return to Ireland; Fourth Selwood brother set to play
Saturday Round 3: Bulldogs fight back to smash St Kilda
Sunday Hawthorn overrun wasteful North; Franklin 5
Fremantle take another Derby from the Eagles
Sydney hold out dogged Brisbane
Essendon beat Blues in high-scoring shootout; Fevola 8
North Melbourne to lodge complaint over umpires
Monday Geelong by five goals over stubborn Demons
Collingwood outclass sorry Tigers
Crows pip Port by a goal in 24th Showdown
Dean Laidley apologises to field umpires
Tuesday MRP: Showdown rough-house given all clear
> No case for Harvey to answer on Aker claim
Cameron Schwab to quit Freo at end of season
They said it: Demetriou sells the western Sydney plan to Swans
MWB: Most consecutive quarters without a win, and more ...
Sydney given counting lesson
Wednesday Swans back second Sydney team; New side as early as 2011
Why? asks The Age?
MRP: Players accept rulings; no tribunal
Adelaide to build new $16m training facility
NAB Rising Star: Round 3 – Rhys Palmer (Fremantle)
Carlton may take two unwanted records
Gerry McGuire says "Put Terry on the ferry"
Thursday 20-year extension: Crows extend their Football Park lease
Michael Voss is front-runner as Gold Coast coach
Peter Bell to equal AFL record
Eagles lose Matt Priddis to knee injury
Wayne Carey hires sharp Sharpstein
Umpire Scott McLaren reaches 300 games

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D-08-R02 Footystats Diary, Week 620, March 28-April 3, 2008
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Friday Second Queensland club: AFL downplays threat to new team
Melbourne ready to sign off on Cranbourne base
They said it: Players cast new shadow on Pratt's right to rule
Trent Croad: no break but will miss six weeks
Geelong in sight of record membership
Saturday Lions down Pies by two points in muddy Gabba thriller
They said it: Doubts on Gold Coast support
Sunday Bulldogs by 95 points; Demons smashed again
Crows post record win over Eagles; Goodwin 7
St Kilda notches 10th-straight win over Carlton
Hawks secure 2nd win despite brave Freo fightback
Footy Works updates now available
Sydney swamp Port by 11 goals
Geelong deliver Essendon with a 99-point lesson
Kangas bound back to form over Richmond
Monday Foot sprain sidelines Aaron Davey
Injury round-up after Round 2
They said it: Required reading: Rotate or perish in turnover revolution
Tuesday MRP: Adam Goodes facing one-match suspension
ABC-TV "Enough Rope" interview >
> Wayne Carey finds retirement is tough
MWB: The Tucks hit 500
Bruce Kennedy: 95-point lifts Melbourne's percentage
$400,000 fire damage to heritage grandstand at York Park
AFL registers name Western Sydney Football Club Limited
They said it: The Age: Jed Adcock, the comeback kid
Wednesday Tribunal: Adam Goodes cleared; SCG was real culprit >
> Sydney's games record to be equalled
MWB: Cats v Demons: Mismatch of all time
Wallace and Malthouse agree on proposed changes
NAB Rising Star: Round 2 – Josh Hill (West.B'dogs)
Peter Coatman: What about the Fletchers?
Fevola swears off the booze
Thursday Saints train in gale force winds
Neil Craig extends helping hand to Carey
MRP & Tribunal: Round 2 charges and results
Stab kicks: Bombers suffered equal-10th worst League defeat

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D-08-R01 Footystats Diary, Week 619, March 21-27, 2008
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Friday Strong finishing Tigers overrun Blues
Geelong, shaky at times, hold out gritty Port
Saturday They said it: Barry Hall sceptical of second Sydney team
Scoring doubt in Carlton-Richmond match
Sunday Solid Magpies too good for Dockers
All night struggle; Saints pip Swans by two points
Eagles home despite dominant Brown
Monday Dogs clip Crows by 3pts in Brad Johnson's 300th
Hawks demolish pitiful Demons by 104 points
"Legless and mindless": incident; Richmond captain urinates in public
Scans show Croad escapes broken wrist
Watch on Sean Rusling shoulder injury
Tuesday Bombers destroy Kangas but critically lose Scott Lucas
MRP: Howat, Hartlett, Solomon booked
They said it: The Australian: Dons lose goalkicker Lucas
Crows without Brent Reilly for two months
Horror debut by Dean Bailey is second worst
Malthouse apologises for "stupid people" comment
Wednesday AFL Tribunal: Dean Solomon two matches; Cam Howat three
Call for ban on "tunnelling" tactics
Saints lock in their best against potential raiders
Grybas family deny Derryn Hinch claim
Carey awaits charge over January incident
MWB: Wheel turns for Victorian-based clubs
Carey tapes interview for ABC's Enough Rope
Thursday St Kilda make official complaint: Paul Roos hurt by slur for 'tunnel' tactics
New Queensland club faces Gold Coast embargo;
Relocation still on the table
NAB Rising Star: Round 1 – Bachar Houli (Essendon)
More surgery for Sean Rusling

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D-08-Mar 03 Footystats Diary, Week 618, March 14-20, 2008
Friday Increase to 18 clubs: AFL presidents unanimous in vote to expand
They said it: Liberatore: Carlton "tanked" in last four games
Convention in November: Demetriou: "Where we are and where we can go"
Debut delayed: Kreuzer injures hip at training
They said it: Paul Roos "tarnished" by match-fixing inquiry
Brad Ottens rolls ankle at training
Bryce Gibbs signs new two-year deal with Carlton
Bulldog Tom Williams will miss four-to-six weeks with torn thigh tendon
Peter Costello over taken by Leigh Clifford for Essendon No.1 ticket
Saturday Gillard report clears West Coast;
AFL Commission takes no action against Eagles
Liberatore to repeat "tanking" claims to League
Cousins: Ayres opens the door at Port Melbourne
Docklands get VFL and TAC grand finals
They said it: The Australian: AFL scared of what it might find
Sunday News Ltd newspapers: Wayne Carey confesses to a cocaine program;
$180,000 report to reveal more in New Idea
Last-minute injuries to Neagle and Kennelly
Hawks elevate Michael Tuck to Legend status
Monday League concern over Carey drug problem;
Question over Hall of Fame eligibility;
Outrage over "sleazy" magazine deal
Clubs to get windfall from Victorian Government
Southport still a major player in Gold Coast push
Tuesday Victorian Government invests in our future;
$10.5 million windfall for nine Melbourne clubs
No change to priority pick rules
Liberatore backs away on earlier "tanking" claims
Australia's "history" revealed in new AFL commercials
Royce Hart added to Tigers' Immortals
Ray Shaw joins Collingwood's Hall of Fame
Fevola allegedly caught urinating in public
Wednesday Brendan Fevola fined $10,000; Carlton give Fevola "last" chance warning
Demons name Paul McNamee as new CEO
International Rules: Series against Ireland set to resume
Hawks sign Sam Mitchell to new three-year deal
Thursday AFL will take no action on Liberatore claims

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D-08-Mar 02 Footystats Diary, Week 617, March 7-13, 2008
Friday Scott Burns to captain Collingwood
They said it: Mike Sheahan: 50 all-time greatest players
SANFL view two options for Football Park
Ashley Hansen and Simon Madden to AFLPA exec
Saturday Paul Roos cleared of failing to perform on merit
They said it: The Australian: Paul Roos rightly offended by the accusations
Comment: High cost of running football
Hawks fined $7,500 for 'extra man'
Practice match round-up, details ...
Judge debut with 20 touches in Carlton win
Cats smash Tigers again
Eagle forwards work hard in narrow win over Bombers
Magpies lift to beat Hawks in Shepparton
Sunday NAB Cup: Saints squeak home for the silverware
Lions by 10 points over Swans in Canberra
Kangaroos too good for hapless Demons
Better prepared Port slam Dockers in 39C at Noarlunga
They said it: Sunday Times: Cousins meets with Mick Malthouse
Monday Demetriou: Way is clear for Cousins to return
They said it: Paul Roos: I was disgusted
Adelaide find: Kurt Tippett: Basketball covert shows promise
Tuesday Melbourne's CEO: Paul McNamee and Michael Conlan vie for post
MWB: St Kilda's remarkable pre-season climb back
Wednesday Demons suspend and fine Colin Sylvia
Blues will miss Andrew Walker for three months
MRP dismiss three charges
David Wojcinski has finger surgery
Tigers ink Shane Tuck to new two-year deal
Port cops $3000 fine for 19th player
Victorian Government adds $3.4m to Frankston plan
North Melbourne membership tops 2006 record
AFL nears introducing third boundary umpire
They said it: The Mercury: Tassie wants AFL team
Thursday Combined club profits top $26.8 million;
Club revenue up 15 per cent to $512.7 million
Warren Tredrea stays as Port captain
Riewoldt made solo captain of St Kilda
Danny Jacobs hangs up the boots
Does pre-season form carry over; *Night* premiers record in Round 1
TAB Sportsbet: betting on Round 1
League names five new umpires
Melbourne: nomadic training existence to end;
Demons eye Casey Fields at Cranbourne

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D-08-Mar 01 Footystats Diary, Week 616, February 29-March 6, 2008
Friday Ricky Quade retires from Sydney board; last official link with South
Fevola admits to speeding past school
Comment: Guarding Australian football – our national game
> Soccer has no God-given right to be called "football"
Team photo gives glue to next Magpie skipper
Ricky Nixon pursues crack Irish junior
Prestigiacomo out for eight weeks
Saturday Annual Report: Revenue up 34 per cent to record $285 million
> Record $26 million profit before distribution to clubs
> Record $179 million distribution up $29 million on previous year
> Salary package to Andrew Demetriou totalled $1.4 million
NAB Cup: Late goal to Armitage puts Saints into playoff
Lights out for both Dogs and Demons in Bendigo
Cats easily account for Brisbane at Carrara
Injuries tarnish Tiger win over Swans
Experienced Eagles make short work out of Blues
Sunday Burton shines in Adelaide's win over Hawks
Port cruise home against Magpies
North's blistering finish flattens Dockers
Error denies supergoal for Tyson Edwards
Monday Prospects dim as Beau Muston awaits scans
Sydney lose Peter Everitt from opener
No action by League against Paul Roos' comments
Thumb injury sidelines Jess Sinclair
Mark Williams sells final 12 idea to AFL
Tuesday MWB: 48th *night GF – what part will *8* play?
Third knee operation await Muston
MRP: Robertson charge dismissed; Davey, Proud and Black booked
They said it: Demetriou backs investigation of Paul Roos' comments
They said it: Mike Sheahan: rewriting footy history
Wednesday Brock McLean dumped from Demon leadership group
Paul Roos to face match-fixing charges; Roos up against a Kangaroo court
MRP: No tribunal required as trio accept MRP penalties
Thursday Footy's 150th year: AFL plans mega-turnout for 150th birthday
Sydney wait on results of AFL hearing
Sam Newman operation for prostate cancer
Demons' apply 1am curfew on bars and nightclubs
Dockers travel in style to Noarlunga

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D-08-Feb-04 Footystats Diary, Week 615, February 22-28, 2008
Friday NAB Cup: Saints rest Steven King from Geelong clash
AFL stops Brisbane lifting drink-driving ban
New AFL video will provide guidance for players
Costs may force NIRS to cut footy broadcasts
Saturday NAB Quarter finals: Dream start continues for Matthew Knights
Geoff Leek dies, aged 76
Rhett Biglands undergoes second knee reconstruction
Cousins withdraws from Mundine's undercard
Jarrad Grant: From Stingrays to the real things
Salesman sacked for stalking Aaron Hamill
Sunday St Kilda clip Geelong by five points in Canberra
Three reports take gloss off solid Hawthorn victory
NAB Cup and practice match details
Monday Crows eclipse the Dockers and through to the semi's
NAB Cup Week 3 matches and results
Tuesday MRP: Campbell Brown faces two match suspension
Eagle and Sydney rookie latest knee casualties
Sydney Swans to sponsor netballs' NSW Swifts
Comment: Proud to fight the Australian way
Tattersall's dump Tipstar tipping competition
AFL game at Albany sets regional template
Wednesday MWB: Worst recent performers have made the NAB semi's
Brown and Waite accept MRP penalties
They said it: Mike Sheahan: Amazing surgery may see Malceski back in May
Risky Malceski surgery banned in France
They said it: Roy Masters: AFL imperialism doomed to failure
Brian Lake has minor hip surgery
AFL will "wait and see" on outcome of soccer bid
Tissot takes timekeeping to high-tech level
Thursday International Rules: Decision to revive series likely mid-March
They said it: AFL expansion: Barassi wants four Sydney teams
Jakovich replaces Mainwaring on select panel
Simon Black, Jonathan Brown back for Lions
MWB: Fremantle's even performance against Crows
Port Power ink three youngsters to new deals
Brownlow Medal count to stay on Monday night
Soccer: EPL sidesteps FIFA showdown

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D-08-Feb-03 Footystats Diary, Week 614, February 15-21, 2008
Friday West Coast review finds club failed miserably to change culture
Catalogue of 35 incidents in six years
Assaults, drug abuse, underworld connections
Bulldogs ban Liberatore after SEN outburst against Campbell Rose
They said it: The Australian: End of the line for Cousins US rehab site
Brisbane's Beau McDonald retires
Umpire Darren Goldspink hangs up the whistle after 19 seasons
Saturday NAB Cup: Tigers no match for young St Kilda outfit
Bulldogs edge out North in Darwin
Carey fails to appear in Florida court
They said it: The Age: AFL to add two new teams within four years
Fitzpatrick warms to hot seat
Kangaroos lead #18 in the cupboard
Administrative error costs Saints $10,000
Sunday Potent Cats flatten the Demons
Promising start by Carlton to edge out Port
New Bomber game plan clips the Lions at Carrara
They said it: Herald Sun: Clubs and fans vow to fight AFL expansion plans
Monday Hawks down Swans by two points
Knee injury dampens Freo's win over Eagles
Sydney set to lose Nick Malceski for season
They said it: The Age: Shareholders' gesture gifts North to members
Tuesday Demetriou: Expansion plan is not a bluff
The Gillard Report: League awaits West Coast response
Knee injuries end season for Hasleby and Malceski
Cracked fibula sidelines Farren Ray
MRP: Reprimands accepted by Jack and Harding
They said it: The Age: Sydney call 'too early': Bob Skilton
Brad Fisher breaks thumb; out for eight weeks
Wednesday Chris Judd appointed captain of Carlton
Steve Johnson loses driving licence for 12 months
Geelong star Peter Pianto dies
They said it: The Age: Bombers set to win $7.5m deal
League opposes Nixon's ambitious Irish plan
International Rules: Dubai talks with GAA point to stronger penalties
Thursday Geelong take out another two awards
They said it: The Age: Arocca and North put down roots
Terse memo reminder; Clubs told of expansion plans last November
Lachlan Pryor, second NSW scholarship player taken by Kangaroos
Stealing medical records: Pair appear in Heidelberg court

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D-08-Feb-02 Footystats Diary, Week 613, February 8-14, 2008
Friday League reallocates NAB Cup prize pool
Hard-working Swan Barry Rogers dies, aged 69
Luke Ball stands down from, St Kilda captaincy
Saturday West Coast post record operating profit of $6.6 million
They said it: Subiaco to get new $1.1 billion stadium by 2014
Seven invest heavily for Dubai telecast
Sunday NB Cup: Crows desert the Magpies in Abu Dhabi; match details; trivia
Daniel Kerr suffers hamstring injury
Monday Lloyd doubtful for NAB opener against Brisbane
Kerr to miss Eagles pre-season campaign
Sydney hand coveted #14 jumper to Craig Bird
Tuesday Port to miss Brendon Lade for two weeks
Hawks to rest Dew from Launceston match
Swans expect Everitt will miss opener
Bill Hart, NSW stalwart passes, aged 82
Wednesday Brisbane to go with four captains
Nathan Thompson a chance to return
Bulldog "Hilton" plans take shape
MWB: NAB Cup: Head-to-head for the First Round
TAB Sportsbet update: The Final 8
Protest from 2006 brings subtle rule change
David Dunbar to Melbourne as innovations coach
Thursday AFL hail PM's Indigenous apology
Heat concerns bring NAB Cup changes
Craig Bolton named new Sydney co-captain
Ireland players to be targeted
David Schwarz to Bulldogs as forwards coach
Arson claims historic Frankston grandstand

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D-08-Feb-01 Footystats Diary, Week 612, February 1-7, 2008
Friday Gold Coast: 17th club not feasible until 2011
League ignores clubs on NAB interchange
Scarlett heads Geelong's injury list
MWB: Premiership odds from all over
Lengthy St Kilda-Thomas fight heads to court
New Carey twist: US bounty hunter on the prowl
AFL execs sign the pledge for *FebFast* campaign
Saturday Changes for 2008 Tribunal; Melee instigator fines increased;
>Action on those who fail to co-operate
Dutch lighting rigs arrive for Docklands
Rhett Biglands suffers another knee injury
Sunday Carlton's $18 million plan to revitalise Princes Park
New deal sets Dean Cox up for life
HDTV: The Superbowl's most valued player
Monday Exhibition match in South Africa; Blues look better; Freo promising as ever
NAB Cup: Early planning for pre-season series
19-year-old footballer drops dead in weekend training camp
Tuesday Steve Harris resigns Melbourne's CEO post
AFL elevates 12 to life membership
Knee injuries ground Cameron Bruce and Nic Fosdike
They said it: Scot Palmer: Scotch and Brown
Wednesday North Melbourne add important Vodaphone link
Hawks go far and wide across Tasmania
MWB notes where and when in UAE on Saturday
Freo coach Mark suggest suggest place for South African rookies
Thursday Cousins limited answers to three questions
Magpies aim to repair Irish links
MWB: Game in UAE is 5th overseas pre-season start
Dean Cox signs four-year deal with Eagles

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D-08-Jan-04 Footystats Diary, Week 611, January 25-31, 2008
Friday Nathan Carroll dropped for two NAB games
"Boomerangs" head for South Africa
Polo field in UAE made ready for NAB Cup game
AFL to host GAA and resume international talks
Race to have Carrara ready
They said it: Leonard Colquhoun ferrets out Ben Buckley's soccer spin
Saturday Neale Fong resigns over WA crime and corruption findings
WAFC stands by its chairman
Monday Wayne Carey questioned over police assault
Clubs warned on increases to drug tests
Carlton warns players on safety measures in South Africa
Tuesday Eagles fine and suspend rookie Chris Masten
They said it: The Australian: Carey's career hangs on police charges
Wednesday Carey now faces assault charges in Miami
Nathan Buckley to replace Carey at 3AW
Chris Masten to face police disorderly behaviour charges
North Melbourne's Nathan Grima is first major ACL victim
Thursday They said it: The Age: Carey: debate on Hall of Fame suitability
Geelong first to wear special premiership badge

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D-08-Jan-03 Footystats Diary, Week 610, January 18-24, 2008
Friday Geelong's Steve Johnson booked at 128 km/h
David Neitz to lead Demons for ninth season
Trevor Sprigg dies suddenly
Russell Robertson – now a TV singer
Leigh Matthews plumps for 20m kick as minimum distance for mark
Footystats comment: Meddling again where it isn't needed
Saturday North Melbourne land Eugene Arocca a new CEO
Brisbane post strong pre-season membership sales
Geelong may have to limit membership numbers
Tuesday Focus turns to South Africa as new season looms
Wednesday Steve Johnson: Cats impose penalty of 50 hours community work
Gavin Bell gets development coach role with West Coast
Bulldogs add Matthew Boyd and Dale Morris to leadership group
Thursday Blues name six in leadership group
Sam Kekovich calls for 7-day *lamb-a-thon*

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D-08-Jan-02 Footystats Diary, Week 609, January 11-17, 2008
Friday They said it: Herald Sun: Service on Tuesday to praise Clinton Grybas
Saturday They said it: AFL website: New Kangaroo sponsors imminent
Sunday Neale Daniher takes AFL technical coaching spot
Tuesday Kane Johnson to captain Richmond a fourth year; Newman, Foley deputies
13-month-old son is best man to Sydney's Spida Everitt
Magistrate bans Port's Nathan Krakouer from driving for two days
Wednesday Sports identities mourn the death of Clinton Grybas
Trial rules for NAB Cup; League experiments with limit on interchange
Thursday They said it: Herald Sun: NAB Cup interchange caps will strip stars away

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D-08-Jan-01 Footystats Diary, Week 608, January 4-10, 2008
Sunday Clinton Grybas dead at 32; Tributes flow for top commentator
Len Dockett dies, 87
Monday They said it; Herald Sun: Clinton Grybas's wedding hope revealed
Tributes from Caroline Wilson and Mike Sheahan
Tuesday Pressure too much for Nathan Ablett
They said it; The Age: First Brownlow sold for more than $300,000
Daniel Chick to play on with WAFL's Subiaco
Thursday Drink-driving charge costs Collingwood $500,000
Kangaroo pair ready to spring into action
AFL still searching for ground in Dubai
Daniel Giansiracusa escapes knee reconstruction
Bulldog player changes surname

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D-08-Dec-04 Footystats Diary, Week 607, December 21, 2007 to January 3, 2008
Friday
Dec 21
They said it: The Age: Gold Coast market isn't ready for AFL push
Fremantle's record profit of $1.539 million
Carrara's round 4 game moved to MCG
Saturday
Dec 22
Sydney on revenue lift profit by $1.531 million
Telstra goes full distance at Docklands until 2010
Hawks keep pressure on Clarkson
They said it: Herald Sun: Cool response to AFL's Gold Coast plans
TAB Sportsbet odds for 2008; Richmond facing wooden spoon again
Port Adelaide re-sign Warren Tredrea to one-year deal
Sunday
Dec 23
They said it: The Age:
Brisbane's Travis Johnstone will cost Melbourne $200,000 next season
They said it: Sunday Herald Sun
Ben Cousins' special Christmas message to media
Sunday
Dec 30
They said it: Sun-Herald
Overhaul to reaction of off-field incidents
Worth repeating: The Age:
Teamwork goes for goal: peace (Israel v Palestine)
Monday
Dec 31
Worth repeating: The Age:
Happy anniversary: Paths of history intersect for 150th
Tuesday
Jan 1
When your club resumes
Record high temperatures end Melbourne's 2007
Wednesday
Jan 2
Carlton's Jarrad Waite suffers facial injuries

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D-08-Dec-03 Footystats Diary, Week 606, December 14-20, 2007
Friday Glenn Archer wins inaugural AFLPA Madden Medal
They said it: AFL.com.au: Brendan Murphy awarded Barassi scholarship
Kangaroo members will regain control of club
Barassi: Kangaroos should have moved
Hawthorn museum opens at Waverley Park
Saturday They said it: West Australian: Geoff Lewis rounds out new Kangaroo board
Hawks retain HSBC sponsorship until end of 2009
They said it: Herald Sun: Sports science continues to kick goals
Bill Sanders stays another year as Adelaide chairman
Shoulder surgery for Danny Daniher; VFL alignments for 2008
Sunday They said it: Sunday Times: West Coast get back to basics in South Africa
Bendigo to host NAB Cup match
Tuesday AFL Commission has a lot on its plate
Port honour Allan Scott and Chad Cornes
They said it: Gale & Demetriou deny Crikey version of cafe conversation
Sydney resurrects No.14 for new comer
Nick Stevens gets all-clear
Wednesday Carlton: Pratt stays; board returned unopposed
They said it: Herald Sun: Perth to get new 60,000-seat stadium
TAB Sportsbet – 2008 Brownlow betting; the top 25
Two clubs elevate Neale Daniher to life membership
ARU after loss of $4.7 million scraps one-year-old oz-wide 8-team comp
NRL moves grand final back to 5pm start
Simon Madden takes on Saints as ruck coach
Life members rewarded by clubs at many AGM's
Sweeney Sports Report serves up tennis shock
Thursday They said it: The Age: Thomas, Saints in stalemate over payment dispute
North hit 12,047 members in pre-Christmas surge
Craig Bolton gets $10,000 for his Street Swags

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D-08-Dec-02 Footystats Diary, Week 605, December 7-13, 2007
Friday AFL $100 million Gold Coast offer rejected
Kangaroos vow to stay Victorian-based
Club to be renamed back to North Melbourne
They said it; Herald Sun: NRL says AFL misses the Gold rush
Port Adelaide posts profit of $927,626
NRL considers returning grand final to afternoon format
AFL Northern Territory push for SANFL or WAFL inclusion
Bulldogs appoint James Fantasia new football department head
Saturday
Sunday
AFL moves on with expansion of 17th club
North-Kangaroos snare return of Denis Pagan
AFL looks to 18th licence for western Sydney
The Age: Revealed: Kangaroos' $2 million sponsor
Pre-season draft will be over in minutes
Surgery for Peter Everitt; Betts has appendicitis
Monday Sydney chairman makes it plain; No new Sydney team before 2015
Population remains "significantly disinterested"
Tuesday One of the great unfathomable decisions
NSW footy give Craig Davis the flick
Seven Network ink Nathan Buckley
Hawthorn complete arduous Kokoda Track journey
Wednesday Rick Aylett resigns suddenly from Kanga CEO post
They said it: The Age: AFL rip Kangaroos out of Carrara
Bulldogs get Welsh; David Gourdis is No.1 rookie
New deal opens windows and doors for St Kilda
Demetriou defends drug policy
Tassie to revive State Premiership
Thursday Master plan for Carrara unveiled
Demetriou presses for $200 million upgrade; ready by 2012
They said it: The Age: Branding backtrack as Kangaroos name stays
NAB Cup games revised
Telstra passes Homebush baton to ANZ Bank
Pagan back at Arden Street as football director
Adelaide post $2.2 million profit
Door open for return by Cousins to WAFL
They said it: Herald Sun: Lions want impact assessment on second club
Richmond appoint Jeff Bond to Learning and Development
Simon Goodwin to captain Adelaide
Collingwood aligns with women's netball team – Melbourne Vixens

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D-08-Dec-01 Footystats Diary, Week 604, November 30-December 6, 2007
Friday Bulldogs post record cash profit of $534,214
Father slams Ablett's drug death remorse
Permission to train – Thursday update
They said it; The Age: Malthouse joins Pies' 10-year-club
Paul Roos wants player behaviour tightened
Saturday West Coast officially delist Cousins
Richmond to gain new $10m facility at Craigieburn
Geelong's Nathan Ablett takes "time out"
Wirrpanda listed in top 10 indigenous Australians
AFL investigations of West Coast will be lengthy
They said it: Greg Baum: Galaxy not worthy of star treatment
Sunday Worth repeating: Laws of the Game Committee findings on 2007
The Age: Kangaroos will post modest profit of $114,000
Tuesday Kangaroos involved in weekend incidents
Anthony Rocca ready after off-season groin surgery
Tigers poach long-time Melbourne recruiter
VFL Pies and VFL Blues to share Princes Park
Adrian Fletcher back coaching with Brisbane
Carlton farewell George Harris
Wednesday Community Camps: Focus on progress in South Africa
Visits by Eagles, Dockers, Blues and Magpies
2008 Community Camp locations
Collingwood board returned unopposed
West Coast name deputies to Darren Glass
Wicket Sleepers: AFL now takes it one year at a time
Umpires Brett Allen and Derek Woodcock retire
Danny Frawley declines Bulldog head of footy post
Thursday No changes to rules – but ...
Interchange limit may be tested in NAB Cup
Evidence shows use has risen 234% since 2000
Gold Coast decision expected today
Paul Broderick replaces Nathan Burke on MRP
Adelaide to change "away" jumper

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D-08-Nov-04 Footystats Diary, Week 603, November 23-29, 2007
Friday Collingwood launch radical Queensland plan
Kangaroos get space to consider alternatives
They said it: Paul Roos slams "ridiculous" draft system
Essendon and Richmond post record profits
Saturday 2007 Draft: Kreuzer to Carlton; Tigers get Cotchin
St Kilda regain Fraser Gehrig with pick 57
Kangaroo fans show defiance against move north
League: rulebook to be left alone
Sunday They said it: Sunday Herald Sun: AFL to probe Chad Fletcher collapse
Labor Party wins federal election with 5.6 per cent swing
Monday Printing glitch causes AFL embarrassment
Sheedy fast-tracked to Bombers' Hall of Fame
Tuesday Kangaroos face Gold Coast ban
AFL confirms May 10 All-Star match at MCG
Leon Davis suffers broken jaw in hotel attack
George Harris dies; a leviathan of Carlton FC
They said it; The Australian: AFL sponsors really get a guernsey
Time changes to some 2008 games – detailed
Wednesday Carlton reports first profit since 2003
They said it: West Australian: Fletcher questioned in Eagles player probe
They said it: Herald Sun: Cornes and Moss rubbish "Dream Team" concept
Permission to train update – detailed
Thursday Bulldogs hand No.3 jumper to Andrejs Everitt
AFL investigator continues West Coast interviews
WA fitness guru goes to the Devils
Your thoughts – Kathryn Michaelsen: AFL on a thrashing to nothing
James Hothersall – "scurrilous to suggest the 1858 game was rugby"

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D-08-Nov-03 Footystats Diary, Week 602, November 16-22, 2007
Friday Kangaroos move closer to Gold Coast decision
Brisbane Lions post profit
Mark Williams: many clubs interested in Cousins
Boxing match off before it started
Saturday
Sunday
Kangaroos: Gold Coast sticking point is the stadium
They said it: The Age: $100m for Kangaroos to move
Premiership lifts Geelong profit to $1.87 million
Melbourne launches new logos; sans Demons
Monday Facing the future: Cousins appears today before AFL Commission today
Answers awaited to many questions
Dons invite Jarrod Atkinson to train
Barry Hall steps down from Sydney co-captaincy
Tuesday Conduct unbecoming; Commission suspends Cousins for 12 months
Guilty of bringing the game into disrepute
MWB: A lot of names; a whole lot of talent in draft
Sydney press stick the boots in again ...
"AFL's first game was rugby" – you be the judge ...
Wednesday Nathan Buckley takes up youth development role
No charges for Cousins from LA cocaine incident
AFL adds two new faces to Commission
Huge Magpie profit for 7th-straight year
Finals lift Hawks into big new profit
Commission confident clubs will vote for 17th club
Tassy Statewide concept still up in the air
Sheffield soccer club reaches 150th anniversary – oldest, details
Thursday St Kilda confirm 2010 move to Frankston
Stay-at-home Kangaroos get "white knights"
Gehrig nominates for draft in surprise move
40 formerly listed players nominate
Cousins may still sue Eagles over sacking
If Kangas stay Pagan is likely new board member
Rhett Bartlett launches Richmond – A Century of League football

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D-08-Nov-02 Footystats Diary, Week 601, November 9-15, 2007
Friday They said it: The Age: League sanctions to back up drugs inquiry
Review of Bulldog operations impacts on Eade
Cousins spends time at The Sydney Clinic
QC heads defence to AFL charges on November 19
Knights stresses Bombers "will be fit"
Permission to train given to 61 players – detailed
Saturday
Sunday
Cousins' LA cocaine binge; West Coast launches own independent survey
West Australian
warns more damaging revelations expected
Cousins may face US criminal charges
Darren Glass appointed new West Coast captain
Monday Big changes to pathway program; Under 16 focus on eight new academies
TAC Cup moved aside as youth takes spotlight
Paul Licuria to set up Pies' VFL side
Melbourne cast out the Demons
Services for George Grljusich
Tuesday Seven added to training lists
Disappointed Whitnall confirms retirement
Josh Fraser captures new three-year deal
Kangaroos set two-season alignment with VFL Werribee
Hyundai commits to three-year sponsorship with Carlton
Chris Jud to wear number 5 jumper with Blues
Wednesday Another embarrassing WA blunder;
Police apologise to Cousins as charges dropped
The Age: Cousins team ready to fight
AFLPA launches Madden Medal to honour retirees
Scott Welsh splits from Adelaide
Kangaroo decision unlikely before Christmas
Geelong fan becomes unlikely gay icon
Thursday Suggested move to Gold Coast; AFL finally deliver a proposal to Kangaroos
Ben Cousins aims to continue footy career
Awarded further $2000 in costs on bungled charge
They said it: The Age: Deacon Blue a work of art – Bert Deacon, 1947
2008 International Cup to be held August 27 to September 5 in Melbourne

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D-08-Nov-01 Footystats Diary, Week 600, November 2-8, 2007
Friday Kanga hybrid Gold Coast plan rejected – the reasons
Bryan Cousins: "Media fabricating stories about my son"
Port and Bulldogs add coaches
600th week of Diary on Internet
Can "Our Ben Cousins" be far away?
AFL prepared to spend millions to secure Gold Coast foothold
Second team in Sydney is *pie-in-the-sky* stuff
Geelong aim for respect to become great
Saturday
Sunday
Bringing the game into disrepute; AFL lays charge against Ben Cousins
Notice to appear before Commission on November 19
Cricket Australia announces "two strikes" drug policy
The SCG adds three metres
James Hird in 2004 is most recent to be charged with similar offence
Richmond secure new two-year sponsorship of Dick Smith Electronics
Essendon appoint Ray Gunston as new club director
AFL Tasmania have plans for 2011
Shaun Hart runs for Senate as Family First candidate
Wordage of rule under which Cousins has been charged
Monday They said it: The Age: Blues plan to keep Pratt at the helm
Tuesday Blues take Lappin in coaching role
Geelong's David Johnson escapes conviction
Game is over for Whitnall
Kangas to pipe jumpers with gold for Carrara games
Ashley Sampi starts pre-season with Melbourne
Jared Crouch runs in New York Marathon
They said it: Scot Palmer: Time to honour Wills
Wednesday George Grljusich dies, aged 68
Scott Thompson booked for dangerous driving
Thursday Cousins returns to Australia
Expected to continue rehabilitation in Sydney
Mokbel judge heads AFL probe in West Coast
MWB: Analysis – The draft, all the details

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D-08-Oct-04 Footystats Diary, Week 599, October 26-November 1, 2007
Friday Ben Cousins heads back to the United States
Pagan knew of Carlton plot to sack him
Ablett senior may face driving charges
They said it: Herald Sun: Bombers boss puts deadline on Knights
Memory Lane: Five clubs is the record
Saturday 2008 draw released: AFL draw fairer by the year – analysis
Bombers add Camporeale and Hickmott as coaches
NAB Pre-season Cup draw detailed; starts February 9
Curious reasoning for snub of Richmond League centenary
Sunday Cousins arrives in Los Angeles
The 2008 draw – more highlights and analysis
Profit forecasts start to emerge; Pies and Dons both expect $2 million
They said it: Scot Palmer: Smarten up, Ben
Tuesday Chris Judd trains lightly at Carlton
Harvey sees a place for Cousins at Fremantle
Coach regrets Pagan-Kouta fallout
"We are North Melbourne" to have their say
Peter Dean named newest assistant to Rodney Eade
Byron Pickett and Nathan D Brown return to SANFL clubs
Wednesday Eagles delist Sampi; Cousins retained
Kangaroos looking to Gold Coast compromise
Pub brawl costs Steven Lawrence $5000 fine
Thursday They said it: The Australian: Cousins yet to check into Malibu drug rehab
Kangaroos given 30 days to decide: AFL ultimatum threatens 17th license
Delistings, promotion:
Injuries force Justin Longmuir into retirement; Sydney promote three
Melbourne captaincy under review; will Demons replace Neitz

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D-08-Oct-03 Footystats Diary, Week 598, October 19-25, 2007
Friday Ben Cousins case adjourned to January 21
Former Eagle returning to Malibu for treatment
They said it: The Australian: Demetriou must get his hands dirty
Stuart Dew contemplates comeback – with Hawthorn
Saturday Extraordinary bungle: Cousins drug charge dropped
WA Police booking in error
They said it: The Australian: Cousins all dressed up but ...
Kangaroos searching for VFL link and a chairman
Joe Sellwood: 1937 grand final survivor passes
Richmond plan indigenous institute at Punt Road
Fevola forecasts Judd will take over Whitnall's captaincy
Demetriou (from Paris) proposes Brownlow as a Sunday event
Sunday Dockers add two more to coaching staff – Chris Scott, James Begley
Ireland-Australia talks bog down
Monday Footystats rolls on toward another season
WA Police launch review of Cousins campaign
Tuesday Court awards Cousins $50 costs
They said it: The Age: Pies say Kangas draft allowance a no-go zone
Delistings: Tigers cut Krakouer, Patrick Bowden
Dockers axe Walker and Haddrill
Freo ink Michael Prior as skills coach
Carlton's Jim Mooring passes, aged 90
Memory Lane: 50-goal games in League footy
Wednesday They said it: The Age: Probe puts Pratt's presidency in doubt
Kangaroos delist Trotter; upgrade two
Sydney signs Brisbane teenager to rookie deal
One more year for Bill Sanders as Crows' chairman
Bruce Kennedy: How long does it take to win a flag?
Memory Lane: Tony Lockett: 29 goals straight
Cricket heads to Footy Park for new grandstands at Adelaide Oval
Thursday Richmond snarling over games at Docklands
Jared Brennan gets new 3-year deal with Lions
Leoncelli appointed to Melbourne board
Memory Lane: Defending the premiership; task of starting new season
Bianco Building Supplies is new major Port sponsor
Sydney Swans reserves stay with Canberra AFL comp
Ben Cousins jets out of Perth – is USA the next stop?

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D-08-Oct-02 Footystats Diary, Week 597, October 12-18, 2007
Friday Trading slows as deadline approaches
AFL Commission to decide on Good Friday issue
Saturday MWB: The draft – all done; no last-minute deals
The trades, club-by-club – detailed
Commission rules out Good Friday change
Kangaroos at last sign new Laidley deal
Two more added to Carlton coaching squad
Club pre-season start dates
WJS Hammersley; a precious find from 1883 Sydney Mail
Sunday Carlton sack Whitnall; playing days are over
St Kilda sack Ken Sheldon a second time
Tuesday Essendon cull Mark Johnson and Kepler Bradley
Geelong promote Tom Lonergan and Jason Davenport
Gary Ayres to coach Port Melbourne
They said it: The Australian: AFL puts changes to bench on hold
Lance Whitnall to seek other medical opinion
Wednesday West Coast in crisis: Cousins charged with drug possession
Bailed to appear in court on Thursday
They said it: The Australian: AFL must deregister superstar
They said it: The Age: Eagles must sack Cousins
Barry Mitchell to coach Box Hill; joins Hawks' panel
Pratt admits to cheating public, faces $36 million fine
Thursday West Coast in crisis – Eagles sack Ben Cousins
Daniel Chick not charged but passenger booked for possession
Perth TV tells of Mainwaring's "cocktail of drugs"
Graham Duff steps down as Kangaroo chairman
Gavin Brown to coach Magpies VFL side
Matthew Carr and Shaun McManus re-sign with Fremantle
Geelong delist five; St Kilda cut four
Sydney sign Jude Bolton for another two years
Geelong ink Kane Tenace until end of 2009
Kelly O'Donnell joins Melbourne off-field team

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D-08-Oct-01 Footystats Diary, Week 596, October 5-11, 2007
Friday Mainwaring autopsy results awaited
Drug test shows Cousins returned clean sample
Paul Hasleby returns clean sample
Geelong: Ablett takes out Carji Greeves Medal
Peter Coatman: Kevin Sheedy farewells Windy Hill
MWB: Another record falls for Geelong
Bruce Kennedy: Releasing 44 years of tension
Collingwood follows Matthew Clarke path to sign another Irishman
Saturday Nathan Buckley retires; so does Paul Licuria
Andrew McLeod takes third Blight medal
Third Syd Barker Medal for Brent Harvey
Brett Kirk wins second Bob Skilton medal
Darren Glass takes out top West Coast award
Three players attract father-son nominations
Fraser Gehrig avoids conviction over pub brawl
Geelong fine David Johnson $2000 over nightclub incident
They said it: The Age: Blues' $500 million pokie deal collapses
Stephen Baker re-signs another three years with St Kilda
Revisiting the BIG ladder, 1997-2007 ... detailed
Sunday Sam Mitchell to captain Hawks in 2006; Luke Hodge vice-captain
Jonathan Brown beats Jed Adcock tio Brisbane best award
Kane Cornes takes out Port's John Cahill Medal for first time
Matthew Pavlich wins Fremantle award
Brad Sewell by one vote from Campbell Brown for Crimmins Medal
Monday Peter Bell to play on with the Dockers
West Coast honour Chris Mainwaring; best club award named after him
They said it: The Age: AFL players resist drug penalties bid
Trade week starts; the real haggling begins
Centrals win another SANFL premiership; sixth in eight years
Bulldogs re-new partnership with Williamstown
Tuesday Mainwaring farewelled at public memorial
Trade Week – Monday's merry-go-round
Richard Pratt admits to price-fixing deal with rival
Wednesday Little happens in second day of trading
They said it: The Age: Two-game start but origin dies
Bruce Kennedy: Geelong's premiership – in retrospect
They said it: Herald Sun: Sydney secure Andrew Ireland until 2012
West Coast takes Sydney scholarship player on as rookie
Glenorchy's KGV grandstand destroyed by fire
Shane Wakelin heads into a 15th season
Thursday Josh Kennedy agrees: Carlton nail down Chris Judd
They said it: The Age: AFL pressures Kangaroos over Gold Coast
Bill Rose passes
Brock McLean signs new deal with Demons
KGV grandstand to be demolished
Dean Laidley expected to sign two-year deal today

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ABBREVIATIONS
MWB: refers to resident statistical wizard Martin Windsor-Black
BruceK: refers to regular contributor Bruce Kennedy
AFLPA: AFL Players' Association
IR: International Rules
MRP: Match Review Panel
TPP: total player payments

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