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2018 AFL Premiership Thread

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So I am watching the start of the women's AFL season on FS+. Games are pretty bad but that's to be expected because this is only the league's second year and the players are essentially pioneers. Carlton beat Collingwood in front of 20,000 fans yesterday, and anytime we beat them is a good thing. "We're the team that never let's you down/We are the team of old Carlton town!!!".

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Yeah, I really hope FS+ keeps airing the games, although I wonder if it's going to ESPN Plus...

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Cracking 1 point victory to Hawthorn over Geelong in the Easter Monday clash.

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Great match from start to finish. Swans/Port pretty handy too.

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The new stadium in Perth looks pretty great.

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Big win over the Bombers yesterday, come on you navy blues!!!!!!

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Managed to watch half of Essendon/Geelong last night.  Bombers up 44 at the half.  Might get to watch the second half tonight or tomorrow.  Having watched Essendon several times this year, I figure they're about 50/50 to hang on and win with such a small lead going into the third quarter.

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West Coast are top of the ladder after round 9, and a decisive win over Richmond. Would not have expected that, especially after losing the stadium opener to Sydney in Round 1.

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still feels like Richmond's premiership to lose, but there are a few contenders lurking/emerging

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10 hours ago, Cleavy said:

still feels like Richmond's premiership to lose, but there are a few contenders lurking/emerging

Question for you since you would probably be more plugged in than me: is there going to be a generational talent available in the next AFL draft because there's an excellent chance we are going to end up with the wooden spoon?

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10 hours ago, sabremike said:

Question for you since you would probably be more plugged in than me: is there going to be a generational talent available in the next AFL draft because there's an excellent chance we are going to end up with the wooden spoon?

apparently there's a few stand-outs.  Depends if Carlton are planning to trade pick #1 though, and/or if they apply for a priority pick on top of that.

here's a phantom draft, so this might give you an indication of the talent available.

http://www.afl.com.au/news/2018-07-05/afl-draft-phantom-form-guide-july-edition

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5 games decided by less than 1 goal in the round just completed, but the media is only talking about Andrew Gaff (from West Coast Eagles) breaking the jaw of a Fremantle Dockers player (and how many games he'll be suspended for).

 

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1 hour ago, Cleavy said:

5 games decided by less than 1 goal in the round just completed, but the media is only talking about Andrew Gaff (from West Coast Eagles) breaking the jaw of a Fremantle Dockers player (and how many games he'll be suspended for).

 

Wow he went Barry Hall on that guy!

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19 hours ago, sabremike said:

Wow he went Barry Hall on that guy!

and copped a similar penalty.  8 weeks

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I am a West Coast fan, and you can't argue that punishment. Still cannot believe he hauled off and decked him like that.

Three rounds left, and 12 teams still alive to make the eight. Hawthorn-Geelong should be a battle this Saturday.

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On 8/8/2018 at 8:16 AM, Dewar said:

I am a West Coast fan, and you can't argue that punishment. Still cannot believe he hauled off and decked him like that.

Three rounds left, and 12 teams still alive to make the eight. Hawthorn-Geelong should be a battle this Saturday.

and it was (as always).

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final round of the home & away season next weekend.  down to 9 teams in contention for the final 8 positions.

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WEEK 1 FINALS FIXTURE (All times AEST)

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 6

First Qualifying Final, 7:20pm at MCG

Richmond v Hawthorn

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 7

First Elimination Final, 7:50pm at MCG

Melbourne v Geelong Cats

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8

Second Elimination Final, 4:20pm at SCG

Sydney Swans v GWS Giants

Second Qualifying Final, 8:10pm at Optus Stadium

West Coast Eagles v Collingwood

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winner of the 2 qualifying finals get a week off

loser of first qualifying final plays winner of first elimination final in week 2.

loser of second qualifying final plays winner of second elimination final in week 2.

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The first round looks amazing.

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back to back crowds of around 91,000 for the opening 2 games.

Richmond too polished for Hawthorn in slippery conditions.

Melbourne were hungrier than Geelong.

 

sets up a Hawthorn vs Melbourne elimination final next Friday night, and Collingwood vs GWS elimination final next Saturday night.

Richmond vs West Coast seems to be the most likely Grand Final at this stage.

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WEEK 2 FINALS FIXTURE (All times AEST)

First Semi Final

Friday September 14, 7:50pm at the MCG

Hawthorn v Melbourne

Second Semi Final

Saturday September 15, 7:25pm at the MCG

Collingwood v GWS Giants

WEEK 3 FINALS FIXTURE (All times AEST)

First Preliminary Final

Friday September 21 at 7:50pm at the MCG

Richmond v Collingwood

Second Preliminary Final

Saturday September 22 at 3:20pm at Optus Stadium

West Coast Eagles v Melbourne

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and the Melbourne dream keeps going, into the preliminary final

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Collingwood upset Richmond in the prelim.  Didn't see that coming!

West Coast hammered Melbourne.

 

So Collingwood vs West Coast in the Grand Final next weekend.

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