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There is no doubting Thomas

By Dr Rod Gillett . Harvey Thomas always wanted to be an AFL player, but even he never expected it to be quite like this. Not easy, just a bit extraordinary for an 18-year-old from Wagga straight out of school

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GIANTS and Swans spread far and wide across city

On Wednesday, 27 March, the Sydney Swans and GIANTS will cast their rivalry aside to promote Australian rules football across Sydney. During Local Footy Week – where AFL clubs and players celebrate their connections to the grassroots – every available

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70 years since Pleasant Hills

At the 11th hour on the 27th day of March the tiny community of Pleasant Hills will gather at their community hotel to pay homage to the remaining five members of their last-ever footy team from 1955. The occasion will

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VFL bound: NSW/ACT umpires get the call up

By Josh Dunstall . Field Umpires, Bradley Stewart (AFL Sydney, pictured right) and Flynn Kelly (AFL Canberra, pictured left), have been officially appointed to the 2024 Victorian Football League field umpire list. On the eve of the Smithy’s VFL first

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AFL releases updated community concussion guidelines (March 2024)

The AFL has released updated guidelines on the Management of Sport-Related Concussion in Australian Football at all levels of the game outside AFL and AFLW. Access the detailed guidelines, which includes a dedicated section on the management of concussion in

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Come, try, and meet your heroes

To mark Local Footy Week, AFL, the GIANTS and the Sydney Swans are offering something special on Wednesday, 27 March 2024. Every available AFL player from the GIANTS and Swans playing lists will are headed out across Sydney to join

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Pre-game event: Sheedy v Colless

By Rod Gillett . Two great champions of our game, Kevin Sheedy and Richard Colless, will join together in conversation on Saturday, 23 March ahead of the Sydney Swans v Essendon match. All footy fans welcome. . Kevin Sheedy and

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Three umpires selected to national program

Three of the best women umpires across NSW and the ACT have been selected as part of Female Umpire Accelerator Program in 2024. The program recognises umpires who have been performing at the highest level in their local competitions and

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Youth footy coaches get more support with new resources

The AFL has launched an all-new set of free resources designed to help coaches of youth-aged Australian rules footballers. There are around 10,000 registered coaches of youth football teams with players in the 13-18 age range across Australia and the

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2024 AFL Concussion Protocols: Community football to adopt minimum 21-day return-to-play protocols

The AFL has announced important developments in relation to the return-to-play protocols in the concussion guidelines for all levels of Australian rules football.   For competitions outside AFL/AFLW of all ages (i.e. adult/open competitions and all junior competitions), the earliest

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