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afl March 25, 2017

Power supplier: Brendon Ah Chee, 23, Australian rules footballer

Ah Chee? It’s a pretty unique surname. There were three Chinese brothers that came over here – this is going back a few generations – and there’s Ah Chees all over the joint because of them. I think one went over to the east...

afl February 11, 2017

Making history with the AFL women’s league

For the first time in 12 years, national football returned to Carlton’s Princes Park. Two hours before the ball-up, the surrounding roads were jammed. Thousands of fans approached on foot through suburban streets. The grassed...

afl September 10, 2016

Among Giants: Nick Haynes, 24, Australian rules footballer

We put no limit on how far we can get this year. The expectations were to make finals, and we’re going to go into every game in the finals thinking we can win. In saying that, we know it’s a long, hard road ahead. Obviously we...

afl June 18, 2016

Wanting it more: Aaron Vandenberg, 24, Australian Rules footballer

I really like the look of the new logo. I think they tried to modernise it this time, to connect with the younger football fans of Australia, I guess. But I reckon it looks really good. We’re trying very hard to connect our...

afl April 16, 2016

The whistleblower: Eleni Glouftsis, 23, AFL umpire

I’ve always loved footy. I grew up next to a football oval, watching footy and having a kick with my dad. Umpiring was just a great way to get involved. I started umpiring when I was in year nine, back in 2006, in my junior...

afl September 26, 2015

Defence department: Lee Spurr, 28, footballer

All the little things add up. There’s no one miraculous goal or one big tackle. It’s the little things, basics over the game. Having 22 contributors out there that consistently stick to the plan, and executing the game plan...

afl September 26, 2015

Adam Goodes’ bipartisan career ends but legacy will live on

Adam Goodes was misunderstood from the beginning. The Ballarat Rebel, #3308 in the AFL draft, had just kicked six goals in the under-18s VFL grand final. It lifted his profile among scouts. He was average height but lithe,...

afl May 23, 2015

The trailblazer: Daisy Pearce, 27, Australian Rules footballer

This is definitely a breakout year for women’s football. A lot of momentum is gathering behind the game. A lot of hard work has gone into it over a long period of time, but since the AFL held the first ever AFL women’s draft...

afl May 16, 2015

Mr Reliable: Steve Johnson, 31, AFL player

Life has changed a little bit since becoming a father; it’s definitely put a different perspective on football. I think when you play AFL you are so consumed by it, it’s everything. You prepare yourself to play, then there’s...

afl April 4, 2015

The captain: Bob Murphy, 32, footballer

My footy and my writing are pretty closely aligned. For better or worse. I tend to learn best from mistakes. Underlying all that is just sort of having a go. If there is a philosophy, it is to put it all down, take a bit of a...

afl April 4, 2015

The red-and-blackest day as Essendon players cleared

At 3am on Saturday, 250 members of the Essendon Football Club gathered at Windy Hill to board a bus. At 3pm, that bus will deliver them to ANZ Stadium in Homebush, where their full team will face last year’s grand finalists,...