Category Archives: The Roar

Back the grand final fairytale

Not for the first time ever, the AFL and NRL grand finals will each feature a Victorian and New South Wales’ side. The rivalry between the two states has always been strong. From which sporting code is better to who has the best food scene, Victoria and NSW just don’t get along. But this weekend…

Salary cap equality? Too little, too late

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan has confirmed salary cap concessions will be scrapped in 2017. Speaking on Fox Footy’s AFL 360 last night, McLachlan said sides like Greater Western Sydney, who have received concessions since their conception, will now have the “same salary cap as every other team”. According to the Herald Sun, GWS have…

Eddie will get Adelaide crowing

Eddie Betts is something special. You don’t have to be an Adelaide supporter to see it. His dazzling six-goal performance in last week’s elimination final win against North Melbourne set the tone for the offensively-minded Crows. In fact, their dynamic forward line has set the tone for the whole year. Adelaide finished the season as…

Will the Bulldogs’ five changes pay off?

The Western Bulldogs have recalled five stars for tonight’s elimination final against West Coast at Domain Stadium. Forward Jake Stringer will make his way back into the seniors after being dropped to the VFL for the last two rounds of the season. Stars Tom Liberatore, Jack Macrae, Easton Wood, and Jordan Roughead will also be…

Women’s footy fills in the bye round gap

A bye round between the AFL home-and-away season and the finals series is just plain wrong. It goes against what we’re used to. It simply zaps out the season’s momentum for the clubs and fans alike, leaving an awkward, hollow feeling in its wake. So it’s not a surprise that there is already discussion around…

Respect to the retirees, but the silly season starts way too soon

The final round of the 2016 home-and-away season has just started, and yet player movement is taking over footy discussion. With the Kangaroo cull, retirements galore, and a sneaky Jaeger O’Meara trade request, attention is far from the final exciting and influential round of footy. The North Melbourne situation definitely threw a spanner in the…

Dees ready to do the unthinkable and sneak into September

It’s the pointy end of the season and the Demons find themselves in an unusual position. Normally around this time of year, the Melbourne faithful are working out their September holiday plans. But in 2016, finals are still very much a possibility for the Dees. Shocking, isn’t it? In the last few rounds, they have…

Why we should be proud of the first ever Pride Game

This weekend is a historic one for the AFL, and Australian sport more generally. Saturday night’s match between St Kilda and Sydney will mark the first ever ‘Pride Game’. The inaugural match will celebrate the LGBTQI fans, players and staff working in the AFL community. “It’s a historic moment, not just in the AFL but…

Can the Saints spoil Boomer’s party?

It’s been a special week for Brent Harvey. This round, the North Melbourne legend will break the all-time games record, notching up his 427th match for the blue-and-white. While the attention has been deservingly on Boomer, there is still a game to be played on Saturday night. But it feels more important than just any…

West Coast are simply off the pace

The West Coast Eagles have been labelled flat-track bullies over the course of this season, and fair enough. After all, they have won eight out of their nine home matches at Domain Stadium. These wins have also predominately been against lesser sides, with the margins blown out in dramatic proportions. But travelling has proven a…