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AFL Grand Final vs Yom Kippur

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In The Orthodox Jewish Guide to Following Australian Rules Football, David reflects on the history of Orthodox Jews’ efforts to follow the local sport that is played on Saturday/Sabbath. With the finals coinciding with the High Holydays in September each year, and this year the grand final taking place on Yom Kippur itself, the intensity is raised a notch or two. [Times of Israel and J-Wire] The follow-up article One Day, Two Grand Finals compares the…

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Hird’s lawyers going on “well-earned” family holiday

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James Hird’s senior legal advisors – lawyer Steven Amendola and barrister Peter Hanks QC – today announced they would be taking extended leave from legal practice to enjoy a family holiday. “Through this whole legal battle, and with all the work we’ve been doing, Peter and I and our families have become very close”, said Amendola. They have hired the 54m luxury yacht Maridome equipped with ten crew including a Michelin star chef and will…

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Yesterday’s Blues but tomorrow we will roar

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Firstly, I’d like to thank those friends who offered commiserations and/or asked how I was feeling after Richmond’s early exit from the AFL finals yesterday. It certainly made a pleasant change from those Carlton supporters (not all of them) whose instinctive response to victory is to gloat and rub the opposition supporter’s noses in it. Such behaviour puts them even lower than Collingwood supporters in the pecking order. Even newly elected politicians have the common…

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How to build an AFL team from scratch

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AFL fans have looked on in amazement as expansion team the Gold Coast Suns have, in only their third year of competition, broken through and are winning games at a startling rate for such a young team. The media has all but exhausted the clichéd headlines. In the meantime, Greater Western Sydney are in their second year and certainly expectations have now been adjusted for when they too will finally break through. Fortunately, offsetting these…

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One-kick Thrillers

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Michael Gleeson’s analysis of close AFL matches since 2009 makes some interesting points, but misses some very important ones. Strangely, the graphic ranks the teams not by their success in close matches, but by the number of close matches they have played. What does this actually measure? Does anyone really care (other than the AFL who want more thrilling finishes and bigger crowds)? Geelong has 18 – far ahead of  the next highest on 15,…

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Shul Conduct Review Panel

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A bizarre new sign went up in Yeshivah Shul this week The letter welcomes families to participate in the shul’s programs and services, and introduces a new children’s program. It then warns quite ominously: “Unfortunately, some children continue to remain unsupervised on Yeshivah grounds on Shabbos … we remind parents that their child must either be attending a program or under your supervision … The behaviour of some children .. is sakonas nefoshos … Reports…

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Coleman Impact Players

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Two AFL full-forwards this season have made a huge impact for their respective teams, and as at the end of Round 18, are locked together on 65 goals each (3.6 per game) in their race for the Coleman Medal. One is 33 years of age, and enjoying a new lease of life at his new team; the other is just 21, and against all expectations, has had a breakout year as a forward. Barry Hall’s move to the…

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Riewoldt’s Perfect Ten

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I was fortunate to be there on Sunday and witness an AFL full forward kick ten goals in a game for the first time in several years. As the game has changed, becoming faster and possession focussed, with far fewer big kicks to a contest, it is refreshing to see the emergence of a young power full forward who can do all the traditional stuff so well. Even more refreshing that he’s a Tiger! Jack Riewoldt…

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