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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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AFL and the Law of Relative Misery

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For those of you who have never heard of it (and for those who have) the “Law of Relative Misery” is best illustrated with the following story: One day at work, you are called in by your boss, who tells you that you are doing a fantastic job, and have just been granted a raise, and will now be earning $200k per annum. You return back to your desk, and tell your friend next to you of your…

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Much a-tank about nothing

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The annual news cycle for the The Age AFL news probably looks something like this: Period Story Pre-season big player moves, who will and won’t do well this year Round 2-4 who might actually do well this year Round 5-9 coach sacking speculation Round 10-14 coach replacement & re-signing speculation Round 15-16 Caroline Wilson concocts a story about nothing Round 17-18 annual tanking controversy Round 19-22 focus on finals And so, again, we find ourselves…

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