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Practice Games (March 17-20)

THURSDAY MARCH 17

Richmond vs Carlton at Punt Road 4pm

Footscray vs Casey Demons at Whitten Oval 6pm

FRIDAY MARCH 18

Collingwood vs Sandringham at AIA Centre 4pm

Coburg vs Werribee at Highgate Reserve, Craigieburn 7pm

SATURDAY MARCH 19

Essendon vs Geelong at The Hangar, Tullamarine 11am

GWS Giants vs Sydney at Tom Wills Oval, Sydney Olympic Park 1pm

Brisbane vs Southport at Moreton Bay Sports Complex 1pm

SUNDAY MARCH 20

North Melbourne vs Box Hill Hawks at Arden Street Time TBA

Practice Games (March 11-12)

FRIDAY MARCH 11

Werribee vs Williamstown at Deakin Uni, Waurn Ponds 6pm

Casey Demons vs Richmond at Casey Fields 6pm

Essendon vs Coburg at The Hangar, Tullamarine 7pm

Frankston vs Box Hill Hawks at Linen House, Seaford 7pm

SATURDAY MARCH 12

Northern Bullants vs Port Melbourne at Parade College, Bundoora 11am

GWS Giants vs North Shore Bombers at Tom Wills Oval 2pm

*Will update if any other matches announced*

AFL sucker punch as entire league axed

From Queensland Times

Reported by Jason Otto

https://www.qt.com.au/news/afl-sucker-punch-as-entire-league-axed/4085212/

The AFL has pulled the rug out from under the nine NEAFL clubs on the day the entire second-tier competition was scrapped.

As the AFL endured a dark day where approximately 20 per cent of its staff found out they no longer have jobs, the news that the NEAFL will not return in 2021 was largely overlooked.

For the Canberra Demons, though, it was a sucker punch.

According to The Canberra Times, the club wasn't even told about the killing off of the league before the AFL sent out a press release informing them the decision had already been made.

Demons officials found out at the same time as reporters around the country did.

From the Frankston Standard Leader - www.localfooty.com

The Dolphins have done it!

Frankston on Sunday claimed its first win in the VFL in more than a year and its first under coach Danny Ryan when, sparked by small forwards Corey Rich and Yilber “Bella’’ Zijai, it defeated North Melbourne at SkyBus Stadium.

 

And the Dolphins did it in style, savouring a 16.14 (110) to 8.12 (60) victory in front of chuffed supporters.

 

VFL TIPS 2019

VFL TIPS 2019
This year will see the 20th running of the VFL tipping comp

The VFL tipping comp will start this weekend.
It will kick off with 2 Friday night games at Western Oval and Kardinia Park
Please forward email on to anyone that might be interested in the VFL tipping for 2019.
In the inaugural VFL tipping comp in 2000 Filesy won with 118 tips defeating Tim Donovan 113 with Hoffo in third spot on 112.
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From The Age

By Paul Sakkal & Daniel Cherny

The AFL is set to announce a marked increase in the amount of VFL curtain-raisers to be held before AFL matches in season 2019.

It's understood while curtain-raisers will definitely be played at Marvel Stadium, negotiations are still underway for curtain-raisers to also be played at the MCG.

The move represents a significant increase on the handful of curtain-raisers held in 2018, three of which took place at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong.

Port Melbourne 2019 coaching changes.

Retired Borough Champs Form 2019 Assistant Coaching Trio

They were each champions for Port Melbourne on the field, and now three of the club’s greatest ever will be hoping to make an impact together off the field.

 

Sam Dwyer, Shane Valenti and Robin Nahas have been confirmed by Head Coach Gary Ayres as the three-pronged assistant coaching team to aid Ayres in working with the 2019 crop of Borough players.

 

From sportingnews.com
Reported by LUCIE BERTOLDO

"I'm in good spirits. One door closes and another one opens."

De-listed Hawk veteran Brendan Whitecross has been thrown a lifeline, accepting a coaching role with North Melbourne.
 

The Kangaroos signed the former Hawk as a development coach and player for the club's VFL team.

Hawthorn announced last Monday that Whitecross and VFL teammate Kieran Lovell would not be offered contracts for next season.

MORE: GWS Giants' Shane Mumford likely to cop two-match ban if he makes comeback | Sydney Swans talking to delisted Geelong Cats forward Daniel Menzel

"Brendan will play an instrumental role in helping to develop our younger players," Kangaroos football manager Cameron Joyce said.

"He's always had great versatility, playing forward, back or through the midfield, which will be beneficial.

"He knows what it takes to be successful and work through adversity and will set a great example for our younger players coming through.

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