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The Multicultural AFL Football TV and Radio Show – Week 28 - GRAND FINAL!!

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The Multicultural AFL Football TV and Radio Show – Week 28 Finals week 4 - THE GRAND FINAL
By Fiv Antoniou 26/09/2019
The Brownlow medal count happened last Monday night and it couldn’t have been won by a more deserving player in Nat Fyfe, captain of the Fremantle Dockers. Nat blitzed the field towards the end beating some awesome company in the process such as Rodney Dangerfield and equal third players Lachie Neale and Patrick Cripps. This was Fyfe’s second Brownlow medal - the first coming in 2015. Congratulations to him for being a worthy winner and an inspiration to his teammates and supporters alike. His on-field leadership is invaluable to how the Dockers play. No doubt we will see more and more of this young man in the future and who knows, a third Brownlow!
I am dispensing with the post mortems this week and heading straight to the chase. Richmond take on theGWS Giants on the last Saturday in September, in the AFL Grand Final from the MCG. Richmond is making their 23rd appearance…

The Multicultural AFL Football TV and Radio Show – Week 27

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The Multicultural AFL Football TV and Radio Show – Week 27 Finals week 3
By Fiv Antoniou
19/09/2019
Last week the two semi-finals produced some mixed results with Geelong defeating the West Coast Eagles at the MCG to make the Preliminary final and the GWS Giants just pipped the Brisbane Lions to line up against the Magpies this week.
Like it or not the West Coast Eagles had their spirits subdued and it looked that way from very early in the game. The reason was probably Willie Rioli’s suspension due to allegedly tampering with his drug test specimen sample. The Eagles started that game on a flat note and were totally deflated by the last quarter.
Full credit to the Cats, they jumped the West Coast from the on-set and systematically unravelled them to win the game. However, the win did come with a caveat, in that Tom Hawkins got himself suspended for an indiscretion behind the play for striking the Eagle’s Will Schofield to the head.
On Saturday night Brisbane faced off with the GWS Giants …

The Multicultural AFL Football TV and Radio Show – Week 26

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The Multicultural AFL Football TV and Radio Show – Week 26
Finals week 2 By Fiv Antoniou
11/09/2019
I start on a sad note, on the unexpected and sudden tragic death of one of the AFL’s favourite sons, Danny Frawley. Our condolences go to his family, the St. Kilda Football Club, their fans, supporters, friends, sports journalists and his workmates at Foxtel. The man they endearingly called ‘Spud’ will be sadly missed by the AFL world!
Last week, the first round of finals footy had mixed results. Some favourites didn’t perform enough and others surprised with really poor performances. Suffice to say that the top two sides lost their matches, brings me to reflect on the unpredictability of results throughout the current season. The last time teams that finished 1st and 2nd on the AFL ladder both lost their opening finals games was in 1926!
What happened to the favourites at the top last week was no surprise. Geelong took on Collingwood in front of over 93,436 spectators and it could have been…

The Multicultural AFL Football TV and Radio Show – Week 25

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Finals week 1
By Fiv Antoniou 3/09/2019

Starting Thursday night, the 2019 Toyota AFL Finals series comes to life from Perth’s Optus Stadium where the West Coast Eagles host the Bombers in the first elimination final. The four finals matches this week are played from, Western Australia, Victoria, NSW and Queensland. Yes, only one game in Melbourne – Ouch! That must hurt the League’s box-office revenue stream because of the smaller interstate grounds.
In the meantime, congratulations to a couple of Blues: Patrick Cripps for his MVP and Sam Walsh for winning the Rising Star Award. In the last 5 years, the MVP winner has gone on to win the Brownlow Medal in the same year. News out this week heralded Brendan Bolton’s return to the Hawks as Director of Coaching, Jarryd Roughead joining the Saints in some sort of coaching capacity, strange - unless the Sainters name his ex-Hawk buddy, Brett Ratten as their coach next Wednesday - and Jack Steven has asked for a trade to Geelong! Brad Scott looks…

The Multicultural AFL Football TV and Radio Show – Week 24

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The Multicultural AFL Football TV and Radio Show – Week 24By Fiv Antoniou
28/8/2019


Here we are again at the end of a tumultuous AFL home and away season and ready for the most open finals series for many a year.
Round 23, the final fixture for 2019 kicked off last Friday night from the MCG with Collingwood dishing out a loss to a depleted Essendon outfit by 11 points the hard way (Magpies scored 11 behinds more than the Bombers). The win catapulted the Magpies into the top 4 ensuring them of a second chance final and as it so happens they play their final in Melbourne against the Ladder leaders Geelong the week after next. For Essendon, who finished with the lowest percentage in the 8, the road ahead is tough as they will have to travel to Perth in a couple of weeks to face off in an Elimination final with the Eagles at their home ground. However, take heed, the West Coast Eagles have yet to beat Essendon in any final.
At the SCG last Saturday, the Swans defeated the Saints by 45 points …

The Multicultural AFL Football TV and Radio Show – Round 23

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The Multicultural AFL Football TV and Radio Show – Round 22

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The Multicultural AFL Football TV and Radio Show – Round 22By Fiv Antoniou 14/8/2019Round 21 kicked off last Friday night from the Nation’s freezer, Canberra, with sub-zero temperatures and for the first time in the AFL’s history it snowed during the game. The most exciting thing was the snow falling on a poor performance by the Giants. What was more exciting, was the TV image of kids eating ice-cream while the snow was falling, but it didn’t bother Hawthorn as they demolished the Giants by 56 points. The rest of the games went the favourites’ way, except for the “under 11’s performance” by an Essendon side who could only muster 2 goals in 111 minutes of footy and losing to the Bulldogs by 104 points. Think that was bad - Take a look at North Melbourne’s embarrassing final score against the Cats: 1-8-14 points. One word for the Bombers and Roos: Pathetic! In other games, Collingwood won by 17 over the dismal Demons, Port Adelaide almost doubled the Swans score, while the Brisbane Lions…