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Trade Periods, Weddings and Holidays

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

The AFL trade period has been and gone . Free agent players may still be on the market holding out for the elusive better deal. Many players have transferred to new clubs for lucrative cash deals for both them, and their new clubs. Many players have retired or been delisted by their clubs which may mean forced retirement or cause them to seek a new playing position elsewhere.

Lions Sleeveless Guernsey

Lions Sleeveless Guernsey

Traditionally during  the holiday period players marry, travel, await the impending birth of family or unwind. After a short rest period training starts in earnest with a focus on the 2019 AFL Season.

GWS Giants Guernsey

GWS Giants Guernsey

AFL Football Fans who have followed their teams throughout 2018 pause from footy following or turn their attention to other sports traditionally played in summer such as cricket. 

 

saints

saints

Many retire their AFL jumpers, jerseys, guernseys for the year but not all do. It can be seen at gyms, on the beach, out shopping, visiting relatives and playing beach volleyball. If their team has had a successful 2018 campaign the jumpers, jerseys, guernseys are displayed proudly. If their team has had a lacklustre season loyal fans still wear the colours proudly, perhaps eliciting a comment from other fans or those with a keen interest in Aussie Rules.

power retro

power retro

The 2019 AFL Home and Away Season will see a new round of guernseys with new sponsors but a constant is the team colours and the unfailing loyalty to those colours of the diehard AFL fan.

Magpies

Magpies

Grand Final 2018

Monday, October 1st, 2018

The 2018 AFL Grand Final is over with Collingwood experiencing a devastating loss to the West Coast Eagles. The Magpies, having defeated both the Greater Western Sydney Giants, and Richmond Tigers in qualifying and  preliminary finals were hopeful of wining the 2018 Premiership Cup. Collingwood, initially displaying fierce tackling abilities,  excellent ball skills, superb marking and goal kicking ability, indicated that they would enjoy a successful day out at the MCG. They controlled much of the first quarter kicking the first five goals and winning the game at the first break with a lead of twenty nine points.

Eagles Clash Strip

Eagles Clash Strip

The dogged Eagles fought back and after a brilliant third quarter managed to go into the last break with scores even. The lead seesawed back and forth between the two teams during the final quarter.  100,022 loyal fans wearing their football jumpers, jerseys, guernseys were treated to a thrilling, action packed match. Ultimately the Eagles prevailed winning by five points.

GWS Giants Guernsey

GWS Giants Guernsey

The West Coast Eagles have now won four premierships, finishing the 2018 season in second spot on the ladder behind the Richmond Tigers. Their win broke a streak of five Grand Finals when Victorian teams had defeated interstate opponents. The Magpies finished in third spot behind the Tigers and Eagles.

Collingwood were brave in defeat, and after beating both Greater Western Sydney,

Magpies Jumper

Magpies Jumper

and Richmond to get to the Grand Final they were widely tipped to win the Premiership. Having been defeated by the West Coast Eagles in Perth for the first qualifying final they were strong contenders to win on their home ground of the MCG.

demons

demons

It was a thrilling contest and fans were treated to a great spectacle all wearing their football jumpers, jerseys, guernseys.

AFL Grand Final Week and Brownlow

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
GWS Giants Guernsey

GWS Giants Guernsey

AFL Football Teams, the Collingwood Magpies, and the West Coast Eagles will play off in the 2018 AFL Grand Final. The Brownlow Medal presentation was held in Melbourne last night, as is the custom for it to be presented to the years best and fairest player, before the Grand Final.

west coast footy jumper

west coast footy jumper

Hawthorn star Tom Mitchell has won the 2018 Brownlow Medal, beating Collingwood's Steele Sidebottom. The ceremony, held at Crown Casino, saw  the wives and girlfriends of players, affectionately known as WAGS, sashaying down the red carpet very elaborately dressed in designer couture.

young Dees jumper

young Dees jumper

There were no AFL football jumpers, jerseys, guernseys, in sight. The partners of AFL footballers have limited opportunity to participate in AFL functions so this very social night. It is a good opportunity for them to meet and greet and show off their frocks. A novel idea could be for them to dress in an amalgamation of discarded football jumpers, jerseys, guernseysRebecca Judd, Tanya Buckley and Nadia Bartel were among many who dressed up and commentated at the glittering event.

Magpies

Magpies

Excitement builds in both Victoria and Western Australia as the 2018 Grand Final approaches. The Grand Final Parade this Friday, the 28 September,  the day before the Grand Final,  promises to draw a big crowd.

 

Dogs Jumper

Dogs Jumper

The Collingwood fans will be in attendance wearing their black and white football jumpers, jerseys, guernseys. Many West Coast Eagles fans will fly in from Perth to watch their team play. They too will be packing their yellow and blue football jumpers, jerseys, guernseys.

tigers vintage jumper

tigers vintage jumper

Demons Finals Campaign

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

Jubilant scenes last night at the MCG as Melbourne beat Hawthorn to secure their place in the Preliminary Final. The Hawks, gallant in defeat, succumbed to the powerhouse Melbourne Demons who are focused on victory.

demons

demons

Fighting off a resurgent Hawks the Demons maintained their cool composure, fought off all the challenges the Hawks threw at them, and prevailed to run out comfortable winners.

 

demons

demons

Fans laughed, cried , danced and cheered their beloved Demons to victory. Jack, son of Todd Viney, the Demons Captain proudly led his team off the MCG amidst uproarious scenes of celebration all around the ground. In excess of 90,000 excited fans,  all wearing their teams football jumpers, jerseys, guernseys, roared their approval.

 

Giants

Giants

It has been a long time since Melbourne experienced AFL Finals success. Club stalwarts Ron Barassi and David Neitz were amongst the crowd of Demons faithful, wearing their  teams colours and joining in the celebrations. Its been eighteen years since they played in a Preliminary Final and they will venture to the West next week to take on an in form West Coast Eagles side.

 

Magpies

Magpies

Tonight the Greater Western Sydney Giants take on the Collingwood Magpies at the MCG. It too will be a fierce battle and whoever is the victor plays the Demons next week. Exciting times for footy fans and another big crowd is expected tonight, most wearing their football jumpers, jerseys, guernseys.

Giants Guernsey

Giants Guernsey

Finals Fever

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

The 2018 AFL Final Series has begun. Hawthorn were outplayed by the Richmond Tigers on Thursday night in the first Elimination Final . The Tigers appear on track to win another Grand Final. Fans were treated to a thrilling game in front of a capacity crowd at a packed  MCG.

GWS Giants Guernsey

GWS Giants Guernsey

Last night the Melbourne Demons turned on a powerful display of power footy to beat a hapless Geelong Cats  team. Jubilant fans and players were ignited with passion as the Demons faithful, wearing their football jumpers, jerseys, guernseys ,watched with delight as their team seized victory.

Melbourne Demons Jumper

Melbourne Demons Jumper

Today it is the turn of the Magpies to challenge an in form West Coast Eagles side over in Perth . Collingwood have travelled  but are confident of victory against the Eagles . The second elimination final is between the Swans and Giants being played in Sydney. Will they get a sell out crowd? In a city that predominantly follows NRL it will be an interesting marketing exercise for the AFL. Local loyal fans will be at the game wearing their AFL footy jumpers, jerseys, guernseys barracking loudly and hoping their team will be the winner.

 

proud 150th anniversary jumper

proud 150th anniversary jumper

Exciting times on and off the field and fans, spectators, commentators and the general public are loving the action. Teams not in the finals are rebuilding, letting players go, trading or watching older players retire. September is finals month in the AFL and already it is providing quite a spectacle.

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