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2021 DRAFT

2021 AFL Draft - Every club's draft haul rated

ESPN's AFL draft expert Chris Doerre analyses each team's performance at the 2021 AFL Draft and grades how each team fared.

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2021 AFL Draft - ESPN's first round analysis

The first round of the AFL draft is complete, with plenty of surprises and intrigue. ESPN expert Chris Doerre assesses all the selections made during the opening round on Wednesday night.

Rebuilding Hawks the early winners from the AFL Draft




The evolution of the key position player

Every few generations in sport there is a 'height creep'. We are experiencing it right now in the AFL with key position players and ruckman, writes Chris Doerre.

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Geelong's mature age success - and why other clubs should use their blueprint

Geelong are routinely labelled as the 'retirement home' of the AFL, and have seemingly avoided using high draft picks for more than a decade. But given their consistent 'success', shouldn't that be the blueprint for building a list, asks Chris Doerre?



Analysing every club's trade and free agency dealings

With the AFL free agency and trade period now over, and the draft just around the corner, ESPN expert Chris Doerre has analysed every club's dealings and delivered his individual grades.

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Crows the clear winners from the trade period: Doerre


Round Table: Which team won the trade free agency period?

Our AFL experts debate the burning questions following the 2021 trade and free agency periods, such as which team 'won', and what the biggest surprise was.



Every AFL club's list needs ahead of 2022

With eyes firmly turning to the AFL free agency, trade, and draft periods, ESPN expert Chris Doerre has analysed every club's list needs ahead of a massive offseason.

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What every AFL club needs to do to contend in 2022

The Demons might have won the 2021 premiership, but 17 other teams are already looking to 2022. What does each club most need in order to mix it with the likes of the Dees next season? Rohan Connolly takes a look.


Round Table: Will the Demons become the next dynasty team?

Our AFL experts debate the burning questions following the 2021 Grand Final, including whether the Demons will become a dynasty side, Christian Petracca's standing in the game and what the Dogs must do.

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PODCAST: What happened to Petracca's 40th disposal?

Join Matt Walsh, Jake Michaels and Christian Joly from Champion Data for some of the best analysis and insight on the ESPN Footy Podcast.

Is Melbourne's Oliver-Petracca combo the best 1-2 punch in the AFL?

ESPN's Jake Michaels believes the Demons' heavy-hitting midfield duo of Clayton Oliver and Christian Petracca is the best combo in the league by some distance.


Should all players who play in a flag year get a medal?


Should the AFL look to the NHL for expansion draft ideas?


Should floating fixtures be used permanently in the AFL?

The ESPN Footy Podcast team debate the merits of a floating fixture, and if it should remain in a post-pandemic footy world.


Footy's weird quirks we've accepted as normal

After Geelong coach Chris Scott tripped over a fan, the ESPN Footy Podcast team discusses what 'footyisms' would seem strange to people watching for the first time.

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Stocks up, stocks down: Is Petracca now the best in the business?

Melbourne have broken their 57-year premiership drought. So whose stocks have risen and whose have plummeted after the 2021 AFL Grand Final?


The moments that mattered: A premiership quarter for the ages

Melbourne has ended its Grand Final curse after 57 years of heartache, claiming its first premiership since 1964. Here are the moments that mattered on an historic night in Perth.

Is Melbourne's Oliver-Petracca combo the best 1-2 punch in the AFL?




What I wish I knew before my first Grand Final

Nothing can prepare a young player for a Grand Final, Josh Dunkley writes. Going into his second AFL decider in six years, he says he's prepared mentally, and ready to soak up the occasion as his side hunts another flag.

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The worst part of playing professional sports

Most football fans would probably assume that losing an important game is the worst feeling a player can have. But, in terms of overwhelming emotion, I can tell you it doesn't come close to a serious injury.

Dunkley: A flag this year would be 'extra special'


Dunkley says Bulldogs' cross-country journey has 'galvanised' the group


Dunkley: Fans often provoke AFL players on nights out


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