AFL will emerge from shutdown with 18 clubs, says Gillon McLachlan

“That’s our commitment over the next four, six, eight, 10 months, whatever it looks like, that we will have the same structure at the elite level. “There’s a whole lot of speculation going on about that and I’m not going to add to speculation,” McLachlan said when asked if mergers or relocations could take place in the long run. “It’s not something I’ve thought about or buying into. “Right now our task is to preserve our revenue streams, cut costs, raise liquidity, have a focus on the other side [of…

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AFL and club staff eligible for government bailout money

Club and AFL staff who have been stood down without pay would receive $1500 per fortnight, those whose pay had been cut drastically could have their pay topped up to that amount. The income support news comes as the AFL just secured a line of credit of about $600 million from the NAB and the ANZ banks to keep the competition and the clubs afloat after the season was shut down due to COVID 19. For a company to be able to receive the benefit, they must show a 30…

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‘Stunning’ move as AFL club bosses join ranks

He told The Age that the 18 senior club figures had taken a collegiate approach to ensure their survival. “The best thing that’s come out of this entire situation is the way the CEOs and the AFL have banded together. It’s been stunning,’’ Evans said yesterday. “It’s been completely the opposite to how it would usually be. Where you would protect the absolute intricacies of your program … this has been the complete opposite.” Reigning premiership CEO Brendon Gale will work alongside former colleague and now Carlton boss Cain Liddle…

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Real Footy podcast: AFL shutdown episode

Three flags over five years; premiers in 2007, 2009 and 2011. Geelong’s haul was an impressive one. But did the Cats reach their full potential? This week on the Real Footy podcast, Jimmy Bartel joins Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Caroline Wilson to talk about his brilliant AFL career, including the three premierships that Bartel believes got away. We get the inside word on Mark Thompson’s very brief instructions at quarter-time of the 2009 grand final that changed a game, and find out about the hardest game of football Bartel…

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Former big league corporate planner John Hennessy believes the unsustainable AFL has to plan for the ‘new normal’ and look ahead to 2100

“Each year for the last 50 years, there have always been several clubs – not always the same clubs – in financial difficulties. Their annual expenditure has significantly exceeded their income. “This is generally bad business management. But clubs chasing a flag or trying to keep up with the big clubs do silly things. Needs must.” In the 1970s, the $1 million Kerry Packer paid to stage World Series Cricket matches at VFL Park would be the salvation of poor clubs. “It was gone in a flash,” said Hennessy. Loading…

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Torquay Tiger Vlastuin keen to prowl again

Vlastuin is a keen surfer and he has been trying to get in the water to keep his fitness up but even that is proving difficult. The disregard of physical-distancing rules, with thousands laying on towels on top of one another at beaches, saw the car parks at his favourite surf spot at Point Addis closed. So he can barely get to the beach now, let alone get a wave. He doesn’t have weights or a gym at Torquay so he is stuck improvising with building materials in the backyard…

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SANFL’s Port Adelaide Magpies could fall victim to coronavirus

“We are committed to it in the SANFL, but we’ll have to wait and see. “The reality is we have to see where this lands, I don’t know how the SANFL is planning to move through it. “It’s too early in the conversation to fully understand what’s going to happen to football in general. Loading “There are going to be a lot of structural conversations in the next few months.” As with all AFL clubs, Port Adelaide was forced to stand down about 80 per cent of its staff last…

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Worsfold opens up on Cousins’ AFL downfall

“In the end we couldn’t align on those and there had to be a break.” Cousins, the 2005 Brownlow Medal winner and six-time All Australian, played 238 games for the Eagles before he was axed after being arrested on drug-related charges. Worsfold, who coached the club from 2002 to 2013 – a span that included the 2006 premiership – maintains he never saw Cousins under the influence of drugs. “Ben decided that, outside his professional time, in his personal time he needed to live a certain way,” he said. “All…

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Cousins sorry for West Coast fallout

“And the fallout from that has been pretty significant on the club. “So, it has taken a while since that time for the club to find itself back in a position like it is today.” Cousins was banned by the AFL for 12 months for bringing the game into disrepute soon after he was dumped by the Eagles. He went on to play 32 games in two years at Richmond before retiring at the age of 32 at the end of the 2010 season. Cousins’ life spun out of control…

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Saints are well-placed to survive

“I think the people around at the Saints are very caring people, very loyal and do their job very well so I think we’re really well-placed to get through this,” Ratten said. Loading “And it’s not one person that gets you through this crisis, and [chief executive] Matty Finnis is our leader at our football club, but it’s [as a] collective we get through … the final person or the decision is with the board, with [president] Andrew Bassat, but I think everybody down the food chain allows us to…

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