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Allasandra and David Payne still dressed for winter


The bar is a little higher for Allasandra’s campaign kick-off after she rushed through her grades earlier this year, so trainer David Payne is a little cautious about the mare’s return at Rosehill today. It seems the four-year-old hasn’t quite shaken off her winter coat just yet, so Payne suspects …

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The count has credibility issues. What’s new?


Further back, Robert Dipierdomenico was a thigh-slapping shock when he tied with Sydney’s Greg Williams (1986). “I came for the free feed,” Dipper quipped. Tony Liberatore surprised in 1990. Melbourne’s Brian Wilson was another who came from the clouds in 1982 and whose career resume isn’t at the level of …

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Brisbane Lions’ unassuming fixture Ryan Lester


In round 14, he won his spot back, and wouldn’t let it go. On Saturday, he’ll be a walk-up selection for his first grand final. Lester is trusted by his teammates and coaches: he’s versatile, smart and unlikely to be fazed by big occasions. “He’s a good person, a really …

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Lack of venue robs Brisbane Roar fans of home final


In its submission to a federal inquiry into Australia’s preparedness to host the Games, Football Australia pushed for a feasibility study into an upgrade of Perry Park, at Bowen Hills, into a boutique stadium. That venue hosted the Roar’s quarter-final victory over Western Sydney Wanderers, with 3926 fans squeezed into …

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Round eight highlights the great divide in voting


“It’s the umpires’ judgment, and it is the fairest and best and that is what the AFL regard as their official award … so controversy is part of the Brownlow Medal … it’s not perfect but it is the best available option.” So voting is an imperfect science, and a …

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