Now that the new franchises are established and order restored to AFL drafting, the competition shows all the signs of getting fiercer and tighter. Those young teams on the rise – such as Melbourne led by star ruckman, Max Gawn, will arrive with a rush. Bring on the season!
What is featured this month…
• It’s the ultimate club-by-club season preview! Every player’s pre-season formline, along with tipping points, ponderables, best 22s, betting odds and ladder predictions. It’s all here!
• Our experts make their usual wildly improbable predictions in the expectation that readers will have short memories... (if you’re a member at Barwon Heads Gold Club, you should be cheering for Fremantle to make the eight!)
• Pre-season is beset by a myriad of mindsets and needs, and thus should really be called the ‘me season’, according to former St Kilda champion, Nathan Burke. He explains why.
• Collingwood midfielder James Aish opens up about his move from Brisbane, being dropped to the VFL, what he needs to improve on and an eye-opening trip to Tennant Creek.
• Thirty years ago this month, a powerhouse joined the insular Victorian Football League. The rest is history. We delve into the background of the West Coast Eagles.
• Port Adelaide star Ollie Wines embodies a wholesale change of attitude at the Power. He chats about leadership, earning respect and how he was nearly axed last season.
• Which senior coach tried to get beds installed at the club’s training headquarters so that his assistants could burn the midnight oil?! Crackers Keenan reveals all.
• GWS forward Phoebe McWilliams is in the middle of living out a dream. She talks about her experiences thus far in the inaugural AFLW season.
• VFL clubs are under pressure as recruiters ring the changes. We take put the microscope on all the ins and outs in a VFL season preview.
• Who is going to challenge Peel? Is it Claremont? We run a rule over all the additions and subtractions in our WAFL preview.
• Can the Crows rise to the top of the tree? We preview all the action ahead in the SANFL for 2017.
• Everyone is trying to catch up to the Giants in the NEAFL? But who has improved the most? We check out the moves in our NEAFL preview.
• Long gone are the days when summer sessions comprised laps, sit-ups and kick-to-kick. Some leading local stars provide us an insight into pre-season at grassroots level.
• We Are Essendon, by Rick Edwards, is a new book that delves into how supplements saga tested the loyalty of the club’s most passionate fans. We take a look at some interesting excerpt detailing how the penalties cost the Bombers two future champions.
All this and more in the March issue of Inside Football magazine.
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