Digby Beacham’s AFL Preview: Grand Final

Richmond v Geelong, Gabba, 4.30pm For those believing this year’s premiers should have an asterisk next to their name given the complexities of the season, it is time to reconsider. Richmond and Geelong have advanced to the decider after both spending more than 100 days in a hub environment and… Read More

Digby Beacham’s AFL Preview: Preliminary Finals

FRIDAY Port Adelaide v Richmond, Adelaide Oval, 4.50pm Minor premiers, rested and chasing a premiership to honour the greats before them in the club’s 150th anniversary. That is Port Adelaide. As for Richmond, they are the reigning premiers and heading into hostile territory seeking entry to another grand final, which… Read More

Digby Beacham’s AFL Preview: Finals Week 2

FRIDAY Richmond v St Kilda, Metricon Stadium, 4.50pm Jubilation quickly turned to angst from St Kilda’s perspective following the pulsating elimination final victory over the Western Bulldogs. A season-ending hamstring injury to Paddy Ryder, compounded by the absence of Jake Carlisle (personal reasons) and Ben Long (suspension) for this showdown,… Read More

Digby Beacham’s AFL Preview: Finals Week 1

THURSDAY Port Adelaide v Geelong, Adelaide Oval, 5.40pm Pressure comes in many different forms. But regardless of how you dice it up, both Port Adelaide and Geelong are presented with undeniable pressure entering this match. The Power can propel themselves to 100 minutes of football away from a grand final… Read More

Digby Beacham’s AFL Grades: 9th – 18th

MELBOURNE (9th, 9-8, 107.8%) Pros: Christian Petracca had a breakout year after promising much and delivering sporadically previously. Defensively, Steven May and Jake Lever were extremely reliable. Cons: Butchered winnable games like only they can. No club gets as impressed with its own work as often and as quickly as… Read More