Australia prides itself in being the only country with an entirely professional Australian Rules Football League. The game has stuck to the country, as fans enjoy it, players love it, and the union runs it superbly.
As such, there is never a shortage of happenings in this sport. Here are some of the stories which have made headlines in 2019.
November: Freos Move Up to 8th
The club has jumped two spots forward to sit in position eight following swaps with two other clubs: Adelaide and Melbourne. The swap meant the team popularly known as The Dockers are in a more favourable place to land Liam Henry, one of the hottest football properties at the moment.
Patrick Dangerfield Pens New Geelong Deal
It became all but official that Patrick Dangerfield will play the rest of his career at Geelong after he signed an extension which runs until 2024. Dangerfield, who joined the club in 2015, will be 34 by the time his new deal is completed, which will probably be an opportune time to retire.
It is an excellent piece of business for the Cats to be able to tie down the perennial winner who has returned great numbers, season after season. It is also in line with the team’s culture of believing in its ageing superstars.
AFL Partners with Lifeline Australia
The league entered into a new partnership with Lifeline Australia, a network which offers relief during a national crisis. The connection that was described as ‘game-changing’ will see the AFL begin by donating $300000 to Lifeline. This will go into recruitment and other immediate activities, with the AFL set to be involved in additional future sponsorship.
Mental health is a particular area of concern where the federation will be looking to get involved, given its regular occurrence in football circles.