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ESPN's Top 20 Must-Watch Players: 10-1

Who are the players we can't wait to watch this year? Whether they be established stars, guns returning from injury, traded players or top draftees, we've compiled a list of our 20 must-watch players. Here, we unveil the top 10.

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TASMANIA VS. THE AFL

Re-post: Inside Tasmania's push for an AFL team

In late 2019, ESPN travelled to Tasmania to speak to to key figures as the state's AFL push appeared to be gathering pace. A lot has changed since then, but this is the story of what was happening behind the scenes.

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AFLW

ROUND 4

Dees' AFLW win streak ends in Dogs upset

Melbourne found out the hard way that possession is only nine-tenths of the law as they slumped to their first loss of the AFLW season in a 13-point defeat to the Western Bulldogs.

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Gaelic gun Staunton stars, GWS beat Eagles

A dominant performance from Irish forward Cora Staunton has helped GWS defeat West Coast by 20 points in western Sydney, extending the visitors' winless AFLW season.

Phillips sparks Crows' AFLW win over Lions

Adelaide star Erin Phillips has led the Crows to a 12-point AFLW win against Brisbane on a scorching Sunday afternoon.

AFLW

ROUND 4

Magpies beat North to extend AFLW win streak

Collingwood have registered four straight AFLW wins for the first time, underlining their premiership credentials with an impressive 20-point triumph over North Melbourne.

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Blues edge out Tigers in AFLW thriller

Carlton have survived a huge fright at Princes Park to beat winless Richmond by five points in a rollercoaster AFLW clash.

Bowers stars as Dockers thrash AFLW Suns

Fremantle forward Roxy Roux has kicked a goal-of-the-year contender in her team's Kiara Bowers-inspired 49-point AFLW win over Gold Coast at Fremantle Oval.

AFL

ST KILDA INJURY WOES

Broken leg confirmed for important Saints defender

St Kilda have copped their second major injury in as many days with the Saints confirming Ben Paton will miss the season after a horror training incident.

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Foot stress blow for key Saints tall

St Kilda have suffered a significant blow with ruckman Rowan Marshall set to miss the start of the AFL season after scans revealed a foot stress injury.

AFL

AFL hit with $23-million loss during 2020

The AFL has recorded a loss of almost $23 million in 2020 but has avoided "financial armageddon" which some experts feared could bankrupt the league during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COLLINGWOOD

Emotional Eddie McGuire quits as Pies president

Eddie McGuire has stood down as Collingwood president after 22 years in charge of the AFL club.

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How tone-deaf Eddie poured further fuel on Pies' racism fire

Eddie McGuire's clumsy and tone-deaf response to the leaking of an independent report into alleged systemic racism at Collingwood fooled no one, and took the gloss off what the club is actually trying to do to improve its culture, writes Rohan Connolly.

AFLW

ROUND 3

Dockers thrash Crows in AFLW

Fremantle's perfect start to the AFLW season has continued, with Kiara Bowers starring in a commanding 30-point win over Adelaide at Norwood Oval.

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Collingwood defeat battling Tigers in AFLW

Collingwood remain unbeaten this AFLW season after accounting for struggling Richmond by 17 points.

AFLW

ROUND 3

Blues finally on the march in AFLW

An inspiring on-ball performance by Maddy Prespakis set up Carlton to break through for their first win of the AFLW season against St Kilda on Saturday afternoon.

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Demons upset Kangaroos in AFLW thriller

Melbourne have announced themselves as genuine premiership contenders after holding off a fierce North Melbourne fightback to secure a pulsating nine-point AFLW win.

Giants edge Suns by 10 points in AFLW

GWS have recorded their first win of the AFLW season, adapting to slippery conditions in western Sydney to edge Gold Coast by 10 points.

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