HPN Semi Final Previews

With the critical semi final weekend starting tonight, we thought we’d take a quick look at the three key points defining each match-up. Hawthorn v Melbourne 1. Melbourne win contested possessions but that isn’t how they win Melbourne easily have the highest contested possession differential in the league (+18 per

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The 2018 HPN All Australian Team

Earlier in the year HPN ran a preliminary All Australian team, based on the Player Approximate Value system that we have developed to determine the value of players. With the announcement of the “real” All Australian team imminent, we thought we’d add to the noise and drop our thoughts in

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Is this another case of history repeating?

In 1998 English big beat one-hit-wonders The Propellerheads posed an interesting question that would far outlive any other memory of the band itself: Is this just another case of history repeating? Unintentionally, the lads* stumbled onto the theories of historic recurrence and eternal return; philosophical schools of thought that outline

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Is Collingwood for real?

Collingwood is real. No amount of denialism will change that. You can get a beer at Stomping Grounds (or The Tote), watch the footy team at the ‘G or the ressies at Victoria Park, or even glance at houses and apartments that you have no hope of affording to buy. Collingwood,

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The Rennaissance of the Ruck

From the violent use of shepherding second ruckmen in the early part of the 20th century to the handball-driven innovation of Polly Farmer and more forgettable times in-between, the ruck has almost always (literally) been at the at the centre of play in Australian Football. However, no position has waxed

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