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Sunday Age - March 26, 2001
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It’s back! And at the risk of sounding like a certain Australian cleaning product guru, I’m excited!

After a longer-than-usual break from that great Australian game, we can finally count down the days until football returns.

And with reigning premiers Essendon (http://www.essendonfc.com.au) kicking off the season on Friday night against the Roos at the ‘G, the masses have plenty of incentive to get along and fill up the ground.

We couldn’t have had a better lead up. Port Adelaide surprised everyone in the pre-season comp, belting the bejabbers out of an ordinary Brisbane side in the Ansett Cup grand final.

All the usual suspects were getting up to all the same tricks in the off-season and we were treated to glorious stories about end-of-season trips that all but quenched our thirst for training to begin again.

And of course we had the normal dramas – sackings, appointments, oustings, reprimands, weddings, babies and yes ladies, engagements (Kouta what about me?).

But we have survived and another year is upon us. Who will it be this year? Can Woewodin make it back-to-back Brownlows? Indeed, can the Bombers accomplish the same feat? Will the Pies (http://www.collingwoodfc.com.au) finally make the eight? To keep in the know, bookmark the following sites and keep them close at hand for all the news and gossip. Go the Pies!

http://www.realfooty.com.au is the Rolls Royce of AFL sites. With it’s minute-by-minute news updates, fan feedback, photo galleries, exclusive audio and regular update from Essendon star Matthew Lloyd, it’s easy to see why this site should be your first port of call for all things AFL. And with the added bonus feature of LIVE text coverage of the home and away season, what could be better?

http://www.afl.com.au is the official site of the Australian Football League. And after having undergone a renovation throughout the off-season, most would agree that the new site is more user-friendly and allows ease of navigation. A key feature is its incorporation of all clubs, including news, players and merchandise.

http://www.thebladder.com.au although completely fictitious, is a brilliant, witty and clever site. As well as humorous happenings from the world of AFL (eg AFL genius shines through at Colonial), thebladder.com.au also covers cricket, the Olympics and the media. Definitely worth a look-in for a not-so-serious view on footy.

http://www.sportal.com.au/football.asp also provides up-to-date news and information. Here you also chat to other fans, read some interesting feature stories, challenge yourself in the trivia section, take part in the footy poll and subscribe to be updated regularly by newsletter.

http://www.footynews.com.au while currently undergoing reconstruction, still offers a good interim pool of information. As well as features like “the locker room”, “the outer” and “the insider”, this site also offers information from the world of VFL, SANFL, WAFL and VAFA.

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