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AFL year in review

Posted by The Shadow on October 12, 2011 (0 Comments)

Well we're going to kick off this blog with a bit of a wrap of the AFL season and finish with a summary of the popular boots out there on the field.


Now the AFL season played out with Collingwood being an unstoppable force, and was raging favourites with the bookmakers. A few headlines throughout the year included the St Kilda/Ricky Nixon/Kim Duthie scandal that was an end of season "poke fun at" story for the players (see Jimmy Bartel and Mitch Duncan on Geelong's Mad Monday). Another big one was the tactic of Collingwood sending several players over to Arizona mid-season for high-performance altitude training. It certainly worked for Dane Swan who returned and stormed home to win the Brownlow with a record-breaking 34 votes.

But it seemed like a case of Collingwood running out of legs when it got down to the business end of the season, while the aging veterans down at Geelong started cranking up the intensity. It proved to be the difference in the final quarter of the Grand Final, with Geelong having that bit more energy to close out the game and run out victors for their 3rd flag in 5 years.

Throughout the year we saw the unveiling of the Nike Tiempo Legend IV football boots which were worn by superstars like Buddy Franklin, Scott Pendlebury, Marc Murphy and Nick Riewoldt. Gary Ablett stuck with his Nike Tiempo Legend III's, but suspect he will don the Legend IVs for the preseason.

   

The Nike Tiempo Legends are the elite Nike boot that are made with kangaroo leather for superior comfort and feel. They say you've never really worn a good pair of boots unless you've tried the kangaroo leather. So definitely keep your eyes out for a bargain, possibly the Nike Legend III which were last season's model at great prices.


Another highlight in boot releases this season were the adidas F50 adiZero range which certainly stood out. Just ask Richmond Tigers player Brett Deledio who was seen wearing the full range of high end adidas footy boots, including the adidas Predator adiPowers.

       

The adidas F50 range are amazingly light thanks to the use of synthetic leather, which will help with your speed and change of direction. The adiPower Predators on the other hand, are made with calf leather which result in a heavier boot, but great for comfort. All will no doubt feature heavily in AFL player's boot bags next year.






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