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Posted: 1 September, 2015

Crows Re-Sign Hartigan

Adelaide has re-signed defender Kyle Hartigan for two years

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Adelaide has re-signed defender Kyle Hartigan for two years.

"I am really enjoying playing with a developing young backline and with some hard work I think team success is just around the corner," Hartigan said.

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Tags: Kyle Hartigan, Adelaide, Crows

Posted: 1 September, 2015

Carrazzo Retires

Carlton's Andrew Carrazzo will play his last AFL game against Hawthorn on Saturday

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Carlton's Andrew Carrazzo will play his last AFL game against Hawthorn on Saturday at the MCG.

The veteran midfielder's retirement from the club was announced on Tuesday morning.

Carrazzo’s Stats

  • DOB: 15 December 1983
  • Debut: Round 21, 2004 v Melbourne
  • Games: 193
  • Goals: 48
  • Guernsey No. 44
  • Carlton Player No. 1083

Career Highlights

  • John Nicholls Medal winner 2007
  • Pre-season Premiership Player 2005 & 2007
  • Best Clubman 2008
  • Carlton Life Member, awarded 2011
  • Leadership group 2008-2014
  • Carlton vice-captain 2013-2014

Carlton Statement:

Carlton veteran Andrew Carrazzo has this morning told teammates that he will retire from football at the end of the season. He will play his final game in Saturday's clash with Hawthorn at the MCG.
The 31-year-old has played 193 games in the navy blue jumper since making his debut in Round 21, 2004 against Melbourne. He was recruited to Carlton with a first round selection in the 2003 Rookie Draft, after spending two years on the rookie list at Geelong where he won the Best and Fairest for the Cats’ VFL side.
After arriving at Carlton, Carrazzo’s hard work and determination soon saw him elevated from the rookie list. In 2007, he won Carlton’s John Nicholls Medal as the Club’s Best and Fairest and the following year joined the Blues’ leadership group.
Carrazzo has served as Carlton’s vice-captain and is also a Carlton Life Member.
Blues Head of Football Andrew McKay says the veteran midfielder will be missed.
“Andrew is one of those players you know would bleed blue – he put his heart and soul into everything he did at this football club and we have been privileged to have him as part of our team,” McKay said.
“He has always shown tremendous leadership both on and off the field, especially as a mentor to our younger players. 
“On behalf of everyone at Carlton I would like to thank Andrew for his contribution and wish him and his family every success in the future.”

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Posted: 1 September, 2015

Finals Momentum

There's no runaway leader for AFL glory this season, but Hawthorn and Richmond have the momentum heading into September

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HAWTHORN (momentum ranking: 1st; ladder position 3rd)

The fact that this group has climbed to the top of the mountain twice already papers over recent losses to Port Adelaide and Richmond. Should destroy Carlton and head back to Perth confidently with their round 19 win over the Eagles front of mind.

RICHMOND (momentum ranking: 2nd; ladder position 5th)

Set to be locked out of the top four when Sydney face the injury-ravaged Suns but the Tigers have done little wrong for weeks. Beating the Hawks four weeks ago was pivotal to Richmond's self-belief.

WEST COAST (momentum ranking: 3rd; ladder position 2nd)

The Eagles had a big wobble on Sunday at Adelaide Oval but won't face a similar atmosphere in Perth come finals. Should lock up second place against St Kilda on Saturday.

WESTERN BULLDOGS (momentum ranking: 4th; ladder position 6th)

Some wins are worth more than others and Saturday's triumph over North Melbourne was one of those given the teams could meet in finals. Boast a 5-3 record over finalists and a youthful courage.

ADELAIDE (momentum ranking: 5th; ladder position 7th)

A stirring victory over the red hot Eagles on Sunday was the club's fourth win in a row. But question marks remain over a side that hasn't beaten a finalist outside South Australia this season.

FREMANTLE (momentum ranking: 6th; ladder position 1st)

The Dockers are far from flying with only a shaky four-point win over Richmond in round 17 from their past five matches with finalists. But with a qualifying final, anything is possible.

SYDNEY (momentum ranking: 7th; ladder position 4th)

Without a win against one of the top six in three months, there are question marks around John Longmire's mob. A fit Lance Franklin certainly improves the Swans.

NORTH MELBOURNE (momentum ranking: 8th, ladder position 8th)

It's a brutal competition when a first loss in eight weeks has North eighth in the momentum stakes. But the Kangaroos squibbed it in a perfect finals warm-up against the Dogs. Could face a fired-up Richmond twice in two weeks unless they upset the Tigers on Friday.

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Posted: 31 August, 2015

Fletcher Coy On Possible Swansong

Essendon veteran is "50-50" to play against Collingwood on Sunday

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The AFL's longest playing career is set to end on Sunday, but the question remains whether Dustin Fletcher will be wearing Essendon's red sash or the club suit. 

Fletcher's contract expires at the end of the season - incredibly his 23rd year as a Bomber - with no word or suggestion from the club whether he will play on in 2016. 

A clue dropped last week when his eponymous autobiography was made available on the club's website under the heading "Farewell Fletch" before it was changed to simply "Fletch". 

Fletcher's body may have finally given in to the rigours of the game. 

The 40-year-old hasn't played AFL or VFL football since aggravating his groin in his milestone 400th match in round nine. 

On Sunday, Essendon ends their season against Collingwood in a match with no ramifications for finals but a chance to farewell one of the greats. 

The 40-year-old was interviewed by Fox Sports on his way from Essendon's training base on Monday morning, saying he "pumped the training out" by himself with a 30-minute training run. 

"I'll see how we go, I can't say too much at this stage," he said of his prospects to play. 

"50-50 (odds) I'll give you." 

Caretaker coach Matthew Egan said the club wanted to see Fletcher on the MCG. 

"He's going to do his best to get up, but he needs to get to a level where he can play," Egan said. 

"He has been struggling the last month, so it is going to be hard for him to get up, but we want to give him every chance to play." 

Magpies forward Travis Cloke is also no sure thing to turn out after muscle tightness forced his withdrawal prior to Friday night's win over Geelong. 

Fletcher is the league's longest serving player, having debuted in Essendon's 1993 premiership year. 

He has been overtaken in games played by Brent Harvey who debuted in 1996. 

Harvey, Fletcher, Michael Tuck and Kevin Bartlett are the only four men in VFL/AFL history to have reached 400 games.

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Posted: 31 August, 2015

Freo Want To Rest 11

Fremantle aim to rest half of their best team against Power

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Fremantle look set to rest as many as 11 players against Port Adelaide in their final home-and-away match on Saturday. 

The Dockers have already sewn up top spot and are guaranteed a first-up home final against the fourth-ranked team – likely to be Sydney. 

The Power can’t make the finals regardless of Saturday’s result at Adelaide Oval which has rendered the match a virtual dead rubber. 

Fremantle took a similar approach to their final-round match in 2013 as they rested roughly half their best side against St Kilda. 

“When the players return to the club on Tuesday, our coaching team and medical staff will be able to assess the fatigue and injury status of our main group. This assessment will then help determine the availability of players for our last home-and-away game,” Fremantle CEO Rosich said. 

“At this stage our initial assessment is that up to 11 of the players who played in Round 22 may not be selected for our Round 23 fixture. 

“We are pleased for our club and our players that we have secured top spot on the ladder with one game remaining in the home-and-away season. 

“It is a long hard season and our players have been rewarded for their efforts to date.”

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Tags: AFL, Fremantle Dockers, Dockers

Posted: 31 August, 2015

Curnow True Blue Until 2017

Carlton midfielder signs a brand new two-year contract

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Carlton midfielder Ed Curnow has signed a new two-year contract that will tie him to the Blues until the end of 2017 at least. 

Curnow is enjoying a career-best season and has been a rare shining light in what has been a disastrous season for the Blues. 

He is one of only four Carlton players to play every game so far in 2015 and is ranked first for tackles, second for disposals, third for contested possessions and fifth for uncontested possessions at the club this year. 

Carlton’s football manager Andrew McKay was delighted at Curnow’s re-signing. 

“Curnow has made a huge contribution to our midfield this season and plays his role for the team week in, week out,” McKay said. 

After spending three seasons on Adelaide’s rookie list, Curnow was picked up by Carlton in the 2011 rookie draft and has played 87 games since making his debut four years ago.

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Posted: 31 August, 2015

Blease Retires

Speedy Geelong midfielder pulls pin on career

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Geelong midfielder Sam Blease has announced his retirement after just 34 AFL games in seven seasons. 

Blease spent the first six years of his career at Melbourne and joined the Cats as a delisted free agent at the end of last year. 

But he only managed one senior game with Geelong in 2015 and wasn’t able to recover sufficiently from a nasty head knock suffered in the VFL two months ago. 

"I'll always be proud that I was able to play for two great clubs in Melbourne and Geelong," Blease said. 

"My career certainly didn't pan out the way I would've liked, but that's footy and that's life. 

"Playing in the AFL has been a fantastic experience and I've met some fantastic people."

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Posted: 31 August, 2015

Dons Coaching Panel Revealed

Essendon unveil sub-committee that will hire new coach

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Essendon has stepped up their hunt for James Hird's replacement, deciding on the selection sub-committee to appoint a new senior coach. 

Triple M Footy's Brian Taylor says Bombers players were told who was on the sub-committee at training on Monday morning, with chairman Paul Little hoping to confirm the appointment by mid-October. 


The sub-committee includes club CEO Xavier Campbell, former Hawthorn player Brad Sewell, former Melbourne coach Neale Daniher, former Essendon player Chris Heffernan and the club's people and culture manager Lisa Lawry.

As part of the selection process the sub-committee will also consult with a number of internal and external stakeholders.

“When we sat down to form the panel we wanted to ensure the final sub-committee had diverse experience across the AFL industry," Campbell said.

“Neale, Brad and Chris understand what’s required to build a successful football culture, they have firsthand knowledge of the demands of coaching at senior level, they have a strong grasp of the day-to-day operations of a professional football club and a clear understanding of how the game is evolving.

“Lisa is an important member of the club’s executive and will manage the recruitment process. We look forward to drawing on her vast corporate experience gained during her time at BP.

“This is a particularly important decision for the football club.

“The process will take several weeks, and will conclude with the board’s endorsement of the successful candidate.”


Essendon Coaching Selection Panel:

Xavier Campbell (Essendon CEO)

Neale Daniher (Former Demons coach)

Lisa Lawry (general manager of people and culture)

Brad Sewell (Former Hawks player)

Chris Heffernan (Former Bombers player)

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Posted: 31 August, 2015

MRP/AFL Tribunal Rnd 22

The AFL Tribunal will sit tonight to hear the Courtenay Dempsey case, all players accepted their MRP sanctions

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The AFL Tribunal will sit tonight to hear the Courtenay Dempsey case, all players accepted their MRP sanctions.


Geelong veteran Steve Johnson can accept a $1000 fine for this incident involving Collingwood defender Nathan Brown

Johnson jumped from the ground and made contact with Brown’s head during Geelong’s 48-point loss to the Magpies at the MCG on Friday night. 

With the triple premiership star still out of contract, he now has the chance to say a final goodbye to the Geelong faithful this week in their last game of the season against Adelaide at Simonds Stadium if indeed he is not re-signed by the club. 

Essendon utility Courtenay Dempsey has all but certainly played his last game of the season following this dangerous tackle on Richmond star Brett Deledio at the MCG on Saturday night. 

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Dempsey was referred directly to the tribunal and there was no early plea available as it was deemed careless conduct, severe impact and high contact.

Geelong's James Kelly can accept a $1000 fine for striking Collingwood's Alex Fasolo.

Carlton's Tom Bell and GWS's Adam Treloar have been offered $1000 fines for wrestling each other while Melbourne's Jack Viney and Freo's Nick Suban can also accept $1000 fines for wrestling each other.

The massive Gold Coast-Port Adelaide melee saw Harley Bennell, Tom Lynch, Henry Schade, Charlie Dixon, Clay Cameron, Brandon Matera, Sean Lemmens, Jarrod Garlett, Touk Miller, Hamish Hartlett, Cam O'Shea, Matthew Lobbe, Jarman Impey, Jaspar Pittard, Tom Jonas and Sam Gray all fined $1000.

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Tags: AFL, MRP, AFL Tribunal

Posted: 31 August, 2015

Wells Suffers Calf Strain

Kangas midfielder suffers another setback in bid to play seniors this season

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Daniel Wells’ chances of returning to the seniors this year have suffered a blow after confirmation the North Melbourne midfielder suffered a calf strain on the weekend.

Wells injured himself while playing his third game back in the VFL after an extended layoff due to an Achilles issue.

The 30-year-old hasn’t played for the Kangaroos since Round 2.

“Daniel felt some tightness in his left calf during the match and came off for medical assessment,” Walsh explained.

“We made the decision not to take any risks with him and he played no further part in the game.

“Our advice is that the injury is a low-level strain, so nothing major or of too much concern which is a good result in the circumstances and given his recent Achilles history.

“The medical team will work with him closely over the next couple of days to see how he responds to treatment before we determine his availability.”

Despite the setback, Walsh said North Melbourne hadn’t given up hope of Wells featuring in the team’s 2015 campaign at some stage.

“We’ll aim to get Daniel back up and running as soon as possible,” he said.

“We’re still two weeks away from the start of finals so we have some time to get him right all going well.”

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Posted: 30 August, 2015

Dempsey Sling Tackle

MRP back into spotlight with impending sling tackle decision

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Essendon's Courtenay Dempsey will face the Match Review Panel tomorrow night after being reported for a sling tackle on Richmond's Brett Deledio last night at the MCG.

The tackle occurred in the last quarter, when Dempsey picked up Deledio and flipped him over his head with Deledio's head making contact with the ground.

Deledio remained on the ground for a time but got up under his own steam and played out the remainder of the match.

The MRP has come under scrutiny this season after varying decision on previous sling tackles that caused concussions. 

Carlton's Bryce Gibbs was suspended for two matches after a sling tackle on Port Adelaide's Robbie Gray which had the Port midfielder subbed out of their Round 12 match with concussion.

A fortnight later, Jay Schulz was cleared for a similar sling tackle on Sydney's Ted Richards which kept him out of the following week's match as he continued to suffer from symptons from his head making contact with the ground.

Jay Clark told the Sunday Rub he believed the tackle was worth a two week suspension for Dempsey if he wasn't taken straight to the tribunal for the incident to which Wayne Carey agreed.

"It's a spontaneous thing, (the players) make decisions in split seconds and it's clearly a mistake," Carey told the Sunday Rub.

"But given what has already occurred earlier this year, then clearly he's in trouble."

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Tags: Courtenay Dempsey, Brett Deledio, Match Review Panel, Sling tackle

Posted: 30 August, 2015

Pies confident of re-signing Scharenberg

Pies remaining tight-lipped on chances of getting Adam Treloar

Collingwood is confident they will re-sign young defender Matthew Scharenberg to a long term contract in the coming weeks. 

Scharenberg made his debut a month ago after struggling through his first season with feet injuries because suffering an ACL injury late in the year.

The 19 year old is out of contract at the end of the season and Collingwood list manager Derek Hine told the Sunday Rub the club saw Scharenberg as a building block of their team.

"Matthew pretty much came (into the club) in a wheelchair," Hine told the Sunday Rub.

"Clearly we were understanding with in terms of where he was with his feet and then the ACL late last year."

"I think we’re probably 12 months away from seeing the best of Matthew Scharenberg and we’re sitting down and communicating with his management now and working through (his new contract)."

"We see Matthew as a long term player of the club."

Meanwhile Hine remained tight lipped on Adam Treloar, despite rumours that midfielder has informed Richmond that he'd prefer to go to Punt Road if he was to leave GWS.

"At this time of the year, we are looking to improve the list," Hine said.

"Again I touched on where we sit in the AFL in terms of the age profile and certainly, a player like Adam fits within that."

"We’ve certainly indicated our interest in Adam and to this point in time we haven’t got an indication yet whether one, he’s going to leave GWS and two, if he was to leave GWS, what that future destination may be."

"I think all clubs have spoken to the relevant management companies and that’s where we’d probably like to leave it at this point."

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Tags: Collingwood Magpies, Matthew Scharenberg, Adam Treloar, Derek Hine