Posted: 11 December, 2016

Nic Naitanui Forecasts A Return Date

"If everything goes to plan..."

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West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui has said he is working hard towards returning in the back end of the 2017 season.

Naitanui is recovering from a torn ACL that will see him miss most of next year.

But the 26-year-old says everything is progressing well for a 2017 return.

"There’s no real guarantee with injury, but if everything goes to plan, I’ll play towards the end (of 2017)," he said.

"It would be towards the latter end, but I couldn’t give you an exact round or date. I’ll be pushing as hard as I can to get back in and play my role."

West Coast has recruited plenty of height to cover for the absence of Naitanui and Scott Lycett, who is too recovering from a serious knee injury.

The Eagles poached Nathan Vardy from Geelong, as well as signing delisted North tall Drew Petrie.

Naitanui said his injury was recovering very well.

“It’s progressing as well as it probably could be at this stage," he said.

Nonetheless, he backed in the Eagles' talented midfield.

"The guys will get it done. Our midfield is pretty good. Obviously, having the introduction of Sammy Mitchell down there will help as well," he said.

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Posted: 11 December, 2016

Friends Say Ben Cousins "Not Capable" Of Going To Rehab

"He won't go"

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Friends of fallen footballer Ben Cousins have said he will likely knock back an AFL offer to pay for drug rehabilitation.

It was reported on Saturday the AFL would back any sort of treatment to help Cousins recover from his drug addiction.

But friends have told the Herald Sun it will fall through.

"He won't go to rehab," a friend said.

"He's not capable of going to rehab at this stage. If you’re so damaged mentally from the drug use, it won’t work."

Cousins revealed this week he was living out of a backpack after fronting court for breaching a domestic violence order.

"He’ll smash through a glass door to get stuff, it’s just shocking," a source close to the former footballer said.

"Ben’s just at the top of the pyramid, underneath there’s a lot of people suffering. The mother of his kids deserve the attention, they will be getting the attention, not him."

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Posted: 11 December, 2016

Former Melbourne Star Posts Graphic Photo Of Serious Injuries After Falling Off A Balcony

"Not an ideal start to the weekend"

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Former Melbourne star Colin Sylvia has posted graphic photos to Instagram of his injuries after falling off a balcony.

Sylvia posted the photos overnight of the aftermath, which left him with a fractured neck and bleeding to the brain.

Despite being hospitalised, the 31-year-old had a sense of humour about the incident.

"Not an ideal start to the weekend," he wrote.

He thanked the team at the Alfred Hospital, telling people to "be careful & stay safe".

Sylvia played 157 games with Melbourne from 2004 to 2013, and moved to Fremantle to play six more games before retiring in April 2015.

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Tags: AFL, Melbourne Demons

Posted: 10 December, 2016

St Kilda Player Detained By Police

The Saints have issued a statement.

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St Kilda has confirmed Luke Dunstan received an infringement notice for being intoxicated in a public place.

The Saints released a statement on Saturday confirming Dunstan was detained in police lodgement for a few hours and fined upon his release after falling asleep in public.

The 21-year-old notified the club upon his release.

He cooperated fully with police.

General manager of football performance Jamie Cox said Dunstan regrets what he did.

“Luke notified the club immediately of the situation and is extremely remorseful,” Cox said.

“Luke’s a trusted young man of strong character and we’re disappointed he has not met club expectations on this occasion.

“This serves as a prescient reminder to our playing group of the importance of responsible consumption of alcohol,” Cox said.  

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Posted: 10 December, 2016

Hawthorn Reveal Their 2017 Jumper Numbers

Some huge numbers get inherited.

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The number five guernsey is cherished at Hawthorn, and holds plenty of significance.

It was worn by captain Alec Albiston in the 1940s, and was donned by Peter Crimmins from 1966 to 1975 before being retired out of respect for him.

The number was brought back after Crimmins' family asked it to be reinstated, and has since been worn by Andy Collins, Daniel Harford and, most notably, Sam Mitchell.

Next in line?

A youngster: Ryan Burton.

Burton, who was drafted with pick 19 in the 2015 AFL draft, will become the next in a prestigious line by wearing the no.5 in 2017.

Jordan Lewis's number three guernsey has been inherited by Tom Mitchell, while fellow recruit Jaeger O'Meara will wear number 10.

Fellow recruits Ty Vickery and Ricky Henderson will wear 27 and 31 respectively, while Dan Howe has moved into 17.

Draftees Harry Morrison (35), Mitchell Lewis (39), Oliver Hanrahan (41), Conor Nash (45) and James Cousins (46) have all also been assigned their guernsey numbers.

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Posted: 10 December, 2016

AFL Makes A Move To Help Ben Cousins

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The AFL has pledged to fund a drug rehabilitation program for former West Coast star Ben Cousins.

Cousins was arrested for breaching a domestic violence order this week and revealed he is "living out of a backpack" after years of battling drug addiction.

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan told Cousins' father Bryan the AFL would found a program that would help Cousins recover, the Herald Sun reported.

The report suggests the AFL feels obliged to help Cousins.

“The AFL has made clear they are there to help Ben, and if he can get to rehab they have said they have put aside money to support him," a source close to the Cousins family said.

The Cousins family has also received support from Kim Ledger, the father of late actor Heath, who died from a drug overdose in 2008.

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Posted: 10 December, 2016

St Kilda Young Gun Signs New Deal

"I've loved my time here so far"

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St Kilda youngster Jade Gresham has been rewarded with a two-year contract extension.

The 19-year-old, who was drafted with pick 18 in 2015, starred in his first season at St Kilda, playing 18 games and kicking 11 goals, impressing up forward before making the step into the midfield in the second half of the year.

He kicked the match-winning goal against Geelong in round 14, and polled his first Brownlow vote with 25 disposals and eight clearances against Carlton in round 21.

Gresham inherited the prestigious number four guernsey last week, previously worn by Tony Lockett, Darrel Baldock, Barry Breen and Andrew Thompson.

"I've loved my time here so far, love being around the club and the boys. I've made some really close mates already, so I'm looking forward to the next few years and what the future holds," Gresham said on St Kilda's website.

Chief operating officer Ameet Bains spoke of the club's excitement in securing the youngster, and the potential he holds.

"We think the ongoing challenge for Jade is to develop his endurance base to allow him to become a more permanent fixture in our midfield," he said.

"We saw some really impressive glimpses of what he can add to the midfield during the second half of the season. In particular, he showed how damaging he can be at stoppages and how clean he is in tight."

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Posted: 9 December, 2016

New Draftee Signs Contract Extension 2 Weeks After Arriving

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Fremantle draftee Griffin Logue has re-committed to the club after arriving there only 2 weeks ago.

The 18-year old was selected at Pick #8 in the National Draft, and with his new extension he will remain a Docker until the end of 2019.

Logue said he was so happy with the start to his AFL journey that it was an easy decision.

“I’m definitely stoked with the outcome and I’m just looking forward to it all really,” Logue said.

“I like to attack everything at full pace, so I don’t think (the contract) makes too much of a difference in terms of my training, but I’m just definitely happy with the outcome for sure.”

“I think it’s just kind of getting to know everyone, meeting new people and getting into the swing of what it feels like to be an AFL footballer,” Logue said.

“The whole vibe down here at Freo is just great, and we’re all pumping and ready to go really.”

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Posted: 9 December, 2016

Bill Gates Has Chosen His AFL Team

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The world's richest man has aligned himself with Carlton - if this Instagram is anything to go by.

The Blues' official account posted this image of Bill Gates decked out in supporter gear.

Gates', the co-founder of Microsoft, is worth a staggering $85.9 billion and currently works full-time for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Looking good, Bill Gates! #BoundByBlue

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Posted: 9 December, 2016

Fremantle Midfielder Has Car Impounded

More bad luck for Freo...

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Fremantle's off-season woes have continued with injured midfielder Harley Bennell having his car impounded after he was stopped by police, who discovered he was driving without a licence.

West Australian media reports indicate Bennell was stopped for a routine check on Tuesday and informed his licence had been suspended from November 30 for loss of demerit points.

Bennell told the club he was not aware of the loss of his licence because he had changed address recently.

The incident is just the latest in a string of issues for Bennell, who will fly to Germany this week for treatment on his troublesome calf.

The 24-year-old midfielder hasn't played a regular season game for the Dockers since being traded to them by Gold Coast at the end of the 2015 season.

Bennell's brush with the law comes just days after it was revealed that forward Shane Yarran is on personal leave from the club after he was charged with unlawful wounding over an incident in 2015.

Yarran had also landed in hot water in November when he was charged with aggravated common assault over an alleged incident that involved a family member.

Veteran defender Michael Johnson faces a nervous wait after being charged by police with assault over a bizarre incident that occurred in a kebab shop in November.

A Bunbury school teacher alleged he was struck by Johnson shortly after filming the All-Australian with his pants around his ankles.

Johnson will appear in court on January 18.

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Posted: 9 December, 2016

AFLW Fixture Released

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The AFLW Fixture for the inaugural 2017 season has been dropepd.

Here are all the games, dates and venues that will see women's footy in its first ever year:

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Posted: 9 December, 2016

Sydney Announce New Captain

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Sydney have announced a new captain for 2017 - club champion Josh Kennedy.

Co-captains Kieren Jack and Jarrad McVeigh both stepped down from their current positions, allowing Kennedy to step into the role.

Dan Hannebery, Luke Parker and Dane Rampe have been named vice captains.

Kennedy also announced his re-signing, committing to the Swans until the end of 2020.

Coach John Longmire said it was an easy decision.

“Josh is a highly-valued member of our leadership group who consistently sets high standards every week and is a significant driver of our team’s performance,” Longmire said.  

“There’s no doubt that his teammates feel his presence when they run onto the field with him – he’s got a rare ability to lift those around him.

“As captain, we know Josh will do a terrific job and will enjoy tremendous support from our other leaders, including Kieren and Jarrad, who have been outstanding in their roles.

“A key indicator for quality leadership is to ensure that you hand over the job in the best shape possible. Kieren and Jarrad have certainly achieved this. I would like to thank them personally for the support they have provided, and will no doubt continue to provide.

“I would also like to congratulate our new vice captains Dan, Dane and Luke on their appointments. All three lead by example with their hard work on and off the field to drive our team’s values. We know our Club’s leadership is in good hands.”

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