Posted: 5 February, 2016

AFL Say NO DEAL To Power, Bulldogs, Demons And The Saints

The AFL have released a statement.

The AFL will not allow Port Adelaide, Melbourne, St Kilda or the Bulldogs to sign any top-up players.

AFL General Counsel Andrew Dillon told clubs circumstances didn't call for special rules, beyond those already granted for upgraded rookies.

More to come.

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Posted: 5 February, 2016

Essendon To Fund CAS Appeal

More than half of Essendon 34 reportedly set to appeal bans

The Essendon Football Club will fund a last-ditch attempt to clear the names of past-and-present Bombers players suspended by the Court of Arbitration for Sport last month, according to the Triple M Newsroom

The legal challenge will now be taken to the Swiss Federal Tribunal. 

More than half of the Essendon 34 who received hefty bans for doping offences relating to the club’s controversial 2012 supplement program will reportedly launch an appeal. 

Twelve of the 34 are still listed players at Essendon while another five are playing at Port Adelaide, Melbourne, St Kilda and the Western Bulldogs. 

All 17 players have been rubbed out for the entire 2016 season while the other members of the 34 have been prohibited from being involved in any capacity at AFL, state or local league level. 

The decimation of Essendon’s playing stocks has led to them being given special dispensation to sign up 10 ‘top-up’ players. 

So far, the Bombers have recruited Ryan Crowley, James Kelly, Jonathan Simpkin, Matt Dea, Mathew Stokes, James Polkinghorne and Mark Jamar. 

Essendon can also upgrade five of their six rookie-listed players.

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Posted: 5 February, 2016

New Deal For Blues Young Gun Patrick Cripps

Blues lock down Cripps.

Carlton’s reigning B&F Patrick Cripps has signed a contract extension with the Blues, locking him in until at least the end of the 2019 season.

The 20-year-old has played 23 games since making his debut against Melbourne in 2014.

“We’re really pleased Patrick has committed to the Blues and wants to be here for the journey ahead – it shows he has faith in the Club’s direction,” Carlton’s General Manager of List Management and Strategy Stephen Silvagni said.

“Not only is Patrick a talented footballer, but he’s also a terrific person who drives high standards around the Club.

“He’s always trying to better himself and is valued as an emerging leader at Carlton.”

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Posted: 4 February, 2016

The Age Report That Bombers Approached Adam Goodes For Top-Up List

Bombers show interest in Goodes.

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Sydney Swans approached Adam Goodes to sound out the possibility of the former-Swans champ returning to footy.

Fairfax Media report that the Bombers approached Goodes' management about him joining the club as a top-up player.

The two-time Brownlow medallist was quick to rule out a comeback.

So far, the Bombers has recruited James Kelly, Matthew Stokes,Ryan Crowley, Mark Jamar, James Polkinghorne, Matt Dea. and Jonathan Simpkin.

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Tags: Adam Goodes, Essendon Bombers

Posted: 4 February, 2016

Two New Faces In Collingwood’s Leadership Group

Goldsack and Cloke have been left out.

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Taylor Adams and Brent Macaffer have been named in Collingwood’s leadership group for the 2016 season.

The duo take the place of Tyson Goldsack and Travis Cloke who have both been left out.

Adams and Macaffer join captain Scott Pendlebury, as well as Steele Sidebottom and Nathan Brown in the five-man team.

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Posted: 3 February, 2016

All AFL clubs to have academies

All clubs will soon have talent academies as AFL tries to expand its reach

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All AFL clubs will soon have talent academies as the league tries to broaden its reach around the country. 

The league wants to expand into more indigenous communities and also attract additional children from Asian and African backgrounds into the game. 

Each Victorian club has been assigned regions and the AFL will soon do the same for the WA and SA teams, while the northern states already have their talent academies.


Victorian clubs region allocation 

Carlton – Northern Melbourne (Northern Knights) 

Collingwood – Central Melbourne (Oakleigh Chargers), Barkly (NT) 

Essendon – North West Melbourne (Calder Cannons), West Arnhem (NT) 

Geelong – Geelong /Hampden (Geelong Falcons), East Arnhem (NT) 

Hawthorn – Eastern/Whitehorse LGAs (Eastern Ranges), Gippsland (Gippsland Power), Katherine (NT) 

Melbourne – South East Melbourne (Dandenong Stingrays), Alice Springs (NT) 

North Melbourne – Melbourne and Wyndham LGAs (Calder Cannons & Western Jets) 

Richmond – Goulburn Murray, Bendigo, Sunraysia, North Central (Bendigo Pioneers and Murray Bushrangers) 

St Kilda – Inner Southern Melbourne (Sandringham Dragons), Frankston LGA 

Western Bulldogs – Western Melbourne, Wimmera, Mallee, South West Victoria, Ballarat, (North Ballarat Rebels & Western Jets)

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Tags: AFL

Posted: 3 February, 2016

GWS Best 22 For 2016

We've run the rule over the Giants' list and picked their best 22

B: Nick Haynes, Joel Patfull, Aidan Corr

HB: Heath Shaw, Phil Davis, Matt Buntine

C: Ryan Griffen, Dylan Shiel, Stephen Coniglio

HF: Steve Johnson, Jeremy Cameron, Devon Smith

F: Rhys Palmer, Jonathon Patton, Cam McCarthy

R: Shane Mumford, Callan Ward, Toby Greene

I: Lachie Whitfield, Josh Kelly, Tom Scully, Will Hoskin-Elliott


Off-season changes

In: Steve Johnson (Geelong), Dawson Simpson (Geelong), Jacob Hopper (North Ballarat Rebels - Academy nominee), Matthew Kennedy (Collingullie-Ashmont-Kapooka - Academy nominee), Harrison Himmelberg (Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes - Academy nominee), Matthew Flynn (Narrandera - Academy nominee), 2016 first-round pick (Collingwood), 2016 first-round pick (Geelong), 2016 second-round pick (Adelaide). Rookies: Sam Reid (UWS Giants), Daniel Lloyd (Killamey Vale). 

Out: Tomas Bugg (Melbourne), Curtly Hampton (Adelaide), Jed Lamb (Carlton), Andrew Phillips (Carlton), Lachie Plowman (Carlton), Liam Sumner (Carlton), Jacob Townsend (Richmond), Adam Treloar (Collingwood), 2016 fifth-round pick (traded), Tim Golds (delisted – Collingwood rookie), Dylan Addison (retired). Rookies: Sam Schulz (delisted).

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Tags: AFL, Greater Western Sydney Giants, Giants

Posted: 3 February, 2016

Gold Coast Best 22 For 2016

We've run the rule over the Suns' list and picked their best 22

B: Kade Kolodjashnij, Steven May, Adam Saad

HB: Jarrod Harbrow, Rory Thompson, Nick Malceski

C: Jaeger O’Meara, Dion Prestia, Matt Rosa

HF: Jarrad Grant, Sam Day, Aaron Hall

F: Jack Martin, Tom Lynch, Brandon Matera

R: Tom Nicholls, Gary Ablett, David Swallow

I: Sean Lemmens, Michael Rischitelli, Touk Miller, Trent McKenzie


Off-season changes

In: Daniel Currie (North Melbourne), Jarrad Grant (Western Bulldogs), Matt Rosa (West Coast), Callum Ah Chee (South Fremantle), Brayden Fiorini (Northern Knights), Joshua Schoenfeld (Peel Thunder), Mackenzie Willis (Kingborough), 2016 first-round pick (Melbourne), 2016 second-round pick (Fremantle), 2016 second-round pick (Port Adelaide), 2016 second-round pick (Richmond), Adam Saad (Gold Coast rookie), Keegan Brooksby (Gold Coast rookie). Rookies: Danny Stanley (Gold Coast), Tom Keough (West Adelaide), Darcy MacPherson (Northern Knights), Ryan Davis (Swan Districts), Cameron Loersch (South Fremantle), Jesse Joyce (Palm Beach Currumbin). 

Out: Harley Bennell (Fremantle), Charlie Dixon (Port Adelaide), Zac Smith (Geelong), Daniel Gorringe (delisted – Carlton), Josh Hall (delisted), Danny Stanley (delisted – Gold Coast rookie), Andrew Boston (retired), Greg Broughton (retired), Andrew Raines (retired), Timmy Sumner (retired). Rookies: Tyrone Downie (delisted), Jarred Ellis (delisted), Josh Glenn (delisted), Louis Herbert (delisted).

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Tags: AFL, Gold Coast Suns, Suns

Posted: 3 February, 2016

Swallow To Skipper Kangaroos

Andrew Swallow has retained North Melbourne captaincy for a fifth year

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North Melbourne have announced that Andrew Swallow will captain the club for a fifth season in 2016. 

There had been speculation over the summer that Jack Ziebell might succeed Swallow as captain this year. 

But the 28-year-old has retained the confidence of his peers to continue leading the club for another season at least. 

Ziebell will serve as Swallow's vice-captain and the other three members of the five-man leadership group are Shaun Higgins, Scott Thompson and Jamie Macmillan.

Swallow now joins Wayne Carey, Wayne Schimmelbusch and Adam Simpson as the only players to captain the Kangaroos for at least five years.

More details to follow...

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Tags: AFL, North Melbourne Kangaroos, Kangaroos

Posted: 3 February, 2016

Reports That Port Adelaide Will Be Granted One ‘Top-Up’ Player


Channel 9 News in Adelaide report that Port Adelaide will be to be granted one 'top-up' player for the suspended former Bomber pair.

Angus Monfries and Paddy Ryder will be forced to wait out the year on the sidelines following the Court of Arbitration’s decision.

AFL Boss Gillon McLachlan said yesterday it will be up to AFL general counsel Andrew Dillon to decide whether Port, as well as St Kilda and Western Bulldogs, can top up their lists.

Power captain Travis Boak told Channel 9 yesterday that his club should be on a ‘level playing field’ coming into the season.

“From my point of view and the club point of view I think it’s only fair if we are on a level playing field in terms of numbers,” Boak said.

“I think if we go in with 42 and they go in with 43 it doesn’t seem too fair.”

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Tags: Triple M Footy, Port Adelaide

Posted: 3 February, 2016

Knee Surgery Sidelines Charlie Dixon

Blow for Port's pre-season.

Port Adelaide recruit Charlie Dixon will miss at least a month after knee surgery.

The club said the 25-year-old suffered minor damage to his left meniscus at training on Monday.

“Dixon successfully underwent surgery on Tuesday and will spend 4-6 weeks in recovery,” the club say on their website.

Port Adelaide head of high performance Darren Burgess said Dixon should recover from the setback.

“His operation was pretty straightforward and we’ll be able to get him through his rehab by the end of the NAB Challenge,” Burgess told

“He actually got through the whole session, but felt sore when he came off the track and we opted to get it scanned.”

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Posted: 2 February, 2016

Mark Jamar Signs With Essendon

The Bombers seventh new recruit.

Mark Jamar has signed on with the Bombers for the 2016 season.

Jamar will bring plenty of experience to the Bombers after a fourteen-year career and 155 games at the Melbourne Football Club.

The 32 year-old is the seventh new recruit to join the Club.

He joins Ryan Crowley, James Kelly, Jonathan Simpkin, Matt Dea, Mathew Stokes and James Polkinghorne.

"We obviously needed to add a ready-made ruckman to our list. Mark, as a big-bodied, All Australian ruckman will provide us with a great deal of experience,” General Manager of Football Rob Kerr said.

"We feel Mark will work well with Matthew Leuenberger and assist with the development of our young players such as Gach Nyuon."

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