Posted: 26 July, 2016

VFL Player Caught Biting Clayton Oliver

In a bit of trouble...

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The weekend's VFL match between Casey and Sandringham had a controversial moment in the first quarter that was captured by the Channel 7 cameras.

Melbourne's Clayton Oliver, playing for Casey, appeared to be bitten Myke Cook during a fight for a contested ball.

Oliver was understandably unhappy with the encounter:

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Posted: 26 July, 2016

Eric Wallace Signs With Carolina Panthers

Out of nowhere!

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Former North Melbourne international rookie Eric Wallace has signed with NFL team - the Carolina Panthers.

Wallace spent three years on the Kangaroos list but didn't play a game at senior level.

He has earned a spot on the Panthers roster as a tight-end.

"I grew up a Carolina fan," Wallace told the Panthers website. "Today, the dream came true."

"Coming back, the decision was whether I'd play basketball again or continue along the football path and put pads on again," Wallace said.

"It's surreal," he said.

"I have size – you can't really teach size – and speed. I'm faster than I look. I'm a smooth athlete, pretty good with my hands."

Wallace explained the decision to head to the AFL Combine.

"I was like, ‘It's a free trip to L.A. Why not?' " Wallace said.

"Out of about 35 of us, three of us got invited to the real combine in Melbourne, Australia. Out of those three, North Melbourne signed me."

He also attempted to explain the sport and the position of ruckman to the Americans.

"The big guy who enforces things, kind of like a basketball centre," he said.

"It's a very physical sport, with no pads. It's fast-paced, non-stop like basketball. Guys are clearing half-marathon numbers during a game. It's also highly skilled. Everybody has to be able to kick, run, catch.

"It's a different physicality. The AFL is more free flow where you've got a man and you guard him. The NFL, it's more head-to-head, trying to stop a 270-pound man running at you."

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Posted: 25 July, 2016

AFLCA Votes Round 18

Check out which players caught the coaches' eyes on the weekend

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COLLINGWOOD v NORTH MELBOURNE

10 Daniel Wells (NM)

7 Sam Gibson (NM)

4 Scott Pendlebury (Coll)

4 Lindsay Thomas (NM)

3 Ryan Clarke (NM)

1 Drew Petrie (NM)

1 Steele Sidebottom (Coll)

 

SYDNEY v CARLTON

10 Josh Kennedy (Syd)

6 Patrick Cripps (Carl)

5 Bryce Gibbs (Carl)

4 Lance Franklin (Syd)

2 Jake Lloyd (Syd)

2 Luke Parker (Syd)

1 Kade Simpson (Carl)

 

GOLD COAST v FREMANTLE

10 Alex Sexton (GC)

7 Touk Miller (GC)

6 Steven May (GC)

3 Tom Lynch (GC)

2 Lachie Neale (Fre)

1 Sam Day (GC)

1 Tom Nicholls (GC)

 

WEST COAST v MELBOURNE

8 Dom Tyson (Melb)

7 Nathan Jones (Melb)

4 Dean Kent (Melb)

4 Matt Priddis (WC)

4 Jack Viney (Melb)

2 Jeremy McGovern (WC)

1 Shannon Hurn (WC)

 

GEELONG v ADELAIDE

10 Corey Enright (Geel)

7 Jimmy Bartel (Geel)

6 Patrick Dangerfield (Geel)

4 Joel Selwood (Geel)

2 Daniel Menzel (Geel)

1 Tom Hawkins (Geel)

 

WESTERN BULLDOGS v ST KILDA

9 Jack Steven (StK)

6 Marcus Bontempelli (WB)

6 Sean Dempster (StK)

5 Nick Riewoldt (StK)

2 Jarryn Geary (StK)

2 Maverick Weller (StK)

 

ESSENDON v BRISBANE LIONS

10 Tom Rockliff (BL)

8 Stefan Martin (BL)

5 Daniel Rich (BL)

3 Zach Merrett (Ess)

2 Ryan Bastinac (BL)

1 Daniel Merrett (BL)

1 Mitch Robinson (BL)

 

HAWTHORN v RICHMOND

9 Sam Mitchell (Haw)

6 Bradley Hill (Haw)

5 Dustin Martin (Rich)

5 Ben Stratton (Haw)

4 Josh Gibson (Haw)

1 Jack Gunston (Haw)

 

PORT ADELAIDE v GWS 

9 Josh Kelly (GWS)

5 Robbie Gray (PA)

5 Nick Haynes (GWS)

4 Dylan Shiel (GWS)

3 Tom Scully (GWS)

2 Brad Ebert (PA)

2 Heath Shaw (GWS)

 

AFLCA LEADERBOARD

85 Patrick Dangerfield (Geel)

80 Rory Sloane (Adel)

79 Dustin Martin (Rich)

73 Joel Selwood (Geel)

69 Marcus Bontempelli (WB)

66 Luke Shuey (WCE)

60 Jack Steven (StK)

59 Sam Mitchell (Haw)

59 Luke Parker (Syd)

56 Robbie Gray (PA)

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Tags: AFL, AFLCA, votes

Posted: 25 July, 2016

Star Giants Free To Play Tigers

Toby Greene and Tom Scully both offered fines by the MRP

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Greater Western Sydney pair Toby Greene and Tom Scully will be free to play Richmond this weekend at Spotless Stadium.

The match review panel announced on Monday that Greene and Scully have avoided suspension and could accept $1000 fines for misconduct against Port Adelaide’s Brendon Ah Chee and striking upgraded Power rookie Kane Mitchell respectively.

West Coast are also breathing a sigh of relief with two of their key players Jeremy McGovern and Jamie Cripps escaping bans as well.

McGovern and Cripps have both been offered $1000 fines for engaging in rough conduct with Melbourne pair Dean Kent and Max Gawn respectively.

Geelong midfielder Steven Motlop and Adelaide on-baller Matt Crouch have been slapped with $1000 fines for wrestling each other and Brisbane youngster Rhys Mathieson can also accept a $1000 sanction for kneeing Essendon star Zach Merrett.

Meanwhile, Collingwood duo Brodie Grundy and Jesse White have both been cleared of making contact with North Melbourne hard nut Jack Ziebell while Travis Varcoe doesn’t have a case to answer for his hit on Ziebell’s teammate Brad McKenzie. 

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Tags: AFL, GWS Giants, Giants

Posted: 25 July, 2016

Barrett: Dogs Can't Win Flag

"I don’t know whether you can add Wallis and Redpath to Murphy."

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The Western Bulldogs are now out of the premiership race after suffering season-ending injuries to two more key players, according to Triple M Footy’s Damian Barrett.

Star midfielder Mitch Wallis suffered a horrific broken leg in the Dogs’ 15-point loss to St Kilda on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium, while key forward Jack Redpath ruptured his ACL in the same game.

With the Dogs already missing captain Robert Murphy for the season due to a serious knee injury of his own, Damo believes it’s now too many setbacks for the team to overcome.

“I don’t know whether you can add the two injuries of the weekend to Bob Murphy and actually achieve something significant this year,” Damo told Triple M’s Rush Hour on Monday.

“They’ve looked as though they were going to get over that one (Murphy’s injury) but I don’t know whether you can add Wallis and Redpath to Murphy.”

In some better news for the Dogs, Luke Dahlhaus (knee), Jake Stringer (shoulder) and Marcus Adams (foot) are all expected to return to the team in the next few weeks.

The Bulldogs take on Geelong on Friday night at Simonds Stadium in a match which will be crucial to their top-four chances.

Luke Beveridge’s side is currently one of six teams on 12-5 but they’re in seventh spot on the ladder due to their poor percentage.

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Tags: AFL, Western Bulldogs, Bulldogs

Posted: 25 July, 2016

Boomer Settles Spat With Carey

Brent Harvey apologises to Wayne Carey ahead of record 427th game

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North Melbourne greats Brent Harvey and Wayne Carey have resolved their spat that threatened to mar the former’s major milestone on Saturday night.

Harvey will play his 427th AFL match, breaking the all-time record that Hawthorn legend Michael Tuck has held since 1991.

Extracts from Harvey's new book 'Boomer' were published on the weekend and he was highly critical of Carey.

Harvey said on Monday he had apologised to his former captain.

In the book, Harvey described Carey's extra-marital affair with the wife of their then teammate Anthony Stevens as despicable.

The book also alleged North paid hush money to protect Carey's reputation.

Carey duly hit back on radio, saying it was terribly sad that Harvey had sensationalised allegations that had never happened.

He flatly denied North paid any hush money to protect him. 

Harvey said Carey rang him on Sunday night to sort out their differences.

"For me, a lot of it was rumour ... it wasn't fact," Harvey said on Monday.

"In hindsight, I probably shouldn't have put it in the book, but unfortunately I have.

"He has a lot of rumours in his life and you probably could write a whole book on the (rumours) and Wayne Carey.

"For me, I just want to put it on the table right now, that was rumour and innuendo and I apologised to him, he accepted that, which is fantastic."

Harvey said that there is a plan for Carey to interview him on television after Saturday night's game if North win. 

Harvey added he would meet with coach Brad Scott in the next couple of weeks to look at whether he keeps playing beyond this season.

"Absolutely, if the club says yes, I have no doubt the body and the mind would hold up for another pre-season," he said.

"Hopefully we'll go deep into September - and even early October - and then another pre-season."

Harvey also wants the focus kept on beating St Kilda this week as much as possible.

The Kangaroos are eighth and the Saints are the biggest threats to their finals hopes.

"Obviously I've spoken to Brad about everything and like my 400th, the whole focus will be about beating the Saints, who are in really good form," he said.

"We'll try to keep it not about me as much as I can and more about the team.

"When you run out with your kids and your family is there, they present you with your jumper or whatever we decide to go, it gets a little bit emotional.

"But it won't be over the top."

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Tags: AFL, North Melbourne Kangaroos, Kangaroos

Posted: 25 July, 2016

Marchbank Out For The Year

Young GWS defender requires a shoulder reconstruction

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Young Greater Western Sydney defender Caleb Marchbank requires a shoulder reconstruction and will take no further part in season 2016.

Marchbank injured his shoulder in the NEAFL recently and after extensive consultation, it was decided that the operation was the best course of action.

Giants head of athletic performance David Joyce said Marchbank was disappointed by the news.

“With his long term welfare in mind, this is the best course of action to take,” Joyce said. 

“It’s been a difficult season for Caleb but we’re confident he’ll make a full recovery in a matter of months." 

The highly-rated 19-year-old has only played two games this year for a career total of seven.

Marchbank was selected with pick No.6 in the 2014 AFL draft.

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Tags: AFL, Greater Western Sydney Giants, Giants

Posted: 25 July, 2016

Gold Coast Suns Skip Training To Search For Missing Child

Queensland Police ask anyone with information to ring 131 564.

Gold Coast players have put Monday's training on hold to help the Queensland Police Service search for a missing young girl.

5-year-old Jocelyn went missing from her Nerang home on Sunday night.

Over 150 police and volunteers are searching got the child.

AFL.com.au report that Suns vice-captain David Swallow saw the reports and spoke to teammates on Monday morning about helping out.

The club got in touch with police and the players have been assigned an area to search.

They are looking around the Metricon Stadium precinct, Emerald Lakes Golf Club – which is across the road – and surrounding areas.

All fit players have been granted a break in their day's training to help out.

Jocelyn is described as Caucasian, 115cm tall, with blonde shoulder-length hair and blue eyes, and was last seen wearing a pink T-shirt with a ladybird motif and blue denim shorts.

Queensland Police ask anyone with information to ring 131 564. Ring 000 to provide life-threatening information about this incident.

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Posted: 25 July, 2016

Disturbing Discovery Outside The Cats Home Ground

The investigation is continuing

Two devices believed to be cameras have been discovered in a women's toilet block outside Simonds Stadium.

The devices were found inside the women's toilets in Kardinia Park, off Kilgour Street, on July 21.

A police search found no other devices in the area and the investigation is continuing.

 

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Tags: Geelong

Posted: 25 July, 2016

Papley Re-Signs With Sydney

Sydney youngster signs a new two-year deal

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Sydney youngster Tom Papley has signed a new two-year deal that will keep him at the Swans until the end of 2018.

Papley, who was picked up in this year’s rookie draft, has made an instant impact in his debut year, kicking 15 goals from 11 games – including a three-goal bag on debut against Collingwood in Round 1.

The 20-year-old has averaged 12 disposals, six contested possessions and four tackles per game.

He also earned a rising star nomination for his 20 touches, eight marks and two goals against West Coast in Round 5.

Swans football manager Tom Harley said the club was thrilled by Papley's re-signing.

"Tom has been an exciting young player for us this season," Harley said. 

"He has come into our side and made a solid contribution with his forward pressure and determination in the contest. 

"We're really looking forward to watching Tom's progression as he continues to learn and grow in our team."

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Tags: AFL, Sydney Swans, Swans

Posted: 25 July, 2016

Top Dog Departs Kennel

Western Bulldogs chief executive David Stevenson reportedly resigns

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The Western Bulldogs have lost their top dog, with chief executive David Stevenson reportedly resigning. 

Fairfax Media is reporting the former Nike executive offered his resignation from the role on Friday after just a year in the job.

The report suggests a strained relationship between chairman Peter Gordon and the low-profile chief executive.

The Bulldogs are likely to promote an internal candidate to act as chief executive while searching for a permanent replacement.

With the finals just over a month away, the timing of his departure is poor - the Bulldogs enduring a disappointing weekend with a tight loss to St Kilda compounded by long-term injuries to Jack Redpath and Mitch Wallis.

No top-eight club has lost more players to injury this season, with Redpath and Wallis ruled out for the rest of the Bulldogs' 2016 campaign.

The seventh-placed Bulldogs play Geelong at Simonds Stadium on Friday night.

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Tags: AFL, Western Bulldogs, Bulldogs

Posted: 24 July, 2016

Sam Mitchell Put On A Genuine Clinic In His 300th Game

Absolute superstar.

Sam Mitchell is a smooth operator on the footy field, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that his 300th game was just as brilliant as the bulk of the 299 that preceded it.

The Hawks midfield maestro was masterful in their 16.18 (114) to 5.14 (44) demolition of Richmond, racking up 38 touches (13 contested) at 84% efficiency, nine marks, nine clearances and five inside 50s.

The only place he didn’t have a significant impact was on the scoreboard; he only kicked 0.1 for the day.

The Richmond players showed their respect by lining up for a guard of honour for Mitchell as he was chaired off by fellow quadruple-premiership legends Luke Hodge and Jordan Lewis.

 

Twitter was quick to pays its tributes as well:

 

Congrats Mitch, you absolute legend.

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