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Posted: 24 July, 2014

Eagles Lock In Young Guns

West Coast's Cal Sinclair & Brad Sheppard have both signed two-year deals

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West Coast Eagles’ ruckman-forward Cal Sinclair and defender Brad Sheppard have both signed two-year contract extensions.

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Posted: 24 July, 2014

Saint's Season Over

Hickey has been ruled out for the rest of the season with knee tendonitis

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Tom Hickey has been ruled out for the rest of the season with knee tendonitis.

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Tags: Tom Hickey, St Kilda Saints, St Kilda

Posted: 24 July, 2014

Ivan's Cousin Ivan

Richmond has signed the cousin of Ivan Maric as an experimental rookie

Richmond has signed the cousin of Ivan Maric as an experimental rookie.

18 year-old Ivan Soldo is a 204cm state basketball player who's never played a game of footy in his life.

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Posted: 24 July, 2014

‘The Duck Whisperer’ Not Taking Credit For Carlisle's Form

Wayne Carey has spoken on Triple M's Hot Breakfast about his mentoring of Essendon gun forward Jake Carlisle.

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Wayne Carey is not taking any credit for Jack Carlisle's form despite the Bomber being on fire since the pair met last month.

It’s been widely documented that the Duck spent time with Carlisle to advise him on forward techniques, tactics and positioning.

Since their meeting Carlisle form has turned around, culminating in match winning performances against Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs.

In these two games Carlisle has taken 31 marks (13 contested) and kicked 12 goals.

"The Bombers are playing great footy, and it helps when they are kicking the ball a lot more direct, and all of a sudden they are kicking the ball to him now," Carey said on Triple M’s Hot Breakfast.

"I don’t think they were doing that earlier on. So that makes a big difference."

Carey’s coaching of Carlisle hasn’t gone unnoticed within the Bomber’s inner-sanctum with Coach Mark Thompson mentioning his influence in the post-match press conference on Sunday.

"There's a bit of banter in the rooms that Wayne Carey should be a coach and the forwards coach who coaches Jake, he's not getting any compliments and he's a bit upset,” Thompson joked.

"I don't care what happens as long as he plays like that… He's been incredible really."

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Posted: 23 July, 2014

Purple: Waite Has To Leave Blues

LISTEN: It's time for veteran Carlton forward to move on

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Key forward Jarrad Waite has to get out of the Carlton Football Club at the end of the year, according to Damian Barrett. 

Waite has experienced yet another inconsistent season with the Blues that was highlighted by his four-goal effort against North Melbourne last week – a dominant display which he only produced after being a late inclusion. 

The 31-year-old has had dramatic form fluctuations this year which have seen him dropped on more than one occasion. 

And Purple told Triple M’s Midweek Rub on Wednesday that he would be a good fit at the Western Bulldogs. 

“My thinking is he’s got to get out of there,” Purple said of Waite who has failed to play more than 16 games in a year since 2008. 

“That’s my take on where that will play out over the next four or five weeks.” 

“He won’t be at Carlton next year.” 

“It’s not a news segment here, it’s just my opinion.”

“I think it’s time for him to move on ... clubs are after him.”  

Danny Frawley suggested Waite could turn Stewart Crameri into a more potent forward for the Dogs if he crossed to Whitten Oval. 

Will Waite leave Carlton? And should Waite leave Carlton?

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Posted: 23 July, 2014

Fremantle Lock Away Trio

Lee Spurr, Alex Silvagni and Jack Hannath re-sign with Freo

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Fremantle have signed Lee Spurr, Alex Silvagni and Jack Hannath to new contracts with the club. 

Out-of-contract Silvagni and Hannath both agreed to two-year deals while Spurr penned a one-year extension which ensures all three will be Dockers until the end of 2016. 

Spurr, who was given his chance at AFL footy by the Dockers after being overlooked at four drafts, has become one of their most important players since debuting for them in 2012 as a 24-year-old and he was rapt to put pen to paper. 

“Fremantle gave me my first opportunity as a mature-age player and showed faith in me and I want to repay that faith that they've shown in me,” said Spurr, who has played 53 games for Freo. 

“I've made a lot of great friendships over here and I want to be a big part of Fremantle going forward.” 

Silvagni was equally thrilled to commit to Fremantle. 

“The club has shown faith in me, so I'll show faith in the club by sticking around,” he said. 

“I love the club, I love everything about it, the players, the coaches, the supporters, they're fantastic and I'm really enjoying being here.” 

And Hannath said it wasn’t a hard decision to re-sign with the Dockers. 

“I feel my footy has been constantly improving and all the resources and work that gets put into you is second to none, so I really want to make the most of that opportunity,” he said.

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Posted: 23 July, 2014

Reid Set For Long-Awaited Return

Key Magpie on the verge of playing first game for 2014

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Ben Reid and Jamie Elliott are good chances of returning to the Collingwood line-up on the weekend for their crunch clash against Adelaide, according to coach Nathan Buckley. 

Reid, who is yet to play an AFL match this season due to injury, and Elliott will take on the Crows provided they make it through training on Friday.

The pair will be handy inclusions for a team that kicked five goals in a last-start 64-point loss to Essendon. 

But Buckley was far more worried about his side's output when the ball is in dispute. 

"There's three phases of the game: offence, defence and contest. The one we haven't been getting right is contest, and that sets up the other two," he said. 

"If you look at ... our contested possession differential ... we've gone from pretty well first in the comp early in the year to bottom four." 

Dumped defender Lachie Keeffe could earn a recall, as Buckley ponders how best to handle the injury-enforced omissions of veterans Nick Maxwell and Dane Swan. 

Buckley has called on his players to end the AFL club's identity crisis. 

Are the Magpies the sort of side that climbed into the top four last month, smacking rivals at stoppages? 

Or are they destined be on holiday in September, having been outworked by the likes of other finals aspirants like 10th-placed Adelaide. 

The next six weeks - starting with Sunday's match against the Crows at the MCG - will decide. 

"When you don't perform you ask questions of yourself and of your group," Buckley said. 

"We haven't played our football often enough against any opposition for the last five weeks ... we've addressed that and taken lessons from it.” 

"(We need to be) bringing the heat and intensity we saw in the first six or seven rounds of our season." 

Buckley noted the work rate he wanted had been there ‘in dribs and drabs since’. 

"But which one (side) are we? We've got to make that decision," he added. 

"We're not putting a cap of what we're capable of, but at the same time it comes down to actions.” 

"Ultimately we'll get what we deserve and what we earn." 

The Magpies have managed a single scrappy win over Carlton from their past five starts, having been knocked over by Western Bulldogs, Hawthorn, Gold Coast and Essendon.

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Posted: 23 July, 2014

No Mohr Action For Tim In 2014

Knee reconstruction ends GWS defender's season

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Luckless GWS defender Tim Mohr will miss the rest of the season after scans revealed he has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. 

Mohr suffered the injury against Geelong at Spotless Stadium on the weekend and he will now require a knee reconstruction. 

Foot and knee injuries had already restricted Mohr to just eight games this season and if he undergoes a traditional reconstruction, he will likely miss a fair chunk of next season as well. 

The 25-year-old joins Jeremy Cameron (ankle), Stephen Coniglio (thumb), Lachie Whitfield (shoulder), Nick Haynes (ankle) and Aidan Corr (shoulder) as Giants who have already been ruled out for the remainder of 2014. 

Mohr has played 43 matches for Greater Western Sydney since debuting for them in 2012.

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Posted: 23 July, 2014

Burgoyne Focused On Downing Swans

Hawthorn star describes Swans clash as most important of 2014

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There are many reasons for Hawthorn to be motivated for Saturday night's Beyond Blue Cup blockbuster against Sydney

Found wanting in too many meetings with flag contenders this season - think Sydney, Port Adelaide and Geelong - beating the Swans at the MCG would certainly affirm their premiership credentials. 

In a tight race for home finals, wins on the board will be crucial - especially seeing as Hawthorn have the toughest draw of their rivals. 

The first return of two-time premiership forward Lance Franklin against his old side in Melbourne might lift some, though it's more likely to pump up the crowd. 

The Hawks too have reason to lift within their ranks, with their own power forward Jarryd Roughead celebrating his 200th game. 

And there's no doubt the 2012 grand final loss still rankles the Hawks, who were warm favourites to win that match. 

With so much to play for, what's driving Shaun Burgoyne? 

"It is one of the games you get yourself up for," he said. 

"There's no more important game than this week." 

But rather than talking tough, the dynamic all-position player meant to downplay the clash - saying it was just another step on the path to September. 

"We're just looking at it as another game preparing for the finals," he said. 

"We know it's going to be very tough ... they're on top of the ladder so they're doing something right."

Despite their lofty ladder position, Burgoyne stepped away from the suggestion that Sydney, with 12 straight wins coming into the match, was the team to beat to win the flag. 

"I don't know about the premiership, there's probably any number of teams, the top seven or eight on their best day can beat anyone," he said. 

"It doesn't matter where you sit on the ladder, you've got to bring your ‘A game’, your intensity or you'll get knocked off." 

As a two-club player himself, Burgoyne said he hoped Hawthorn fans would treat Franklin with respect on his first game at the MCG playing against the brown and gold. 

"He's done a lot for our footy club over nine years," he said. 

"I changed clubs as well so I know exactly what he's going through.” 

"We're expecting him to play well but when the siren sounds he will be just another player out there." 

Burgoyne said all signs were positive that Josh Gibson would return for the match, 11 weeks after he tore a pectoral muscle in Sydney's defeat of the Hawks at ANZ Stadium.

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Tags: AFL, Hawthorn Hawks, Hawks

Posted: 23 July, 2014

Pavlich: Harvey Axing Was Brutal

Freo captain opens up about Mark Harvey's sacking in new book

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Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich has compared the 2011 sacking of coach Mark Harvey to Julia Gillard's overthrow of Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister, saying it was brutal but no different to what happens in the cut-throat corporate world. 

Harvey's axing with a year to run on his contract caused widespread outrage in football circles, especially once details emerged of Fremantle's secret dealings to lure then-St Kilda coach Ross Lyon. 

The coaching controversy has been detailed in a new book, Fremantle Dockers: An Illustrated History, which celebrates the club's 20-year history. 

Pavlich said Harvey's axing came as a shock to him, but he worked hard to ensure the players moved on quickly from the controversy. 

"It was professionally brutal, but no more brutal than BHP getting rid of their CEO, or the Julia Gillard takeover of Kevin Rudd," Pavlich says in the book, which was written by former Dockers board member Les Everett. 

"I think the reaction to it - the public and media scrutiny - was a significant overreaction.” 

"The next day, the players got together and ... I got up and said something along the lines of: ‘There's going to be varying emotions here, but this is the decision that's been made and we have to get on with it’.” 

"It's like a decision from the umpire - you move on." 

Harvey was mapping out the club's 2012 pre-season campaign with his assistant coaches when he was summoned into a meeting by chief executive Steve Rosich. 

The fourth-year coach thought nothing of it at the time, but knew something was wrong when he entered the room and saw the body language of president Steve Harris and football operations manager Chris Bond. 

"Well, that's football, isn't it," was the last thing Harvey said to Fremantle's hierarchy after being told of his fate. 

Harvey is still deeply hurt by the nature of his sacking, and refused to be interviewed for the book, saying he didn't want to talk about it either now or in the future. 

Rosich said he initially made contact with Lyon on September 4, 2011 to see if the veteran coach would be interested in leading the Dockers in 2013. 

However, talk turned to arranging a deal for the 2012 season once St Kilda crashed out of the 2011 finals at the first hurdle. 

Although the appointment of Lyon as Fremantle coach was heavily criticised at the time, it has proven to be a big success. 

The master tactician led the Dockers to last year's grand final, and the club has the chance to go one step better this year despite last week's shock loss to the Saints.

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Posted: 23 July, 2014

Tredders New All-Australian Selector

Port Adelaide legend replaces Mark Ricciuto on selection committee

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Triple M Footy’s very own Warren Tredrea has joined the All-Australian selection committee. 

The former Port Adelaide premiership captain has taken the place of Triple M stablemate Mark Ricciuto

Roo vacated his seat on the committee to take up a position on the Adelaide Crows’ board. 

Tredders is one of the greatest players of the modern era. 

The 35-year-old played 255 games and booted a club record 549 goals for the Power across 14 seasons. 

In that time he picked up four All-Australian jumpers, four best-and-fairests, led Port Adelaide’s goalkicking on eight occasions and captained the Power to their only flag in 2004. 

He was also inducted into the Australian Football Hall Of Fame last month.

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Posted: 23 July, 2014

Kane Cornes Signs New Deal With Port Adelaide

The four time Port best and fairest is playing on for at least another year.

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Port Adelaide Champion Kane Cornes has signed a one-year contract extension.

The 31-year-old is on track to become Power's first player to crack the 300-game mark having played 285 games as of last weekend.

Cornes has won Port Adelaide's best and fairest four times and played in the club's 2004 premiership.

He is now the only remaining member of that grand final side after Dom Cassisi's retirement last week.

"It’s a pretty exciting time so I jumped at the chance to play on," Cornes told Port Adelaide's website.

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