Posted: 1 April, 2015

Stevo's 2015 AFL Ladder Prediction

Check out where Mark Stevens reckons your team will finish this year

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Triple M Footy’s Mark Stevens has revealed his 2015 AFL ladder prediction. 

Do you agree with it?

 

1. HAWTHORN

2. PORT ADELAIDE

3. NORTH MELBOURNE

4. SYDNEY

5. GOLD COAST

6. FREMANTLE

7. GEELONG

8. ESSENDON

9. Adelaide

10. Richmond

11. Collingwood

12. Western Bulldogs

13. Brisbane Lions

14. Carlton

15. GWS

16. West Coast

17. Melbourne

18. St Kilda

 

 

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Posted: 1 April, 2015

Gibbs To Face Richmond

Carlton vice-captain has been declared fit by Mick Malthouse

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Carlton star Bryce Gibbs will line up for Thursday night's season-opening blockbuster against Richmond at the MCG after recovering from a shoulder injury. 

Coach Mick Malthouse said his vice-captain would play as well as Chris Yarran and Robbie Warnock, while the Blues are set to include ‘one or two kids who are worthy of selection’. 

Defender Yarran had been battling a virus while ruckman Warnock also had a shoulder injury. 

Malthouse said former Giant Kristian Jaksch would make his club debut against the Tigers too. 

The veteran coach only wanted to focus on the season-starter and wouldn't be drawn on the Essendon or Collingwood ASADA situations. 

"I made it my full intention of coming and talking about the Carlton-Richmond game and I'm not going to change that," Malthouse said. 

"The Essendon stuff, the Collingwood stuff, for us to go into tomorrow night, that's irrevelant. 

"We are delighted to play at the MCG, play in the opening game ... this is what people pay their membership for, to see football played." 

Meanwhile, Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says key duo Trent Cotchin and Brett Deledio will enter the clash in peak fitness after carefully managed pre-season programs.

Cotchin (hamstring) and Deledio (Achilles) have been handled with kid gloves at Punt Road, often training away from the main group, in the lead up to the 2015 season, but Hardwick said the pair are ready to break the shackles.

"(Trent's) raring to go," Hardwick said on Wednesday.

"You've only got to look at his track record from a game perspective - he's ready to go and he's going to be a good player for us."

Deledio worked away from the main group during a light training session on Wednesday, but Hardwick said that was part of the 27-year-old's routine at this stage of his career.

"He trained yesterday and we never train him two days in a row," he said.

"He always has the softer session the day before a game.

"He's raring to go, he looks in good form so we're looking forward to him making a solid contribution."

The Tigers have reached the eve of the premiership season in good shape with Chris Newman (heart surgery) and David Astbury (stingray barb) overcoming their recent setbacks.

Hardwick has been impressed with what he's seen from the Blues over the pre-season and scoffed at suggestions Mick Malthouse's men were clear underdogs going into Thursday night's blockbuster at the MCG.

"These round one games ... they're 50-50 games," he said.

"We've just got to make sure we go about playing our best footy, both offensively and defensively, and get the ball going our way."

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Tags: AFL, Carlton Blues, Blues

Posted: 1 April, 2015

ASADA Will Consider Appealing

ASADA boss says appealing anti-doping tribunal's Essendon verdict was 'live option'

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UPDATE

ASADA boss Ben McDevitt has admitted on Triple M’s Rush Hour that the anti-doping authority’s reputation has “taken a hit” as a result of the two-year investigation into Essendon. 

But, according to McDevitt, ASADA would always come under public scrutiny as it was easy to attack the regulator and as they can’t make many public comments as a government agency, the vacuum gets filled by ill-informed media “rent-a-quotes”. 

He also conceded the case wasn’t an easy one as it was circumstantial and, worryingly, he told JB and Billy that that would be the way of the future worldwide as athletes became smarter in their doping techniques. 

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EARLIER

ASADA chief Ben McDevitt says the anti-doping authority will consider appealing the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal’s verdict that cleared the ‘Essendon 34’ of taking performance-enhancing drugs.

McDevitt said the appeal option was “a very live option” for ASADA.

At a media conference in Canberra on Wednesdsay, he reiterated that what went on at Essendon in 2012 was an “utter disgrace” and that it was not a supplement program but an injection regime.

McDevitt said the allegations leveled at the Bombers were far more serious than just poor governance and stressed ASADA was not the enemy.

McDevitt said ASADA was fighting doping – not sport – and was about protecting the rights of clean athletes.

He also expressed concern for the ‘Essendon 34’ who were used as “pin cushions”.

"They've been used as pin cushions and we don't know what was injected into them," McDevitt said.

"The absolute deplorable, disgraceful injections means we have no idea what was injected into them."

McDevitt implored sports scienteist Stephen Dank to produce records of what was given to the players if he has them.

ASADA has 21 days to decide whether to appeal or not. 

McDevitt defended ASADA's handling of such a complex investigation and pointed out much of the delay involved in reaching the findings was due to the actions of others.

 

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Tags: AFL, Essendon Bombers, Bombers, ASADA

Posted: 1 April, 2015

Carey: AFL Soft On Drugs

AFL legend says players happy to roll the dice on illicit drugs policy

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AFL legend Wayne Carey has told Triple M’s Hot Breakfast that the league’s “soft stance” on drugs has led to players “rolling the dice”. 

The former North Melbourne champion believes the AFL’s illicit drugs policy, which not only contains the contentious “three strikes” rule but also allows players to self-report to avoid being suspended or publicly named, needs an overhaul. 

“It all comes back to the three-strikes rule – the lenient stance that the AFL has taken with this,” Carey said. 

“When it first came out, I thought, ‘Yeah, okay, that’ll work’, but then when you hear that there are players on two strikes and then have gone and self-reported, and we still don’t know who those players are ... but they’ve self-reported when they’ve got three strikes, so therefore they haven’t had any suspension or been named or anything else. 

“I think that lenient stance is the very reason why we continue to get things like the Collingwood boys,” Carey said referring to Lachie Keffe and Josh Thomas who have tested positive to banned drug clenbuterol. 

“I honestly believe that there aren’t too many players that go out there and would deliberately take a performance-enhancing drug and my understanding is that there could be a link between illicit drugs and performance-enhancing drugs and they get mixed in with one another. 

“Because of that soft stance by the AFL, the players still roll the dice.” 

Carey believes that once a player has one strike, his club should know his identity and that if he has a second strike he should sit out of the game for a year and undergo rehabilitation.

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire stressed that neither Keeffe or Thomas knew how traces of clenbuterol ended up in their system. 

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Posted: 1 April, 2015

Eddie: ASADA Got it 'Ass-About'

Collingwood president baffled by ASADA's handling of Essendon investigation

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Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has told Triple M’s Hot Breakfast that ASADA got its investigation into Essendon ‘ass-about’ after the 34 past and present Bombers were cleared by the AFL’s Anti-Doping Tribunal on Tuesday. 

Eddie queried how ASADA could have made “the biggest accusation in the history of Australian sport” without sufficient evidence as stated in the tribunal’s verdict. 

“Their job was to get the evidence to nail Essendon if they were doing something illegal,” Eddie said. 

Ed and Luke Darcy both hoped that ASADA and/or WADA would not appeal the tribunal’s decision. 

“It would be a big call for ASADA to roll through again and spend more taxpayers’ money,” Darce said. 

Eddie added: “I don’t think they would have held anything back, would they? I think it might have all been on the table – let’s move on.”

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Tags: AFL, Essendon Bombers, Bombers

Posted: 31 March, 2015

Ablett Back For Rnd 1

Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade says Gary Ablett is a certainty to face Melbourne in Saturday's AFL opener

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Gold Coast Rodney Eade has given captain Gary Ablett the all clear to play in the Suns' AFL season opener against Melbourne.

Ablett sat out the entire pre-season as he recovered from a shoulder reconstruction but he trained on Tuesday and Eade said he would definitely take on the Demons at the MCG.

He won't be rushing back young gun Jaeger O'Meara, saying the 2013 Rising Star winner will come back through the reserves after off-season knee surgery.


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Tags: Gary Ablett, Gary Ablett Jnr, Gold Coast, Suns

Posted: 31 March, 2015

Hoskin-Elliott & Sumner Sidelined

Giants' Will Hoskin-Elliott out for 4-6 weeks, Liam Sumner 8-12 weeks

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GWS forward Will Hoskin-Elliott will be sidelined for the next four to six weeks due to a shoulder injury. 

Hoskin-Elliott suffered the injury in a collision late in the final NAB Challenge match against the Swans at StarTrack Oval, Canberra.

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Tags: GWS, Giants, Will Hoskin-Elliott, Injury News

Posted: 31 March, 2015

Bombers Not Guilty

The 34 past and present Essendon players involved in the controversial supplements scandal have been found not guilty

Essendon Players at today's press conference.

  • 34 Past And Present Essendon Players Found Not Guilty
  • Frees Up To 17 Current Bombers To Play Sydney On Saturday
  • ASADA Press Conference At 11am Tomorrow (Wednesday)

The 34 past and present Essendon players involved in the controversial supplements scandal have been found not guilty by the AFL anti-doping tribunal.

The not guilty finding frees up to 18 current Bombers players to line up in Saturday's round one match against Sydney at ANZ Stadium.

Three other former Essendon players now at other clubs - Port Adelaide duo Paddy Ryder and Angus Monfries and Western Bulldogs forward Stewart Crameri - can also play in round one.

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Tags: Essendon, Bombers, Supplement Saga, ASADA, AFL, AFL Anti Doping Tribunal

Posted: 30 March, 2015

Crisp Fined For Betting On AFL

New Magpie avoids suspension after being found guilty of betting offences

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Collingwood midfielder Jack Crisp has avoided suspension for betting on AFL games last year. 

Instead, the 21-year-old has been fined $5000 after being found guilty of a host of betting offences when he was still at the Brisbane Lions. 

Crisp placed a total of $129 in bets on an AFL market in season 2014. 

He was spared a suspension due to his cooperation with the AFL but has been forced to undergo counselling.

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Tags: AFL, Collingwood Magpies, Magpies

Posted: 30 March, 2015

Armitage: I Look Like A Mushroom!

St Kilda star not happy with his new haircut!

David Armitage has told Triple M’s Rush Hour that he now looks like a mushroom following his latest haircut! 

The St Kilda midfielder wanted to get a new haircut in time for Round 1 but he reckons his hairdresser ‘butchered’ him and he needs to get it redone! 

What do you guys reckon? Is it that bad? 

We won't mention Arma and JB's 'Blue Steel' poses!

Meanwhile, he also gave JB and Billy an update on injured teammates Leigh Montagna, Jack Billings and Shane Savage. 

Armitage revealed the Saints could also have two or three debutants on Sunday against Greater Western Sydney. 

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Tags: AFL, St Kilda Saints, Saints

Posted: 30 March, 2015

Hogan To Make Much-Anticipated Debut

Melbourne coach Paul Roos confirms young forward will face Suns

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Melbourne forward Jesse Hogan will make his much-anticipated AFL debut in the Demons' season-opening clash against Gold Coast.

Hogan, 20, arrived at the club via the GWS mini-draft amid much fanfare only to have his first AFL season ruined by a serious back complaint. 

But coach Paul Roos said on Monday the imposing key forward had done enough to earn a spot in the team to take on the Suns at the MCG on Saturday. 

"I can confirm that (he'll debut) provided he gets through training this week," Roos said. 

"Jesse's done enough. He had a good pre-season and he played pretty consistently throughout the three (practice) games, so we'd expect him to play this week." 

The Demons sent picks three and 13 to the Giants for the right to acquire the Western Australian at the end of 2012 and received pick 20 and Dom Barry, who is no longer in the league, in return. 

Much is expected of the talented youngster after a promising VFL apprenticeship in 2013, but Roos is confident Hogan can handle the intense interest in his development. 

"As long as your players know what your own expectations are," he said. 

"Everyone understands how the media works and at this club I think the players understand internally - which is more important - the expectations (we place on them). 

"Whether you're pick one or pick 25 in the rookie draft, the expectations are exactly the same." 

Roos said Bernie Vince and Jeremy Howe were good chances to play after overcoming hamstring injuries, with impressive rookie Aaron vandenBerg and No.3 draft pick Angus Brayshaw also in the selection mix.

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Tags: AFL, Melbourne Demons, Demons

Posted: 30 March, 2015

Beams Ready To Bite Old Teammates

Former star Magpie admits it will be strange playing Collingwood this week

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You could forgive Dayne Beams if he takes off in the wrong direction in Brisbane's season opener against Collingwood at the Gabba on Saturday night. 

Beams made the switch to join his brother Claye at the Lions after six seasons and 110 games with the Magpies. 

The 25-year-old admits it'll be an odd experience facing off against his old club in his first game at his new team. 

"It's going to be interesting to play against the old colours, I've spent six years there," Beams told reporters on Monday. 

"It'll be different running around against them, but it should be fun at the same time and hopefully we can get a win. 

"I guess you guys (media) are going to beat it up like it's me versus my old side, but I've got a job to do for my new side now, so it should be a good challenge for us." 

Beams says there hasn't been much banter going on between himself and his former teammates, although he suggested he might send out a few text messages as the match gets closer. 

Instead Beams says his focus is on bringing the leadership and experience to the table that the young Lions expect from him. 

"I've come from a club that's been pretty successful over a number of years and I can bring that to this footy club and guide a few of those younger guys in the right direction," he said. 

"That's where our improvement is going to come from, those guys pushing through, the 21 (and) 22-year-old guys starting to get a bit of footy under their belt." 

The fishbowl existence that comes with being a part of Collingwood in footy-mad Melbourne has not been missed by Beams. 

He says being able to live a normal life outside of the football microcosm had been one of the real benefits to his return to Queensland, the state where he and Claye grew up. 

"Being at a club like Collingwood you attract a lot of outside attention," Beams said. 

"It's definitely something I've appreciated since being here. 

"It's not a massive AFL state. You can walk down the street in Melbourne and get noticed by a lot of people, whereas here you can live a bit more of a normal life, which is something I've appreciated and I feel it's going to help my footy as well."

 

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