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Posted: 17 September, 2014

Eddie: Ryder Move Would Have Huge Ramifications

Eddie has described Ryder saga as 'biggest story in the history of football'

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Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has described the Paddy Ryder saga as ‘the biggest story in the history of football’. 

Ryder, who still has two years to run on his contract with Essendon, reportedly met with Brisbane Lions officials in Queensland on Tuesday for a barbecue. 

The much-improved ruckman is seriously considering leaving the Bombers due to the club breaching its duty of care to him during the controversial 2011-12 supplement program. 

Ryder could depart the True Value Solar Centre by activating a clause in his contract. 

Eddie told Triple M’s Hot Breakfast that the AFL had to get on top of the issue and make a ruling one way or the other on Ryder’s situation. 

Eddie also said the league had to clarify if all Essendon players were now up for grabs and free agents. 

The Collingwood president added that if Ryder did leave the Bombers, the ramifications would be significant for the rest of the league. 

He had a very robust debate about the issue with Mick Molloy, have a listen to the clip at the top of the story!

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Tags: AFL, Essendon Bombers, Bombers

Posted: 17 September, 2014

Goodes Waiting Until End Of Season

Sydney champion is yet to decide if he will play on next year or not

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Sydney stalwart Adam Goodes says he still has a lot to offer, but won't make a decision on his future until the current campaign is over. 

The 34-year-old dual Brownlow medallist and club's all-time games record holder plays his 350th game in Friday night's preliminary final against North Melbourne at ANZ Stadium. 

Drafted in 1997, Goodes played his first AFL game back in 1999. 

"Playing on next year is definitely something that hasn't come into my head space over the last two months," Goodes said on Wednesday. 

"All those thoughts and decisions I think will be made post-season for me.” 

"I'm truly excited about this weekend and playing in a home prelim." 

Goodes said he was pleased to have played 18 straight games after having concerns in the pre-season during a lengthy rehabilitation from a knee injury. 

"The enthusiasm is still there and the desire is still there to suit up and play at this level," Goodes said. 

"I still think I've a lot to offer at this level as well, so what happens in the next couple of weeks will play itself out." 

Sydney defender Nick Malceski, who was substituted early in the Swans' qualifying final due to a hamstring issue, ran freely at training and looks on course to play on Friday night.

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Tags: AFL, Sydney Swans, Swans

Posted: 17 September, 2014

Jim Stynes Statue Unveiled

A statue of Jim Stynes has been unveiled at the MCG today

A statue of Jim Stynes has been unveiled at the MCG today.

Revealed on the Australia Post Avenue of Legends, the Jim Stynes statue joins statues of Shane Warne, Norm Smith, John Coleman and Neil Harvey.

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Tags: Jim Stynes, Melbourne, Demons

Posted: 17 September, 2014

Riewoldt Re-Signing 'Pretty Soon'

Recently named All Australian vice-captain hoping to extend his contract

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One of the great feel-good stories to come out of the All Australian dinner last night, says Luke Darcy, was the amazing applause when it was announced that Nick Riewoldt was going to receive his fifth All Australian and be named the vice-captain.

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Tags: Nick Riewoldt, St Kilda, Saints

Posted: 16 September, 2014

2014 All Australian Team

The AFL's best-of-the-best!

New names dominate the 2014 All Australian side after it was annouced at a lavish function in Melbourne.

13 players have been picked in the side for the first time including the entire back six.

Only five players have retained their positions from the 2013 side - GaryAblett, Joel Selwood, Scott Pendlebury (for the fifth straight season),  Travis Boak and Jarryd Roughead.

 The official team below is selected from the recently-named squad of 40 players.

 

ALL AUSTRALIAN TEAM

B: Cale Hooker (Ess), Daniel Talia (Adel), Nick Smith (Syd)

HB: Nick Malceski (Syd), Alex Rance (Rich), Brodie Smith (Adel)

C: Nat Fyfe (Fre), Josh Kennedy (Syd), Dyson Heppell (Ess)

HF: Robbie Gray (PA), Nick Riewoldt (StK) [vice-captain], Luke Breust (Haw)

F: Hayden Ballantyne (Fre), Lance Franklin (Syd), Jarryd Roughead (Haw)

R: Aaron Sandilands (Fre), Joel Selwood (Geel) [captain], Gary Ablett (GC)

I: Jordan Lewis (Haw), Scott Pendlebury (Coll), Travis Boak (Port), Tom Rockliff (Bris)

Interesting stats:

  • Sandilands and Selwood have both  been named as All-Australian's for the fourth time.
  • Selwood has also been named the All-Australian captain for the second year in a row. 
  • 13 players have been picked 1st time
  • The 3rd most debutantes in a year since annual teams began being named.
  • Gary Ablett’s 8th time in All Australian side
  • Sydney was the best represented team with four players followed by Fremantle (three) & Hawthorn (three)
  • Carlton, North Melbourne, GWS, Melbourne, Western Bulldogs and West Coast were unrepresented.

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Tags: All Australian, All Australian Team

Posted: 16 September, 2014

Tom Derickx Interviews Megan Fox

Mick Molloy describes it as, 'One of the great interviews of all time'

(Footage via Seven Network)

If you haven't seen the hilarious video of Sydney Swan Tom Derickx interviewing Megan Fox and Will Arnett before the premiere of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, do yourself a favour. 

Mick Molloy: “One of the great interviews of all time".

Watch Derickx ask probing questions like about whether the Ninja Turtles movie is based on real events, what time does Megan Fox knock off so he can pick her up and what does Fox think of his Cleo Batchelor of the year photo?

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Tags: Sydney, Swans, Tom Derickx

Posted: 16 September, 2014

Long Saints Deal For Acres

Young talent Blake Acres has signed on with St Kilda until the end of 2018

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Young talent Blake Acres has signed on with St Kilda until the end of 2018.

“Having moved away from all my mates and family in Western Australia, this is a big commitment, but the club has been great,” Acres told SAINTS.com.au.

“I love it, it’s been great and I’ve always got something to do. As I said before, it’s just like home.”

Acres' re-signing follows Luke Dunstan, Josh Saunders, Jack Newnes, Lewis Pierce and Nathan Wright last week, in addition to Jimmy Webster on Monday.

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Tags: St Kilda, Saints, Blake Acres

Posted: 15 September, 2014

Fagan New Adelaide CEO

Former ARU man becomes the new Crows chief

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Adelaide has unveiled former Australian Rugby Union official Andrew Fagan as its new chief executive officer. 

Fagan replaces Steven Trigg who departed the Crows for Carlton in July. 

Fagan held the position of ‘General Manager of National Teams, Competitions and Rugby Operations’ at the ARU. 

He was also a one-time CEO of Super Rugby team ACT Brumbies.

“The Crows are a strong national brand, boasting a world class stadium, a loyal and passionate supporter base, and talented playing squad,” Fagan said.

“In saying that, there is a great deal of upside still to be realised both on and off the field and I am looking forward to maximising those opportunities.”

Adelaide chairman Rob Chapman said Fagan stood out from the all candidates who applied for the CEO vacancy.

 “Andrew has an extensive background in sports administration, and is the ideal person to take our club forward,” Chapman said.

 “He has been a senior executive at a governing body and also led a successful elite sporting club."

 “Andrew has done in recent times, much of what our club needs to achieve in the next few years.”

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Tags: AFL, Adelaide Crows, Crows

Posted: 15 September, 2014

McVeigh: Malceski Will Play

Sydney co-captain in no doubt hamstring injury won't stop Malceski

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Sydney co-captain Jarrad McVeigh has no doubt rebounding defender Nick Malceski will be fit for Friday night's First Preliminary Final against North Melbourne at ANZ Stadium. 

The veteran half-back, who has made the initial All-Australian squad, suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter of the Swans' qualifying final victory over Fremantle nine days ago. 

On Monday before training at the SCG, McVeigh said Malceski was coming along really well. 

"I asked him how he was and he said he's fine, so that's his mindset at the moment," McVeigh said. 

"He's done whatever he's had to. He probably hasn't left the club, but I've got no doubt he'll be out there on the weekend." 

North Melbourne's 43-point win over Sydney at the SCG in Round 4 was the biggest of the five defeats the Swans have suffered this year. 

That loss left Sydney with a 1-3 record, but proved a turning point as it then went on a club-record-equalling 12-game winning streak. 

"They comprehensively beat us, but we are a completely different team now," McVeigh said. 

"The way we were playing then was not the way we want to play.” 

"It was unacceptable for us and fortunately we turned it around.” 

"For us, that's a distant memory and we think we're a lot better team coming into this weekend's game."

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Tags: AFL, Sydney Swans, Swans

Posted: 15 September, 2014

Jonas Fit To Tackle Hawks

Power defender expected to overcome corked hip in time for Saturday

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Port Adelaide expects backman Tom Jonas to overcome injury and play against Hawthorn in Saturday's Second Preliminary Final at the MCG. 

Jonas suffered a corked thigh and was substituted during the Power's semi-final victory against Fremantle on the weekend. 

But Port's high performance manager Darren Burgess says Jonas should be right to confront the Hawks. 

"Tommy's corkie was enough to make the call on the sub, we felt he wouldn't be able to compete as we would have needed him to for the rest of the game," Burgess told Port's website on Monday. 

"But we're really positive about his outlook for this week. We would expect him to get through training and put his hand up for selection."

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Tags: AFL, Port Adelaide Power, Power

Posted: 15 September, 2014

Petrie: Roos In The Zone

Drew Petrie on the mood at the Roos and Boomer's MRP chances

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A confident Drew Petrie joined Triple M's The Hot Breakfast this morning to talk about the Kangaroos chances of making the 'big dance'.

“Thrilled to make the finals, thrilled to win the first two and now we feel like we’re in the zone," Drew Petrie said on Triple M's The Hot Breakfast.

“Focused, really focused on making it to the big dance.”

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Tags: Drew Petrie, North Melbourne, Kangaroos

Posted: 15 September, 2014

Simpson Caught Drink Driving

Geelong Cats ruckman Dawson Simpson has been caught drink-driving.

Simpson in Round 10 (Photo: AFL Media)

Geelong AFL player Dawson Simpson has been caught by police drink-driving, the Cats said in a statement released on Sunday night.

"The club is in the process of gathering more information before determining what actions to impose above those under law," a Geelong Football Club spokesman said.

"Relevant stakeholders have been informed of the situation including the AFL and TAC."

The incident occurred on Saturday night.

Geelong were eliminated from the premiership race on Friday night, falling to North Melbourne by six points in their semi-final.

Simpson missed the game because of injury.

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Tags: Geelong, Cats, Dawson Simpson