Posted: 3 March, 2015

Dons Meet AFL Boss

The AFL has confirmed a delegation of Essendon players met with league chief executive Gillon McLachlan

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A delegation of three senior Essendon players have met with AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan as the landmark Bombers anti-doping tribunal verdict looms.

The AFL website has confirmed a Seven Network report that captain Jobe Watson, Brendon Goddard and David Myers went to the league boss's home on Monday of last week.

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Tags: Essendon, Bombers

Posted: 3 March, 2015

Docker Mzungu Re-Signs

Fremantle utility Tendai Mzungu has re-signed with the Dockers until the end of the 2016 AFL season

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Fremantle utility Tendai Mzungu has re-signed with the Dockers until the end of the 2016 AFL season.

Mzungu, who turned 29 on Saturday, has played 86 games for the Dockers since being snared as a mature-age player at the 2010 national draft.

"A lot of players have gone on record saying what good elite culture and standards we have developed here over time," Mzungu said.

"To be a part of that for another year, I'm thrilled.

"Being a Perth boy, there's always a want to stay here.

"It's the club that drafted me and I really think we have a bright future here at Fremantle."

Mzungu became the second player this week to re-sign with Fremantle after defender Zac Dawson committed until the end of 2017.

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Tags: Tendai Mzungu, Fremantle, Dockers

Posted: 3 March, 2015

Kurt Tippett Sidelined For 3-4 Weeks With Leg Injury

The Swans expect the big fella to be ready for Round 1.

 

Sydney big man Kurt Tippett has copped a pre-season setback after sustaining an injury to his right tibia/fibula joint during last Friday’s intra-club match

The Swans expect Tippett to miss 3-4 weeks but say he remains on track to play in round 1 of the Premiership season.

“Kurt has had an outstanding pre-season so we don’t expect this setback to significantly impact his readiness for round one,” Sydney Swans General Manager of Football Tom Harley said in a statement.

“He is likely to sit out our three NAB Challenge matches but at this stage remains on track for round one.”

The injury is unrelated to Tippett’s previous left knee issues.


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Posted: 3 March, 2015

Giant Contact For Davis

GWS co-captain Phil Davis signs a two year contract extension

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GWS co-captain Phil Davis signs a two year contract extension.

The extension will see Davis play with the Giants until the end on 2018.

"This is the place where I think I’m the best chance to win a premiership. Our young group understands that as well," Davis said on Tuesday.

"We have a few boys who aren’t too far away (from re-signing) either so it’s an exciting time at the Giants."

More to come...

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Tags: GWS, Greater Western Sydney, Giants, Phil Davis

Posted: 3 March, 2015

Cats Opt For McCarthy Surgery

Geelong's Lincoln McCarthy will have surgery on his left foot this morning in Sydney

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Geelong's Lincoln McCarthy will have surgery on his left foot this morning in Sydney.

“It’s the cartilage that lines the joint where your leg bones come down and your foot actually joins in,” General Manager of Football Steve Hocking told a local radio station.

“He’s got some corrosion in the area. It’s like a flap that’s hanging within that cartilage.

“What they have to do is get in there and irritate that cartilage, and that generates blood flow and regenerates it.

“The lack of blood flow into that region is a real concern for anyone who suffers from a fracture within that bone.”

It's reported that the injury will keep him sidelined for five months.

Via @GeelongCats

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Tags: Lincoln McCarthy, Geelong, Cats

Posted: 3 March, 2015

Knee Surgery For Hepp

Essendon's Dyson Heppell will undergo minor surgery on his knee this morning

Dyson Heppell of the Bombers in action during the 2014 AFL Round 21 match between the Essendon Bombers and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne on August 16, 2014. (Photo: Justine Walker/AFL Media)

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Essendon's Dyson Heppell will undergo minor surgery on his knee this morning.

The midfielder had complained of some discomfort in his knee during yesterday’s training session.

“Dyson will have an arthroscopy to remove a small piece of cartilage which had become a loose body,” Club Doctor Bruce Reid said.

“Julian Feller will operate on Dyson this morning and we expect he’ll be back training in two weeks time.”

Story via @EssendonFC

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Tags: Dyson Heppell, Essendon, Bombers

Posted: 2 March, 2015

Carey: Kreuzer's Season Buggered

The Duck believes latest foot injury will ruin big Blue's year

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The pre-season has already been overshadowed by some heartbreaking season-ending injuries.

West Coast defender Eric Mackenzie, Bulldogs midfielder Tom Liberatore and Melbourne youngster Christian Petracca will take no part in the 2015 premiership season due to serious knee injuries while Adelaide veteran Brent Reilly (fractured skull) remains in doubt to take the field this year too.

However, AFL legend Wayne Carey believes there is another player whose year has also been ruined - but by a less serious injury. 

Injury-plagued Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer is only expected to be sidelined for another five weeks after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his troublesome foot on February 16. 

And although that means he could theoretically be available for senior selection as early Round 2, Carey told Triple M Footy: Pre Season that the big Blue will be playing catch-up from a fitness perspective for the rest of the year. 

“It nearly ruins your whole year,” Carey said of Kreuzer’s injury. 

“If you get a six, seven or ‘eight-weeker’ (injury) now then all of a sudden, and especially if it’s your foot, you can’t do any running, you can’t kick, you can’t do any of that sort of stuff. 

“So it really does bugger up your whole year because all the pre-season (training) has gone out the window, you’ve got to fight your way back into the side and by the time you do that the season’s over.” 

Kreuzer has had a wretched run with injury which has seen him average just 12.6 games over the last five seasons. 

Most recently, a foot injury restricted him to one senior match in 2014.

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Tags: AFL, Carlton Blues, Blues

Posted: 2 March, 2015

Dawson A Docker Until 2017

Freo defender signs new two-year contract extension

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Zac Dawson has signed a new two-year contract extension with Fremantle which will tie the key defender to the club until the end of 2017. 

After stints with Hawthorn and St Kilda, Dawson joined the Dockers ahead of the 2012 season and was glad to continue his association them. 

“It’s always great to sign a new deal and this is no different, I’m really happy about it,” Dawson said. 

“Having such a good group and a great environment to live and play footy in is something that’s really important to me.” 

Dawson, who featured in all four of Ross Lyon’s unsuccessful grand final teams as coach of both St Kilda and Fremantle, has only missed nine games in his three years with Fremantle. 

In all, he has played 64 of his 141 career games for the Dockers.

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Tags: AFL, Fremantle Dockers, Dockers

Posted: 2 March, 2015

Thumb Injury Sidelines Sinclair

West Coast big man suffered fractured thumb against Carlton

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The fallout from Friday night’s practice match against Carlton has continued for West Coast with big man Callum Sinclair fracturing his thumb. 

The 25-year-old is expected to be sidelined for a month and is now in a race against time to be fit for the Eagles’ season-opening clash against the Western Bulldogs on April 4. 

Chambers’ injury added salt to the wound for West Coast which lost star defender Eric Mackenzie in the same game due to a serious knee injury that ended his 2015 season before it even began. 

Meanwhile, Bulldogs youngster Nathan Hrovat will not take part in the club’s intra-club match on Saturday after suffering a rib injury against Richmond at Whitten Oval on the weekend. 

Hrovat was taken to hospital as a precaution but was released the following morning.

Talented Bulldogs midfielder Tom Liberatore tore his ACL in the same game and, like Mackenzie, will miss the whole season.

Meanwhile, Hrovat's team-mates Josh Prudden (concussion), Sam Darley (knee) and Shane Biggs (knee) may participate in the intra-club game depending on how they perform in their fitness tests this week.

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Tags: AFL, West Coast Eagles, West Coast, Eagles, Western Bulldogs, Bulldogs

Posted: 2 March, 2015

Eddie Wants AFL Tougher On Drugs

Collingwood president calls for outlawing of caffeine and sleeping tablets

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Collingwood president Eddie McGuire believes the AFL should get even tougher on drugs by outlawing caffeine tablets and sleeping tablets. 

Eddie’s calls come after it was revealed in the Herald Sun on Thursday that the AFL was expected to demand significant changes from ASADA in the way it deals with professional team sports. 

While caffeine tablets and sleeping tablets remain legal under the WADA code, Eddie told Triple M’s Hot Breakfast he was concerned that those permitted drugs could lead to more sinister substances being used by players. 

“I’d love to see an end to these silly caffeine tablets and sleeping tablets at night time and all that sort of stuff. One, it’s not a good look and, two, I think it does lead to other things ... Get rid of them,” Eddie said. 

“I’m not saying let’s loosen the ties (with ASADA), I’m saying let’s get tougher, let’s go harder. 

Eddie also thought an overall review of the illicit drugs policy should be undertaken, saying: “Let’s tighten it all up, let’s have a good look at it and let’s be sensible about it not be hysterical, not pretending that it’s not there, let’s not be ashamed if something happens, it is a health issue as much as anything else.”

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Tags: AFL, Collingwood Magpies, Magpies

Posted: 2 March, 2015

MRP NAB Challenge Week One

One charge laid from weekend’s matches and two other matters assessed.

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UPDATE:

The AFL Tribunal will not sit tonight after Lindsay Thomas accepted a $1000 sanction for engaging in rough conduct against Matthew Jaensch.

EARLIER On Triple M

  • North Melbourne's Lindsay Thomas can accept $1000 sanction for rough conduct on Adelaide's Matthew Jaensch.
  • Richmond's Steven Morris cleared of contact with Western Bulldog's Josh Prudden
  • North Melbourne's Jack Ziebell cleared contact Adelaide's Tom Lynch

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Tags: MRP, Match Reviw Panel, NAB Challenge

Posted: 2 March, 2015

McVeigh, Jack To Lead Swans Again

Sydney sticks with the same co-captains for season 2015

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Sydney has announced that Jarrad McVeigh and Kieren Jack will once again serve as the club’s co-captains in 2015. 

The pair will lead the Swans for the third year in a row and this season will be McVeigh’s fifth in the role. 

Jack has been a co-captain since 2013. 

McVeigh was proud to once again skipper the Swans. 

“It’s a huge honour, and something I treasure along with Kieren as well,” McVeigh said. 

“To be able to lead a very good football team every week is a dream come true for me.” 

The pair have 407 games, 292 goals, two All-Australians, three best-and-fairests, five grand finals and two premierships between them. 

Meanwhile, the Swans play their first practice match on Friday against the Brisbane Lions in Coffs Harbour.

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Tags: AFL, Sydney Swans, Swans