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Posted: 24 April, 2014

Vickery Snubbed Again By Tigers

Richmond key forward will have to play another week in the VFL

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Richmond will not be recalling key forward Tyrone Vickery for their match against Hawthorn, coach Damien Hardwick said on Thursday. 

Vickery was dropped ahead of the Tigers’ 43-point win over the Brisbane Lions and will now spend an extra week in the VFL. 

“He was okay on the weekend, he's still got to work on those areas that we spoke about last week and he's doing the work in that and he'll have a good game tomorrow versus Frankston,” Hardwick said. 

The Tigers will also be without Alex Rance (ankle), Brett Deledio (foot) and Ivan Maric (ankle) on Sunday. 

Meanwhile, the Bombers will head into their blockbuster Anzac Day clash against Collingwood without Brendon Goddard (groin) and Tom Bellchambers who will play another game in the reserves as he continues his comeback from ankle surgery in late January. 

"Tom's just not quite ready," Essendon skipper Jobe Watson said. 

"He's done a lot of work getting himself back, and played really well for a half, but I think they're willing to give him another week in the VFL." 

Patrick Ambrose and Courtenay Dempsey are in line to return to the Bombers line-up.

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Posted: 24 April, 2014

Eddie Tells Tigers, Dees To Get Original

Collingwood president flabbergasted by Anzac Day eve match idea

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Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has told Richmond and Melbourne to ‘come up with something fresh’ in light of their proposal for an Anzac Day eve match. 

Speaking on Triple M’s Hot Breakfast on Thursday, Eddie said we were already ‘oversubscribed’ on Anzac Day with three games featuring on the day this year and attaching another match to the occasion might ‘over-bake the cake’. 

One of Eddie’s biggest concerns is the prospect of having two Anzac Day ceremonies back-to-back if the Richmond-Melbourne match got the go-ahead. 

Eddie likened that to ‘having Christmas twice’ if that occurred. 

Luke Darcy also voiced his concerns over the saturation of one of the country’s most solemn days from a footy perspective and he believes it will be ‘overcooked’ this year as it is with three games. 

St Kilda and the Brisbane Lions will do battle in Wellington after the traditional Collingwood-Essendon blockbuster and the day will be rounded out by a match between Fremantle and North Melbourne at Patersons Stadium.

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Tags: AFL, Melbourne Demons, Demons, Richmond Tigers, Tigers

Posted: 23 April, 2014

Motlop A Chance To Face Power

Star Cat pressing to feature in top-of-the-table showdown

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Geelong speedster Steven Motlop is pressing for his first senior game of the year after overcoming a knee injury. 

Motlop, who returned through the VFL last weekend, needed to go to London during the pre-season to have his knee operated on. 

And while the key Cat is an outside chance of facing Port Adelaide in their top-of-the-table clash on Sunday, Geelong coach Chris Scott would not be taking any chances. 

“Our position is that when he's ready to play AFL football, we'll need to be sure that he can play out the full game,” Scott said of Motlop. 

“Because even as the sub, you can get an injury in the first minute and he needs to have the capacity to play out the full game.” 

“Again, we're not going to risk it ... he's either right to play as he normally would in an AFL game or he'll play modified game-time in the VFL.” 

The news isn’t as positive for Motlop’s team-mate Andrew Mackie who is battling hamstring soreness and, after needing to be subbed out of the Cats’ big win over Hawthorn on Easter Monday, is no guarantee to tackle Port Adelaide. 

Meanwhile, GWS veteran Heath Shaw (hamstring) is expected to return against Gold Coast and Melbourne ruckman Mark Jamar is in line to play his first game since Round 11 last year against Sydney on Saturday night at the MCG. 

Majak Daw is set to return to the North Melbourne line-up on Friday night for their crunch clash with Fremantle and Kangaroos captain Andrew Swallow will play in the VFL on Sunday which will be his first competitive game since rupturing his Achilles tendon last year.

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Posted: 23 April, 2014

Australian Selection Criteria Changed

Only All-Australian players eligible to tackle Ireland in November

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The selection criteria for this year’s International Rules Series has been changed with only All-Australian players eligible to take on Ireland

Any player who has achieved at least one All-Australian nod in his career will be considered for the representative encounter. 

The revamped series has been cut back to a one-off clash at Patersons Stadium in Perth on November 22. 

Hawthorn dual premiership coach Alastair Clarkson will coach Australia and our very own Hot Breakfast host Eddie McGuire will serve as the team’s Chef de Mission. 

Essendon captain Jobe Watson told Eddie and Luke on the Hot Breakfast that he would be excited to play in the match and it would get support from all AFL players as long as it was well-organised. 

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Posted: 23 April, 2014

Anzac Day ‘Bigger Than Four Points’

Jobe Watson admits annual blockbuster isn't just another game

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Essendon captain Jobe Watson has told Triple M’s Hot Breakfast that playing on Anzac Day is more important than beating Collingwood

Watson said the annual blockbuster match was ‘not just another game’ and being a part of it was an ‘incredibly humbling experience’. 

He admitted Essendon players were ‘really lucky’ to be a part of it and that the club and their supporters also appreciated it. 

The 2012 Brownlow Medalist told Eddie and Luke that during last year’s Anzac Day clash against the Magpies, which drew the third biggest home-and-away crowd in history (93,373 fans), he couldn’t hear anything whenever a goal was kicked because the crowd was ‘defeaning’. 

Meanwhile, the Bombers skipper told Triple M’s Hot Breakfast that Brendon Goddard (groin) would undergo a fitness test on Thursday and ruckman Tom Bellchambers (ankle) was ‘certainly available’ after playing his first VFL game on the weekend following surgery in January.

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Posted: 22 April, 2014

Barrett: MRP Confusing As Ever

The Warrior is flabbergasted as to why Richard Douglas has been sent straight to the tribunal

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Damian Barrett has told Triple M’s Rush Hour that the match review panel’s message is ‘confusing as ever’. 

The Warrior’s comments come after West Coast backman Darren Glass copped just a one-week suspension for poleaxing Port youngster Chad Wingard on the weekend. 

The incident was graded as low impact even though Wingard went to hospital with bone bruising to his face, which mystified Damo.

Barrett said that it was just pure luck that the Power star didn’t suffer a fractured cheekbone or eye socket. 

The MRP messages never back up the talk from the AFL of how sacred the head is, according to Purple, and James Brayshaw believes that makes the league look ‘foolish’. 

Damo was also flabbergasted at how Richard Douglas was directed straight to the tribunal for his heavy bump on GWS co-captain Callan Ward on Sunday but Daniel Merrett wasn’t a few weeks ago for his blatant elbow to the head of David Swallow. 

Barrett believes that decision is, in essence, the MRP washing their hands of the Douglas-Ward incident because they’ve confused themselves so much already this year that they are incapable of dealing with it.


The bump and the score review system were in the headlines yet again on the weekend. 

Adelaide midfielder Richard Douglas has been referred directly to the tribunal on Tuesday night for this heavy bump applied to GWS co-captain Callan Ward. 

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And Melbourne defender-cum-forward James Frawley’s goal against Gold Coast caused all sorts of controversy after TV replays suggested it was punched through by a Suns defender. 

But the ‘man upstairs’ didn’t seem to pick up on it! 

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What are your thoughts on both of these incidents? 

How much trouble is Douglas in? Is the score review system a disaster that needs to be scrapped?

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Tags: AFL, bump, Score Review system

Posted: 22 April, 2014

Thompson Accepts One-Week Ban

Kangaroos key defender will miss huge clash against Fremantle

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North Melbourne defender Scott Thompson has accepted a one-match suspension for striking Travis Cloke on Saturday.  

Thompson will now sit out the huge clash against Fremantle at Patersons Stadium on Friday night. 

Thompson struck Cloke in the midriff as the Collingwood forward took a mark 75m out from goal near the boundary line.  

The incident also saw Thompson concede a 50-metre penalty which resulted in a goal to Cloke.  

Other players to accept one-week sanctions were St Kilda veteran Adam Schneider for striking Essendon small defender Mark Baguley, West Coast backman Darren Glass for his heavy bump on Power youngster Chad Wingard and Greater Western Sydney’s Toby Greene for striking Adelaide midfielder Richard Douglas. 

Fremantle antagonist Hayden Ballantyne will miss the game against North Melbourne after accepting reprimands for separate incidents that saw him strike and knee Sydney defender Rhyce Shaw. 

Ballantyne’s two early pleas totaled more than 100 demerit points combined which equal a one-week suspension. 

Meanwhile, Douglas has been referred straight to the tribunal on Tuesday night for his big hit on GWS co-captain Callan Ward.

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Posted: 21 April, 2014

Judd: I Was Fit And Ready

Carlton superstar Chris Judd is adamant lack of luck rather than fitness was responsible for his hamstring injury during their win over the Western Bulldogs

Carlton superstar Chris Judd is adamant lack of luck rather than fitness was responsible for his hamstring injury suffered in what's become a costly first AFL win of the season for his club.

Making a delayed start to the AFL season due to achilles surgery, Judd lasted six minutes in his return on Sunday before limping off Etihad Stadium and scans on Monday confirmed the dual Brownlow medallist will be sidelined for another five weeks.

That's one week less than what Ed Curnow is facing after suffering a fractured fibula in his right leg when he hit the behind post late in the 28-point win over the Western Bulldogs.

Their teammate Tom Bell is also expected to be out for 3-4 weeks, requiring surgery for a finger fracture sustained in a tackling contest.

Judd, who played as the substitute, was relatively upbeat about the injury, sustained when he was pushed by Bulldogs forward Stewart Crameri while attempting to kick the ball on the run.

"It's not too bad," Judd said on Monday.

"I've obviously done a couple before and they're never pleasant, but it doesn't feel like it's the worst one I've done."

Judd's focus on fitness rather than football at training has left the 30-year-old bereft of match practice, but he dismissed the notion he wasn't ready to return.

"I'd done a heap of running and a heap of leg strength work, so there was no issue with conditioning," he said.

"Sometimes in footy you get put in positions the human body can't tolerate - that's just bad luck.

"It wouldn't have mattered if I'd trained for 50 weeks or six weeks.

"You look at the GPS data, and that speed that I was pushed at was twice as quick as anyone else moved for the night.

"So it was just pretty simple mathematics. Your hammies can't tolerate that and there was a bit of a pop."

Judd was doing his best to stay positive, despite a further setback that is likely to result in him missing the first half of the 2014 season.

"It's not the end of the world. I'll be back and it was great the team had such a great win," he said.

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Posted: 17 April, 2014

Giants Set To Unveil Boyd

GWS top pick to make his debut against Adelaide

Greater Western Sydney’s No.1 pick Tom Boyd will make his AFL debut this weekend against the Crows at Adelaide Oval. 

Boyd has had to bide his time playing in the NEAFL for the UWS Giants in the first three rounds. 

But the highly-rated key forward will finally get his first taste of senior footy on Sunday. 

Boyd is set to join a formidable attacking combination that will also include All-Australian Jeremy Cameron and another top pick of recent years Jonathan Patton. 

With No.1 ruck Shane Mumford still sidelined, Boyd is expected to also share the rucking load as he has done in the NEAFL in recent weeks.

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Posted: 17 April, 2014

Cats-Hawks Ticket Update

The AFL has released important ticketing info for Easter Monday blockbuster

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AFL Media Release

Geelong Cats v Hawthorn Round 5 ticketing information 

The AFL wishes to advise of strong ticket sales for the top of the table Easter Monday clash between the Geelong Cats v Hawthorn at the MCG (April 21 at 3.20pm) and that while good seats are still available, fans and members are strongly advised to pre-purchase a reserved seat to avoid disappointment on the day. 

Due to high demand, this match is a fully ticketed, reserved seat event so regardless of the type of ticket you wish to purchase – whether it’s a member upgrade or general public reserve ticket - all fans will be required to purchase a reserved seat for this game. 

Given the high attendance for this match-up in previous years, the fact both teams are undefeated in 2014, the high number of Cats and Hawks members, and the strong level of sales for this match, fans and members are advised to pre-purchase their reserved seat as early as possible to avoid missing out and the possibility of queues at the gate. 

The AFL and the two clubs are notifying fans and members well in advance that this is a reserved seat event so they can plan accordingly to secure an appropriate seat in the category they wish to sit in. 

Anyone wishing to attend the match is required to purchase a reserved seat ticket through Ticketek - 131 849, (24 hours a day) or via an agency throughout the entire Easter period. 

Members for both the Geelong Cats and Hawthorn (reciprocal match) will be required to upgrade to a seat from $8.50 to $29.00 for adults and $2.00 to $11.00 for juniors dependent upon category selected, and subject to availability. 

General public will be able to purchase a ticket from $25.00 to $50.00 for adults, from $5.00 to $14.00 for juniors and from $50 for families (2 adults and 2 juniors) dependent upon category selected, and subject to availability.

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Posted: 15 April, 2014

Trengrove To Miss Rest of Season

Just days after their great victory over the Blues, the Demons have been hit with a major injury blow.

Melbourne’s Jack Trengove will miss the remainder of the 2014 season, with scans on his left foot revealing a crack of the navicular bone.

Melbourne's former co-captain Jack Trengove will miss the rest of the AFL season with a broken foot.

The Demons released a statement on Tuesday announcing scans on his left foot revealed a crack of the navicular bone.

Trengove had reported soreness following his VFL game for the Casey Scorpions on Sunday.

The 22-year-old is set to have surgery on Wednesday and his recovery time is estimated at four months.

Melbourne's football manager Josh Mahoney says Trengove will bounce back for 2015.

"Jack's attitude has been outstanding this year, particularly in recent weeks whilst playing in the VFL, and for this to happen to him is really unfortunate," Mahoney said.

"He is a resilient character. At Melbourne, we've had two examples of players who have had this type of injury in Colin Garland and Jack Grimes and they both made full recoveries.

"We expect Jack to make a full recovery, and be available for day one of pre-season training." The news sours Melbourne's joy over last weekend's first win of the season, lifting the Demons to a 1-3 record.

A veteran of 81 games including 20 in 2013, Trengove was dropped to the VFL after round two this season.

The midfielder was co-captain of Melbourne in 2012 and 2013.

(Additional reporting by AAP) ©2014 AAP

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Posted: 15 April, 2014

Leuenberger Compounds Lions Misery

Star ruckman to miss 10-12 weeks due to serious knee injury

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Brisbane Lions ruckman Matthew Leuenberger has been ruled out for up to three months with a knee injury. 

Scans on Monday showed Leuenberger tore the lateral meniscus in his right knee during the Lions’ 113-point humbling at the hands of Port Adelaide on Saturday at Adelaide Oval. 

The 25-year-old had surgery on Tuesday and is expected to be sidelined for 10-12 weeks. 

Lions football manager Dean Warren described it as another disappointing setback for Leuenberger whose injury-riddled history has restricted him to just 91 games in eight seasons.

“He is an integral part of our side and a strong on-field leader and we will definitely miss his presence,” Warren said.

“We have lost a wealth of experience due to injury over the last few weeks, so to lose Matthew for an extended period of time will challenge our depth.

“We are certain Matthew will approach his rehabilitation with absolute professionalism and that the rest of our leaders will step up in his absence”. 

The news serves as a further blow for bottom-placed Brisbane who will be without star midfielder Daniel Rich (knee) for the rest of the year while gun defender Pearce Hanley is expected to miss at least the next two weeks due to a hamstring injury.

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