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Posted: 27 May, 2015

Fletcher A “Human Coat Hanger”

Chief remembers playing on Essendon champ ahead of his 400th game

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With Dustin Fletcher days away from playing his 400th game, Jason Dunstall has recalled the times he played on the Essendon champion. 

 

Fletcher lined up on Chief a few times in the 90s and the Hawthorn legend told Triple M’s Midweek Rub he thought the Bombers had brought out a “human coat hanger” to play on him!

Chief, who kicked 1254 goals and sits third on the VFL/AFL all-time goalkicking list, said it was “amazing” that Fletcher was set to become just the third player in history to play 400 games behind Michael Tuck (426) and Kevin Bartlett (403). 

Dunstall described Fletcher as a “bloody good” player and a “star”.

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Posted: 27 May, 2015

Purple: Get A Kick Daisy!

Damian Barrett rubbishes Thomas’ claims media sacked Malthouse

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Damian Barrett has advised Carlton midfielder Dale Thomas to worry about getting a kick rather than the media's supposed role in Mick Malthouse's sacking as Blues coach on Tuesday.

 

Purple’s strong comments on Triple M’s Midweek Rub come after Thomas apportioned a lot of the blame for Malthouse's sacking on the media and the way outlets reported the story throughout the season. 

“The biggest thing was the media,” Thomas said earlier on Wednesday. 

“There’s never been scrutiny on an individual almost calling for blood to be spilt. 

“There was the sense they wanted him gone and it was all-out attack. 

“The media was certainly calling for his head.” 

But Purple was having none of that and insisted the media did not sack Malthouse. 

Purple said that if he was Thomas he would be “trying to locate the Sherrin and dispose of it properly” rather than worrying about the media! 

Hawthorn legend Jason Dunstall, a former board member and CEO at the Hawks, added that people who think the media dictate the decision-making of a club underestimate and disrespect the integrity of the people making decisions at clubs.

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Posted: 27 May, 2015

Worsfold Rules Out Coaching Carlton

Former West Coast boss not ready to be a head coach just yet

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John Worsfold has ruled himself out of the running to coach Carlton, with the AFL great saying he's “miles off” coaching again. 

The Blues are on the lookout for a new coach after sacking Mick Malthouse on Tuesday. 

Assistant John Barker has been appointed caretaker coach for the rest of the season, with the 40-year-old facing a tough task to revive the last-placed Blues ahead of Friday's clash with Sydney at the SCG. 

Worsfold, who coached West Coast to the 2006 premiership, hasn't been in the hot seat since stepping down from his Eagles post at the end of 2013. 

The 46-year-old was installed as one of the bookmakers' favourites to be appointed Carlton's next coach, but he swiftly poured cold water on the idea. 

"I will be telling Carlton they should look to progress with looking for a coach without adding me to the list," Worsfold told Channel 7

Worsfold said 2016 was simply too early for him to return to coaching. 

"There is a possibility that I might want to coach again one day, but that is miles off being next year," Worsfold told The West Australian

"There is no way that I am ready to consider stepping into those shoes, whether it be in the next month, or whether it be in September. 

"If I am not seriously thinking about whether I am ready for it now, then I am definitely not. 

"If I was keen, I would have to be itching to get into it now and looking for opportunities, and I am not doing that."

Last week, Worsfold wrote a letter to the AFL's coaches declaring he would resign as chairman of the AFL Coaches Association if he decides to pursue a head coaching role again. 

Barker, Stewart Dew, Brendon Bolton, Dean Laidley, Guy McKenna, Peter Sumich, and Michael Voss are among the early favourites to be appointed as Carlton's full-time coach.

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Posted: 26 May, 2015

Trengove To Miss 6 Weeks

A scan confirms that Jackson Trengove will miss six weeks with ankle injury

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Port Adelaide's Jackson Trengove will be out for approximately six weeks after sustaining ligament damage within his ankle.

Trengove was cleared of a fracture by X-rays taken after Sunday night’s loss to Richmond.

“The MRI showed significant ligament damage for Jackson, which is clearly bad news and he’ll miss around six weeks because of that,” Port Adelaide head of high performance Darren Burgess told portadelaidefc.com.au.

“That takes him, at this stage, to around Sydney/Collingwood [for a return].

“Fortunately it’s not as bad as we thought it could be on the night - with no fracture - but it’s still going to keep him out of action for several games.”

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Posted: 26 May, 2015

Malthouse Sacked

Mick Malthouse has been sacked as coach of Carlton

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MICK MALTHOUSE STATEMENT:

Firstly I wish to thank the Carlton Football Club for my brief time at the club and I wish the team well for the remainder of the season.

More generally I want to thank the AFL and the wider football community for allowing me to be part of their game, and for their continued support over the past 40 odd years. I have loved it all, the good and the bad.

I wish to thank all the players, coaches, assistants, football staff, presidents, directors, club volunteers, fans and everyone who has helped me and worked with me in my journey in this great game. I particularly thank my most recent team which has had to endure more than necessary in this difficult recent time.

It has been a varied career which has taken me the breadth of this great country and I believe the game, and I, have matured greatly during the past decades.

This concludes my coaching journey but I will enjoy viewing the game from afar and its progress.

I particularly want to thank my family who have been resilient and loyal beyond the call of duty at all times. I look forward to enjoying some of the spare time I now have as a family more than ever before.

To the media I wish you well - despite our constant battlefield......you might even miss me!

I bear no grudges and I have no regrets. I have achieved some amazing football highs with some wonderful people and endured tough times with great support.

DETAILS:

Mick Malthouse has been sacked as Carlton coach after what Blues president Mark LoGiudice described as "a loss of trust between the club and coach".

The sacking came hours after Malthouse gave an incendiary radio interview where he slammed the board and CEO Steven Trigg.

Blues assistant coach John Barker will replace Malthouse on an interim basis for the remainder of the 2015 AFL season.

"John will nurture our younger players and our senior talent and give them a chance to shine," said LoGiudice.

The other Blues assistants, including Malthouse's longtime confidant Robert Wiley, will remain in their current positions.

Carlton will appoint an independent committee to find Malthouse's fulltime successor.

LoGiudice announced on Monday that a decision on Malthouse's future would be made within a fortnight - a position rubbished by the coach on Tuesday morning.

He said the two-week time-frame was pointless, effectively daring the club to dump him, which they duly did.

"I'm disappointed that last night we were aligned and this morning we were not," said LoGiudice.

"We're very disappointed but life puts up challenges," the club president added.

"It would have been great to have Mick coach out the year.

"I don't know about (feeling) angry. At the end of the day everyone chooses to live life they way the want."

LoGiudice denied the bottom-placed Blues were in crisis.

SOCIAL:

CARLTON STATEMENT:

The Carlton Football Club Board has today advised Mick Malthouse that his contract as senior coach has been terminated effective immediately.

As I communicated to Mick and our members yesterday, the decision on our senior coaching role was to be reviewed, considered and delivered in the week of the bye. However, unfortunately Mick’s obvious public misalignment with the football club has resulted in a loss of trust between the Club and coach.

The Board today considered the situation had deteriorated to such an extent that not making a change now would only exacerbate our current position.

We must be united in assessing where we presently are and where we want to go. Without unity we simply won’t get there.
I must stress that we do not accept 2015 as a write off.

John Barker will serve as our interim senior coach. I am confident that his strong leadership and respectful relationship with the playing group will ensure he steps into this role seamlessly. He will be aided by the experience of Rob Wiley and Dean Laidley, who will continue to fulfill their current roles, along with our other assistant coaches.

John will nurture our younger talent and give them a chance to shine, while balancing their skills with the experience of our more senior players.

This is also an opportunity for our players to demonstrate their commitment and show their passion for our jumper.

In coming weeks the Club will determine the make-up of an independent selection committee that will begin the process of finding the best equipped individual to coach Carlton in 2016 and beyond. This committee will consider only the best candidates for the role. It will be a genuine and exhaustive process.

In closing, I would like to acknowledge Mick Malthouse’s contribution to Carlton and the broader football community. He is rightly described as a legend of the game.

The role of a senior coach is demanding and uncompromising, one that takes true passion and dedication. Carlton is grateful to have been a part of his coaching legacy.

This decision was not made easily. AFL football is ultimately about people and relationships. Unfortunately, in this case the relationship regrettably has not worked.

Now we must look to the future. We have an enormous amount of work ahead of us both on and off the field. It will take some time, but I am confident that we will make Carlton a strong and proud football club once again.

EARLIER:

Mick Malthouse has questioned the logic behind Carlton's decision to bring forward his performance review.

Malthouse has reiterated he won't stand down unless he is sacked, and that may force the club's hand.

"It'd be fair to say, what's two weeks on top of 30 years is a little bit hard to work out whether I can coach," Mick Malthouse said this arriving at training this morning.

"So I don't know what the board or whoever does the assessment is going to work out in two weeks but that's their prerogative."

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Posted: 25 May, 2015

Malthouse D-Day Round 11

Carlton to make call on Malthouse's future in bye weekend

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Carlton have confirmed they will make a decision on senior coach Mick Malthouse’s future in Round 11 – the club’s bye weekend. 

The announcement serves as a shift from their initial timeframe of doing so in the second half of the season. 

In a letter to the club’s members, president Mark LoGiudice says Malthouse supports the decision.

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Posted: 25 May, 2015

Ryder Recruitment Has Backfired

Purple believes Power have dropped bundle with ex-Bomber in team

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Damian Barrett has told Triple M’s Rush Hour that the recruitment of Paddy Ryder has backfired on Port Adelaide in a roundabout way. 

 

The Purple-Headed Warrior believes Port Adelaide thought Ryder was the missing piece in their ‘premiership puzzle’ after finishing 2014 a kick away from a grand final and since trading in the ex-Bomber, the Power have mentally dropped their bundle.

Port Adelaide have slumped to 3-5 this year after losing to Richmond on Sunday and that's largely due to them becoming complacent, according to Purple. 

Billy Brownless and Damo both agreed that Port Adelaide’s biggest concern was their lack of run which was central to their impressive form in the previous two seasons.

Ken Hinkley's men have lost their last three games against the Tigers, Brisbane and West Coast and are now 13th on the ladder.

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Posted: 25 May, 2015

All Players Accept MRP Charges

The AFL Tribunal will not sit tonight after all players accepted the sanctions offered by the MRP from round eight.

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UPDATE, ALL PLAYERS ACCEPT SANCTIONS:

The AFL Tribunal will not sit tonight after all players accepted the sanctions offered by the MRP from round eight.

MRP CHARGES: 

  • Elliot Yeo, West Coast, can accept a one-match sanction with an early plea.
  • Jeremy Cameron, GWS Giants, can accept a $1000 sanction with an early plea.
  • Phil Davis, GWS Giants, can accept a one-match sanction with an early plea.
  • Lewis Jetta, Sydney Swans, can accept a $1500 sanction with an early plea.
  • Kieren Jack, Sydney Swans, can accept a $1000 sanction with an early plea.
  • Liam Shiels, Hawthorn, can accept a $1000 sanction with an early plea.
  • Sam Mitchell, Hawthorn, can accept a $1000 sanction with an early plea.
  • Todd Goldstein, North Melbourne, can accept a $1000 sanction with an early plea.
  • Joe Daniher, Essendon, due to this being a second offence for such a matter, he can accept a $1500 sanction with an early plea.
  • Brett Goodes, Western Bulldogs, can accept a one-match sanction with an early plea.
  • Dylan Grimes, Richmond, can accept a $1000 sanction with an early plea.

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Posted: 25 May, 2015

Jimmy Bartel Hospitalised

Geelong midfielder Jimmy Bartel has been diagnosed with an infection in his left knee

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Geelong midfielder Jimmy Bartel has been diagnosed with an infection in his left knee and will be in hospital for the next two days.

Bartel underwent surgery on the knee following the Cats round three win over Gold Coast.

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Posted: 25 May, 2015

Brett Goodes' Broken Arm

Bulldogs' coach Luke Beveridge confirmed on Sunday night that Brett Goodes had broken his arm

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UPDATE:

Bulldogs' Brett Goodes will be sidelined for 'six to eight' weeks after scans confirmed a broken arm.

“It was a disappointing afternoon for Brett, he’s got a fracture to his right ulna,” Western Bulldogs General Manager of Football Graham Lowe told BulldogsTV.

“Surgical intervention will be required and he’s going to get that done over the next couple of days.

“We expect him back in six to eight weeks.”

EARLIER:

Bulldogs' coach Luke Beveridge confirmed on Sunday night that Brett Goodes had broken his arm.

The break occurred in the final quarter of the Bulldogs' 39-point loss to Melbourne.

Beveridge said he expected Goodes to be out for a couple of weeks.

Sydney star Adam Goodes tweeted a message of support for his brother on Monday: "Shattered for my little bro @goodes23. Stay positive mate you be back again #badbreak #doggies".

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Posted: 25 May, 2015

Round Eight Snapshot

Snapshot of round eight of the AFL season

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THEY SAID IT: "We probably didn't see today coming." Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge after their shock 39-point loss to Melbourne. Rewind the clock three weeks and the Dogs were 4-1 after a stunning win at the SCG. Now they're 4-4 and in a scrap to play finals.

STATS THAT MATTER: Nat Fyfe's 100th game was one to remember. The Brownlow Medal favourite had 37 disposals in another sterling display from the Fremantle on-baller.

MAN OF THE ROUND: Others gathered more of the ball but few had the impact of Swans captain Jarrad McVeigh. The Sydney veteran pulled his team off the canvas with two final-term goals before finding Luke Parker who kicked the winner in the grand final rematch with the Hawks.

TALKING POINT: Just how good are the Giants? Their 24-point win over Adelaide improved their record to 6-2 and pushed them into the top four. At this rate, they're finals-bound and who knows how high they can finish.

TRIBUNAL WATCH: On his way to a six-goal haul, Bomber Joe Daniher struck Brisbane's Allen Christensen late in a marking contest. Whether it merits more than the 50m penalty awarded will be up to the match review panel.

KEY INJURIES: B Gibbs (Carl) back, J Webster (St K) concussion, S Fisher (St K) hamstring, S Kerridge (Adel) ankle, R Laird (Adel) head, D Prestia (GC) knee, T McKenzie (GC) hip, J Frost (Coll) leg, B Lake (Haw) knee, M Pavlich (Frem) hip, P Chapman (Ess) hamstring, B Goodes (WB) broken arm, J Trengove (Port) leg), T Vickery (Rich) knee.

UNDER PRESSURE: Coach Mick Malthouse and anyone connected with Carlton are feeling the heat this week after a 77-point demolition by Geelong. With Sydney looming on Friday night, the crisis at Visy Park - and Malthouse's future - is set to intensify.


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Posted: 24 May, 2015

4 Weeks For Minson

The VFL has been banned for four weeks for making contact with an umpire

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UPDATE 26 May 7:30pm

Bulldogs ruckman Will Minson has been banned for four weeks at the VFL tribunal for making contact with an umpire.

EARLIER:

Bulldogs ruckman Will Minson has been red carded and sent off in a VFL match this afternoon for making contact with an umpire.

Minson will now face the VFL tribunal on Tuesday after allegedly pushing an umpire midway through the second quarter of a match between Footscray and North Ballarat at the Whitten Oval and Jay Clark told Triple M Footy the contact was minor.

"What happened was Minson kicked a goal midway through the second quarter and the umpire said it was touched," Clark told Triple M Footy.

"Minson disagreed and that's when the contact was made and he was immediately red carded, sent off the field and hasn't been seen since."

Bulldogs senior coach Luke Beveridge was seen speaking to Minson on the boundary line after the incident.

Minson hasn't played for the Bulldogs since Round 3 after being dropped from the side in favour of Ayce Cordy.

This is the second incident this year involving a player making contact with an umpire after Port Adelaide's Andrew Moore was suspended for three weeks after making deliberate contact with an umpire during an SANFL game. 

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