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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, www.ticketek.com.au (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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Posted: 15 April, 2014

Morris Accepts One-Week Ban

Bulldogs defender takes early plea for tripping GWS youngster

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Western Bulldogs defender Dale Morris has accepted a one-match ban for tripping young Giant Will Hoskin-Elliott.

Morris was charged with a level three offence by the match review panel in an incident that led to Hoskin-Elliott being subbed out of the match in Canberra on Saturday.  

In a twist of fate, the collision also led to Morris being subbed out with a leg injury.  

The veteran Bulldog risked a two-game suspension if he refused the early guilty plea and decided to contest the charge.

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Posted: 15 April, 2014

Bellchambers To Play In VFL

Bombers ruckman takes next step in road to recovery

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Essendon ruckman Tom Bellchambers will make his return from an ankle injury in the VFL this weekend. 

Bellchambers required surgery in January after damaging ligaments in the joint during pre-season training. 

Bombers assistant Simon Goodwin confirmed on Tuesday that the 24-year-old would play his first competitive match of the year for Essendon's reserves side against Bendigo Gold on Friday night. 

More details to follow...

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Posted: 15 April, 2014

Ricciuto: Shorten AFL Matches

Adelaide legend says footy games are going too long

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Adelaide legend Mark Ricciuto has told Triple M’s Hot Breakfast that AFL games need to be shortened. 

The eight-time All-Australian said with nine matches played every round that each go for more than two hours, he was starting to get sick of footy by the end of every weekend. 

Another reason behind Roo’s push for shorter matches was the high incidence of lopsided contests. 

The former Crows skipper used the most recent round of footy as an example with the average winning margin across all matches being 62 points. 

Ricciuto also feared for the welfare of the players and didn’t like the fact that many footballers were already being rested in the hope of being fresh at the business end of the season.

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Posted: 14 April, 2014

Morris Offered One Week

Bulldogs defender charged for tripping GWS youngster

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Western Bulldogs defender Dale Morris has been cited for tripping by the match review panel. 

Morris has been charged with a level three offence in an incident that led to young Giant Will Hoskin-Elliott being subbed out of the contest. 

In a twist of fate, the collision also led to Morris being subbed out with a leg injury. 

The veteran Bulldogs can accept a one-match ban with an early plea but risks a two-game suspension if he contests it. 

The match day reports of Carlton ruckman Robbie Warnock and Sydney forward Lance Franklin were thrown out while incidents involving Collingwood defender Nick Maxwell and Trent Cotchin were assessed but deemed legal.

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Posted: 14 April, 2014

Carey: Mick Is The Man

The Duck believes Carlton should lock Malthouse away for next five years

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AFL legend Wayne Carey has told Triple M’s Rush Hour that Mick Malthouse is the best man to oversee Carlton’s list rebuild. 

Carey said Malthouse was not the issue at the Blues and he was much better suited to the predicament they find themselves in than a rookie coach would be. 

If the triple premiership mentor was enthusiastic about the big job ahead of Carlton, then he should be signed up for the next five years according to The Duck. 

The former North Melbourne champion also thought criticism of Carlton captain Marc Murphy’s leadership was unfair. 

And while Chris Judd was expected to return soon from injury, Carey urged the Blues to stop looking for saviours to help them and that the club needed to be rebuilt from the bottom up. 

North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw agreed, and warned Carlton fans from his experience at the Kangaroos that a full rebuild will take five years. 

Although JB pointed out that Judd has been ‘sorely missed’ by Carlton and that the former skipper would bring some ‘class’ and ‘calmness’ if he was fit to play this week. 

Brayshaw said it was ‘very predictable’ that, since Carlton’s embarrassing loss to Melbourne on Saturday, ‘disgruntled formers’ have helped out the media with dramatic quotes calling for sackings ‘left, right and centre’ at the club. 

The North Melbourne chairman told Triple M’s Rush Hour that calmer heads had to prevail as opposed to the other option of the club imploding. 

Billy Brownless added that the Carlton Football Club had to ‘stick fat’ and that the senior players had to start standing up.

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Posted: 14 April, 2014

Blues mired in slump

Marc Murphy concedes his team's confidence has hit rock bottom

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Carlton's stunning loss to Melbourne shows the confidence of their players is shot. 

The Blues had two more scoring shots than the Demons on Saturday, two more inside 50s and also led in contested possessions and clearances. 

But they kicked a wasteful 7.16 and slumped to a 23-point loss. 

Carlton are in a massive hole with a 0-4 start - their worst opening to a season in 25 years. 

"There's no doubt we're low on confidence," said captain Marc Murphy. 

"I don't think you can expect to win ... when you finish (in front of goals) the way we did. 

"We focused on a lot of areas - we showed a good attack on the ball and our contested ball was up. 

"But finishing off just wasn't good enough." 

Blues veteran Andrew Walker also gave a damning assessment of the team, saying they were too quiet on the field. 

He said it reminded him of his early days at Carlton, when they were also at a low ebb. 

"It does get very quiet out there at times," Walker said. 

"That yuck feeling has come back again." 

The Blues were already in big trouble following their meek 81-point surrender to hated rivals Essendon in round three and Saturday's upset ramps up the pressure. 

The political rumblings have started, with club powerbroker Bruce Mathieson calling for wholesale change at the club. 

But there is widespread support at the club for veteran coach Mick Malthouse, who is in his second year with Carlton. 

"There's probably no better person to lead us out of the hole we're in at the moment," Murphy said. 

Carlton face another major test on Easter Sunday when they play the Western Bulldogs, who have won their last two games.

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Posted: 14 April, 2014

Wright Out For 2-3 Months

Scans confirm Saints youngster has a broken leg

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Young Saint Nathan Wright will miss up to three months of football after scans confirmed he has broken his leg. 

Wright suffered the injury during St Kilda’s 86-point loss to Adelaide at Etihad Stadium on Sunday. 

The 20-year-old broke his fibula bone and will undergo surgery on Monday afternoon. 

His recovery time is expected to take 10-12 weeks. 

St Kilda head of football Chris Pelchen was optimistic Wright would return to the footy field before the end of the season. 

“Obviously, this is a disappointing injury for Nathan - especially after he had started the season so positively - but we expect that Nathan's outstanding commitment to his football will see him return to the Saints team later in 2014," Pelchen said.

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Posted: 14 April, 2014

10 Things We Loved From Round 4

Did we leave anything off our list of footy highlights from the weekend?

Another big weekend of footy has come and gone and we have picked out our top 10 favourite things from Round 4 of AFL action. Let us know if we have missed anything that we should add to this list! 

 

Melbourne lifting themselves off the canvas to break through for their first win in 13 matches and heap more misery on Carlton who are now 0-4 for the first time in 25 years.

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Demons co-captain Nathan Jones leading by example with 28 touches and restricting Carlton counterpart Marc Murphy to just 18 disposals.

 

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North Melbourne scoring their first win in seven years against Sydney by a convincing margin of 43 points.

 

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Fremantle, minus five of their best players, responding to their big loss against Hawthorn last week by belting top-four fancies Essendon by 53 points with Aaron Sandilands dominating.

 

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Scott Pendlebury and Dayne Beams starring as Collingwood humbled Richmond on Friday night.


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Port Adelaide, led by Travis Boak and Jay Schulz, strengthening their credentials as a top-four contender with a thumping 113-point win over Brisbane – the Power’s second biggest win ever.


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The Western Bulldogs coming back from 26 points down at quarter-time to run all over GWS and claim a 27-point win.


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Saturday night’s game between Geelong and West Coast was brought to you by the number 75! That was the number of possessions Steve Johnson and Mathew Stokes registered in total and it was also how many points the Cats smashed the Eagles by after keeping them goalless in the final three quarters.


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The Roughead-Gunston double act (nine goals) helping Hawthorn flex their considerable muscle and reminding Gold Coast just how far off the pace they are with a 99-point thrashing in the process.


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Scott Thompson, Rory Sloane and Brodie Smith conspiring to return Adelaide to the winners’ circle in devastating fashion with an 86-point mauling of St Kilda.


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