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Posted: 28 July, 2014

MRP Round 18

Richmond's Ty Vickery sent straight to the AFL Tribunal for his hit on Cox

  • Richmond's Ty Vickery sent straight to the AFL Tribunal for his hit on West Coast's Dean Cox.
  • Brandon Ellis cleared match day report rough conduct against Patrick McGinnity – force used was below that for a report.
  • Clinton Young cleared match day report striking Brodie Smith – force used was below that for a report.
  • Dean Cox cleared contact Ty Vickery - force used was below that for a report.

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Tags: Ty Vickery, Dean Cox, MRP, Match Review Panel

Posted: 28 July, 2014

Oh No! Push Up King Retires!

Triple M and JB are in mourning following Jake King's retirement

Oh no!! One of our all-time favourites Jake ‘The Push Up’ King has announced his retirement! 

It’s no secret that our main man JB developed a stronger affinity than most for the pint-sized Tiger over the years and he is rightfully wearing a black armband today in the Triple M studios to mark the sombre occasion. 

King provided JB and the Triple M Footy family with many memorable moments over the years and when he played his 100th game last year, we prepared a montage for him that was chock-full of 24-carat commentary gold from JB! 

We highly recommend you listen to it to relive some of the great memories of ‘Push Up’ on this very sad day! 

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100 games and 100 calls of 'Push Up' by JB and the Triple M Footy boys.

In this video: Jake King

King’s 2014 season has been cruelled by a chronic toe injury which has restricted him to just two matches and now requires more surgery. 

The small forward played 107 games and kicked 79 goals in a career which spanned eight seasons. 

He debuted for the Tigers in 2007 after being recruited in that year’s rookie draft at pick No.24. 

King can be saluted for getting the very most out of the limited natural ability he was blessed with as he carved out a decent AFL career for himself. 

What are your favourite memories of ‘Push Up’?

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Tags: AFL, Richmond Tigers, Tigers

Posted: 28 July, 2014

Roos Will Coach Demons In 2016

Melbourne coach agrees to coach Melbourne for a third year

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Paul Roos has agreed to coach Melbourne for a third year and will now be at the helm of the team until the end of the 2016 season. 

Roos initially signed a two-year contract with the Demons late last year that included an option for a third year. 

The former Sydney premiership mentor had insisted up until last week that he had not made decision yet on whether or not he would opt to remain in the gig beyond 2015. 

But Roos’ arrangement with Melbourne included a succession plan of the senior coaching position. 

And given Melbourne are still yet to find Roos’ successor almost a year into his tenure, it perhaps comes as little surprise that he has agreed to coach the Demons for a third year to allow him as much time as possible to groom the club's next senior coach.

Will Roos get Melbourne to the finals before he finishes up in 2016?

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Tags: AFL, Melbourne Demons, Demons

Posted: 28 July, 2014

Cox Not ‘Best Of Mates’ With Vickery

Dean Cox accepts apology for punch to face, but still not happy

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West Coast ruckman Dean Cox admits he's not the ‘best of mates’ with Ty Vickery, but is grateful to receive an apology from the Richmond big man. 

Vickery is facing a lengthy AFL suspension after hitting Cox in the jaw with a crude roundhouse blow during Richmond's 17-point win on Friday night. 

Cox, who was knocked out, has little memory of the game - and none of the incident itself. 

The retiring Eagle didn't suffer any structural damage but remains in doubt for Saturday's clash with Adelaide at Adelaide Oval. 

Vickery publicly apologised to Cox on Sunday and he also gave the Eagles legend a telephone call to express his remorse over the incident. 

"He tried to ring me a few times," Cox told Perth radio station 6PR on Monday. 

"Obviously it was a number I didn't know, so I didn't answer.” 

"But he kept trying, so I answered and it was Ty.” 

"He just wanted to personally apologise for the incident and make sure that my family was aware of that as well.” 

"It was good of him to actually ring and pass on his apology.” 

"I've been involved in footy for a long period of time and realise things can happen that people don't want to or don't expect to happen.” 

"It was good to get the call from him. I wouldn't say we're best of mates though." 

AFL greats Matthew Lloyd, Tony Shaw and Michael Voss were all critical of Vickery's actions while current players Taylor Walker and Brisbane's Pearce Hanley also expressed their distaste. 

Cox said there had been no bad blood between him and Vickery leading into Friday's game. 

"I haven't had too much to do with him over my career," Cox said of Vickery, who copped a two-match ban earlier this year for striking North Melbourne's Michael Firrito. 

"He didn't mention anything about why the incident happened. And I can't remember anything of it."

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Tags: AFL, West Coast Eagles, Eagles

Posted: 28 July, 2014

Cotchin's Miracle In The Wet!

WATCH: Richmond skipper kicks one of the goals of the year against West Coast

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Did Richmond captain Trent Cotchin kick the goal of the year on Friday night? 

If you haven’t already seen it, do yourself a favour and check out the above video! 

Cotchin ran onto a loose ball deep in the Tigers’ forward pocket, threw his boot out and his mid-air soccer attempt somehow split the big sticks from the impossible angle! 

In such a low-scoring affair against West Coast at Patersons Stadium, the amazing goal went a long way to helping Richmond to their 17-point victory. 

Was that the goal of the year so far? If not, which one is?

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Tags: AFL, Richmond Tigers, Tigers

Posted: 28 July, 2014

Dangerfield Cleared Of Serious Injury

Adelaide superstar's knee gets all clear following knock against Collingwood

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The Adelaide Football Club is breathing a sigh of relief after star midfielder Patrick Dangerfield was told he would not require scans on his right knee. 

Dangerfield fell to the ground late in the Crows’ 16-point victory against Collingwood at the MCG on Sunday evening and was writhing in pain while clutching his knee. 

The 24-year-old, who has copped his fair share of knocks already this season, was forced from the field and assessed on the bench - sparking fears the injury may have been a serious one. 

But after the siren Dangerfield told Fox Footy in an on-field interview that he didn’t think the injury was too significant and on Monday he was cleared of structural damage. 

Dangerfield will be managed throughout the week and is expected to face West Coast at Adelaide Oval on Saturday. 

"There's nothing like getting hurt in the last few minutes of a game," Dangerfield told Adelaide’s official website.

"It'll be a bit sore and swollen, but we have fantastic medical staff and I'm sure I'll be sweet to go next weekend." 

The Crows entered the top eight for the first time this season following their victory against the Magpies.

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Tags: AFL, Adelaide Crows, Crows

Posted: 28 July, 2014

Jack Cheers On His Big Sis

Jack Trengove was in the crowd to cheer his big sister Jess on to a bronze

"The little cuz and I watching @jess_tren do her thing today. Proudest little bro in the world right now! Inspiration doesn't do you justice #fistpump #gojess #legend" 

Melbourne's Jack Trengove was in the crowd to cheer his big sister Jess Trengove on her bronze medal run in the women's marathon at the Commonwealth Games.

Trengove crossed the finish line in a personal best time of two hours 30 minutes and 12 seconds.

Jack Trengove had a season-ending foot injury at the start of the year and was permitted to go to Europe to watch the event.

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Tags: Melbourne, Demons, Jack Trengove, Jess Trengove

Posted: 28 July, 2014

Key Power Duo Set To Return

Port Adelaide confident of regaining Carlile and Monfries for Pies clash

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The news doesn’t get better for Collingwood following their devastating loss to Adelaide on Sunday with their next opponents Port Adelaide set to welcome back some key players. 

The Power expect to recall defender Alipate Carlile and forward Angus Monfries for the big match at the MCG on Sunday. 

The duo have sat out the last three and two matches respectively due to hamstring injuries. 

But Port Adelaide high performance manager Darren Burgess is very optimistic that they’ll take on the Magpies. 

“Both have got through rehab and there’s no reason why they won’t be available for selection this week,” Burgess told Port Adelaide’s official website. 

Carlile and Monfries just need to get through the Power’s main training session this week to be given the green light. 

The pair would give Port Adelaide’s side a much-needed boost following a very ordinary month which has seen them lose three games and scrape past Melbourne by three points. 

That ordinary stretch of form has relegated Ken Hinkley’s men from top spot on the ladder down to fifth. 

Sunday’s game is a must-win for both the Power and Magpies. 

Port Adelaide will aim to keep in touch with the top four while Collingwood need the four premiership points to give themselves a chance of re-entering the top eight.

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Tags: AFL, Port Adelaide Power, Power

Posted: 26 July, 2014

Vickery's Hit To Cox

The Wolf reckons that four weeks plus would be the right whack for Ty

Garry Lyon says that Ty Vickery's hit on Dean Cox will see the Richmond ruckman get four weeks plus.

Listen to the Wolf discuss the hit in full with JB, Duck and Purple on Triple M Footy's The Saturday Rub below:

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Tags: Ty Vickery, Dean Cox, Richmond, Tigers, West Coast, Eagles

Posted: 25 July, 2014

Essendon 'Derelict' Not To Consider Bomber

Luke Darcy believes Essendon board should gauge Mark Thompson's interest to coach on in 2015

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Luke Darcy has told Triple M’s Friday Rub that the Essendon board would be derelict in their duty not to ask Mark Thompson if he wanted to continue coaching the team next year. 

Despite the fact that suspended coach James Hird has been given a two-year deal to resume coaching the Bombers from next season, the Duke maintained the club’s board still had a huge decision to make about whether they wanted to replace a proven two-time premiership coach with a relative novice in 2015. 

Speaking from a chairman’s perspective, North Melbourne head James Brayshaw said the board of a footy club had to do what the best thing by the club was and that included making strong decisions. 

And whether the Essendon board decided to stick with Thompson or welcome back Hird as senior coach as originally planned, the board would need to make a decision that served the best interests of the club. 

Garry Lyon chipped in and forecast ‘stormy waters’ ahead for Essendon on that particular issue, especially if the Bombers go deep into the 2014 finals series. 

In the unlikely event that Thompson remains as senior coach in 2015, the Wolf said that Paul Little could not remain chairman of Essendon because his chairmanship is intrinsically linked to Hird coming in as senior coach next season.

Who should coach Essendon next year? Bomber or Hirdy?

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Tags: AFL, Essendon Bombers, Bombers

Posted: 25 July, 2014

Sanderson Embraces Spotlight For Crows

Adelaide coach relishes build-up to season-defining clash with Magpies

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It's a mini-final. It's whatever cliche you'd like to use, according to Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson

Sanderson's Adelaide (8-8 win-loss) sits just outside the top eight midway through Round 18 and face Collingwood (9-7) at the MCG on Sunday. 

"It's the only game on Sunday this round which is awesome," Sanderson told a media conference in Adelaide on Friday. 

"So we'll be in the spotlight on Sunday." 

Sanderson says he can't resist breaking into a smile listening to talkback radio callers and media commentators discuss the importance of the Collingwood clash. 

"I like all the cliches ... eight-point game, mini-final, all that stuff," Sanderson said. 

"The four points is really important for us." 

David Mackay and two-time club champion Scott Thompson, who has played 99 consecutive games, are both in some doubt with hamstring concerns. 

However, Sanderson says he's quietly confident they'll play. 

Thompson owns the second-longest active streak in the AFL, behind Sydney's Josh Kennedy on 123 consecutive games. 

Midfielder Thompson was subbed out at three-quarter time in Round 17 against Hawthorn on July 11 at Adelaide Oval. 

"You're always a little bit wary, particularly with Scotty, because he got through three quarters last time and then just felt a bit of tightness," Sanderson said. 

"It's a really important game for us and we can't take anyone in who we think might be able to just get through three quarters. 

"He'd be a really good player to have in our side this week." 

Sanderson is expecting Collingwood's tagger Brent Macaffer to go to Patrick Dangerfield, while the Crows are keen to shut down Collingwood onballer Scott Pendlebury. 

"Pendlebury's an absolute star. He's their jet," Sanderson said. 

"We can't allow Pendlebury to be running free.” 

"I'm also concerned about Dayne Beams, Steele Sidebottom; Travis Cloke looms large." 

Sanderson says swingman Ben Reid is a key inclusion for the Magpies. 

"Ben Reid's a very important player for Collingwood. We're still unsure about which end he's going to line up," Sanderson said.

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Tags: AFL, Adelaide Crows, Crows

Posted: 25 July, 2014

Midfield To Decide beyondblue Cup

Alastair Clarkson says midfield battle will be crucial to Hawks-Swans clash

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Most of the attention might be on one end of the MCG on Saturday night, but Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson predicts their beyondblue Cup blockbuster with Sydney will be decided in the middle. 

Lance Franklin's return to play against the side he won two flags with, and on the very ground he won them, will be one of the occasions of the season. 

And if Hawthorn are to stop Sydney from achieving a club-record 13 straight wins, they'll need to snap coach John Longmire's winning formula. 

Sydney have never lost with Franklin and Kurt Tippett in the side together, making a lack of Hawthorn key defenders tough to take for Clarkson. 

While Josh Gibson returns for the match, the Hawks are without Brian Lake (suspension) and Matt Spangher (ankle) - making the Hawks midfield their first line of defence. 

"If they get supply they're going to cause us some damage, irrespective of who we have in our back end," Clarkson said. 

"We've just got to make sure we give ourselves every chance through the middle of the ground." 

After a 19-point loss to the Swans in Round 8 without Luke Hodge or Sam Mitchell, Clarkson will hope their inclusion, along with recent absentee Bradley Hill, can make a difference. 

The Hawks coach avoided the cliche of this being just another week, saying the match had developed an air of expectation about it. 

"It's a pretty special game, I think," he said. 

"Two really good sides and (they've) developed a bit of a rivalry over the time." 

Franklin's great mate Josh Gibson will spend much of the game standing the two-time Coleman medallist, though Clarkson said their contest would not define the game. 

"I can't recall too many games of footy whether it's just a contest between two beasts, whether it's in the midfield or in the pointy ends," he said. 

"For a fair amount of the contest, Gibbo will find himself on Buddy.” 

"But I'd also expect that (Ryan) Schoenmakers, (Ben) Stratton and (Angus) Litherland all have to take their turn." 

Hawthorn have also handed a debut to 2011 draftee Alex Woodward, after two knee reconstructions ruined his past two seasons.

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Tags: AFL, Hawthorn Hawks, Hawks