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Posted: 30 August, 2014

Daisy Admits Frustration

Daisy Struggled With Media Attention Throughout Injury

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Dale Thomas admits he got frustrated with the criticism over the past two years to the point where he shied away from speaking to the media.

The midfielder has missed 19 games in the past two seasons and he told Triple M Footy's Saturday Rub felt hardly done by with some of the scrutiny he received.

"There was probably a time where I shied away from speaking to the media in general and that did come on the back of being answering the same questions," Thomas told Triple M Footy.

"I had enough talking about it and I'm sure everyone had enough hearing about it."

"I think this year and at times I've been criticized and rightfully so at times but at other times I've probably be a little bit hardly done by."

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Tags: Carlton, Blues, Daisy, Dale Thomas

Posted: 30 August, 2014

Sydney's Lance Franklin Rested For Tigers Match

Swans Give Richmond Finals Hope By Resting Buddy

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Lance Franklin will not play this afternoon against the Tigers after the Swans decided to rest the forward.

With the first place on the ladder sown up, Sydney saw no reason to risk Franklin before finals against a Richmond side playing for their spot in the top 8.

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Tags: Sydney, sydney, Buddy, Lance Franklin, Late withdrawal

Posted: 30 August, 2014

Fletcher Wants To Play On

Essendon Defender Says Body And Mind Ready For 23rd Season

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Dustin Fletcher remains committed to playing on in 2015 despite being in and out of the Essendon side this season.

Speculation on his career rose midseason after being dropped for the game against Port Adelaide but Fletcher told Triple M Footy's Saturday Rub despite speaking to the club, a decision is yet to be made.

"We've had a bit of a chat, but in saying that, it was a while ago. we'll just wait and see, apart from this finger the body's there abouts and still feels pretty good so in the next couple of weeks we'll sit down.

The 393 game veteran told Triple M Footy's Saturday Rub he still enjoys the game despite saying the last two seasons have been the toughest of his career and would only continue playing for the right reasons.

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Tags: Dustin Fletcher, Essendon, Bombers, Career

Posted: 30 August, 2014

Carlton's Murphy Late Withdrawal

Failed Concussion Test Holds Captain Out Of Side For Final Game

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Carlton skipper Marc Murphy is a late withdrawal for today's blockbuster against the Bombers.

Murphy failed a concussion test this morning after he was subbed out of last week's game against Port Adelaide after hitting his head on the Adelaide Oval turf.

Patrick Cripps will replace Murphy in the lineup and start in the green vest. 

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Tags: Marc Murphy, Carlton, Bues, Concussion, Injury, Essendon, Bombers, Patrick Cripps

Posted: 29 August, 2014

Ball Was Right To Retire

Garry Lyon and Jason Dunstall back Collingwood star's decision to quit

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Garry Lyon and Jason Dunstall both believe Luke Ball made the right decision to retire on Thursday. 

As late as Tuesday, Ball told Triple M’s Rush Hour that he wanted to play on in season 2015.

But within 48 hours, the 2010 premiership player performed a ‘180’ and called it quits. 

The Lone Wolf told Triple M’s Friday Rub that the game didn’t get any slower and the younger players needed game time ahead of Ball next year. 

The Chief added that while Ball is an ‘absolute star’ and that he ‘ticked every box as a footballer’, the former top three pick would have known deep down that his body wouldn’t be able to withstand the rigours of another AFL season. 

Chief also said that there was nothing wrong with finishing a season with ‘nothing left in the tank’, but it wouldn’t be right to do so at the start of a season.

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Tags: AFL, Collingwood Magpies, Magpies

Posted: 29 August, 2014

Hill Out For Hawthorn

Hawthorn speedster is a late withdrawal for clash with Collingwood

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Hawthorn speedster Brad Hill is a late withdrawal from tonight’s match against Collingwood at the MCG. 

Hill is suffering from a corked quad and has been replaced by Billy Hartung. 

Hartung will be the Hawks’ starting substitute.

Collingwood's team is as selected and Paul Seedsman will wear the green vest.

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Tags: AFL, Hawthorn Hawks, Hawks

Posted: 29 August, 2014

Pressure For Finals Spots At North

Lachie Hansen and Jamie Macmillan desperate to stay in Kangaroos' senior team

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Try telling recalled pair Lachie Hansen and Jamie Macmillan that North Melbourne's clash with Melbourne is meaningless. 

Regardless of what happens at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night, the Kangaroos are guaranteed to finish sixth and host an elimination final the following weekend. 

But the question of which 22 players take the field for the club's first home final since 2007 is very much up in the air. 

Defenders Macmillan and Hansen were among five inclusions for the game against the 17th-placed Demons, with Michael Firrito, Lindsay Thomas, Levi Greenwood, Todd Goldstein and Luke McDonald out. 

"I'm not stupid," Macmillan said, agreeing the weekend was his audition for finals. 

"Both Lachie and I know we've got this one chance to put our name up ... and hopefully come match committee next week they'll have to think a little harder.” 

"This week we have got some guys that have been managed, they'll be coming back in.” 

"So we're going to fight for our lives this weekend." 

Macmillan has not played since Round 3, when the 22-year-old suffered a serious leg injury and is desperate to find form and match fitness. 

Hansen has missed North's past three matches due to a hip injury, but played 17 games this season. 

However, the former No.3 pick felt just as unsure about his place in the side as Macmillan. 

"I know if I don't perform against Melbourne, I might lose my spot straight away," Hansen said. 

Hansen suggested aside from creating more pressure for spots, the Kangaroos had a lot to gain from Saturday night. 

"We want to have a win, of course. We want to take good form into the finals," he said. 

"Structurally get everything right and sound. Crash in and take the momentum into next week." 

North is likely to face Essendon in week one of the finals.

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Tags: AFL, North Melbourne Kangaroos, Kangaroos

Posted: 29 August, 2014

Sanderson: I Need Help

Mark Thompson on Adelaide coach's list for potential senior assistants

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Admitting he needs help, Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson says he'll approach Essendon's Mark Thompson about joining the Crows

Sanderson wants a senior AFL coaching figure to assist him, saying a nationwide search has already started. 

Thompson's future is uncertain - he'll coach Essendon in the finals but James Hird is slated to resume his role as the Bombers' head coach next year. 

Asked directly on Friday about luring Thompson to Adelaide, Sanderson said: "We will talk to everyone.” 

"We probably won't comment on individuals at the moment but that might be a discussion that we will have when our season is done." 

Former head coaches John Worsfold and Mark Harvey also loom as candidates to help Sanderson, whose coaching mentor Dean Bailey died from cancer a week before this season started. 

Sanderson ruled out poaching respected strategist Phil Walsh from Port Adelaide but said ‘the hunt is definitely on’. 

"Trust me, there is people behind the scenes identifying who the next best person is to fill that role," he said. 

"We will look at every person that is available.” 

"Typically what happens is the very best people are contracted. But we will bring someone in with experience who is perfect for the role.” 

"It is a little competition in itself because those people aren't just sitting waiting there, but we are searching the country to bring the best person in." 

In his third year as Adelaide coach, Sanderson faces missing the finals for the second season in a row - to sneak into eighth spot, the Crows must defeat St Kilda on Sunday and hope three other weekend results fall their way. 

But Sanderson said he was a better coach now than his initial season when the Crows were beaten preliminary finalists. 

"My record won't suggest that," he said. 

"But the challenges that we have faced - we didn't have Dean Bailey for 16 weeks in 2013 (due to suspension), we haven't had him at all this year.” 

"But I really do need someone."

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Tags: AFL, Adelaide Crows, Crows

Posted: 29 August, 2014

Mick To Wait On Waite's Decision

Carlton coach unsure which team his in-form key forward will play for in 2015

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Carlton coach Mick Malthouse remains unsure whether Saturday's clash with Essendon will be the last for Brock McLean and Jarrad Waite in the navy blue. 

The Blues, who cannot make the finals, will be playing for pride in their season finale and the chance to impinge on their traditional rivals' finals preparations.

Carlton has offered Waite a contract, but the free agent is expected to attract plenty of suitors in the off-season frenzy. 

"He's contracted up to a certain period. You want him to play good football in that period, then he makes a decision," Malthouse said on Friday. 

"I don't get too caught up in something that is beyond my control.” 

"We can paint the picture that this is the place he should play.” 

"But he may get painted another picture that this (another side) is where the money is and where he should finish his career." 

North Melbourne is believed to be among the clubs keen to sign the 31-year-old key forward, who has enjoyed a purple patch in the second half of the season. 

"A few weeks ago he kicked a bag on me. He's a very good player, so if that was to happen - I wouldn't say no," North defender Lachie Hansen said of Waite's prospective move to Arden St. 

Ex-Melbourne midfielder McLean is yet to re-sign, Malthouse saying he would be ‘very surprised’ if the 28-year-old is not at the club next year. 

But the three-time premiership coach suggested it was too early to be certain. 

"This is not (a case) that Brock's in a position that he's going to be chopped from the list. Simply, I want to talk to Brock and see where he is," Malthouse said. 

"He was finding it pretty tough (earlier in the season), but he's rejuvenated himself." 

McLean returns from a calf injury against the Bombers, while Dennis Armfield and Matthew Watson also earned recalls. 

Malthouse insisted he was firmly focused on the weekend's match, not the club's 2015 campaign or associated list management decisions.

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Tags: AFL, Carlton Blues, Blues

Posted: 29 August, 2014

Bomber Puzzled Over Carlisle Injury

Essendon coach all but rules key forward out of first final

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Essendon coach Mark Thompson is puzzled by Jake Carlisle's hamstring injury and has suggested the key forward could have been playing this weekend. 

The finals-bound Bombers have ruled Carlisle out for Saturday's last-round clash with Carlton at the MCG. 

Carlisle spoke this week about how he expected his tight hamstring would only put him out for one or two matches. 

"I don't know. I've never heard of a one-week hamstring injury," Thompson told reporters on Friday. 

"He probably more than likely won't play (next week).” 

"They're saying it's not very big. It's only a few fibres and it should be right.” 

"But if that was the case he'd be playing this week.” 

"You've just got to get off the fence don't you and decide if it's a hamstring or not.” 

"If it is it's two weeks and if it's not you should be playing this week and have a crack at it." 

Essendon have recalled ruck/forward Tom Bellchambers to assist No.1 ruckman Patrick Ryder. 

Thompson says if Bellchambers can find form against the Blues, he'll be retained for next week's elimination final. 

Bellchambers has played six senior games this season. 

Listed at 108kg, Bellchambers has lost weight and been doing lots of cross-training. 

"He's had a cow of a season. He has been absolutely destroyed by the pre-season injury to his ankle," Thompson said. 

"If he doesn't play well, unfortunately we won't go with him.” 

"We're hoping that it does work. It was our most preferred set-up at the start of the year." 

Essendon have also recalled gun utility Dyson Heppell after one week out with a broken hand. 

"We're not in that position where we can flirt with anything. We need to win," Thompson said. 

"We need to go into the first final in good form." 

Port Adelaide thrashed Carlton by 103 points in last week's game and Blues coach Mick Malthouse said his side was tired. 

"It's amazing what can happen in a week. I've seen it all before," Thompson said. 

"I hope he's not trying to psyche our players out because it's not going to happen.” 

"We know the cue is not in the rack for them. We know he's trying to motivate them by saying they're tired.” 

"They'll come out and they'll try to really attack us. We know that's coming."

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Tags: AFL, Essendon Bombers, Bombers

Posted: 29 August, 2014

Eagles Re-Sign McGinnity, McInnes

West Coast duo agree to new contract extensions with the club

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West Coast has re-signed Patrick McGinnity and Fraser McInnes to new contract extensions. 

McGinnity has struggled for opportunities in the past two seasons, with injury and form restricting him to just 16 of a possible 43 matches for the Eagles. 

But he forced his way back into the side midway through this year and has played the last nine games in a row. 

Since Round 15, he has averaged 11 disposals (six contested) and five tackles a match. 

In all, the 25-year-old has made 80 appearances for the Eagles since debuting in 2009. 

McInnes is yet to play senior footy but is touted as a promising key forward prospect. 

The 21-year-old was taken at pick No.28 in the 2011 draft.

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Tags: AFL, West Coast Eagles, Eagles

Posted: 28 August, 2014

Essendon Players Get Punk'd

Mark McVeigh fools Essendon players disguised as a little old lady

Mark McVeigh fools Essendon players disguised as a little old lady.

Watch the reaction on the Bombers' faces as McVeigh does a 'Bad Grandma' on them!

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Tags: Essendon, AFL Players