Saturday, November 22
In a line ...
Fyfe will miss tonight's International Rules Test against
Ireland at Subiaco Oval after scans showed a strain to his right
shoulder suffered in the dying moments of a practice match on
Tuesday. The 23-year-old has escaped serious damage but needs to be
nursed across the pre-season ... Robert Murphy will enter his
16th AFL season as captain of the Western Bulldogs ... in spite of
the turbulence of the season, Essendon will post a profit of
$721,517 (see sidebar) ... Richmond will head into the new season
with a healthy profit of $1,329,530 from 2014 ...
Paul Carter from Stanhope Gardens NSW has offered an update
to our story from last Thursday (20th) on the Richmond players from
the 1967 premiership team. In addition to the passing of Fred
Swift in 1983, two other Tigers have passed on, Mike
Patterson died on April 16, 2002, and Geoff Strang died
on December 20, 2003.
Thank you Paul for correcting our piece.
There's always another story ...
Thursday, November 20
Essendon champion Ted Leehane passes away
Essendon FC is mourning the passing
on Monday of
three-time premiership player Ted Leehane at the age of 91.
Leehane played 83 games for the club between 1942-1950 and was a
member in the 1942, 1949 and 1950 premiership teams.
A fast moving, high marking centre half-forward and full forward he
combined well with goal kicking champion John Coleman in the 1949
and 1950 premiership sides.
Runner up in the 1948 Best and Fairest award, he also won the most
unselfish player award in 1950 and was the club’s leading goal
kicker in 1947 with 50 goals.
The Leehanes were a strong football family. Ted Leehane's brother,
Tom, played seven games for Essendon (1950-1951), and their father,
Steve, played 82 games for Carlton (1914-1919).
Ted was the last surviving member of the club’s 1942 premiership
team. He was named at number 49 in the Champions of Essendon list
released in 2002 –
Peter Coatman, a long-time Footystats
reader and well-known for his support of the Essendon FC contributes
that Carlton's Ken Hands became the longest-ago premiership player,
with the death of Alex Way earlier this month making Ken the last
survivor of Carlton's victorious team in the 1945 'Bloodbath' Grand
Essendon's longest-living premiership survivors are now Jack Jones
and Harold Lambert from the 1946 team.
As far as Peter is aware, the 1967 Richmond premiership team has
lost three players – Fred Swift
in 1983, Mike Patterson died on April 16, 2002, and Geoff
Strang died on December 20, 2003. The
1973 Tiger flag-winners is the longest-ago premiership team and are
all with us.
The 1994 West Coast side is the most recent premiership team of
which at least one member has died, Chris Mainwaring.
Wednesday, November 19
Anti-Doping Tribunal set for December 15
Essendon supplements saga finally has a hearing date, though it's
unclear whether media will be allowed inside.
Ben McKay and John Salvado of AAP reported for Yahoo! Sport: The AFL
Anti-Doping Tribunal has tentatively set aside December 15 to hear
the case against 34 players accused of taking banned substances.
A three-hour meeting of the tribunal on Tuesday couldn't resolve the
question of privacy for the past and present Essendon players –
$350m plan to roof Olympic Stadium at Homebush
$350 million redevelopment plan for a fully-roofed Olympic Stadium
at Homebush would enable spectators to sit within five metres of the
action, with new grandstands turning Sydney’s biggest venue for
rugby, rugby league and soccer into a true rectangular ground.
Under the ambitious plan detailed by News Corporation
dailies on Monday, the upgrade would surround the 15-year-old
stadium with a dynamic entertainment zone filled with bars, cafes
AFL comments on the upgrade are expected.
Seven Network to cover VFL matches
football will return to Channel Seven in Melbourne with the network
confirmed as its new free-to-air broadcaster.
Thompson on the AFL webpage details that under the two-year
contract Seven will broadcast the 'match of the round' live every
week as well as most VFL finals and the Grand Final.
It's understood the games will be shown on the network's main
channel, most likely as a lead in to either Saturday or Sunday
afternoon AFL broadcasts.
Some VFL matches will move forward to accommodate the telecasts.
"We're thrilled to be broadcasting more live football to Victorians
and adding to our blue-chip AFL and sports portfolio, while
complementing our local grassroots football initiatives," Channel
Seven Melbourne managing director Lewis Martin said.
The deal signals an end to long running VFL broadcasts on the ABC
who are unable to continue their coverage following savage financial
cuts by the Federal Government.
"The televising of Peter Jackson VFL games on Channel Seven
will provide an enormous boost to the profile of the VFL
competition, the participating clubs and the many young and exciting
players that play each week in the VFL," AFL general manager
community football operations Grant Williams said.
"AFL Victoria would like to sincerely thank Lewis Martin and his
team at Seven along with Simon Lethlean and the broadcasting group
at the AFL who have helped manage the development of this
partnership which will see the free-to-air broadcast of a weekly VFL
game on Channel Seven."
Stephen Milne fined $15,000
St Kilda player Stephen Milne has been fined $15,000 but
avoided a conviction for indecently assaulting a woman 10 years ago.
The ABC Grandstand Sport webpage reported the ex-St
Kilda forward admitted to indecently assaulting a 19-year-old woman
at a teammate's house following a drunken night out in 2004.
Victorian County Court Judge Michael Bourke on Tuesday described the
incident as a non-violent but physical sexual act.
He said both the victim and Milne had suffered due to the
decade-long delay in bringing the matter to court, and described
Milne as a different and far more mature man than at the time of his
The court heard the last decade had been extremely stressful for
34-year-old Milne and his family.
MCC stems energy consumption with Siemens
grand old lady of sporting events, the MCG, the 160-year-old stadium
has been quietly undergoing an $8 million technology upgrade
designed to transform it into a hub of energy efficiency.
Gilder in The Herald Sun noted: When completed in
June, the works will allow the MCG to generate enough environmental
savings annually to power 835 homes or run its light towers for
nearly six years.
The Melbourne Cricket Club hierarchy has enlisted global engineering
giant Siemens to provide its technological and gadgetry expertise on
the project, aimed at reducing the venue’s carbon footprint by a
The works are focused on reducing the energy bill within the
ground’s 30-odd function rooms and many back offices.
They include: replacing 12,000 existing 50-watt halogen lights with
12-watt LED alternatives; installing a smart building management
system, so that the heating and cooling of certain rooms can be
aligned with the stadium’s booking schedule; and new water chilling
MCC chief Stephen Gough said the venue was aiming to offset
the cost of the upgrade within seven years through the expected drop
in energy consumption.
Tuesday, November 18
Silvagni quits GWS; Katich appointed by Giants
Australian cricketer Simon Katich has been promoted to
football operations manager at AFL club Greater Western Sydney.
Yahoo! Sport reports: The former Test opening batsman
last year joined the club as a player development coordinator and
match day runner.
He has been given an expanded role working under the Giants' general
manager of football Graeme Allan.
"In just 12 months, Simon has proven to be a great asset for the
club and we want to continue to develop his skills and believe this
is an ideal role," Allan said.
The club also announced list manager Stephen Silvagni would
step down after the coming AFL draft.
Hawks release Frawley for St Kilda job
a sudden change of direction Danny Frawley will now take over
as part-time specialist defensive coach of St Kilda – Hawthorn
agreed to release him from the same job he had accepted with the
Hawks on Friday. Luke Beveridge had been about to start as St
Kilda's director of coaching when the Bulldogs called on him and
named him as coach at Whitten Oval. Plenty of moves to outrival any
game of chess.
Watson and Fletcher added to Oz IR squad
Fletcher and Jobe Watson have been welcomed with open
arms by their Australian International Rules team-mates despite the
spectre of an anti-doping hearing hanging over the heads of the
and Watson have been granted permission to play in Saturday's
International Rules match against Ireland at Subiaco Oval in Perth
despite being provisionally suspended after being served with
infraction notices for their part in the Bombers' 2012 supplements
ABC Grandstand Sport detailed: The pair are believed
to be two of 34 players who have been served with infraction notices
as part of the joint AFL-ASADA investigation into the club.
Under the AFL anti-doping code, players served with infraction
notices must be provisionally suspended and cannot take part in
But the AFL Commission has provided Fletcher and Watson with an
exemption to play in the international match, freeing them up to
join the Australian team camp in Sydney on Monday at Tom Wills Oval,
the new training facility of the GWS Giants at Olympic Park at
see also –
v Ireland, 1967–2013
For the record, the two
Ireland: Colm Begley (Laois), Colm Boyle (Mayo), Seán
Cavanagh (Tyrone), Cathal Cregg (Roscommon), Mattie Donnelly
(Tyrone), Finian Hanley (Galway), Pearse Hanley (Brisbane Lions),
Darren Hughes (Monaghan), Lee Keegan (Mayo), James McCarthy
(Dublin), Ciaran McDonald (Tipperary), Neil McGee (Donegal), Chrissy
McKaigue (Derry), Kevin McKernan (Down), Kevin McLoughlin (Mayo),
Conor McManus (Monaghan), David Moran (Kerry), Niall Morgan
(Tyrone), Ross Munnelly (Laois), Michael Murphy (Donegal, captain),
Colm O’Neill (Cork), Pádraig O’Neill (Kildare), Paddy O’Rourke
(Meath), Aidan O’Shea (Mayo), Aidan Walsh (Cork, vice-captain).
Australia: Grant Birchall (Hawthorn), Travis Boak (Port
Adelaide), Luke Breust (Hawthorn), Patrick Dangerfield (Adelaide),
Dustin Fletcher (Essendon), Nat Fyfe (Fremantle), Brendan Goddard
(Essendon), Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide), Brent Harvey (North Melb),
Luke Hodge (Hawthorn), Kieran Jack (Sydney), Steve Johnson
(Geelong), Jarrad McVeigh (Sydney), Sam Mitchell (Hawthorn), Leigh
Montagna (St Kilda), Nic Naitanui (West Coast), Nick Riewoldt (St
Kilda), Tom Rockliff (Brisbane), Joe Selwood (Geelong, captain),
Brodie Smith (Adelaide), Nick Smith (Sydney), Harry Taylor
(Geelong), Jobe Watson (Essendon), Chad Wingard (Port Adelaide).
Kerr out on bailThe parents of former West Coast player
Daniel Kerr (220 games, 2001-13) have paid the $5000 surety
needed to release him from Perth's Hakea prison.
Melbourne's Herald Sun reported on Monday: Kerr
was charged with two counts of endangering the life, health or
safety of a person after an incident in Glendalough on Tuesday
He was granted bail in Perth Magistrates Court but spent most
of the weekend in prison. He is to return to court on November 26.
The matches for the 2015 premiership season
have been added to –
Community campsVenues and dates for this pre-season's
Australia Post AFL Community Camps have been announced, with the
Bulldogs set to take over from North in Ballarat and the Kangas to
visit Hobart and Werribee instead.
Maroochydore to Maryborough-Gympie
Bendigo, North Central
Sunbury, Riddell, Macedon Ranges
Geraldton and Mortlock – Midlands region
Bellarine Peninsula, Surf Coast, Mininera-Mortlake
Townville, Mackay, Byron Bay
Canberra, Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Albury,
Bateman's Bay, Broken Hill, Bathurst
||February 27-March 1
Launceston, Hobart, Swansea, Queenstown
Barossa Valley: Tanunda, Nuriootpa,
Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance
Dec 1: Mornington Peninsula, Hastings, Tyabb, Crib Point
Dec 2: Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch (NZ)
Wollongong, Bowral, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Gosford,
Tamworth, Armidale, Wagga Wagga, Sydney metro
Saturday, November 15
Western Bulldogs take Beveridge
Western Bulldogs on Friday appointed Luke Beveridge as their
new AFL coach, replacing Brendan McCartney.
Sport reported: McCartney had been contracted for three
years until the end of the 2016 season, but was sacked last month
following captain Ryan Griffen's decision to walk out on the
Earlier this year, Beveridge was appointed St Kilda's director of
coaching, having previously served as an assistant at Hawthorn.
Bulldogs chief executive Simon Garlick confirmed the
appointment and said, "He's building a fantastic reputation in the
"Most importantly, he's been a key player in driving successful
cultures," he added, pointing to the two AFL premierships at
Hawthorn and one at Collingwood that Beveridge helped engineer.
A sense of nostalgia was noted with the return of the 44-year-old
Beveridge who played for the Bulldogs among his 118 games across
three clubs – 42 for Melbourne (1989-92), 31 for Footscray
(1993-95), 45 St Kilda (1996-99).
AFL issues infraction notices to Essendon 34
AFL has issued infraction notices to 34 past and present Essendon
players for the the use of banned peptides in 2012.
ABC Grandstand Sport reported: AFL general counsel
Andrew Dillon issued the notices late on Friday in relation to
use of the banned peptide thymosin beta-4.
It follows the players being placed on the Anti-Doping Rule
Violation Panel register of findings on Thursday.
An AFL tribunal directions hearing, chaired by former County Court
judge David Jones, is proposed for next week.
The identities of the 34 players remains confidential.
In a series of announcements detailed by
Jon Pierik in The Age: Geelong have confirmed that
Steve Hocking will take over from the departing Neil Balme
as general manager of football; the Wallabies fitness boss Scott
Murphy will join the Cats as physical performance manager;
three-time premiership player
is back with the club as a player
development consultant and will spend time with senior players on a
needs basis; Drew Slimmon has replaced Chris Bradshaw
as head doctor, with Bradshaw, like Balme, shifting to the Magpies
Danny Frawley will return to
Hawthorn as a part-time coach, a role he had alongside coach
Alistair Clarkson in 2008-09 ...
Champion full-forward Matthew Lloyd
will reconnect with Essendon for the first time since his retirement
in 2009 as a specialist goalkicking coach.
Friday, November 14
Essendon's 34 placed on Register of Findings
and past Essendon players suspected of doping offences are a step
closer to pleading their cases before an AFL tribunal after the news
on Thursday that the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel has placed the
34 players on the register of findings.
The ABC Grandstand Sport webpage reports: This
potentially clears the way for the AFL to issue infraction notices
against them. The players would then go before the tribunal.
AFL Players Association (AFLPA) chief executive Paul Marsh
confirmed the players have been informed of the determination by the
Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel.
"We are pleased that we are a step closer to having this finalised,"
"We now await the AFL's decision as to whether or not they'll issue
infraction notices. We hope this decision is made quickly so the
process can keep moving."
Last month the AFLPA announced that the 34 players would not contend
ASADA's amended show cause notices which claims players took the
banned substance Thymosin Beta-4 during Essendon's 2011-12
The only potential delay to the issuing of an infraction notice
against each player is if he decides to appeal his entry on the
register of findings –
Worth attention ...
Key news web sites to follow ...
The Age, Real Footy