Thursday, October 23
Sydney seek legal opinion to lift trading ban
Age reports the Sydney Swans remain hopeful of appearing
before the AFL Commission in December in a bid to have their ban
from trading in players next year overturned.
Fairfax Media has been told the Swans have even sought legal opinion
about the recently enforced ban, should the AFL not seriously
rethink its move.
Jon Pierik details: The Swans have officially written to the
AFL seeking to have their case for a reversal heard and continue to
plot counter arguments.
The Swans were stunned when told they would be banned from trading
in players – unless they were delisted free agents – during this
month's trade period. The ban stands for 2015.
Gerard Healy, a commentator and the Swans' 1988 Brownlow
medallist, took aim at the AFL's decision, claiming league chiefs
may have been "spooked" and decided to act amid speculation the
Swans had been chasing Melbourne free agent James Frawley,
who would ultimately sign with Hawthorn.
"What emerged was the worst piece of vindictive bastardry
legislation that I have ever seen from the commission," Healy said
"There has been silence from head office ever since its inception
because surely no one on the commission is going to admit to
fathering and nurturing this legislative tripe.
"Not the chairman, Mike Fitzpatrick, despite his anger over
the Buddy defection, not Gill McLachlan, who has to implement
it, and surely not the AFL legal man Andrew Dillon, who must
have questioned its legality. He would expect to need to defend it
in court if it goes to a second year" –
Harvey is Hird's No.2 – where does Bomber fit in?
future of Mark Thompson at Essendon remains unclear following
Wednesday's appointment of Mark Harvey on a two-year deal as
Thompson had a successful stint as interim Essendon coach this
season while Hird served a 12-month AFL suspension.
Thompson made it clear at Essendon's best and fairest function that
he did not want to return to a senior assistant role.
He is back from an overseas holiday and Neil Craig, who is
Essendon's head of coaching development and strategy, speaking on
SEN said Thompson had spoken to chairman Paul Little and
chief executive Xavier Campbell.
Craig was hopeful of a decision in the next few days.
AFLPA says players will not respond to notices
representing the bulk of the players caught up in the Essendon
supplements scandal have told ASADA they won’t respond to show-cause
The AFL webpage reports: The move puts the ball back
in ASADA’s court and should expedite the process, which has already
taken 21 months.
“The players do not intend to respond to the show cause notices,”
AFL Players' Association chief executive Paul Marsh confirmed
in a statement on Thursday –
There's always another story ...
Wednesday, October 22
Brisbane bring back the old lion
Brisbane Lions on Tuesday unveiled their guernsey for season 2015
and beyond, officially marking a return to wearing the club’s
guernsey, that was designed at the time of the 1997 merger and was
famously worn by the club during its three-peat premiership success
Vice-Captain, Tom Rockliff, was on hand to
launch the guernsey which not only represents the most successful
period in club history, but also the first 13 years after merging
Throughout the Lions combined 128-year history – made up from
Fitzroy, the Bears and the merged Brisbane Lions – the Club has worn
a variety of different guernsey designs.
The only other guernsey that you could argue has been engrained with
such ‘greatness’ as the original guernsey, is the one worn by
Fitzroy at the beginning of the VFL competition, which was a canvas
lace-up style and reaped a total of four premierships (1898, 1899,
1904 and 1905).
For years, Lions supporter groups have passionately campaigned to
revert to the original jumper, with 71.4 per cent of 3000 survey
correspondents last year requesting the strip worn in the three
premierships, between 2001 and 2003, brought back.
The jumper will make a welcome return to the field in 2015, after
members voted overwhelming in favour of a change back at the Annual
General Meeting held at the Gabba last year.
VFL and WAFL telecasts set for Seven Network
VFL and WAFL are set to follow the SANFL onto the Seven Network.
The ABC after being told to rid itself of outside broadcast vans
were unable to commit to broadcasting state league matches next year
in the midst of savage government funding cuts.
The AFL webpage reported: "The ABC has always indicated that it was
unable to commit to new seasons until the current budget situation
was resolved and indicated it would not stand in the way of those
respective leagues looking elsewhere," an ABC spokesman told
Being on a commercial network will enable both the WAFL and VFL
greater exposure for their respective sponsors.
Channel 7 this year successfully took over televising the SANFL,
South Australia's state competition this year, with improved
ratings, a promotional boost and enhanced production values on one
of its digital channels.
Chris Pelchen quits Saints
Pelchen resigned on Tuesday as St Kilda’s head of football.
St Kilda and Pelchen parted ways after a comprehensive review of the
Saints’ off-field operations after they finished with the wooden
spoon identified an increased need to focus on high performance.
List manager and chief operating officer Ameet Bains will
temporarily head up the Saints’ football department until a
replacement is found.
2015, Round 1
Thursday, April 2
Carlton v Richmond
Good Friday, April 3
Saturday, April 4
Melbourne v Gold Coast
Sydney Swans v Essendon
Brisbane Lions v Collingwood
Western Bulldogs v West Coast
Sunday, April 5
St Kilda v Greater Western Sydney
Adelaide v North Melbourne
Fremantle v Port Adelaide
Monday, April 6
Hawthorn v Geelong
The 2015 draw will be released on October 30th.
Saturday, October 18
ASADA issues 34 new 'show cause' notices
Australian Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) on Friday issued new 'show
cause' notices to 34 former and current Essendon players.
ABC Sport reported: The amended notices are in
relation to the use of the banned substance, Thymosin Beta 4, and
come after court action involving the club was resolved last month.
The Federal Court ruled on September 19 ASADA's investigation into
Essendon's supplements program was lawful.
The club accepted Justice John Middleton's decision, while recently
reinstated coach James Hird's appeal is set to be heard on November
ASADA said in a statement, despite Hird's ongoing legal action, it
"has agreed to a formal request by the legal team for the bulk of
the players to expedite the 'show cause' notice process".
"Each amended notice is individually tailored and is approximately
350 pages in length (this totals about 12,000 pages for the 34
players)," the statement said.
"All notices include a comprehensive summary of the evidence in
support of the case against each player."
AFL Players' Association (AFLPA) chief executive Paul Marsh
confirmed the players' lawyers had received the notices –
Staunch defence of Essendon at Canberra inquiry
action against Essendon players over supplement use has been
compared to charging a construction worker for getting an
Paul Osborne for AAP reported for Yahoo! Sports!
– AFL Players' Association official Ian Prendergast made the
comparison while outlining his version of the supplements saga
before a Senate inquiry in Canberra on Friday.
The committee was taking evidence, under parliamentary privilege, in
relation to proposed new federal laws to align Australia's
anti-doping scheme with the world anti-doping code.
In arguing against the tough new penalties and the stripping of
legal rights from athletes, Prendergast said Bombers players had
received a raw deal and the scandal had affected their mental health
and ability to perform.
"Compare the situation at Essendon to what would happen with workers
in another industry, say the construction industry, where
construction workers were exposed to asbestos through the lies of
their employer," the former Carlton player told the inquiry.
"Would we be talking about punishing those workers, or would we be
talking about compensating them?
"It's a very similar situation we are dealing with down in Essendon.
"It's already had a huge toll on these athletes and if they are
handed penalties then they have the potential to end their careers"
O'Keefe, Teague added to Adelaide coaches
Sydney midfielder Ryan O'Keefe and ex-St Kilda assistant
David Teague have joined the Crows in a revamped coaching panel
under new head coach Phil Walsh.
O'Keefe, a double premiership winner at Sydney, will be a midfield
And Teague, an assistant at the Saints last season who previously
worked with Walsh at West Coast, will be the Crows' forward line
The Crows said Scott Camporeale (midfield), Darren Milburn
(defence) and Matthew Clarke (ruck) would remain as assistant
The addition of O'Keefe and Teague follows the departure of dual
premiership captain Mark Bickley who has left Adelaide's
coaching panel to pursue other opportunities.
Friday October 31, by 2pm – List lodgement (1); Rookie
promotion to primary list; Retained second and third-year rookies;
Scholarship players; Alternate talent player nominations, Total
player payment (TPP) estimates.
Saturday November 1 – NAB AFL delisted player free agency
period (1) begins.
Wednesday November 12 – NAB AFL delisted player free agency
period (1) closes; Out of contract listed AFL primary list players
draft nomination form and player request for removal from list form
Lodged with AFL; New or expired (after three years) draft nomination
Thursday November 13, by 2pm – List lodgement (2).
Friday November 14 – AFL delisted player free agency period
Wednesday November 19 – Delisted primary list draft
nomination form lodgement; Non–retained rookie players draft
nomination form lodgement; Players not registered or played for
three years rookie nomination. NAB AFL delisted player free agency
period (2) closes.
Thursday November 27 – NAB AFL Draft selection
(Gold Coast Convention Centre).
Friday November 28 – NAB AFL delisted free agency Period (3)
Monday December 1 – AFL delisted player free agency period
(3) ends. AFL club list lodgement (3) and TPP estimates.
International players inclusion on rookie list form; Scholarship
players rookie list form lodged; Father/son and Academy pre-selected
Wednesday December 3 – NAB AFL Pre-Season Draft
selection meeting (11am);
Notification of pre-selected rookies nominated on Monday November 25
if not selected in the pre-season draft (11.05am);
NAB AFL Rookie Draft selection meeting (11.10am).
Monday December 5 – Final club list lodgement
Friday December 12, by 2pm – International players inclusion
on rookie list.
Friday, October 17
Trade week ends; Ryder ends up at Port
and Port Adelaide have brokered a deal to send Paddy Ryder to
the Power, as the trading period closed on Thursday at 2pm AEST with
Adelaide signing Hawk duo Luke Lowden and Kyle Cheney.
Yahoo! Sport carried the AAP report: The protracted
negotiations over Ryder ceased on Thursday morning, with the Bombers
accepting Port's draft pick selections 17 and 37 for the ruckman.
Essendon took selections 17 and 37 for Ryder then on-traded pick
No.37 to the Bulldogs for 2008 Brownlow Medallist Adam Cooney
who agreed to a two-year Essendon deal, while the Bombers also
secured GWS ruckman Jonathan Giles for pick No.53.
The Hawks gave up ruckman Lowden, defender Cheney and three
third-round draft selections to the Crows, who handed over draft
picks No.31, No.50 and No.68.
Adelaide completed a transfer of draft picks with Geelong in the
final trade of the year, the Crows parting with No.10 and No.47 to
receive No.14 and No.35.
GWS defender Sam Frost, Sydney's Shane Biggs and
Western Bulldogs forward Liam Jones also found new homes in
the final hour of trade period.
Melbourne beefed up their defence by signing Frost, swapping pick
No.23 in exchange for the 21-year-old, pick No.40 and pick No.53.
The Swans gave Biggs and pick No.39 to the Bulldogs, who sent pick
No.37 to the SCG.
Carlton gave up pick No.46 to recruit Jones.
Fremantle, Richmond and West Coast were the only clubs not to play
any part in trade period.
The Hawks earlier released midfielder Mitch Hallahan to Gold
Coast in exchange for picks No.47 and No.49, but it was the Ryder
deal that everyone was waiting for.
The 26-year-old had walked out of Essendon and sought a trade,
citing the ongoing supplements scandal at the Bombers as his reason
Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley said Ryder, who played 170
games at Essendon, was an excellent addition to this year's beaten
"We think Paddy can really add a lot to our team, both to share the
ruck duties ... and help out up forward," Hinkley said in a
statement on Thursday.
Worth attention ...
Key news web sites to follow ...
The Age, Real Footy