116 thoughts on “Latest News – Round 18”

  1. Melbourne: Max Gawn

    Simon Goodwin said Max Gawn was subbed out following a rolled ankle but was bullish he’d be fine for next week. He said: “Just a little roll of his ankle. These opportunities when the game is pretty much dead, to take him out of the game and give him a spell and make sure he’s right to go next week. He’s an important player, it’s a rolled ankle that we think will be fine. He’ll come up next week. He’s walking around fine post-game.”

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    1. Update

      Max Gawn has woken up worse than he was anticipating and given the pain, he expects to miss at least this week v Essendon. He is on crutches and in a moon boot.

      Will have scans assessed later this afternoon.

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      1. CT…it’s a rolled ankle that we think will be fine. He’ll (Maxy) come up next week. He’s walking around fine post-game.”
        NEXT DAY..hIS foot dropped off..but..We have got The Doc that treated Colby MCKercher’s Foot issue on the job and expect Maxy to be a goer this round.

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  2. St Kilda: Marcus Windhager was subbed out with a hamstring injury.
    Saints coach Ross Lyon said Windhager “will definitely miss” next week.

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  3. St Kilda: Dustin Martin (back) is a chance to return next week.

    Adem Yze: “We’ve got an eight-day break now, so we’ll just be based on his body and if he walks in on Monday or Tuesday and feels like he can train. That’s how we have to manage him.”

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    1. I thought Dusty was headed to the Gold Coast, but now you’re telling me that St Kilda got him???

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  4. St Kilda: Dion Prestia would be close to returning next week while Tom Lynch was a couple of weeks away

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  5. Carlton: Michael Voss said Jacob Weitering was “quite limited in his movement” due to a cork in his hip.

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  6. Carlton: Tom De Koning “will be OK” after copping a knock in the third quarter. Michael Voss

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  7. GWS: Joe Fonti

    “Fonti in his first game, it didn’t look like it was his first game. He looked like an AFL player already.

    “His ability to win possession but also turn it into something. He’s a good runner. He’s got really good speed. He’s been playing that way in the VFL for a long time now. All we need him to do is to come and continue to play the same way. He certainly did that tonight.”
    Adam Kingsley

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  8. GWS: Darcy Jones

    “He hasn’t played a lot of footy Darcy. He’s probably played less than 10 games. The growth in him and what he could become is enormous. I think he’s got great speed, he’s got a real want to pressure and tackle but he’s also a beautiful finisher. I think he’s going to be a really good player for us for a really long time.”

    Adam Kingsley

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  9. Hawthorn: Mitch Lewis after a heavy collision late in the game.

    “I haven’t spoken too much to the medical guys, I’m not sure what’s come out of the game yet. Hopefully he’s not too bad, he was probably a bit too courageous in that incident. I haven’t spoken to the doctors yet, but I don’t think they’ve done [a concussion test] at this stage.

    Sam Mitchell

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  10. Hawthorn: James Sicily (shoulder), Jack Ginnivan (fibula) and Calsher Dear.

    “All of those were 1-2 weeks. I’d say they’re all a test for this week. Hopefully we get all three back. Time will tell. We’re not sure at this stage.”

    Sam Mitchell

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  11. Geelong: Patrick Dangerfield on being subbed out.

    “No real reason other than we thought it’s been successful getting him back, it’s his third game now, and we’ll take the bird in the hand.”

    Chris Scott

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  12. Geelong: Shaun Mannagh

    “I thought the nice thing about his game today, even just the number of tackles (14) that’s less important to me, rather than him showing he can pressure and play a complete role that we ask of our forwards.”

    Chris Scott

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  13. Port Adelaide: Zak Butters on being subbed out.

    “Management, just looking after him. He’s had a really big year and he gives me too much, he gives you everything he’s got, and sometimes you have got to look after him a little bit. He’s that type of player that has been worn like a glove for a month. Today he got a little bit of space and that helped.”

    Ken Hinkley

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  14. Western Bulldogs: Aaron Naughton and James O’Donnell both subbed out due to concussion.

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  15. North Melbourne: Colby McKercher

    “We’ve really missed him over the last 6 weeks as you saw when he did that scintillating run down that outer wing, with 6 bounces and then found Nick Larkey. They’re special young players.”

    Alastair Clarkson

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  16. Gold Coast: Sam Day

    “Sam was a plantar fascia, once again not too sure the term.”

    Damien Hardwick

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  17. Gold Coast: Touk Miller – wrist

    “Touk’s wrist we’re not too sure the damage. He’ll have scans tomorrow.”(Monday)

    Damien Hardwick

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  18. Essendon: Nate Caddy.

    “It is hard not to get excited by him. It is very rare that you see a first-year key forward who can have an impact on a game like he can. We saw that through the pre-season. He is a very, very exciting player and an important player for what we’re doing.”

    Brad Scott

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  19. WCE: Jeremy McGovern

    “He has a broken rib, that’s why he was kept in Melbourne overnight. They are trying to get him back in next few days.”

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  20. Adelaide: Izak Rankine has a four-week suspension for an off-the-ball incident that saw Brisbane’s Brandon Starcevich subbed out of Sunday evening’s game at the Gabba.

    Was graded intentional, high contact and severe impact by the MRO, which has triggered a four-game ban.

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  21. Sydney: Isaac Heeney has copped a one-match ban for his hit on St Kilda’s Jimmy Webster

    The MRO has graded the incident intentional, high contact and low impact, which has triggered a one-match ban. The Swans have until Tuesday to decide if they will appeal the ban at the Tribunal.

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  22. Hawthorn: Mitch Lewis requires a knee reconstruction after suffering a season-ending injury in Saturday’s loss to Geelong at GMHBA Stadium.

    Scans on Monday morning that revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

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  23. Western Bulldogs: Liam Jones ruled out for up to a month with a knee injury after scans revealed a moderate-grade medial ligament injury.

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  24. Melbourne: Max Gawn UPDATE

    Max Gawn will be sidelined for two to three weeks, after sustaining an ankle injury during Round 17.

    Melbourne FC.

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        1. Did I just lose Jackson, gawn, heeney and McGovern in the same week, after losing fisher last week. Jesus.

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  25. CT…it’s a rolled ankle that we think will be fine. He’ll (Maxy) come up next week. He’s walking around fine post-game.”
    NEXT DAY..hIS foot dropped off..but..We have got The Doc that treated Colby MCKercher’s Foot issue on the job and expect Maxy to be a goer this round.

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    1. CT & MFC say 2-3 weeks. I am confused now
      TU- Gawn out 2-3 weeks
      TD- Gawn is fine, won’t miss
      Thanks

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      1. Hi Gerd, a brief synopsis of the steps in the saga.

        Gawn suffered the injury in the last minute of the second quarter when his foot collided with Harley Reid’s leg as he attempted a kick out of a centre-bounce stoppage.

        He struggled through the second half and was substituted out of the game in the last quarter.

        After the game the coach said he was walking around so assumed he was fine.

        Next morning Gawn awoke in pain. “ It’s pretty sore, I must admit. I woke up very sore. Obviously played the second half in a bit of distress,” he said, while on crutches and wearing a moonboot on his right foot.

        After receiving the results of Gawn’s scans on Monday, the Dees ruled the ruckman out for 2-3 weeks.

        “Scans have today shown that Max has sustained a chip to the base of his right fibula,” Demons general manager of AFL performance Alan Richardson said.



        “While this is disappointing news for Max, fortunately he won’t require surgery.



        I hope this helps rectify your confusion.

        Cheers

        CT

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    1. Update: Touk is now expected to miss at least 4 weeks with a broken wrist. No surgery though

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      1. Thanks Natopotato.

        I am away from keyboard for next 4 hours.

        If you see any updates, please feel free to post, if you don’t mind.

        Cheers

        CT

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  26. Adelaide: Adelaide will challenge Rankine’s 4 week suspension, trying to downgrade it to 3 week. They will argue that the incident was careless instead of intentional

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  27. Sydney: It has been confirmed that Sydney will challenge Heeney’s one match suspension. They believe the incident was careless and not intentional and look to only cop a fine

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  28. West Coast: Adam Simpson and the Eagles have mutually agreed to part ways after 11 years.
    More to come

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    1. The club have allowed him to coach one last game for the club. He has not made a decision on whether he will yet

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    2. Thank you Adam Simpson for the Premiership win in 2018 and all the good times.

      Eagles cruelly hampered by covid and injuries past few years.
      All the best for the future.

      New coach:Dean Cox.? 2025

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  29. Sydney: John Longmire has confirmed that Callum Mills will return this week for the Swans

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  30. North Melbourne: George Wardlaw, Zac Fisher and Miller Bergman will face tests to prove their fitness for Saturday.

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    1. “ Zac Fisher has made great progress in recovering from that midfoot sprain suffered against the Dogs, after failing to clear availability last Thursday,”

      “He had a positive running session on-ground on Saturday morning and progressed into group training this morning.”

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  31. St Kilda: Marcus Windhager will miss at least four weeks after scans yesterday confirmed a right hamstring strain.

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  32. West Coast Eagles assistant coach Jarrad Schofield will be the interim senior coach of the club after the departure of Adam Simpson today.

    While Simpson has the option of a farewell game against Brisbane on Sunday, Schofield will assume senior coaching responsibilities as required.

    “We believe Jarrad is the best option for us to complete the 2024 season as acting senior coach,” CEO Don Pyke said.

    “He has extensive coaching experience in his own right as a three-time premiership coach at Subiaco, as an assistant coach at Port Adelaide and is currently our midfield coach.”

    WCE statement

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  33. Sydney: Heeney’s appeal has been upheld and will miss this weekends clash against North Melbourne

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      1. In horse racing it is the protest that is upheld or dismissed.

        In the AFL it is the suspension that is upheld or dismissed.

        Confusing terminology …. but it is the AFL after all.

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    1. It’s probably all because the nose bled – and the viewing of blood is not good for football……

      Note: Nose bleed is not always caused by force, and depending on blood type, can bleed more freely. Sneezing and rubbing of the nose can cause nose bleed.

      It’s just so unjust……..

      I want my Heeney back……..

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      1. Agreed – if you look at Toby Greene’s punch to stomach on the weekend, it is easily argued that it was far more forceful and dropped his opponent harder than the Heeney ‘nose flick’ … coupled with Greene’s history of suspensions … and he still only got a monetary fine …

        You have to suspect / argue that it is indeed the presence of a bleeding nose (no injury to player mind you) that has resulted in Heeney being suspended … completely BS ruling IMHO … and not a Swans supporter etc …

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        1. Thanks O’er……. Cheers, if his head wasn’t down that low, it would IMO been contact to his stomach/ chest area……

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  34. Adelaide: Rankine’s appeal to reduce his 4 match suspension has been upheld and he will miss the next 4 matches

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  35. Collingwood: Josh Carmichael has medically retired from the sport after a recommendation by the AFL medical panel. He has had ongoing concussion symptoms since May after 3 concussions in 9 months

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    1. Going to see more and more of this I’m afraid but nothing trumps personal safety. Shame he never got a decent run in the main squad.

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  36. Sydney: The Swans will appeal the tribunal’s decision to uphold a one-week ban for Isaac Heeney.
    2nd chance

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  37. WCE: Jeremy McGovern…

    The airlines wouldn’t allow him to fly home due to a punctured lung & broken rib, so he drove to Adelaide overnight, where his wife met him having flown in from Perth.

    Together they are now driving across the Nullarbor in a bid to be back in time for a possible Adam Simpson farewell game.

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  38. Adelaide: Hugh Bond will be making his debut this weekend for the Crows against the Saints
    123.9k Defender

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  39. West Coast: Adam Simpson has declined the offer to coach one last game this weekend for the Eagles

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  40. Swannies fighting:

    SYDNEY will appeal the Tribunal’s decision to uphold Isaac Heeney’s striking suspension as debate rages around Brownlow Medal eligibility criteria.

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    1. Yeah for me Brownlow ineligibility should be only those that are found Guilty that are referred directly to the Tribunal. MROs shouldn’t count.

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      1. So Rankine gets 4 weeks accepts plea and that’s still fine? Didn’t go to tribunal just automatic 4 weeks

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  41. North Melbourne: Zac Fisher is training with the main group this morning – needs to get through today to be considered

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  42. Hawthorn: James Sicily completed training and is set to return vs Fremantle.

    Jack Ginnivan expected to miss again.

    Jasper Scaife left the track early after a knock.

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  43. Rising Star favourite George Wardlaw will return against Sydney on Saturday as North Melbourne coach Alastair Clarkson braces for Isaac Heeney to win his appeal and play.

    Clarkson said the Kangaroos would plan for the Swans superstar despite losing his tribunal hearing over his one-match ban earlier this week.

    Wardlaw is ready to return after missing consecutive matches due to a concussion he suffered at training, while the Roos are also set to recall key defender Griffin Logue for his first senior match since his ACL injury last year.

    Rebounding defender Zac Fisher (foot) and tall utility Wil Dawson (shoulder) were also available for the SCG clash, Clarkson said.

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    1. Any clues as to who he’s going to replace from the winning team with all the availabilities………????

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      1. Think it was a bit of a tall tale by the looks of things doesn’t look like Fisher is coming back in either!!

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  44. Sydney: Isaac Heeney has failed to have his suspension overturned and will miss Saturday’s clash against North Melbourne after his intentional striking charge was upheld by the Appeal Board.

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    1. Supercoach is the only thing that is keeping me to this sport.
      Not sure who makes worse decisions the MRO or Bevo.

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  45. North Melbourne: Zac Fisher misses with the foot sprain that kept him out of last weekend’s win

    From North Melbourne media release

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    1. Zac Fisher has been named in the North Melbourne VFL side this weekend on the IC bench.
      Assuming limited minutes

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    2. Zac Fisher has been named to play in the VFL!!

      Who knows what is happening with Zac Fisher?

      So many contradictions from North Melbourne.

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      1. So much for their press release..playing ducks and drakes after clarkson said he was under consideration for this round..smells like bevo.

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        1. Yeah, from Fox yesterday:

          Rebounding defender Zac Fisher (foot) and tall utility Wil Dawson (shoulder) were also available for the SCG clash, Clarkson said.

          Guess I’m holding Gawn over Fish.

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  46. Gold Coast: Rumours around David Swallow and Alex Sexton to be omitted this weekend against Port on Sunday.

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    1. Sexton out. Just what my team needed this week NOT!
      Looking at two donuts this week with all the carnage. Please someone wake me when the round is over

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  47. What players the top 50 teams have out this week:
    Heeney 100%
    Gawn 94%
    Fisher 70%
    Rankine 52%
    McGovern 36%
    Sexton 22%
    Miller 16%

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  48. North Melbourne VFL: Zak Fisher

    27 dis 16 kicks 11 handballs 5 marks 86 AF points

    Looked good.

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      1. Gold Coast VFL news: Ben Moyle, younger brother of SUNS ruckman Ned, has also been named to play as the team’s ruck in the absence of Read and with co-captain Jarrod Witts still unavailable through injury.

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  49. Geelong: Sam De Koning

    Chris Scott on Sam De Koning rucking –

    “We’ve got an open mind but it’s nice to know he can do it. I’m pretty sure he won’t play in the ruck full-time for the rest of the year. I’m super confident we’ll play Stanley again at some stage.”

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