Daniher ruled out for the rest of the season in huge blow to Bombers

Key forward Joe Daniher will miss the rest of the season due to ongoing oestitis pubis problems, with surgery the most likely outcome. Essendon and Daniher made a joint decision to sideline the 25-year-old after symptoms returned in recent weeks, with an operation to be confirmed after further consultation with specialists. Daniher has played just four games this season after making a shock return on Good Friday against Essendon having missed most of 2018. His absence will be a devastating blow to the club who are desperate to qualify for…

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Wells set to play, De Goey in doubt

The Pies are poised to make two changes at selection on Thursday night, with Tom Langdon (knee) and Travis Varcoe (suspension) to be replaced by Wells and Madgen. Wells, 34, hasn’t played at senior level since round 12 last year when he succumbed to an ankle injury. The Pies’ oldest player had a delayed start to the season and spent several weeks in the VFL building match fitness. Madgen, who played a handful of games last year, will help fill the defensive void left by Darcy Moore (ankle) who along…

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Who are the current AFL premiership favourites?

This week on The Age Real Footy Podcast, Caroline Wilson, Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson debate whether it is Collingwood or Geelong who can claim outright favouritism for the premiership at this stage of the season. And it’s not just the Pies and the Cats in the conversation. Richmond are winning without some big names, West Coast only have three losses so far this season and they aren’t yet at their best, and GWS have the chance to prove themselves on the big stage of the MCG this weekend. Also…

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Groin injury may sideline Joe Daniher

Star Essendon forward Joe Daniher has been added to the club’s injury list amid fears he’s had a recurrence of a groin injury that derailed his 2018 season. Daniher has played just four matches for the Bombers this season, making a surprise return to the AFL as a late call-up for Essendon’s round five match against North Melbourne. Joe Daniher has a suspected recurrence of a groin injury.Credit:AAP The 25-year-old took to the field during last Saturday’s win over Fremantle but reports emerged on Wednesday that he had aggravated his…

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Season over for top Docker as forward woes return to haunt Freo

Dockers football operations boss Peter Bell said Taberner initially complained of foot soreness after the Essendon game on Saturday night and had an MRI on Tuesday but follow-up CT scans confirmed the worst. “Matthew will miss the rest of the season and be moved from the club’s primary list to the inactive list,” Bell said. “It’s disappointing for Matthew and the club, but we know from how he has coped with a long-term injury previously that he will work diligently and professionally on his rehabilitation.” Lyon said he would consider…

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Wildcard round back on the AFL’s agenda

The AFL has again sought views on a wildcard finals round to be played after round 23 to enable teams that finish from seventh to 10th to play off for a place in the finals. The proposal was for seventh v 10th and eighth v ninth games to be played in the week between round 23 and the opening of the finals series that would be run under the existing final-eight system with the winner of each game being seeded seventh and eighth depending on who qualified higher. This was…

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Back injury forces Swans great Grundy into retirement

“You sort of think that’s normal because you’re always a bit sore from footy, but it gets to a tipping point where it starts dragging you down every day,” he said. Loading On Wednesday, “Reg” Grundy confirmed that that round-one clash with the Bulldogs would be his last game. He told his teammates of his retirement just an hour before their late-afternoon training session. “That’s always the hardest part,” he said. “I hadn’t really teared up at all, to be honest. I knew it was the right decision but as…

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Footy must be a safe environment, says Hocking

But Hocking was firm in his view that enough is enough. “Potentially we’ve walked past it (previously). We’re not doing that any more,” Hocking said at league headquarters on Wednesday. “As a collective, we have to recognise that and I think a lot of the younger players and players at younger levels, we need to recognise it needs to be a safer environment. “It needs to be far more inclusive than what it is.” The AFL integrity unit sent a please explain to Carlton last week, suggesting to the club…

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GWS Giants coach Leon Cameron says aggression ‘in the blood’ for Shane Mumford

“As a coach I’m absolutely rapt that he just wants to put his body on the line for our team every week. He tackles hard, he hits hard,” Cameron said. “We’re always going to point out some of the issues that happen in the game and that was one, we feel for Murph because he’s a super player for Carlton and Shane would as well. “But that’s just a footy incident … it was one of those unfortunate hits where Murph ran into Josh Kelly as well. “Equally, if you…

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Swans veteran Grundy hangs up the boots

Though injury ultimately ended his career, Grundy was one of the club’s most durable players, lining up for 213 out of a possible 219 matches from 2009-17. One of the six games he missed in that period was through suspension in 2012. Grundy’s retirement is unlikely to be the last at the Swans this year. Fellow veterans Kieren Jack, Jarrad McVeigh and Nick Smith are also approaching the end of their fine careers. Each week he’d line up on the opposition’s most damaging and biggest forward – and he’d just…

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