Richmond Tigers working hard to help premership hero resolve financial hardship

“I do feel for them [the AFL] a little bit too because everyone’s got a great idea to spend money outside of the TPP [total player payments] and a lot of them they do have to knock back a lot. They’ve been quite challenging on making sure that these are bona fide. “It’s terrific that the players’ association are aware of his circumstances and I’m pretty sure they’ll help him also. “He’s a bit of an unusual one too because he was so late in getting picked up and we…

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No goalposts at Blundstone Arena may force North Melbourne into other Tasmanian venues

“The club has plenty of options to play AFL games in Tasmania,” a spokesman from North Melbourne said. Apart from Hawthorn’s home ground, the UTAS Stadium in Launceston, there is also Kingston Twin Ovals, which is located just north of Hobart and is the home of the Kingsborough Football Club that hosted North Melbourne and Sydney in this year’s pre-season series. A view of Blundstone Arena from last year’s AFL match there between North Melbourne and Melbourne.Credit:Getty Images The issue has caused a furore in Hobart with the Clarence Football…

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Selwood set to mark 300th game with subdued celebration

He said Mitch Duncan and Sam Menegola had also benefitted from the shutdown while Patrick Dangerfield – who plays his 250th game in round two – is also better for the rest than he may have been otherwise. The Cats are not overly fussed where the milestone matches are scheduled given there are no crowds but they are keen to play all their home games at GMHBA Stadium this year. With crowds unable to attend matches for the foreseeable future, the Cats see no reason why home games against Hawthorn…

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Cuts to player wages due to coronavirus shutdown sees Marlion Pickett access AFLPA hardship fund

Pickett has four children aged nine and under and his partner Jess is a full-time mother, meaning he is the sole breadwinner in his family. He struggled to scrounge an airfare to get back home to Perth for several weeks during the lay-off. The Pickett situation differs from that of most players, because of his late debut at age 27, low payments as a rookie, and large number of dependents. Gillon McLachlan launched the season with a picture of Marlion Pickett, the fairytale story of the 2019 grand final, as…

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Robinson not a fan of fake crowd noise

“I just love doing it,” Robinson said of his multimedia exploits. “When I first came up here [to Brisbane from Carlton] I had no hobbies and my psych said, ‘You’ve got to start finding something, because going to the movies by yourself isn’t something to be bragging about’. “My time in footy isn’t forever; I can see the end date after a few more years, so it was a good chance to see what life would be like post-footy.” He said his gaming experiences had him leaning against the prospect…

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Jack Steven ‘a victim of something quite serious’

Geelong expect Jack Steven, who coach Chris Scott described as “a victim of something quite serious,” to be back at the club within days following his release from hospital on Tuesday. Steven arrived at Cabrini hospital in Melbourne at about 1am on Sunday with a stab wound that required surgery to repair the injury under his right thoracic duct in his chest. Chris Scott said Jack Steven had been “a victim of something quite serious”.Credit:AAP The details around the situation that led to him being stabbed are not yet clear,…

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Collingwood Magpies, Richmond Tigers to reopen AFL season on Thursday June 11

Collingwood midfielder Adam Treloar is in doubt for that game, in what is one of few injury queries for either of those clubs, which have been the best performed Victorian clubs over the past two seasons. The Tigers have a virtually full list to pick from, at this stage, though the clubs do not begin full-contact training and match simulation drills until next week. By fixturing the Showdown on the weekend when football returns, following a hiatus of nearly three months, the AFL will allow the Adelaide clubs to remain…

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West Coast Eagles want more quarantine hub details

West Coast are yet to determine who will travel to Queensland for the season restart, with uncertainty about the Gold Coast hub arrangement causing anxiety. Along with Fremantle, Adelaide and Port Adelaide, the Eagles will spend at least four weeks in Queensland under the AFL’s return to play guidelines. Eagles coach Adam Simpson says the club is yet to determine who will travel to the Gold Coast.Credit:Getty Images The exact time frame will depend on when Western Australia’s tight border restrictions are lifted to allow teams to fly in and…

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GWS Giants’ first employee Alan McConnell falls victim to cuts

Greater Western Sydney’s first employee, Alan McConnell, is among the coaching casualties due to cuts to football department staff, but former skipper Callan Ward is a genuine chance to make an instant return when the season resumes. Across town, former Sydney premiership star Tadhg Kennelly, former captain Stuart Maxfield and Swans life member Craig Holden remain stood down as teams ramp up preparations for the restart of the season. The developments give an insight into the difficult decisions clubs have faced as they deal with the fallout from the coronavirus…

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Jesse Hogan could join Fremantle Dockers in Queensland hub

“He’s a possibility [to go to the Gold Coast], he joined the group this week,” Longmuir said. “It’s about integrating him into the club and making sure his physical preparations are right, whenever he joins the team, but to be able to sustain that through the season. “We forget that Jesse hasn’t done a full main training session for almost a year now, given his navicular injury last year. “There are some physical things that we need to tick off before he’s available to play.” Hogan was restricted to 12…

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