Mitch O’Neill deals with the weight of Tasmania

“I feel like we could make a real good culture down there.” Loading Maybe it’s something his prospective suitors should keep in mind. “If Tassie were in the [league] now, I’d choose Tassie.” But being Tassie’s lone wolf has its drawbacks. O’Neill understands why others are interested in him, but the attention hasn’t all been positive, especially at Guilford Young College in Hobart where he’s been schooled. “This year’s been a lot of pressure for me, dealing with that kind of stuff is pretty hard,” he said. “I’m not only…

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Time is of the essence at Roos under Rhyce Shaw

The simple rules mean people who struggle to be on time will soon change their ways and there will be no surprises either if there are ramifications for tardiness. Although such disciplinary measures can carry danger, the group has bought into Shaw’s strong commitment to being on time as they understand it is just one component of the broad range of qualities he brings to coaching. Rhyce Shaw.Credit:Getty Images His reputation as a relationship builder who respects his players as people has been well established and his work in the…

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From cleaning coal to draft goal for Brock Smith

“As soon as he’s got in the tractor it started sliding on the gravel back. It slid down the hill.” Leanne told Brock that his dad had been taken to the Alfred Hospital. “We’re going to have to get over,” Leanne told her son. Brock recalled: “She was like ‘don’t worry, don’t worry.’ It was quite stressful at the time.” Power-packed: Draft prospect Brock Smith.Credit:Eddie Jim Trevor got lucky. He broke his back but lived to tell the tale and is able to walk. He went back to fencing briefly,…

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Pre-season draft for former Bomber as Hartley delists himself

The timing of Hartley’s departure also meant the Bombers were unable to trade him during the official trade period which closed on October 16. The Hawks have pick 11 in the pre-season draft (held on November 29, the day after the national draft) which means Hartley might be made to sweat before reaching his preferred destination although the Bombers are unable to re-draft him as they would have pick 12 in the pre-season draft if they chose to participate. Hawthorn may also be reluctant to commit to Hartley in the national…

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The rocky road to Marlion Pickett’s grand AFL debut with Richmond

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size The first glimpse the wider world got of Marlion Pickett was not on an Australian rules football field in Melbourne. He was neither bathed in sunshine doing a balletic blind turn in front of 100,014 spectators, nor buried by his Richmond Football Club teammates after a cool, calm but dramatic (almost cinematic) grand final goal. He was not wearing yellow and black. He was not 27 years old. He was 20. He was 60 kilometres east of Perth. And he was behind…

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The AFL revamps Hocking’s football department

The AFL is also revamping the “game analysis” unit that was instrumental in the rule changes driven by Hocking, expanding this into “game evolution.” Whereas game analysis focused more narrowly on rules and how the game is played on the field, Hocking said “game evolution” would look at structural matters such as list sizes, the nature of pre-seasons and would have a far broader look at the game, not simply on the field. The competition manager will be the operational manager of this game evolution unit and have a role…

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Premiership hero ‘Leaping’ Leo Barry running for Swans board

“Having spent 15 years there as a player I obviously have a very fond memory and a passion for the footy club,” Barry told The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. “And it’s like everything, once you sort of finish your career, not being involved in footy anymore, I’ve always still had a passion for the club and footy in general. I still have close relationships with the coach and other board members, and supporters and players. “The opportunity to be involved, and have another influence, and maybe help the club…

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Heart procedure could spark North Melbourne forward Nick Larkey in 2020

Loading “The technology is unbelievable. I was in the operating room and all the different stuff in there was mind-boggling. I was in good hands and with good technology so it was all good.” At times last year when running Larkey’s heart rate would go through the roof, requiring him to lie down until it went back to normal. He doesn’t think it had a significant effect on his football or running capacity but he admits it’s nice to have dealt with the problem. “It’s good to hit it on…

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AFL overhauls tribunal function

The two departments have also been overlapping in practice in recent seasons with clubs more likely to take cases to the tribunal under new rules introduced under Hocking, which means players no longer risk further sanction if their tribunal appeal is unsuccessful. Under the new system, clubs wanting to take the MRO decision to the tribunal will go through the AFL legal department, with 19 cases going to the tribunal in 2019, compared to 27 in 2018 with just one case successfully overturned. The tribunal process came under scrutiny during…

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early terms boost Blues bid

Contract terms: Jack Martin.Credit:AAP Jack Martin will be paid about $2 million over the first two years of his massively front-loaded five-year deal as a result of a deal struck between Martin and the exiting Gold Coast player’s preferred destination club, Carlton. Martin’s terms – nominated in a bid to assure him of safe passage to Carlton in the pre-season draft – guarantee him more than a $1 million next year, and then close to that amount in year two of a five-year deal that pays him an aggregate of…

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