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Port left to rue its lack of polish

Written By malwan milad on Minggu, 15 Juni 2014 | 18.35

PORT Adelaide returned home from Sydney on Saturday night having reaffirmed it has the ability to win a premiership this season but with a valuable lesson on what it will take to win against the AFL's elite.

Sydney Swans defeat ladder leaders Port Adelaide


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Jacobs happy his tall order achieved

Adelaide have stayed in touch with the eight with an upset victory over North Melbourne.

Crows ruckman Sam Jacobs gets his kick away under pressure. Picture: Sarah Reed Source: News Corp Australia

IN every team contest there is a battle that defines the result. In Adelaide-North Melbourne games, it is the duel between lead ruckmen Sam Jacobs (Crows) and Todd Goldstein (Kangaroos).

A year after Jacobs was subbed out of a losing battle with Goldstein at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, the sixth head-to-head confrontation between the imposing ruckmen ended in the South Australian's favour.

By the Champion Data statistics, Jacobs and Goldstein locked pride and horns together for 92 minutes at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night. Jacobs won the disposal count 16-8 while proving to be far more effective in field play than Goldstein. Jacobs also won the centre hit-out count 14-10 ensuring the Crows had critical first look at the ball for centre clearances, six of which were attributed to Adelaide midfielder Patrick Dangerfield.

Jacobs has scored a victory against his supposed nemesis.

"I have no idea who came out on top," Jacobs told The Advertiser at the end of Adelaide's 36-point win. Be it modesty or not, at least Jacobs was not beating himself up in the belief he had failed against Goldstein.

"If I won the centre clearances, that is good because that is an important part of the game — getting the ball going forward. And even better for us is how, after getting it out of the centre square, we locked the ball in our forward half."

The Jacobs-Goldstein storyline is growing. "And it definitely, definitely (motivates me)," Jacobs said.

"When I was drafted (to Carlton in the 2006 national rookie draft) there was a good group (of ruckmen) coming through. Matthew Lobbe is doing well at Port Adelaide. Add Goldstein and Robert Warnock and Matthew Kruezer who used to be my teammates (at Carlton) and Matty Leuenberger (at Brisbane) ... the list goes on and we have all been in the system for eight years and I love the challenge of coming up against them."

Jacobs scored himself as more effective across field play in the first half than second.

"Taking a few contested marks early on probably gave me the nudge in the first half, but you know with Goldy that he will keep coming and make for a pretty good battle," Jacobs said. "It sounds a bit in-depth, but Goldstein has longer arms than you think. Sometimes you think you have him beaten, but he just finds that little bit extra to get there. He is a very strong player, but the interesting thing is a lot of our attributes are pretty similar.

"I see a lot of the way in how I play in the way he goes about it as well."

Beyond the memory of how Goldstein has troubled him, Jacobs also carried during the week the personal burden of needing to respond for underperforming against the AFL's biggest player, Fremantle ruckman Aaron Sandilands six days earlier in Perth.

"I don't want to talk too much about last week when I was unable to match it with Sandilands, but the lesson from that was controlling the air with contested marks and giving our midfielders first use," said Jacobs after beating Goldstein 2-1 on contested marks.


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Demons inflict more hurt on Dons

Melbourne produces stunning come-from-behind effort to sink Essendon by one point | The Advertiser

Last updated: June 15, 2014

THE football world arrived at the MCG last night wanting simple answers to an impossible question.

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Jacobs happy his tall order achieved

CROWS v NORTH MELBOURNE

IN every team contest there is a battle that defines the result. In Adelaide-North Melbourne games, it is the duel between Sam Jacobs and Todd Goldstein.

Stop acting like Kim Kardashian

Crest + Scope People's Choice Nomination Announcement - Arrivals

KIM has given us many painful things, but the shameless celebration of every moment in life is the worst, writes Angela Mollard.

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SuperCoach Studs and Duds — Round 13

Find out who fired and who bombed in Nissan SuperCoach during Round 13 | The Advertiser

Last updated: June 15, 2014

WHO starred and stunk in Nissan SuperCoach this weekend? The names to remember — and forget — when it comes to trade time.

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LIVE BLOG: With less than two hours to the finish of Le Mans, Mark Webber is limping to the pits with what could be a terminal problem with his Porsche 919 hybrid.

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Jacobs happy his tall order achieved

CROWS v NORTH MELBOURNE

IN every team contest there is a battle that defines the result. In Adelaide-North Melbourne games, it is the duel between Sam Jacobs and Todd Goldstein.

Stop acting like Kim Kardashian

Crest + Scope People's Choice Nomination Announcement - Arrivals

KIM has given us many painful things, but the shameless celebration of every moment in life is the worst, writes Angela Mollard.

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Help us, Stephen: Little

Former Essendon midfielder Mark McVeigh is seriously concerned about the welfare of his old teammates and believes it'll be 'nearly impossible' for them to perform against Melbourne tomorrow.

"The CEO of ASADA has used the media irresponsibly by intimidating and attempting to negotiate with our players." - Paul Little Picture: Wayne Ludbey Source: News Corp Australia

ESSENDON chairman Paul Little has urged biochemist Stephen Dank to come forward to help the club.

Bombers chairman Paul Little is unhappy with ASADA's timing. Picture: Wayne Ludbey Source: News Corp Australia

Little said on Sunday no Essendon player would accept ASADA boss Ben McDevitt's offer of a six-month ban. He said Dons players had lost all faith in the process.

He said those players who gave honest testimony about the supplements regime — without conceding they did take thymosin beta 4 — were now the players with show-cause notices.

EMOTIONAL 'BOMBER' CALLS ON FANS SUPPORT

Little said Essendon never signed up to the joint investigation believing it would take 16 months, leak constantly and give Essendon no feedback about its progress.

But while former Dons biochemist Dank continues to ignore his ASADA show-cause notice, Little said he could help the club.

"I think Stephen Dank needs to become a part of this process, whether it's via ASADA or in some other way,'' he said.

Former Essendon midfielder Mark McVeigh is seriously concerned about the welfare of his old teammates and believes it'll be 'nearly impossible' for them to perform against Melbourne tomorrow.

"There is too much knowledge he knows that we don't know. He could help bring greater clarity to what is a very difficult set of circumstances."

Part of ASADA's alleged evidence against the Bombers is texts and emails from Dank that refer specially to the prohibited drug thymosin beta 4, with Dank also talking about it in a media interview.

WHAT GILLON MCLACHLAN HAS LEARNED FROM BOMBERS MESS

Hird said yesterday in his chairman's address and an ABC interview Essendon had asked but been rejected in a request for show-cause notices to be served after yesterday's game, not last Thursday.

Little does not have issue with James Hird joining the club's Federal Court action, which seeks a permanent stay on the ASADA-AFL investigation.

"We have told him to toe the party line and I believe he's been doing that. The club felt very strongly it now needed to take the action in needed and so did James."

Essendon players are resolute that they will not accept six-month suspensions, in part because of ASADA's conduct in the player interviews.

Hundreds of fans turn out to watch the Bombers train in a show of support after 34 Essendon players were issued show-cause notices by ASADA

A raft of players gave vague answers about their use of drugs like thymosin and AOD-9604 and then were alarmed when ASADA alleged they had confessed, with those names eventually published.

"All I can say is that during the investigation, during the interviews the players that have just said 'I could have taken it but I don't know whether it was from this bottle, that bottle or some other bottle, whether it was illegal, legal or what it was', the players that have gone in with an absolutely honest and open response to those sorts of questions are the ones that have now been targeted."

Essendon coach Mark Thompson speaks out after 34 Bombers players were issued show-cause notices from ASADA


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34 Bombers hit with doping notices

Written By malwan milad on Kamis, 12 Juni 2014 | 18.35

AFL 360 panellists Gerard Whateley and Dermott Brereton discuss the repercussions of the show-cause notices handed to Essendon by ASADA.

THIRTY-FOUR Essendon players have been sensationally slapped with legal notices ordering them to show why they should not be cited for doping.

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority informed the players they had a case to answer over the club's 2012 supplements program.

ASADA notified the players by text message and instructed them to call the anti-doping body for details about the action being taken against them.

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Fox Sports AFL correspondent Julian de Stoop discusses the processes involved for Essendon after reports emerged some players had been issued show cause notices by ASADA over the 2012 suuplements scandal.

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The dramatic move, which follows a 16-month probe, throws the 2014 AFL season into turmoil.

But Essendon could launch a counter-attack on Friday by seeking a declaration in the Federal Court that the joint AFL-Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigation was unlawful.

The pre-emptive court challenge would aim to stop the ASADA action — and any sanctions against players and club staff — in its tracks.

Essendon players have been issued with show cause notices for doping, according to the Herald Sun, 16 months after the probe into the Bombers 2012 supplements program began.

ASADA's case against the players is believed to centre on the use of the peptide Thymosin Beta-4 — a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Players would face bans of up to two years if found guilty of taking prohibited substances.

Essendon chairman Paul Little is in crisis talks with club officials. He is believed to be shattered by the latest development in the long-running saga and will address the media on Friday.

The club issued a statement at 7.27pm saying it is "not in a position to comment on any matter relating to its players and the ASADA investigation".

"The club will continue to act in the best of interest of its players and respect the integrity and confidentiality of this process," the statement said.

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority served show-cause notices on Essendon players this afternoon over the club's 2012 supplements program.

Bombers legend Tim Watson, the father of club captain and 2012 Brownlow medallist Jobe Watson, said the players were "shocked" by the latest development.

He indicated Essendon would launch a legal challenge.

"The new AFL CEO, Gill McLachlan, told the CEOs and presidents only last week that they should start preparing themselves for what could be a very bumpy ride," Watson said.

"I think today's news, though, that the players have received show cause notices, would have had a real shock."

McLachlan told the Herald Sun: "I can't comment."

AFL boss Gillon Mclachlan is yet to speak about how the AFL intends to respond to the development. Picture: David Caird.

It's unclear whether show cause notices had been served on players who had left the club since the 2012 season and are now playing at other AFL clubs.

Any charges against Essendon players and officials would ultimately be heard by an AFL tribunal.

Essendon players and their lawyers will have 10 days to respond to the show cause notices by providing reasons why ASADA should not proceed.

ASADA has been investigating what Essendon-appointed investigator Ziggy Switkowski described as "a disturbing picture of a pharmacologically experimental environment never adequately controlled or challenged or documented within the club".

Co-operation between ASADA and AFL chiefs ceased last year after an interim report was used as the basis for heavy governance sanctions handed to Essendon and officials, including suspended coach James Hird.

The Essendon Bombers' season appears in disarray after 34 players - yet were issued with show cause notices over the controversial 2012 drugs scandal. Picture: Toby Zerna

Little said in a statement published on the club's website before the show-cause notices were issued: "I can confirm we are exploring all legal options for our players in the unlikely event they receive show cause letters from ASADA — we make no apologies for that."

ASADA has already issued a show cause notice to Essendon's former sports scientist, Stephen Dank, and could yet issue them against other support staff.

Essendon's first legal challenge could be to call on ASADA to show proof of the evidence it has supporting a doping violation.

Lawyers could also argue a defence of "no fault" or negligence, claiming the players had no knowledge of substances administered to them during 2012.

The Essendon scandal erupted on February 5 last year when the Bombers "self-reported" to the AFL and ASADA and asked to be investigated.

Betting giant TAB has suspended betting on Essendon playing in the finals.

michael.warner@news.com.au

MORE TO COME


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Pies clear Dane Swan over ‘Gatto link’

Eddie McGuire said he will "chat" to Dane Swan about the event attended by Mick Gatto. Source: News Corp Australia

COLLINGWOOD boss Gary Pert says Dane Swan did not deceive the club over his attendance at a fundraising event with links to former underworld figure Mick Gatto.

Swan was the star attraction at a $200-a-head dinner attended by 50 people on Tuesday at Gatto Nero, a Coburg pizza restaurant majority-owned by Gatto's brother John, Fairfax Media reports.

Mick Gatto and several of his friends attended the event.

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The Pies have no issues with Swan's attendance, and have spoken to the AFL multiple times in the last 24 hours to assure the league there are no concerns.

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has also brushed aside Fairfax's report.

There were reports that Swan had told the club his manager Liam Pickering had booked the event - but that Pickering actually had no idea.

But Pert said the Brownlow Medallist had events manager Scott McConville as well as business manager Pickering.

Gary Pert and Eddie McGuire both say Dane Swan has done nothing wrong. Source: Getty Images

He said Swan had not misinformed the club in any way - he had told them it was booked by his agent, and he had little idea who would be at the event.

"We are very comfortable with the speaking engagements Dane Swan does at multiple venues,'' he told the Herald Sun.

"Scott McConville is his speaking manager and he booked it. By all reports those events are very well attended and successful events.

"Swanny gives his time signing autographs with Collingwood fans and families and we have never had an issue with them."

The AFL has warned players and clubs not to associate with underworld figures out of concern organised crime could infiltrate the game.

However it seems unlikely the AFL will act on the issue given it was vastly different to Richmond player Jake King's ongoing friendship with ex-bikie boss Toby Mitchell.

King brought Mitchell into the Richmond rooms last year, with the AFL strongly recommending he cut ties with Mitchell.

Former underworld figure Mick Gatto says "there's nothing in it". Source: News Limited

Eddie McGuire with Dane Swan and his partner Taylor Wilson at the 2010 Brownlow. Source: News Limited

McGuire told Southern Cross Austereo it wasn't surprising Swan knew some colourful identities given his working class upbringing.

"You go to the footy one day, you go to the races, go to the opera you'll meet people from all walks of life," McGuire told Triple M's The Hot Breakfast today.

"So from my point of view as long as Swanny is walking the tightrope correctly, so long as he informs people what's going on, so long as he doesn't get himself into trouble then I don't see to much of a problem with this situation."

McGuire, who was speaking from Italy, said he'll have a chat with Swan about the photos.

"I'm not being flippant about it, I'll talk to Swanny when I get back or when he gets up this morning at some stage just to check out exactly what's going on," McGuire said.

Gatto told ABC Radio that "there's nothing in it".

"I wasn't an organiser, nothing to do with me at all," he told broadcaster Jon Faine.

"I went there and bought a table. I filled the table with elderly friends of mine, non-underworld figures. We listened to Swanny talk about football and had an auction and that was it."

Gatto said he had "no idea" how much Swan was paid for the event.

"I go to these sportsmen nights all the time. Most of the football players that speak at them they come over and say hello. There is nothing in it.

"Dane Swan is a real champion of a man, he has spent time with elderly people and with children. He came over briefly and said hello to me, I asked him for a photo and that was it.

"I can't understand why the carry on with all this nonsense. There is never a problem until the media makes it a problem."


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Journo ‘lucky’ Tiger coach didn’t deck him

RICHMOND coach Damien Hardwick has bristled at the suggestion some of his players don't have an appetite for the contest, telling a television reporter "you were lucky you didn't wear a left hook'' for asking the question.

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Teams: Judd back, Sylvia gets his chance

Round 13 teams: Carlton regains Chris Judd while North Melbourne adds Lindsay Thomas and Robbie Tarrant | The Advertiser

Last updated: June 12, 2014

CARLTON star Chris Judd will make his long-awaited return from a hamstring injury on Friday night against Hawthorn.

Bombers hit with doping notices

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BREAKING NEWS: ESSENDON players have been issued with show-cause notices for doping after the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority served the notices on players this afternoon.

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34 Bombers hit with doping notices

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