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Cats superstar suffers hamstring injury in Suns clash

Geelong superstar Jeremy Cameron has suffered a hamstring injury.

The Cats confirmed late on Monday Cameron would miss the club’s Round 23 game against West Coast and he will now have the next three weeks off ahead of a qualifying final.

The Cats are the only side locked into the top four.

Cameron suffered the strain in the dying minutes of Geelong’s big win over Gold Coast in Round 22, and head of medical and conditioning services Harry Taylor has provided an update.

“Jeremy came to bench late in the final quarter of Saturday’s game against the Gold Coast after reporting some low-level hamstring symptoms,” Taylor said in a club statement.

“We chose to take a no risk policy and decided not to have him return to the field.

“Jeremy has assessed well, and scans today have confirmed low level fluid consistent with a minor strain.

“We will track his progress through the week and he will be managed according to benchmark measures. We expect Jeremy to be ready for our first ending.”

The news means Charlie Curnow is set to win this year’s Coleman Medal, with the Blue seven goals clear of Tom Hawkins in third.

Meanwhile, Rhys Stanley will also miss the last home and away game with an adductor strain.

“Rhys experienced some adductor tightness during the game against the Gold Coast,” Taylor said.

“He has had a scan post this game which shows a low-grade adductor strain. Rhys will begin a reconditioning program that we expect will have him available for selection for the first final.”



Magpies offered De Goey advice

Collingwood lost its first game since Round 9 on the weekend to Sydney and now needs a win in the final round of the season to guarantee a top four position.

Craig McRae’s side suffered a 27-point loss to the Swans on Sunday at the SCG in a clash where the Magpies threatened a comeback for much of the second half that didn’t eventuate.

With the margin 23 points at three quarter time, Collingwood has made a theme of final quarter comebacks in recent victories, but couldn’t pull it off on this occasion.

David King isn’t concerned the loss could halt the club’s immense momentum.

“Eventually someone was going to get them, you can’t keep winning like that,” King told SEN’s Whateley

“But what he (McRae) has been able to do is give a club an opportunity to still finish top four, it’s been an unbelievable ride this year, so there’s no reason why they can’t gather and go again next week.”

But discussing why the Pies’ couldn’t dominate the final quarter on the scoreboard, King threw up the absence of Jordan De Goey as a reason.

De Goey was a late out with a hip flexor issue ahead of Sunday’s match after two strong games since returning from a quad injury.

He’d averaged 24 disposals, seven clearances, 4.5 inside 50s and 1.5 goals in the last fortnight, but Collingwood missed his “spark” against the Swans.

“What it (the loss) does do, it highlights what life’s like without De Goey,” King stated.

“When you just needed that one spark on the weekend it wasn’t there, when you haven’t got that player (it becomes more difficult).

“He goes where the problem is. Getting beaten in the midfield? Put De Goey in. He’ll go in and it’s all rip, tear and bust, it’s a classier version of Jake Stringer. He’s their Shai Bolton.

“Going well again? Slip him forward after the center bounce, so just be careful what you wish for with De Goey is my advice if you’re Collingwood.”

It led to King urging the Magpies to hold onto midfielder-forward. The club put off contract talks with the 26-year-old earlier in the year after an off-field incident and he’s understood to have drawn interest from St Kilda.

He doesn’t have a deal for 2023.

“I wouldn’t be rushing him out the door because you need him, this group needs Jordan De Goey,” King continued.

“If they’re to have success in the next two or three years, he’s not just a part of it, he’s a major driver.

“I know he might cost a bit more and there’s going to be some late nights where you’re going to think, ‘I hope the phone doesn’t ring’, and some off-season occasions when you think, ‘Gee, where is he?’

“But on game day, those two hours, when he’s not there as opposed to when he is, they’re poles apart.”

Collingwood requires a win against Carlton in the final round of the home and away season to lock in a double chance in the finals series.



MRO’s unusual call questioned as court awaits

Gerard Whateley has questioned the curious case of Zaine Cordy’s court summoning.

The Bulldogs defender elected to bump Giant Tanner Bruhn when sheparding for teammate Ed Richards in the Bulldogs’ win over GWS on Saturday afternoon.

It appears the bump doesn’t contact Bruhn high, but the 20-year-old hit his head on the ground and was placed in concussion protocols.

On Sunday night Match Review Officer Michael Christian didn’t grade the incident and instead referred Cordy directly to the court.

It was an unusual move, and one that Whateley was not a fan of.

“The Zaine Cordy tribunal summons, I think in a football sense, is unconstitutional,” he said on SEN’s Whateley.

“You’re actually shifting the burden of proof to him tomorrow night to prove his innocence. That’s not the way that it works.

“If you want to send him to the court – and all power to the system, there’s a concussion here – but you have to lay a charge.

“What’s Zaine Cordy defending tomorrow?”

Whateley called on the league’s senior counsel Jeff Gleeson to throw out the case when the court sits on the current summons.

“When this goes to the court tomorrow night, the Bulldogs should start by saying this has to be thrown out, and it should be successful,” he continued.

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“This hearing should not take place tomorrow night under these circumstances. Jeff Gleeson should just tip it out at the start and go, ‘you can’t reverse the burden of proof’, this is unconstitutional what is happening tomorrow night.

“Either charge him or clear him, but this is totally unacceptable what’s happening.”

Cordy played on GWS forward Jake Riccardi and finished with four score involvements and two interceptions off half back.

The court is likely to sit on Tuesday evening.



Pick 1 contender dominates VFL as Horne-Francis responds to surprise omission

North Melbourne young gun Jason Horne-Francis has responded to his AFL omission with 29 touches in the VFL on Saturday afternoon.

Taking on the Coburg Lions, the Roos were on a five-game losing streak coming into the match but emerged dominant 58-point winners.

But the headline story was that of Horne-Francis, who was a shock omission when teams lobbed on Thursday night. Reports emerged on Friday that the 19-year-old’s recovery wasn’t up to North Melbourne’s standard and that it was a factor in him missing out.

He would have been playing his first game in his home state of South Australia against Adelaide on Saturday had he not been dropped.

Playing at Piranha Park, Horne-Francis finished with 29 disposals, nine clearances and six marks. He also had five inside 50s.

It’s just his second game of VFL the 2021 No.1 draft pick has played. The first came in Round 16 when he also collected 29 disposals and a goal.

Horne-Francis had only enjoyed more than 20 possessions in one of his previous nine AFL games.

Meanwhile, 2022 National Draft Pick 1 contender Will Ashcroft was one of his side’s best as Brisbane defeated Sandringham.

Ashcroft, who has nominated to play for the Lions in the AFL next year as a father-son prospect, was playing his third VFL game of the year.

The 18-year-old collected 29 disposals, six clearances and a goal in Brisbane’s 25-point win at Trevor Barker Oval.

He also recorded six inside 50s and four tackles to be in the Lions’ top handful of players.

Tom Campbell dominated in the ruck for Sandringham with 40 hitouts and 12 clearances, while Ryan Byrnes (25 disposals, seven tackles) and Jack Bytel (27 disposals, 13 clearances) were also amongst the best.

Ashcroft, son of Brisbane great Marcus, shapes as the best player in this year’s draft class. He averaged 33.3 disposals, 15 contested possessions, 10 clearances, 6.7 tackles and 6.7 inside 50s from his three Vic Metro matches at the Under 18 National Championships.



Clarkson’s ex-manager advises coaching great to choose North Melbourne

Alastair Clarkson’s former manager Liam Pickering says he would advise the four-time premiership coach to take the North Melbourne job.

The Roos are reported to have offered Clarkson a contract of at least five years and have gone all in on securing him as their senior coach, while he’s also met with GWS.

Those are the only two clubs currently on the lookout for a new senior coach, and given his credentials, it’s believed Clarkson has the pick of the job he wants.

Pickering and Clarkson have been friends for over 35 years, but the two parted ways in a managerial sense in 2013.

“I think he is (going to North Melbourne),” Pickering said on *SEN’s Off The Bench.

“I haven’t spoken to him, so I don’t know.

“I would be (advising him to take the North Melbourne job) because I don’t see Alastair living in Sydney.”

Pickering also added that following in the footsteps of John Kennedy Snr would mean a lot to Clarkson.

“It’s a great challenge, it’s his old club, and the other thing is he idolizes Kanga (John) Kennedy,” he added.

“Kanga went from Hawthorn where he was a legend as a coach and came across to North and coached North for (several years), he’s Alastair’s hero.

“It would just be great for the footy club if he could go there.

“Nothing against the Giants job, I think the Giants have got the better list. But if it was me advising him, I’d say, ‘Kanga job, just make it yours mate. It’s your club, your people’.”

Clarkson will likely make his decision before the end of the home and away season and there’s growing momentum an announcement could come next week.

He formerly played 93 games at North Melbourne between 1987 and 1995.



Richmond “coming hard” for Taranto as the two genuine contenders emerge

Richmond is right in the mix for Tim Taranto, reports SEN’s Sam Edmond.

The 2016 No.2 pick is widely tipped to leave the Giants at the conclusion of the 2022 season, with the club reportedly believing they can cover his loss and are against paying a hefty contract for him.

He was drafted out of the Sandringham Dragons and is all but certain to return home to Victoria should he seek a trade. Collingwood was the original front-runner, but Edmund believes the Tigers are “coming hard”.

Geelong is the other club understood to be in the mix.

“Tim Taranto is a really interesting watch at the moment,” he said on SEN’s Crunch Time.

“Richmond are right in the mix here. I know he’s been linked heavily with Collingwood, but Richmond (is) coming hard for Tim Taranto as well.

“So the Pies have a dog in the fight here, Geelong to some extent as well, even though the Cats like the idea of ​​Jacob Hopper in the hoops next year.”

The Tigers’ interest makes sense given Dion Prestia’s and Dustin Martin’s injury troubles this season, while Kane Lambert has retired and Shane Edwards’ best footy is behind him.

Taranto, Hopper, Tanner Bruhn and Bobby Hill are seen as the four Giants set to leave the club in the upcoming trade period.

Taranto and Hopper have both featured as two of the club’s primary on-ballers in recent years and could become elite midfielders of the competition as they enter their prime.

“So they’re slightly different, neither have reached free agent status, Taranto is 24, Hopper is 25, but Taranto is out of contract and Hopper is not,” Edmund continued.

“So logically speaking Jacob Hopper will be harder to acquire, but that’s the path the Cats want to go down.

“So Tim Taranto, if you’re sitting here right now, you’re saying he’s either going to be at Punt Road or Collingwood next year.”

Taranto is averaging 25.9 disposals, 4.1 inside 50s and 3.8 clearances throughout his 15 games in 2022.



Sam Edmund’s trade update on De Goey, Grundy, Gunston and more

SEN Chief reporter Sam Edmund has provided updates on some of the biggest trade targets in the AFL.

With the trade period to kick off in less than two months and the situation surrounding many players constantly changing, Edmund gave the latest on SEN’s Crunch Time.

He also reported that GWS midfielder Tim Taranto is likely to join either Richmond or Collingwood, with Geelong still somewhat in the mix.

Edmund spoke with Jordan De Goey, Brodie Grundy and numerous forward targets for the Brisbane Lions below.

Jordan De Goey

“De Goey will either be at Collingwood or St Kilda next year. I think if you’re a betting man you’re putting your chips in the Collingwood corner at the moment and he stays at the price that is right for Collingwood.”

Brodie Grundy

“Brodie Grundy is on (for a trade) at the moment. Rule out GWS, but he was blown away by the Melbourne presentation I’m told.

“He was so impressed by the vision Melbourne set, their professionalism and what they sold to him.

“Melbourne has been here before, they got in front of Adam Cerra last year when he was down the path to Carlton and Adam Cerra left that meeting blown away by what the Demons had to say and the vision they painted.

“The only problem for him was that Melbourne didn’t have the levers to pull to get him in the door so he ended up going to Carlton.

“So it doesn’t mean that Melbourne are going for Brodie Grundy as a priority, I’m told they might want to go younger, they might want to go cheaper, but they have met with him and been very impressive getting in front of Brodie Grundy.”

Jack Gunston, Lance Franklin and Dan McStay

“Jack Gunston, now Brisbane have not spoken to him directly, but they’ve certainly made an inquiry about getting Jack Gunston up to the Gabba.

“The Lions have definitely asked the question of Buddy Franklin as well. They’ve known for months that Dan McStay is going to be going… the people up there know that Dan McStay is going to end up at the Pies next year, so they’re well down the planning path to the point whereby if McStay somehow backflips and stays they might have a problem.

“But that’s not going to happen, he’s going to leave, and now who do they replace him with?

“He’s got a decision to make at Hawthorn and Hawthorn has got a decision to make with him. Those talks are happening at the moment, he’s 30 years of age, he has reached free agency stats at the Hawks and he’s out of contract as well.

“I think, post the back issues, he’s shown some real signs of life this year and would have a couple of good years of footy left in him.”



Horne-Francis “called out” by coach as reasoning for omission revealed

Part of the reasoning behind Jason Horne-Francis’ AFL axing has been revealed following a report by 7 News’ Mitch Cleary.

Horne-Francis was a surprise omission for North Melbourne’s side to take on Adelaide when teams were released on Thursday evening. The 19-year-old hadn’t been dropped this year but had missed games through hamstring issues and suspension.

Cleary suggested the 2021 No.1 draft pick’s recovery protocols weren’t up to North Melbourne’s standard and that was an aspect of him being dropped from the Round 22 side.

“The star teenager was called out by interim coach Leigh Adams and senior players on Sunday for failing to complete his proper ice bath and recovery in front of their very eyes,” Cleary began.

“It’s contributed to him being dropped for what was meant to be his first AFL games in front of family and friends in front of South Australia.

“Horne-Francis is contracted for next year, but fresh queries will come on whether he’ll seek a trade home having parking contract talks to season’s end.”

He trained with teammates in Melbourne on Friday.

Horne-Francis, a South Australian, now won’t return to Adelaide to play in front of friends and family. He’s missed all three games against SA sides after not playing against the Crows and Power earlier in the year.

Horne-Francis has only gathered more than 20 possessions once in his last nine games.

North Melbourne plays Adelaide on Saturday afternoon at Adelaide Oval.



Richardson admits concern with Tassie bid as premier confirms stadium won’t be in bid

The official bid Tasmania will put to the AFL will not include a new stadium, according to state premier Jeremy Rockliff.

While a stadium will likely be built in the future, Rockliff confirmed on Wednesday that it would not be part of the initial bid.

“The stadium is not part of our bid. But of course the stadium is there to support AFL content in the future,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

“A stadium is an important part of an AFL team, we’re committed to that. That’s why we’ve got the feasibility study.”

While Colin Carter’s report into a 19th license in Tasmania stated the bid should not be contingent on a new stadium, the AFL has made it clear that one needs to be in the mix.

Richmond great and Tasmanian Matthew Richardson admits he is worried about the success of the bid.

“So they obviously can’t come up with the (money) right now. They think that they need a stadium, but they want to get this proposal in to the commission and the presidents, and (the stadium) can’t go ahead until they’ve got the funding,” Richardson told sportsday.

“Gillon (McLachlan) has said that success is contingent on the stadium, so that’s a real concern now for this bid going forward you would think.”

Brownlow Medalist Gerard Healy added that the push for a 19th license has lost considerable steam since the departure of premier Peter Gutwein.

“This has moved immeasurably since Peter Gutwein left office,” Healy said.

“It seems to me that either they’ve worked out that it is politically untenable to trump up $750 million (for a stadium), and their first crack was we’re going to pay 50 per cent, and now they’re trying to get a deal up that doesn’t have a stadium included.

“I think if you’re sitting around the AFL table, you’d be saying ‘the only time we’re ever going to have the leverage to get a new stadium is before we rubber stamp the team’.

“I think the license was always contingent on the new stadium being built and I think it is different to taking the Hawks and the Kangaroos down there because they are part of the footy economy as it stands right now.

“To get a new franchise with $50 million down in Tassie up and running, as a 19th side, which creates all kinds of issues for the AFL, I think you’d want to have the security of the brand new glamor stadium.”

Richardson agreed with the Gutwein comment, adding: “As soon as he left, it felt like momentum was lost straight away, didn’t it?”

A formal presentation will be made to the AFL club presidents before the end of August.



Koch makes call on Hinkley’s Port Adelaide future

Ken Hinkley will coach Port Adelaide in 2023.

Port Adelaide president David Koch confirmed the club’s position on Thursday evening amidst plenty of speculation.

Hinkley is contracted for 2023 but is currently coaching his worst-ever season at Alberton. Port will miss finals this season after playing in a home preliminary final in 2022.

On Monday Koch put the football department on alert when saying: “turn it around or watch out”.

However, just days later, he’s now guaranteed Hinkley his position for next year.

“The club has maintained all year Ken Hinkley is contracted and will be our coach in 2023,” Koch told 7 News Adelaide.

Hinkley has coached 211 games for a win percentage of 58.77 per cent at Port Adelaide. Koch’s statement backs up Hinkley’s account earlier in the week when the Power coach said conversations behind the scenes he has assured him his job for next year.

Port Adelaide plays Essendon on Sunday evening in Round 22.

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