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White embracing Showdown rivalry

Written By malwan milad on Selasa, 24 Juni 2014 | 12.50

Jay Schulz manages a club record-equalling eight goal haul against the Western Bulldogs as Port go on to thrash the Bulldogs by 72 points.

Matt White has been excellent in his first season at Port Adelaide. Source: Getty Images

MATT White has played in front of 87,000 people at the MCG which for eight years was the ground he called home as a Tiger.

Now he says having 40,000 fanatical Power supporters at the Adelaide Oval is just as spine-tingling, and the Showdown rivalry with the Crows is as big as anything he experienced in Victoria.

In 105 games with Richmond, White said the biggest occasions were always against Essendon, Collingwood and Carlton but SA's greatest rivalry was just as intense.

"This year being the first time I was ever part of a Showdown - it had a finals like atmosphere," he said.

"It's a massive thing. I didn't understand the whole thing behind it when I first came over here, but to see how passionate people are about it.

Ken Hinkley says the most impressive part of his side's 128-56 thrashing of the Western Bulldogs was their outstanding defence from the second quarter ownwards

"And even inside the club it gets built up and it's an amazing atmosphere (at the ground).

"The first one (in March) was our home game and the Port crowd were ridiculously loud.

"And I'm sure the Crows supporters who will be there (this) weekend will be trying to beat it."

Unlike Showdown XXXVI in Round 2, Port Adelaide fans will be seriously out-numbered by Crows supporters who are hosting this weekend's game.

But regardless of the opponent, White said it was the majority support at Adelaide Oval which set its cauldron-like atmosphere apart from playing at the MCG.

"The big difference is the home crowd support, it's all one way," he said of the $535 million revamped city stadium.

"The ground and everything is amazing but you go into a crowd of 40-50,000 and you'll get maybe 2-3000 that are the opposition or interstaters. Where as at the MCG it was a 50-50 crowd.

"The noise of 40,000 people cheering for one club is deafening and it definitely gives us an edge having the great support we've got there."


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Roo returns to Crows, joins the board

Crows champion Mark Ricciuto is returning to the club as a board member. Picture: Sarah Reed Source: News Corp Australia

BROWNLOW Medallist and former club captain Mark Ricciuto is returning to the Crows as a board member.

Ricciuto is to be one of at least two changes to the Adelaide Football Club board this year, the Crows' first as an independent club free of SANFL control on director appointments

Crows chairman Rob chapman announced long-serving board members Peter Hurley and John Sutton would leave the directors' table at the end of the year. This is their 14th season on the board.

Ricciuto said it was always his plan to return to the Crows in an official capacity.

"Once I had things in order I wanted to give something back to the football club," he said.

"Peter Hurley has been a great business partner for me and he said to me a long time ago that when he goes off the board he wants me to go on."

His term begins from July 1.

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Gibbs re-signs with Carlton until 2019

  • by: Glenn McFarlane
  • From: News Corp Australia
  • June 24, 2014 2:06PM

CARLTON midfielder Bryce Gibbs insists he never considered offers from rival AFL clubs, saying his new five-year deal with the club was never in question.


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Trengove stays loyal to Power

Written By malwan milad on Senin, 23 Juni 2014 | 12.50

Jackson Trengove has signed a new contract with Port Adelaide | The Advertiser

Last updated: June 23, 2014

PORT Adelaide's long term future keeps getting rosier with key utility Jackson Trengove locking in until 2017.

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Port one win from finals safety

Jay Schulz manages a club record-equalling eight goal haul against the Western Bulldogs as Port go on to thrash the Bulldogs by 72 points.

Chad Wingard under pressure from Liam Picken and Koby Stevens. Picture: Sarah Reed. Source: News Corp Australia

PORT Adelaide is one win from qualifying for consecutive AFL final series for the first time since 2005. And it is still June.

Not since the heady days of its SANFL glory seasons has the Port Adelaide Football Club been in a position to plan so early for September - even before the tax man cometh. At 11-2 and one win clear of its rivals at the top of the AFL ladder, the Power is better placed than in its breakthrough 2004 premiership season (9-4, fourth) when the players were fuelled by the pain of three years of wasted opportunities.

The argument may begin that this young Power player group still has not paid its dues ... but then did the Baby Bombers who stunned the AFL by winning the 1993 flag or the Alastair Clarkson shark hunters of 2008 who netted Geelong?

Port coach Ken Hinkley is to learn plenty of his players in the next nine weeks. Last year, he watched them thrive on the edge of qualifying for the club's first final series since 2007. Such a script is never short of motivation, week after week. This season, there is the challenge of staying on the so-called "red line" for another three months - and the danger of taking short cuts, such as protecting the body be ready for confirmed appointments in September.

Ken Hinkley says the most impressive part of his side's 128-56 thrashing of the Western Bulldogs was their outstanding defence from the second quarter ownwards

The Power players returned to their Portress at Adelaide Oval on Saturday - after taking many pats on the back for a "gallant" four-point loss to Sydney at the SCG a week earlier - needing to prove the "fat head" tag thrust upon them earlier this season by North Melbourne premiership defender David King would not resurface.

The 72-point win against the lowly ranked Western Bulldogs was pretty much all Hinkley should have expected - and everything the Power players should have demanded of themselves in a competition that punishes teams that are satisfied in June.

Port lost the first quarter by four points (after being 16 points down in time-on) but - as a sign of a team with a clear focus and unbridled ambition - won the next three quarters by 16, 32 and 28 points while key forward Jay Schulz moved closer to personal success in the race for the John Coleman Medal as the AFL's leading goalkicker. His eight goals (four in the last term) matched the club's AFL record of eight from Hall of Famer Warren Tredrea against Carlton at Princes Park in 1998.

Port Adelaide celebrate their win over the Western Bulldogs. Picture: Sarah Reed. Source: News Corp Australia

Beyond the instant headline created by Schulz's eight goals, the other telling signs in a rather predictable game were the class of Robbie Gray, the appetite Ollie Wines has for contested football and the way captain Travis Boak sets the agenda when the Power needs to make its mark on the scoreboard.

The Power did again mix a heavy focus on defence with the critically important task of entertaining a demanding supporter base by breaking the watershed 100-point barrier for the seventh time this season. But it is still June ... and the question lingers on how ambitious and self-critical are Hinkley's players who are still competing against proven men from Sydney, Hawthorn and Fremantle for the flag?

Hinkley insists they are the coach's dream - self-motivated men led by a demanding captain, Boak, who returned from the SCG noting his teammates had lost a game and cannot put in a trophy cabinet whatever respect they supposedly won by standing up against the Swans.

Jay Schulz kicked eight goals in the win over the Western Bulldogs. Picture: Sarah Reed. Source: News Corp Australia

Schulz, who endured mediocrity at Richmond and in his early seasons at Alberton, notes: "We always come into Monday knowing there are still things we need to work on. Guys will go home (on Saturday night) to watch the game knowing what they did not do well enough. We don't need (Hinkley) to come down at quarter-time to tell us what we are not doing well - a lot of the guys know it already and they are not happy with it.

"That is the good thing about this group. We're telling each other - even before Ken has to - and we get on with fine tuning things, quarter by quarter; week by week. We know there is a long, long road to go - and we have to (turn up) every week.

"The next 10 weeks (to the finals) are not going to be a drag. We love playing footy - and we love competing, particularly against the best sides ... and there are some good ones coming up. We want to win every game and the only way we can do that is by improving each week.

"We are more demanding of each other, more demanding than any other group I have been involved in. We want to achieve something together. we want to keep winning."

What more could a coach want?

"They want to be as good as they possibly can be," Hinkley noted of his group. "Their appetite is as strong as it ever has been. Very strong. And (despite the early qualification to finals) we will not take our eye off the ball."

For the record, there are still 97 days to the grand final.


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Jonathan Brown retires on doctor’s orders

Former Lions skipper Jonathan Brown has announced his immediate retirement due to health reasons.

Speaking on AFL 360 Barry Hall and Cameron Mooney encourage Brisbane Lion Jonathan Brown to retire after suffering another concerning concussion

Jonathan Brown of the Lions looks on from the bench. Source: Getty Images

VETERAN Brisbane superstar Jonathan Brown has announced his immediate retirement from AFL footy.

Brown, a 256-gamer, said his decision was based on strong medical advice following his third heavy head knock in 12 months in the Lions' 45-point loss to Greater Western Sydney on June 14.

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"It's a very difficult time, but at the same time I'm very happy on reflection," 32-year-old full-forward Brown told reporters at the Gabba.

"Unfortunately though, the last week or so it's become evident after my concussion last week that I don't respond or bounce back like I used to from those hits.

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"I had pretty strong medical advice this week that it was in my best interest to stop.

"It's been a hard pill to swallow, even though deep down inside I knew that was the right answer."

Brown, a three-time premiership player, said his 15th season in the AFL was likely to have been his last anyway.

"It wasn't worth the risk of going out there and copping another head knock and jeopardising my future with my wife and kids," he said.

"I've got to keep pretty sharp for the young fella, to chase him around."

After 15 seasons, Brisbane stalwart Jonathan Brown has called it quits on his career after suffering a heavy concussion in the Lions' clash with the Giants in Round 13.

The two-time All-Australian said he would stay involved with the club off the field for the remainder of the season.

"I'm not going to dramatise it — I'm OK, I'm going to recover. I'm sure my symptoms will clear up soon," Brown said.

Has Jonathan Brown made the right decision to retire from AFL footy?

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge today described Brown as "an intimidating figure".

"But he's highly respected among the footy public and players, and as intimidating as he is on the field he's just as good a bloke off the field.

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"He's always willing to have a beer — probably more than anyone else — but that's the kind of person he is, a laid-back country bloke who loves to play footy and loves to have a good time with his mates.

"What he's done for football in general and also the Brisbane Lions has been enormous.

"It's disappointing the way he's finished with another head clash but that's the way he's played his footy from day dot, he puts his head over the ball."

Hodge said he tried to keep up with Brown in an off-season drinking session about five years ago.

"No good," he said. "He's a powerhouse — on and off the field."

Brown thanked coach and former teammate Justin Leppitsch for his support, insisting he hadn't pressured him into retiring.

"I'm looking forward to the future, whatever that may be."

The club legend said he believed the 17th-placed Lions were heading in the right direction, despite Saturday's 83-point mauling by Fremantle.

Hawks captain Luke Hodge has been one of the first people to praise former Lions skipper Jonathan Brown following his retirement announcement.

JONATHAN BROWN

Recruited from: South Warrnambool/Geelong Falcons

Draft history: Pick 30 (father-son), 1999 national draft

Age: 32

Games: 256

Goals: 594

Honours: Best-and-fairest 2007, 08, 09; All-Australian 2007, 09; Coleman Medal 2007; premierships 2001, 02, 03; co-captain 2007-08; captain 2009-12

BRISBANE LIONS MOST GAMES

322 Simon Black

318 Marcus Ashcroft

289 Michael Voss

282 Luke Power

279 Nigel Lappin

273 Shaun Hart

268 Darryl White

256 Jonathan Brown

248 Jason Akermanis

222 Daniel Bradshaw

BRISBANE LIONS MOST GOALS

594 Jonathan Brown

496 Daniel Bradshaw

460 Alastair Lynch

307 Jason Akermanis

285 Roger Merrett

MOST GOALS BY A BRISBANE LIONS PLAYER IN A GAME

10.1 Jonathan Brown v Carlton, 2007

9.6 Brad Hardie v Carlton, 1989

9.2 Daniel Bradshaw v Melbourne, 2005

8.6 Rod Owen v Fitzroy, 1992

8.5 Jim Edmond v Geelong, 1987

8.4 Jonathan Brown v Hawthorn, 2006

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Crows fall short in a thriller

Written By malwan milad on Minggu, 22 Juni 2014 | 12.50

Adelaide claws its way back to within nine points of Essendon after first half lapse | The Advertiser

Last updated: June 22, 2014

THE roller-coaster ride continues for the Adelaide Football Club.

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Schulz bags eight, Port boosts percentage

Port Adelaide put an end to the Western Bulldogs run as their bogey team with an emphatic 128 - 56 win

Port Adelaide defender Tom Jonas celebrates his first AFL goal. Picture: Sarah Reed Source: News Corp Australia

PORT Adelaide will enter a late-season Showdown on top of the AFL ladder for the first time since its premiership year in 2004 after smashing an injury-depleted Western Bulldogs.

The game followed a similar pattern to Port's win against St Kilda a fortnight ago — the underdog hung in the contest early but wilted when the blowtorch was applied after halftime.

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The Bulldogs suffered the significant loss of skipper Ryan Griffen to injury in the second quarter before seeing Jarrad Grant and Jordan Roughead banged up in the third.

But to suggest this was decisive in the result is a bit of a stretch because most of the best players on the ground were wearing black and teal.

Losing Griffen to back spasms was a double blow to the Dogs, with their skipper off and Kane Cornes moving onto a red-hot Tom Liberatore and taking him totally out of the contest.

Jay Schulz was unstoppable in the air and on the ground, finishing with 14 marks and 22 disposals. Picture: Sarah Reed Source: News Corp Australia

Port, like most opponents against the Dogs, enjoyed advantages in size and quality in the key positions and didn't take long to make it count.

Justin Westhoff and Jay Schulz were far too good for Mark Austin and Roughead, combining to kick 11 goals and dish a couple off. Schulz finished with a career-best haul of eight.

Schulz is only the second Port player to kick eight in a match, following Warren Tredrea's bag against Carlton in 1998.

Schulz kicked four goals in the last quarter and is the outright leader in the Coleman Medal.

Ollie Wines — laughably rated a C+ player by David Parkin last week — took the challenge of competing against one of the competition's best stoppage teams head on and finished with 30 disposals.

Matthew Lobbe showed why his absence was significant when the Power lost to the Dogs in Darwin last year by dominating All-Australian ruckman Will Minson.

Port Adelaide captain Shaun Higgins nabs Shaun Higgins. Picture: Sarah Reed Source: News Corp Australia

And likable defender Tom Logan converted a strong start into a credible performance in his first game of the season.

The Dogs had won the past seven clashes between these sides and looked like they planned on adding an eighth by jumping out of the blocks.

Port allowed the Dogs far too much ball in the first quarter and Brendan McCartney's side converted the possession into eight scoring shots from their first 11 inside-50s.

A bloodied Jarrad Grant leaves the field. Picture: Sarah Reed Source: News Corp Australia

Port worked its way back into the game with ferocious tackling — led by Lobbe and Wines, who set the tone by laying a combined 13 in the first half.

And once they levelled the game up in the second term there was only going to be one result.

Despite the one-sided nature of the contest there were a handful of moments which pleased the lowest crowd of the season to date at Adelaide Oval.

Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney says there are no excuses for his side's dismal display against Port Adelaide

Tom Jonas kicked his first goal in his 44th outing, Westhoff climbed high on the forward flank to pull down a specky and Jackson Trengove sold more candy than any key defender has a right to get away with.

But the Power didn't have it all their own way.

Ryan Griffen gets some work on the sidelines. Source: Getty Images

Angus Monfries found a willing opponent in Robert Murphy, Jared Polec took a long time to get going after missing a week with an ankle injury and Robbie Gray's ball use wasn't at its usual level.

But there's really only a bit of fine-tuning to do ahead of next Sunday's clash with the Crows, where Port expects to be bolstered by the return of Hamish Hartlett, Dom Cassisi and Jarman Impey.

Ken Hinkley's side will enter the match a game clear of Sydney and Hawthorn in pole position and will be heavily favoured to remain there.

After such a promising win against Collingwood and a strong start, the Dogs will go home to lick their wounds and look ahead to a clash against Melbourne next weekend.

Kane Cornes finds space between Dogs Koby Stevens, Mitch Wallis and Tom Liberatore. Picture: Sarah Reed Source: News Corp Australia


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LIVE: Plucky Giants lead Blues

Umpires will again be a hot topic in the AFL after Ben Howlett's controversial goal for Essendon

Greater Western Sydney's Heath Shaw and Carlton's Brock McLean collide during the GWS Giants v Carlton AFL match at Spotless Stadium, Homebush. Pic Brett Costello Source: News Corp Australia

THE GWS Giants lead Carlton by 21 points in an entertaining first half at Spotless Stadium.

Carlton led early, but GWS took over midway through the first term thanks to a pair of classy goals from Dylan Shiel and a clinical finish from the impressive Devon Smith.

Scores were level at quarter time, but the Giants moved things up another gear in the second term and Jon Patton kicked the final two goals of the half to generate the handy buffer.

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Patton is thriving in the absence of Jeremy Cameron and he has taken eight marks to go with his two goals.

After starting at the substitute player the past two matches, Stephen Coniglio is the leading possession winner for the Giants with 14 and Mitch Robinson has 17 disposals for Carlton.

Carlton received a blow before the game with captain Marc Murphy injuring a hamstring in the warm up and he was replaced in the side by Dennis Armfield.

Prime midfielder Kade Simpson has struggled to have any impact on the contest and finished the half with just three disposals.

Carlton is winning the clearances and the inside 50 count, but GWS has built its lead on crisp ball movement.

Meanwhile, St Kilda will try to win back respect against West Coast at Etihad Stadium before North Melbourne bids to consolidate its hold on a top-eight spot against Melbourne in the MCG twilight encounter.

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Crows unlikely to kick off on Good Friday

Written By malwan milad on Sabtu, 21 Juni 2014 | 12.50

New AFL boss Gillon Mclachlan is leaning towards Sydney for the AFL's first Good Friday match. Picture: David Caird. Source: News Corp Australia

ADELAIDE'S hope of opening next year's AFL premiership season - to coincide with the Crows' 25th season in the national league - is more likely to unfold on Maundy Thursday than Good Friday.

New AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan on Friday favoured Sydney for the AFL's first Good Friday fixture - and dismissed early speculation the Swans' opponent would be Port Adelaide.

Rather, McLachlan favours the Good Friday match-up becoming a potentially long-standing Sydney-Melbourne rivalry for the Ron Barassi Cup, in honour of the Hall of Fame "Legend" who served both the Swans and Demons.

"I think Sydney, 4.40pm on a Good Friday ... would be a pretty appealing game," McLachlan said yesterday.

"Melbourne are improving and what people want to watch is a good game. If Melbourne continue to improve and are playing good footy that would be a great game.

"If we're going to do this let's make it a great event and Melbourne-Sydney as an example is hugely symbolic and playing for the Ron Barassi Cup, that's a great idea."

This leaves Adelaide to pitch for the AFL season-opener on Thursday, April 2 - as a throwback to how the Crows opened the 1991 season against Hawthorn at Football Park, albeit with a Friday night game.

The Power would then start the 2015 home-and-away series away from Adelaide Oval, either on Easter Saturday or Sunday either in Perth, Melbourne or Queensland.

Adelaide chairman Rob Chapman last night maintained the Crows could make a strong case to the AFL for Good Friday football, particularly with Adelaide Oval being available earlier than other venues that are locked for the cricket one-day World Cup next year.

Adelaide will show no mercy when they clash with Essendon on Saturday, as both teams try to re-ignite their finals hopes.

Adelaide Oval is free of cricket from March 20 after a World Cup quarter-final. The SCG is tied to the cricket for a World Cup semi-final until March 26, although the AFL could opt for ANZ Stadium at Homebush.

"We believe we have plenty of support for our bid to host a match on either Maundy Thursday night or Good Friday," Chapman told The Advertiser.

"We feel we are well placed to get one of either timeslots."

Adelaide may pitch for a Good Friday double-header - with the Crows hosting a night game that follows the Sydney-Melbourne twilight match in Sydney. But the league's official telecaster, Channel Seven, may not favour two games in its premier Friday Night Football program.

Adelaide wants to own Thursday night football as its signature timeslot at the Oval, in particular before public holidays and during school holidays. A Maundy Thursday season-opener fits perfectly to this plan.


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