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Essendon’s latest calamity heaps pressure on Worsfold

Consecutive heavy defeats towards the end of the AFL season have enraged Bombers fans This has not been the best couple of weeks for the Essendon Football Club. Not since the club’s crisis was at its pee-in-a-cup high tide has the Twitterverse, or at l…

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Anzac Day AFL game: Essendon v Collingwood – live!

Updates from the Anzac Day clash from the MCGThoughts? Join the conversation via email or @rrjparkin 8.46am BST Goal – Pies! Essendon 10.9 (69) v Collingwood 10.12 (72) DaniherHello, hello! Anything you can do, I can do better! And does he fancy it tod…

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Round of improved AFL contests heralds a more compelling season

Ben Ronke’s seven-goal haul started the round in an enjoyably surprising fashionIn both literary and popular entertainment, the element of surprise is a useful tool for anyone who wants to create a compelling story. Vera Tobin, a cognitive scientist wh…

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Former Essendon coach Mark Thompson charged with seven drugs offences

Thompson to appear in court after raids on his homeCharges include trafficking of ice and ecstasyThe former Essendon assistant coach, Mark Thompson, has reportedly been arrested and charged with seven counts of drugs offences, including trafficking of …

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The Anzac Day specialist: Matthew Banks and his three-game AFL career

The former Essendon player holds the curious distinction of having played in two Anzac Day clashes despite his brief careerFor Matthew Banks, Anzac Day represents the beginning and the end of an inimitable three-game AFL career.On the Tuesday leading i…

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‘A quick nip’: Conor McKenna apologises after AFL ban for biting

Essendon player takes full responsibility for incidentAFL tribunal hands down three-game banA guilty plea and clear contrition was not enough to save Essendon defender Conor McKenna from a three-game suspension for biting at Tuesday’s AFL tribunal hear…

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The boy whose commentary for his blind friend inspired his sporting heroes

When the Sydney Swans heard that a 12-year-old boy had been commentating for his mate at one of their matches, they went looking for the two young friends

By Jonathan Drennan for Behind the Lines, part of the Guardian Sport Network

“Mateship” is an Australian expression that stands for friendship and equality, even in times of great challenge. Mark Smith and Jarryd Haines, two young boys from Sydney, embody this ethos of close friendship. The pair have known each other for most of their lives and always enjoyed playing sport together. If there was a ball involved, they would be in the backyard, acting out a crucial Ashes test or taking a spectacular mark in the Australian Rules Grand Final for their beloved Sydney Swans.

A few years ago, when Mark was only nine, he was diagnosed with cancer of the brain and spine. It robbed the young boy of many things: his sight, part of his hearing and his ability to play the sports he loves. Throughout the gruelling medical treatment that left Mark nauseous and exhausted, Jarryd remained his close friend, sharing their continued love of sport, particularly the Sydney Swans.

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A work in progress: Essendon show what raw potential looks like | Justin Robertson

The 2017 season was a lot more than a 12-10 record for the Bombers, who travelled a long way in a short period – from the wooden spoon to the top eight

As the sunlit corners of the SCG started to fade, Joe Daniher sat on Heath Grundy’s shoulders for what felt like an eternity and took one of his now trademarks hangers. He converted truly and gave Essendon the early lead in spectacular fashion. The Swans replied by kicking 13 of the next 15 goals in a devastating avalanche that Essendon appeared ill-equipped to deal with.

This is what raw potential looks like. It’s full of ups and downs and there’s a glimmer of hope sandwiched in the middle. This year the Bombers showed they are an enthralling work in progress to watch, despite their 65-point finals exit at the hands of the Swans in last weekend’s elimination final.

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Essendon defeat Collingwood in Anzac Day AFL – as it happened

  • Essendon defeat Collingwood by 18 points in Anzac Day blockbuster
  • Joe Daniher takes out Anzac Day medal for commanding display

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And there are no surprises here as the big forward steps up to receive his medal, paying tribute to Collingwood for their determined effort. “To our boys, a really proud effort,” he says, “and hopefully a big stepping stone going forward.”

Daniher had 16 possessions, eight marks, 3.4 in front of goal and did plenty of valuable work through the middle when he was dragged into the ruck. Zach Merrett was also yuuuge with 33 possessions, and Jobe Watson (28), Dyson Heppell (26) and Darcy Parish (25) all had special moments. Orazio Fantasia’s four goals and three for Josh Green also proved decisive.

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Collingwood 11.16 (82) defeated by Essendon 15.10 (100)

And that is all she wrote! The Bombers win it by three goals and deserve their victory. They were the better side for much of the day, and in Joe Daniher and Orazio Fantasia, had the two standout forwards. “They’re a good side,” says Jobe Watson, being interviewed by his father Tim. “Sometimes you’ve just gotta grind it out and will yourself to win the game.”

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Essendon will become a destination club for players, says list manager

  • Bombers confident of re-signing Joe Daniher and Darcy Parish
  • Contract negotiations on hold until new AFL CBA is announced

Essendon list manager Adrian Dodoro says he believes the Bombers will quickly become a destination club again, with players having moved on from the supplements saga which tarnished the club.

Essendon are confident in-demand young stars Joe Daniher and Darcy Parish will sign new contracts once the AFL’s industrial dispute is resolved. The league’s ongoing feud with the AFL Players Association over a new collective bargaining agreement has led to contract negotiations being placed on hold at a number of clubs.

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All about heart and hate – the bedrock of any AFL rivalry worth its salt | Craig Little

Over the weekend there was a sense of occasion and drama born out of a barroom brawl in Adelaide while pure animosity pockmarked the Essendon-Carlton game

It is AFL football’s rivalries that do the heavy lifting in providing the game its passion and its heritage, having at their origin a sense of place – that sense of belonging that keeps us turning up week after week, loss after loss.

On Saturday night, 53,698 people – a record AFL crowd at the Adelaide Oval – turned out for “Showdown XLII”. Twenty years ago, it was a local brewery that gave the contest its “Showdown” moniker, and too much beer at the Ramsgate Hotel five years after that fermented the rivalry in football folklore.

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Saints lose Riewoldt in defeat to Demons as Port power past Swans

  • St Kilda 13.12 (90) lost to Melbourne Demons 18.12 (120)
  • Sydney Swans 12.10 (82) lost to Port Adelaide 17.8 (110)

Port Adelaide scored a drought-breaking 28-point AFL round one upset win over Sydney at the SCG on Saturday. The 17.8 (110) to 12.10 (82) victory was Port’s first in eight matches and 11 years at the SCG, and their first anywhere over the Swans in their past six contests, going back to 2013.

Related: AFL: Bulldogs hold off determined Collingwood to kick off flag defence

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Brett Eddy boots Port Adelaide to AFL pre-season win over Hawthorn

  • Port Adelaide beat Hawthorn 0.14.12 (96) to 1.8.11 (68)
  • Geelong beat Essendon 1.17.11 (122) to 2.12.10 (100)

Mature-aged rookie Brett Eddy kicked five goals to help Port Adelaide beat Hawthorn by 28 points in Sunday’s AFL trial game. The 27-year-old Eddy booted four of his goals in a 10-minute purple patch during Port’s 0.14.12 (96) to 1.8.11 (68) win at Noarlunga in Adelaide’s south.

Related: Collingwood hold on to beat Tigers, ruthless Crows crush Lions

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Brett Eddy boots Port Adelaide to AFL pre-season win over Hawthorn

  • Port Adelaide beat Hawthorn 0.14.12 (96) to 1.8.11 (68)
  • Geelong beat Essendon 1.17.11 (122) to 2.12.10 (100)

Mature-aged rookie Brett Eddy kicked five goals to help Port Adelaide beat Hawthorn by 28 points in Sunday’s AFL trial game. The 27-year-old Eddy booted four of his goals in a 10-minute purple patch during Port’s 0.14.12 (96) to 1.8.11 (68) win at Noarlunga in Adelaide’s south.

Related: Collingwood hold on to beat Tigers, ruthless Crows crush Lions

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Brett Eddy boots Port Adelaide to AFL pre-season win over Hawthorn

  • Port Adelaide beat Hawthorn 0.14.12 (96) to 1.8.11 (68)
  • Geelong beat Essendon 1.17.11 (122) to 2.12.10 (100)

Mature-aged rookie Brett Eddy kicked five goals to help Port Adelaide beat Hawthorn by 28 points in Sunday’s AFL trial game. The 27-year-old Eddy booted four of his goals in a 10-minute purple patch during Port’s 0.14.12 (96) to 1.8.11 (68) win at Noarlunga in Adelaide’s south.

Related: Collingwood hold on to beat Tigers, ruthless Crows crush Lions

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Collingwood open AFL pre-season with comeback win over Essendon

Collingwood defeat Essendon 2.13.9 (105) to 0.14.10 (94) Banned Bombers players return to action at Etihad StadiumJobe Watson gave Essendon fans plenty to smile about in his AFL return but could not stop Collingwood from stealing a 11-point pre-season …

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Dyson Heppell named new Essendon captain for 2017 AFL season

  • Former captain Jobe Watson included in leadership group
  • Cale Hooker and Zach Merrett named vice-captains

Dyson Heppell will shoulder the responsibility of leading Essendon into the post-doping scandal era after the 24-year-old was confirmed by the AFL club as Jobe Watson’s successor as captain.

Watson, who along with Heppell and 32 other current and past Bombers served a ban last year for their part in the Essendon supplements scandal, passed on the baton to his former understudy at a meeting at the club’s Tullamarine training base on Wednesday.

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Dyson Heppell named new Essendon captain for 2017 AFL season

  • Former captain Jobe Watson included in leadership group
  • Cale Hooker and Zach Merrett named vice-captains

Dyson Heppell will shoulder the responsibility of leading Essendon into the post-doping scandal era after the 24-year-old was confirmed by the AFL club as Jobe Watson’s successor as captain.

Watson, who along with Heppell and 32 other current and past Bombers served a ban last year for their part in the Essendon supplements scandal, passed on the baton to his former understudy at a meeting at the club’s Tullamarine training base on Wednesday.

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James Hird recovering well as his father brands AFL ‘thugs’ and ‘bullies’

  • Former Essendon coach is ‘fine’, according to Allan Hird
  • Hird Snr hits out at AFL officials for treatment of his son

James Hird’s father Allan says there were no signs his son was on a path to ill health despite accusing AFL and Essendon administrators of pursuing him as a scapegoat.

Allan Hird said AFL officials were “thugs” and “bullies” without a “moral compass” for their treatment of his son in the aftermath of Essendon’s supplement scandal.

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Essendon snare gun midfielder Andrew McGrath with top AFL draft pick

  • Bombers list manager impressed by Victorian midfielder McGrath
  • Gold Coast Suns improve their stocks with four of the first ten picks

Essendon agonised long and hard before selecting Victorian midfielder Andrew McGrath with the No1 pick at the AFL draft.

The Bombers began Friday night’s draft in Sydney by claiming McGrath, from TAC Cup club the Sandringham Dragons, with the first No1 pick in the club’s history.

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