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Author: Compiled by Melissa Ryan
Date: 26/08/2003
Words: 1427
Source: AGE
          Publication: The Age
Section: Sport
Page: 13
ADELAIDE v Port Adelaide, Sunday, 1.10pm, AAMI Stadium

Adelaide gives Ben Hart (quad), Chris Ladhams (knee strain) and Tyson Edwards (quad) ``at least 80 per cent chances" of resuming this week. Hart and Ladhams have missed two games and Edwards was a late withdrawal last Saturday.

BRISBANE v Western Bulldogs, Saturday, 7.10pm, Telstra Dome

Coach Leigh Matthews has dismissed talk that full-forward Alastair Lynch is in a form slump, dismissing his past two weeks as just a ``confidence thing that could all change with a couple of good marks and goals this week".

CARLTON v Kangaroos, Sunday, 2.10pm, Telstra Dome

After weeks of being listed as 1-2 weeks away from returning from a knee injury, Mick Martyn is suddenly listed as a ``test" this week, with the Blues playing his old team, the Kangaroos.

Training: tomorrow, 3pm; Friday, 4pm, Optus Oval.

COLLINGWOOD v Essendon, Friday, 7.40pm, MCG

If Brodie Holland - on a striking charge - should incur the wrath of the AFL Tribunal tonight, the Magpies could slot Richard Cole back into the side for the blockbuster against the Bombers.

ESSENDON v Collingwood, Friday, 7.40pm, MCG

Young ruckman David Hille is looking forward to playing finals after missing out on a place last year. ``I was really disappointed that I missed out last year but I think I've had a lot more impact this year so it's like I deserve a position there," he said yesterday.

Training: tomorrow, 3pm, Windy Hill.

FREMANTLE v West Coast, Saturday, 7.40pm, Subiaco

The fact that the derby between Fremantle and West Coast will be televised live into Melbourne has excited the Dockers. ``That's never happened before. Since the two sides have started to emerge in the last 18 months or so, it seems to have gone up a whole peg and now everyone's watching it," club CEO Cameron Schwab said.

GEELONG v St Kilda, Saturday, 2.10pm, Skilled Stadium

The Cats face a St Kilda team bursting with confidence - the Saints have won their past four games by an average of 74 points - but they can take heart from their home-ground advantage, with the Saints having won only 13 of 54 games at Skilled Stadium.

Training: today, 3.45pm; Thursday, 3.45pm, Skilled Stadium.

HAWTHORN v Richmond, Sunday, 2.10pm, MCG

There are a couple of fitness tests lined up this week, with defender Jonathan Hay (hamstring) and forward Ben Dixon (hip) to be looked at for Sunday's match against Richmond at the MCG.

Training: Thursday, 4.15pm, Glenferrie.

KANGAROOS v Carlton Sunday, 2.10pm, Telstra Dome

The club will celebrate a milestone on Sunday with 25-year-old rover Brent Harvey playing his 150th game.

Training: tomorrow, 3pm; Friday, 11am, Arden Street.

MELBOURNE v Sydney, Saturday, 2.10pm, MCG

Defender Clint Bizzell was cleared of any fault after contact with an umpire in the match at Subiaco. Umpire Darren Morris decided the contact had been caused when Glen Jakovich bumped into Bizzell.

Training: today, 3pm, Junction Oval; Tomorrow, 5pm, MCG; Friday, 1pm, Junction Oval.

PORT ADELAIDE v Adelaide, Sunday, 1.10pm, AAMI Stadium

Port has four regulars - Darryl Wakelin (ankle), Dean Brogan (corked leg), Roger James (groin) and Chad Cornes (ankle) - to be tested this week. Wakelin, Brogan and James are expected to resume after being rested from last Sunday's win against Rich-mond, and Cornes, who hurt an ankle against the Tigers, might be rested to ensure he is ready for a qualifying final next week.

RICHMOND v Hawthorn, Sunday, 2.10pm, MCG

After the funeral of club legend Jack Dyer tomorrow morning, the Punt Road Oval will host a cele-bration of his life. There will be a sausage sizzle, drinks, and music, and, at 1.30 pm, a ceremony will be held with Dyer's family, which will finish with the release of 312 black-and-yellow balloons - one for every game - and the singing of the club song.

Training: tomorrow, 2pm, MCG; Friday, 2pm, Punt Road.

ST KILDA v Geelong, Saturday, 2.10pm, Skilled Stadium

Xavier Clarke had pre-cautionary scans yester-day after receiving a knee to the shoulder against the Bull-dogs. No serious damage is expected; rather, the scan is to determine the extent of the bruising.

Training: tomorrow, 3pm; Friday, 9am, Moorabbin.

SYDNEY v Melbourne, Saturday, 2.10pm, MCG

Irishman Tadhg Kennelly will play his 50th game for the Swans on Saturday. Kennelly was recruited after initially impressing at a clinic in Ireland, elevated to the senior list and made his debut against Carl-ton in round 14, 2001.

Training: Friday, 3pm, MCG.

WEST COAST v Fremantle, Saturday, 7.40pm, Subiaco

The Eagles were talking up the chances of ruckman Michael Gardiner being able to play in the Perth derby on Saturday night. He skipped yes-terday's recovery session but the club said he had only bruising to the knee.

WESTERN BULLDOGS v Brisbane, Saturday, 7.10pm, Telstra Dome

Speculation is rife around the Whitten Oval that 12-year veteran defender Steve Kretiuk will hang up the boots after Saturday night's match against the Brisbane Lions.

Training: today, 10.30am; tomorrow, 3pm; Friday, 10.30am, Whitten Oval.



Ben Hart (quadricep) test

Tyson Edwards (quadricep) test

Chris Ladhams (knee) test

Martin Mattner (back) 1 week

Ben Marsh (knee) 1 week

Andrew Crowell (knee) season


Jared Brennan (groin) 1 week

Beau McDonald (knee) 1 week

Dylan McLaren (knee) test

Craig McRae (hamstring) test

Martin Pike (hamstring) test

Daniel Pratt (finger) 5-6 weeks


Scott Camporeale (virus) available

Darren Hulme (virus) available

Michael Martyn (knee) test

Adam Mathews (ankle) test

Corey McKernan (abdomen) available

Justin Murphy (thigh) test

Simon Wiggins (virus) available

Scott Freeborn (groin) season

Lance Whitnall (knee) season


Simon Prestigiacomo (knee) test

Tarkyn Lockyer (knee) season

Tom Davidson (knee) season

Ben Kinnear (ankle) available


Sean Wellman (hamstring) test

Dustin Fletcher (ankle) test

Steve Alessio (back) test

Jobe Watson (groin) season

Jason Winderlich (groin) season

Jordon Bannister (collarbone) season

Joel Reynolds (groin) season

Adam Ramanauskas (surgery) season


Clive Waterhouse (groin) season

Greg Edgcumbe (knee) season


James Rahilly (knee) test

Dave Johnson (hip) test

Paul Chambers (knee) test

Steven King (Achilles) season


Chance Bateman (groin) season

Campbell Brown (shoulder) season

Ben Dixon (hip) test

Jonathan Hay (hamstring) test

Rick Ladson (shoulder) available

David Loats (hamstring) 2 weeks

Luke McCabe (Achilles) season

Michael Osborne (thigh) available

Lance Picioane (face) season

Brad Sewell (shoulder) test


Callum Urch (hamstring) 2 weeks

Leigh Harding (groin) 1 week

Blake Grima (hamstring) test


Jeff White (knee) season

Chris Heffernan (ankle) test

Paul Wheatley (hamstring) 1 week

Alistair Nicholson (foot) season

Craig Ellis (knee) season

Peter Vardy (groin) season

Luke Molan (knee) season


Dean Brogan (corked leg) test

Wade Champion (hamstring) indefinite

Chad Cornes (ankle) test

Josh Francou (knee) season

Roger James (groin) test

Matthew Primus (knee) indefinite

Steven Salopek (shoulder) season

Darryl Wakelin (ankle) test


Darren Gaspar (knee) season

Ray Hall (hip) season

Wayne Campbell (Achilles) season

Kayne Pettifer (knee) available

Ben Holland (hamstring) test


Barry Brooks (knee) season

Daniel Wulf (jaw) season

Matthew Ferguson (hamstring) test

Xavier Clarke (arm) test


Jason Ball (shoulder) season

Amon Buchanan (knee) season

Josh Thewlis (groin) season

Ben Fixter (groin) season

Daniel Hunt (shin) 1-2 weeks

Jason Saddington (knee) 3 weeks

Heath James (knee) test


Paul Johnson (fibula) season

Travis Gaspar (foot) season

Darren Glass (shoulder) test

Michael Gardiner (knee) test

David Haynes (ankle) test


Chris Grant (knee) season

Mark Alvey (knee) season

Daniel Bandy (ankle) season

Luke Darcy (groin) test

Paul Dimattina (ankle) test

Ben Harrison (corked thigh) test

Ryan Hargrave (back spasms) test

Nathan Brown (bruised hip) test

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