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The Age


Date: 07/04/1999
Words: 2416
          Publication: The Age
Section: Sport
Page: 2

The Crows may well have an unchanged 22 for Sunday night's clash with StKilda at Football Park. But at least one alteration is likely if Kane Johnson recovers quickly enough from an adductor strain that forced him to miss last Saturday night's game against Hawthorn. He is rated a 50-50 chance of being available. Shane Ellen, Troy Bond and Trent Ormond-Allen will be tested at training tonight with a view to resuming with their SANFL clubs on Saturday. Western Australian draftee Tyson Stenglein shone for the Magpies in their big win against Norwood last Thursday night and he remains close to making his AFL debut. Matt Connell was also prominent for West Adelaide last Saturday.


The fastest team in the AFL, Port Adelaide, may force some changes in Brisbane's line-up when selectors sit down to name a side for Saturday night's Gabba clash. Coach Leigh Matthews experienced the Port pace first hand as a spectator at its match against Fremantle last weekend, on his way home from the West Coast game in Perth. If the coach opts to go for more pace, big men Dion Scott and Trent Bartlett may come under pressure to hold their places. Speedster Luke Power, after a best on ground display for the Lions cubs last weekend, could stake a claim for his first AFL game since the Ansett Cup. Clark Keating is also set to resume after off season shoulder reconstructions, possibly as a back-up ruckman for Matthew Clarke. Michael Voss is set to start, probably at half-back, after his brilliant comeback off the bench against the Eagles. As for co-captain Alastair Lynch, he'll return from a virus either with the seniors or the local cubs side.


Carlton has been swamped with calls about this week's game against the Western Bulldogs. Despite it being played at Optus Oval it is a Dogs' home match and Carlton members are being reminded that their membership will allow them access to level two of the social club only. Fans will have to buy tickets to see the game, and the club is suggesting that supporters pre-book their seats to ensure they don't miss out. Tickets and seats are available from Ticketek at Optus Oval or by phone on 132849.

Training: Today and Friday, 4pm at Optus Oval.


With Victoria Park's surface deemed playable by the AFL yesterday, the few remaining seats for the Collingwood-West Coast clash are likely to be snapped up fast. Apart from the seats allocated to West Coast members, only Collingwood season ticket-holders and those with AFL Collingwood club support memberships are eligible to buy tickets for the second-last game at the historic ground. The club suggests that supporters wanting a seat should book as soon as they can. Standing positions in the outer are available, too, for the cost of a dollar, when entrance tickets are purchased. No cash outlets will be operating on the day and the club will accept pre-sold tickets only, for seated and standing areas. Details and tickets are available from the club.

Training: Today, 4pm at Marcellin College; Friday, midday, venue to be announced.


The Bombers' social calendar is free this week, but the club is taking the welfare of its players seriously. The club has introduced a program this year tailored to the needs of the players. Throughout the year several workshops will be conducted on a variety of topics including dealing with the media, coping with stress and financial advice. The program, that Essendon's recruiting and welfare manager, Adrian Dodoro says has ``taken player welfare to the next level", was worked on for 12 months and was developed in conjunction with all listed players. Perhaps the club should add an extra subject to its 17-module program - ``how to cope with being on top of the ladder after two rounds and how to stay there".

Training: Today and Friday, 3.30pm at Windy Hill.


A more aerodynamic Dale Kickett took the ground for Fremantle against Port Adelaide at Football Park on Sunday. Kickett has had his head shaved bald. Not only will it cut down his wind resistance, but it's for a good cause too. Kickett had the cut to raise money for the Cancer Foundation's Me No Hair promotion.


Next Wednesday the Cats will launch their Melbournebased supporters club, the Metro Cats. Barry Stoneham will be the mas-ter of ceremonies for the night, to be held at a Brighton restaurant. The Cats' great earlyseason form and initiatives like the one above have lifted membership figures above 19,000. The club expects the figure to rise to 20,000 by next Saturday's game - a club record.

Training: Today, 10.30am and Friday 3.30pm at Shell Stadium.


The Hawks venture to Perth this weekend for the first of their six interstate games. They will take on Fremantle at Subiaco on Saturday night. Hawthorn fans in Melbourne can watch the game in the company of friends when the club screens the game at the Linda Crescent social club. The social club will be open from 6pm for dinner and drinks before the match starts at 8.40pm. Players not travelling to Perth in the main squad will also be at the function.

Training: Tomorrow, 4.30pm at Glenferrie Oval.


James McCartney will play his 100th game this week when the Kangaroos take on Richmond at the MCG on Friday night. The strong defender was solid against Essendon last week. McCartney joined the Roos in 1997 after 37 matches with the Crows. Before that he started his career with Collingwood in 1990. The Kangaroos will be looking to improve on their last performance against Richmond. In round 12 last year the Tigers beat them by 35 points.

Training: Today, 4pm at Arden Street Oval.


Big man Jeff White should make his return to the side when the Demons take on Geelong this Saturday at Shell Stadium. White has resumed full training and will have a fitness test later this week to confirm his availability. Steven Febey will be available this week after recovering from a fractured cheekbone, Russell Robertson is doubtful after being concussed on Sunday, while Jeff Farmer, also injured on Sunday, should be available. Shane Woewodin will play his 50th game with Melbourne this week. It's also 50 games in a row for the 22yearold.

Training: Tomorrow, 3pm at Junction Oval.


Port has ``locked up" two more of its best young players, with ruckmanforward Brendon Lade and midfielderdefender Nick Stevens signing new contracts that will keep them with the Power for at least two more seasons after this one. Port reported no injuries from Sunday's game against Fremantle and will be reluctant to change a winning lineup for Saturday night's battle with Brisbane at the Gabba. But team balance might dictate that defender Jared Poulton returns for a taller player - Brett Chalmers or Barnaby French.


Scott Turner fractured a cheek-bone in a collision in the first quarter against Sydney last Satur-day. The fullback had a minor operation on Monday. Brendon Gale has been ruled out of Friday's clash with the Kangaroos. Richmond's win on the weekend helped boost membership over the 26,000 mark and the club hopes to beat last year's figure of 27,000 by the end of the week.

Training: Tomorrow, 11am at Punt Road.


The Saints' Jason Heatley copped a knock to the head in a contest with Melbourne's Marcus Seecamp on Sunday. The wound required seven stitches. Despite the injury, he returned later in the game and kicked a goal. He will play for the side against Adelaide at Football Park this Sunday. Also hopeful to play is Nathan Burke, who was a late withdrawal from the team on Sunday after suffering hamstring soreness.

Training: Tomorrow, 2pm at Moorabbin.


There was good news for injured Swan Ryan O'Connor yesterday. The halfforward was looking at a season on the sidelines when he received a knee injury in the early stages of Sydney's game against Richmond on Saturday. O'Connor had an arthroscope yesterday and the examination revealed that he would not require the dreaded knee reconstruction. If all goes well he will return to the side within 10 weeks. Meanwhile, Michael O'Loughlin and Tony Lockett are unlikely to return for Saturday's game against Essendon at the MCG.


The Eagles travel to Melbourne this weekend to take on Collingwood at Victoria Park and will return to Perth to find Subiaco taken over by the younger gener-ation. The Eagles will host a sausage sizzle at the ground next Tuesday.

Training: Tomorrow, 2.30pm at Subiaco (closed session), Saturday, 8.45am at Subiaco.


The Bulldogs are leading the pack when it comes to the accessibility of its players and coaching staff. This Friday the club hosts the first of its coach's lunches at the Grand Hyatt featuring Terry Wallace and Alex Jesaulenko. Expect to be part of a candid and entertaining discussion that will focus on the Bulldogs' weekend match against Carlton as well as the ups and downs of Jezza's football career.

Training: Today and Friday, 3pm at Whitten Oval.



Sean Rehn (knee) season

Ben Marsh (knee) season

Peter Vardy (knee) 2-3 weeks

Clint Kirey (hamstring) 2 weeks

Simon Goodwin (groin) 1 week

Peter Caven (hamstring) 1 week

Shane Ellen (hamstring) test

Troy Bond (hamstring) test

Trent Ormond-Allen (appendectomy) test

Kane Johnson (adductor strain) test


Des Headland (thigh) test

Justin Leppitsch (hamstring) test

Alastair Lynch (virus) available

Dion Scott (virus) available


Craig Black (left ankle) 2 weeks

Fraser Brown (right hamstring) test

Adam Chatfield (wrist) 3-4 weeks

Trent Hoppner (right shoulder) indefinite

Damian Lock (bruised kidneys) 3-4 weeks

Ben Nelson (left knee) test

Brad Pearce (left hamstring) 1 week

Mark Porter (right knee) 4 weeks

Stephen Silvagni (right hamstring) test

Ben Thompson (glandular fever) 6 weeks

Adrian Whitehead (right foot) indefinite


Lee Walker (groin) test

Mal Michael (back) 3 weeks

Nathan Buckley (jaw) 4-6 weeks

Rick Olarenshaw (back) test


James Hird (right foot) 12-16 weeks

Mark Johnson (left collarbone) 8 weeks

Joe Misiti (left hand) 4 weeks

Michael Prior (right knee) test

Peter Somerville (right knee) 4 weeks

Simon Eastaugh (hip) test

Matthew Banks (left quadriceps) 1 week

Daniel McAlister (right shin) 3 weeks

Gary Moorcroft (suspended) 1 match

Dean Solomon (suspended) 1 match


Stephen O'Reilly (hamstring) test

Shaun McManus (thigh) test

Anthony Jones (foot) 5 weeks

Paul Maher (knee) indefinite

Luke Toia (knee) 1-2 weeks

Steven Koop (knee) indefinite

Jess Sinclair (suspended 1 match

Peter Mann (suspended) 2 matches


Leigh Colbert (knee) season

Marc Woolnough (knee) season

Joel McKay (back) 8 weeks

Leigh Brockman (knee) 3 weeks

Hamish Simpson (nose) available

Jason Snell (hip) test

Derek Hall (calf) test

Paul Lynch (back) test


Jade Rawlings (ankle) 2-3 weeks


Glenn Archer (ankle) available

Matthew Capuano (right knee) 4-6 weeks

Wayne Carey (groin) test

Brett Chandler (right leg) 9 weeks

David King (left knee) 4-6 weeks

Kent Kingsley (groin) 1 week

Dion Miles (right knee) 9 weeks

Mark Roberts (left knee) 3-4 weeks

John Spaull (shoulder) 3 weeks


Jeff Farmer (shoulder) available

Russell Robertson (concussion) test

Brett Grgic (hamstring) 2 weeks

Jeff White (left knee) test

Steven Febey (cheekbone) available

Garry Lyon (back) 4 weeks

Mark Bradly (knee) 5 weeks


Shayne Breuer (quadriceps) 1-2 weeks

Stephen Daniels (hamstring) 1-2 weeks

Paul Evans (groin) 2-3 weeks

Bowen Lockwood (back) 2-3 weeks

Adam Morgan (hamstring) 1 week

Darryl Poole (knee) test

Danny Morton (knee) test


Brendon sGale (hamstring) 1 week

Ben Harrison (knee) 4-6 weeks

Mark Merenda (back) 4-6 weeks

Clay Sampson (groin) available

Scott Turner (cheekbone) 3-4 weeks

Paul Greenham (hamstring) 1-2 weeks


James Begley (shoulder) 4 weeks

Jason Cripps (hamstring) 11 weeks

Nathan Burke (hamstring) test


Ryan Fitzgerald (shoulder) indefinite

Dale Lewis (left wrist) 6-10 weeks

Tony Lockett (achilles tendon) 1-2 weeks

Simon Feast (medial ligament strain) test

Michael O'Loughlin (quadriceps) 1 week

Brad Seymour (quadriceps) 1-2 weeks

Ryan O'Connor (knee) 10-12 weeks

Robbie AhMat (hamstring) 4 weeks


Joel Duckworth (quadriceps) 1 week

Todd Holmes (foot) 1-2 weeks

Chris Lewis (ankle) 5 weeks

Nicholas Stone (groin) 5 weeks


Steven Kolyniuk (back) 12-14 weeks

Matthew Croft (hamstring) 1 week

Mark Alvey (quadricep) test

Mark West (shoulder) 2-3 weeks

Steven Kretiuk (calf) 2-3 weeks

Robert Stevenson (hamstring) test

Daniel Wulf (foot) 8-10 weeks

Carlton stalwart Stephen Silvagni was chaired off the MCG on Monday after his 250th match, but will have to shake off a hamstring injury to play next Sunday.

                W       L       D       %       Pt
Essendon        2       -       -       141.8   8
Port Adel               2       -       -       122.5   8
Geelong                 2        -       -      110.0   8
West Coast      2       -       -       108.2   8
Brisbane                1       1       -       154.1   4
Hawthorn        1       1       -       109.2   4
Richmond        1       1       -       97.5    4
W Bulldogs      1       1       -       96.6    4
Carlton                 1       1        -      94.8    4
Adelaide                1       1       -       93.9    4
Melbourne       1       1       -       86.6    4
St Kilda                1       1       -       81.8    4
Fremantle       -       2       -       92.1    -
Kangaroos       -       2       -       85.5    -
Sydney          -       2        -      81.6    -
Collingwood     -       2       -       76.3    -
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