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The Age

YOUR SAY - Daily news on every AFL club

Date: 01/07/1998
Words: 2000
          Publication: The Age
Section: SPORT
Page: 2

Kane Johnson for Andrew McLeod probably will be the Crows' only enforced change for Sunday's game against Hawthorn at Football Park. Johnson shone for Glenelg in the SANFL last Saturday after recovering from a quad strain and McLeod is now rated "very doubtful" because of a quad strain from last Sunday's game in Sydney. He will be examined closely at training tonight. Like Johnson, Peter Vardy also seems certain to be recalled after missing only one game with a bruised heel. Surprisingly, McLeod, Vardy and Andrew Eccles are Adelaide's third-highest goalkickers this season, with only 12 each - behind Darren Jarman (21) and Rod Jameson (13).


Andrew McLeod (quad) test, Matt Connell (knee) 1 week, Nathan Bassett (shoulder) 2 weeks, Rod Jameson (abductor) 2 weeks, Matthew Liptak (hamstring) 2 weeks, Ian Downsborough (shin) 3 weeks, Tony Modra (knee) 3 weeks.


Forward/ruckman Clark Keating flew to Perth yesterday for a course of trigger-point injections over seven days from specialist Dr John Whiteside to try to alleviate calf problems that have flared three times this season. Lions football manager Shane Johnson says the treatment could free the 199-centimetre Keating within three weeks to play only his fourth AFL game this season. Brad Boyd reported pulling up "very well" after playing a full game for local side Broadbeach last weekend. Boyd has not played for the Lions since the first round last season. Andrew Gowers is also getting closer to his first AFL game for the year after recurring hamstring-related back problems.


Andrew Bews (knee) 3 weeks, Brad Boyd (groin) to play QSFL, Andy Gowers (hamstring) QSFL, Clark Keating (calf) 2-3 weeks, Craig Lambert (calf) 2-3 weeks, Jarrod Molloy (knee) test, Shane O'Bree (hamstring) test, Michael Voss (broken leg) season.


The Blues won't know until tonight whether Stephen Silvagni will take his place against Richmond on Friday night at the MCG. He was considered less than a 50/50 chance yesterday of recovering from a groin strain he received against the Hawks last Saturday. Matthew Hogg returned from a fractured thumb in the seconds last week, and may need another hit-out before a senior recall.


Sean Charles (compound fracture - right tibia/fibula) 5 weeks, Ang Christou (back) indefinite, Simon Fletcher (stress fracture - right fibula) 3 weeks, Shane Flynn (back) test, Scott Freeborn (ankle reconstruction) test, Adrian Hickmott (knee) indefinite, Trent Hoppner (stress fracture - shin) indefinite, Darren Hulme (strained thigh) test, Stephen Silvagni (strained groin) test, Sam Smart (fractured ankle) 5 weeks, Adrian Whitehead (foot) indefinite.


Today, 4 pm, Optus Oval.


Collingwood fans need to look for signs of hope and search for reasons to be optimistic about Sunday's game against the Cats. One is that the Pies will take on a Geelong that is without full-back Ben Graham, who completely shut down Sav Rocca in the corresponding game (and round) last year. The other reason to be upbeat is the month of June has ended. Collingwood is yet to win a game in June under Tony Shaw but it has managed victories in July and August. Indeed, if the Pies are true to the patterns of 1996 and 1997, they will have a little winning spurt shortly.


Scott Burns (concussion) available, Jamie Tape (broken left arm) 3 weeks, Mal Michael (stress fracture to back) available, Mark Richardson (jarred left knee) available, Scott Russell (sprained left ankle) test.


Today and Friday, 3 pm, Victoria Park.


The Bombers are relatively injury-free, with Michael Prior (knee) and James Hird (hamstring) the only definite non-starters for Saturday's MCG clash with Port Adelaide. Andrew Ukovic's groin strain will be tested tomorrow, while Gary O'Donnell will play, after being a late withdrawal last Friday night because of the flu. The full list has proved a boon to junior Bomber fans, who have attended Windy Hill in big numbers this week for a series of football clinics. The last of these will take place at the ground from 8.45 am to 2 pm tomorrow, and in addition to the clinic, there are tours of the club's training rooms and the outstanding Hall Of Fame.


James Hird (left hamstring)

3-4 weeks, Gary O'Donnell (flu) available, Michael Prior (left knee) season, Andrew Ukovic (groin) test.


Tomorrow, 4 pm, Windy Hill.


Things just aren't going right for the Dockers. After news of Brad Dodd's suspension, the club was told that defender Anthony Jones was likely to miss the rest of the season. Dodd will be missing from the midfield for the next two contests against Sydney and Melbourne. Jones may require surgery after breaking a bone in his foot during the match against Richmond at the MCG last weekend and, if so, will miss the rest of 1998. Daniel Hargraves needs a shoulder reconstruction and will be sidelined until the 1999 pre-season.


Heath Black (groin) test, Matthew Burton (knee soreness) test, Michael Clark (knee reconstruction) season, Tony Delaney (quad strain) test, Adrian Fletcher (fractured clavicle) 3 weeks, Greg Harding (ankle) test, Daniel Hargraves (shoulder reconstruction) season, Anthony Jones (fractured foot) 6 weeks, Quenton Leach (hamstring)

2-3 weeks, Shaun McManus (knee) season, Andrew Wills (calf) 2 weeks.


The Cats moved well at a recovery session on Monday, with Darren Milburn and Derek Hall pressing for selection. Grant Tanner had a small setback with his training program for his injured knee and will miss an extra week. Geelong has lost its past two games but is sitting only one game from third place on the ladder, hoping a win will separate it from the pack. The club is holding a Christmas in July auction and dinner on 10 July. Tickets are $60 each for a three-course meal and drinks. Bookings on (03) 5225 2315 by Friday.


Adam Houlihan (hamstring) 1 week, Grant Tanner (knee) 4 weeks, Liam Pickering (knee) 2 weeks, Tim Finocchiaro (glandular fever) 1 week, Barry Stoneham (hernia) 4-6 weeks, Ben Graham (elbow) 8 weeks, Paul Lynch (thigh) 2 weeks, Carl Steinfort (calf) test, David Ugrinic (hamstring) 4 weeks.


Today, 4 pm, and Friday, 4.30 pm, Kardinia Park.


Hawthorn has won only one of three interstate games this year and faces a difficult game against the in-form Crows back on home soil. With Dunstall sidelined, on-field leadership will fall to Paul Salmon, Shane Crawford and Nick Holland. The X-rays of Brad Lloyd's broken hand show only a minor break, with the club hoping he will resume after the state-of-origin weekend. Football manager John Hook says there may be two or three changes to the line-up.


Kris Barlow (wrist) season, Jason Daniltchenko (knee) season, Ty Elliot (knee) test, Mark Graham (foot) 1 week, Joel Smith (knee) season, Nathan Turvey (finger tendon repair) 6 weeks, Brad Lloyd (broken hand) 1 week, Jason Dunstall (broken collarbone)

6-8 weeks.


Tomorrow, 4 pm, Glenferrie Oval.


How well are the Demons travelling? Fresh off their stunning win at Subiaco over the apparently illiterate West Coast, they must somehow find room in their side for Jeff Farmer and Jamie Shanahan, who return from suspension this week. Melbourne also will consider recalling Glenn Lovett, who played a full game in the reserves last weekend. Craig Nettelbeck, Alistair Nicholson and Damien Gaspar again played well in the reserves, although the senior side would be a tough nut to crack.


Daniel Ward (broken arm) 6 weeks, Paul Hopgood (calf) available, Anthony Ingerson (calf soreness) available, Jim Stynes (medial ligament) 4-5 weeks, David Schwarz (hamstring) 2 weeks, David Neitz (ankle) 2 weeks, Leigh Newton (groin) 2 weeks, Luke Ottens (groin) test, Jeff Farmer (suspension) available, Jamie Shanahan (suspension) available.


Tomorrow, 4 pm, Junction Oval.


Brett Allison will resume in the seconds this week after overcoming a knee problem. Craig Sholl's groin strain is causing the Roos the most concern and he will be tested later this week, but he remains in doubt after failing to train last night. North is cofident that Anthony Stevens, Wayne Carey and Corey McKernan will all be available this week against St Kilda.


Brett Allison (medial ligament) available, Matthew Capuano (groin) 1-2 weeks, Wayne Carey (achilles - hip) test, John Longmire (hernia) 3 weeks, Luke McCormick (dislocated elbow)

1-2 weeks, Corey McKernan (back) test, Anthony Rock (hamstring) 1 week, Craig Sholl (groin) available, Anthony Stevens (back) test.


Tomorrow, 4 pm, Arden Street.


Rover Danny Morton revealed yesterday how he had been "scared" when he couldn't move his head after a spectacular fall on to the back of his neck and shoulders late in the match against the Western Bulldogs at Football Park last Saturday week. Speaking for the first time since the incident, Morton said: "I tried to stand up and couldn't lift my head up, and I think that's what scared me more. I could move my hands but I was just a bit worried about the neck, that was all." But he is anxious to resume playing, probably against Sydney at the SCG on 19 July after next week's break for the state-of-origin series. "I think it's just one of those freak accidents," Morton said. "If I didn't break a neck doing that, I don't think I ever will."


Paul Geister (quad) test, Scott Bassett (foot) test, Fabian Francis (knee) 1-2 weeks, Danny Morton (1-2 weeks), Nigel Fiegert (fractured hand) 1-2 weeks, Darren Fraser (knee) season, Antony Sheehan (knee) season.


The season for promising key defender Jason Ramsey is over, gone the way of David Bourke. Ramsey, who dislocated his shoulder in the pre-season, partially dislocated it again three weeks ago. He was expected to miss between six and eight matches but has since had a reconstruction and will now look to next year. With Ramsey, Bourke and Duncan Kellaway all out for the rest of the season, the Tigers will be seeing the campaign out with a list of 39 players.


David Bourke (shoulder) season, Mark Chaffey (fractured jaw) test, Justin Charles (suspended) 2 matches, Daniel Donati (ankle) test, Duncan Kellaway (knee) season, Mark Merenda (groin) indefinite, Trent Nichols (fractured cheekbone) test, Jason Ramsey (shoulder) season, David Mitchell (thigh strain) test, Pat Steinfort (groin) 1 match.


Tomorrow, 11 am, at Punt Road.


The battle to save St Kilda's home ground, Waverley Park, from the bulldozers steps up a gear, with the City of Casey holding a public meeting at its council offices tonight. Councils surrounding Waverley have backed Hawthorn in its fight to retain the ground. Casey chief executive Mike Tyler said yesterday that more than 620,000 people had voted with their feet to support AFL games at Waverley this season. Tyler said the average attendance this year was 34,000. "Waverley Park is one of the three most popular grounds in Australia for attendance, after the MCG and just behind Football Park in Adelaide," Tyler said. "These figures are hardly signs of any lack of support for Waverley Park."


Jason Cripps (back/hamstring)

2-3 weeks, Jayson Daniels (achilles) 8 weeks, Robert Harvey (ankle) test, Rod Keogh (back/hamstring)

2-3 weeks, Brett Knowles (stress fracture - tibia) 1 week, Ben Walton (knee) 1 week, Nicky Winmar (back) test.


Although three Swans will reach milestones when they run on to Subiaco Oval on Sunday for the game against Fremantle, the big landmark coach Rodney Eade will be hoping for is the club's first win over the Dockers. Fremantle has won all five meetings so far in what is something of a hoodoo for Sydney. The friendlier milestones this weekend will be champion full-forward Tony Lockett's 250th game, Stuart Maxfield's 150th and Rowan Warfe's 50th. Brent Green has a knee strain after Sunday's loss to Adelaide and faces a test later in the week.


Mark Bayes (calf strain) 1 week, Stefan Carey (suspension) 1 week, Wade Chapman (quadricep tear) 1 week, Brent Green (knee strain) test, Simon Hawking (virus) 1 week, David McEwan (ankle) 1 week, Craig O'Brien (knee reconstruction) season, Paul Roos (achilles soreness) doubtful, Greg Stafford (knee bruising) 1 week.


The Eagles have solved another of their contract worries, with exciting youngster Ben Cousins opting to stay with the club. Cousins signed a two-year agreement late last week that will keep him at West Coast until the tender age of 22. Mick Malthouse had some harsh words to say about his players' efforts against Melbourne last weekend. Malthouse questioned the work ethic of his squad. "They were all wanting to be a part of the glory, opposed to working together for the win," he said. "That made the result inevitable." Malthouse also said it wasn't a characteristic of his side to lose games like that after hitting the front in the final term.


Trent Cummings (knee) season, Tony Evans (ankle) test, Chris Mainwaring (knee) test, Phil Matera (knee) 2 weeks, Guy McKenna (arm) test, Mitchell White (ankle) test, David Wirrpunda (calf) test, Josh Wooden (ankle) test, John Worsfold (calf) test.


Last Saturday's defeat by St Kilda has not convinced bookmakers that the Bulldogs are out of the running. Far from it. Bookie Norm Short, for instance, has St Kilda and the Bulldogs equal-favorites for the flag at 7/2. Fans surely would agree that given the inclusion of the likes of Mark West, Craig Ellis and Leon Cameron, and having Jose Romero run out a full game, the Doggies can put a fair case that they will test St Kilda later on. Meanwhile, another fine game from midfielder Scott West has him on the third line of Brownlow Medal betting at 7/1. Last year's winner Robert Harvey is the raging favorite.


Jose Romero (foot) doubtful, Craig Ellis (ankle) test, Leon Cameron (thigh) 1 week, Tony Liberatore (knee) indefinite, Jim Plunkett (knee) 3-4 weeks, Scott Taylor (knee) 2 weeks.


Tomorrow, 4.45 pm, Whitten Oval.

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