AFL Clubs Cut And Deal
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Who's in, who's out next season

Bulldogs Win Bid

Several weeks ago, the Western Bulldogs indicated they would select Ayce Cordy under the father-son rule. However, St. Kilda was also interested in the Geelong Falcons junior and were willing to give up their Round One draft selection (#13 overall) to secure him. Under the bidding rules, the Bulldogs matched St. Kilda's offer of giving up their Round One draft selection (#14 overall) to secure Cordy.

More Late Season News
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Who's in, who's out...and other matters...

All clubs have over 30 players on their lists and select whomever they feel will be the best 22 for any given game. In that respect, the Grand Final is no different, which means some players who may have impressed during the season are going to miss out, no matter what contributions they made during the season. It is tough call for the selection panel of a club to tell a player who has served the team well during the year that he has to miss out on the biggest game of the year. According to Geelong defender and team captain Tom Harley, he and his teammates who will be selected for the game, plan to rally around and console those who miss out.

AFL Departures
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Departures--voluntary and otherwise

Defender Shane Wakelin has retired, as has Ryan Lonie. Wakelin, 34, played 94 games for St. Kilda before joining Collingwood. He played 158 games for the Magpies. His twin brother Darryl also played for St. Kilda. Darryl played 115 games 1995-2000 before being traded to Port Adelaide where he played a further 146 games including Port's first premiership in 2004. Shane, however, never played in a winning premiership team. He played in Collingwood's two Grand Finals in 2002 and 2003, both of which were won by Brisbane. Darryl retired at the end of last season.

Round 21 Injury Report
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Scrapes, scratches and season-enders

Injury Update:
Haydn Kiel, hamstring, 1-2 weeks
Mitch Clark, quad, 2-3 weeks
Josh Drummond, thigh, 3-5 weeks

Saints Salvage Finals March
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St. Kilda hangs on to their spot on the Ladder

Round 20 produced some of the biggest upsets of the 2009 AFL season. When the Brisbane Lions toppled the third placed Western Bulldogs on Saturday night, St Kilda were ousted from eighth position on the Ladder. This turned their Sunday afternoon encounter with Fremantle into a must win game in their Finals campaign. St Kilda came in as underdogs due to their very poor record at Subiaco Oval. Fremantle were playing for pride and tradition at the end of a horribly inconsistent season.

Late Season AFL News
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Queensland team gets senior coach, more season-end retirements

Former Eagle and current Collingwood assistant coach Guy McKenna has been appointed as the senior coach for the new Gold Coast team on a two year contract. The GC17 team, as it is known at present until a permanent name is decided upon, is hoping to be granted an AFL license in October with 2011 as the target date for their AFL debut.

Robert Harvey Heads Retirement List
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Knowing when it's time to go
St. Kilda champion Robert Harvey announced that he would retire at the end of the season. Harvey, who said telling his teammates was the hardest thing he had ever done, said he believed it was the right time to step aside to give younger players a chance and also said he was looking forward to spending more time with his wife and children.

News From Around The AFL
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Retirements, suspension, expansion teams -- changes is in the air

A drunk driving incident after the Round 18 match has resulted in Heath Shaw and Alan Didak being suspended for the remainder of the season by the club. Shaw was driving under the influence when he hit a parked car. Neither Shaw nor his passenger Didak were injured in the incident. Shaw and Didak were not forthcoming with the truth about the incident and the club decided on the suspensions.

Round Nine Injury Report
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Carr and Neitz move off the field, into the front office

Injury Update:
Brad Symes, ankle, 2-3 weeks
Brad Moran, hamstring,:4 weeks
Myke Cook, hamstring, 3 weeks

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