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Melbournes' Indigenous Marvels Destroy Pies

By Barry Kennedy, AFANA Reporter in Melbourne

On the same day Australia returned to the World Cup of soccer, a display by two indigenous players with the oval ball showed just what a world class show piece Australian football can be at its best. Aaron Davey is showing by the week that he has so much more than speed at his disposal with unselfishness, class ball usage and instinctive awareness.

Byron Pickett, now at his third club, was described as unemployable by former coach Mark Williams after a bad year with suspensions in 2005. Now any coach would have him in their side. Yesterday at the MCG, Pickett and Davey slotted in perfectly to a Demon machine that played scintillatingly well and whose toughness and work rate was exemplary in a 47 point dismantling of the highly fancied Collingwood. The game at the MCG was played in a finals-like environment, and like all great finals  players rose to the occasion.

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Brown Returns For Tigers But Kangaroos Not Up To Task

by Barry Kennedy, reporting for AFANA, from Melbourne, Australia

In a season where injuries have cast a long shadow, Richmond fans can take joy from the fine comeback from play-maker Nathan Brown in a good win over the Kangaroos yesterday. An unusual mist, brought on by bitterly cold Melbourne weather shrouded the MCG yesterday. The lights were turned on shortly after the game began around the time Brown took to the field. Brown's performance was assured  with two polished goals and nice touch. With many young players showing excellent form for Richmond yesterday on the back of Brown's comeback, the Tigers may be emerging from a foggy past. The Kangaroos with noticeably tepid support, ongoing speculation about the club's future and few exciting players currently on its list, the mist engulfing the MCG was an omen a little too close to home for the Roos.

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AFL Hosts Tassie Miners

G'Day Footy Fans -
 
Rescued Miners Honored
Todd Russell and Brant Webb, the Tasmanian miners who were trapped for 2 weeks, will be guests and participants at the EJ Whitten Legends game next week.
Russell, a keen footballer himself, will be an assistant coach to Wayne Carey for the All-Stars team and Webb will also have a role in the game. Both will be guests at the prematch dinner and have a lap of honor around the Telstra Dome before the game.
Three of the rescue workers will also be involved in the game. One of the rescue workers is Brett Cresswell, brother to former Swan Daryn, will serve as a runner for the All-Stars, for whom Daryn will be playing.
The annual charity match, named for the late Ted Whitten, features past players and celebrities, is televised, and raises money for the EJ Whitten Cancer Foundation. 
Since its inception 10 years ago, it has raised over $600,000.
Story Source: The Australian
 
GENERAL NEWS
 
Drug Probe Snag
The AFL called on the Australian Federal Police to investigate how the names of 3 players who tested positive fell into the hands of the media. However, it seems the injunction which was granted to the AFL against the media outlets from releasing those names is preventing potential witnesses from telling police what they might know and now the police want that injunction changed so they can properly pursue the case.
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AFL Boss Honoured With Medal

AFL Commission chairman Ron Evans has been made a Member in the Order of Australia (AM) in this year's Queen's Birthday honours list, for his contribution to Australian Rules Football.

"When the chips are down, there's no one better you want on your side than Ron Evans, " former AFL chief executive Wayne Jackson was quoted as saying.

Similarly honoured are veteran entertainer Bert Newton, former Australian cricketer Dean Jones, unionist Greg Combet and broadcaster Les Murray, host of Australian TV coverage of soccer World Cup for the past 20 years.

Singer Olivia Newton-John, now based in the US, was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for community work supporting breast cancer treatment and for her work on behalf of the environment. In recent months her life was overshadowed by the mysterious disappearance of her boyfriend Patrick McDermott, who was thought to have drowned almost a year ago off the Californian coast, until recent evidence suggested he had faked his death and was hiding in Mexico.

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Saints Brave The Wet

Saints 7.10 (52) d. Swans 7.8 (50) @ the SCG

Frank Ienco reporting exclusively for AFANA from the SCG

 

St. Kilda have secured their most important and dramatic win under Grant Thomas’ reign following a heart stopping two-point victory against the Sydney Swans at a wet and miserable SCG tonight. The win, however, may have come at a cost, with captain Luke Ball taken off the ground with concussion early in the last quarter following a nasty collision.

 

The Saints appeared in control of the match for most of the night. St. Kilda held a significant lead for a low-scoring match at every change.  But as has been custom at the SCG, the Swans appeared to come from nowhere to nearly snatch victory, kicking the only two goals of the last quarter to reduce the margin to two points. St. Kilda though managed to weather the storm, both on and off the field, and held on.

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Pay TV Still An Option

G'Day Footy Fans -
 
Foxtel Games Bid
One fly in the ointment is the continuing court case in which Foxtel is only one of a number of outlets being sued by Seven. As a result, Foxtel has been negotiating only with the Ten Network.     
 
Meanwhile, despite several AFL Commissioners and some clubs warming to the idea, Andrew Demetriou has again refuted any notion of a night Grand Final. However, new broadcast partners Seven and Ten both believe a night GF is inevitable in the future.
 
Story Source: Melbourne Age
 
GENERAL NEWS
 
New AFL Team Member
Dr .Melanie Heenan, who has worked at the Australian Center for the Study of Sexual Assault, has been appointed as AFL's Senior Project Officer to deliver the AFL's Respect and Responsibility Policy.  Dr. Heenan's career has included over 10 years of research and policy experience and she has held positions with the Victorian Law Reform Commission and the Victorian Department of Justice. Duties included providing training and education to counselors, police members, and the legal profession.
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Playstation To Be Only Platform For New AFL Games

According to the Australian Playstation site, Sony Computer Entertainment Australia (SCE Aust) and the AFL have inked a two-year agreement, granting SCE Aust exclusive publishing rights to footy video games. The game, AFL Premiership 2006, is slated for release in July of this year for the PS2 gaming system. A version for the PSP (Playstation Portable) is slated for release in 2007. There is no word as of yet whether the title will be playable only on Australian/New Zealand units though history suggests it will be.

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Seven Grounds Get Upgrade

The Victorian Government and the AFL have announced a $55 million upgrade of seven former VFL/AFL grounds in Melbourne: Punt Road, Princes Park, Moorabbin, Windy Hill, Victoria Park, Waverley Park and Arden Street.

Under the plan, iconic grandstands at Princes Park and Moorabbin will be demolished and replaced by community sports centures. The other five grounds will also be partly redeveloped.

Every grandstand at the Saints' Moorabbin base, as well as the social club and all existing buildings, will be torn down and replaced by a multi-purpose venue including a pool and sports hall. The club's HQ, including the infamous "animal enclosure" that was home to the most parochial fans, will boast a futuristic all-in-one complex.

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Barnstorming Neitz Smashes Games Record and Saints

Melbourne captain David Neitz marked his third prominent milestone in just over a season--the Demons games record, with a commanding eight goal haul against St Kilda yesterday at Melbourne's spiritual home, the MCG. Neitz Melbourne's longest serving captain, adds the game record to his recently attained goal kicking mark.

 Although St Kilda's Troy Schwarze, kicked the first goal of the game,  it was Neitz who shaped it, kicking the first three goals for Melbourne.  Neitz looked dangerous in the air and on the ground against St Kilda's best defender, Max Hudgeton. His efforts came on the end of bullocking Brock McLean, perhaps the most improved midfielder in the competition in 2006. McLean was ably assisted by James McDonald and Clint Bartram.   Russell Robertson whose entire Melbourne career has been played under Neitz's captaincy added another goal for the Demons, the pair combining well.
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Testing the table creation and fixed text features

This post is solely to test the following features on the new system:

What follows should become a "code area":

ADE 6.1 13.4 20.7 30.8 (188)  Back to standard text.  Now try the same thing in formatted text:

 ESS 2.2  4.6  5.9  6.14 (50)

 

 

ADE 6.1 13.4 20.7 30.8  (188) 
ESS 2.2 4.6 5.9 6.14 (50)

And back again.   Now we do it as a table.

ADE 6.1 13.4 20.7  30.8 (188)
ESS 2.2  4.6  5.9  6.14  (50)
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