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AFL Doctors Injury Study

Doctors Want A Say

The AFL Medical Officers Association has formed a committee to study serious neck and head injuries and how they occur, then make recommendations to the league if there are options for rule changes to better protect players from such serious injury.  The committee - comprised of Geelong doctor Hugh Seward, , St Kilda's Ian Stone,  Melbourne's Andrew Daff, and Peter Larkins - will base their study on the parameters used to study knee injuries to ruckmen, which led to the new ruck rules introduced several years ago.

Seward was quoted in the Melbourne Age, "There's been a lot of conjecture about what might improve, protect the players more effectively and we believe that if any rule change has to be considered,
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Koschitzke Collapses on Live TV

Hello fans:

St Kilda forward Justin Koschitzke has been hospitalised after collapsing during a live segment on Channel Seven's Sportsworld on Sunday morning.

23-year-old Koschitzke was the guest panellist on the program's regular AFL segment with former Demons star David Schwarz. Koschitzke had just told Schwarz that his recovery from a fractured skull was ahead of schedule and ready to return to play in two weeks' time, when he slurred his words and his eyes rolled. He stumbled backwards and his head hit a board as he fell to the ground.

Seven immediately cut away from the interview back to shocked host Johanna Griggs in Sydney. (While the program is produced in Sydney, the AFL segment is filmed live on the balcony of Seven's Melbourne studios, located next door to Telstra Dome and AFL headquarters – Johnson)

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Round 12 Week 1 Revisions

Brown and Charman In


Alteration to Geelong emergency list, Round 12 v Fremantle

Geelong has officially altered its list of emergency players for the Round 12 match against Fremantle, to be played at Subiaco today, Saturday June 17.
Mark Blake has been replaced by Kent Kingsley.
source: Patrick Keane, AFL


Essendon Football Club - Round 11
Position Name #
Backs Andrew Welsh 12 Dustin Fletcher 31 Dean Solomon 7
Half-Backs Mark Johnson 1 Adam McPhee 33 Nathan Lovett-Murray 42
Centreline Brent Stanton 24 Jason Johnson 14 Mark Bolton 23
Half-Forwards James Hird 5 David Hille 19 Scott Lucas 25
Forwards Joel Reynolds 29 Courtney Johns 21 Angus Monfries 6
Followers Patrick Ryder 30 Mark McVeigh 10 Chris Heffernan 26
Interchange Kepler Bradley 16 Scott Camporeale 17 Henry Slattery 20
Damien Peverill 11

Emergencies Courtenay Dempsey 15 Andrew Lovett 13 Jobe Watson 4

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Round 12 Split Round Week 1

Hird, Camporeale Back at Essendon

Round 12
AAMI Stadium
Saturday, 17 June 2006 at 7:10pm
Backs Brad Symes 23 Darryl Wakelin 2 Michael Wilson 21
Half Backs Nathan Lonie 34 Troy Chaplin 30 Shaun Burgoyne 8
Centreline Jacob Surjan 39 Kane Cornes 18 Steven Salopek 3
Half Forwards Danyle Pearce 16 Warren Tredrea 1 Stuart Dew 17
Forwards Brett Ebert 33 Dean Brogan 20 Damon White 24
Followers Brendon Lade 5 Chad Cornes 35 Domenic Cassisi 25
Interchange Josh Mahoney 22 Michael Pettigrew 36 Adam Thomson 6
Elijah Ware 14
Emergencies James Ezard 9 Peter Walsh 42 Ryan Willits 11


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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
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
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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