AFLW appeal of Crows’ Marinoff adjourned

The appeal of star Adelaide midfielder Ebony Marinoff against the longest suspension in AFLW history has been adjourned.

Marinoff went to the AFL Appeals Board on Thursday night to challenge her three-match ban for engaging in forceful front-on contact.

The dual Crows premiership player’s ban is the lengthiest since the competition’s inception and would rule her out of a third of the looming nine-game season.

Marinoff was suspended by the tribunal on Tuesday night for a collision which left GWS’ Irish recruit Brid Stack with a fractured neck during a practice match on Sunday.

But her appeal was adjourned until next Thursday after the Crows tried to present fresh video evidence to support her challenge.

Marinoff’s counsel Sam Abbott wanted the appeals board to view a collision between Stack and an advertising hoarding from earlier in Sunday’s match.

That clip wasn’t presented to the initial tribunal hearing.

Appeals board chairman David Jones adjourned the appeal to give the board and the AFL’s counsel Nick Pane time to review the evidence.

Earlier Thursday, Stack posted a picture of herself wearing a neck brace on Twitter.

“Devastated but counting my blessings,” Stack wrote.

“Looking forward to rehab once cleared to do so.”

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Crows to appeal longest AFLW suspension for clash that left Giant with neck injury

The Adelaide Crows will appeal the record three-match suspension handed to AFLW midfielder Ebony Marinoff, after a collision left Greater Western Sydney recruit Brid Stack with a fractured vertebra.

The AFL tribunal suspended Marinoff for three matches on Tuesday night — a ban that would see the two-time premiership player miss a third of the season.

Marinoff was yesterday found guilty of engaging in forceful front-on contact with the Giants’ Irish recruit during a trial match on Sunday.

The Crows have since said they will contest the ruling, claiming the decision was “unreasonable” and the “sanction imposed was excessive”.

Crows head of women’s football Phil Harper said the club weighed up its options and decided appealing was in its best interests.

“We all feel that the suspension is grossly disproportionate for the action,” Harper said.

Coach Matthew Clarke said the incident was an “unavoidable footy collision”.

“Ebony plays the game in the manner we want all players to play and in my opinion, she made every effort to minimise the impact,” he said.

“AFLW players train incredibly hard for nine months for the opportunity to play just nine games.

“We feel it is unjust and disproportionate to have one third of those games taken away by what I believe to be an unavoidable incident.

“It’s important to not only support our players, but to question an outcome which we see as placing an unreasonable expectation on all players to avoid contact in circumstances where the ball is in dispute.”

Greater Western Sydney’s Irish import Bríd Stack joined the Giants last year.(Twitter: GWS Giants)

The appeal hearing will likely be held on Thursday evening and Marinoff does not risk adding more games to her suspension if the appeal is unsuccessful — but there could be a financial cost to the club.

Earlier, Marinoff said she was “really disappointed” with the tribunal’s decision, saying it was “was never my intention to hurt Brid”.

“Every time I go onto the footy field I want to play hard but fair football and I believe that’s what I did on Sunday,” she said.

“I reached out to Brid to send her my best and I wish her a fast recovery.”

The incident occurred during a trial match at Norwood Oval on Sunday, and play was stopped in the fourth quarter.

Stack, 34, was left with a stable fracture of her C7 vertebra but no injury to surrounding nerves, and is expected to make a full recovery.

The Giants said Stack does not require surgery but will wear a neck brace in the short term.

It was Stack’s first AFLW game after moving to Australia with her husband and one-year-old son.

The former Gaelic footballer is an 11-time All-Ireland winner for Cork and was named the 2016 Ladies Footballer of the Year.

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The group of young Crows impressing in pre-season

Brodie Smith has identified a quartet of Adelaide youngsters who have stood out during pre-season training.

The experienced half-back, who signed a three-year deal on Monday, picked out four young Crows who are impressing on the track and in the gym this summer.

Smith opened with talented forward Darcy Fogarty who is entering his fourth season in the AFL.

“He’s looking amazing,” he said on SEN Breakfast.

“Tommy Lynch had a big role in that. He had him on the elliptical in the off-season on most days, doing extra sessions with him.

“He ran a 15 or 20-second PB (personal best) in his 2km (time trial). All his weight stuff is up, his body is looking really good.

“We know how much talent he has got and hopefully it’s a breakout year for the ‘Fog’.”

The 21-year-old, who was taken with pick 12 in the 2017 draft, has returned 26 goals in 24 games over three seasons.

Smith highlighted the work a trio of other inexperienced Crows have been putting in as they prepare to fight for a spot in Matthew Nicks’ starting team in season 2021.

Improving defender Jordon Butts, 2019 draftee Lachlan Gollant and Rising Star nominee Lachlan Sholl have all caught the eye of their teammates.

“There’s a lot of young guys who have put a lot of kilos on the frame,” Smith added.

“Jordon Butts down back is looking really good. Obviously there’s a spot down there for those big guys as well.

“We’ve got some guys at each end in the key power positions that are really putting their hand up which is great to see.

“We’ve got young Lachie Gollant, I think he said he’s put on 13 kilos so that’s obviously a massive number, and good kilos too, he hasn’t come back fat!

“The one who has taken a big step and really impressed is Lachie Sholl. He won the 2ker, he’s put some muscle on and we know what he can do with his right and left foot.

“He’s one that really stood out for me.”

The Crows are looking ahead to their AAMI Community Series matches against North Melbourne in Hobart on February 28 and Richmond in Adelaide on March 7.

Their opening game of the 2021 season comes against Geelong at the Adelaide Oval on March 20.

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Brodie Smith re-signs with AFL Crows

Dashing defender Brodie Smith has shown faith in Adelaide’s direction under coach Matthew Nicks by signing a three-year contract extension with last year’s AFL wooden-spooners.

Smith, 28, would have been eligible for free agency at the end of the 2021 season but has committed until the end of the 2024 campaign.

“I absolutely love this footy club and I’m so happy to be signing on for another three years,” Smith said.

“We’re building a really strong culture here and it’s exciting to see how quickly our younger guys are developing and driving the standards, pushing all of us to get better every single day.

“I can’t wait to see their continued growth this year and play my part in helping them to improve wherever I can.”

Smith has played 183 games for the Crows after being selected with pick No.14 in the 2010 AFL Draft and was an All-Australian in 2014.

“Brodie is an integral part of our football club, both on and off the field,” Crows list manager Justin Reid said.

“After being added to the leadership group last year, he has had a significant influence on our playing list, and you can see he has really embraced our mantra of prioritising others.

“Brodie is a quality person and will play a key role in helping to fast-track the development of some of our young defenders as part of our list rejuvenation.”

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Erin Phillips steps away from role as Adelaide Crows team captain

“However, I know right now is the time to step down and allow the next group of leaders to take the reins and I am excited to help them along the way.

“To hold up the premiership cup twice alongside Chelsea, Bec Goddard and Matthew Clarke is something I will be forever grateful for.”

Randall paid tribute to Phillips in a comment on her post.

“A powerful legacy left for others to follow. Thank you for the lessons learned and the memories shared,” Randall said.

Crows head of women’s football Phil Harper said the club needed to promote new leaders and Phillips would be there to support and develop them.

“Erin’s decision has been made in conjunction with the club and while we have been discussing it for the last 18 months, we believe this is the right time to make a change,” Harper said.

“She has been a fantastic captain over the last four years but this is a great chance to take the next step as a group.

“Erin will play a big role in mentoring the younger leaders and making sure the leadership and positive culture will be continued at the club.”

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Phillips steps down from Crows captaincy

Two-time AFLW premiership captain Erin Phillips is stepping down from her leadership role at the Crows, with the club focusing on the future.

Phillips skippered Adelaide for the first four seasons alongside Chelsea Randall and together led the team to two flags.

The forward will now turn her attention to fast-tracking the development of the club’s emerging leaders.

Crows Head of Women’s Football Phil Harper said the move was important for the club’s future thinking.

“Erin’s decision has been made in conjunction with the club and while we have been discussing it for the last 18 months, we believe this is the right time to make a change,” Harper said.

“She has been a fantastic captain over the last four years but this is great chance to take the next step as a group.”

Adelaide’s 2021 AFLW leadership group will be decided ahead of their upcoming trial match, set to be played on January 17 at Norwood Oval.

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What the Adelaide Crows’ number one focus should be in 2021

AFL great Glen Jakovich believes Adelaide’s major focus in 2021 should be to rebuild the brand that has been damaged by off-field indiscretions since the 2017 Grand Final.

The Crows have been rocked by ongoing off-field issues for multiple years now, the latest of which being a trio of incidents attached to young forward Tyson Stengle and a drink-driving offence charged to Josh Worrell.

Jakovich believes above all else, Adelaide needs to get their house in order.

“They’ve got to rebuild their brand. Their brand has still been decimated from that infamous camp they had after the 2017 Grand Final,” he told Sportsday WA.

“There were still issues lingering last year and surely as a club they’ve put it to bed, brought out a report on it and hopefully the football world can put it to bed.

“But they need to rebuild their brand as a football club and it doesn’t take long. They’re a proud club, they’re a big football club, well supported both on and off the field, but they need to rebuild their brand.”

Jakovich is somewhat confident the reigning wooden spoon holders can bounce back in 2021 and believes in their mix of veterans and youngsters.

“They won three of their last five games and they’ve still got some players there. Matt Crouch, Taylor Walker on his last legs, Rory Sloane, David Mackay,” he said.

“I like their defenders. They’ve got some All-Australian defenders still running around there.

“Rory Laird, Brodie Smith, Daniel Talia, who’s been a premier defender for them.

“A bit of confidence, a healthy list, but for me their focus should be to build their brand up again.

“They’re going to play their kids, but the opportunity is there to grind it out and climb the ladder, I think they’ve drafted quite well.”

Jakovich adds that their coaching staff has the skills necessary to fast-track their next generation, which is important given they’ve just entered a rebuild.

“They’ve just settled on their match committee and James Rahilly who’s now the forwards coach, he was head of development at Geelong for 10 years under Chris Scott, he brings a wealth of experience,” Jakovich said.

“Add Scott Burns, Nathan Van Berlo comes back, there’s some real warheads there that can really get their development on track and fast-track their kids and I think that’s really important.

“I like Adelaide, I think they can do a few things in 2021. Do they make the eight? No they don’t, but I’ll keep saying it, they’ve got to rebuild their brand.

“They can win anywhere between six to eight games next year. They’ve got a good draw early on in the piece. As long as their top end players play well.”

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Your views: on fishing fine hikes, SA Health spin and the Adelaide Crows

Today, readers comment on increasing penalties for rogue anglers, the relationship between health authorities and SA’s media and the tough season for the Adelaide Football Club.

Commenting on the story: Big fine hikes set to catch out rogue fishers

If the government is serious about overfishing then they need to increase the number of inspectors they employ, not just increase the fine. There aren’t enough to cover the whole state. – LeRoy Uren

The perfect excuse for the SA Government to announce the introduction of fishing licences in SA.

A prime example of government stewardship can be found in ESL levies AND NRM levies. – Mike Lesiw

This price hike is typical of all Governments – it penalises the little person.

Yes, have limits for crabs and fish and their sizes but a $600 odd fine is outrageously high. But the Government has to raise $ from somewhere and the little humble person on the street cops it again. – Arthur Mangos

Great to see bigger deterrents for those who abuse our rules. However, will the fisheries have the staff numbers to ensure they can police and enforce the new penalties? I hope they do. – Don Ward

Commenting on the story: Opposition pledges to reinstate axed Motorsport Festival funding

So Peter Malinauskas has promised, “We’re going to bring back the Clipsal 500″.

Does that mean Clipsal is going to become the sponsor again? Or is he just trying to p* off Superloop?

And while I’m in the mood to be pedantic: “… have reaped devastation across the motorsport community…”.

How about “… have devastated the motorsport community…”.

I guess politicians love to hear themselves speak, so maybe the more words, however clumsy, the better. – Russ Talbot

Commenting on the story: Inside the Crows’ downfall: “The system didn’t get us… we made mistakes”

At last!  A quality piece of journalism without the hysterical, opinion laden gas-bagging that dominates the Adelaide media today.

Bravo Michelangelo. – Geoff Kingston

Commenting on the story: What went wrong? Seven days that changed SA

One of the important issues raised in this insightful and detailed analysis of the COVID-19 saga in South Australia is the long-established and practised media manipulation by SA Health.

The powerful media machine in this large public service department is a consummate proponent of protective and sanitised spin at the interface between its political masters and the public.

Bad news and politically damaging revelations are timed to avoid close public attention and scrutiny.

Good news, however trivial, is given maximum exposure, utilising cosy relationships with some sections of the media.

There are many examples of this in the COVID story, but none as telling as the timing of the release of the report into the recent cardiac deaths of four babies at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

This unsatisfactory report, which raised more questions than it answered, was released on Christmas Eve, despite being available for at least some days.

This was a cynical and cruel attempt to whitewash the issues surrounding these tragic events.  It showed little regard for the sensitivities of the families involved or for the serious and legitimate concerns of the medical community and the public at large about the lack of paediatric heart surgery in Adelaide. – Warren Jones

Commenting on the story: Historic Urrbrae gatehouse to be bulldozed – but study finds ‘relocating it is feasible’

I find the whole process of spending $61 million and trashing the Urrbrae gatehouse to be totally unnecessary.

I go through that intersection regularly and whilst it’s not the quickest in Adelaide, it’s far from the worst and nearby problems mean that it’s never going to be without dramas.

Traffic heading from the south on schooldays comes to a grinding halt near Mercedes College in the afternoon when lots of parents’ cars, buses and pedestrians block the entire area.

Not far to the east of the intersection, the traffic lights at the Portrush Rd, Cross Rd, Tollgate intersection are very poorly controlled and there are often quite long delays getting through. It seems crazy to lose the historic gatehouse and waste so much money when these other problem areas are so close. – Kym Oxley

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“Untenable”: Andrew McLeod speaks on the Crows changes he cannot accept

EXCLUSIVE | Andrew McLeod is the Adelaide Football Club’s longest-serving player – and to many fans, the Crows’ greatest. His uneasy exit from the AFL club has inevitably mystified more than just Crows fans. He spoke exclusively to Michelangelo Rucci.

Andrew McLeod has disconnected from the machine that is the Adelaide Football Club, but not the heart and soul that he calls the “Crows community”.

“Untenable,” says the Crows’ longest-serving player of his relationship with senior figures inside the Adelaide Football Club headquarters at West Lakes.

McLeod has distanced himself from the command centre. But to the Crows faithful he is inseparable from what, in McLeod’s eyes, the Adelaide Football Club once represented – and should still portray to the community that makes up South Australia’s biggest sporting base. The so-called “Team for all South Australians.”

But clubs are built on far more than an on-field team – a point that resonates with McLeod today.

The fans still regard “Bunji” – the 1997-98 Norm Smith Medallist as the best afield in those back-to-back AFL grand finals triumphs – as their club’s greatest player. His resumé, that includes five All-Australian honours with the captaincy in 2007, is elite.

McLeod has been off the football field – and out of the Crows tricolour jumper – for a decade. But his image as a club great has not diminished in the eyes of Adelaide fans and general AFL watchers.

So when McLeod stepped into the cafe in the western suburbs on Wednesday, a day after a lengthy meeting with new Crows chairman John Olsen, the 340-game premiership hero was immediately blocked by the owner. Rather than offering a jovial welcome, the man showed a serious face while asking the question that has followed McLeod for the past week: “What’s happened?”

McLeod has not seen fans give him such concerned looks since he limped his way between AFL games in the early 2000s when his playing career was threatened while bone hit bone on his degenerative right knee.

“Nothing,” replies McLeod. “Nothing has changed for six months…”

An hour later, when McLeod returned to the counter to order another round of drinks, a lady cut into his path – far better than many AFL rivals had done during his 16 seasons in the big league – to ask the same question: What has now separated him from his AFL club?

“Nothing,” insists McLeod, adding the stories published in the past week are no more than a “rehash” of his assertive statements from six months ago.

Speaking up for the fans

In early June, in his podcast with Adelaide 36ers basketball great Brett Maher, McLeod declared he did not feel “comfortable walking back into the football club” that had been his home for more than two decades. This is despite the clubhouse at West Lakes being his place of work, as an AFLW assistant coach and in managing an indigenous program.

Under heavy fire from premiership team-mates and current club board members Mark Ricciuto and Rod Jameson who weighed in on their radio platforms, McLeod maintained “the Adelaide Football Club, it’s not a particularly warm place…”

“They’ve taken most of the old photos down,” said McLeod on the Bunji and Brettster Show podcast. “(The club rooms) should tell you a story … the history of the people who came before us to lay incredible foundations. But no, everything has now been catalogued and if you want to see them, you have to go online to view them.

“I know I am not alone because I’ve had a lot of these conversations or messages from a number of my former team-mates, past officials and many of our great supporters.

“That confirms to me that something is wrong.”

Amid the backlash from Ricciuto and Jameson – “jumping on their soapboxes and trying to angle it back on me as my issue,” said McLeod in mid-June – the Crows had the need for a club leader to seek a truce in the public spat.

McLeod agreed in a text message exchange with then Crows chairman Rob Chapman that it would be in everyone’s best interest to stop the public airing of a festering internal wound.

But dramatic headlines at the weekend and again earlier this week about McLeod ending his stint on the Crows AFLW coaching staff as an assistant to premiership mentor Matthew Clarke, who wanted to keep McLeod, have created the repetitive questions that follow him today. Many Crows fans appear unaware McLeod’s long-anticipated exit from the AFLW staff had been confirmed by the club last month – it was neatly tucked away at the bottom of an official media statement focusing on other AFLW appointments.

Adelaide’s AFLW football chief Phil Harper, one of McLeod’s closest friends, was quoted in the club’s media statement saying: “Unfortunately, Andrew McLeod’s commitments mean he is unable to assist again this year, but his input with our players and the team in general over the past two seasons has been invaluable and we thank him for all his efforts.”

It probably would have been different had McLeod’s plan to return to his ancestral home in the Northern Territory not been derailed by the second COVID lockdown of South Australia – and the closing of the state’s borders – last month.

“On the first day of the lockdown,” says McLeod, “I was going to load my truck and be away for three weeks…

“What has happened in the past week is people who do not know the story have chosen to rehash all that was said six months ago. Now I have nice people – like you have seen today – come up to me expressing how they are worried for you.”

In the past six months, and certainly last week, McLeod has repeatedly declined to be part of media interviews. He has appealed to his friends to not respond to media questions on his feelings towards the Crows, or more to the point, critical leaders inside the club’s front office.

But the fans are tougher to rebuff – and their concern can no longer be met with silence on McLeod’s part.

“They know it is still my club,” says McLeod. “I still have love for the people who make up this club. But what was a burning fire inside me is now just a flickering pilot light …

“I am not about throwing people under a bus. But I will speak up about how there has been a change in focus (at the club). It has become a corporate focus rather than a community focus.”

McLeod’s observation is in line with a former long-serving, high-ranking club official who reflects on the five-year rule of Crows chief executive Andrew Fagan saying: “He has made the club commercially stronger but culturally weaker.”

“We have lost our own beliefs during this change in focus,” adds McLeod. “We have lost our culture of family and community… and that is a sad thing.”

In June, McLeod’s headline-creating outbursts were portrayed by Adelaide insiders – in what McLeod labelled as “spin” – as outrage and frustration from having his Indigenous programs at the club cancelled.

McLeod notes he and his wife Rachael have repeatedly courted governments to fund the programs – and under the new “corporate focus” at West Lakes, a project is doomed at the Adelaide Football Club if cannot deliver a commercial return. He questions why the Crows are not prepared to  “give” rather than “take” in the community where its local AFL rival Port Adelaide is gaining ground with the mantra of “make our community proud”.

Jameson described McLeod as “temperamental”.

“That makes you laugh,” responds McLeod, a three-time club champion at Adelaide. “At some time I will have that conversation with Rod Jameson. That (temperamental tag) could not be further from the truth about me as a person.”

McLeod’s communication with Ricciuto is more open.

“I’ve always been straight with Mark, and he always has been straight with me,” said McLeod. “Our last conversation went for two hours. I think he knows where I am coming from. But he has a lot of his plate.

“Mark understands my point of view, even if he does not have to agree with it.

“I’ve also had a good conversation with John Olsen (who has spent the past six weeks in as many as 80 one-on-one meetings with key people involved in the Crows community, inside and outside the club).”

Andrew McLeod playing for the Crows in 2010. Photo: AAP/Tony McDonough


During the two hours in a corner of the cafe at Lockleys, not once did McLeod become temperamental or bitter amid his frustrations with the direction the Adelaide Football Club has taken recently.

His review of the club’s position was heavily based on what “the Crows should stand for” and noting the change in tone and actions from management towards staff, players, key backers and the supporters.

But McLeod was emotional when he spoke of “people who have bled for this club … and their connection to the club has been taken away.”

He speaks of the people who made so many sacrifices to devote themselves to the Adelaide Football Club during the early and mid-1990s when the Crows were mocked as the “Chardonnay set” or a club with “no heart and soul”. Now some of those backroom boys – who were unheralded during the 1997-1998 AFL premiership double – are both out of sight and out of mind to a management structure that McLeod condemns for failing to value these people.

With them cast aside, the club has – in McLeod’s eyes – become culturally weaker.

McLeod is now joining the old guard on the outside, but he is far from emotionally detached from the Adelaide Football Club – in particular the AFLW squad.

“I’ll have great interest in their games next year and I still have strong relationships with the girls,” McLeod said. “I’m definitely going to watch the girls play. I want to see them do well. I genuinely care for them.

“Those girls have genuine passion for the game. I love talking to (premiership captain) Erin Phillips and feeling her love for the game. I understand why she wants to play Australian football (while having opportunities around the world with basketball) … her reasons are the same ones that made me want to play the game.

“I admire Erin’s passion and her want to be a great custodian of the game, the game she loves.

“I enjoy how AFLW is still pure and involves good people who value the opportunity they have. They are creating an amazing product. The girls want to learn. They want to be good. They soak up every opportunity to be better. And they are creating their own culture.”

And then there is the men’s senior team that next year will seek critical new energy from the 30th anniversary of the Adelaide Football Club’s launch season in the AFL in 1991.

“I hope they go well,” says McLeod of a team that has to rebound from its worst finish, its first wooden spoon in the 18-team national league this year. “I want them to win, I want to see the new players develop. I do like (novice senior coach) Matthew Nicks and I do believe in what he is doing.

“We have spoken on the phone,” adds McLeod of his relationship with Nicks. “He knows of my care for the football part of the club. I do see a great opportunity unfolding with a young playing group.”

End of an era

For the first time since he first tried to master the strange ways of an oval-shaped ball as a young boy in Darwin, McLeod is to have nothing to do with Australian football.

At 44, this marks the national Hall of Famer’s first withdrawal from any active role in football – player, coach or AFL media – in four decades.

Professionally, McLeod will turn his hand to “fintech” – making use of his new knowledge in technology with an online product in the financial sector.

Personally, McLeod will convert his pride in his Aboriginal upbringing to helping protect the world’s oldest culture from fraud that today amounts to $200 million in proceeds from fake indigenous art.

Sport wise, McLeod has the bug with lawn bowls at Woodville.

On the media landscape, McLeod and Maher will relaunch their podcast in January with significant support from the commercial sector.

And in football, McLeod is being constantly reminded he also has another club that is his home – Port Adelaide where he played 23 SANFL games from 1994-1996 and is a premiership hero from the 1994 campaign.

“The other day I had an Australia Post delivery guy tell me to come back to Port Adelaide – to ‘come back where you belong’,” McLeod said. “Another guy dropped off a Port Adelaide lace-up guernsey and said I was always welcome at Port Adelaide.

“I will always have that connection with Port Adelaide and I do have a lot of Port Adelaide friends. I never was caught up in that ‘them and us’ thing that is Crows v Port Adelaide. I have been part of both them and us…”

To not be part of the Adelaide Football Club – in an official role – next year is a notable moment; hence the media scrutiny on his fall-out at West Lakes. The fans are no less curious – and far more concerned.

McLeod has such a heavy agenda for 2021 that it makes a mockery of those who portrayed his remarks in June as a “temperamental” reaction at falling off the payroll at the Adelaide Football Club, be it by funding cuts to his indigenous program or the COVID pandemic forcing hits to football budgets.

“I’ve always said, football is not the only thing that defines me,” McLeod said. “The way I go about things defines me. It is about my work ethic. I will find satisfaction in new projects.”

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Crows forward stood down


Channel 9 Adelaide’s Mike Lorigan joined Sam Hargreaves on SEN Afternoons to give further information on the Tyson Stengle incident.

“There is an image that’s circling around on social media and has been reported in media outlets that allegedly shows Tyson with an unknown substance in front of him,” Lorigan said.

“This image was put to the club yesterday and it has now come out in media reports. The club has acted very swiftly and prompted an investigation which has resulted in Tyson being stood down from all club duties immediately.

“He has had a very turbulent year. This is the third off-field incident involving Stengle.

“He was caught drink-driving and driving an unregistered vehicle at the start of the year and then he was also caught with drugs in the CBD with then-teammate Brad Crouch after the season had finished.

“I understand that this image was taken some time between now and that last incident. This has happened after that incident.

“It is now an AFL investigation. The integrity unit is in charge of that now.

“The players were informed this morning at training. This phrase, we hear it all the time, ‘His career hangs in the balance’.

“Sadly, this has probably never been more accurate.”


Adelaide is investigating an off-field matter involving Tyson Stengle.

The Crows have released a statement revealing that the small forward has been stood down effective immediately.

The statement reads:

“Adelaide is aware of an off-field matter involving young forward Tyson Stengle who has been stood down from all club duties effective immediately as the Club ascertains all relevant details on the situation.

“The Club is working closely with the AFL and AFL Players Association, as well as Stengle’s management in relation to this matter.

“While the Club acknowledges there will be significant media and public interest, it is not in a position to make further comment at this stage. More information will be provided as soon as possible.”

The 22-year-old former Tiger has been in trouble on a couple of occasions in 2020.

He pleaded guilty to a drink-driving offence in April and was also suspended for four games after being caught with an illicit substance alongside Brad Crouch in September.

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