Essendon has been dealt a hammer blow after scans confirmed a knee injury that could sideline key midfielder Andrew McGrath for the rest of the AFL season.
McGrath was subbed out in the first quarter of Saturday night‘s Dreamtime game loss to Richmond after feeling an issue with his left knee.
Scans have confirmed a posterior cruciate ligament injury, which will keep McGrath out for between eight and 12 weeks.
Even in the best-case scenario, McGrath won‘t return until the Bombers’ round 21 game against the Western Bulldogs.
“We are really disappointed for Andy who was putting together a consistent season to date as part of our midfield group,” Essendon football manager Josh Mahoney said.
“Andy is a true professional who will be very driven to see a return to play as soon as possible.
“We know he will attack his rehabilitation program and continue to contribute to the team while not playing.”
McGrath has averaged 24 possessions a game this season and formed an emerging midfield partnership with Zach Merrrett and Darcy Parish who is in career-best form.
The Bombers (5-7) have a bye next round and are scheduled to take on Hawthorn at the MCG on June 20.
Veteran David Zaharakis could also miss that game after suffering hamstring tightness in the loss to Richmond in Perth.
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Richmond’s Jack Graham spoke to Channel Seven after the game…
Q: Congratulations. A huge game. Huge crowd. You guys when you were challenged found a way to kick away and seven goals in 16 minutes. A: It was a four-quarter effort. We stuck to our process we knew we could run over them in the end. Credit to the boys. Bloody huge game.
Q: Jack, how do you compare that atmosphere tonight. Nothing really compares with the grand final, but how close does it come to grand final playing in front of a 55,000 audience in the arena. It’s superb arena to play footy on. A: It’s awesome arena. Especially for the occasion for Dreamtime. Last week there wasn’t many there in GWS. Tonight, the fans turned out. It was an awesome atmosphere. Great deck with the lights. It’s unreal.
Q: Jack, how hard is it to actually hear out there tonight. Number of times we could see the umpires yelling at players. They couldn’t hear them. Was it that loud out there tonight? A: It was really loud. Couple of boys couldn’t hear. Jack (Riewoldt) gave away a free kick. That’s probably Jack being Jack. Not too sure. It’s a bit harder from last year where you know there’s no-one at the games. You can hear everyone’s nicknames on the field, now you have to scream for the ball.
Q: It looks like you guys care for each other on and off the football field. We see it at training over the week. The way you go about the training schedules. Looks like you genuinely care for each other on and off the field. A: It’s a brotherhood here at Richmond. Especially this week being Dreamtime at the ’G with so many Indigenous boys. Such an important part to our group and bring so much energy. To get the win for them and everyone else, it’s a great game. What a win.
Q: Jack you are one of the best tacklers in the competition. Best tackler at Richmond. Would you be able to tackle Shai Bolton? A: No. I’ve tried at training many times. He’s one I can’t get. He’s pretty agile. He goes one way and then the other. I’ve given up on him.
Q: Jack, just before we let you go, Dreamtime, Sir Doug Nicholls round, I’ve been learning over the last 15 years so much about the Indigenous heritage and culture in this country. It must be the same for all you players. You come to a club and through weekends like last and this you learn a lot where you come from. A: Definitely. Myself, I don’t know a huge amount about it. Until leading into this week and prior to these weeks learning where Shane Edwards is from, Shai, Marlion and their heritage. It’s a special round. So much more to learn. It’s really improving the game. We talk about that connection. Getting to know your teammates better. That’s one part of it.
Q: Jack, just for the record you play in the west next Sunday against the West Coast Eagles. A: Big game. Big effort. Back here again. Get on the plane. It’s good. Especially if we’ll have crowds like this. Cheers to the WA government for letting us in. Bring on the Eagles next week.
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The Crows host Collingwood at Adelaide Oval, after the Swans get the points over the Saints — and later there will be the Dreamtime match in Perth between Essendon and Richmond.
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Jack Higgins has wasted two chances to be the hero for St Kilda in the dying stages of a nine-point defeat to Sydney in a pulsating contest at the SCG.
With the Saints trailing by less than a kick, Higgins twice took marks inside 50 metres in the final three minutes and missed his set shots.
He finished with 1.6 for the day as Lance Franklin helped set up James Rowbottom to kick the sealer for Sydney, who prevailed 13.14 (92) to 12.11 (83).
“We probably got away with it at the end,” Swans veteran Luke Parker told Fox Footy.
“They missed their goal kicks, but we had some big contests … so we’ll take it.”
The win helped Sydney (8-4) further entrench themselves in the top-eight, while St Kilda (5-7) have a huge task on their hands to return to the finals this season.
Making matters worse for the Saints, luckless veteran Jarryn Geary left the field with a shoulder injury late in the match after Mason Wood had been substituted out with a hamstring injury during the second term.
Higgins was St Kilda’s most dangerous forward with 23 disposals and 12 marks but let himself down in front of goal.
Tim Membrey and Ryan Byrnes kicked two each for the Saints and stepped up in big moments to keep them in the match during the final quarter.
But the Swans, who led for most of the second half, had an even spread of contributors and deserved to hang on.
Fit-again ruckman Tom Hickey was outstanding for Sydney opposed to Saints veteran Paddy Ryder, gathering 21 disposals and seven clearances, while Will Hayward kicked three goals.
Lance Franklin, Isaac Heeney and recalled youngster Logan McDonald kicked two apiece, with Parker (27 disposals) and Callum Mills (26) important through the middle.
A pair of 50m penalties paid against Sydney in the final term were cause for debate.
Dane Rampe and Sam Wicks were penalised in separate incidents when opponents Max King and Nick Coffield went to ground easily after light contact.
Saints speedster Brad Hill had 18 disposals in the first half — three times as many as he had in the entire match against North Melbourne a week earlier — and finished with 25.
Brad Crouch (38), Jack Steele (31) and Jack Sinclair (29) were all busy for St Kilda.
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Dom Sheed has lamented West Coast’s inability to handle Essendon’s “finals-like pressure” and failure to maintain their momentum when on top as the keys to their first loss at Optus Stadium this season.
Fresh from a career-high and ground-record 43 disposals, Sheed said Essendon’s manic pressure contributed to the Eagles surrendering their 29-point advantage on the way to a 16-point defeat on Saturday night.
“We were five goals up with a couple of minutes to go in the second term and we blew it,” he said.
It was West Coast’s first regular season loss at Burswood since 2019 and left them two games and substantial percentage out of the top four. Sheed said the loss of Tim Kelly to a knee injury did not excuse West Coast’s midfield division being beaten but admitted the Essendon pressure proved difficult to counter.
“It felt like a finals game with their pressure,” Sheed said.
“That is what we wanted to bring to the game but they were better than us at it.
“When they put on heat like that when you have the footy, it is very hard to find a composed possession. Credit to them, they deserved the win because they were tougher for longer and brought good heat.”
Speaking on ABC radio after the match, Sheed said West Coast had been able to score heavily this season when armed with strong momentum but several times had yielded that advantage to their opponents.
West Coast have sustained losses despite leads over Western Bulldogs (seven points), St Kilda (20), Greater Western Sydney (five) and now Essendon (29).
“When it is going our way we seem to capitalise and kick goals and hurt them on the scoreboard but when momentum is not going our way, we seem to be giving up far too many easy goals,” Sheed said.
“It is something we need to address and find ways to shut the game down when momentum is not going our way.
“We missed TK but that is not an excuse. We just got beaten as a midfield group today and it is just not good enough.”
Meanwhile, Essendon forward Alec Waterman squared his personal ledger with brother Jake after being on the winning side during their second on-field meeting.
Waterman kicked the sealer on his return to Perth during a handy contribution in the Essendon forward line.
A nervous earlier shot was off-line but travelled nearly 70m into the crowd.
His first match against his younger brother came early in 2019 when he was making a comeback for Claremont after a long battle with chronic fatigue that cost him his place on the West Coast list after being a father-son draft selection.
He took on Jake who was playing for West Coast’s WAFL team in a game the Eagles won.
Alec received a knee in the back that broke several ribs, punctured his lung and forced him to miss two months of football.
But he produced a superb 2020 season for Claremont that prompted Essendon to sign him during this year’s supplementary selection period.
Jake Waterman was West Coast’s medical sub on Saturday but had an immediate impact when he came onto the ground after Kelly was injured at the opening bounce of the second quarter.
Waterman ran from the interchange bench directly into the forward pocket where he collected a loose ball and kicked accurately from about 25m.
He added West Coast’s only goal in the last quarter during a lively effort in attack.
The loss of the versatile Oscar Allen (concussion) means that Jake Waterman is likely to return to the starting 22 against Carlton next week.
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There’s good news at the Dogs, with two gun midfielders set to recommit to the club.
Plus the Dees are working hard to keep a key forward.
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DOGS STAR ‘CERTAIN’ TO STAY DESPITE MESSY 2021 TRADE PERIOD
Josh Dunkley is “certain” to stay with the Western Bulldogs for 2022 and beyond, according to Herald Sun reporter Jon Ralph, just months after his sensational attempt to move to Essendon fell through.
After requesting a trade to the Bombers during last year’s AFL exchange period, Dunkley was forced to stay at the Bulldogs after negotiations between Essendon and the Bulldogs broke down on the final day.
However Dunkley, who’s contracted to the Dogs until at least the end of 2022, returned to his best form during an awesome start to his 2021 campaign, averaging 30 disposals and 129 ranking points per game. He then suffered a nasty shoulder injury in Round 6 against the Giants that’ll sidelined him until late in the home and away season.
Speaking on Fox Footy on Friday night, Ralph reported Dunkley saw his future at the Bulldogs.
“I can tell you tonight that Josh Dunkley is certain to stay at the Western Bulldogs for 2022 and beyond,” Ralph told Fox Footy.
“It’s fantastic news for the club and I think it’s proof as well – and we’ve seen it on the field – just those little improvements for the things that were at the heart of his discontent. Whether it was a lack of professionalism, whether it was players not playing well both on and off the field – they have absolutely done that.
“Just an example from Josh Bruce: He’s dropped 5kg, he’s got himself super fit, he’s sworn off the grog for 100 days – that’s been echoed across the football club.
“He (Dunkley) is a little bit like Zach Merrett at Essendon in that he wants the players to be as professional as he’s been able to be – and he will be there.”
NEW DEAL LOOMS FOR LIBBA
A new deal for Bulldogs midfielder Tom Liberatore could be announced as soon as next week.
Liberatore has returned to his career-best form in 2021, ranking first in the league for clearances and among the top four for contested possessions.
The 29-year-old is out of contract at season’s end, but Herald Sun reporter Jon Ralph said he expected the Dogs to announce a new deal “imminently”
“Tom Liberatore could be signed up on a two-year deal by early next week,” Ralph reported on Fox Footy.
“The club offered a one-year deal at one stage for the 29-year-old – I think that was deemed as insulting. The counter-offer has been made and that is in the camp of the Western Bulldogs right now and Sam Power their list manager.
“It’s two years, maybe even a trigger for a third. They’re not that far apart on money so both parties feel that’s very much imminent.”
DEES KEEN TO KEEP ‘WEID’
Melbourne football boss Alan Richardson says his club is determined to keep key forward Sam Weideman.
The 23-year-old has endured an injury-interrupted stint at the Demons ever since being taken with Pick 9 in the 2015 draft.
But Weideman has played the last three consecutive games for Melbourne, including a two-goal haul against the Bulldogs on Friday night.
The Eastern Ranges product is out of contract at season’s end, but Richardson said the club wold continue to remain on constant dialogue with his management.
“We’re always talking with managers about players that we want that aren’t in contract and ‘Weids’ is no exception,” Richardson told SEN Breakfast.
“We see him being a really important part of our future going forward. We think he’s building well, we thought a big part of last year he was really positive, both he and ‘Jacko’ (Luke Jackson) working together.
“The forward line is a little bit different and we still think it’s our best option to have the three talls.
“We’ll keep working with that model and we see ‘Weids’ as a big part of that.”
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Victoria’s CHO says a positive COVID-19 case attended an AFL match at Docklands Stadium on May 23, meaning spectators who were seated nearby must get tested and self-isolate.
Here are the key COVID-19 updates from Wednesday:
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Marvel Stadium will play host to Sunday”s
Round 10 AFL game between Essendon Bombers and
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When: Sunday May 23, 2021 at 4:40 pm
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Essendon get a great chance to make it back-to-back wins when they take on North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium.
The Bombers were too good for the Dockers last week while North Melbourne recorded their first win of the season over Hawthorn.
I think the Bombers ability to score of opposition turnovers should suit them this week. Happy to back them in here.
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The Eagles finish strong to beat the Crows by 40 points in Perth, after Melbourne beats Carlton for its ninth straight win to start the season, and Essendon edges Fremantle by seven points.
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West Coast storms home to hammer Crows
West Coast forward Jack Darling produced a rare nutmeg during a five-goal second-quarter blitz to lead his side to a 30-point win over Adelaide at Perth Stadium.
The Crows put up plenty of resistance early and led by seven points midway through the second quarter, before Darling turned Sunday’s AFL match on its head.
The premiership forward booted five goals in the space of 10 minutes of actual match time to set up the 16.10 (106) to 11.10 (76) win in front of 43,427 fans.
Darling’s first three goals came from strong contested marks, but from there he produced the freakish.
After taking another strong mark 20 metres out and with little angle to speak about, Darling inexplicably decided to play on and attempt a dribble kick on goal.
Defender Brodie Smith was in front of him and stuck out a leg in an attempt to block the ball, but it dribbled through his legs and in for a goal.
The 28-year-old’s fifth goal was another perfect example of the enigma that is Jack Darling.
Darling dropped an easy uncontested mark, quickly regathered the ball and kicked truly from 40 metres out while being bumped to the ground.
The five-goal blitz gave West Coast a 29-point lead at half-time, and the home side held Adelaide at arm’s length for the rest of the match.
Darling finished with 5.2 and five contested marks from 15 disposals, while Josh Kennedy and Oscar Allen chipped in with three goals apiece.
West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui (13 disposals, 31 hit-outs, four clearances) won the crucial ruck battle against Reilly O’Brien (10 disposals, 15 hit-outs, four clearances).
Rory Laird battled hard for Adelaide with 35 disposals, 10 clearances and a goal, while forward Shane McAdam showed plenty of spark on the way to three goals.
West Coast’s third straight win means they are now equal on points with third-placed Geelong (6-3).
The 15th-placed Crows are now 3-6 following five straight losses.
Demons remain perfect with win over Carlton
The Demons made it nine straight wins to open 2021 with a comfortable 26-point victory over Carlton at the MCG.
The previous five times (1941, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1964) Melbourne have won at least nine straight games during a season they have gone on to claim the flag, but they have not won a title in 57 years.
This is the first time Melbourne have started a season 9-0 since 1956.
The Demons lit up a wet and gloomy Victorian day with some red-hot football, downing the disappointing Blues 13.16 (94) to 10.8 (68) in front of 38,581 fans.
It was actually their 11th straight triumph, counting the two victories they had to round out the 2020 season, equalling the second-best streak in club history.
Rejuvenated Demons forward Tom McDonald continued his dominant start to the season with three first-half goals, while Bailey Fritsch also finished with a trio of majors.
Exciting small forward Kysaiah Pickett produced another goal-of-the-year contender when he expertly dribbled the ball through from a tricky angle in the third quarter.
In the final term, Pickett looked to have snapped another extraordinary goal but he immediately indicated to the goal umpire that Carlton defender Adam Saad touched the ball off his boot.
The Blues dominated clearances 48-33 but Melbourne had answers across the ground to quell any disadvantage at the stoppages.
Carlton’s injury list grew with David Cunningham suffering a suspected season-ending knee injury in the first quarter.
The 24-year-old clutched his knee and was subbed out of the game for Michael Gibbons, with fears he has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.
Star forward Harry McKay put another scare through the Blues camp only minutes later when he hurt his right shoulder, but was cleared to return to the field and played out the game with pain killers.
The Coleman Medal leader finished with three goals, including two in as many minutes during the third quarter, to again be one of Carlton’s best performers.
Melbourne head to Adelaide next Saturday for a clash with the struggling Crows, while Carlton are back at the MCG for a must-win game against Hawthorn, who are coming off a shattering loss to North Melbourne.
Essendon edges Fremantle by seven points
Brayden Ham stepped up as the unlikely hero as Essendon clinched a nail-biting seven-point AFL victory over Fremantle.
Ham seized his moment with six minutes left at Marvel Stadium on Sunday, snapping what proved to be the final goal of the game under pressure from 45 metres.
The error-riddled contest went right down to the wire, with both sides wasting further chances to take control.
The 10.8 (68) to 8.13 (61) result came after the Bombers lost three games by margins of less than a goal earlier in the season.
Darcy Parish continued his fine form with 39 disposals and 10 clearances for Essendon, with Andrew McGrath also busy in the midfield.
A largely scrappy affair got spiteful at times with Caleb Serong the chief agitator as he shadowed Zach Merrett.
Adam Cerra and Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti both caught opponents with late bumps that sparked reactions from their respective targets’ teammates, but the play itself never reached any great heights.
It was a costly defeat for Fremantle in their finals pursuit and they only had themselves to blame as inaccuracy in front of goal cruelled their chances.
Matt Taberner kicked 4.3 as the most dangerous key forward on the ground but could have put the Dockers in control before Essendon kicked three goals to one in the final term to run over the top.
Andrew Brayshaw, Nat Fyfe and Cerra worked tirelessly for the visitors.
Despite a 26-16 advantage in inside-50s — including 16-7 in the second term — the Dockers trailed by two points at half-time.
Goals to Michael Walters and Taberner after the restart gave the Dockers the lead but the margin never got beyond 11 points in a third-quarter arm wrestle, with both sides guilty of simple skill errors.
Parish converted a free kick right in front of goal to put the Bombers back within a straight kick at the final change.
Scores were level with six minutes left to play when Ham seized his moment.
Fremantle hosts Sydney at Perth Stadium on Saturday night, while Essendon take on Docklands Stadium co-tenants North Melbourne on Sunday.
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Melbourne extended their undefeated start to nine games with a solid win over a wounded Carlton at the MCG on Sunday.
Every other season that the Demons have gone 9-0 has seen them win the premiership although all those seasons came between 1941 and 1964 so it means little in the modern AFL.
But what this win showed what they can fight out a game in tough conditions and against a side like the Blues who were wounded, clearly second best but still fighting for every possession.
Tom McDonald and Bayley Fritsch kicked three goals a piece while Clayton Oliver and Christian Salem had 29 disposals each.
The Blues lost David Cuningham to a knee injury which could be serious while who knows whether Harry McKay’s injured shoulder will end up seeing him miss matches or whether he will just play on through the pain.
He kicked three goals while clearly hurting.
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Bloody tough game to predict here. Essendon are playing good footy for large parts of games but not long enough to get the wins.
Fremantle are just a bit hard to read entirely at the moment as well. In Melbourne I can see why Essendon are favourites.
I like Fremantle here though, their best footy has been pretty good and if they can show up and perform I think they’ll be able to roll the Bombers here.
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