Swans provide update on Aliir, McCartin, Hickey and Ladhams

Sydney Swans CEO Tom Harley has issued an update on a number of players being mentioned in trade circles.

Harley indicated that defender Aliir Aliir, who has been linked with Port Adelaide, will be in the red and white in 2021 while commenting on Paddy McCartin, West Coast ruckman Tom Hickey and Port Adelaide’s Peter Ladhams.

Aliir Aliir

“He’s a contracted player and there was some talk at the start of the trade period around Aliir and Port.

“He had his exit interview a couple of weeks ago and expecting Aliir to be part of it, for sure.”

Paddy McCartin

“He spent some time in Sydney probably six weeks ago now.

“We certainly had a discussion with Paddy. A bit goes to the list spots (being unknown).

“Obviously Tom, his brother, plays up here so we’ve been monitoring Paddy but nothing further to update at this point in time.

“Potentially, without committing to anything. Once we know that and once we know the players that we’ve got out of contract and what we might be doing with them in terms of filling that. There’s also rookie list opportunities as well.

“Certainly nothing set in stone or concrete. We have had that discussion and that added layer of having Tom on our list and a really important part of our future going forward.”

Tom Hickey

“We’re talking to Tom.

“Tom’s obviously contracted with West Coast and with contracted players you always have to respect that.

“We’ve had a discussion with Tom. We can think he can add something to the squad. We’ve been challenged in that area, primarily through injuries to Sam Naismith and Cal Sinclair.

“We’d love to put some support in there. We’ll monitor that one pretty closely today and tomorrow as the trades wrap up on Thursday.”

Peter Ladhams

“We appreciate that Port have got some good ruck stocks and contracted ruck stocks.

“We’ve asked a lot of questions to a lot of people but that was shut down pretty quickly.”

Listen to the full chat with Harley below:

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Port Adelaide’s Peter Ladhams strike on Noah Balta reported

Port Adelaide’s Peter Ladhams lost control of his own grand final fate when he was reported for a low blow strike on Richmond’s Noah Balta in the first quarter of a spiteful preliminary final in Adelaide.

Ladhams appeared to punch Balta with a swinging arm as he chased the ball behind play.

The close-fist strike appeared to catch Balta low down in the bread basket and left him bent over, sucking in deep breaths for a few seconds.

At half time Fox Footy commentator Nick Riewoldt said it was “very, very stupid” — but also suggested it would be shocking if AFL match review officer Michael Christian decided to pursue a suspension.

He said it is likely Ladhams will be fined, but would be free to play in the grand final if Port Adelaide beats Richmond.

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“It’s very, very stupid,” Nick Riewoldt told Fox Footy.

“But based on what we’ve seen this year, I can’t see how you can rub a player out for a week with all the strikes that have gone unpunished.”

Hawks champion Luke Hodge said on Channel 7: “Was that the groin? A little bit lower than the midriff? On the verge maybe”.

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Tempers threatened to boil over in a heated first half, with Tigers star Tom Lynch often in the middle of it.

Power young gun Xavier Duursma gave Lynch an extended spray in the second term when he slotted a set-shot and then turned to Lynch to let him know about it.

When Lynch responded Port Adelaide players came from everywhere to bump the star forward.

It came after Port defender Hamish Hartlett during the week took a stinging shot at Lynch over his now-infamous hot-head.

“He obviously gets caught up in the emotions of the game probably a bit more frequently than others do,” Hartlett said told FIVEaa radio.

“I guess others are able to control their instinct and reactions perhaps on their emotions a little bit better than what Tom does.

“I think there’d be plenty of people out there that would like to see his season come to an end on Friday night. I’ll leave it at that.”

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Port Adelaide Power players Peter Ladhams and Dan Houston investigated over potential breach of COVID-19 protocols

Port Adelaide players Peter Ladhams and Dan Houston are being investigated by the AFL over a potential breach of the league’s COVID-19 protocols.

Sources close to the situation confirmed an investigation related to an event on the night of Monday, August 3 in which Ladhams invited several guests over to his house following Port’s win over the Western Bulldogs at Adelaide Oval.

Peter Ladhams is being investigated by the AFL.

Peter Ladhams is being investigated by the AFL.Credit:Getty Images

Sanctions are expected to be handed out on Thursday, with the pair almost certainly set for suspensions given the precedent set by the league so far this year.

Ladhams and Houston may be more harshly dealt with than previous offenders as players have known of the league’s coronavirus protocols for months and undergone extensive education.

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Reports emerge of major AFL COVID-19 breach from Port Adelaide’s Dan Houston and Peter Ladhams

Port Adelaide duo Dan Houston and Peter Ladhams reportedly broke AFL coronavirus rules after their round-10 win over the Western Bulldogs.

The incident in question occurred on August 3rd when the pair reportedly enjoyed the company of multiple people at Ladham’s house after the Power’s 13-point win, breaching the AFL’s protocols surrounding biosecurity.

The news follows a series of breaches from players across the AFL including Sydney youngster Elijah Taylor’s recent ban after letting his girlfriend inside the Swans’ Perth hub, multiple Collingwood mishaps and Port captain Ollie Wines inviting a reporter within his home for an interview.

Both Houston and Ladhams were reportedly absent from Power’s training this week as the league investigates the incident.

More to come.

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