trade rumours, Gold Coast Suns, Sydney Swans, Jack Watts


The AFL’s brutal roster culls have continued with the Gold Coast Suns on Thursday confirming seven of their players would not have their contracts renewed next season.

After playing four games for the Suns, former first-round draft pick Corey Ellis was one of the unlucky seven named.

Josh Schoenfeld, Mitch Riordan, Sam Fletcher along with academy graduates Jesse Joyce, Jacob Dawson and Jacob Heron were also informed they would need to look elsewhere if they wish to take part in the 2021 AFL premiership.

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Meanwhile, two other squad members who have battled injury since signing with the Suns in 2018 — former Geelong player George Horlin-Smith and ex-Tiger Anthony Miles — announced their retirements on Thursday.

Miles said: “I probably haven’t had your typical 10-year career, but I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that my journey has afforded me.

“The people I have met throughout the industry have helped to shape the person I am today, and that’s something that won’t be lost on me as I take the next steps in my career.”

Horlin-Smith said: “My time at Geelong afforded me a host of experiences, including my debut game, however I want to also thank the Suns for the opportunity they gave me to continue my career.

“I will forever be grateful for the people I have met throughout the AFL, but I want to also take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard working support staff that work tirelessly to help us, as a playing group, perform at our best every week.”

SYDNEY SWANS

Former St Kilda coach Ross Lyon has called on the Sydney Swans to sign GWS Giants star Jeremy Cameron.

Sydney finished 16th on the AFL ladder this year after recording just five victories in their 18 regular season encounters.

After Lance Franklin suffered a season-ending injury during the coronavirus lockdown, the Swans were starved of high-quality tall forwards.

But since Cameron is yet to finalise his whereabouts in 2021 and beyond, Lyon has pleaded for Sydney to target the 27-year-old while they can.

“They’ve got a tall dilemma. They need to get a key back and ruck in and another key forward that steps up and supports Buddy,” Lyon explained on Channel 9’s Footy Classified.

“If I’m the Swans, I’m sitting there thinking Cameron’s in our backyard out of contract, maybe you’re having a crack at him.

“If you’re going to look at someone you may as well start at the top and he’s free. That would put the cat among the pigeons.”

PORT ADELAIDE

Despite having a year remaining on his contract, Port Adelaide utility Jack Watts has announced his retirement, effective immediately.

A former No. 1 pick, Watts notified the club of his decision this week. After signing with Port Adelaide in 2017, the 29-year-old suffered a serious leg injury last year, and has not played a competitive game since.

He kicked 161 goals in 174 games since making his AFL debut in 2008.

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“I have been thinking long and hard about my future for a while and contemplating retirement,” Watts said in a statement.

“Since my injury, I feel my body has let me down and I have been struggling with the physical and mental requirements of getting back to the level of fitness that’s required at AFL level.

“Speaking with Ken (Hinkley) and Chris (Davies) and my manager in the last few weeks, it feels like the right decision for me to step away and look for new challenges in the next phase of my life.

“I feel lucky to have had 12 years in the game and while there have been some challenges, there have also been some amazing memories both at Melbourne and Port Adelaide.

“I’m so grateful for all of the opportunities and experiences footy has given me and the friendships I will take with me away from the game.

“I’m not sure what the future holds just yet but I’m looking forward to some time away from the limelight.”

Port Adelaide senior coach Ken Hinkley said: “We all know Jack’s football ability, and we would have liked to have seen him on the field a lot more for our club.

“People might not realise just how important and loved he is around our playing group because of his character.

“Jack always has a way of lifting everyone’s spirits, even when things weren’t going so well for him in the last couple of years. He’ll be missed around the group.”



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AFL 2020: Dan Menzel police, Sydney Swans, sexual assault, charges, Geelong, Daniel Menzel, former AFL player charged


Former AFL player Daniel Menzel is facing a charge of sexual assault over an alleged incident in late 2019.

The report, first published by the Daily Mail, claims Menzel allegedly, without consent, touched a woman inappropriately at Bondi between 2.30am and 3.40am on November 23 last year.

The former Geelong and Sydney Swans forward was charged by police on April 29 after investigation and is due to appear in court on October 27.

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Geelong clinches AFL top-four spot with win over Sydney Swans ahead of finals


Geelong has survived a massive scare to lock in an AFL top-four spot, as Gary Ablett showed flashes of brilliance on his return to action in a six-point win over lowly Sydney.

The injury-ravaged Swans stunned the Cats early with four of the first five goals and led until the four-minute mark of the final term.

But class eventually told as Patrick Dangerfield, Sam Menegola, Brandon Parfitt and Tom Stewart played key roles in the Cats’ crucial 10.9 (69) to 9.9 (63) victory in Carrara.

It took a desperate late smother from Mark Blicavs on James Rowbottom to secure the result on the final play of the match.

The win gave Geelong fourth place on the ladder and a double chance for the finals, starting with a qualifying showdown with either Brisbane or Port Adelaide.

Dangerfield was moved permanently forward after half-time and kicked three crucial late goals to help drag the Cats over the line.

Menegola, Parfitt and Stewart were busy throughout but Geelong’s midfield struggled to gain ascendancy against a Swans on-ball division led by experienced campaigners Josh Kennedy and Luke Parker.

Sydney got the early jump, registering their highest first-quarter score of the season (5.4), but lost James Bell to concussion after a head clash with Jordan Dawson.

Their nine-point lead at quarter-time would have been greater if not for Tom Papley’s miss from the top of the square running into an open goal.

Ablett’s first two touches were goal assists and he kicked one himself before quarter-time to help stem the tide, but he was one of few the Cats to have much of an impact to that point.

The free-flowing contest became a grind during a goalless second term.

Dangerfield’s move forward helped change the match and he put the Cats in front with the first goal of the final quarter.

He added another moments later and could have had a fourth from a free kick, but advantage was paid when Parfitt kicked a goal off the deck.

The Cats endured nervous moments in the dying stages.

Papley cut the margin back to 11 points and Justin McInerney trimmed it to six with 19 seconds remaining before Blicavs’s late heroics.

Chief goal sneak Papley was an ever-present threat in attack but was wasteful in kicking 2.5.

Parfitt and Coleman Medal leader Tom Hawkins finished with two goals each for Geelong.

Hawks finish on winning note

Retiring Hawthorn stalwart Paul Puopolo has made a stylish three-goal farewell in a 51-point demolition of Gold Coast at Adelaide Oval.

Puopolo booted two of Hawthorn’s seven first-term goals in the 17.6 (108) to 8.9 (57) victory, which meant the Hawks finished with a 5-12 win-loss record for the season.

The Hawks are likely to finish 15th on the ladder, with the Suns expected to be in 14th place. If the Sydney Swans upset Geelong on Sunday afternoon they will leapfrog both the Suns and Hawks.

In what was a dead rubber between two non-finalists, the Hawks exploded from the blocks in the opening quarter to lead 7.1 (43) to 1.1 (7) at the first change.

Hawks retiree Paul Puopolo made sure he went out on a winning note against the Suns.(AAP: David Mariuz)

Aside from Puopolo, fellow veteran Jack Gunston kicked two goals in the opening term before finishing with four for the match.

Another departing Hawk, three-time premiership player Ben Stratton, collected 13 disposals and kicked a last-quarter goal, which was just the second in his 202-match career.

Tom Mitchell (33 disposals), James Cousins (24), Liam Shiels (25) and ex-Sun Jaeger O’Meara (25) were influential for the Hawks throughout the contest.

Gold Coast’s co-captain David Swallow (27 disposals) and Noah Anderson (25) were the team’s leading ball winners.

Suns forward Alex Sexton booted three majors, while debutant Jy Farrar scored a goal with his first kick in the AFL ranks.

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Why the Sydney Swans stood down Elijah Taylor but Collingwood Magpies let Jordan De Goey play


But the clubs aren’t facing the same situations legally. Differences in the circumstances of each case have shaped their responses. The AFL, which can intervene and force a stand-down (as the NRL does in certain circumstances), has chosen to let the clubs make the calls, providing some guidance and support, including to the women concerned.

The short summary of the difference is that the Swans know more or less what they are dealing with, but Collingwood do not know.

Jordan De Goey is back playing for the Pies after a layoff due to injury.Credit:Getty Images

If the Magpies stand to lose more than the Swans, their position – as stated when De Goey was charged – is that they went immediately to the police and the AFL integrity unit in 2018 when they received the allegation about De Goey’s behaviour towards a woman in 2015. They say if protection of a star was paramount, then why did they go to the police pronto in 2018?

Sydney have solid knowledge of the charges, laid out in the charge of aggravated assault occasioning bodily harm. The club had given Taylor a series of directives before the alleged incident in Western Australia that led the charge.

The Swans have been clear that the failure to follow those directives – which followed allegations aired on social media – was a factor in the stand-down, not just the criminal charge.

Collingwood, on the other hand, do not know the detail of the allegations against their player. De Goey and his lawyer Tony Hargreaves have not yet received the brief for the charge, despite several requests.

Collingwood’s position is that they cannot stand down De Goey when the club does not know the nature of the allegations. De Goey has told the club he does not know what happened to bring the charges.

Importantly, the Magpies have reserved the right to change their position once they have seen the brief. So it is conceivable that they could still stand down De Goey once they’ve seen what’s alleged by the woman, to whom De Goey apologised for inappropriate language back in 2018 (De Goey was then managed by my brother, but is without an agent now).

The Magpies have been advised, too, that De Goey’s case is unlikely to be resolved until 2022. He is due in court for a mention hearing on October 30 this year – just after the season ends – but there’s a distinct possibility the case will not get to a contested hearing until after the 2021 season, due to a backlog in the legal system.

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Thus, if Collingwood had stood down De Goey pending the outcome of the case, he would have waiting potentially for two years or thereabouts before the outcome was settled. The long wait – and damage to a footballer’s career, who might yet be found not guilty – is clearly an issue. But crucially the league policy – reflecting community mores – on such matters is heavily based on the victim’s wishes.

Many, especially Collingwood and De Goey supporters, will cite the presumption of innocence as the bedrock legal principle. Clubs, though, haven’t always given players the benefit of the doubt and the NRL doesn’t, depending on the severity of the charge.

That the police have not yet detailed the charges against De Goey has taken the decision on his immediate playing future out of Collingwood’s, and the AFL’s, hands.

Once the Magpies know what’s been alleged against their star, they will have to make a call. It’s easy to let him play when there’s nothing specific to defend.

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Eagles to cheer on AFL rivals Swans, Crows


West Coast players will become temporary Adelaide and Sydney fans this weekend – but first they need to get the job done against North Melbourne at Metricon Stadium on Thursday night.

The fifth-placed Eagles will jump into third spot with a win over the struggling Kangaroos.

But staying in the top four will prove to be more difficult, with West Coast needing either the Crows to beat Richmond in Adelaide on Saturday, or Sydney to beat Geelong at Metricon Stadium on Sunday.

Adelaide (3-13) sit last on the ladder, while Sydney (5-11) haven’t fared much better this season.

If Richmond and Geelong can avoid a boilover West Coast will finish fifth, thrusting them into an elimination final instead of having a prized double chance.

Eagles coach Adam Simpson said it was an exciting way to finish the regular season.

“We need to win, and then we need another team to lose,” he said.

“This last round presents different scenarios, and I’m sure everyone is watching this weekend with excitement because there’s that many different ways the season can finish up.”

North Melbourne have lost 13 of their past 14 games to crash to 17th.

If they lose to the Eagles and Adelaide upsets Richmond, the Kangaroos will collect their first wooden spoon since 1972.

Coach Rhyce Shaw conceded North Melbourne weren’t up to standard in last week’s 64-point loss to Fremantle, and he’s hoping they rebound strongly against the Eagles.

Simpson is by no means treating the game as an easy one.

“Being the last round of the year, from North’s point of view it’s an opportunity to put their best foot forward,” he said.

“They haven’t been great the last few weeks, I think Shawy is the first to admit that.

“But we’re going to plan for them at their best. At their best they bring a lot of pressure and they’re very contested base.”

West Coast have lost star defender Jeremy McGovern to a hamstring injury but welcome back midfielder Dom Sheed and forward Brendon Ah Chee.

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Sydney Swans player Elijah Taylor stood down from club duties after aggravated assault charges


Police allege Taylor assaulted an 18-year-old woman who is known to him.

Taylor’s AFL future is looking grim after the Swans moved to distance themselves from the talented 19-year-old, who chief executive Tom Harley said had failed to “abide by club directives on a number of occasions this year” and would thus be stood down from all club commitments.

Taylor continues to be paid by the Swans and is contracted for 2021.

“We will review this position as the situation unfolds. We believe this is the most appropriate course of action giving respect to all involved, and in light of the impending court proceedings,” Harley said in a statement.

Elijah Taylor has been stood down from all club duties by the Sydney Swans.Credit:Getty

“We are extremely disappointed to have one of our players in this position.

“This is a difficult situation and one we will work with relevant experts and authorities to navigate.

“The club, together with the AFL, will ensure Elijah and those involved receive the appropriate assistance and support.

“Finally I would like to reiterate that our club has very strong values, which include respect, tolerance and a condemnation of violence, especially against women. We expect everyone at our club to uphold these values without compromise.”

The Swans consulted with Our Watch, a group devoted to stopping violence against women, with other experts and with the AFL’s integrity unit before standing down Taylor, who is in Perth with his family but has been in regular contact with the club.

The decision was made by the club board and CEO Harley, but with the backing of the player leadership group and the AFL hierarchy.

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said the league supported Sydney’s decison to stand Taylor down.

“Violence against women in any form is abhorrent and we strongly condemn it,” McLachlan said in a statement. “Our view is clear and unequivocal – violence against women is never okay in any circumstance – ever. Our absolute commitment is to respect women and to never accept or condone in any way, shape or form violence against women.”

Taylor will face court in Perth on September 30 over the charge.

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His former partner Lekahni Pearce, 18, appeared on Seven News in Perth on Monday night with apparent bruising under both of her eyes. While she did not name her attacker, she said it was caused by “someone she loved”, and that she wanted to help shine a light on domestic violence and inspire other victims to speak out.

Pearce was caught in Taylor’s room during Sydney’s mandated 14 days of quarantine at the Joondalup Resort a month ago.

The Swans agreed to leave Taylor with his family in Perth after his suspension rather than have him travel with the team to their hub in Cairns, where they are preparing for Sunday’s clash with Geelong – their last match of the season.

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Tom Papley confirms he’s staying put at Sydney Swans, won’t request a trade to Carlton


“I’ve always loved the club and love the boys – it was nothing about that, it was more about family last year and that stuff’s fixed up. I don’t need to go into it,” Papley said.

“It is a bit of a weight off my shoulders, obviously the media’s blowing up a bit about what was going to happen and it’s good to just put that behind me now and focus on this game and next year.

Tom Papley has enjoyed a breakout 2020 campaign and is now regarded as one of the AFL’s best small forwards.Credit:Getty

“At the end of the day I am a contracted player but the boys got a little kick out of it. It’s good to let them know that I’m staying and we can move onto big things next year, hopefully.”

Papley said he had to earn back the trust of his teammates after requesting a trade last season but it didn’t take long for him to work his way back into their good books.

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He had a sizzling start to the year, kicking 19 goals in Sydney’s first eight games, his emotional celebrations and antagonistic behaviour against opponents often sparking some of the team’s best periods.

While he has kicked only three goals since, Papley is now widely regarded as one of the AFL’s premier small forwards and is in with a real shout of winning a maiden All Australian blazer this year.

“[The goals] died a little bit away at the back end but that always comes with the position I play – it can be pretty lonely down there sometimes,” Papley said.

“I get a tight opponent on me every week and it can be a hard position to play, but the last few weeks, sometimes it’s not all about the goals – sometimes it’s about setting them up and things like that.”

The Swans could finish as high as 14th if they manage to spring an upset over Geelong on Sunday, but overall the club appears to be tracking in the right direction and Papley wants to be a part of whatever success comes next.

“We’ve got a fair few injuries out at the moment and that will help towards next year,” Papley said, referring to star players like Lance Franklin, Dane Rampe and Isaac Heeney who have been sidelined with long-term injuries.

“We’re probably lacking that little bit of consistency at the moment but that comes with experience and I’m sure it’ll build.

“We’ve got a lot of guys that will benefit from another pre-season – we obviously don’t want to look too far ahead but I think we can really push next year. I’m looking forward to it.”

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Sydney Swans vs Geelong Cats Tips, Teams and Odds – AFL 2020 Round 18


Round 18 of the AFL season will see Sydney Swans host
Geelong Cats
at Metricon Stadium on Sunday September 20, 2020. Geelong Cats are favourites for the game which is scheduled to start at 3:35 pm. We preview the game and give you our tips and information on how you can watch the Sydney Swans vs.
Geelong Cats
game live.

When: Sunday September 20, 2020 at 3:35 pm

Where: Metricon Stadium

Bet: Bet On This Match HERE

Sydney Swans vs Geelong Cats Odds

Sydney Swans vs Geelong Cats Preview

Sydney Swans didn’t look bad against Brisbane last round and were right in the game until mid-way through the last quarter.

Unfortunately for them they have to finish the season against Geelong who will be out for blood after a shocking loss to Richmond last week.

The Cats are one of the premiership favourites and if they’re serious about going all the way this year then they cant effort to lose here, especially with a top 4 spot on the line.

Head To Head Bet

We”re tipping Geelong Cats to win at $1.17 odds.

First Goal Scorer

First Goal Scorer:

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Sydney Swans player Elijah Taylor charged with aggravated assault of woman in hotel



Sydney Swans rookie Elijah Taylor has been charged with aggravated assault.

The 19-year-old, who is from Western Australia, was arrested at a home in the southern Perth suburb of Langford yesterday, and questioned at Cannington Police Station for several hours.

Police said Taylor assaulted an 18-year-old woman “who is known to him” at a hotel in Perth’s CBD over a two-hour period from 6.00am to 8.00am yesterday.

He is due to attend a family violence hearing in the Perth Magistrates Court on September 30.

The AFL said it would not be commenting at this stage.

Last Sunday afternoon, the AFL confirmed it had been in contact with “local law enforcement” over “extremely serious” allegations made on social media about Sydney Swans player Elijah Taylor. 

The allegations were made on Saturday night by Taylor’s ex-girlfriend, who was part of the rookie’s COVID-19 protocol breach. 

An Instagram post containing the allegations was removed.

Taylor suspended for quarantine breach

Last month Taylor was suspended from the team for the rest of the season for breaching COVID-19 quarantine protocols after his then-partner entered the Swans’ quarantine accommodation in the Swan Valley when not authorised to do so.

It constituted not only a breach of the AFL return to play protocols but also the Western Australian COVID-19 quarantine directions that apply to Swans players and officials at their quarantine accommodation.

The Swans were sanctioned $50,000 for the breach, although $25,000 of that was suspended.

Taylor remained in Perth after the protocol breach to be with family, while the Swans moved to a new hub in Cairns to finish the season.

Taylor made his debut for Sydney in round seven after he was recruited from Perth in the WAFL with pick 36 in last year’s AFL draft.



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