Posts Tagged ASADA

The Number 1 Draft Pick

There is no debate on this issue, only a select group of ‘experts’ impetuously volunteering their prejudice and intellectual ineptitude to their audience.


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James Hird: A Predictable End

Almost three years ago a slow and painful demise commenced. It began with a press conference, the blackest day in Australian sport, and I suspected at the time that it would mark the death of my interest in football. Although not for the reasons you may expect. The saga has caused more than its share […]

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Leigh Matthews

The problem in less than 50 words…   Independent Leigh Matthews: ‘Bringing game into disrepute’ a phony charge Hird not responsible for supplements program or governance failings We haven’t seen any evidence Media: Leigh Matthews has declared himself incompetent   Leigh Matthews returns to an AFL club: Hird should quit Media: Look what the great […]

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Plea Bargain

For not the first time in the last two years, pressure is mounting on the Essendon playing group. Voices from within the AFL and the media are once again urging players, who believe themselves to be innocent, to accept a deal for the sake of expedience. The AFLPA subsequently released a statement confirming players ‘remain […]

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It is more than a little disconcerting that many in the football media, having accepted Essendon’s guilt in the absence of evidence, proceed to endorse and proudly boast about the AFL’s assumed power to pervert the course of justice. The matter of guilt or innocence is a distraction. For the sake of argument guilt is […]

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Fans Should Blame Essendon

Self proclaimed journalist, Jon Ralph, believes Essendon supporters should blame their club, or individuals within the club, for their current predicament. There are two minor quibbles with this notion, namely; ‘who’ and ‘why’. Ralph offers a suggestion as to whom, ‘even if it’s just Stephen Dank.’ On the surface, this stance would be worthless symbolism […]

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The Price of Corruption

It is approaching one year since the Essendon Football Club accepted unprecedented sanctions as a result of the supplements saga. The official violation was ‘disrepute’. The subject was governance. The AFL’s case had more holes than fine flywire, but that was of little consequence. It was never the reason for the sanctions, and in any […]

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