"Almost certain" Rhyce Shaw won't be coaching North Melbourne in 2021 - SEN
Sammy Edmund with the latest on the developing Rhyce Shaw story.
SEN Senior Reporter Sammy Edmund has provided an update on the situation surrounding North Melbourne coach Rhyce Shaw. The Kangaroos released a statement on Friday evening, revealing Shaw has taken a leave of absence from the club for personal reasons. The club tonight chose to put it in the public domain. It always planned to put a letter out to members and felt they had to address what had really become a massive elephant in the room, Edmund told AFL Nation. The rumours had been ridiculous and damaging and massively untrue, so the Roos felt they had to act in some way. The Kangaroos had permission from Rhyce and his family to use the exact words they did in that statement. Edmund believes the Kangaroos are now actively pursuing their next senior coach, with help from Sydney premiership coach Paul Roos. Its almost certain Rhyce Shaw wont be coaching next year. This makes it incredibly tough for him to coach next year, he said. My understanding is the Roos wont have a coach for the trade or draft period. Rhyce has not clocked on for duty since the Kangaroos left the hub, hes taken all that time away from the club. My understanding is the club has already set the wheels in motion to find its next coach. Paul Roos, who I believe will accept the offer to join the club on a part-time basis, will now help find that next coach. Hell be on the selection panel to find Norths next coach. He was aware of the situation from the start of Norths approach to him. Ditto John Blakey, who has no interest in senior coaching, but was fully aware of the issues Rhyce was facing. The machine rolls on though. My understanding is this is hurting them somewhat on the recruiting and trade front, given that Shaw isnt present. He might still stay on in a lesser role, thats the glass half full look at it. Whether thats viable or not remains to be seen.
Port Adelaide defender takes swipe at Richmond forward - SEN
Some motivational words ahead of the Preliminary Final?
Port Adelaides Hamish Hartlett has had a dig at Richmonds Tom Lynch ahead of tonights Preliminary Final. Lynch has again come under fire this week after he knelt on Dougal Howard in last weekends Semi Final win over St Kilda. Power defender Hartlett suggests Lynchs emotions get the better of him on the field and indicated that plenty of people in the football world would love to see the Tigers beaten tonight so his season were to come to an end. He obviously gets caught up in the emotions of the game probably a bit more frequently than others do, he said on FIVEaa. 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 thered be plenty of people out there who would like to see his season come to an end. Ill leave it at that. He added: That was on my poor mate Dougal as well, so I wasnt real happy with that one. The last time Port Adelaide and Richmond met in a final, the Power kicked eight goals to one in the opening quarter of the 2014 Elimination Final on their way to a 57-point victory. Hartlett, who experienced that game first-hand, admits he would love to see a another fast start against the reigning premiers but is not holding his breath. That was extraordinary, he said. Seven goals up in the first quarter. It would be nice to put the game to bed by quarter-time but I cant see it happening unfortunately. Port enters tonights prelim as the minor premiers and will play in front of a partisan Adelaide Oval crowd which subsequently has them as favourites to win their way through to the Grand Final.
Report: Braydon Preuss nominates club of choice - SEN
He's off to his third club.
Melbourne ruckman Braydon Preuss has nominated GWS Giants as his club of choice, according to AFL Medias Callum Twomey. The Giants will be the 25-year-olds third club, after moving to the Dees from North Melbourne at the end of 2018. According to the report, Preuss has now informed Melbourne of his intentions to be traded despite having two years still left on his contract. He played just three times this year, with the Demons preferring either Max Gawn or Luke Jackson at different stages throughout the season. Preuss has played 18 games in three seasons, including 10 at Melbourne in the last two years.
Richmond becoming "very unlikable": Cornes - SEN
"They’ve been hard to watch at times.”
Kane Cornes says Richmond is becoming very unlikeable but they wouldnt mind, as long as they keep winning. His comments come after their 31-point Semi Final victory over St Kilda on Friday night, where both Tom Lynch and Trent Cotchin came under fire for respective off-the-ball scuffles. After a season which has seen the club embroiled in several off-field incidents, Cornes said the Tigers have become hard to watch as a result. Theyre becoming very unlikeable, Ill say that about Richmond, he said on SEN's Crunch Time. They wouldnt care about that because all they care about is winning and they have the respect clearly but this year theyve become a really unlikeable team. I thought what Trent Cotchin did to Zak Jones, that really dangerous, high sling tackle had more of a chance to cause injury than Tom Lynchs knee on Dougal (Howard). Theyve been a really unlikeable team this year, theyve been hard to watch at times. Richmond star Kane Lambert wouldnt buy into suggestions that theyre unsociable and unlikeable, saying they were only intent to play in a tough and aggressive manner. We care about what (Damien Hardwick) says about us, he said on SEN's Crunch Time. He wants us to play hard, tough, aggressive football and sometimes that may cross the line. We dont go out there with the intention to be unsociable, its just a part of our DNA.
Giants midfielder requests trade to Adelaide - SEN
He's made the call.
Out-of-contract GWS midfielder Jackson Hately has requested a trade to Adelaide. Since being taken with pick 14 in the 2018 National Draft by the Giants, the 19-year-old has played 13 games across two years. The on-baller featured six times this season, averaging 13 touches and four marks. Jackson has informed the club of his hope to return to South Australia so we will now investigate trade options with a view to getting the best possible outcome for the Giants, GWS football boss Jason McCartney said. As reported by SENs Sam Edmund last month, the SA-born teenager was made a priority signing by the Crows as they look to add more players during the upcoming trade and free agency period.
Contracted ruckman decides to leave Melbourne - SEN
"He has decided to leave Melbourne."
Braydon Preuss has decided to leave Melbourne, according to SENs Sam Edmund. Preuss joined the Demons from North Melbourne at the end of 2018 but hasnt been able to establish himself at senior level. The 25-year-old has played just 10 games in two seasons and Edmund understands that GWS is one of multiple clubs interested in securing his services. Preuss is contracted to Melbourne until the end of 2022. Braydon Preuss, a lot of interest in him. He has decided to leave Melbourne, Edmund told SENs Dwaynes World. It hasnt worked out in the sense that he hasnt played as much as he would have liked and the two-ruck set up hasnt transpired. He has also been injured for a bit of it all as well. He has loved it there at Melbourne to the point where up until two weeks ago, Braydon Preuss was keen to stay in the red and blue. But hes seen Marc Pittonet become a No.1 ruckman (at Carlton) and others around the league and he senses a real opportunity. GWS are in the mix but theres a few interested parties there, even if the Giants seem the logical suitor. Braydon Preuss will definitely leave Melbourne. Edmund is also reporting that GWS will retain veteran ruckman Shane Mumford as a back up option for the 2021 season.
Jack Watts' debut "one of the great 'thrown to the wolves' stories I think I've seen" - SEN
Dermott Brereton reflects on Melbourne's mismanagement of a young Jack Watts.
With former number one draft pick Jack Watts announcing his retirement on Thursday, Dermott Brereton has looked back on his AFL debut, saying he was thrown to the wolves by Melbourne. Watts first took the field on Queens Birthday against Collingwood in Round 11 of 2009, finishing with eight disposals and one mark. The game is remembered for the Magpies players targeting of an 18-year-old Watts physically and verbally, as Collingwood crushed the Demons by 66 points. Brereton believes Melbourne trying to play Watts as a key forward and sending him out there underprepared against Collingwood on the big stage summed up their mismanagement of him. The first thing I think of is, he got drafted by a team that at that stage did not know what they had, Brereton told SENs Bob and Andy. Not that anyone truly knows, but you should do all your due diligence and 10 years into his career we all worked out that Jack Watts was incapable of playing as a key forward in AFL football. Thats after wed seen him for 10 years. What made the coaching staff and the football department at Melbourne think he was capable of playing as a key forward in his very first game as an 18-year-old that we couldnt see in 10 years? Its one of the great thrown to the wolves stories I think Ive seen in our time. What he was very good at was kicking the footy, moving around for a bloke that big, he had very good wheels and he had very good balance. We got word that Jack Watts first game when he played against Collingwood in front of that mega crowd, the Collingwood boy thereafter every game verbally got into him about that first game. Whether its true or not, the opposition believed that they scarred him mentally, so that tells you something about the ill-preparation. I mean, they trotted him out as almost a marketing tool. It was a horrible thing to do. Former Western Bulldogs captain Bob Murphy admits he always hoped Watts would succeed because of the hurdles throughout his career. Any time a player is maligned, and you see them pushing through that, I always barrack for that. I reckon thats one of the great things in sport, Murphy said. He just had that moment for Port a couple of years ago, it was at the MCG, theyd won a big game, he played really, really well and he gave this interview after the game and it was as close to that moment in the sun as Id always wanted for him and you could see how much it meant to him. And then the next week his ankle breaks and thats pretty much the last we have seen of him as a player. When I heard that news today I was just a bit bummed out. Watts hung up the boots with 174 games to his name for Melbourne and Port Adelaide.
Does Collingwood's midfield struggle in big games? - SEN
Terry Wallace believes the Magpies blew a golden opportunity last night.
Australian football Hall of Famer Terry Wallace believes Collingwood blew its best chance to go deep into finals on Monday night. The Magpies were held at arms length by Port Adelaide all night and the loss sees them finish the home-and-away season in eighth spot. This means they will have to travel to Perth and go through hard quarantine before taking on West Coast. Wallace cant see them winning that game and believes they desperately needed the four points against Port Adelaide to avoid the match-up. Id be shocked if theyre there in the second week of the finals now. That was the game that they had to win last night, it was all on the line, Wallace told SENs Dwaynes World. It was such a big game for Collingwood and realistically I dont think they handled the occasion well at all. You can say thats because theyve got foot soldiers down and thats absolutely correct, but when it comes to the crunch, Im not sure where they actually sit. Wallace believes the Collingwood midfield needs to take accountability for the loss and feels they are developing a habit of struggling in big games. I keep hearing the Collingwood midfield is as elite as any midfield in the competition and Im sure that Champion Data has got them ranked one, two or three or around that mark, Wallace said. When you go through the personnel theres no wonder why thats their ranking, but when theyre playing in big games they have failed and thats just the reality of where it sits. Go back to last years Preliminary Final, they won the hit-outs last year in the Prelim 78 to 16, so they controlled first use of the ball, but they were beaten 54 to 35 in clearance, which comes down to your midfield being able to get the job done. Last night they won hit-outs again 42-27, yet they were beaten in the clearances 40-28. The two biggest games theyve played in up until this stage over the last two years, that game last night to open up any real chance in finals, and theyve been beaten. Their midfield simply hasnt been able to get it done when the crunch time is there. Tom Rockliff and Robbie Gray had 17 clearances between them. The whole of the Collingwood footy club only had 28. They were soundly, soundly beaten in that area once again and theyve got to wear that. A win would have seen Collingwood taking on St Kilda in their Elimination Final. They now face the Eagles next Saturday night at Optus Stadium.
Two eyebrow raising omissions as All-Australian squad of 40 revealed - SEN
See the squad here.
The All-Australian squad of 40 has been released with a few eyebrow raising omissions immediately evident. North Melbourne ruckman Todd Goldstein and Melbourne defender Steven May have missed the squad entirely, in a surprise to many. Five Port Adelaide and Geelong players made the group of 40 and four from Collingwood and West Coast. See the full squad below: BrisbaneHarris AndrewsHugh McCluggageLachie Neale CarltonJacob Weitering CollingwoodTaylor AdamsBrayden MaynardDarcy MooreScott Pendlebury EssendonJordan Ridley FremantleNat FyfeLuke RyanMatt Taberner GeelongMark BlicavsPatrick DangerfieldCam GuthrieTom HawkinsSam Menegola GWS GIANTSNick Haynes HawthornJack Gunston MelbourneMax GawnClayton OliverChristian Petracca Port AdelaideTravis BoakZak ButtersDarcy Byrne-JonesCharlie DixonTom Jonas RichmondDylan GrimesDustin MartinNick Vlastuin St KildaDan ButlerJack Steele SydneyTom Papley West CoastAndrew GaffNic NaitanuiLiam RyanBrad Sheppard Western BulldogsMarcus BontempelliCaleb DanielJack Macrae
Melbourne midfielder under investigation for COVID protocol breach - SEN
The club has reported the incident to the AFL.
Melbourne midfielder Harley Bennell is under investigation for a possible COVID protocol breach, according to the Herald Sun. Melbourne has alerted the AFL after Bennell partook in a drinking session away from the clubs Queensland hub on Saturday night. According to the report, Bennell was kept away from his teammates as a precaution after the potential breach was realised. The 27-year-old featured five times for the Dees in 2020, making his long-awaited return from injury against Carlton in Round 2. He didn't play in his side's final home and away game against Essendon on Saturday. See Melbourne's statement below: "The Melbourne Football Club is aware of a potential breach of the AFLs COVID-19 protocols involving player Harley Bennell. "The Club has notified the AFL, who are investigating the matter. "Whilst the Club and the AFL are in the process of establishing the facts, Harley will remain in an off-site isolation location, to remove any possibility of contaminating the Twin Waters high performance hub. "As the matter is being investigated, the Club is not in a position to comment further."