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Jack Howes pings one of the “dinosaurs” of the AFL, Garry Lyon, who had a go at another “gazza” in the “little master”, Gary Ablett, this week for being soft.
Got some fun stuff for you today, especially if you’re an AFL fan of Essendon disposition.
Stephen Dank, the alleged mastermind of Essendon’s experimental supplement program, was found guilty by the AFL anti-doping tribunal on 10 counts of breaching the anti-doping code. However he was found innocent of three charges relating to the claim that he’d provided the banned substance Thymosin Beta 4 to various Essendon players. He does appear to have been found guilty of certain charges relating to Essendon, along with Carlton and Gold Coast, and is set to be banned from the game for life.
Patrick Keane, the AFL Media Relations Manager, said “The breaches include trafficking, attempting to traffick and complicity in matters related to a range of prohibited substances.’
If you’re interested in digging in, the full transcript is here.
On to other people doing deeply silly things in sport, A-League team Perth Glory have been found guilty of breaching the salary cap for the last three years and have been booted from this years finals series and fined $269, 000. Their chief executive, Jason Brewer, has announced his resignation and the club have accepted the sanctions imposed on them by the Football Federation of Australia.
Not a great week for soccer in Australia. Melbourne Victory might have to take their home final interstate. The AFL are refusing to let them use the MCG, the Western Bulldogs aren’t going to move their game from Etihad Stadium, while the Victory believe AAMI Park is too small for a final.
The one remaining solution?
Of course, this situation is still a hypothetical dependent on the Victory making it to the grand final, but it’ll be fun to see the frothing if it happens.
The big news of the week though, is the proposed alignment of the AFL’s Port Adelaide and the NRL’s Penrith Panthers. Despite the rivalry between the codes, the two clubs have decided to work together on business and management issues. What it will mean in the long run is unclear, but it certainly has the potential to shake things up.
And finishing off today, here’s a genuinely scorching hot take from Garry Lyon aimed at Gary Ablett. It’s really the entire article that needs to be quoted, so I hope you’ll forgive me for paraphrasing. The article looks at the dreadful opening two rounds from the Gold Coast Suns. Lyon has decided that Gary Ablett, the Suns captain, who looks to have returned prematurely from injury, deserves to be in the firing line for playing “with almost non-existent defensive pressure.”
“He simply wasn’t able to overcome the adversity associated with his shoulder problem,” Lyon continues.
Garry Lyon then follows this up by lavishing praise on St Kilda’s captain, Nick Riewoldt, who is still dealing with his own anguish following the death of his sister in the off-season. To Lyon, the comparison is simple. Riewoldt is tough, a champion. Champion’s battle through adversity, they lead their men no matter what. Gary Ablett, as good as he’s been in the past, is just a bit soft. A bit of pain shouldn’t be enough to bring a champion down. Harden up old son, who cares if you need a shoulder replacement in 10 years time, your team needs you now?!
Lyon certainly isn’t alone in his opinion — there are plenty of other dinosaurs involved in the sport — but Garry Lyon is the one who’s popped his head up above the ramparts to take a swot at Gary Ablett, one of the legends of the game, and he deserves to be pinged for it.
Oh, one last thing, before I forget. Police have released pictures of 13 Canterbury Bulldogs supporters wanted for questioning regarding the chucking of bottles at referees at the end of the Good Friday game against the Rabbitohs. They’re still looking for more information, so if you’ve got anything to add hit them up here.