Essendon Bombers

Hird's appeal 'a long shot': AFL CEO

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan.

Larissa Nicholson 8:17 PM   AFL boss Gillon McLachlan says it is focused on the tribunal decision that will determine the fate of Essendon players.

Laser of ridicule closes on Hird

James Hird at a training session on Australia Day.

Tim Lane 8:02 PM   As a footballer, James Hird's greatest gift was a seemingly ethereal ability to control chaos as it unfolded about him. Who could ever forget his performance against West Coast the Saturday night after his receipt of an AFL-imposed sanction for some ill-considered comments on The Footy Show? 

Two years on, key decisions remain

Essendon FC Chairman Paul Little.

Jon Pierik 5:00 PM   It's been arguably the most emotional – and polarising – of issues in AFL history, and it will be two years on Thursday since the Essendon supplements scandal officially broke.

Two strikes, but have we Hird the last?

James Hird

Greg Baum   Next Thursday, it will be two years since the Essendon drugs scandal first burst into public view.

Hird loses Federal Court appeal

James Hird has lost a Federal Court appeal against the joint AFL/ASADA investigation.

Jon Pierik   The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority re-affirmed that it must work closely with key sporting bodies after James Hird's appeal in the Federal Court failed on Friday.

Live: Hird v ASADA appeal judgment


Daniel Cherny   Live coverage of the full Federal Court judgment as James Hird again seeks to have the AFL/ASADA investigation into Essendon's 2012 supplements use deemed invalid.

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Supplements saga: What is today's Federal Court decision about?


Jon Pierik   What: James Hird's appeal in the Federal Court. Hird lost his initial case before Justice John Middleton against the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

Hird to find out his Federal Court fate on Friday

Essendon coach James Hird.

Jon Pierik   James Hird's hopes of having the infraction notices against 34 past and present Essendon players quashed will be decided on Friday when the Federal Court unveils its ruling.

Hird hopeful provisional Essendon suspensions are lifted

Essendon coach James Hird.

Jon Pierik   James Hird is hopeful the provisional suspensions of about 20 of his Essendon players will not prevent them from honing their pre-season preparation in the NAB Challenge.

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Bombers focus on fitness as court cases swirl

Water torture: Jobe Watson (centre) and Brendan Goddard (left) lead the Bombers to dry land.

Jon Pierik   As ongoing court dramas leave Essendon's players facing an uncertain start to the season, the Bombers on Saturday continued to concentrate on the only thing they can - improving their fitness.

Steinberg leads way in Bombers' triathlon

Jon Pierik   Determined Essendon defender Ariel Steinberg strode to a commanding win in Saturday morning's club mini-triathlon at Williamstown beach.

ASADA probe: Suspended Bombers in doubt for NAB Cup

Generic ASADA graphic.

Jake Niall   Provisionally suspended current and ex-Essendon players appear likely to require AFL Commission permission if they wish to play in the NAB Cup, with the ASADA hearing set to drag on into mid-February and unlikely to be completed until shortly before the season starts.

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Bomber joins 3AW

Mark 'Bomber' Thompson will join 3AW's commentary team.

Ronny Lerner   Former interim Essendon coach Mark Thompson will be involved in footy again this year after officially joining radio station 3AW’s commentary team.

Zaharakis: AFL in battle to win over youngsters

David Zaharakis

Ronny Lerner   Essendon midfielder David Zaharakis says the AFL still has a lot of work to do to win over the hearts and minds of budding athletes in the ever-intensifying battle of the codes.

Medical experts give evidence on Bombers' drugs

Medical experts were again called to the AFL anti-doping tribunal on Wednesday.

Jon Pierik   Medical experts were again called over the type of substances administered to the Essendon players as debate continued before the AFL's anti-doping tribunal on Wednesday.

Hird unlikely to win but players will be cleared: Galbally

David Galbally.

Jon Pierik   Leading Melbourne lawyer David Galbally says James Hird is unlikely to succeed in his Federal Court appeal but, citing an AFL case almost 20 years old, expects the Essendon players to escape punishment before the league's anti-doping tribunal.

'Line-ball' ASADA case makes both sides nervous

Generic ASADA graphic.

Jon Pierik   The tribunal hearing into the Essendon supplements program resumes on Tuesday, with suggestions the case so far is a line-ball call.

Dons looking for new development coach

James Hird (centre) and his newly appointed assistant coaches Mark Neeld (left) and Mark Harvey walk off after a time trial during an Essendon training session at Visy Park on November 6.

Daniel Cherny   Essendon is looking to bring another new face into its football department, with the club advertising for an additional development coach.

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ASADA turns to second expert in Bombers hearing

Support for Essendon

Jon Pierik   The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has finished its opening submission in a specially convened hearing, alleging Essendon players were injected with a banned drug during the club's 2012 supplements program.

Cats to remain in premiership mix, data suggests

Jackson Thurlow.

Jon Pierik   While there have been predictions of doom for Geelong, official analysis of the Cats' list suggests they should remain firmly in the premiership mix this season.