Essendon Bombers

Little says Bombers' board has performed 'exceptionally well'

Paul Little is facing opposition at next month's Essendon AGM.

Jon Pierik 6:15 PM   Essendon chairman Paul Little has defended the performance of his board amid another tumultuous year, as voting opens for two vacant positions.

Club-by-club guide to the 2014 AFL draft: part one

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Emma Quayle   Everything you need to know for the AFL Draft with your club-by-club guide to your team's draft needs, hopes and dreams.

Dank won't front AFL before Hird court ruling

Central figure: Stephen Dank.

Roy Masters   Any appearance by sports scientist, Stephen Dank, before an AFL convened drugs tribunal will have to wait until after the outcome of James Hird's appeal to the Full Federal Court.

Paddy Ryder settles into new home

Paddy Ryder at his new home.

Former Essendon ruckman Paddy Ryder says he had lost his passion for football at the Bombers and his move to Port Adelaide has given him a new lease of life.

I'm no AFL plant, says Bomber board candidate

Rohan Connolly   Essendon board candidate Jason Cunningham has penned an open letter to club members in an attempt to dispel fears that he and running mate Ron Gauci are "an AFL plant".

Charter's attendance at anti-doping tribunal uncertain

Shane Charter arriving at court earlier this month.

Daniel Cherny   ASADA'S key witness in its case against the 34 current and former Essendon players issued with infraction notices will meet briefly on Thursday with ASADA to finalise the statement upon which the anti-drugs agency will rely.

Essendon posts profit despite ASADA probe

The Essendon mascot.

Essendon are again a club in the black, reporting a net profit of $721,517 compared with last season's $2.15 million windfall.

Potential Bomber bans don't worry Gwilt

James Gwilt

Ronny Lerner   New Bomber James Gwilt is not concerned by the possibility of a large number of his team-mates being suspended for the early part of next season.

Bulldogs players break ranks in ASADA case

Bulldog Stewart Crameri gets stuck into pre-season training.

Jon Pierik   A stunning split has emerged among the ranks of the 34 former and current Essendon players charged with being administered a banned peptide.

Essendon players seek out ex-fitness boss Robinson for court quest

Training day:  Essendon players on Tuesday.

Jon Pierik   Lawyers for the 34 Essendon players facing anti-doping bans have reached out to former Essendon fitness boss Dean Robinson to help clear their names.

Essendon eye VFL curtain-raisers

Essendon are keen to host a VFL curtain-raiser against Geelong in June.

Daniel Cherny   Essendon have thrown their hat into the ring to play in VFL curtain-raisers, with the Bombers targetting games against Geelong and the Western Bulldogs as opportunities for VFL/AFL double-headers. It emerged last week that the AFL was keen on going back to the future by bringing back curtain-raisers for selected games in Melbourne.

Bomber board candidates go for grass roots approach

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly   Grass roots campaigning has achieved much in the political sphere recently. Now two candidates for the Essendon board hope the strategy can prove as effective in the football world.

AFL to argue for open Essendon anti-doping hearing

Essendon logo.

Jon Pierik   The AFL is expected to argue the anti-doping tribunal case involving 34 current and former Essendon players be open, placing the league at odds with the AFL Players Association.

Discretion not the better part of this decision

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson   Whichever way you present it, the AFL’s decision to clear Essendon players Jobe Watson and Dustin Fletcher to play in Saturday’s international rules match against Ireland is one that plunges this dreadful story further into an abyss shadowed throughout the journey by illogical and occasionally immoral choices.

Essendon players want closed anti-doping tribunal hearing

ASADA denies it has tabled offer with AFL boss to reduce bans for Essendon players

Jon Pierik   The 34 former and current Essendon players issued with infraction notices want their cases to be heard behind closed doors.

Essendon players hit with infraction notices

Essendon

Jake Niall   Infraction notices have landed for the 34 current and and former Essendon players who will face AFL tribunal charges of the use of banned peptide thymosin beta-4.

Matthew Lloyd returns to Essendon as goalkicking coach

Matthew Lloyd.

Rohan Connolly   Former Essendon champion full-forward Matthew Lloyd is returning to his old club as a specialist goalkicking coach.

Infraction notices imminent for Bombers, hearings follow

The ADRVP has placed the players on the register of findings.

Jake Niall   Current and former Essendon players have been placed on the register of findings by an anti-doping panel, with the AFL expected to take the next step and issue infraction notices against those 34 players.

Thompson's exit highlights the dysfunction at Essendon's core

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson   Paul Little's handling of Mark Thompson on Wednesday remains symbolic of the unprecedented football disaster area the Essendon Football Club has become.

Thompson and Essendon to part ways

Mark Thompson

Caroline Wilson   Essendon has confirmed that Mark Thompson has finished up at the club after a tense meeting with club officials on Wednesday.