Essendon Bombers

ASADA would appeal penalties 'in a heartbeat', says ex-chief

Jon Pierik 8:15 PM   Former Australian anti-doping chief Richard Ings says ASADA would appeal in a "heartbeat" should Essendon players be found guilty of taking a banned substance and not receive an appropriate punishment.

Bombers unsure on Hird fight


Samantha Lane, Jake Niall 7:56 PM   Essendon say they do not know whether senior coach James Hird will continue his legal battle with ASADA at the High Court.

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Bomber top-ups land for training

The Age, Sport, picture by Justin McManus. 25/02/2015. Essendon Top players at training for the Nab Challenge. Former Melbourne player James Magner and former Bribane Lion Sam Michael

Rohan Connolly 3:17 PM   Six of Essendon's top-up players for the NAB Challenge pre-season series had their first training run with their new club on Wednesday night.

ASADA warns it could appeal Essendon case

McDevitt was questioned why it had taken more than two years to get to this stage.

Jon Pierik   Australian anti-doping chief Ben McDevitt has suggested Essendon and coach James Hird are to blame for the delays in securing a resolution for the supplements saga and has warned he is likely to appeal any finding that is not a "reasonable decision".

Why the AFL needs a bigger, better year

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly   Football finally kicks off for 2015 on Thursday night, and the AFL may need a bigger and better year than it has known.

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Nine clubs cleared, probe into Dons, AFL continues

Essendon's recruiting team

Jon Pierik   Nine Victorian AFL clubs have been cleared of alleged breaches of occupational health and safety but the Victorian WorkCover Authority's probe into Essendon and the AFL continues.

Umpires to crack down on holding the ball

Mark Evans said umpires had been too lenient early last year.

Jon Pierik   Having heard the frustration of supporters on game day, the AFL has tightened its interpretation on holding the ball.

Ryder, Monfries to play Port trial game

Angus Monfries.

Port Adelaide duo Paddy Ryder and Angus Monfries, awaiting anti-doping verdicts, will play an internal trial match on Friday night as it's not an AFL sanctioned game.

Another AFL season tainted by Essendon scandal

Editorial The Age

The AFL has pretensions of being Australia’s premier sporting code, but one of its clubs is making a mockery of this.

McVeigh unlikely to coach in NAB Challenge opening rounds

Mark McVeigh in action for the Bombers in 2012.

Jake Niall   Former Bomber Mark McVeigh is unlikely to be involved in an on-field coaching role with Greater Western Sydney during the opening weeks of the NAB Challenge.

Prospective NAB Challenge players visit Essendon

Clinton Jones is one of the players visiting Essendon.

Prospective top-up players began visiting the club's headquarters at Tullamarine on Thursday, ahead of their possible participation in the NAB Challenge.

Essendon's new recruits dream of a shot at glory

Jake Niall

Jake Niall   In Essendon's version of The Recruit, there are no guarantees of a position on an AFL list. But this has not stopped the Dons from receiving a deluge of interest from players who see this unique opportunity to make the grade.

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Bombers sorry for contacting SANFL players directly


Jason Phelan   Essendon have apologised for the roughshod manner in which they went about trying to recruit top-up players from the SANFL.

Back off Port boys: Ayres

Gary Ayres and Essendon

Daniel Cherny   Port Melbourne coach Gary Ayres has sent a blunt message in the direction of Essendon, urging them to back off the Borough’s list come the season proper.

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Saints happy with Dons top-ups

Paddy McCartin could be in line for NAB Challenge game-time says Alan Richardson.

Daniel Cherny   St Kilda coach Alan Richardson has expressed relief that Essendon’s NAB Challenge ring-ins have are all mature-age players.

Dons approach Coburg defender for NAB Challenge

Essendon AFL club

Daniel Cherny   Former Collingwood rookie Michael Hartley is looming as the first state league player to be plucked by Essendon for the upcoming NAB Challenge.

AFL releases 'top-up' player details for Bombers


Jon Pierik   Rival AFL clubs will reluctantly allow their VFL talent to join Essendon as top-up players, realising this is the most practical option to ensure the NAB Challenge and the AFL season proceeds amid the ongoing supplements saga.

Irish series will impact on Bombers duo

Jobe Watson and Dustin Fletcher.

Jon Pierik   The decision by Jobe Watson and Dustin Fletcher to represent Australia in last year's International Rules will impact on any suspension the pair may receive as part of the Essendon supplements scandal.

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Essendon to play in NAB Challenge

Essendon players.

Jon Pierik, Michael Gleeson and Daniel Cherny   Essendon chairman Paul Little has denied the Bombers were ever going to boycott the NAB Challenge, and says an "appropriate" solution has been found with the 26 players from the club's list in 2012 sitting out the pre-season competition.

AFL discovering WADA code doesn't fit pro sport

Darren Kane dinkus Dinkus

Darren Kane   By reference to the Oxford Dictionary, a "sport" is an activity involving physical exertion and skill, where individuals or teams compete against one another for entertainment. Applying the definition is an entirely separate exercise.