Essendon Bombers

Richmond spoil Dustin Fletcher's 400th game

Jake Niall 1:21 AM   Hidden underneath the joint celebrations of Dustin Fletcher's 400th game and the Indigenous contribution to football was a critical game between sides which seemed almost deadlocked in the competition.

Dustin Fletcher injured in milestone game

Jobe Watson, Joe Daniher and James Hird watch the game from the sidelines.

Larissa Nicholson 12:29 AM   Dustin Fletcher picks up a groin injury in the third quarter of his 400th game.

No fairytale for Dustin Fletcher

Dustin Fletcher of the Bombers is chaired off the ground after his 400th game.

Larissa Nicholson 11:29 PM   It was no fairytale 400th game for Dustin Fletcher, who was subbed out in the final quarter of Essendon's loss to Richmond on Saturday night.

Griffen was nervous about facing Dogs: coach

GWS coach Leon Cameron with his players during a break.

Peter Hanlon 11:21 PM   GWS coach Leon Cameron admitted Ryan Griffen had been nervous about facing his old side for the first time, but would not blame Griffen's meek performance in the much-anticipated rendezvous for the way the Western Bulldogs dominated his emerging team in a 45-point win on Saturday.

Dyson Heppell at home among Indigenous Australians

Role model: Milikapiti Primary and SEDA students watching Dyson Heppell.

Martin Flanagan   Dyson Heppell, Essendon's 2014 best and fairest winner, is a confident, happy young man.

Fletch taught us everything, say defenders

Leader: Dustin Fletcher trains on the eve of his 400th game.

Larissa Nicholson   This week has brought another milestone for the laconic Essendon stalwart.

Dustin Fletcher: the 10 best performances

Essendon's Dustin Fletcher.

Rohan Connolly   In Saturday night's annual Dreamtime clash, 40-year-old Dustin Fletcher becomes just the third man to play 400 games alongside Michael Tuck and Kevin Bartlett.

Carlisle expected to take on Tigers

Jake Carlisle is set to play against Richmond.

Larissa Nicholson   Jake Carlisle is expected to play against Richmond, despite being struck with a bout of gastro earlier this week.

When Michael Long stood up before he walked

Champion footballer Michael Long with his son, rookie-listed Jake.

Peter Hanlon   Twenty years after he inspired a change that reverberated beyond football, Michael Long is still walking.

Edwards and Dempsey look forward to Dreamtime at the 'G

Round 1 Carlton vs Richmond at the MCG.

Larissa Nicholson   Shane Edwards and Courtenay Dempsey are quietly looking forward to the Dreamtime at the 'G match at the weekend.

Tuck welcomes Fletcher into 400 club

Essendon's Dustin Fletcher just keeps on going, and is set to reach the massive milestone of 400 games.

Hawthorn legend Michael Tuck says Dustin Fletcher's upcoming 400-game milestone is a testament to the veteran Bomber's love of Australia's indigenous football code.

Winderlich inching closer to return

Jason Winderlich.

Emma Quayle   Essendon is optimistic that Jason Winderlich will have a part to play in its season, with the veteran close to returning from significant back problems.

Daniher hits his straps as Bombers thrash Lions

Joe Daniher kicked a career-high six goals.

Peter Hanlon   Joe Daniher kicked a career-high six goals as Essendon found form on Sunday.

Hird says Daniher 'could be anything'

Bombers coach James Hird has a word with Dustin Fletcher on the sidelines.

Peter Hanlon   Bombers coach is pleased with gun forward and team's improved skill level in thrashing of Lions.

WADA given more time to prepare appeal

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Essendon remain hopeful of a swift resolution to the World Anti-Doping Agency's appeal despite a 45-day extension granted to WADA by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Why the Essendon 34 ended up on a journey to CAS

Roy Masters

Roy Masters   As a purely national code, why did the AFL come under the umbrella of WADA and its rules?

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WADA won't fare any better than ASADA

Darren Kane

Darren Kane   WADA will be fighting a losing battle before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Hird believes result would be same in Switzerland

Bombers coach James Hird.

Daniel Cherny   No matter where the Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing is held, James Hird will be confident the decision will go his and Essendon's desired way.

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WADA appeal not a 're-investigation' of our case: Bombers

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Matt Murnane   Essendon chief executive Xavier Campbell says the club "sees no reason" why it shouldn't maintain its confidence in a positive outcome for its players going into the appeal process ignited by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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WADA to call on favourite lawyer for appeal

Roy Masters

Roy Masters   Australia may not have either a judge or counsel on the World Anti-Doping Agency's appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over the Essendon supplements case.

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