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After a season full of injuries, no major changes for Bombers

James Hird

Adam Cooper Essendon coach James Hird wants his players to increase aerobic capacity for 2013.

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Faceless Bombers in the mix

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Adam Cooper Two relative unknowns, Dylan Van Unen and Nick Kommer, could be vying for selection for round one.

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Key pair a boost for Bombers

Michael Hurley.

Matt Murnane and Adam Cooper Essendon can be thankful all its troops will be on call for opening night battle against Adelaide.

After bombardment, Bombers bond

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Adam Cooper Essendon coach James Hird is hopeful the way his players have handled their endless summer will create a tighter bond among them, but knows that emotion alone cannot help the Bombers make up the...

Supreme Court to hear Bruce Reid's arbiter bid in Essendon supplements case

Bruce Reid

Adam Cooper A Supreme Court hearing in two weeks' time will determine whether Essendon Football Club doctor Bruce Reid will have a charge against him heard by an independent arbiter.

AFL

Goddard made decision that was 'outside team structure': Watters

St Kilda's Brendon Goddard walks with coach Scott Watters during training in July, 2012.

Adam Cooper St Kilda coach Scott Watters has lashed out at Brendon Goddard, accusing the star player of making big money his priority in joining Essendon.

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Hurley in fitness push

Michael Hurley

Adam Cooper Essendon forward hopeful increase in aerobic fitness will make him less vulnerable to injuries.

AFL

Tippett a Swan, as Prismall, Garlett ignored

Kurt Tippett

Adam Cooper Reigning premier Sydney has finally got its man, by recruiting ex-Adelaide forward Kurt Tippett in the AFL pre-season draft on Tuesday.

Watson says Brownlow is safe

By Jobe, he's done it: Brownlow medallist Jobe Watson.

Adam Cooper and Adrian Lowe Essendon great Tim Watson says he would be devastated if his son, Bombers skipper Jobe Watson, is stripped of his Brownlow Medal as part of the supplements investigation centred on the club, but has...

Nothing to hide: Geelong

Geelong has been drawn into the investigation because Dean Robinson worked previously at the Cats.

Adam Cooper, Emma Quayle Investigation into Essendon's use of supplements will prompt discussions among conditioning staff at other clubs and is likely to lift the pressure on players to question any substance they are given.

Sports science body wants greater regulation

Generic test tubes.

Adam Cooper Australia's peak body for sports scientists claims its members' image has been damaged through the Essendon supplements scandal and has called on the AFL to better regulate the industry for the sake...

AFL

Bomber blow: Melksham breaks hand at training

Jake Melksham

Adam Cooper ESSENDON’S horror week worsened on Friday when young midfielder Jake Melksham broke his hand in the club’s intra-club match.

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AFL to go in hard to curb drug use

AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou

Adam Cooper AFL clubs will have their staff audited, sports science staff registered and be instructed to undertake mandatory reporting of any doping issue in an attempt to stamp out widespread illegal drug use...

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Injury adds to Dons' woes

Jake Melksham

Adam Cooper Essendon's horror week worsened on Friday when young midfielder Jake Melksham broke his hand in the club's intra-club match.

AFL urges clubs: employ integrity officers

Adam Cooper AFL CHIEF executive Andrew Demetriou has urged clubs to employ their own integrity officers ahead of bolstering coaching panels in a bid to eradicate the problems similar to the supplement scandal...

AFL

Minson agrees Dons' drama off-limits

Western Bulldog Will Minson

Adam Cooper Western Bulldogs ruckman swears he will not sledge Essendon players in Friday night's match.

Football

No 'plan B' for TV football

Adam Cooper Broadcasters have not devised plans should Essendon be unable to field a team in 2013.

AFL

Hird unfazed by unfolding drama at Cronulla

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Adam Cooper and AAP Essendon coach James Hird says it would be unrealistic to think the doping drama unfolding at Cronulla would not have been noted by his own players.

Dons feel the strain

Captains speaking: Callan Ward (left), Jack Grimes, Jack Trengove, Phil Davis, Joel Selwood and Travis Boak at Etihad Stadium.

Adam Cooper and Matt Murnane Skipper Jobe Watson admits Bombers stressed and flat during a turbulent past six weeks.

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Bombs away

Brendon Goddard.

Adam Cooper Essendon coach James Hird is hopeful the way his players have dealt with the supplements probe that has centred on his club will have a galvanising effect on the team this season.