The Northern Territory news Mon 17 Nov 2014
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MONDAY NOVEMBER 17 2014 SPORT 19 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA League >>Page 22 SHEENS NOW UNDER THE MICROSCOPE AFTER LOSS Rugby >>Page 22 WALLABIES FAR FROM CONVINCING IN PARIS FRIDAY PREVIEW MONDAY REVIEW Dons stars cleared for Test THE AFL will allow Essendon captain Jobe Watson and defender Dustin Fletcher to play in Saturdays International Rules Test despite their impending anti-doping hearing. Watson and Fletcher yesterday flew to Sydney for a two-day camp, starting today, before the one-off Test against Ireland in Perth. The Dons skipper has spoken about being part of Essendons supplements 2012 program with Fletcher also believed to be one of 34 players served with an infraction notice. The AFLs anti-doping code says players with infraction notices must be provisionally suspended unless otherwise determined by the AFL Commission. The AFL confirmed the Essendon pair would be in camp today. However, there was no explanation of why they are deemed eligible to play. The AFL anti-doping code restricts what the AFL can say about doping cases. Under the code, there appear to be two options in the Watson/Fletcher case: The International Rules Test has been deemed not to be an official AFL match, or the Commission has provided an exemption. Tomorrow night the AFLs anti-doping tribunal chairman David Jones will hold a directions hearing where a hearing date will be set and the ground rules for the case will be settled. The NT News understands Watson and Fletcher were extremely keen to play in the series and were told on Saturday it was their choice. They were given the freedom to pull out given they will be training and playing under intense scrutiny as the anti doping hearing nears. But both made it clear they wanted in, with Fletcher in particular crucial to Australias chances given he will likely be the goalkeeper in the hybrid game. The AFL anti-doping code states: Subject to clause 12.5 or unless otherwise determined by the AFL Commission in any case, a player will be ineligible to participate in any match, upon receiving an infraction notice. Clause 12.5 relates to substances that are not a specified substance. However, the substance identified in the Essendon case, thymosin beta-4, is a specified substance. Watson won the Brownlow Medal in 2012 and while he could technically lose it if found guilty of drug charges, the AFL has discretion to allow him to keep it. CONTINUED PAGE 21 By JON RALPH DONALD DODGES HUNTING EAGLES MagpiesMagpies make it make it threethree straightstraight >> P21 >> P21 Palmerston livewire Donald Mungatopi looks to get a handpass away after confronting the Wanderers defence during NTFL premiershIp action at Northline Oval yesterday Picture: IVAN RACHMAN
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