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Sunday Territorian 24 Aug 2014



Sunday Territorian 24 Aug 2014


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60 SPORT SUNDAY AUGUST 24 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V2 Bombers beat Suns to wrap up finals berth ESSENDON coach Mark Thompson praised his players as incredible after the Bombers warmed up for next months AFL finals series with a 19point win over Gold Coast yesterday. Essendons 16.12 (108) to 13.11 (89) victory has improved their win-loss record to 12-9 and, with only one round remaining, they appear certain to qualify for the top eight. And while big men Patrick Ryder and Michael Hurley and onballer Brendon Goddard were match winners at Etihad Stadium against the Suns, Thompson is determined to find the switch to lift the team as a whole to play the type of football required to win a final. Essendon have played only two finals since 2004, suffering heavy losses in elimination finals against Adelaide and Carlton in 2009 and 2011 respectively. Banned from the 2013 finals over their use of supplements in 2012, the Bombers have battled off-field dramas this season as the fallout continues over ASADAs investigation into the club. Theyve been an incredible group, Thompson said. Theyve been dealt a hand thats been awful. So for them to make it, its fantastic for them. Theyve been treated pretty badly. Ive never experi enced anything like it, not so much pressure on young men. Thompson can sense a feeling of excitement among his players. They havent had great memories of finals and then it got taken off them last year, Thompson said. Now I hope they do make amends. Gold Coasts loss was their ninth in their past 12 games, ending their chances of play ing finals football as they sit on a 10-11 record. Ryder (44 hitouts, 15 disposals) and Hurley (27 touches, 12 marks) kicked two goals each. Goddard had 28 disposals and booted three goals. Essen don face Carlton next Saturday night. David Swallow was a hard worker for the Suns, tallying 27 disposals. Tom Lynch was another standout with four goals, giving him 43 for the season. By GREG BUCKLE AFL Gallant victory puts Pies back in top eight INJURY-RAVAGED Collingwood scored a gutsy eightpoint AFL win over Greater Western Sydney yesterday. The Magpies had only one player on the bench for most of the second half, but battled back from a 21-point second quarter deficit to score a 11.9 (75) to 9.13 (67) victory at Spotless Stadium. The victory lifted them into the eight, though they will drop out if Richmond beat St Kilda on Sunday. The Magpies didnt hit the front until just under six minutes from time, but kicked the last three goals. Josh Thomas sparked the Pies with an equal career-best three goals and a team leading 29 touches. Luckless Collingwood, who had five players injured in last weeks loss to Brisbane, lost three more in just over a half yesterday. Clinton Young came off in the second quarter with a hamstring issue and Dane Swan didnt return after half-time with a similar problem. Brent Macaffer suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury just after half-time. The Giants led by seven at quarter and half-time and 10 at the final change. Jarryd Blair and Alex Fasolo kicked the last two goals of the first half to get the Pies within seven at half-time and Josh Thomas notched the first of the third quarter. GWS midfielder Toby Greene logged a career-best 42 disposals. The Giants were forced to activate their substitute Tim Golds in the first quarter after Jono ORourke injured a hamstring. Former Magpies defender Heath Shaw captained the Giants after co-captain Phil Daviss failed to recover from a calf injury. Essendons Brendon Goddard takes a spectacular mark in the Bombers victory against the Gold Coast Suns at Etihad Stadium yesterday. Picture: WAYNE LUDBEY ACL halts young Pie MATTHEW Scharenbergs horrible run of luck has continued, with the young Magpie rupturing his ACL during the Magpies VFL win over Bendigo on Friday night. The 19-year-old utility, who was the No. 6 selection in last years NAB AFL Draft, was in jured during the second quarter of the match. He left the ground on crutches, and on Saturday morning scans confirmed he requires a knee reconstruction. Collingwood confirmed Scharenberg would have a reconstruction in coming weeks. Patton stays a Giant despite injury GREATER Western Sydney have re-signed forward Jonathon Patton until the end of the 2017 AFL season. The 21-year-old, who was a No. 1 draft pick in 2011, was delighted to stick with the Giants after a tough week. Patton will undergo a knee reconstruction next week after suffering the injury in last Sundays win over Melbourne. Its been a rough week but the club has always supported me and I want to repay the faith theyve shown in me, he said. I love the club and my teammates and I cant wait to get the surgery done and get stuck into my rehab and get back around the boys as we look ahead to 2015. Theres no doubt the Giants can achieve great success in the coming years and I am determined to be part of it. SCOREBOARD 67GIANTS3.4 6.6 8.11 9.13 75MAGPIES2.3 5.5 7.7 11.9 BEST Collingwood: J Thomas M Williams S Pendlebury J Blair T Broomhead S Sidebottom. GWS: T Greene R Palmer J Kelly W Hoskin-Elliott S Mumford D Smith GOALS Collingwood: J Thomas 3 J White 2 T Broomhead 2 B Sinclair J Blair M Williams S Sidebottom. GWS: D Smith 2 J Hunt M Whiley R Palmer T Boyd T Bugg T Greene W Hoskin-Elliott. INJURIES Collingwood: Young (hamstring), Swan (hamstring), Macaffer (knee) GWS: Davis (calf) replaced in the selected side by Frost, ORourke (hamstring) UMPIRES Chris Donlon, Brendan Hosking, Leigh Fisher. CROWD Official Crowd: 10,851 at Spotless Stadium SCOREBOARD 108BOMBERS3.2 7.6 11.9 16.12 89SUNS2.3 4.6 10.8 13.11 BEST Essendon: B Goddard M Hurley P Ryder D Zaharakis P Chapman M Hibberd J Watson. Gold Coast: D Swallow D Prestia T Lynch H Bennell B Matera J OMeara GOALS Essendon: B Goddard 3 D Zaharakis 2 J Carlisle 2 M Hurley 2 P Ryder 2 D Myers H Hocking J Daniher T Colyer Z Merrett. Gold Coast: T Lynch 4 B Matera 2 D Prestia 2 S Lemmens 2 C Cameron D Swallow M Shaw. INJURIES Essendon: C Hooker (concussion). Gold Coast: T McKenzie (hamstring tightness) D Gorringe (knee) replaced in selected side by J Leslie. UMPIRES Simon Meredith, Chris Kamolins, Ray Chamberlain. CROWD 33,281 at Etihad Stadium