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Sunday Territorian 20 Jul 2014



Sunday Territorian 20 Jul 2014


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~ + 60 SPORT . - . SUNDAY JULY 20 2014 ............ ___ ............................................ - ... -.......................................... --- ............... -- .. -- ................. _ .. __ ............................................... -............... -................. _______ .............................................. -----------.. ------- .. --------------------------- ---- .. -- . . Essendon fans hopeful club will find spac:e:fof Thompson By SAM EDMUND AFL FACT I: Mark Thompson won't be coaching Essendon next year. ":.FACT II: As a dual premier -ship coach, he's one of the best. it doesn't quite add up for the majority of pssendon supporters. The red and black faithful started the season mourmng James Hird's exile, but most are ending it wishing Thomp~on could somehow stay. Hird left for France with the ink still drying on a two-year contract ~ension that had Essendon chairman Paul Little declaring his coaching future was "set in concrete". That concrete shows no signs of cracking ahead of Hird's re L ~ ... . ,, 1 ennya heart _of Saints yictory QN,, WARRICK GREEN AFL IT'S all very well to pay tribute ro.~retiring champion Lenny Hayes by fronting a mid.week media conference wearing "I heart Lenny" T-shirts. But the Saints found a more heartfelt way to show their re~ spect for their spiritual leader >'{ith a sparkling 58-point win o~r .premiership contender Fremantle at Etihad Stadium. St ~da played with energy ~ intensity from the outset, with its ferocious tackling, harassing and smothering causing numerous turnovers and forc~the Dockers to fluster. Seeing the Saints have a crack pleased their fans but perhaps the most encouraging aspect of the Saints' display was the potency of a forward line that has looked largely OAA-dimensio11al this season. Nick Riewoldt produced his usual admirable effort, and although he was well on top of fur'mer teammate Zac Dawson and -finished with four goals, for .once he was not expected to play a lone hand. For a team thaJ: averaged 59 points per game in its previous 11 losses, the Saints had racked up 60 by half time. The final score was St Kilda's highest of the season and the first time it had got beyond 100 points. q,uke Dunstan and David Armitage set the tone with ST KILDA V FREMANTLE . SAINTS ~ 4.3 g~ 15.14 17.16 : u u s;6 9.6 ma DOCi<ERS BEST St Kilda: N Riewoldt R Stanley 118 60 S Savag~ L D.unstan F Ray L Hayes. Fremantle: M Barlow R Crowley P Duffield. GOALS St Kilda: N Riewoldt 4 R Stanley 3 F Ray 2 L Dunstan 2 A Schneider B Murdoch C Shenfon D Armitage L Montagna T Curren , Fremantle: M Pavlich 2 N Fyfe 2 A Morabito C Mayne D Pearce M Barlow M Taberner. UMPIRES B Rosebu(y, S Mclner~ey,_ L Fisher CROWD 16,594 at Etihad Stadium their attack, which brought to mind a young Lenny Hayes. And then there ~as the old Lenny Hayes, whu was unrelenting. St Kilda's win was all the more remarkable given it was doWn a man for all but the opening three minutes afte~ Sean Dempster was knocked out in a head clash. Courage, ferocity, tackUng <!Ild an underestimated splash of skill. For four quarters. This truly was a St Kilda win chara,ctefised by all the qualities the football world admires about Lenny Hayes. turn to Australia this month. But you can't help but ask: If you had to choose a coach for Essendon, who would it be? The Bombers face the prospect of losing a master tac~ tician who looks to have regained !Us competitive thirst, while staying committed to a playing hero who is unproven as a coach. Thompson may stay in an other role, of course. But that renewed hunger to lead a side, combined with the difficulty of finding him a st_table position after the appointment of Neil Craig as head of coaching, could see him leave. Thompson said in March: "IfI love it and things are OK and I'm happy ... maybe I do it (coach) somewhere else." A 'poll last week asked fans whether Hird or ' Thompson should coach the club next year. Thompson received 79 per cent approval. rating from more than 33b0 votes. Losing Thompson would be a disaster. "You are talking about a guy who has coached for only a couple of years against a guy who has already been a premiership coach," Essendon great Tim Watson said. St Kilda's l,.enny Hayes celebrates with Leigh Montagna after their 58-point win against Fremantle at Etihad Staaium yesterday., Picture: MICHAEL DODGE "You would have' to say on that . evidence alone, that 'Bomber' Thompson would be better equipped to coach. But that hasn't been the situation there at Essendon. We know the situation now is that James Hird will come back and coac):J.. Dual premiership player David King said the consequences of the coaching handover could be catastrophic. GWSgive: Cats quite a'fright GEELONG has survived a nuge scare against - Greater Western Sydney, just hanging on to secure a seven-point victory that takes the Cats into second place on the ladder. The Cats led by 36 points early in the final term, but were forced to withstand a withering GWS comeback to prevail 13.16(94)to12.15 (87). The usual suspects of Joel Selwood (39 disposals), Steve Johnson (30 disposals, three goals), Harry Taylor (30 disposals) and Steven Motlop (28) were all pivotal in the victory. GWS defender Josh Hunt got the scotirtg underway against his old side, nailing a goal ofl the run in the second minute. GWS kicked the first three goals of the second term to open a surprise 12-point lead. That sparked the Cats as they registered the 11e?ct six scoring shots, with a bit of Johnson magic giving them a four-point edge at half-time. Geelong - then slammed. through the first four goals of the second half to break the game open for the first time. But expectations of a landslide never eventuated. With Fremantle being well beaten by St ~da earlier in the d_g.y, the 13.16 (94) to 12.15 (87) victory has put Geelong into second place, although it di(in't look like a top-two team through much of the contest. GWS GIANTS V GEE LONG GIANTS - 2.4 4.6 7.9 12.1~ :ICATS 25 4.10 10.14 13.16 GOALS 87 94 Geelong: S Johnson 3' J Caddy 2 T Hawkins 2 C Guthrie D Simpson J Bartel J Murdoch J Selwood M Duncan. GWS Giants: D Shiel 2 J Patton 2 T Boya 2 C Ward J Cameron J Hunt J Kelly R Palmer W Hoskin-Elliott . UMPIRES R Findlay, s Hay, A Mitchell CROWD 7;697 ~t Spotless Stadium Confusion _reigns as club flounClers _Eagles allow veteran time to decide NORTH Melbourne midfielder Nick Dal Santo has CJ,dmitted to "confusion" in trying to explain the Glub's inconsist~ that looks to have cost it a top four berth. And he has conceded that h~ has to take some responsibility, but does not accept Der mott Brereton's assessment of him as a lazy player, "It was just bitter disappointment and anger, not at each other because it's hard to assess it straight after a game," Dal Santo said about Friday night's loss to Carlton. "The other thing with me was a little bit of confusion - as in where to from here and what do we do, not with out performance, just with om inconsistency?" He said he needed to do more as a player and leader to help arrest the gap between his dub's best and worst performances. WEST Coast champion Dean 'Cox cab decide his own destiny "after talks with Eagles management last week. An announcemept on his playing future looks certain to be revealed before the end of the season ~s West Coast grapple with six more games and only a slim chance of making this year's finals. Cox, '32, is weighing up whether to retire or play on into a 15th AFL season, while developing ruck talent Scott Lycett ponders whether to ask for a trade to another club. Cox has spent the past week considering his future and is tipped to return to the Eagles line-up on Friday for the home .<;lash with Richmond. The Eagles game-record holder a:t 286 is then expected to press for selection through the remainder <'>f the season b~ fore makfng a call on his plans. Mll@jg@..mf..-JJJ.

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