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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 4 April2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 4 APRIL 2015 29 SPORT Bombers staff admit failings Former coach Mark Thompson says he could have done more, while current coach James Hird apologises Former Essendon coach Mark 'Bomber' Thompson has admitted he could have done more to stop questionable practises in the club. Thompson was assistant coach under James Hird in 2012, and became caretaker coach as the supplements scandal broke. When asked by the media if he had done enough to stop the supplements program, Thompson replied "obviously not, no". Thompson admitted that the AFL and the club failed to heed concerns from veteran club doctor Bruce Reid who objected to the controversial supplements program. Current Essendon coach James Hird gave a tearful apology for the club's actions and admitted he was close to never returning to the role of coach in October last year. "I am so sorry for anything that's happened or that's been done wrong to our players or been done wrong to our football club," he said to a packed media conference this week. "Of course I was disappointed in missing a year of coaching. There was nowhere else I wanted to be except here coaching those players so my total focus right now, while I've got a contract, is to coach this club as well as I possibly can." Tonight Hird will coach the Bombers against the Sydney Swans at ANZ Stadium in his first home and away game since round 22, 2013. Shaky season start thanks to Essendon As round one gets underway, fans are hoping once and for all that they’ll be able to enjoy the game without the threat of drug scandals The AFL couldn't have picked a better season starter match to get fans and clubs back into the spirit of what makes the sport great. The Thursday Carlton Richmond match saw fans head to the 'G' in droves, showing that the sport is still alive and well despite being tarnished by what felt like neverending drug scandals and court actions. Today, fans are in for a four match treat as six clubs enter the mix. Essendon, the source of most of the media attention this week, will be entering an away match in Sydney against the Sydney Swans. With their tails between their legs for much of the last two years, Essendon will be finally be able to storm onto the pitch with a full squad and a clean slate. They don't have an easy task, taking on last year's minor premiers. The Swans have won the past four clashes between the sides. Essendon coach James Hird (R) and chairman Paul Little during a press conference this week. PHOTO: AAP/DAVID CROSLING. Taliadoros named FFV president Nicholas Tsiaras joins the FFV board Former Socceroo Kimon Taliadoros has been named as the new president of the Football Federation of Victoria (FFV), while fellow Greek Australian Nicholas Tsiaras joins the board. Taliadoros says he's honoured to take the reins for the next four years. "I'm truly humbled to have been elected to such an important position in Australian football," Taliadoros said. "It's time for the sport to unite behind a common cause, supporting the growth and prosperity of the game, and continue on the path to making Victoria the premier football state in Australia." Speaking to Neos Kosmos in March, Taliadoros spoke of his desire to work with all grass- roots clubs collaboratively and improve the NPL structure and facilities around Victoria. He takes the reins of the FFV after a tumultuous couple of years where the federation was taken to court over their suggested NPL structure. Taliadoros returns to the FFV after being a board member in 2014. He was the inaugural CEO of the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA), and helped establish strategic plans for Victoria's largest community club Brighton SC, as well as major Mildura club Three Colours FC. He also had nine appearances for the Socceroos, as well as more than 240 appearances in the NSL. Nicholas Tsiaras has managed and run both Collingwood City FC and Box Hill United SC and has extensive experience in business management and finance. Melbourne take on the Gold Coast Suns in the first match of the day, with both teams using the match to really show the pre-season has been fruitful. The Demons have the most to prove, languishing last year but thankfully not get- ting the wooden spoon. The Suns have secret weapon Gary Ablett to give them extra edge. Ablett starts the season as the No. 1 ranked player in the Official AFL Player Ratings. Ever popular Collingwood meet the Brisbane Lions tonight at the 'G', hoping to redeem themselves from the missed finals series last year. Sadly, controversy has shrouded their start, with Josh Thomas and Lachlan Keeffe being provisionally suspended for failing a drugs test. A reinvigorated Western Bulldogs will be taking on West Coast Eagles, hoping to show versatility and take advantage of the Eagles' lack of defenders. Port Adelaide knocked Fremantle out of the finals series at Domain Stadium last year and they come up against each other in Sunday's blockbuster. With never a dull moment when these two meet, both sides are looking pretty equally matched as both are suffering with injuries. Fremantle fans will be looking for justice over the semifinal knockout and with the last match etched into the brains of the players, it Fremantle hoping for some retribution against Port Adelaide. PHOTO: AAP/TONY MCDONOUGH. might give them a competitive edge over Port. Saturday April 4: Melbourne v Gold Coast Suns MCG Kick-off: 1.40 pm Sydney Swans v Essendon ANZ Stadium Kick-off: 4.35 pm Brisbane Lions v Collingwood MCG Kick-off: 6.30 pm Western Bulldogs v West Coast Eagles Etihad Stadium Kick-off: 7.20 pm Sunday April 5: St Kilda v GWS Giants Etihad Stadium Kick-off: 1.10 pm Adelaide Crows v North Melbourne Adelaide Oval Kick off: 2.50 pm Freemantle v Port Adelaide Domain Stadium Kick-off: 4.40 pm Monday April 6: Hawthorn v Geelong MCG Kick-off: 3.20 pm ASADA contemplates appeal AFL Tribunal has found 34 Essendon players involved in the controversial supplements scandal not guilty. ASADA isn’t impressed Australia's anti-doping watchdog ASADA is considering appealing the AFL Tribunal’s verdict on the controversial Essendon supplements scandal. This week, the AFL Tribunal cleared 34 former and current Essendon players of all charges, leaving them free to play in the league season starting this week. ASADA CEO Ben McDevitt said an appeal to the decision is a "live option" and reiterated that what happened at the club was a "disgrace". "Let's make it clear, this was not a supplements program, this was an injections regime," Mr McDevitt said. "We know hundreds, if not thousands of injections were given to Essendon players during the course of 2012. "The absolutely deplorable and disgraceful lack of records of these injections means we still have young men not knowing what was injected into them." As the AFL season starts, many have come out to critisise the amount of time it took ASADA to bring charges and prosecute the club. Former World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president John Fahey said the whole two-year process was cumbersome but not the fault of ASADA. "There have been months and months and months of inaction whilst court actions were taken by the Essendon club and their coach to prevent the inquiry actually taking place - that was the delay," Fahey said on ABC News Radio. ASADA will have 21 days to decide whether to appeal the tribunal's decision. ASADA chief executive Ben McDevitt unapologetic about how long the investigation took. PHOTO: AAP/LUKAS COCH.
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