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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 11 April 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 11 APRIL 2015 29 SPORT Drug testing four times a year North Melbourne star Nick Dal Santo has backed a proposal to hair-test AFL players four times during the year. Hawthorn veteran Sam Mitchell has put the idea to the AFL Players Association as calls grow for a tougher illicit drugs policy in the game. The proposal would mean an increase in the number of times that players undergo hair tests for illicit drugs during the year. "Me personally, it wouldn't bother me at all," Dal Santo said. "I still believe in privacy though and I still believe in helping guys. "So if that's the model and that's the system we want to go by, then I'm happy to support it." The AFL's current threestrikes illicit drugs policy is separate to the standard ASADA performance enhancing drugs code. Hawthorn’s Shiels out for month Geelong’s Steve Johnson fined $1,000 Hawthorn's barnstorming start to the AFL season has come at a cost, with midfielder Liam Shiels out of action for about a month. The two-time premiership player suffered a hamstring strain during their 62-point romp over Geelong on Easter Monday. Shiels had scans on Tuesday and they confirmed the bad news. "Unfortunately for Liam, they're not great ... the chances are, he'll miss three to four weeks," said Hawks football operations manager Chris Fagan. "We won't rush him, just make sure he's right when he comes back." The good news for the Hawks is that Grant Birchall, David Hale and Matt Spangher are on the verge of pushing for senior recalls after interrupted pre-seasons. Cats defender Corey Enright denied the big loss had dent- ed their confidence against Hawthorn. After the 11-game winning streak against Hawthorn - the so-called Kennett Curse - Geelong have now lost four of their last five games against the two-time defending premiers. But Enright was defiant the day after their big loss. "Let's put it this way - the next time we play them, we won't be fearing them," he said. Geelong player accepts fine Geelong star Steve Johnson has accepted his $1,000 fine for an AFL rough conduct charge. Johnson was booked for his collision with Hawthorn midfielder Sam Mitchell during the Easter Monday match at the MCG. Mitchell said later that night he did not think Johnson deserved a suspension for the incident. Johnson's decision means the tribunal will not sit this week, with all the players charged after round one accepting their penalties. One match in Round two of the AFL season sees the heavyweights aim for high percentages One game in and the Adelaide Crows sit on top of the AFL ladder. Not a lot can be said so early in, but, since the Crows are taking on one of the most popular teams of the league, their Collingwood match could be telling. The Crows managed to demolish North Melbourne last week by 77 points, a huge win for the South Australian team. The Magpies, meanwhile, took on the Brisbane Lions and were pretty equally matched in their 12 point win. They were dominant for most of their clash but suffered from a late fadeout. Premiership winging club Hawthorn hit the ground running last week and rightfully find themselves in the top two. The club collected a huge 62 point win against Geelong on Monday and Hawthorn takes on Essendon in a blockbuster clash on Sunday. take on a shaky Essendon on Sunday. There's still a lot of buzz going around Essendon for all the wrong reasons, but the club did manage to fight a hard match against runners up Sydney Swans last week. It's a tough couple of fixtures for the Bombers, but with a full-strength squad behind them, they have a lot going for them. The Swans are up against Port Adelaide today, who were slightly wounded in their Freemantle derby. Port coach Ken Hinkley admitted that the team "couldn't quite get what we wanted for a long enough period" and were outplayed by Fremantle. The Western Bulldogs are hoping to bag two wins in the first two matches - something they haven't done since 2009 - when they take on Richmond. The Tigers took the scalp of heavyweights Carlton last week, and are expecting an easy win. The Bulldogs managed to get a smaller margin win against the Eagles, but are looking much more competitive thanks to new PHOTO: AAP/DAVID CROSLING. coach Luke Beverage. Saturday April 11 Richmond vs Western Bulldogs (MCG) GWS Giants vs Melbourne (SO) Collingwood vs Adelaide Crows (ES) (T) Port Adelaide vs Sydney Swans (AO) (N) Gold Coast Suns vs St Kilda (MS) (N) Sunday April 12 Geelong Cats vs Fremantle (SS) Essendon vs Hawthorn (MCG) North Melbourne vs Brisbane Lions (ES) (T) Spartans enter first match Star recruits Ang Christou and Ang Lekkas to play in the Hawthorn Spartans’ first match today Geelong’s Steve Johnson reprimanded over collision. PHOTO: AAP/JOE CASTRO. It's showtime for the Hawthorn Spartans. Having been in training mode for quite some time, today the newlook team will prove if all the prep work has paid off. The club will enter its first match of the season today at 11.40 am, against Prahran Assumption. The Spartans beat the team in last year's preliminary final and have good odds to do it again. Starting for the team for the first time will be ex-Carlton champion Ang Christou and ex-Hawthorn star Ang Lekkas. The duo will be on hand to help the less experienced members of the team, and provide a bit of fandom around the Spartans. The Spartans have the luxury of hosting their first match on home soil and invite all fans to come down to Rathmines Reserve, Rathmines Road, Hawthorn East. The canteen will be open on the day with hot food, drinks, Greek sweets and Greek coffee. For more information, visit hawthornspartans.com.au First match of the season.
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