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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 25 April 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 25 APRIL 2015 29 SPORT Spartans fall to grand final foes The Hawthorn Spartans weren't able to seek revenge for a grand final loss last year, as they came up against the Old Xaverians last week. Injuries and a lack of players gave the Xaverians a chance to overrun the Spartans as the team tried desperately to keep up with only 18 players on hand. The Spartans led in the first quarter by two points, but it didn't take long for the Xaverians to overtake them, growing their lead to 26 points by the third quarter. In the end, the Xaverians managed a 36 point win at 94-58, one of the Spartans' lowest scores for a very long time. They will be hoping to change tack today as they come up against a new team, North Old Boys/St Patricks at 11.40 am at Alec Gillon Oval, Cnr Pearson and Victoria Streets, Brunswick. Their next home match will be a good chance for fans to come watch the team as the club celebrates their first souvlaki sponsor day. The Spartans take on Richmond Central on May 2 at 11.40 am at home, Rathmines Reserve. For the full fixture and club information visit www.hawthornspartans.com.au Geelong’s injury list no comfort North Melbourne coach Brad Scott still expecting a very difficult match against the Cats North Melbourne coach Brad Scott does not care what Geelong's injury list, win-loss record or bookies say, he says Kardinia Park is still a formidable place to win an AFL match. The Kangaroos are strong fa- vourites to earn just their second win in Geelong for a decade and Scott's first as coach. In fact, it has been nine seasons since Geelong was at longer odds to win at the Cattery. Tough day for the Spartans. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES. Ablett at Suns till 2018 Gary Ablett recommits to Gold Coast Suns, saying the club is capable of achieving a lot more Gary Ablett has signed a three-year contract extension with the Gold Coast Suns to remain with the club until the end of the 2018 AFL season. The 30-year-old dual Brown- low medallist was widely tipped to remain at Carrara, despite speculation regarding a return to Geelong. The deal is worth a reported $1 million a season. "I'm rapt to have re-committed to the Gold Coast. For That was 66 matches ago against eventual 2006 premiers West Coast, which arrived with an 8-1 record to play the 11th-placed Cats. It is a mark of how well the Kangaroos have progressed but Scott suggested until some time, I had indicated to the club and my management that I wanted to extend my contract with the Suns," Ablett said in a club statement. "When I joined the Gold Coast Suns, I was aware it would be a responsibility and privilege to play a role in forming a new club, in an expansion market for our great game. But I never anticipated the ride to be so fulfilling. "I am proud of what we have achieved so far off the field, and I know that with hard work, we are capable of achieving so much more onfield in the future, and that's why I have re-committed to the Suns.” Source: ABC Brownlow medallist Garry Ablett keeping the faith with GCS. PHOTO: AAP/ROB BLAKERS. they had actually earned the win, such talk was premature. Scott said Geelong's gritty win last round over Gold Coast showed the Cats were far from a spent force. "The discussions around their death have been premature," he said. "I wouldn't think playing Geelong this week we'd have any more confidence than any other week. "That win against the Gold Coast was full of merit, full of courage and character." You could say the same thing about North Melbourne's tense loss to Port Adelaide - and Jack Ziebell. Ziebell spent two nights in hospital after a crunching tackle against the Power left Kangaroos coach Brad Scott hoping for a rare win against Geelong on Sunday. PHOTO: AAP/JULIAN SMITH. him with a bruised lung but Scott said he was in contention for Sunday's match. "We'll give him every opportunity and the way he's recovered, we're really optimistic," Scott said. "He's feeling terrific, he feels like he could play today. Daniel Wells and Jamie Macmillan (both Achilles) are likely to be named ahead of fitness tests. The Cats' non-starters for Sunday's match include Jimmy Bartel, Andrew Mackie and Mathew Stokes, while the club is not sure whether Tom Hawkins's compassionate leave will extend to Sunday. Essendon drug program unethical, not illegal Former Essendon coach Mark Thompson says the club’s controversial supplements program was not illegal Former Essendon coach Mark Thompson admits the AFL club's controversial supplements regime was ethically questionable, but insists it was not illegal. On the day that ASADA decided not to appeal the AFL anti-doping tribunal's findings against 34 Essendon players, Thompson said James Hird was also innocent. Thompson was Hird's main assistant coach in 2012 when Stephen Dank ran the supplements program at the club. While ASADA will not appeal, WADA has three weeks to decide if it will challenge the not-guilty findings. The tribunal found Dank guilty of 10 charges and he will appeal against those verdicts. In an extensive interview on Fox Footy's Open Mike program, Thompson became emotional when asked about Hird and the supplements regime. "It's grey - should systematic injection programs be put in place at clubs? No," Thompson said. "But were there rules against it? No. "So ethically wrong to have it? Yes. "Broken rules? No. "Anything illegal taken? No. "Was he (Hird) totally responsible for that? When you think about the law, he's not - he's not even in the top 20, believe it or not ... responsibility for compliance and governance." Mark Thompson says James Hird was the biggest victim of the saga. PHOTO: AAP/MARK DADSWELL. Asked who he thought was the biggest victim in the supplements saga, Thompson replied "Hirdy". Thompson added that authorities had tried to divide the players, but failed. "They really didn't have anything ... they were just hoping," he said. "They (threw) that many lines out to try and hook the players and I think they were probably impressed by their resilience and their strength as one. "No-one broke from the pack and I think they were waiting for it to happen." Thompson also partially de- fended Dank, but added the sports scientist put too much faith in his own methods.
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