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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 9 May 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 9 MAY 2015 29 SPORT Another on the sidelines thanks to drinking Crackdown on players drinking sees a fourth on the sidelines at GGS The player-led crackdown on discipline at the Gold Coast Suns has claimed another victim with Danny Stanley to join Harley Bennell, Trent McKenzie and Brandon Matera on the sidelines for disobeying a team drinking ban. Stanley will not be considered for selection for Saturday's clash with Adelaide in Carrara after it emerged he had also broken the teamwide edict that no alcohol be consumed six days out from an AFL match. The Suns’ utility was playing in the NEAFL on the weekend and was not present during the meeting where Rodney Eade reinforced the drinking ban following their breakthrough win over the Brisbane Lions. But such is the club's availability crisis, Stanley would have been in line for a sen- ior call-up. Eade has now been left with just 24 suitable players from which to pick, with key defender Steven May suspended for three weeks and Jack Martin, Seb Tape and Jarrod Garlett copping injuries against the Lions to add further heft to a huge casualty list. But an unapologetic Eade, who faces an uphill battle to compile a balanced, competitive side to take on the Crows, said it was time standards were enforced at the club. "We're trying to build the correct culture," he said. "Probably historically, players are telling me that people [at the club] maybe run their own race a little bit at times. "If we're going to be successful, the players have got to own the team, drive each other, challenge each other, set standards." Tom Nicholls and Charlie Dixon also admitted to consuming alcohol but will not be suspended, since they were drinking at dinner with their families on Sunday, which is permitted under the playerenforced rules. Carlton’s Dale Thomas to play Round six will see the return of playmakers Dale Thomas and Brett Deledio Playmakers Dale Thomas and Brett Deledio will return in round six, looking to lift their respective sides after an underwhelming start to the AFL season. Deledio, who has missed Richmond's past four games due to an achilles injury, is one of four changes Tigers coach Damien Hardwick made for Saturday's clash with North Melbourne in Hobart. Ben Griffiths, Nathan Gordon and Dylan Grimes are also back for Richmond, while Corey Ellis (leg) was joined on the sidelines by the axed trio of Ty Vickery, Ben Lennon and Sam Lloyd. Suns player Danny Stanley repremanded for disobeying a team drinking ban. PHOTO: AAP/DAVE HUNT. Over 18,000 runners participate in the Athens Half Marathon GEORGE GEORGAKOPOULOS The 4th Athens Half Marathon was an unqualified organising and sporting success on Sunday, as thousands of runners joined in the 21-kilometre race and the three-kilometre and five-kilometre runs in the capital's city centre. The fabulous weather conditions and the coincidence of a working day for stores on the first Sunday of May made for a great event in Athens that several foreigners also en- joyed, not only as spectators but also as runners. The participation of over 18,000 runners is a record for the event that is growing every year. Michalis Parmakis won the men's 21-kilometre race, clocking 1 hour 12 minutes and 2 seconds, followed by Greek marathon champion Giorgos Menis 33 seconds later. Sofia Riga won the women's race with a time of 1:21.58, ahead of Magda Gazea (1:22.04). The Kangaroos recalled Lachie Hansen, Jarrad Waite and Luke McDonald at the expense of Aaron Black, Kayne Turner and Ben Jacobs. Thomas, who dislocated his shoulder about 30 seconds into the Blues' round-one clash with Richmond, has been included in Carlton's 25man squad, along with Levi Casboult and Troy Menzel, for its match against Brisbane on Sunday. Former Lions forward Lachie Henderson (hamstring) Dale Thomas back in the lineup. will miss the chance to play against his old club, who added Matthew Leuenberger and James Aish to their extended squad. St Kilda was strengthened by the inclusion of old hands Leigh Montagna and Nick Riewoldt for Saturday's clash with Western Bulldogs at Docklands Stadium. The Bulldogs will be minus Lin Jong (hand) and Matthew Boyd (general soreness), with Lachie Hunter to play his first AFL game since being cleared of breaching the league's betting code. Veteran Essendon defender Dustin Fletcher (groin) and Fremantle counterpart Luke McPharlin (calf) will miss Saturday's match in Perth, where Alex Pearce will debut for the Dockers. Sydney also omitted three Spartans back on track The Hawthorn Spartans were able to keep their fans happy on their souvlaki sponsor day last week, managing a comfortable 33-point win over Richmond Central at home. Richmond Central only got on top for 10 minutes in the third quarter before the Spartans clawed back and dominated the match. Team manager George Demetriou said the team's win was extra special considering it was "one of the best structured, organised and well drilled teams we have played." Hoping to capitalise on that momentum, the Spartans will be on point as they take on Old Geelong away today at 11:40 am at Como Park. They sit second on the ladder, four points away from top placed Old Xaverians. players - Harry Cunningham, Craig Bird and Dean Towers - after a shock SCG loss to the Bulldogs. Versatile big man Sam Reid (calf) and young gun Isaac Heeney (ankle) have recovered from their respective minor setbacks, while pintsized tackling machine Ben McGlynn was also promoted for the Swans' battle with Melbourne at the MCG. Father-son selection Billy Stretch will debut for the Demons, who dumped Jack Grimes, Jordie McKenzie, Viv Michie and Mark Jamar. Paul Puopolo and Jed Anderson were the men that Hawthorn called on to fill the void left by suspended veterans Jordan Lewis and Luke Hodge on Saturday against Greater Western Sydney. The Giants recalled Matt PHOTO: AAP/THERON KIRKMAN. Buntine, Adam Kennedy and Zac Williams in place of Nathan Wilson, Josh Kelly and Aidan Corr. Former Richmond and Brisbane tagger Andrew Raines was among seven players to benefit from Gold Coast's recent woes. Raines will make his club debut for the Suns, who also added Clay Cameron, Rory Thompson, Aaron Hall, Zac Smith, Luke Russell and Mitch Hallahan to their side. The Crows were not without their own headaches at the selection table. Ricky Henderson (pectoral), Cam Ellis-Yolmen (hamstring), Josh Jenkins (hip) and Richard Douglas (foot) were all forced omissions for Adelaide, with debutant Jake Lever among the replacements. Hawthorn Spartans hope to keep the momentum going. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES.
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