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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 16 May 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 16 MAY 2015 29 SPORT Kane Cornes, Brent Reilly retire Injured Reilly has be told to ‘never again’ play contact sport Port Adelaide's Kane Cornes and injured Adelaide Crows defender Brent Reilly will be hanging up their AFL boots, one willingly, and one not so much. It was sad news for Reilly, who took the decision to retire after doctors told him to "never again" play contact sport. He underwent surgery after he fractured his skull in training three months ago, and has not played since. "My sole focus at this time is recovery and resuming living a normal life," he said, announcing his retirement. "While this is still some months away, clearly I will not be in a position to play football again." But he won't be going far away from the team he loves. He'll be taking up a coaching position at the club mentoring young defenders for the year. "I am very grateful to [coach Phil Walsh] for all of his support and for giving me the opportunity to play a coaching role to the extent I am physically able," he said. The 31-year-old was pick 12 in the 2001 national draft and played 203 senior matches for the club, making his debut against St Kilda in Round 15 in 2002. Cornes to retire after 300th match Kane Cornes, on the other hand, will retire on his terms, playing his last senior match against Richmond later this month. The match will be his 300th, something that didn't go past Port Adelaide's management. "I've insisted that he play his 300th game for the Port Adelaide Football Club as he deserves to reach that outstanding milestone," coach Ken Hinkley said. Cornes was part of Port's 2004 premiership winning tame, a four-time best and fairest and the club's games record holder. Thanking the club for the opportunity to achieve those milestones, 32-year-old Cornes wants to see more youngsters earn their stripes at the club. "This is the right time for me to give someone else an opportunity, we've got some terrific young players who will now step up and make their mark on the game," he said. After his last match, Cornes will take up a position at the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service. WADA blow: Essendon defiant Bombers confident they can overcome an appeal by the World AntiDoping Agency Essendon midfielder Brent Stanton said the Bombers were concentrating on what they could control during the latest chapter in the anti-doping saga involving the club. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced on Tuesday it will appeal the not guilty verdicts reached by the AFL's anti-doping tribunal on 34 present and former Essendon players. It is expected the Court of Arbitration for Sport case will not be finalised before the 2015 season ends. "I have no doubt," Stanton said on Thursday, when asked if his team had the resolve to deal with another year of uncertainty. "This group has grown so much in the last two and a half years. "It possibly could galvanise this football club back to where it was 10-15 years ago. "The football staff, the coaching staff and the players are all in this together." The Bombers were kicked Brent Stanton says everyone at Essendon is in it together. out of the 2013 finals by the AFL for bringing the game into disrepute over the ongoing scandal, while speculation about their fate was a near-constant distraction in 2014. Coach James Hird was banned from coaching last year as part of the AFL sanctions handed down in 2013. Stanton suggested there was no resentment toward Hird from the players regarding the club's controversial injections regime. "A lot of people put their hands up and said they made mistakes and that's part of this process. Nobody is hiding behind that," he said. "But his football knowledge and the way he bonds with people is a special attribute. "He's so excited about where this group can go and it infiltrates through the whole team and club. "James wouldn't be coaching without the support of his playing group, the football club and football staff." Stanton insisted it had been "business as usual" at training this week, as the side prepare for a crunch clash PHOTO: AAP/JOE CASTRO. with North Melbourne. "We've just got to concentrate on what we can control. That's the way this group has gone about it for the last two and a half years," he said. That extends to WADA publishing the 34 names involved in the case, a move that left players' union chief executive Paul Marsh "extremely disappointed". "It's nothing we can control ... if you get disappointed, you get disappointed," Stanton said. "It's out there and we can't do much about that now." Huge win for Spartans Entering round 6 today, the Hawthorn Spartans will be buoyed by a 152 point win Kane Cornes will play his 300th and last match against Richmond. PHOTO: AAP/BEN MACMAHON. The Hawthorn Spartans can be very proud of their threematch winning streak, having just come off an amazing 152 point win against Old Geelong last week. It was a textbook play for the Spartans, that managed almost 10 goals a quarter. They'll be coming up against a new opponent today, Ivanhoe AFC, who haven't had the best start to the season. They sit in fifth place on the CLUB XVIII (1) ladder, having just a draw and three losses to their name. The Spartans will be facing them at home with every chance they could extend their undefeated streak. They're hoping to do so in front of a strong crowd of fans. To see the Spartans' full fixture, visit hawthornspartans. com.au The Spartans are on a three-match winning streak. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES.
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