Pies to embrace selection headaches, Saad sidelined with hammy; Class action lawyers to appear at concussion inquiry (2023)

“We’re really excited to give some of those guys an opportunity.

“That’s one of the things you learn when you have change in your team. It’s obviously not ideal, you want your best 22 out there for big games against the good sides, but we’re going to have to find a way.

“But to be honest, the coach and the senior players and the whole team, we have a really open and flexible mindset. We’re going to embrace this challenge for sure. There’s going to be a lot of change in the backline, but we’re ready to embrace it.”

Trey Ruscoe is in the mix to replace Murphy after having 24 disposals in the VFL on Sunday, while Jordan De Goey looks certain to replace the suspended Taylor Adams in defence.

And despite having just three touches, Moore said Kreuger warranted strong consideration to replace McStay.

“He’s a super competitive player and played like it on the weekend in VFL level,” Moore said.

“He’s definitely someone who won’t care what position he’s in. If he’s asked to play in the ruck, he’ll come in and do his job for sure.”

If Frampton maintains the ruck role, he’s all but certain to face the daunting duo of Draper and Phillips, who worked over Brodie Grundy in Essendon’s win over Melbourne.

McGrath, who will captain the Bombers without suspended skipper Zach Merrett, said coach Brad Scott challenged the ruck pair ahead of the Dees clash, and the duo were superb.

“Brad sort of put it to them a little bit, on the opportunity they had to work him over with two against one,” McGrath said.

“The way they worked in synergy and freed each other up to go forward in particular, and get on the scoreboard, has been massive for us, especially with our main key forward in Peter Wright being out for a little while.

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“They’ve given us another option up forward and have really helped with our small forwards bringing the ball to ground, they rarely get out-marked.

“They were two of our best on the weekend and we’re hoping they have another really good game against the Pies.”

Asked whether they would be challenged again, McGrath said: “I’m sure it will be talked about and I’m sure they [the Pies] will be planning for it as well.”

“I can’t see the two-ruck situation changing from now until Tuesday especially considering how both of them played,” he added.

“But it’s something in our opposition preview that we’ll look to target and see how we come out on Tuesday.”

Blue blow: Saad sidelined with hamstring injury

Claire Siracusa
Carlton will be without speedy defender Adam Saad for up to two weeks after scans revealed a low-grade hamstring strain.

But Blues ruckman Marc Pittonet has been cleared of any damage to his eye and will be available to play when his side takes on St Kilda on Sunday.

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Saad and Pittonet were injured in the loss to Adelaide last Thursday, Carlton’s first of the season. Pittonet came off the ground bleeding from the head in the second quarter and was subbed out shortly after. Saad finished the game on the bench.

Mitch McGovern was a late out on Thursday night with calf tightness, replaced in the side by Lachie Plowman. The Blues said he would aim to train fully on Friday and needs to pass a fitness test to face the Saints.

Saad’s loss is a blow for Carlton. Before last Thursday’s defeat to the Crows, he had been in career-best form, averaging a career-high 23.8 disposals, 7.3 contested possessions and 9.3 intercept possessions and has been the Blues’ No.1 ranked player.

His absence is magnified by the injury to fellow defender Sam Docherty, who is sidelined for at least a month.

The 29-year-old reported knee soreness after the Good Friday win over North Melbourne and has had surgery to repair a meniscus tear. The initial prognosis for Docherty was a four-to-six week stint on the sidelines.

Jack Martin, David Cuningham and Caleb Marchbank, who have had luckless runs with injury, have all been dealing with calf issues. Martin and Cuningham will return to skills training next week, while Marchbank is back training this week. Matthew Cottrell is in full training and expected to be available for selection next week.

The Saints will be able to recall experienced forward Tim Membrey, having lost young gun Anthony Caminiti to a three-match suspension for striking Collingwood’s Nathan Murphy.

Membrey has had a delayed start to the season with a knee injury and is expected to return against the Blues alongside captain Jack Steele, who has missed three games with a broken collarbone.

Tough midfielder Steele had surgery last month but trained on Wednesday and is set to do battle with Carlton captain Patrick Cripps.


“The specialists gave him the extra clearance yesterday, so he’ll train today and Friday and play [on Sunday],” St Kilda coach Ross Lyon said on Wednesday.

“He’ll probably go head-to-head with Cripps. I’d expect two great ball-winners to go at it.”

Membrey was named as an emergency last week and is set to bolster the Saints’ forward-line against Carlton.

“I think it’s more likely than unlikely but I need to give respect to the match committee,” Lyon said.

The fourth-placed Blues will host top-of-the-table St Kilda at Marvel Stadium on Sunday, where a large crowd is expected.

With both teams performing well this season, general public tickets are exhausted for this weekend’s game, although members can still scan in at the gate on the day.

The record crowd between the Blues and Saints at Marvel Stadium is 50,820 in 2009, when St Kilda hung on for a nine-point win.

with AAP

Class action lawyers to appear at concussion inquiry

Peter Ryan
The legal firm that lodged Gary Ablett snr’s compensation claim in the Supreme Court has called for new rules that require club doctors and medical staff employed by peak sporting bodies to keep records for longer or face penalties.

Under existing laws, clubs have been required to keep medical records for seven years, making accessing information about past players difficult. Margalit Injury Lawyers told the Senate inquiry into concussion and head trauma in contact sports that new statutory rules should be implemented.

The submission precedes a public hearing scheduled for next Wednesday, when AFL staff including Andrew Dillon, Stephen Meade and Michael Makdissi will be grilled on the league’s concussion strategy. The AFL and several clubs face lawsuits relating to the alleged effect of head knocks on past players.

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Former Western Bulldog Liam Picken has made an individual claim, while premiership Cat Max Rooke is the lead plaintiff in a class action from Margalit Injury Lawyers. The firm also lodged an individual claim on behalf of former goalkicking great Ablett.

Anita Frawley, the wife of the late Danny Frawley who played 240 games at St Kilda, will appear at Senate inquiry. Renee Tuck, the sister of the late Shane Tuck who played 173 games with Richmond, will also appear. Both former players died by suicide and the presence of CTE was discovered post-mortem by the Australian Brain Bank.

The principals of two legal firms that lodged separate class actions against the AFL on behalf of past players, Michel Margalit and Greg Griffin, have also been asked to appear at the public hearing, with concussion advocate and player agent Peter Jess to follow up his submission.

The inquiry is due to report on June 21 as the issue of concussion continues to dog the AFL. The tribunal has been cracking down on head-high incidents and 14 West Coast players have taken out personal insurance. Directors at AFL clubs are also seeking to be indemnified if former players take action against their club.

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