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ED JACKSON: AAP
AUSTRALIA cricket captain Michael
Clarke leapt to the defence of
opener Phil Hughes after the young
left-hander made a crucial century
in the third Test against Sri Lanka in
At stumps on day four Hughes was
unbeaten on 122, his first score over
36 in his past 11 Test innings, with
Australia 3-209, leading by 52 runs.
Clarke said he was immensely
proud of the 22-year-old’s response
to criticism that he was undeserving
of a place in the Test team following
Simon Katich’s controversial axing.
“His statistics in first-class cricket
are better than any other young
player in Australia,” Clarke said.
“Sixteen first-class hundreds,
averages over 50, there’s no other
young player in Australia that has
“He deserves to be here. He has
shown the world that he can play at
the highest level and now has three
(Test) hundreds to his name.
“ The first two were in his second
Test match, back-to-back hundreds
against a very good attack in tough
batting conditions. And then he
showed again today, he showed his
class. Reverse swing conditions, 150
behind on the... Read more
Pies top All-Australian
COLLINGWOOD tops the
selection total in this year’s
All-Australian team, with six
of their players making the
final 22, while Adelaide and
Port Adelaide had none.
Gold Coast captain Gary
Ablett is captain, with
Carlton’s Chris Judd vice-
West Coast all clear
WEST Coast Eagles injury
queries look resolved with
Mark Lecras, Eric Mackenzie
and Josh Kennedy all likely to
be available for selection for
the final against Geelong.
Hawthorn is also confident
star forward Lance Franklin
will be ready for Friday night’s
preliminary final against
Collingwood despite missing
last night’s All-Australian
function with a gastro
NEWLY appointed Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson
knows football’s highs and lows.
Cut twice from AFL lists by Adelaide and then
Collingwood, he still carved out a 209 game career.
Dropped for a Grand Final by Geelong, he won the same
club’s best and fairest.
A Sturt player in 1991, he made the Crows first list, worked at
Port as a development coach and from 2006 to 2010 alongside
Mark Thompson at Geelong in that club’s finest era.
He knows that there’s a fine line between daily life and
tragedy; on an end of season trip in 2002, he left Bali’s Sari
Club just hours before terrorists wiped it out.
He’s a qualified pilot, regarded as a “deep thinker” and
today he will outline his vision for the Adelaide Football
Club, the firm that traded him all those years ago.
It’s a new chapter in the 37 year old’s already busy life.
Yesterday he cleared his desk at Geelong where as
assistant coach he had been preparing for Saturday’s
Again, life turns in an instant.
Sanderson’s been given the Adelaide job for three years,
joining the Crows after its worst season ever, a 14th place
result, and a two-year absence from the finals.
A coveted tactician in Geelong’s successful era from 2006,
Sanderson was part of the planning for their premierships
in 2007 and 2009.
But he was cut deeply when overlooked as Thompson’s
successor late last year, although he remained a loyal
assistant until yesterday. Read more
Magarey favourite Allan should be in AFL
NORTH Adelaide’s James Allan – the hot
favourite for tonight’s SANFL Magarey
Medal count – is set to join an elite group.
Only seven men have ever won three
Magarey Medals and tonight Allan seems
destined to become the eighth.
With that in mind and after a career-best
season that will easily deliver his fifth
consecutive Barrie Robran Medal as North
Adelaide’s best and fairest, how hasn’t he
been given another shot at AFL level since
spending a year on Geelong’s rookie list in
Despite averaging nearly 30 touches a
game since bursting onto the SANFL scene
in 2007, including a staggering 34.39 this
season, what’s keeping him from taking
that next step? North Adelaide’s coach Josh
Francou has no idea.
“Is there something these AFL clubs see that
we don’t? To be brutally honest with you,
there are guys running... Read more
Career-saving ton for Hughes
Sanderson perfect fit for Crows
Three of the best – Robran, Ebert and Head
Sanderson in his playing days at Geelong
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