Goodes misses SCG reunion, Blues cancels Young’s suspension, Daniher OK, long haul for Eagles

Swans legend Adam Goodes will not be part of the 2012 Premiership team’s lap of honor on Saturday for what would have been a rare public outing in his former sport.

The Sydney side are holding a 10-year reunion this weekend, with all but four members of the squad starting a lap of honor before forming a guard of honor to welcome this year’s team onto the field for the Gold Coast clash.

Goodes has a previous family commitment, so he won’t be able to attend the game, but will be part of the 2012 team’s private events on Friday and Saturday nights, according to a report in The age

The 372 games legend has consistently hosted the events hosted by the AFL since he left the sport in 2015, disillusioned by the racially motivated booing he received from rival fans.

A two-time Brownlow medalist, he still has an affinity for the Swans after they supported him to the fullest during the controversial booing incidents that plagued the later parts of his career.

He teamed up with former teammate Michael O’Loughlin to launch the GO Foundation to help Indigenous education.

Last year, Goodes made headlines when he turned down an invitation from the AFL to be inducted into the Hall of Fame because he no longer felt a love for the game.

Lewis Young

Lewis Young (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Young lifts butt ban

Carlton defender Lewis Young is free to play after the Blues successfully reversed his AFL ban for punching North Melbourne’s ‘raging bull’ Cameron Zurhaar.

The former Western Bulldogs player’s charge of forceful front-on contact was dismissed by the tribunal on Tuesday night, meaning he could line up against Adelaide at Marvel Stadium on Sunday.

The competition review officer assessed the incident as careless behavior and major body impact.

But the tribunal’s panel found the charges could not be sustained after Young testified at a 90-minute hearing.

“I had to make the split-second decision to punch and try to get as low as possible and protect Zurhaar’s head,” Young told the tribunal.

“Zurhaar is a bit like a raging bull trying to get through me.”

Lewis Young

(Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Carlton’s attorney Peter O’Farrell argued that Young “wasn’t careless, he was careful”.

GPS data showed that Young slowed down the moment he collided with Zurhaar.

“Zurhaar is a very courageous player and is known for his powerful style and he chose to push through Young,” said O’Farrell.

“He couldn’t tackle because Zurhaar didn’t have the ball, so he had no choice but to brace himself for the raging bull.”

The AFL’s legal counsel, Andrew Woods, claimed that Young could have avoided a clash with Zurhaar altogether.

“What I’m suggesting is that Young slows down his body in a way that makes strong contact and one of the things he could have done to avoid contact is he could have swerved to the left and accelerated out of the race Woods said.

Carlton decided to accept a one-match suspension for Liam Stocker after he was accused of rough behavior against Tarryn Thomas from North.

The Kangaroos chose not to appeal a one-game suspension for Nick Larkey, who was accused of tunneling Young in the third quarter.

Daniher avoids surgery

The Brisbane Lions breathe a sigh of relief with spearhead Joe Daniher who avoided shoulder surgery but still misses between four and six AFL games.

The worst-case scenario for the premiership fantasies would have been Daniher requiring surgery, potentially ending the main attacker’s season.

Lions football manager Danny Daly said Daniher’s soft tissue injury in his left shoulder could have been worse.

The former bomber was sidelined on Sunday in Brisbane’s all-important win against the Sydney Swans at the SCG due to injury.

“Today’s result is pretty good as Joe doesn’t need shoulder surgery and we can focus on rehab and getting back into strength,” Daly said.

Joe Daniher celebrates a goal.

(Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

“While it’s disappointing for Joe to miss a few games after stringing so many together, we’re confident we have the depth of the front line to cover it as he focuses on getting back to the front.” park.”

Daniher got off to an excellent start to his second season with Brisbane. Last year, he scored 19 goals in six games after 46 majors, falling just three behind Coleman Medal leader Tom Hawkins of Geelong.

Chris Fagan’s side will soon get key forward Eric Hipwood back after being sidelined for nearly a year due to ACL surgery.

Meanwhile, Carlton is reeling from news defender Mitch McGovern who needs surgery for a recurring hamstring injury.

McGovern had pushed for a recall after being sidelined since the second round, but was injured again last week.

The 27-year-old will miss between 10 and 12 weeks and may struggle to play again this season.

Struggling Essendon has also been rocked by a hamstring injury from playmaker Jake Stringer.

The midfield dynamite attacker will be out for up to four weeks after an injury to his right hamstring, a leg other than the one that sidelined him earlier in the season.

Unhappy Melbourne defender Joel Smith will undergo surgery after injuring his ankle in the Demons’ win against Hawthorn. Smith will miss eight to 10 weeks after breaking a bone on the inside of his ankle.

Fellow defender Michael Hibberd has suffered a minor setback as the veteran struggles to overcome a persistent calf injury.

Hibberd has not played an AFL game since last year’s grand final and will have to wait a little longer to play for the Dees at VFL level.

The Hawks will once again be without key striker Mitch Lewis, who has contracted a non-COVID-19 related illness after missing the Melbourne clash due to a hamstring injury. Lewis and exciting defender Changkuoth Jiath (hamstring) will sit out Saturday’s game against Essendon.

Eagles great says final in four years

West Coast great Peter Sumich predicts it could be up to four years before his former club become a finals contender again, but he has a plan to ease the pain of rebuilding.

The Eagles (1-6) have fallen to last on the AFL ladder after crippling losses to Sydney (63 points), Port Adelaide (84) and Richmond (109).

Sumich believes premiership coach Adam Simpson deserves the chance to lead the rebuilding, saying trading away the club’s aging stars may no longer be worth it given their diminished currency.

Veterans Josh Kennedy and Shannon Hurn are expected to retire at the end of this season, while Nic Naitanui (age 32), Luke Shuey (31), Jack Redden (31), Jeremy McGovern (30), Jamie Cripps (30) , Jack Darling (29) and Andrew Gaff (29) are entering the twilight of their careers.

Tim Kelly of the Eagles takes the ball.

Tim Kelly of the Eagles takes the ball. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Elliot Yeo is 28 and has been plagued with injuries for the past two seasons.

West Coast has not had a top 10 selection since Gaff in 2010, and in that time they have only had five picks in the top 20.

Their decision to give up two first-round draft picks for Tim Kelly at the end of 2020 robbed them even more of young talent.

There has been talk of the prospect of West Coast landing from Western Bulldogs ruckman Tim English or up-and-coming Melbourne star Luke Jackson, but Sumich said the Eagles should now focus entirely on the draft.

“It’s a proven formula, but you also have some pain with it,” Sumich tells AAP.

“It will take between two and four years to get a squad in place that will have an attack on the top eight.

“And then you have to continue attacking the top four, which will take another 12 to 24 months.”

Sumich is urging the West Coast to scour the WAFL, SANFL and VFL in an effort to find some mature talent who can help fill the void as the club loads the youngsters into the draw.

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