Monthly Archives: September 2013

Gary Ablett wins the 2013 Brownlow Medal

By Brad Eveleigh ( @Brad_Eveleigh )

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Gold Coast superstar, Gary Ablett, has won his second Brownlow Medal overnight in a nail biting conclusion at Melbourne’s Crown Casino.

The Suns Captain pipped former Geelong team-mate Joel Selwood and Collingwood’s Dane Swan late in the tally count.

Ablett took an expected early lead in the voting but had to come from behind in the final round scoring 3 votes to clinch the AFL’s Best and Fairest award by just 1 vote, with a total of 28 polling points.

Geelong’s Joel Selwood took a late lead in Round 21 to overhaul Ablett’s advantage whilst Collingwood’s Dane Swan collected 3 votes over Rounds 21 and 22 to be 1 point clear of Ablett on 26 and 25 respectively.

Neither Selwood nor Swan gained votes in Round 23 therefore the AFL’s CEO Andrew Demetriou announced the Gold Coast Suns v GWS Giants match last, finally revealing Ablett as the 2013 winner with 3 votes to win by 1 at the death.

Whilst accepting the medal, Ablett said: “I was very nervous towards the end,”

“I was actually shattered I didn’t get two [points in the last round] because Joel deserves to be up here just as much as I do.”

“He’s an ex-team-mate of mine and a very good friend. You deserve to be up here mate.”

“No doubt it’s an honour, it has been a rare challenge up there. I knew when I moved to the Gold Coast it’s going to take time.”

“I’m really hoping we can win a premiership in my time.”

“I have fantastic people around me, I’ve got to thank Guy McKenna [Suns Coach], he’s given me fantastic support.”

“He gave me advice saying ‘mate, remember it’s going to take time up here. Just have patience and it will happen eventually.”

Ablett, who won the medal with the Geelong Cats in 2009, is the fifth player to win Brownlow Medals at different clubs, joining Ian Stewart, Peter Moore, Greg Williams and Chris Judd.

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The 2013 AFL All-Australian Team

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Backline: Corey Enright (Geelong), Scott Thompson (North Melbourne), Michael Johnson (Fremantle).

Half-Backs: Jarrad McVeigh (Sydney) – Sam Mitchell (Hawthorn) – Harry Taylor (Geelong Cats).

Centre-line: Joel Selwood (Captain) (Geelong)  Ryan Griffen (Western Bulldogs) – Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood) .

Half-Forwards: Patrick Dangerfield (Adelaide Crows) Travis Cloke (Collingwood) Kieren Jack (Sydney Swans)
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Forwards: Jarryd Roughead (Hawthorn) – Jeremy Cameron (GWS Giants) – Chad Wingard (Port Adelaide)
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Ruckmen: Gary Ablett (Vice Captain) (Gold Coast Suns) – Will Minson (Western Bulldogs) – Dane Swan (Collingwood).

Interchange: Dan Hannebery (Sydney) – Travis Boak (Port Adelaide)  Andrew Mackie (Geelong) Jobe Watson (Essendon)
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FACTS AND STATS

  • 12 players honoured for the first time.

– Andrew Mackie (Geelong)

– Scott Thompson (North Melbourne)

– Will Minson (Western Bulldogs)

– Ryan Griffen (Western Bulldogs)

– Jarryd Roughead (Hawthorn)

– Michael Johnson (Fremantle)

– Travis Boak (Port Adelaide)

– Chad Wingard (Port Adelaide)

– Jarrad McVeigh (Sydney)

– Kieren Jack (Sydney)

– Dan Hannebery (Sydney)

– Jeremy Cameron (GWS Giants)

  • Jeremy Cameron (GWS Giants) became the first All-Australian in the club’s history.
  • Cameron kicked 62 goals from 21 games and took 106 marks.
  • Chad Wingard (Port Adelaide) made the team in just his second AFL season.
  • Andrew Mackie finally made the cut after being nominated on two previous occasions, three premierships and 197 games.
  • Joel Selwood (Geelong) was named Captain with Gary Ablett (Gold Coast Suns) as Vice Captain.
  • Gary Ablett has become the first VFL/AFL player in history to win All-Australian selection in seven consecutive seasons.
  • Collingwood’s Dane Swan was named for the fifth straight season and it’s four in-a-row for teammate Scott Pendlebury.
  • Out of the 12 clubs represented in the 22-man team, Geelong has four players – Collingwood and Sydney each have three.
  • Chad Wingard kicked 40 goals from 59 shots and took 101 inside 50’s.
  • Jarryd Roughead kicked 68 goals to win the Coleman Medal.

VPL Match-Fixing Scandal

By Brad Eveleigh ( @Brad_Eveleigh )

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Australia’s largest ever match-fixing scandal has come to light in the Victorian Premier League as six men have been arrested in relation to the appalling sports allegations.

A manager, Goalkeeper and Malaysian national have allegedly been involved in the operations of the scam that has been reported to be valued at over $2 million.

The majority of the winnings are to have been collected from abroad with bets being placed on the bottom-placed Southern Stars in coordination to score manipulation.

The Victorian Police were informed last month of the happenings by Football Federation Australia, who received information from a Swiss-based betting data intelligence agency, Sportradar.

45-year-old Malaysian citizen Gerry Gsubramaniam of Clayton South has been accused as the main man, or as described in reports as the point of contact for the Southern Stars players.

Mr Gsubramaniam is facing five charges of facilitating conduct that corrupts or could corrupt the outcome of a betting event and five charges of engaging in conduct that corrupts or could corrupt the outcome of a betting event.

A hearing was held last night (Sunday) where acting Senior Sergeant Scott Poynder stated that Mr Gsubramaniam was the contact point and he received payments for giving Southern Stars players information on how games were to develop.

Sportradar had informed Poynder that there were at least five games identified as suspicious and this was presented at the hearing as well.

He opposed bail and Gsubramaniam was remanded to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates court on today (Monday).

Goalkeeper Joe Wooley (23) and Reiss Noel (24), both UK citizens currently residing in Preston, faces eight charges, including four counts of engaging in conduct that could corrupt the outcome of a betting event, and four charges of facilitating conduct that could corrupt the outcome of a betting event.

A further three other men, including the Manager were released on bailed and are to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates court to face the same set of charges as Noel and Wooley.

Four other men that were arrested on Sunday were released awaiting further inquiries.

Lorenzo Wins San Marino

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By Karen Touma ( @KarenTouma )

Jorge Lorenzo has triumphed at the San Marino grand prix reigniting his bid to defend the Championship title.

Lorenzo started behind Marquez but managed to the lead and built a two seconds advantage in the opening two laps.

Marc Marquez who finished second, has now extended his overall lead to 34 points sitting on a comfortable 253 points in total with Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa who are level on 219 points.

A fortnight after his victory at Silverstone, he said it is important to be fighting in every event.

“It is important to win, because we don’t lose points but we have only recovered five points, so it is the same as Silverstone,” said the Spaniard.

“It doesn’t make a big difference to the championship. But I’m very happy for this victory, because we struggled a lot during the weekend especially on braking.”

Pedrosa admitted he struggled with edge grip on his tyres especially when taking the corners.

“I lost a lot on the first couple of laps, but tried to focus and do the perfect race every lap.”

“In the end I had to battle for a couple of laps with Marc (Marquez), but made one mistake in the last corner and lost touch with about three laps to go.”

Mayweather Dominates Alvarez

 

Mayweather vs Alvarez

 By Karen Touma ( @KarenTouma )

Floyd Mayweather has beaten Mexican Saul Alvarez with a 12-round majority decision to remain the best pound-for-pound boxer.

The 36 year old, has stretched his string to 45 straight fights and earned the biggest purse in boxing history at a staggering $US41 million.

“It is about skills,” Mayweather said. “I came out tonight and showed my skills.

“I just took my time and took the opportunities when I got them. I can’t say this is my best performance.”

Alvarez was no match for Mayweather who fought a brilliantly tactical fight in front of a crowd of 16,746 at the MGM Grand Hotel’s Grand Garden Arena.

Mayweather cruised through the 12 rounds yet the judges made it a majority decision with Judges Dave Moretti (116-112) and Craig Metcalfe (117-111) had it for Mayweather, while judge C.J. Ross scoring it a controversial 114-114.

“I’m not in control of what the judges do,” Mayweather scoffed. “I am in shock (by) whoever had it even.”

In only his second fight since being released from prison after serving a sentence for the assault of the mother of his children, Mayweather gave away 13 years in age and 15 pounds to the younger and stronger Alvarez, who moved down in weight for the showdown.

The seventh was one of Mayweather’s best rounds as he landed several combination punches early before backing Alvarez up into a corner and hitting him with a right uppercut that snapped the Mexican’s head back.

Alvarez suffered the first loss of his career since turning pro in 2005.

“It was simple: I couldn’t catch him,” Alvarez said through a translator. “He was very elusive. He’s a great fighter. I did not know how to get him. He is very intelligent. He’s got a lot of experience. Honestly, I couldn’t find him. In the later rounds, I felt frustrated. I recognize that he beat me. I tried to connect on him, but I just couldn’t. At the same time, he also missed me a lot. A lot of punches landed on my gloves.”

FIFA World Football Rankings

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RANK TEAM POS + / – POINTS
1 Spain <> 0 1514
2 Argentina 2 1263
3 Germany -1 1261
4 Italy 2 1199
5 Columbia -2 1180
6 Belgium 4 1159
7 Uruguay 5 1126
8 Brazil 1 1067
9 Netherlands -4 1058
10 Croatia -2 1051
11 Potugal -4 1029
12 Greece -1 1016
13 USA 6 996
14 Switzerland 1 992
15 Russia 1 968
16 Chile 5 967
17 England -3 947
18 Boznia-Herzegovina -5 934
19 Côte d’Ivoire -1 902
20 Ecuador -3 851
21 Mexico -1 837
22 Sweden 8 836
23 Denmark 4 825
24 Ghana <> 0 815
25 France -2 812
26 Ukraine 2 799
27 Montenegro 1 766
28 Algeria 6 762
29 Slovenia 16 754
30 Hungary 1 744