Former Pies cut ties over racism, likely Gill replacements, Hawkins speaks on ump call


Three former Collingwood players have cut ties with the AFL club, saying ‘nothing has changed’ following the report into allegations of racism within the organisation.

The Magpies have pledged to implement the 18 recommendations of the ‘Do Better’ report, released in January last year, which included developing a strategy ‘to address and reconcile past acts of racism’.

Heritier Lumumba, Leon Davis, Andrew Krakouer have all detailed their own experiences of racism at Collingwood and have engaged with the club since the report was published.

But Lumumba said on Wednesday the trio were unhappy with the necessary steps taken by the Magpies.

“After 15 months of dialogue to address past incidents of racism at Collingwood Football Club, Leon Davis, Andrew Krakouer and I have officially informed the club that we are officially ending all communications with the CFC,” Lumumba said on Twitter.

“Nothing has changed. We strongly believe that Collingwood Football Club has no intention of acting in good faith to achieve a fair result for former players who have faced racism at the Club.

Lumumba, Davis and Krakouer’s decision to sever ties with Collingwood comes a month after the club published a 12-month review of action taken to address issues raised by the Do Better report.

The review noted that the club had made “meaningful and genuine progress” on many of the 18 recommendations set out.

Who will replace the AFL CEO?

Brendon Gale is confirmed as Gillon McLachlan’s possible replacement as AFL CEO after McLachlan announced it would be his final season in charge.

Journalists Mike Sheehan and Gerard Whateley both believe Gale has ticked all the boxes and is the best candidate outside of the immediate organization.

Gale applied for the job when it was announced in 2014 and since then has enjoyed incredible success in a variety of roles, including rebuilding the Richmond Tigers into a successful club as CEO.

“I don’t know if he will get the job or not, but he must definitely be the pre-race favourite, given his experience as a player, 250 games, lawyer, led the Players Association and saved Richmond from being a basket case at a power plant,” Sheehan told SEN Radio.

“There’s no question in my mind that out of the candidates we know, Brendon Gale is my number one.”

The other name that keeps coming up is Travis Auld. If the AFL is looking to recruit internally, Auld is the obvious choice.

He is currently the AFL’s Executive Managing Director of Finance, Clubs and Broadcasting and was instrumental in match juggling during the Covid crisis when teams were in hubs and at one point a game of the AFL was played every day.

Tom Hawkins talks about THAT controversial arbitration appeal

Tom Hawkins appeared on Fox Footy AFL 360 show on Tuesday night and was inevitably asked about the non-decision that allowed him to score the ball and score a goal despite the push from Lions defender Harris Andrews.

“Look, it’s probably (a free kick),” Hawkins said.

“But it’s the art of the position to play as a key striker or to play those key positions. Whether that’s the case or not, let’s just say it is, he wasn’t called up on the night .

“The referee told us on the night that our momentum was going forward. Whether Harris has advanced or not — he weighs 95-100 pounds and I certainly don’t push that weight that easily in the gym — but you get them some weeks and some you don’t.

Ben Brown feels remorse after VFL success

Simon Goodwin says a remorseful Ben Brown must fight to regain his place in the AFL’s forward line in Melbourne once he serves his suspension for hitting.

Brown missed the third round under COVID-19 protocols and returned to the VFL last week, scoring two goals, but was found guilty of hitting Williamstown’s Max Philpot.

The incident was assessed as intentional conduct with low impact and high contact, resulting in a two-game ban which was reduced to one on an early guilty plea.

“He has incredible remorse,” Demons coach Goodwin said.

“It was a pure accident, he knows he was wrong and he hits his forehand and he will go on.”

Goodwin was pressed to explain Brown’s intentions after the key forward raised his arm and made high contact with his opponent.

“I think it was a pretty physical game, but he was just trying to reset the forward line and get back to the position he wanted to be in,” Goodwin said.

“He tried to make his way there, but he got the wrong action.

“Right away, he recognized him. He was very remorseful at the time and at night.

Brown scored five goals in the first two weeks of the AFL season before being sidelined by virus protocols.

He was available to play against Port Adelaide last week but was not selected for the senior position.

Sam Weideman played in Brown’s absence, scoring four goals against Essendon before a goalless appearance against Power.

Big forward Tom McDonald has played in all four games for the reigning Premiers this season, with ruck duo Max Gawn and Luke Jackson also contributing on offense.

“It’s competitive for spots and Browny knows that, he knows it’s a very competitive forward line to play in,” Goodwin said.

“He has a big bank of evidence with the way he played at a very high level.

“We will cross that (selection) bridge when we get there, but missing another week of football is obviously not ideal.”

Melbourne are flying with a 4-0 record ahead of their clash with GWS at the MCG on Saturday night.

An alternative to a 50 meter penalty?

The number of 50-yard penalties in matches frustrates fans, coaches and commentators, with the stand rule being the main contributor.

Some argue it’s up to the players to be more disciplined, but Kevin Sheedy thinks the actual penalty is the problem and is too big for what is a minor indiscretion.

He wants to see a 25 yard penalty introduced.

“If the player simulates a handball, it has to be a play-on. If a player moves a few steps, it should be 25m and not 50m.

“One day this will decide a grand final… do we want this?” Sheedy told the sun herald.

But Leigh Matthews hit back at Sheedy in a not-so-subtle dig at SEN.

“The fact that ‘Sheeds’ was talking about reducing the 50-yard penalty in one of those thoughts, he was the one who created the 50-yard penalty in the first place,” Matthews said, referring to the losing tactics. 1980s time. .

“I just don’t think there is any other alternative because it will always be sneaky players and sneaky coaches who break the rules.

“Sometimes in this ‘slow down the game’ mentality, you have to have a 50-yard penalty as enough of a deterrent.”

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