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Youngsters eye path to AFL

Thursday, 12th April, 2012

READY TO GO: Although a number of players were away for the Easter holidays, a group of local GWS Academy players took part in a light training session yesterday. READY TO GO: Although a number of players were away for the Easter holidays, a group of local GWS Academy players took part in a light training session yesterday.

A handful of the city’s best junior footballers will look to fast track their development and work towards an AFL career through the Under 14/15 GWS Giants Academy.

Around 20 players will take part in 12 weeks of intensive training with Academy coach Dale Tonkin to improve their skill and endurance in a variety of specialised drills.

Handling and applying pressure in a contest will form a big part of the training program, Mr Tonkin said, along with a focus on the work required of players when they are not in possession of the ball.

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Mifsud takes rumour blame

Wednesday, 4th April, 2012

APOLOGY: AFL community engagement officer Jason Mifsud (pictured in 2011) has taken the blame for spreading untrue rumours about Melbourne coach Mark Neeld’s treatment of indigenous players. APOLOGY: AFL community engagement officer Jason Mifsud (pictured in 2011) has taken the blame for spreading untrue rumours about Melbourne coach Mark Neeld’s treatment of indigenous players.

MELBOURNE - AFL community engagement officer Jason Mifsud has taken the blame for spreading untrue rumours about Melbourne coach Mark Neeld’s treatment of indigenous players.

 Mifsud, who is himself indigenous, publicly apologised unreservedly to Neeld yesterday and has been counselled by the AFL.

 Neeld was furious over the rumour, in which he is alleged to have spoken with the Demons’ non-indigenous players individually over the pre-season, but only addressed indigenous players as a group.

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No more excuses

Tuesday, 27th March, 2012

NEW ATTITUDE: West coach Dale Tonkin has brought in a performance-based culture to the club. NEW ATTITUDE: West coach Dale Tonkin has brought in a performance-based culture to the club.

New motto and attitude for West

By Balldock

The Robins head into the 2012 season with a brand new attitude and club motto, which will bring a smile to the supporters of the Robins.

And if that brings success in any shape or form it will be a step in the right direction. The new-found enthusiasm is due to senior coach Dale Tonkin. The direction he sees for the club is up, and now is the time. Tonkin has introduced a performance-based culture which he believes will serve the club well going into 2012 along with its new motto “No Excuses”, which means everybody is accountable for their actions. The changes have already swept through the club like a breath of fresh air.

Tonkin, who in his second year as senior coach, has been quietly impressed with the attitude of his playing group throughout the pre-season with numbers between 30 and 35. The fitness base is pretty good and now the cricket has finished the numbers should increase further with a good mix of juniors and senior players. While the Robins have struggled for many years, Tonkin feels that consistency is the big key; if the players as individuals can play at a more consistent level week in and week out, the consistency as a team will improve. If that can happen the players’ confidence will rise and the Robins will be a more competitive side, which will lead to more on field success and comes back to the performance based culture.

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Harry’s winning debut

Tuesday, 27th March, 2012

FIRST WIN: Harrison Cunningham made it a winning debut on Saturday night. FIRST WIN: Harrison Cunningham made it a winning debut on Saturday night.

Saturday night’s history-making all New South Wales AFL derby between the Swans and Greater Western Sydney will forever remain a precious moment in time for the Cunningham and Bearman families from BH.

When teenager Harry Cunningham came off the substitute’s bench for the Swans in the third quarter it completed an amazing rise to the elite level for a young footballer who refused to believe he wasn’t good enough for the big time.

And, like Taylor Walker (Adelaide) and Brent Staker (West Coast, now Brisbane) before him, the latest AFL player with a BH football pedigree marked his senior debut with a victory as the Swans cruised to a 63-point win.

In the change rooms after the match, Cunningham grinned from ear to ear as he stood within the team circle singing the Swans club song while being showered with drinks - as is the AFL rookie tradition.

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A game changer

Monday, 26th March, 2012

NEW BOARD: (from left) Paul Habel (Quality Environments & Public Implementation), Jan Corey (Umpiring), Peter Nash (Chairman), Andrew Schmidt (Media Marketing/Sponsorship), Kym Ferguson (Facilities/Community Partnerships). Absent are David Sedunary (Senior Body) and Craig Gilby (Junior Football). NEW BOARD: (from left) Paul Habel (Quality Environments & Public Implementation), Jan Corey (Umpiring), Peter Nash (Chairman), Andrew Schmidt (Media Marketing/Sponsorship), Kym Ferguson (Facilities/Community Partnerships). Absent are David Sedunary (Senior Body) and Craig Gilby (Junior Football).

AFL Broken Hill board kicks off

By Balldock

Football in Broken Hill has seen plenty of changes in its 112 years, from the pigskin to the pace of the modern game.

But yesterday the administrative side of the game underwent a major facelift, one that should only benefit BH football for the long term.

A special meeting convened at the Musicians Club yesterday afternoon saw the AFL Broken Hill board come into being along with the election of it first chairman, Peter Nash.

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