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Lloyd's lucky escape

Thursday, 30th August, 2012

Essendon champion Matthew Lloyd obliges for autograph seeker Sage Hocking. Essendon champion Matthew Lloyd obliges for autograph seeker Sage Hocking.

By Ben Sheffield

Former Essendon great Matthew Lloyd has revealed that a serious injury he sustained in Essendon's 1996 Preliminary Final against Sydney very nearly cost him his life.

Lloyd ruptured his spleen in the third quarter of the match and ended up spending 10 days in intensive care at a Sydney hospital.

A grand finale

Wednesday, 29th August, 2012

West’s Hagen Grose (left) and the injured Cohen Pettitt (right) with Central captain Lachlan Jenkin ahead of tonight’s under 18 Grand Final. West’s Hagen Grose (left) and the injured Cohen Pettitt (right) with Central captain Lachlan Jenkin ahead of tonight’s under 18 Grand Final.

By Ben Sheffield

Anticipation is building ahead of tonight's under 18 AFL Grand Final, which brings together the two standout teams of the season, Central and
West.

Central secured the minor premiership and direct Grand Final qualification following an unbeaten season in which they won all 15 of their matches.

West stormed into the Grand Final and fired a warning shot to the Magpies in a crushing 98 point win over South in last week's preliminary
final. They finished second on the ladder at the end of the minor round.

Bulldogs crunched

Monday, 27th August, 2012

Jarrad Ruddock is tackled in North’s loss to West at the weekend. Jarrad Ruddock is tackled in North’s loss to West at the weekend.

Hungry Robins too good for indifferent Dogs

By Darrin Manuel

West have cruised into the preliminary final with a comfortable 31 point win over a reserved North outfit on Saturday.

The Robins were playing to secure their place in the finals, while the Bulldogs stood to gain little from what was effectively a dead rubber for the club.

The difference in attitudes was evident from the opening bounce, with West showing far greater urgency than their rivals.

Making a Giant impact

Tuesday, 14th August, 2012

The under 13 players aspiring to be a part of the AFL NSW talented player program. The under 13 players aspiring to be a part of the AFL NSW talented player program.

By Ben Sheffield

A number of Broken Hill's junior footballers are facing an exciting future in their chosen sport as they impress in various GWS Giants
Academy and state AFL and school teams.

The GWS Academy programs are considered one of the most direct pathways to an AFL career, with the Giants retaining priority access to footballers who they have developed through the initiative.

As Broken Hill is arguably the most AFLcentric region within the GWS recruiting zone, local junior footballers are making up a large part of Academy representative teams.

Central snap losing streak

Monday, 13th August, 2012

Central’s Jarred Paull leading the ball. Central’s Jarred Paull leading the ball.

By Ben Sheffield

Central have snapped a seven game losing streak, holding West at bay in the final quarter to record a nine point win at the Jubilee Oval.

Emotional scenes met the final siren, with Central players wildly celebrating and embracing their teammates, in a win motivated by both their past players weekend and their disappointing effort against South last week.

A howling wind dictated the terms of play each quarter, with 23 of 27 goals kicked to the scoreboard end for the day, in the 14.9 (93) to
13.6 (84) result.

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