AFL now challenged from within

WHAT a dilemma the AFL now has. After hitting Essendon with the harshest of all penalties, and an unprecedented disqualif-ification from a finals series for its supplements program, it now finds that 11 other clubs had been doing something similar.

Of course the Essendon situation was nowhere near as bad as we had been led to believe and its penalties were far too severe.

It’s just that in the face of negative opinion that had been driven by some subjective sections of the media, the AFL had to be seen to be acting tough.

Ten months later, the politicians who grand-standed are gone, and nothing has been proven against Essendon or its players.

Yet to appease certain sections of the media, and some sections of the football public, the Bombers had to be sacrificed.

That’s Graham Cornes writing in the Courier Mail. Pretty damning commentary.

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16 Responses to AFL now challenged from within

  1. Up The Workers! says:

    Maybe Bill Shorten should find a place for every member of the Essendon Board on his “front bench”?

    After all, he dumped the A.L.P.’s former Deputy Prime Brothel-Crawler, Alwaysleazy, to make room for Tanya Coutts-Trotter.

    I bet the Coutts-Trotters know a thing or two about illegal substances!

  2. steve says:

    Am I correct in guessing that Monty and Gerry, two on this site who have defended the AFL and its incoherent policies are both Hawthorn supporters? If so, ’nuff said. ’85 still hurts, just ask Dermy.
    Graham Cornes should beware of poisoned Galaktoboureko received in the mail.

  3. james says:

    Dirty, scheming fat hairy Greek socialists cause trouble wherever they are. Half convinced that Greeks invented democracy as an early practical joke.

  4. sunshine says:

    Sports commentator Gerard Whatley claims the English Premier League is unregulated and so only 2 or 3 teams can ever win it ,but the American NFL is regulated like the USSR was and consequently it is a very even competition ! Fancy that -I just dont know what to make of it .
    I rekon our road system would work better without any rules too !

  5. perturbed says:

    Whoops! Let’s just push reset on the entire season, shall we?

    Fucking unbelievable.

  6. jupes says:

    Ten months later, the politicians who grand-standed are gone, and nothing has been proven against Essendon or its players.

    Yet Fat Andy is still there.

    Surely, surely he has to go.

  7. Gerry says:

    Sucked me in , Steve …I’m not supporting the AFL …they have made a dodgy program of matches to satisfy TV needs and attain attendance records and Hawthorn also had to beat the AFL to win the premiership …the AFL should have blocked Essendon when they found out about what they were doing, Essendon clearly can’t look after themselves ….. It being Essendon involved just makes the whole shambles sweeter …..ha …you couldn’t even negotiate with a bowls club ……

  8. steve says:

    yep, Hawthorn

  9. the sting says:

    When the AFL backed off the legal action against the Essendon doctor it spoke volumes.

  10. steve says:

    Gerry, you’d be happy about Buddy, that’s one drug problem you don’t have to deal with anymore. Strike seven, anyone?

  11. FECB says:

    I don’t disagree with any of the sentiments expressed above about Essendon and the AFL.
    However, once more Graham Studley Cornes is “light on” for detail in his article.
    1. The players at 15 AFL clubs were surveyed anonymously.
    These 15 clubs were the ones not already under investigation by ASADA.
    2. Every listed player at each of these clubs was asked to nominate which “supplements” they were taking, and the survey responses were then consolidated for each club.
    3. Three clubs were deemed to have low supplement usage, i.e. up to 10 different products in use.
    4. Nine clubs were deemed to have medium usage, i.e. between 10 and 20 different products in use.
    5. The final 3 clubs (i.e. of the 15 surveyed) were deemed to have high use, i.e. between 20 and 40 different products in use.
    6. The main fact that Studley omitted was that when the players were surveyed they had to list every product they use, and these products included Vitamin C powders, Multivitamin tablets, Staminade/ electrolyte replacements, Protein powders, asthma ‘puffers’, and caffeine — as well as the “nastier” products.
    In my opinion, he has attempted to oversimplify the survey results to support his AFL friends at Essendon.

  12. m0nty says:

    Great footballer, Cornesy, and scored a top sort as his wife, but he does say some stupid things.

    As FECB details, the commentary around this report has been ignorant and hysterical. So it’s no surprise that it gets two threads on the Cat.

  13. Mike of Marion says:

    m0nty
    #1041368, posted on October 20, 2013 at 8:31 am
    Great footballer, Cornesy, and scored a top sort as his wife, but he does say some stupid things.

    As FECB details, the commentary around this report has been ignorant and hysterical. So it’s no surprise that it gets two threads on the Cat.

    Cornsey doesn’t say stupid things – his wife is a Labor stalwart – a favourite of Mike Rann and Kevin Foley.

  14. Jim Rose says:

    some american top sportmen said if you are not cheating, you are just not trying hard enough!

    people cheat when they think they will not be caught or the payoff is worth the risk.

  15. Mundi says:

    It is clear from the emails that leaked that bomber Thompson told the club they were miles behind in their supplements program. The emails show that he and several Essendon personal had very good info on how Geelong and collingwood were doing their programs (no doubt they are 2 or the 3 teams with 40+ supplements) and its through these links that Essendon coughed up the $$$ to get dank exclusive and try to one-up everyone – as Dank was well known throughout the sport community to have the bleeding edge stuff.

    Essendon over stepped the mark because of the way they treated their players and family members pf the players, and afl punished them for bringing it to the point where they knew it was all about to come out in the media.

    Essendon stupidly tried to implement a drug approval process. When you read the charges this is used as the main evidence against them. They should have just had no process and no documentation, just like the other clubs.

    Essendon in many ways were penalised because they tried to bring order and transparency to what is a shady off the books dark side to the afl – a side that the afl wanted to remain secret.

  16. Peter56 says:

    Monty,
    Cornes, Studley to his mates, could only manage 5 games in the big leagues, so he wasn’t that flash. He might have been great in a small pond, but who cares about small ponds?
    As for the AFL. There are more important things to be dealt with than the Essendon sage. Firstly, the draw needs to be made fair and equitable, and secondly, the AFL lacks integrity because it fails to recognise Michael Tuck as a legend.
    Baldock, Whitten, Cazaly, Dyer, Robran, and a few others, combined, don’t have the number of premierships that Tuck won. As for Hart, a champion maybe, but surely Dunstall should be there before him?
    And I follow Geelong.

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