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Time is right to retire, says St Kilda legend

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HIS AFL debut in 1999 left him feeling embarrassed after being flattened by North Melbourne hard man Glenn Archer in front of his mates at the SCG.
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But his last game in August could place Lenny Hayes on the same pedestal as his idol Robert Harvey, as a four-time St Kilda club champion.

Hayes admitted to choking back tears yesterday when he told his teammates he would be retiring at the end of the 2014 season.

The 34-year-old midfielder will be stranded three shy of the 300-game milestone if he plays all six remaining matches for the last-placed Saints.

St Kilda skipper Nick Riewoldt says Hayes’s form is so good that he’s probably the club’s leading player at the moment.

Judging by the way his teammates donned “I love Lenny” T-shirts yesterday, the departure of Hayes will also be keenly felt.

“I think I cried more when Robert Harvey retired [in 2008] than I did telling the boys that I was finishing up,” Hayes said.

“That was probably just a sign that I was really comfortable with the decision.

“I felt like I’d given it everything that I had.

“I’ve always liked to set the example both on the training track and on the field. I just feel I’m probably on the edge of the cliff in terms of my body.”

Hayes is St Kilda’s only Norm Smith Medallist, claiming the honour in the drawn grand final against Collingwood in 2010.

He doesn’t spend any time thinking about how the bounce of the ball went against the Saints in 2010.

“For a long period of time, I’m really proud of what we stood for as a football club,” the three- time club champion said.

“To play in some big games in front of big crowds and get the job done, there’s no better feeling in football.

“Unfortunately we didn’t get the ultimate prize. But I feel comfortable in knowing that we gave it absolutely everything we had.”

St Kilda coach Alan Richardson says Hayes has been a great mentor to his younger teammates and Hayes says he’s interested in a coaching career.

Hayes had asked the club to keep his media conference “low-key”, without success.

“I’ve had some pretty serious injuries and I feel like the club has always really supported me through those,” Hayes said.

“I did my knee when I was over 30 and had the open-heart surgery as well [in 2012].

“The club never mentioned retiring to me.”

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Season over for Giants midfielder

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THE season of 2012 number one draft pick Lachie Whitfield is over, with the GWS Giants announcing yesterday that the silky midfielder had undergone shoulder surgery.
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Whitfield has played 11 games this season, following on from the 19 he played during his maiden AFL campaign in 2013.

Whitfield has played 11 games this season, following on from the 19 he played during his maiden AFL campaign in 2013. Picture: Getty Images.

He had already been hampered by a foot injury, which caused him to miss five matches during April and May, and which will also be repaired now that his year has come to a premature end.

“Unfortunately Lachie has had an injury- interrupted season and it’s in his best interests to have this surgery now so he can be ready to start pre-season training,” GWS football manager Graeme Allen said via the club’s website.

Whitfield joins defender Aidan Corr as Giants out for the remainder of 2014. Corr’s year also ended after he too sustained a shoulder injury – during last month’s loss to Essendon.

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Coaches don’t want to win ugly

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COACHES have told AFL chief Gillon McLachlan at an unprecedented dinner date that they don’t want to win ugly.
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McLachlan hosted 11 of the 18 AFL senior coaches at his Melbourne home on Monday night and held wide-ranging discussions on issues including the aesthetics of the game.

COACHES have told AFL chief Gillon McLachlan at an unprecedented dinner date that they don’t want to win ugly. Picture: Getty Images.

“It was a chat to talk about the game and to talk about where it’s at and ideas and philosophies,” McLachlan said in Melbourne yesterday.

McLachlan, appointed AFL chief executive in late April, wants to repeat the informal dinner, which was praised by Geelong’s premiership coach Chris Scott.

“It was a little bit about the state of the game and the way it’s played,” Scott said in Geelong yesterday.

“And there were some really good suggestions thrown up as to how maybe we can improve the way the game looks aesthetically.”

Scott said contrary to perception, AFL coaches cared about the look of the game.

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McLachlan holds fire on Malthouse

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AFL chief Gillon McLachlan says he’ll wait until he sees the vision before commenting on a clash between Carlton coach Mick Malthouse and Channel Seven commentator Cameron Ling.
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AFL chief Gillon McLachlan says he’ll wait until he sees the vision before commenting on a clash between Carlton coach Mick Malthouse and Channel Seven commentator Cameron Ling (above). Picture: Getty Images.

Malthouse was fuming after he was constantly shown vision of his own reactions in the coach’s box rather than replays of on-field action during Carlton’s game against Sydney on Saturday night.

“The situation was, every time the coaches were looking for a replay, the stadium feed was straight off the Channel Seven feed, and every time they were looking for a replay, they had Mick’s head on the screen,” Carlton’s acting chief executive Andrew McKay told Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper.

Malthouse aired his concerns to boundary commentator Ling at the half-time break, reportedly prompting Ling to return fire and demand that Malthouse not speak to him in that manner.

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Bans for Murphy and Ballantyne

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FREMANTLE forward Hayden Ballantyne and Gold Coast utility Tom Murphy have each accepted one-match suspensions from the AFL match review panel.
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Tom Murphy, of the Suns, is tackled by Jake Stringer of the Bulldogs during the round 17 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Gold Coast Suns. Picture: Getty Images.

Ballantyne has been banned for striking Greater Western Sydney’s Thomas Bugg, while Murphy has accepted a one-game sanction for kneeing Western Bulldog Jake Stringer.

Ballantyne will miss the Dockers’ away fixture against St Kilda on Saturday and Murphy will be suspended for the Suns’ July 26 encounter with Brisbane.

Port Adelaide veteran Kane Cornes took a reprimand for striking Richmond’s Daniel Jackson, clearing him to play against Melbourne this Sunday.

Gold Coast utility Greg Broughton and Bulldog Nathan Hrovat both accepted a $900 fine for wrestling each other.

And Richmond captain Trent Cotchin also accepted a $900 fine, for making negligent contact with umpire Luke Farmer in last Sunday’s win against Port.

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Watson suggests Hird can wait for next year

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WITH just a fortnight until James Hird returns to Australia, Essendon great Tim Watson has declared the suspended coach should not be involved at the club until the Bombers’ 2014 campaign is over.
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In an intriguing comment, Watson, the father of Bombers skipper Jobe, has also suggested that rival clubs with a coach under contract should even consider poaching stand-in coach Mark Thompson, should the Bombers not want him or he decides to move on, once the season is done.

Tim Watson, the father of Bombers skipper Jobe, has also suggested that rival clubs with a coach under contract should even consider poaching stand-in coach Mark Thompson, should the Bombers not want him or he decides to move on, once the season is done. Picture: Getty Images.

Hird is due back in Melbourne on July 28 from a study tour in France, and could appear in the Federal Court as the case he and the Bombers have brought against the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority gets under way. That trial begins on August 11.

Hird’s 12-month AFL- imposed suspension for governance failures as part of the club’s controversial supplements program expires on August 25, meaning he could return to the coach’s box alongside Thompson in some capacity for the round 23 clash against Carlton, and remain should the revitalised Bombers make the finals.

Disregarding the emotion around the Hird saga, Watson said Thompson, a dual premiership coach at Geelong, was the better coach when compared with Hird, with three years’ service and one finals campaign to his credit.

“If you were taking all of that out of it, then you are talking about a guy who has coached for only a couple of years against a guy who has already been a premiership coach. You would have to say on that evidence alone, that `Bomber’ Thompson would be better equipped to coach,” Watson said.

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Amazing Mansfield steers Penguin home

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WITH Penguin down by 17 points at half-time in last night’s NWBU women’s grand final against Latrobe, the club’s first premiership win in 18 years seemed improbable.
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The situation called for a hero, and Lauren Mansfield delivered.

The Blues’ star player, who drives in from Launceston for games every Tuesday, almost single- handedly hauled her team back into the contest after half-time on the way to an incredible 75-70 victory.

HARD DRIVE: Penguin’s Lauren Mansfield takes on Latrobe’s Ali Partridge. Pictures: Stuart Wilson.

Mansfield was tenacious, hunted the ball, scrapped for everything and was determined to get her team over the line, setting Penguin alight in the third quarter.

“I knew we were really struggling in the first half, we really just couldn’t get our offence together, we knew we had to change some things and we ended up just getting a bit of momentum,” she said minutes after the final buzzer.

Amazing Mansfield steers Penguin home HARD DRIVE: Penguin’s Lauren Mansfield takes on Latrobe’s Ali Partridge. Pictures: Stuart Wilson

Penguin’s Lauren Mansfieldguarded by Latrobe’sKathleen Schemer.

Latrobe’s Erin Mann shootsduring last night’s NWBUgrand final.

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Search for judge to rule on Ellis decision

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SENTENCING of Tasmania’s Director of Public Prosecutions Tim Ellis has been delayed while the search is on for a Supreme Court judge willing to hear an appeal against his guilty verdict for negligent driving.
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Justice David Porter yesterday disqualified himself from the case, leaving him no other option but to impose an interim stay on proceedings until a judge is found.

Ellis was due to be sentenced next week after he was found guilty of killing Natalia Pearn, 27, when his car crossed on to the wrong side of the Midland Highway and collided head on with Ms Pearn’s vehicle.

Ellis, who was not in court yesterday, faces a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $1300 fine.

However, Ellis has appealed against the decision and wants sentencing delayed until after his appeal is heard.

Tasmania Police wants to proceed with sentencing as planned.

Justice Porter said a decision on the timing of the appeal and sentencing could only be resolved by a judge willing to hear the entire matter.

“Inquiries are being pursued in relation to the situation of other judges of this court,” he said.

“It may be that no judge of this court considers themselves able to deal with any substantive matters and things will have to take their course.”

Justice Porter said an interstate judge may have to be flown in, which would take longer.

A similar problem faced the Magistrates Court in the lead up to Ellis’s trial, after Chief Justice Michael Hill and Deputy Chief Magistrate Michael Daly recused themselves from the hearing.

Ellis’s legal team objected to an interstate magistrate being brought in and Magistrate Chris Webster finally agreed to preside over the trial.

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Mill company sets the record straight on site

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Jan CameronTHE company owned by environmentalists Graeme Wood and Jan Cameron has spoken out against the state government’s move to launch a parliamentary inquiry into the closure, sale and dismantling of Triabunna mill.
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Parliamentary Secretary Guy Barnett announced the inquiry this week, after a magazine article detailed the mill’s undercover demolition by general manager Alec Marr.

Mr Barnett had said the article exposed the “disgraceful tactics of radical environmentalists”, and questions still remained over the former government’s knowledge of the new owners’ intentions.

But a statement released by Triabunna Investments, owned by Ms Cameron and Mr Wood, said an inquiry would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and risk scaring off investment in the state.

It said the company wanted to “put on the record key facts” to provide context for the mill’s dismantlement, including:

•The mill was maintained in working condition for two years and put to tender, but no economically viable tender was received.•The company was legally required to begin decommissioning and rehabilitating the site if woodchipping had ceased for two years.•In July 2013, after two years, a decommissioning and rehabilitation plan was submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency. It was accepted three months later.”All our staff acted in a lawful and professional manner in the decommissioning process and they have gone out of their way to work with the local community to plan a future for the site,” the statement said.

It said detailed planning for the site was under way, with contracts already arranged for professional services.

“We want Spring Bay Mill transformed from a defunct mill to an international tourism venture that will put this wonderful state on the international map,” the statement said.

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Larger fines preferred for motorists using mobiles

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TASMANIA’S Road Safety Advisory Council has quashed calls to slap motorists caught using mobiles phones with double demerit points.
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Police have the power to dock drivers caught using hand-held phones three demerit points as well as a $300 fine.

The state’s peak motoring body wants tougher penalties imposed, after a 24-hour police blitz saw 76 Tasmanian motorists fined for the offence and 56 receive cautions.

The RACT said the results were disappointing and urged Tasmanian lawmakers to consider harsher penalties.

But Road Safety Advisory Council chairman Jim Cox said there was no known merit in handing out double demerit points.

“I’ve seen no reasons or evidence to suggest it’s worthwhile,” Mr Cox said.

“I’d much rather see fines increase than doubling demerit points.”

Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding said the government had no plans to introduce double demerit points despite the disappointing number of mobile phone-related infringements during the blitz.

He said the government remained open to ideas to make the state’s roads safer.

“The government welcomes debate about other measures through the Road Safety Advisory Council,” he said.

Opposition Leader Bryan Green said the council was best placed to evaluate possible penalty systems.

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