Demons too tough for AFL Bulldogs

Melbourne key forward Jesse Hogan arrived on the AFL’s big stage on Sunday, helping the Demons to an impressive 39-point victory over the Western Bulldogs.

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With Hogan impressing the most, the Demons won 15.13 (103) to 9.10 (64) on an afternoon when coach Paul Roos said his team didn’t have a bad player,

The victory, the largest of Roos’ time at the club, was earned by tough tackling and a sharper attack.

Hogan and Cam Pedersen kicked three goals each as Aaron VandenBerg, Nathan Jones and Bernie Vince – who tagged Marcus Bontempelli out of the contest – set the tone.

Melbourne out-tackled the league’s No.1 tacklers, wresting control of the match either side of half-time by kicking six unanswered goals.

Roos was understandably delighted by Hogan’s 21 disposals and goalkicking but said he was most pleased by his huge workrate.

“He was on the wing and he ended up running all the way across the ground to get a mark,” he said.

“It’s great when you have young kids that have really good instincts and they’re really good competitors.”

Demons skipper Jones broke open the contest in the second term with 11 touches and four clearances.

His work was key in propelling the Demons forward, where Hogan loomed large.

In contrast, the Bulldogs’ teenage target man Tom Boyd was substituted out of the match in the third quarter with just one handball and one hit-out to his name.

The Demons increased their lead to 33 points early in the third term, which included two Jeremy Howe marks for the highlight reel.

But the Bulldogs fought back, finding space to stretch their legs.

Jake Stringer kicked two third-quarter goals and when Liam Picken goalled early in the last, their deficit was just seven.

From there, Melbourne took over.

Hogan turned provider for the impressive Pedersen, who kicked his third early in the final term to begin a Demon rout.

Vince added to his fine day with two goals of his own, while Jeff Garlett’s checkside snap from the boundary brought cheers from the 29,381-strong crowd.

Beaten coach Luke Beveridge was understandably upset by the performance, which included the ugly half-time scoreline of 3.9 after long periods of dominance.

“We probably didn’t see today coming,” Beveridge said.

“We were shabby in a lot of areas today.

“This game is always one of energy and commitment to everything in the game and the opposition had a little bit more than us today and they got us.”


Beveridge staggered by Minson VFL report

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says it would be “drastically wrong” for ruckman Will Minson to be suspended after making contact with a VFL umpire.

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Minson was playing for the Bulldogs’ VFL side Footscray when he was sent off in the second term of Sunday’s match against North Ballarat at Whitten Oval.

Beveridge, who was at the match before heading to the MCG for the Bulldogs AFL clash with Melbourne, said the incident was “laughable”.

Minson appears to gently pat the umpire on the back as he runs back to the centre square after a Bulldogs goal.

“It would stagger me if anything happened in regards to it,” he said.

“Over the course of my career I patted umpires on the back, I talked to them with my hand on their shoulder.

“There’s always a rapport between players and umpires and I think this one just took it the wrong way.

“Something has gone drastically wrong if it’s not thrown out straight away.”

The 2013 All Australian has not played in the AFL since round three.

While Footscray powered on to a 146-point VFL win over North Ballarat without Minson, the Western Bulldogs went down to Melbourne by 39 points in their AFL clash later on Sunday.

Beveridge said the combination of the two results could lead to a shake-up in his AFL team to face GWS Giants on Saturday.

“It’s really disappointing because Will was terrific up to that point,” he said.

“We consider him every week and he’ll be a chance to come in next week.”

“Lots of boys put their hands up (in the VFL for AFL selection) so we’ll see what we do during the week.”

One that could miss out is former Giant Tom Boyd.

The 19-year-old key forward was subbed out of the game in the third term with just one hit-out and one handball to his name.

Beveridge said he was “probably due for a bit of a spell”.

“He wasn’t having his greatest day,” he said.

“The important thing for Boydy is he gets as much game time and experience as he can without cooking him.


Mass graves of suspected migrants found

Malaysia has found mass graves feared to contain the bodies of Bangladeshi and Rohingya migrants at the centre of a regional human-trafficking crisis.

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Home Minister Zahid Hamidi was quoted by The Star newspaper’s website as saying the graves were found near suspected detention camps run by people traffickers.

“But we don’t know how many there are. We are probably going to find more bodies,” Zahid was quoted as saying.

Thai police found secret human-trafficking jungle camps on their side of the border in early May and dozens of shallow graves.

The report quoting Zahid gave few details but the Malay-language newspaper Utusan Malaysia, citing an unnamed source, earlier reported that about 30 mass graves had been found containing “hundreds of skeletons”.

The Star, also quoting sources, had said the graves were “believed to contain nearly 100 Rohingya migrants”.

Thailand began a crackdown on human trafficking and smuggling following the discovery of its mass graves, which appears to have thrown regional trafficking routes into chaos.

Many migrants previously tried to enter Malaysia, their favoured destination, via its land border with Thailand.

With traffickers apparently now abandoning their human cargo at sea, boats filled with hundreds of starving migrants from the two countries have sought desperately to land in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, which turned them away.

Facing growing international pressure, Malaysia and Indonesia said last week they would admit boat people, who are to be repatriated or resettled with the help of international agencies.

Indonesia’s military said President Joko Widodo had ordered the country to start search and rescue operations for stranded migrant boats, an operation that began on Friday.

“We will save the migrants and take them to shore,” military spokesman Fuad Basya told AFP, adding that as of late Saturday, no new boats had been sighted.

Previously, Indonesian fisherman have helped hundreds of stranded Bangladeshis and Rohingya to shore.

The Malaysian government announced on Thursday that its navy and coastguard would be mobilised for search operations but so far it has not reported any rescues.

Widodo reportedly indicated on Sunday that Jakarta would need help footing the bill for housing thousands of destitute people.

“We’re counting and making calculations on the costs involved,” he was quoted as saying on Detikcom news website. “We still need international support on how this would be managed.”

Malaysian media said the latest mass graves were found near Padang Besar and Wang Kelian, two towns along the Thai border in the Malaysian state of Perlis.

Police declined to release information but the national police chief will hold a news conference on the matter on Monday.

Malaysia’s government had previously denied that any such mass graves or slave camps existed on its soil.

“I am shocked!” Zahid was quoted by The Star as saying.

He added that some of the camps may have been there for as long as five years, and that Malaysian citizens were suspected to have been involved.


Our most mature win: Richmond coach

Coach Damien Hardwick rates Richmond’s stirring away victory against Port Adelaide as the most mature win in his time at the AFL club.

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The Tigers stunned Port by 33 points as Melbourne upset the Western Bulldogs by 39 points and Essendon overwhelmed Brisbane by 58 points in Sunday’s games.

The Tigers’ 11.10 (76) to 5.13 (43) victory heaps more pressure on Port Adelaide, who sit in 13th spot on the ladder after three consecutive losses.

“It was a mature a win that I have seen at our footy club,” said Hardwick, this his sixth season as Richmond coach.

“Port are a proud club; they’d be disappointed after their loss last week to Brisbane; they’re playing for a club legend in Kane Cornes.

“We knew it was going to be a fierce contest and for our guys to absorb that … it was a really mature performance.”

Port’s Cornes ended his AFL career at 300 games, retiring after the loss to the Tigers.

And like Port, the Western Bulldogs’ losing streak is now at three games.

Melbourne’s 15.13 (103) to 9.10 (64) win over the Dogs at the MCG ended the Demons’ own three-game losing streak.

Meanwhile, Essendon coach James Hird hailed his team’s improvement after they overwhelmed the Lions with 12 goals in the second half for a 21.10 (136) to 12.6 (78) win.

“What I really liked about our game today was the pressure we put on the opposition, the way we won the contest,” Hird said.

“We’re pretty confident that if we do that and we do that well then the rest of the game will take care of itself.”

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson said on the ABC that the two-time defending premiers are “teetering” after Saturday night’s thrilling four-point loss to Sydney.

The Hawks are yet to win two in a row this season, while the Swans are third on a ladder where all top four spots belong to non-Victorian teams.

Fremantle stayed unbeaten, two games clear on top, thanks to their 73-point mauling of North Melbourne on Saturday night.

West Coast’s 53-point win over St Kilda meant they maintained second place, while GWS – who beat Adelaide by four goals on Saturday – remain in fourth position.

Collingwood had a much-needed big win, thumping Gold Coast away by 69 points.

Geelong’s 77-point win over Carlton on Friday night ensured the Blues and the future of their coach Mick Malthouse would dominate the AFL discussion over the weekend.


I won’t lose trust in players: Port coach

Port Adelaide have been dodging bullets all AFL season – but now, they’re starting to hit says coach Ken Hinkley.

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Richmond are the latest to find Port’s target, upsetting the Power by 33 points at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

The Tigers rose into the top eight after Jack Riewoldt’s four-goal haul inspired a gutsy 11.10 (73) to 5.13 (43) victory.

“It was a mature a win that I have seen at our footy club,” said Richmond’s six-year coach Damien Hardwick.

The Tigers were never headed, spoiling the retirement party of Port stalwart Kane Cornes, who played his 300th and final AFL game.

The result leaves Port precariously placed: the pre-season premiership fancy have lost three in a row and are a lowly 13th with three wins and five losses.

Hinkley admitted Port’s confidence was dented but retained faith in his players to save their season.

“If you lost trust, everything can just disappear forever. And that is not going to happen with us. I am not going to lose trust,” Hinkley said.

“I’m more worried about what happens now, how we actually react.

“This is not the only time we have been in a bit of a hole … but we have got great pride at this footy club and we will fight back.

“I have got great belief in this group and I won’t lose that. I will never lose that.”

Port’s celebration of Cornes’s stellar career fell flat – they were goal-less in the first quarter; trailed by 23 points at halftime; were 13 points down at the last change.

Richmond and Riewoldt then expertly snuffed out any hope of a Port fightback by booting four goals to one in the last term to leave Port with their lowest-ever score under Hinkley.

“I said we were dodging bullets after round three. And unfortunately some of them have landed now and they have hit us where it hurts,” Hinkley said.

The Power found few winners – captain Travis Boak collected a game-high 32 disposals while Robbie Gray and Cornes had 28 touches each.

But they were overwhelmed by Riewoldt, Brett Deledio (28 disposals, one goal), Brandon Ellis (30 possessions, one goal), Dustin Martin (29 touches, one goal), Shaun Grigg (26 touches) and Anthony Miles (26 disposals).