Swans coach John Longmire has been named coach of the year as his side gears up for this weekend’s grand final.
But their preparation has been marred by confirmation that Ben McGlinn’s hamstring injury has ruled him out of the big match and controversy over a Lewis Jetta goal in the preliminary finals.
Rachel Kramer reports.
AFL officials have admitted that Jetta’s spectacular 90 metre goal, scored last week against Collingwood, should not have been allowed.
The midfielder sprinted more than half the length of the field but, on review of the tape, umpires agree that he ran too far in between his first and second bounces.
Jeff Gieschen, AFL Umpires’ Boss: “The umpire on the night doesn’t have a tape measure, he makes a guesstimate of how far he’s travelled. It happened very quick, in reflection when we sit down and review that we go, he’s run too far.”
In the NRL, the Storm continues to be plagued by injury before their code’s grand final.
Both winger Sisa Waqa and centre Will Chambers are in doubt after knee and hamstring injuries.
Melbourne’s coach is refusing to underestimate the challenge they face when they clash with Des Hasler’s Doggies this weekend.
Craig Bellamy, Storm Coach: “They’ve been the best team and the most consistent team through the competition this year so he’s done a wonderful job in getting all those guys on board and believing in what he wants them to do.”
Fans attending the final are assured a great show with Good Charlotte confirmed as the headline act.
Rachel Kramer, QUT News.