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Dusty misses important game, Tasmania expansion hits presidential roadblock, surgery for Ziebell, Marchbank

Richmond megastar Dustin Martin will miss Thursday night’s AFL blockbuster against a Carlton team with a mid-season conscript.

Martin has been out of training this week due to a severe bout of the ‘flu, but Tigers’ forward Tom Lynch will return from a hamstring injury ahead of the MCG game.

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says a final decision on Martin has yet to be made, but admits it is “highly unlikely” the Brownlow medalist will play.

“Dustin unfortunately has a very bad case, so he will probably be sitting on the sidelines at home with a cup of soup,” Hardwick told reporters on Wednesday.

“He’s not that good… he hasn’t trained all week.

“He obviously came up with it over the weekend and just didn’t react well.”

Hardwick said Lynch was a confident starter for his first game since sustaining a hamstring injury on May 21.

The Tigers spearhead could take on Carlton’s mid-season draftee Sam Durdin, who will make his debut for the Blues.

Backman Durdin played 22 games in four seasons with North Melbourne before being dropped from the list last season.

After spending the early part of this year at SANFL club Glenelg, the Blues picked up Durdin in the mid-season draft two weeks ago.

“What a story that is,” Carlton coach Michael Voss told reporters on Wednesday.

“Second Chance…playing at Glenelg a few weeks ago and now he’s going to play Richmond in front of a huge MCG crowd so it’s going to be a great opportunity for him.

“The fact that he’s been able to come in and he’s going to have an impact pretty quickly, it’s an honor for him and it’s an honor for the way the guys have been able to support him over the past few weeks.

“The first day he came in, he sat in front of the computer for three and a half hours trying to learn what our style was.

“I just want him to go back and pull himself back.

“He’s been exposed to this level before, he knows what it’s about… he’s built the trade over a long period of time in the position he’s playing and that goes a long, long way.

“There will be some minor tweaks to the way we ask him to do that, but in the end it comes down to you winning your battle, and if he can win his fight, that puts us in a really good position.”

Durdin will close a gap in the Blues’ backline due to Caleb Marchbank’s latest setback.

Marchbank injured a knee as he made his AFL comeback last weekend after a nearly three-year absence from the elite level, while Carlton’s defensive pivot Jacob Weitering remains sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Tasmania’s hopes of admission to the AFL have struck another stumbling block with club presidents uniting to voice concerns over the viability of the new team.

The AFL committee met with club bosses before Tuesday night’s Hall of Fame dinner to discuss whether Tasmania’s bid should go through.

According to a News Corp report, the 11 “workstreams” making up the bid have met resistance from a group of rival presidents led by Tony Cochrane of Gold Coast, including Jeff Kennett (Hawthorn), Andrew Pridham (Sydney) and Jeff Browne (Collingwood). ).

At the heart of their concerns is the lack of a suitable stadium deal and the fact that Hobart is a city of just over 200,000 people.

Pridham said the ball was in the AFL’s court as to whether expanding to 19 teams should be given the green light.

The state government announced plans in March to develop a multi-purpose stadium on Hobart’s waterfront, estimated to cost $750 million.

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan described the state government’s $150 million funding commitment, including $50 million for a high-performance center and $10 million a year for a decade, as a “good start” last week.

Tasmania currently hosts AFL matches at Hobart’s 19,500-capacity Blundstone Arena, and at the University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston, which seats approximately 20,000 people.

The state government has said it will seek stadium funding from multiple levels of government, as well as through the private sector and raising equity.

Approximately $1.25 million is being spent on advancing feasibility assessments, which are expected to hit the market in early fiscal year 2022/23.

Jack Ziebell

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Ziebell needs surgery for facial fracture

North Melbourne’s horror season has continued with news skipper Jack Ziebell set to miss up to five weeks with a facial fracture.

Ziebell sustained the injury in the final quarter of last week’s 49-point loss against GWS.

The 31-year-old will undergo surgery on Wednesday.

“Jack was just unlucky in the game on Sunday,” said North Melbourne general manager Dan McPherson. “We thoroughly considered all options and decided that surgery was the best course of action for Jack as it will shorten the timeline for his recovery.

“We are hopeful to see him back at AFL level in 4-5 weeks.”

Ziebell’s injury capped off a few days of horror for the Kangaroos, who also lost young shooter Jason Horne-Francis and Lachie Young to suspension.

Horne-Francis was suspended for two games for batting, while Young will miss one game after being found guilty of abusive conduct.

North Melbourne is bottom of the ladder with a 1-12 record and the pressure on coach David Noble is mounting. The Kangaroos will bid farewell this week before hosting Adelaide at the Blundstone Arena on June 26.

Marchbank out for two months

The hapless Carlton defender Caleb Marchbank will miss up to eight weeks with a knee injury, while Adam Cerra is out for 14 days.

Marchbank made his first AFL appearance in nearly three years in last Friday’s 26-point win over Essendon.

Despite finishing the match, a subsequent assessment of his knee revealed a lateral meniscus tear.

Marchbank underwent surgery on Tuesday afternoon and the 25-year-old will miss the next six to eight weeks.

It’s a hard blow to Marchbank, who has suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck, a torn ACL and an ongoing calf injury in recent years.

“Caleb is understandably very disappointed as we are as a football club, given how hard we all know Caleb has worked to get himself back and get himself ready to play at the highest level,” said Brad Lloyd, Carlton’s head of football.

“Caleb has had more than his fair share of bad luck, which makes this news hard to hear.

But as we all saw on Friday night, he is more than capable of performing at this level and all we can do is support him during this period of his recovery.”

Cerra suffered a minor hamstring injury in the win over Essendon and will be out for two weeks.

Jacob Weitering (AC joint), Mitch McGovern (hamstring), Zac Williams (calf) and Marc Pittonet (knee) are other key players on the injury list.

The Blues (9-3) are in fourth place, taking on Richmond in the MCG on Thursday night.

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