AFL News: 'Disrespectful to many cultures' - Betts on Crows camp, North in a twist, McVeigh keen on GWS job
AFL champion Eddie Betts has opened up on the notorious Adelaide Crows camp, revealing he lost passion for football after the “weird” and “disrespectful” experience. Betts, who retired last year after a glittering 350-game career, has detailed the significant fallout from the Crows’ 2018 pre-season camp in his autobiography. Ahead of the release of The Boy from Boomerang Crescent on Wednesday, excerpts of the eagerly-anticipated book have emerged via Nine newspapers.
Australia's Kookaburras have won a seventh-straight Commonwealth gold to catapult leader Eddie Ockenden into rare hockey air.
Monday's 7-0 annihilation of India was a fourth title for Birmingham flag bearer Ockenden, drawing the modest champion level with Kookaburras legend Mark Knowles on the Commonwealth medal tally.
A potentially testing examination between the Tokyo Olympic silver and bronze medallists quickly became a celebration of Australia's hockey entertainers on the Games' final day.
Crows respond to bombshell Betts allegations
Adelaide has apologised to Eddie Betts after he revealed distressing new allegations on that infamous pre-season camp.Addressing the camp in his autobiography, The Boy from Boomerang Crescent, which was released on Wednesday, Betts revealed distressing new allegations about the camp while claiming he was dropped from the Crows leadership group after voicing concerns over what transpired.
They exploded out of their semi-final slumber - a 3-2 defeat of England on Saturday being a rare vulnerable moment - to score five first-half goals and all-but order team staff to place the champagne on ice.
It was an emphatic reminder of their Commonwealth dominance - they're now 41-1 since the sport entered in 1998 - and brilliance as one of the country's most underrated teams.
The quality on show was best summed up by Australia's second goal.
Daniel Beale showed dexterity to pluck possession from an Indian stick on the edge of Australia's defensive circle.
Video: Hynes opens the scoring for Cronulla (Wide World of Sports)
Seconds later he'd received the ball back 70 metres downfield from an outrageous, no-look Josh Belz pass weighted to bypass three Indian sticks.
AFL urged to apologise to Eddie Betts
Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin has joined the chorus calling for the AFL to apologise to Eddie Betts over their handling of Adelaide's 2018 pre-season camp.Adelaide chief executive Tim Silvers publicly and privately apologised to Betts on Wednesday for the trauma the AFL great suffered during the infamous training camp on the Gold Coast.
Beale ripped the ball to Flynn Ogilvie with Nathan Ephraums finishing the brilliant passage with a simple tap in.
It was hockey at its best and India, despite the incredible hand-eye coordination of goalkeeper PR Sreejesh, were simply no match.
Blake Govers then had two drag flicks repelled - the second a brilliant stick save from Sreejesh.
The problem for India was that he'd already scored one.
Jeremy Hayward, Govers' partner in dragflicking crime, next did his best to penetrate the Indian defences.
He managed to make a dent, Jacob Anderson picking off the scraps for a third goal, before Tom Wichkham's deflection from Tim Brand's slap at goal nutmegged the helpless Sreejesh.
Even straight-faced coach Colin Batch did a little dance in celebration when Anderson slid a fifth goal home with two minutes to play in the first half.
In a sign of their ruthless mindset, Matt Dawson showed no regard for his own safety to smother an Indian shot early in the third quarter.
It was party time minutes later when Ephraums' audacious backstick deflection found the back of the box. Ogilvie made it 7-0 with 14 minutes still to play.
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