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Max Gawn out for Melbourne Demons with syndesmosis ankle damage, Carlton Blues to debut Sam Durdin in opposition to Richmond Tigers, Dustin Martin unwell, Caleb Daniel indicators four-year contract with Western Bulldogs

“Dustin sadly has received a really unhealthy case so he’ll most likely be sitting on the sidelines at residence with a cup of soup,” Hardwick mentioned on Wednesday.

“He’s not too properly … he hasn’t educated all week. He clearly got here down with it over the weekend and simply hasn’t responded properly.”

It’s a milestone match for Patrick Cripps this week.

It’s a milestone match for Patrick Cripps this week.Credit score:Getty Photographs

The Blues’ tall shares in defence has been decimated by accidents to Jacob Weitering, Oscar McDonald, Mitch McGovern, Luke Parks and Caleb Marchbank.

Marchbank’s newest damage, in his comeback sport after 1069 days out of the senior facet, has created the opening for Durdin to play for his second membership.

Durdin, who performed the final of his 22 video games for the Kangaroos in spherical 18, 2020, earned his ticket again into the AFL with sturdy performances within the SANFL.

Coach Michael Voss is telling Durdin to “again his instincts” as he involves grips with the Blues’ system. “The primary day he received in he was in entrance of the pc for three-and-a-half hours making an attempt to study our model,” Voss mentioned.

“The largest recommendation I may give him is simply to get on the market and again your instincts in. He’s constructed the craft over a protracted time period within the place he performs and that goes a protracted, good distance.

“There shall be some minor changes to how we ask him to try this however ultimately it goes all the way down to profitable his battle, and if he can win his battle that places us in a extremely good place.”

Such has been the depth of the Blues’ woes, recruit Lewis Younger is now the facet’s No.1 key defender having began the season out of the facet.

Since taking up from Weitering within the sport in opposition to Collingwood, Younger has held Essendon spearhead Peter Wright and Collingwood’s Brody Mihocek goalless. Younger will play his Tenth sport of the season this week, probably the most the previous Bulldog has managed in his six years within the league.

“He’s been enormous. Earlier than this yr he hadn’t performed numerous video games in a row. He’s constructing confidence each week,” skipper Patrick Cripps mentioned.

“With ‘Weiters’ happening, you may’t substitute him, however he stood up massively on the weekend. His sport in opposition to the Bombers was actually good. He’s a frontrunner down there now. He’s received one other large duty this week however the way in which he’s taking part in I’ve received full confidence in him.”

These are uncharted waters for Cripps, who performs his a hundred and fiftieth sport this week. His profession has coincided with a darkish chapter for the Blues, who’ve completed no greater than eleventh throughout his time on the membership. Their 9 wins this season is their most since 2013.

Cripps mentioned he wouldn’t change the darkish instances because it had constructed resilience and camaraderie into the Blues.

“I most likely grew so much as an individual by way of these robust instances,” Cripps mentioned. “One factor I’ve been large on, and I do know numerous the blokes have been large on, is having a degree of optimism, hope, and positivity across the place.

“The place there are robust instances you need to maintain the group collectively, that’s one factor I’m actually pleased with. The group’s caught collectively, and we’re beginning to see the onerous work repay.

“We’re simply getting began, we really feel like we’ve received a lot extra to present. That’s the thrilling half.
“I’m excited for the subsequent 150, I feel that shall be extra profitable than the primary.“

Caleb Daniel stays within the kennel

Nell Geraets, Jon Pierik

The Western Bulldogs will maintain Caleb Daniel on the Whitten Oval till at the very least 2026, as prime movers Josh Bruce and Lachie Hunter put together to make their return to the sphere on Friday night time.

Daniel, the previous Charles Sutton medallist, has inked a four-year deal in a yr when he has averaged 24.5 disposals, 5.1 marks and 4.3 rebound 50s per sport. He was membership champion and an All-Australian in 2020.

Caleb Daniels signs a four-year contract extension with the Bulldogs.

Caleb Daniels indicators a four-year contract extension with the Bulldogs.Credit score:Darrian Traynor/Getty Photographs

Daniel seemed towards his long-term future at Whitten Oval with pleasure.

“I’ve constructed some superb friendships at this soccer membership and am extremely grateful to drag on the jumper every week with this group,” Daniel mentioned.

“As a membership, we’ve had numerous success over current instances, however we’re extraordinarily hungry to enhance and regularly drive one another to be higher.”

The membership’s normal supervisor of record and recruiting, Sam Energy, mentioned Daniel, 25, had established himself as a constant performer, they usually had been overjoyed to have him on-board for the lengthy haul.


“Caleb just isn’t solely a key member of our taking part in group however a high quality particular person who’s a giant a part of the way forward for the Western Bulldogs,” he mentioned.

“His professionalism and skill to influence matches from defence has been distinctive, together with his development being rewarded by the membership, named within the management group for this season. A protracted-term dedication demonstrates the arrogance that Caleb has within the path of the membership, because the Bulldogs push for fulfillment on and off the sphere for years to come back.”

In the meantime, Bruce and Hunter will make their returns in opposition to Carlton in a VFL match at Ikon Park on Friday night time. Bruce has been sidelined with an ACL damage since spherical 21 final yr. The Bulldogs have missed his efficiency in entrance of objective, for Aaron Naughton has needed to be the prime goal.

“Bodily we consider he’s prepared and there’ll be some trepidation on his entrance however he’s actually enthusiastic about getting out on the sphere once more,” coach Luke Beveridge mentioned.

Hunter took private go away from the Bulldogs on April 19 however returned to coaching final week.

“That’s his first foray again into it and I simply spoke to him earlier on, he’s trying ahead to getting out on the bottom,” Beveridge mentioned.

“It’s an ongoing factor so far as Lachie’s welfare goes however he’s put issues in place and what he was capable of do is practice away from the membership and he utilized himself regarding the energy program as properly.

“So he’s fairly match. Our mandate and our goal for him was to come back again into the principle group and never be a part of a rehab group and so he’s come again and he’s educated our most important classes. After a little bit of a layoff, he’ll blow a bit however he’s ready.”

Within the AFL, the Tenth-placed Bulldogs face the Giants on Saturday night time.

Max Gawn will miss at least three games with an ankle injury.

Max Gawn will miss at the very least three video games with an ankle damage.Credit score:Getty Photographs

Gawn sidelined

Andrew Wu

Melbourne captain Max Gawn may miss as much as 5 weeks with an ankle syndesmosis damage, in one other setback to the Demons’ premiership defence.


A marketing campaign which was going swimmingly simply over three weeks in the past is now dealing with mounting challenges for the Demons, who’ve a testing run of video games with out their champion ruckman.

Gawn underwent scans on the ankle damage he sustained in the Dees’ loss to Collingwood on Queen’s Birthday, which was the membership’s third in a row and knocked them off the highest of the ladder.

Gawn, who should put on a moonboot till early subsequent week, is not going to require surgical procedure however a best-case situation forecast by the membership will see him miss at the very least three matches, presumably 5.

The Dees play the top-of-the-ladder Brisbane Lions after the bye earlier than journeys away to Adelaide and Geelong, to Darwin to “host” Port Adelaide adopted by a conflict with their grand last opponent Western Bulldogs.


Gawn’s damage offsets the on-field increase they’re prone to obtain after the bye when backline normal Steven Might returns after finishing a club-imposed suspension for his function in a restaurant stoush with teammate Jake Melksham.

Gawn’s absence is not going to solely be felt within the ruck but additionally in assault, the place he has been a risk together with his marking energy in a struggling ahead line.

Younger star Luke Jackson must shoulder the majority of the ruck duties in Gawn’s absence, whereas there’s now a gap for out-of-favour ahead Sam Weideman to interrupt again into the senior 22.

“Max had a left ankle concern in the course of the sport and, whereas he managed to battle by way of, was fairly sore afterwards,” Demons soccer boss Alan Richardson mentioned.

“He had some scans on Tuesday, which sadly confirmed some ligament harm.

“Max shall be in a moonboot till early subsequent week and can then start his structured rehabilitation program.

“It’s clearly disappointing that we are going to be with out our chief for the subsequent three to 5 weeks, however we’re hopeful it’ll be a comparatively fast restoration for Max, and he gained’t miss an excessive amount of footy.”

There was a wretched postscript to teenager Daniel Turner’s debut. Subbed out with concussion, Turner additionally requires surgical procedure to restore facial fractures.

“It is a disappointing end result for Daniel, who has labored extraordinarily onerous to earn his spot within the senior facet,” he mentioned. “Daniel will bear surgical procedure this week and we count on him to overlook roughly 4 weeks.”

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