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« Reply #675 on: December 25, 2018, 12:16:34 PM »


Former Richmond big man Ben Griffiths has officially signed a playing contract with the University of Southern California as a punter.


https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/former-tiger-ben-griffiths-signs-with-american-college-football-team-20181224-p50o3t.html

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« Reply #676 on: February 12, 2019, 03:23:28 AM »

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« Reply #677 on: February 12, 2019, 01:12:15 PM »
Geez he's a size of a man.

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« Reply #678 on: March 25, 2019, 01:57:56 AM »
Heslin is a busy man. As well as [Gaelic] football he has a job with MSD Animal Health, a PhD to complete and a farm at home to help out on.

In 2011, Heslin dipped his toe into the world of professional sport when he joined the Richmond Tigers in Australia, but he quickly realised a life in the AFL wasn't for him. "There is very little room to manoeuvre in a professional set-up because that is your job, but it is an enjoyable one.

"The commitment levels here in football aren't far off now. We are doing all the same things in terms of training, strength and conditioning, preparation, video analysis, nutrition.

"It's all very similar, the one big difference is the money and the rest.

https://www.independent.ie/au/sport/gaelic-games/gaelic-football/marie-crowe-heslin-still-driven-on-by-the-dream-of-provincial-glory-37944640.html

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« Reply #679 on: April 17, 2019, 03:45:15 AM »
Over in the SANFL, former Richmond player Liam McBean booted 9 goals on Friday night for Glenelg in their big win over Adelaide.

Source: Foxsports


Refreshed McBean means goals for Bays

Warren Partland,
The Advertiser
April 9, 2019


Talented Glenelg forward Liam McBean admits he had lost sight of why he played the game.

As a kid, he said football was all about enjoyment and playing with mates.

The more serious his career became, especially when it was a full-time job with Richmond for four seasons, there were times he’d forget the real reason for being involved.

“Coming out of the AFL system my love and passion for the game had wavered a bit,” he said. “Coming over to Adelaide in 2017 and working and playing was a nice balance for me.

“But I felt midway through that year of footy it was time for a change up and to do something different. It was important for me to get away from that footy bubble for a while.”

McBean opted to take 2018 away from the game and travel the world for five months, a trip which included the soccer World Cup in Russia.

It was a decision which provided the answers to regaining the hunger to return to the [Glenelg] Tigers’ attack.

Read more: https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/afl/local-footy-sa/sanfl/glenelgs-liam-mcbean-bags-nine-goals-against-adelaide-after-regaining-passion-for-the-game/news-story/a07c0572cef2fe9bf511bdf00a13fa52

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« Reply #680 on: April 17, 2019, 03:55:58 AM »
#bringnbackbeanie :shh
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« Reply #681 on: April 19, 2019, 01:24:59 AM »
Des Headland (Brisbane Lions and Fremantle), Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls (Richmond and West Coast) and Brennan Stack (Western Bulldogs) all played for Nollamara, who lost to Kwinana by 38 points.

https://thewest.com.au/sport/afl/bush-and-burbs-son-of-a-gun-zac-mainwaring-steps-up-to-amateur-level-ng-b881173541z

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« Reply #682 on: June 03, 2019, 01:38:59 AM »
Derickx reveals dark times at height of AFL career

Sally Coates,
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June 3, 2019


Even at the highest peaks of his professional AFL career, Tom Derickx was depressed.

He didn’t realise at first, but always wondered how he could be living such an extraordinary life and still feel like something was wrong.

Originally from Claremont, WA, when he moved to Melbourne to play for the Richmond Tigers he started feeling the effects of what would later be diagnosed as mild depression, not only mentally but physically too.

“I moved away from home, I was homesick, I had a few injuries along the way and I didn’t know too much about the issue,” he Sydney Confidential.

“I had no energy and sometimes struggled to get a deep breath but I just put it down to training a lot.

“It was more the lack of energy, the lack of excitement for what I was doing that worried me.

“I was living a pretty amazing lifestyle and my mood didn’t reflect that.”

He said it took courage but he eventually spoke up and was diagnosed.

Getting help, he was able to identify potential triggers for him and more importantly, what to do if he felt himself sliding into a disruptive pattern again and now he is an ambassador for RU OK?

To help spread the word and try to combat the six Australian men who die every day by suicide, Derickx joined thousands of Australians this weekend at Anytime Fitness gyms all over the country in the Tread As One 24 hour treadmill challenge for RU OK?

Last year’s event saw over $400,000 raised for Suicide Prevention Australia and being a survivor of poor mental health himself, Derickx is eager to smash that target.

“There is so much information out there now, it’s a totally different time,” he said.

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/tom-derickx-reveals-his-struggle-with-depression-despite-living-an-extraordinary-life/news-story/68a4cffb72535c0185eb2369f24bf0ad

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« Reply #683 on: June 15, 2019, 02:15:20 PM »
Michael Bowden was diagnosed with MND one year ago. On Monday, the 72-year-old will complete his 11th Big Bike Ride — a 122km journey from Mandorah all the way back to O’Loughlin in Karama.



‘It mustn’t stop you from living’: School rides to defeat MND

Steve Vivian
PerthNow
15 June 2019


THE inspirational vision of one man has connected a whole community to fight the debilitating condition known as ‘The Beast’: motor neurone disease (MND).

Michael Bowden, who founded O’Loughlin Catholic College’s ‘The Big Bike Ride’ in 2009, which has raised money for breast cancer, multiple sclerosis and many other critical causes, is this year at the heart of the school’s campaign to fight MND.

Michael was diagnosed with MND one year ago. On Monday, the 72-year-old will complete his 11th Big Bike Ride — a 122km journey from Mandorah all the way back to O’Loughlin in Karama.

“Every year has been a major achievement for every kid who has ridden and their families,” Michael told the NT News.

“They face the challenge and grow, and year after year they see the important role they can play in the wider community.”

Chloe Carter, a year 7 student at O’Loughlin, said the ride would be ”extremely special”.

“Because we are helping to fight MND and we get the privilege to do this for others who can’t,” she said.

Joining Michael on the front line of the fight will be Nick Lias, 46, who was recently diagnosed with MND.

“Nick is facing a really big struggle,” Michael said. “We have built a friendship through MND, and together have become mates.”

Michael’s son, and O’Loughlin principal, Rhett Bowden said the school had welcomed Lias, and the wider Greek community, into the fight against MND with open arms.

“We’ve seen Nick grow stronger and seen the spring in the step it’s given his family and community, and that they’ve given us,” he said.

Rhett said there had been an “amazing response (to fundraising efforts) already”.

“It’s something that’s really close to the heart of the community,” he said. “To not only support dad now, but all those who have MND because we know it’s such an important cause.”

For O’Loughlin students, the fight against MND begins at 6.45am Monday morning at the Mandorah jetty. For Michael, the tough-as-nails Richmond Tigers premiership ruck-rover, the fight of his life is just beginning.

“I was diagnosed exactly 12 months ago. I didn’t I know whether I’d be alive today,” he said.

“MND is a life sentence. But it mustn’t stop you from living.

“Don’t go to bed, don’t lie down — get out, and live the best way you can, for as long as you can.”

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https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/nt/retired-schoolteacher-inspires-students-in-fight-against-mnd-ng-1a6acca9870f5557a07567fad11295af