AFL Wednesday: Harvey Gets Punk’d

The early week AFL headlines.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

That was Kangaroos lengend Brent Harvey's response on Twitter yesterday after the veteran was handed a six week suspension for this hit on Eagle Daniel Kerr in the North Melbourne-West Coast elimination final two weeks ago.

Harvey will miss the first six rounds of 2013 after the Kangaroos appealed the decision earlier this week. Due to another suspension collected in the same game, Harvey’s failed appeal and poor record meant his four-week ban was increased to six.

“I was very confident,” Harvey said after the hearing.

“It’s just disappointing, I guess, same situation as I was last week. I’m going to be missing six weeks of the AFL season in 2013. So, it’s very disappointing.

The Kangaroos complied one of the league’s best records after the bye rounds, but trailed off as the season wound down before being crushed in the first elimination final. North Melbourne was very good for a large part of last season, but their performance was by no means an indication that they’ll be an elite team in 2013. Expect Harvey’s ban will really hurt them out of the gates.

Port Adelaide’s hunt for a new coach is nearing an end. They have narrowed down their decision to two candidates: the recently terminated Carlton coach Brett Ratten and Rodney Eade.

Eade, who had successful stops at Sydney and the Western Bulldogs, spent last season as a strategy coach under Nathan Buckley at Collingwood and is apparently eager to get back to a top role position once again.

The decision will likely be made by Grand Final week.

Collingwood rallied past West Coast in their second elimination final last week and are likely to apply a similar tactic in the ruck that they’ve experienced success with when they take on Sydney’s huge ruck duo.

Darren Jolly had two good games against West Coast over the past month, single handedly nullifying the league’s best ruck combination in Nic Naitanui and Dean Cox. Collingwood will use Jolly against Mike Pyke and Shane Mumford this Friday night if forward/ruck Chris Dawes is unable to go. Dawes did train today, but may not be ready to play Friday after suffering a knee injury against the Eagles last week.

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