Wednesday, September 18th

THE CURIOUS CASE OF TOBY GREENE

How do we solve a problem like Toby Greene?

GWS will make one last-ditch to get everyone’s favourite son and the boy you can take home to Mum, Toby Greene to play in Saturday’s prelim against Collingwood.

The Club has confirmed that they will front the AFL appeals board this Thursday night.

Greene failed to overturn the one-match ban handed out to him for allegedly eye-gouging Lachie Neale of the Brisbane Lions (proudly sponsored by Neds.)

The “players code” is alive and well at the AFL tribunal with Lachie Neale giving evidence and saying “he couldn’t recall feeling any contact to the eyes.”

Greene has made a quite the reputation for himself.

He was able to play and dominate in the semi-final against the Lions (30 disposals, two goals) and escaped with a fine for, lack of a better description – pulling Western Bulldog Marcus Bontempelli – in a similar and somewhat worse circumstance than what he did to Neale.

The Giants will throw everything to have Greene play on Saturday night to avoid a third preliminary final loss in four years and qualify for their first Grand Final.

Anyone who’s anyone in AFL is divided over Greene, and the drama is set to be more of a distraction for what is set to be a cracking weekend of football.

BRONCOS SHOW THEIR POKIE FACE

The fall-out from the Brisbane Broncos 58-0 loss to Parramatta gets from bad to worse with some players playing the pokies the night before the match.

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that six Broncos players Anthony Milford, Andrew Fifita, Corey Oates, Matt Gillett, Payne Hass and Andrew McCullough went to the pub the night before to play…pokies.

Coach Anthony Seibold only found out about this 48 hours later and is furious.

It only adds fuel to the fire for what is set to be a summer of discontent at Red Hill.

The group wasn’t drinking, were doing a perfectly legal activity and left at shock horror, midnight.

They also attended a team breakfast on time the next morning without a hangover according to the clubs statement:

“In relation to media reports on the actions of Broncos team members on Saturday night, the club has spoken to a number of players,”

“From those conversations, we understand that a small number were playing poker machines at a venue close to the team hotel.

“Others called in for a short period on their way back to the team hotel from the shops.“There is no suggestion the players were drinking, and our entire squad presented at a team breakfast at 7am the next morning.

“Players aren’t confined to the team hotel on away trips once their team commitments including dinner, team meeting and sports massage have been completed.

“Over many years, the club has placed trust in the playing group to do the right thing in regard to their pre-game preparation.

“Given the players were about to play their biggest game of the year, they should have been more professional in their actions.

“The club will take this into consideration during the end-of-year review process currently underway.”

Who gives an FFA Cup?

In FFA Cup action overnight, the Central Coast Mariners made it through to the final four of the tournament with a stoppage-time 1-0 win over Victorian NPL side Hume City at Broadmeadows.

The local Hume City fans took the loss well by throwing bottles and cans on the pitch after the game.

They are now in big trouble with the FFA.

All roads led to extra time but Abraham Majok managed to get one in the back of the net after Hume couldn’t save it from a free kick awarded to Central Coast.

In the other game, Adelaide United got the job done over the Newcastle Jets 1-0 at Hindmarsh Stadium.

This is the third year in a row the Reds will feature in the semi-final.

The magic of the Cup continues tonight with Brisbane Strikers hosting Victorian side Moreland Zebras and Melbourne City takes on the West Sydney Wanderers at AAMI Park.