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Thursday, 25 July 2019

Betts' classy reaction to shock AFL axing


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Adelaide coach Don Pyke has sensationally axed Eddie Betts for Saturday's AFL clash with Carlton - just two weeks after the star forward booted six goals.

Betts and midfielder Hugh Greenwood were dumped from the team that lost to Essendon by 21 points last week, while Alex Keath has been rested.

Tyson Stengle, Patrick Wilson, and Andy Otten were recalled, while Carlton named Andrew Phillips in place of ruckman Matthew Kreuzer, who is battling general soreness.

The Crows have lost three of their past four games to slip to eighth spot heading into round 19.

Betts went goalless in the losses to Geelong, Port Adelaide, and Essendon.

But the 32-year-old booted 6.1 in the 95-point win over Gold Coast a fortnight ago.

Betts and Stengle have developed a close bond as teammates

Betts and Stengle are mates off the field, with the veteran taking the youngster under his wing.

And when news broke of Betts getting dropped, he had nothing but praise for Stengle in a classy social media post.

"Yes a bit disappointed on being dropped but at the same time super excited that this kid gets another run at the AFL level," Betts said on his Instagram account, with a picture of the pair together.

"Turn it on little brother."

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"It was not an easy decision. Obviously Eddie is a much-loved player," Pyke told media on Friday about the call to drop Betts.

"But we need to give us the opportunity to win this week.

"I believe there is still a lot of good footy left in Eddie Betts. But his performances haven't been to the level that we require.

"Age is just a number - it's about how they manage to maintain their performance, their speed, agility and love for the game."

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley also sharpened the axe, dumping Charlie Dixon and Steven Motlop for Saturday night's home clash with the Giants.

Ruckman Paddy Ryder earns a recall after a six-week stint out of the side, while Joel Garner was also included.

The Giants have been boosted by the return of Phil Davis, Adam Kennedy, and Jackson Hately, but Brett Deledio has been rested.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has welcomed back Jamie Elliott, Matthew Scharenberg, Josh Thomas, and Josh Daicos for Friday night's blockbuster against Richmond.

The Tigers decided against making any changes from the team that beat Port Adelaide by 38 points last week, meaning Josh Caddy will spend another week in the VFL.

Betts axed in selection shocker

Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe will return from an infected elbow for Sunday's clash with the Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium, while veteran Hayden Ballantyne could also return after being named in the extended squad.

Misfiring forward Cam McCarthy was dropped for the second time this season after booting just two goals from his past three matches.

Bulldogs veteran Dale Morris has been named for his first game of the season, but Josh Schache (concussion) and Matthew Suckling (back) go out through injury.

Hawthorn veteran Grant Birchall will replace Jarman Impey (knee) for Saturday's crucial clash with Brisbane in Tasmania.

The Lions have called up Josh Walker in place of Harris Andrews (suspended).

West Coast captain Shannon Hurn failed to recover from a calf injury in time to play in Saturday's match against North Melbourne in Perth.

Premiership defender Will Schofield replaces the axed Tom Cole.

Tigers expecting Cotchin to play

Kangaroos defender Scott Thompson was ruled out after needing surgery on a ruptured testicle, while Kayne Turner (rested) and Nathan Hrovat (axed) also go out of the side.

Prized Demons recruit Steven May (hamstring) has been ruled out of Saturday night's clash with St Kilda, while Braydon Preuss and Jay Lockhart were dropped.

Oskar Baker, Tim Smith, and Oscar McDonald come into the side.

Midfielder Scott Selwood was named in Geelong's extended squad for Sunday's match against Sydney, with the Swans considering welcoming back Daniel Menzel and Kieren Jack.

Essendon skipper Dyson Heppell has been ruled out with foot soreness for Sunday's match against Gold Coast, with the Bombers conceding it's an injury that will need to be managed for the rest of the season.

Adelaide coach Don Pyke has sensationally axed Eddie Betts for Saturday's AFL clash with Carlton - just two weeks after the star forward booted six goals.

Betts and midfielder Hugh Greenwood were dumped from the team that lost to Essendon by 21 points last week, while Alex Keath has been rested.

Tyson Stengle, Patrick Wilson, and Andy Otten were recalled, while Carlton named Andrew Phillips in place of ruckman Matthew Kreuzer, who is battling general soreness.

The Crows have lost three of their past four games to slip to eighth spot heading into round 19.

Betts went goalless in the losses to Geelong, Port Adelaide, and Essendon.

But the 32-year-old booted 6.1 in the 95-point win over Gold Coast a fortnight ago.

Betts and Stengle have developed a close bond as teammates

Betts and Stengle are mates off the field, with the veteran taking the youngster under his wing.

And when news broke of Betts getting dropped, he had nothing but praise for Stengle in a classy social media post.

"Yes a bit disappointed on being dropped but at the same time super excited that this kid gets another run at the AFL level," Betts said on his Instagram account, with a picture of the pair together.

"Turn it on little brother."

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz1se46hHEI/

"It was not an easy decision. Obviously Eddie is a much-loved player," Pyke told media on Friday about the call to drop Betts.

"But we need to give us the opportunity to win this week.

"I believe there is still a lot of good footy left in Eddie Betts. But his performances haven't been to the level that we require.

"Age is just a number - it's about how they manage to maintain their performance, their speed, agility and love for the game."

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley also sharpened the axe, dumping Charlie Dixon and Steven Motlop for Saturday night's home clash with the Giants.

Ruckman Paddy Ryder earns a recall after a six-week stint out of the side, while Joel Garner was also included.

The Giants have been boosted by the return of Phil Davis, Adam Kennedy, and Jackson Hately, but Brett Deledio has been rested.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has welcomed back Jamie Elliott, Matthew Scharenberg, Josh Thomas, and Josh Daicos for Friday night's blockbuster against Richmond.

The Tigers decided against making any changes from the team that beat Port Adelaide by 38 points last week, meaning Josh Caddy will spend another week in the VFL.

Betts axed in selection shocker

Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe will return from an infected elbow for Sunday's clash with the Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium, while veteran Hayden Ballantyne could also return after being named in the extended squad.

Misfiring forward Cam McCarthy was dropped for the second time this season after booting just two goals from his past three matches.

Bulldogs veteran Dale Morris has been named for his first game of the season, but Josh Schache (concussion) and Matthew Suckling (back) go out through injury.

Hawthorn veteran Grant Birchall will replace Jarman Impey (knee) for Saturday's crucial clash with Brisbane in Tasmania.

The Lions have called up Josh Walker in place of Harris Andrews (suspended).

West Coast captain Shannon Hurn failed to recover from a calf injury in time to play in Saturday's match against North Melbourne in Perth.

Premiership defender Will Schofield replaces the axed Tom Cole.

Tigers expecting Cotchin to play

Kangaroos defender Scott Thompson was ruled out after needing surgery on a ruptured testicle, while Kayne Turner (rested) and Nathan Hrovat (axed) also go out of the side.

Prized Demons recruit Steven May (hamstring) has been ruled out of Saturday night's clash with St Kilda, while Braydon Preuss and Jay Lockhart were dropped.

Oskar Baker, Tim Smith, and Oscar McDonald come into the side.

Midfielder Scott Selwood was named in Geelong's extended squad for Sunday's match against Sydney, with the Swans considering welcoming back Daniel Menzel and Kieren Jack.

Essendon skipper Dyson Heppell has been ruled out with foot soreness for Sunday's match against Gold Coast, with the Bombers conceding it's an injury that will need to be managed for the rest of the season.

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