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AFL great Matthew Lloyd calls for studs up marking style to be banned

Staff writers, September 11, 2018 7:13AM News Corp Australia Network

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Giants Toby Greene makes contact with Sydney's Nic Newman using a studs up mark at the SCG. Picture. Phil Hillyard media_cameraGiants Toby Greene makes contact with Sydney's Nic Newman using a studs up mark at the SCG. Picture. Phil Hillyard

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AFL: AFL great Matthew Lloyd has called for Toby Greene’s studs up marking style to be banned despite the Giants player escaping penalty.

Greene was cleared of thrusting* his foot out during a marking contest and into the path of approaching Swans defender Nic Newman.

Match review officer Michael Christian deemed the action careless but below the force required for a charge. But he said a free kick should have been paid against Greene..

Lloyd, a member of the AFL Hall of Fame and five-time All-Australian forward, said such an incident could not escape penalty beyond this year. “We cannot go into next season having that as a legal tactic*, because I fear for what could happen next to a player,” Lloyd said.

Tom Trbojevic, James Tedesco and Damien Cook at the Brad Fittler Medal awards night at the Star casino. Picture: NRLPhotos media_cameraTom Trbojevic, James Tedesco and Damien Cook at the Brad Fittler Medal awards night at the Star casino. Picture: NRLPhotos

NRL: Sydney Roosters fullback James Tedesco was last night crowned NSW’s best player from their 2018 series victory, earning his first Brad Fittler Medal.

Despite being overlooked by Kangaroos selectors for the Wally Lewis player of the series, Tedesco was the Blues’ best in their series-opening win in Melbourne and finished the three games with 22 tackle busts, two tries, three assists and averaged 166m per game.

Tedesco won the award from the likes of Damien Cook, Tom Trbojevic and James Maloney.

“I’m very honoured to receive this award and to be involved in this team this year,” Tedesco said. “To come away with this medal caps it all off … Some of those memories I will cherish* forever.

England's Alastair Cook, in his last ever batting innings before retiring from Test cricket. Picture: AP media_cameraEngland’s Alastair Cook, in his last ever batting innings before retiring from Test cricket. Picture: AP

CRICKET: After scoring 147 in his final Test innings, Alastair Cook is only waiting for a win over India — and the birth of his third child — to complete the perfect ending to his England career.

Playing in his 161st and final Test match, Cook scored his 33rd Test century overnight before India slumped to 58-3 on day four of the fifth Test at the Oval, chasing 463 runs to win and leaving England seven wickets away from extending its 3-1 series lead.

“It’s just been the most surreal* four days of my life really,” Cook said. “I suppose if she (Cook’s wife) goes into labour tonight that will probably top it off.”

Cook and his successor as captain, Joe Root, both struck centuries in a 259-run third-wicket partnership, allowing England to declare on 423-8 and set India a big last innings target.

GLOSSARY

thrusting: push suddenly

tactic: a planned action

cherish: treasure something

surreal: bizarre

QUICK QUIZ

1. Which medal did James Tedesco win?

2. How many Test centuries has Alastair Cook scored in his career?

3. Which AFL player is under fire for his studs up marking style?

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