Mark Thompson to coach Essendon

Mark Thompson will coach Essendon in 2014, while James Hird serves his 12-month suspension for his role in the Bombers’ supplements scandal. Thompson, , will coach the club on an interim basis for only one year before Hird returns to the position. Hird’s suspension expires prior to next year’s final series, but Thompson will remain … [Read the full story]

Poppy fields don’t need eradicating…but something does…

There’s some good news in Afghanistan. The opium poppy production was halved last year. This was because of a crop disease…NOTHING to do with what the troops were doing. I’ve always thought the American obsession with eradicating poppy crops was pointless. Why deny the locals with their best chance of beating starvation? It’s one war that … [Read the full story]

Ablett reveals the tension between him and Mark Thompson

Gary Ablett has lifted the lid on the strained relationship with former Geelong coach Mark Thompson, revealing the pair barely spoke after an argument over his future in April. Ablett, incensed because he believes Thompson used his name “to take the focus of himself” during an Essendon media conference this week, said the flashpoint came … [Read the full story]