League Notes: Super League Looking To Raise Awareness Of Mental Health Issues
Round 25 of the First Utility Super League "is being dedicated to the charity State of Mind in an attempt to raise awareness of psychological problems in the sport." More than 1,000 players, coaches and support staff from Super League and the Championships have attended sessions organized by State of Mind, which was established in '11 "in response to the tragic death" of the former Wigan and England player Terry Newton (PA, 8/27). ... The Australian Football League pressured the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Association to "name and shame Essendon staff who received injections" during the '12 season in a report subsequently used to "dump the Bombers from last year's finals series, ban James Hird from coaching for a year and sanction other club officials." Documents published on Thursday detailed a meeting between AFL Integrity Manager Brett Clothier and former ASADA acting CEO Trevor Burgess in which Clothier "pressed the anti-doping body" to identify in its report "any staff who took part in the supplements regime" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 8/29).