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Relevant events for the week Wednesday 6 May 2015 - Tuesday 12 May 2015 (Prev|Next)

Wednesday 6 May[]

Speculation ran rampant concerning the state of Josh Kennedy's injured elbow. Perth Now's Kim Hagdorn reported the forward had "significant damage to ligaments and tendons that require surgical reconstruction" and was deciding between immediate season-ending surgery or playing on with the use of painkillers, which would result in increased damage and make end-of-season surgery "even more complicated and career-threatening" - Kim Hagdorn, PerthNow: http://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/afl/josh-kennedy-facing-elbow-surgery-likely-to-end-his-season-for-west-coast-eagles/story-fniv6fhh-1227338316874

In contrast, The West Australian quoted a club spokesman as saying that no decision would be made until later in the week. "If he was in desperate trouble we wouldn't be messing around - he'd be straight in for surgery. But he'll have a test (in the next few days) and we'll just wait and see how he goes" - Jason Phelan, The West Australian: https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/sport/afl/a/27662306/eagles-remain-hopeful-on-kennedy/

Thursday 7 May[]

Kennedy was named in the side, with his appearance subject to a fitness test. Brant Colledge, Mark Hutchings and Jackson Nelson were named on an extended bench.

Meanwhile Kennedy himself rubbished the earlier reports that he needed surgery. "I don’t need to, it’s all good. I don’t know where that came from, it’s been blown out of control" - Kate Salemme, Herald Sun: http://www.news.com.au/sport/afl/west-coasts-josh-kennedy-says-talk-of-surgery-on-his-elbow-has-been-unfounded-got-through-training-on-thursday/story-fndv8w9k-1227343903812

Friday 8 May[]

Nelson was the sole addition when the final side was named, with Patrick McGinnity making way. Colledge traveled to Adelaide as the emergency.

Meanwhile, Simpson took a crack at the media for prematurely claiming Kennedy needed surgery. "It was reported that he may have needed an operation, but that was you guys (the media), not us. He had scans, we had second opinions, it was never a part of our concern at all after consulting specialists ... There are a few people in the media who take it upon themselves to diagnose one of our players. I'm sure it's not the first time and it won't be the last" - Alex Malcolm, afl.com.au: http://www.afl.com.au/news/2015-05-08/eagle-kennedy-pulled-up-well-and-set-to-fly

Geelong defeated Collingwood.

Saturday 9 May[]

East Perth fell to arch rivals West Perth at Arena Joondalup after giving up twelve straight goals from late in the third quarter.

St Kilda upset Western Bulldogs, North Melbourne beat Richmond in Hobart, GWS Giants caused a huge upset by beating Hawthorn, Adelaide defeated Gold Coast, Sydney comfortably beat Melbourne and Fremantle beat Essendon.

Sunday 10 May[]

West Coast upset Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval, thanks to a big game from Mark LeCras and two last-quarter goals from Luke Shuey.

In Mother's Day's other game, Brisbane had their first win of the season over Carlton.

Monday 11 May[]

Tuesday 12 May[]

Kennedy and Jeremy McGovern appeared on the weekly injury list again, but with fresh concerns coming out of the Port Adelaide game - Kennedy with a dislocated finger and McGovern with a corked calf. Both were expected to be OK by Saturday. In better news, draftee Damien Cavka finally joined in training after spending the pre-season and the early rounds in a moon boot.