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Eddie gives saintly hint
12th March, 2006

In a rare show of support for an opposition player, McGuire pointed out that after Riewoldt had badly injured his shoulder last year he could not extend his right hand, so he did not place the ball on his boot and kick through it the way he used to.

After attending Collingwood's practice match success at Princes Park yesterday, McGuire said of Riewoldt's plight: "That's only been my speculation, but a bit of informed speculation.

"My understanding is that's why he is trying to get more left hand into his right-foot kicking.

"Traditionally you always guide the ball down with your right hand on to your right boot and vice versa."

McGuire said Riewoldt was struggling a bit last year on just getting his hand down. "That's why he had a higher ball drop," the Magpies president said.

Riewoldt is a regular member of Channel 9's The Footy Show (AFL) panel.

McGuire said that last year he had looked at tapes that showed the talented half-forward could not extend his hand out fully, causing him to drop the ball too close to his body.

He said everybody was thinking about what was going on in Riewoldt's head, but it was a straight-forward mechanical issue in his opinion.
Riewoldt's kicking became the subject of examination again when he kicked five straight behinds from set shots in St Kilda's loss to the Western Bulldogs at Princes Park on Friday night.
The benevolent Magpie president also had a word of sympathy for beleaguered Carlton, which this week announced it has a $7 million debt going into this season.

"In all honesty, I've said for a long time the AFL should just give back the million bucks (the fine for salary cap breaches)," McGuire said.

"They copped their whack, they got it in the draft, that's it - they can now fight their own way out of it like everybody else."

McGuire is in Melbourne for meetings at Nine and the start of the Commonwealth Games.

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