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Tuesday 25, Sep 2012

  Rising Star Dean Cadwallader Tests Positive

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Rising Star Dean Cadwallader Tests Positive

The West Australian Football League (WAFL) is reeling with news that East Perth footballer Dean Cadwallader has tested positive to anabolic steroids and is banned for a period of two years. Cadwallader as informed by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority of a positive result taken from him during the state team program.

Cadwallader returned a positive test for nandrolone, which is prohibited both in- and out-of-competition and listed as an S1 Anabolic Agent on the 2010 World Anti-Doping Code Prohibited List; both the ‘A” and “B” samples of the football player returned positive results to nandrolone, the anabolic steroid. The 19-year-old tested positive to the substance and under Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) regulations for which the prescribed penalty is an automatic suspension of two years.

The 19-year-old from Stirling made his league debut for the Royals in round two in 2010 and played in 11 games before he was dropped for the clash with Claremont on June 26. A speedy midfielder on the radar of a number of AFL clubs, Dean Cadwallader, was stood down by East Perth when the club was notified of the first positive test. The AFL hopeful was not allowed to play competitive football until June 2012 under the ruling. His period of ineligibility was fixed at two years backdated to June 21, 2010.

WAFL tribunal chairman Paul Heaney said Cadwallader admitted that he willingly took the drug to increase his weight after being told by his coach that he need to put on weight if he wants to be eligible for the AFL draft and play league football in WA. The WAFL had conducted the tribunal process in strict accordance with the AFL’s anti-doping code, acting WAFL operations manager Steve Hargrave said and added the West Australian Football League is in close consultation with key partners such as the AFL, DSR, Sports Medicine Australia, and ASADA in our ongoing development of the WAFL drug education program.

Nandrolone is commonly used by professional sportsmen to increase muscle mass and has been used illegally by athletes including Linford Christie and tennis player Petr Korda.

Cadwallader said he would like to acknowledge his actions and expressed regret for the disappointment caused to all. The player rendered an apology to his family, my teammates, the East Perth Football Club and its staff, its members and its supporters and said he has made a big mistake and paid a heavy price for that. Cadwallader expressed hopes that he can soon come back to the game and make a positive contribution. The footballer chose not to inform the club of how and why the banned steroid was taken.

East Perth coach Tony Micale said there was no need for Cadwallader to do anything like that as he had he natural talent to achieve the highest level without using drugs and said he is shocked to learn about the doping incident. Micale added that Dean had just made an error of judgment on this occasion and said he was not aware of other players at the club using drugs or not and declined to comment when asked how long Dean had been taking nandrolone.


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Monday 24, Sep 2012

  Perth Football Club Player Banned

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Perth Football Club Player Banned

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) has acknowledged decision of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Anti-Doping Tribunal for imposing a ban of two years on Perth Football Club player Joel Fiegert, for the presence of prohibited substances. The WA Football Commission released findings from a WAFL anti-doping tribunal hearing and said the 21-year-old Fiegert tested positive to an illicit drug prohibited under clause 11.1 of the anti-doping code.

The substances D-amphetamine and D-methamphetamine were detected in a sample that was collected by the ASADA in-competition from Mr Fiegert, following a 30 July 2011 match between Perth and South Fremantle at Brownes Stadium, Western Australia. D-amphetamine and D-methamphetamine are classified as stimulants and are prohibited in-competition, under the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List.

Fiegert, who played 13 league matches in four seasons at the Demons, said he was clean and vehemently denied producing a positive test or being suspended at the end of last season. The ban imposed on Fiegert by the WAFL tribunal was backdated to the date of his provisional suspension and he would be ineligible to participate as an athlete or support person until 23 August 2013 in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Agency compliant anti-doping policy.

Perth president Vince Pendal was believed to be devastated by the information, but he would not discuss it and said we are not making any comment until the process has gone through. Perth Football Club chief executive Marty Atkins said the club supported the tough stance against recreational drugs and added that he club would work with the player and his family to give him the chance to a make a return to the club once the ban had been lifted.

The former Perth Demons midfielder has become the fourth WAFL player in two years to be suspended for testing positive to a banned substance after East Perth’s Kane Goodwin, Swan Districts’ Travis Casserly, and fellow Royal Dean Cadwallader. Goodwin tested positive to cocaine and the anabolic agent Clenbuterol and can play again in June next year. Casserly tested positive to the banned stimulant pseudoephedrine in cold tablets that he used during the 2010 grand final and would be eligible to play next season. Since then, he has visited many clubs for warning players of risks caused by drugs. The ban of Cadwallader for using Nandrolone expired in May.

Joel Fiegert is no longer at the Demons and is working in Karratha and said he is not aware of a positive test. When asked why he didn’t play the last two matches of 2011, Fiegert replied that he had a stress fracture in his foot last year.

The WAFC informed all WAFL presidents of the identity of the suspended player’s club but stayed away from disclosing name of the player. The matter was being overseen by WA Football Commission integrity manager Steve Hargrave, who is the only WAFC official who was authorized to discuss it but said confidentiality requirements meant he could not comment. In 2010, ASADA conducted 24 WAFL tests but doubled that last year and may double again this season at a cost of nearly $100,000.

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Sunday 10, Jul 2011

  Alex Wilson says his team is not a drug cheat

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Alex Wilson says his team is not a drug cheatEast Perth chief executive Alex Wilson has defended the culture of his club and said that there is not a widespread issue with illicit drug use despite a second player facing a possible ban of two years over a positive test.

The unnamed senior player is believed to have tested positive to both an anabolic steroid and cocaine.

The positive test issue is bound for the WAFL tribunal if the B sample of the footballer confirms the results.

Monday 20, Jun 2011

  East Perth denies drug culture

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East Perth denies drug culture Alex Wilson, the chief executive of East Perth, has said that the WAFL club is not reconsidering using Ben Cousins as a mentor even after a second player in two years allegedly tested positive to drugs.

An unnamed senior player at East Perth has allegedly returned an A sample containing traces of cocaine and a banned steroid.

Wilson said there was no need to let Cousins go as he was doing an impressive job helping the Royals’ youngsters despite Cousins’ past and East Perth being at the centre of the drug accusation.

Monday 04, Oct 2010

  Dean Cadwallader tested positive for steroids

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Dean Cadwallader tested positive for steroidsEast Perth midfielder Dean Cadwallader was recently informed by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority of a positive result taken from him during the state team program this year.

The WAFL player testing positive to steroids faces a two-year ban from the game that could shatter his dream of playing in the AFL.

The 19-year-old from Stirling made his league debut for the Royals in round two this year and apologized to all for his act.

Monday 12, Jul 2010

  Royals star Dean Cadwallader confessed use of steroids

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Royals star Dean Cadwallader confessed use of steroidsThe AFL aspirations of Dean Cadwallader, the East Perth Footballer, are in tatters after he tested positive to the banned steroid nandrolone.

Cadwallader was found positive to the anabolic steroid in late May when he was a member of the WA State Team that lost to Victoria; this disclosure was made on July 6, 2010. This means an automatic two-year suspension for Cadwallader after both of his “A” and “B” samples tested positive to the substance and under Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) regulations.

East Perth coach Tony Micale expressed disappointment at action of Cadwallader and said the player had the natural talent for attaining the highest level without the use of drugs.