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  1. Demon Injuries 2017 season

    At the other end of the scale, there's been no mention as to why our youngest player, Dion Johnstone, didn't play for Casey last week. He wasn't on the injury last last week and he's not on it this week. Anyone know why he was absent?
  2. Casey Demons v Williamstown

    The commentators were strong in their praise of Lefau who comes from Auckland NZ. I assume he can be taken as a Category B rookie?
  3. The Legend of Fred Fanning

    The man who booted a VFL/AFL record of 18 goals in a single game (and it was his last). One that's unlikely to ever be broken. Fanning's record lives 70 years on
  4. 2017 AFL National Draft prospects: The next batch

    The Herald Sun's Sam Landsberger looks at the leading contenders for the No. 1 pick - No.1 draft pick may not matter for North Melbourne or Brisbane in an even yearThe CAMERON RAYNER (Western Jets/Vic Metro) Height 187cm, Weight 88kg Could the Kangaroos pair ‘Mini Dusty’ with big Dusty? Bombers fan Rayner plays the same way as Martin blueprint and thrives in the limelight. Not a great runner yet, but the explosive half-forward made a statement when he averaged 120 SuperCoach points and slotted 12 goals in four Vic Metro games. PADDY DOW (Bendigo Pioneers/Vic Country) Height 184cm, Weight: 78kg Midfielder with great character who cuts angles, kicks goals, can win clearances and marks overhead. Seven of the eight Victorians the Lions have drafted over the past two years have been country boys. Bagged two goals from 35 disposals on Sunday. LUKE DAVIES-UNIACKE (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country) Height: 187cm, Weight: 85kg Plays as a Nat Fyfe-type taller midfielder and is a threat near goal. Averaged 349 metres gained for Vic Country and opened this year’s national carnival with 34 disposals, but ultimately missed All-Australian selection. The Rye lad loves riding waves and is at school with St Kilda’s Josh Battle. ADAM CERRA (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro) Height: 186cm, Weight: 85kg A knee injury ruined his 2016 season and shoulder surgery this month ended his 2017 campaign. But in between the classy midfielder produced some solid form. Smart footballer who lacks a gear of acceleration, but averaged 95 SuperCoach points from 18.3 disposals and 4.3 clearances for Vic Metro. DARCY FOGARTY (Glenelg/South Australia) Height: 192cm, Weight: 92kg A knee injury recently ended his season after a quiet patch of form. Fogarty was seen to be drifting down the draft order, but former Hawthorn recruiter Gary Buckenara still rates him as the No. 1 pick. Buckenara said he plays like a stronger Jack Gunston and will be a star. Has the flexibility to play as a third tall or a defender. Averaged 72 SuperCoach points for South Australia.
  5. Is it ever too early to start talking about the next draft? Not in my book - especially as the Demons now own a first round draft pick in the 2017 AFL Draft. And I'm not going out on a limb when I nominate Eastern Ranges forward Jaydin Stephenson (DOB: 15/1/1999 Ht: 188cm Wt: 76kg) as one of the sure things for that draft. Stephenson burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old in last year's TAC Cup finals and booted three goals in a losing team in the grand final. He has enjoyed another consistent season and shapes up as one of next year’s most exciting prospects. Naturally Stephenson is a member of the AFL Academy squad:- LEVEL TWO NAB AFL ACADEMY (draft-eligible 2017) Vic Country: Tyrone Hayes, Aaron Darling, Kane Farrell, Aidan Quigley, Lochie O'Brien, Hunter Clark, Luke Davies-Uniake, Oscar Clavarino, James Worpel, Tom De Koning Vic Metro: Jack Higgins, Lachlan Fogarty, Patrick Naish, Joel Garner, Jaidyn Stephenson, Sam Hayes South Australia: Jordan Houlahan, Darcy Fogarty, Thomas Schmusch, Callum Coleman-Jones, Andrew McPherson Western Australia: Jake Patmore NSW-ACT: Charlie Spargo, Jack Powell, Jarrod Brander, Nathan Richards Queensland: Jack Clayton, Connor Ballenden, Brayden Crossley Northern Territory: Dominic Grant Father-son trio headlines Academy squad The signs are that next year's draft will be strong at the elite level and, unlike yesterday's midfield draft, there will be some good tall prospects in the mix. Tall prospects head latest AFL Academy additions As for Stephenson, he suffered a late-season set back when he broke a hand at training and missed the AFL's Under 17 All Stars match but will be back in action for TAC Cup season 2017 and close to #1 (but of course we're all expecting our first pick to be in the high teens). 2017 AFL Draft Prospects Top prospects on show in U17 Futures Game

    This was the time of year that we were all waiting with great hope for the return of Max Gawn and Jesse Hogan and I'm sure many of us thought that would be enough to rid us of the days when we would underperform against teams we were expected to beat easily. Then came the injuries to our captains, to Jack Watts and a couple of others and our expectations were tempered again. It's a long time since we beat Collingwood five times in a row - possibly all the way back to the 50s or 60s. I think our team of today could make it happen.
  7. Collingwood V Melbourne Round 22. 1976

    I was there that day and it was a terrific win but soured by the fact that the Bulldogs drew with the Blues in controversial circumstances. A late shot for goal by a Carlton player was deemed touched on the line. It was apparently a close thing whether it was touched at all or that the ball was already through. As it was, we had to wait another 11 years to make the finals. The consolation was that Carlton who were red hot flag favourites at the time, were dumped from the finals in straight sets.
  8. AFL blackballing the media

    AFL should stay out of the blackball game An excellent article from Chip Le Grand writing in the Weekend Australian about the suggestion that broadcasters should lose their accreditation if they broadcast false information. AFL boss Gillon McLachlan told Neil Mitchell on radio this week that he thought "it is worth looking at." This came in the wake of allegations about Ross Lyon's interest in the Collingwood coaching job made by 6PR broadcaster Brad Hardie which incensed Nathan Buckley. Lyon denied the claim calling it erroneous, reckless and without foundation. Le Grand raises a number of good points as to why it's not such a good idea to bring in such a ban, the first being that the AFL is not qualified to be an arbiter of what is true and false in football. While Hardie is no journalist, Lyon's denial doesn't necessarily mean that he made the story up. Further, people in the media are held to account by the media companies and by legal restrictions on what can be reported. Le Grand: "If the AFL had its way, many important football stories would never be published. In this, they are no different from governments and large corporations. Yet, as far as we know, they are the only Australian organisation proposing to blackball journalists for what they write." I empathise with what Le Grand tells us here. From time to time, I review stories given to this site. I once fact checked a number of sources about a particular story all the way to as close as possible to its original source and found it to be conclusive. That didn't stop those who had an interest in suppressing the facts from criticism (which is always acceptable) but it also went further into the realm of abuse and personal attacks. Often when that happens, you know you've got the story right.
  9. Casey Demons v Williamstown

    The stats are out ~ Tomas Bugg 2 behinds 15 kicks 9 handballs 24 disposals 2 marks 12 tackles 114 dream team points Sam Frost 10 kicks 3 handballs 13 disposals 5 marks 1 tackle 46 dream team points Liam Hulett 2 goals 1 behind 4 kicks 2 handballs 6 disposals 4 tackles 46 dream team points Declan Keilty 4 kicks 2 handballs 6 disposals 3 marks 7 tackles 47 dream team points Jay Kennedy-Harris 1 goal 2 behinds 13 kicks 9 handballs 22 disposals 4 marks 19 tackles 155 dream team points Mitch King 3 kicks 3 handballs 6 disposals 1 mark 6 tackles 22 hit outs 62 dream team points Corey Maynard 1 goal 9 kicks 11 handballs 20 disposals 1 marks 13 tackles 108 dream team points Jack Trengove 15 kicks 3 handballs 18 disposals 7 marks 4 tackles 90 dream team points Jack Watts 1 goal 13 kicks 7 handballs 20 disposals 12 marks 3 tackles 2 hit outs 103 dream team points Sam Weideman 1 goal 7 kicks 5 handballs 12 disposals 5 marks 4 tackles 6 hit outs 75 dream team points
  10. Casey Demons v Williamstown

    He's probably a bit past it now. The bio on the Williamstown FC site says he's 197cm tall, weighs 105kg and turns 29 next month. I regard him as the type who could dominate at VFL level but not quite make it in the big league - a bit like North Ballarat's Orren Stephenson who got a late AFL call up but was unable to make the transition successfully although at times, was used as a back up ruckman with moderate results.
  11. Casey Demons v Williamstown

    Good news about Declan Keilty having his contact renewed for a further year. I'll be watching the game (on 7) with interest today to see how he goes.
  12. 2017 AFL National Draft prospects: The next batch

    The midfielders dominate the very top of Cal Twomey's Phantom Form Guide - August edition but there are also plenty of tall key position players available to make this year's draft an interesting proposition. I suspect that this draft is a little deeper and more even than in the past and if a club has the selections and chooses wisely, it could top up with at the very least two quality players from this draft.
  13. Round 22 - Non MFC Games

    The only games I'm focusing on are the last two MFC games. Win them both and we play finals.
  14. Casey Demons v Williamstown

    Meese's stats on the day were 8 kicks, 9 handballs, 17 disposals, 1 mark, 10 tackles, 1 inside 50, 3 rebound 50s, 4 frees for and 2 frees against ... and yes, 94 hit outs for 183 dream team points. The Footscray ruckman had 29 hit outs and the Bulldogs are in fourth spot on the ladder.
  15. Casey Demons v Williamstown

    Jake Spencer is really going to be missed because when they played Williamstown earlier in the year their ruckman Meese destroyed the Casey team almost singlehanded.
  16. 2017 AFL National Draft prospects: The next batch

    How odd? I've now fixed it (I think )
  17. 2017 AFL National Draft prospects: The next batch

    I know we have other things on our minds at present but for the record, here are Knightmare's AFL Draft Power Rankings: August
  18. Demon Injuries 2017 season

    If that's the official injury list then does it mean Oscar McDonald's ribs have come up OK?
  19. Christian Salem offered a week

    Impeccable timing for Salem to go out by way of a suspension just in time for Tomas Bugg's return.
  20. GAMEDAY - Round 21

    Whatever happens today, I think it's fair comment that come the end of the game, Simon Goodwin can say, "I did it my way".
  21. GAMEDAY - Round 21

    Whatever happens today, I think it's fair comment that come the end of the game, Simon Goodwin can say, "I did it my way".
  22. The Swiss Court has ruled in the case of the Essendon 34 - Essendon players' final appeal fails Swiss court dismisses Essendon 34's appeal against doping bans The Court said that the players accepted the CAS decision that the hearing before it was de novo. They did not challenge the de novo hearing when they should have done but in any event such a challenge would have failed. In essence, the appeal was a waste of time but perhaps that was exactly its purpose from an Essendon perspective. Another nine months have passed, the players concerned served out their suspensions and the Bombers have emerged without further penalty and a greatly enhanced draft position with the AFL deciding that the club should incur no further penalty other than the three year old governance punishment. I find that incomprehensible. No penalty for creating an environment for drug cheating and no consideration given for the fact that the team's lowly ladder position had something to do with it going through the season without a dozen of their best players as a result, giving them the #1 draft pick next month. I have a problem with Jobe Watson retaining his Brownlow Medal given the outcome of the doping case. Given that the AFL has acted in such a kindly manner to the Bombers and the way it has dealt with other important issues, I would not be surprised to see the AFL wriggling out of making a decision to take away the Brownlow.
  23. Congratulations Jess Trengove

    Trengove delivers greatest Australian marathon performance in London
  24. The Dom Barry Thread

    Yes, the same Dom Barry who was on the MFC's list a few years ago is playing well in the SANFL and has his hand up for a second chance - Worth a look: SANFL players pushing their draft case Sam Baulderstone is the Norwood ruckman who I wrote about a couple of years ago and who underwent a massive fitness regime to lose heaps of weight (a la Mumford) to become one of the standout ruckman in the SANFL.