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Everything posted by Whispering_Jack

  1. The Ox and Marko sacked by SEN

    What an outrageous way to treat anyone let alone a champion of our club. "We had 5 minutes to get our stuff together & by the time I got to the front door, my email had been cut off and my pass had been cancelled" David Schwarz who, along with Mark Allen, were sacked by SEN when their programme ended last night. Is it Hutchy’s Crocmedia that owns the station?
  2. Max King back at Melbourne

    Well... no, actually, it's not the ex-rookie Max King, it's the NAB AFL Academy member Max King from the Sandringham Dragons (who also has a twin brother who is also a handy footballer) - Which Academy prospects are training at your club? Also training with the Demons is Hudson Garoni. Means little though because the players in question will have to be picked in the national draft.
  3. Huge upside ~ an Under 18 All Australian. ESPN’s Chris Doerre (aka Knightmare) had him at 16 in his October power rankings:- Harrison Petty (VIC) Best position: Key defender Height, weight: 195cm, 82kg Recruited from: Norwood Projected draft range: Second round Similar to: Robbie Tarrant October Ranking: 16 Rationale: Named South Australia's MVP during the Under-18 Championships. Petty is a relatively untapped talent who has improved significantly this season and is still growing, having shot up 5cm this season. Petty's potential as a still growing key defender with a late-year birthday sees him hold firm despite others rising. Strengths: Intercept marking Reads the flight of the ball early Takes marks at highest point Clean at ground level Effective ball user Composure with ball in hand Rate of improvement Strong performances from limited exposure Weaknesses: Keeping balance in one-on-one contests Strength solid but not as advanced as some of his peers Capable but not a freakish athlete According to Snoop Dog:- “HARRISON PETTY – NORWOOD / KEY DEFENDER / 195cm Tall defender from SA that wasn’t really on my radar leading into Champs but was super impressed with him through them and in the subsequent games I saw. Just reads the footy so well and happy to peel off and intercept. His hands are assured and his ball skills are very good to. Seems to play the game with a lot of composure and could be a steal this late.”
  4. Anyone for cricket?

    How do we get that Chanderpaul out?
  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
  6. Preseason Training - Week commencing 27/11/17

    Our policy is clearly that differing views on subjects brought up in these and other threads are allowed and accepted but the problem is that some people like to cloak their so called "differing views" by means of posts that are actually attacks on others. This won't be tolerated and the discretion on the matter lies entirely with the moderators. Those who don't agree with this policy should in particular stay away from the training report threads. Thanks.
  7. Preseason Training - Week commencing 27/11/17

    Strange that I’m seeing Satyr’s pictures (I follow his Instagram alter ego demonpk) but he’s not reporting in on the training sessions. What’s the deal Satyr?
  8. The top two 2018 AFL National Draft prospects are South Australians ~ both considered exceptional.~ Firstly, Izak Rankine AFL Draft prospect Izak Rankine catches talent scouts’ eyes while playing for SANFL side West Adelaide and South Australia Then there’s Jack Lukosius U18: Bottom-ager Lukosius stars in SA's big win And Connor Rozee goes all right too. That trio are all in the AFL Academy squad which is where the better prospects can be found. No wonder the Crows fought tooth and nail to extract our future first round pick for Jake Lever.
  9. The name has been mentioned in dispatches a few times in recent weeks but when two well respected observers in the media nominate a previously obscure draft prospect as Melbourne’s first draft selection in their mock drafts, there’s a fair chance that they might have some inside knowledge about the club’s intentions. It’s surely no coincidence that Oskar Baker was named at #30 (number revised to allow for an earlier matching father/son bid) by both Brett Anderson and Callum Twomey so it's time o sit up and take notice. This what Twomey has to say about him:- "OSKAR BAKER POS: Midfielder, Ht 182, Wt 75kg, DOB 25/5/98 From Aspley The Aspley flyer with the flowing red hair has caught attention this season playing in the NEAFL, and with his pace and ball-carrying ability could add another element to Melbourne's midfield mix. Baker, who was previously a member of the Brisbane Lions' academy before being cut and thus making him available to the open draft pool, was overlooked at last year's draft but had a terrific season to stake his claim for a spot on an AFL list."
  10. DRAFT DAY 2017

    So today’s the day when it all unfolds and the Demons pick up four new players. Follow the day and night’s action here. TV - Fox Footy Channel from 6.30pm Radio - SEN from 6.45pm Melbourne’s first pick is likely to be read out at some time after 8.00pm.
  11. Dom Barry

    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.
  12. Category B Rookies

    This year’s NAB AFL Pre-season and Rookie Drafts will be held tomorrow. The Demons currently have no vacancies on either their primary or rookie lists and will not be taking part in either of the drafts but the opportunity still remains for them to secure additional players from certain avenues through signing them as Category B rookies. The AFL rules allows clubs to add up to three players in this category. The player in question must be one who: • has not registered in an Australian Football competition for three years immediately before inclusion on the Rookie List; • is an international player, meaning he is not an Australian citizen and has not lived in Australia for a substantial period; • is a former NSW Scholarship player with that club; • is a former International Scholarship player with that club; or • is a rookie Zone Selection for clubs based in NSW or Queensland. Clubs can list one Irish player as a Category B rookie but for each additional Irish player rookie listed, that player will be deemed to be a Category A rookie. Clubs can list players as Category B rookies from the AFL's indigenous and multicultural academies if they were overlooked in the drafts. The club’s last two Category B rookies were former basketballers Joel Smith and Corey Maynard but both have been elevated, the former straight into the primary list while the latter is now a Category A rookie. Maynard’s recent rookie elevation to leave the club without players on the B list has raised some speculation as to whether the club has some further prospects in mind for future selection - perhaps a player from another sport or from the indigenous or multicultural fields. There have been no indications to date but let’s see what happens.
  13. The AFL website’s Callum Twomey is a little bit behind us but he hasn’t wasted much time getting into the 2018 draft prospects. The next batch: Looking ahead to the 2018 draft

    And now ... the family connection. Charlie Spargo’s great grandfather Bob Spargo Senior played with the Melbourne Football Club, although it was just for two games during WW2. Bob Snr. stood at 175cm and weighed 69kgs. He played most of his career with Footscray (1934-41) before moving to the Demons in the twilight of his career in 1942. He was a professional athlete who finished third in two Stawell Gifts (1936 & 40). His sons Bob Jnr. and Ricky also represented the Bulldogs and the latter was fifth in the 1974 Stawell Gift. Bob Jnr. played in the team's 1961 Grand Final loss to Hawthorn. Bob Jr's son Paul Spargo played 81 games with North Melbourne and 9 with the Brisbane Bears. During his time with the Kangaroos he was a teammate of Mark Brayshaw, father of our own Angus Brayshaw. He was an assistant coach at Richmond for a while and had a great record coaching in the Ovens & Murray Football League with involvement in multiple premierships. Paul Spargo is Charlie's father. With a great pedigree in football and foot racing, Charlie had a fantastic junior career and two years ago was outstanding in the national carnival. A year ago, he was one of the most highly ranked of the country's draft prospects and headed for a possible top ten selection until shoulder surgery curtailed his season. Don't let his size fool you - Charlie Spargo can play and it's in his blood.

    This is what his VFL coach said of him ~ Coldstream product Bayley Fritsch continues rise to the big time with VFL club Casey Demons
  16. Preseason training ramps up a bit more as from this Monday with the official return of the most experienced players for that all important month before the New Year break and then, before we know it, footballs will be kicked in anger once again. 😀 Even though most players have already been putting in the hard yards for the season ahead, this is always a bit of a milestone week on the calendar when the squad gathers together and of course, it ends with the addition of new blood on Friday night. Looking forward to the reports and analysis and let’s keep it in good spirit.
  17. STABBING IN THE DARK by Whispering Jack

    Not bad - Spargo (who 12 months ago and before his shoulder injury would have been top 10) and Fritsch who we developed through Casey and is now the third graduate from the ranks of our VFL affiliate to be drafted over the past 12 months.
  18. The Irish

    Once upon a time, the Melbourne Football Club led the push to recruit players from Ireland but we haven't recruited from there for a decade and a half. Have we given it up? There was an Irishman, a Sherrin, and an AFL dream
  19. DRAFT DAY 2017

    While we wait for the names to be called out, here's an interesting insight into the draft - In this year’s AFL draft, it’s just a number not a sentence
  20. Preseason Training - Week commencing 20/11/17

    Looks like they've all battened down the hatches in readiness for tonight's draft.
  21. DRAFT DAY 2017

    The openness of the draft beyond about pick ten works to our advantage in my opinion. It's no compensation for a first rounder but to have three second round picks could still land us some good player particularly now that we're much better at developing them than we were 5 to 10 years ago.
  22. Preseason Training - Week commencing 20/11/17

    They’re back on track this morning at 9.30am.
  23. Charlie Constable

    Callum Twomey doesn't have him in his top 30. Others rate him a top 10 but Twomey comments that "there are questions on his running." If he was available at 29 or whatever, I would personally handcuff him to the draft table and claim him.
  24. NAB Draft - Closest the Pin

    29 Oskar Baker 31 Jack Petrucelle 36 James Worpel 47 Toby Wooller

    And here's what his Queensland club's football operations manager said about him in Inside Football:- Oskar Baker DOB: 25-05-98 181.9cm, 75.6kg Apsley “Oskar was cut from the Lions academy in January and made his way to Apsley as a rookie, but due to a raft of injuries he got his opportunity early in the year and never looked back. His ability to take the game on is his strength - even against the AFL-aligned reserves he looked to tuck the ball under his arm and run. He has skill, is good overhead and is mentally strong. One of the better state league prospects.” - Apsley football operations manager Mark Perkins