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6 hours ago, Watts the matter said:

The more you read from this guy, the more you realise he has no idea. An absolute fluke getting what the hawks did with this guy in charge.

 

Pity he had to fluke that shot in '87....

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9 hours ago, Watts the matter said:

The more you read from this guy, the more you realise he has no idea. An absolute fluke getting what the hawks did with this guy in charge.

 

Completely agree WTM. Even a broken clock is right twice a day, Phuckinara has been riding the 2004 coattails for way too long. Pelchen did it too, and like Pelchen, he will eventually drift into irrelevance (can't come quick enough). 

Even Pretenderghast picked out Gawn, which goes to show, it is just as much, if not more about developing that raw talent once they are in the door, than it is identifying it. Who knows how Gawn would have turned out if not for Paul Roos & Co.

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I don't know anything about any of the potential draftees this year but I know that as evidenced by the trading of Watts and Hogan we want players who are committed to being the best they can be and are utterly competitive.

I'd be interested to know from those underage watches who fits these categories around our picks. 

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On 11/5/2018 at 4:56 AM, Watts the matter said:

The more you read from this guy, the more you realise he has no idea. An absolute fluke getting what the hawks did with this guy in charge.

 

Pretty sure Buckenara's columns are ghost written. Yes, he has no idea, but columns are probably 'written' by the HS intern!

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54 minutes ago, dee-tox said:

Pretty sure Buckenara's columns are ghost written. Yes, he has no idea, but columns are probably 'written' by the HS intern!

It was more to do with his draft rankings. 

He had Kieran Collins ranked at 3 in 2015.

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1 hour ago, Watts the matter said:

It was more to do with his draft rankings. 

He had Kieran Collins ranked at 3 in 2015.

Yes not sure Buckenara has been to Specsavers!!

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Chayce Jones at 10 (too low), Luke Valente at 28 (too high) and Ely Smith at 31 (way too high) were surprising. 

Bedford at 34 would be too early for a nomination. He’s fast and skilled but needs 2+ years development.  

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I just don’t see it with Valente. I think he’s too slow to be an effective AFL player. A bloke like Jordan Lewis might get by at that speed now, but he hasn’t always been that slow.

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Valente is the same speed as Salem, Brayshaw & Harmes.  Not a jet but not slow.  Definitely top 20 rated for me. His efficiency in disposal does remind me of Salem.   

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3 minutes ago, spirit of norm smith said:

Valente is the same speed as Salem, Brayshaw & Harmes.  Not a jet but not slow.  Definitely top 20 rated for me. His efficiency in disposal does remind me of Salem.   

No chance, he’s a lot slower than those named & doesn’t have enough of the other attributes to compensate.

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I’ll put it this way - he may show leadership skills, but he’s more like a poor man’s Luke Dunstan. Would you recruit Luke Dunstan to MFC? I wouldn’t.

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7 hours ago, Mach5 said:

I’ll put it this way - he may show leadership skills, but he’s more like a poor man’s Luke Dunstan. Would you recruit Luke Dunstan to MFC? I wouldn’t.

From limited viewing I agree. Looks like the kind of player who usually drifts out to 30+, gets talked up in the media due to leadership and good performance. That said, it's often a fine line between the Jack Graham and Worpel types and the Mathieson/Dunstan types who aren't quick or skilled enough.

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On 1/30/2018 at 6:47 AM, Chelly said:

Reminds me. Time for my first phantom draft and it’s no surprise that a few South Australians figure very highly. 

From the POV of the Dees, we are unlikely participants in the top 10 of the draft which is fine by me since we have Jake Lever instead.

However, that said, this year’s batch of players coming into the system is looking very strong.

My top 10:-

1. Izak Rankine – West Adelaide (SA)
2. Jack Lukosius - Woodville West-Torrens (SA)
3. Max King – Sandringham Dragons
4. Connor Rozee – North Adelaide (SA)
5. Ben King – Sandringham Dragons
6. Sam Walsh – Geelong Falcons 
7. Ian Hill – Perth (WA)
8. Jye Caldwell – Bendigo Pioneers
9. Jack Bytel – Calder Cannons
10. Matt Green – Sporties Spitfires (NT)

Take a bow Chelly - picked the first six drafted in January (although not necessarily in the correct order).

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19 hours ago, Demonland said:

Take a bow Chelly - picked the first six drafted in January (although not necessarily in the correct order).

Thanks for the kudos Andy - I stand by my original order. Gold Coast have a bonanza with Rankine and Lukosius.

I don't know what happened to Matt Green.

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