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Everything posted by Whispering_Jack

  1. Going by the way the AFL sold the news of its draft concessions to the public (GCS taking two best mates from Victoria to limit the go home factor) I think it would be highly unlikely that the Suns would depart from the script of selecting Rowell and Anderson with 1/2.
  2. I’ve tried to find one particular clip of Robbie at Windy Hill one day when he took the ball from the back pocket, linking up with teammates through great running and passing all the way down the wing and ending in a spectacular goal. It was shown on the following morning on the World of Sport panel and was the best goal I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, we were a pretty ordinary side in those days and often given little time in the media. I’m assuming the footage has been lost. Pity.
  3. I was of the same view for much of the latter part of the season. Petracca was finally showing signs of maturing and even leadership on the field and a great deal of it was possibly going unnoticed because of the team’s circumstances. It’s so much harder to fire on a week by week basis when the team is unsettled and so many of the important components of the team are on the sidelines. He now appears to have passed his next test by coming back in good shape and raring to head into another pre season campaign. If his mid sized teammates all bring that mindset into 2020 it will represent a major contrast to how the team came into 2019 - they were an underdone and tired looking outfit from the start as evidenced by their failure to score in the opening game v Port and they were often blown away at the end of games. Tracc is one of those who is leading the way at the moment.
  4. Ok - let’s stay on topic (MFC training) in this thread and in future training threads please.
  5. The maximum list size is 47 which figure includes up to 3 Category B rookies. You don’t draft Category B rookies - you select them if they fit the criteria. The discussion about drafting is limited to the primary list and Category A rookies of which we can have a total of 44 (currently at 39).
  6. I don’t know how that’s possible without further delistings (unlikely) as we have 35 on the primary list and 4 rookies making 39 of a possible 44.
  7. I’m not sure if this is serious. We only have a limited number of vacancies (5) to go into the draft with and one has been set aside for Harley Bennell. If we are chasing Brown then it might be a sign that things aren’t working out with Sam Murray.
  8. The permission to train list is back (but there’s nobody on the list training at Melbourne Adelaide James Matthews (McLaren) Carlton Josh Deluca (Carlton) Lukas Webb (Western Bulldogs) Fremantle Hugh Dixon (Fremantle) Tom North (Fremantle) Gold Coast Josh Schoenfeld (Gold Coast) Hawthorn Darren Minchington (Hawthorn) North Melbourne Tom McKenzie (North Melbourne) St Kilda Angus Schumacher (Carlton) Bigoa Nyuon (Dandenong Stingrays) Sydney Jake Bartholomaeus (Sydney Uni) Jai Florent (Sandringham Dragons) Ryan Hebron (Werribee VFL) Aidyn Johnson (Port Adelaide) Jack Maibaum (Sydney)
  9. OK, OK - just testing everyone’s awareness.
  10. According to the club’s website - TrainingTimes Upcoming AFL training sessions Date: Friday 15 November Start time: 10.30am Location: Gosch's Paddock However, based on past events, there’s still every chance training will be on tomorrow.
  11. Since we drafted Finlayson and Langdon specifically to play on the wing, it might get very crowded there with Sparrow.
  12. One piece is never enough - you have to see him in colour too. This is from 1984 -
  13. I came across this YouTube video of the late, great Robbie Flower today. A wonderful person, a fantastic player and always a pleasure to watch. This is from his first season -
  14. The problem with drafting him in the PSD is that he has to be entered into that draft and I don’t think that’s the case. Sokol will enter the national draft.
  15. Thanks Saty, Kev Martin and CC for your reports. I have a bit more time on my hands this year and I hope to catch up at training soon.
  16. Matt Balmer (Fox Sports) presents his Top 25 draft prospects: Future AFL stars headline class of 2019 If the selections at the draft meeting follow his Top 25, the Demons will select - 3. Hayden YOUNG “Clubs: Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country Position: Medium Defender Size: 188cm, 83kg Bio: Young’s standout trait is his biggest weapon, with the left footer able to slice through opposition teams exceptionally well. His vision to find targets out of the back half makes him a top pick, with a number of outstanding highlights coming in the Under 18 Championships. The 18-year-old averaged 22 disposals and 5.3 marks during the carnival, playing behind the ball and controlling the play for Vic Country. He has remained consistent in the back-half of the year, with three consecutive strong outings against the Dragons, Power and Ranges — collecting 25 or more touches in each game. Young is also a strong intercept mark and reads the play well.” 8. Brodie KEMP “Clubs: Bendigo Pioneers/Vic Country Position: Utility Size: 192cm, 89kg Bio: A ruptured ACL ended Kemp’s season in July, just as the 18-year-old was looking to push his case to be a top-five selection. Kemp’s Under 18 Championships were exceptional, finding a role up forward as he booted the matchwinning goal against South Australia. He has the capabilities to play down back and through the midfield, averaging 20 disposals and 6.5 marks during the carnival. Kemp wants to be a midfielder in the future and given his 192cm heights, clubs will certainly be watching him closely as they consider selecting the Vic Country prospect with a top-ten pick.”
  17. A little while ago, I referred to Big Footy’s Pie4Life and his power rating chart. He has recently updated and expanded it to his top 60:-
  18. Deven Robertson attracting top-10 interest ahead of AFL Draft after being likened to Joel Selwood “Robertson is more mature than your average 18-year-old – and it’s easy to see why the natural-born leader was named All-Australian captain after an impressive under-18 national championships for Western Australia.”
  19. FWIW, MFC site says next training is 11th November.
  20. Conventional wisdom among the draft cognoscenti is that the draft’s top ten is strong and the talent pool tapers off badly after that. If that’s right then 7, 8 and 10 sounds good, especially when looking at our recent experience with players drafted around 3/4 like Cale Morton and Jimmy Toumpas. As I said, it’s a pity we can’t travel in time.
  21. No. By the time the 2008 draft came around Cyril Rioli was, as you point out, a premiership player with Hawthorn. Cyril was actually taken in the 2007 draft and it’s debatable that he was “clearly” the best in his draft which produced Brownlow Medal winners Trent Cotchin and Patrick Dangerfield and the likes of Alex Rance and Harry Taylor. Still, given that we took Cale Morton that year, if we all had the benefit of hindsight, we might well have burned the place down 😀 but that’s the thing about drafting. We can’t travel in time (yet).
  22. The first training session of the preseason is on tomorrow for the younger players (first to fourth years) only. Date: Monday 4 November Start time: 10.30am Location: Gosch's Paddock * * Please note: Training times and locations are subject to change at late notice. Please check this page on the morning of each session to confirm the time and date. Players may be available to sign any items at the conclusion of their training session. Signing will be dependent on individual training schedules and not all players may be available. Getting to Gosch's Paddock - Public transport Gosch's Paddock is located a short walk from Richmond train station. Jolimont station is also located a 10 minute walk away. Tram route 70 also stops near the ground at AAMI Park (stop 7D). Tram route 48 and 75 are also located in the vicinity near Jolimont Station. Bus 246 (Latrobe Uni - Elsternwick Station) travels down Punt Road, stops at the corner of Olympic Blvd. From here patrons can walk to Gosch's Paddock. Parking info Non-event car parking is available opposite AAMI Park at the National Tennis Centre. For more information - Training Times
  23. With the drafts coming up later in the month, this looks like an excellent resource for those interested in the list of available players ~ AFL DRAFT CENTRAL: 2019 Draft Pool
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