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  1. Sounds like it. He's pulled out of the draft, so signed by someone!
  2. Awesome, where'd you guys watch? Been living in London since 07 and didn't realise there were more dees here. Would love to join you next week if I can get off work!
  3. He's a FA, so would cost nothing except salary cap space. Severely underrated player who you'd hope we're looking at. Would walk into our best team no problem.
  4. Have a mate who's a Dockers fan, who played wafl, so knows his footy. He watches the dees every week, just to watch Trac. Thinks he's a gun already and going to be best in the comp in a few years...
  5. Temple walkabout next to Temple station would be showing it. Not too far away from Oxford Street and it's nice along the river there. If not, you can always sign up to watchafl for a week and watch on laptop/ipad. Used it for every game this year and works great.
  6. Couple of articles about him ... DION Johnstone addresses the large group with a confidence which once eluded him. He stands in front of his Scotch College teammates, opponents and families and talks about the day’s game without a hint of the shyness which followed him to Melbourne from his home town of Warrnambool three years earlier. The talented goalsneak embraced the captaincy bestowed upon him in his final year at the private school. It was a leadership role he never expected to assume when he arrived in year 10 via Brauer College on an indigenous excellence scholarship. "When I first went there I didn't really speak much, was really shy, and it also didn't help not knowing people," Johnstone said. "But it encourages you just to talk to people and get to know people. It’s definitely helped me confidence-wise also being the captain of Scotch. "I wasn't that good a public speaker but after every game I had to say a speech on behalf of the Scotch team in front of parents and the other teams as well, which also helped my confidence a lot." Johnstone is hoping the personal growth he's shown, coupled with the courage to leave home at a young age to pursue his dreams, will encourage an AFL club to draft him later this month. He has shown his capabilities – namely speed, toughness and goal nous – at various levels over the past two years playing in the Associated Private School system, TAC Cup for Oakleigh Chargers and at his home club, Hampden league contender North Warrnambool Eagles. Those traits earned him a nomination as an indigenous category B rookie. Reigning premier Western Bulldogs can select Johnstone outside its regular salary cap if it wishes. "It's basically like a third-chance thing because they want to get more Aboriginal and multicultural kids in the AFL," he said. "So if I don't go in the national or rookie drafts, it's a category B for kids who have been nominated. "I was lucky enough to be nominated by the Bulldogs. They have first priority over me in that category B draft. If they don't want me another club can. "It is definitely something handy and I am very privileged to have because not many other kids have it." Johnstone credits Scotch College for elevating him to that position. A country lad at heart, he took time to settle into his new surrounds. But he persisted, made friends and adjusted to a different way of life – one with shared dormitories and an added emphasis on study and extra curricular activities. "It's probably the best thing I have ever done," Johnstone said of his decision to move away at 15. "It's helped me to be the person I am today, helped me mature, I guess, especially living away from home. "That was difficult. The first month I couldn't really do it. I was thinking 'I want to go home' and was missing my friends and family. "But you keep pushing through it and you make friends and it becomes a helluva lot easier. "They're obviously a high, elite school and that’s how they present themselves. "I remember when I went there for an interview to meet the principal and look around the school, I was just looking around and couldn't really believe how big it was and the way they went about things – their school work, their sports, music and science." ----------------------------------------- North Warrnambool Eagles draft hopeful Dion Johnstone on his football journey Johnstone started to feel a sense of belonging at the end of year 10. The following year was a memorable one, particularly on the field. The former Dennington junior became a TAC Cup premiership player with Oakleigh Chargers as a bottom-age prospect. "Going all the way and winning the premiership and knowing I could play in that high level gave me a confidence boost coming into this year," he said. The 2016 season got off to a shaky start for Johnstone but he finished strongly, kicking 17 goals in his last six games as Oakleigh ended with a flurry. He also made cameo appearances for North Warrnambool Eagles. "I was a bit slow to start off; I wasn't happy with the start I had this year," Johnstone said. "But towards the end of the year and in the finals series I was really happy with my performances." Former North Warrnambool Eagles coach Bernard Moloney handed Johnstone a senior debut as a 16-year-old, throwing him into the deep end on the 2014 qualifying final stage. "Gerard Lourey, who was my assistant coach at the start, followed him during the year and we discussed him a bit and decided to take a risk," he said. "Graeme Twaddle (the current Eagles coach) assisted him through the Clontarf Academy early on as well, so we did our homework on him. "What impressed me about him was he was a really enthusiastic young fella who was prepared to play the game asked of him. "We wanted someone on a wing who could break the lines and penetrate into the forward line. And he has a good defensive side to his game." Johnstone, who played in the Eagles' first senior grand final in September, missed out on an invite to the AFL state combine. He tested at the 'Rookie Me' camp a month out from the draft in a bid to impress recruiters one last time. "It's hit me this year knowing this is my year and I have to do something about it if I want to succeed in getting that dream," he said. "I'd be over the moon (to get drafted). I wouldn't know what to do – I wouldn't think it's real at the start."
  7. Blues rd 2 at the G I've been told.....
  8. Could see this happening if we're looking to free up a list spot. In the few years on the list, shown very few AFL level attributes.
  9. For sure it should have been Spencer in instead of Dawes, not quite sure why it wasn't.
  10. Sue it's about opportunity. Your not just taking rubbish that teams don't want. Someone like Kennedy from the Swans who couldn't get a game in the hawks team for so long could be the type of player you get. It's just someone who needs opportunity that you can't always get at a team pushing for a flag and a player might not be wanting to wait.
  11. Think everyone is being a bit dramatic. It's not going to be Viney or Petracca leaving to go to Hawthorn because they want immediate success. If they did., they could move at year-end anyway. All players will be contracted, so it will need to be agreed by both club and player. Grimes is a perfect example. He's fit, experienced and could fill a hole somewhere. We wouldn't mind letting him go and he would probably want to go. Might be happy to send him to say Brisbane for their 4th round pick at year-end. The Spencer scenario is just as likely to happen end of the year as mid year. The club would say no as we need back up, and as he's contracted there's nothing he can do. If he was out of contract at the end of the year, and wanted to go anyway, then we might consider letting him go if the deal was right. It's the reason in Europe you see very few transfers in January window, unless they're out of contract the following summer, where they can leave for free. I don't really think it changes too much, just gives an opportunity for fringe players to move mid-year, as opposed to rotting in the 2's. I'd be very surprised if there was as much activity as everyone was saying. Yes it would be harder for teams down the bottom to attract players, but if we offered a young player say a 3 year contract and an opportunity to play in the 1's, as opposed to in the Hawk's 2nd's every week, it could happen.
  12. Touched on briefly in this thread, but surprised it didn't get more airplay. Is anyone else annoyed that when interviewed during the week, Heritier mentioned that one reason he hasn't been playing is because he's been coming to terms with Muhammad Ali's death? He's obviously a 'different cat,' and I like what he brings to the club and has apparently done great work with the young guys, but to me this is sheer lunacy. He's a professional sportsman, getting paid money most have us could only dream of. If I went to my boss and said sorry I can't work the next few works due to the stress that Ali's death has caused me, I think I'd be looking for a new job!
  13. Whilst not having played this year, he's been emergency almost every week which suggests he's right on the cusp of the best 22. Will get the 2 games this year. Either way. would not be surprised at all if he's kept on as very handy depth player going forwards.
  14. Just weird that Frost was being tried up forward when it was obvious he was a backman, and we were crying out for one! I'd even suggest that had he played back on Daniher in the Essendon game the result could have been different.
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