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Aaron Davey and Byron Pickett will be the first Demons to see competitive action in 2007 with the first game less than a month away. The two Dees have been picked to play in the 2007 Indigenous All-Stars team that takes on Essendon at Darwin's TIO Stadium on Friday, February 9. Missing from the team, which will be coached by former Bulldog and Lions player Michael McLean, is Matthew Whelan who has been recovering from an ankle injury.

The squad is:-

Adelaide: Andrew McLeod, Graham Johncock.

Brisbane: Chris Johnson.

Carlton: Eddie Betts.

Collingwood: Chris Egan.

Essendon: Andrew Lovett, Lovett Murray, Courtney Dempsey, Richard Cole, Patty Ryder, Leroy Jetta, Alwyn Davey.

Fremantle: Jeff Farmer, Troy Cook, Andrew Grover, Roger Hayden, Des Headland.

Geelong: Mathew Stokes, Travis Varcoe, Nathan Djerrkura, Liam Bedford.

Hawthorn: Mark Williams, Lance Franklin, Chance Bateman.

Kangaroos: Daniel Wells.

Melbourne: Aaron Davey, Bryon Pickett.

Port Adelaide: Shaun Burgoyne, Peter Burgoyne, Danyle Pearce, Daniel Motlop.

Richmond: Richard Tambling, Andrew Krakouer.

St Kilda: Xavier Clarke.

Sydney: Adam Goodes, Michael O'Loughlin.

Southern Districts: Darryl White.

West Coast: David Wirrpanda.

Western Bulldogs: Cameron Faulkner.

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Aaron Davey and Byron Pickett will be the first Demons to see competitive action in 2007 with the first game less than a month away. The two Dees have been picked to play in the 2007 Indigenous All-Stars team that takes on Essendon at Darwin's TIO Stadium on Friday, February 9. Missing from the team, which will be coached by former Bulldog and Lions player Michael McLean, is Matthew Whelan who has been recovering from an ankle injury.

The squad is:-

Adelaide: Andrew McLeod, Graham Johncock.

Brisbane: Chris Johnson.

Carlton: Eddie Betts.

Collingwood: Chris Egan.

Essendon: Andrew Lovett, Lovett Murray, Courtney Dempsey, Richard Cole, Patty Ryder, Leroy Jetta, Alwyn Davey.

Fremantle: Jeff Farmer, Troy Cook, Andrew Grover, Roger Hayden, Des Headland.

Geelong: Mathew Stokes, Travis Varcoe, Nathan Djerrkura, Liam Bedford.

Hawthorn: Mark Williams, Lance Franklin, Chance Bateman.

Kangaroos: Daniel Wells.

Melbourne: Aaron Davey, Bryon Pickett.

Port Adelaide: Shaun Burgoyne, Peter Burgoyne, Danyle Pearce, Daniel Motlop.

Richmond: Richard Tambling, Andrew Krakouer.

St Kilda: Xavier Clarke.

Sydney: Adam Goodes, Michael O'Loughlin.

Southern Districts: Darryl White.

West Coast: David Wirrpanda.

Western Bulldogs: Cameron Faulkner.

It's a pity none of the local boys get a game (except White). I would have loved to see Ephrem Tipenwoodi (if thats how you spell it) play.

Pitty we dont get to see Wheetra of Hayes play either. Anyway should be a good game and I will be there for sure...

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looks like the flash will get the chance to play with his brother! please i hope they dont ge injured

Looks like Aarons brother Alwyn is carrying the family tradition well, this from Todays Age at

Essendon training:

"Having been desperate to inject pace into a treacle-like midfield, the club made no secret of its determination to recruit players of pace.

Three players broke the club's 20-metre sprint record held by Courtenay Dempsey — Alwyn Davey (brother of Aaron and clearly also beneficiary of the family's speed), Bachar Houli and Dempsey himself."

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Looks like Aarons brother Alwyn is carrying the family tradition well, this from Todays Age at

Essendon training:

"Having been desperate to inject pace into a treacle-like midfield, the club made no secret of its determination to recruit players of pace.

Three players broke the club's 20-metre sprint record held by Courtenay Dempsey — Alwyn Davey (brother of Aaron and clearly also beneficiary of the family's speed), Bachar Houli and Dempsey himself."

I hope they can actually play football though. We've used early picks in the past to draft quick players [shane Harvey, Darren Walsh, Jason Winderlich] but those guys have failed to make an impact.

Bachar Houli looks like being one of those freak athletes. According to the Essendon FC website : in early testing he equalled the club record of 2.75 seconds for the 20-metre sprint and then ran 10 minutes 43 seconds in the 3.2km time trial.

His early impressive results also included finishing first in the Jack Clarke Trophy – an inaugural 3km match race against the Geelong Football Club as part of the Ron Clarke Classic.

As I said, I hope these young blokes can get a kick.

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It's interesting that many people kick up a stink about State of Origin and International Rules because key players can potentially be injured, but no one seems to care about this game...

I tend to agree with you! I guess all we can do is hope there are no injuries to our guys.

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I tend to agree with you! I guess all we can do is hope there are no injuries to our guys.

Totally agree.

All I care about is looking at the injury report the next morning to ensure Davey and Pickett aren't on there.

From memory Davey ripped this game apart 2 years ago with 3 goals

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The 29-man All Stars side has been selected. Here they are with allocated guernsey numbers:

2 Chris Johnson (Brisbane)

3 Xavier Clarke (St Kilda)

4 Daniel Motlop (Port Adelaide)

7 Peter Burgoyne (Port Adelaide)

8 Shaun Burgoyne (Port Adelaide)

9 Chance Bateman (Hawthorn)

10 Troy Cook (Fremantle)

11 Des Headland (Fremantle)

13 Andrew Lovett (Essendon)

14 Antoni Grover (Fremantle)

15 Chris Egan (Collingwood)

16 Danyle Pearce (Port Adelaide)

18 Graham Johncock (Adelaide)

19 Michael O'Loughlin (Sydney)

20 Eddie Betts (Carlton)

23 Andrew McLeod (Adelaide)

24 Lance Franklin (Hawthorn)

25 Byron Pickett (Melbourne)

26 Jeff Farmer (Fremantle)

27 Andrew Krakouer (Richmond)

28 Mathew Stokes (Geelong)

29 Patrick Ryder (Essendon)

30 Richard Tambling (Richmond)

33 Darryl White (Southern Districts)

36 Aaron Davey (Melbourne)

37 Adam Goodes (Sydney)

42 Nathan Lovett-Murray (Essendon)

43 Roger Hayden (Fremantle)

44 David Wirrpanda (West Coast)

Coach: Michael McLean.

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I hope they can actually play football though.

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As I said, I hope these young blokes can get a kick.

Exactly my thoughts Ash and I hope they dont do it against Melbourne.

As one of the chief critics of State of Origin (past use by date) and International Rules (a PR disaster waiting to happen and it did), I am happy to support the celebration of the impact of Aboriginal footballers on Australian football. I welcome their contribution and approach to the game. For the history of derogatory behaviour they have had to endure in the VFL/AFL since Pastor Doug Nicholls and Syd Jackson they have left an indelible mark on AFL and we are all the better for it. From the day that Nicky Winmar proudly lifted his jumper and pointed to the colour of his skin to the faithful of the Filth at Vic Park, there is much to celebrate and honour. I think the Aboriginal All stars game is appropriate but why do they have to play Essendon? I still hope neither Davey or Pickett get injured though.

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I think the Aboriginal All stars game is appropriate but why do they have to play Essendon?

Yeah, I'm not sure why Essendon got a gig. Unless it's something Sheedy organised. He has been a pretty big supporter of aboriginals in football for years now.

Looks like if Alwyn Davey hasn't been picked for the All-Stars, he'll line up for the Bombers.

Be great if both Davey boys lined up on each other on a wing or something.

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Yeah, I'm not sure why Essendon got a gig. Unless it's something Sheedy organised. He has been a pretty big supporter of aboriginals in football for years now.

Looks like if Alwyn Davey hasn't been picked for the All-Stars, he'll line up for the Bombers.

Be great if both Davey boys lined up on each other on a wing or something.

The good news is that this game looks like being televised live although the bad news is that it's on ABC2 so you need Foxtel Digital or some other form of modern technology to get it!
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Excellent.

You aware of dates and times?

A Bomber fan received this information from the ABC:-

"ABC2 have just received the rights to show the AFL Indigenous All-Stars vs Essendon Bombers game which is being played at Marrara Oval in Darwin on Friday 9 February.

"The ABC2 TV Online Guide will reflect this schedule change on the next update which will occur later in the week. I'd check the guide on Thursday to verify times, through this link: http://abc.net.au/tv/guide/abc2/200702/20070209.htm

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such a bloody bad article on the afl website..it says this time live, this time delayed, its at this stadium, with these two teams but it doesn't say what bloody day its on!
Well, it's definitely next Friday night - 9th February 2007.

I can't believe it - football less than a week away!

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Well, it's definitely next Friday night - 9th February 2007.

I can't believe it - football less than a week away!

That wasn't real football it was a farce.

There were two teams out there but only one of them was ready to play. The All Stars were far too undermanned in the ruck and key positions. The farcical withdrawls of Adam Goodes, Michael O'Loughlin, Lance Franklin and probably one or two others has effectively killed off what could have been a great concept. Franklin withdrew from the All Stars ostensibly because he had a knee injury but then turned up playing for Hawthorn in a practice match yesterday. Will the AFL take any action over this? It's highly unlikely and that's what makes these games such a joke.

State of Origin football was killed off because the star players from certain clubs didn't want to take part, preferring to look after their own and their clubs' interests. That's fine but they shouldn't then cry over spilt milk when the concept dies an inevitable death whether that be Internationl Rules, All Stars or State of Origin.

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The farcical withdrawls of Adam Goodes, Michael O'Loughlin, Lance Franklin and probably one or two others has effectively killed off what could have been a great concept. Franklin withdrew from the All Stars ostensibly because he had a knee injury but then turned up playing for Hawthorn in a practice match yesterday. Will the AFL take any action over this? It's highly unlikely and that's what makes these games such a joke.

I agree it's a disgrace, but then I saw Davey limping off the ground and I cursed the concept to hell. I can't say I blame Hawthorn or Sydney.

And I still think it's not right that Davey, who just last week injured an ankle in training, was given the green light to play. At least Byron, who looks like he is expecting twins anyday now, got some much needed exercise.

Having said that, if the game was a real contest, it would have been worth the heart-attack Davey gave me.

It was an extremely poor spectacle though.

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