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  1. As previously mentioned it was the aim of the MFC to trade for 2 A Grade Mids and also leave one top ten draft pick. (My apologies for suggesting pick 2 would stay, I later corrected this.) There were a number of A Grade players targeted but Dangerfield, Hannebery plus a couple of other A Grade Swans were the players MFC gained traction. Mitchell was also targeted as a Tyson style deal. Melbourne were prepared to trade virtually any player on the list for the right price to also help bring these trades to completion. MFC came very close to securing Danger, Danger had agreed to be traded to us
  2. THE LOW RENT PUB by Whispering Jack In the old days, long before the draft and salary caps, club recruiters would travel the length and breadth of the land trying to find players to enhance their club lists. Often they would have to use their wits to beat opponents to their man. Legendary club secretary Jim Cardwell mastered the recruiting art at Melbourne in the early 1950s when he skillfully assembled the side that was to win six premierships in the decade 1955-1964. In later years he maintained that much of his success depended on perseverance and sheer determination never to give in when c
  3. THE LOW RENT PUB by Whispering Jack In the old days, long before the draft and salary caps, club recruiters would travel the length and breadth of the land trying to find players to enhance their club lists. Often they would have to use their wits to beat opponents to their man. Legendary club secretary Jim Cardwell mastered the recruiting art at Melbourne in the early 1950s when he skillfully assembled the side that was to win six premierships in the decade 1955-1964. In later years he maintained that much of his success depended on perseverance and sheer determination never to give in when c
  4. Austin's head wasn't in the right place this year as he mourned the loss of his father Matthew and of his mentor Maurice Rioli. He came back late in the season at Casey reserves and suffered an ankle injury that required surgery. Games MFC 2011 5 MFC Total 31 Goals MFC 2011 5 MFC Total 37 Games CSFC 2011 2 Goals CSFC 2011 0 Games CSFC Reserves 2011 1 Goals CSFC Reserves 2011 0
  5. THE TRADING CHRONICLES 2011 by The Oracle Part Nine: TRADING ANGST The tweet from Trade Week Radio's Craig Hutchison announcing that it was a "... [M]assive day on @TradeWeekRadio from 8am ... " They promised us news of all the deals as they were happening and, while they did honour that promise, it was hardly a "massive" day. There were no real surprises and many of the moves contemplated in the lead up to exchange period simply failed to materialise. To be sure, almost twenty separate deals were concluded and posted on the AFL website but many of these were either small beer or worse stil
  6. October will be synonymous with the most difficult, frustrating and hope filled month for AFL fans as Trade Week becomes Trade & Free Agent Signing Month: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/get-ready-for-4-week-free-for-all/story-fn69a32t-1226167211053 We touched a little on this during The Saga © but the main effect I see from the introduction of Free Agency (albeit in a very restricted FA) is that those who qualify for restricted and unrestricted FA will wait until October to talk about their contracts. Contracts will be signed later and later and fans just need to get used to the new
  7. THE TRADING CHRONICLES 2011 by The Oracle Part Eight: THE BIG BANG The housewarming started late and it happened amid the chaos of an apartment that hadn't quite been moved into yet but this chaos was nothing compared to that which erupted later in the evening. Although it was two weeks after the AFL Grand Final and a few of the blokes were into the second round of their cricket seasons, there was no guessing as to the main topic of conversation among the menfolk. One of the first guests, a smug Collingwood supporter who didn't appear to have been taken down a peg or two as a result of the Pie
  8. Young gun Josh Caddy keen to help his dad. If we're not trying to get involved in attracting Caddy to the club, we bloody well should be. Will be a serious gun and wins his own footy.
  9. THE TRADING CHRONICLES 2011 by The Oracle Part Seven: IN ANOTHER PLACE I spent most of yesterday moving house so I missed the bulk of the action as the week's AFL trade activity came to a close. When I eventually took the time to pause and reflect on how things were going, I discovered how underwhelming this week is in the scheme of things. When the first of just four completed trades of the day involves the transfer of a hitherto unknown rookie in exchange of a draft pick on the wrong side of fifty, then you know that it's time to return to the task of moving that drawing room cabinet across
  10. THE TRADING CHRONICLES 2011 by The Oracle Part Six: ACTION!!! Melbourne took centre stage yesterday when it made its play for Brisbane's Mitch Clark who has been desperate to return home to Western Australia and to play for the Dockers who have been unable to come to terms on a trade with the Lions. In an audacious move, the Demons offered big money for the homesick ruckman/forward but the indications are that Clark's mindset is one of returning to WA and the go home factor will be a difficult one to trump although Melbourne has been assured that its offer will receive serious consideration.
  11. THE TRADING CHRONICLES 2011 by The Oracle Part Five: FLIM FLAM MEN It took until half way through the third day of the exchange period for its first genuine trade to be completed but if you think the story behind the first of the year's truly done trade deals was either spectacular or unexpected then please don't hold your breath. It involved Jack Gunston, a fourteen game forward with the Crows, returning home to Victoria after two years in the City of Churches. He landed in the Hawks' nest at Waverley around lunchtime yesterday along with picks 53 and 71. In return, Adelaide said "thank you
  12. THE TRADING CHRONICLES 2011 by The Oracle Part Four: TEDIUM If memory serves me well, the past few exchange periods have lasted a week and that at least half of each of those weeks turned out to be so uneventful that many were calling for the events to be shortened by perhaps a day or two. In response, some genius at the AFL decided to extend the whole thing into a second week ensuring that there would be days like day two when the various clubs would sit back and take their own good time doing little else but to posture and to allow things to degenerate into a festival of tedium. To emphas
  13. THE TRADING CHRONICLES 2011 by The Oracle Part Three: PREDICTABLE There were no surprises when proceedings opened on the first day of the trade period. Fremantle indicated that it was prepared to take Tom Mitchell with a first round selection and, as a result, the Swans who were prepared to match the Dockers' bid, nominated their first pick at 21 and young Tom became their player. Another quality youngster was on his way to Sydney even if this time the player did not fall into the clutches of Kevin Sheedy's evil empire in the city's western badlands. Sydney coach John Longmire was grinning fro
  14. THE TRADING CHRONICLES 2011 by The Oracle Part Two: LOOKING FOR BLACK CAVIAR The story goes that Greater Western Sydney Giants coach Kevin Sheedy was at last week's Draft Combine watching the 20m sprints when he received a call from Peter Moody who trains the champion mare Black Caviar. "I'm just at the draft camp," Sheedy said. "We're looking for the next Black Caviar." Sheeds had every reason to be lording it up at Etihad Stadium for the Draft Combine testing as he currently holds most of the aces for the 2011 AFL Draft. His club has nine of the first fifteen selections which means he has a
  15. https://www.afl.com.au/news/newsarticle/tabid/208/newsid/124620/default.aspx O'Meara also sounds like he has no problems leaving Perth. I think our priority during trade week should be using our compo picks to acquire the pick for either O'Meara or Crouch. Along will filling the holes in our list, of course.
  16. Without wanting to criticize any of our players, who do you expect will be on the trade table/delisted over the next few weeks? (more interested in discussing who we think will be moved on, than any disrespectful pots at players we think deserve to go but we know will stay please) As and example, IMO I expect either Bate or Dunn are likely to be moved on, but not both. Both can fill similar roles, but neither are in our best 22. Keeping one for back up to Pettard, Jurrah, Watts, Green if injured is ideal, but the second would be superfluous. Bate played a few good games in early 2009 (or 10.
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