Monday, October 4, 2010

Ball & Jolly Where The Winning Difference For The Pies In 2010

Ball & Jolly Where Winning Difference For The Pies In 2010 - Good Call Bad Call?

New mean machine strikes gold - The Australian

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New mean machine strikes gold
The Australian
Australia's new 4x100 freestyle heroes, from left, Kyle Richardson, Eamon Sullivan, Tommaso D'Orsogna and James Magnussen. Picture: Adam Head Source: The Australian [To view Flash please enable JavaScript and Flash.] THE Australian men's swimming team ...
Aussie men salute in 4x100m relayABC Online
Australia win 4x100m freestyle goldSydney Morning Herald
Australia's men reclaim 4x100m freestyle
Port Macquarie News
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AFL Trade Predictions 2010

AFL Trade Predictions ... lets hear your predictions. Ive listed some of the "main" names but feel free to add your own.

Players Name - Your Predictions

Jared Brennan -
Justin Sherman -
Sean Grigg -
Sam Jacobs -
Andrew Walker -
Leon Davis -
Josh Fraser -
Bachar Houli -
Brent Stanton -
Chris Tarrant -
Rhys Palmer -
Nathan Djerrkura -
Ryan Gamble -
Rick Ladson -
Addam Maric -
Matthew Warnock -
David Hale -
Richard Tambling -
Will Thursfield -
Patrick Veszpremi -
Ben McKinley -
Matthew Spangher -
Josh Hill -

Father And Son Picks Decided 2010

Father And Son Picks Decided 2010

Mitch Wallis goes to Bulldogs for Pick 22 (1st Round)

Tom Liberatore goes to Bulldogs for Pick 40 approx (2nd Round)

Jacob Brennan goes to West Coast for last round pick due to no other bidders.

AFL Trade Week 2010 Here We Go!

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The Norm Smith Committee got both medalists wrong this year

The Norm Smith Committee got both medalists wrong this year.

Taking nothing away from the great performances by Lenny Hayes & Scott Pendlebury, I think Brendan Goddard should have won the Norm Smith in Grand Final 1 & Steele Sidebottom should have won it in the Grand Final Replay.

Good Call ? Bad Call ?

Tanking And Premiership

Interesting article that might make some people at the AFL blood boil ...

DALE Thomas was Collingwood’s best in one Grand Final. Scott Pendelbury won the “Normie” in the next.

What to do those two blokes have in common?

They were both selected at the pointy end of the draft in 2005. Top five, in fact.

Thomas went at No.2 and Pendlebury at No.5.

How the hell did the Magpies snare both?

In case you’ve forgotten, the Pies embarked on some crafty list management.

You could call it tanking, actually.

In that season, only five years ago, the Pies lost 10 of their last 11 (and their final eight) to finish on five wins.

By sneaking in under the five-and-a-half win threshold, they gained a priority pick, which went on Thomas. Once the actual draft started, they gleefully took Pendelbury at No.5.

These two are the future of the club for at least the next eight to 10 years.

Has there ever been a better advert for playing kids (tanking) and loading up for a future assault on a flag?

Promising youngsters such as Heath Shaw, Harry O'Brien and Sean Rusling were rewarded with games at the time.

But many other debutants, including Ben Davies, Chris Egan, David Fanning, Brent Hall and Adam Iacobucci sank quickly from sight after playing their role in that bizarre season.

The Pies did what they had to to. Plain and simple.

Just like Melbourne did what it had to do last year, to pick up Tom Scully and Jack Trengove. You just can’t underestimate the importance of picking up two gun midfielders so early on.

We are not taking anything away from the overall recruiting of Derek Hine. The guy looks a genius now.

But to put it simply, it took the Pies five years to cash in to cash in on a big tank.

Using that as a measure, expect Dean Bailey to be a premiership coach in 2014.

Full source

Saturday, October 2, 2010

No security worries for athletes, says Australian sports minister - Sify

Commonwealth Games prepares to open amid chaos and negative publicity - The ...

Collingwood wouldn't have won the flag without Malthouse

Collingwood wouldn't have won the flag without Mick Malthouse. Good call, bad call?
I believe the Pies won yesterday because their structures and the way they set up was superior to the Saints. Malthouse has got this side to be very disciplined, and they didn't allow the Saints to play their game.
So my question is, did the Pies win because they had the best team this year, or could Malthouse have taken any one of 5-6 sides to the flag with the same game plan?

Friday, October 1, 2010

Trading Players vs Trading Draft Picks

Here is a very interesting comment I was reading online ... thought it was a very worthwhile post and one that deserves a thread all of its own.

Poster highlights a very practical way to look at the trade period. Obviously the guidelines(examples) given may marginally move from year to year, if the draft was shallower or deeper, however the concept sounds very sound.

Basically trade week isn't about trading players, it's about trading AFL games.

Here's what I mean:
Taz has 2 or 3 good years left: he's worth 60 AFL games
Schammer has 5 years left, but will struggle to make a best 22: he's worth say 20 AFL games
Fraser has 2 years left & won't be best 22: he's worth 0 AFL games

You see how it works.
Keep dreaming about young, solid defenders with 5+ good years left, but the only way we'll get a trade like that is if they are rubbish.

Since there's no like for like player, go for a draft pick.

Now picks are also equal to games too:
Round one, gets you a 150 game player
Round two, a bit more iffy - you probably only average out to 100 games
Round three and above = 50 games

So likely only get a round 3 pick for Taz (maybe round 2 because the compromised draft makes them worth less)

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Wellman Joins Hird Back At Bomberland

Geez what a surprise that is ... Wellman Joins Hird back at Bomberland

FORMER Essendon premiership player Sean Wellman has been named a Bombers assistant coach in the first appointment made in the James Hird era. The club has wasted little time in building a coaching panel to support Hird, who was appointed senior coach on Tuesday.

Essendon football manager Paul Hamilton said he was delighted to welcome Wellman, who had been an assistant at Melbourne, back to the club.

''Following the appointment of Hird as the club's senior coach, we have begun the process of putting the best possible coaching group around him,'' Hamilton said.

''Sean has had wonderful experience at the Bulldogs under Rodney Eade and at Melbourne under Dean Bailey - two coaches that we have the utmost respect for - and we think he will make a valuable contribution to the club.''

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AFL getting closer to player free agency.

The AFL are getting closer to having player free agency.
Good Call /Bad Call

Ricky Ponting, Shane Watson ride luck - The Australian

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The Guardian

Ricky Ponting, Shane Watson ride luck
The Australian
SKIPPER Ricky Ponting and Shane Watson took Australia to 1-101 at lunch on the opening day of the first Test against India in Mohali. The pair made the most of a tranquilised pitch but not without a bit of luck going both batsmen's way and rebuilt the ...
India draws first blood on flat trackHerald Sun
Ponting wins toss, batsSydney Morning Herald
Australia elect to bat in first India TestAFP
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Tigers Forced To Sell More Home Games

Looks like the Tigers are set to sell even more home games next year ... Personally its not a trend I like to see ... always fraught with danger. However, business is business and sometimes AFL supporters just have to realise some clubs will be forced into these decisions for the sake of money.

Great opportunity now for other clubs to get more home games at the MCG.

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Shaun Grigg Trade Rumours

The Carlton Football Club can confirm that Shaun Grigg’s management today informed the Club that he wished to be traded during the upcoming exchange period.

“We are disappointed with Shaun’s request to seek opportunities elsewhere in 2011.

“The Club will now pursue all options during the exchange period to ensure the best possible outcome for the Carlton Football Club,” General Manager Football Operations Steven Icke said.

Grigg, 22, has played 43 games for Carlton since being taken as a 2nd Round selection (19th overall) in the 2006 NAB AFL Draft. He was recruited to the Club from Redan via the North Ballarat Under 18’

Grand Final transport information - NRL.COM

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Grand Final transport information
Tributes to Rugby League heroes, the hottest acts in Australian music, the rising stars of the game and the spectacular site of the Telstra Child Flight helicopter delivering the Telstra Premiership Trophy are just some of the incentives for fans to ...
Toyota Cup: Grand Final PreviewNRL.COM
AS I SEE IT - Grand Final FeverYass Tribune

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Oz sports minister gets taste of tight security at CWG Village -

Oz sports minister gets taste of tight security at CWG Village
PTI, Updated: Fri, Oct 1, 2010 11:43 IST New Delhi: With tight security in place at the Commonwealth Games Village even Australian Sports Minister Mark ...

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