Draft Wrap 2014

This year’s trade period was a tumultuous one that tested the spirits of many of the faithful. On the back of that trade period however – and regardless of the feeling toward our eventual compensation – we were able to enter this year’s draft with the highest pick we have possessed since 2005. Coincidentally, that year one of our top selections was also the number 5 pick, which turned into our current skipper and one of the classiest players to wear our colours.

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National Draft 2014 – Discussion and Call of the Picks

Greetings, fellow Magpies. After an eminently forgettable 2014 premiership campaign and an equally bruising off-season, it’s time to cast our eyes ahead to the future and return to the well of hopes and dreams that is this time of the year, where the champions and stars of tomorrow begin their journey as professional footballers, each …

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Player Projections: Part 2

And now, part two of this year’s player projections, no preface required.

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Player Projections: Part 1

It’s that time of the year where we fill the dead air between the trade and draft period by thoughts on our current list and the season to come. With this in mind – and whilst our list is yet to be completed with our latest draftees – I thought I would tuck into some player projections for season 2015. This exercise will double as an assessment of their recently completed season, with expectations for the one to come.

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The Ins and Outs: 2014 Stocktake

With the list lodgement completed on the 31st of October, occurring ahead of the delisted free agency periods and with the national draft looming at the end of November, it seems an opportune time to take a look at our arrivals and departures in the wake of retirements, delistings and the recent trade period. Of …

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Post-Trade Stasis: An Epilogue for Clarity

I thought I might start with that, knowing that a few among the readership here would appreciate it. As a starting point, it is to assuage the fears of some who, after my most recent article, may perceive me as being entirely ignorant to the potential folly of hope. Beyond this, if I find the right combination of words, then I’ll hopefully have provided some clarity on my own perspective.

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Thus Ends a Bad Trip: Trade Period 2014

The brief interlude from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon was nice while it lasted, as we basked in the stance the club had apparently taken by publicising the cessation of negotiations with the Lions.  Having released a firm statement about our position on the Beams trade, whatever transpired on Saturday that brought Jack Crisp into …

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Strange Times as Pies Hold the Line

It has been a strange week to say the least, tumultuous at our club and elsewhere, but as we reflect this weekend whilst pondering what might play out before trade week wraps up on Thursday, we can rest assured that amidst all the turmoil of a league in flux, the club held firm to their …

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Martin Departs, Moore a Magpie and Trade Week Kicks Off…

Trade week officially kicked off today, but before the starter pistol was fired on that front there was the little matter of father/son and academy bidding to take care of. Everyone would be well aware now that the expected occurred, with the Western Bulldogs bidding for Moore and Collingwood matching it, meaning that Darcy is officially a Magpie at the cost of our current first round selection (#8).

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Clark to the Cattery; Hopes on Moore for Less

Having previously discussed two Magpies currently occupying the departure lounge in Beams and Lumumba, there has been no shortage of lesser talking points as we head into this year’s trade and draft period. Admittedly not of comparable importance, the news that Mitch Clark – who we had recently courted – and the highly likely father/son selection of Darcy Moore are deserving of some air time here on the blog.

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