After doing most of the heavy lifting during the trade period, this week saw Derek Hine and our recruiting department put the finishing touches on our list for the 2016 season.
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Today, our list managers will finalise our playing roster for the 2016 season, by availing themselves of the opportunity provided by the Rookie Draft. The Pre-Season Draft was also scheduled to take place this morning, but for the first time in the history of the Draft Era, all of the…
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. On the day after the full playing list commenced pre-season training, we begin the final phase of putting the finishing touches on just what that playing list will look like for season 2016. Welcome to the 2015 AFL National Draft. This year, the Draft enters a new era, with the…
In any given year, when a team makes the jump from struggling to competitive, or competitive to contending, it is quite often on the back of established talent performing at the expected level whilst being bolstered by emerging quality. And often, a team is driven to that next level by unexpected improvement from one or more individuals, in some cases an unforeseen coming of age.
After recently discussing the potential of our back half and as we continue to count the days until the national draft, I thought I might now turn my attention to the midfield. Whilst our list is not yet complete for 2015 – with at least six new names to be added across the senior and rookie list – I think we can at this point safely discuss the most likely composition of the all important engine room.
In previous years, with the club making some hard decisions at the trade table with a view to investing in the top end of the draft, there has been a heightened element of excitement and anxiety ahead of the national draft. Top ten selections are coveted, but come with great expectations and given the cost – be it departing quality or poor recent results – the fear of failing to nail such selections is ever present.
That time of the post-season is upon us. The time when our thoughts begin to shift slowly toward how our team may look and function in the coming season and with only one top 30 selection in the upcoming draft, it is not surprising that such thoughts have come earlier than usual.