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    First contractee’s trade prices

    Once upon a time about it was rare for a player to be targeted off their first contract. Now days, it seems to be much more common. This particular trade period we have seen speculation on Laverde, Marchbank, and Steele. Last few years we’ve also seen McCarthy, Boyd, Aish, Freeman, Gunston...
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    Essendon robbed?

    The Age shows images of that last goal by Blair here: http://media.theage.com.au/sport/sports-hq/blairs-winning-goal-off-his-hand-3246821.html?from=newsbox In the end you can argue when it is just one point win one team or another has always been a bit lucky, and hell we would have had to...
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    Worst trades that didn't happen

    So, what are the worst trades that didn't happen? Those where team A made an offer Team B said no to - and down the track Team A goes thank god they didn't, and Team B goes damn why did we do that? Three spring to mind that I'm aware of. #3 2006, Melbourne offer their 2nd rounder to Essendon...
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    More clarity on GWS U17yr old trades - featuring the mini-draft

    A question that has come up a few times is how the trading for the GWS U17yr old players will work. i.e. those kids not available until next year's draft that GWS can trade now. There has been discussion over whether it will be a mini-draft and GWS will trade slots in it, or if clubs will...
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    Fall of the Essendon empire

    This is something I wrote on BB, which I brought over here for two reasons: 1. Don't want it dissapearing into the ether graveyard. 2. I thought you guys might be interested in this in a slow off-season with no training reports. Written back in May last year, this is still relevant...
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    Boak leaving

    Well, I was tempted to call this thread the "Rumour and Speculaton" thread, because I don't really consider this much more. But worth talking about. Jack Niall's been busy: Port star in high demand http://m.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/port-star-in-high-demand-20100505-uaml.html Why the...
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    Drafting versus Development

    I was curious as to why development gets so little attention with far more focus on drafting. In my view, drafting although absolutely vital, is of limited value without a strong development system. People seem to solely look at recruiters when rating drafts for teams, and never on whether a...
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    Help needed!

    Ok, I'm in the UK and my work has a fantasy league where we're all bidding at an auction for players from the EPL. Pretty much points are for goals, goal assists, or not conceding (defenders & goalies). Now, I quite like watching soccer. I'll watch a game, follow the world cup/european...
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    Weak Drafts

    Reading this forum, I'm not sure if people really remember what a weak draft looks like, and how rare good players are to come out of it. Personally, I think no matter what GC is going to do, if you can trade a pick for a quality player, you'd be mad not to. So, the way things are going, the...
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    2009 EFC reviews, With a twist

    Ants Season Reviews I posted these on Bomberblitz, so anyone who attends that, ignore. Mostly posting here since it will be around in 8 months for me to compare how I went! Well, its the time of year for reviews. Those glossy, superficial canings by the media (recently) or flawlessly...
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    Draft talls at both #5 and #23

    Below is my argument for drafting talls at both #5 and #23. This doesn't necessarily mean Hurley, it could be Trengrove or another tall, and I'm not calling to draft a play key position back espescially, but talls. I've assumed that you'd usually go with (roughly) the following in your first...
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    WCE's priority pick & 2nd pick

    Assuming WCE get the priority pick ;) , would they be tempted to try and trade picks #18 and #20 for a high first round pick? As in pick #6 or higher. Last year they got Selwood, Ebert and Masten. Add Rich, and they've already got Priddis, Kerr, Butler, Embley and a few others with promise...
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    Bomberblitz - whats up?

    Anyone else having issues connecting to BomberBlitz? Are they doing some maintenance work in the middle of the night (your time) or has something actually happened to it? I'm getting the message: Server Default page If you see this page it means: 1. hosting for this domain is not...
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    Draft picks are FAR MORE valuable this year than ever before!! - what RUBBISH!!!

    Ok, I've heard the sentiment above an awful lot, or phrases with a similar intent. Sum them up, the new teams will get the good picks, so everyone is going to value their picks more and won't trade. This simply does not make sense. Ignoring that we don't know the final shape of the...
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    Continuously topping up

    Ok, I was having a discussion with someone, and we agreed that with Essendon's woeful recruiting circa 2000 and 2001 (and possibly 2002, hopefully not!) we would clearly have been better off trading every top 25 pick we got our hands on. I don't think anyone would argue that. But it did...
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    GT% on the AFL website

    I like that the AFL has given us access to more stats on their website. But the one I'd have liked the most for DT, game time %, always appears as zero for me. Does anyone else have this issue? Anyway around it? Has anyone let the AFL know its a problem?
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    Father Son rule being changed again?

    Also posted this in the main forum, but think it also belongs here. In the Age: http://www.realfooty.com.au/news/news/fatherson-rule-to-ease/2008/05/20/1211182803000.html Personally I see 50 games as too few. However, I do think some other things (such as time spent on the list, club...
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    Father Son rule being changed again?

    In the Age: http://www.realfooty.com.au/news/news/fatherson-rule-to-ease/2008/05/20/1211182803000.html Personally I see 50 games as too few. However, I do think some other things (such as time spent on the list, club and league awards) should count towards the games limit. And it looks...
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    Draft Strength

    How do people consider the strength of the draft this year? I've heard some conflicting stuff so far. There appears to be a consensus that the top 10 should be of very high quality. But how deep will this draft be? Certainly nobody appears very keen on the Div 2 teams, and I've heard SA is...
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    Need advice

    Hi guys. I'm in a dreamteam comp that uses the AFL DT scoring system, and our mid-season draft is coming up. We only have one draft mid-season, and each player can only go for one team (There was also a draft pre-season, so currenly ~380 players are off the market). I can make 5 changes to my...