Before I start, the reason there are so many NMFC-adjacent players is because I know those more than others, I did it off the top of my head. Of the others, one's a West Australian and the others changed clubs, so they're more prominent in my mind. One of our captains and a guy who has...
Sons of AFL footballers who play for a club their father did not play for:
Andrew and Angus Brayshaw
That's just off the top of my head.
I get the romance of it, but as I...
Father Son rule is a relic of the days when players were tied to a club based on where they lived - and the particular sentimentality of Ron Barassi Sr being killed in action.
It's no longer relevant. If it means that much to a player and/or a club, they can trade up to get to the spot in...
Now that Don Pyke has conceded the Eagles actually do want two top ten picks, I sincerely hope that Melbourne, Hawthorn and any other clubs whose P1 trade offers were treated with disdain simply refuse to pick up the phone...
Having the best player in the comp doesn't always win you a flag, though.
The one thing that premiership sides have in common is several of the best players in the comp.
Collingwood had five in the AA squad this year, Geelong had five in 2022, Melbourne had seven in 2021, Richmond 3 in 2020...
Gold Coast in 2019.
Were able to pre-list an academy player prior to the draft, and also had Darwin added to their NGA zone.
Also worth noting that Gold Coast actually received the above, whereas NMFC didn't get the access you're complaining about.
I never try to guess where anyone will go in a draft because I don't see enough footage. Curtin looks good but I feel like he was in those conversations simply because he is considered the best West Australian in a year when the Eagles have the number one pick. It's lazy punditry.