Universal Love 2016/2017 Pre-season Thread

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  1. Crouch

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    Noticed we're missing this thread.

    Pre-season starts in a week, who will you be keeping a close eye on? Brad Crouch for me. Got his first taste of finals last season and, just like Matt did, i'm hoping he takes another step the following season. He needs an injury-free pre-season for that to happen though.

    Key post-season dates
    The key football dates to put in your calendar over the next few months.

    Monday, November 21 – Pre-season training starts for 1-4 year players, women’s team pre-season training begins

    Friday, November 25 –AFL National Draft Selection Meeting in Sydney, including Father/Son and Academy Players Bidding

    Monday, November 28, 4:00pm – AFL Pre-Season Draft Selection Meeting

    Monday, November 28, 4:10pm – NAB AFL Rookie Draft Selection Meeting

    Wednesday, November 30, 2:00pm –Final AFL Club List Lodgement; Final TPP Pre-Season Estimates

    Monday, December 5 – Pre-season training starts for 5+ year players

    Source: afc.com.au
     
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  2. Wayne's-World

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    Great timing on the thread :thumbsu:

    My lookouts will be Doedee, Greenwood, and Menzel ......big years all 3
     
  3. Drugs Are Bad Mackay?

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    Lock out training sessions have been off season poison :eek:

    Certainly makes the summer seem to draaaaaaaaag on
     
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    Keen to see progress of Greenwood, Knight and Milera.
     
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    I miss seeing the photos of Johncock rocking up after an off-season of beer and ciggies. :D

    He was always right to go by R1 though.
     
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    Yeah interested in Greenwood, got a feeling he will rock up looking like a monster this pre season.

    Hamish was chasing him for like 8 years, we all know how good Hamish is at his job.
    The guys gonna make it, there's something about him.
     
  7. Wayne's-World

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    hope this is a good reminder .....young motlop
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  8. BRL121

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    If you miss it so much, you should keep an eye on the photos of Motlop returning from the off-season. :)

    Edit: Wayne, you just beat me to it!
     
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    Guy seems to be an absolute professional in terms of preparation and approach, with his talent it's hard to not see him causing some selection committee headaches pretty soon and I hope he does. Will be very keen to watch his progress.

    Douglas is one whom I think we need to have a massive preseason. Has had 2 essentially A-Grade seasons, with a lot of meh in between, we need our experienced players to step up and in Douglas' case command a midfield spot. I hope he's been given a massive rocket and told in no uncertain terms that his spot is a long way off assured. If he has a 2010/13 type year, suddenly our midfield is significantly shored up.
     
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  10. Alwaysacrow

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    Last year after pre-season and NAB we had 2 surprise selections for round 1, McLovin and Milera I believe. I'll be keeping an eye on Hampton, Greenwood, Menzel, CEY and Knight mostly.
    Greenwood interests me a lot. Being a rookie he won't feature in round 1 but I hope he has a massive impact in the 2's and can get upgraded towards the end of the year, he could be a real bonus find that we've picked up for nothing.
    Given the dreadful trade period we've just had we're all hoping I guess that our "organic growth" will produce some good results next year. I'm not overly optimistic but I guess we've got go with what we have.
     
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    Knight & Menzel I'm tipping to be the 2 big inclusions in 2017.
     

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    I'm hoping Knight can take over from Mackay in that role, similarly hard working, running type, but with a more natural hard edge to him.

    Menzel I think we might see take over from either Cameron or Douglas, or a bit of both, with Cameron becoming more of a wing/midfielder, Douglas either claiming back a mid spot or losing it all together.
     
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    Why do our senior players get 11 weeks leave? Plus a short break at Christmas I assume.
     
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    Teams who get past the first week of finals have a slightly longer break.

    Yes, they also get a break at Christmas.

     
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    Greenwood has been altitude training in New Mexico with CEY over the last 2-3 weeks. Hopefully it helps them both.
     
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    Wigg, Knight, Milera and Hampton will also feature.
     
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    I'm liking what I'm hearing about CEY's attitude, he knocked back getting traded and finding a club where he would be guaranteed best 22 each week because he wanted to fight for his place in the Adelaide 22. He took his game to a new level in the 2015 pre-season when he shadowed Kerridge, this year he is altitude training at his own expense, he could be a great addition to our midfield, he has the attributes to be exactly the player we need.
     
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    Really? Wow that's a great attitude. I've always liked him. Hopefully Thommo takes a back seat and gives CEY an opportunity to play as a full time mid.
     
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    makes 40+ hours a week with two weeks holiday look like a joke.
     
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    During the season they pretty much work 7days a week though, they don't get weekends off and when they have days off they need to spend a fair chunk of them on recovery.
     
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    Unfortunately that will not change much this year, More to do with safety as they are pulling down the stadium.
    Club will have to hire more security to run open sessions for the public.
     
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    Hopefully Thommo & VB in their new roles are mentoring CEY.
     
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    The big question is who joins the 1-4 year players on Monday voluntary of course. ie Tex, Sloane, For moral and leadership and Brad Crouch ( if his 1st year is counted), Menzel, CEY, for the extra bit of fitness.
     
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    I don't mean this in a snobby type of way, but no real need to keep an eye on Knight. That kid is a jet. Will be itching to be back in the team and should rip roaring to go come round 1 barring injuries. Is very highly rated internally, and really should have been in the side late last year.

    Milera will continue to track along nicely and building an AFL ready physique. We saw what he was capable of last year at the top level, should build on that.

    Menzel, Greenwood Doedee are the big ones for me. Meznel has the talent but strikes me as the type that would get bored easily. Can we keep him in the right mindset and have him ready to go in round 1? Will be watching how Greenwood and Doedee continue to progress, Greenwood a huge smokey obviously as most know. My friends will scoff at me suggesting him as one to watch, but I reckon he could very well feature this year. Thommo's spot should be up for grabs and Lyons is gone with probably only CEY looking likely at this stage.

    The news of CEY altitude training is good to hear. Id love to see us start round 1 with Menzel/Milera in for Douglas and Knight in Mackay. I'd equally like to see CEY in for Thommo for now. Been crying out for that dynamic mid for so long and CEY provides us with something different and probably deserves first opportunity.

    Not as confident in Hampton tbh, not sure he has what it takes. Wigg is going to have to do something special because there are a lot ahead of him.
     
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    40+ hours per week with two weeks holiday is absolutely a joke, even without comparing it to the generous (but fair imo) break these professional footballers get.