2019 Non-Crows AFL Chat #3 - the off-season

Apsaalooke

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Jack Trengove number 2 draft pick to ammos.


That's gotta hurt the ego.
He's a realist. Don't think he's got an ego.

Like he said, SANFL is not much behind the time commitment of AFL without the financial rewards, so you have to get a day job as well.
If you're lucky enough to pull a good paying real job with long term security it's a no brainer really. Why knock yourself out when you can earn as much in the ammos anyway + play with your mates.
 

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SaltPeter

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There you go...I always thought he was a Richmond discard. Thanks.
There were quite a few stars of the SANFL who to the VFL, like Davies. Most went over when they were too old. Russell Ebert, Craig Weston, Robert Klomp were just a few. Shortly after this period the VFL started chasing the younger players like Bradley, Kernahan and Motley
 
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I remember playing footy in primary school when I was 10 or 11 - We played this school once where we smashed them by over 30 goals - I don't remember the exact score but they scored 1 behind and we kicked atleast 30 goals. Obviously at the time, I thought it was great winning by that much

Later on in the season when we were scheduled to play them again, we didn't have a game because they had forfeited (and they pretty much did the same for the last 5 or 6 games of the season) I think the kids just stopped playing because they didn't want to get belted all the time

I remember thinking after missing out on playing that second game that we shouldn't have beaten them by so much if it meant we missed out on playing a game later in the season
Natural selection at work!
 

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1970crow

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Nah that doesn't ring a bell. Never lived there, its always been a holiday destination.
you’re probably a bit younger than I. Pinball parlour was near the end of the main st on the left on the way back to Maitland. A couple of my oldest memories, My Sharona playing and this cheap ass pinball machine that you only needed 5,000 points to get a free game. It was no Adams Family.
 

Apsaalooke

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Didn't he come here from the VFL? Richmond? Never saw him play but my old man said he was in the top bunch of players he saw play in the SANFL. A genuine match winner.
No he was a local. I seem to recall he may have from Maitland but I couldn't find out for sure. This is a Wiki excerpt which encapsulates his career at Sturt

Rick Davies' senior career began with Sturt in 1970 at age 18. He went on to be named as Sturt’s best and fairest player in a record seven of the eight seasons he played for the Double Blues. One of Davies' most noteworthy performances was his dominant display in the 1976 Grand Final victory against Port Adelaide. Davies was judged best on ground on the day when the all-time SANFL record attendance was set when 66,897 fans crammed into Football Park.
In 1981 Davies joined Hawthorn in the VFL. Changes to rules for rucking contests disadvantaged shorter ruckman,[citation needed] and Davies mostly played in the forward pocket, kicking 37 goals. He returned to Sturt in 1982 and was their leading goal kicker for the next three seasons.
In 1983 Davies kicked an SANFL record 151 goals for the season (later beaten in 1990 by Scott Hodges of Port Adelaide who kicked 153), which included 11 goals in a 114-point win over Port Adelaide at the Unley Oval, and a club record 15 against West Adelaide in round eight at Football Park (this would be only one goal shy of Football Park’s all-time record of 16 goals in a match by Woodville’s John Roberts in 1976)


He won the 76 flag off his own boot against a rampant Port Adelaide that had barely lost a match that year.
At his peak, he and Ken Whelan used to take Modra/Burton like hangers about half a dozen times a match. One of the best players I've ever seen.
 

Mike Smyth

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21 kicks, 21 handballs, 15 marks, 21 hitouts. Try telling Rick Davies he needs to attend a Collective Minds camp.



Two years later, the SANFL Grand Final saw a Sturt side which, in the public imagination at least, occupied the role of 'David' fronting up to Port Adelaide's 'Goliath' in front of an all time record crowd officially given as 66,897, but almost certainly at least 10,000 more. It proved to be one of the most memorable afternoons in South Australian football, with Davies' deceptively casual 21-kick, 21-handball, 15-mark, 21-hitout performance the most eye-catchingly significant feature of the Double Blues' eventual 41-point win. "From the beginning of 1974 to the end of 1976 he (Davies) controlled every match he played in", recalled teammate Phil "Sandy" Nelson years later. "For those 60 or 70 games he had football by the short and curlies. Very few people could do that. Rick did it."
 

1970crow

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21 kicks, 21 handballs, 15 marks, 21 hitouts. Try telling Rick Davies he needs to attend a Collective Minds camp.



Two years later, the SANFL Grand Final saw a Sturt side which, in the public imagination at least, occupied the role of 'David' fronting up to Port Adelaide's 'Goliath' in front of an all time record crowd officially given as 66,897, but almost certainly at least 10,000 more. It proved to be one of the most memorable afternoons in South Australian football, with Davies' deceptively casual 21-kick, 21-handball, 15-mark, 21-hitout performance the most eye-catchingly significant feature of the Double Blues' eventual 41-point win. "From the beginning of 1974 to the end of 1976 he (Davies) controlled every match he played in", recalled teammate Phil "Sandy" Nelson years later. "For those 60 or 70 games he had football by the short and curlies. Very few people could do that. Rick did it."
insane numbers. I got into him one afternoon at the polo over his errant elbows in an old scholars intercol. He was still highly competitive, even in what was largely a friendly. I was probably lucky he didn’t knock my block off at the polo.
 

Apsaalooke

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21 kicks, 21 handballs, 15 marks, 21 hitouts. Try telling Rick Davies he needs to attend a Collective Minds camp.



Two years later, the SANFL Grand Final saw a Sturt side which, in the public imagination at least, occupied the role of 'David' fronting up to Port Adelaide's 'Goliath' in front of an all time record crowd officially given as 66,897, but almost certainly at least 10,000 more. It proved to be one of the most memorable afternoons in South Australian football, with Davies' deceptively casual 21-kick, 21-handball, 15-mark, 21-hitout performance the most eye-catchingly significant feature of the Double Blues' eventual 41-point win. "From the beginning of 1974 to the end of 1976 he (Davies) controlled every match he played in", recalled teammate Phil "Sandy" Nelson years later. "For those 60 or 70 games he had football by the short and curlies. Very few people could do that. Rick did it."
I was there in 76 and at one stage the announcer asked the crowd to stand up and take a step to their left so they could fit more people in! Couldn't quite work out the maths on that one.
The crowd spilled out onto the ground inside the boundary line all around the oval. Saw an old video on You Tube of spectators hanging off the time clock!
 

Interceptor

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There were quite a few stars of the SANFL who to the VFL, like Davies. Most went over when they were too old. Russell Ebert, Craig Weston, Robert Klomp were just a few. Shortly after this period the VFL started chasing the younger players like Bradley, Kernahan and Motley
Even then those younger guys each played around 100 SANFL matches before heading over, so by then they were primed for the VFL comp.
Of the older guys I think Weston timed his run the best, playing in a flag with Essendon.
 

brucetiki

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Wasn’t that already news or was that something else he was up for?
It was a pretty strong rumour since the time he was 'dropped' from Norwood's side late last year. Now we know why he was 'dropped'.

There was also a separate incident when he was at Williston (in between his time at Centrals and Norwood), resulting in Williston's major sponsor saying either he goes or they go. Norwood picked him up following that incident.

Had the talent to make it to the AFL (he walked from Gold Coast after one season), but wasted it.
 

Red mist

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He's a realist. Don't think he's got an ego.

Like he said, SANFL is not much behind the time commitment of AFL without the financial rewards, so you have to get a day job as well.
If you're lucky enough to pull a good paying real job with long term security it's a no brainer really. Why knock yourself out when you can earn as much in the ammos anyway + play with your mates.
Totally deserved to go number 2. Totally deserved to be captain at an early age of that group. Totally worked too hard with his training and hit the pavement extra. Totally buggered his foot. Totally went through everything to get back again. Totally did and gave his all. Totally wouldnt gaf if he went back to play with his mates over playing SANFL. Ego lol.
 

Mike Smyth

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Totally deserved to go number 2. Totally deserved to be captain at an early age of that group. Totally worked too hard with his training and hit the pavement extra. Totally buggered his foot. Totally went through everything to get back again. Totally did and gave his all. Totally wouldnt gaf if he went back to play with his mates over playing SANFL. Ego lol.
one too may "totally" for my liking but good post.
 

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