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2019 Player Movements and News Thread

Discussion in 'WAFL Board' started by Ljp86, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. Ljp86

    Ljp86 West Coast Eagles - 2018 AFL Premiers!!

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    Season 2018 finished a couple of weeks ago but there's been a fair bit of news about regarding the upcoming season for a number of clubs. With player movements and other news ramping up plus with Best and Fairest awards all run and won, this thread will be the place to be for all your WAFL news during the off-season and coming pre-season as we get ready for season 2019.

    - West Perth ruckman Chris Keunen has retired with the 35 year old calling it a day after 206 matches with the Falcons. Fellow teammates Andrew Strijk and Jay van Berlo have not yet made a decision on their intentions for next year.
    - Perth are interested in having former Fremantle defender Michael Johnson back at the club for season 2019. Johnson played his junior football with the Demons and appeared in 41 senior games with the Dees before being drafted by Fremantle in the 2004 rookie draft. It's believed the Demons will offer Johnson a coaching role at the club if he does not play for them in 2019. Perth are also expected to gain the services of former West Coast Eagles' player Simon Tunbridge who took a year off from the game in 2018.
    - Jarrad Schofield has left Subiaco after six seasons in charge, taking up a coaching position with Port Adelaide in the AFL. Colts' coach Beau Wardman is the frontrunner to take the vacant League coaching position at the Lions.
    - West Perth has sacked coach Bill Monaghan after coaching the club for 10 seasons. Monaghan was told four days after the Grand Final loss to Subiaco that his contract would not be renewed for 2019 and is set to be replaced by Geoff Valentine who accepted the vacant coaching job at East Fremantle last month only to backtrack on the appointment the next morning. Valentine appears to be the only candidate for the job with a senior assistant at another club allegedly being told not to bother applying for the post.
    - The WAFL is also set to have a tenth club with West Coast Eagles to enter their own team into the competition from next season, completing their split from East Perth. The entry of the Eagles into the WAFL is set to be confirmed in the coming weeks with a coaching announcement to also follow. Former Brisbane player Marco Paparone has been suggested as potential leader for the team and could also be selected as a rookie by the Eagles for 2019.
    - Luke Toia has been sounded out as a potential coach for East Perth following the Royals' split from their AFL alignment with West Coast Eagles. Current coach Luke Webster will not be in the role with the Eagles and Royals no longer aligned.
    - Scott Ballem has quit the new West Perth board with tensions ongoing as part of Bill Monaghan's controversial sacking from the West Perth coaching position. Ballem is the former president of the club but was sacked and the board dissolved during half time of the Falcons' first semi final win over Claremont with administrator KordaMentha acting on behalf of the WAFC. Ballem and football director Peter Cutler (who played a role in the dismissal of Monaghan as coach) were retained on the board with WAFC approval as part of their $250,000 rescue package for the Falcons.
    - East Fremantle have signed former West Perth coach Bill Monaghan as their coach for the next three seasons, tying him to the club until the end of 2021. Former player Brad Dodd has joined the Sharks as their football manager after spending the last two seasons coaching at Peel Thunder. The Sharks also look set to lose Jon Marsh to Victoria and also 2017 Lynn Medal winner Jayden Schofield.
    - South Fremantle have lost Ryan Cook, Ashton Hams and Shane Hockey to retirement. Hams announced his retirement before the end of the season while Cook and Hockey announced their intentions to retire at the Hughes Medal on Friday Night.
    - Cody Ninyette will have a delayed start to pre-season at Perth after tearing the meniscus in his knee playing social basketball, an injury which required surgery. It's believed he will be able to commence training after Christmas. Ninyette won the Demons' leading goalkicker award, tying with Kristian Cary on 26 goals and remains a slight chance to be picked up in the coming AFL drafts.


    Best and Fairest Winners

    Claremont - EB Cook Medal - Jye Bolton
    East Fremantle - Lynn Medal - George Hampson
    East Perth - FD Book Medal - Matthew Allen, Patrick McGinnity & Luke Partington
    Peel Thunder - Tuckey Medal - Ben Howlett & Danyle Pearce
    Perth - Butcher Medal - Brant Colledge
    South Fremantle - WJ Hughes Medal - Marlion Pickett
    Subiaco - Outridge Medal - Kyal Horsley
    Swan Districts - Swan Medal - Tony Notte
    West Perth - Breckler Medal - Aaron Black
     
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  2. Ljp86

    Ljp86 West Coast Eagles - 2018 AFL Premiers!!

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    Major List Changes 2018


    Claremont

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    Out: Beau Maister (retired)


    East Fremantle

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    South Fremantle

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    Swan Districts

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    Out: Todd Banfield (retired), Kirk Ugle (retired)


    West Perth

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    Out: Chris Keunen (retired)
     
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  3. Miguel Sanchez

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    Seems as good a place as any to talk about the Eagles' reserves side. Anyone heard anything on the criteria for the top-up players?

    Each team will play each other twice over 21 rounds and the Eagles will play all games at their opponents' home ground next season, meaning 10 home games for the nine existing clubs. Seems a bit of a shame to do away with a third derby, but I don't know if that could've been squeezed in without compromising the fixture.

    In other news Jeremy Barnard has been appointed coach at East Perth, Beau Wardman moves from Subi's colts to the seniors job and Geoff Valentine unsurprisingly takes Monaghan's job at West Perth. The only seat left is head coach of the Eagles' reserves, I assume either Luke Webster will stay in the role or someone else from the AFL coaching staff will fill it.
     
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    Todd Banfield has retired Ljp86
     
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    Measures would be taken to ensure the Eagles reserves side would be competitive in the state league, while not being unfairly dominant.

    Bit vague
     
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    andana Norm Smith Medallist

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    I found this but no details about the perimeters.

    We will now begin to build our list, including top-up players, within the perimeters agreed upon, so that we are ready to compete in 2019."
     
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    My guess for the top ups would be retired players in west coasts current staff(Petrie), next gen academy lads, father/sons, mature age country blokes playing in country leagues
     
  8. Ljp86

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    - East Perth has appointed former player Jeremy Barnard as coach for the next three seasons. Barnard played in East Perth's three premierships in 2000, 2001 and 2002 as captain and has spent the past 11 seasons in Melbourne as a player and coach. Barnard spent time as a coach at Sandringham and Williamstown in the VFL before going onto coach the Sandringham Dragons to the 2016 premiership in the TAC Cup.
    - The WAFL will expand to 10 teams in 2019 with West Coast Eagles being granted a license to enter the WAFL from next season with their alignment split from East Perth becoming official on Wednesday night. The Eagles will need to contribute an extra $330,000 per season for the privilege, putting the total club to the club of having a team in the WAFL at around $800,000 per season with a one-off license fee next season of $90,000 to be split between the remaining nine clubs. The $800,000 per season includes the existing contribution of $467,000 per season, $45,000 shared between the other nine clubs, $230,000 to East Perth to reinstate funding equal to other non-partner clubs and $54,000 associated with competition costs for extra fixturing (umpires, statistics, match-day staff etc.).
    - Beau Wardman has been appointed Subiaco's new League coach, replacing Jarrad Schofield who will take up a coaching position with Port Adelaide in the AFL. Wardman has coached Subiaco's Colts for the past two seasons and lead them to the premiership in 2018.
    - Michael Farmer will become Subiaco's new Football Manager, replacing Daniel Vidovich who has moved onto a new job opportunity outside of the football industry.
    - The West Coast Eagles may use retired players as top-up players with the Eagles set to have their own side in the WAFL from 2019. CEO Trevor Nisbett suggested former player Drew Petrie could be used to help out with the side when required next season. It's also believed that former Brisbane Lions' player Marco Paparone could take a up a leadership position with the WAFL side and could also be drafted as a rookie by the Eagles for next season.
    - West Perth have signed Geoff Valentine as League coach for 2019. Valentine had been interested in the East Fremantle coaching position and was alleged by the Sharks to have accepted the post only to pull out of the deal the next morning. Valentine recently said in a radio interview that he was offered the position at East Fremantle but wouldn't accept the role until he had been through the club. Valentine also went onto say he had been interviewed for the West Perth coaching position the day before the Falcons' semi final win against Claremont but did not confirm his interest in the role until after the completion of the season and after Monaghan had left the club.
    - West Perth have announced several signings, including those of Michael Lourey, Aaron Black and Tyler Keitel.
    - Swan Districts have lost two players to retirement with Todd Banfield and Kirk Ugle deciding to hang up the boots.
     
  9. Ljp86

    Ljp86 West Coast Eagles - 2018 AFL Premiers!!

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    Nothing yet although I imagine most of their players will come from the amateur and country leagues with the club maybe allowed to recruit a few senior marquee players (from other WAFL clubs or maybe some recently retired players) in order for them to have some senior players in the side. I'd imagine they'd have a list of 15-20 players they'll be allowed to call upon from, maybe a few more if required.

    18 games per season is in line with the other state leagues who play the same amount of games. Would be too much of a compromise to the fixture to play extra games to accommodate derbies and rivalries.

    Thanks, Noobz0r. :thumbsu:
     
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    I very much doubt the Eagles Reserves will be dominant, simply because the composition of the team running onto the field, will be compromised.

    Even with a good run with injuries, they will be using “fill in” players.
     
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    Just take a look at the SANFL AFL stand Ali e sides...both ended up towards the bottom this year....can't see WCE reserves doing any better....though money talks I guess
     

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