Game Day 2021 AFL Draft & AFL Rookie Draft

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DragoDelph

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Can’t see 2022 being Hamling’s last year. Every year people say one or two of our players will retire due to injuries. It never actually happens until the club delists them.

Also could see 2022 being Colyer’s last year. If he plays anything like this year though, it won’t be.
Huh.. thought he got 2 years.
I’m hopeful Hamling comes good and plays a few more years, even as depth. Just not as confident as I was with Pearce, or am with Sturt and Fyfe.
 

Docker82

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Must say I wanted Benning to get through to Cat B. I also wanted us to trade up our fourth rounders hoping that Hough or Warner would be available. In the end neither would’ve been available at the pick we could’ve got.

People may have got the message but I didn’t rate Williams at all. Not tall enough as a forward/ruck and not athletic enough to make up for it. Predicted he’d go the rookie draft yesterday and was almost right.

Having given our rookie pick some more thought there’s no obvious natural fit for Freo that won’t still be there to train with us for the SPP period. I reckon we’ll pass.
 

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dominguez

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Guys like Acres, Wilson, Blakely, Brodie and possibly Tucker will see serious minutes at Peel next year. One would expect either Treacy or Amiss to play at Peel throughout the year as a target.

No reason why Peel can't take home the flag with our depth and competition for spots.

If Clark is going to play HB I can't see how Wilson gets a game next year? He'll need 2 or 3 injuries to break into the 22.
 

Piggy Smalls

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Guys like Acres, Wilson, Blakely, Brodie and possibly Tucker will see serious minutes at Peel next year. One would expect either Treacy or Amiss to play at Peel throughout the year as a target.

No reason why Peel can't take home the flag with our depth and competition for spots.
Brodie is unique and will get as many AFL midfield minutes as the other guys if he’s up to it.
We need that big body with elite vision and hands and Brodie is that guy for us.
 

Lach72

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This may be an unpopular opinion on the Freo BF but West Coast did very well yesterday... still find it bizarre they overlooked Johnson though.

Not sure I'd give Richmond A+ tbh
If they'd picked Johnson instead of Chesser, you could argue they'd adressed most needs.
With Shepherd looking like he's retiring and Redden injured they would've covered mids and intercepting backs.
Clark is ok, but he's not going to be a world beater.

As it is, they have Redden, Yeo and Shuey who are 28 plus, Kelly at 27 and Sheed at 26...There's not a lot inside mid depth.
However, they could adress that in one draft next time I guess...
Couple more significant injuries and they could be looking at a top 6 pick
 

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Superkoops

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What is wrong with Chesser. Has speed and in area of need. Maybe they reached a little only time will tell but WC got themselves a F2 and pulled the trigger at 14 as there was some interest late 1st round.

As for their other picks Hough went around his range and we obviously preferred Benning to Williams. Bell said yesterday Benning has grown to 198cm and with his Athletic traits he is a ruck that can forward a bit.

The Eagles pick I did like was Bazzo. His range was very spread but he is a very good selection and the typeof player we could have selected if we traded 21 for two 2nd rounders. That Ablett commentator saying Bazzo was in his top 10 2-3 years ago, had about 25 players in his top 10 and these comments have Eagle supporters gloating about their greatest draft period in their history.

Every club did well post draft.

For me watching Erasmus play a PSA game had me wanting him right after Callaghan. So I’m happy.

As for the Rookie Draft and like the mid-season draft if the small number of players we’re interested in are gone then we’ll likely pass on a pickto be flexible for SSP.
 

Frigate

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Today, I woke up with a fully charged phone (not gonna make the same mistake twice) and hopped om my couch with a good feeling in my gut. Did they trade pick 21? Did they pick up Johnson? Did they try to outsmart the rest of the comp and take a random "bolter"?

The thought of getting a cup of coffee quickly fleeted and I switched on my phone. AFL app opened and I see the headline "WA slider a Docker after a nervous wait"... I looked into the distance, quiet, calm, and composed on the outside. On the inside...


I clicked on the draft recap and saw that Belly and Co did the right thing. The smart move. The safe choice. A let out a sigh of relief.


Naturally, I went and made a cup of french roast coffee and proceeded to devour any and all videos of our new draftees.


After an hour of feasting, I sat back, filled to the brim with satisfaction on an amazing draft haul. Two forwards and two mids. All top WA talent.


Will all of the new draftees work out? History says probably not. But drafting is a crystal ball business and all you can do is take the best player available and hope luck and fortune are on your side. I've said it before and I'll say it again, we're building something special and everyone knows it. We're trying to build a winning culture before we have on field success, which is incredibly difficult to do. But, you do it by drafting quality players who want to be at the club. You do it by coming out and saying publicly we're going to win premierships in the next 4 years. You do it by setting the bar high and raising expectations. Did you listen to what these new draftees are saying? What Serong is saying? What Brayshaw is saying? Everyone is buying in.

Freo is building.

Are you ready?

It's gonna be a fun ride. ;)



Mods, if I put this post in the wrong thread, you can move it. I wasn't sure if it belonged in the Positivity Thread.. :tongueclosed::tongueclosed::tongueclosed:
Love it! Entertaining read - thanks! :)

I am onboard - lets go!
 

Walkingwounded

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The club, apparently has an eye on someone in the rookie draft.

I’m thinking we missed out on a small goal sneak, with Motlop not making it through.

I hear arguments of wait and have train on lists, but these are really for local talent.

If the goal sneak is a Victorian ( come of Wallsy, we know you have one hidden) then it makes sense to grab them in the rookie draft not the SPP.


The two players that jump out at me and say rookie.

Fejo
Harbour

With Harbour probably with a blond mullet in front!
 
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Big Animal

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The club, apparently has an eye on someone in the rookie draft.

I’m thinking we missed out on a small goal sneak, with Motlop not making it through.

I hear arguments of wait and have train on lists, but these are really for local talent.

If the goal sneak is a Victorian ( come of Wallsy, we know you have one hidden) then it makes sense to grab them in the rookie draft not the SPP.


The two players that jump out at me and say rookie.

Fejo
Harbour

With Harbour probably with a blond mullet in front!
I agree. I think we will rookie someone for that goalsneak/smaller forward type role, the only area we didn't add cover for this period (considering behind the centre square is generally well covered for). Maybe this years' Treacy who is hidden in some backwater that noone else has noticed. Make me happy Walls.
 

Taylor

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There was talk of a Stephen Hill clone from the country potentially making it to the AFL.
 

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