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Jake Long and Josh Eyre both getting around for Collingwood’s VFL team.

Will be interesting watching, Long has been pretty prolific in the NT recently, but obviously it’s a different standard
 
Jake Long and Josh Eyre both getting around for Collingwood’s VFL team.

Will be interesting watching, Long has been pretty prolific in the NT recently, but obviously it’s a different standard
Long is VFL standard. Eyre will be interesting, wonder if he plays forward or back
 

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Big names headline a big VFL season.
The Victorian Football League starts this Friday with a blockbuster match between Carlton and Geelong at IKON Park.
The AFL’s second-tier competition will feature plenty of talent across the clubs. Here’s how they will shape up.

Box Hill Hawks​

Box Hill Hawks’ new VFL coach Zane Littlejohn won a premiership with North Launceston. Picture: Graham Denholm/AFL Photos/Getty Images

Box Hill Hawks’ new VFL coach Zane Littlejohn won a premiership with North Launceston. Picture: Graham Denholm/AFL Photos/Getty Images
Coach: Zane Littlejohn
Last year: 11-7
State of play: The Hawks’ build-up to Round 1 took a fierce blow when their popular little man Ben Cavarra suffered an ACL injury. Their other Ben, recruit Ben De Bolfo, had sustained the same injury months earlier. After finishing up with the Western Bulldogs and joining the Hawks, Cavarra was captain of the VFL team of the year in 2022, reward for kicking 41 goals. The injuries took some of the sparkle out of a pre-season that included the recruitment of AFL pair Callum Brown and Patrick Naish and Joel Trudgeon from Carlton VFL. Tristen Waack (Morwell) and Ethan Stanley (Frankston YCW) are less experienced but came to notice. And there will be interest around Liam Serong, from Gippsland Power and the brother of Caleb and Jai. The Hawks have a first-year coach in North Launceston premiership coach Zane Littlejohn, who arrived at the City Oval after six years with the Brisbane Lions. He knows a bit about success and so does Box Hill: since 2000, it has missed the finals only four times, finishing in the top-four on 10 occasions, playing in six grand finals and winning three premierships.

Brisbane​

Darryl McDowell-White joined the Lions as a category B rookie. Picture: Russell Freeman/AFL Photos

Darryl McDowell-White joined the Lions as a category B rookie. Picture: Russell Freeman/AFL Photos
Coach: Ben Hudson
Last year: 14-4
State of play: Preliminary finalists last season, the Lions rounded out their preparation for 2023 with a six-goal victory over a Southport side about four players short of its best line-up. The word out of the Sharks camp was that they were “very impressive’’. Ben Hudson is Brisbane’s new coach and he has a keen appreciation of the VFL: He was drafted from Werribee (and went on to 168 AFL games). The Lions have three standout inclusions for the new season in Kyle Dunkley, Lockie Rayner and Zack Derksen. Dunkley has followed his brother Josh to Brisbane and Rayner has done the same with his brother, Cameron. Kyle Dunkley had a brief taste of the AFL with Melbourne and will slip into a strong midfield. Lockie Rayner, a ruckman/forward, spent time with Essendon VFL last year. Derksen, a forward, is a goalkicker recruited from Wilston Grange. Tahj Abberley, Harry Arnold, Wylie Buzza, Wilson Barry, Riley Greene, Bruce Reville and Jackson Hille have returned, and father-son prospect Levi Ashcroft has been placed on the development list.

Carlton​

Blues captain [PLAYERCARD]Ben Crocker[/PLAYERCARD]. Picture: Morgan Hancock/AFL Photos via Getty Images

Blues captain Ben Crocker. Picture: Morgan Hancock/AFL Photos via Getty Images
Coach: Luke Power
Last year: 11-7
State of play: Like most other clubs, the Blues have had a change of coach since last season, installing former Brisbane champion Luke Power to replace Dan O’Keefe. The Blues’ “twos’’ had a strong 2022, knocking over Collingwood in the elimination finals and pushing Brisbane all the way in the semis. They’ll be captained this year by Ben Crocker, who kicked 38 goals last season to back up his best-and-fairest 2021. Lachlan Swaney and Zavier Maher will be co-vice captains of a squad strengthened by former Swan Ben Ronke and ex-Magpie Liam McMahon. Ronke should be one of the recruits of the season given he played 44 senior games with Sydney, famously kicking a bag of seven goals against Hawthorn in 2018. Ethan Bentley, coming off a best and fairest at Western region club Spotswood, and 2022 Vic Metro player Jed Brereton, from the Bendigo Pioneers, are other signings for the Blues.

Casey Demons​

The Casey Demons won last year’s premiership. Picture: Felicity Elliott/AFL Photos via Getty Images

The Casey Demons won last year’s premiership. Picture: Felicity Elliott/AFL Photos via Getty Images
Coach: Taylor Whitford
Last year: 17-1 (premier)
State of play: Under Mark Corrigan, the Demons emerged as a near-unbeatable force last year, setting the seal on a dominant season by seeing off Southport in the grand final at Carlton. Their only blemish came with a narrow Round 22 loss to Brisbane. They responded with finals wins over Sydney, Brisbane and the Sharks to give the club formerly known as Springvale its first premiership since 1999. Corrigan has moved on to coach Geelong. But most of the Casey players have stayed around, including exceptional leaders Mitch White and Jimmy “Moose’’ Munro. Taylor Whitford, a former leading Tasmanian state-league player, was an assistant to Corrigan last year and succeeded him as coach. Recruits include former Port Adelaide rookie Trent Burgoyne, young Berwick big man Charlie Muley, South Croydon forward Tom Sheridan, and Under 18 graduates Ned Moodie, Paddy Cross, Rhys Galvin and Emile Finn-Brennan. Strongly aligned with Melbourne, Casey appeals as the side to set the standard again.

Coburg​

A tough year awaits the Burgers, who have lost plenty of personnel. Ryan Exon will lead the charge. Picture: Morgan Hancock/AFL Photos/via Getty Images

A tough year awaits the Burgers, who have lost plenty of personnel. Ryan Exon will lead the charge. Picture: Morgan Hancock/AFL Photos/via Getty Images
Coach: Jamie Cassidy-McNamara
Last year: 4-14
State of play: There’s little doubt a tough year awaits the Burgers, who bounced around the lower rungs last year and have since lost leading players Charlie Thompson, Peter McEvoy, Jack Maibaum, Corey Ellis, Jacob Ballard, Sam Lowson, Tom Silvestro and Luke Bunker. The newcomers are either hopefuls from local football or youngsters out of the Under 18s; hopefully they can emerge quickly and help the Lions to a level of competitiveness under rookie coach Jamie Cassidy-McNamara, who spent six years on Collingwood’s AFL coaching staff. Look for Round 1 VFL debuts for Hugo McGlashan and Sam Mason (both of whom played under Cassidy-McNamara at Old Trinity in the VAFA last year) and big Will Bella from Queensland, and club debuts for Liam Podhajski, Max Kennedy, Charlie Beasley and Kyle Weightman (the son of former Richmond champion Dale).

Collingwood​

Collingwood’s Campbell Hustwaite. Picture: Morgan Hancock/AFL Photos via Getty Images

Collingwood’s Campbell Hustwaite. Picture: Morgan Hancock/AFL Photos via Getty Images
Coach: Josh Fraser
Last year: 11-7
State of play: The Pies have a new coach in club 200-gamer Josh Fraser, but there are some familiar names on the list: Lachie Tardrew, Campbell Hustwaite, Sam Glover, Campbell Lane and Kaden Schreiber. They’ve been joined by a bunch of recruits headed by Northern Bullants great Tom Wilson. In one of the off-season’s biggest transfer moves, five-time best and fairest Wilson decided to leave the Ants and join Collingwood, turning down a player/assistant coaching role at Frankston. In doing so he reunited with Fraser, who coached the Ants for six years. The Pies have also brought in Under 18 graduates Harry Flynn, Yu Ashwin, Riley Voulanas, Rye Penny and Jedd Longmire (the nephew of John), as well the more experienced Jake Long (the former AFL Bomber), Ben Silvagni (Northern Bullants) and Ed Delaney (a 200cm former Carlton VFL-lister). Finalists last year under Craig Black, they should be around the same mark this year under Fraser.

Essendon​

20-year-old Billy Cootee will captain the Bombers. Picture: Morgan Hancock/AFL Photos via Getty Images

20-year-old Billy Cootee will captain the Bombers. Picture: Morgan Hancock/AFL Photos via Getty Images
Coach: Leigh Tudor
Last year: 8-10
State of play: The experienced Leigh Tudor, a VFL premiership coach at Geelong, has charge of the Bombers again and their recruiting and retention suggests they’re in for a worthy season. Hard-running ex-Magpie and Hawk Tom Phillips and former Cat Quinton Narkle will be dominating players and a lot can also be expected from ex-Western Bulldogs dasher Brad Lynch, who is coming off a stint at Broadbeach. Then there’s young WA defender Jack Cleaver, who trained with the Essendon AFL squad during the supplemental selection period, and Tom Wallis, a Bombers AFL rookie in 2016. Toby Murray, the 199cm brother of Sam and Nick, is also new, as are Harry Minton-Connell, the son of former AFL forward Simon, and Strathfieldsaye’s Jake Moorhead, a 24-year-old onballer who won the best and fairest in the Bendigo league last year. His teammate Callum McCarty, who finished third in the count, is also a VFL Don. Young Billy Cootee will captain the team, with Sam Conforti and Brad Bernacki vice-captains.

Footscray Bulldogs​

[PLAYERCARD]Josh Bruce[/PLAYERCARD] played some VFL for the Bulldogs last season. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

Josh Bruce played some VFL for the Bulldogs last season. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images
Coach: Stewart Edge
Last year: 9-9
State of play: Two former Magpies are the key recruits for what is a green Bulldogs’ VFL list. Caleb Poulter was with Collingwood in 2021-22. Jay Rantall was there in 2020-21 and figured in Norwood’s SANFL flag last year. The Bulldogs have also secured Sam Willoughby and Riley Smith, both premierships players in 2022 with Echuca, Tristan Maple from the Greater Western Victoria Rebels and Cameron Kizan from the Western Jets. Lachie Sullivan, who won the best and fairest by the length of Geelong Road last year, has returned as captain, and fellow team leaders Joel Garner and Ewan Macpherson are back too. Disappointingly for the Dogs, they lost top tall Bailey Van De Heuvel to Geelong VFL. Footscray finished last season strongly to make a late lunge for the top eight, and also managed to get some games into its young VFL-listed players. One of them, Cooper Craig-Peters, a small forward who can slip into the midfield, might be one to build up to a breakthrough season.

Frankston​

Austin Bradtke has developed well at Frankston. Picture: Graham Denholm/AFL Photos/Getty Images

Austin Bradtke has developed well at Frankston. Picture: Graham Denholm/AFL Photos/Getty Images
Coach: Danny Ryan
Last year: 6-12
State of play: The loss of captain Josh Newman, Taylor Dumin, Josh Begley, Sam Fletcher, Tom Murphy, draftees Liam Reidy and Brodie McLaughlin means the Dolphins might have to take a step back before they can take a stride forward. They certainly had a dash at recruiting an ex-AFL player or two to replace Newman and co – they were most confident of landing former Bomber Dylan Clarke – but in the end most of their recruits came from the Under 18s. Of those, Mitch Szybkowski (Dandenong Stingrays), Ben Hempel (Sandringham Dragons), Trent Marotta (Eastern Ranges) Justin Davies (Dandenong Stingrays) and Lachie Reidy (Eastern Ranges) should give a good showing in their first full seasons of senior football. Of the other signings, Seb Quirk (GWS VFL), Riley Stone (Gold Coast VFL) and Matt Johnson (Casey Demons) are in line to debut in Round 2 (the Dolphins have the Round 1 bye) and Nick Minchin (SANFL) and Tom Roberts (Collingwood VFL) bolster the big-man department. Trent Mynott and Will Fordham are co-captains and will lead the midfield, where the Dolphins should hold their own. They may not be as strong in other areas.

Geelong​

New Cats coach Mark Corrigan. Picture: Graham Denholm/AFL Photos/Getty Images

New Cats coach Mark Corrigan. Picture: Graham Denholm/AFL Photos/Getty Images
Coach: Mark Corrigan
Last year: 8-10
State of play: New Cats coach Mark Corrigan knows his way around the club. He spent four seasons playing for Geelong VFL, figuring in the 2012 flag and winning the 2013 best and fairest. And last year he became a premiership coach, guiding the Casey Demons through a supreme year. The Cats have four top-drawer signings for 2023. Bailey Van De Heuvel, from Footscray Bulldogs, has moved into the region and will bring aerial power to the Cats (he took 10 grabs against them last year). Harry Benson is stepping up for the Geelong league after winning a second competition best and fairest in 2022, and Tynan Smith, a willing forward, has transferred from the Northern Bullants. Brayden Ham, a former Geelong Falcon, has also become a VFL Cat after finishing up with Essendon, where he played 45 AFL games. Corrigan also likes the look of youngsters Ryan Eyers, Tyler Norton and Hunter Gottschling – all out of the Murray Bushrangers – and Tanner Lewis from Geelong West.

Gold Coast​

[PLAYERCARD]Jacob Dawson[/PLAYERCARD] of the Sharks in action last season. Picture: Russell Freeman/AFL Photos via Getty Images

Jacob Dawson of the Sharks in action last season. Picture: Russell Freeman/AFL Photos via Getty Images
Coach: Josh Drummond
Last year: 12-6
State of play: The Suns were chuffed to make it through to the last four teams in 2022, finally falling to Southport in a riveting prelim. That was under young first-year coach Jackson Kornberg, who in an off-season shuffle was appointed development coach and replaced by AFL assistant Josh Drummond. The Suns do not run a VFL squad; they are allowed a larger AFL list than other clubs and top up with Academy players. Campbell Lake, Cody Harrington, Joshua Young, Marlin Corbett, Taine Dawson, Jared Eckersley, Nick Williams and Will Derrington are named as the supplementary players for this year. Drummond tells CODE the experience of playing finals can only benefit the club’s up-and-comers. He’s nominating Oscar Faulkhead, Lloyd Johnston and Ned Moyle as young Suns to track this year.

GWS​

Aaron Cadman during a VFL pre-season practice match for the Giants. Picture: Phil Hillyard

Aaron Cadman during a VFL pre-season practice match for the Giants. Picture: Phil Hillyard
Coach: Wayne Cripps
Last year: 8-9-1
State of play: There’s a Dragons flavour to the Giants this year, with 2022 Sandringham NAB League coach Wayne Cripps taking on the coaching and bringing with him midfielder James Creighton and defenders Jakob Anderson and Mitch Ryan. The trio featured in the Sandy Dragons side that took the Dandenong Stingrays to the cleaners in the grand final. Wingman Darcy Edmends (Northern Knights) and midfielder Jaelen Pavlidis (Western Jets) have also made the move from the Victoria. The Giants have also brought in speedster Ronnie Fejo – who 12 months ago trained with Essendon in the hope of landing a February listing – and Barry O’Connor, who had been a Category B international rookie with the Sydney Swans. O’Connor signed a one-year deal with the Giants, who say they will value his experience. In another positive for GWS, Will Shaw will stay with the VFL team after spending two years with the club as a Category B rookie.

North Melbourne​

[PLAYERCARD]Tarryn Thomas[/PLAYERCARD] during a North Melbourne practice match. Picture: Morgan Hancock/Getty Images

Tarryn Thomas during a North Melbourne practice match. Picture: Morgan Hancock/Getty Images
Coach: Tom Lynch
Last year: 4-14
State of play: Down the ladder last season, the Kangaroos are entitled to think they climb it. Although there has been a large turnover of players and they’ve lost some key types – most notably Marty Hore and Harry Jones – their recruiting reads well. It’s headed by former Port Adelaide and St Kilda defender Jarrod Lienert, who has gone to Arden St in a playing and assistant’s role. New coach Tom Lynch will have Lienert at his side and he’ll have his former Adelaide Crows teammate Ben Davis under him. Two-game AFL Hawk Connor Downie and four-game Western Bulldog Louis Butler also come directly from AFL lists, as does former Cat Nick Stevens (whom former Geelong recruiter Troy Selwood described on social media as a “versatile and athletic player, his best footy is ahead of him and has a first-class attitude’’). The bouncy and sometimes brilliant Sam Lowson has made the switch from Coburg, hoping to reignite his career; Jamie Hope (Sandringham Dragons), Alex Noblet (Oakleigh Chargers), Tom O’Sullivan (Calder Cannons) and Matthew Aldous (Eastern Ranges) are fresh out of the Coates Talent League; and Goulburn Valley prospect Ben Bath is stepping up to the state league. Sam Tucker, who slotted five goals on debut for Richmond VFL last year, and Old Scotch forward Tyler Sellers are other new players for the Kangaroos, who will be captained by Jack Watkins.

Northern Bullants​

Bullants captain Liam Mackie. Picture: Morgan Hancock/AFL Photos via Getty Images

Bullants captain Liam Mackie. Picture: Morgan Hancock/AFL Photos via Getty Images
Coach: Brodie Holland
Last year: 1-17
State of play: After bowing out of 2022 with a humiliating defeat at Werribee, and in the following three months shedding some of their leading players, some dark clouds hovered over Cramer St. But things have become far brighter since the appointment of Brodie Holland as senior coach. To assess from their practice match against Williamstown, the Ants will play with a bit of ping from half back and with a lot of spirit around the ground, with the likes of Matt King, Liam Mackie, Jean-Luc Velissaris and Jackson Barling showing the way. There are no big names among the 20-odd new players, but a few prominent local footballers are having a dash at the VFL, including Sam Hayes (Cheltenham), Tyson Young (Airport West), Brandon Ryan (Maribyrnong Park) and Finnbar Maley (Eltham). Liam Mackie’s cousin Patrick Fairlie has joined the Bullants from the SANFL, and Ethan Jackson, Spencer Johnson and Saad El-Hawli have come as a package from Werribee. Will Sexton, on Box Hill Hawks’ books last year, has a lot of ability and should come through as a leading player. Off the ground, the club has put together an impressive board as it enters its third season back as a stand-alone. The Bullants won’t be world-beaters this year. But hopefully other sides will find it hard to beat them.

Port Melbourne​

Matt Hanson in action last season. Picture: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images

Matt Hanson in action last season. Picture: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images
Coach: Adam Skrobalak
Last year: 7-11
State of play: For a while there hardly a day passed without the Borough announcing a recruit for the 2023 season. In the end, football manager Glenn Balmforth signed 19 new players, most notably former Essendon midfielder Dylan Clarke, ex-Sydney Swans ruckman Sam Naismith, former Gold Coast Sun Joel Wilkinson and, last month, ex-Sun, Docker and Demon Harley Bennell. Josh Green, from GWS’s VFL program, was less heralded but the word out of North Port Oval is that he’s a class act. Ditto for Fraser Rosman, who is coming off two years with Melbourne. Tom Hird, crossing from Essendon VFL and the son of James, has also impressed. The calibre of the “ins’’ outweighs the “outs’’, notwithstanding the departures of captain Tom O’Sullivan and best and fairest Eli Templeton. And Port looks equipped to jump into finals reckoning.

Richmond​

Lachlan Street will lead Richmond. Picture: Morgan Hancock/AFL Photos via Getty Images

Lachlan Street will lead Richmond. Picture: Morgan Hancock/AFL Photos via Getty Images
Coach: Steve Morris
Last year: 11-7
State of play: The Tigers finished well in the positive last year but still missed the finals, on percentage. Steve Morris is back as coach and Lachie Street as captain, and sweet-kicking Garrett McDonagh is back at Punt Rd after one season at Essendon. McDonagh, promising defender Mutaz El Nour, who has crossed from the Northern Bullants, and Oakleigh Chargers graduate Luke Teal are the most prominent additions to the Tigers’ list. Teal was frustrated by injuries last year but his talent was noticed and he spent a chunk of the summer training with the AFL Tigers. Forwards Harrison White (Werribee VFL) and James Tresize (who played in a senior premiership with Tooradin-Dalmore last season), ruckman Archie May and midfielder Harry Broderick are other new faces at Tigerland. Broderick, who spent time at the Northern Knights, is the son of former Richmond left-footer Paul.

Sandringham​

[PLAYERCARD]Jack Billings[/PLAYERCARD] kicks for Sandringham. Picture: Kelly Defina/AFL Photos/via Getty Images

Jack Billings kicks for Sandringham. Picture: Kelly Defina/AFL Photos/via Getty Images
Coach: Jake Batchelor
Last year: 8-9-1
State of play: It was a rather uneventful off-season for the Zebras: they lost a few players and they picked up a few up. Goy Lok (Norwood, SANFL) and Sam Dunell (Bonbeach) were the most significant departures, and the Zebras were also disappointed to lose Cody Henness and Mitch Riordan to rival Port Melbourne. Jack McHale also chose to move on, joining Williamstown. In McHale’s case, Sandy got a player coming the other way, signing Seagulls forward Noah Gown. They also locked in two good on-ballers from the Southern league, Cam Dickie (Dingley) and Tyrell Lafitunai (St Kilda City). Jordan Segar, who kicked 26 goals for Old Brighton last year, is another hopeful from local football. Mason Hawkins, a 200cm ruckman from Gippsland, has crossed from Box Hill Hawks and Sandy also picked up slippery Sam Latreille, who grabbed a few eyes last year at the Dandenong Stingrays. There will be interest around Tomoya Owens, the 21-year-old brother of AFL Saint Michito and Frankston forward Kai. He’s put his focus on football after playing high-level basketball. Anthony Seaton remains as skipper, with support from vice-captains Tyson Milne, Darby Hipwell and Jake Lohmann.

Southport​

The Southport Sharks have signed Charlton Offermans for 2023. Picture: Supplied

The Southport Sharks have signed Charlton Offermans for 2023. Picture: Supplied
Coach: Steve Daniel
Last year: 13-5 (grand final)
State of play: The Sharks didn’t win last year’s grand final – they fell to a formidable Casey side – but they did have a memorable season as a stand-alone club. Of the team that played off for the premiership, coach Steve Daniel has farewelled defenders Seb Tate, Ryan Davis and Kwaby Boakye, and forwards Jacob Townsend and Billy Gowers. But the Sharks have a good list of recruits and enough depth to cover their losses. Jackson Edwards, the son of Adelaide great Tyson, Matt Conroy, Jedd Foggo, Matt McGuinness, Charlie Offermans, Ryan Banks-Smith and Lachie Rhook were early signings, and Zach Molloy, Jack Sexton, Matt Shannon and Jake McQueen went on to the books more recently. Shannon is a former VFL captain of Carlton; he brings talent and leadership. Sexton had a run with Richmond VFL last year and midfielder McQueen – who had VFL stints at North Ballarat and Essendon – played under Daryn Cresswell at Wangaratta Rovers. Creswell apparently thinks the world of him. Daniel points out that Southport has won 24 of 31 games since its first VFL outing in 2021. It’s an exceptional record and the Sharks can be expected to build on it this year.

Sydney Swans​

Goalsneak Will Collis is an important player for the Swans. Picture: Morgan Hancock/AFL Photos via Getty Images

Goalsneak Will Collis is an important player for the Swans. Picture: Morgan Hancock/AFL Photos via Getty Images
Coach: Damian Truslove
Last year: 13-5
State of play: There are some notable names on the Swannies’ list of recruits – Longmire, Kirk and Crocker. Tom Longmire is the son of Sydney AFL coach John and Indhi Kirk is the son of club great Brett. And Joel Crocker’s father, Darren, played with Longmire senior at North Melbourne. Most of the Swans’ VFL recruits are from the Academy program. But Truslove, who coached the GWS VFL team last year, has also brought in some mature-age players to add experience to a young list. The fresh faces include Nick McGill from the South Australian amateurs; Tom Howard from North Melbourne VFL; Jake Veale, the captain of North Shore; Ethan Grace from the GWS Academy; and Charlie Haley, a brilliant forward from Balwyn in Melbourne’s strong Eastern league. In another lifter for the state-league Swans, 2017 AFL rookie Jake Brown has committed for the season.

Werribee​

Kye Declase is part of Werribee’s core group. Picture: Andy Brownbill

Kye Declase is part of Werribee’s core group. Picture: Andy Brownbill
Coach: Michael Barlow
Last year: 9-9
State of play: Squaring 2021 at 9-9, the Tigers missed the top eight last year and will lean on improvement from their younger players as they look to find two or three more wins they’ll need to push into September. Defender Sam Clohesy, midfielder Emmanuel Ajang, small forward Jay Dahlhaus and newcomer Sam Azzi, a tall defender, look the most likely to emerge and complement a core group of two-time JJ Liston Trophy champion Tommy Gribble, Matt Hanson, Michael Sodomaco, Nick Coughlan, Shaun Mannagh, Jack Henderson, Dom Brew and Kye Declase. Of the recruits, slippery Harry Grintell should set down his influence on the VFL and high-flying Jack Boyd, from the Northern Bullants, will add to the scoring power. Former St Kilda rookie Coughlan has been appointed captain, with Brew and Mannagh vice-captains.

Williamstown​

Williamstown can expect to climb back up the ladder. Picture: Darrian Traynor/AFL Photos/via Getty Images

Williamstown can expect to climb back up the ladder. Picture: Darrian Traynor/AFL Photos/via Getty Images
Coach: Justin Plapp
Last year: 3-15
State of play: The Towners went the way of Humpty Dumpty last year, suffering a great fall, all the way to 20th on the ladder. But they can be expected to climb back up it this year after an impressive recruiting campaign. Oscar McDonald (Carlton), Marty Hore (North Melbourne VFL), Mitch Cox (Brisbane), Harry Jones (North Melbourne VFL), Corey Ellison (Casey Demons), Mathew Walker (North Melbourne VFL), Jack Lipscombe (North Melbourne VFL), Toby Triffett (Brisbane) and Zac Banch (Shepparton Swans) have arrived, and Nick Ebinger, Josh Pickess and Jason Pongracic have returned. Then there’s the great Ben Jolley, as fit as a flea at the age of 37 and on course to play in Round 1, when Williamstown travels to the Gold Coast. Put the signings in with the likes of Tom Downie, James Cousins, Cameron Polson, Jake Greiser and Finbar O’Dwyer, and it’s clear the Towners have a good list. They ought to have a resurgent season.
 
Do we really need an annual general VFL thread? Just replace it when it reaches it limit like with the non Essendon thread
I'd have assumed that 8 years without going close to the limit was a sign we didn't need one. 🤷‍♂️
 
Mods discussed it and decided to keep it fresh. Having a thread that is expected to run for 133 years without being rolled over is a bit stupid.
 
Ham 35 touches for Geelong VFL, Gown another 2 goals for Sandy.

Nash Holmes and Dylan Clarke typical big touch and tackle numbers in the wet and Tom Hird 12 touches, 11 tackles.

Long and Eyre unsighted for Collingwood VFL, I don’t reckon they’ll get a look in there to be honest.

Mynott still going strong for Frankston but Begley has seemingly given up the ghost and gone back to local footy in the EDFL.
 
McDonagh seems to be playing some really good VFL footy back at the Tigers. Had a look at a couple of the games and he has been a lot better than last year. Maybe a less confusing game plan is working for him as he does not seem a half a second behind the pace this year. Looks a good VFL player.
 
Ham 35 touches for Geelong VFL, Gown another 2 goals for Sandy.

Nash Holmes and Dylan Clarke typical big touch and tackle numbers in the wet and Tom Hird 12 touches, 11 tackles.

Long and Eyre unsighted for Collingwood VFL, I don’t reckon they’ll get a look in there to be honest.

Mynott still going strong for Frankston but Begley has seemingly given up the ghost and gone back to local footy in the EDFL.
Long played the first game.
Eyre will still be out for a bit from the hamstring tendon injury he had at the Saints when he was training there.
 
One thing I did miss is Lachie Johnson is playing for the Tigers in the VFL. 3 games late last season and the first 3 games this year. Limited impact so far but has kicked a goal in all three games he has played this year.
 
Ned Cahill continuing to cut it up for Carlton’s VFL side, 20 disposals and 4 goals at the weekend
 

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Wait. Is Tasmanian legend Simon Minton-Connell's son playing in our VFL team?

It is, nuggety small defender. Plays nothing like his old man.

Speaking of nuggety small that plays nothing like his old man, T.Hird, 21 disposals, 6 tackles, 2 goals yesterday for Port Melbourne. Number 1 ranked player on the ground.
 
Remember 210cm Angus Millham?

He just had 111 hitouts in a VAFA game
Must have not been many to advantage. Must have been a lot of secondary stoppage.
 
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It is, nuggety small defender. Plays nothing like his old man.

Speaking of nuggety small that plays nothing like his old man, T.Hird, 21 disposals, 6 tackles, 2 goals yesterday for Port Melbourne. Number 1 ranked player on the ground.
I stand by the fact that there was a handy role player there in Tom.
 
I stand by the fact that there was a handy role player there in Tom.
Has developed into a handy VFL player but that is as far as he is at. Small. Slow. Average skills. He was always going to improve with more footy but VFL is his roof.
 
So what's the go here? I have no idea about the vfl. Never watch it. Apparently it's a complete shitshow from what I see bleeding onto the main board.
 
So what's the go here? I have no idea about the vfl. Never watch it. Apparently it's a complete shitshow from what I see bleeding onto the main board.
Basically we have no experience in our VFL list. Need a new GM of VFL. I don't know who that is though.
 
So what's the go here? I have no idea about the vfl. Never watch it. Apparently it's a complete shitshow from what I see bleeding onto the main board.
They let it slide last year with minimal recruiting and now they are trying to play catch up. The recruiting this year was a bit better but the experienced guys other than Narkle have not been great . We have a heap of inexperienced VFL guys with under 25 games experience. They can not cover the injuries.
 
Gutted with covid cuts and not re-invested to get it going again, and then left to languish with the lack of leadership through the off-season last year wasn't it?

And now it's on the list of priorities with the external review but can't do anything substantial until the off-season besides hiring more development staff that presumably are working with the VFL program and the AFL-listed youth/depth?
 
Is Cleaver with the club anymore? I saw a J.Cleaver named for East Freo today against the Eagles.
The answer to that is yes. Played one game in their reserves and has been in the seniors since. Last game he played for us was the North VFL game and then played WAFL reserves two weeks later.
 

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