My understanding from families still in and those that have been cut are as confused as each other.There would be a dozen. And I'm not that stupid.
My understanding from families still in and those that have been cut are as confused as each other.
Seems some who get games are rated well below, other's who are highly rated missing games.
Maybe the academy should simply coach, and the NEAFL coach and talent identification team choose, rather then Smith, who doesn't coach them anyway!
Seems some of your ideas about a restructure have merit.
I try to be reasonable in my assessment, I'm also reasonably, close to the action, which can be construed, as then being emotional. Fair enough, I know how much work and sacrifice has gone into these kids. So yes I'm emotional. There is some exceptionally good players in that group.I feel for C2019, unfortunately I have had enough involvement and relationships with people who have had sons going through the academy and ultimately there is very little positive comments about the system.
Chris SMITH - Outright liar or Snake Oil Salesmen - A player was guaranteed 10-14 NEAFL games and got 3. Played anywhere but his role (Midfielder) and bypassed for others who pi**ed into Chris's pockets - Currently playing in another state league (reserves) and most possessions for the whole league. I am aware of several similar sad stories and I that I only knew a least then 2% of the players.
Indigenous Players - a possible positive agenda to recruit ONLY NSW indigenous players - e.g Bell. Also the GO Foundation attempted to assist several Northern Academy players but failed. Maybe why not just recruit the best available and keep hoping to develop our (NSW) players.
~10 years for the academy and no-one to the combine in 2019.
It is reasonable to believe that the Academy has totally failed but removing any flair, instinct, individualism, skills, confidence and, enjoyment and only instilling the SWANS way and then affects selection for NSW, Allies, combine invitation (40-50 drones each year). The ALLIES is a joke with the selection panel.
How about coaching/teaching skills, decision making, risk and reward kicking, and allow players to develop and then later teach game style/systems.
What are the SWANS going to do with GULDEN and CAMPBELL, dumb then down and sap all confidence from then (Hayward, Ronke)
Heeney (Freak) would make it in any sports he played.
Mills - Determination - Strong mind - Somewhere years ago I stated that Mills as a more complete (less explosive) Mid then Heeney - we will never know and even if they move him it might be too late.
Blakey - Skillful, speed, a footy player, more complete then both
Unfortunately the rest were lacking various skills to play AFL.
I think C2019 is just about right and it hurts.
I would be very happy for any player from the academy to be recruited by any team, even the Eddies, to show that you can be recruited.
At the moment its only the elite, very good or well above average players DO NOT get a look in and I have seen plenty who should be on lists but they aren't.
It's not important to the club. It's their version of community service. It's also a refuge to ex-players who may want to get into a coaching gig down the track.From my understanding, the Academy is hugely important to Swans footy team. It seems extra hard to draft players and keep them due to the go home factor and the extra income opportunities Melbourne can offer. The Swans Footy Club is also a well respected club, not just amongst the AFL but all sporting clubs in Australia. This Club seems to be very professional, intelligent and Loyal.
How can our Academy be in such a state? Surely the club would be making every effort to guarantee its success!
Is there any info on changes that may take place in the future?
A kid, I had a lot to do with. Was in the academy and the family left Sydney for Vic. I've no doubt this kid would probably have been cut at benchmark. He's now considered a top 25 pick and is at Combine.When my son went through the academy there were also some very very frustrated parents. However I would always think; imagine if young players in melbourne, adelaide or perth could get the sort of access our kids in the academy get. Kids down south are staggered that if you have a bit of talent in sydney you can get training, and access to professional swans people. The fact you can do a senior preseason as an nds is considered incredible down south.
BTW, I hope that kid goes on and plays 200 AFL games. He was a great kid, from a great family and I wish him every success.A kid, I had a lot to do with. Was in the academy and the family left Sydney for Vic. I've no doubt this kid would probably have been cut at benchmark. He's now considered a top 25 pick and is at Combine.
If the group was 40 players. He would have been ranked , between 30-40.
It's that serious !!!!!
As per my weekly wrap, no Sydney Academy players among the combine invites. Doesn't mean Sydney don't have their eye on any, it's more a case of there aren't five or more clubs putting up their hand and saying they want to see the testing of anyone specific from Sydney's Academy (past or present).
But both those players came through a class that didn't go too deep.
haha.. hope so.. if its not a sign then maybe the fact that the list goes 10-12 deep is?Is it a sign of the academy maturing that we're now getting the 'the whole system is corrupt / nepotistic / incompetent / destroying a love of the game' that have been in TAC cup teams for ages?
Great call. Suppose the fact, that it's near impossible to climb the mountain as it is. Carrying the burden of coming from a non football state is a haversack filled with bricks.haha.. hope so.. if its not a sign then maybe the fact that the list goes 10-12 deep is?
I totally agree.Also re James bell, there is no question he has enormous potential. The swans think so, as do Adelaide crows who tried to poach him. (They have another swans academy player in Ben Davis, who happens to be indigenous, and Did not get drafted by the swans). If you saw bells game on the weekend in the neafl you would realise he was recruited for his talent and hard work not the colour of his skin.
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I believe that trying to order them isn't helpful.Without holding anyone to anything, and accepting it is just personal opinion give us your top 8-10 prospects from this years group in priority order.
Hearing about the Academy in these posts has made me so sad.I believe that trying to order them isn't helpful.
I believe, for what it's worth, they need to be viewed as positional/player types to make it worthwhile.
With the number of small rebounding defenders and small type mids/fwds they already have, makes it a little more interesting.
I think that Luke Parkes and Sam Thorne would be seen as the 2 who will prob be rookied or picked up late.
Other highly talented:
Mids.. big inside
Mids.. small outside
At a loss for his name..played an Allies game.
I would assume that Ellem may have interest elsewhere too.
But the rest will probably be offered nds spots.
Word on the street is that some may just say no thanks.