I swear they just pluck names out of a hat sometimes!Goal Kickers: K. McGrath 2, E. Gulden, L. Swaney, B. Campbell, H. Ellem, S. Gaden
Best Players: A. Watling, E. Gulden, R. van Huisstede, M. Geddes, L. Parks, B. Campbell
That's a weird theory!I'm sure you've heard my theory that swans academy types are actually pretty close to fully developed as footballers so there is less room for improvement from them once they hit a list.
I should say it's a very very small sample size. But...That's a weird theory!
They train together as often as any team, Tuesdays and Thursdays, but are able to develop their players phsically too.
Put them into a senior program and watch them improve on every front!
Have you seen the lack of development in the drafted boys from other states on our NEAFL list?
By your reasoning someone who at 18 and trains twice a week that can run a 10min 3km is probably not going to improve once they start to train for it 4 or 5 times a week??
Then why do all those young players that "need to develop a tank over time" come from every draftable area in Australia?
Heeney and Mills not get better?
If Blakey isn't going to improve it's a waste of time being on a list. Throw the diminutive Stoddart in instead, because he will improve as he puts on size ..... in another 5 years!
Swans academy players, like any other player will improve with greater emphasis.
Seems like the Vic clubs just struggle to physically develop their players to cope with hard footy... maybe its the fact that the Swans boys are also surrounded by league and union players during their childhood, and the physical nature of those.
But when they physically took Geelong apart on Sunday, the umpires didn't even know how to react to their size, so a hard tackle or body to body defense became a free kick, gifting goals!
Most of the boys have played NEAFL, and if they don't play hard, they would get destroyed.
I think your theory is just behind the one that says the earth is flat!
Okay, this is a small example of where I get really frustrated with the quality of analysis we have to endure, both from inside the club and outside.Hahaha.
I hear ya
I should say it's a very very small sample size. But...
The reason for my theory is simply I haven't seen any significant improvement from any of our ex academy players. I wonder whether part of that is that we already know the strengths and weaknesses of those coming through the club as opposed to those we really haven't seen much of. So they come in and play at the level we expect straight away because we know them.
As for the boys down here - that's what I've been pondering. The swans academy players are sort of already at the level they get to because they don't get much bigger physically and haven't really developed tanks that are more substantive.
Vic boys get scholarships to the schools if they'd look like they are going to make it as a footballer, or they get into the pathway through the tac club etc. often both. But they still seem to improve in the programs to a greater extent than our ones
He is a very good player, yes.Okay, this is a small example of where I get really frustrated with the quality of analysis we have to endure, both from inside the club and outside.
I want to stress that this is not a criticism of the boy himself because I rate him highly but there’s an Academy instagram post that’s just been added that talks about Parks being one of our best on Sunday and that “his intercept marking was a real highlight”. According to the stats he took three marks for the entire game!
The stats on the NAB League app are often fairly dodgy but in Parks case at least they match with what was shown in ‘Footy Live’, which I believe uses Champion Data and are generally considered to be fairly reliable.He is a very good player, yes.
I have watched the game and compared the stats of a few players, and they are poor, especially for the marks.
So, maybe he had more, but his spoils were still very good.
The backline seemed off, and missed Dol.
The midfield was off too, and struggled to get any clean ball from the rucks or throw ins, and trying to add Dol and Gulden inside made no sense at all. Neither can close down their apponent and lay hard tackles. (Not that you were allowed to do that, just ask Parker, Wattling, McGrath, Thorne and Rayner, all penalised, some multiple times for their physicality).
Our fwd line also struggled to live up to their previous form. And the number of hero shots at goal, rather then the pass inside to unmarked players didn't help.
Parkes was probably the best of a group that seemed a bit lost.
Who was the green arm tape for?
Errol Gulden (Sydney)
The classy bottom-age prospect averaged 28 disposals from his three matches. He's an elite endurance runner who generally plays on the wing.
Braeden Campbell (Sydney)
A prodigious left-foot kick who can find the footy and hit the scoreboard. Kicked bags of three goals against Sandringham and GWS. Another bottom-age Swans prospect.
I can only refer back to my earlier comment regarding my frustration with the quality of analysis we have to endure!
Thanks for putting this up Swans Proudly. Wish we had a flashing neon like button!Well done Sam Thorme, midfielder
Wollongong product Sam Thorne has been voted the QBE Sydney Swans Academy’s Most Valuable Player at the end of their five-game series in the elite under 18 interstate competition.
The AFL’s National Talent Manager, Kevin Sheehan, said he’d been very impressed with the Swans Academy during the series.
“This year we transitioned from the previous Series where the northern Academy teams just played amongst themselves, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, to also playing against the best Victorian sides,’’ Sheehan said.
“The Academy boys wanted to play against the very best young players in the country, and to beat the very best. They’ve shown they can compete on a level playing field against the Victorians so it’s been a wonderful step forward.
Yes, I am stoked for the Academy and the sydney kids that the victorians have just realised what we have already known.win 4 from 5 and get butchered by umpires in the only loss and only now the AFL national talent manager seems to be impressed at future prosjects of the swans academy! lol All those recent years where swans academy were PURPOSEFULLY denied selection in Allies even more under scrutiny IMO. Hard to deny that the standard in NSW is at least on par now. Will see how that filters into allies selections......or not.