Just received one just recently, so don't need another but thanks anyway
Pipe down you sook. Try not to have nightmares over Mason CoxJust received one just recently, so don't need another but thanks anyway
Whats your answer for your failed dynasty between 92, 93 and 94
Big bad sheedy waving his jacket around scare you folks out west?????
Don't let facts get in the way of a good story.The one thing I do think is stupid is that clubs pay nothing when they get a free agent. the compensation pick should come from the club's draft points. Would make for a more equal system.
Anyway, Richmond and Collingwood have built good lists through a variety of avenues, just like West Coast has. Sure we got Lynch and Prestia (for pick 6) and Caddy (via Geelong), but what about Stack, Pickett etc that nobody else wanted. Even blokes like Grimes and Soldo who were picked up in rookies drafts and developed.
2011 AFL Draft, Collingwood effectively picked up three
[picked underage, could have been pick 1] Adam Treloar, GWS --> Collingwood
Pick 4 - Will Hoskin-Elliot, GWS --> Collingwood
Pick 13 - Taylor Adams, GWS --> Collingwood
These players are now in their prime, and unsurprisingly they've become vital pieces in two of the most talented sides in the comp. If GWS/Gold Coast never existed, it's likely a bunch of them would have been drafted elsewhere. Just looking at the 2009 AFL ladder, you'd have Port Adelaide pick 7, Essendon pick 9, Brisbane pick 11 for the 2010 crop. For 2011 (ignoring Gold Coast) you'd have West Coast pick 1, Brisbane pick 4, Bulldogs pick 13.
It's really unlikely that Richmond and Collingwood would have had as easy a time poaching players off Essendon, the Bulldogs and West Coast.
Obviously the clubs had to have the home grown talent to have a contending list that would be attractive to homesick talent, which is why other teams with similar prestige like Carlton haven't been able to quite do the same, but I think this unusual period of history has given Richmond and Collingwood the edge to be the best in the comp, rather than simply 'very good'.