Unofficial Preview 'Twas the night before Draft Day

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Skills pay the bills
Jun 22, 2010
AFL Club
We all know real Christmas is tomorrow, so...

Unofficial preview from Peter Bell:

'Twas the night before Draft Day, when all through the league,
Not a supporter could remember, a coach named David Teague;
The footy boots were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Wallsy soon would be there;

The recruiters were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of premierships danced in their heads;
And JLo in his 'kerchief, and I in my feathered cap,
Had just settled down for a long nervous nap;

When out at Cockburn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bench to see what was the matter.
Away to the ground I flew like a flash,
But still have no regrets about not getting Lachie Ash.

The moon on the breast of the new-mowed turf,
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects on earth,
When, I saw with my wondering eyes it would seem,
But Walls and McMullin and the whole drafting team.

An overweight driver, so full of balls,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Walls.
More rapid than drug cheats his draft picks they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, ERASMUS! now, GOATER! now, JVR and AMISS!
And surely some sliders that others will miss!
To the top of the league! You must win the ball!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

He sprang to his phone, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

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Norm Smith Medallist
Dec 23, 2014
AFL Club
Wonder if the club would bother making the interstate kids fly over right away, or just come after the new year


Skills pay the bills
Jun 22, 2010
AFL Club
Part 2: Draft night with Peter Bell

As I popped the feather into my operations cap,
I wondered what nonsense I'd see, what draft crap;
Would other clubs would bid on who we had planned,
If I post this on Big Footy will I get banned?

The start of the draft, began with no fun,
We knew who North Melbourne, would take with pick one;
Pick 2 from the Giants, they bid on Sam Darcy,
The Bulldogs said no way, the son is too classy;

But the Giants with pick 3, still had a win,
and called out the name of one Callaghan, Finn;
The Suns had pick 4, thought give Daicos a go,
The Pies soon responded with a quick, ahh hell no;

So the Suns then went tall, to help coach Stuart Dew,
And took exciting ruck-forward with pick 5, Mac Andrew;
Adelaide with pick 6, then chose their pick well-e,
They took talented x-factor forward Rachele;

The Hawks with pick 7, seemed to commit draft day crime,
when picking Josh Ward took their sweet f*****n time;
They went overtime and seemed suitably late,
It reminded me of one sordid game Siren-Gate;

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roofs,
The prancing and pawing of Freo's drafting team hoofs;
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the Cockburn waterslide St. Wallsy came with a bound.

He was dressed all in purple, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were emblazoned with chevrons to boot;
A couple of draft picks he had flung on his back,
Were the Freo faithful soon to call him a hack?

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
He looked at list balance; then turned with a jerk,
He soon gave the faithful a feeling of bliss,
With pick 8 they selected, tall forward Jye Amiss!

A first round draft pick, they selected a tall?
What Freo supporter would question that call?
A mobile tall forward, a good kick on goal,
Wallsy knew that Amiss would just play his role;

Then Richmond chose Gibcus with pick number 9,
St. Wallsy and team thought to themselves, yeah that's fine.

Then St. Wallsy reached again into his purple draft sack,
The faithful were thinking, please don't pick us a hack;
But St. Wallsy pumped up the draft-day good feel,
and with pick 10 picked a two-way mid who is called Neil.

The next picks were a blur, but I had not much care,
But then Melbourne with pick 19 took us with dare;
They picked a popular pick in Vay Rooyen,
and left half of Freo Big Footy in ruin.

We'd probably hoped he would fall to round two,
But draft night is never maybe will be true;
Johnson and Goater are still on the board,
Pick 19 will bring interest for sure.

Laying his finger aside of his nose,
St. Walls gave a nod, up the chimney he rose;
Christmas day's over, you know it is true,
See you at the Boxing Day Sales for round two!
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