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- Nov 16, 2004
- AFL Club
- Port Adelaide
- Other Teams
- The Mighty Blacks
That rings a bell, although never followed it closely.That was the upshot of the big shake-up in WA footy a couple of years ago - the WAFC have much more control over the talent pathways. WA winning the U16 and U18 champs in the past two years and the number of WA being drafted is seen as vindication of the new set-up.
Mitch said in that interview yesterday that he talked it over with the WA talent manager and his parents and decided that it would be best if he didn't play for Subi and just concentrated on the draft combine.
Sounds a bit like what SA did with Brenton Phillips about 8 years ago. Phillips was appointed U/18 coach in 2007 I think, then the U17 and U/19 merged after the 2008 season, to be an U/18 comp, as SA wanted to improve their results at U/18 champs as they hadn't won since Russell Ebert coached in 1995 when it was Teal Cup and U/17's.
After another 2 or 3 or 4 years, Phillips suggested that a squad be picked at the end of the year and regularly train together and up grade resources for U/18 squad. Winning the 2013 and 2014 national U/18 titles justified that.
But when only 6 players were picked in the 2016 draft, a couple in the 20's and the rest in the 40's, 50's and 60's, the SANFL decided to move Phillips on after the 2017 championships. Ex Magpie Tony Bamford was appointed coach and SA won the 2018 championships.
But unlike the WAFC, the SANFL hasn't taken over complete control and whilst they have a say in kids availability for their club side in the lead up to national championships, they don't have a say after the championships.