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Thread: Academy Talent for 2016

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mug Punter View Post
    I'm not totally up to speed with the U18s but I think Brown, Hardman and Gowers are top of a weak to mid crop before we start to take off next year. I could see us maybe to get one draft and two rookie slots.
    I think Hardman is underage. Still 16 at the moment, turning 17 at the very end of the year. Just scrapes into the Under 17 comp. Still a while before he can be drafted.
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    Holten sounds like an exciting prospect and seems to have continued to be a good player as he's grown up through the age groups!

    Being a smallish indigenous player hopefully will offer something that we don't have a lot of at the moment being a small man with pace and silky skills plus sounds like he's got a good goal sense!

    I know he's a few years away still but hopefully we get plenty of updates on his progress along wth the other youngsters coming through!

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    Chris is a bit different to most indigenous players in terms of flashy moments. Chris is very solid in times of kicking, positioning and beating his man with the ball.

    Chris needs to improve his discipline, defence and teamwork.

    Shaydon is all flash, can beat his man in every way and could kick 3 goals in 2 minutes.

    At the moment Shaydon is a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde with his kicking. Give him 10 snaps and he will kick 9 and hit the post with the other kick. His set shots are, at best, poor. Not well balanced walking in and terrible ball drop makes it a 50/50 chance from 25m in front. Needs to work on defence.

    Both are good kids and have 2 years in front of them and will improve in all areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mug Punter View Post
    The great thing about the academy is we know these kids inside out, we know who has upside and who are flat track bullies. We know which ones like a drink and smoke and have potential to become lairs and we know the ones that will be model pros.

    Will Gowers played most of the pre-season at Henson and went OK, he seemed like a good kid. Chunky in the old style, whether he has the speed and/or engine we'd be pretty sure about. Hardman seems to get a lot of wraps around the traps and looking at his facebook page he seems like a confident but very good kid from a good family. Sad I know, I am now stalking our academy players online
    Is Will Gowers the son of Andy Gowers who played for Hawthorn? If so he is likely to be a father son pick by them if he is any good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nico View Post
    Is Will Gowers the son of Andy Gowers who played for Hawthorn? If so he is likely to be a father son pick by them if he is any good.
    Yes he is, but Andy played just 89 games with the Hawks and another 40 games at the Bears and 11 at Lions. NO F/S. #FREEKICKTO SWANS..😊

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    Quote Originally Posted by WauchopeAnalyst View Post
    Yes he is, but Andy played just 89 games with the Hawks and another 40 games at the Bears and 11 at Lions. NO F/S. #FREEKICKTO SWANS..😊

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    Thanks for that. Forgot he played for the Brisbane sides but thought he played more than 100 for Hawthorn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WauchopeAnalyst View Post
    Yes he is, but Andy played just 89 games with the Hawks and another 40 games at the Bears and 11 at Lions. NO F/S. #FREEKICKTO SWANS..😊

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    Well he has good bloodlines

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    Quote Originally Posted by WauchopeAnalyst View Post
    Yes he is, but Andy played just 89 games with the Hawks and another 40 games at the Bears and 11 at Lions. NO F/S. #FREEKICKTO SWANS..😊

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    Well he has good bloodlines

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    Last I checked, Andy Gowers' son, Billy, was a rookie at Carlton...

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    Bad call by me. 😣😣😣
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    Dunno if people saw this. The Melbourne mafia are back at it

    AFL looks to block complex draft loophole - AFL.com.au

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    Dunno if people saw this. The Melbourne mafia are back at it

    AFL looks to block complex draft loophole - AFL.com.au
    It's the sentence about reviewing the discount that should worry us all.

    I think it is all pretty simple - if the discount is removed then the AFL should allocate $1.5 - 2.0m to each of the four clubs to each of the four Northern clubs so that all the academies are fully AFL funded.

    The whole debate is ridiculous beyond belief and I can the four clubs effectively walking away from the academy system. Perhaps the four clubs need to get on the front foot here, we cannot have this system being continually watered down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by i'm-uninformed2 View Post
    Dunno if people saw this. The Melbourne mafia are back at it

    AFL looks to block complex draft loophole - AFL.com.au
    To my mind it comes down to a simple question: Does the AFL want to expand the game in the northern states? If the answer is yes, leave the discount alone. Fiddle with the "banking" of points if they wish, but for the growth of the game, don't alter the discount at this stage.
    He reminds him of the guys, close-set, slow, and never rattled, who were play-makers on the team. (John Updike, seeing Josh Kennedy in a crystal ball)

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