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    Gulden did ok as a 17yo playing against a heap of mature senior level players.

    Looking at the names for Brisbane it shows how quickly they have developed depth in their list, having no injuries helps of course.

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    No NT Thunder in the NEAFL next year. A bit sad about that.

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    No NT Thunder in the NEAFL next year. A bit sad about that.
    I imagine the cost of flying players from Alice etc was high, and the performances had dropped off. It does bring back into focus what the future of second level afl is. I think everyone likes the concept of the true reserves afl comp, however some serious time and thought needs to go into the state leagues, particularly Neafl. Without a decent eastern comp what happens to all the talented afl players who did not get drafted?

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    There is talk of a new reserve grade comp (all the AFL teams) plus a few extras like Canberra and Southport in East and West conferences.
    Not sure of the details though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pmcc2911 View Post
    There is talk of a new reserve grade comp (all the AFL teams) plus a few extras like Canberra and Southport in East and West conferences.
    Not sure of the details though.
    That sounds like an excellent idea. You get to play against other reserve teams, while still providing a path for non-AFL aligned clubs in development areas.

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    I like that the neafl gives state based teams the chance to compete against afl reserve sides.

    It gives overlooked state league players a opportunity to prove themselves against drafted afl players. Ideally longer term there would be a second nsw team with the strength of sydney uni.

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    Rory Barkley - Swans NDS Player of the Year - North Shore Australian Football Club

    Short article on Rory Barkley winning the NEAFL Development Squad Player of the Year award. I thought that was a bit of a surprise, I personally would have gone for McKellar who played back mostly but also had some run-with roles in the midfield late in the season

    The other NDS players wouldn't have played enough games to threaten these two.

    Rory Barkley 17 games
    Zach Cameron 1 game
    Connor Flanagan 9 games
    Cooper Kilpatrick 13 games
    Kyle McKellar 19 games
    Johnny Pawle 9 games
    Kyle Veerhuis 5 games

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    I too - on hearing about the award on the night - assumed for 30 seconds that McKellar would win it. I thought he was the stand-out NDS player for the season. I rationalised him not winning it on the basis he had played fewer games than Barkley, because I knew he played a couple of games in the TAC League. But your figures above put pay to that - despite his NAB League outings, he still played more games than Barkley.

    I don't think Barkley is unworthy - he was a consistent contributor to the defence for much of the year. I just thought McKellar had slightly more impact in more games.

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