Everyone's talking Windy wrecked his team through the draft this and Wimm drafted 8 forward pockets that, but no one's talking Knights of Columbus dominated the draft this or Knights of Columbus for top spot that. Yes, the team has had to, er, rest Luke Hodge for Round 1 due to courageously helping his brother host a 21st Birthday, but other than that the club has had a flawless off-season and ready to fly into the new year and storm back into top 4 contention. Oh and we haven't heard from Libba since his 9 week drinking binge holiday but we're hoping he returns within the next week or so. If it makes either of you @Windy_Dill & @wimmera1 feel any better I think you both failed miserably in the draft, anybody in their right mind who willingly drafts Taylor Hunt is insane and that's coming from someone who had him on my list for 3 years. Bird? Only value he has left is in the reduced section of Woolworths cause he's cooked.
Pick 22 - Micheal Johnson (B)
"I'm not a serial killer...promise"
First pick in the draft and I had to go for the best available back that I saw. Johnson may have had a poor last year with injury but I'll be damned if he doesn't score well and score big consistently. I tried to trade him in last year but didn't get the trade done in time, I think he's in for a good year if he stays on the park, how many backs can average around the 80 mark? He's had a good JLT series too, scoring big as usual.
Pick 27 - Tim Membrey (F)
"Just look natural...oh just try not look like a knob...ah forget it! take the damn photo!"
I'm really happy with this pick, I thought foggy was gonna take him next pick and needed a forward so I had to snare him before foggy could. Otherwise it was Tom Bell that was going to be taken here. Surprised foggy cut him from his keepers last year, as he had a breakthrough year averaging near 75 and will slot straight into my forwardline or at worst compete with Crameri/Lloyd for a forward spot. Extra bonus is that he's still very young and has room for improvement.
Pick 29 - Andrew Mackie (B)Andrew Mackie (pictured on the right.)
I'm again happy with this pick. He's a good scoring reliable back, I'm not talking your depth backs here on his day he's one of my first picked. Averaged mid 80's previous 2 years and 75 odd last year, again he'll be vying for a spot down back and is probably 50-50 to get a game first round. Surprised no one else wanted a good scoring back but he'll be a very reliable defender for me all year, happy to have him here.
Pick 45 - Rhys Palmer (F)
Still the best photo we have on file.
Needed more forwardline depth here and Palmer fit that. He averages anywhere from 75-65 but I'm hoping more midfield time at Carlton pushes his scoring upwards, regardless I'll take his current average but there's room for improvement with a new role.The risk is getting games but I can't possibly see him having to vie hard to get regular games as Carlton badly need experience. Could be a very useful pickup.
Pick 58 - Garrick Ibbotson (B)
We don't know who he is either.
Couldn't believe no one wanted him, a genuine steal at pick 58 considering some of the other picks. 2 years ago he was in the AA squad and I'm hoping to see him push his average to around 75 for me. Had a bit of a down year last year but then so did everyone at Freo. I dare say he'll regularly be counted on down back for me at times this year, to have him as backup is a luxury as he'd be starting in most teams.
Pick 76 - Sam Wright (B)
Not to be confused with every other sh*t North player.
This was more a calculated risk and could go either way but the upsides are big if he comes through. Basically he's in North's best 8-15 players and one of their first picked down back but he had last year wrecked by ankle injuries and had a later start to this pre-season which may have put a few off. It was good to see him play the last JLT game meaning he's in contention for Round 1, but may not see him at peak until Round 4/5. He's shown he can average over 70 across a year down back and is a potential keeper option if all goes well.
Pick 116 - Tom Bellchambers (R)Douche levels 10.
He's a guy that I wanted that I always had other needs that needed to be addressed first. He' could play Round 1 or be out until Round 6 depending on who you ask but either way he wasn't a pick for early on in the season. Hopefully I get him playing early and he finds some good form, heaven knows Essendon need a ruck. At full fitness and firing he adds ruck depth for Kruezer and is a potential keeper option.
Pick 127 - Nick Robertson (C)
Probably my first prospect pick but it's a value one from my point of view. He's only 21 and has averaged high 50's the last 3 years (2 of those injury affected) as a running back/midfielder and has shown he can gather high 20's for disposals. Basically what won me over was his promising signs and that he should get some good gametime this year at Brisbane. Potential keeper option.
Pick 155 - Jack Silvagni (F)
Not sure which is the bigger Muppet.
Re-drafted him and he didn't make my keepers. I'm hoping he can stablise his average around 65 odd from his current 54. His first year last year so he did pretty well. Had some 60's and a 70 odd on debut and kicked a bag of 3 against Brisbane. He'll get regular games and should be a good option for me and potential keeper. Just needs time.
Pick 166 - Ryan Harwood (B)
Hoping to have a long, disapointing and unfulfilled career just like Ryan Lester.
Wasn't too much left but he could be something useful for me. He averaged in the 70's a few years back but had last year ruined by injury. He should at worst get games for Brisbane and with Hanley gone and a new coach perhaps a better spot opens up for him. If he averages near the mid 60's I'll be pleased.
B: Micheal Johnson - Alex Rance - Matt Dea
HB: Grant Birchall - Luke Hodge - Curtly Hampton
C: Brent Stanton - Tom Liberatore - Sam Menegola
HF: Justin Westhoff - Lance Franklin - Tim Membrey
F: Steve Johnson - Josh Kennedy - Sam Lloyd
R: Matthew Kruezer - Jordan Lewis - Jack Newnes
Int: Brad Hill (C) - Danyle Pearce (C) - Andrew Mackie (B) - Stewart Crameri (F)
Brendan Whitecross (FB)
Garrick Ibbotson (B)
Rhys Palmer (F)
Tom Bellchambers (R)
Sam Wright (B)
Nick Robertson (C)
Jack Silvagni (C)
Ryan Harwood (B)
Backline: My strong suit I reckon, Dea was traded in and I'm expecting him to play and average 70's like he did last year. Still have Mackie/Ibbotson/Whitecross, all more than good depth options and Hampton's return bolsters the backline further. Also expecting Stanton to be a back player by next polls which is a bonus.
Midfield/Rucks: I don't have the best midfield in the league but hopefully top 4. had to trade out the injury prone and aging Ablett but now have Menegola who scores well, Libba & Newnes all youthful and good scorers. Pearce is handy depth too & i'm expecting Robertson to come on this year (hopefully). I think Hill wil lbe my big improver, he's had a massive JLT series at Freo and looks primed and he could force his way in. Kruezer gets the job done in the ruck. Probably need a bit of improvement here but still food enough.
Forwards: Got my big names there with Franklin/Kennedy/Johnson & some good depth in there, hoping Membrey has a repeat of last year & Silvagni coming on will be a bonus. Hopefully should be pretty reliable again this year.
Overall: Aiming for top 4 again and hopefully premiership #3. I don't think my top 20 is around #4/5 for class but I think my overall depth is #1 or #2. I think my team should beat the lower teams and at worst trouble the better sides.