So here it goes, please be gentle as this is my first time.
I wasn't able to put the research and analytics into the players, scoring system and game I would have liked due to work being an absolute nightmare.
Decided upon a rather conservative approach filling needs rather that looking to the future to much. The list I inherited was a good one especially though the middle.
The objectives of the draft were to;
- Draft as young as possible
- Draft as many dual position players as possible
- Address Forward and Back depth and scoring
The issues were with the Backs and Forwards not packing enough punch. With the age of the list being in a pretty good shape I didn't want to go short term with a Mackie or Johnson as I would need to be fixing the same problem more than likely at the end of this year.
pretty happy picking up Oxley, Cordy, McKay, Ainsworth and McCarthy as the longer term picks to help out now and into the future. McCarthy was a bit of gamble but I wasn't left with much to choose from.
White and MacKay are the short term players to try and up the score both forward and back, with both aged 28 they should be steady for the next couple of years but I don't expect wither to improve at all.
Ambrose, Cheney and Griffin, are insurance only picks. Ambrose I chose ahead of other higher scorers as he will allow for greater flexibility in the team being a B/F the same for Griffin.
B - Mackay (72.5) Ellis (61.9) Oxley 72.5
B - McDonald (56.5) Braodbent (78.3) Sheppard (63.9)
C - Dangerfield (115.8) O'Meara (90.7) Boak (93.2)
R - Crouch (94.2) Shuey (98.5) S Martin (92.7)
F - McCarthy (56.4) White (72.1) Ainsworth (67.7)
F - D Martin (107.5) Daniel (78.3) Stevens(84.2)
E - Milera C/F (54.2) Griffin R/F (64.7) Miles C (87.0) Ambrose B/F (53.8)
Injured - Freeman C (70.2), Christensen C/F (82.9)
LTI - Day B/F (56.7)
VFL - Cheney B (56.0) White B (59.9)
Dev League - McKay R/F (56.8) Cordy F/B (44.9) Hammelmann B/F (35.3) Drew C (69.5)
Pick 8 - Ben Ainsworth
Best available of the new draftees, looks AFL ready and should play regularly. hoping for either a move into the midfield in the future or plenty of rotations through the midfield.
Pick 26 - Adam Oxley
Before the draft a lack of backline depth and scoring was identified. Oxley at 24 looks to be a mid to long term solution.
Pick 44 - David Mackay
As above except seen as a more short term solution.
Pick 62 - Cam Mcarthy
Hoping he can regain the form seen at GWS that had Freo and WC throwing top 5 picks at them before they eventually allowed him out. At 21 should be starting to see an upward curve, only time will tell.
Pick 80 - Jesse White
Needed forward and ruck depth. With Cloke and Witts shown the door by the Colliwobbles he should be involved in most games. Very shocked by his avg of 72, absolute spud.
Pick 98 - Patrick Ambrsoe
Originally I wanted Oirish here but he was gone. The B/F allows flexibility if injuries strike forward, centre or back. Solid citizen that will hopefully play most games and provide a score if required.
Pick 115 - Harry McKay
Lost years pick 10 should get games, played throughout the (JLT series albeit not spectacularly) and with Levi as Fark Carlscums only legitimate KPF you would think that the ex hawks gimp will try and pump games into him
Pick 132 - Kyle Cheney
Pure insurance pick, will play and score regularly. Hopefully won't be required to often.
Pick 150 - Jonathon Griffin
Insurance pick for R and F. Finished last season strongly, played well in the JLT.
Pick 188 - Zaine Cordy
Scoring decently throughout the JLT, finished last year strongly playing in the GF. At 19 hoping there is a lot more updside to come.
LTI - William Drew
Liked the sound of him through TAC reports. probably won't get games this year but hoping he might turn into an average player.