Sounds like the 4th generation of Hirds are not entirely lost to football, and the little Lovett-Murrays, Hamiltons and others can still play together. I love the Essendon dynasties- looks like a few father-daughters coming through too.
Oh, huh, Jake Firebrace is a NGA player. I saw him in the Calder game with Mason Fletcher that was broadcast earlier this year. Thought he was getting a heap of the ball until I realised that there were in fact two J. Firebraces playing.
Actually, reading that it sounds like the Hirds are gone. Apart from being listed on the possibles list, not a single other mention. Tom Hird is in that first group, where every other player got a box of description of where they’re playing etc. There was nada on Tom.
I think we have to face up to it, this is another cost of the Saga and move on.
Probably, but it can’t hurt to have an opportunity if he decides not to nominate F/S for some reason. One of the other guys doesn’t even play football and he’s in there. Plus, seems the right thing to do to help whatever kids we can with development.
It would be his choice. The academy once running will work exactly like F/S, with clubs bidding on players and the academy club getting a 20% discount to match.
North has the same issue with Longmire’s sons - because he’s been coaching and living in Sydney, his kids are part of the Swans academy. So they will have the choice to go father-son or via the academy pre-draft.
Unfortunately - from the Hirds’ point of view, probably fair enough. They’d have witnessed first hand the pain the whole saga inflicted on their dad, the fact it nearly broke him. I can completely understand if they want nothing to do with AFL ever again.
(Actually I read something a while back about them instead playing soccer)