Posted: 9 October, 2015

Selwood Wants To Be A Cat

Eagles free agent tells West Coast he wants to join Geelong

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West Coast midfielder Scott Selwood has officially told the Eagles he wishes to join Geelong as a free agent. 

Selwood, a restricted free agent after eight years at West Coast, will now almost certainly link up with brother Joel Selwood at the Cats. 

The 25-year-old was a key member of the Eagles’ line-up before ankle injuries restricted him to just 25 games in the past two seasons. 

Selwood fell out of favour at West Coast towards the end of this season and played only one of the last seven games. He was named an emergency for the grand final. 

A former best-and-fairest winner at the club, Selwood has played 135 games since being recruited by the Eagles at pick No.22 in the 2007 AFL Draft. 

Selwood is one of a number of players wanting to join Geelong this post-season with Patrick Dangerfield (Adelaide), Lachie Henderson (Carlton) and Zac Smith (Gold Coast) all expressing a desire to head to Simonds Stadium.

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Posted: 9 October, 2015

Trade Period Update October 9

Jay-Z Clark gave the Rush Hour a comprehensive trade period update

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Triple M Footy's Jay-Z Clark phoned into the Rush Hour for a comprehensive trade period update.


Patrick Dangerfield: His manager confirmed there was progress. He was unlikely to go to Geelong as a free agent and will most likely cost Geelong a first-round pick and a player or a first-round pick and a second-round pick in next year’s draft. 

James Aish: There is a bit of nastiness brewing here between Collingwood and Brisbane. The Lions have said “no way” and that he will either go to Carlton in the pre-season draft or stay at Brisbane. Collingwood football manager Neil Balme has blasted back, saying that’s no way to run a footy club. 

Adam Treloar: There is a bit of posturing about possibly going to Carlton, but two first-round picks (this year and next year) from Collingwood will definitely get the deal done. 

Harley Bennell: Will possibly only cost Fremantle a second-round pick. 

Cam McCarthy: Fremantle’s offer for him is two first-round draft picks and the deal will probably get done at the absolute death. 

Jake Carlisle: Essendon are absolutely adamant on St Kilda’s pick 5, the Saints’ second pick won’t get the deal done. It will probably get done for a pick somewhere in the middle. 

Matthew Leuenberger: Essendon very keen on him. He is weighing up between Sydney and the Bombers and now that Mike Pyke is going to retire there is a ‘big, big hole’ up at the Swans in the ruck department. 

Jeremy Howe: He wants $450-500,000 a year and is pretty adamant he is worth that much - Melbourne are not so sure and are standing firm. Gold Coast and a number of clubs are interested in him. Garry Lyon reckons that means he would leave for roughly $100,000 a year which, after tax, would amount to only an extra $55,000 a year. Gaz reckons Howe should back himself in to be part of good footy side at Melbourne. 

Dion Prestia: Melbourne are continuing to have a nibble at him. He is saying no at this stage. Gaz says he was a massive Melbourne fan growing up, his family are financial sponsors of the Melbourne Football Club and are mad Melbourne fans. 

Ben Kennedy: Melbourne are very keen on him. 

Tom Bugg: Melbourne are very keen on him. 

Lachie Henderson: He will get to Geelong for a first-round pick in next year’s draft. Geelong will probably get Carlton’s second-round pick next year too as part of the deal. 

Jaeger O’Meara: Out of contract at the end of next year. All the clubs are looking at him and he could command $800,000 a year.

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Tags: AFL, Trade Period

Posted: 9 October, 2015

Lions Risk Losing Aish For Nothing

Youngster wants Pies trade but Lions still hopeful of keeping him

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Brisbane run the risk of losing James Aish for nothing if they continue with their hardline stance in refusing his request for a trade, according to his manager. 

Aish, a top-10 draft pick in 2013, informed the Lions on Thursday he'd like to be traded to Collingwood, but his request was swiftly rebuffed.

The 19-year-old would have to nominate for the pre-season draft if a deal cannot be brokered, which would leave the Lions empty-handed and would allow Carlton, who have the first pick, to swoop.

Brisbane football director Leigh Matthews said last week that Aish would either be playing for the Lions next year or go into the draft, but Aish's manager Liam Pickering warned against such a scenario.

"They've got the power in the end and they would need to work out whether they want to lose James Aish for nothing or whether they want to do a deal," Pickering told AFL Trade Radio.

"I understand what Leigh said ... but James has been there for two years and he's got every right as an uncontracted player to request a trade, so we'll see how it pans out.

"He really wants to come to Melbourne, he really wants to play for Collingwood.

"It's taken him a long time to come to that decision and now that he has, the job is to try and get him there.

"The Pies are obviously keen to try and get something to happen but I understand Brisbane's position as well.

"There's a bit of work to do."

Collingwood face a tough task in satisfying both the Lions and Greater Western Sydney in the coming trade period, with young Giant Adam Treloar also requesting a trade to Collingwood.

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Tags: AFL, Brisbane Lions, Lions

Posted: 9 October, 2015

Crows Announce New Coach

Crows unveil former Eagle as Phil Walsh's successor

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Don Pyke has been officially announced as Adelaide’s new coach on a three-year contract.

Pyke takes the reins at the Crows after the untimely death of Phil Walsh in the middle of the year.

The 46-year-old had previously worked at Adelaide and Fremantle as an assistant and was also a director and an assistant at West Coast.

Pyke played 132 games for the Eagles, including the 1992 and 1994 premierships.

“After three decades at the top level in a variety of roles, I am now well prepared for the challenges and hard work that comes with being a senior coach,” he said.

“I am also passionate about fostering a winning culture and united approach where everyone has a focus on doing what is best for the team.

“Adelaide has earned great respect across the AFL and there is a lot to like about the framework already in place.

“I am looking forward to working with the players, assistant coaches and other football department staff to make the most of the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Adelaide CEO Andrew Fagan was rapt with the appointment.

“Ours is a unique situation which requires a unique set of skills and qualities,” Fagan said.

“Don is a compelling fit for the role given his diverse range of experiences, ranging from a strong business background to premierships and best-and-fairest awards as a player.

“He has also previously coached his own team and everyone we contacted spoke highly of his football acumen.

“Don has been influential in West Coast’s rise this season and if you look at his history success follows him.

“There is no doubt he has what it takes to deliver the results and success that our members and supporters quite rightly demand and deserve.”

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Posted: 9 October, 2015

Blicavs Best & Fairest

Geelong's best and fairest award, the Carji Greeves Medal goes to Mark Blicavs

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Mark Blicavs has added another chapter to his amazing football story after claiming his first ‘Carji’ Greeves Medal at Crown’s Palladium tonight.

Blicavs polled 177 votes to win the ‘Carji’ with Steven Motlop second on 167 and captain Joel Selwood third on 165.

A former steeplechaser, Blicavs has made an impressive rise up the ranks, playing 66 games since his debut in round 1, 2013.

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Blicavs enjoyed the best season of his three-year career, playing all 21 games for 382 disposals, 343 hit outs and 126 tackles. The 24-year-old recorded his most consistent season, averaging 18 disposals per game.

Blicavs was named best player by his coaches on one occasion, in the Cats’ round 22 loss to Collingwood, but was the most consistent performer overall, named in the top five players on 11 occasions over the season. 

“Mark demonstrated his ability to play well in a variety of roles for us,” Cats’ coach Chris Scott said.

“We used him as a key defender, a midfielder and as a ruckman and he was consistently good in every job we gave him. Mark continues to develop his game and we feel he still has more upside in his development. 

“To have earned this award in just his third year of football is a tribute to his work ethic and dedication, and to those that have worked closely with him over the past three years. His willingness to learn and his application to be the best he can be as a professional footballer is second to none.”

Motlop achieved his best finish in the ‘Carji’ Greeves Medal count with 441 disposals, 26 goals, 15 goal assists and 81 inside 50s over 20 games.  

Motlop enjoyed an excellent second-half of the season and was named best player on two occasions, in the Cats loss to Melbourne in round 12 and win over GWS in round 17.

Selwood, a three-time ‘Carji’ Greeves Medallist, was the Cats’ leading disposals getter of the season with 491. Over 20 games Selwood laid 124 tackles, had 139 clearances and kicked 14 goals.

Named best player in the Cats’ round 3 win over Gold Coast and their round 19 win over the Sydney Swans, Selwood came in third place on 165 votes, ahead of fourth placed Corey Enright on 157.

2015 ‘Carji’ Greeves Medal Top 10:

  • 1st Mark Blicavs 177
  • 2nd Steven Motlop 167
  • 3rd Joel Selwood 165
  • 4th Corey Enright 157
  • 5th Cameron Guthrie 150
  • 6th Tom Lonergan 133
  • 7th Josh Caddy 122
  • 8th Harry Taylor 121
  • 9th Tom Hawkins 112
  • 10th Steve Johnson 94


  • Coach’s Award: Steve Johnson
  • Tom Harley Award (Best Clubman): Andrew Mackie
  • Best Young Player Award: Darcy Lang
  • Community Champion: Corey Enright
  • VFL Best & Fairest: Tom Ruggles                                        

Voting system:

At the completion of every AFL game the coaches allocate votes to all 22 players in the team. Each player is given a score out of 15 for that particular game. It is the coaching staff’s belief that no player should be expected to play every game of the season, and certainly should not have to play all games to have a chance of winning the Best & Fairest. A player may be injured, rested or a substitute at different stages of the year. To ensure that they are not unfairly disadvantaged, each player’s 19 highest scoring games are added together to produce their final score for the season. Therefore, a player who played in all 21 games of the 2015 season would have his 2 lowest scores eliminated from the count.

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Tags: Mark Blicavs, Geelong, Cats

Posted: 8 October, 2015

Menzel & Delaney Re-Sign

Geelong has re-signed Daniel Menzel and Cameron Delaney until the end of 2016

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Geelong have signed fan favourite Daniel Menzel to a one-year contract extension.

Menzel, 24, has endured a horror run of four knee reconstructions during his career, with his plight striking a chord with Cats supporters.

He played his first AFL game since the 2011 qualifying final in round 22 this season and starred with four goals.

Menzel is joined by rookie-listed defender Cameron Delaney in signing a new one-year deal.

"Both Dan and Cam have been through their fair share of injuries and setbacks, but we are really pleased we can show our faith in them," football manager Steve Hocking said via a club statement.

"Both finished the year strongly and with a full pre-season we expect them to play the good footy they have shown they are capable of producing."

Cats premiership player Max Rooke will look for other opportunities after the club didn't renew his development coach contract.


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Tags: Daniel Menzel, Cameron Delaney, Geelong, Cats

Posted: 8 October, 2015

SANFL Rule Changes

SANFL's bold new rules.

The SANFL will introduce two significant rule changes in 2016.

The laws aim to reduce stoppage numbers and congestion, and encourage attacking play through the corridor.

1. A free kick will be paid against the team which kicks or handballs the ball out of bounds without being touched, even if it bounces inside the boundary line.

Players who spoil, tap or carry the ball over the line will not be penalised, provided the action is not deemed deliberate under the current rules.

2.  Interchange rotations will be capped at 50 per game, with an additional three changes allowed at each of the three game breaks.

Average rotations at league level have risen from 34 to 90 over the course of the past seven seasons, and the SANFL cited a desire to reduce congestion as a key reason for introducing the cap on rotations.

SANFL Football general manager Adam Kelly told the League website it was necessary to ease congestion and lift scoring.

"The primary concern and motivation of the Laws of the Game Committee was to address the call to make the game more attractive as a spectacle, which includes the spreading of players on the field to reduce congestion," Kelly said.

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Posted: 8 October, 2015

Hawthorn Delist 3 Players

The Hawks have made a number of changes.

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Hawthorn have delisted three players following their Grand Final win.

Mature-aged rookie Sam Grimley and first-year rookie Jared Hardisty have been delisted as has Midfielder Alex Woodward but the Hawks hope to re-select him in the rookie draft.

The trio join David Hale and Brian Lake who retired earlier this week.

“Hawthorn is committed to assisting Alex Woodward as he continues his rehabilitation program after rupturing his ACL in July,” Recruiting and List Manager Graham Wright said.

“We’re hopeful of re-selecting Alex in the Rookie Draft if he is not selected by another team prior to that.”

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Posted: 8 October, 2015

Crowley Delisted By Dockers

Fremantle have delisted tagger Ryan Crowley on the same day that Paul Duffield announced his retirement

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Fremantle delisted tagger Ryan Crowley on Thursday, a month after the tagger completed a one-year doping ban.

Crowley played 188 games for the Dockers, the last of which came late in the 2014 season.

A backdated one-year suspension for a banned substance ended midway through this year's finals campaign, but coach Ross Lyon resisted the temptation to call on him for the preliminary final against Hawthorn.

Also on Friday, utility Paul Duffield announced his retirement, ending a 171-match career.

But skipper and games record holder Matthew Pavlich insists he has yet to decide on his AFL future.

Speaking at his book launch in Perth on Thursday, Pavlich said he still had a couple of weeks to make up his mind, despite his young daughter's enthusiasm that he play on for one more year.

"I turned to her at one point and said 'what should daddy do next year?' and she looked at me and said 'daddy play footy'," he said, attracting a loud cheer from the audience.

Pavlich, who turns 34 in December, has played in a club record 335 games for the Dockers, where he has been since 2000.


Fremantle Statement:

Fremantle Dockers Life Member Paul Duffield is set to retire from the AFL after 171 games for the club.

The 30-year-old was part of Fremantle’s inaugural Grand Final side in 2013 and became a Life Member in 2014.

Duffield worked tirelessly for his chance to play AFL football after he was initially drafted at pick 10 in the 2003 Rookie Draft and re-drafted in 2005.

He joins club legend Luke McPharlin who announced his retirement last week, after 16 AFL seasons.

2012 Doig Medallist Ryan Crowley has been delisted and will also depart the club after 188 games.

Crowley reignited his playing career under senior coach Ross Lyon in 2012 and became an elite player of the competition.

General manager of football operations Chris Bond said Duffield and Crowley had given significantly to the club over a number of years.

“Paul is a Life Member and has spent his entire career at Fremantle,” Bond said.

“He has been a strong part of our recent on-field success and helped develop our younger players by sharing his valuable knowledge of the game.

“Ryan became the competition’s premier tagger and has been a popular player around the club and with fans.

“He left nothing out on the ground during his 188 games for Fremantle.”

Fremantle have also delisted senior listed players Max Duffy and Josh Deluca along with rookie listed players Jacob Ballard and Craig Moller.

However, the club has committed to re-drafting 19-year-old Deluca in November’s NAB AFL Rookie Draft.

“We certainly don’t take these decisions lightly but our focus must be on developing the best list for the future success of the club,” Bond said.

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Posted: 8 October, 2015

Carlisle To The Saints

Jake Carlisle has told Essendon that he wants to be traded to St Kilda

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Key-position player Jake Carlisle has told Essendon that he wants to be traded to St Kilda where he has been offered a long-term deal.

Carlisle, 24, was being chased hard by St Kilda and Carlton, but told Trade Radio on Monday that the Saints were his preferred destination.

"It's a perfect fit," said Carlisle, who has played 85 games for Essendon as a key backman and forward.

The Bombers are also set to lose midfielder Jake Melksham to Melbourne.



St Kilda Statement

Essendon key defender Jake Carlisle has selected St Kilda as his preferred new home.

Carlisle confirmed the decision this morning on AFL Trade Radio.

“It’s good news that Jake has announced he wishes to be traded to the Saints,” St Kilda Chief Operating Officer Ameet Bains said.

“We are obviously delighted with this outcome and will now seek to execute a trade with Essendon, once the trade period commences on Monday.”

Carlisle has played 85 games for Essendon since debuting in 2010.

Essendon Statement

Jake Carlisle has today announced that he will be joining St.Kilda Football Club from 2016.

The defender revealed his decision on AFL Trade Radio this morning saying that he was excited about the move.

“Obviously very excited about the decisions and it’s been a lengthy process,” said Carlisle

“I couldn’t be more happier.”

Carlisle had offers from both St.Kilda and Carlton but ultimately decided on the Saints having worked with senior Coach Alan Richardson in the past.

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Posted: 8 October, 2015

Wood Wins Best And Fairest

Western Bulldogs defender Easton Wood has won the Club’s best and fairest crown at an awards ceremony on Wednesday night

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Western Bulldogs defender Easton Wood has won the 2015 Charles Sutton Medal, taking home the Club’s best and fairest crown at an awards ceremony on Wednesday night.

Wood picked up 268 votes on his way to his first Sutton Medal, ahead of captain Bob Murphy (229) and midfielder Marcus Bontempelli (226). 

The 26-year-old missed only one game in 2015, and polled votes in every game bar one.

The win caps off an outstanding season, where he was also named on the All-Australian half-back line and led the competition for intercept marks.

Fellow All-Australian and Club captain Murphy continued his stellar year, taking home the Doug Hawkins medal. 

Bontempelli rounded out the top three, presented with the Gary Dempsey medal in his second year of senior football.

Joel Hamling was awarded Best First Year player after joining the Club at the start of 2016.

Hamling made his AFL debut in round nine and played 11 games, including the Club’s elimination final.

Defender Jason Johannisen took home the Tony Liberatore Most Improved Award, Tory Dickson collected the Brad Johnson Best Team Player and Luke Dahlhaus picked up the Scott West Most Courageous Award.

Katie Brennan won the Susan Alberti Award for her starring performance in the Club’s two women’s exhibition matches. 

Footscray also named their award winners on the night, with vice-captain Brent Prismall taking home the Best and Fairest and AFL forward Nathan Hrovat finishing runner up.

Charles Sutton Medal Top 10

  • 1. Easton Wood (268 votes)
  • 2. Robert Murphy (229)
  • 3. Marcus Bontempelli (226)
  • 4. Luke Dahlhaus (223)
  • 5. Matthew Boyd (217)
  • 6. Jason Johannisen (198)
  • 7. Jake Stringer (193)
  • 8. Jackson Macrae (192)
  • 9. Mitch Wallis (189)
  • 10. Liam Picken (182)

Award Winners

  • Charles Sutton Medal (first place): Easton Wood
  • Doug Hawkins Medal (second place): Robert Murphy
  • Gary Dempsey Medal (third place): Marcus Bontempelli
  • Locker Group Coaches Award: Matthew Boyd
  • Chris Grant Best First Year Player: Joel Hamling
  • Tony Liberatore Most Improved Award: Jason Johannisen
  • Brad Johnson Best Team Player: Tory Dickson
  • John Van Groningen Domestique Award: Easton Wood
  • Scott West Most Courageous Award: Luke Dahlhaus
  • John Schultz Community Award: Jordan Roughead
  • Victoria University Education Award: Easton Wood
  • Footscray Best and Fairest: Brent Prismall
  • Footscray Best and Fairest runner up: Nathan Hrovat
  • Footscray Best and Fairest third place: Ayce Cordy
  • Bulldogs Taskforce VFL Coaches Award: Will Hayes
  • Susan Alberti Award: Katie Brennan

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Posted: 7 October, 2015

Smith Wants To Join Cats

Young Gold Coast ruckman reportedly wants to head to Simonds Stadium

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Gold Coast ruckman Zac Smith has reportedly become the latest player to express a desire to join Geelong in the upcoming exchange period. 

AFL Media are saying that Essendon and Sydney were also in the running for Smith but that the 25-year-old ultimately decided on nominating the Cats as his club of choice. 

The Bombers and Swans will now likely focus their energies on securing the services of Brisbane big man Matthew Leuenberger and West Coast ruckman Callum Sinclair respectively. 

Smith joins Patrick Dangerfield (Adelaide), Lachie Henderson (Carlton) and Scott Selwood (West Coast) as players all linked to a move to Simonds Stadium. 

Smith is also the latest key player set to depart the Suns with Charlie Dixon requesting a trade to Port Adelaide and Harley Bennell sacked. 

The young ruckman played 65 games and kicked 31 goals in five seasons for Gold Coast after debuting in 2011. 

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