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Team projections for R1 2009 AFL season, version 3.0

R1 team projections, v3

I’ll be revisiting this list every Thursday from now until the start of the season.

FB: Kelvin Moore, Will Thursfield, Jay Schulz
HB: Chris Newman, Luke McGuane, Jordan McMahon
C: Matthew Richardson, Shane Tuck, Trent Cotchin
HF: Mitch Morton, Cleve Hughes, Brett Deledio
FF: Joel Bowden, Jack Riewoldt, Nathan G. Brown
Fol: Troy Simmonds, Kane Johnson, Nathan Foley
Int: Adam Pattison, Daniel Jackson, Matt White, Shane Edwards

In: Edwards
Out: Mark Coughlan
Iffy: McMahon, Schulz, Cotchin, Edwards
Waiting: Adam Thomson, Jake King, Richard Tambling, Ben Cousins

I’m now projecting Cogs to miss round 1. One setback in his recovery is one too many for my liking. Bowden is shifted to the forward line, reflecting the way he has been used at training. Exactly what this means for the halfback rebounding duties is not clear, with Newman and McMahon the most likely to pick up the slack but a host of other candidates putting their hand up at Punt Road. Given how slutty Richmond players were in DT in the second half of 2008, that is a situation that must be closely monitored in the NAB by fantasy coaches.

FB: Chris A. Johnson, Michael Jamison, Bret Thornton
HB: Paul Bower, Jarrad Waite, Heath Scotland
C: Adam Bentick, Chris Judd, Kade Simpson
HF: Ryan Houlihan, Matthew Kreuzer, Andrew Walker
FF: Eddie Betts, Brendan Fevola, Chris Yarran
Fol: Cameron Cloke, Bryce Gibbs, Marc Murphy
Int: Shaun Hampson, Richard Hadley, Shaun Grigg, Mitch Robinson

In: Robinson
Out: Andrew Carrazzo
Iffy: Scotland, Bentick, Grigg, Johnson
Waiting: Jordan Russell, Jordan Bannister, Jake Edwards, Joe Anderson

The Blues are already starting to be tested for depth, with Carrots added to a large injury list and Setanta O’hAilpin seemingly beyond redemption. The fact that Russell is back in contention – the sort of ordinary player who they really need to consign to the Bullants – is some indication.

FB: Brent Guerra, Stephen Gilham, Thomas Murphy
HB: Luke Hodge, Campbell Brown, Grant Birchall
C: Jordan Lewis, Sam Mitchell, Clinton Young
HF: Cyril Rioli, Lance Franklin, Stuart Dew
FF: Mark Williams, Jarryd Roughead, Michael Osborne
Fol: Robert Campbell, Brad Sewell, Chance Bateman
Int: Simon Taylor, Mitch Thorp, Travis Tuck, Ben McGlynn

In: nil
Out: nil
Iffy: Campbell, Hodge, Lewis, McGlynn
Waiting: Brent Renouf, Jarryd Morton, Josh P. Kennedy, Cameron Stokes

Nothing has changed here, which is a little disappointing as Hawks fans would have hoped to hear better news about their injured stars to take the likes of Campbell, Hodge and Lewis off the iffy list. The loss of Harley may mean that Alistair Clarkson may go a little taller on his bench, which gives Morton a leg up as a pinch-hitting tall flanker. Brown and Thorp may rotate through half back and half forward to further complicate matters.

FB: Josh Hunt, Matthew Scarlett, Harry Taylor
HB: Darren Milburn, Andrew Mackie, Corey Enright
C: Cameron Ling, Joel Selwood, Jimmy Bartel
HF: Steve Johnson, Cameron Mooney, Paul Chapman
FF: Ryan Gamble, Tom Lonergan, Mathew Stokes
Fol: Brad Ottens, Gary Ablett jnr, Joel Corey
Int: Mark Blake, Simon Hogan, David Wojcinski, Max Rooke

In: Hunt
Out: Tom Harley
Iffy: Hogan, Gamble, Wojcinski, Milburn
Waiting: James Kelly, Shannon Byrnes, Tom Hawkins, Dan McKenna

This is the biggest shift. The problem for the Cats is their third tall, and I’m projecting conservatively that they will opt for a tag team of Hunt and Rooke to handle the Hawks’ dangerous forwards. Milburn can’t go with Rioli or Stokes, as evidenced by his poor job on Higgins in the preliminary final last year, so with Scarlett taking Franklin and Taylor likely matched up on Roughead, Milburn looms as the weak link. Quite what this means for the defensive responsibilities of Mackie and Enright is yet to be seen.

FB: Heath Shaw, Nathan J. Brown, Tyson Goldsack
HB: Nick Maxwell, Ben Reid, Harry O’Brien
C: Alan Didak, Scott Pendlebury, Tarkyn Lockyer
HF: Leon Davis, Travis Cloke, Dale Thomas
FF: Sean Rusling, John Anthony, Anthony Corrie
Fol: Josh Fraser, Shane O’Bree, Dane Swan
Int: Cameron Wood, Sharrod Wellingham, Marty Clarke, Ben Johnson

In: Anthony, Johnson
Out: Anthony Rocca, Paul Medhurst
Iffy: Anthony, Wellingham, Johnson, Corrie
Waiting: Rocca, Medhurst, Shannon Cox, Dayne Beams

I am concerned about the restricted preseasons of Rocca and Medhurst, so I’ll leave them out of the projected side until they show signs of match fitness. Anthony is a straight swap for Rocca where, to be honest, the Pies don’t lose all that much. Medhurst replaced by Corrie in a forward pocket is more of an issue, judging from his poor first-up run against the Eagles. Johnson is playng for his football career, something which coach Mick Malthouse will identify with this year.

FB: Graham Johncock, Ben Rutten, Scott Stevens
HB: Andrew McLeod, Nathan Bock, Aaron Kite
C: David Mackay, Scott Thompson, Chris Knights
HF: Simon Goodwin, Nick Gill, Richard Douglas
FF: Tyson Edwards, Kurt Tippett, Jason Porplyzia
Fol: Ivan Maric, Nathan Van Berlo, Brent Reilly
Int: Jonathon Griffin, Michael Doughty, Robert Shirley, Bernie Vince

In: Kite
Out: Greg Gallman
Iffy: Kite, Gill, Johncock, Doughty
Waiting: Trent Hentschel, Taylor Walker, Jared Petrenko, Patrick Dangerfield

Tough break for the kid Gallman, when he was looking so good as the groomed Bassett replacement. In his absence it’s Kite, Petrenko and Rory Sloane fighting for that last spot. I’m still leaving Dangerfield out, though coach Neil Craig has left him more than enough time to prove that the Geelong Falcons didn’t make him too fat.

FB: Tom Collier, Daniel Merrett, Joel Macdonald
HB: Josh Drummond, Joel Patfull, Jed Adcock
C: Tim Notting, Bradd Dalziell, Travis Johnstone
HF: Luke Power, Jonathan Brown, Jared Brennan
FF: Lachie Henderson, Daniel Bradshaw, Rhan Hooper
Fol: Matthew Leuenberger, Simon Black, Michael Rischitelli
Int: Jamie Charman, Ashley McGrath, Troy Selwood, Daniel Rich

In: nil
Out: nil
Iffy: Henderson, Collier, McGrath, Selwood
Waiting: Albert Proud, Jason Roe, Stiller, Scott Clouston

No change here, despite Proud’s shenanigans.

West Coast
FB: Brett Jones, Darren Glass, Mark Nicoski
HB: Shannon Hurn, Beau Wilkes, Adam Selwood
C: Andrew Embley, Daniel Kerr, Chris Masten
HF: David Wirrpanda, Mitchell Brown, Ashley Hansen
FF: Ben McKinley, Quinten Lynch, Mark LeCras
Fol: Dean Cox, Matt Priddis, Tyson Stenglein
Int: Mark Seaby, Brad Ebert, Chad Fletcher, Brent Staker

In: Fletcher
Out: Beau Waters
Iffy: Wilkes, Hansen, Stenglein, Staker
Waiting: Josh J. Kennedy, Jamie McNamara, Matt Rosa, Matthew Spangher

One match gone, two players down. Patrick McGinnity‘s jaw needed reattachment, as did those of fantasy coaches who had pegged him as a smokie this year. Beau Waters is out indefinitely, which does technically open up a more consistent spot for Hurn, but can any of you say to me with a straight face that you expect Hurn to play 22 consistent games? Hurn is a circus act, from what I can see: an overrated long kick is all that there is to his game, and he usually doesn’t manage to connect with those in senior games anyway. Unless he’s the Q-Stick loading up for bear from inside the square, the 65-yard kick just doesn’t have much of a place in the modern game. Anyway, the last bloke not named Quinten to try that on Subiaco was called Dew, and you could hear his hammy twang that night in Launceston.

St Kilda
FB: Matt Maguire, Max Hudghton, Farren Ray
HB: Raphael Clarke, Sam Fisher, Brendon Goddard
C: Jason Gram, Lenny Hayes, Leigh Montagna
HF: Jason Blake, Nick Riewoldt, Sam Gilbert
FF: Stephen Milne, Justin Koschitzke, Adam Schneider
Fol: Steven King, Nick Dal Santo, Luke Ball
Int: Michael Gardiner, Robert Eddy, Clinton Jones, Steven Baker

In: nil
Out: nil
Iffy: Ray, Eddy, Jones, Baker
Waiting: David Armitage, Sean Dempster, Jarryn Geary, Tom Lynch

The only difference here is in positioning, with St Kilda not afraid to blare in the media about them trying Gilbert as their third tall forward. One issue to keep watching with these Saints is soft tissue issues with their key on-ballers, with too many of them sitting in the stands for their intra-club for my liking.

FB: Lewis Roberts-Thomson, Craig Bolton, Paul Bevan
HB: Nick Malceski, Ted Richards, Martin Mattner
C: Amon Buchanan, Brett Kirk, Rhyce Shaw
HF: Michael O’Loughlin, Ryan O’Keefe, Patrick Veszpremi
FF: Adam Goodes, Barry Hall, Heath Grundy
Fol: Darren Jolly, Jude Bolton, Jarrad McVeigh
Int: Jesse White, Jarred Moore, Jared Crouch, Kieren Jack

In: nil
Out: nil
Iffy: O’Loughlin, Grundy, Shaw, Crouch
Waiting: Craig Bird, Ed Barlow, Luke Ablett, Daniel O’Keefe

Very little news out of Sydney at this stage of the season. I think they’re keeping their head down, waiting for the inevitable stories of rugby league players glassing women at pubs to emerge.

FB: Paul Wheatley, Stefan Martin, Colin Garland
HB: Matthew Whelan, Jared Rivers, Simon Buckley
C: Brad Green, Brock McLean, Matthew Bate
HF: Cameron Bruce, Brad Miller, Aaron Davey
FF: Colin Sylvia, Michael Newton, Austin Wonaeamirri
Fol: Paul Johnson, Cale Morton, Nathan Jones
Int: Mark Jamar, James McDonald, Lynden Dunn, Brent Moloney

In: nil
Out: nil
Iffy: Martin, Moloney, Dunn, Wonaeamirri
Waiting: Addam Maric, Ricky Petterd, Jack Grimes, Clint Bartram

Not many fans making the trek out to Casey to watch these boys train…

North Melbourne
FB: Daniel Pratt, Michael Firrito, Josh Gibson
HB: Jesse W. Smith, Drew Petrie, Gavin Urquhart
C: Adam Simpson, Daniel Harris, Daniel Wells
HF: Matt Campbell, Corey Jones, Lindsay Thomas
FF: Lachie Hansen, David Hale, Ben Ross
Fol: Hamish McIntosh, Brady Rawlings, Brent Harvey
Int: Andrew Swallow, Sam Power, Scott McMahon, Leigh Harding

In: Hansen
Out: Josh Smith
Iffy: Ross, Hansen, McMahon, Swallow
Waiting: Josh Smith, Matt Riggio, Ed Lower, Scott D. Thompson

I’m only putting Hansen in due to him being used at CHF in the intra-club. This battle for the vacant Edwards spot has a long way to go yet. Lower also raised his stocks in the scratch match.

Port Adelaide
FB: Michael Pettigrew, Alipate Carlile, Mitch Farmer
HB: Peter Burgoyne, Troy Chaplin, Domenic Cassisi
C: Travis Boak, Chad Cornes, Kane Cornes
HF: David Rodan, Justin Westhoff, Danyle Pearce
FF: Daniel Motlop, Warren Tredrea, Brett Ebert
Fol: Dean Brogan, Steven Salopek, Shaun Burgoyne
Int: Brendon Lade, Josh Carr, Paul Stewart, Robbie Gray

In: nil
Out: nil
Iffy: Farmer, Stewart, Gray, Salopek
Waiting: Jacob Surjan, Nick Salter, Marlon Motlop, Jason Davenport

A little quote from Nathan Krakouer tucked away at the bottom of this story on was instructive: “There are a few of us playing for the one spot, like Marlon [Motlop], Nick Lower, Paul Stewart, Jacob Surjan and myself, which is good for the club.” I’ve got Stewart winning out at the moment based on not much information, so any of those could jump up, with the younger Motlop probably the one that coach Choco Williams will favour eventually.

FB: Sam Lonergan, Dustin Fletcher, Michael Hurley
HB: Adam McPhee, Patrick Ryder, Jay Nash
C: Kyle Reimers, Jobe Watson, Bachar Houli
HF: Jay Neagle, Scott Lucas, Scott Gumbleton
FF: Alwyn Davey, Matthew Lloyd, Leroy Jetta
Fol: David Hille, Brent Stanton, Mark McVeigh
Int: Tom Bellchambers, David Myers, Andrew Lovett, Angus Monfries

In: Myers, Bellchambers
Out: Andrew Welsh, Jason Laycock
Iffy: Hurley, Nash, Lonergan, Neagle
Waiting: Tayte Pears, Ricky Dyson, Courtenay Dempsey, Hayden Skipworth

We all know about Welsh’s fracture dislocation of the ankle that has him out for four months, but had you heard about Laycock’s foot stress fracture flaring up? So says Hopefully this isn’t a sign of the Bombers’ horrific injury run of 2008 continuing deep into 2009.

FB: Michael Johnson, Antoni Grover, Marcus Drum
HB: David Mundy, Luke McPharlin, Roger Hayden
C: Garrick Ibbotson, Paul Hasleby, Brett Peake
HF: Kepler Bradley, Matthew Pavlich, Daniel Gilmore
FF: Chris Mayne, Chris Tarrant, Des Headland
Fol: Aaron Sandilands, Rhys Palmer, Ryan Crowley
Int: Byron Schammer, Andrew Foster, Steven Dodd, Clayton Hinkley

In: nil
Out: nil
Iffy: Hinkley, Foster, Peake, Drum
Waiting: Scott Thornton, Josh Head, Nick Suban, Stephen Hill

The knee ligament injury to Adam Campbell shores up Gilmore and Bradley in the 22, for now at least, meaning that only Ryan Murphy stands in their way of rotating between the ruck and third tall. The injury niggle to Tarrant which has put him out of the NAB this week will swiftly kill any thought of him being a halfback rebounder, which means that genuine halfbacks Suban and Hill come into stronger consideration.

Western Bulldogs
FB: Lindsay Gilbee, Brian Lake, Dale Morris
HB: Ryan Hargrave, Tom Williams, Andrejs Everitt
C: Ryan Griffen, Daniel Cross, Nathan Eagleton
HF: Robert Murphy, Mitch Hahn, Daniel Giansiracusa
FF: Shaun Higgins, Brad Johnson, Jarrad Grant
Fol: Ben Hudson, Adam Cooney, Matthew Boyd
Int: Will Minson, Callan Ward, Dylan Addison, Josh Hill

In: nil
Out: nil
Iffy: Eagleton, Everitt, Hill, Ward
Waiting: Tim Callan, Jarrod Harbrow, Sam Reid, Stephen Tiller

No news here either.

I know you lot love these posts judging from the number of comments, so have at it. Are there names that you’re not hearing in preseason reports that you’re worried about? Am I being too conservative in some of my projections? Have I publicised a smokie you wanted hidden? Oh wait, you wouldn’t answer that one if I did! 😉



  1. PAFCsince1870

    February 12, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Judging by your teams the only rookie back that is playing round 1 is Kite?

    Rance doesn’t even rate a mention.

    Yet in your bench blog you talk about how you’re considering Hill AND Suban but you expect neither to play round 1?

    You have to do better than that Monty 😛

  2. XztatiK

    February 13, 2009 at 12:32 am

    Monty, I’m pretty confident the Crows will take Moran’s versatility over Grifin, who hasn’t had the best build up to season 09.

    There is absolutely no need for Kite, Petrenko or Sloane if you have Stevens in defence – and they are all very different players anyway so won’t be competing for the same spot. I’m still 50/50 on Dangerfield but I’m telling you, barring injury, Tex Walker will play. Here’s my guesstimate:

    S.Stevens, B.Rutten, G.Johncock
    A.McLeod, N.Bock, M.Doughty
    C.Knights, S.Thompson, B.Reilly
    J.Porplyzia, N.Gill, T.Edwards
    S.Goodwin, T.Walker, K.Tippett
    I.Maric, N.van Berlo, R.Shirley
    B.Moran, D.Mackay, B.Vince, R.Douglas

    P.Dangerfield first EMG

    There’s also some talk of Goodwin moving to half-back so keep an eye out for that one.

    And here’s some good, albeit unrelated, news:,26576,25046743-19742,00.html

    The AFL are looking to make the cutoff for late changes 90 minutes before the bounce, rather than the current 45. It’s for betting reasons but it would sure as hell help us out on Friday nights, too.

    Good effort on the other teams by the way. It’s good to see Mitch Robinson in there.

  3. Florida's finest

    February 13, 2009 at 5:58 am

    I think you have pretty much got the Brisbane team right. The only changes I would say is Charman will be the starting ruckman over Leuenberger and Mitch Clark would be higher in the pecking order over both Collier and Henderson. Prob Henderson to the bench, Clark to forward pocket and Selwood emergency.

  4. Chad

    February 13, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Mitch Robinson looks like he will be a great dt prospect, but even if he gets a gig in round 1, will he be able to hold his spot when nick stevens comes back in round 2? or when carazzo comes back (round 1-2?)

    Hogan infront of Hawkins (yeh injury concern) and Byrnes and Kelly? You got some inside info there Monty?

    Surely Nick Maxwell will be suspended. Great article in the australian today, “McGinnity was taken immediately from the ground, spent two days in hospital, where a metal plate was inserted in his face, and has been put out of action for a minimum of 10 weeks. If assessed as high impact, what does severe constitute? The only conclusion is either death or perhaps permanent brain damage”

    Frontbum not even Waiting? Does look hard for frontbum or beams to get into the pies 22, even with medhurst not in the side.

    No Currie for Sydney?

    Technically there is a change for Port from your original Monty, nice to see you include Chaplin into the side instead of the hack Thurstans 🙂 I am not as sold on Robbie Gray as you are either. Marlon could take that spot.

  5. dab

    February 13, 2009 at 9:25 am

    cuz on the waiting list? not with wallet in a contract year!

  6. Lee

    February 13, 2009 at 10:05 am

    No mention of Raines for Richmond? His strong intra-club form seemed to win a lot of praise.

  7. Rob

    February 13, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Just wondering Monty why you’ve picked Mitch Brown ahead of Josh Kennedy? With Brown coming off a knee reco and Kennedy a good up and coming prospect, surely he’l be given first opportunity?

  8. Heater

    February 13, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Good stuff, Monty.
    Collingwood’s side looks pretty close though don’t be surprised to see Presti in there; MM likes those dour boring players!

    Nice comment regarding MM’s future; him stepping aside for Bucks seems to be gathering momentum…..

    If Rusling goes down again watch for Macaffer to take his place; big wraps on the bloke and his body is big enough for senior footy.

  9. Chris

    February 13, 2009 at 11:39 am

    A few things….

    XztatiK is right, Moran will play ahead of Griffin. This means that he will able to rotate through the third tall defender and ruck. Along with Stevens, there is no need for someone like Kite. I wouldn’t be surprised to see one of Petrenko, Dangerfield and Otten to take that last spot over a tall.

    Andrew Foster wont be playing for Fremantle. He had a flare up of his back problem and is unlikely to play in the NAB Cup. His season was cut short halfway through the year last season, so I don’t think they will rush him back. Thornton, Browne, Hill, Suban or even Broughton would all be chances. I’d also expect to see Murphy, or Campbell if he can get over his knee quickly enough, in the side. I think they will prefer to have an actual FF in the side, instead of rotating guys through it.

    I also don’t agree with your comments on Jordan Russell. He isn’t a good DT player, but he does his job and is actually a fairly good player. I don’t understand how can you call him ordinary, yet you have Bentick in the starting 18? Bentick is the definition of ordinary.

  10. Raf

    February 13, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Would be shocked not to see James Kelly suit up for Geelong in round 1 unless he hurts himself.

    Cousins if fit WILL play round 1 for Richmond. Cousins v Judd is a huge selling point for the game, and Richmond didn’t top up on Cousins so they could use him as a depth player to cover injuries.

    Liam Anthony for North is a big chance, and will certainly be picked for NAB. Again, North didn’t pick a mature-age WAFL player to play for Werribee, they picked him in the hope he would slot in from round 1, and he impressed in their intraclub. Swallow and McMahon on very thin ground there. Hansen is safe as houses for at least the first few games, injury permitting.

    Hawks: Monty, I haven’t followed the Hawk pre-season at all (and I was out of the country for a few weeks to boot), is there a reason you don’t think Renouf will make round 1? I would have thought after the 2008 finals that he has become the default #2 ruck there.

  11. Greg

    February 13, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Definitely some troubles brewing for the cats, but I think they will shifting Lonergan down back- at least while Harley is out. He is still training with both forward and defensive groups.

  12. Hugh

    February 13, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Monty, tell us which rookies you think stand the greatest changnce of appearing round 1.

    I’ll start,
    1. Rich

  13. Ryan

    February 13, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Surely X.Ellis is some chance of a round one start for the hawks.

  14. SpikeSetsFire

    February 13, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I still think Cousins will play Round 1. Everyone seems to be against you on this one, Monty. Though now I want to see him not play. Just so you can plaster a huge “I TOLD YOU SO” on the front page. =P Also, doesn’t Cotchin have a groin injury?

    Nice work with all the blogs, once again. I read them all, and get excited when I see a new entry. =)

  15. dylan

    February 13, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    i also agree with XztatiK 100% on his team

  16. drewriffic

    February 13, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    My worry about the Fremantle half-back situation is that there are too many players (all with question marks) clamouring for that spot.

    Hill , Suban, Broughton, Pearce, O’Brien, Head, Duffield, even Foster and Browne could all want to play that half-back spot. I don’t see any consistency, therefore value, in picking a Fremantle half-back.

    Could be Scott D. Thompson all over again.

  17. Rodger

    February 13, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Blind Freddy would know that Kelly has precedence before Simon Hogan, David Wojcinski and Max Rooke.

    What are you thinking Monty?

  18. Ben

    February 14, 2009 at 9:03 am

    What about Currie monty? I think Jesse White might pinch hit but thats about it!

  19. Lakey91

    February 14, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Cotchin is said to miss round one too – article on AFL website stating this a few days ago.

  20. Tones

    February 14, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Sorry Monty but you’ve got the tigers side wrong. Cotchin won’t play and Cuz will start on the wing as he did in the intra club match, he hasn’t missed a beat. Too many talls in the backline and Raines has been so good he’ll take Edwards or McMahons place in the 22. Jordons disposal was atrocious in the practice match and Raines shone.

  21. Chris

    February 15, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    “Not many fans making the trek out to Casey to watch these boys train…”

    That’s why we only managed around 2,500 to our intra-club match. Good one m0nty.

  22. HAWKS 2009

    February 15, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Interested to see you are still persisting with Mitch Thorp ahead of Beau Dowler in Hawthorns line up for round 1. Can I ask why you see it this way?

  23. m0nty

    February 15, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Chris: yeah I heard that number. Intra-clubs are different to normal training, though.

    I was at the Geelong intra-club match and the media were all reporting 500 there, but I wouldn’t have thought it was much more than 150. These numbers get inflated, you know. 🙂

  24. m0nty

    February 15, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    On the Thorp/Dowler issue, it’s going to change after the NAB based on exposed form so it’s not something I’ve got set in stone.

  25. evan

    February 15, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    any chance of ellis playing first round, surely he should.

  26. john24

    February 16, 2009 at 12:13 pm


    After last nights game, i think Freo will shape up like this:

    B: Dodd, McPharlin, Hayden
    HB: Thornton, Tarrant, Johnson
    M: Peake, Mundy, Ibbotson
    HF: Headland, Pav, Haselby
    F: Drum, Grover, Solomon
    R: Sandilands, Palmer, Crowley
    I: Schammer, Browne, Hill, Bradley

    E: Head, Mayne, Duffield, Murphy

    I dont like the way it shapes up (being a Dockers fan), but it looks as though they want Grover to be the FF, Tarrant floating down back (we will find out about this over the coming weeks) and Mundy in the guts.

  27. MiGZ

    February 16, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    monty, how certain are you Jordan Lewis will line up round 1?

  28. Hank

    February 16, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    No skipworth for the essendon line up?
    i thought he was a serious contender…

  29. wixy

    February 16, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Macaffer Should be defiantly on the waiting list or if Medhurst not ready round one will be his replacement.
    Raines will play round 1 !!!
    Hayden Skipworth will play round 1 !!

  30. SpikeSetsFire

    February 17, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Well, you can definitely take Nick Maxwell out of your next update, Monty. =(

  31. Flash

    February 17, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    If they are letting Cousins run around in an intra club this early he will definetly be out the round 1 baring injury. Cotchin’s achilies inflamation has flared up again and i can tell you first hand that can be long term. I rekon they will be keen to get him right before they throw him to the wolves again. Bombers wouldnt have drafted skipworth to play in the 2’s. Knights obviously likes him.

  32. MiGZ

    February 17, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    nd especially with Welsh now injured, skippy should definately be round 1 lock.

  33. Raf

    February 18, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Sydney trialling Mike Pyke as a backup ruck is interesting, especially with Leo Barry on the LTI list (actually, what are the rules for international rookies? Do they follow the same elevation rules as other rookies?). Could be a very cheap bench ruck cash cow, and at the same time screw over those who don’t pay attention and stick with White/Currie. Alternatively, he could crash and burn and play out the season in the magoos!

  34. Will

    February 18, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Dangerfield looks like a j selwood he should be on the bench

  35. jjannese

    March 24, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    what about ziebell??? any chance for rd 1

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