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TOPIC: Pre-season

Pre-season 3 months 1 week ago #137868

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Saw one of the young blokes at the local shops this morning who had made his league debut last season. He told me that there is a great feeling amongst the playing group at the moment and that he has continued training since the end of last season with the official pre-season underway this week.
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Pre-season 3 months 2 days ago #138282

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Good to hear Custy, I guess a couple of recent signings and finishing off the year with some competitive performances,promotion of youth and a colts flag etc can buoy ones enthusiasm. Believe the recruiting isn't finished yet from what I have heard, obviously enticing a Palmer or Swallow to the club would be beneficial in terms of quality and experience, time will tell if these boys are even interested.

Looking over EF list, there definitely looks a healthy injection of height, with Loersch, Griffin and Bristow boosting EF height coffers.....up back still think EF lack that defender to out muscle the likes of Shaw, Maister, Lee, Keitel etc from opposition clubs.....though Winton, Jupp and more exposure of league footy for Bailey, EF have a number of those 192/93 cm defenders.....obviously Lester-Smith won't be available till mid 2018 I presume.....will miss Stephen's experience, though Schofield will no doubt undertake a leadership role up back in facilitating the development of Creasey, Franklin, Cuneo, Pearton and colts premiership boys in Scott(may get rookied), Nevill, Rajanayagam, Stone and Jackson.

The likes of Marsh, Eardley and Jansen will provide the nucleus of EF midfield department, obviously getting more footy out of Hampson, Macca and LA will be crucial to also help the development of young mids in Bennett, Marshall, Harding, Holmes, Burton, Kalazjic, Dion Anthony and Harrold, but there is also the likes of colts mids in Baskerville, Alone, Quill, Campbell and D'Antoine searching for opportunities. Add a Palmer or Swallow to that mix and EF midfield options do look healthy.

Up front obviously Watson going will hurt, honestly with Griffen, Bristow, Symonds and Cronan on board, Watson could of been used as that key forward or defender which he didn't really get an opportunity to perform due to his required minutes of rucking, pity that. Loersch, Griffen and Symonds provide EF with some serious tall targets up front, with also the likes of Bristow, O'Reilly, Ellis(if fit) Howson, Mirco and to a lesser degree Perham floating in and out from time to time.....all those boys would get opposition 3rd defenders, where as this year they probably all got(bar Bristow) opposition 1st and 2nd defenders.....so hopefully getting these guys in the game more. Smaller forwards in Kommer, Ryan, Green, Perry , BOB (if fit), Montauban, Fahey and perhaps a Palmer would definitely reap the benefits with some bigger bodies providing a contest up front....young premiership colts in Ritchie, Blurton, Collard and Lewis also if hanging around provide some depth and zip in this area too.

Ruck wise, disappointing to see Jack Fletcher at Subi, but hey with EF ruck queue of Griffen, Bristow, Cronan, Symonds, Loersch and Borgogno, can't blame Fletcher moving on seeking opportunities elsewhere and TBH despite Subi's playing riches, the ruck is one area they do lack options in.

Obviously players will come and go and some of those names mentioned might not even be at the club in 2018, hopefully they will be at the club tho. Plenty to look forward to, couple more signings and EF might be in a position like SD were this year to put some quality performances together and get themselves up the ladder into finals contention.....time will tell.....the draft is next week, so most clubs will have a better idea whose available and whose not.
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Pre-season 3 months 2 days ago #138287

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Palmer & Swallow are done deals according to Hagdorn this morning.

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Pre-season 3 months 2 days ago #138289

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Not according to Karl Langdon! Hope Haggers is right.

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Custodian wrote: Not according to Karl Langdon! Hope Haggers is right.


He is sometimes. You get them two and you'll match Subi's midfield.

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Pre-season 3 months 2 days ago #138294

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Roman wrote:

Custodian wrote: Not according to Karl Langdon! Hope Haggers is right.


He is sometimes. You get them two and you'll match Subi's midfield.


Great news for the Sharks and the WAFL if true.This will certainly put you guys in the finals frame next year.

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Pre-season 3 months 2 days ago #138297

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Be nice if Haggers was on the money....for once...LOL....

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Pre-season 2 months 4 weeks ago #138505

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with our best recruiting campaign for many years which could possibly be unfinished plus the elevation of some good colts it leaves the footy dept. having to move on many which is unfortunate but that's how it goes
i'm thinking as many as up to 10 moving on

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Pre-season 2 months 3 weeks ago #138511

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With the likes of Griffen, Jansen, Kommer, Loersch and Snadden as definite ins....plus perhaps the possibility of 2-3 more recruits from the sounds of things.......Bristow and Perry now back on the books, sadly a few names will make way Strono and seek opportunities else where.

Definite departures are Fletcher who has gone to Subi, Adamini is no longer on EF playing list, reserves in Stubbs and Parker have been also taken off along side known losses in Watson and Crichton....be interested to see who else moves on come the new year....any guesses?

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Pre-season 2 months 3 weeks ago #138531

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Stephens
Stokes
Henson
Crichton
Adamini
Fletcher

Have all departed- so we the likes of Snadden, Loersch and Jansen replace a few of them. I think Symonds has gone as well. Kommer is an unknown in terms of his body. Same with Griffin- but will be a lot better than what we currently have. Swallow and Palmer are the big ones. Add them to Liam Anthony, Eardley ect and thats a potent midfield.
I agree, defence is an issue- I'd be playing Marsh there

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