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    2017 National Carnival

    There's been some comments that this years draft pool isn't a great one but while it might be light of for the genuine top end talent (ie a consensus #1 pick) I think there a number of exciting prospects and it's a draft I hope we can be strongly positioned in.

    The National Carnival is in full swing and today there is a game pitting Vic Country vs Vic Metro at the Punt Road ground.
    It sort of clashes a bit with our Footscray side game today but if you get a chance it should be well worth a watch.

    For those who can't attend, I think AFL.com.au are streaming the game starting at 12pm.

    Some of the exciting prospects playing today for Metro include:
    Cameron Ranyer - a powerful mid sized forward/midfielder and potential #1 pick
    Will Sutherland - Son of CA boss James who is a key position player who needs to decide between football and cricket
    Jack Higgins - a small forward or midfielder who kicks goals
    Ben and Max King - KP twins who are not eligible to be drafted this year but loom as top choices next year
    Jaidyn Stephenson - tremendous talent and play as a forward on as a mid.
    Joel Garner and Nick Coffield who are half back flanker/midfielders

    For Country:
    Oscar Clavarino - a KP defender who generally shuts down his opponents.
    Hunter Clark and Matthew Ling who will join Clavarino across the half back line. Both are attacking defenders/midfielders
    Lochie O'Brien - a midfielder who is a great kick
    Tom DeKoning - who's father player for us many years ago. He's a key forward or ruckman
    Luke Davies-Uniacke - a potential #1 pick who is a strong midfielder who gets a lot of the ball
    Cassidy Parish who's the brother of Darcy
    Paddy Dow - an athletic mid sized forward or midfielder


    I'd be interested to hear some other views if you get the chance to watch it.
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    Re: 2017 National Carnival

    Rayner is from my neck of the woods my old cricket clubs footy team Sydenham, he is the first to make it , the club started in 1999. Talking to one of the players during the week they have many more coming through at the western jets or Calder , I'm not quite sure.
    They have a huge amount juniors and the club is starting to get strong in senior football also.
    They aren't big on getting big name players , they had a couple a few years back (Hargrave, Kouta for a game) but mostly pick their own.
    Good club,first president was Mitch Johnsons dad the spinner who played at Essendon.
    A lot of new clubs in that area , Burnside , Caroline springs, Taylor's lakes is also in the same area . Sydenham
    And Taylor's have built a big rivalry.
    I expect a lot more players to come through those clubs in the near future. A young and growing area of children.
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    Re: 2017 National Carnival

    If I remember rightly Dekoning was a big blonde guy, didn't play Many games at all and struggled to cement a place in the seniors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ledge View Post
    If I remember rightly Dekoning was a big blonde guy, didn't play Many games at all and struggled to cement a place in the seniors.

    That's right. Mainly a defender. Tom is a key forward that also plays a bit in the ruck
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    Terry dekoning was awful

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    Re: 2017 National Carnival

    Some stats from today's game:

    For Country:

    * James Worpel - 25 disp, 10 tackles 1 goal.
    * Gryan Miers (24, 2 gl) & Lochie O'Brien good 2nd half

    Metro:

    * Cam Rayner 21 disp, 3 goals
    * Charlie Constable (31 disp),
    * Joel Garner (24 disp) ,
    * Lachie Fogarty (24, 12 tk, 2 gl)
    * Patrick Naish , Richmond father-son had 24 disp, two goals.
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    Managed to catch a bit of the game today, tight contest - Country seemed well poised to win in the last but couldn't get value for the efforts in the forward half and VM were able to capitalise with a couple of goals, including a snap which might've come from Cerra?

    Couple of players who caught my eye:-
    James Worpel - he's a fairly solid unit already but looks to have some tools
    Hunter Clark and Oscar Clavarino showed a bit at times
    Brett Daniels was another I noted down from Country

    King (I think Ben stood out slightly more for me), Stephenson, Cerra, Moore along with Constable and Higgins were players I noticed from VM.


    Agree with your comments Gary, the draft looks like it'll bat pretty deep with AFL options.
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    Re: 2017 National Carnival

    would love to get Rayner, what a player he could be. Also like Clavarino & Higgins. Both would fill current needs of CHB & small forward.
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    would love to get Rayner, what a player he could be. Also like Clavarino & Higgins. Both would fill current needs of CHB & small forward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Go_Dogs View Post
    Managed to catch a bit of the game today, tight contest - Country seemed well poised to win in the last but couldn't get value for the efforts in the forward half and VM were able to capitalise with a couple of goals, including a snap which might've come from Cerra?

    Couple of players who caught my eye:-
    James Worpel - he's a fairly solid unit already but looks to have some tools
    Hunter Clark and Oscar Clavarino showed a bit at times
    Brett Daniels was another I noted down from Country

    King (I think Ben stood out slightly more for me), Stephenson, Cerra, Moore along with Constable and Higgins were players I noticed from VM.


    Agree with your comments Gary, the draft looks like it'll bat pretty deep with AFL options.
    I think there is a good blend of tall forwards, defenders and midfielders. If you have some decent picks you coukd balance things nicely.

    I wonder where Sutherland might be picked? Plenty of potential there.
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    Re: 2017 National Carnival

    Quote Originally Posted by The Doctor View Post
    would love to get Rayner, what a player he could be. Also like Clavarino & Higgins. Both would fill current needs of CHB & small forward.
    Higgins should go early and Clavarino from around 15 to 20.

    Rayner will go early

    Doc, anyone else impress you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GVGjr View Post
    Higgins should go early and Clavarino from around 15 to 20.

    Rayner will go early

    Doc, anyone else impress you?
    Garner & Hayes appeal. Also liked Dow from Country. There was quite a lot to like about this game and the talent on show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Doctor View Post
    Garner & Hayes appeal. Also liked Dow from Country. There was quite a lot to like about this game and the talent on show.
    Could you imagine pairing him with Tim English? We would have a ruck/forward combo for the next 10 years

    Dow's an explosive type and Garner is a very composed defender
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    Re: 2017 National Carnival

    Squads for this weeks games:

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    Premierships: SENIORS - 1898,99,1900, 1908, 1913, 1919-20, 1923-24, 2014, 2016 . AFL 1954, 2016. RESERVES - 1938, 1945, 1962, 1988, 1994, 1998. UNDER 19S - 1954. Other Premierships - Championship of Victoria 1924. VFL Night Series 1963-64, 1967, 1970. Preseason Cup, 2010.

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