5 New Recruits To Watch This AFL Season

TRADING PLACES: Just a few of the big name changes for 2019. Photo: Herald Sun

It’s been a post-season period, moves left, right and centre, changing the landscape of football, especially in the draft. Trading was introduced into the draft in 2018 and 14 trades were made on November 22nd, with pick 19 being the highest. Other than the draft, the trade and free agency period saw the likes of first round draft picks like Jesse Hogan, Tom Scully and Dylan Shiel finding new clubs. It was big but the year ahead and their impact at their respective clubs will be bigger. So here’s a few of the plethora of players who changed clubs or found clubs that you should watch in 2019.

1. Nick Blakey

My only draftee entered into the list for this year, Nick Blakey will lead the first set of AFL players born in the 21st century for 2019. Blakey is the son of John Blakey, a 359-game veteran of Fitzroy and North Melbourne, so he already has fantastic pedigree. Blakey was one of the best forwards in the draft, kicking 12 goals in the U-18 Championships for the Allies this year. He’s been touted as a future captain and can play anywhere on the ground with his skills despite the move to the front half of the ground for the Swans academy. If he can slot into the Swans forward line near Buddy next season, he’ll be a fantastic prospect to watch.

Nick Blakey and his Swans counterpart Luke Parker PHOTO: SportingNews


2. Reece Conca

Reece Conca in his Tiger days PHOTO: Triple M

People might laugh at this one but I think Reece Conca has a lot to offer Fremantle. Conca can play anywhere on the ground as a small midfielder, forward or defender and has all the attributes to fill the void left by Lee Spurr in Fremantle’s backline. Already with 109 games to his name, Conca could easily fly under the radar of most clubs and will give the Dockers some edge with his tackling ability and manic pressure game-style brought over from the Tigers. Expect him to be fired up after a missed flag opportunity at Richmond.

3. Lachie Neale

SEACHANGE: Lachie Neale has switched coasts to become a Lion for 2019 PHOTO: The West

Speaking of voids, Fremantle will now have to cover the massive hole in their midfield that’ll be left with the absence of ball-magnet Lachie Neale. Neale is already A-Grade talent and if the Lions had of kept Dayne Beams their midfield would be formidable. Neale hasn’t yet reached his prime and still has his best football ahead of him. He’s already a fantastic player and it’ll be scary to see how well he’ll play for the Lions. If Neale can average over 30 disposals in 2019, he could be winning plenty of games for Brisbane in their bid for their first finals berth in 10 years.

4. Jesse Hogan

It’s all smiles at Fremantle PHOTO: Perth Now

The big fish Fremantle has being wanting for almost 10 years since Pavlich passed his prime. Jesse Hogan will be watched with careful eyes for the entire year as Fremantle fans hope and pray that he’ll be the answer to their forward line woes. Already pumped up as a superstar before his first game, Hogan has already slotted 152 goals in his 71 games for Melbourne since 2014. Hogan booted 47 goals in 2018 and heading into his prime can easily get to 60-70 a season, something the Dockers haven’t had since 2012. Get excited Dockers fans.

5. Dayne Beams

Dayne Beams is back in black and white PHOTO: collingwoodfc.com.au

The prodigal son has finally returned for the Magpies and his name is Dayne Beams. After a very successful stint at Brisbane to play with his brother, Beams has become one of the competitions best midfielders and if not one of the best players in the league. Beams will add a capital S to the stellar midfield at Collingwood. If you want to see a midfield for the ages watch Beams, Pendlebury, Sidebottom, Treloar and Adams next season.

Honourable mentions

  • Dylan Shiel
  • Tom Scully
  • Isaac Quaynor
  • Chad Wingard
  • Steven May



The Top 5 Places You MUST Visit This Summer In Perth

If you’re struggling to find things to do this summer and you’re used to staying at home with the AC cranked and Netflix on, then worry no more because I’ve compiled a list of (affordable) things for you to do this summer!

Cottesloe Beach


Arguably one of Perth’s most iconic beaches, the photos never do it justice. Which is why you need to grab your mates and head on down! It’s only a 15 minute drive from Perth city so I guess you could say it’s pretty central. Whether you’re looking to grab a morning coffee, lunch with some friends, a nice dinner, maybe just a day for tanning, the ‘Cot’ has it all, you can even celebrate the end of the week with a cheeky Sunday sesh! Who could resist the beautiful beach that has so much to offer!?

Fremantle Markets

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Dubbed one of Fremantle’s most iconic locations, the markets were built in 1897. The markets have something for everyone, if you’re looking for some food, there’s plenty, keen to find some second hand items or maybe catch a small gig then it’s the place for you! It’s a bit of a drive if you’re from north of the river, but who doesn’t love a little road trip?

Swan Valley

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Only 2 minutes from Perth, the swan valley stretches across 32 kilometres with over 150 wineries, and many scenic destinations to take the family or maybe a friend’s day out? With lots to see and do I’s definitely take a whole day to explore the amazing swan valley region, and maybe even treating yourself to some chocolate at the swan river chocolate factory. With something to do for everyone you’re guaranteed a good day.

Kings Park

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One of Perth’s most iconic landmarks, a visit suitable for any time of day (or occasion!). With plenty of pre-organized event trough out year, there’s bound to be one that takes your fancy, or maybe just a stroll through the gardens and a picnic overlooking the amazing view of Perth city. Its definitely a good photo opportunity for the gram a must do over the summer.


AFL Early Season Predictions for 2019

AGONY AND ECSTACY: Will we see this again on Grand Final day in 2019? Photo: Herald Sun

PROGNOSTICATION as you well know is bold and very often wildly different to eventual outcomes. If this is anything to go by, former Carlton and Fitzroy, coach of four different clubs and long-time commentator Robert Walls predicted last season’s premiers, the West Coast Eagles to finish as wooden spooners. Last season saw some surprises and this season will, West Coast were not expected to win the flag, Adelaide missed the finals, Collingwood made the Grand Final after a five-year finals absence, Melbourne reached September after 12 years out and Hawthorn found its way back into the top four. So, without further ado here are my predictions for what will hopefully be a topsy-turvy, rollercoaster of a season ahead.

Here’s my crystal ball broken up into awards, headlines and ladders:

Premier: Collingwood

Runner-up: Essendon

Wooden spoon: Gold Coast

Moving up: Essendon

Set to fall: Geelong 

Brownlow Medal: Steele Sidebottom (Collingwood)

Coleman Medal: Josh Kennedy (West Coast)

NAB AFL Rising Star: Izak Rankine (Gold Coast)

Recruit of the year: Aaron Hall (North Melbourne)

Surprise All-Australian: Aaron Hall

Headline you’ll see: Josh Kelly joins Essendon on a record 11-year deal worth $2.5 million dollars a year.

Headline you won’t see: Sun-rise: Gold Coast overcome the odds to win their first flag. 

Buzzword or phrase of the year: ‘FREE AGENCY!’

Which free agent will change clubs? Matthew Kruezer (Carlton)

Game-changer: New rule changes will see major coaching adaptations.

Pass the tissues: Gary Ablett tares his ACL and retires effective immediately.

Ladder prediction

  1. West Coast Eagles
  2. Richmond
  3. Collingwood
  4. Melbourne
  5. Hawthorn
  6. Essendon
  7. GWS
  8. Adelaide


  1. Brisbane Lions
  2. Port Adelaide
  3. Geelong
  4. Sydney
  5. Fremantle
  6. Carlton
  7. North Melbourne
  8. Western Bulldogs
  9. St Kilda
  10. Gold Coast


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We all know the festive season of Christmas usually leaves us all out of pocket, especially with being able to use AfterPay now days, you’re out of pocket without knowing you’re out of pocket. So if you’re counting your coins trying to find Christmas gifts for everyone, this article is about to save your life.

We all love a good DIY Christmas gift, but if you’re set on shopping we’ve found our top 5 affordable gifts that don’t look cheap and wont break the bank as well, because theres nothing better than great gifts that won’t make you have to start selling half your clothes on a facebook Perth buy and sell group.


Nothing better than giving someone something that you should be giving them anyways, LOVE! These DIY coupons will make your significant other stop begging for your 2 for 1 massage deal. All it requires is a quick google of some printable love coupons and you’re good to go.



If you know someone that loves to hang out in their garden 24/7 even during hay fever season, then this is the easy DIY gift for them. All it requires is a stone and some paint. This garden stone will be one to remember for them, simply personalise it with a beautiful message and it will forever brighten up their garden rain hail or shine.

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We’ve all most likely copped a few ‘NO’s from a certain someone throughout the year, so why not help them out for Christmas by saving their breath and buying them a “NO” button. Only $15 and will save everyone approximately 0.16 seconds and you thinking of a better gift to get.

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No better present to get someone who you know is a Movie Fanatic. This 100 movie stretch of poster will fill up their summer holidays with a breeze and is also a great way to hang out with them. $25 for a gift that keeps on giving.



On average people spend 92 days over their lifetime on the toilet, so this is the gift for everyone and anyone. Theres nothing worse than when you’re bored on the toilet, so why not gift someone this brain teaser toilet paper for only $13 this Christmas. Theres up to 10 different brain teasers, and if you cant figure them out just wipe with them to remind the brain teaser toilet paper who’s boss!

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The festive season is finally here. And you know what? Perth will be coming alive with loads of festive fun for everyone. It also means we can eat truckloads, drink and be merry every single day and not feel guilty for one second. Cookies and milk for everyone. CHEERS!

Here are some of the best things to do in Perth this December, so whether it’s one of the awesome Christmas markets, live music, or some hot tips for where to celebrate your Christmas day and New Year’s Eve.

Are you on the good list? Or the naughty list? Ho-Ho…. There’s an event here for everyone!




Biggest Australian Sporting Moments of 2018

Looking back on the year that was in 2018 we decided to narrow it down to the 3 biggest moments In Australian Sport. This is what we came up with.

Number 3: Socceroos World Cup: The first one being the Socceroos at the world cup. While it certainly wasn’t the most successful campaign the fact the Australian side was there was a big moment in itself.

Number 2: Classic AFL Grand Final: Number Two had to be the 2018 Grand Final. This match had all the drama and with it ending in a 5 point deficit it had to go down as an epic. For WA the result went the right way with West Coast victorious.

Number 1: Sandpaper Gate: Not a good moment but certainly a big moment. The Australian Cricket team being found out cheating was a disaster for Australian sport. Labelled as a disgrace at the time David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft were all given bans.