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5 New Recruits To Watch This AFL Season

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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.

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Nick Blakey and his Swans counterpart Luke Parker PHOTO: SportingNews

 

2. Reece Conca

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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

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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

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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

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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

KELSEY TRUSCELLO

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AFL Early Season Predictions for 2019

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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

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  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

KELSEY TRUSCELLO

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The Presets Live At Metropolis Fremantle

There’s nothing like spending your hump day listening to live music, and that’s exactly what a small portion of Perth got to do last night. Iconic Australian electric music duo, The Presets came to Metropolis Fremantle last night to promote their latest album “Hi Viz”. Arriving at the venue there was a mix of faces, young and old, but all with looks of eager anticipation to see the Aussie legends. The night started with opening acts Kult Kyss and Roland Tings, playing similar music to one another, but both seemed to get the crowd excited for the exciting night that was yet to come.
The wait between sets seemed to be a long one as we all waited for the boys we came to see, but it turned out to be worth the wait as they finally graced the stage, being welcomed with a roar of cheering. Lead singer Julian Hamilton was welcomed on stage first, followed by drummer Kim Moyes. Dressed in white overalls paired with a bright orange wig, Moyes out dressed his peer but their stage presence out shun the crowd pleasing costume. ‘Talk Like That’ was the song that opened their almost two hour set and had the crowd hooked from the very beginning. It was the perfect song to start the night to say the least. The combination of bass, smoke, cheers and fist pumps filled the room for the next hour and a half, the excitement quickly spread throughout the venue, even the security looked to be having a good time.

As far as crowd interaction goes The Presets were successful in keeping the high energy going with Hamilton talking to the crowd and Moyes dancing across the stage in sync with the bass drops and continued to hype up the crowd the entire night.  The crowd pleasers managed to unite the crowd, mixed with old fans and new with their music from their debut album to their latest, Hi Viz. “Getdown Shutdown” was a fan favourite, from the newly released album, as the mosh seemed to enjoy a little too much as there were people sitting on shoulders and excited screams echoed throughout the building, almost resembling a festival mosh pit, but most certainly mirroring a festival atmosphere.

It was clear that everyone in the room wanted to be there, from a middle aged couple having a dance off with several younger crowd goers, to the highly intoxicated middle aged man trying to get into the venue at the beginning of the night, but of course being refused entry. The good vibes and excited energy lasted right until the final song, with the crowd demanding an encore and finishing the night with smiles. Good energy and laughter filled the streets of Fremantle after the gig with fans still talking about what they just saw, talking about their favourite songs the band played. One pair were disappointed that the band didn’t pay their favourite song, but were still pleased with the nights outcome.

All in all the night was a great success for the band and the crowd, leaving nobody disappointed, except maybe the guy at the start of the night being refused entry, but you cant please everyone. Here’s hoping the rest of the Australian tour is a great success and if The Presets were to bring out another album Perth would welcome them with open arms, but hopefully with a larger venue next time.