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By Emma Quayle

ISBN-10: 1741755182

ISBN-13: 9781741755183

At the beginning of 2007, Age sportswriter Emma Quayle selected five AFL hopefuls from various diverse conditions: Trent Cotchin, Ben McEvoy, Junior Rioli, Pat Vezpremi, and Brad Ebert. She did not comprehend what might occur to them, and neither did the lads and their mom and dad. it'd be a yr whilst their desires can be shattered, the place they'd need to work flat out bodily, improve the psychological sturdiness required via a aggressive surroundings, deal with accidents, and face the cruel realities of the elite activities industry—all whereas attempting to get homework performed to go and graduate from highschool. this is often the full story of the folks in the back of the draft: the households, the recruiters, the lecturers, the coaches, the activities scientists, and most significantly the gamers themselves.

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He also had more instinctive talents. Most animals didn’t like to be moved on their own, but Ben could head out on a horse and bring a single cow home, no problem. ‘He’s got this philosophy, that you’ve got to make it attractive for the cow to go to a certain place,’ said John. ‘And he’ll get it there. ’ Growing up on a farm, you know that you will one day have to leave – at least for a little while. Ben’s sister, Kate, worked as a physiotherapist in Stawell and his brother Matt had begun an osteopathy course in Melbourne.

At 26 and after 112 games he crossed to West Adelaide for three final, unburdened seasons, and therein sat the final twist. Craig finished on 172 games and had he reached 200, the draft would barely have been on his family’s mind. indd 44 10/7/08 12:03:19 PM BRAD draftee and his wait would almost be over. Isn’t it funny, Craig often thought. Brad was 12 months old when Craig accepted that he was losing his place in the Westies team too, and retired. He had no idea his son would play football, he had less idea he’d be good at it, and he had played for as long as he could.

The first, three-year phase would include the 2005, 2006 and 2007 draft and trade periods; by the end of phase two, in 2010, he believed the Hawks would be in genuine premiership contention. He nominated kicking as one of two key qualities of any potential recruit, given the club’s poor kicking statistics compared to past premiership teams. As a rule, every draftee also needed to have strong character or, more particularly, on-field intelligence and a ‘team-first’ attitude. Pelchen had never subscribed to the theory that clubs should simply pick the ‘best available player’ at each selection in a draft: if the best player available at each pick was a ruckman, or a small midfielder, a list would have no balance.

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