Archive for September, 2010
Fremantle are facing a fan backlash with the Dockers set to dump the contentious anchor from their guernsey.
Following their shock appearance in the 2010 finals series, the club is preparing to unveil a radical new home-and-away guernsey for next season at Saturday’s Doig Medal count.
The new home strip will feature a predominantly purple shirt, with three white chevrons across the shoulders.
The clash jersey will be a white shirt with purple chevrons.
Carlton champion Chris Judd has flagged intentions for his emerging Blues to import an experienced key defender during next week’s AFL annual trading.
The Blues will make a play for out-of-contract Fremantle pair Chris Tarrant and Luke McPharlin, but appear at long odds to attract either classy big backman to join Judd and his young troops.
Carlton heavyweights will also join what is expected to be a heated chase for disgruntled Brisbane utility Jared Brennan.
Brennan averaged 20 possessions a game with the Lions this season floating mainly through midfield, but is a highly capable running defender as well.
But Brennan, 26, seems more likely to head to new club Gold Coast with his distaste for Melbourne’s bitterly cold winter weather.
Judd told an exclusive Corporate Sports luncheon before last week’s AFL grand final that a priority to building his Blues toward a top four team is adding a key defender.
The grand final’s extension into October has thrown several non-participating clubs into chaos.
Potential trade negotiations have been put on hold until the premiership is decided on Saturday.
Chris Tarrant’s desire to rejoin Collingwood has left both Carlton and Hawthorn, who are also interested in his services, in limbo.
With the Magpies focused on defeating St Kilda this weekend, they have postponed discussions with players and player-agents for a week.
Fremantle and West Coast will open next season with a historic “Twenty20” pre-season Western Derby.
The AFL has confirmed the Eagles and Dockers will be placed in the same group of three teams to play each other in round-robin matches of two 20-minute halves at Subiaco Oval in February.
In the 2011 pre-season competition, 18 teams will be divided into six groups of three, playing each other in shortened matches similar to cricket’s popular T20 format.
The foray into short-form football is likely to be popular with fans and television viewers, with each group being played at the same ground on the same day.
The third team to make up the Subiaco group will likely come from Victoria, so fans will be able to watch West Coast v the travelling team, Fremantle v the visitors and the derby for the one ticket price.
Clubs can pick different teams for each match, so fans will get an early chance to view most of the list in action.
Chris Tarrant has declared Collingwood his preferred club, but that does not mean a romantic return will come easily.
At least three clubs are after his services in an intense race for the veteran defender just six days out from trade week.
Such interest means Fremantle, which has lost the defender after four years because of business and family reasons, is likely to play hardball.
The Dockers will be particular in their needs. In return. they will want a player to fit their list model.
If the Magpies can not satisfy the Dockers, they will be comfortable enough to allow him to nominate for the national or pre-season drafts and lose him for nothing.
It may take a three-way deal to get Tarrant to Collingwood if the Pies can not come up with enough to satisfy the Dockers.
The scenario looms as similar to Luke Ball last year, when the Saints refused to budge and forced the midfielder into the draft. Ball landed at Collingwood, his preferred new home, but he was at risk of being picked up by another club.
Sunday’s WAFL grand final provided valuable experience for four Fremantle players, with Michael Walters, Clayton Hinkley, Clancee Pearce and Byron Schammer all benefiting from a berth in the big game.
Swan Districts edged Claremont by just one point in a riveting grand final, with Sandover medallist Andrew Krakouer winning the Simpson Medal for his 40-possession, four-goal game.
Clancee Perce played an important role for Swans, kicking in and running hard on the rebound from half-back, while teammate Clayton Hinkley caught the eye with his run and carry on the wing.
Highly rated youngster Michael Walters was also on the winning side, and senior development coach Simon Lloyd said the midfielder gained plenty out of the experience.
“That was one big thing we spoke to Mark Harvey about beforehand, that it was really important for Michael to play in that game,” Lloyd said.
West Coast have started to put its off-field team together with the appointment of former Fremantle ruckman Justin Longmuir as a development coach.
Longmuir has worked within the Fremantle recruiting and coaching structure for the last three years and will have a key role with the club’s young list.
The West Perth recruit played 139 games for the Dockers in nine seasons before his career was cut short by injury. This season he worked as a development coach with Fremantle’s youngsters.
Longmuir said he was looking forward to this latest opportunity.
“It is a really exciting opportunity for me and I am looking forward to working with John Worsfold and the rest of the coaching group to push West Coast up the ladder,” Longmuir said.
Gone is the green and red, we now have the purple jumper with three white V stripes at home and a white jumper with three purple V stripes away.
Also, gone is the the anchor, which will be kept as a small symbol at the back of the jumper near the neck.
The AFL have signed off on the new strips and we will play in them from next year.
We are also led to believe that there are five songs short listed to replace ‘Heave Ho’
Also, the ‘Docker’ name is finally ours to use after Harris and Rosich signed an agreement with the Dockers Corporation to licence the name. It means the club can now officially market the ‘Docker’ name.
Fremantle Docker’s young gun garrick Ibbotson will be representing the club at this weekends Grand Final for the half time Grand Final 100m sprint.
Young ruckman Zac Clarke has committed to Fremantle until the end of season 2013.
A third round selection (pick no 37 overall) in the 2008 National Draft, Clarke, 20, who was contracted until the end of season 2011, has agreed to a two-year extension of his contract.