A WEEK is a long time in football may be a well worn cliché but it aptly describes the change in fortunes between Round’s 1 and 2 for the Frankston Dolphins. Bullish about their 2013 season prospects, Frankston were blown away by the Casey Scorpions in the season opener. The Dolphins lacked cohesion, looked slow
Essendon Coach: Hayden Skipworth Key Player Arrivals: Matt Firman (Geelong), Josh Freezer, Jacob Thompson, Ben Duscher (Bendigo), Josh Toy (Gold Coast), Matthew Bate (Melbourne), Michael Sikora (Sandringham) Key Player Departures: Nil Last Year’s Finish: Didn’t form a team until 2013 This year’s prediction: 1st And why?: Hayden Skipworth had little to work with at Bendigo.
Frankston Coach: Simon Goosey Key Player Arrivals: Michael Lourey [Sandringham VFL], Sam Lloyd [Mt Eliza MPNEL], Jackson Coleman [Sandringham VFL], Scott Simpson [Mt Eliza MPNFL], Jayden Cass [Box Hill Hawks], Tom Purcell [Box Hill Hawks], Damien Garner [Rowville EFL], Ziggy Alwan [Noble Park EFL], Chris Irving [Sandringham VFL], Josh Dyson [Brisbane Lions AFL], Russell Gabriel
A HORROR pre-season off the field but the Bombers are hopeful of turning it around and providing fans – who have shown some faith – with some excitement.
IT’S that time of the year where we make predictions about where the pecking order may stand for VFL-listed players. It’s important to remember that list is created and judged on a three tier criteria. Firstly, their 2012 form is looked upon, secondly we look at their importance to the team they’re at, and the
NAB Cup Squads Round 1, 2013
WHEN: Fri 15 Feb 2013, 06:45 PM
WHERE: Etihad Stadium, Docklands, VIC
FRANKSTON has possibly become the new breeding ground for mature age talent after another two Dolphins were taken by AFL clubs in yesterday’s rookie draft. Leigh Osborne (Gold Coast) and Kyle Martin (Collingwood) were plucked after just their first seasons at the Dolphins this year. “I just wanted to play the best footy that I
WE’VE had free agency, trade period, delistings, retirements, the National Draft and the pre-season and rookie drafts as well. Now as the dust settles on 2012 Football Nation looks at all the player movements for every club in advance of the 2013 campaign Adelaide Losses Retired: Michael Doughty Delisted: Brad Symes, Will
FRANKSTON coach Simon Goosey believes the club is ready to add experience to its list after years of building the club up with youth. While it was largely competitive last season, Frankston still won the wooden spoon again. He believes having so many draft prospects at the club has made other young players want to
COLLINGWOOD has shown some significant interest in recruiting Frankston on-baller Kyle Martin as a rookie in next week’s AFL rookie draft. It is understood the Pies are deciding between Martin and Port Melbourne midfielder Sam Dwyer, while mature age ruckman Ben Hudson, from the Brisbane Lions and the Western Bulldogs, is almost a given to
GOLD Coast has invited Frankston midfielder Leigh Osborne to train with it in the lead up to the rookie draft but there is believed to be a number of clubs interested in him. The Dolphins have also had one of their players drafted – Dylan Van Unen – to Essendon and Osborne may well be
ESSENDON chose Frankston’s 22-year-old Dylan Van Unen at pick 51 in last night’s AFL draft and expect him to play at senior level next season along with Nick Kommer from East Perth, who was taken later in the draft. Melbourne also chose Box Hill Hawks midfielder Matt Jones, a 25 year old who was one of
WE take a club by club look at this year’s draft and, where we have them, we link to our prospect profiles for more details and video of individual players
LOG on to Football Nation from 7pm on Thursday night for a live blog from the Gold Coast for this year’s AFL draft. See who will end up at your club as we go through club by club at the conclusion. 7:00pm – Welcome to our live draft blog from the Gold Coast Convention Centre.
FOOTBALL Nation continues the process of compiling information and video highlights about the top prospects in the 2012 AFL Draft. As part of our coverage we are in the process of developing an extensive draft minisite that we will launch in the coming weeks but in the meantime we will be posting profiles and articles to
PORT Melbourne premiership skipper John Baird should definitely play on next season given his incredible form in leading the Borough to yet another grand final. While Werribee’s Ben Ross won the Liston, clearly in my eyes, Baird has been the best player in the VFL in 2012 and after overcoming a career threatening Achilles injury
WITH the completion of the Home and Away series the announcement of the VFL Team of the Year isn’t too far away. The team is restricted to 24 players who competed in VFL Home and Away matches and will be announced at the counting of votes for the Liston Trophy. No AFL listed player or
PORT Melbourne coach Gary Ayres was just relieved to get the points in its three-point win over Box Hill which keeps it in the hunt for top spot. The win helped it return to top of the table after Geelong upset Casey. “I just got that feeling that the game was being turned on its head and they
FRANKSTON recruit Dylan Van Unen has been a revelation for the Dolphins this season since crossing from Box Hill, where he played just the 10 matches in three seasons
IT’S never to soon to start looking to the future and at Football Nation we begin our coverage of the 2012 National Draft begins today. 16 players were drafted or rookie listed from the VFL in 2011 and while it’s doubtful that many will be picked up in 2012, the competition will still provide the