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Welcome to Tubby’s Tales for 2017. This edition features Doddy’s man crush on Will Hayward, UFC star Connor McGregor turns up to Mad Monday, Jordie McKenzie’s driving ability, Development Coach Michael Handby turning back the clock and Reserves time keeper taking a well-deserved holiday.

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DODDY’S MAN CRUSH ON WILL HAYWARD

Former Football Development Coach Brad Dodd did a great job with the young talent at the football club in 2016. Brad will deny that he had any favourites, but Senior Coach Josh Carr can back me up here when I say that Will Hayward was the “Chosen One”. Every interview that Will completed before  last year’s draft, Brad always received a mention (Brad probably advised Will to do this) and we were all a bit surprised when Will arrived at the airport to head to Sydney, that Brad wasn’t there carrying his bags for him. Brad recently made contact to wish the club all the best for season 2017 and to mention how well Will has started his AFL career with the Swans.

 

UFC STAR MAKES AN APPEARANCE AT MAD MONDAY

UFC star Connor McGregor is all the rage in the fighting game at the moment and a couple of players did a pretty good impersonation of him at the end of year break up. Michael Virgin and Jake Liston both came dressed as the Irish star and both put a lot of time into their preparation. I give the nod as best McGregor too…………………………………….Jake Liston due to the following;

  1. His serious facial expression
  2. His facial hair has a little more of a red tinge to it than Virg
  3. Better rig, backed up by their recent skin fold testing
  4. Jake lifts more in the weights room
  5. Virg is a lover not a fighter.

Great work lads.

JORDIE MCKENZIE’S DRIVING SKILLS

In recent conversation with someone close to Jordie McKenzie, it was mentioned that the country lad from Victoria struggles to drive a manual car! I find this hard to believe as Jordie is pretty good at most things he does. With a little more investigating, it has been confirmed that it is better to walk than jump in the car when the Barrie Robran Medallist is driving a manual!!

 

 

MICHAEL HANDBY STARS FOR HAHNDORF IN THE ANZAC DAY CLASH

Michael Handby just can’t let go of the football bug. Michael recently played for Hahndorf in the Anzac day clash against Mount Barker. ‘Handles’ has won back to back flags with the Hills Powerhouse and they have started the season strongly in the quest for a third straight title. With weather and oval conditions suiting Handles playing style, he put in a best on ground performance in the low scoring 6 point win. When the Anzac Day medal was announced, ‘Handles’ was already half way up to the podium when they announced one of his team mates as the winner! ‘Handles’ can’t believe that he has been named best by his club in the last two Anzac day clashes but has missed the medal on both occasions.

 

 

RESERVES TIME KEEPER SCOTT COPPIN SAILS AWAY FOR A BREAK

Our Reserves Time Keeper and history committee member Scott Coppin, recently took a cruise to Tasmania to get away from the big smoke. On his trip, Scott ran into another Rooster supporter Norm Bennett and they chatted about our great club over a cold beer. Scott has been busy around the club lately, putting together the fantastic displays featured in the function room.

Hope you enjoyed the read and pictures provided in this edition. Look forward to seeing you all at the football.

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Terry
Very disappointed with the last quarter on Saturday. Are we unfit or the other teams just fitter than us? Hoping the boys have a real crack at the last two games.
Football Operations
Hi Terry,

Very disappointing last quarter. It is not fitness, we get GPS data on all players each week and our numbers for distance, speed, sprints etc hit the targets required.
Our strength at the contest was unacceptable for a period of the last quarter which gave Adelaide all the momentum.
The League team have 2 games left to get a result and play four quarters of consistent football.
Adrian
I wish the up-coming review every success and am hopeful this articulates into a move up the ladder in the next and following seasons. In addition to the criterion already decided I would urge the reviewers to think seriously about evaluating the 'culture' of the club as it stands. In particularly the values we place around people, performance and process the pillars of a sound cultural ethos. Four years of little of no success and more disappointingly no improvement must have both players and supporters questioning our ability to climb out of this situation. Hopefully the players provide their insight candidly. This focus I believe adds some rigor to the more regular review outcomes and might serve to provide some insight into the lack of success.
CEO
Thanks Adrian, I can assure you the review is to be thorough as we have expressed to our members and supporters, and I am sure the reviewers will assess all factors as to why the club has struggled for consistent success for nearly 3 decades, as well as the recent few years.
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Grenville's Boots
Hi Greg, I see there is a movement towards a review of the Club and think this is a good thing to do from time to time. I too am feeling frustrated with the results we have had but see two things I really like. I am very pleased to see that Josh Carr and the coaches are playing talented, young North players out of the reserves. It reminds me of 1982 when there were glimpses of real talent in the team but results were not successful. We know that what followed was some sustained success. I am also mindful that only two years ago we were a basket case of a team. It doesn't seem like that now. I would like to see the Club recruit very strategically for a couple of seasoned players such as we did with Dean Howard a few years ago who will help these young players in their development.
CEO
Agree, the win/loss situation is frustrating but like that early Nunan era where the first 4 years didn’t deliver any finals (but then exploded in 1985 to build an great successful era), we are developing our players and game style to be able to rise to a high consistent level over time, and add some quality from our recruiting program along the way.

Its healthy to review your operations from time to time, we are all passionate about building sustainable success on field, so we are looking forward to working through it.
David
Hi Just wondering what has happened to Billy Lloyd, Wyatt Patterson and Jono Hayes..Have they been told they are no longer required?
Football Operations
Hi David,

Billy Lloyd, Wyatt Patterson and Jono Hayes all left on their own terms for different reasons.
Billy has returned home to Horsham with his family while Wyatt will play the year out with Golden Grove in the Amateur League and Jono back home in Port Pirie with Solomontown.
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McGee
In the game against Norwood young Minervini put the clamps on an excellent opponent, Wilson, and even had more touches.
It looked like he carried out his instructions to a tee.
More of the young fellows please!
Football Operations
Lee Minervini has adapted quickly to senior football and certainly did a fine job on Anthony Wilson in the Norwood game.
Lee has also had defensive assignments in other games (Sturt – Josh Hone, Glenelg – Dom Barry) and performed them to the same standard.

Lee is an exciting talent with good physical attributes (speed, power) to perform at senior level.
The young players elevated in recent weeks (Kirk, Olekalns, Sweet) have all performed well and we look forward to them developing into consistent league performers.
Sean
Just wondering given the player roster changing with some of the younger players being given a game, when will we see the likes of Sweet going up? Is it likely that Rozee will play firsts this season? He provides electricity no matter what level he plays. Woodcock seems to be killing it as a bottom ager in the 18s, getting in the best players most weeks. I have seen others going to reserves. Will he get a run up this season? Is there any mentoring from senior players for these youngsters coming through?
Administration
Hi Sean,


Jordon Sweet will play this weekend as a replacement for the injured James Craig in the ruck.
Jordon has progressed well this year and will get an opportunity to test himself at the higher level.
Connor Rozee has just returned from the State Under 18 Championships and played his first game back in the reserves last weekend.
Connor will continue at reserves level and if his form warrants league selection, that will definitely happen.
Boyd Woodcock has had a very good season. We only see Boyd occasionally due to his school commitments at Black Friars.
Boyd will play reserves this week and we are hopeful that we can get a few more games into him over the rest of the season.
We have been rotating the Under 18 players regularly to train with the seniors during the week.
They get exposed to the intensity and pace of training and work with the senior players during these sessions.
We will continue to do this and promote those who are inform when required.
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Baz
What is going on with our playing group? We have put in far too many insipid performances this year and last Saturday was very poor. It is hard for supporters to front up each week, when that sort of rubbish is served up. It is difficult to reconcile our current team and its performances to the team that I grew up watching, who were Champions of Australia.

Yes I appreciate that the football climate has changed, but I really just want to see a team that is competitive week in and week out and that gives its members good value for their money.

26 years since our last flag and no light at the end of the tunnel, a lot of supporters are wondering whether they will live long enough for another Rooster premiership, let alone continued success.
Football Operations
Hi Baz,

Agree with your comments below. Very disappointing to only kick 1 goal in 3 quarters of football.
The end score line looked respectable but being at the game, it definitely wasn’t.
The players are aware of their on-field responsibilities, we play to win and 100% effort is expected for the entire contest.
The continued support from the members/supporters is outstanding in trying times and your expectation is to see effort and commitment.
Look forward to seeing improved performances for the rest of the season and beyond.
muriel
well done boys you all put in a good effort at least I froze my butt off for a good reason now you need to keep up the intensity for the next lot of games it was great to see you all pulling together as a team
Football Operations
Hi Muriel,

The team performed and applied themselves with the intensity required to win at this level.
Thanks for your support in the cold weather and we look forward to this week’s game against a very good Sturt outfit.
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Graham
Hi Guys,

Just wondering if you can give an update on how Rozee, Woodcock, Denham, Oborn and Langley went in the State 17s and 18s over the past month.
Administration
Hi Graham,

Here is a list of the young North Adelaide footballers that have played representative games recently;

SA Under 18’s
Connor Rozee – has played in the first 2 SA Under 18 games and will travel to Melbourne for the final 2 games in the 25 player squad. Connor got named best player in the first game against WA.
Bryce Denham – played in the second SA Under 18 against the Allies at Adelaide Oval. Bryce will travel to Melbourne with Connor for the final 2 games.
Ben Oborn – was selected in the squad but didn’t play a game. Has progressed quickly in our Under 18 team under Jason Blair’s guidance and is a ruck/forward option for the future.
Hugo Barry – played in the second game against the Allies at Adelaide Oval but unfortunately hurt his knee late in the game and has recently had knee reconstructive surgery.

SA Under 17 Futures
Boyd Woodcock and James Langley were selected to play against Western Australia in Perth last weekend. Boyd kicked 3 goals and was named 3rd best player for the day.

SA Under 16’s
Dyson Hilder, Harrison Magor and Karl Findlay were all selected for the first game against Western Australia last weekend and all 3 will travel to Queensland next week for the remaining games.
Dyson Hilder was named best player in the first game and also kicked a goal.
rob small
hi
on Saturday I didn't see jonno hayes or wyatt Patterson in the reserves
someon said they have left the club
is that true
both players looked promising
thanks
rob
Football Operations
Hi Rob,

Jono Hayes, Wyatt Patterson and Billy Lloyd have all departed the club for different reasons.
Jono was down on form and not enjoying his football so will finish the season with his home club Solomontown in Port Pirie.
Wyatt is similar to Jono and will play out the rest of the season with his local club Golden Grove.
Billy has decided to move back home to Horsham.

We will keep in touch with all 3 and hopefully they all return to the football club.
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Grenville' boots
Hi Greg, on a positive note I have to give the players 10/10 for endeavour this year. There are some positive glimpses of good footy. I think we are all frustrated with what appears to be a lack of skill. I'm not sure why we can play only two to three quarters of good footy every week. I have definitely seen much improvement in Josh Carr but we supporters need to see more success soon. It's been way too long.
CEO
I agree with all. Consistency is something we haven’t shown at all this season, even our wins were a bit inconsistent within the matches. Skills when we are up and running through a quarter or half are fine, but fall apart drastically when we are rushed into poor decisions as the opposition takes control. Our endeavour has been OK at times, but our inability through poor skill execution to grab each and every opportunity we fight hard to get is frustrating as we all know. You are right, we need some wins and the confidence we get from those wins, and are working damn hard on making sure the second half of season 2017 is much better!
Adrian
Whats happened to Blake Helyar?
Football Operations
Hi Adrian,

Blake Helyar got suspended in round 4 v West Adelaide and received a 4 week penalty.
Unfortunately for Blake, that 4 week penalty is actually 7 weeks due to having 2 byes during this period.

Blake will return in round 10 v West Adelaide.
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Phil
Thought that with Mitch Harvey out of action that perhaps Jordan Sweet may have been considered as he is tall, athletic and can take a contested mark. He could also be a good foil for the over-worked James Craig in ruck, giving him a breather without disrupting other forwards. I understand he was nearly drafted this year, so we need to get some value from him now.
Football Operations
Hi Phil,

Jordon is developing in the reserves at the moment and is showing good signs.
He is working hard on his ruck craft, marking & competitiveness at training with James Craig and Mick Redden.
Jordon unfortunately missed the draft last year and we see him as a long term player of the football club moving forward. Like Dakota Nixon this week, Jordon will get promoted when his form is consistent and at a high level.
muriel
what!s happening with our boys? they start off well then fall into a hole, they completely lose concentration, then when they get the ball they do not know what to, its like they are holding a hot potato, too many useless hand balls and not going directly to the forwards, the way they are playing when we next play the afl team of port their prospect arnt very good.
Football Operations
Hi Muriel,

Our skill level by hand and foot is not acceptable for this level of football.
Our concentration is also an area that needs improvement.
These have all been key focus areas this week as we are making the game too hard for each other before even considering the opposition.

We need a strong response this week against Adelaide.
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Stuart lawson
What a incredible luncheon good food good company and Wayne Phillips was a brilliant MC interviewing Barrie with respect and humor he conducted himself admirably.
The afternoon could not have been better.
Congratulations to all involved particularly the Presidents Group for paying for Barrie and his guests table.
CEO
Thanks Stewy, what a great luncheon it was!
Peter
Poor result/effort against Sturt on the weekend, but on a pleasing note, it was good seeing the great Barrie Robran at the ground on his 50th anniversary, walking, talking and having numerous selfies taken with supporters in the crowd. Hopefully we can turn our season around soon.
Administration
Hi Peter,
Yes the result was very disappointing .It was great to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of Barrie's first match, glad that you enjoyed it!
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Lew
Do you think we might consider promoting some well performed players from the Reserves or U18's to the League side, which is quite obviously not getting any better. Our skills are shocking, and we lack leg speed and run right across the board.
Football Operations
Hi Lew,

There are several young players in the reserves that have put together strong performances over recent weeks. Dakota Nixon has been promoted this week after impressing in the last 2 games.
Agree with your comments regarding our skill level, it has been a key focus area for the week to control the game when in possession of the ball. Looking for an improvement in the basic fundamentals of the game which will give us more scoring opportunities to win this weekend.
Lew
Like most supporters no doubt, I am concerned about our poor skill level, which costs us goals every game. Doesn't seem to be getting any better. just wondering what the coaching panel and players are doing to improve in this area.
Football Operations
Our skill level has been disappointing and is a key area that is letting us down during games.
The team has made this a key focus at training with game simulated drills putting the players in the same positions they confront on game day.
We have to get better by hand and foot under pressure if we are going to get the consistent results we want to achieve.
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Charlie
Congratulations to Barry, Oborn, Denham and Rozee on being selected in the SANFL Under 18 state squad. Might Boyd Woodcock be considered a little unlucky given he was in the Australian under 18 team last year and has featured in North's Under 18 best players this season?
Football Operations
Hi Charlie,

Boyd has had a consistent start to the season with the Under 18’s and has featured regularly in the best players.
Boyd is a first year player (17 years old) and most of the 17 year old players that get selected are in the AFL Academy 1 program.
If Boyd’s form continues, the selectors can still add him to the squad before they finalise their list for the Championships.
Jeff
Hmmm. Went to Alberton. Players tried hard but we seem to be missing a couple of big bodies. Would be interested to hear more about our internal assessment of what happened.

Well done to the Women - great results. Keep it going
Football Operations
Hi Jeff,

Couldn't question the effort of the players and we got our share of the ball over the day. The biggest issues were our efficiency with the ball, too many turnovers which turned into scoring opportunities for Port and our ability to get the ball inside 50 and keep it there was not at the required level. Port are in a different phase of training as their AFL players start round 1 next week (we are still 3 weeks away) We are looking for improvement this week against West Adelaide before finishing our trial game schedule against South Adelaide next week at Noarlunga.

The women have been building each week and play Glenelg this weekend with the winner guaranteed of playing in the Grand Final. The women are passionate about the game and Coach Matthew Slade has built a team first culture which is getting the results on the scoreboard.
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David Andrew
Hi Greg.Could you supply us a complete list of all new players at the Club this season?
Administration
Hi David,
We have just posted a 2017 Team list under 'news & events' with just names and guernsey numbers.
Player profiles & updated photos should be up on the website early next week.
Kind Regards,
Allira
Adrian
Are the membersip packages far away. I was told Feb but nothing yet
Administration
Hi Adrian,
Tickets are being printed and posted out in batches. Our next batch is being printed and packed next week, so your membership isn't too far away.
Appreciate your patience!
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Grenville's boots
Hi Greg, I appreciate all of the points you make but there is no acknowledgement that there is an important reason we have this holiday. Anzac Day gets a time allocation that allows for the due respect to be shown to the services and those that want to attend them. How is this any different? I find the lack of regard shown disgraceful. If it's just an ordinary day for some that is fine but at least give some respect to the reason for the day and the thousands that hold it as special. Sorry, I find it hard to believe there is no room for this and some sort of compromise with the timing of games just to show some respect if nothing else. There is room for showing the community that we hold respect and regard for what these days mean. For those who would tell me to get over it, perhaps they should just go to work. Perhaps there shouldn't be a holiday at all. Thanks for listening, I am passionate that our community lives in support of each other and have found this venture to be a real put down.
CEO
Thanks for the feedback, I understand your views on playing on the day and if we had good enough lights at Prospect Oval or daylight saving was still in vogue, having it played later would be an option for us.
Grenville's Boots
I believe we might be playing a Good Friday game this year. While I am personaly against this, I could live with it if the SANFL and clubs showed some respect for the day and start the games late as they do for Anzac Day. Playing at 2pm is a huge disrespect to the reason for the holiday and those that want to participate in the days religious services. I imagine that this would include some players and coaches. I remember Brad Gotch was one coach who was affected by this a year or so ago. Is it too much to ask for the minimum respect? How about games start from 5? There are plenty of venues with lights. Come on SANFL, there are good social and religious reasons to respect this occasion which is the most important day on the Christian calendar. Btw, I am not a religious nutter for those who might jump to that conclusion. I just think this is tearing at important customs and beliefs... for what.
CEO
We will be playing at Prospect on Good Friday with a likely start of 1.10pm. We understand this will not suit everyone, but I suppose a later game will not suit some either. From a clubs viewpoint, it was exciting to see nearly 5000 turn up at Elizabeth last year on Good Friday, and we are hoping we will see a similar crowd supporting us this year at Prospect.
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Michael Shanahan
Very happy with the recruiting to date - however, we still seem to have lost more than we've gained for season 2017. Do I need to pull the boots on or are we still likely to entice a few more to our Great Club (or back to our Great Club - any update on Andrew Moore)?
Football Operations
Hi Michael,

We have added to our midfield and key position stocks with our recruiting this year which was our priority.
Our list is nearly finalised and we currently have 60 players on our training squad.
There are more names on the departure list than incoming. This is covered with 12 junior players moving into senior ranks in 2017.
We are still in discussions with potential recruits and will confirm any new signings when they are finalised.
Grenville's Boots
Hi Greg,
will we ever see a pre-season AFL game at Prospect? I imagine the AFL give the clubs a fair amount of support to stage these games and there is also the benefit of canteen sales etc. It seems just a few SANFL clubs get the benefit of this. I remember these games have been played at Richmond a few times for example. What do you think?
Cheers
CEO
Would be great to have an AFL match here at Prospect, however we don’t have the oval available during that February/March time due to cricket. The ovals who can host the AFL matches generally don’t have cricket on the same oval.
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Craig
Any news early on pre season training and or photos
Football Operations
Hi Craig,
We will post an update mid next week with some photos of the Players included.
The boys have returned to training in good condition, with only a handful of injuries.
John the Butcher
Congrats to the club on the 4 players drafted in the AFL Draft. Hopefully some more today in the Rookie draft. The club must be very pleased with its Junior development pathway.
CEO
Thanks John, the club is really excited to have played an important role in the development of these players, as well as those who will emerge for the Roosters in the next few years as league footballers.
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Andrew
Hi Greg, why is Amato leaving, I know he had a stinker of a latter part of the season but wouldn't you bite the bullet put pirates head down and work your guts off to get your spot back
CEO
Hi Andrew, as you know, most player departures are generally the result of the review process between player and coach during or after the season. This is no different, we wish Nick every success, he’s is really good lad.
Grenville's Boots
Great to hear we have picked up a few excellent recruits. Good work Roosters!
CEO
Thanks, it’s been a solid and rewarding process so far.
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Craig
I see Moore has been delisted from Richmond would there be any interest from us in him
Football Operations
Andrew Moore is a quality player and person that we are very interested in.
Delisted players are still available to be selected by other AFL clubs.
We have made contact to express our interest if an AFL opportunity doesn’t present over the next few weeks.
Tanya
Way to go keep up the good work lets do it next year
Administration
Thanks Tanya, we are all very proud!
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Grenville's Boots
Great work Roosters in the Reserves GF. It was good footy to watch and very encouraging for the future to see North Adelaide players with great footy skills, persistence and passion. Congratulations all!
CEO
The Ressies boys were fantastic yesterday and gave us a real glimpse as to how Josh and the coaches want the game played at all levels. Craig Brooks did a great job keeping them on task under pressure and making sure they all played their roles for the team. Really proud of them!
spider
Brilliant,,,by the boys in the grand final...Jay Shannon what champ...
Football Operations
Thanks Spider, Jay is an excellent Player and Club man!
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Linda Simcock
congratulations to the Reserve players for winning the 2016 Reserves Grand Final. All the players played exceptionally and should be proud of themselves.
Administration
Thanks Linda, we are all extremely proud of them!
rob
there is a player called cummings named in the reserves side this week
I don't remember seeing him during the year, but I could be wrong
can you please tell us a little about him
thanks
Football Operations
Isaac Cumming is the younger brother of Harrison who played at the club previously.
Isaac is from Broken Hill and played one game this year in our Under 18’s.
Isaac played for the Allies (combined NSW, QLD, TAS, NT) in the AFL Under 18 championships and has been invited to the AFL national draft testing later in the year.
He is a quality young talent who we are confident will play his role this weekend.
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George Fenn
I see Nick Amato qualifies for the Reserves Finals but has not played yet. Will he play in the remaining final/s? Is he expected to play on in 2017?
Football Operations
Nick Amato has made himself unavailable for the reserves finals series due to work commitments and has advised the club that he will not be returning for the 2017 season.
Charlie
A really good week for the North Adelaide Football Club..........it started with winning the Under 18 and Reserves Elimination Finals......Tuesday held an informative and well attended Members' Forum......Dakota Nixon won the Under 18 McCallum Tomkins Medal.......now our Under 18s are into a Grand Final with Hayward kicking 9 goals and our Reserves are into consecutive Prelim finals.......
CEO
Thanks Charlie, great to have these two teams deep into finals again. Lots of good youngsters on show that’s for sure! Dakota has had a great season and was good in the Reserves win on Saturday, and Will Hayward really lit it up in the 18’s game with 9 big ones! Both huge talents.
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Charlie
Given we have a number of Under 18 players who have appeared at Reserves (and in some cases League) Level in 2016, will we select on Sunday the best possible Reserves team or the best possible Under 18 team?
Football Operations
Hi Charlie,

Depending on availability, our priority is for all the Under 18 players to play in their age group.
This will depend on the numbers available at the senior level with the reserves.
We are likely to require 1-2 Under 18 players for the first week of finals in the reserves side.
Dugldo
In an answer to my post regarding Sunday games, you said not all clubs were adverse to playing on Sunday. Would the clubs include port and Adelaide?
CEO
No, I don’t know their positions on the 2017 fixture. I was referring to a few SANFL clubs who have stated they prefer to mix some Sundays into the program for a variety of reasons which suit them. We have remained strong in our preference for Saturday afternoons.
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Schulzy
Can you please inform supporters regarding the eligibility rules for players to be able to represent the club in the Reserves and Under 18 finals after Saturday's final match against Sturt? i.e. who will be eligible to play in the Reserve's finals despite playing in the 'A' Grade on Saturday? It is my believe that both teams can be very competitive during their respective final's series despite any restrictions that may occur. I look forward to supporters receiving an informative response1
Football Operations
Hi Schulzy,

The qualification requirements for reserves finals are as follows;

Any player that has played 6 games or more at league level, needs to play 3 of the last 5 games of the season in the reserves to qualify for the finals.

Players from the league side this weekend that can play reserves finals are;
Gregg
Patterson
Shannon
Thiele
Virgin
We will have 22 eligible players to select from not counting the Under 18 players currently playing in the reserves (named below)

Under 18 qualification - All players that have their 18th birthday in 2016 can play in the Under 18 finals.

The players below are all currently playing reserves football but they qualify for both sides come finals time.
Jarman
Graham
Sweet
Nixon
Minervini

Agree that both sides will be very competitive in the major round.
The reserves will play South Adelaide in the elimination final in a few weeks’ time.
The Under 18’s need to keep winning to get the double chance in the finals. We are currently sitting in 2nd position.
Fed up Phil
Very disappointed that the improvement shown in the first half of the season hasn't been sustained in the second half. In particular our forward pressure has dropped significantly and seem to be rebounding from defence without method, bombing the ball into outnumbered forwards and hoping for miracles. Early in the year, players like Lewis Hender were exerting enough pressure for turnovers and scoring opportunities to keep the scoreboard ticking over but this seems to have disappeared completely. What has happened, given that our injury list was minimal and most games were being played at home?
Football Operations
Hi Phil,

Has been disappointing that we haven’t been able to get a result in the second half of the season.
Our forward pressure has been inconsistent with our forward 50 tackle numbers and ground ball wins down compared to earlier in the season.
In recent games we have had opportunities early in contests but our accuracy in front of goal has been low.
Skill level across the ground has been an issue, especially by foot and we have struggled to regain momentum of the contest, especially after half time.
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charlie
I don't recall seeing Brandon Parfitt at the Club since he represented the NT in the National Under 18s comp. Where is he at with his football?
Football Operations
Hi Charlie,

Brandan has been modified due to ongoing groin issues which he has carried for a while now.
Brandan has been through a rehabilitation program and he played in our Under 18 team on Saturday against South Adelaide.
We are hoping that he can put a few games together to build some match fitness and finish the season with us strongly before heading to the AFL draft combine later in the year.
Adrian
With this season drawing to a close I wonder what you see as the major objectives for the remainder of this season. To me we have (via a sound game plan) managed to at least be competitive this year - however the number of wins I see as below par with the list available. Will we see more of the younger boys in the last few senior games? Names such as Patterson, Hayes, Olekalns come to mind???
Football Operations
Hi Adrian,

We will continue to select the best side available to win our remaining games.
There are players in the reserves that are pushing for selection and they will get a game if their form warrants in the position available.
Jono Hayes will make his debut this week against Port Adelaide after consistent form over many weeks.
Hopefully we can promote a few more debutants before the end of the season.
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Ben
Another very close game and close loss though it was good to see a lot of heart and effort put in by the players, especially after the Norwood game. I think Josh Carr has definitely shown he is the right man for the job. In regards to this weekends game though, like the Norwood and Eagles game also, I found there was some very strange umpiring in particular a lot of non-paid incorrect disposals, holding on and in the backs. Have the umpires been told to let it go or are they just not umpiring well enough? I'd never blame the umpires for the loss but stuff like this just gets annoying when it seems to be happening week after week especially considering if my memory serves me correctly at least one of the umpires from the Central game also umpired against Norwood. Will the club possibly be asking the SANFL as to what is going on with some of these interpretations?
CEO
I know it’s hard to get a fix on umpiring interpretations at times, and this year has been no exception. Holding the ball interpretations can be baffling even to the most learned football follower and I suppose the ever changing rules are blurry for the umpires also, making their job harder than it should be. Most people watch so much AFL on TV or live, that there are certain interpretation expectations the supporters have when they go to the SANFL matches, however, some rules are not the same and the interpretation is certainly not the same as the AFL. This can confuse the players and coaches also. We are in constant conversation on these issues with the SANFL to try and get consistency across the board.
charlie
I'm sure the number of narrow losses this season is as frustrating for the players and coach as it is for we supporters. Do the players do match simulations at training to rehearse these situations?
Football Operations
The players are educated through match simulation training on the field and also through vision in team meetings.
All scenarios are discussed and gone through regularly so that all players are aware of the structures and their responsibilities in all positions on the field.
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Dugldo
Another bye. What is up with the SANFL. Are they just cowtailing to the AFL? I think it's time clubs stood up to the SANFL and told them what most of the local league clubs and supporters want; Saturday footy and no byes. If that does not fit in with the AFL reserves, that's their problem.
CEO
We have requested Saturday football with the minimum byes possible for 2017. We have continued to push for this, although not all clubs are as passionate about Saturday football as we are.
MEL
Hi I was wondering if the sanfl review their umpires on a weekly basis? The umpires in the last two weeks have been shocking. I've just watched the Norwood game and couldn't get over some of the calls. Our play has been terrible the last two weeks so this is by no means a blame the umpire thing but really surely there is better out there.
CEO
I believe the umpires are reviewed each match by an umpires observer. I thought there were certainly some key decisions made by the umpires which impacted our match last week against the Eagles, especially in such a close finish. The game yesterday wasn’t as close so perhaps those frustrating decisions aren’t as noticeable, although we do scrutinise the decisions which we believe are questionable and use the avenue available to us through the SANFL to lodge formal complaints.
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Scott
Just wondering where Wade Thompson is? Is he still with the club? Also, is Wanganeen any closer to getting a league game?
Football Operations
Hi Scott,

Wade Thompson had a horror run with injuries and couldn’t put any length of training continuity together without pulling up sore.
Wade and the club agreed it was beneficial for him to go and play some football with a lighter workload to see if he could stay healthy.
Wade is playing with PAOC in the Amateur League and we are still in communication with him and his coach Brett Backwell.
Hopefully he can get healthy and enjoy playing some games.

Derick has been playing reserves games but struggles to train regularly due to hamstring and knee issues.
Derick, after a discussion with the club has decided to have the rest of the season away from the football club.
Derick’s body won’t allow him to get to the required level to play league football.
Derick is a required player and we are hopeful that he will return next year.
Smithy
Listened to the radio broadcast of the Glenelg game from Kanchanaburi in Thailand and wished I had witnessed the great win. Keep it up and will be back for the Crows game in July.
Football Operations
Hi Smithy,

Hopefully the weather is better over there than it is here today!
Enjoy the rest of your trip.
The players produced some of their best football of the season against Glenelg.
Hopefully we can replicate the performance on your return.
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Grenville's Boots
Loved the footy I saw at Glenelg. Tough, skilful and team oriented. Looks great Roosters!
CEO
Our best footy is pretty good, now we need consistency week in week out.
Andrew
How does the club feel about the media coverage the SANFL is getting since the 2 AFL reserves teams have joined?
Seems every team that is aired on 7mate is against Crows ot Port.
Not to mention the "reserves showdowns"
All i see on the news sports is shots of AFL players, how many possessions they got or AFL players in the crowd.
Surely this was not the level of exposure the NAFC expected when we voted them into the league.
I feel if this is not addressed all clubs will be on their way to irrevelancy.
Print media is no better with The Advertiser leaving NAFC off the ladder in Monday's paper!
CEO
All of the issues you have raised, and more, are being discussed with the SANFL by all clubs. The match program is under review and has been the source of much frustration. I am also sure the broadcast will also be a topic of discussion and review. The media coverage so far has probably been less than hoped for the SANFL clubs, although the media coverage of the SANFL is still broad and no less than we had before the AFL clubs came in. Of course, we don’t know what level of media coverage would be in place if the 2 AFL clubs weren’t voted in, so the debate will always have that unknown factor about it.
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Bek
Hi there,

Is there plans to auction any match worn guernseys this season? If so which round?

Thanks
Bek
Administration
Hi Bek,
At this stage it is unlikely that we will Auction match worn guernseys this year.
Cheers,
Admin
Dugldo
Has Harrison Slee left the club or is Tom Schwarz just wearing the 34 gernsey while he is out injured?
Administration
Harrison Slee is still at the club. He has had surgery on his ankle and is working his way through his rehabilitation program.
Harrison will be out for the majority of the season. We are hopeful that he can fit in a few games near the end of the season.
Tom Schwarz is wearing number 34 due to the above and Harrison being our longest term injury at present.
We rate Harrison highly and are hopeful that he can get his body right so we can see his football talent out on the field.
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Sandra Clisby
I would like to thank the club for the opportunity to toss the coin on mothers day. It was a special moment to share with Mitchell on the oval. There is a lot of positives at the club at the moment so keep up the good work.
Sandra Clisby
Administration
Wonderful to have you part of the day Sandra and thanks so much for your support of our Club, and of course of our captain too!
Grenville's Boots
Totally agree with points made by Shannon and your response but despite a vocal group who oppose anything AFL, I see many Roosters at Crows games. That is why we don't follow the Crows in the SANFL. It's Roosters first and there is only so much time you can commit to watching footy! I think the SANFL programming so many byes is also damaging for the SANFL competition. What annoys me from the comments made by the anti Crows Rooster supporters is that many of those supporters follow other AFL teams avidly too. Way too much complaining about the AFL, that horse has bolted, can't we enjoy both?
Football Operations
There are definitely many Rooster supporters who follow and love the AFL competition, no doubt about that. But I guess the argument is more specifically about the ongoing question of having the AFL clubs in the SANFL competition rather than complaining about the AFL in general. We can certainly enjoy both competitions, I know I do.
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Shannon Morrissey
Dear Mr President,

After watching last SUNDAY`S game I was wondering when are we going to see the financial flow on`s that were going to come into affect with the 2 AFL teams entering our competition. Crowds seem to be dropping off at an alarming rate along with club memberships. Interesting fact also is the multi million dollar televising deal with channel 7. How is it that there was no coverage of the ANZAC day clash? Was it because both the AFL Reserves had a bye that weekend. Seems to me that the only benefactors out of this deal are these two clubs going by the televised games so far this year.The club has also said that it`s preferred time slot for football is Saturday afternoons yet we have been hit with majority Sunday games. Interesting note is that South Adelaide have 11 Sat games, Central have 14 Sat games and we have 7 Sat games yet we voted YES for the inclusion of the reserves teams yet Central and South voted NO. SANFL hardly seem to be scratching our backs when we helped them out.
I look forward to a reply. Thank you
Regards Shannon.
Football Operations
Thanks Shannon, I’ll pass on your feedback to our President who is currently away. I can confirm that we have been pushing for Saturday afternoon football for a couple of seasons now and am equally frustrated that we have continued to get too many Sundays. I know there are contributing factors to the frustrating programming ranging from the TV broadcast requirements to the clashing with AFL matches at Adelaide Oval. However, that doesn’t help us with our desire to be allocated a consistent Saturday afternoon timeslot on a home/away basis. We will continue to push for that, and whilst we don’t have control over it, we will lobby for the type of fixture we and our supporters really want moving forward. I do know Centrals push for Saturdays because they have their long standing Bingo held in their function room each Sunday, so perhaps we need to start our Sunday Bingo up again! I do agree the crowds the AFL teams have attracted to the SANFL are very disappointing to say the least. Personally, I can’t believe why a Crows or Power fan doesn’t want to watch their up and coming AFL players in action and last Sunday was another example of this. Regards the broadcast, I am sure it isn’t a multimillion dollar deal for anyone, but rather a way for the SANFL competition to showcase itself on a commercial channel who can deliver ratings and therefore interest in the competition. The ABC weren’t keen to continue, and I think most of us agree that TV coverage of the SANFL is crucial, so I have no issues with the partnership with Channel 7 and believe their production of the game is great. I am not aware of exactly why the Anzac Day game was not on TV, but I assume it would have been up against the Collingwood vs Essendon game on the Monday and that may have contributed to it not being broadcast? I hope that clarifies some points.
Anthony
just wondering why isn't Amato playing league.
Although we have been competitive this year we have lost a few close games which we may have won if we had some of our more experienced players with more polish in front of goals and better decision making under pressure.
Football Operations
Hi Anthony,

Nick has had an interrupted start to the season with an injury in round 2 keeping him out of the Norwood win and then missing last week through suspension.
Nick is a proven player at this level and an opportunity won’t be far away once he can get some continuity on the field.
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Paul
Cannot remember leaving Prospect so disappointed after watching a team give so much and not get the points. Down to 1 rotation in the last quarter the boys showed great courage and deserved to win. Lots of lessons to be learned from the game and no doubt will be. No one can question this groups massive desire and focus and the supporters can now see the club has taken huge strides in weeding out the players not capable of total commitment. Well done to the players and coaching staff.
Football Operations
Hi Paul,

The players were very disappointed they couldn’t finish with the win on the weekend.
They gave themselves every chance but couldn’t find that elusive goal in the last quarter when we had field position for the majority of the time.
The group is setting good training and playing standards which have been highlighted by their competitive performances this season.
We look forward to this weekend against the 2015 premiers West Adelaide.
Dugldo
I hope the club will let the SANFL know that some supporters like to share Mother's Day with their family. If the AFL clubs don't want their reserves playing on the same day as the firsts, they can forfeit.
Administration
More Saturday afternoon football would remove this issue, and the SANFL understand our preference.
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Baz
I applaud the club on the survey being conducted re the scheduling of games. I much prefer Saturday games on a home and away basis.
Could other questions such as pandering to the AFL clubs, and even their participation in the competition also be surveyed? It seems to me that they are a very unpopular addition to the SANFL and it would be good for the SANFL hierarchy to actually hear from the supporters.
It seems that crowds are down, when they were supposed to increase by 5 000 for each Crows reserves game.
Administration
Thanks Barry, I believe most supporters would be keen to have more Saturdays and I know the players and support staff would also. I don’t think we’ll run a survey on the AFL clubs in the SANFL, the SANFL are already aware that there are mixed feelings amongst supporters on this. Crowds have certainly not reached those anticipated against the AFL clubs and it’s been disappointing that their AFL fans don’t come to watch their SANFL teams, especially when the AFL team plays away.
Grenville's boots
Just to add to my thoughts on moving next Sunday's game, can we look next year to more Saturday or Friday night games? I think we have way too many on Sunday. Just an opinion. Cheers
CEO
We agree that we have too many Sunday games. Our preference is for Saturday football at 2.10pm each week, and that is what we will continue to push the SANFL for.
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John Quinn
I noticed that Wade Thompson has returned to the club but haven't seen him play, can you advise what is going on with him.
Football Operations
Wade has returned to the club since the start of the pre-season.
Unfortunately he has had a quad injury for the majority of the time which has restricted how much training he can complete.
Wade will play this week in the amateurs and is progressing well through a mini pre-season at the moment.
Hopefully he can put a few games together and then he will be up for selection when his match fitness is at the required level.
Wade has a great attitude and we will give him every chance when he is ready.
More happy Phil
Well done to the team for that amazing win last Sunday against supposedly the Premiership favourites. Clearly they didn't come to play and we did. Hope that is the benchmark for the year and not just a flash in the pan as we have a lot of 'faith restoring' to achieve. Most urgent to address is our shocking áway' record since 2013 where efforts were so poor that games were over by half time. Keep up the intensity at training and in the games.
Football Operations
Thanks Phil.

We were pleased with the response of the playing group following the round 1 loss.
The players followed the instructions set out during the week and we played 4 consistent quarters of football.
Big game this week to back up that performance.
The team has set a standard now that they need to make a consistent output for every game they play.
Look forward to this weekend at Alberton.
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Smithy
Great win last week but how come we are playing on Saturday when the Crows are playing in Melbourne and the 2 games clash. My understanding was that would never happen under the new guidelines. Also the number of byes has increased even though we have an equal number of teams now.
Football Operations
Hi Smithy,

This is the only clash we have with the Crows all season.
The home side (Port on this occasion) get the final say in communication with the SANFL on what day the game is scheduled and we asked for as many Saturday games as possible.
We currently have 9 Sunday games and a Monday game so in the end we accepted the Saturday decision.
In regards to the byes, the SANFL had set start/end dates (start at Easter, finish 1 week before the AFL) and an extra bye was added due to the AFL adding a bye at the end of the minor round.
It is not ideal, but we will play when programmed and work our training schedule around the fixture.
Andrew Bennett
What a great win Greg. A great crowd, huge banner, and a magnificent day all round.
One thing I think the club must act on very quickly, is the amount op the public still kicking footballs on the ground well after the teams have both run out and also whilst they were trying to warm up. At one stage there were kids in the goal square whilst a fer players were practicing lining up. Cheers .
CEO
Thanks Andrew, this is something we will make the ground announcer aware of, and he can move them on via the oval PA.
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Tony Skeffington
I would like to thank all involved at the NAFC in assisting with the 50th Anniversary BBQ and banner for the NACS / NGS. Also big thanks to so many for all the thoughts and well wishes directed toward me. In particular I would like to sincerely thank Greg Edwards, Darryl Wintle and Mark Gibbs from the NAFC and also Rooster legend Tony Antrobus for attending and assisting our diehard Chef Gibbsy on the day with the BBQ. Thanks also need to go to rooster diehards Justin McKay, Jamie Woolford, Wayne Feutrill, Rob Joyner, Stewart Lawson for all helping hand in hand with the club to put the day together. There were also many other diehards who also contributed and worked to ensure the day was a great success I wish I could have shared the day with everyone but as many are aware at the club due to my illness sadly I was unable to attend but in my abscene my family and friends and many at the NAFC ensured I was "included" and it made my day to listen to the radio broadcast and have such a huge win after last weeks game. Thanks all!
CEO
Thanks Tony, it was a special day for the club and so much of the day was heavily inspired by you in so many ways. From the BBQ in the park to Rob Joyner tossing the coin on your behalf, to the players acknowledging the contribution of the cheer/grog squad after the final siren and finally Jamie’s speech in the rooms afterwards. You may not have been there in person, but you were certainly the most visible on the day for so many people. You should be really proud of that mate.
Stewie
I would like to thank the club for supporting the Grog Squad/Cheer Squad 50TH celebrations and banner making especially as it had special personal significance for all of us
CEO
Thanks Stewie, it was great to acknowledge and celebrate the 50th year and highlight the significance to all who attended the match.
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Dave
Congratulations to the boys and coaches for a great game. It was the best football we have played for a long time. keep it going.
Football Operations
Everyone enjoyed the win in a strong performance by the league side.
The players have to reset this week and reproduce the same football this weekend against Port Adelaide at Alberton.
Hopefully we see the outer wing decked out in the red and white colours on Saturday.
peter
Did Alex Spina get any nose bleeds or lack of oxygen from his mark that he took... he got so high that i felt dizzy looking up at it. Did anyone get a photo of it? it would be great to see on the site
Administration
Hi Peter,
Happy to report no high altitude injuries from that mark, thankfully!
I don't believer there is a photo of it, but hopefully we may have caught some vision of it!
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Grenville's Boots
Doesn't get better than that! Well done to all the players, coaches and the Club. Keep it going Roosters!
CEO
Yep, it was certainly a great win!
Paul
Could you please advise us who does the recruiting and the process involved each year. Nobody I ask seems to know who has the final say on who stays and who goes and who we recruit. Thank you and looking for a big response from the current group this Sunday against Norwood.
Football Operations
Hi Paul,

The recruiting process is managed by Football Services Manager Darryl Wintle and includes Greg Edwards and the Senior Coach.
Josh Carr and previously the Senior Coach has the final say on who we recruit as he knows what type of player he wants to build his ideal side.
The process involves contacts in all states, local amateur clubs, country zones and people involved in the AFL system in different roles.
We are currently putting together a committee with past players involved to extend our network.

The players have been challenged and we look forward to a positive response this weekend.
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Hendo
I am sure there were many players coaches and supporters disappointed by the weekend result at Elizabeth. The washup was elusive as to reasons for the poor display. To me the players seemed confused as to how to use the football hence the turn-overs and yet this seemed to be less of an issue during the trials. If there is or was a game plan the on-field leaders did not seem to be vocal or physically active in demonstrating the requirements of the coaching staff. What is the strategy to improve this element - as the leaders did not stand up on Friday at all and we had only 18 onfield followers?
Football Operations
Hi Hendo,

We require not only our leaders but the whole side to take ownership on game day.
The leaders need to stand up under those circumstances on Friday and they have been spoken too regarding their position within the group.
Our defensive transition when the ball was in motion was the biggest deficiency from the weekend, allowing Centrals to score at 72.3% efficiency when entering their forward 50.
We also need to be stronger at all contests and maintain our shape and accountability when defending the opposition.
We have implemented new defensive and offensive structures over the pre-season and Friday was nowhere near the required level.
Sometimes it comes down to wanting to compete and the players have been challenged to turn up this week with a passion for the contest.
Dave
I thought that the Port Adelaide reserves were to be disbanded last year. Why are they still in the competition? Is it another concession to Port Adelaide? Does the SANFL say yes to every thing they ask for? What are the league directors doing about it? It was kept very quiet. Vote them out.
CEO
The PAFC academy team do remain in the competition and will continue to be in the SANFL reserves competition unless there is an agreement not to have them. At this point, the directors and the SANFL have elected to maintain their presence so we will be playing against them in 2016 and 2017 at least. Not much more to add Dave.
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Geoff
What happened to Kym Edwards - he is not on the list and not listed as a departed player?
Football Operations
Hi Geoff,

Kym at this stage is taking a year off of football.
Kym has just finished his university studies and is in the process of gaining full time employment.
Kym is 24 years old and is looking to put time into establishing his off-field pathways to secure his future in his elected field.
The club has left the door open for Kym to return if the desire to play at this level returns.
Colin Schulz
With trials completed, is it possible to have an update on the players injured or unlikely to be available for selection for the opening game this week against the Doggies? Also a few players on our list haven't been seen at the trials, such as Boles, Liston, Read, Santillo and Thompson to name a few. Where are these players at with their preparation and are they all still part of our squad?
All the best to Josh and the squad for the 2016 season!
Football Operations
Hi Colin,

We will put an injury report on the website today.
All the players mentioned are injured and still at the club.

Looking forward to getting started this week.
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Magellan
Can someone shed any light on the rumours currently circulating that the SANFL wants to remove the SANFL clubs' reserves sides, which would leave each club with a league side, an U18s and U16s? Over-age players not selected will play at an amateur club, as I understand.
It seems ironic that the AFL sides can have reserves teams but the SANFL sides can't.
CEO
All I can say is that we haven’t heard anything about this, it’s never been discussed in any meeting we’ve been to.
Paul
Good to see the boys have a dip on Saturday at Thebarton. Although there is plenty of room for improvement and our skills let us down at times, nobody can question the commitment. But I must question the kicking for goals that again seems to be a problem. I was always told by my junior coaches in the 60's to forget the goals and kick it over the goal umpires head as he is always central and on line to the player and the centre of the goals. Simple and good advice then and still seems relevant today. Also I was there when Lewis Johnston was walking onto the ground at the end of play and signalled to Mike Virgin to shake hands. Mike shook his head and gave him a verbal that made my day and showed that the current players are there for the guernsey and not personal glory. Looking forward to the season ahead with this group.
Football Operations
Hi Paul,

The commitment of the players was very good. Our skill execution on occasions was inconsistent and is something that will be worked on at training.
Goal kicking is a very important part of the game. We let ourselves down in the third quarter, missing regularly to record 2.6 for the term.
It is the responsibility of the player with the ball to finish off the hard work of those up the ground.
Each player has their own routine and hopefully our efficiency in front of goal can improve before round 1.
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Baz
How is it possible for Port to pinch Kieran Agius as one of their contract players?
Something needs to be done about this type of thing happening quickly, before our league turns into a farcical, irrelevant puppet of the AFL (VFL).
CEO
As frustrating as it is, PAFC and Kieran have utilised an existing SANFL regulation where a player coming off a Youth List (18, turning 19 years old) can transfer clubs. We are pushing hard with the other clubs to have this regulation changed to provide more time for the SANFL clubs to bring Youth listed players onto their senior list.
Brad
Is either of the Combe brothers Campbell or Will at the NAFC anymore, both have been standout juniors.
Football Operations
Hi Brad,

Both Campbell and Will have decided to live and play in Crystal Brook.
Both like the country lifestyle and are committed to the farm and agricultural industry at this stage.
We keep in touch with them both and are hopeful that we can get them back to the Roosters in the future.
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Brad
This website is very hard to navigate around, do you have plans for a refresh a more user friendly site?
Administration
Hi Brad,
We have had quite a bit of this feedback, so we are working with our Website designers JABA to improve this.
We have a brand new home page set to roll out within the next few weeks, that will simplify navigation.
Stay tuned!
Craig
Is there any dates set for junior footy clinics this year
Administration
Hi Craig,
I think we will stick to the first Monday and Tuesday of Term 1 and 2 School Holidays. However we will confirm this shortly.
Cheers,
Admin
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Simon T.
do you honestly think we can make finals in 2016?
please give us some hope.
who do we have to replace shillabeer, johnston, obst, mitchell?
CEO
Yes I honestly think we can play finals in 2016. Our pre-season so far has been strong, nearly all of our players are training every session and the coach has set the standards high. Many key players who missed most of last season are all fit and looking good, we have a host of very good young talent who are all developing nicely, and we have added some quality to the list. Our forward set up will look a lot different with the change to 50 rotations, so you will probably see midfielders going forward and back more often, meaning the forward line could involve a bigger mix of players. We think we have a good mix of leading and marking options up there, and a very good group of running and dangerous midfield/forwards to choose from. We haven’t set out to replace those forwards you mention (who have never actually been available in the same week), rather we have set out to put together a group who can complement the game style and changes to the game. We have some work to do, but this group has become very close and highly committed to the demands.
Craig
Just wondering how recruits are going and if any new ones
Football Operations
Hi Craig,

We have been happy with the training form of all our recruits.

Jordie McKenzie is very professional about his approach to football and has set a great example with his training intensity for the rest of the group. Will play through the midfield.
Matt McDonough has shown that his foot skills are elite and he will play through the midfield and up forward.
Mitch Harvey is back at the club after his stint at Port Adelaide. Mitch will provide a forward target and he has impressed with his form during match simulations.
Lewis Hender, like Matt McDonough is an elite kick and we are looking to use him through the midfield and forward of the play.
Sam Gordon has been on a modified program but has joined in with the main group since our return to training in January. Sam is tall and has good foot skills and awareness.
Luke Wharton, from Canberra has impressed with his running ability and ball use. Has good speed and will play in defence.
Jake Liston was training as well as anyone on the track before having a hip issue remove him from training. Jake is still in rehab and we are hopeful that he will be ready for round 1.

We are still looking to add to our list but at this time of the year most players have committed to a team for the 2016 season.
We will continue to look and will notify everyone if we find a suitable player to finish off our 2016 playing list.
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Culture Shock
It seems to me like there is not much to cheer about at the club at the moment. We are losing players very quickly whether through them walking away (which is admittedly much harder to control and I would like to congratulate the club for making sure we are fairly compensated by Norwood for Johnston as this is the best we can hope for at this stage) but in regards to other players who have widely been reported as leaving due to "lifestyle reasons" or "not fitting with the culture of the club", I wonder if this decision has perhaps been made in error. Obviously the club, as with most workplaces, should not be condoning illegal behaviour but if blokes are going to pubs and clubs on the weekend (with the obvious exception of fronting up for a game the next day) then is this really the end of the world? We live in a time where the SANFL is competing with the amateur league and country footy for signings and more blokes will continue to go there if they can have the best of the social world and play footy at the same time. Maybe we shouldn't be restricting this like we have been, surely as long as players are playing the best footy they can then that's all that the club should care about? Would be interested to hear your thoughts on this.

On a different note - I notice in the SANFL draw that Adelaide are playing Sturt at Thebarton with this being an Adelaide home game, it was my understanding that as part of them entering our league they wouldn't play home games - what's changed?
CEO
That’s a great message Ben, thanks. Having an environment around the club which fosters reliability, discipline and commitment means there is a focus on why players want to be there, and it forms the foundation of success. The players who are here at the club demand this of their teammates, the players who will give everything and get the club to finals year in, year out, don’t want players in their team who don’t have the same passion and desire. Premiership teams are made up of people who are like minded, focussed and willing to sacrifice. As a club, we like the players to have a good social life, spend time with family and friends and also with each other. The line where this becomes unacceptable is generally drawn by the players themselves, as well as the coach and the standards he sets. The issues of having a player or players who aren’t committed is that the expectations and standards can be negatively influenced, especially the younger players. The players who commit to the SANFL club program do it because they want to make the sacrifices and be the best player they can be. And most enjoy a good social life as part of that interaction with lifelong teammates. Most players who leave on their own accord do it because they prefer not to commit. Regards the Sturt vs Adelaide game at Thebarton, I know about it, but haven’t been involved in any discussion on it. You are correct, the regulations stipulate the Crows play all their games away, so Sturt must have accepted the alternate venue as a home game of theirs. I am not sure why at this point.
michael
Why so many Sunday games ?
They are not popular
Administration
The reason for so many non-Saturdays is largely based on the two AFL clubs in Adelaide and when they play. The SANFL clearly prefers the theory of avoiding clashes with the local AFL games to maximise crowds, allowing supporters of the SANFL club and AFL to attend both games. Our Club requested minimal Sundays as part of our wish list, as we would like to play every Saturday regardless of the AFL clubs.

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Tony
So the 2016 draw - what a joke. 10 team comp and we have 4 byes plus another week off in the season??? Part of the lies told to sell the AFL Reserves joining the comp was the elimination of byes - another lie so please explain to us dumb members and supporters why the draw has 4 byes plus State Game bye??? Also the following is the gap in days between our games for the season - we only have 2 games 7 days apart in the entire season: 9, 6, 8, 14, 7, 6, 8, 13, 9, 6, 13, 7, 8, 13, 8, 6, 8. I know you will tell us that the draw is complex and takes into account wish lists etc. so I want to know why we have so many Sunday games, byes and in particular the name of the 5 year old kids who got the final say on the draw. It is a joke. Clearly the SANFL bosses don't care about the SANFL and just lick and crawl to the AFL needs. It is time for the traditional SANFL Clubs to collectively grow some balls and take back control of OUR comp. I am not sure why we bother to pay membership and attend games when things like the draw, the lies re AFL Reserves etc. just drive people away from games. I can see attendances being well down for us and for other clubs. I await with interest the response / reply.
CEO
There is one extra bye this year because the SANFL wanted to start the season on the Easter weekend to maximise the crowds and finish the AFL preliminary final weekend. History says round one Easter starts have shown bigger SANFL crowds than non-Easter starts to the season in the past. With 18 games, this means a 23 week season to meet the aforementioned criteria. The only way to eliminate the high number of byes, if the SANFL wants to continue to follow the AFL season, is to have more games. A 20 or 22 game season may be an option for season 2017 if crowds slide? The reason for so many non-Saturdays is largely based on the two AFL clubs in Adelaide and when they play. Our Club requested minimal Sundays as part of our wish list, as we would like to play every Saturday regardless of the AFL clubs. A number of other clubs feel the same as us, I guess the draw’s success will determine if the objectives of the draw are changed in the future. The SANFL clearly prefers the theory of avoiding clashes with the local AFL games to maximise crowds, allowing supporters of the SANFL club and AFL to attend both games.

In any case, the 8 SANFL clubs have raised the matter of setting the fixture as it suits the 8 SANFL Clubs rather than be concerned by the AFL clubs and their draw. For example, having a season start and finish to eliminate byes and suit the SANFL clubs and their supporters, mainly Saturdays etc. Whilst it has had robust discussion, the SANFL have maintained its focus on the type of draw we currently have. Regards our draw, apart from the number of byes, we are really disappointed at the number of Sundays and have confirmed that.

I know and understand the frustration, our Club staff, as well as all trainers, support staff, canteen workers, bar people, players and coaches etc are all affected by the draw. So, I urge our supporters to support the draw the best they can and that’s to attend as many of our games as possible and get behind the boys. After all, that’s the most important thing.

Craig
Where's this interview with Carr
Administration
Hi Craig,
Its up on the home page of the website now. Just scroll down until you get to Roosters Tv, or you can search 'Josh Carr Interview' on Youtube.
Apologies for the delay.
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Grenvilles Boots
Thanks for the response Greg. I don't mind the footy on Good Friday but see the starting time as a real slap to anyone who observes the reason for the holiday. Most Christian Churches would celebrate Good Friday at 3pm. I don't think it's a big ask of the SANFL to respect this. I wrote to them last year about considering this, they, unlike your good self, did not respond to or acknowledge this. Anyway, thanks and best wishes for a great Christmas.
CEO
I understand your frustration….thanks and have a great Christmas!
Grenville's Boots
Hi Greg, I am disappointed that the Roosters will play on the afternoon of Good Friday. For me and my family that is a special time and in reality, the reason we have a public holiday. I have no problem with a night game or even a twilight game but feel it is very disrespectful of the Roosters and the Sanfl to program the way they have. Four of your usual crowd won't be there. I imagine there are others like me too.
CEO
Thanks for the feedback. We haven’t competed in several round 1 matches due to oval availability or we have elected not to play because of Easter. Many supporters have been urging us to play round 1 and start with the rest of the competition, and the only match made available was the Good Friday match with Centrals. We respect and fully understand that it may not appeal to everyone, and I guess on the other side, there will be many who will look forward to watching the teams play on that day. We did look at a night or twilight game, but the lights at Elizabeth are now seldom used for matches.
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BigRed42
I hate to harp on about the Lewis Johnston saga but if he is under contract how can he, as some people are saying, talk to let alone sign with another club. I may be old fashioned and believe in club loyalty from both parties but I was under the distinct impression that if a player is under contract permission has to be given before any approach can be made let alone 'signing' a player. If that is the case have we given permission for Lewis to approach other clubs.
CEO
Clubs must seek permission before talking to a contracted player. This is good in theory, and I wish it was reality in every case, as you can see in the AFL each year. In any case, the player cannot sign with another club whilst they are contracted, only if they are released from their contract. Then, a transfer fee is applicable, a fee set by the club. It is pointless putting your head in the sand and think no club is speaking to a player who may be indicating he wants to play somewhere else. Until he is transferred or otherwise, he remains contracted and bound by the contract.
craig
any news on injured players from 2015 eg wangas killer etc
CEO
Derick has a very sore back at present and has only done limited work. His ankle surgery was fine and he has been running in small doses, but is limited until his back is better. I believe he will be rested for a little while to get the pressure off it. He is probably our main concern injury wise, as backs can be debilitating. We understand that Killa is not playing football after his wrist injury set him back last year. We haven’t had an update from him for a while, other than we know he was working hard to get his business up and running.
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Benny from the Block
Any chance for an update from the new coaches about how they're settling in and a pre-season update?
Administration
Hi Benny, we have a new Roosters Tv interview with both Brad Dodd and Josh Carr which will be up on the website shortly!
Charlie
From what i saw toward the end of the 2015 season we still have a great crop of juniors pressing for league selection in 2016.The AFL draft is a very stressful time for young footballers and their families. How are Olekalns, Tahana, Agius and other draft hopefuls from the NAFC coping with not being either drafted or rookie listed?
Football Operations
The draft is stressful for the players involved as they have no idea what is happening until the end of the process.
Agius has been away with the Power Indigenous Academy to China and has only trained once with the senior group.
Tahana and Olekalns have both hit the track for all sessions and are looking forward to representing the Roosters at the highest level possible next season.
All players not drafted can use Oleg Markov as an example of missing selection as an 18 year old but working hard to earn an opportunity at the AFL level.
We have exciting young talent on the senior list and we look forward to seeing which players put their hand up to play senior football in 2016.
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Dugldo
But you still have not told us why he does not want to play here. Last year pre season when I takes to him he was keen as could be. Then the injury. Now does not want to be with the Cocks! Come on, tell us what is really going on, please.
CEO
The reasons provided on the initial website update on 26 November hasn’t changed. That’s what we knew then, and it’s what we know now. The truth is, we don’t know any more than that at this stage as we know of no significant event that may have prompted his decision. We are still trying to ascertain the reasons ourselves.
Grenvilles boots
It seems inevitable that Lewis Johnston is leaving nafc. I understand that players come and go but the club seems to continually upset its supporters by letting good players go. I get it that Lewis probably let the team down but what about the times he hasn't? Footy Clubs have May short memories but supporters don't. The Roosters are goin to need to distract us supporters with some great recruiting and some big wins. It's tough following this club sometimes.
CEO
For the record, the Club did not ask Lewis Johnston to go. We have been advised by him on more than one occasion that he no longer wishes to play here. We know it’s disappointing, very disappointing. I am sure you will be excited at what our list will look like come round one, and for anyone who has been to watch training, you will see how hard the boys are working and also how impressive some of our new players are, as well as some of our current players who have missed much football over recent times. We are a young group, but all absolutely hungry, committed and learning lots. Great to see the passion at this time of year!!
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Baz
I read with interest on SA footy that Lewis Johnston has signed with Norwood. Please tell me that this isn't so! We need him at North, fit and firing. Losing North players of his calibre will set the club back considerably.
Remember what happened under Chris McDermott. We lost good players and it set us back years.
CEO
We can’t confirm anything at this stage.
Senior Chone
I believe we have recruited reasonably well forward and midfield. But i can see a large whole in our defence. Who is going to replace Todd Miles (centre half back).We leaked goals far to easy last year
Wudke and C.Craig are going to be great defender as they develope however I think we need a senior defender who is going to take the oppersition best forward and also lead our young defence.

Football Operations
Hi Senior Chone,

We have added quality players to the midfield and forward as you have mentioned.
Todd Miles is very hard to replace. Corey Grove played a few games late in the season down back and performed well.
Corey is moving well and is getting through his first full pre-season for several years.
Sam Gordon who we recruited from Port Magpies is another that can play at either end of the ground.
With the additions through the midfield, this will allow Joe Anderson to play a more permanent role in the back half where he plays his best football.
We are still talking to potential recruits and a tall defender is still the priority.
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craig
any news on Nathan Gordon coming back
CEO
Nathan has indicated he will stay in Melbourne.
Jason
What is Josh Carr's idea on blooding kids in the league side this year.
Parfitt, Graham, Tahana, just to mention a couple names that should be looking to play a lot of senior footy this year as well as some the under 18's from 2015 - Sweet, Jarman, Ciapinna etc.
Football Operations
Hi Jason,

Josh Carr will pick his best side available and has no issue picking young players if they are consistently performing.
Our younger players in the group are all training well and it will be interesting to see who puts their hand up during the trial games next year.
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bj
I realize it's only early preseason but how is Corey Grove travelling ?
CEO
Corey Grove is looking very good. He has trimmed down and his running so far has been outstanding.

We are hoping Corey will play an important role for us in either defence or attack. If fit and healthy, at 196cms and 100kgs, he can fill a key position role for us in defence, or attack.
Greg
Lewis johnston would quite easily be the best player in the competition when he is fit and firing. Surely we have to do everything in our power to keep him?
CEO
We have been doing what we can do in order to understand what the obstacles may be and if they can be overcome.
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Dugldo
Regarding the Lewis Johnson situation, it's seems rather tough that players can't have any other interests and interaction outside of football.
If there is a contract signed by both parties, isn't it binding on both, or are there escape clauses?
CEO
Players can have other interests, that’s not a problem, although their contract obligations do include the need to obtain Club consent prior to engaging in dangerous or hazardous activity. I guess that gives the Club and Coach and opportunity to assess based on the interests of the Club.
Darryl
Hi Greg
Reading the story about Lewis Johnston, is disappointing on a number of points our recruiting has been poor for sometime know and Lewis is a quality player who needs to get fit and be on the field to be successful again, we do not want to see him playing somewhere else as it has been hard watching our player Clint Alleway playing at Glenelg and have average players like Obst and Mitchell running around headless in our guernsey over the last few years. I hope Josh Carr does do a good job, sets new standards and is successful as the club badly needs a decent coach that we have not had with the exception of Josh Francou for a long time. The only problem with Josh is we helped him get off his coaching L plates and he left, which if Josh C looks like being successful he will also do. A proven successful coach would have earnt instant respect by the players and stopped the L Johnston scenario happening and stopped the Josh Francou scenario happening again if he is successful or us having the team play without a game plan like has happened over the last few years. Lewis J showed loyalty to the club playing in our finals campaign a couple of years ago when playing for the expanded VFL club and even when he came back from that club to us he said he was looking forward to playing for a real club, attitudes should not change that quickly so some open questions need to be looked at on both sides.
I remember when McDermott come to our club and cleaned out about 26 players we were set back a few years. McDermott proved to be an over opinionated commentator who could not coach but our club was his guinea pig. Lets hope the same mistakes are not made again.
CEO
Thanks Darryl. As frustrating as it is for everyone, especially our players and coaches, it is very difficult to continue to try and convince a player to stay if he doesn’t want to. The same goes for the coach. Josh Francou got offered a great opportunity, and even though it was difficult accepting it at this end, we were proud that he was recognised for being an up and coming great coach. We recruit players and coaches on the basis that they will add value to our Club, our History and our performances, over a period of time. I do know, regardless of the 2016 on field results, we will not be questioning our players fitness, attitude, commitment, character or passion for the fight. We hired our coach on that basis, and whilst most will love it, a few may not.
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bj
disappointing situation regarding Lewis ,I guess we wait and see how it all plays out,but above all the club must come first ...
CEO
Absolutely agree BJ. Disappointing, but the Club must always come first.
Grenville's Boots
Thanks for the information about how Lewis Johnston is going Greg. I imagine it is very difficult for Lewis to overcome injury and the disappointment of ending his AFL career last year. I hope that he has reasons to get back to North soon, I remember he was excellent for us in 2013 and it is very sad that another Club Champ look set to exit. I sincerly hope it is not the case.
CEO
We know how talented he is when he is healthy and playing, and many people here have spent so much time with him since he arrived from the Crows, helping him through those difficult times you mention. But unfortunately we can’t make him want to play and commit, and that’s the number one non-negotiable for all players, even when it gets hard and tough. Our members and supporters would surely expect nothing less. We’ll keep our supporters updated as we work through it.
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Ian
Hi,
I have just been catching up on the preseason training via the photo gallery and would like to pass on my thanks to the photographer for the photos taken at games, functions and preseason.
As a Canberra supporter I only see a handful of games while back in Adelaide and so the website and photo gallery are for me a great way to keep up to date.
A few captions to say who is in the photographs would be welcome on occasions (e.g. at the hall of fame night), however I know that would add to the workload which must be very high already.
Anyway well done. The photos are appreciated.
Ian
CEO
Thanks Ian, Deb Curtis our Club Photographer does a fantastic job.
Tony
Firstly I would like to sincerely thank the NAFC and in particular the History Committee and aĺl involved in what was a great night re the Hall of Fame Dinner. It was a great walk through the history of the club and honouring those who have contributed, entertained and given their aĺl for the club. I would also like to thank Barry Dolman, Malcolm Eĺlis and Greg Edwards for inviting me to present to the first 4 inductees - it was a very nice gesture and I was humbled to be asked to present. I would assume that the NAFC website will now or soon have a HOF Section with photos and a write up on each inductee. That would top our website as easily the best in the SANFL. I look forward with "guessing anticipation" as to who and when the next inductees are selected and presented. Thanks again to the NAFC.
CEO
Thanks Tony, I agree it was an awesome night and thanks for being part of it. We are currently working on adding a Hall of Fame section to our website which will showcase each inductee’s achievements. We are planning to create a History menu bar of its own, and have the Hall of Fame part of that. Early next year we’ll have completed our current upgrade to the History section which will include intimate player and games history, all linked, back nearly 120 years. To keep the anticipation up, the Hall of Fame guidelines are that no more than 5 new inductees every second year following the inaugural inductees are to be inducted.
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Stewie
I renewed the membership for myself my grandson & the dog on Friday,i have no reason not to believe we are going to have a great season ahead,some very professional positive decisions have been made and put into action .
so i implore the supporters and barrackers to get on board .
Administration
Thanks Stewie, we appreciate your ongoing support!
Grenville's Boots
Hi Greg, looks like the Hall of Fame celebration was great. Its a great thrill to see the club celebration it's champions. I was delighted to see Andrew Jarman and Mick Redden in the mix. Great to see Jars back at the Club, I hope this is an occassion that will continue, we have a lot of champs to celebrate.
CEO
The Hall of Fame evening was awesome, no doubt one of the biggest nights, if not the biggest night in the Club history. David Wildy and Malcolm Ellis were superb as the co-hosts, the vision of the past champions was also fantastic. I agree, always great to have champions like Andrew Jarman, Mick Redden around as a reminder of how many greats the Club has had. Both great guys too, and both spoke from the heart. To have Bob Hammond and his extended family there was testament to how important a night it was for the inductees. Bob spoke from the heart, and it was great to hear how important NAFC is to him to this day. John Blunden was really taken by the emotion, and spoke beautifully as well, and Bohdan Jaworskyj was truly honoured and humbled to be recognised for his achievements on and off the field over decades. And to see Jan Lindner and her family on stage together talking about Don’s career and life was remarkable. Wonderful night, some great and at times emotional stories from relatives of deceased inductees. Milton Farmer was unbelievably honest and proud of his father Ken, and it was topped off with the interview with Barrie Robran who really let us know how important the Club has been to him since coming down from Whyalla. One of the things that really stuck out for me was the vision of Andrew Jarman. You can sometimes forget how damn good he was, the vision of his highlights on screen really did remind me of the great champion he was. I don’t think we’ll see another one like him. There will be more of these nights as we recognise and celebrate other great champions of the Club
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Baz
Nathan Gordon is another one who would be a good fit for North. Is there any chance that he could line up at the Roosters next season?
Administration
Nathan Gordon would be a good fit back at the Roosters.
As with Matt Wright, Nathan will go through the delisted free agency period over the next few weeks to try and find a new AFL home.
Nathan is aware that we are very keen to get him back to North Adelaide if no AFL offer comes his way.

phi
Looks like Matt Wright would be a good fit....
Administration
Matt Wright would be a great fit for the Roosters.
There is still the delisted free agency period for Matt to get another opportunity at AFL level.
Matt is aware that we would like to him return to North Adelaide if no AFL opportunity presents over the next few weeks.
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Dugldo
Has the club talked to Andrew Moore yet?
CEO
Yes, we have maintained contact with Moorey through the years, and over weekend we let him know again that if the AFL opportunities don’t unfold, our Club would love to have him. I’m sure he will end up on a list and his AFL journey will continue, but he would be a super player for us!
Adam gourlay
Any new recruits signed up yet for 2016?
Administration
All recruits will be announced once they are finalised and signed.
We have been active since the end of the season and we hope to make some announcements soon.
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phil
Has there been any more news as to current or new signings can't play with about 12 men
Administration
Hi Phil,
Joe Anderson has committed to being at the Club next year.
The Football Department are in talks with potential new players. When this process is finalised, we will announce it on the website.
Dugldo
Wondering what is the situation regarding Luke Mitchell? Played well as a back man in the twos, once over injury problems. Does he want to stay? Does the club and coach want him to stay? Is he ok with being a back who can go forward ?
He may feel that he owes something to his club after coming here with good raps.
Hope all works out well for him and our club.
CEO
Luke has met with the Coach recently and will not be continuing next season. He has had a terrible run with injury for the past 18 months or so, missing half of last season and all of this season apart from the last few Reserves games and finals. He is a good lad who probably never really got going because of injury.
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Simon
Greg what on earth is happening at our club? I heard on Friday night at presentations that the league side gave out 12 trophies. I stand to be corrected because I was told this and wasn't there.
But if it's true why are we rewarding such mediocrity. A club that that could only get 11 votes in the MM and its leading goal kicker kicking 16 goals should have given out 3 to 4 trophies at most. When is the club going to become realistic about its dire situation? Is the club going to get right behind Josh and give full and total support or are they going to leave him to his own devices like Kenny was?

When is the club going to tell the players that they are not Prima donnas when they go out socially and that they should be humble and feel humiliation at their performances? Please Greg it's time for us to get real and not give lip service but to roll up the sleeves and get dirty!
CEO
Half of our League trophies are part of long standing donations or memorials (as per Don Lindner, John Phillips, Charlie Jessop, Ken Farmer etc) provided by, or in the name of, significant past contributors to the Club, so even in difficult years we will continue to honour those who have come before us. Josh Carr has the Clubs total support, as did Ken and there’s no lip service coming out of here, take a look at the changes we have made across the football program. Well aware of where we’re at, and everyone is working hard to address each and every concern.
Phil
Can you please pass on my congratulations and thanks to the Ressies for their fantastic minor round and finals performances. I came to the ground early most weeks to see them play as they played a brand of football that was skilful and exciting to watch.
A special mention to Jack Graham who, in my opinion, was BOG on Grand Final day and Brooksie and his coaching panel who did a remarkable job considering the "trying" times of the League team.
Football Operations
There is plenty of young talent in the reserves and they responded most weeks to the challenges thrown at them.
Jack Graham was one of a few that had very good games and Brooksy does a good job of keeping the side close and playing consistently.
Also should mention the Under 18 coach Jason Blair who prepares the young players for senior football.
During the middle of the season when our injury toll was at its worst, several 17-18 year players were promoted and were ready when called upon.
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spider
Any news on any more players that want be at the club next year. And any news on new players for next season.
Football Operations
An update will go up on the website on Friday regarding players that have committed for next season.
We are currently in discussions with potential recruits and will announce new players when they are signed.
bob.
it was nice to see the ressy boys in the grand final. they played very well considering, against wwt.. this team of young boys did the nafc proud,so if we can keep them next year it looks great for our future..
CEO
The young lads in the Reserves tried hard and at three quarter time were a real chance once they drew level against the undefeated Eagles. The fact we had 10 players in the Reserves GF who were eligible to play in the Under 18’s says a lot regarding our depth of young talent for next year.
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Rob
Hello Greg, It was another great effort form the Reserves team and now to be playing in the GF it will be great if the boys can get over the line ! Seriously have faith in this group who have bonded beautifully at the right time of the year. My question is if the boys get over the line will the club open to celebrate their feat with members, supporters alike who have suffered enough and would like to encourage the boys to step up for next year to challenge the League premiership ?
CEO
Cheer Rob, they were really good on Saturday and gave us a glimpse at some of the young talent emerging. The Club will be open win, lose or draw on Sunday from 2pm to 7pm so players and supporters can hopefully celebrate a win!
Brad
This website is very hard to navigate around, could you consider fixing it up to make it a little more fan friendly?
CEO
Hi Brad, thanks for the feedback. We will be working with our website designers during the off season to make navigation a little easier. Stay tuned!
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Dugldo
Is it true that Michael Handby has been sacked and he found out via a website?
CEO
We’ve only announced the senior coach and development coach. Michael didn’t apply for the senior job and the other assistant role/s haven’t been put in place as yet. Assistants are on one year agreements expiring at the end of each season.
Dugldo
Seeing the power and crows reserves can't be kicked out of our competition in the near future, limiting the number of AFL players, seems practical.
Why, however, do the power reserves get home games and have a third team playing in our reserves competition?
CEO
The Power SANFL team get home games and a team which plays in the SANFL reserves competition because that is what was agreed with the Commission on the initial licence, as part of the initial arrangements. These matters are then up for review each year by the Commission, along with other items such as available listed players, licence fees etc.
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charlie
What was Della suspended for and for how long?
Administration
Sam was found guilty of striking in the first quarter of last week's game against Glenelg. Sam received a 1 game penalty so will be available if the reserves win through to the Grand a Final.
HighMark
Hello. I know we need to focus on improving our performance first and foremost but on Channel 9 News last night Tredrea said the SANFL Commission will decide, after the Grand Final, as to whether AFL Reserves will be limited to 14 per game next year and whether Port will lose their home games. I'm no fan of the AFL in the SANFL. Now is the time for our Club to stand up and get the best for the competition. The last two seasons have been a debacle. Please be part of the solution
Administration
I heard there was something on the news last night, but didn’t see it. There hasn’t been anything along those lines discussed in any detail from my knowledge at this point other than with the annual licence review for PAFC, these types of things will all come up for discussion by the commission as they should. We (the SANFL and the Clubs) should be ensuring the competition is always fair and as equal as possible (I know that is harder now), so matters like listed players, home grounds, academy teams etc, should all be reviewed as planned.
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bob
hi, with the senior side finishing bottom, only 1 win for the year & the sacking of the coach,followed by appointment of a caretaker coach & still no success, is appointing a new senior coach, years end,going to make any difference in season 2016.. especially with all the AFL influence as they seem to be running the show..will the new coach be fully dedicated to the nafc,& not influenced by the AFL sides here in adelaide?
CEO
Hi Bob, I guess there is always renewed optimism once you appoint a new coach after such a poor season, but we are confident our new coach will create the type of environment where the standards and expectations of the playing group are at the level required to be consistently competitive. He has demonstrated already he is his own man when it comes to how he wants us to play the game, so whilst he won’t be influenced by the local AFL clubs directly, he will bring some of the high energy, quick ball movement he has been coaching for the past few years.
David
Hi Greg.just wondering why the Reserves Prelim.Final is being played at City Mazda stadium and not Adelaide Oval on Sunday?
Administration
We were pushing hard to have the game played at Adelaide Oval before the League, but they wanted to have the Under 18’s Grand Final as one of the two games instead of the Reserves Preliminary. The SANFL or SMA, weren’t keen to have a triple header on the Adelaide Oval either
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The Quiet Member
I'm sure this has a very easy, simple answer, but why do colleges and schools get preference over the SANFL in terms of junior players?
Football Operations
The school policy is that the player will sign a form stating that they will represent the school when required.
The School then dictates where they play.
The communication between club and school has improved over recent years but the school has first call on the player every week.
Charlie
What a superb job by the Ressies against the odds and the Bays on Saturday. Well done to the players and the coaching staff. Whilst our effort in the Qualifying Final was first rate we didn't take our opportunities. On Saturday we did that and more. Bring on the Maggies and their big budget resources again.
CEO
Cheers Charlie, looking forward to this weekend!
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greg clark
Wow you finally post one of my messages. But i guess thats because i praised you for signing Carr. How come you guys dont answer the tough questions from all supporters and just those you like or or praise you? You keep talking about player accountability and regaining respect well that goes for you guys too. Especially the CEO
CEO
We could just get rid of Virtual Runner and be like every other club, or we can keep it open for supporter comments and feedback as we do now. I prefer to keep it open and listen to our supporters and offer comments. Most posts get through, and I have responded to many who have been extremely critical at times of me and everyone else. But we draw the line at times, and unfortunately may have ruled a few of yours out? It isn’t about CEO accountability, it’s about Club integrity. I don’t care what you and anyone else thinks of me, but I do care about keeping some integrity and protection for staff and those who are serving the Club.
Grenville's boots
Hi Greg, Norwood are providing a rolling update on their website of who is coming and going from their club. Can we have something similar? Cheers
CEO
We are working on putting up some information up on departures soon, as you know, player reviews post season need to occur first. Any new additions or changes will also be put up as soon as they are done.
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Greg Clark
Good job in getting Josh Carr as new coach. I hope the board actually has the guts to back their decision this time and give him the full 3yrs to turn things around.
CEO
Thanks Greg, I’m sure Josh’s appointment will install a renewed accountability and energy back into the Club. His first meeting with the players last Friday was an honest upfront conversation on how much work they have ahead of them to regain respect.
spider
Very happy with the appointment of the new coach. Well done to all at the club.
Greg Gallman
Thanks Spider
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Richo
1) Why isnt Rory Sloane on the AFL players list?
Administration
The players seen on the website all played junior or senior football at the North Adelaide Football Club before being drafted or re-drafted (Gordon & Currie)
Rory Sloane was selected to play for North Adelaide via the SANFL mini draft when drafted by the Adelaide Football Club. He was originally from Melbourne.
Charlie
Given the never ending injuries in the league team it was a fabulous effort for the reserves to even make the finals let alone earn the double chance. Saturday's effort against Port was first rate including a magnificent comeback in the last quarter to take the lead when it looked all over. However from memory, Port kicked a goal virtually on the siren in each of the last 3 quarters. What could have been? The players must be gutted with us now playing for survival next week rather than for a grand final spot.You need to take your opportunities when they arise.
CEO
I thought the Reserves qualifying final on Saturday was a great game to watch with a lot of young talent on both sides, and our boys were bitterly disappointed at losing it with the final kick of the day. They let Port kick late goals in each of the first 3 quarters, and again to win the game in the last. Need to learn from that!
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The Quiet Member
Congratulations on the appointment of Josh Carr as head coach. Looks to be a very solid appointment. Hopefully its onwards and upwards from here!
CEO
Thanks, looking forward to Josh putting his stamp on the Club.
Grenville's boots
Great appointment in Josh Carr. Hope there are a few changes on the board also and we can see the Club back where we all it it to be, top of the ladder. Well done to all on the appointment.
CEO
Appreciate that, we believe Josh will certainly provide our Club with strong leadership and direction.
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Stewie
What a great Presidents lunch very worthwhile to see and hear John Riley and Neil Sachse came away with a signed book by Neil and a John Riley autograph .
What a bonza day thanks.
CEO
Great, thanks Stewie. Really glad you enjoyed it, John Riley is an amazing guy as of course, is Neil Sachse.
Grenville's Boots
Just had a look back at 2008 when Jars was sacked. We missed the finals by 1 game and while I think Josh Francou was a wonderful coach for us I think the problems we face today stem back to the decision to sack Jars. It was a real blow to the positive culture that was building up in the Club. I imagine there are many applicants for the coaching job but as a supporter I ask that we find someone who can not only lift the team but also the morale of the Club just as Jars did so well. Anything less than that will lead us down a very long and difficult road. I would be very happy to see him back.
CEO
I agree, Jars had an enormously positive impact on the coach when he was appointed. Coaches can bring that positive impact in a number of ways, Jars had his way and other coaches like Nunan and Francou did it in their way, and the new coach will do it in his way.
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Grenville's Boots
Hi Greg, as would be expected the rumours of player movements away from Prospect has started. Of these that I have heard of I am most concerned that the Thrings are sId to be leaving. I think the appointment of the next coach needs to be made as soon as is possie so that players very quickly get a sense of where this club is heading. I guess some who are in the mix may not want to be identified until they are finished with their 2015 commitments but if it's good enough for Hawthorn to have to work through losing coaches this time of year it's good enough for any club to deal with I think. I have great hopes we don't end up losing the few senior players we most need to kick start our Senior footy team. Best wishes
CEO
I know the rumours will start on player movements, pretty normal at this time. Our conversations with the Thring boys have been really positive. George is more passionate than I’ve ever seen him about next season after basically 2 years either sidelined or playing with injury. Max is also in the same boat, missed much of last season with a torn pectoral/shoulder insertion, and has had some hamstring issues this season after missing the summer from last season’s injury. They are two leaders of the club and important going forward. Would be nice to have the new coach already, but at this time of year many coaches are still finalising their own roles, so we expect to be in a position over the next few weeks.
Charlie
A fabulous effort by the Reserves to beat Sturt yesterday and secure the double chance. Are any of the League players who played yesterday eligible to play in the Reserves' finals?
Football Operations
The Reserves got the reward they deserved after being tested in the first half.
Alex Barns is the only player that played League on the weekend that qualifies.
Brandan Parfitt will also be available after having a week off.

Alan Obst and Luke Teasdale are the only two players in the reserves side from the weekend that can’t play due to not qualifying.
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Grenville's Boots
I know the process of choosing a coach must take a long time but looking at Brendan Bolton being appointed by Carlton today made me think there is a lot of merit in naming a coach before the finals. The next coach has a massive job ahead of them and I believe it would be beneficial to watch other teams in the finals through the eyes of being a new coach. Just a thought. It would also be a big shot in the arm for players and supporters who are looking for good news. No one seems to have mentioned Rick MacGowan. He would be worth a chat to I think. Someone like Rick who has a length of experience to draw upon would be better than a rookie at this stage. Just a thought. Cheers
CEO
Thanks for the feedback. Our process has been very thorough to date, but deliberately slower in order to ensure we give those coaches who would like to be considered enough time to make that call, as well as giving us time to meet with coaches we consider may be suitable. Our timeframe is aimed at the end of the SANFL finals series or before. We did talk with Rick earlier on in the process to see where he is at, and he is enjoying Melbourne too much to be a candidate.
Concerned, passionate supporter
I certainly hope that if Jan Stirling puts her application in for Senior Coach, that her application is taken seriously. She is a former National Basketball Coach after all and would have a lot to offer. Let's be innovative, let's be the first to appoint a female coach, could she do any worse than our previous coach? My vote is for Jan Stirling!
CEO
Jan Stirling is probably the most impressive coach and communicator I have met in sport, and probably sits comfortably with the greatest coaches this country has ever had. She sits on the FIBA committee which governs Basketball worldwide, runs the Sports Medicine office at SASI and has just been inducted in Basketball’s Hall of Fame with Michael Jordan, as the only coach inducted this year. Pretty damn impressive! So yes, she would probably be capable of coaching any sport and any level, and if she did apply, of course she would be taken seriously.
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Stewie
In view of a disappointing season so far and that the coach announcement is forth comming it concerns me that if we don't receive some positive news as soon as possible people and members might struggle with options other than the NAFC over the summer break i am not asking for possibilities and maybes that would be unfair to all parties we need a scrap or meer morsel to sustain us .
I will still support and attenend my fear is if we don't get it right this time there might not be a next time please throw us a bone.
CEO
Hey Stewie, we can’t provide any details of the new coach as we don’t have the news to give at this point. As soon as we do, I can assure you we will be telling our members immediately, as well as providing information on changes to the coaching structure and the player list. Despite rumours, we haven’t begun formal interviews yet, but we have spoken to many potential coaches from every age, experience and background. We have also spoken to many high profile elite coaches and taken advice on what may be the most suitable coaching profile and structure for our club, our list and our vision. Even among a really frustrating and disappointing season there are a couple of positives that we should be excited about…..we have debuted 10 new players in one year and whilst our depth has been severely tested all season, we have continued to showcase young talent resulting in an outstanding season by our under 18’s (despite having up to 10 changes some weeks) as well as our Reserves. I would say not many, if any, SANFL clubs would have showed the depth of young talent we have under the same circumstances.
Brad
I believe applications have closed for the coaching position, is there a date that a new coach will be appointed by?
CEO
Formal applications close 31 August, interviews will begin following that, announcement hopefully prior to the end of finals.
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The Now Loud Member
Too many people are circling the rumours of "off field dramas" at NAFC for them not to be true...... If they were found absolutely 100% correct, would the club be totally transparent with Members??
CEO
The Now Loud member, I apologise for not getting onto the social media platforms going around, so please clarify these ‘off field dramas’ so those of us involved every day actually know what you’re talking about. I have no reason not to be transparent to the members, I never have had any reason, so as soon as someone puts their name to these rumours and tells me what they are, I am happy to again be transparent….Thanks!
Grenville's Boots
Hi Greg, John Worsfold when talking about how Scott Camporeale was coaching said some really interesting things. I'm not quoting accurately but it was along the lines of how important it was for a coach to exude confidence in the players and the system. He said Scott was doing this beautifully. I remember we were in a similar prediciment when Andrew Jarman arrived for the 2004 season. Things changed for the better so quickly. I think the appointment of the new coach will be the cornerstone of our future success. I have great confidence in you as our CEO but think many supporters would like to see changes at board level, especially when some of the guys there have been on the board for such a long time. I hope you are travelling well and keep that energy up for what will be an exciting off season - if we get the right coach. I still think Jars has something unique to offer the club. I know some won't agree with that. I imagine making this appointment sooner rather than later will enable the club to end player uncertainty and start again on a positive track.
Best wishes, you have a tough job.
CEO
Grenville’s Boots, I agree with you. I heard Worsfold’s comments about Camporeale and I also thought the same as you at the time. The coach must exude confidence and a sense of purpose and vision for the players, and you’re right, Andrew Jarman provided a lot of that, as did Josh Francou in a different way. Also important is the football structure around the coach, ensuring the key areas are high priorities. Thanks for the support, no problems with my energy levels, we have many things to do and we must do them right. Although, we do have a lot of great staff and people who volunteer their time at this club and I worry more about them in these tough times. I also understand the comments relating to the Board, its normal for supporters or stakeholders to feel disgruntled at the people at the top at times like this. Unlike many other SANFL clubs, our club is in excellent shape in most areas of its operations, with the one exception of course being our senior football program at present. Being our core reason for existing, all energies are focussed on correcting that quickly and getting things in place to get back to where we want to be. Our junior program has again been well lead by Neil Sanders and our great development squad coaches, and we also are well served at Under 16 level by David Tiller and Jason Blair who leads our under 18’s program has shown he is one of the most outstanding coaches in the SANFL system.
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Concerned, passionate supporter
Greg,

There are huge concerns from supporters (and the public) as to what is going on at Prospect. To which I have no answers for them. Devastated as a passionate North Adelaide supporter how bad we are travelling, however its the off field stuff that really concerns me. I'm guessing our on field losses are the reflection. So I'll get straight to the point.

No flag since 1991, only two GF appearances since.

Same Chairman for how long? Too long for this day and age and lack of success. We need change. Still may not bring success but at least to financial members / supporters it looks like we are doing something.

The graffiti issue in the change rooms. If in fact it was a player, can I assume his contract has been terminated with the club? Or as its a criminal offence, did we contact the police about it? Apalled at this sort of stuff when I saw the evidence. Basically, if a player disrepects our club and its facilities, supporters do not want him at the club. No player is bigger than the North Adelaide Football Club.

Drop in attendance? 36%. Why has our attendance dropped so much compared to other clubs? Approximately 25% drop in membership since the 2013 GF appearance. Why and what are we doing to rectify it?
CEO
Concerned supporter, I am not going to again explain the on field season we are having. One thing I will say, our on field performance is not reflective of any bad culture brewing behind the scenes. We haven’t been perfect as I am sure most clubs will admit to, but I can assure you and everyone else that I have very high personal performance standards and would not knowingly allow disrespect of this club occur on any level I have control over. Yes, we had an incident of graffiti and it was dealt with. I can assure you that will be the last time it will happen, and I can assure you that despite the on field results, the spirit of the group has been excellent under difficult circumstances. We will be reviewing all off field roles as soon as the season finishes, as well as making the necessary changes to our playing list, led by the new Senior Coach. I have been around football for long enough, 45 years of playing, coaching and administrating, to know that when you have a season like ours, people can get emotional and I understand some want the CEO’s head to roll as well as everyone else who is involved. I get it, but it won’t stop me from giving everything I have to make sure we get back on track. Regards membership and attendance, ours are following those trends of almost every other SANFL club, even those who are winning. Look at the Eagles, they are top and getting 1000 people along, same goes for membership. Our membership spikes in 2013 as predicted when you win games, and fell off last year and again this year. Most were junior members from a local club which we didn’t run the same program. Of course, when you’re losing those things decline understandably, and we work hard to try and maintain the member numbers. But you can’t point the finger at this club as having an issue specific to us, widen the view a little. I obviously agree that it has been too long since the last premiership, of course we try and pull together a season which will deliver one each year. Although I have a sore head from the rocks coming from over the fence, I remain strong and confident that we are closer to performing to a level which will bring consistently good results than many people think.
Smithy
Have asked already but not received an answer. Where is Michael Clinch ?
Football Operations
Michael Clinch has been given time away from the club due to some personal issues recently.
We are in constant contact with him and a return date is not known at the moment.
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The Quiet Member
Would it be smart of the Football Club to qualify as many players, like your Cohen Thiele's, for Reserves Finals?
Football Operations
The Club will pick their best team available to try and get a result at league level for the rest of the season.
The players preference is to play league football.
Dugldo
with more injuries on the weekend, it seems to me that right from the start of the year there has been a gross neglect of player fitness and player management. A couple of weeks ago Michael Virgin limped off, received a bit of a rub and was sent back on, only to do his hamstring. To me, this seemed poor player management, to risk further injury, especially as the game was gone by then. Did no one at the club check out what the ex coach was doing regarding fitness during the pre season and onwards? It appears that there has been a lack of responsibility from the top down and I can only hope that those responsible do something to redress the situation very soon, or resign.
CEO
Thanks for the message, the ongoing high injury count is very frustrating to all and for that we apologise to all of our supporters as it has wrecked a season of high expectation. It generally started from the high number of surgeries after last season (including Thiele, G.Thring, M. Thring, Shannon, Ryswyk, Grove, DeLeonardis, Dalwood, J.Craig, Boles, Virgin) which resulted in a high number of players not able to do much of the work in pre-season. Whilst many of these were on the comeback trail post-Christmas, we then faced the issue of having several impact injuries during the trials and in early season games, all resulting in more surgery or lengthy rehabilitation (including Barns, Spina, O’Brien, Johnston, Wanganeen, Kulikowski, Gallman, Mitchell). The coach, in trying to fast track availability of players, got into a cycle of selecting some who weren’t ready in a bid to keep some quality and experience on the oval. This obviously has created the flow on effect we have seen with re-occurring injuries. I am not making excuses, in fact, I admit that our pre-season and early season program struggled to deal with the situation we found ourselves in. To give you an idea on the impact through the year, we played 30 players in our league team in 2013, and this year we are up to 48. Regardless of the above, it is the leadership, decisions and demands of the Coach on the football program which drives success or otherwise in all areas of the football program, and when you appoint the Coach, you place great faith in him to set those standards and direction of the football program. Sure, we have had our share of bad luck along the way this season, but in saying that, our senior players are not without blame, they have simply not stood up when we needed them to. Whilst we have addressed some things, and other things will be addressed post season, poor player performances will also be addressed.
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Charlie
What are the by-laws regarding the qualification of Under 18 players for the finals? It would seem from the weekend's results and our extended injury list that our U18s will probably be playing Norwood in the Qualifying Final. In addition it would appear that our Ressies have a good chance of playing in the Elimination Final and a slim chance of playing in the Qualifying Final. Given the number of our Under 18s who have played/are playing in both our League and Reserves teams how many of them can drop down to the Under 18s in the finals?
Football Operations
Hi Charlie,

If the player is aged 18 or under for the 2015 season, they can participate for any side throughout the finals
grenvilles boots
Hi Greg, doesn't get much worse than having the Bay's being a 10 goal better side than us. We were brushed aside too easily. With the Club looking for its next coach, will recruiting players also be a key emphasis over the summer?
CEO
As usual, we hope to be in a position to add some quality to our list in the off season. It’s also obvious that we need to get several of our current players completely over their injuries and ready to start pre-season on time. Both are priorities.
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Jeff McMahon aka the Cocks
Any truth in the rumour that Patrick Boles is off to Norwood next year?
CEO
No, haven’t heard that one.
Santillo Fan
Devastating news about Kahlin Santillo's knee reco. Give him my and all our best!
Football Operations
Not great news for young Kahlin.
He is an impressive young man who will do everything right to get back on the track.

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Grenville's Boots
Not a win but was great to see the old Rooster spirit back in the team. A win won't be far away with that kind of effort. It was also great to see so many Rooster Champs from eras gone by at the game.
CEO
We didn’t win the match, and I know the players are really disappointed as they set themselves to get the win, and especially give their mate Alan Mead and his family something special. There was some emotion after the match which showed how much it hurt, a sign they are absolutely committed to getting pride back into the jumper. It was awesome to see many past players here yesterday, it was another reason the boys were disappointed they didn’t get the win. It’s really important we connect our current players to our past players, bringing the history and pride of the Club together.
Stewie
Whats the chance of wiring the coach for sound over the P.A. for his 1/4 time & 3/4 time addresses the N.F.L & the N.R.L do it nobody can change their game plan that quickly even if they listen in. I go out to the middle occasionally but have never heard boo . Could be innovative to attract a bigger crowd .Language could be a problem but self control shouldn't be.
CEO
Thanks Stewie, I know it’s hard to hear the coach at the quarter and three quarter time breaks, even when they’re giving a bit of a spray as they tend to be more subtle and direct than the good old days when the coach would tear a few heads off. Personally, I don’t mind a good old fashioned bake at the right time, but nowadays the coaches will give that big spray at half time behind closed doors so kids don’t hear it. Be good to find a way to let the crowd know what the coach has said at each break and then being able to watch the players respond. If we had a big screen, we could interview the coach at each break and show it on the screen live?
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Tony
I know the club has acknowledged the passing of a great club servant in Alan Mead but I would like to personally say that he was a fantastic club servant and a very generous human being. I was lucky enough to know Alan personally and his passing should serve as a reminder that our club needs the likes of Alan as volunteers. In Alan's case his contribution also included his wonderful sponsorship thru Dunlopillo / Dunlop Flexible Foams over the years that assisted both the club and the Cheer Squad. He will be sadly missed. RIP Alan.
CEO
Thanks Tony, myself and the back room boys were talking about Alan last night and recalling that freezing cold night at training last July when we all realised something wasn’t right with Alan. The next day he was diagnosed with a brain tumour which left us all deeply saddened and emotional. He will be remembered by everyone at the Club for being a great man, kind and considerate to the end. His passion for the young Reserves teams was amazing, he knew every one of our young players personally, he watched them develop and rode every bump with them each week. When they played their first League game, he was always emotional, like he could remember their every kick along the way. His fondness of you and the Cheer Squad never changed, he just loved everyone who shared his love of the Club. We will miss him, that’s for sure.
Smithy
Seeing as I don't get many of my emails answered when addressing the CEO I shall try the Operations dept with this one. Can somebody there please enlighten me to the history of Craig Brooks our seconds coach. He has consistently shown that despite getting a different 20 players each week he can get them to produce a team effort that is a pleasure to watch. Nobody I have asked seems to know his story so I look forward to hearing it and hope he is considered for the A grade job. I and many others are always there early to support the reserves and it has become our only joy this year.
Football Operations
Hi Smithy,

Craig Brooks played most of his career in the country (Clare & Barossa Leagues) before moving to Adelaide to start his coaching career in the Amateur ranks.
Craig coached locally for 3 years before getting involved with the Under 17’s at North Adelaide in 2006 .
Craig was a Premiership Coach in 2007 (Under 17’s) before continuing with the juniors for the next few seasons.
He took over the reserves role when Josh Francou was appointed in 2011 and is currently in his 5th season in charge at senior reserves level.
During his playing days Craig also coached the North Adelaide Under 14 development side.

As you mentioned, Craig has to deal with multiple changes every week.
The hardest part of his role is working with different player emotions coming in and out of the side.
The reserves have played consistently this season and they are definitely worth getting to the ground early to watch.
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Ian
Why was the grass removed and replaced with dolomite behind the Southern goals?
The regulars were shocked when we all saw it last Saturday, it's a eye-sore and has the potential for mess to be spread much further around the ground if it becomes wet and muddy.
Hundreds of kids have spent time there kicking a footy over the years, families have set up there with room to spread out with prams etc.,now it's just a dirty area no one will want to use.
Administration
Ian, the council decided to replace the grass/weeds with dolomite to remove any maintenance and after they had several complaints of 3 corner jacks up there and around by the scoreboard. I pushed to have the area properly grassed with irrigation so it stayed alive during the summer as well as the winter, but they weren’t interested as they didn’t want to install and maintain the irrigation system even after we agreed that we would do it. I agree it isn’t ideal, but we hope to utilise the area with something down the track and try and make use of that area. In addition, we’re currently looking at an opportunity to put a verandah structure around the beer booth to protect you guys from the weather.
Michael.
Hi Greg,
Players are not responding to the new coach as we can all see.
After watching the game on saturday, it seems to me there is no on field leadership what so ever.
Do you think there needs to be a change in captaincy next season?
Surely Lewy Johnston must be a chance?
CEO
Lewis’s priority, and ours also, is to get him ready to play first. In any case, the leadership positions will be determined by the new senior coach.
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Darryl
I am sitting at the game and think it is so sad watching so many kids at a SANFL game wearing crows guernseys which is not good for the SANFL competition going forward is the club reconsidering voting the crows and power out of the SANFL
Football Operations
Hi Darryl, even though the conditions of entry are reviewed annually, I’m not sure the clubs will get another vote any time soon on that. I suggest the opportunity for that to occur will come about if the AFL set up an AFL Reserves competition nationally.
Unhappy Phil
Hi Greg. I think the comments of 'dismayed supporter' were totally spot on and while you answered the concerns well, I would like to know why the previous coach made fitness 'non-negotiables' under Josh Francou optional under his reign.I also understand that players, like school kids, will get away with what they can when things are given choice but surely those in charge should have been more vigilant. Our last quarters, especially when playing away, are diabolical and reflect a lack of effort due to fatigue likely as a result of poor conditioning. Why has more heat not been on players to rectify this earlier?
CEO
Unhappy Phil, Coaches don’t deliberately set out to do less than what they feel they should do to be successful. They do things differently to each other and perhaps put the emphasis on certain criteria which another coach may place on another criteria. I can assure you the coach didn’t make the Francou non negotiables optional, but those standards which were in place were not given the same focus and value than they should have had. Players want routine, predictability and a clear set of standards and rules. This is driven by the coach through the entire football program, and if decisions are made which do not represent the values and standards the program has had in place, it becomes unclear to all. We are currently asking some of our players to step up into league football before they are ready due to the injury toll to several quality players. They are doing their best and fast tracking their development where possible, and despite the many irate supporters they face each week, they are continuing to work hard on the track as they know, under the difficult circumstances we currently have, they have the task to restore some pride and performance back into our guernsey.
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Stewie
Do our players lack Strength and fitness they seem down on both at Noarlunga
Football Operations
We look to have lacked strength and fitness for a while Stewie.
Our weights program is supervised and the players do 2-3 sessions a week. Our tackling efficiency has been low and has more to do with technique and want than strength.
Our fitness through the data collected is comparable to other seasons, at the moment we have a few players who need to play games.
Hopefully we can get our hands on the ball this weekend, you look a lot fitter when you have control of the ball.
Dismayed Supporter
I understand we have injuries but surely that's why you must have depth in the team? Even though there are a lot of injuries at the moment, the players who replace those out should surely be showing more especially considering quite a few of them have played league before.

Kicking 4 goals for the entire day at Elizabeth was bad, kicking 2 at Noarlunga was worse, losing 3 consecutive games by 60 points or more was even worse again but losing this week to a reserves team would certainly make me consider whether I want to bother watching the same disappointing football week in, week out.

I, like most fans, have watched the team over those really tough years but right now this feels worse. We don't have a bad list, so playing like we are at the moment defies belief.

Its hard to blame the players solely though, whilst you are the best CEO we've had in my opinion, there are certain members of the board who clearly do not have the interests of the club and their members/supporters at heart anymore and need to leave before the club gets worse than it already is.

I suppose my main question is, is there any chance the club will review itself entirely and make some serious changes? If not, I'm scared to think what will happen to my beloved club as there is just about the worst feeling I've ever seen around it at the moment and I don't see it getting better anytime soon.
CEO
Thanks for the feedback. The views that we are a club which has disappeared into the depths of despair just isn’t true. We had a major issue, and dealt with it quickly as you know. In addition, we have played 47 players in our league team to round 12. In 2013 we played 31 for the entire season. Our club depth and young talent coming through is very good. It would be even better if we were able to have them play in our best team. There are certainly things which are being changed regards our game style and training program over recent weeks. This is very hard to change mid-year and this has probably hurt us on game day in trying to get players to think a little differently on the run. Although not evident on the weekend, there is definitely a sense of improvement around the place at training, and players understand the issues and are determined to put together a win for our supporters, as well as themselves.
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The Quiet Member
Would the club consider moving the Round 17 clash against Port Magpies from the Saturday to the Friday Night at Adelaide Oval, to give the players an extra days rest before the Norwood game?
CEO
Thanks. It’s a good question as we have been left with a 5 day break before we play Norwood on the Thursday night. Last week, we requested this match be moved to the Friday night at Adelaide Oval. However, this is not possible due to Adelaide playing Richmond that night.
Grenville's boots
Hi Greg, there is no doubt there is endevour in the tem but there is a massive gap between us and the rest of the comp. I think most supporters are shocked by this rapid decline from being grand finalists just two years ago. Some board members have been there many years and while I don't want to undervalue their contribution, no flag since '91 would suggest whatever they are doing is not working. It's time the club had a review of its operations including the board. I respectfully suggest those who have been on it for 10 years or more move on. We need a radical shake up.
CEO
The players are working hard on the track, and the quality of training has increased substantially. I know no one really wants to hear it, but a South Adelaide without Cross, Liddle, Veide, Gotch, Eddy, McLeod etc, would be less than a full strength team. For various reasons (injury, draft, retirement, country etc), yesterday I think we had only 5 players who played in the 2013 Grand Final team (G.Thring, Amato, Anderson, J.Craig, Clinch). As you know, we have much talent through our junior grades coming through as is evidenced by the young quality we have seen in our Reserves, but most are not yet ready physically or mentally to play League football. The positives are we are able to accelerate the development of some of those young players through the issues we are having and giving us a better look at what we have ready for the next 3 years.

Just to clarify as many will assume I am blaming our results on player availability, injuries are not the sole reason for our poor performances as was made clear to our members with the actions we took a few weeks ago. As I have said previously, when those non negotiables and high standards of your football program are allowed to be compromised, it can quickly affect everything from fitness to rehab to training quality to respect. We addressed this as quickly as we could and are now again moving forward.

In any case, I'm not in a position to comment on your other points, I have only been here for a small part of those 24 years and have seen us get close a couple of times recently through good preparation and planning. We have previously seen the immediate impact of having good coaching, solid player development strategies with strong and bold standards. That's what we need more than anything and that's what we will be implementing.
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A Concerned Supporter
It is a concern to me that the football club is perceived as one that has 'off-field' issues such as Harley from the Suns. I have very reliable sources that have informed me that a particular group of players within North Adelaide have 'off-field' issues that I'm not sure the club would be aware of. I have no hard evidence so it is just speculation, but if it were true would the club terminate these players contracts immediately? This may or may not be connected with poor performances and players leaving/ wanting to leave (cultural problem)
CEO
In short, if we had evidence that any NAFC player/s were involved in illegal drugs, their contract would be terminated. We know it is allegedly across football (and sport) state wide and nationwide and we do everything we can to educate our players as well as keep a close eye on this issue. In fact, I met with every player early this week to again ensure each of them remain fully aware of the consequences should they wish to be involved in illegal drugs. If we have evidence, we will act.
The Quiet Member
I have a couple of questions.
1. Can someone explain to me how the Reserves and the League can have completely different game styles? The Reserves play some sensational Football when up and about.
2. Surely the development of Wyatt Patterson in the League team is more important than playing Michael Clinch? Patto, in my opinion, is having a sensational season and deserves a run in the League team.
Football Operations
Both sides train together and are educated to play the same way.
The Reserves are currently implementing the process put in place and play the brand of football that we are looking for.
Wyatt Patterson is progressing well and he is developing his game in defence and through the midfield.
Wyatt needs to continue to get better in a few areas before he is ready to play league football.
He definitely has all the tools to play at the next level.
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Hendo
Hi Greg - I was wondering whether there are any plans to increase the football operations budget in the near future. The part time approach surely has had some impact on our current situation. I know there is a cap on these things but sometimes an increased investment can deliver three fold - firstly the players (particularly in this current environment) can sometimes feel like they are victims of a less than adequate investment in their development - secondly the youth ( and we have a lot of young talent) are exposed to a more professional learning environment - and lastly we keep pace with what the rest of the comp seems to be doing. Money does not always answer all the questions but is it time we invested more in our future?
CEO
This is an excellent question Hendo. In short, the answer is yes. We will be moving to a full time Club Coach and will assess and invest in implementing the coaching and player development structure we need to get the long term consistent performances we are all seeking. Most of the clubs have similar football program spending, we are around average, although the difference between the clubs is quite small. This includes everything from senior football costs to servicing our development zones and funding our junior programs. Of course the main restriction is the player salary cap which hasn’t been increased in real terms for many years. I believe we are leaders in some areas but there is no doubt we can improve in other areas. The new Club Coach will drive football strategies throughout the whole club, and we plan to build a player development program which will lead the competition in developing our talent into consistent League footballers. I know it’s been a really tough season for a lot of reasons, we have certainly learned a lot regards how we need to move forward.
Grenville's Boots
Hi Greg, I have heard from a number of people strongly connected with NAFC that Glen Elliot did not support or speak to Andrew Jarman in his final year as our coach. I find this very concerning as I would expect a CEO would havea gift for establishing relationships and keeping them healthy. My point is, how could Jars do his job at all under these conditions? I'm sure there are two sides to the story but this is an example of where I think our club is falling short of the ultimate goal, a flag. I think Jars is the only coach in my 37 years of coming to Prospect who really connected people and galvanised the whole club. I would give thought to having him back to complete what I have heard him call, unfinished business.
CEO
I’m not sure what happened back then as I wasn’t around. The CEO certainly does need a good relationship with the Coach at all times, so they can have open and honest conversations that don’t affect their relationship going forward, or affect the chemistry that needs to exist between the football department and management. I’ve said it before, having been here for his first 3 years, I thought Jars was a great coach who really brought the club together after some tough times, no doubt about that.
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muriel
watching westies come back from their prematch run I thought they looked like gladiators or rugby players they looked extra fit, our boys looked very lack lustre in comparison' very unfit' I didn't like freezing my butt off for such a display' the boys need to get their act together to play port this week'
CEO
Thanks for the feedback Muriel. Our squad available for the game was certainly noticeably smaller and less experienced than the West squad. However, that didn’t excuse the poor display for three quarters!
Tom
can we please get an update on Lewis Johnston's injury.
when will we see him back playing?
Administration
Lewis has started running last Wednesday after 2 weeks of strength and rehab exercises on his ankle.
His expected return is round 14/15 if there are no complications with his rehab.
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Northstar
I hear Cohen has left the club. As I was out watching the boys on Wednesday night with my daughter. I was quite sure I saw him running around the oval and then joining in. Was I wrong.
CEO
Cohen is still with us and should be playing his comeback game next weekend. He’s fit and ready to go after nearly a year off, in fact he has been excellent on the track for the past few weeks.
High Mark
Hello. There seems to be scuttlebutt going around regarding Graham Cornes as a potential coach next year. Can the Club rule this out please. It would be the straw that broke the camel's back for this member.
CEO
More than happy to rule that one out! I’ve heard it too and have no idea how that started.
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The Quiet Member
Impressed with the way Michael Handby is handling himself so far as interim head coach. Would be nice if the rest of the playing group could show this amount of accountability.
CEO
Thanks, and Michael is putting a fair bit of heat on a number of players to show that accountability, so we expect them to respond accordingly.
Grenville's boots
Was the performance on the weekend the players expressing their thoughts on the sacking of Ken Mc? I'm confused and disappointed about what I saw at Elizabeth. Were the players disappointed in the club for sacking Ken? I was because I think it solves nothing at this point and clearly the players are not playing for the jumper, coaches or supporters at present. I heard Graham Cornes mentioned on radio as a possible coach next year. If the club can find the coach they want let him start asap. There is much work to be done.
CEO
At the end of day, the players don’t pick the coach and they have to be man enough and committed enough to play for the jumper and everything it represents. Saturdays performance had nothing to do with players concerned about the changes in the coach, Michael Handby has been here for 3 years and knows each one of them very well. It was about effort and commitment (complete lack of). Obviously with several of our midfield coming back from injury and clearly not yet fully match fit, losing the bench so early in the game was a problem. But the game was almost gone by then, and the players have to stand up now and show by their actions how much pride they have and what they are willing to sacrifice to get the respect back.
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Chuck
Can you pass on my thanks to Michael Handby for embracing the supporters with his letter. Also, can you tell me if he is working as a full-time coach for the remainder of the season or is at least able to commit more hours to the cause than Ken was?
Thanks
CEO
Thanks Chuck, although Michael will not be working in a full time capacity, we are pleased to report that he will be dedicating significant time to the task.
The Quiet Member
With this season basically a write off, who are the next crop of young players we can expect to see blooded through the League team for the remainder of the season?

Having seen most of the Reserves games, I would've thought kids like Mark Quinn, Wyatt Patterson, Kieran Agius and the likes would be in line for at least some League action this year, just to see what we have for the future.

Or even a young kid like Ben Jarman. Just give him a game, see how he goes, as who knows, he could be a very handy league footballer for the club in 2016 (besides the SA u/18s).

Keen to hear your thoughts?
Football Operations
We have some good young talent playing in the reserves at the moment.
Young players who should be striving to play League football by the end of the season include;
Callum Wilkie
Oleg Markov
Stephen Tahana
Brandan Parfitt
Jack Graham
Mark Quinn
Jono Hayes
Wyatt Patterson
All these players are 19 years old or younger.

A couple of other younger players that with some consistent performances should aim to play are Patrick Boles and Lachie Robinson.
The players need to show consistent form in the reserves and be physically ready to handle the step up in competition.
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The Quiet Member
Hi Greg,
Not sure if you can say who the club is targeting as its next Senior Coach, but if you can say, I'm sure members like myself would love to hear who the club is targeting to make us competitive again.

It seems in recent times we've had success when bringing in "North people" to coach the team, ie, Jarman (07 GF), Francou (13 GF), and struggled under "outsiders" like Healy and Kenny. Would that be cause for hiring a "North person" as the next Senior Coach, someone like Ben Hart?
CEO
We’re putting together a profile on the personal and coaching/management qualities we believe the next senior coach must have to deliver consistent high performance. Then, we will be targeting those individuals we believe fit that profile. So not sure at this early stage whether that could be a North person or not, but I agree, Jarman and Francou were both outstanding coaches, both energised the playing group and had high standards in place during their coaching tenures at Prospect.
Eddie
Hi. Are there any names of young footballers we can keep an eye out for in coming seasons starting from Under 15s up?
Administration
Hi Eddie,

Below are the names of players that have played senior football from the Underage program.

Under 18 Players
State Representatives – Ryan Burton, Stephen Tahana, Kieran Agius, Will Combe, Cam Hewett, Mark Quinn, Maris Olekalns, Jack Graham (17 year old), Brandan Parfitt (17 year old – NT Under 18 Representative)
NAFC – Kahlin Santillo, Sam Ciappina, Brendon Jackson, Nick Rynne, Anthony Prior.

Other players that are coming through the system that are developing well in the Under 18’s currently include;
18 year olds – Kyle Jackson, Dylan Foulis, Vinnie Rocca, Corey Davey
17 year olds – Ben Jarman, Jordon Sweet, Dakota Nixon, Brett Kennedy, Lee Minervini

There are several talented players in the underage system (under 13-15) that are developing under the guidance of our coaching staff.
We have some exciting talent at the club and our aim is to get the local talent through to senior football.
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Lewie Snr
Hi Greg
Been a tough week in the office!
Like to say thanks for response to questions.
As we all want what's good for the club.
I'm a member through thick and thin.Go u Roosters!!
CEO
Thanks Lewie, always a tough week in the office when you’re losing! Can even be tough when you’re winning, just less tough!
Grenville's Boots
I just wanted to express my disappointment in the way some of our supporters are addressing the Club and Ken McGregor at present. I was banned years ago from contributing to the Roost because my opinion differed from Wedgie's. I still keep an eye on that site because I am interested in all things Roosters. It is disgraceful that some supporters have called key people in our club names and called intensly for thier sacking. I presume the same behaviour has been directed at the Virtual Runner. We are all disappointed with the season so far but I am most disappointed in the bully behaviour of some of our so called supporters. It makes me sick! Go Roosters and to anyone who really cares, get behind the team and stop whinging!
CEO
Thanks for the ongoing support. As I don’t go on those forums, I don’t get to read the content. I know I get a mention in their best players quite often though! Social media has created a space for this stuff, so there’s not much I can do about it other than trust those who moderate it to ensure it doesn’t cross the line and become another issue.
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Ray
I have been supporting North. For over 50 years. At some stages the players we had were inferior to those from most other clubs, hence their poor performances. However at present this is not the case. I feel we have a really good group of players who are just not performing. There is usually only one reason for consistent under performing and of course it's the coaching. In my view and many others share this view, the coach must go. He is obviously not getting through to the players and if he is then his strategies are not working. It is understood injuries haven't helped but that does not excuse the consistently poor effort particularly with talent we have.
CEO
Thanks Ray, appreciate your feeback.
jeff
I am a very loyal supporter and have watched sadly a lot of very disappointing games in the last season and a half, what is the problem is it the coaches or the players. There is a huge issue and the club is suffering badly and the supporters are getting very very upset. The club keeps talking about the injures but most clubs have them and they cope, watching Monday the same players played well which they do every week regardless yet we had players out there that are so lazy and undisciplined why they are picked is beyond us supporters. You know that old saying can't kick can't play. If we get a new coach and maybe we should it needs to be someone that understand our culture and players and need to know that we are a SANFL team not the AFL.
CEO
Thanks Jeff. We’re not really talking about injuries, we did early when we had 15 – 18 players out for the first few rounds as that is significant in any club. In any case, we certainly don’t blame injuries for our poor performances, we have enough talent available to present a good enough structure and game to compete strongly week in, week out. Our performances have dropped off late in every game, except the Norwood match and obviously confidence is an issue when we are under the pump late in games. I agree, our kicking has been very ordinary for a few weeks, and turnovers are killing us. An absolute priority is cleaning that up along with applying consistent pressure for the whole game.
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Mel
I think it's an understatement to say this season has been very disappointing. From an outsider looking in its coming across that there is big trouble in the club. The players lack enthusiasm and don't look like they want to be out there. I know we've had injuries but we still have some class players out there. Now I'm well aware that you are not going to tell us, the supporters anything but I really do hope that behind the scenes things are being done. I'm a North girl no matter what and will stick by them through thick and thin but it is worrying that our membership may take a hit because of this. Also on another note were there any reports on Monday?
CEO
Thanks Mel, I can assure you we are reviewing everything in our football program, our supporters should expect nothing less given our poor performances. This is where we find out who wants to be a part of building success at our club and who doesn’t, that includes every one in every role. Some areas are working really well and others obviously aren’t. We did have one report on Monday, Alan Obst for striking. He has been offered a 1 match penalty and this is being investigated today as to how we proceed.
Hendo
So we usher in the 'tough times'. All teams go through it - nothing unusual. I know you feel the disappointment like all of us. What is bemusing is that we, the supporters, don't get to hear much at all from the senior coach - whose leadership profile within the public arena at this time has to be critical. [Just ask Jan] All the wash-ups don't really give the supporters much. Giving us retrospectives in print of what we watch each weekend are little pointless in so far as keeping us engaged and giving us hope. This causes opinions on the mound and in Facebook the brutal and unfair sentiment. This is because there is a lot of passion out there and no-one to believe in!. This is an old and proud club. You have corresponded with members - not sure who writes the wash-up, all good - but maybe its time that the coach outlines his plan for the remainder of this season. We supporters would like to know what or who is going to turn this around and how. It is not a time to take the backseat - the senior coach should be at the front. What do you think Greg?
CEO
Thanks Hendo, we’re obviously having a close look at everything given our form, and any specific direction or plans for the remainder of the season (from the coach) will emerge I am sure. I know supporters want quick fixes, I get it. When you have a level of expectation which crumbles over several weeks because of many varying factors, it takes more than a day or week to determine the best way back. I assure you we are not taking a back seat, but we also can’t be reactive to outside pressure before we determine what is best for the Club’s future.
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Smithy
Watched the shame on SANFL 'live stream' whilst holidaying in Thailand. We have just about reached rock bottom and it is hard to identify the particular problem as there are so many of them. The complete lack of skills and method and so many players just going through the motions and are out of form. Looks like a very non team spirited group who have given up on this season. Very embarrassing for all supporters.
May I ask where 'Killa' Kulowkowski is ? He at least was providing a bit of grunt early in the season.
Football Operations
There are several issues that need to be rectified immediately if we are to get the results we are after.
Kick ins, ball movement and structure all over the ground need to improve dramatically for us to compete.
Killa has had wrist surgery which requires a second operation and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
John
Is Jan Stirling still employed by the club as its high performance coach?
CEO
Absolutely she is, but her role is not high performance, she spends her limited time with us on developing leadership amongst the playing group, and how that works in with the coaches and training programs. She has done a great job, and her enthusiasm around the place when she is here is excellent. She has been a shining light among some tough times.
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Rob
Very disappointing our current position that I can't think of anything but "something has to be done " and now not end of year.
Please tell me why young McMahon was dropped to the Reserves today- it doesn't make sense this kid has been a shining light for most supporters. He is fit and shows he is improving with every game and getting games under his belt. Don't tell me the future isn't centred around up and coming young players at the club -because that's what's been drilled into me by the club for some time now.
Football Operations
Very disappointing where we currently sit and we are at our lowest point for some time as a club.
Michael McMahon has had a solid start to his league career and we view him as a long term player of the club moving forward.
Michael has shown signs of fatigue over the past few games as his body adapts to SANFL football.
His consistency during games fell away and we felt he needed a week back to work on a couple of areas of his game which he had gone away from.
His performance on Monday is the reserves was what we expected and he has put himself in line for an immediate recall.
sam
U know what has to be done. Yet you have done nothing and now we are bottom. I would have been sacked from my job long ago if I had a similar performance of our coach, yet you leave him there to bleed our club even more. The North faithful and supporters have lost faith in the club and the fact that you do nothing. We buy membership because we love our club and want to support it but at the end of the day, you will lose ur supporters if u dont do what has to be done and bring pride and passion back to our beloved club that has gone missing. You got rid of Andrew Jarman for less, atleast he was passionate about our club.
Football Operations
Thanks for the advice Sam. I am as frustrated as you are, and I assure you we are not ignoring the performances we are dishing up.
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Grenville's Boots
Just a note of support to Ken McGregor and his coaching team. I can remember the long knives were out for Michael Nunan in 1983. North had been building a team from scratch and success was limited. That started to turn around with a victory against Norwood at Prospect which was unexpected and was followed by some pretty decent form and improvement. I would like to see the North supporters who are very vocal about change in the club to get behind Ken and the team to offer support. I hope the Club can turn these performances around quickly, but in the meantime, count on our full support. Go Roosters!
CEO
Really appreciate the support. The coaches and players are working really hard on the track to kick start the season, and they are all aware of the commentary from some supporters. They don’t hide from it, the only way to fix it is to prepare and perform to consistent high standards each week. And, we know when times get tough like now, we get to see who is willing to stand up and who isn’t.
Hendo
Once again compliments to the Brooksy and his Reserves team for their win against Norwood on the weekend. This is a team that has to deal with ins and outs every week which must be difficult at the best of times but the team seems to somehow gel when it counts and always play well together despite these disadvantages. I guess credit must go to the coaching staff who work with a varied group each week not to mention the obvious youth. Well done coach - the reserve team is well worth getting to the footy early to watch.
Football Operations
Agree that the reserves are worth making the effort to go and watch.
The Reserves have on average 5-6 changes per week (we had 10 changes a few weeks ago)
Craig Brooks does a good job of making the players understand their roles and responsibilities on game day.
Craig has to work with League players being demoted, returning players from injury and junior promotion so it is a tough role which he has handled well.
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Dugldo
Noticed that Kanga not picked in either senior teams and not injured. Has he left our club?
Wondering what has happened to Stokes as well.
CEO
Alek Kangur has been travelling away with his work which has made it difficult for Alek to commit the time and as a consequence decided to depart the Club a few weeks ago. We have been in constant contact with Alek to ascertain if there was an opportunity for him to return, but this is unlikely. A great club man and hardworking player over the past 5 years or so. Jarred Stokes went back to Darwin after last season, around September, and wasn’t part of this season’s pre-season program.
Rob
Well if there isn't enough reasons to hate the way the SANFL is running the competition ! Here we have young players recruited to the club like the Jackson bros., LeBois etc. only to see them grabbed by the " Port Academy " what does this mean ? The AFL club Port running a mini draft clearly to shaft a good competition and clubs that nurture players and not use them like a meat market. How they think North weren't looking after the best interests for these guys is very disappointing and in Brendan Jacksons case he was headed in the right direction to play league if form continues to improve and impress in the same Reserves comp. as where the Port Academy play is that right ? Surely something should be done about Port continuing to shaft the SANFL competition and the true 8 clubs that put there passion and hard work to keep it a viable competition without being compromised by part time interested parties ?
CEO
Thanks Rob, appreciate your concerns. I have investigated this Academy set up myself (and been accused of not acting in the best interests of our own players by doing so!). In any case, the PAFC Indigenous academy is a school based development program which PAFC run with the schools, not with the clubs. The curriculum is set by both PAFC and the school system with each Wednesday the players being at the academy instead of going to their school, and being educated in football and also nutrition, training etc. That’s the information I have been given, and we have been working closely with our 10 players who are in the academy to ensure they are not overtraining and are in fact moving forward in their football development. The Jackson boys are impressive players, and we are working with them on improving their fitness base and game knowledge. Other boys in the group include Kym Le Bois, Brandan Parfitt and Kieran Agius, all of whom we have rate very highly.
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Overrun
Heartbreaking loss on Saturday but the endeavour was certainly better than in recent weeks which was pleasing to see.

My question relates actually to Norwood more than us - it seems to me that their trainers and runners get very close to the play and spend far more time on the ground than is needed. I know that these days runners and trainers are on the ground more than they used to be but the Norwood ones seemed to be spending far too much time on the ground in my view and perhaps should have been penalised once or twice. Are my eyes deceiving me or was it noticed by the club also and will the club possibly ask the SANFL for a please explain as to why this was allowed?
Football Operations
The umpires will determine whether trainers/runners have been on the field and give a warning if necessary.
The umpires can award a free kick if they judge the trainer/runner to be out on the ground longer than required.
Jeff McMahon aka The Cocks The Cocks
I'm one of those who has of late been a bit critical of our style of play but today I'd like to say congratulations for a fine show of courage and commitment against Norwood. Good to see the positive mindset with all players constantly on the attack. I know the scoreboard says that the team didn't win the two points but I think we all know who won the game on the day. Well done to all. Being the born optimist, with the number of games remaining, after today's performance I feel there's no doubting we have a chance to make the finals.
CEO
I agree, the boys were better on the weekend, but still need more consistency through the match and keep the intensity up for longer.
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Danny
When can we expect Johnston back?
Administration
Hi Danny. Lewis has had an operation on his ankle and he is approximately 6 weeks away from playing again.
smithy
I gave up afl footy because of the packs and negative tactics that seem to have taken over our game. It is no longer entertaining and all teams think they have the game plan to win which simply means they flood the opposition forward line and hold the ball in with numbers until someone gets loose. Now the sanfl have adopted this boring unattractive footy style and supporters are getting sick of it. If our North coaches think they are unique in using the same negative approach it's time to find some who can put the flair back into our team to outscore the other team by playing attacking down the middle footy. I love the Roosters but if this style we are seeing continues then I and many others I know will be looking elsewhere on a weekend rather than go home feeling cheated of any fun and excitement that used to be associated with our performances. If that style is the only way they think we can win then I would prefer to lose whilst at least having a go.
CEO
Agree that we have played a defensive style of football for most of the season.
In recent weeks, the players have been instructed to play on and keep the ball moving at all times.
The first quarter against the Eagles was an example of the style that we want to play.
Once we were slowed down by the opposition and our own skill level, we played stagnant football which doesn’t suit with the personnel that we have.
This week we play Norwood who are structurally very good. We need to be brave and our skill execution needs to be at a high level to beat the reigning premier.
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Grenville's Boots
I didn't get to the game on Sunday but listened to 5RPH while doing some work. Two interesting comments were made repeatedly. One was that North play a polite brand of football and while Ken McGregor is a great guy, they need a coach that will harden them up. This included giving them big sprays. The second comment was that Ken has been told by the Club that he needs wins over the next 5 weeks or he's gone. My issues with this are that we have had coaches such as Darel Hart who went about giving sprays to players and this made no difference at all to our success. The second is that if it's true that Ken has been told he's on a short timeline, who from the Club is feeding that information out? I suggest that we all, supporters included get behind Ken and the players rather than taking pot shots at them. They will I think, turn these poor performances around sooner than later. Nobody, players or coaches will do their best work without great support.
CEO
I have no idea as to where such comments may be coming from, they certainly aren’t coming from the Club management or Board. These things always happen when the team is losing, not just here, but at all clubs, and its unfortunately part of the job when times get tougher. We’ve played 6 games, and the coaches and players will continue to work hard on those elements of our game they have identified as unacceptable.
Lew
Been supporting the Roosters closely since the 1960 GF and the only times we are successful is when we play fast, attacking, skillful, goal scoring Rooster style football. Our current style concerns me as it is far too defensive, very much like the McDermott & Healy eras, very rarely kicking 10 goals in a game. Boring! Please implore the Coach to ditch this game plan and get on the front foot with a risk taking attacking style which supporters will actually want to watch, and which may give us some chance of winning a game of football.
CEO
Thanks Lew, I can understand the frustration and will pass on your comments.
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Terry
Why do we keep playing players who are not 100% fit ? It is easy to see Jay is carrying an injury, wouldn't it be better to rest him and get him back on track? Don't get me wrong I love the club but it hurts to see the football we are playing at the moment .Please get the players fit.
CEO
Thanks Terry, the hardest thing about having players miss the majority of the pre-season training program through injury, is trying to get them fit during the season. Jay missed most of the summer training due to toe surgery, and whilst he has worked hard to get into some type of condition, he is probably still a bit behind where he needs to be. He isn’t currently injured, so he isn’t carrying an injury (other than match soreness), he just needs to continue to train hard and keep improving his match conditioning.
Rodney M.
This just reminds me of 2013.
do you think the Johnston curse actually exists?
will G.Thring play after the bye?
Administration
Lewis would like to think that the curse exists!
Lewis Johnston is very talented but he is only one player out of 21.
We would all like Lewis on the park kicking goals but unfortunately he is injured.
George Thring will play this weekend against Norwood.
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Tony
On behalf of the organisers of yesterday's Cheer Squad / Grog Squad Reunion I would like to pass on my formal thanks to the NAFC for all the assistance given to ensure the event was a success. In particular thanks to Greg Edwards and Marc Gibbs for all they did in the lead up and on the day. Also thanks to Deb Curtis Photography for recording the event via photos for us. A fair percentage of the attendees are no longer regular footy goers but many hopefully will re-engage with the club and come more regularly moving forward. We look forward to working with the club on planning some more formal events in 2016 which is the 50th Anniversary of the NACS / NGS. Again thanks very much to the NAFC.
CEO
Thanks Tony, great to see you back amongst some old familiar faces! Awesome to have the reunion yesterday of such iconic NAFC groups, and look forward to helping get the 50th Anniversary organised (with you!), next year.
Pete Neville
The History Committee has done an amazing job compiling and digitising much of the Roosters proud history. In my opinion this is a fantastic, but much under utilised resource. I'm sure that I'm not alone in thinking that its all a bit wasted if its not readily available to members and supporters. What are the chances of getting much more of it available online, even if it were in a members only area. It might even entice a few more people join up.
Administration
Hi Peter, we agree the History Committee do an amazing job. We are currently working to have our full history uploaded to the website. As I'm sure you can understand this is a huge job, so its a little while off. Stay tuned!
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Peter
Thanks for the reply, I understand you are in an unenviable position at the moment but I just want to say it is good that frustrated supporters have an opportunity to voice our opinions. Please continue to listen cheers.
CEO
Thanks Peter, the opinions of our supporters will always be welcomed and where possible, I enjoy taking a bit of time to respond. Will definitely continue to listen.
Roosta
Where have things gone wrong? And where are these boom recruits they restricted us from recruiting players like Jimmy Allan and Clint Allerway? Almost certain they could squeeze in with the type of footy they are both still playing. We deserve answers or at least a response
CEO
Clint and Jimmy are going well which is great, and I’m not interested in making a comment on the past. Our list has changed a lot since then. Not much has gone wrong recruiting wise, I think most people in the world of SANFL football agreed pre-season that our list was very good and more than capable of high performance. We now have the challenge of developing our depth quickly and making the club stronger by ensuring we can rectify the skill and structural issues we have seen over the second halves of recent weeks.
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Peter
To say our current form is a concern is a major understatement and yes I acknowledge our current injury list but please let's remember all teams suffer injuries at some time of the year and I just keep getting the feeling that our problems are a little more deep seated than you are acknowledging. I with all other whole of life followers of this great club are over our lack of success and feel that anyone including the coach who are not born and bred red and whites will never understand our true frustrations. Please don't insult us by asking us to stick by the club as our loyalty is unquestionable probably more so than non red and white born. To give us hope for the future please give us a commitment to make some hard decisions on our football dept if in 5 weeks time we have seen no improvement
CEO
Thanks for your feedback Peter. But as my father played League footy at North Adelaide and my two sons both have played League footy at North Adelaide also, don’t worry, I am aware of the frustration, I have been as close as most to the Club for more years than you know. My commitment to our supporters is that the football department will continue to do everything possible to deliver a more sustained high level of performance to each game. Not blaming injuries and nor are our players. They are a fact, not an excuse.
Grenville's Boots
thanks for your email Greg. No doubt about my continued support (I was mini-league manager one year when the league team won just one game...I'm tough!) and I'm sure that we will match it with the best teams in the comp in a short while. Best wishes
CEO
Thanks. It’s hard for supporters, and everyone connected when things get tough. We just need to keep working hard on the track and find a way to get it together. When we lost the last 5 games in 2013 by an average of over 10 goals, we were on the ropes and supporters were massively frustrated. We worked out a way to fight back and players found inspiration in themselves and from their coach. We went on to play in the Grand Final. We need to keep our heads up and push on.
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Dugldo
I received and appreciate your email this morning regarding our terrible results over the last few weeks. I went onto the ground at three quarter time at Richmond. The coach was looking at a white board for most of the time, don't know what he hoped to see there, perhaps a big hole to jump into. Meanwhile our captain out of utter frustration, I think, was giving a group of the players an almighty spray, reminding me of the McDermott days with all the FFFF's; not that I blame him as many of us supporters shared his frustration with the lack of commitment shown. I suspect the coach has lost the playing group and it may be time to move him on. The reserves have been playing a better structured game plan and I realise the opposition is not as strong, but if Ken McGregor is not up to the job, give the reserves coach a go for the rest of the season and see how he goes. In the mean time be prepared to spend some money to find someone who can coach and have the confidence othe players and supporters.
CEO
Personally, I thought it was good to see the captain fire up at three quarter time with some real passion! We were all frustrated by that stage.
FISH
We have gone from grand finalists to rabble in just about a year and half and what we are seeing out on the park at the moment is absolutely disgraceful , you acknowledge on here in a previous answer that they are not playing to the coach's game plan so can you give the supporters some insight to how he's going to turn this around as it certainly looks to me that the playing group appears uninspired and lost . As you are well aware this week we hold a reunion for the NACS/NGS in the gardens before the game and probably looking at a group of up 100 people attending and my hope was to inspire some of this group to get back involved on a weekly basis but if we serve up that type of game plan and listless type of football that we showed so far i doubt even the loyal group that come along now can accept watching any more this season . I have never questioned my loyalty to this club in over 40 years of watching them play but right now i am gutted watching where we are heading at this point and its time the football department made some decisions to get us back on track.
CEO
Our skills and decision making has been horrible, and the pressure by the opposition has exposed what all clubs get when they have 15 players out injured, and that’s depth. I don’t excuse any player for missing easy targets, not defending hard enough or making poor decisions, but the coaches are working hard to quickly educate and put experience into a group of young players who have been thrown in out of necessity. Injuries is never an excuse as we expect to cover players with quality replacements when they occur, and at the moment we have needed to have more replacements they we had planned for, and the result has been some poor results, especially in the second halves. Our young players have stood up well in the first half over the past few weeks, only to get run over when the game gets into the last hour. I wish we could add Johnston, Thiele, G.Thring, M.Thring, Kulikowski, O’Keefe, O’Brien, J.Craig, Mitchell, Grove, Burton, Barns, Read and Shillabeer all back into the line-up immediately, but we cant. What we will do is continue to work with the boys who will keep improving each week so when our list comes together we will have developed more depth and talent than we had at the start of the season. We hope our supporters stick with us through this time, and give their support to the players who will be working hard to stay in the game longer to get the results we want.
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Hendo
Congrats to Reserves Team on their recent form. A pleasure to watch them playing in the 'Rooster Style' - which has always defined this great club. Run creating overlap and using their skills. There appears a vast difference between this game style and that of the Senior team. Yes pressure is different I am sure but is there any reason why the A's seem to play completely differently. In the early trials the Seniors used a chip/kick around to create the loose player and absorb frontal pressure then ran down the ground in waves resulting in quicker ball movement and more scoring opportunities but I have not seen this strategy employed in the home and away season. Going back and taking time to have a kick plays into the hands of most modern defence objectives doesn't it? If so I wonder why? I don't think injuries explain all our recent form
Football Operations
The Reserves are playing very good football at the moment and are playing the style of football which is expected.
Agree with your comment regarding stop/start football early in the home and away season.
Our numbers of handball receives from marking situations has been very low and has forced us into slow ball movement.
In the first half on Saturday, we played on when possible and gave ourselves scoring opportunities.
We couldn’t get hold of the ball in the second half as we were completely outplayed.
All players train together during the week and have the same structures, style and direction from the coaching staff.
The League side needs to replicate what the Reserves are producing because that is the way we want to play the game.
Grenville's boots
Looks like we will all need some patience this year as the team looks unsettled by injury. Not surprising that some supporters want to sack everyone involved but I would ask that we never ever turn into a team like the bays who sack coaches every year or two. I think we can turn it around once a few key players return and hopefully there are a few wins in the meantime.
CEO
We have patience, we do have key personnel missing, but we expect better from those entrusted with wearing our guernsey than what we have seen in recent weeks.
Some injuries can be out of your control, but effort, passion and desire is well and truly in every players control. Not meeting effort standards is clearly an issue for us at present and will be for several senior players soon unless they come to play each and every week. Effective skill executive is a given at League level, and some of our senior players aren’t up to the standard required on current form. The coaches will be demanding significant improvements in several areas during this week.
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Mel
If I was asked to define the word embarrassing at the moment I would have to say North Adelaide. Now did we do a pre season which involved skill work? If so it doesn't show on the ground. We have some very senior players that just don't seem interested. On saying that we have some that put in every week and thank god we have Clinch and Ryswyk in the side. Now I know we have a lot of injuries but come on let's put in and make it a contest. Some would have to ask if there are problems within the club. Look I hate to have this attitude but supporters are getting very worried especially because we seem to have a great team on paper and yes winning isn't everything but effort is.
CEO
Injuries occur at every Club and we have predominately contact injuries which occur due to Football being a physical game. Our skill level is certainly not at the required level to play winnin football in this competition. The endeavor and commitment of the Players can't be questioned, I assure you that the Players give everything they have on game day. At the moment our style of play and skill level is not quite coming together and has definitely been identified as the main areas of improvement. -Darryl
Grenville's Boots
It's disappointing to see the team so hard hit by injury early in the season. Hoping that we can get going shortly with a few wins. On another note, I was in Clare Valley last week with my family and hired some bikes from Rooster legend Peter Cloke. That was a nice surprise and he seems like a very decent bloke too. Perhaps the club could advertise business ventures of former players (free of charge). It would be a good way to continue to support former players and inform supporters what they are doing out in the community.
CEO
That’s a great idea. Peter was here all day Saturday as our guest speaker for the luncheon, and he spoke of his ongoing passion for the club and what the place still means to him. He even stayed on until well after the presentations which was awesome. There are certainly other examples out there we can pursue. Regards injuries, it’s very frustrating to have so many injuries, especially to key players, this early in the season. I know we would be a formidable line up with the likes of Johnston, G. Thring, Kulikowski, O’Brien, Grove, Mitchell, Barns and Thiele in the side. Looks like a couple more from last week’s game also may be missing this week. Regardless, other players must step up and new players get the chance to cement a spot. We can’t use injuries as an excuse, if we have solid game structures, discipline and absolute effort, we should be able to overcome injury issues to a large degree.
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Lewie Snr
Corey Grove (Casper) will he play at all? Since joining us, he's never got on the park!
Administration
Corey is aiming to play against the Eagles in 3 weeks time
Jeff McMahon aka the Cocks
I believe it was Einstein who defined 'crazy' as someone who does who does the same thing over and over but each time expects a different result. Every game we mess around with this piddling short 'possession' game and guess what? - it's the the same result. Let me know when the coach decides to get back to basics and position the players properly and kick the ball down the guts toward the goals. You never know, there might be a different result.
CEO
I agree the stuff we saw on Saturday was frustrating. Our ball movement across half back was slow and indecisive, and even though we haven’t got the tall forward targets we hoped we would have available (injuries to Lewis Johnston, Alex Barns, Luke Mitchell and Corey Grove) we still need to take the risks required to get the ball into the open and run and link up. I am sure it will be the focus of the week.
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John
Can you please confirm for me (a) whether Ken McGregor is employed as a part-time coach, and (b) how many of the other SANFL clubs are doing the same?
Football Operations
Hi John, Ken McGregor is employed as a part-time coach.
Excluding the AFL sides, 4 clubs have full time coaches (South, Norwood, Eagles and Glenelg) and 4 have part-time coaches (North, Centrals, Sturt, West)
Andrew
Hi Greg

Why do the Power Reserves get to have home games against the eight SANFL clubs? As you know, this is not the case for the Crows Reserves.

If we must have the AFL Reserves teams playing in the SANFL competition, then surely the rules should be the same for both Adelaide and Port Adelaide?
CEO
It’s one of the several regulations which are to be reviewed each year. Ideally, and our position on it, the rules for both should be the same.
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David
Hi .Congratulations to the guys for a great win.Perhaps I am in the minority but I enjoyed the early start and was wondering if any other home matches are planned to start early?
Administration
Thanks David. The only other home game scheduled to start earlier is round 8 V Norwood. League will start at 1:10pm.
Smithy
Great result on Saturday. I realise Obst was suspended but am not sure on Clinch. Was that the reason he didn't play and when are they available? Will need some strong bodies this week against the team that pretend they are still Port Adelaide.
Football Operations
Obst missed with suspension and Clinch wasn’t selected due to Adelaide playing 4 tall players forward of the ball.
Barring any mishaps at training this week, the following players will be available for selection;
Gallman
Anderson
Wanganeen
Barns
Obst
Clinch
De Leonardis
C.Craig
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Grenville's boots
Point of difference with the vocal minority who continue to whine about the Crows. I was at the game Saturday and very happy that the game was on early so that I could watch my afl team, the Crows. The complaining is getting very tiresome to listen to. Some if the most vocal complaints come from supporters who follow other afl teams and I imagine would have been quite happy to see both their teams on the weekend. Please let's move on! Go Roosters and if I may, the Crows
CEO
Thanks for your comments. We appreciate there will continue to be different views on it, but our focus remains on winning games of footy.
Jeff McMahon aka The Cocks
So where were the 4,000 plus Crows supporters they promised at the beginning of last year? Whenever the Crows Reserves kicked a goal on Saturday there was a deafening silence, except for the applause from what appeared to be their considerable coaching staff.
CEO
I agree Jeff, really disappointed with the crowd, it was a great day weatherwise, and being the first game for both teams, we expected more. We catered for 2,800 to 3,000, so that gives you an idea of where we thought it may have got to. Hard to see it getting to the 4,000 they estimated too often, unless Tex Walker or Dangerfield gets dropped!
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James Culshaw
Solutions not gripes. I am a strong critic of AFL Reserves playing in the SANFL, but I also don't consider myself just a winger. I would like to offer a proposal that I believe may accommodate all camps.
1) The Crows and Power both want their players to play together against good opposition to ensure they are ready to step up to AFL when required. I accept the SANFL is their best option.
2) AFL Res have a balance of maybe 7 strong seasoned campaigners, 7 developers who prob wont play AFL this year and 7 top ups and rookie listings. To beat theses teams coaches realise place high tole on seasoned players physically (they don't want risk injury), hammer the younger bodies and intimidate the weaker elements and hopefully get the vital 2 points. I feel some umpiring is very protective of these valuable AFL players. The short 18 game season with 4 games against AFL Res teams means coaches are desparate to win games against these AFL clubs of miss finals esp if these teams take 2 finals positions.
3) I question the value of so many games against mismatched competitors who basically have different purposes for playing. SANFL clubs to win premiership and AFL Res to produce AFL footballers.
4) My suggestion, the SANFL start a week earlier with all clubs except Crows and Magpies having a bye. These 2 teams play each other twice during the minor round, and again the round of the state game of mid-season bye or whatever so they have met 4 times during the season. At the end of the season the top 4 SANFL clubs (not including Magpies) battle out a top 4 and the first week of the finals the Crows and Power Reserves play their 5th game against each other for the Cahill/Cornes Cup. The 4 teams in the finals then all have the same salary cap restrictions and combat rules. Crows and Power res will be playing into the AFL finals so suits their purposes.
5) The AFL reserves will still get work out, with common understanding that cynical tackles and risks of suspensions and injuries will ensure a mutually respected code be followed, rather than umpires needing to be overly protective of rising stars, esp in knockout SANFL finals.
6) It was ridiculous last year when 3 Magpies players in the GF were more highly paid than the entire Norwood League and Seconds teams combined salaries.
7) The Magpies need to lose their SANFL reserves seconds team and play exactly as the Crows do all away games to help fund SANFL clubs with the extra home game.
An SANFL Premiership means minimal to AFL players esp if not from SA, but it means soooo much to loyal members of SANFL Clubs who have waited sooo long for one. Imagine the emotional difference between a Magpie supporter going to Adelaide oval the GF and a South Adelaide Supporter on the same journey. The Magpies of 2013 would not have kicked on to be there, South developed the squad and earnt the right to be there and it was sort of stolen from them. I heard you speak at Prospect oval prior to Crows Res coming in and you and Bugsie spoke of helping clubs like West, Sturt and South. Giving finals spots away isn't helping. if helping means keeping clubs afloat to be beaten by an unfair playing field then they are not football clubs out to win a premiership they are merely social clubs. The Club I love deserves better than that, we owe it to the club builders, past champions and batters to honor what they have built and respect that we are only caretakers. The baton they have entrusted to us yesterday; we only carry to pass on to someone tomorrow. Our deeds today will determine if anyone thinks it is worth carrying.

The AFL Reserves in the SANFL needs to be reviewed. We are not an AFL toy or irrelevant pawn.
CEO
Thanks James, I know getting the AFL reserves concept right continues to be an issue for many, including myself. Managing the rules and regulations of their inclusion in the SANFL is taken very seriously by the SANFL and the clubs and is reviewed annually in order to keep improving it and ensuring the competition stays vibrant and relevant. We continue to take in new ideas and debate on how we believe the competition should evolve to maintain the rights and importance of the 8 SANFL clubs and their members over the journey, and we will continue to do that. You have raised a few in your message and, as I normally do with new concepts involving this matter, will include in the next opportunity I have on this topic.
John S.
Great coaching move to back the on-ball brigade to win the ball in our back half and have 2 or 3 players loose around the centre or forward in the last quarter. Well done-a great victory.
Football Operations
Was a good game of football all day. Not much separated the sides and we were in front at the right time.
The coaches have put several structures in place for different scenarios throughout the game.
It is rewarding when plans work and it takes all players understanding their roles and positions.
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kris
Hi Greg, Just a suggestion from a member that goes every week and while the weather is fine I certainly like to take my young children along as well. The club does such a great job promoting activities for the young ones such as yesterday with the jumping castle and face painter. The kids always want to come back. The amount of comments though from supporters on the outer about the "grassed" area in front of the scoreboard are a big talking topic. Yesterday the lawn is dead and full of three corner jacks etc and that's where the jumping castle is. Kicking the footy, playing around certainly isnt going to happen with it in that condition. I completely understand the club leases the ground and why would we invest in a non asset, but surely the cost of new turf and a irrigation system for upkeep would be a benefit for the young ones and possible mums wanting to return for an afternoon out. I also look at the Souths, Wests, Eagles etc that have a bit of lawn and look at the amount of kids on it. Just a suggestion, and certainly a voice from a few parents out on the outer. Keep up the great work.
CEO
Thanks Kris, we have discussed that area with the Council regards grassing and irrigating it for the kids. At this point, we haven’t had any luck, but we will continue to push hard to get something up there which allows the kids to have safe fun whilst at the game. It’s not the cost of doing it (for us), but we require permission from the council to do it ourselves as it would need to be connected to the council water supply for oval irrigation. Leave with us to keep working on that one!
peter
Congratulations to George and Max for their milestone games. Gutsy game with a come from behind win, loved every minute of the game. On a bit of a down point, the hand balling, not hitting targets and seemed to be directed at the players feet. This was stopping the flow of run at the forwards. Players had to slow down and sometimes stop to pick up the ball, I hope this improves and I'm looking forward to having a 'red hot go' against port magpies next week.
Football Operations
The pressure applied by both sides caused excess turnovers on the weekend.
Our willingness to overuse the handball was highlighted in the review at the end of the game.
We look potent in the forward 50 when we can get the ball moving efficiently.
This will improve in coming weeks as the players identify the best options and execute their skills more regularly.
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Anthony Wegener

Greg, you said:"The home teams are the only ones who can influence the timeslots for each game, this weekend being us. We approved the early start being our home match to try and maximise the attendance here at Prospect. The Crows AFL side are playing late afternoon away and most Crows supporters interested in their SANFL team will probably not attend our match if it crossed over with the AFL game on TV. There are also many NAFC supporters who would want to watch the Crows on TV also, so we are accommodating them as well."

Smart move Greg, those 20 or 30 Crows supporters at the game who got in for free were really worth catering for at the expense of dozens of North supporters. I know I personally have given up my Presidency group membership because we keep pandering to the AFL clubs instead of our own supporters.
And why was the official club facebook site in complete contrast to you by saying "This time slot allows our members to get to both our game and the Port v Sydney game at Adelaide Oval."

I'm not sure if I'm more disenchanted with the club's looking after 6 or 12 people who get in for free ahead of their own club's supporters and their own income or the fact two parts of the same club can be in complete contrast with each other in an explanation, complete incompetency.

Completely awful crowd yesterday considering the conditions and the 8 month lay off, congratulations on minimising it as best you could with a stupid decision on top of the SANFLs incompetent fixturing.
CEO
Cheers Wedgie, appreciate and note your concerns as usual.
Baz
Well done to the club for trying to attract more supporters to the game by starting at 1:10pm. However, I don't think that it worked, as some of our supporters couldn't make it with the early start, and it had little or no impact on attracting Adelaide supporters. They would have struggled to have 100 supporters there today! At 1/4 time they had 11 supporters at their huddle, and were outnumbered easily by their support staff. It is obvious that it is a waste of time trying to cater for the supporters of the AFL clubs' reserves teams, as they don't bother to turn up and they don't support the SANFL.
Administration
Thanks for the feedback Barry. The crowd was disappointing, but the decision was made in the hope that it would allow more of our supporters (who also follow the Crows AFL team) to come to our game.

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Charlie
Which NAFC players made the SANFL U/18 squad?
CEO
Hi Charlie, the Under 18’s State Squad is to be selected late April. There is an Under 18’s Academy squad which finished in early February which we had 7 players involved (Ryan Burton, Stephen Tahana, Maris Olekalns, Jack Graham, Kieran Agius, Cameron Hewitt and Will Combe). That program has now finished and the actual state squad will be selected later this month.
Scott
Why has Nick Amato been playing all trial games in the reserves?
I would have thought he would be an automatic first 18 selection.
Football Operations
Nick didn't meet certain training requirements and will be available for League selection in round 4.
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Dugldo
Wondering why it's an early game this weekend. Do the AFL sides tell us when to start?
CEO
The home teams are the only ones who can influence the timeslots for each game, this weekend being us. We approved the early start being our home match to try and maximise the attendance here at Prospect. The Crows AFL side are playing late afternoon away and most Crows supporters interested in their SANFL team will probably not attend our match if it crossed over with the AFL game on TV. There are also many NAFC supporters who would want to watch the Crows on TV also, so we are accommodating them as well.
Peter
What outstanding young talent did we receive from the rezoning of port Adelaide?
Football Operations
Hi Peter,

The players from Port Adelaide that are currently playing Under 18’s or Reserves are;
Brendon Jackson
Kyle Jackson
Anthony Prior
Kym Le Bois
Brett Kennedy
Kye Vandermoer
Myles McNamara
Sam Venning
Austin Miller

All these players have shown that they are capable footballers who have the talent to progress through the grades.
There are also several junior players (Under 13-Under 16) that we expect to make our junior squads.
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Grenville's Boots
Just a thought for the future; I understand that South Adelaide want GoodFriday football and that the SANFL supports this. I have no issue with the game being played in the late afternoon or evening but think the 3pm time slot is totally insensitive to all supporters, players and staff who actually value the meaning of Good Friday. 3pm is the significant time for Christians. If the Roosters agree to a game in future, please consider this aspect. I'm really suprised that the SANFL does not at least see this as valid and worth respecting.
CEO
Thanks for your thoughts on playing on Good Friday, much appreciated. I can confirm at this point, we have no intentions to play on Good Friday in the future, it isn’t supported by myself or the Board currently.
Simon
When will Lewis johnston be back playing? Do you think he will be the differnce?
Administration
Lewis will be available for our first game against Adelaide on Saturday April 11th.
Lewis has had a small hip issue and will train with the main group this week.
The trial games are used to experiment with positions and give players opportunities.
Lewis will strengthen our forward line and we look forward to seeing him at Prospect Oval in two weeks time.
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Tony Skeffington
Hi Greg, just saw this season's jumper and wondered why the Roosters logo is no longer displayed on the front top left of the jumper. Surely the premier partner logo could have gone in the middle of the V or above the IGA logo? It appears we are the only club without its logo displayed?
CEO
With overwhelming feedback from supporters not to place another sponsor name across the 'V' if we can, we had to find an alternate spot for our Premier sponsor and elected to feature our Premier sponsor on the top left and move our own to the prominent hip area, particularly as Copyworld wanted to keep theirs on the back. I believe we are one of three (Sturt and South) not to have the Club logo top left, but the only one of the three to keep the logo on the front of the Guernsey. We were not allowed, nor did we have room, to place it above IGA logo.
Baz
I haven't noticed Kym LeBois' name in any pre season teams as yet. Is he still playing for us this year? I haven't noticed his name on the injury list either & was wondering what has become of him.
Administration
Kym LeBois is a first year Under 18 who will play in the Under 18 trial game this Sunday against Central District.
Kym represented South Australia last year at the Under 16 National Championships and has shown good early season form this year.
He is an exciting young indigenous talent who we are looking forward to seeing on the senior track when he is ready to make the transition.
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smithy
Been to the 2 trial games and realise that there have been a lot of our regular A team missing. Is this by design or do we have a lot of injuries pre season?
I counted at least 9 last week and would like an update on those who will be available for the first game and those that are not. Thanks.
Football Operations
Hi Smithy,

The reason we have so many of our regular Players out is due to injury. Go to News & Events for a full injury update.

Thanks

charlie
What was rucci referring to in last Saturday's advertiser? Is there any angst between the PAFC and NAFC or is it some more pot stirring?
CEO
There is certainly no angst between PAFC and NAFC that we know about? I can only imagine he may be referring to an academy run there which involves many of our young players and our request for more information about it. No idea why he is suggesting we need to look after players interests as that is exactly what we are doing….
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James
I find out a lot about North via the "Roost" site but I would like to know more about recruits and teams for trial games etc. Sometimes the Roost is high on banter and grinding axes but not always so strong on facts. Could a "Latest News" be added to the website and maybe have it only accessible to members via a password or membership number.
Football Operations
Hi James,

There is a latest news section on the NAFC website which had our squads for Saturday’s trial game listed on Friday.
Other news stories under this title include new recruits and football updates.
Dugldo
What came out of the meeting with SANFL, regarding Essendon taking SANFL players to cover their players who are not going to participate in the pre season competition?
CEO
As per the media reports over the past few days, Essendon have been given the option to ‘recruit’ players from the state leagues for the NAB Challenge. If required for the main season, then it will again be reviewed as no one knows until the final court decision is handed down regards the Essendon players mid-March. Mitch Clisby went across on Sunday. Contracts to cover any injuries and /or compensation have apparently been written up, but we have not yet seen them. Our views on this process are already well known.
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Grenville's Boots
Good on you Greg for speaking up about the Essendon situation. Sadly, won't do us much good I think. Following the departure of Matt Campbell and now Clisby it looks like it could be another average season. Hope we have a great depth in the ranks.
CEO
Thanks, if Clisby goes, he should be back for our first match. At least that’s what we believe to be the case at this point…..Our depth is good enough, players are fitter and healthier too.
Mel
Hi i just wanted to say a big thank you for making my 6 year olds day. She was so excited to come home from school to find a birthday card from the roosters. And it's even signed by Lewie she told me. That made up for the absolute disscust she had when telling my husband that her favouriye player Matty campbell had retired. Good luck this season and let's hope we can take it all the way.
Administration
So glad she liked the card and perhaps Lewie can be the new favourite! :)
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Dugldo
In the article about Matt Campbell not playing this season, it reads to me that the club is not happy with his decision. Should he not have been given the opportunity to do the pre season to see if he was physically ok to play another year.
Unless there are some other unshared reasons, it does not seem to be a nice way to treat a very good player when he decides it's time to stop.
Football Operations
Hi Dugldo,

We respect Matt’s decision to retire from SANFL football.
As mentioned, we have worked closely with him over the pre-season but unfortunately the desire to continue has gone.
The only aspect of the decision (nothing to do with Matt) that we are disappointed with is the timing as it will be very difficult to find players at this time of year, especially of his quality.
The major disappointment is that we won’t get to see the special talents of Matt Campbell running around on Prospect Oval in the Number 3 Guernsey anymore.
He is highly respected within the playing/coaching group and does great work mentoring junior players as well as performing weekly on the football field.
There are no other unshared reasons, Matt has called time and put the team first as he has done his whole career.
Paul Stevens
What is the situation with Ryan Burton this year? Is he playing for us or Port.
Football Operations
Ryan is recovering well from his broken leg and is progressing through his rehabilitation program.
Ryan will share his playing duties this year between North Adelaide and the State Under 18 program mid-year.
The only way he can play for Port is if they draft him at the end of the season.
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Kingsley
Looking forward to the new season coming, let's hope that the team can start the season the way they finished last year with some good wins. Will there be an updated list of jumper numbers available prior to the trial games starting? I have seen a list on the NAFC Wikipedia page, but there seems to be a few names missing that hadn't been announced as departures (Alex Barns and Marlon Motlop just to mention 2). Would be know who's who at the trial games. Go Roosters 2015.
Football Operations
There will be an updated list of playing numbers available before the trial games.
We are finalising numbers and will put up on the website following the individual photos which we hope to take in the next 2 weeks.
Alex Barns and Marlon Motlop are playing at North Adelaide this season.
We have had minimal player movement so most players will be wearing the same number as last season.
Terry
when are we going to update players photos ?
CEO
Yes sure are... as soon as the new guernseys arrive and we have the photos taken, expecting them in over the next week or so.
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Dugldo
Is anything happening?
Football Operations
Plenty happening at this time of year.
The players are training 4 sessions a week in preparation for the upcoming trial games.
Most of the playing list is on track and we are looking like we will have a small injury list heading into the season.
Will have an update regarding pre-season up on the website in the next few days.
Baz
Any chance of Luke Tapscott returning to the Roosters? He hasn't been picked up by any AFL team & would be a good addition for us. Also any news of signings? Has Mitch Clisby put pen to paper? Any Others?
Football Operations
Mitch Clisby will be at North Adelaide in season 2015.
Luke Tapscott is weighing up his options after not being selected in the draft on Wednesday.
Luke is likely to stay in Melbourne but we have been in regular contact and he knows that we are interested if he decides to return to Adelaide.
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Rob
Hello guys, A concerned question regarding the clearance of Harry Viney to Norwood as he has been with North since the U13's ? Reasons are one thing but were we compensated with another recruit swap ? Noticed SANFL news mentioned Viney as an In for Norwood, but no in from Norwood to North !
Football Operations
Hi Rob,

We have swapped Harry for a young indigenous player, Kym LeBois. Kym joined Norwood after the reallocation of the boundaries and currently lives in Ceduna.
He is cousins with Keiran Agius and wants to play at North Adelaide due to this connection. Kym will live with Keiran and move down in the new year to go to school.
Kym played State Under 16’s for SA this year and is a very talented young footballer. Harry has school mates at Norwood and after several discussions with the Norwood Football Club, he advised that he would like to explore the opportunities presented to him. We wish Harry all the best and welcome Kym to the North Adelaide Football Club.
Dugldo
Has the club talked to Clisby about coming back to North if he is not drafted?
Football Operations
Mitch has confirmed that he will return to North Adelaide in 2015 if another AFL opportunity doesn’t present.
This will be confirmed at the end of the AFL draft period in early December.
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Michael
Please tell me!!!!
Johnston? Is the king coming back to prospect?
Administration
We have been in contact with Lewis and he is committed to coming back to North Adelaide if he doesn’t find another AFL club.
Lew
Thanks for that Greg. Any feedback on the hall of fame? Has been announced/promoted twice, with no result as yet.
CEO
Working through the Hall of Fame process and format at the moment with the selection committee, and will have more information on this when we have something confirmed. Thanks for your interest, we believe it will be exciting for all supporters once we firm up the roll out format.
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Lew
I read with interest the recent article in the Advertiser re a 10% drop in membership, and the reasons for it. Could I suggest that the Clubs communication with members needs to improve greatly in order to arrest this decline. It is now nearly 6 weeks since a disappointing end to the season and we have not heard a peep from the Club. I would love to hear what has been going on to get us up the ladder next season eg end of season reviews, recruiting plans, comings & goings, pre season training plans, progress with hall of fame etc
CEO
The 10% drop in membership was mostly due to a special junior membership program we ran last year and didn’t run this year (and didn’t have the year before). I know The Advertiser didn’t actually include that into the article, but that’s reality. If you take that out, our real membership decreased by around 40 members. Regards communication, we sent an update out 2 or 3 weeks ago to all members regards injuries, medals etc, and will be planning another shortly. On other post season football matters, we don’t have a lot to say other than we hope to keep our list together for another season and avoid the continuous changes to our line up as we have had in previous years. The Coach is keen to take a really fit, healthy version of our list into the 2015 season rather than cut and move out players for the sake of it. The coach has had his individual reviews with all players, as well as all coaches. Every player has expressed disappointment in how the year went, and those who under performed have all committed to bring their absolute best to the Club next season. Injury wise, we are in a much better position than we were this time last year, where we began pre-season training with 15 players in rehab, from injuries the year before. Players like Corey Grove, Sam DeLeonardis, George Thring, Max Thring and Josh Gregg, who all missed all of most of the season this year, are all getting ready for a big summer, and will be like new recruits. Add a full summer for Kulikowski, Motlop, Read, Schultz and Shillabeer, and we expect us to be well positioned and ready to go. Recruiting wise, we have no news at present, we are speaking with a few players we have targeted through the year, but we won’t be adding high numbers to our list as we have had to previous seasons. More to come later on once we have more news!
Hendo
Is there any explanation for the demise of the Ressies group in the finals this year. Top all year- moved the ball fantastically - played as a team? I am astounded at their finals performances - its seemed by all reports their games were over at quarter time - similarly the 18's seem to be struggling after a great year on top of the table??????
Football Operations
Thanks Hendo.

The Reserves side that played the finals games was relatively younger than the sides that played regularly in the minor rounds.
Due to the league side not qualifying for finals, the qualification regulation in place didn’t allow a few senior players to participate.
Read and Barns played late in the season but didn’t qualify and Virgin and Kangur were in a similar position.
Therefore our selection numbers were rather low, forcing us to promote 3-4 Under 18 players.
Also Luke Teasdale got injured in the first final early in the contest and didn’t play the second match.
The Under 18’s had a week off in the first week of the finals and had to reintroduce several college players back into the side on the weekend that haven’t played together often of late.
The team chemistry obviously didn’t click and they will be better for the run together on the weekend.
They will also get 5 players back who played in the reserves final last weekend so I am sure that they will put in a good performance this weekend.
Hopefully they make the Grand Final as they deserve too after the fine minor round that they produced.
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Kos
What was the reserve umpire doing by interfering with the reserves game against Norwood? Secondly, must say the side's performance did not reflect their finishing second on the ladder.
CEO
We have asked the League the same question on the reserve umpire. Expecting response soon. Unfortunately for our reserves, we put everything into winning a spot in League finals in the last few games and as a consequence we had several players who didn’t quite qualify to play reserves finals (Virgin, Barns, Kangur, C.Craig, Read etc). As you know, the teams we have played in the finals (Sturt and Norwood) both had their League teams in the finals also, allowing them the chance to play all available players in each grade. For example, we had 4 of our 6 defenders under 18 years of age, and of course, this also hurt the Under 18’s final last week.
Fraser
I may have missed something but what has happened to Patrick Bowles? I don't recall seeing any info regarding his absence.
Football Operations
Patrick Boles injured his groin in Round 16 v Sturt. Scans have confirmed the injury to his left groin and he will be in rehabilitation for 10-12 weeks.
We are hopeful that he will be ready to start the pre-season program from the start.
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Old_Chook
Why did the SANFL not include draws when deciding the Stanley H Lewis Trophy this year. They certainly have every other year up to now as can be seen by referencing any previous year's Grand Final Football Budget
Administration
Thanks Barry, we are aware of this and have written to the SANFL accordingly. The matter will be tabled at the SANFL Football Committee next Friday for a ruling. Obviously we are pushing for the correct decision to be made based on the history of the Trophy.
linda
congratulations to Luke Teasdale and Jonathan Hayes for winner their respective grades trophies. Also congratulate the club on sharing the Stanley H Cup.
Administration
Thanks Linda... we are very proud of the boys and it's great for the club to win the Stanley H. Lewis Trophy too.
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Mel
Hi just wondering if its true that Matty Campbell will not be
with us next season? If this is so what a loss for the club.
CEO
Matty Campbell signed for the 2015 season a couple of weeks ago, so we expect he will be staying with us which is great. His presence around the club is really positive, he is a very popular personality around the place, and has really strong relationships across the playing group, especially the young lads who he makes sure he spends time with. Of course, he is very important to our on field efforts too!
smithy
Great effort on Saturday but too late unfortunately. Can you please tell us all those who are available this week for the 2s as surely Virgin and Craig are also in the mix. Also, what happened to O'Keefe the last 2 weeks ?
Football Operations
Hi Smithy, available for the reserves finals campaign are the following that played League on the weekend;
Darren Shillabeer
Stuart Hill
Josh Gregg

Addison Burns will return after playing for the Adelaide Crows on the weekend.
Ryan Burton was due to resume this week but unfortunately he fractured his tibia on the weekend playing the final school game of the season.

The ruling for qualification is if you have played more than 5 league games for the season, the requirement is that you play 3 of the last 5 games in the reserves grade. Cameron and Michael did not meet this requirement.

Rhys O’Keeffe didn’t play on the weekend due to having 2 family members pass away within 5 days of each other and he had family commitments.
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Charlie
Am I right in thinking that of the league team which had a great win against the Bulldogs, there are 4 players who are eligible to play in the Reserves' finals series: Schulz, Shillabeer, Gregg and Hill?
Administration
Hi Charlie, of those players Shillabeer, Gregg and Hill are all eligible and will play Reserves finals.
peter
The last two games at home, it was great to see the boys play some good footy, we went out on a bit of a high. The crowd against the eagles, very poor, the crowd against the dogs was pretty good.
I was a bit disappointed at the end of the game against the dogs, we had a great win, our last game of the season and the boys only seemed to acknowledge the group on the western side (grandstand) before heading down the race. There were numerous supporters who always sit opposite (score board side) wanted to cheer the boys off. Would it hurt if the boys did a lap around the ground just to say thanks to the loyal supporters?
Football Operations
Thanks for your support Peter. Would have been good for the players to acknowledge those in attendance all around the ground on the weekend.
I am sure they didn’t mean to just thank one side of the oval as they appreciate the passionate support shown by all Rooster fans.
This is definitely some feedback that we can pass onto the players for future games.
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Terry
Great game to finish the up and down season. Lets hope we can keep this form up next year without all the injuries. Good luck Roosters.
Greg Gallman
Thanks Terry.
A very bittersweet way to finish the year. Whilst the team is nowhere near satisfied with 'just missing out' on finals, we can look forward to many positives for season 2015. Fingers crossed we can have a healthy squad throughout the length of the preseason translating into a healthy team for the following year. Looking forward to having you on board.
Greg
Bret
Thats all very well Greg but why didnt Obst go for the ball? Only had eyes for the player
CEO
The Eagles player was actually side on to Obst, about to pick up the ball along the boundary line when Obst got down low into a bumping position to take his opponent and the ball out of bounds so we could restart. The Eagles player fumbled and turned back into Obst at the last second creating a clumsy bump from Obst. Make no mistake, the bump was unacceptable and he has copped it here from every angle, however his initial intentions were to take his opponent and the ball out of bounds via a legal side on bump. The next time he is in that position, he needs to corral the player (or tackle if he has possession) and make sure they both go over the line without incident, or create a ball up.
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Bret
Greg, do you seriously think the Obst incident was minor? He ignored the ball to bump someone in the head, which directly resulted in a goal. I cant believe you would bother contesting the charge. Are you not encouraging players to ignore the ball by doing that. No wonder they are up and down like a yo yo
CEO
Bret, the bump was clumsy and he has been told to be much smarter in his approach as we can’t afford easy goals or having players on the sidelines as we know. However, the actual bump was minor in force, and actually shoulder to shoulder, hence the Eagles player fell to the side, jumped up immediately and ran off. The bump became clumsy only because the Eagles player turned into Obst at the last second, making it impossible to pull up. We contested the charge because we felt we could demonstrate this and Obst wanted to put up his case as he was adamant he did not commit front on contact. The issue at the tribunal was the angle of the vision made it unclear, and the tribunal went with the umpires call after much deliberation, and he got 2 matches because of his poor record, otherwise it was a reprimand. I certainly do not condone this or any offences which result in penalising the team or the club, but if any of our players firmly believe they did not commit a reportable offence, my view is that we support them all the way and give them every opportunity to express that view. Obst was not going to receive a higher penalty if we lost the case, so a no brainer for me.
Grenvilles boots
Alan Obst guilty of what looked very minor. Why is no 25 for the Eagles not held accountable by umps for his repeated very physical, outside the rules attacks on Rooster players? This umps have no idea!
CEO
Agree on the Obst case, but unfortunately the vision of the incident didn’t help our case.
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Grenville's boots
Gutsy win, the players played with flair, confidence and some discipline after 1/4 time. It was great to see, well done all!
CEO
It was an excellent efforts by the boys after a slow start. If can found some consistency and defended as hard as we did Saturday, we’d be far better placed this season!
Lewie
Concerned that the ressies play team footy (rooster footy)and the league team play as individuals!!
CEO
I agree with you that our Reserves team does play a good brand of team oriented football. We certainly haven’t had the discipline issues in the Reserves that we have in the League side this season, there is no doubt about that. There are no excuses for that, and my views on undisciplined selfish football are very well known around here I can assure you. The coach has laid it on the line for players who persist in handing the ball back to the opposition through undisciplined acts of individual selfishness, so I expect and demand to see this frustration turned into passion and commitment for the next contest!
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Dave Palmer
Ken is reported to have said that we have to get back to basics. I hope the basics include, our mid fielders after fighting hard to get the ball to be able to deliver it accurately by hand or foot. Our forward line have a proper structure and the players know where and when to lead. When the opposition have the ball we man up, not occupy a piece of turf in no-mans land then turn and chase your man after the ball has passed. This is not the same team that played in last year's Grand Final. We have gone backwards. This is not ment to be offensive, it's an old mans' observations. I will still go and support and cheer the team on each week but I am frustrated and would like to see some improvement.
Football Operations
Agree with all of your comments Dave.
Our disposal efficiency, which has been a strong point for many years, has declined to unacceptable levels far too often this season.
When we don’t defend to the levels required, the opposition are allowed to score multiple goals too easily.
We have 2 home games remaining, hopefully we see a continuation of the improvement that we started to see from the second half last week against Sturt.
Smithy
Well it has been a very underachieving year for the club. Once again at Unley we saw how we need some bigger bodies down back as we were exposed by the Sturt forwards. They boys given the job battled well under extreme pressure but they just couldn't match it with their bigger opponents. Certainly time to try a couple of others with Torrens also having a large forward unit. Hill and Shillabeer certainly should be considered unlucky not to have be included lately.
Football Operations
Not for the first time this year that we have been beaten by tall marking forwards.
Unfortunately when we have to move Todd Miles into the ruck, we gain momentum around the ball but we then become vulnerable to quick movement and isolated contests inside the defensive 50.
This week we face Wundke, Ainger & Grocke to test us yet again. Hill and Shillabeer will definitely be in the selection mix.
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daryl
now the season is over for us. will the club look to get a key forward. and stop getting players that are not up to sanfl level. instead of getting 4 or 5 players that have been to other clubs. and have proved they are not good enough. we should get 1 or 2 good players.
Administration
There are several target areas for recruiting over the off season. A key forward is one of those.
Recruiting players from other clubs has been a big reason why we got to the grand final last season.
Tood Miles, Chad O’Sullivan and Jay Shannon finished top 3 in our club champion award in 2013 and there are several other players (Thrings x 2, Dalwood, Clinch etc) that have become important pieces at prospect in recent years.
Some unfortunately don’t work out the way we anticipated and we need to keep identifying specific players that we feel can improve the playing group in specific positions.
Agree we need to also focus on getting 1-2 quality players that fit our needs.
Phil
Greg,I would like to know why this coach lacks passion and fire in the belly? Not that ranting and raving is necessary, but occasionally a bake in front of supporters can be valuable. Players and supporters are expected to show passion so why not the coach? He should be proactive in removing players (temporarily) who lose the plot as occurred in that disaster of a 2nd quarter. It is unacceptable to allow this ill discipline to spread like a disease.If he can't or won't act on it he shouldn't be in the job, regardless of any strategic qualities he may have.
CEO
Phil, I agree that it’s not common to see the coach giving the players a huge serve in front of the supporters during the breaks, but he has certainly given a couple of the best ‘bakes’ that I’ve seen at the half time break at a few of our matches. Whilst you may not see the fire in the belly, I can assure you it’s there, and how he reacts to poor performances at the quarter time and three quarter time breaks is probably more about planning for the next quarter and keeping control. I suppose all coaches are different with when and how they show supporters their raw emotion. Regards ‘dragging’ players after they do something unacceptable, I am from the old school and tend to agree with you! These days the coaches are always concerned with rotations and having a player on the bench for disciplinary reasons takes up a spot for a midfield rotation. I understand all that but personally, I would still like to see players dragged for poor efforts or undisciplined play regardless of its impact on rotations. Get them on the headphones and give them a blast!! The message is then loud and clear….!
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Lew
Why can't Shillabeer get a run in the A's? Has been very consistent all year at both ends of the ground. A great kick.
Football Operations
Darren has made good progress over the past 9 months in regards to adapting to senior SANFL football from the country. He is a very good kick of the football and is starting to understand his defensive responsibilities at both ends of the ground.
Darren has been discussed of late and is not far away if his form continues.
Bret
What are the rules regarding players who have played both league and reserves playing in the reserves finals? Thrings, Hill, Craig etc etc
Football Operations
The rule is if they have played more than 5 games at league level, they have to play 3 of the last 5 games in the reserves to re-qualify.
You can put in a permit for specific players that is at the discretion of the SANFL.
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Jeff
Well that was disappointing and plain embarrassing. Not only did we lose badly but we did it on TV and we gave away stupid free kicks and some sniped - that is not the BRAND of football that the Nort Adelaide Football Club should really want to be associated with. It is not the way that the Robrans, Don Lindner, Barrie Barbary, John Riley, Todd Miles and 100's of other current and previous players have played their football with North Adelaide Football Club. A very disappointing result from the club I have supported for 50 years and which I thought better of.
I am getting sick of saying "well there is always next year". Lift your game!
CEO
Absolutely agree Jeff. Our boys were fired up early to begin the match well, but lost control and spiralled into some real undisciplined footy. I thought we were undisciplined all day after that which was very disappointing and we must get that crap out of our game. I was also embarrassed and after a couple of wins to set ourselves up for a real crack, we let ourselves down badly. I expect the coach will put some real heat around the place this week to see who wants to stand up! You’re right, we need to lift our game across the board and start to give good honest week in, week out performances for our supporters.
Dave Palmer
Why is it that left footed players cannot kick with their right foot?
Even AFL lefties kick off the side of the boot rather than try the right foot. Is it practiced?
Football Operations
It is a good question David. Left footers have an ability for the majority of play to get around onto their preferred side. Cohen Thiele and Matt Campbell come to mind straight away as rarely kicking on their opposite foot.
It is practiced and expected that they continue to work on their individual games in their own time and when time is put aside at training to work on deficiencies.
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Bret
I lost count on saturday the amount of times a kick was turned over because of players trying to kick off one step or while walking backwards, mainly due to them not getting back off their mark fast enough after a mark or free kick. I noticed it alot earlier in the season too. Are players being coached and told to kick with no or backwards momentum?? Either way it happens far to often.
Football Operations
Agree with your comments Bret. At times we look to move the ball on too quickly and the players technique and movement is flat footed or leaning backwards.
They are not trained to kick off one step. The method we promote is to move towards your target with momentum.
Only unique players such as the Jarman brothers can hit targets off one step .
Brad
Why didn't Stuart Hill play last week? Is he available for the next match?
Football Operations
Stuart Hill pulled up sore in the hip flexor following Wednesday nights main training session.
He trained under control Thursday but couldn’t run at full speed.
Barring any setbacks over the next week he will be available for the Glenelg match.
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muriel
you did a great job Saturday daryl you really inspired the boys well done I hope you make it a regular gig how about another tubbys tale you can always mention your aches and pains congratulations boys on the magpies scalp
Football Operations
Thanks Muriel.

The players deserve all the credit for the performance on the weekend.
The next Tubby’s Tales is not far away. If I started a story on my aches and pains from the weekend it would never end!!
Dave Palmer
What a great turn around from last week. Please bring that game with you every week.
Well done, keep it going.
Football Operations
The players showed what they are capable of when they are committed to playing the style of football that has been put in place since November.
Now they need to consistently play at that level and the results will take care of themselves.
Thanks for your support.
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Jeff
Nice to know that the roller coaster life of being a North supporter continues! Good luck for the rest of the season - I just want the passion and commitment to continue and the wins will take care of themselves
Excellent to see the senior teams each record a 2 point win against Port teams. Particularly delighted that the league got up given their performance against South. I must say however that I was really bemused by a number of umpiring decisions that seemed to follow a patten reminiscent of the Crows match. Quite a number of "Oh boy" moments. Am I being conspiritorial or is this just "du" to my "one eyedness". Is the club planning to raise this umpiring issue with the umpiring panel as it looks to have done after the Crows match?
Football Operations
Was a good result in both grades. Pleasing for the league to respond after the disappointing result against South and the Reserves keep performing at a strong level each week.
Umpiring does go both ways. We do communicate with the umpiring department regarding incidents and get an explanation on certain free kicks paid.
Mel
As I'm sitting here
watching the north vs port game I am convinced that the umpires only see black in one eye and white in the other. The umpiring is disgusting. Port have had 4 goals from free kicks which were not really there. And do the umpires understand the interpretation of holding the ball because I was under the impression that if u drop the ball in front of you it's holding the ball. I really think some measures should be taken by the club about this. If we lose we lose no problems but come on it has to be fair.
CEO
As we always do, we will ensure the Umpires Coach is aware of the issues as we see it regards interpretation of free kicks from the weekend, particularly holding the ball.
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BRYAN
Can you explain in detail and without the usual football cliches why Aleksander Kangur has been dropped from the league side. Alek was named amongst the best players against South Adelaide last week. I listened to the radio whilst watching the game and the independent commentators mentioned that "Kangur was the only North Adelaide player showing any interest in playing defence." Howcome experienced commentators can see it, a large contingent of the more matured North Adelaide supporters can see it, but the North Adelaide coaches and selectors can't????
Football Operations
Hi Bryan

The coaching staff selected a side to take on Port who have 3 of the fastest small forwards in the competition (Amon, Neade and Johansen)
Alek unfortunately isn’t blessed with natural leg speed and it was decided to go with Andy Read who is in good form and is one of the fastest players on the list.
Alek will definitely be in the selection mix next week against Glenelg as they offer different small/mid forward options than Port.

You mention that everyone can see it other than the coaching staff and selection committee, but with the result produced on the weekend I personally think it was the right call and I am a big Kangur fan.
Phil
What was the rationale behind playing "Killer" on Saturday ? Surely he should have played one game in the B's to at least get to know our system and team - even Jay and Willie Dalwood played a first up game in two's when they came to us mid-season a few years back.Whilst not blaming him in any way for the loss
what sort of message does it send to young players like Andy Read,Heath Caldwell and Patrick Boles who have slugged out all the way through pre-season and then see a new player come straight into the team ? Also may I ask why Stuart Hill was dropped on the weekend - I feel he has been one of our most reliable defenders this year - maybe the wrong key backman was dropped ?
Football Operations
Hi Phil.

Different circumstances regarding “Killer” to Jay Shannon, Will Dalwood and even Marlon Motlop this season.
Daniel Kulikowski has been playing in an equivalent competition interstate for the first 10 matches of the season for a team that is sitting third on the ladder.
The coaching group all know of Daniel’s qualities and made a calculated decision to play him straight away.
Jay Shannon when he came across was told by Port that he wouldn’t get opportunities at League level and was playing reserves while Will Dalwood actually played for PAC in the Amateur League the week before coming out to Prospect.
Marlon Motlop this year hadn’t played for over a month before he played his first game of the season for the Roosters.
Daniel is extremely professional in the way he goes about his football and will add to our playing group.

The coaching staff didn’t see the right match up for Stuart Hill as South generally play only 2 tall forwards. Whether the right decision was made is the opinion of the individual.
Judging by the scoreboard on the day, maybe we needed Hill out there as our 19th man to defend against the constant barrage the defenders copped on the day.
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Adam
I have been going to the footy for 30 years since I was a young tacker and Red & White through and through. In that time we have been through ups and downs and the downs we had some valid reasons like no money , no players etc. The performance that I witnessed on Saturday was deplorable with majority of the players showing little to no effort. If they don't want to play for our great club , then leave. But if they do then performances like that cant be tolerated. People will turn away in droves because I don't mind losing but its how you lose that hurts the most. We have gone so far backwards its unbelievable and in a short period of time. Cmon boys lift !
Greg Gallman
Dear Adam,

Firstly, thanks to you and all those supporters who made the trip to Noarlunga to support your club. I understand and greatly appreciate the commitment and support we receive from fans coming out to watch the North Adelaide Football Club, especially when longer commutes and less than forgiving elements make staying at home an easier option.

I completely agree with your assessment of the performance on Saturday. It was deplorable and will not be accepted within this club. Saturday presented the group with an opportunity to stay in touch with the top 5 and make a strong response after the close loss we had two weeks previous. All signs pointed towards a Roosters side that would be desperate and committed. The insipid effort that followed was completely the opposite, and personally embarrassing to be associated with the North Adelaide guernsey. While we were unable to take the ball cleanly, make correct decisions or execute skills whilst under the excellent pressure South Adelaide applied, it was not these issues that caused me the most concern post game. We as a playing group pride ourselves in not conceding defeat and that our competitiveness will always keep us in the contest. It is this belief that has delivered some stirring come from behind victories in the past. However, the final quarter display cannot be described as anything but ill disciplined and submissive.

I haven't experienced a worse feeling in the changerooms for a very long time. The result has been a hard one to move on from. All I can say is that I, along with rest of the playing group, am really hurting after that loss. It is not one we are proud of.

I am at the North Adelaide Football Club for one reason, and that is to take it to its next premiership- one that the players, staff, volunteers and supporters so desperately desire. Whilst our performance on the weekend is one that is more likely to turn away fans than generate support, I hope that you persevere with us in chasing this ultimate goal. We have shown our potential as a playing group and now must eradicate the inconsistencies that threaten to prevent another finals campaign. I am looking forward to the response from the players this weekend against Port Adelaide at Alberton. I hope you are there to support us.

Greg Gallman
Pat
Another terrible loss after a bye and one that will probably cost us a finals berth. Why is it that we have such a poor winning record after byes? It seems that it takes the players a whole game to get back into the "swing" of playing after a week off. Has the Club considered playing a "practice match" to keep the momentum going?
Football Operations
The players shouldn’t of needed any external motivation for the game on the weekend.
In terms of where the season is placed, it was the biggest game that we have entered for 2014.
Can’t answer your question regarding our record following a bye. Hopefully we can figure out the answer sooner rather than later.
The squad trains hard on the week off and generally play internal scrimmages to cover the physical element of not playing on the weekend.
I would expect a different mindset, attitude and physicality from the playing group in the league side this weekend.
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Deb
Hi Greg, Saturday game, it hurts to see you guys out there and no passion and no positive. We can see everyone has had it. Where has the spark gone from your heart. I know I be out there watching you, cheering you on and clapping as I do every week. Sometimes all I want to do is just go up and give you guys a big hug and tell you all, we are here and always will be here. What's has happen to the spark we saw in the grand final, we don't see that anymore. Maybe hearing from some of your supporter, to help you guys to get your passion back, because we have it and alway have. I believe in this club, as I did when my dad took me to my first roosters game. My dad took us girls to every game and then when we were old enough we took ours selfs and now I take my daughter. Greg tell the boys we are here for them every week. Win or lose, rain or shine I'm still the one that will sit out in the outer by the fence, in the rain just watching you guys play. So next time at prospect look across at the fence under the score board, you see four women cheering you on under there umbrellas or just sitting there. Gooo you roooosters we love you and believe in you.

Cheers Deb
Greg Gallman
Hi Deb, thankyou very much for the support! It does not go unnoticed from the playing group. Having sat on the sidelines for a long time I have been able to appreciate the frustrations and helplessness that supporters can feel during the game!
I can guarantee that although the weekend's effort indicated otherwise, the players still have the passion to play for the club and for each other. I know I still love playing in a North Adelaide guernsey every week!
It is always great to hear about families that have passed on their support for North Adelaide through several generations (my mum remembers going to watch Barrie Robran and the Roosters when she was younger). I will keep an eye out for the awesome foursome sitting with umbrellas underneath the scoreboard, hopefully you will be helping us celebrate a great win!

Greg
Stewie
We don't play that bad unless it was deliberate.
That effort has just re-in forced the skeptics and conspiracy theorists at our club.
RE-building ,New coach,Next year heard it all before based on that game is there going to be a next year.
Things are crook in Tillarook but they are a bloody sight worse at North.
CEO
Nothing deliberate, but I absolutely agree it was one of the worst performances I’ve seen in 4 years. Our ability to work hard when we don’t have the ball has been a major issue this year in all our losses, and our skill level was shocking. We played similarly terrible games last year, even losing the last 5 minor round matches last year by an average of around 10 goals, but we managed to regain the necessary confidence and work rate in our game and win some finals.… Things can change quickly, but we need to fix up many areas of our game before we can look too far ahead. The character of our players is on the line, so I expect to see a spirited response next Saturday. My apologies to all of our supporters for that effort.
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Grenville's boots
Are the players fair dinkim? This is a shocking performance not worth the bloody drive to Prospect let alone artic park.
Football Operations
Totally agree with your comments. The players need some time in front of the mirror and to be honest with their own and the team’s performances.
Skill level you can improve with training but work rate, pressure and the want to engage and compete is up to the individual and the team as a whole.
Expect a different approach from the league side this week. You can’t pick and choose when to play at this level.
Bret
Dont you agree that it is about time the supporters and members of this club accept the Crows and Port are in the SANFL, its happened their here so accept and move on. Stop complaining, get behind the club and hope the players can be more grown up then alot of the supporters, there is games to win and finals to make.
Administration
The AFL teams in the SANFL is still an issue for some, and we absolutely respect that. But on the field and in the coaches box, make no mistake our whole focus is on winning games and making the finals, and they are another two teams we must prepare to beat each time we play them!
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Dugldo
I did not swear, but made it clear that I was one of many, who don't like what has been allowed to happen to our SANFL competition. Still heard nothing about the name of the guy in the grey jumper , who out of nowhere, elbowed me to the side of my head, before scurrying off into the crows change rooms. If the crows won't tell me, who will? How many games will he get?
Maybe I need to have a sook in the media, like taylor, might put the cat amongst the pigeons.
CEO
I know there was some frustration over in that cricket club area after the match, mostly due to the time it took for the Crows to get off the oval (and security having that area condoned off for an extra 10 – 15 minutes waiting). I have let the Crows know that, and they agreed it was the catalyst for some extra frustration (people not being able to get past the cordon for so long). Obviously we don’t want any physical abuse from anyone, and I would urge anyone to report any type of violent behaviour at any match to security immediately, or to the home team so action can be taken.
Baz
So disappointed to hear Andrew Jarman complain about North supporters on MMM this morning. He had the audacity to suggest that the Crow players had to be fenced in to protect them from our supporters. Can someone please go on air to refute this rubbish. All clubs do as we do at Prospect and cordon off the area where opposition players and/or umpires have to walk through the crowd. He is out of line and needs to be put back in his place.
I know that Megsie went on air, but that obviously had little effect.
Can you also let me know whether any action is going to be taken against the crows official who jostled a senior (in years) North supporter?
Administration
Thanks Barry, I have spoken to each media outlet and told them what actually happened, but the truth sometimes isn’t as newsworthy as a good story. It makes for a good story to say the Crows players had to be cordoned off for protection, but as we know, that is garbage. The key issue was that security had cordoned off the exit area for the Crows, as they do every week for every team, but they stayed on the oval for 10 – 15 minutes afterwards, meaning no one could get through to go home for that time, creating a bit of extra angst and frustration. Our players (and coaches) could tell a lot of stories about coming off the ground at several other opposition ovals and being abused, spat on and had things thrown at them. It’s disappointing and we certainly don’t condone it, but we haven’t complained about it, we understand the emotion and the rivalry and get on with it.
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Dugldo
Don't think it matters what there wearing, could be nothing or a horse blanket, as to some up what Shane Harris replied to my email to the SANFL, "inconsistent and not up to standard". I really appreciated it that he replied to my query. I told him I would not publish his actual reply, but I've summed it up.
Administration
I agree, doesn’t really matter how they look, it how they umpire that counts. Thanks for the feedback from Shane!
Jeff McMahon aka The Cocks
I've made the point before about the umpiring standards when we play the afl reserves teams. (I still think they are under instructions to protect them and their filthy lucre) but what gets me is that the umpires wear a uniform reminiscent of the afl umpires' outfits (I know the crows jumper is predominantly white but so what!). Is this to make these afl reserves players feel more like they're competing in an afl competition rather than the 'lowly' SANFL?
Administration
Not sure Jeff, I’m still reeling from a few decisions they made on Sunday to even notice what they were wearing!
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Grenville's boots
I was listening to MMM last night and Taylor Walker said that the Crows players were not welcome at North after the game on the weekend. Andrew Jarman was almost speechless and said he was sure this could not be true. I would be totally dismayed if this is true. What are the facts?
CEO
That is absolutely ridiculous. The Crows players are always welcome back to our club and they know it. I was asked if it was possible for the Crows to do their presentations to their best players in our club after the game, and I said it was not appropriate as our club is for our own presentations. This was nothing to do with having their players and coaches back to the club for a drink. Funny how words can be changed to suit an occasion!
Ben
Will the club be asking the SANFL for a please explain regarding some of the decisions yesterday by the umpires? Usually, I'd accept that this is a fact of football that some decisions would be shockers but yesterday there seemed to be a lot of these in a row going to the crows (Late in the 2nd and late in the 4th) which may have actually changed the result of the game.

Sure we missed easy shots on goal at some points of the game but once again that's just the nature of football. We managed to get back in that game through playing tough, gritty football and didn't deserve to lose that the way we did in the end.
Football Operations
Hi Ben,
We are still in the process of reviewing the game. There were a couple of decisions that we have looked at closely and will consider talking to the umpiring department upon completion.
Interesting stat is frees for on the day were North 23 – Adelaide 15.
Accuracy in front of goal was a factor in the result and we need to take advantage of the extra shots we created over the course of the day.
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Dugldo
Are you and the board having any second thoughts about letting the afl reserves teams into our competition? Will there be a review by the SANFL clubs at the season? I sincerely hope you will respond to my queries, as our local footy is too important to myself and many other supporters, not only from North, but the other real SANFL teams.
CEO
Due to the AFL reserves teams having a long term agreement to play in the SANFL League competition, I don’t think any of the SANFL clubs can have second thoughts at this early stage, but, we all continue to absolutely support the need for the annual review process of the rules and regulations of the AFL clubs entry into the SANFL. The rules and regulations will be reviewed each year by the SANFL and the SANFL clubs as part of the agreements for the AFL clubs to be in the SANFL competition.
Grenville's boots
A great game V the Crows with a disappointing result. As a season ticket holder of both clubs it will always be the Roosters for me in the SANFL, I think it was clear that one of the umpires today was probably a Crows Gold Member! Next week Roosters, the team is playing some great footy.
Football Operations
The umpires have been a hot topic from the weekend. We can only control the way we play and we have improved considerably over the last 3 weeks.
That needs to be our level of consistency and intensity for the rest of the season if we want to play finals football in 2014.
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Fraser
It was sad to see Patrick Boles and Caldwell miss out this week. Yes we must make room for our captain but is there any other reason for their demotion? I thought their form was good.
Football Operations
Fraser, agree that Boles and Caldwell were unlucky to be omitted from the team on the weekend.
There are only 21 positions that can be filled and the coaching staff went for the experience of Gallman and Williams.
Boles and Caldwell are very good talents and we look forward to watching them continue to develop into long term players at the club.
CAR
During the West game, I noticed on 2 or 3 occassions a Roosters person "running" out to players wearing what appeared to be a players tracksuit. Is this allowable? I would hate to see a free kick given for such a technical occurance.
Football Operations
The person in question is our physio and this is allowed as long as they have an arm band visible stating what role they have with the club.
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Bob
Any info on Toby Schulz - where is he from?? He showed some good form last week - but I havnt noticed him around the club before.
Football Operations
Toby Schulz is originally from Norwood. Toby played 24 games and kicked 12 goals at Norwood and was part of their 2010 Grand Final side.
He joined the Roosters in March this year after playing the last couple of seasons in the Amateur League for St. Peters.
Dugldo
Noticed number 53 the last few weeks in the twos, ( previously was Ryan Burton), is now Wyatt Patterson. Can you give supporters information regarding his pre Roosters days please?
Football Operations
Wyatt Patterson is a 17 year old who has progressed through our junior program starting in the Under 13 age group.
Wyatt is originally from the Golden Grove FC and has shown good qualities and improvement in 2014 to earn promotion from the Under 18’s into the reserves side.
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Cam
Great 2nd half on Monday! Hope to see that kind of footy for the rest of 2014!!
Football Operations
It was good to watch the players execute our game style in the 2nd half as it gets the results we are after.
Hopefully we do see more of that kind of footy for the rest of the season.
Thanks for your support.
Phil
Greg, apart from the normal line of 'too old, looking to develop players etc.' why did the club overlook former skipper Clint Alleway when clearly we are undermanned and underperforming in the big man area. He was clearly the best big man on the ground Monday and showed he is still very capable at this level.
I'm told he wanted to play with North but was only offered a coaching role which of course he declined. I think he could have been used in a mentoring role on the field and wouldn't have cost the earth. Disappointing for supporters to see this.
CEO
Clint did play well on Monday, no doubt about that. The decision not to sign Clint was based on a few factors I suppose. When Clint retired at the end of 2012, his body was pretty worn out (by his own admission), and he said needed to retire, move on with life etc. When he returned after a year overseas, we had already committed to a few new players who we had targeted specifically as long term forwards, including Obst, Mitchell, Barns and Grove. In addition, we were still talking to Daniel Stewart who at that point, was looking at staying at NAFC instead of moving home to Melbourne. In the end, the coach didn’t want to risk losing Clint to injury or soreness early in the pre-season or in season, and miss the opportunity to develop a forward line for the future. We think its great Clint is playing well and injury free, he is certainly a club favourite among all of us, and a great guy. We would have loved to have him on board to begin his coaching career, which Clint understood. As Clint knows, we wish him all the best, and hope to have him return one day in an off field role where we can use his enormous experience and character.
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Stacey
My mums birthday this weekend birthday on the 7 but as we play Monday lets give her birthday to remember with a win on the board. Thank you love you guys.
Greg Gallman
Thanks for the love Stacey! Happy Birthday to your mum for the 7th. Hopefully the boys can get a win on the board and retain the John Sandland Cup to make a great end to the long weekend for North Adelaide (and your mum!)
Sarah
Will we get Lewis johnston back? His presence lifts our team. Seemed that way the past 2 years.
Administration
We would all like Lewis Johnston back in the red and white colours back but he is contracted to the Adelaide Crows.
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Charlie
I watched the second half of the Ressies match vs South at Prospect on Saturday. I gather our poor first quarter made it very difficult for us to stay in the contest for the rest of the match but from what I saw in the second half we had more of the ball than South but just couldn't punish them on the scoreboard. Two free kicks against us for an apparent infringement by our runner also cost us when we had the ball. Any idea what these free kicks were for? I haven't seen them at league level.
Football Operations
One of the free kicks was awarded due to our runner giving a team message ‘out loud’ and not to individual players. I am unsure of what was said but the response from the umpires following the game was that the message was unacceptable.
I wasn’t aware of the second incident as I was downstairs seeing to Lachie Robinson who had been concussed.
Scott
Will the league team be wearing a indigenous guernsey this week for the indigenous round?
Administration
The league players will be in our normal playing uniform for the clash on Monday against Glenelg.
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Jeff McMahon aka The Cocks
I'd like to comment on the participation of the so-called Power reserves team in our SANFL competition. First off, I could be mistaken but it would appear as though the umpires are under instructions to pamper them and ensure that the PAFC's ($$$$$) investment in players is protected at all costs. Secondly, are they operating under the same parameters as the genuine SANFL clubs, especially with regard to salary cap? and thirdly, if they are the Power Reserves and the old Port Adelaide magpies have ceased to exist, how come that old 'traditional' song of the deceased magpies is allowed to be played at our matches? Should it not be the 'Power' song? (Or are they still under the delusion that the 'tradition' continues?!)
Administration
Thanks Jeff, not really sure if anything the umpires could have done for us over the past few weeks would have helped, but I’d be hoping they give us a bit more of the cherry in future! The AFL clubs don’t really have a salary cap in the SANFL, apart from the fact they cannot pay more than $400 per game to a player who plays League, and not more than $100 to a player who plays against our reserves. Their listed players are paid their AFL contract amounts. Their biggest advantage is fitness and conditioning from being full time players (their listed players). Injuries will hurt them, as it does us, so we’ll see how they go in the second half of the season. I know the whole Power/Magpies thing is confusing, and while they are currently called the Magpies and sing the Magpies club song, to us they are the Power AFL listed players with a few others. That’s why the Crows SANFL team is called the Crows. That’s who they are!
Peter
Well done to Michael Virgin on Saturday, a great game and more to come we hope!
Administration
Shall pass your message onto Michael. Let's hope there are many more.
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Cam
Extremely proud of the way the team played against Port on Saturday. Thought it was a good 4 quarter effort against 15-16 AFL players.

Thought Michael Clinch and Marlon Motlop were outstanding, and Michael "Veteren" Virgin was very good on debut!
Football Operations
The players played with desperation and a competitive edge last weekend. That is the standard that is required each week is this tough competition.
Michael Clinch was outstanding, Marlon Motlop has added plenty to our group on game day and will be an important player for the rest of the season.
Michael Virgin was very good on debut after an impressive season to date in the reserves.
The players will recharge the batteries and are looking forward to their next match against Glenelg on Monday 9th June.
Smithy
I thought the boys did well considering the number of players missing. We have had such a rotten run and I still believe if we can get all the available players back on the park soon we will still give this years premiership a shake. I can think of at least 6 automatic selections so a third of a side is a fair sort of liability. Good move to give Michael Virgin a chance and I would like to see Darren Shillabeer get a run as another big body will help around the ground. The effort was there on Saturday so let's hope we can just have a bit of luck go our way in the injury department to show we can be a force.
Football Operations
The players showed more competitiveness on the weekend. That was a step in the right direction but they were disappointed with the end result as they play every game to win.
We should get 5-6 players back over the next 2 weeks which will bolster both sides and hopefully we can keep all the players on the playing field.
The spirit is still good and they are driven to succeed this year. Michael Virgin had a good debut game and his promotion was thoroughly deserved.
Looking forward to the second half of the season with some real excitement and expectation.
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Scott
Very disappointing & also embarrassing that the bar at the Southern end of the ground run out of beer half way through the third quarter on Saturday. This is not the first time this has happened.
CEO
Thanks for the feedback. I had received the same feedback after the match and have today put into place new procedures to ensure there is continuous stock available at the southern beer booth. Please accept my apologies, and I expect there will be cold beer available throughout the entire match from now on.
Dave Palmer
It was a very good performance on Saturday from an under manned side. It was also a very good first up game from Michael Virgin. James Craig put in a much better game but did not get a mention in the best players. I was proud of the lads. I hope they keep it going.
Football Operations
Thanks Dave. The players competed for longer periods on the weekend and showed that they have what is required to compete with the best teams in the competition.
Michael Virgin didn’t look out of place at league level and we rated James Craig’s game highly from a club perspective.
The player’s are keen to recharge and are really looking forward to their next match against Glenelg away on Monday 9th June.
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Bret
The football club seems to have a habit of dropping the debutant, after the piss poor performance by the midfield against the eagles you drop poor Nick Dinham, what more do you want from the lad, not much of a way to give confidence in the lad.
Football Operations
Disappointing for Nick Dinham after some impressive performances in the reserves to get demoted after one game.
The coaching staff thought that we were too tall and our defensive pressure inside 50 was non-existent against the Eagles so they went with a smaller, mobile line up against Port.
Nick has a lot of talent and has made improvements to his game over the last 18 months. Nick understands where he is currently at as a player and we look forward to him playing senior football again soon.
Scott
When will north have a game on tv this year? Correct me if I'm wrong, but are we are the only side to not have a game televised yet in 2014?
Administration
I know it seems like that as we haven’t been on TV in the early part of the season, however, we have 3 TV matches coming up (round 11, 15, 16). The plans were for each club to have a minimum of 2 home matches on TV (ours are rounds 11 & 15), and one away match (ours is round 16). TV coverage for rounds 17 & 18, which haven’t been locked in as yet, will likely be determined on who is in the running for the finals. Those who have featured early in the season will not feature late in the season, unless they are finals bound (rounds 17 &18).
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Cam
Hey guys, I've just done an ACL injury over the weekend playing local footy, I was wondering if you could compile a list of North players who have done an ACL in the past.
Looking for some inspiration.

Any help would be great!
Football Operations
Hi Cameron. Sorry to hear about the ACL injury. The only players that I can think of that have had an ACL injury recently are Daniel Ebert and Scott Sutherland.

Other players to have long term injuries this year that might motivate and inspire you are club Captain Greg Gallman and recruit Corey Grove.
Greg Gallman has been outstanding around the club with his commitment and desire to return over the last 15 months. Hopefully he gets through training this week and pulls on the Guernsey once again.

Hope that helps and all the best with your rehab. Set yourself small goals along the way to challenge and keep yourself motivated. The reward at the end is well worth it – playing sport with your mates and being a part of a team!
lewie
Im concerned how players come to the club and slot into the league team asap and theres no29 in the ressies thats had. over 100 touches in the last 4 games! and cant get a go
Football Operations
Michael Virgin (No 29) has been in good form and has worked hard on a few areas which the coaching group want improved.
He has put himself in the selection mix by improving these areas each week. Michael has genuine talent and is dedicated to playing at the highest level possible.
In regards to players coming into the club for one week and earning promotion, they (Marlon Motlop) play a completely different role to Michael.
This previously happened in 2012 with Jay Shannon and Will Dalwood coming across from their respective clubs in June and is the decision of the coaching group to pick the best possible side available.
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Janet Lucas
As a female member who attends every game, my observation is that every week we seem to give away far too many frees in the opposition forward line resulting in a goal. Some weeks I count three or four unnecessary goals and we cannot afford to keep doing that week after week. Good luck to the boys for the rest of the year.
Football Operations
Cetrainly agree that our senior players have been undisciplined in this area in recent weeks. This has been spoken about as a group and highlighted in the post match review.
It is unacceptable to give the opposition scoring opportunities.
smithy
Time to reward a player who puts in every week unlike some of our A graders who are becoming 'outside' players. Give Michael Virgin a game and hope the rest inherit his heart. Terrible effort on Saturday and an embarrassment to our supporters and club.
Football Operations
Michael Virgin has been in very good form and will no doubt be discussed at selection this week. Plays with passion and has improved small areas of his game that the coaches have asked of him.
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Stewie
Thanks for posting per bat-um, Worrying game next week but we have to move on and be supportive.
CEO
Absolutely Stewie, we have certainly displayed a few totally unacceptable performances this year, but every week presents as much opportunity as is does challenge. The effort on the weekend was not good enough, to win 2 quarters of football, have 9 scoring shots in the last (for a return of 1.8) and lose by 12 goals highlights that we are too easy to score against on the rebound, and that needs to be fixed in a hurry.
Cam
Todd Miles is the best CHB in the comp, and the best at reading the ball and taking the intercept mark, so why are we wasting his talents in the forward line and in the ruck?
We have Alex Barns, who was recruited as the 2nd ruck and the CHF, why not use him?
Just seems like wasting a talent just to compensate for the woeful tactics from Centrals. Can we start to forge an identity or are we the team who goes around the comp chanhing their team to br negative?
Not liking it at all.
Football Operations
We would all agree that Todd Miles is one of the best defenders in the competition.
Todd rucked right through the finals campaign last year and was one of the main reasons we made it to the grand final.
Todd was used in the ruck on Saturday to get a fast start, which happened but then he was moved around too much and not allowed to settle into one position.
Todd makes an impact wherever he plays on the ground. Ideally he starts back and then moved only if required to make an impact.
Barns is an exciting young talent who has shown good signs early this season. Alex is up for selection this week after playing a solid game in the reserves on the weekend.
This week is a challenge for the playing group to compete against one of the form sides of the competition.
We need to get back to being ultra competitive in every contest and outworking the opposition which was a major part of our identity/success last season.
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David Palmer
Once again undisciplined play cost us the game. I thought that was a thing of the past. I hope those responsible were made aware that they had let the team and themselves down.
Football Operations
Agree the momentum was lost in the last quarter because of some undisciplined acts.
These were highlighted in the match review and the group (and individuals) were made well aware of the consequences of those particular actions.
Rob
After seeing the lineup I thought we were a reasonable to good chance of beating Central at Elizabeth. Only to see Alex Barns playing in the Ressies surely a Tall dropped means replacement with a Tall ? Surely the recruiting was centred around more Talls, so why wouldn't we name more Talls in a game selection instead of going in short ? Also many keep asking why are we using Toddy Miles at CHB , Ruck And Forward in such short space of time on the field - non half obvious to the opposition to counter or take advantage of ! Not to mention him playing with an injury ailment to not support him with another tall is suicidal do you think or chancy ? I am concerned with many decisions hence the above questions, but surely I am not the only one as many have mentioned to me the same concerns. Will much appreciate the reply as many others would - Cheers Rob
Football Operations
Hi Rob,

The selection process revolved around the opposition playing with a 7 man backline and we picked a side to play small and quick forward on the big oval.
Barns was unlucky and you make a very good point in regards to a tall for a tall. If we win the game, it was the right decision, we didn’t so the selection needs to be questioned and discussed.
The game did feel that we were 1 tall short for most of the day.

Todd Miles started in the ruck to get momentum as we needed a spark because of the performance the week before. This was used in last year’s finals series and it worked on Saturday as we jumped to a 3 goal lead. From there, we threw Todd around too much and relied too heavily on his influence all over the ground. Agree we need to settle him down to play his best position for the side.
His move forward against Norwood was a surprise and caught Norwood off guard, but we have all seen that his best football is in the defensive area.
Todd’s foot ailment is improving every week through a structured rehabilitation program and he is able to play the full game. Unfortunately, we don’t have 2 of him!
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Stewie
Well wasn't that fun , Do the players actually get paid for that,if so a pay cut should be imposed until they perform to some resemblance of a league football team or refund 50% of every members fees!
CEO
It was an unacceptable loss after we worked hard to get into a winning position early in the last quarter. We didn’t have enough good smart players when it counted. Losing Max Thring at the 5 minute mark of the first quarter hurts, but good sides don’t use injuries as an excuse. When you get 3 goals up at the 15 minute mark of the last, you win the match! It was one of those games where, as a club, we do apologise to our supporters.
Cam
Good to see Marlon Motlop back at the club.
Football Operations
Sure is Cam... and he had a great performance in our Reserves on the weekend.
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Hendo
Any consideration given to using Max Thring up forward more often rather than in a tagging role. He is very clever around goals and seems to struggle a bit as a tagger. We seem a bit one dimensional up forward at present
Football Operations
I disagree with your comment that he struggles with his midfield run with role. Max played well in that role for the entire 2013 season and became one of our most important players. It is not a complete shutdown role as Max is a very good ball winner in his own right. His role is to compete with the best midfielder from the opposition.
He hasn't been used forward often, but we like what he offers as he is clever and can create goals from nothing. It all depends at what we have available on the day and where he best suits the side.
Paul Stevens
MTBK
I also have season tickets for crows and North, but for me it is North first. Enjoyed last Fridays match. If we can play that game plan, all (a bit optimistic) the time, this could be a very enjoyable year. Also everybody I have shown pictures of the banner have been very impressed.
Administration
Sorry that it does have to clash (least not completely the same time) - each SANFL team will clash at some point with the Crows or Power. We are glad to here that we are first. :) See you at the game.
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Jeff McMahon aka The Cocks
Any updates on our injuries? Will Georgie be up and running in time to exact revenge on those miserable power reserves mob? And what about Corey Groves?
Football Operations
Hey Jeff McMahon aka The Cocks... Check out our Weekly Washup each week for the latest injury report... here is it for reference...
INJURY REPORT
PLAYER NAME - NATURE OF INJURY - TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
Josh Gregg - Perforated Bowel - Indefinite
Corey Grove - Foot - Indefinite
George Thring - Ankle - Indefinite
Greg Gallman - Hamstring - 2-3 weeks
Alan Obst - Hamstring - Test
Luke Trenorden - Hip - Test
Sam De Leonardis - Ankle - Indefinite
Alek Kangur - Chest - Test
Grenville's Boots
Great win against Norwood Roosters, we thoroughly enjoyed it. On the fixture, is it still necessary to go head to head with AFL footy? I have tickets for the Crows this weekend with the family and will miss the Roosters. I know some will carry on about no AFL in the SANFL but the reality is different. I like to watch both teams wherever possible. Just for feedback. Cheers
Administration
We know it’s frustrating for those supporters who support both clubs. We have tried to get the program to minimise the clashes with the AFL games, as have all the SANFL clubs. Unfortunately, we got dealt this one this weekend. I believe we only have one more time where we clash with the Crows.
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Cam
Cracking game of footy on Friday!! Just a shame we played 2 good quarters of footy. Ryan Burton looks the goods. And our recruits are looking really good, in particular Alex Barns and Rhys O'Keeffe.
And great to the Chad O'Sullivan back in the league team, he was absolutely superb!!
Football Operations
Sure was a great day out at the magnificent Adelaide Oval - the players and coaches are certainly working on producing our best football for longer than a couple of quarters. Agree with your comments on all these players.
Stewie
What a great day all round.
It would be remiss of me not to thank the people involved in the banner
they did themselves the club and the A.N.Z.A.C.S proud.
Administration
Didn't they do a wonderful job - as always.
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David Haynes
As a Sturt supporter I went to the Anzac Day game as a neutral observer. I have to say that the game style of the Roosters (play on quickly, use the corridor whenever possible and run, run, run in support) was soooo much more attractive and effective than the AFL game style of Norwood (stop, start, chip around backwards, move the ball slowly, try to keep possession at all costs). To me North were rewarded for playing the better style of game - a style that can produce more goals that surprise, surprise means you win the game. Well done North abd by the way - best banner I've seen in a long, long time.
Football Operations
Great to hear from you David, and glad you enjoyed watching the mighty Roosters... you may not enjoy watching us kick too many goals this weekend against your team. :)
Baz
I was wondering whether a club membership will entitle North members to enter the members area on Friday's Anzac Day clash. I was also a member of the SACA for last summer's cricket season as well. Will either of these memberships allow us to enter the members area?
Administration
As per the ANZAC Day info the Members Reserve at Adelaide Oval is as follows:
* All Adelaide Oval Football Members & SACA Members will have access to this match, as part of their SANFL allocation.
* Essential Crows & Essential Power Members will have access to this match, as part of their SANFL allocation (1 of 4 matches on back of card)
Or * If you hold a Player/Official Season or Daily Pass you will be given access to the Members Reserve.
If you wish to clarify your SACA membership from last summer - please contact Adelaide Oval or the SANFL.
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Paul
Greg you must be happy with the players effort on Thursday night. I think the Roosters have difficulty adapting to the artificial light early in the season at Richmond. We seem to start poorly but finish better as we adapt and that perhaps contributes to the losses of the last few seasons. I think the debutantes Deleonardis and Burton were outstanding in their first games.
Greg Gallman
Hi Paul,
We were very happy with the player's efforts Thursday night. Going into the final quarter down by a significant margin and coming off a poor performance last week, it was vital the team showed the passion and determination need to turn the game around, especially a man down with Josh Gregg off.
It's an interesting point you make in regards to playing under lights. In Thursday's case I would put our poorer start down to a drop off on our contested ball winning abilities, especially around the centre clearances. We do finish training under lights during the week, however maybe there is a possibility we could get out onto the ground for warmup earlier before night games to adapt to the conditions if we have players mentioning any issues.
Della and Burto were outstanding in their debuts against a very good football team in westies. Sam's hardness around the footy and workrate should see him have many more opportunities over the year and Ryan was super impressive in filling a role as such a young player- Both have bright futures. It is very important we are able to have players come in and contribute as injury tests our squad depth, and performances such as those last week only increase the trust the playing group has in these younger players to play their roles in the league side.
Hopefully they can continue this week against Norwood and give us back to back wins for the first time this season. Hope to see you at Adelaide oval.

Greg
Stewie
You can be assured those involved in the banner making have done a exceptional job suiting the occasion,My dad served in WW2 and would love it.
Recognising those who have served and are serving.
Administration
We can not wait to see it. Everyone involved in the making of NAFC banners do an outstanding job!!!
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Kos
In the past couple of seasons members of SANFL clubs have been offered free access to a Crows game and a Power game at AAMI stadium. Will a similar opportunity be offered this year or will the Anzac Day game be one of the few opportunities for NAFC members to have free access to Adelaide Oval, and this time not to the Members stand as was the case at AAMI?
Administration
Hi Kos, The Adelaide Oval and SANFL have just last week advised that this will be offered again this season - slightly different format. However all NAFC Season Ticket Holders can expect a letter or email next week regarding the process of claiming this.
bob
will the reserves games be on the virtual score board like previous years. haven't seen it yet this year..
CEO
Hi Bob, Sorry currently the Reserves will not be posted... we will aim to post the result and goal-kickers however.
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Terry
I would just like to thank the club for the wonderful signed football that I was lucky enough to win. Thankyou Terry.
CEO
You're welcome Terry, thank you for purchasing a full raffle book.
Rob
Hello guys, A question is being circulated in regard to Andy Read, and if he is signed up to the club? As someone has mentioned he is on a permit only to play from Broadview
Football Operations
Andy Read is a required and committed player at the North Adelaide Football Club.
Any player that goes to a higher level of competition plays on a permit so that the local club has control of the player once he has finished at the higher level.
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James Culshaw
Saturday's game against the crows was about the most relentless and ruthless Rooster Teams I have seen in 30 yrs. The team was well balanced and worked so hard for each other. My compliments to the club on such a performance.
Football Operations
Thanks James.

The coaching staff were very happy with the Round 1 result and the manner in which the playing group presented itself.
Hopefully that is the intensity level that we consistently see each week. The players are aware that it is only one game but they understand what is expected to produce our best football.
Joe
This web site is so difficult to understand where is all the past history results e.g last years Grand Final results with best players etc ???
Sorry but do not like it return to what you had!!!
Administration
Sorry that you are finding it difficult - we are still making slight alterations to ensure that our audience find it easy to use. Last year's Weekly Washup's are not showing but we can look into this to see if we can place them somewhere.
If you are a member - check out your Annual Report, that has all our reports and best players, etc. The Grand Final best players from last year were: Keller, Miles, Fenton, J.Craig. the Goalkickers were: Ryswyk, Gordon, Johnston, Stewart all with 1. Hope this helps.
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Nat
What a great start to the season. I was so proud of the boys, and the style such a pleasure to watch, enjoyed every moment of it. Hats off to Ken and the boys Here's hoping it can continue for the rest of the year, and we see you in the team soon Greg.
Greg Gallman
Thanks Nat... The boys were fantastic, such exciting times ahead. Can't wait to be back on the field.
Kos
My comment of a week ago has been overlooked and I would appreciate a response. Is the club no longer interested in having supporters submit photographs as with previous websites? They are free!
Administration
Hi Kos, We are investigating this component that has dropped off since the upgrade of the website. Stay tuned. We love getting your shots.
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Baz
What are the current membership numbers? I've had a look through the website, but can't find them. If they are not displayed, could you please display them, as this type of information is of interest to many supporters? If they are displayed, where can I find them?
Administration
Hi Baz - We have been offline a little bit with Virtual Runner and the website - but Megan now has the ability to make updates. Our Membership figure is at 2,050 as at Wednesday 9th April. Still fairly low considering we competed in a GF last year - Come on Rooster Faithful - if you are not a member become one NOW.
Jeff
In addition to my recent message - what about the reserves? When will the site be updated on their win? Will their be a match report on the game, best players, goalkichers, etc? It is probably me but I can't seem to find anywhere on the site for match reports. It is a real pity that there is a disjunction between the Reserves and the League and that we will not see them so much.
Administration
Hi Jeff, the Reserves Round 1a Report can be found in the Weekly Washup section. We gave a good report about some of the better players from the day. It's under 'News & Events' 'Weekly Washup'. Thanks
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Paul
Just a comment on player profiles, they dont mention height, weight where they are from, their history. Also If you look at the details it throws you back to the main menu rather than the profiles. Not necessary to publish this comment. I think these things are more important than who they want to be on a desert island with etc but maybe thats just me.
Administration
Thanks for your Message Paul... we will be added these vitals to each player profile... we have now had the website handed over to us - so will make a start on them really soon. There are others that like to know the fun questions too. Cheers
Baz
After trying the new website out over the last few days, I am still very frustrated with it. The old site was easy to navigate, the new one is not. I understand about tablet users etc, but they are less than 1/2 of your users (meaning that over 1/2 still use PC's). Can't you do something to cater for the majority? Why not 2 formats? The crappy new one for tablet & iPhone users & the old style for the majority of us.
Administration
Hi Baz - If you are finding the site difficult in terms of navigation, the best thing to do is scoll to the bottom on the page and your will see the site navigation. You can click on exactly what you are after. We have catered for everyone - the site is actually best viewed on PCs because you get to view the images larger and don't have to scroll as far as mobile users. The important thing to note is that the site is best viewed in the following Internet browsers: Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari. We hope the new look will grow on you!
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Marty Lawler
Doing the 1% ters right soon adds up to 100% effort and effectiveness.

Good Luck to Joe Anderson and the team for 2014. Uncle Marty.Darwin
Football Operations
Thanks Marty, your Good Luck wishes have been passed on.
Dugldo
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Administration
Thanks Duglo, We love it, It will take a little while to get used to – the best part if it is the accessibility for tablet and iPhone users (which is almost 50% of our audience).
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Dugldo
First look at new website; will take a while to get used to, like the set out and how to get to the most popular bits for us supporters. So far so good!
Administration
Thanks Duglo, We love it, It will take a little while to get used to – the best part if it is the accessibility for tablet and iPhone users (which is almost 50% of our audience).
Baz
Don't like the look of the new website. Why the change? If it aint broke...
Administration
Sorry you don’t like it Baz, the old site wasn’t broke but it didn’t work for a lot of iPhone and Tablet users, this new scrolling style website suits all interfaces. We hope you will find it easier to navigate the more you visit it.
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Dugldo
Port and crows members get into their reserves games for free. Will NAFC members get into alberton for free? If not, why not?
CEO
"Crows ticketed members (e.g. season ticket holders - not general non ticketed membership) are allowed into SANFL matches (only those where the Crows are playing) at no charge, as the Crows do not have an SANFL specific membership offering. Port Adelaide (AFL) members or ticket holders are not allowed into SANFL matches at no charge. Only Port Adelaide (SANFL) ticketed members (as per NAFC ticketed members) are allowed into SANFL matches at no charge. So for Port Adelaide (SANFL) membership, it is the same as other SANFL clubs, they must buy home or season tickets if they want to get in for free on the day. Their AFL membership does not give them free access to any SANFL matches unless they have purchased a ticketed membership for their SANFL team.

The Crows situation is very different, for example, if the Crows had an SANFL membership it could potentially compromise the other SANFL club membership numbers as some members who support their SANFL club and the Crows may elect to take a Crows SANFL membership over the SANFL club membership. Hope this clarifies"
smithy
Very impressed with the endeavour shown in the internal trial on Saturday and the turn out for the launch on Sunday. Have a good feeling for this year and liked the look of a few of the new recruits. Found the jumper numbers confusing though and hope you can supply us with an up to date list in the near future. Appreciation to Gregg also for taking the time to have a yarn with the die-hearts. Go Chooks.
Football Operations
The players are very keen to get into games after another pre-season. The coaching staff were happy with all aspects of our final hit out before facing opposition. The players wore their training guernseys for the game on the weekend and there were a few who swapped guernseys also. They will all be wearing their designated numbers this weekend in the trial game against Glenelg. A couple of late number changes for the season ahead. Cameron Craig will wear 5 (originally 34) Liam Jacka will wear 33 (originally 49) We will put together a team list with player numbers and have available at the trial game at Camden Oval this weekend.
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Susan
Would like to see website updated - in Community Projects the same photos have been there for a couple of years (With Jimmy Allen). Surely the boys have been involved in other projects since then? Thank you.
Administration
We are in the process of updating this section... we certainly have been busy within the community and will update this section as soon as we get handover back from our awesome multimedia team at JABA.
Mike
hi guys, just curious to know when the updated player details will be on the website? Noticed a message there that suggested 14 Feb but that was a few days ago now. Not urgent. thanks
Administration
Hi Mike, All images have been taken, but we are in the process of rolling out a new look website. Therefore, all updates will be done at this time. We expect it to be ready mid to late March. Thanks,
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Dugldo
Does the club know where the trial game against the Bays will be?
Football Operations
It is still to be confirmed. Oval availability at this time of the year is minimal due to cricket finals. At this stage we are booked to play Glenelg at PHOS Camden Oval (Anzac Highway) on Saturday 22nd March. Will notify via the website when finalised.
Craigos
Is Gilly playing this year?
Administration
Unfortunately, Gilly isn’t playing this year. Work is Gilly's number one priority, and once he settled back into his new radio job he felt that he won't have the time to commit to playing football this season. I believe there are several weekends where Gilly may not be available due to work, and getting to training was going to be difficult too. Ken McGregor knows Gilly quite well, and they caught up a few times. Would have been great to have him here, he was also keen initially, but his work schedule has ruled him out.
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bob
hi greg, what are north adelaide f b c thoughts on the adelaide crows wearing our state gurnsey against port. i think most loyal SANFL followers would be appalled.. interested to know your club thoughts on this issue.. cheers bob. please print this time!
CEO
The Board haven't discussed it as a group as yet, but my personal view is that I don't like the idea at all.
Dugldo
Noticed with concern that there are only 373 members so far. I think it was at least double that this time last year. Hope people still join, even though the competition has changed.
Administration
Hi, We are currently in the process of upgrading our website. Our membership tally is 862, which is slightly down compared to this time last year. Thanks
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Jeff McMahon (aka 'The Cocks')
I'm not at all happy with this salary cap business - it seems to me that is a condition imposed upon us (SANFL) by those mob called the afl in order to restrict our capacity to retain/attract quality players who would otherwise be lured by their (afl) filthy lucre. If an SANFL club can raise enough funds (by whatever means) to attract players, we should be able to. I'm pretty sure that with some serious name players on our list we would see membership soar, providing the funds for these players. There is nothing preventing other clubs from doing the same - it's called marketing for goodness sake.
Administration
It's a hard one I reckon,....For me, the issue of the salary cap has never been more difficult to manage than this year as we lose our AFL players to the local AFL teams and have limited ability to replace them in the salary cap because of the salary cap regulations. The salary cap, from a clubs point of view, depends on which financial cycle each club is on as to whether they like it or not. For example, I reckon at present, a few clubs would love no salary cap and a few others would say they need a salary cap. In the future, that will change as clubs go through differing financial situations. We do know one thing, without the chance to operate without a salary cap, the funds received from an increase in membership allows us to invest in things which make us a better team, like training equipment, good coaches and fitness, conditioning and medical staff. Also, it means we can include better services into our program such as nutritionists, dietician and leadership as required. It would be interesting to have a period where there is no salary cap though!
Dugldo
We have had no update regarding the possible recruits the club is negotiating with. Have they all been unsuccessful? I and I'm sure other supporters would like to be kept informed please.
Football Operations
We have nothing to report on the recruiting front since our update prior to Christmas. We are still looking to add to our list and will notify everyone if we are successful with any potential players.
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Chris
Hi, can you explain to club members please if you set aside money in salary cap for James Allen and he didn't take up offer why haven't we targeted anyone else?? Surely the offer would have been reasonable and we would be able to target another decent player. Regards Chris
Football Operations
Hi Chris, We have targeted players and are in discussions with a few currently.
Stewie
Alleway now who next Barrie?Can you give a reason why me and my dog should renew our membership to whats seems to an outsider as a shambles!
CEO
Will only comment once on this. Firstly, both James Allan and Clint Alleway decided at the end of 2012 that they would depart the club to pursue other interests. James went home to play country footy and Clint retired and went overseas with his wife for a year. That’s fair enough too, both had represented the club with great distinction. As is now very well understood by many, James and the club committed on all fronts to return for 2014. Then, in finalising our discussions with him, we were issued an ultimatum by James to increase his payments, or he'll go elsewhere. As is also now well known, we were unable to accommodate his request due to salary cap reasons without compromising the contracts of the players who played in our 2013 Grand Final. I am sure our members, like all of our players, would expect us to manage the situation as we did. The club is always bigger than the individual...... However, Clint's story is different. He met with our coach when he came back from overseas. We were keen for him to join our coaching group as an assistant. He wanted to try and play at SANFL level again, however our coaches preference was to continue to educate and develop the young forwards we had committed to already. Clint was free to speak with other clubs having retired and not played in 2013. We respect Clint for pushing on with what he wants to do, and hope he succeeds. We also hope to have Clint back to Prospect at some stage in the future as part of our coaching group or something similar. Clint understands these things are hard, but that’s footy...
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James Allan club champion and Magarey medalist
I am so very disappointed that Nafc has let James Allan go and worse still to Norwood! I guess it remains to be seen how this pans out but I have an idea it will come back to haunt us. I know we have to trust the club recruits well and we need to be fair and welcoming to new coaches and players but this situation absolutely stinks. Much will be expected of the recruits who we have favoured over Jimmy. By the way, I thought Norwood were banned from recruiting in 2014. Perhaps we should cheat too, there are few consequences it seems and ....they did win the flag. Sorry, I'm a very disgruntled Rooster at present.
CEO
Not sure why you think we let James go?...Of course we wanted him at our club, why would we not want him back, he's a triple Magarey Medallist! Both James and the club were very public about getting him back at the Roosters! Our commitment to each other was based on a couple of matters, which we actioned and completed. Our position never changed. We haven't replaced him with anyone else, and we haven't preferred someone else to him. He made a choice not to play here, not the other way around. We wish him all the best.
dugldo
it would be good if the club would inform members the truth of the situation regarding Jimmy Allan. Was he offerred 4% of the salary cap? Did the club organise a job for his wife? Did he verbally commit to North knowing how much he was being offrered? Did the club have any input in him securing employment at PAC? Members would appreciate information as there is a lot of discontent and quetioning about the handling of this situation please.
Administration
Our only comment regards James, is that there was a commitment between us based on assisting him get full time employment and an estimated offer made several weeks ago. Our position hasn't changed, we played our role in assisting him find full time employment as promised, and the original playing offer has remained unchanged. Last week, James advised that offer is now not enough, and the only way we could have met James's request was to reduce the contracts of other players who had already signed, and we were not prepared to do that. It's disappointing to see a champion of the club playing elsewhere, but we have no issues with James seeking an alternative club, that’s his right and decision to do so.
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Dugldo
Will the finalised sightings be announced today or tomorrow? Is Jake Keller going to Qld?
Football Operations
We will be announcing all of the new sign-ons and those who have left the club, on the website late this afternoon.
Dave Palmer
Hi Greg, am I the only one that is confussed about the Pt. Adelaide Academy side for next year? Who will they play and where and why only for one year. Why did the others Football Directors vote it?
CEO
Thanks Dave, the PAFC Academy team will play in the SANFL reserves competition in 2014. It will then be reviewed each year by the SANFL and League Directors as part of the agreements the 2 AFL clubs have with the SANFL. The inclusion of the 2 AFL clubs into the competition is up for review each year to ensure it works for the SANFL and the SANFL clubs on an ongoing basis. So, the PAFC academy team may be around for longer than 1 year, I guess we won't know that until it is reviewed at the end of next year by the SANFL. But as you know, the PAFC junior teams (under 13 - 18) will not be in the SANFL competition after 2014. The changes to the junior geographical boundaries (recruiting zones) will be mapped out during 2014. Hope that has made it a little clearer.
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Rob
Hello FO, Just like to know if the message I received from the CDFC that the NAFC has signed Alan Obst for next year is this true, and when will the members notified ?
Football Operations
Hi Rob, As mentioned in our last football update on the website, we will announce all finalised signings and departures later this week after this Wednesday's Pre Season and Rookie draft.
Cam
I found it fantastic that North are setting up a Hall of Fame, this should be wonderful. But I voted for my man, James Allan. This man deserves legend status at our club! - James Allan. I know nominating a current day player is highly unorthodox, but can you name a better NAFC player in the last 25-30 years? Even my Dad, who turns 50 in January, hasn't seen anyone like Jimmy. 3 Magarey Medals, countless club BnF's, a tireless worker (vomited basically everyweek because he worked/s so hard). Jimmy put in some INCREDIBLE performances with North, but I don't think there are any better than that day at Woodville Oval where he led us back from 5 goals down. Jimmy is the best footballer I've ever seen.
Football Operations
Hi Cam, It is a great initiative to honour the special talents that have represented the club. James has an exceptional playing record and hopefully he can continue these high standards in 2014 when he returns to the club. Am sure that you are not the only person who rates James so highly and he is driven to help the Roosters hopefully go one step further next season
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Andrew
Hi there in Rooster land. (as Barrie would say) I hope the rumours that I have heard are incorrect, but has Langford and Snorkel left the club. I really hope not and also I hope everything possible has been done to keep them.
Football Operations
Daniel Stewart is moving home to live in Melbourne following his delisting by the Power. This was a lifestyle decision as he had committed to play with us if he decided to stay in Adelaide. Tom Langford at this stage will not play football for North Adelaide in 2014. We are hopeful of Tom returning once he has worked his way through some personal matters.
Lynette
Congratulations to all concerned with the sensationalMagarey Medallists function last night. This was a wonderful tribute to the Club's Medallists and hearing their stories and those of their relatives was intersting and often amusing. Well organised and researched, good food and an entertaining evening that went far too quickly.
Administration
Thanks Lynette, it was a very successful night.
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Dugldo
On ya Deb, you're a legend. Even taken my ugly mug a few times and your camera hasn't broken! You deserve to be awarded for what you have done for the Roosters and the SANFL.
Administration
Thanks Doug, we are all very proud of her!
Dugldo
It's post a long season and I know people would be on a well deserved break, but it would be good to have an update soon regarding ins and outs. Rumours about Jimmy coming back, but nothing for us loyal members!!!
Football Operations
We will update ins and outs once they are confirmed. The transfer negotiations for players in the SANFL starts on November 1st (this Friday). Once the paperwork is completed for players, we will definitely update the members/supporters. In regards to Jimmy, he has found full time employment in Adelaide. We have kept in contact with him and we are close to finalising his return to Prospect.
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grenvilles boots
Please sign James Allan asap! An out and out Rooster champ who is worthy of the utmost respect. I hope this is not any sort of dilemma for the club.
CEO
Have spoken several times with Jimmy and are assisting him find employment here in Adelaide currently. He hasn’t signed yet but we are working on the details with Jimmy. The decision will be his, but of course we are keen to have him return!
David Palmer
Our new coach is supposed to be named on Monday but I saw on 7 news on Saturday they named Ken MacGregor. If that is true then there is a leak. I think the club should email the members before letting the media know.
CEO
It's frustrating, I agree with you Dave. Members will be told officially who is coaching our Club tonight via our website, before it appears in the media tomorrow. We can't stop speculation unfortunately, in fact, I've heard three or four names over the past week or so, either on radio or TV.
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Grenville's boots
Jars coach of the bays!! It's tough being a Rooster sometimes. I would love to have seen him back at North. I'm hoping the rumours are not true that A couple of highly decorated Roosters will follow him there. Cheers
Administration
All hypothetical at the moment. We will have to wait and see.
muriel
josh, congratulations on reaching the grand final with the team. unforntunately the results eluded us this time.the shitty umpiring didnt help our cause either.i think they went to the bottom of the barrel to choose them. however josh i wish you and your family all the best on your move to sydney and trust you will have successful future. to our players you tried but i think the last couple of weeks were exhausting and your bodies didnt quite recover. try again next year.
CEO
Thanks Muriel, I have passed your kind comments on to Josh.
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Paul
Fantastic win again - well done lads, and great acknowledgement of supporters after the game too ... I am sure we all really appreciated it. Here's hoping we can do it again this week! How are Max and Jay - will they both be good to go on Sunday? Jay is a tough nut so I'd guess he's a reasonable chance, even with a corked hip, but Max' hammy looked pretty bad and you don't tend to get over them in a week, Go you Mighty Roosters.
Football Operations
The players appreciate all the support and it was great for them to acknowledge all in attendance. Max and Jay will be given every opportunity to play this weekend.
adrian r
Todd Miles amazing. in ruck and Lewis works so well in half back. In these positions we dominate play. Ball gets out of the centre and Lewis rebounds with marks, kick and potential goals from being free to move forward. If Craig doesn't work a quick swap and winning formula may be option quickly. May be wrong but a thought.
Football Operations
Miles and Johnston have been very good. Hopefully they can both have big impacts this weekend in the Premiership decider.
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nat
Words cannot describe how happy I am that our wonderful awesome boys once again played their hearts out to take us the 2013 grand final.. I will turn 40 a week after the Grand Final and anytime anyone asks me what I want for my birthday, they always get the same answer, For My North Adelaide boys to win the flag. I was born in 1973 the same year they lost the GF, and I think that its only fitting that boys can hopefully get up in my 40th year with winning the GF and make my 40th the best birthday ever. Whatever happens I am so proud of the boys this year and their determination to continue even after the disappointment of the last 5 rounds. GO U REDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Football Operations
Hopefully you get the birthday present that you are after!!
Andrew
There has been a player all year that I thought has been fantastic for us but has not got too much attention regarding praise. Chad O'Sullivan was brilliant again yesterday and very solid all year for us. What a wonderful pickup from Centrals. Well done Chad. PS Even my wife who very rarely goes to the football put him as the best player yesterday. Ahh, one very relaxed and happy member today.
Football Operations
Thanks Andrew. Chad has been very good playing his role as a small forward and rotating through the midfield. His intensity at the contest is excellent and his last quarter chase yesterday was inspiring to watch. His form over the last 8 weeks of the season has been as good as any other player at the football club. Is held in high regard by the playing and coaching group.
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Peter
It was a great result against the Eagles on Sunday, but, how do the umpires get away with paying soft free kicks all game and then, Parry takes out Boles, with what appeared to be a high hit and the umpires (one in particular) calls it play on. Come on! I thought you protected the player going for the ball..... (must have missed something in the rules) On a bright note, last quarter when we had our fight back. What a feeling/atmosphere in the eastern side of the ground. Each time we scored a goal, the ROOOOO STER chant went up. It appeared to really spark the boys. Well done to all the boys and it was great to see the boys after the game acknowledge the supporters in the eastern stands To all Rooster supporters....come down to AAMI next week, support your boys and make heaps of noise, we need to drown out the Westies mob.
Football Operations
The crowd support on the weekend was awesome and the chanting in the last quarter definitely inspired the players to run the game out strongly. Our support has been fantastic all season and we look forward to seeing another sea of red and white this weekend against West Adelaide.
Dugldo
Stewie did not look at all well. Was doing Jimmy's in 2nd quarter. Please let us diehards know what was up. Need him and Lewis up and going next week. Go Cocks!
Football Operations
Stewie was not 100% going into the game. He had flu symptoms but was passed fit to play. He provided a target but did struggle physically. He will be a different proposition this weekend and he is looking forward to entering the game fully fit.
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nat
*************BELIEF*************MINDSET**************PASSION***************COURAGE**********************************************************ROOSTERS*************************************************Again today I stood at AAMI, proud of my club, my boys and to be a member. What an awesome turn around. I and all of our supporters still have the faith, belief and watching the way the boys played and persisted, bought out the tears of happiness ONCE AGAIN. Lets hope we can continue it into next week again and not let the jitters of last year deny us. And after the acknowledgement from the boys to we the supporters after the siren they know we are with them all the way....
Football Operations
Was a great day yesterday. The players have found the form which made us a dangerous side for 3/4 of the season. The atmosphere yesterday was great and the player's know they have a massive challenge this weekend against West Adelaide. They can't wait for Sunday. Great crowd support. Keep up the passionate support.
Jeff mcmahon (aka 'The Cocks')
I was a bit harsh in my last runner message (after the Norwood debacle) - fortunately it wasn't published. The current batch of messages are singing the praises of a number of individuals from Sunday's win against the Doggies. I'm still trying to put the finger on an individual who DIDN'T deserve to be in the best players! It's so heartening to see a TEAM attacking the goals down the guts. As for the tackling - I can only say that I'm glad I wasn't out there! PS Ditto to Dugldo's comment about Stewie and Nathan.
Administration
Thanks Jeff, we are all very proud of the boys efforts on the weekend and are excited for the Eagles game.
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Cameron
I've been known as a harsh evaluator of Nathan Gordon since he arrived, but I must say he was outstanding on Sunday. Possibly his best game for the club!! Please pass on my praise!
Football Operations
Thanks for your honesty Cameron. Nathan hasn't been happy with his personal form of late and it was great to see him back to his best. One of the best footballers in the SANFL to watch when he plays at the level he did on the weekend.
Dugldo
Hope the club offers Stewiie and Nathan a future with the Cocks. Important for their well being now and for them and the club not only in the short term, but in the years to come.
Football Operations
We will definitely sit down and discuss their futures when the time is right. Both are important players in our side and are fantastic individuals to have around the football club.
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David
I don't usually single out players for special credits..............BUT can you please send my congratulations to Brian Fenton for the brilliant job he did yesterday on O'Hara from centrals. O'Hara was pretty much ineffective for the whole game and it had much to do with Brian's game, his discipline and resilience. What he has done in terms of his rehab from his knee problems and his mental strength and belief to come through all of that and deliver on the big stage in a heated up game is a fine example to all of us. And worthy of a special mention I reckon. Well done Brian!
Football Operations
I agree with everything you have mentioned David. Brian did a very good job on one of the best players in the competition. Brian's dedication, application and professionalism is outstanding and he works as hard as anyone to get the best possible talent out of himself. Was great to see him back in the league side after the frustrating run of injuries that he has had.
Simon
Outstanding Roosters! Now for the Eagles:)
Football Operations
Thanks Simon. I think everyone is looking forward to this weekend. Will be a great game.
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Dugldo
On SANFL site says Eagles will not have Mitchell, Heath and Paul Stewart available for this week. The power scumbags are at it again. What is happening with Stewie and Blee?
Administration
Stewart and Blee have been cleared by the Power to play all finals this year.
Dave from Stirling
WOW !!! Yesterday was the first game I was able to attend since early July, and I went to AAMI thinking that based on the previous five weeks results, we didn't have much of a show. WRONG!!! Once we settled towards the end of the first quarter, the boys were fantastic, and the third quarter was stunning against the stiff breeze. Congratualtions to all, and see you next weekend.
Football Operations
Thanks Dave. The boys did play an incredible game, the third quarter was especially impressive.
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nat
********************************************P.R.O.U.D******************************************************* Today I stand proud, as a supporter of my beloved Roosters. We stood tall, we took it all in, we came to play, had the passion and we had mindset. What an awesome turn around. I and all of our supporters still have the faith, belief and watching the way the boys played and persisted, bought out the tears of happiness. I truly hope that the boys know how proud of them, all of our supporters are and they believe and know that. Stay strong, believe in yourselves as your supporters do and continue onwards through next week. You totally deserve to be continuing on in the finals, and don't ever doubt yourselves or think you cant do it, we know you are capable of beating any team. You proved today what we the supporters already know YOU CAN DO IT !!!!! Nat
Football Operations
Thanks Nat. The players were excellent yesterday. If they come to play with the same mindset this week they will give themselves a very good chance of continuing through to the following game. The support the Roosters had yesterday was fantastic and the players appreciate all of the supporters efforts. Bring on the Eagles!!
Dugldo
Apparently Phil Walsh is coming back to Adelaide. Wonder if he will be interested in coaching In the SANFL. Will the the club talk to him?
CEO
I have heard Phil Walsh is linked to the Power again, but he would be an interesting candidate.
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Andrew
I think you’ve completely missed the point Tony was expressing in the previous VR comment. Tony, like myself and many members, are upset and disappointed the club voted for the AFL to enter the SANFL with such little and thought out details. We’re not entirely against it, if the model was right, I’d accept it but know it’s a haphazard/reactive model. We are members who have carry the scars of the 1989 GF, went through the saga of the 1993 merger with Sturt, lived through dark days of late 90’s- early 200’s and campaigned heavily to keep the club alive in 2003. These members are business owners, are managers/professionals, we know a bad deal when we see one and convey that to our elected officials, to ensure you do the right thing, These members fought on the basis of a true SANFL state league, with as little as AFL influence as possible. These are the members you need to start treating with respect, as if we’re shareholders/customers, who need to be involved on critical league changing decisions. The moment we believe the products is tarnished and not worth it, why hang around? The fact you compare us with Richmond bandwagon supporters, who spit on their players and officials, is most offensive.
CEO
Andrew, I fully understand where Tony is coming from. He is a friend of mine of whom which I have discussed this matter with many times. As he knows, I respect his opinion and views, and I have expressed how they differ with my own. Your comments on business owners and managers also applies to the Board of the NAFC, many of which are business owners or senior executives in large corporations, and as we know, whilst the members were hugely important in campaigning heavily in 2003, the Board was working with Federal and State Governments to ensure this club actually survived beyond 2003. Certainly some big risks taken then, but the decisions by the Board were sound and highly successful. I coached the NAFC Under 19's back then, I remember the angst... I think the result of all of that work by everyone is quite obvious now. I just want to assure you that this Board, who donate hours of their time, including many hours during their busy work schedules, are only interested in one thing.....the prosperity and success of the NAFC. If they thought a decision was being made that would be detrimental to this club, they would not support it. It's as simple as that! It doesn’t make sense for any member to think the Board would do anything to damage the NAFC in any way. At times, unfortunately in this business, we are only a shareholder also, representing one vote at the SANFL table. My point to Tony is that whilst we can oppose or challenge a decision, we cannot force an issue one way if the consensus is the other way. And...my reference to Richmond was highlighting that supporters don’t barrack for the people who run the competition, they barrack for and love their club. And, if you think Richmond supporters are on some bandwagon, you've missed my point. Their membership has doubled through years of missing finals and being a perennial loser.....and don’t worry, all clubs have a few supporters who spit on coaches and officials when things go off the rails, that I can assure you!. And, if you think I have a lack of respect of our members you obviously don’t know me very well. You can have a crack at me for anything you want, but not for that! Many people ask me why I respond to certain messages on VR, I do it because I care about the people who are NAFC. That’s why I 'hang around'.
Kris
G'day Greg, thought I would ask a different question after everything you seem to be dealing with footy wise of late. Fantastic to hear Barrie Robran and Ken Farmer will be honoured with statues at the Adelaide oval. 2 rooster champions out of 4 made for football. My question is what do we do at Prospect oval to honour these 2 Rooster legends? Have we thought about naming the grandstand or new pavilion after Barrie? There are no names on the Grandstand. As for Ken, I know we have the gates, but have you seen there condition? The lights have been smashed for 2 years? I just think we could do more as a club 2 honour these 2 legends at their own home ground. Interested in your thoughts. Cheers Greg.
CEO
Hi Kris, I agree it's fantastic that those 2 club legends have been recognized at Adelaide Oval. At present we have the Ken Farmer gates and also the Ken Farmer in the Legends Room. We also have the Ken Farmer banner up at one end of Prospect Oval during the season, although I would like to make this a permanent sign if I can get it agreed to by a couple of other parties. Barrie has his wall in the Legends Room, and our League B&F is the Barrie Robran Medal. Regards the Grandstand and Pavilion, you have a raised a good point which has been discussed over the past 12 months internally. I would love to name the Pavilion after someone, and rename the Grandstand also. Leave it with me for now, and we'll see what we can do to further honour these two former greats, and/or someone else who has been a legend of the club.
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Grenvilles boots
I have heard Andrew Jarman say he let himself and the club down by not preparing a presentation for the board and so was not reappointed. I know some will disagree but I think when he was coach we grew so much as a club. There was excitement, confidence and flare. I hope if he was to reapply he would be given a fair hearing. Good luck finding a coach.
Administration
I'm not sure about the presentation, I wasn’t here at that time. If Andrew is interested in the coaching role, he would certainly get a fair hearing.
Stewie
If the car park opens as late as 11a,m I might have to have the BBQ in the K Mart car park as in previous years to have enough time to set up & cook
Football Operations
Thanks for letting everyone know Stewie.
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Tony
I was happy to support my club and the SANFL for season 2014 after the Crows model was accepted and on the basis of what we were told at our members information night that Port would be offered exactly the same deal and the 8 League Clubs were united on that and would not back down or allow any variation. Well now the Port model is different and the fact that 7 of the 8 clubs allowed them a completely different model then I have lost all desire to follow a comp which has 3 sets of rules and standards. The decision to allow Port no age restriction on it's 15 top up players will almost certainly result in the Crows getting the same in the near future. So the two full time professional clubs playing in our comp will end up with more advantages than the 8 semi-professional teams who are the core of the SANFL. How the SANFL and the Directors who allowed this to occur (including Bohdan re the Crows vote), need to really re-assess what they have done and never whilst they hold power use such words as relevancy and integrity in respect to the decision they have made that in my opinion has now ensured the SANFL as we knew it / know it at present slides into mediocrity under the control of the AFL Clubs and ultimately the AFL. I will not attend another NAFC game nor will I renew my membership nor will my family members. What a sad state of affiars the SANFL has become.
CEO
This reminds me what I love about Richmond supporters.......they hang in there unconditionally. They barrack for Richmond, not the AFL. Richmond could be bottom for 10 years, broke for most of it, yet they trust their club will look after their interests to the best of their ability, and manage the circumstances they have control of to the best their ability. If the AFL adds two new teams and they don’t like it, they do not waiver in their support for the club one bit. They may not like the AFL, but they love their club. They're a supporter for life. Sad to hear you're out, and all I'll say is that we will continue to do the best that we can as a football club in our strive to be successful, that I will guarantee. We can't make supporters stay, or stop them from blaming us for decisions made elsewhere. We strongly opposed the Port model, that’s all we could do. We can't make other clubs agree with us.
Grenville's boots
I'm very happy for Josh and congratulate him on his new appointment. It's a terrific achievement. Hopefully the players will rally to give themselves, Josh and all of us supporters a great finish to the season. Aim high lads!
Administration
We are all very proud of Josh, but sad to see him leave. Hopefully the boys have a great game for him Sunday!
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Fraser
It took me a season and a half to start to feel faith that Josh was actually achieving anything at North Adelaide. The boys have been building well from early last season and the system they were showing was working well in bigger and bigger patches, eventually to a point where they were putting it together for almost the full game. Hearing now that Josh is to move on to the Swans is disappointing especially with the club heading into what looked like a successful era. Naturally I wish him all the best and I hope he will remind all over there exactly where he came from. I hope the game plan can come together this week against Centrals. It needs nothing more than some tweaking and for the boys to start backing themselves and each other and I am sre the passes will start hitting the chests again. One thing that has been blindingly obvious over the past few weeks was the way the boys have dropped to their knees in the pack situations and contests. Earlier on it was good to see them keep their feet, feel confident about attacking the ball and grabbing it and sprinting off. At the moment we simply wait for the opposition to get them ball so we can tackle them. Come on boys, WANT THAT BALL, you can't win a game without it. The ball and the need to possess it must be the aim of every Rooster player, then value what you do with it. Taking responsblity seems to have gone by the wayside. Get the hunger back Roosters. Give Josh a big send off with a significant effort in this finals campaign.
CEO
Thanks Fraser, our rise in performance came from a team full of confidence and belief, something that was the result of a very good pre-season and planning. We were fit and wanted to take anyone on. Those players who played the first 15 games, are the same who played the last 5 games. However, over the past month or so, we seemed to have played with no confidence and therefore our skill levels and our decision making has dropped off as a result. Players who would hit in hard and make room for their teammates are now spectating, seemingly hesitant. Players who were cool in a crisis have been fumbling. Players don’t lose skill and talent, but they do lose confidence and belief. Confidence and belief can be restored quickly, often it takes something or someone to flick the switch by doing something which inspires the group. The challenge is with our coaches to create that inspirational environment where the players can get their hands on that switch, and our players need to be challenging themselves to work hard to lead and inspire each other. Its damn hard work to get back, but it can done! Last year we lost to South Adelaide in round 22 and were out of the five with 9 wins. We needed to beat second placed Centrals in the last match of the season at Elizabeth to make the finals. We were written off, no one expected us to win, but we did. And, after being beaten by the Eagles by 100 points a month before, we beat them in the first final, then we smashed Centrals in the second week. We looked like a different team from the one that limped into finals contention. We grew in confidence and belief, and realized we were actually good enough. Before the knockers chime in, I know it's not the same this year, but things can change very quickly. Be aware of a team who has nothing to lose, a team who is written off by everyone......
Stewie
I bring a large BBQ on my trailer to the finals which is attended by the faithful from The Taj and others one big shared breakfast/lunch always plenty of tucker at the South end of oval 2 under the trees players are welcome if they want. the offer is there. Usual BBQ tucker pancakes early on will be available. Or bring what you want to eat. If any other members want to use the rig make yourselves welcome.
Football Operations
Thanks for letting us all know Stewie, hope you get good numbers to the BBQ, and hopefully it's a great way to start a day for the Roosters.
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nat
Where have my boys gone, can we please find that team we had earlier in the season, the one who looked like they were enjoying there footy and we were having an awesome year, please put the fallen wheels back on the wagon and switch the light back on.. whilst I love my club and my team and always will, words cannot describe how disappointed and the feeling of sadness I have at the moment
Football Operations
Has been a very disappointing couple of weeks. Hopefully playing finals football at AAMI Stadium this weekend gets the players inspired to perform and give all our supporters/members something to cheer about.
Pure Silk
With no AFL finals played this saturday why cant the finals be moved from Sunday to Saturday ? - I reckon it would attract far more people. Do you know why this is so ?
Administration
It has been this way for quite a few years. Its not based around the AFL, but based around local amateur league football.
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David
Hello, Will Josh Francou be coaching our club next year? I hope so! Thanks
CEO
No, Josh will not be coaching our club next year. He has accepted the role of Player Development Manager at the Sydney Swans Football Club in 2014. His focus however is on getting the best results for our club in the current final series, everything going into how we beat Centrals this week. We will begin the search for the best person to lead our club immediately.
chris smith
When I saw the endeavour of our reserves against Norwood I was sure there had been a big attitude change in our whole group during the break and things were back on track. The seniors then continued their run of beltings and apart from a few minutes were completely out worked and outplayed once again. What has happened to a team that promised so much and has now imploded ? There is obviously a mental problem here within this group and I believe the supporters need to know why a team that has not changed it's previous winning structure has become a joke to other teams, and it's followers leaving the ground both embarrassed and ashamed.
Football Operations
Thanks Chris. Agree that mentally we have not toughed out games like we did in the early parts of the season. The players are also not doing the little things that make a good side strong. Communication, protecting your teammates and getting around players that have kicked a goal etc are areas that have fell away more and more each week. We have no excuses with playing personnel as we have all players fit at the right time of the season. This Sunday we will find out if the players can dig deep and find our early season form or it will be season over at the final siren.
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Pat
Could the History Committee please list the players who participated in the first game at Football Park against Central Districts. My friends were discussing this on Sunday and had difficulty remembering after all these years! Thankyou.
Administration
Hi Pat. A great question in light of recent events at Football Park. Here is the North's team for our first match at Football Park against Central Districts in Round 5, 1974. B. Anderson, R. Eatts, K. Francou, B. Hearl, A. Howard, D. Marsh, P. McCann, A. McINnes, B. Mumford, C. Payne, J. Phillips, J. Robinson, B. Robran, R. Robran, N. Sachse, J. Sandery, Pet. Schulz, B. Stringer, I. Tuckey, T. von Bertouch A crowd of 11,221 saw North go down by 30 points. David O'Hara
Hendo
We can all see 'WHAT' is happening or maybe more accurately not happening on field. Can anyone tell the members 'WHY? Please
Football Operations
Thanks Hendo, if we knew the answer then we wouldn't have seen the performances we have seen over the last 5 weeks. Our midfield who were so good for the first 15 weeks is getting comprehensively beaten around the ball and in open play. We have 7 days to turn it around and find players willing to get their hands dirty and win the contested ball (other than Max Thring, Amato & Shannon). Our forward line is good enough to kick a winning score if we give them enough opportunities.
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Mel
I really can not understand what has happened to our footy club? We have gone from looking like a premiership contender to an absolute embarrassment. I don't mind losing as long as we have put in some sort of effort but we don't even look like we are doing that. How disappointing for josh and the supporters. Let me just say I love the north adelside football club but along with a lot of people are very disappointed. Come on boys at least look like you are trying.
Football Operations
Very frustrating for all concerned. We were competitive for 40 minutes yesterday but then we just rolled over and got beaten convincingly in the end. We need to find an answer within the next 7 days otherwise we will play our last game of the season this weekend.
Fraser
It is pleasing to see a more settled looking team for this weeks crucial game against the Redlegs. Looking at the reserves there seems to be a great deal to be optimistic about for the coming seasons providing we can hold onto these guys. The strength of any team lies in its second tier players. I seriously hope we can get a lot more out of Daniel Stewart as he has looked like someone who is ready to leave. His heart has not been showing out on the field.
Football Operations
We have a healthy playing list at the moment and the depth in the reserves is very good. The players need to perform on the weekend to gain some confidence heading into the finals. Daniel Stewart was one of the only players to show any passion in the game against Glenelg. He is an important part of our structure and we need to give him more opportunities inside the forward 50 area.
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Alan
Excellent news that Stellar Homes has once again signed as the Major Sponsor. Well done to Greg and all the team and let us not forget the commitment that Darryn Peter from Stellar Homes has made. Lets hope Darryn that the Roosters achieve the ultimate
Administration
The whole club is thrilled to have Stellar Homes sign again as our Major Sponsor!
Scott Coppin
I would just like to congratulate Julie Francou on the 30th anniversary of the world championship win in Singapore. Very proud of our Julie.
Administration
So are we Scott!
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Alison Galloway
I just like to wish Leigh Ryswyk all the very best for his 150th game this Sunday. You are a champion Leroy and I enjoy watching you play. :)
Football Operations
Thanks Alison. We are all very proud of Leigh!
chris smith
May be just me but I have had a bad feeling prior to the last 4 or 5 weeks games. Early in the year most of the team would be out at 3/4 time of the seconds and looked ready and keen to go. That stopped a while ago and against Glenelg only 4 players had a light hearted kick around. Appreciate some players prepare differently but there has been a real drop off in enthusiasm by the ones that used to appear. Hope to see a more bonding group this week against Norwood and a bit of grunt during the game to restore our credibility.
Football Operations
All players have different preparations and have to be ready by a certain time. This is left up to the players. Will certainly pass on your observation regarding the 3/4 time differential over the past 6 weeks. After the weekend off, the players were energised at training last night. Let's hope they give a very good account of themselves on Sunday in the last minor round game of the season.
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Dugldo
How is Captain Greg's elbow?
Football Operations
Greg has been cleared off any structural damage and has been diagnosed with a hyper extended elbow. He has been getting treatment regularly, ran over the weekend and again last night at training. We are hoping that he can join in training on Wednesday night to give himself a chance to play this weekend.
Bradley
Hi Greg, next year when the Roosters play either the crows or power reserves team - who will our reserves be playing? I don't imagine the crows/ power will have a second team, will this leave the reserves with numerous bye's through the year? Cheers Bradley
CEO
Hi Bradley, the Crows and Port will not have a team in our Reserves competition. The match program for next year hasn’t been done yet, but I am assuming that the Reserves program will include some extra games to ensure they do not have excessive byes. Same will go for the Under 18's. At the moment, our Under 16's start a week earlier than the Under 18's, to give them a extra week in a short season. Potentially, the Reserves and Under 18's could also start the season earlier (eg: when the League plays their last trial match, that could be Round 1 for the Reserves and Under 18's). The Reserves and Under 18's could also play on the State Game bye weekend, to add another extra match, and give the League Coaches the opportunity to be able really focus on the entire Reserves match which is hard at present, as they need to prepare the League players from around half time of the Reserves game. These are only my thoughts should Port also come in next season. Regardless, the match program will need to ensure the Reserves and Under 18's program is suitable to all clubs and the competition.
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Jeff McMahon (aka 'The Cocks')
So exactly when is our final minor round game going to be played - Sat 7th or Sun 8th? The website has conflicting information.
Administration
Our last minor round game will be played on Sunday the 8th of September at Coopers Stadium (Norwood).
Peter Dunn
I witnessed abuse, from a supporter, directed at Josh Francou as he walked from the coache's box in the stand after the game on Sunday. The vitriol was unwarranted and and the way Josh handled it was very professional. This type of abuse has no place in our club. It is hard enough to accept that our team is not performing to the standards we have seen earlier in the year without directing disgusting abuse at theCoach. He must be feeling it more than we are as supporters. What is wrong with support for Josh in his efforts?
Administration
Peter, I agree. I know there is every reason to be a frustrated Roosters supporters at the moment. After being one the best 2 teams for 15 weeks, we seemed to have lost confidence and belief when the going gets hard, over the past 4 weeks. It gets even harder to accept when we have been even or up in the matches to half time (except against Glenelg), to then drop off. However, real supporters don’t go around abusing the Coach when it gets tough. Those supporters love giving the abuse, and will never give encouragement or support when things are going well. The Coach is in the box trying his best to make decisions which benefit the team's performance on the day. He isn't up there smoking a cigar and playing Playstation.
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Shane
I am worried that the CEO is also the chairman of selectors. This to me diminishes any objectivity towards the coach by the CEO as he is his right hand man. I think this is a conflict of interest.
CEO
Thanks for your concern, and I understand why you have raised this question. The chairman of selectors certainly isn't the coaches 'right hand man' at the selection table, in fact, I am quite the opposite. The role of the chairman of selectors is to ensure every player is considered for selection, and whilst I have the right and opportunity to question the coach and his assistants at any time, the coach is responsible for the team which is selected each week as he should be, even though we may not always agree. For me, I have been doing the role for past 3 years, and remained in it because it is an opportunity for me to sit down with all the coaches in one room once a week, and whilst we obviously talk about selection, we also talk about many other matters. I personally don’t think it is a conflict of interest as the coach and I have a very honest and upfront relationship which often includes good robust discussion, but, as I mentioned above, I understand your concerns and the role of chairman of selectors will again be reviewed by the Board early next year as it is every year. If the Board wants someone else in the role for the reasons you’ve raised, then that’s what will happen.
Jeff McMahon (aka 'The Cocks')
How come Port Adelaide get preferential treatment all the time? I notice that we have to play Norwood on the Sunday (8th Sept) while Port play Glenelg on the Saturday. Is this so the poor darlings can get to watch two games on the weekend (presuming the Power make it to the finals in the afl)? This is especially galling considering NAFC has made it abundantly clear to the SANFL that we prefer Saturday games - or do I presume, again, that Norwood made the call? (although I can't see why they would)>
Administration
Hi Jeff, Norwood are able to dispute it as it is their home match, but as far as we know the game will still be held on the Sunday.
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Pete
I have 2 questions regarding the Crows/Port in the SANFL 1. What is to stop Port putting a team in the SAAFL and "topping up" with Magpies players? 2. If Power become upset (as they do) with Power players what is to stop them transferring them to the Magpies like Danny Butcher, Aaaron Young and many others over the years. I think if this situation arises in the futures those players MUST go to a Club other than the Magpies.?
Administration
I don’t think there is anything to stop the Power from putting a reserves team in the SAAFL, it will be up to them where they put them. If they are in the SAAFL, we would have no control over where they got top up players from as they wouldn’t be playing under our rules and regulations, so I guess they could just aim at any SANFL players and recruit them as top ups. Regards the rules for AFL players who want to change SANFL clubs, there are rules in place which govern that interchange already. For example, those players should be offered to the bottom club first, which is what technically happened in the case of Young and Butcher. The bottom club didn’t want them, so they were then offered to the second bottom club. That’s how they effectively ended up at the Magpies. In saying that, I believe the rules which govern the interchange of players will be looked at again closely over the next few months with the view to having them reviewed to offer more protection for the SANFL clubs for the future.
Pat
I, like many, am a frustrated supporter and whilst I may be not well versed in match day strategy, can someone please explain to me why we are going into a game with one ruckman and then completely unbalancing the side whenever he goes off or is not performing? It doesn't make any sense to me. The ruck gap is then being filled by Miles, Langford and co and so the side then has to be juggled to fill the key position that player leaves when he goes on the ball. In my opinion, we have potentially the best ruckman our Club has seen since Mick Redden, languishing in the Reserves, so what does he have to do to get a regular league game? Justin Schahinger is a far better tap ruckman than James Craig, who I know gets many taps but the majority are ineffective. We have been murdered in the middle in recent weeks and around the ground in clearances. largely because we are not getting good use of the ball. I sincerely hope this is addressed this week.
Football Operations
Our structure all season has been one recognized ruck (James Craig for the majority) and three midfield options on the bench to rotate through the midfield area. This has proved successful for most of the season and the backup ruck option is only required for 10-15% of the game so it is only a minor reshuffle. James Craig had a very influential 6 week block of games before he got injured and was actually leading the competition in hit outs. His form hasn't been at the same standard since returning from injury. Justin Schahinger is one of the most improved players at the club this season and is putting pressure on the coaching staff for a promotion with consistent performances in the reserves. The coaching staff will decide what is best for this weekend at selection.
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peter
Last Saturdays' game against the Eagles made me think that we could have a 'journal' of 'stupid comments made be opposition supporters' The first that came to mind was...."why don't they (the roosters) kick the ball to their triple Margery medalist Jimmy ALLEN." When he was told that he retired last year and no longer plays for the roosters, the reply was "crap, I saw him on the ABC playing against Sturt" The second was a couple of seasons ago, playing the same team, (eagles). Sitting on the outer on the eastern side was Barrie Robran with two of his mates. Barrie made a comment about a passage of play, when the eagles supporter turned to Barrie and stated, "keep your comments to yourself, what would you know about football anyway." Barrie being a true gentleman, smiled and kept watching the game. By the way, the eagles camp was reminded as to who was sitting in their midst.
Administration
Thanks for writing in peter! I'm sure other Roosters supporters will get a laugh out of reading your story.
Mick
Could someone please explain to me the difference between the VFL and the SANFLteams. Does it not make sense to place the "Crows reserve team" in the VFL? What would happen if say for example Collingwood decided that they would prefer their reseve side to play in the SANFL? What would happen then? Please don't tell me that there are rules that cover this.As we all know in the real world rules can be broken!!!
Administration
The VFL is the old VFA competition. The old VFL is now the AFL (in Melbourne). The current VFL is made up of teams which used to be the VFA (similar to our Div 1 amateur league), although now it's starting to fill up with AFL reserves teams. When the AFL was formed, the VFA clubs were elevated into the VFL, just as the VFL clubs were elevated to form the AFL. Hence the reason why VFL crowds are small compared to SANFL crowds. They were only small to begin with when they were the VFA (as per Amateur League crowds). The SANFL has never 'morphed' into another competition, even following the formation of the AFL. The Crows could have gone to the VFL competition with their reserves, but I'm sure they weren’t interested in paying to fly a second team around every second week, and I'm sure the same would apply to the VFL teams (which is full of other AFL reserves teams) who would need to fly into Adelaide a couple of times a year? The costs of doing so are very prohibitive. If Collingwood wanted a team in the SANFL, they would need the approval of the SANFL League Directors.
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muriel
what is it that the players have this phobia during august/ the last several years we lose these games that should have one won?i was disgusted.are they panicking because finals are coming closer?i was disgusted with the half hearted effort. please boys get with it.im still hoping to see our colours on top of the chimney this year.
Football Operations
Thanks Muriel. The players aren't losing on purpose and I am sure they are disappointed also. Hopefully we get a win this weekend and then we get a winning phobia from September forward!! The display on the weekend was unacceptable and the players have been made very aware of that.
Terry
How often can a runner be on the ground barking instructions? The eagles runner was on the ground so much we thought he was their 19th man . I have noticed since Lewis has not played for us we have not won many games, and our forward line has not functioned very well. Could this be because he was doing more work on the ground and made the others look good? and now they cant function too well, how can this be fixed??
Football Operations
Lewis has been an important part of our side and there is no doubt that we are missing him at the moment. Lewis missed 6 games from rounds 7-12 when he had his knee injury earlier in the year. We won 4 out of those 6 games and defeated West Adelaide and the Eagles in that time. We have shown previously that we can win without him and it comes down to getting our disposal and inside 50 numbers back to where they were earlier in the season to give the forwards a chance to kick a winning score.
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Shannon Morrissey
When will this football club stop teasing us very loyal supporters with performances like the last few weeks? I hate to say it, but on Saturday I left 10 mins into the las qtr as I couldn`t stand what was bein dished up by a team that was only a few weeks ago pushing for a long awaited minor premiership. I am sick of the phone calls,texts and even opposition supporters at the games laughing at us, as a club. It was said at the information night last week by our president that he would hate to see the club return to the dark old days of the early 2000`s, but it is getting to a stage now that I probably prefered those times as we knew what to expect at those games. For god sake North pull your finger out before it`s too late, or we will look back on season 2013 as another wasted year.
Football Operations
The playing group don't go into a game looking to perform like they have in the previous few weeks. They have set a high standard for the first 15 games this season and they are as frustrated/annoyed as all of our members/supporters are with their performances over the past 3 weeks. The SANFL is a very strong competition and I can guarantee that the players aren't teasing you on purpose. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but the club would much rather a season like 2013 compared to the early 2000's. At least now the expectation is that we can go to every game confident that our best football is good enough to achieve a victory over any opposition. I am sure that the majority of supporters would prefer this option. Hopefully the players can start to turnaround their form this weekend against Glenelg in our last home game of the season.
Tony
I would like a response and some fiery action by the NAFC re the following: SANFL COMPETITION – MEDIA STATEMENT The SANFL can confirm that the West Adelaide and Norwood Football Clubs will be allowed to replace existing home grown Adelaide Football Club (“AFC”) listed players who remain on the AFC’s list for the 2014 season. In West Adelaide’s case, this means that Ben Rutten, Jason Porplyzia and Rory Laird can be replaced, with Norwood able to replace Mitch Grigg and Luke Brown. "When the SA Football Commission handed down the recruiting bans to West Adelaide and Norwood, the removal of AFC listed players from these clubs was not contemplated," said SANFL General Manager Football Chris Davies. “Therefore, an exception has been made in this circumstance where the current bans would see both clubs further penalised. It should be stressed that all other penalties for both clubs remain in place." What about the fact that those clubs cheated and were duly punished and now that is all fine? I hope the NAFC (and other clubs) ask the questions about the fact that we also have to replace home grown AFL listed players so essentially Norwood and West will be in the same market as us as we seek to replace Johnston and Wright so what it means is that cheating under some circumstances is fine? Next the SANFL will cave in and allow the PAFC what they want! So much for integrity in the whole AFL Reserves process, the SANFL is showing none - absolutely disgraceful!
Administration
Tony, we have fiercely expressed our disagreement and disappointment verbally and in writing today as have a couple of other clubs!
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Ian
Who is Norths skills coach. Sure our tackling wasnt fantastic against Eagles but when we did have the ball, burnt it badly with either a misdirected kick, a sloppy handball to ground or if the disposal was good, we would drop it. Lift this part of our game and we might be a serious contender. When we have handled the ball well we look great.
Greg Gallman
Thanks for your message Ian. Sitting on the sidelines I also felt very frustrated with our poor execution throughout he game. We were seemingly unwilling to kick the ball long and direct to our forwards, especially to Stewy who was presenting well. Too often we got caught looking for the 'perfect play', kicking short to contests and our skills let is down. Whilst we don't have a specific skills coach, Matty Slade during training has started to address some of the skill and decision making issues arising game day. You bring up a good point on our tackling and its relation to our own ball movement. Our pressure was not good enough, with the hunting of the ball and body not up to the standards we have set as a group this year. This lack of pressure meant we were not forcing the Eagles to turn the ball over in areas we could attack from rather than deep in defence where we were under pressure. I agree that a small lift across the board in our match day output will return us to playing the sort of footy that led us to be considered a serious contender. See you at Prospect this weekend Greg
Fraser
Just curious about the dropping of one of our leadership team, Kriston Thompson. ??
Football Operations
Kriston hasn't met the expectations of the coaching staff in recent weeks. He is still a very valuable member of the senior side and he needed a full game to work on a few areas of his game that needed attention.
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Phil
Seem to be going backwards (or maybe in a mini-slump?) over the past 2 games. Are there factors that supporters are unaware of ? e.g. a heavy training load causing us to look flat, especially in last quarters. I ask this because we have scored 1 last quarter goal in the past 2 games compared with 18 in the previous 2. Understand the opposition has been better but this is still an alarming difference for a team whose last quarters have been the strength all year.
Football Operations
We did look flat on the weekend but we are not in a heavy training phase. The difference is that our contested stats and skill level are down which makes for more defending and chasing opposition rather than controlling the football. Have heard the extra training from a few people over the last few days but the reserves do the same training loads and they kicked 11 goals to 5 in the second half against a team higher on the ladder.
Pat
It is my understanding that Tom Langford was dropped for the Sturt match for missing a compulsory training session. If this is correct, dropping him to the Reserves not only punished him but really disadvantaged the team. Whilst I have no issues with taking disciplinary measures against players who break team rules, surely there is a better way to teach them a lesson without penalising the rest of the team, for example, a fine or taking away match payments for a game. With the pathetic effort of our forwards against Sturt and his performance in the Reserves, it makes me wonder if the result may have been different had we taken a different stance with him.
Football Operations
Thanks Pat. The team rules have been in place all season and it is black and white what the requirements are for the players in terms of rehabilitation after a game. Tom served his penalty on the weekend and will be available for league selection this week. These rules/guidelines are set each year in the pre season and build a strong culture that everyone needs to follow and adhere too no matter if you are 17 years old or Club Captain Greg Gallman.
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Kevin
Just need to vent a bit here after returning from Unley. I was looking for and expecting some sort of response to last weeks debacle. Instead, I got 27 tackles to 51. Says it all really. How can you hope to win a game with 27 tackles to 51? What does that say about your approach to the game, & your desire to clinch a top three spot? I'm incredibly disappointed that we could put on that sort of effort just 3 games from finals.
Football Operations
I am sure that the players are as disappointed/frustrated as all of the members/supporters are from the weekend's result. They can talk about it as much as they want but the reality is that the result can't be changed and they need to show up and perform this weekend. Our tackle and contested ball count was not at the required standard that has been set so far this season.
Jeff McMahon (aka 'The Cocks')
Since when has it been against the rules to kick the ball down the centre of the field to the goals?
Administration
I agree Jeff. We are playing too short at the moment and your comment below is spot on when you have a key forward standing inside 50 who is 4-5 inches taller than his opponent!! Bring on this week.
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Tim
I've changed my mind, and now think it's better that the Crows come in, so that North get the TV coverage, retain higher profile etc. But we should also be pushing for a higher, not lower, salary cap, to be able to afford to pay players properly as well as retain the perception of the second-best comp after AFL. Anyway, regardless, I love the Roosters no matter what happens.
Administration
Thanks for writing in Tim
Andrew
Thank you Greg on your, now removed, post on VR. The point you sort of make, although veiled, is a good one. The post has actually gone a long way to appeasing my deep felt miss-givings over the Crows proposal. From here on I will reserve my judgment until the Club supply me with all the FACTS. Thank You Andrew
CEO
Cheers Andrew, we're working on the facts and Bohdan is trying to arrange an information evening soon.
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Grenville's Boots
Mr Rucci says the deal with the Crows to play in the SANFL is off and they will play in the Amateur league! I have heard time and again a group of our supporters who want the AFL out all together. I will be dismayed if this happens not only because I am one of many Rooster supporters who also follow the Crows but also because I can't see how this would grow the SANFL into a stronger league. If anything, it would diminish interest in it. I understand the request of some supporters for a members night. I suggest this is not a good idea because the bullies will be out in force. If you must go down this path, how about sending information out and taking a poll via the post? I imagine that the anti - afl contingent is not so large and this would reveal the facts about our supporters not just a very vocal minority. We could also ask these supporters are they anti AFL or just the Crows and Port. I know a few who have been complaining follow Essendon, Geelong and Carlton. Makes you wonder where they are really coming from! If I had my way years ago I would have kept things as they were in 1980s. Times have changed and we need to move with them.
Administration
I know the decision hasn’t been made, its only the media trying to push it along. I believe the comment made regards the Eagles preference isn't necessarily correct either. Times have changed....
phil
Now that the intention of the PAFC is known to keep the status quo, what can the club and the SANFL do to ensure that Port cannot 'recruit' their SANFL power players to Port Magpies, thereby achieving their aim of a power reserve side in the SANFL by stealth? If no 'rule' can be implemented to prevent this, we will have many more Aaron Young situations where players will be moved at the drop of a hat.
CEO
Phil, there are already some rules in place to prevent or minimize movement of AFL players between clubs. However, to support what you are saying, I do believe the rules need to be tighter and make it up to the SANFL club as to whether the player moves. That topic will certainly form part of any new regulations.
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Ken
With this being regarded as such an important issue, why is it that Administration have not sought to obtain a formal vote of club members and use the result of that vote as NAFC's official decision?
Administration
The responsibility of the vote sits with the League Director of each club and what he sees as the best option for the future of the competition. Hopefully, that would be the best option for the club too! Like me, members would vote for what they believe is best for their club only, based on what they prefer. For matters which could change the structure of the whole competition, the SANFL constitution has this squarely at the feet of the League Directors (obviously with consultation with their Boards).
18 year old member
I think what most of us supporters, who are strongly against AFL reserves teams in our SANFL comp, are mostly afraid of losing such a prestigious talent like Lewis Johnston. Surely, with such praise from Barrie, the club would realise if they vote for the Crows and Power teams in our comp, we lose players like Lewis, Nathan Blee, Sam Siggins, and what not. Why would the club vote to lose Lewis? Just seems silly.
CEO
Cameron, the Crows players will all leave the SANFL clubs in any case regardless of which way the vote goes. The Power players will stay with the SANFL clubs as the Magpies will remain as is for 2014.
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Dugldo
It is natural for people to be adverse to change; to worry that we will not be happy or comfortable when things are not the same as they have been for a long time. It is inevitable that things will not remain as they have been. Like it or not there is going to be change with regards to AFL listed players in our competition, so better to be informed, listen and read about the proposals and show some faith in the people in our club who have put their hand up to represent us by being prepaired to give their time and energy to do the best for all of us. If people are not happy with them, I think they should get off their bums and nominate for the next committee election.
CEO
An old boss of mine once asked me "are we doing things right, or are we doing the right things?". This is a question about change and whether a business is adapting or not. This club has a history of demonstrating that its Board and management group can make good decisions and be trusted by its members. 10 years ago the club was broke and about to disappear. The Board and management found a way back through great decision making and hard work to resurrect the clubs finances. We now see the results of that today. The members demanded an overhaul to our football program when I arrived 3 years ago and trusted management to deliver a football culture and coaching and playing program which could challenge each and every week on its way to being a premiership threat. Today, we are starting to see the results of good decisions in that area over recent years. Our junior football program is second to none in the SANFL. Our under 15's and 16's went top and provided 10 players for the state squad. Our under 18's are top and our reserves have some very exciting youngsters running around, and hopefully will play finals football this season. You're right, change happens everywhere and when change may be upon us as it is in this instance (regardless of which decision is made, the competition is going to go through a change), the Board of this club can be trusted to do what is right. It does have a responsibility to inform its members and lead the communication process through listening and understanding and we take that on board as something which has been difficult in this debate due to lack of quality information.
Pete
The issue of AFL reserves teams entering our competition is very emotive, and there is a lot of dis-information floating around. Supporters of both sides of the argument are very passionate in their stances. One of the big issues surrounding this is people not having first hand information to study. Mostly we have to filter through media reports, and responses by officials of the club through this medium. While the Virtual Runner is a good way of posting a quick response to one members query, or to disseminate other information, I don't think it is adequate for an issue as big as this. Plus quite a lot of members don't have access to the Virtual Runner. I would like to suggest a members information night would be a good idea, It would be a great opportunity for the board and the President to present the information they have first hand to the members, and maybe ask for some feedback from them. Thankyou.
CEO
Thanks Pete, an information night may be a good forum for Bohdan and the Board to provide any gaps in the information which has been circulated publically. I certainly have no issues with having an information night, and I know the Board will consider it once they have enough information on the matter to provide value to the questions. It just hasn’t been in the position to consider this type of forum as the information has been evolving. For example, as the clubs have raised issues with the top up player proposal, the Crows have now withdrawn the top up player proposal and have left it open to the SANFL clubs if they want to provide top up players or not. They will find their own top up players, so that isn't an issue to be discussed any more regards top up players affecting the SANFL clubs. Hope that clarifies.
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Adam
I have been digesting the SANFL/AFL club points on the SANFL web with the following immediate observations leading me to think that the players are the least of the considerations and not all issues have been identified let alone addressed. 1. SANFL players don’t get very much compensation for their high level of commitment now, and they appear to be the only ones to take the financial hit (albeit under the guise of reducing the number of games, a step that will not affect the length of the season as the 5 weeks will no doubt be absorbed in training). Many clubs require players to pay for club clothing, items that change regularly. I see no mention of SANFL Director / Club CEO fees reduction. The salary saving should be absorbed into raising the baseline payment. 2. No discussion appears to have considered awards such as the Magarey Medal. Will AFL listed players be eligible contenders? A professionally paid player with AFL facility support should have the advantage. 3. What is the SANFL’s assessment for player loss as it hits them financially, and is this a ploy to turn the SANFL into an under 22 competition?
CEO
Firstly, the Board or President or League Directors do not get paid at all. They do all those nights for nothing except the opportunity to take up the challenge of creating a future for this football club. But yes, the CEO gets paid for doing his 60 hours each week......Have no idea at this point on answers to your other questions.
Tony
The AFL Reserves Debate reached "fever pitch" in the last 3 days and was topped off by the threat of Steven Trigg and co. at the AFC to go play in the Amateurs if they didn't get their way. Not even 24 hours later he has moved the goal posts again re the top up player issue. Clearly the AFC are not happy with the Commissions model and nor it seems the majority of SANFL supporters yet we here our President on Ch. 10 there is no other choice stating he cannot see too many negatives? For starters 1 big negative is having a team that wants entry into our comp dictating / blackmailing or whatever you want to call it the SANFL with scare tactics and unrealisitic demands. Another couple of big negative is the payment fee, not enough divided between the 8 clubs, the top up player issue is a mess based on the AFC back flip in under 24 hours. The thing that really annoys me in this whole debate is that I could have handled the two AFL Clubs fielding their Reserves Teams in our Reserves Comp which would have maintained an 8 team League Comp however the AFC were very strong in rejecting that option on the basis that the level of competition would not be strong enough YET the AFC are happy to go play in the Amatueur Comp!!! What a joke, our Reserves would comfortably beat all Div 1 Amateur teams just based on fitness alone. This whole thing / debate is a farce being dictated by AFL Club interests only with an out of touch Commission no doubt being influenced behind the scenes by the AFL yet we have our President and some on the Board prepared to vote YES to the Circus that is unfolding. I hope Bohdan and the Board members in favour look at the farce that is unflolding also listen to the views of the club members and suppporters who in the large majority are against this whole thing. We may already play in a compromised comp under the current arrangements but vote the Reserves Model in and the comp becomes a completely compromised comp and a farce and the AFL by stealth have taken control.
CEO
Tony, the SANFL can't control what comes out of the AFC regards where they put their players if not in the SANFL. That’s not a loss of control by the SANFL it’s a change of direction by the AFC, so not sure where your coming from on that one. And, the revised top up players has come about because of concerns by the Clubs, not a change by the AFC. Isn't that what is supposed to happen....they present something and the clubs rejected it? AND TO ALL THE SUPPORTERS who have written in on our exclusive forum (no other club has Virtual Runner), every message has been read and understood. I have personally responded to a large number also which is far more than any other members gets at another club. Whatever balance I add seems to be ignored in any case which is fine, my job is just to try and share what key elements are being considered. I don’t get a vote and will live with whatever the decision is, and get on with continuing to try and make our Club the best it can be on and off the field. But, a distrust or hatred of the AFL or the AFL clubs is no reason to jeopardize the future of this football club. If it doesn’t look like the best option, I am sure it won't get up. Why would someone vote for something that makes things worse? If it does, then it will.
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Grenvilles Boots
Please continue to guide the NAFC into the future knowing that the few very loud and aggressive voices of some do no represent all of us mere supporters. They seem to take no real account of what sanfl footy will look like without an AFL connection. It is farcical that many of these protests come from people who follow AFL teams out of Victoria.
Administration
Thanks for your feedback.
Ian Button
I have posted on here a number of times with no reply, I hope this letter does get a response on the Virtual Runner. At Saturday's game I (along with a couple of others) collected signatures for a petition against AFL sides being admitted in to the SANFL League competition. without much effort we collected over 360 signatures, more than 300 of them were North supporters. While walking around the oval I had less than 50 people state they did not want to sign the petition, nearly all of those said they were undecided so would reserve their decision, less than 10 indicated they supported the AFL sides entry into the SANFL, with only one "lady" getting quite threatening stating that we were going to destroy the SANFL if we stopped it happening. I knew there was a fairly large opposition to the AFL club's proposals but I was absolutely astounded at the level of opposition I found from all age groups, most told me we had took keep fighting until it was stopped. What research has the club done to come up with figures bandied around suggesting supporters and members of North support the proposal to let them in? regards Ian Button
CEO
Ian, I have no doubt you could collect those numbers of signatures from supporters, and with the little information out there on how this decision impacts on the SANFL clubs, including our own, I am not surprised supporters at the match were either against or undecided. This is changing now as more accurate information is being distributed through the media (basically since Tuesday night the public now have as much information as we do) which is good. We now know it is likely the Magpies will remain as is at least for 2014, so the other clubs will remain compromised in its selection by Power players coming in and out. Either way, from a clubs viewpoint, we need to be responsible and investigate what is the best option for the club and competitions future. There needs to be consideration as to how this decision impacts on future revenue streams (which keeps the club alive), how it impacts on sponsors, future player and coach retention and recruiting, marketing opportunities, media and public relevance and of course, its members and supporters. Surely our members demand that we fully investigate the best option for our Clubs future, just as the Clubs have demanded that the SANFL do the same before making any recommendations? I know (and understand why) there are some who hate the AFL for disrupting and compromising the competition for the past 23 years, and prefer the Clubs to disregard any possible impacts to seek revenge and kick them out altogether. I believe there are risks to both sides of the argument, and the League Directors need to pick the direction which has the least risk or the biggest upside. The 'research' you question me on is, like for you, feedback based. I am not saying everyone I talk to is for or against the argument, it depends on which people you talk to. For some people it's about the threat of the AFL, and for others is about the opportunity from the AFL... The Advertiser poll, based on almost 9,000 voters is nearly 70% in favour, so there are mixed views amongst the greater football public.
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Tony
I have to support the comments of Duglodo. Brian Fenton looked as good as he has ever looked given he was coming back from a horrible run of injuries and failed come backs. He moved well and didn't look like he was hampered as he has been since his horrific knee injury on debut for us. Whilst he is a long way off getting into our best 21 for this year given our form and depth, his application and perseverance to getting back to the high level of the SANFL is a credit to him and should inspire all those on the "fringes" and struggling with injury issues at the at the NAFC. PS: Also great game from M. Westhoff also on Sunday. He could be a "dark horse' if we don't get Johnston and Stewart back in the next few weeks!
Football Operations
Brian Fenton is a very determined young man who gives himself every chance to succeed. Was great to see him back playing after all the complications and setbacks that he has endured over the last 10 months. He is very professional with his rehab work and hopefully he can enjoy the rest of the year playing every week rather than watching from the stands. Matthew Westhoff is starting to string some games together after missing a large portion of the season. "Westy" can play a variety of roles and he is now pushing for league selection after building his match fitness and form over recent weeks.
peter
It was a great win on Sunday, the team played well together. My question is, who do you drop from the side when the skipper and Luke Ivens return. (not an easy decision to make.) The form of Lewis Johnson, looks like he can dust off his crows jumper. Love the way the team is playing... bring on the finals.
Football Operations
It was a very good win and a case of all played well. On top of Luke Ivens and Greg Gallman that you have mentioned, James Craig, Joe Anderson, Daniel Stewart, Daniel Archer and Josh Gregg are all looking to return to the playing field this week. Who misses out?? We will leave that question with the coaching staff.
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Dugldo
Great to see Brian Fenton's name on a team list again. Another example of "G and D"! Onya Fenton.
Administration
Thanks, we are glad hes back!
Simon
Brilliant to see how well the team is playing together. I have been watching the roosters since 1978 and this has been one of the best years I have seen. I'm very much looking forward to seeing how we go in the weeks to come. Cheers, Simon
Football Operations
Thanks Simon, so are we!
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smithy
Great effort after half time by the boys on Saturday. Can you tell me where Daniel Stewart is as he was not mentioned in the latest injury list ?
Football Operations
Daniel Stewart is on the Port Power injury list. Our understanding is that he will resume playing in 1-2 weeks.
banjomal
I have always thought the umpiring in the SANFL much better than the AFL. I don't believe the rules are that disimilar, but the interpretation differs, and of course some penalties are greater and more rigidly enforced. Do our umpires receive totally different guidance to AFL umpires regarding rules as I'm concerned that if the horrible possibility of the Crows invading our comp comes true, then we'll have to put up with the idiotic AFL umpiring policies and common sense will go out the window as usual for the sake of entertainment?
Administration
The SANFL does have slightly different interpretations to the AFL. Tackling is the main interpretation that comes to mind, with the player given more opportunity to dispose of the ball. Each year the SANFL present the rule changes that will take place for the coming season. This keeps our competition in line with the national competition with slight variations.
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Stewie
It's an absolute disgrace we have not had a club emergency meeting over the AFL reserves and had a referendum over it.Selling us out like Judas for a possible paltry $80.000 To think we are enjoying such success at the moment all credit to those at the club . BUT you don.t have devine rights you work for the members It's a NO!vote or it,s no N.A.F.C. You can't trust the A.F.L it.s just rape and pillage with them leaving a waste land once they have exhausted all sources of revenue . Stewie 0405255067
CEO
Circa 1963, the League Directors voted in the introduction of Centrals and Woodville into the SANFL competition, taking it from 8 clubs to 10 clubs. In around 1972, they voted in the move to Football Park. In 1991, they agreed to allow the amalgamation of Woodville and West Torrens, changing the competition back to 9 clubs. In 1990, they voted to allow the formation of the Adelaide FC in the AFL and in 1995, they did the same thing to allow Port Adelaide to enter the AFL. In 2010, they voted to allow the Port Adelaide Magpies and Power to become one club. I'm pretty sure none of these decisions were made by any club members voting, or referendums. They were made by the League Directors of each club, whose job it is to make decisions in the best interests of football in SA. That’s because the constitution which governs the SANFL and the competition demands that decisions which may result in a change to the makeup of the SANFL competition can only be done by the League Directors. Not the club Boards or club CEO's, or club members. You'll be the judge, but no one has been sold out....? In addition, and maybe I've missed something, but I have heard nothing about an $80,000 incentive based on crowd numbers in any meeting I've been to?
Jeff mcMahon (aka 'The Cocks')
Excellent shots yet again from Deb from the North v Port game - really captured the commitment and determination. Roll on the first Sunday in October.
Administration
Some great photos from Deb as per usual.
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smithy
When will our skipper be back ? Seems to have been out a very long time.
Football Operations
Greg Gallman has been given the all clear by his surgeon to resume physical activity. Greg will train this week and if passed fit and feeling confident, he will play this weekend in the reserves.
Paul
Thanks once again for this forum. The tone coming from North Adelaide is very much in favour of allowing A.F.L. teams into the S.A.N.F.L. The motivation appears to be a financial injection into the competition to sustain the competitions viability, especially struggling clubs. Chief, from the little I see of V.F.L. their attendances are woeful. Why would the Crows and Power seconds be any different? If N.A.F.C. supports the proposal to play reserve Crows and Power teams on the promised cash flow being generated could we at least hand over our gate takings against these two reserve sides and charge them 40k to play against us each time so we at least get what we are being lured in with. I think the promise of them bringing in 3,000 fans to a reserves game is pure fantasy and I dont think they have much at all to offer the competition.
CEO
Thanks Paul, personally, I agree with you regards the quoted increase of 3,000 or 4,000 attendance. Can't see that happening at all. Basically I don’t think the financial 'lure' of more attendances will persuade any League Director on this proposal, any real financial boost surely would need to be guaranteed as per the WAFL model. There each club receives $140,000 per annum in licence fees, which obviously assists in the ultimate sustainability of some of the clubs there. Any comparison to the VFL attendances can be very misleading. Remember, the VFL is basically the old VFA sides (the old VFL with the big crowds became the AFL). The VFA clubs (eg: Frankston, Sandringham, Coburg, Box Hill etc) were then moved 'up' to become the VFL, but they never attracted any crowds as they were basically similar to our Division 1 amateur league set up. But, in any case, I do agree that not many Collingwood fans go and watch the Collingwood reserves!....There is simply no rivalry or tribalism in the VFL like there is in the SANFL. Even when Port Melbourne plays Frankston (two teams which are not aligned to any AFL club and both old VFA teams), the crowd is no more than 400 - 500. Lastly, on the tone of the Club, if you getting that from me, all I am doing (as I don’t have any vote on this matter) is trying to provide a bit of balance to our members or respond to some comments, nothing to do with the position of the Board or our League Director.
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John
How can I get a copy of the club's constitution?
CEO
As normal, a copy of the NAFC constitution can be obtained from the NAFC reception to current financial members only.
Ted
Hi Greg, I wish to take you to task on your following quote: " For every member who says they are against it, there are other members who tell me they want it." You are saying that for every one (member) against it there are more than one (memberS) for it? If so I call BS!! I havent met anyone, let alone a 2 to 1 ratio, at work or play who thinks AFL reserves in the SANFL is a good idea.
CEO
Hi Ted, sorry to disappoint you mate but there are members and supporters of our club who think it’s a good idea. You may not see them on virtual runner (which I believe is still the only club based forum in the SANFL where supporters get the chance to contact their club directly and share their opinions and thoughts with each other), but I can assure you many of our members have given this matter a great deal of thought and support the concept on the basis that it is what they believe is best for our club and the competition in the longer term. I'm not sure of the ratio if that’s what you're questioning me on, as feedback has come via all mediums. What has been obvious is that those opposed have been far more verbal on the issue than those who support it. In any case, the NAFC will always be the NAFC and be preparing and playing to win every match it plays, with or without the AFL teams. Those who really support the club will know that as long as we continue to chase premierships, that's the main thing!
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Stazz
Hi, I know we can't change the result, but has there been any official comment about the free kick awarded against us in the dying seconds of the game against the Eagles?? It looked like a "howler" from my view, Very similar decision to the one n the dying seconds against West at Richmond earlier this year. I would just like to know whether the decision has been confirmed, or an error has been admitted to.
Football Operations
The Umpiring Director Shane Harris has been contacted regarding the late decision on the weekend. We can't change the decision or the result so we move on and look forward to getting a better result this weekend against Glenelg.
Ben
Hi Greg, Thanks for responding to Andrew's post to the virtual runner. Only thing is you didn't answer his question. Just in case you missed it i will repeat it for you "Like other clubs, will the NAFC hold a members information night in regards to the crows and port proposals to field a reserves team in the SANFL?". Any chance of an answer to this? Regards, Ben,
Administration
Norwood has a regular information evening planned each season for members and has used that for discussion on the AFL Reserves debate. No other club to my knowledge has held such an evening? This is up to the Board once all the information is available. If the Board decides it wants or needs to hold such an evening, I'll let everyone know. In the meantime, there is no meeting planned at present.
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Adam
Hi Greg, That decision that won the game for the eagles on Sunday was an absolute disgrace. I would have been embarrassed to accept that win if I was an Eagles fan. I sure hope there is an avenue you as a club can take to outline this error as rubbish like this can change a season.
CEO
Yep, we certainly expressed our frustration and disappointment!
Adrian
Just a quick note to say thank you to who ever has taken over the online scoreboard since the sad passing of Dennis. Who ever this is .... you're doing a great job and keep up the good work.
Administration
Thanks, we think he is doing a great job too!
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Andrew
Like other clubs, will the NAFC hold a members information night in regards to the crows and port proposals to field a reserves team in the SANFL? This decision will significantly change the SANFL forever and I believe the members need to have input, hear the truth and know what the NAFC board are considering.
CEO
Thanks Andrew and to everyone else for their opinion and concerns on the AFL Reserves debate. The Board of our club and all clubs are aware this matter is important to all members and supporters and they are taking a responsible stance by demanding more information before considering. Our Board is like you, passionate about the NAFC and the SANFL competition. At the end of the day, it will come down to the value, sustainability and quality the two options provide the future of the SANFL competition and clubs. As an example, currently some SANFL clubs are struggling financially, no one argues with that. Even our club needs everything to continue to grow (sponsorship, membership, gaming, food, bars, match attendances etc) to enable us to register a small profit, and there are some clubs much worse off than us as you probably know. The decision faced by the Directors is this...if the AFL reserves do not play in the SANFL (forget playing in our reserves, that will not happen) and we have an 8 team competition with no AFL connection, will the SANFL clubs and the competition be better off in the next 5, 10 or 20 years? This means financially, quality of competition, recruiting, corporate partnerships, public relevance, media profile etc etc. Will the struggling clubs continue to survive and prevent the SANFL competition from becoming a 6 or 7 team comp, and therefore be able to grow and develop enough commercial opportunities to prosper without an AFL connection? The clubs may be able to do that, maybe not. I don’t know the answers, but that’s an example of how complex the decision is. On the other hand, will a 10 team comp with 2 AFL teams in it ensure the prosperity and sustainability of the clubs and the competition into the future? Again, maybe, maybe not. I don’t know the answer to that one either. One thing I do know, the decision must be all about what's better for the SANFL competition and the SANFL clubs.
Hendo
Another member and I watch the reserves every week. We are consistently impressed by Number 59 M Virgin who plays as rebounding half back and on the ball. He uses the ball well at every possession, demonstrates courage when under the ball and has elite foot and hand skills. How far away form a league game do you think this players is? Number 52 in this team is also impressive -he has an elite left foot which delivers almost always
Football Operations
Michael Virgin has developed well this year. He has improved his decision making and is still improving the defensive part of his game. He does possess a good skill base and he will need to continue his current form line to put pressure on the league side. Josh Gregg is No.52 and he has one of the best kicks at the football club. He is currently playing every second weekend due to completing a full time tennis coaching course. He has had a very good season and is one to watch for the future.
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Adam
A comprehensive and interesting reply to Nat. But how will salary caps apply and how will SANFL Clubs be able to bolster their lists to be competetive against 2 relatively cashed up AFL sides? Whilst we can wave the wand and increase the cap, but the money is not there. Additionally, most people support oneof the AFL sides, how can the clubs compete for more supporters if the AFL supporters follow their side into the SANFL?
CEO
All good questions. I doubt an increase in the salary cap would be on the agenda, as most clubs struggle now. Many believe the AFL reserves team won't be competitive enough, others believe they’ll be too competitive. Will the bottom 20 of an AFL list be stronger than the top 20 of an SANFL team? I don’t know the answer, but I do know the bottom 20 of an AFL list would be smash an SANFL reserves team week in week out....I don’t think that would be good for our players development, or for anyone else's. That’s why there is much to discuss and all options need to be evaluated.
nat
Hi, is north in the position to advise their members about what is going on with the Crows/Port situation ATM. There are a lot and I mean an extreme lot of supporters from all clubs that are against this and are very concerned with our SANFL future. I know that a vote will be on what's best for the SANFL, how ever if this goes ahead there may be more damage done than people think as there will be a lot of very upset SANFL supporters.. we currently have a forum on this.. this may destroy the future of the SANFL if it goes ahead.. I will certainly always support north only but have concerns if this goes ahead. To be honest we don't want the AFL in the SANFL but no one seems to ask its supporters, without them its going to be a very empty comp.
CEO
Hi Nat, thanks for the message. We are aware that this topic is on the lips of many supporters of all the clubs, and so it should be. We haven't release anything to supporters as yet, only as there is much discussion going on and all the information on the matter is still evolving. The SANFL and the clubs have developed some non negotiable values or principles which cannot change whatever happens. We will put these up on the website soon so members can see what they are. One thing is certain though, and that is the current AFL interchange system will change regardless of where the AFL reserves play. The SANFL competition has been extremely compromised since 1991 when AFL players were allocated to SANFL clubs. Since, we have seen firsthand many games won or lost, including finals, dependent on how many and which AFL players were available for which club. You can't get a more compromised system than the current one. Personally, I am looking forward to having, for the first time in 22 years, a team which is made up of only NAFC players, where the coach doesn’t have to wait until Friday to see who is playing, we don’t have to drop a player for no reason, and we don’t have to worry about which AFL players are playing in the opposition. Surely every supporter is looking forward to that. I know the coaches are. Of course, we love getting Stewart, Johnston, Moore etc back to the Roosters, but we can't plan on having them as they aren’t our players, and recruiting is difficult as you have no idea who is available and when, the following year. The SANFL and the League Directors must look at every possible scenario and determine which one ensures the long term growth and sustainability of our competition. This isn't about licence fees and money, this is about our club being able to grow and develop critical areas like corporate support, memberships, junior development, match day attendances and be a club of choice for new recruits. But it also includes other vital issues like media coverage, public relevance and remaining the only pathway in SA for our youngsters to move into the AFL competition. For the players and coaches of NAFC, they will prepare to play and beat whoever they are playing. Much to think about, that’s for sure, and that’s why it is an ongoing discussion. I understand the emotion and both sides of the argument. For every member who says they are against it, there are other members who tell me they want it. Whatever the decision, it will be made in the best interests of the game in SA which should match the best interests of the clubs.
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Jeff
Hello, was at Prospect on Sunday, poor result, but an enjoyable day. Whilst at the southern end there appeared to be a spectacular mark, or attempt mark at the northern end in the last quarter. I was unable to see it clearly and no one around us understood what had happened. Is there any footage or still shots of that attempt, and who was it? Regards.
Football Operations
Nathan Gordon attempted to take mark of the day but it was judged to be a free kick for hands in the back by the officiating umpire. If you go onto the SANFL website, click on Zac's Footy Fix and at approx. the 1min 20sec mark of the feature, Nathan's mark is shown. Keep watching as Nathan was awarded the Goal of the Week for his great effort early in the third quarter.
Tony
I have no issues with Miles being offered 1 game for striking but I find it incredible the same match review panel haven't cited Jenner for his head high jumping charge at Ryswyk? Is this inconsistency something that our club would raise with the SANFL?
Football Operations
Miles has been reported for an off the ball incident which we will be appealing tonight. Jenner and Ryswyk both engaged the contest with their priority being the ball. Completely different incidents so no inconsistency to raise with the SANFL.
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Jeff McMahon (aka 'The Cocks')
What seems to be a fait accompli, the intrusion of the AFL into the SANFL League competition raises a number of daunting issues, among them the question of payments. It is common knowledge that even the lowliest rookie in either the Crows or the Power receive a substantial remuneration, far in excess of the 'average' SANFL player. This has implications for the so-called Salary Cap imposed by the League on the nine participating clubs. As it stands, should these conditions prevail, our clubs and OUR CLUB will be at a disadvantage. No doubt raising funds to retain the players we currently have on our list who aren't aligned with any afl club will prove problematic. I implore the administration at NAFC to address this issue and ensure that our loyal playing group are justly rewarded, particularly if they choose to stay and play the afl at its own game!
Administration
Grenvilles Boots
Please tell me that Nathan Blee is not the third of our players to be moved to the magpies. Rampant rumour amongst port fans! If true, please make the biggest stink of all time over it. It is just wrongon so many counts. Perhaps we should offer a few of their plyers a deal they cant resist.
Administration
We have had no official request from Port Power regarding Nathan Blee. Nathan is a required player at the North Adelaide Football Club.
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Jeff McMahon (aka 'The Cocks')
Hear, hear, John. As show last week, the Floods are quick off the mark (ie sprinters) but marathon runners they ain't! The Roosters on the other hand are both pacy and can last the distance. Well done the fitness team.
Administration
Thanks Jeff, The Boys have been working very hard on strength and fitness.
Dugldo
There were three players in the reserves at the Bay, Johnson, Caldwell and Allen who I have not seen before. Could you tell us about them please?
Football Operations
Heath Caldwell - comes from Broken Hill through contact with Mitch Clisby. Heath was able to come to Adelaide over the long weekend as the Broken Hill League had a bye. Heath played reserves on Monday and performed well. He has good balance and a good skill base. We will hopefully get Heath down for a few more games this year with the view to moving him down for the start of pre season training (2014) full time. Chris Johnston and Braden Allen are both from our country area of Port Augusta. Both have moved to Adelaide permanently and have performed well in our Under 18 program. Chris has pace and reads the play well, Braden is also quick and can play all areas of the midfield. We look forward to watching their development as they are both highly rated.
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John
Me thinks that the fitness man/team need to be recognised for the way that the mighty Roosters have run out games this season. Well done lads.
Football Operations
The fitness staff have done very well in preparing our players for this season. Our fitness level is at a very good standard and allows the players to run out a full game. The players also embraced the program and we are currently seeing the reward for their efforts. Hopefully this continues.
Phil
Are you able to shed some more info about Heath Caldwell who played in our reserves last week ? Will he play again ? The player who wore #53 in the reserves did he play for the Under 18's on the Saturday as well - he looks a likely type ! Any players to be signed before the June 30 deadline this year like Jay Shannon and "Boxcar Willie" Dalwood ?
Football Operations
We were made aware of Heath Caldwell by Mitch Clisby. Heath is a Broken Hill lad who is interested in coming to Adelaide next year. We took the opportunity on the weekend to bring Heath to Adelaide and were able to give him a game due to the Broken Hill League having a bye. We are hoping to get Heath back for a few more games before moving him down full time at the end of the season. Heath performed well on the weekend in the Reserves collecting 21 disposals and looking comfortable at this level. Chris Johnston (Number 53) did play Under 18's on Saturday and then backed up on Monday. Chris has moved down from Port Augusta this year and has impressed the coaching staff with his football ability. Will play again in the reserves this week. It is unlikely that we will sign anyone before the deadline this year.
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Kos
What is the status with Lewis Johnston's injury?
Football Operations
Lewis has just started jogging in a straight line and his estimated return is Round 15/16.
Smithy
Can't understand all the angst about attending North games if the Power and Crows get their own teams in the comp. The sooner the better as their agenda is one dimensional and no help to the teams they currently represent. We have seen their complete disregard for these clubs at finals time so let's plan without them. This is no reflection on the players we have had as I am sure they too would like to participate in finals footy. Good recruiting from outside this reliance on afl players is the key as has been seen in the past with Centrals, Norwood and now North Adelaide this year. Sturt are proof that stacking a side with afl players is no recipe for success so let them have their own sides. As for me, I will always follow the Roosters regardless of the outcome.
Football Operations
Thanks for the support Smithy. Agree that a strong and established SANFL list is a good recipe for success as Centrals have shown over many years. The media is pushing the AFL Reserves issue at present and it will be resolved in time.
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Tony
I, along with many other members / supporters of not only the NAFC but of other SANFL Clubs having been watching with keen interest the AFL Reserves debate. It appears from my "research" that 8 SANFL Clubs (excluding the Magpies of course) are all against having AFL Reserves sides in our League Comp. The only model / proropsal that I see will work or at least be looked at by us and the other clubs re SA football is the one proposed by Michelangelo Rucci last weekend where the Power and Crows field Reserves sides in our Reserves Comp only. The Magpies disappear as a result and the League Comp reverts to an 8 team comp with no AFL influence. I can speak for myself and a large number of fellow North and other SANFL club members / supporters that if the AFL sides are allowed their way and to have AFL Reserves sides in our League Comp then I will not be renewing my membership nor will I ever attend another North Adelaide game. That might appear to be an emotive reaction but I can tell you the same emotions are wide spread across the SANFL. We all know the AFL Reserves issue and what ever decison the 8 voting League Clubs come up with will have a very big impact on the future of the SANFL however we must at all costs resist changing the fabric of the independence of the league to suit two clubs who play in another comp. At the end of the day the Power and the Crows really have selfish interests only and not the wider interests of the SANFL at heart.
CEO
Tony, I appreciate the passion. Firstly, I can tell you first hand, that the SANFL competition has been compromised ever since 1991, with results of several matches being determined by who and how many AFL players drop back into SANFL teams, whether they play finals etc, so a change to that must occur at some stage. This process has reached a frustration point among most clubs and a new set of rules must be determined that will improve the current situation for the SANFL clubs. Like the AFL clubs, we too want what is best for us, and the current system is not that. The 'AFL Reserves' decision will need to take into account what is best for football in South Australia, including our development zones, junior development, financial sustainability of clubs and competition at the highest level it can be. If some of our members and supporters do not wish to support an NAFC which will be made up of only NAFC players for the first time since 1990, regardless of where the AFL Reserves play, would be very disappointing. At the moment, no decision has been made, in fact we have not met with the AFL clubs even once, and I believe the debate will not progress until the AFL licences are sorted out. So, not much to report at this time. In any case, I urge all of our supporters to hang on and stay with us. We're working hard to be the best club we can be on and off the field, so Prospect will be an exciting place to be.
Chris
Can anyone explain how we either kicked into the man on the mark or got spoiled over 10 times on the weekend? Just observation skill error or anomaly? BTW what a win best day at prospect for ages!!!! That was a one in 5 year game every supporter went off!!!
Football Operations
Definitely a player decision making error. The players were told to play on at every opportunity and it looked like they were rushing their possessions. West Adelaide are very good at frontal pressure and it did take a long time for us to adjust. This was mentioned in the post game review and it is an area that we need to improve. It was definitely a win to remember.
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Bulby
Fantastic win yesterday. I have been going to Prospect for nearly 40 years and this hard fought win was probably the best i have seen. My question surrounds the loose player in defence, especially when we play West. Why do we play the loose man in defence? West Adelaide play that negative type game very well where they place one loose in defence and it hurt us in last years prelim and for 3 and a half quarters yesterday. If our loose man went forward and negated theirs, then they need to try something else. I am not sure if West went on the attack in the last 10 minutes yesterday to kill us off and stopped the flood or if North changed it around a bit but all of a sudden, but we looked potent which is generally not the case against West. What changed?
Football Operations
It was a fantastic win. The loose man in defence is used to defend against the game plan of West (and also Norwood). They like to drag everyone up the field and use their foot skills to get in behind the defenders and kick over the top to space. The spare is able to defend the area and pick up any players that get goal side of their direct opponent. Regarding the last 10 minutes, we feel that our skill level improved and our intent to move the ball on quicker enabled us to find space and not allow West to set up and defend our forward 50 area. We got some momentum and our goal kicking which has been an issue over the past 2 weeks was excellent when required late in the game.
Jeff
Was a disappointing result yesterday cos we had so much of the ball thru the midfield but did not seem to be able to take it all the way cos of Port's tactics (and pressure)across our backline but also our inaccurate goalshooting, poor delivery (not all caused by pressure), poor leading and just bad play (eg two shots for goal that were marked on the goalline with not one of our players in site - both from players who you might have thought would make the distance), Some of this you would not see from junior footballers yet somehow we managed it. Is this a coaching issue or just poor concentration or some other issue (or a combination) which needs quick rectification?
Football Operations
Was disappointing. We need to do everything right to be a successful football team and we went away from what makes us a good side. It is an even competition and each opponent presents a different challenge. We need to tidy up all areas that you have mentioned and perform to the high standards that we set for the first 6 games. Take nothing away from the Port Magpies - they outplayed us on the weekend.
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Dave
IHi there, After the poor performance today I'm sure there are many things to question however the one that really concerned me was the number of times we had a shot for goal yet no forward was standing in the goal square. This allowed Port to easily mark two balls uncontested that fell short and two were touched when a forward could have a least attempted to shepherd the ball through. This proved costly so I would be interested to know if this is a coaching call or poor organistaion by our forwards? I'm sure when you watch the game as part of your assessment you will see the examples I'm referring to.
Football Operations
This comes down to bad organisation on the forwards behalf. When we have a shot on goal the team structure/rule is for players to set up the zone for a kick in but there should always be one player on the line to shepherd or compete for the ball if it does fall short, get smothered etc. This summed up our game on the weekend with our playing group expecting things to happen. The other expectation is that the player having the shot on goal inside 50 metres should (at this level) score from this position.
Jeff McMahon (aka 'The Cocks')
Sunday games are most inconvenient; and more often than not it's to cater for these port mob so the poor darlings can have their cake and eat it too. I realise it's their home game but am so pleased that they won't be getting their way for our home game on 20th July - OR WILL THEY?!
Administration
Hi Jeff, We understand that Sunday games do not suite everyone, but they are great for people who have sporting commitments, work etc on Saturdays. Our home game against them will be held on a Saturday. Thanks for your feedback.
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Bret
Is there a reason Chad OSullivan can only kick 20m metres on the run when kicking to a team mate but 40m any where around goals?
Greg Gallman
Hi Bret, Thanks for your great question. Firstly I often contemplate how can a person like Chad, with such short limbs, kick over 20metres in the first place-the wonders of biomechanics will always amaze me. An easy cynical answer is that Chad is a true forward at heart and would probably prefer to save his petrol tickets for a kick that can result in a goal towards his name. But that couldn't be the case.... I can think of a couple of specific plays where North were transitioning quickly from defence and a long kick for the forwards to run onto was required and 'The Rig' couldn't quite get the distance on his kick to get over the defenders. To be fair to the man affectionately known around the club as Lieutenant Dan, he didn't make the ideal contact with the footy and the ball didn't quite get the '7iron trajectory' that Josh continually asks for at training. I can guarantee that the Chad has the long enough kick on him and will have to put it down to fatigue and pressure from the opponents. Greg PS -Come to think of it, the short 20m kick always adds the chance for a handball receive to pad the stats with, I think we might be onto something here Bret
smithy
I won the raffle on Saturday and had a nice breakfast in Prospect on Wednesday, after collecting the prize, with Macka (aka ' the cocks') where we reminisced on the great day we all had at the footy on Saturday plus our colts days while playing for the Roosters in the 60s. Another good win by the boys. Congrats to all players and thanks for the raffle organisers. Big year ahead.
Administration
Hi Smithy, Thanks for writing in. We are glad you enjoyed your prize and congratulations on winning!
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Jeff McMahon (aka 'The Cocks')
How do you pick a best player after Saturday's excellent team effort against the Eagles?
Administration
Everyone played very well. It was a great team effort and we are all very proud of the boys!
peter
ROOSTER RAFFLE, was is won? We were over by the scoreboard and could not hear a thing from the PA system. Crowd attendance, started off looking poor, but added through the game. What was the final head count, we seem to be having good crowds at home.
Administration
Hi Peter, The winning raffle ticket is yet to be collected. The winning number was 36806 . Attendance on Saturday was 3131. So a really good turn out! Hopefully it stays like this all year! Thanks
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Tony
The new feature on the website "Tubby's Tales" is a great initiative and who knew Tubby had a sense of humour! In all seriousness, and I am sure I speak on behalf of most members / supporters, the NAFC website is by far and away the best in the SANFL. The fact we have this forum "The Virtual Runner" to ask questions, log complaints etc. and get timely and open answers from all at the club is great. Well done to all in Admin at Prospect and special thanks to Megan for all the great work with the website!
Football Operations
Thanks Tony. We appreciate your ongoing support and it's great to get some good feedback.
Tony
I have had this idea floating around in my mind for some time and felt it was time to get some feed back to see if my idea is feasible. League coaches often wish they had a fourth person sitting on the bench. Well my idea is to promote a player who has already played at least 50% of the reserves game and played at least 15minutes of the last quarter. The reason being some clubs would sit a player in the dug out for the whole last quarter to save him for the main game. This idea is to help if 3 injuries occur during the main game and the players are definitely unable to return to the game. The idea would need some fine-tuning but could work. It would give the SANFL.something to think about.
CEO
Thanks Tony. The reality is that not all the Clubs want 4 on the bench at present (we are in favour of having 4 on the bench), and until the Clubs are in favour, we'll stay with 3. However, I think you may be on the right track, or as they do in the VFL, play an under 18 as a spare player on the bench in case of injury issues, therefore not impacting on salary cap etc.
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Jeff Mcmahon (aka 'The Cocks')
The current membership (2393) is looking better every day, Would be great if it reaches 2500 by mid-season. It behoves all current members to publicise and promote the club at every opportunity.
Administration
Thanks Jeff, We hope that it reaches the 2500 mark too!
Keith Jones
Here's one from left field. With future possible changes to the SANFL teams if the AFL choose to send Adelaide Crows and Port Power reserves to the VFL, can the SANFL bring in 3 SA country teams (eg from Southern League or elsewhere) into the competition, to have a 10 team competition ? It would sort out the issue of byes and it might also stem the drift of NAFC players to the country and Amateur Adelaide League teams. Clearly, much consultation with other leagues would need to occur; however, I'm passionate about seeing the continuation of a healthy SAFL and NAFC.
Administration
Thanks for your email.That is definitely something to look at!
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Dugldo
Looking forward to seeing Tim Delvins back in the red and white. It is said adversity is character building. Well Tim's must be very well built by now. All the best Tim.
Football Operations
Thanks for your message. Everyone at North is very much looking to the return of Tim Delvins.
smithy
Great team effort on Saturday helped us to be "Lucky" again. Can you tell me when Delvins and Siggins will be on the park. Also the injury time for Gallman and Ivens. At last we seem to have some depth and the seconds also was a top game. Doing us proud this year.
Football Operations
It was a very good team performance on the weekend. Delvins and Siggins (barring injury) will be available after the state game bye. Gallman is approx. 9 weeks away and Luke Ivens is currently diagnosed as 3-5 weeks. Our depth has improved this year with the reserves developing some good young talent.
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Robert
Is the online scoreboard always commentated by the same person? Last weeks game had a distinctly different tone. Just curious.
Administration
Hi Robert, Thank you for writing in. The online scoreboard is always commentated by the same person. Thanks
Pete
Heard a Chinese whisper on Friday at Noarlungs that 3 very very good Under 18 players at a private school were told they were not wanted by North and not picked for last weeks game and played elsewhere.- (in the amatuers I think I was told) Harry Viney, Slee & another(?) Please tell me this is wrong info. We cannot afford to lose talent at this age - no matter the circumstances.
Administration
They players were not chosen for NAFC as the players themselves chose not to play for North on Sat April 13. The school had two trial matches that week, on the Wednesday (April 10) and the Friday (April 12). Their Coach informed us they had only to play one of the two trial matches as George Hewett, and Campbell Combe did - the reason Campbell and George were both available this weekend. By not choosing to play only the one trial we could not consider them on Sat April 13 as they would have been playing 3 games in 4 days. They were unavailable on Sat April 20 as they had a trip to Melbourne. We saw no reason to drop 4 players for them on Saturday April 27 (remember at this stage the Under 18's are unbeaten) as the College program starts next Saturday. In fact the next game they play for us will be on Sat June 8. The players were well aware of the situation before they chose to play the two school games. My understanding is they will all make themselves available on June 8 the three games during the July school holidays,(although one has already advised he will overseas during this time) and be available the last game of the year when the college program finishes
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George Telfer
What was the highest score kicked in ONE ,match by Ken Farmer
Greg Gallman
Hi George, I have spoken with the History Committee and found out that Ken Farmers highest score kicked in one game was 23 goals and 6 points! This match was against Woodville West Torrens in 1940 and played on Prospect Oval! Thanks
smithy
It was my understanding that a player was not allowed to intentionally handball through his own goals when not under pressure to register a point and allow time for the kick out. The incident in the last quarter when a West player blatantly did this surely should have resulted in a free kick to us. Am I correct or have they changed the rules again?
Football Operations
The rule is as follows; 15.7 Free Kicks - Deliberate Rushed Behind 15.7.1 - A free kick shall be awarded against a player from the defending team who intentionally kicks, handballs or forces the football over the attacking team's goal line or onto one of the attacking team's goal posts. In assessing whether the free kick should be awarded under the law, the field umpire shall give benefit of the doubt to the defender.
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Dave from Stirling
Hi guys Gutsy effort on Friday night against the "Floods" (spelling is correct). Our first quarters don't seem to be all that great yet, but our third quarters have been awesome!!! A very frustrating last qtr though with the missed set shots - we only have ourselves to blame for that loss though I thought the umpiring went as close to costing us the game as I've ever seen. (best not respond to this bit!!! ; -) ) Some goal kicking practice during the week should have us back on track. Any chance of changing next weeks game to somewhere closer to town? Cheers, Dave
Football Operations
Totally agree with your goal kicking assessment. We played well enough to win, we just need to finish off in front of goal. We have started games slowly this year. Our second halves have been impressive. Hopefully we can find the answer to a quick start so we can gain the early advantage in the games ahead. Unfortunately we can't move the game - on the positive side, it is the only time we have to travel South this year!!
Grenvilles Boots
A better first half would have seen us win against West. Will North complain about the very poor standard of one particular umpire? Shockingly inconsistent with the worst part being warding a free kick to West after I think a perfect tackle, no where neAr head high. Anyway, thanks for letting me vent. Onwards to the next game, Go Roosters!
Football Operations
The only poor standard I will comment on is our kicking for goal from a set shot. The umpires didn't lose us the game.
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Trav
Hi skip, I have a light hearted question to pose. Who do you consider the most 'annoying' of your team mates? Anybody fancy themselves as a prankster?
Greg Gallman
Hi Trav, thanks for your message. Easy answer for that one! The first name that came to mind was Lewis Johnston. The minute he steps into the rooms his mischievous side takes over, stirring any player (or staff member) he can find. This is never an ideal time to be caught vulnerable mid ice bath. He also spends the majority of training launching torpedoes at unsuspecting players 60m away-with freakish accuracy I might add. Watching over most of the change room shenanigans we have Ben Williams, who is running the fines system this year. Along with his debt collector, Eljay Connors, 'Dog' is quick to sting players with fines for all sorts of pranks and mishaps. Having characters like these is always good to keep spirits high, no matter the weekend's results. Greg
Phil
I have noticed that Kyall Renshaw and Jordan Wilson-King haven't played for a week or 2 - are they injured?
Football Operations
Kyall Renshaw has left the club. Kyall wasn't enjoying his football and the time commitments that are required to play at this level. Jordan Wilson-King has returned home to Darwin and at this stage it looks likely that he will play football there this season.
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jimbo
why dose it take so long to get latest up dates and match reports
Football Operations
Hi Jimbo, Ideally the weekly update will be available Monday afternoon. Unfortunately over the last two weeks we have had injury issues (surgery), tribunal and other urgent matters which have taken priority due to time restraints. The update for this week will be up today. Thanks.
Statsman
I noticed on the SANFL website that Michael Clinch been reported for Rough Conduct. Please tell us that is wasn't due to the fantastic tackle he put on Luke Crane during the third quarter? Watching the replay it was a simple accidental head clash but a great tackle that brought the Roosters crowd to its feet.
CEO
Michael Clinch has been reported for his head high contact on their ruckman Nick Pearce. That incident took place in the south eastern pocket, where Pearce had to come off. The Crane incident was not discussed.
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swanny
Sam Siggins not on the crows injured list and not named for the roosters this weekend. Where is he ?
Administration
Sam Siggins has a foot injury which needs to settle. He is a week to week proposition at the moment. We are all keen to see Sam take to the field when he is given the all clear from the Crows medical staff.
Agile
Following on from Daves comment , would the AFL reserves team fill the gap of the bye in the draw. The highest ranked club play the SANFL league side and Port play the reserves side.
Administration
Andrew, that might be an option but until the Crows and Power present to the SANFL and all the clubs, all suggestions are hypothetical.
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Paul
With the sudden rapid departure of Aaron Young to the Port Magpies (and Butcher last year) it leads me to wonder if Port Power is in a position to virtually establish a reserves side through the Port Magpies. Does the S.A.N.F.L. impose.any restriction on the number of Power listed players on Port Adelaide Magpies player list? Is the Power able to entice its listed players to defect to Port Adelaide Magpies?
CEO
There are no restrictions on how many AFL listed players play for any of the SANFL clubs. Although recent player movements do suggest that the Power are keen to get their players to the Magpies immediately there is something to base it on (a la Young named in our Reserves followed by an instant request to transfer him to the Magpies...), we will continue to rely on the SANFL and the rules and regulations which govern this type of action to ensure the integrity of the competition is maintained.
Fraser
I am disgusted with the Power's decision to transfer Aaron Young to Port Magpies. This is just another reason why Port Power and Port Magpies should have no association with each other. How was the decision to transfer Aaron Young to the Magpies rather than any other club brought about? This is just another way for Port Power to strengthen the Magpies and thereby rig the competition in their favour. Seriously not happy!!!!!
Football Operations
Fraser, completely agree that the attitude, character and personalities of the 4 leaders chosen do tick all the boxes that the coaching staff were looking for. Each add something different and play the game the way that Josh likes. Greg Gallman is an outstanding individual on and off the field and is a perfect role model for our young squad. He was the standout choice as Captain.
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Chris
Why do we continually select power players on from mini draft and then get burnt by port. How many times have they taken them as emergencies, refused to let them play in finals etc. Thank god we selected a crows player last year. We never have any issues with them?!
CEO
Cheers Chris, difficult one to comment on from here, but I understand our supporters frustration.
Dave
Greg, Sad to hear about Aaron moving on as he certainly has talent and this year could well be a break-out season. With Port Magpies simply receving him as part of the Powers power is there any compensation to NAFC for losing him? Perhaps as he is an employee of the Power we wouldn't expect any financial compensation but more the simple loss of a player (especially when club and player were happy to contiue)? Makes you question why you would want to pick any Power player in the internal mini-draft.
CEO
Disappointing to have Aaron moved on. Not a lot to add, the system is a hard one at times.
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Jeff
Hello, fantastic win on Saturday! I wasn't able to see any of the match but have had a look at the stats and noticed Chad O'Sullivan had a quiet night. Was he sidelined for any particular reason, or was it just one of those games? Similarly, was there anything to come out of Greg's injury, or was it just bad luck? Pass on my best wishes to Greg.
Football Operations
Jeff, Chad's game time was diminished due to Max Thring spending most of the night in the midfield with his role on James Boyd affecting our rotations. Chad was rotating between a small forward role and on the bench. He will get more opportunities this week against Sturt and we are confident that he will make a strong contribution for the team.
Dave
Well done to the boys on Saturday. Hope Greg is back playing soon. It seems almost certain that the Crows and Power will have reserves teams in our competition next year. Like most people I have what I beleive would be a workable solution. Let the two teams play against the local sides but not for premiership points. The local teams would still play for points should they win and the AFL reserves teams would still get a game. They would be played in the position the senior wants and be coached in their game plan.The draw to make it fair to all could eaisaly be worked out.
CEO
Thanks Dave, we are hoping Greg's recovery is smooth and positive too. Regards AFL reserves teams, there will be much commentary on this over the next few months and it will be an emotive time with some clearly against it and others for it. Thanks for offering a potential solution, however, unless the SANFL Clubs support it, not much will happen.
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John
Get well soon Greg.
Greg Gallman
Thanks John!
nat
Hi What an awesome start to the season, unfortunately I was working but followed the live online scoreboard. I have a really good feeling this year and beleive that we can do something really special this year. Well done to all the boys keep up the great work, remember, efforts are rewarded.
Greg Gallman
Thanks, Nat. We are very excited for the rest of the 2013 season also!
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Dugldo
After the disrespect shown to our club by port in not allowing players to play in the finals, North should not feel obligated to select their listed blokes in our league team unless it is viewed to be to our advantage. It would be a shame to see men who have trained and performed well in the pre-season miss out, as well as possibly upsetting our playing style.
Football Operations
The coaching staff will select the best side possible from the players available. Due to our short injury list to start the season, positions in the side are very tight. I understand it is hard to leave out players that have trained with us all pre season but there are already some unlucky players who have missed out (Keller, Kangur, Amato, C.Craig) We are confident that the team selected will put in a good showing tomorrow night.
Jeff mcMahon (aka 'The Cocks')
In a few weeks we meet the Bloods at Richmond Oval for a night game under lights. Has the club any say in when this game should be played because,quite frankly, it is an insult to subject the players AND the patrons to such substandard lighting. The Parade is the best of the lot and even that's bordering on sub-standard. At Richmond,if the play is on any of the flanks there's a possibility of seeing the ball but anything down the corridor, goal to goal, is like playing/watching under moonlight! This is unacceptable for this level of competition!
Administration
Hi Jeff, All lighting at SANFL ovals have to meet a certain standard. The actual lighting at all grounds is fine for the players but I agree that it can be hard to see when spectating at times.
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Dugldo
Brian Fenton was not named in trials last week or on injury list. Is he still with us?
Administration
Hi , Brian Fenton has not left the club. He has signed with a local club where a few of his mates play as a back up option. We are comfortable with his signing with a lower level club. Brian has had a shocking run with his knee injury which has troubled him through the whole pre season. He is on a club advised rehabilitation program which currently is all about strengthening the knee area. Brian hasn't resumed running yet and will be guided by the club medicos and his own feel about how quickly he can push forward. The priority for all involved is to make sure that we get Brian feeling confident in his body again. There is a possibility he may not play at all this season. We hope to see Brian's talents back on the field in the future and the club will help him through the rehabilitation road ahead.
Pete
There is an article in this weeks Victor Times that Brian Fenton is going to play for Willunga. Is this true and has anyone else left the club in the last few weeks?.
Administration
Hi , Brian Fenton has not left the club. He has signed with a local club where a few of his mates play as a back up option. We are comfortable with his signing with a lower level club. Brian has had a shocking run with his knee injury which has troubled him through the whole pre season. He is on a club advised rehabilitation program which currently is all about strengthening the knee area. Brian hasn't resumed running yet and will be guided by the club medicos and his own feel about how quickly he can push forward. The priority for all involved is to make sure that we get Brian feeling confident in his body again. There is a possibility he may not play at all this season. We hope to see Brian's talents back on the field in the future and the club will help him through the rehabilitation road ahead.
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Mick
I I have held off renewing my membership, as the entry of a Cows reserve team into the SANFL will compromise our great competition and there will be no further point in attending matches in the future. I have no interest in the invading Victorian league and it's two local Quisling teams. What is the position of the NAFC on AFL reserves in our competition?
CEO
Very disappointing that our supporters will not support us this season or in future based on some comments by an opposition coach on AFL reserves. We have a well known strong position against the AFL reserves in our competition.
Dugldo
Great to see our anthem on the new stubby holders. My grandchildren will read and sing along with the rest of the family. Go Roosters!.
Administration
Thanks, we think that it looks great too! Go Roosters!
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Dave
Hi all just like to say congrats to the club for putting on a great launch yesterday. Especially to Megan for the arranging and the players who were very interactive with the kids and members. My two boys loved the day and the various events you put on and we are all looking forward to what promises a good season. Good luck fellas.
Administration
We are glad your boys had a great day, we think the players enjoyed it just as much!
Rob
There has been much discussion regarding reserves teams for the Adelaide based AFL clubs, specifically in what competition they will compete. I'm aware of the views of NAFC of admitting AFL reserves teams to the SANFL league competition and agree with these views. My concern is that the SANFL will be bullied by the AFL into including these teams in the competition. As I see it, football support in this state appears to be polarized between the SANFL and AFL and the commentary on supporter websites suggests that there is very little backing for this proposal, i.e. allowing Adelaide and Port Adelaide reserves teams in the SANFL league competition. Can there be any guarantees that if the majority of the clubs oppose this proposal the AFL can't or won't enforce it.
CEO
We can't guarantee anything at this stage, as the SANFL clubs haven't yet been brought into the loop on the argument of AFL reserves, we don’t know what the AFL wants, or what the options are, negatives, positives etc. I guess this argument will become clearer over the next few months, when we may see the AFL clubs present some information to the SANFL clubs so their positions are clear and decisions can be made. Until then, we can only based our views on the little we know, which is well known.
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Scott
When are we likely to see Sam Siggins play for us?
Football Operations
Sam Siggins played in the reserves last weekend against the Port Magpies. Sam unfortunately hurt his foot and has been sidelined for this weekend's game. His return date is to be confirmed by the Adelaide Football Club.
Tony
The new look jumper and shorts combo looks great however hate to be picky but the socks are a different red than the jumper, more of a maroon colour? That just detracts slightly from the overall look. Will the socks be changed to a lighter red?
CEO
Thanks Tony, I agree, the new uniform looked great. You're right, the socks are a slightly darker colour, which we chose over a few lighter red options. None of the colours offered were the same as the guernsey colour, so we chose the darker colour. As you know, we have 'lightened' the guernsey colour back to the traditional 1970's red, and the darker socks actually match the guernsey colour from last year!. This year, we’ll stay in the darker socks, but we will look to develop a colour which matches the new guernsey colour for next year (which wasn’t available this year).
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Ted Winslow
Last year I watched the development of Andrew Catford, Sam De Leonardis and Matthew De Nieuwe. I was hoping to see that development continue. All are strong boys with a bit of height as well. But I notice that none of them were included in the numbers allocated to the players on the web site. Surely they are still at the club. What has happened to them? Could you tell me a little bit about Trent Melville. I dont believe he was at the club last Year.
Football Operations
Sam DeLeonardis and Andrew Catford are training with the Under 18 program as overage players. They have completed the pre season and are up for selection this weekend. Matthew DeNieuwe has left the club. He had evening work commitments which didn't allow him to train regularly. Trent Melville is a 20 year old who we invited to pre season this year from Tea Tree Gully where he played an important part in their Division 2 premiership last season. Trent has good athletic qualities, good speed and has a competitive edge to his football. He will play in the reserves this weekend and will wear the number 48 guernsey.
Henry
The club juniors imerging are looking very impressive. It would be great to see some more roosters enter in the AFL as it would attract more good players to the club. But it would also be great if they stayed at the club so the boys could get some more premierships. What players are draft prospects? Any more Sam Mayes in the top 10? Spina? Harvey? Combe?
Football Operations
We have a very good group of juniors coming through over the next few seasons. We currently have 7 players in the State Under 18 program. Alex Spina Mitch Harvey Campbell Combe George Hewett Liam Jacka Sam Wundke Cameron Sandercock Alex Spina is currently in Europe with the AIS/AFL Academy. Hopefully a few of these players produce a good season to give themselves a chance to get drafted at the end of the season. Michael McMahon, Jake Liston, Nick Amato, Cameron Craig and George Hannaford are five 19 year olds to keep your eyes on this year.
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Cameron
For once in my Rooster supporting life, I actually have no idea on how the team is going to go this season. I mean its going to be difficult to cofer the losses of Allan, Currie, Bennett, Allers, Clisby and Mayes. So who are the next crop to step and say 'hey I'm a superstar'??? And what are the expectations for season 2013 as I (and I'm sure a lot of others are) wondering how we are going and what we're expecting out of this season.
Football Operations
Hi Cameron, With the quality of outs from season 2012, the season ahead is intriguing to all of us. We are confident that the players we have recruited will play a role and we will have a different look to us. It is nearly impossible to replace players like Allan, Bennett and Alleway who have made significant contributions over their careers. We feel that with some improvement from within the playing list and the new players arriving, we can continue to improve and compete on a weekly basis. Players who have impressed over the pre season that we are looking to take the next step are Max and George Thring, Jay Shannon, Kriston Thompson and Greg Gallman is the ideal choice as Captain with the way he goes about his football. Our expectation is that we continue to progress forward and deliver a consistent, competitive effort each week.
Jeff
When is the player list on the website going to be updated? Is it possible to get an interview with the coach on the website - eg expectations for 2013, new players to watch, existing players that have improved, playing style to expect, views about our relationships with the Crows and the Power, state of the SANFL etc
Football Operations
Player photos are being taken on Monday night (4th March)... so not long after that. We shall work on getting an interview with the coach for the website. For members he has written an article for the Season Preview document coming out in March and will be addressing the members at our Season Launch day on the 24th March.
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Ted Winslow
Are Armstrong Davey Cumming White Schahinger Hill Buckley and Fenton still at the club? What players are still carrying injuries and when are they likely to play? Has the club recruited any new players since last announced? Are Mitchell Harvey and Alex Spina available for senior selection throughout the year or have they college commitments? Which Under 18 players from last year are putting their hands up for senior selection? Who are the ruck candidates?
Football Operations
Armstrong, Davey, Schahinger, Hill and Fenton are still at the club. Cumming, White and Buckley are not with the club for season 2013. George Thring and Greg Gallman have been on modified programs and are on track to play in our last trial game against the Eagles. Tim Delvins is close to resuming full training and his expected return is round 8. Mitchell Harvey and Alex Spina are both available for senior selection at stages through the year. Mitch is still at St Peters and will juggle club, college and state under 18 commitments. Alex goes overseas in late March with the AIS/AFL for 3 weeks then will juggle state under 18 and club football. Campbell Combe has had a good pre season. The Under 18 players that played seniors last year that are pushing for league selection are Nick Amato, Jake Liston, Cameron Craig, Michael McMahon and George Hannaford. James Craig will lead the rucks. Other candidates include Daniel Archer, Matthew Westhoff, Todd Miles, Kyall Renshaw and Justin Schahinger.
ian
When and where are our trial games?
Football Operations
All the information can be found here... http://www.nafc.com.au/news/p3741.aspx
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Terry
when will the new players photos be included in the senior players photos?
CEO
Hi Terry They will all be updated when we take the new photos around March. We are waiting for the new Guernseys to arrive. Stay tuned.
Jason
Have the SANFL ever considered having 2 runners per team as in the AFL due to the speed of the game ever increasing?
Football Operations
This has been discussed by the clubs and the SANFL and whilst it may be something for the future, it was generally seen as not required at the moment.
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Paul
Enjoyed the new player interviews very much, thanks for posting them.
Administration
Your welcome. Will do some more in the coming weeks.
Hendo
When will the 2013 captain be appointed?
Football Operations
Josh and the coaching staff will monitor the group over the pre season program. With the majority of our leadership group departing from last season, there are opportunities for players to show their leadership qualities. Would expect that an announcement won't be made until close to the start of the official season. Darryl Wintle
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Michael
How are our ruck stocks looking for 2013?? Is there likey to be the annoucement of any further recruits before the start of the season??? GO ROOSTERS!!!!!
Football Operations
James Craig, Kyle Renshaw & Justin Schahinger are our ruck options for season 2013. Daniel Archer will be used as a backup option during games. At this stage our squad is settled for season 2013. Our new recruits offer good versatility & competitiveness to the playing list. Darryl Wintle
Simon
Happy New Year to you all! Any chance we can avoid games clashing with the Crows this year? I hate to miss seeing the Roosters but as we pay a small fortune to watch the Crows, which I also enjoy, the choice is made! Surely regular time clashes can be avoided? Any chance we will ever see night footy at Prospect? Cheers
Administration
We do clash with the Crows at AAMI a couple of times, but overall we avoid them as much as the program can allow. The match programming process is difficult, and the key component for the League is to try and avoid AFL clashes as much as possible, especially Crows matches at AAMI. Regards night footy at Prospect Oval, I would never say never. Not a short priority project, but if or when the opportunity arises later on, we would take a good look at it. Greg Edwards
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Dave from Stirling
G'day guys and Merry Christmas. I'm not wanting to get too excited but I noticed the Member's badge and bumper sticker shows the 1970's "V", and what with the new training tank tops I'm starting to think. Regardless of what "V" we get next year, is it possible to get in higher up on the guernsey? I realise the need for sponsors' logos and all that, but currently the bottom of the "V" is almost if not under the top of the shorts. I believe it looks better higher on the guernsey and think it's more so for the 70's model. This, of course, is only my opinion and I'm by no means a fashionista, I just love my Roosters. Cheers, Dave
Administration
Yes, we are increasing the visibility of the big V as a key part of our branding. And, we will be adopting the big V for our guernsey for 2013 (much higher up, as per the '70's style). We have placed it on our new membership stickers, pre-season training outfits, badges and also upon key NAFC publications like our Corporate Partnership brochures. We know some supporters will like it and other may not, but we hope many supporters will feel a bit of NAFC tradition as we unveil our 2013 uniform early next year. Greg Edwards
mark howson
what has happened to rhys okeefe is he still at carlton
Football Operations
Rhys is contracted at Carlton for next season. Darryl Wintle
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Tony
A couple of questions re a recent twitter message from the Advertiser: (1) I understand the SANFL has realigned the zones and we have lost some of our North-Eastern section but picked up Devon Park? Can you please advise us what we have lost and gained? (2) Suggestions the SANFL draw will not have clubs playing each other twice plus a rotated 3rd game against 4 clubs as has been case for recent years? Talk is the league is looking at an AFL style draw re maximising attendances re more match ups of the bigger drawing clubs - is that correct and what does the picture look like for us re draw in 2013 and beyond?
CEO
The SANFL Boundaries Commission has drafted a new zone structure based on the recent census information and the number of 10 - 19 year old boys in those areas. At this point, we have lost a small section of Greenwith and Hope Valley to Norwood, and gained a small section along Devonport Terrace at Devon Park from the Eagles. Overall, at this draft stage, we will have around 200 less boys in our metro zone than we currently do. Some other clubs have lost much more, and others have gained (as per The Advertiser report this morning). We are still evaluating the changes and will report back to the SANFL by 10 December with any issues. The draft draw for 2013 does have an emphasis on maximizing attendances, especially for the early rounds where most matches will be played under lights in the good weather (hopefully). With the cricket season and as we don’t have the night game capability at Prospect, we will start our season with an away game in round 2 (round 1/Easter weekend bye). We will still play every team either 2 or 3 times as in the past, however the routine rotations will change to accommodate a program which will try and maximize crowds. This will mean we may play the same team either 2 or 3 times in consecutive seasons. This programming will be monitored throughout the year, and its success or otherwise will be measured and reviewed. Our 2013 draw looks OK, however we are in discussions about a couple things we would like to change.
craig
what is the progress with injured players from this year ie cunningham and delvins
Administration
Tim Delvins - progressing well from knee surgery. On track to play approx. round 8 Luke Davey - knee. Starting to run with the main group with light skills. Ben Williams - knee. Training with main group. Brian Fenton - knee. Is in the rehab group after surgery. Expected to start training with the main group in January. There are several other players in the rehab group at this time of the year for various reasons, but all are expected to be fine for the start of the 2013 season. Damian Cunningham - hamstring. Damian has decided to have a year off after battling hamstring injuries for over 18 months. Will Paley - Achilles. Will has decided not to continue next season. His body has let him down consistently over the last 2 years and he is not making any progress with his current injury. Darryl Wintle
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John
Good news about the recruits and the new members of the coaching panel, but are those new coaches in addition the the current ones or are some of this years coaching panel moving on.
Administration
We are delighted with the new additions to our coaching staff. We have 1 more assistant coach next year which will allow for more feedback to the playing group. Matthew Slade will stay as the League assistant coach (forward line) for season 2013 and Craig Brooks will continue to coach the Reserves. Mick Redden has moved aside for next season due to travel and time commitments. Mick will still help out in a smaller capacity throughout the year with developing tall players that we have at the club. Darryl Wintle
Doug (Dugldo)
Well done with recruiting. Is there any news regarding Eljay Connors brother?
Football Operations
Daniel Connors has decided to stay in Melbourne. He is set up in Melbourne with a partner, work, friends and is looking to play football in the VFL. Darryl Wintle
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Simon
Great recruiting and coaching appointments. I am looking forward to seeing it all come together for next year. Cheers!
Football Operations
The 2013 playing/coaching squad is starting to take shape. Pre season has started and the players are working hard to prepare themselves for the 2013 campaign. Darryl Wintle
Terry
congratulations to Sam and Daniel will miss you both good luck for the future
CEO
Yes, both will be missed, great young fella's around the club too. Daniel sent me a text message after the draft to thank the NAFC for giving him an opportunity and having an environment which enabled him to get the best out of himself. That sums up Daniel Currie the person. Greg Edwards
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nat
Hi Congrats to sam and daniel for being picked up in the draft, but my concern as an avid north supporter is that we have had so many players retire, leave etc we have a big gaping hole in our team for 2013, and especially considering the top quality of the players that have left. I can only hope that the club can and will do some serious recruiting so we can have a competitive team to field in 2013
Football Operations
Great news for Daniel and Sam on getting picked in the AFL draft last night. We have anticipated that we would lose these 2 players through our conversations with recruiting managers. It is obvious that we have some holes that we need to fill. We have been active with our recruiting and we will announce some new players for season 2013 early next week now that the draft is completed. Darryl Wintle
James
When does pre-season training start and where will the lads be training on what nights?
Football Operations
Pre season training starts this Friday night (23rd November) with a fitness testing session at the Adelaide Uni Loop. Training schedule pre Christmas is as follows; Monday nights - Prospect Oval Wednesday nights - Greenacres Football Club (bottom oval) All Friday nights are at Greenacres Football Club (bottom oval) except for the 7th December we will be at Max Basheer Reserve. All training sessions will start at 5:30pm. Darryl Wintle
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Shannon Morrissey
Interesting poll that the club is running regarding the preferred guernsey. I think it is time to return to the candy stripe, even if only as the away strip. I and many others from my generation have grown up with fond memories of this guernsey. Hopefully the Club can give something back to the supporters of this era, as well as maintaining the V as the home strip in respect for those supporters from earlier eras. To me it is important to display our history and previous success through our current guernsey.
Football Operations
There seems to be an preference for the 1971/72 traditional big 'V', and we have had several requests for the club to look at getting back into a guernsey which represents passion and success. Personally, as many already know, I really like that guernsey, white shorts and socks combination. The traditional big 'V' needs to be part of our strength and brand, and it's absolutely unique among SANFL Clubs. Greg Edwards
Jeff McMahon (aka 'The Cocks')
Well done, James Bennett. If your commitment and endeavour on the playing field is carried over into the court room ( or chambers, if that is the case) you'll make an honest and commendable lawyer. Good Luck, Jeff McMahon
Administration
Hi Jeff Thank you for the message. I have greatly enjoyed my three years here at North Adelaide and appreciate the opportunity to play with some great players and work with outstanding coaches and support staff. I've learned a lot about football and life and leave with a lot more knowledge than when I arrived. In many ways I am sad to be leaving the club and friends, but life is taking me in a new direction and I'm looking forward to being closer to my family, finishing my university degree and moving on to the next phase. I have been really humbled by the support and well-wishes I've received in the past few weeks and that shows what a special club this is. Thanks James Bennett
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David
Hi Darryl, With the recent departures of three of our best players, are you able to give us some rough summary as to where our recruiting efforts are up to - I know its very early in the scheme of things, but after a solid finish to this year I hope we will be well placed to press on again next year! PS: Thanks to Clinton, Jimmy and James for their service and some great memories! Jimmy and James were my 6 year olds favourite players but he is handling their leaving better than I am it seems!
Football Operations
We are currently in the process of contacting potential recruits which we feel will compliment our current list. We are at different stages with these players. With the trade period extending to 3 weeks this year there is uncertainty for an extended time which all clubs have to deal with. We understand the hole that has been left through the mentioned players and we hope to collectively replace them with a group of suitable players as they will be very hard to replace individually. I am sure there are a lot of junior rooster fans who will miss Jimmy, James and Clint. They are all class acts on and off the field. Darryl Wintle
Jeff
When might the club be in a position to provide a bit of positiveness to the members. Since the great win over Centrals it has been a bit depressing with losses on and off the field. I know that it is that time of the year but apart from the re-appointment of Josh it has been hard to retain/build much enthusiasm for 2013. That is not to deny the value of the majority of the playing group who are staying on rather to understand what is in process to support them in the replacement of key players that will not be around next year. It is also over 20 years since we have won a premiership and I am not getting any younger!
Administration
Since our win over Centrals, your right, there hasn’t been much we can present to the members on the football side. However, I can say that most of our key players have re-signed and committed to next season and we are working hard with the recruiting processes that need to take place in order to add quality to our list. This does not happen overnight as we know, but we are aware of the importance in ensuring we add quality players to our improving playing group. Greg Edwards
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John
What a season-early on i thought we were a chance to finish bottom.Well done to the playing group and coaches to finish 3rd-some amazingly skilfull football was witnessed in the 2 finals we won. Now- i believe it was no coincidence that the 2 teams that played in the G.F. recruited the best prior to the 2012 season so please give this task your highest priority as i know you will particularly in view of the players leaving.p.s.-your last 2 seasons have been great Benno-all the best.
Administration
It was an interesting season. We certainly displayed our best and worst at times during the season. It was clear all season that our best was more than competitive and you have to give the players a pat on the back for their efforts in the second half of the season. Recruiting has been high on the priority list since the season finished and we are working towards developing a strong playing list to keep the club competitive and improving. A lot of time will also be put into the development of the young players coming through our system. Darryl Wintle
chris smith
If one thing has emerged from our year it is that we must never again be reliant on AFL players. The very unethical decision of the Power to not allow their listed players to feature in the finals destroyed any chance we had due to our depth. Most of their development came through their games with us and they all had limited exposure in the afl. The Crows honored their commitment to the sanfl but we did not have replacements for the other boys. I appreciate Josh's relationship with the Power but feel they let him and us down badly. Recruit well and we look forward to next year.
Football Operations
Our best team was available at the end of the season and we had no Power player available from round 23 where we won 3 out of 5 games. We were disappointed with their unavailability but they are AFL listed players and the end decision is with the AFL club. As we are all aware from the media, the AFL clubs will more than likely have a reserves team with in 2 years which will take all AFL players out of the SANFL clubs. We are trying to build a squad with this in mind. Our preliminary final side only had 1 AFL listed player and that was James Craig who is a rookie and came through the junior ranks at North Adelaide. Darryl Wintle
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Brett
Might you care to explain to the supporters as to why your best forward wasnt replaced in the side with another forward? With all due respect to Greg there was no way you had a chance of beating the best defensive side in the league with no specialist centre half forward.
Football Operations
We felt that to beat West we needed to move the ball in transition quickly with run and carry. Johnny Boras was an option to replace Lewis Johnston but he had only completed 1 game in 12 weeks and his match fitness was not at a suitable level. With the west style of play you need to continuously push up the ground and work back which is taxing and requires a good fitness base. At the end of the day we were beaten by a better side on the day. If Lewis had of played we might of won, we might not of. Unfortunately we will never know the answer. Darryl Wintle
Lynette
Good evening Mr Edwards The SANFL/Stadium announcer at the Preliminary final on Sunday failed to acknowledge the retirement of James Allan and Clinton Alleway as they left the ground after the conclusion of this game. He did remember to acknowledge the Gowans the week before, and Cicolella the week before that. I have sent the SANFL a message to express my disappointment in this lack of respect to North Adelaide players - particularly Mr Allan who is a triple Magarey Medallist. We waited in vain after the match for the announcer's queue to celebrate these two great players from our Club. These two great players will both be very much missed and deserved better from the SANFL. I believe the NAFC should also make comment to the SANFL about this matter - it is not good enough.
CEO
We agree and will be taking this up with the SANFL. Greg Edwards
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Andrew
Gday James. A trully inspirering display on Sunday. There is not a Rooster supporter in the country who does not believe that you and the whole team that you skipper, can go all the way in 2012.. It is such a relief to finally see the fruits of all the hard work that has been put in by all over the last two years. We are all behind you and the team. Oh and how good was the backline? and the midfield and the forwards !!
James Allan
Thanks Andrew, I'm glad you enjoyed the boys' performance. I think it was the best we've played since I arrived here in 2007. We had a very even contribution across the board, which is what we have craved for a few years now. We as a playing group share your belief that we are as good as any other team when we play the right way, but we are certainly not getting carried away just yet. West Adelaide finished 3rd for a reason, and we are expecting a tough contest on Sunday. The support we have received from you supporters has been fantastic and we all look forward to seeing another 'Sea of Red' at AAMI Stadium this week! Cheers, Jimmy
Jeff
What a fantastic performance yesterday! One of the truly great days in the club's history and a very good turnout by the Rooster faithful. Just two more great performances to go. Well done to the playing group, the coaching group and all the support staff. A day to remember. In particular to Clint and Jimmy - great games. An inspiration in your personal performances to the rest of the team.
Football Operations
Thanks Jeff. Sunday was a case of all played well. Clint and Jimmy continue to make massive contributions. Clint with his 7 goals and strong presence in the forward half (could of kicked 8) and Jimmy with his relentless work rate while being heavily checked. His first half was exceptional. They are also important leaders who set the standard before the game. Bring on this Sunday. Darryl Wintle
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Paul
Just a sensational effort by all players on Sunday against Central Districts. Not a single passenger. I think the mix of players and their improvement is terrific and some of the hard calls on players made by the coaching staff during the year have been vindicated. North look much more imposing, balanced as a team and talented than two years ago and they are finally playing like a team. It's great to see the customary North Adelaide flair combined with the ability to shut down sides.
Football Operations
Was a great win on Sunday. The team has put together some impressive form over the last 2 months winning 7 of their last 9 games. They have a good understanding of their individual roles within the side and are working hard towards keeping the momentum they have built. Is exciting to see the brand of football that we are playing and we all look forward to the game against West Adelaide this Sunday at AAMI Stadium. Darryl Wintle
Doug (dugldo)
I expressed my concern during the year regarding the number of players leaving our club. I can only say now "I know nothing ". Well done all! The young guys have stood up. The guys from other mobs too. Shows we don't need players who are in and out of AFL to do well. Keep going, keep winning Cocks!
Football Operations
Players will come and go every season. We are confident that the decisions made earlier in the season will benefit us next year and beyond. Our junior program has been strong over the last few seasons and we are looking forward to these locals juniors developing into league footballers. Hopefully the players continue winning for the next few weeks. Darryl Wintle
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nat
Clint Congratulations on your 7 goals against Centrals what an awesome effort. I was so proud of the boys and the way that we went about our business to beat centrals in such a stunning and confident manner. It just goes to show that the hunger and spirit is well and truly alive at prospect and its fantastic to see the players believing in themselves. We the supporters already knew this and its fantastic to see that the players do to, there is no reason why we cant take it all the way with the positive, confident and belief that is currently being displayed on the football field, I was truly proud and stood tall as a north supporter at the game against centrals and could think of no better way that a premiership cup to send u and jimmy off for the fantastic and enjoyable football that u have both provided us with
Clint Alleway
Thanks Nat, It certainly feels like we are building to something special. It's nice to be playing to our full potential and if we can keep the momentum going over the coming weeks we may just create ourselves a piece of NAFC history. Thanks so much for all your support and we look forward to seeing a sea of red at Aami this Sunday. Clinton
Dave from Stirling
What a complete performance by the boys today. We absolutely smashed them all over the ground, and gave the Gowans boys a proper send off. Congratulations to the coach and all the players. You were bloody awesome.
Football Operations
Thanks Dave. The players and coaching staff are working hard to continue the momentum. Well Done to all supporters who got to AAMI Stadium on Sunday. The sea of red on the outer was great to see. Let's get more numbers there this week to cheer the boys on. Darryl Wintle
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Scott
After Eddie Sansbury and Alan Obst appealing their initial suspensions, both players bans were reduced by 1 game leaving Sansbury able to play this week. I believe they appealed their suspensions even with no new evidence. In hindsight, perhaps NAFC should have appealed Michael Clinch's 2 game ban?
Football Operations
Different situations Scott. Obst and Sansbury were offered 2 and 1 game respectively by the match review panel. This is based on the evidence supplied by the umpire's report and if any vision is available. This offer is sent to the club and you either accept the offer or take it to the tribunal. Centrals took it before the tribunal where the panel hears the evidence of all involved before giving their findings of the hearing. The actual appeal happens after this process if you are not comfortable with the verdict handed down. Michael Clinch's situation was different due to the incident getting directed straight to the tribunal with no option or offer from the match review panel. We exhausted all evidence in this hearing which didn't give us any grounds to appeal the decision. Darryl Wintle
michael
What happened to Johhny Boras in the Elim. Final
Football Operations
Johnny was named in the squad of 23 but was one of the 2 players to miss the final selected side along with Eljay Connors. Darryl Wintle
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Geoff Sandford
Tubs, Great win on Saturday! Have it on good authority that Lewis Johnston's "Leo Barry" match-saving mark has been captured in sequence from a few metres away by the unofficial NAFC match photographer. Watch this web-site! I took me back 60 years when, as a youngster, saw Ian Mackay's speccie at close range, regards, McGee
Football Operations
Was a great win. Look forward to the photos. Lewis Johnston commented after the game "that the weather was cold up there" after the great mark. I am sure that Lewis will like the photos of himself also. Darryl Wintle
nat
Hey Jimmy What an awesome effort by you and the boys against the eagles, and I am sure I speak for all of our supporters how proud we were to see the determination, guts, spirit and team effort that the boys put in. It just goes to show that anything is possible when you truly believe in yourselves. We have had a win against every team this year and I know we can compete with any team in the finals. Looking forward to seeing the same against centrals, we the supporters believe in you all.
James Allan
Hi Nat, Thanks for your message, I'm glad we were able to make you proud on the weekend. We are confident that when we come with the right mindset that we can beat anyone in the competition, and we've proved that this year. But we are not satisfied with winning just one final, so the boys are hellbent on bringing the same style of football to the table for the rest of the season, starting again this week against the Dogs. Cheers, Jimmy
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Craig A
Hi James, disappointing to hear youre leaving. Who do you think will miss you more - Eljay, or the general female population of Adelaide?
James Allan
Hi Craig, This is a massive stitch up, well done. But in all honesty it would be hard to split them, as both have been quite significant in my time in Adelaide. Cheers, Jimmy
Paul
That was an amazing effort by N.A.F.C. Great work players and coaching staff. The defense in the final quarter especially stood up under absolute siege. I loved the set up in the middle for the opening bounce. I felt we were intimidated at Woodville oval last time we played W.W.T. There was none of that today. The players really asserted themselves. I think Todd Miles was brilliant all day especially. It was good to end W.W.T. season after they derailed us a couple of times this year
Football Operations
The players have come together and are playing good football and the right time of the season. Their intensity was outstanding and I thought Daniel Currie's early tackle on Craig Parry set a good standard for the day. Miles was one of a long list of good players on the day which is what is required to win finals football. Darryl Wintle
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Sandie
You have been a great champion and will be one our best players ever. Thank you for wonderful footy, You will be missed Jimmy. A fair and true champion. Good Luck
James Allan
Hi Sandie, Thankyou kindly for your message. That sort of stuff is very humbling to hear. Looking forward to finishing off on a good note, starting this weekend against Centrals. See you there. Jimmy
Scott
It is disappointing Clinch has been suspended for 2 matches whilst Gowans gets let off once again. Did NAFC consider appealing the decision?
Football Operations
We did consider our options but we had no new evidence or vision to appeal the charge. It is disappointing for Michael and the team. Let's hope he gets another chance to play again this year. Darryl Wintle
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Steven Hayes
Hello North, I have been happy on many occasions to see great photography and snaps from the games each week (myself in some snaps too..). I hope it would be possible to pass on my thanks and others to Deb Curtis who has done a great job this year, Thankyou.
Administration
I agree, and have passed your kind comments onto Deb this afternoon! Greg Edwards
Reece
Hi Jimmy, Congrats on a great career at NAFC. Is there any truth that you are actually moving back to Vic because you have found love?
James Allan
Reece, Cheers for the message mate. Have you changed the spelling of your name since you stole my Magarey in 2009? Cheers, Jimmy
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Lew
I hope that the Club will be open after the final on Sunday for presentations etc, and for the following finals until the big one.
Administration
As per our web site, we will not be opening the club for presentations on Sunday after we win as our players, coaches and officials will stay at AAMI for the second game of the day, which doesn’t finish until 6.30pm. However, if we are not successful, we will open the function room bar from 4.00pm to 8.00pm for players and supporters to have drink. Greg Edwards
Tony
Since the end of 2011 to now we have lost 3 of the best interstate players to play at North (Gill / Alleway / Allan) by the time pre-season rolls around. All 3 are almost not replacable due to their unique abilities but Allan by far and away almost impossible - how many Jimmy Allan's come along in a lifetime? Throw in the chance of AFL Reserves and not having the likes of Stewart / Johnston to fill key position roles, our depth is being really tested. Also who might we loss in the draft - chances are players who previously may not have been looked at might get a chance now there are 18 teams (Bennett / Currie / Clisby / Mayes just to name 4)? I really hope that the Board and the Football Department have a good list of potential recruits to target for 2013 and beyond otherwise it could be lean pickings whilst we rebuild. Hate to seem negative but that is a big reality. Time to loosen the purse strings and throw some big $$$ to get what we need!
CEO
I don’t think you're being negative, the facts are, clubs lose players every year. They retire, leave or get drafted and clubs can often do very little to stop it. One of the views we have taken this season is that we must develop as many of young local players as possible as quickly as we can, hence we have filled our Reserves team with young players who we need to look closely at so we can fast track them for next year and the following years. We have had the most state under 16's and 18 players in the SANFL over recent years and they are coming through now. This, however, comes at the expense of playing Reserves finals, but we trust our supporters understand that it's about success at the top level to which we are measured. This club has had some great individual players come through the doors over the past 10 years, but they all leave without team success. At the end of the day, that’s what's it's all about. I think we would all agree, that when the club splashed out heavily in the recent past to try and get success, it didn’t come. Simply, you can't buy team success. Team success is about character, attitude, passion and sacrifices for the team and club. The willingness to improve year upon year and get the most of out of yourself is critical. The most successful team in the SANFL over the past 10 years hasn’t had many stars, but it has strength, character and a steely resolve which has become its culture. Players in that environment stay at the club longer because they crave more success. We will continue to look for, and add the types of players we believe will contribute to our ultimate team success. That, you have my assurance. In the meantime, we have been lucky to have the likes of Allan, Alleway and Gill play for our club, they are all great players and great blokes. And, when you put them together with the many other talented interstate players who we have been recruited here during their time, the club should have racked up at least a couple of premierships. But it didn’t....... Greg Edwards
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Simon
Hi James, I have followed the Roosters closely since 1978. Lots of ups and downs over the years. You have been a wonderful player for the club and in my opinion as good a player as we have ever had. ( the Great Barrie aside!) very best wishes and thanks for all the Greta footy and entertainment you have provided. Cheers!
James Allan
Hi Simon, I really appreciate your message and your words are very humbling. This is a great football club to have been a part of, not just because of the players that I've played with but also the many great supporters that we have. For me, a premiership would be the perfect end to my career at NAFC and we are all hell-bent on achieving this. Hopefully we can make you guys proud of us in the coming weeks. Cheers, Jimmy
Janet
Hi Jimmy. Thank you so much for the past six years that you have played for N.A.F.C. As one of your biggest fans ,I have seen every game that you have played and I have enjoyed them all. Wishing you all the best for the future. Love Janet
James Allan
Hi Janet, I really have appreciated all the support you have given me, and the rest of the boys, over the journey. Hopefully I can get a few kicks in the next few weeks and we as a team have four good games left in us, so we can all celebrate in a month's time! Cheers, Jimmy
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Maffa
Jimmy thanks for the memories ..... well with you and Allers leaving the team should be revved up to send you two off in style. Once again most enjoyed your a legend.
James Allan
Hi Maffa, Cheers for the message, I'm glad that I have been able to provide some enjoyment for you over the past 6 years. I assure you that the boys are primed and ready to give this finals series a really good shake, not just for Clint and I, but for our whole group. We have worked so hard and been through quite a bit together and I believe that some finals success would be a great reward for this playing group. Cheers, Jimmy
Ben
Of our AFL listed players who have qualified to play SANFL finals, which ones will actually be released to do so by their respective AFL clubs (should we make it of course)? I have heard Stewart will be having surgery and is an out but what of the likes of Young, Blee, Moore, Johnston and Craig?
Football Operations
We received confirmation yesterday from the Power that Blee (back), Young (groin), Stewart (shoulder & hip), Butcher (hip) and Moore (hamstring) won't be available for the rest of the season. Johnston and Craig are available. Darryl Wintle
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Keith
After last Sunday's game, I was extremely concerned about the huge difference in frees awarded to South, compared with North (24 v's 13). I realise this may have partly been due to the Roosters playing from behind for a good part of the game, however, will the club discuss with the SANFL umpires this discrepancy? The difference certainly frustrated the roosters spectators and no doubt challenged the players too.
Football Operations
The free kick count was in favour of South Adelaide because they played in front and were always first to the contest. Our tackling technique was 'clumsy' on most occasions. We won't follow up with the SANFL. Darryl Wintle
Jeff McMahon (aka 'The Cocks')
Who's the bright spark in the SANFL who scheduled our last game for Sat night at Ponderosa? Sorry, folks but I won't be there!
Administration
The decision to play the match on Saturday night was Centrals call. As the home team, with the timing of the last round not confirmed until the AFL finals are scheduled, they had the choice of timing. Obviously not our clubs preference. Greg Edwards
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Tony
I hope the players who served up that insipid effort yesterday (despite the final scoreline which really flattered us) have think about why they play or want to play league football? Surely to play finals would be a BIG reason but based on that effort and many others this season you would think not? To have it pointed out by the 10 South supporters present on the hill that North didn't look interested and played as such is damning considering we are sitting 4th. The players have left themselves with a big task this week to ensure a finals spot yet we could finish the minor round with a 9-11 record and in 4th spot. We appear to be underserving of 4th on that basis and also performance wise. We, the supporters are losing faith that the team can actually prove our negativity wrong and just when you think they might, they serve up a performance like yesterday? To be honest I am not sure if I want us to play finals as we could be badly humbled - especially if it is the Eagles we are up against?
CEO
I agree it was an awful effort in such a crucial match for the club. We were flattered by the score line in the end, no doubt. A big task this week for our players to dig deep and produce their best performance of the year. Whilst 9 wins may not justify our 4th position, the competition is what it is and any team on its day can beat any other team, hence why 4 teams are vying for a finals birth. We just need to make sure we take up one of the two spots available!
Kevin
Congratulations to all coaching staff and all players for the efforts against Port on Sunday. It's great to see the club come through a crunch game with such an emphatic win. It was exactly the response required to the insipid effort of a fortnight before, and our start to the game was something we've been crying out for. We should of course have been further in front - perhaps our lack of poise was due to our not playing with that much intensity and urgency on a more regular basis - but then our third quarter was fabulous. The obvious challenge now is to play in the same manner over the coming weeks. We'll certainly need that much commitment, accountability, teamwork, run and intensity in September - and to make the most of our chances. Go the Roosters!
Football Operations
It was great to see the players perform and finish off a great weekend for the football club. Sunday's performance is the standard required for the rest of the season. Look forward to another strong showing this week against South Adelaide. Darryl Wintle
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Tony
A few questions have been raised by North (and South) supporters as to why this week's game at Noarlunga is scheduled on Sunday, which happens to be Father's Day? A lot of people are not going because of this and apparently the game also clashes with local Southern Football League games so it will havwe a big negative on the overall crowd by the looks of it? I know the Crows are playing Saturday but surely going up against that game vs the Gold Coast or playing our game Saturday night may have been a consideration? It seems to be a unusual programming decision? Do you know if the SAFC gave any thought or had any dialogue with the NAFC re alternatives? The whole draw this year has been very poor and along with an increase in prices it is no wonder crowds are down across the SANFL. I hope the collective SANFL clubs force Darren Chandler and co. into a better fixture list in 2013.
CEO
The timing of the last 2 rounds of the SANFL program aren’t finalised until the AFL finalize their last couple of rounds. Once this happens, the home club can request the day and timing for approval. Originally, South were keen to play this week's match on Friday night, however we rejected this on the basis we would only have a 5 day break going into an important game. This rejection was supported by the SANFL. South then preferred the Sunday to which they have the right, and we had no grounds to reject. Our preference was to play on the Saturday afternoon. Greg Edwards
Jeff McMahon (aka 'The Cocks')
Ditto John's comment on Michael Clinch. I'll have him in my team any day.
Administration
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John
Congrats to Michael Clinch. I thought he had a breakout game against West Ad. a couple of weeks back and played superbly on Sun.There might have been a self belief issue previously but that should no longer be the case.
Football Operations
Thanks for your message John. We agree!
Tony
Love the look of the 71 / 72 replica jumper and I think the club should seriously think about adopting that design for next year and beyond. Over the years so many members and supporters have called for the jumper to have that exact V deign. I think the club should poll the members, I think you will find overwhelming support for it. Also if it is adopted other than the club logo going on the top left, I think the major sponsor logo should be under the V.
CEO
I agree Tony, the replica jumper did look good, and many supporters let me know that yesterday which was great! Greg Edwards
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Jeff
Clint Really enjoyed watching you play. Great commitment. Hope you pick up a Premiership before you leave. Thanks for all the memories and hope you finish the year on a real high. Good luck in your life after footy.
Clint Alleway
Thanks to everyone for the kind words and encouragement I have received in the past few days. I love the club dearly and am proud to say I will be a North man/fan for the rest of my life. At this stage however it is business as usual and the playing group are looking forward to cementing our spot in the 5 by beating Port on Sunday. Can't wait to see and hear the crowd for the '71/'72 premiership reunion celebrations and to cheer us on to victory. Thanks again, Clinton Alleway
Phil
I find it impossible to understand how the players could be 'frustrated' with their insipid performance against WWT (as reported in the wash up) as they were the ones responsible for that debacle which may end any chance of finals action for us.This comment says the players don't understand why they got belted, which is not the coach's view. In my view the real problem with consistency has been the poor recruiting that has resulted in a severe lack of player depth, shown by the beltings we got in both grades on Sunday.This needs to be addressed now so the coach at least has a chance to match opposition on a consistent basis.
CEO
The reason our player depth is shallow is a mix of a few things. One is the amount injuries we have (Delvins, Allan, Thring, Teasdale, Gregg, Paley, Davey, Boras etc), another is our decision to play some youngsters in our reserves instead of players who have already had 5 years plus to prove they can play League footy. We could have held onto those players and finished well into the finals in the Reserves but that doesn’t produce the League team of the future. The third point is that whilst we try not to rely on AFL players playing for us, the fact is that when an AFL player/s plays several games in a row for us, you do develop a reliance on them as they become part of your team. And, at the same time, this means you are not maximizing the development of your own player who is playing in the Reserves, who could play League if you didn’t have the AFL player. So, for example, you lose Johnston and Blee who have played every game for us this season, and it hurts. I agree, recruiting is also important and adding some quality to the group is a key focus. These aren’t excuses, this is reality. It certainly doesn’t excuse us from such an insipid performance but it explains what things can impact on our depth. To beat South at Noarlunga and then a strong West Adelaide and then Glenelg, we have the talent to beat anyone when we are really hungry and scratching for survival. When we aren’t, we are very ordinary. This is the challenge for our coaches, to instill that steely eyed, unrelenting hardnosed approach in every player for every game, not just a token few matches here and there. Greg Edwards
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Tony
With our next game being the one wearing the replica jumpers of 1971 / 1972 I hope some of the stars of that era get the chance to speak to our current players before the game and hopefully make them understand what the jumper means and what was achieved in it! I say this only because of the fear I (and others have), that the players will turn in a performance like last sunday which needs no comment. I hope the 21 players on Sunday 26th August show some pride, spirit and play with the respect that jumper deserves and not embarrass the red and white V.
Football Operations
The players are as frustrated as the rest of us regarding their performance on the weekend. They now have two weeks to get themselves prepared to represent the football club in the right manner on the 26th August. The players are aware that it is a big day for the football club celebrating the successful 71/72 teams and they understand their responsibilities on game day. Darryl Wintle
nat
Word escape me as to what I watched happen against WWT this week, I was ever so happy to see the fantastic effort and win against glenelg, but words cant describe what happended on sunday, it was almost like they couldnt be bothered and at this time of the year and where we were on the ladder I just dont understand it. I know we were without Jimmy and Clint but thats was a big impact if we missed them that much.
Administration
Everyone is frustrated by the performance on the weekend. We did have some influential players missing but that doesn't change the way you play the game. The previous 3 weeks we have been competitive and had a high work rate. They were non-existent on the weekend. Look forward to the player's response after the bye in a big game for the club. Darryl Wintle
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Jeff McMahon (aka 'The Cocks')
With regard to the embarrassing effort by the Bay player in kicking an "own goal" at the start of the final term, technically we should have been entitled to appeal for a free kick in front of goal as it was a deliberate passing back over our goal line. Or perhaps the embarrassment was reward enough for our players. (Thinking back, we've probably all done it once or twice in our not necessarily illustrious careers!)
Administration
Good observation. At the time I think the players were that shocked that they kept playing and set up the kick in zone which is standard procedure after a point. I am sure most of us would have did this once or twice in our time. Darryl Wintle
smithy
Great to see you getting your form back Clint at the right end of the season after a restricted preparation. Must say I am bewildered by the best players 2 weeks in a row though when Lewis Johnston didn't get a mention. Has been a revelation up forward and the way he works all over the ground. Keep it up boys.
Clint Alleway
Thanks Smithy. It's nice to be contributing more consistently and finishing off some of the good work further up the ground. As for Lewis, he has had a very consistent year and has certainly help cover the loss of Nick Gill in 2012. He deserves credit and despite the form of the crows must surely get an opportunity with them in the not too distant future. Thanks for your support. Clinton
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Kevin
Congrats to Damian Cunningham for finally getting on the park. Well done for hanging in there, and I hope to see you in the league side soon.
Football Operations
Will be great to see "Cunno" back out on the field. His attention to detail during rehab has been outstanding. With some match fitness I am sure that he will push for league selection. Darryl Wintle
Michael
Thanks for the win on the weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Will there be an opportunity to purchase the replica '71/72 jumpers to be worn by the players in their game against Port late Aug in honor of the team of that era? GO ROOSTERS!!!!!!
Administration
It sure was a great win. The replica jumpers will be auctioned off on the web. Members will be sent an email shortly after RD22 advising on how to bid. Admin
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Tony
Good win yesterday considering we lost 1 player early and Jimmy appeared to be hampered quite badly for half the game - is he going to be right for this week's crucial game? I have been vocal in the past re poor performances but no complaints on yesterday's effort which is all we want as members / supporters. Intensity and positive mindset from the start of the game and through to the end - win, lose or draw is all we ask for. Let's hope this kicks starts some sort of form run with a finals spot well and truly ours and we are good enough to take it.
Football Operations
Thanks Tony. Our intensity and enthusiasm from the start of the game on Sunday was excellent. That has been missing in recent weeks. This intensity then allows us to play the style of game which suits our side. The last couple of weeks have been frustrating for everyone and we now look forward to this weekend for the same approach from the playing group. A consistent effort each week is what we all want to see win, lose or draw. Luke Teasdale has a broken collarbone and will miss approx 6 weeks. Jimmy Allan had scans late yesterday and we are waiting for the report. He will be doubtful for this week. Darryl Wintle
bob
jimmy,my question is to you. why on earth did you select to play into the wind when we were starting the game with fresh legs. thats when port took the advantage.,. was this the coaches decision or yours at the time.. puzzled.. bob
James Allan
Hi Bob, To be honest, the wind was heading in that direction during our warmup and was quite strong, even though the scoreboard end was the scoring end in the reserves game. For this reason, and the fact that the northern end tends to be the scoring end most of the time, was the basis for kicking that way. It was quite swirly throughout the game but did generally favour the scoreboard end, so looking back it was a genuine mistake. Cheers, Jimmy
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Doug (Dugldo)
I feel there must be something not right at our club at the moment. After a great win at the Bay, there have been three miserable games. OK, injuries have played a part, but the Eagles had injuries too and against port players were back. Eleven players have left during this season! I ask: WHY?
Administration
All clubs have lost several players throughout this year. Players that have been in the senior program for a while are prime targets for country and amateur sides. We are as frustrated as the supporters/members about our last three results. Everyone involved is working towards a more competitive and consistent performance. Darryl Wintle
Stewie
What reason can you give me why I should make the trek to Polar Park as I have not missed a game in years but this week could be a real struggle.
CEO
Honestly, the reason to go is to support your club like you have done for years. Noarlunga isn’t an easy venue to visit when your team has lost a few games in a row, but it’s a great place to watch your team chalk up a hard earned victory! Greg Edwards
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Phil
I don't want to state the 'obvious' about the debacle on Sunday, but would really like to know why our attitude, body language and work rate was so poor again, after a 'bonding 'camp that was supposed to gel and unite the team towards success. We seem unconcerned about manning up, especially in the corridor after kick ins where opposition are running around like unregistered dogs on their own. Ability to defend the kick in needs huge improvement if we're serious about turning things around.
Football Operations
Agree with your post Phil. Our accountability all over the ground was non existent and our intent to engage in some physical contact was also rare. The kick ins were an issue which will be addressed during the week. Darryl Wintle
Tony
There is a very interesting article about Backwells departure from the NAFC in the Adelaide Now Monday Morning Centreman. If what Backwell has alleged is true then I think the coach and the club got it wrong bigtime! Very poor player management - no wonder we are where we are at as a club. I think the coach (and the CEO) need to stop crapping on to members / supporters especially on reasons why players leave or actually announcing those that have left.
CEO
This club is where it's at because those hard decisions on players who aren’t committed didn’t get made in the past! Now, we take a hard stance against players who would rather do something else than attend a player compulsory camp which was organized in December last year and certain supporters don’t like it. I hope certain supporters look back at the star studded and highly expensive NAFC teams of the past 10 years here and ask themselves why they didn’t win a premiership despite the perception of having the best list in the SANFL for several years.....I'll tell you why, decisions like this weren’t made on players who didn’t give everything for our success. Backwell did not advise our senior coach of any holiday until the week before the camp, after the camp had been discussed amongst the players and coaches several times leading up to it. OK, so we let a player get away with a mid season holiday, after we provide 6 months notice, whilst all other players are slogging it out on a camp to improve our club on the field. Where are we then as a club!! People will believe what they want to believe.....or read. Greg Edwards
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Ted
Have Kerren Hall and Micheal Handby both departed? I have seen some evidence to that effect.
Football Operations
Kerren Hall has left the football club after receiving a promotion at work. The promotion doesn't allow him to commit the time to play SANFL football and he will finish the season with Imperials in the River Murray league. Michael Handby has not left the club. He has signed at Hahndorf but will finish the season with North Adelaide. Darryl Wintle
bob
just asking why 2 by's straight?? weird!! why north adelaide.. seems strange..
Football Operations
A few clubs have 2 byes this year. The Eagles actually have it twice. The program has a split round due to the Foxtel Cup which runs into our scheduled bye. The positive of not playing football for two weeks is that the majority of the playing squad is available for selection this week. Darryl Wintle
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John
In the photos of senior players on your website can you tell me which of these players is no longer at the club.
Football Operations
Hi John, Players who are no longer with the football club are: Brett Backwell Dylan Dempsey Steven Pollock Josh Coulter Mitch Wooding John Platten Braedon Renshaw Craig Jamar Mitch Tiller Thanks Darryl Wintle
Phil
Who is Jay Shannon mentioned as a recruit in a previous post and who wore #31 in the reserves last week ?
CEO
Jay Shannon was recruited from Port Magpies late last week. Information has been posted on the website now. Jay wore No 31 on the weekend in the reserves and performed well in his first game. Darryl Wintle
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Ad
Noticed that there has been an 'exodus' of a number of players from the club recently. Without eluding to the difficult decision to farewell a former Magarey medalist - I would like to ask whether this was planned or something deemed necessary so that team depth is improved. It is evident that this is an important issue as we do not seem to be able to cover the loss of key players as evidenced in the last 2 weeks recently. Was the de-stabilising effect of these mid season decisions considered as there have been some significant drops on he various premierships tables particularly in the lower grades. As we are now clearly building player stocks for next season are we dropping our focus from club success in 2012?
Football Operations
The departures were not planned. You need good depth to cover injuries etc but you also need to develop the next group of potential league footballers. Our injury list did balloon out to over 15 for a period of time which did have an impact on our lower grade performances. With a healthy list we think that we can be competitive in every grade. Our Under 18 list also has a number of quality players who attend colleges. These players are only available for specific games during the season that work around their school programs. Darryl Wintle
Tim
Greg congratulations on your sons achievement with Richmond this weekend and thanks for all your hard work at the club
CEO
Thanks Tim!
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jim
lame excuses same shit different week wateing for your comments this week
CEO
I was at the same game you were Jim, very disappointing. To be level at half time and drop off so easily was unexpected and very frustrating. We did get a look at a few young boys under League football pressure due to the number of injuries to key players we have, but still very disappointing. We hope to have Currie, Miles, Gallman, Ryswyk, Fenton and Max Thring all available after the byes, or perhaps the week after that for a couple. Also, new recruits Will Dalwood and Jay Shannon were both very impressive in their first games for the Roosters in the Reserves. Both will put pressure on immediately for a spot which is why we got them across. Greg Edwards
Deb
Hi ya jimmy, two weeks in a row, very disappointed with the team. What's going on with you and Bennett you both are not playing like you usually do. The whole side let down themself and their supporters. Let hope over the next two weeks you guys get some rest and comeback to the team we love to watch. To many players are watching the other team run pass them and holding on to them. I still be there to support you guys but sometimes it hard to watch with all the mistakes. Cheers Deb.
James Allan
The past two weeks definitely have been disappointing Deb. Hopefully the break has come at a good time for us. In regards to James Bennett and my own form, I had a nightmare against the Eagles but thought I was ok last week, and James Bennett was serviceable in both games but we're both always looking to raise the bar. We'll both be looking to hit top form in our return game against Port, as will the rest of the boys. Solid contributions across the board are what we are after and if this happens I'm sure the result will be favourable. Thanks for your continued support. Cheers, Jimmy
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Adam
Any chance of bringing back the awesome Red & White Stripes strip even as a "Clash / Away" guernsey. Loved it , brings back awesome memories. Lets hope so
Administration
Not in the immediate future. The 'V' is popular among supporters too. Greg Edwards
Phil
Hi Jimmy. You must be as disappointed with Saturday's dismal effort as you were elated over the previous week's superb win. My concern is: if James Bennett and yourself have an 'off day' or are heavily tagged, no one else wants to step up to generate drive. I can't see how the mindset of the team as a whole can vary so widely in 7 days. Mindset determines effort and effort wins games regardless of what incentives the opposition brings to the table. A consistently strong mindset, to me, seems to be the biggest challenge ahead for all concerned with team improvement and all players need to be on the same page with this.Hope this can be fixed aasp.
James Allan
Hi Phil, I, as well as the rest of the team, are as disappointed with Saturday's effort as you are. We were beaten all over the ground and paid a heavy price for a lack of intensity. In regards to your concern about other players stepping up to generate drive, this is something that we have been working on for a while now. The best teams have great depth, especially in their midfield, and we'll keep giving different players opportunities to step up and contribute, until we find guys that are able to do this consistently. We didn't do anything differently in terms of training and preparation last week, which suggests that our mindset going into games that we are expected to win is a big concern. This is something we will be looking to rectify asap as we are still in a good position to play finals. Cheers for you message. Jimmy
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tim
watched half of he reserves and all of the league game saturday with a group of friends both ragles and north supporters. disappointed of course with the result and letdown after last weeks win. I have just read weekly washup and nearly fell off my chair when I saw Colin Thiele named in the best players. At one stage sat. he stood by and watched in stead of competing for the ballin aone on one marking opportunity on the outer wing it was embarrassing for him and the club and I was let know all about it by my mates. If this is to be rewarded it is no wonder we win against the top teams and don't turn up against the lower placed teams on the ladder
Football Operations
Firstly Tim, His name is Cohen not Colin. I think that every player on Saturday would have had a moment where they would have been embarrassed. It is frustrating when we play poorly but apart from that incident Cohen was one of a few who did play their role. The best players were the best of a bad bunch and hopefully we don't have trouble picking the best players this week because we have 21 contributors and not 3. Thanks Darryl Wintle
Tony
Re Stewie's comments and the response from the CEO - it appears as if many (not all) are ducking and hiding from that very poor performance on the weekend? If that sort of loss was a rarity then maybe we could just forget it, look forward and move on but we are kidding ourselves if we do not see that happen so many times over so mnay years yet we seem not to be able to fix the problem! Isn't it about time we reacted differently to a loss like that and not pretend it didn't happen? Maybe that sort of mindset will change the continuing culture of accepting mediocrity and being at best middle of the road? I for one am sick of losing games that we should win and any respect we had from the rest of the comp evaporated by 1/2 time on Saturday. We had a real chance to stake our claim and shore up a top 4 spot but just when you think North turns the corner we get let down again.
CEO
Not sure why anyone would think I'm happy or accepting of a bad loss such as last week? I thought we were smashed all over the ground, and we not mentally ready to take on a desperate opponent who was playing for their season. This reflects the mindset of everyone here, and if anyone believes the club accepts mediocrity then they are not understanding the fierceness of our approach to our training and our matches. We have seen a lot of our reserves players depart over the past 6 weeks or so reflecting our attitude in looking for players we believe can play League football. Many have been here for a number of seasons without impacting on the League stage, so we move on and find the next group who we believe can. We may not currently have the depth of a Norwood or Centrals, but we believe our best is good enough and our young players coming through are improving each week. Rest assured, inconsistent performances aren’t deliberate and they are not accepted. We do react to loss and in the past 2 seasons, we have often reacted by winning the following week against good opposition. Greg Edwards
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Meg
Jimmy 1st bad game since i don't know when for you, So please don't take it personally. However I have to express my absolute dismay at the effort the team put up against the eagles. It's one thing to lose but to turn up our toes and not chase and sometimes look like some players were not even trying was so upsetting. I know the eagles had the motivation of Bob Hank's passing, but why why why did we play so poor after our performance against the Norwood? It's Just not good enough! I love North, I love you as I love all the players but all day today as member and a supporter I have felt embarrassed. Please turn it around this week and beat Sturt.
James Allan
Hi Meg, I definitely had a day that I wouldn't wish to replicate again, as did the team. Our training and preparation was the same as it was the previous week when we beat the previously undefeated Redlegs, so the only reason I can think of to explain our performance is that we went into the game with the completely wrong mindset. This should not happen, and it is something that we have spoken about at length to ensure that it doesn't happen again. The challenge for us now is to approach each and every game with the same attitude, regardless of past performances and ladder positions. I can understand your frustration, as it has been shared by all at the football club this week, but please continue to support us as we are still in the 5 and have shown that we can be a very good side at times this season. Cheers, Jimmy
Stewie
We move forwards and concentrate on beating Sturt.
CEO
That’s the best advice. The Sturt match is crucial. Greg Edwards
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Jeff McMahon (aka 'The Cocks')
Bassett called it correctly: we were lucky! Lucky to have the better coach, the better team, the better attitude toward getting the ball and most importantly, the better final score.
Administration
Well said Jeff. Couldn't agree with you more. Darryl Wintle
Trevor
What has happened to Steven Pollock? Is he still at the club? He hasn't been selected in the Reserves for the last couple of weeks and he is not reported in the injuries list.
Football Operations
Steven and the club have parted ways on good terms. We had an honest conversation about his position in the club and after fielding several offers from local clubs he has decided to play out the season with Bordertown. The club thanks "Polly" for his contribution and commitment and wishes him well for the future. Darryl Wintle
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Stewie
Pass on my congratulations to all of you involved Particularly Josh Francou the right man and people for the right job. Good luck in the following weeks.
CEO
Thanks Stewie, will do! Greg Edwards
Chris
Could we please ask you consider the following; 1. Check the siron at the Southern end of the seating grandstand. It is deafening ! 2. Can we please revert to the Johnny Mac club song. The version introduced a couple of yeras ago is continually laughed at because it is "tacky", especially the guitar !! The original was universally loved .
CEO
Thanks for your message, the club song will remain as is at least for this season. We'll be having a look at the siren in the grandstand as part of reviewing it over the next couple of weeks. There is a new siren at the Southern End of the stand and we'll see what is possible regards its loudness and how any change impacts on the other parts of the stand and grounds. Greg Edwards
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Peter
Great win against Norwwod. It was good to see hard gritty football for 4 quarters with no one letting or giving up. GREAT TEAM EFFORT. Centre clearances? How does the team fix this? Norwwod seemed to clear the ball from the centre bounces far too easy.
James Allan
Hi Peter, Thanks for your message, it was a great win. I agree with you re: the centre clearances on the weekend. They did seem to clear it too easily at times but I think this was one of the few times we have been beaten in this area this season. Our stoppage work has been a real strength for us and has been the key to most of our victories. We'll watch vision of the centre square stuff this week to identify any causes for concern and work on them at the training. We do a lot of work on our stoppages every week, as it is an area we pride ourselves on, so you can be assured that we will get a good result in the centre square at Woodville this Saturday. Hope to see you there. Cheers, Jimmy
Megan
Hi Jimmy, Congrats on the great game on Sunday. Such a great win! Being a Sydney Swans supporter it's great to see Dan Currie finding some great form! Just wondering how he's settled in with the boys, and how do you rate his game? Good luck for the rest of the season! xx
James Allan
Hi Megan, Thankyou for your message, I'm sure you enjoyed the win as much as we did. 'Crusher' Currie has been fantastic for us all year, especially in more recent times. His ruck work has made the midfielders' job a lot easier, and it's exciting to see him getting plenty of the ball around the ground. He has fitted in really well with the boys as he is a terrific bloke, but he's hard to find away from footy sometimes, as he often hides away at the library (which is very rare for a footballer)! Cheers, Jimmy
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Doug (Dugldo)
You blokes did all us proud on Sunday. Great game; wonderful result. Special mention for an often unsung hero. Kriston Thompson, to me best on ground. Disposal not always perfect, today his back up and second go was special. Go you mighty Cocks!
James Allan
Hi Doug, Thankyou for your message, it certainly was a great effort from the boys yesterday. We've been in a similar position many times over the past few years and lost in close ones, so to fight out a win like that was massive for our group. Kriston was excellent for us yesterday, and his repeat efforts were a highlight. Thanks for your support, the boys appreciate it greatly. Cheers, Jimmy
nat
Wow What a great win down at the bay, congrats to the boys, unfortunately I was unable to see it due to work committments but thanks to the online scoreboard could still follow the game - well done boys and keep up your good work as always jimmy
James Allan
Hi Nat, You're right, that was a fantastic win for the footy club. We hadn't beaten them down there in the 6 years I've been a Rooster until yesterday so it was very pleasing to get that result. Also, a massive positive for us was that we were able to respond when challenged, which should give us confidence going into the second half of the season. Look forward to your continued support and many more wins. Cheers, Jimmy
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Ian Lockwood
Thanks to the NAFC re sending players out yet again to Junior trainings. Last night we had a number of players including Jimmy Allan, George Thring, Johnny Boras and some of the younger guys come out to Broadview and take charge of our Under 11 and Under 12 squads. The kids had an absolute ball, even though they were pushed hard, know the kids got alot out of it but so did the coaches who learnt some new coaching drills. Can you pass on my thanks to those involved please. Hopefully with your bye later in the year we may be able to arrange a return visit regards Ian Lockwood Junior President Broadview Football Club
Football Operations
The players enjoyed working with the junior sides in our zone and giving something back to the community clubs. If it fits in with the players schedule we will definitely look to arrange a return visit. Thanks for the feedback and was great to see so many junior players having fun. Darryl Wintle
Lynette Roberts
Good evening Mr Edwards A great game yesterday marred once again by a couple of significant and inept umpiring decisions. The Club needs to tell the Umpiring Director his umpires are not positioning themselves to actually see what goes on in a match. I write regarding the volume of the announcements, sponsor jingles and music which was so loud during all of the breaks that I could not conduct a conversation with the person sitting next to me without shouting. I made an approach to one of your staff Members at quarter time to explain and request that it be lowered, received assurances that it would be, and note with disappointment there was no change at all during the afternoon. I go to the football to watch football - not to be blasted out of my seat. You will find attendance affected in future if this is not quickly addressed as older people will be turned away by this affront. I understand the Club has sponsor obligations but I am sure on Saturday they heard their jingles five kilometres away. Your intervention to have the sound at a more acceptable level for patrons from the next home match would be very much appreciated. I guess there is not much you can do about the new siren which has to be the most ghastly noise ever heard at an oval and certainly nothing akin to a siren at all.
CEO
Thanks for your feedback Lynette. It is difficult to turn down the volume of the ground announcer, our sponsor messages and other important announcements as they will then not be heard around the ground. I understand the loudness, as I sit in the grandstand each match where the volume is at its highest. We will have a look at it, but at times we have serious messages to announce during the day, and we can't compromise these messages not being heard by people outside of the stand. Last season, we had complaints about the siren and its volume in the stand, and we have changed that. We have also had complaints from people outside the grandstand that they cannot hear the announcers messages clearly enough. It’s a difficult one, and we'll try and make it as comfortable for everyone as we can. Greg Edwards
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Paul
I'm wondering why there isnt a list of injured players and when they are expected to return (or am I missing it on the website?)
Administration
The injury report is usually included in the Weekly Wash Up. We will ensure it is included for the rest of the season. This is the injury report for this week: North Adelaide Injury Report Damian Cunningham – hamstring – indefinite Jonathon Platten – hand – 2 weeks Ben Williams – groin – 2 weeks Luke Teasdale – hand – 2 weeks Brian Fenton – knee –2 weeks Jake Keller – knee – 2 weeks Tim Delvins – knee – season Eljay Connors – groin – test Kym Edwards – shoulder – 2 weeks George Thring – elbow – 2-3 weeks Stuart Hill – ankle – test Cameron Craig – hip – test Darryl Wintle
Mick
Checking out the state squad in the U/18 following who has been selected for this squad from North . I then checked on the state u/20 team that will play against them, could you explain why north have only 2 players in this team? Why wouldn't our club also add K Renshaw with this height factor and his presence around the ground in the Reserves he should be looked at? There are also a few others that fall into this category that also should be given the opportunity such as Kanga good defensive work could you explain as I see eagles and west Adelaide have more than 3 players on this list?
Football Operations
Not all the squad selected will play. We felt that Max Thring and Josh Gregg had shown the best form at the time of nominations. The coaching panel will make any additions if required. Kyle Renshaw is developing well and has had a consistent season. We have had to monitor Alek Kangur this year because of an on going knee injury which prevented him from doing most of the pre season. Darryl Wintle
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Dave from Stirling
Jimmy - I only got to the game at half time on Saturday so didn't see our best quarter, but whilst the Roosters certainly gave me some heart in the mouth stuff and no doubt increased my blood pressure, I loved the way you guys guts'ed it out from a point behind in the last quarter for the win. Congrats to all !!!! (Sadly, the first thing I saw was Timmy D doing his knee. I hope he doesn't blame me for it..) Sorry I can't be there at Alberton on Saturday to cheer you guys on. Dave
James Allan
Dave, I think we all nearly had heart attacks ourselves, but we were rapt that we we able to find a way to win. Being two midfielders down early in the second really tested our fitness, character and resolve, but the boys showed that we have plenty of spirit which was very pleasing. A win like that often gives a side confidence that it can win in any circumstances, and I hope that is the case with us. Thank you very much for your support, looking forward to another good performance this week at Alberton. Cheers, Jimmy
Bob
Good win on the weekend what has happened to the reserves very strong at the start of the year have we got enough depth. Where is Braedon Renshaw and Dylan Dempsey?
Football Operations
It was a good win on the weekend. Injuries have hit the reserves hard over the last 2 weeks which has tested our depth. We currently have 13 players on the injury list with only 2 (Paley & Connors) likely to come back in this week. Braedon Renshaw and Dylan Dempsey have both informed the club that they have lost their drive and enjoyment. Both have left to play in the country with mates and less commitment. Darryl Wintle
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Mick
What has happen to B Renshaw and Cummings it looked liked the reserves missed their height forward and also their delivery forward? Will they be back in next week?
Football Operations
Braedon Renshaw has left the club to play in the country with Torrens Valley. Harrison Cumming was a late withdrawal on the weekend for personal reasons. We hope to see Harry back on the field soon. Unlikely to be this week. Darryl Wintle
Ian Lockwood
Just wondering, do you have any intentions of providing members/supporters information re your Junior Development Squads, we see posts re the U18's and U16's but nothing from your U13 to U15 development squads. I know they play a number of games throughout the season, any chance scores etc could be put up so we can see how the future of the club is doing
Football Operations
We will place the team lists and the respective clubs for our Development Squads. Also the games schedule, and the Under 15 Championship schedule. The scores are not officially kept, but maybe I can give a monthly update on how they are going. You can find the information under: http://nafc.com.au/juniordevelopment/default.aspx#youthsquads Neil Sanders
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Chris
Any thought to swapping north v port game to Sunday 13 May? With Black Caviar running and AFL putting Crows game early what's the odds of a small crowd on the Saturday?
CEO
That's exactly what we would do if it was a North home game. Unfortunately, it’s a Port Magpies home match, and they will not want to play it on the Sunday as the Power are playing Sunday. Greg Edwards
Chris
How can a team go from playing really well and confident one week and like the total opposite the next -is it more pressure from the opposition and we don't step up because I for one is so tried of losing, which I am sure the players are as well. We need to play every game like its a grand final because that is were I want you guys to play please.
James Allan
Chris, We all hate losing but I don't think you could fault our effort on Friday night. Norwood are the benchmark of the competition at the moment and showed us where we need to get to as a group. You are spot on in terms of pressure. The best sides are the ones that put the most pressure on their opposition, and this was certainly the case on Friday night. Hopefully we can put Sturt under the pump from the start of the game this week, and get our record back on an even keel. Cheers, Jimmy
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Concerned Member
Jimmy, as a paying member of the Football Club I would like to know what your current intentions are at this stage of the season regarding future plans at NAFC or elsewhere. We all know what the answer you are going to give, but we would like to know what your plans are at the moment. I don't want you to leave the club and every other North fan doesn't either. We would love to see you stick around to play another 100 games. Please stay :)
James Allan
I know you don't want to hear me say "I don't know", but I really don't at this stage. Honestly, I haven't thought passed this week and don't think I'll be clear on what my future holds for a while yet. This has been the case every time I have come out of contract since I arrived at North Adelaide, so it's nothing new, and it's always been sorted out towards the end of the season. Cheers, Jimmy
Frustrated Tony
What are our defensive options at the moment re key position players? Word is Miles will miss 3 and from what we served up Friday night in both grades depth looks very worrying. Johnstone looks better up fwd alongside Boras and Alleway but it appears he may (or Alleway?) will have to fill CHB for awhile which leaves us light on up forward. We can only pray that we get Stewart back from the Power or we are in big trouble in my opinion. Poor recruiting re big man depth may expose this in the coming weeks although it won't matter if we play like we did Friday night?
Football Operations
Our key position players back and forward didn't have great games Friday night. Miles is doubtful and Alleway has been suspended for the next 3 weeks. Our big man depth will be tested over the next couple of weeks and the team needs players to stand up and play their roles in the side. Darryl Wintle
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Pendles
Was just wondering if Craig Jamar was still on the list and if so when is he likely to get selected for a game this season? Cheers
Football Operations
Craig Jamar is still on our list. He is getting match fitness with Torrens Valley at the moment following injury late in the pre season. The reserves are a settled side with winning form so hard to make changes. He will get his chance. Thanks.
swanny
Have been wondering for sometime why you go down to the rooms every game during the pre match warm up. Apart from the obvious what are you doing
James Allan
Swanny, I don't really have an exciting response for you, I simply just head down to go to the toilet one last time before we start. I used to run out last so I had a little bit of time up my sleeve, but now that I lead the boys out the coach puts pressure on me to be ready earlier. Plus I'm superstitious and the late toilet stop is now part of my routine. Cheers, Jimmy
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Dave from Stirling
Great win on the weekend, great pressure all day (apart from a 10 minute lapse in the last qtr) on a pretty hapless opposition on this occasion. Fantastic stuff from James Bennett, Jimmy Allen, George Thring, Cohen Theile, Johhny Boras, Clint Alleway (welcome return to some form), Luke Ivens, Daniel Currie, James Craig, Greg Gallman... The list goes on. I guess all played well. See y'all Friday evening.
Football Operations
Was a great result on the weekend. It certainly was a case of all played well. Look forward to taking on Norwood Friday night. Darryl Wintle
Andrew
Was the paper correct in crediting you with 1 hit out? Who was the unfortunate opposing ruckman?
James Allan
Andrew, To be honest, it's about time the statisticians credited me with a hit out, I've been getting them for years. Every now and then I feel like I have to remind our ruckmen just how easy their job is! On a serious note, either that was a typo or my mum is doing my stats again. Cheers, Jimmy
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Phil
Well done to the team for getting 'over the line' against West, with special mention to the period where the Bloods hit the front in time on. Perserverence won the night!. However, I would like to query why no North defender takes responsibility for standing on the goal line when a stoppage occurs just out from goal. Jimmy Bartel from Geelong does it regularly and probably saved the game in those last tense mins against Hawthorn. We were burnt against South when a couple of dribble goals went through untouched and it happened several times last year as well. I know players need to man up in this situation, but surely a stategy can be implemented to protect the goalsquare from 'easy' goals in this way.
CEO
As you have mentioned we have been caught out on a couple of occasions and the coaching/playing group have been working on not allowing these easy scoring opportunities. We work hard for our goals and then give away walk in goals. Good observation Phil. The players did persevere last Friday night and deserved their win. Hopefully they can maintain the momentum and win this weekend at Prospect. Darryl Wintle
Megan
I live in Melbourne so I have to listen to the games on the radio. On Friday one of the commentators said that Dan Currie was injured and went down into the rooms during the game. Did anything happen to him, and will he be okay for this weekends game?
Football Operations
Daniel Currie copped a poke in the eye and needed 10 minutes to get his vision back. He will be fine this week. Darryl Wintle
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Tony
Can we get an injury update please and in particular the following players: Brian Fenton - I was told he is out for the year again with a knee injury? Luke Davey - did he cop a knock to the jaw Friday nights?
Football Operations
North Adelaide Injury Report Damian Cunningham – hamstring – indefinite Jonathon Platten – hand – 6-8 weeks Ben Williams – groin – indefinite Luke Teasdale – hand – 6 weeks Brian Fenton – knee – indefinite (having surgery Monday 16/4/12) Steven Pollock – ankle - test Luke Davey - Head - test (should be available this week) Darryl Wintle
Paul
Great work Roosters so good to see the Roosters on the board, even better than the win was the passion for it which will lead to more wins.
Administration
The players were definitely rewarded for their efforts on Friday night. They are well aware that it is only one win and they have to repeat that effort this week against the Eagles at Prospect Oval. The supporters were great also. Hope to see everyone there again on Saturday. Darryl Wintle
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Simon
I am really disappointed to see that a number of times this year the Roosters are going head to head with an AAMI stadium Crows game. I try t never miss a Roosters game but also enjoy the Crows and have a season ticket. If good crowds are important and supporters are being looked after, how does this happen so frequently? My choice is to go to the Crows because Imy Son and I have paid a fortune for our season tickets. Just expressing that if the game were on Friday night or Sunday, I would be enjoying the Roosters too.
Administration
Not much we can do. We do put up several requests to try and assist our draw before the program is set, but I suppose all clubs are doing it, so hard to get what we want. Greg Edwards
Wayne