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Jay Shannon
June 23, 2017
After much discussion with the Club over recent weeks, we can announce that Jay Shannon will move on from the Club and play the rest of the season with a community football club
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MCDONALD’S SA U18 TEAM – GAME 2
June 15, 2017
McDonald’s SA U18 coach Brenton Phillips has made four changes in preparation for the clash against the Allies at Adelaide Oval on Saturday morning.
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SANFL SMOKE FREE POLICY | MEMBER & SUPPORTER SURVEY
June 14, 2017
SANFL is seeking feedback from SANFL Club Members and Supporters to help us create a consistent and fair smoke-free policy across all SANFL venues.
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Thank you to our Gala Luncheon Donors
June 14, 2017
We would like to thank all of the businesses who kindly donated items for our Major & Silent Auction.
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INJURY UPDATE
June 13, 2017
See who is on the Injury List after Round 9 and when they are expected to return.
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NINE-A-SIDE CARNIVALS IN FULL SWING
June 11, 2017
SANFL is currently conducting a series of school-based nine-a-side carnivals around the metropolitan area in conjunction with the Adelaide Football Club. As many as 370 children participated in North Adelaide FC’s competition which was held last Friday with the Crows and Norwood FC at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre Parklands in North Adelaide.
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TOM SCHWARZ – 50 GAMES
June 09, 2017
Tom reaches his 50th game this weekend against Glenelg on the holiday Monday.
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Beer & Pie Matching thanks to West End and Vili’s
June 08, 2017
West End and Vili’s have a treat for you, celebrating the ultimate footy match – a beer and a pie. Sample a West End or James Squire beer or cider, expertly paired with the perfect flavour of a Vili’s pie. Look out for the James Squire marquee this Monday when we take on Glenelg.
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SANFL 140 Years | State Library Exhibition
June 07, 2017
Celebrate 140 years of SANFL in an exciting exhibition about South Australia’s much-loved game.
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INJURY UPDATE
June 06, 2017
Find out who is on our Injury list after Round 8 and when they are expected to return.
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Gala Luncheon Major & Auction Items
June 02, 2017
Excitement is building for our biggest off-field event for the year, our Long Table Gala Luncheon.
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LEIGH RYSWYK 200 GOALS!
June 01, 2017
Congratulations to Leigh Ryswyk who kicked his 200th Goal during our Round 7 clash with Adelaide at Prospect Oval.
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Rooster Birthdays June
June 01, 2017
Do you share a June Birthday with a Past or Present Rooster?
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Purchase a 2017 Indigenous Guernsey
May 29, 2017
Purchase a 2017 Match worn Indigenous Guernsey. $90 for NAFC Members | $95 for Non Members Call Reception 8344-8733 to order yours TODAY. First in, best dressed!
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INJURY REPORT
May 29, 2017
INJURY REPORT AFTER ROUND 7
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INDIGENOUS ROOSTERS
May 25, 2017
In honour of Indigenous Round we have put together a collection of some of our Past & Present Indigenous Players.
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ROUND 7 MATCH DAY INFORMATION
May 25, 2017
Join us at Prospect Oval this Saturday 27th May as we celebrate Indigenous Round.
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INDIGENOUS GUERNSEYS - Gunbekgun
May 24, 2017
Our League Team will be wearing Indigenous Guernseys this weekend designed by Indigenous artist Keelan Fejo.
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VISITING OUR EARLY HISTORY
May 24, 2017
On Sunday, 21 May the History Committee conducted two bus tours designed to inform participants about our Club’s origins and early history while visiting places of historical significance to those formative years. The tours were the brainchild of History Committee member Nick Haines who, despite living in Melbourne for the last 23 years, has extensively researched this period and is undoubtedly the expert in this area.
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NAFC Long Table Gala Luncheon
May 24, 2017
The North Adelaide Football Club Long Table Gala Luncheon, proudly sponsored by Terry Howe Printing Services is only 10 days away and we would love you to be a part of it!
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SANFL INDIGENOUS ROUND FOOTBALLS
May 24, 2017
SANFL will recognise the rich contribution made by is past and present Indigenous players in Round 7 of the Macca’s League. Indigenous Round will see all footballs being used in the five matches this weekend feature two separate designs from Indigenous artist Shane Cook.
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INJURY REPORT 
May 22, 2017
INJURY REPORT AFTER ROUND 6
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RESERVES TRIAL V STATE U18's
May 22, 2017
Our Reserves Team will play the SA State U18's Squad this Friday 26th May.
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2017 MCDONALD’S SA U16 SQUAD
May 18, 2017
A 45-player McDonald’s SA Under-16 Squad has been released which includes three North Adelaide Footballers.
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ROOSTERS TO RALLY FOR ROBRAN
May 18, 2017
Club Captain Mitch Clisby speaks on SANFL radio about the 50th anniversary of Barrie Robran's debut and our upcoming clash with Sturt.
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BARRIE ROBRAN 50 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
May 16, 2017
This weekend at Prospect Oval we are celebrating 50 years since Barrie Robran’s first League Match.
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Entertainment Books
May 15, 2017
Entertainment membership provides 2-for-1 offers or up to 50% off many of the best restaurants, cafés, arts, attractions, hotels, travel, shopping and much more
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KEN FARMER ENTRANCE TEMPORARILY CLOSED
May 15, 2017
The Ken Farmer (Main North Road) entrance will be temporarily closed from 1 May to mid-July due to the Clayton Church Homes redevelopment.
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Injury Update
May 11, 2017
See who is on the NAFC Injury list and when they are expected to return.
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2017 NAFC TEAM POSTERS
May 11, 2017
Our 2017 OFFICIAL TEAM POSTER HAS ARRIVED!
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SA U18 GIRLS TEAM
May 10, 2017
Congratulations to North Adelaide girls Chloe Scheer, Katelyn Rosenzweig and Kyesha Christensen who have all been selected in the SA U18’s State Team
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Long Table Gala Luncheon
May 05, 2017
We are now taking bookings for the 2017 NAFC Long Table Gala Luncheon Sponsored by Terry Howe Printing
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The 2017 McDonald’s SA Under-18 Squad
May 04, 2017
Featuring 46 players from all eight non-AFL aligned SANFL clubs, the McDonald’s SA U18 Squad will begin training on Monday May 15 ahead of lead-up matches against Tasmania U18 (May 20 at Football Park) and North Adelaide U18/Reserves (May 26 at Football Park).
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POWERADE BREAKTHROUGH PLAYER NOMINATION
May 03, 2017
Nominees for the Round 4 Powerade Breakthrough Player
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James and Cameron Craig – Milestones
May 02, 2017
In an ironic twist North’s Craig brothers James and Cameron will have extra incentive for a North win at Noarlunga on Sunday when they will both celebrate personal milestones. Ruckman James will reach his 100th game while defender Cameron notches his 50th game.
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UNDER 16'S PRESENATION NIGHT
May 01, 2017
The Under 16 Presentation Night will be a stand alone event this year and will be held in the Function Room at Prospect Oval. Guest Speaker will be Brenton Phillips, SANFL High Performance Manager – Talent and Coaching
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INJURY UPDATE
May 01, 2017
Find out which NAFC Players are on the injury list after Round 4 and when they are expected to return.
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Rooster Birthdays May
May 01, 2017
Find out which past and present Roosters celebrate a birthday in the month of May!
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Match Day at Prospect Oval FAQ's
April 27, 2017
We have put together some frequently asked questions about Match Day at Prospect Oval. We hope to see you this Saturday April 29 when the Mighty Roosters take on West Adelaide!
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Presidents Group Luncheon Invitation
April 26, 2017
The North Adelaide Football Club invites all Members and Supporters to our Vice Presidents Group Luncheon Saturday April 29. West Adelaide and NAFC Past Player Craig Burton will be the guest speaker!
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NAFC Women's Team Best & Fairest
April 24, 2017
Congratulations to the award winners at our Inaugural Women’s Best & Fairest.
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INJURY UPDATE
April 19, 2017
ROUND 2 INJURY UPDATE
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ALEX SPINA- 50 SANFL GAMES
April 18, 2017
Congratulations to Alex Spina who played his 50th SANFL Game at the Weekend against Central District Football Club
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ROUND 2- Match Day at Prospect Oval
April 11, 2017
ROUND 2 North Adelaide V Central District 14 April, Good Friday. Gates Open: 9:45 am
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NAFC WOMEN'S TEAM PRESENTATION NIGHT
April 10, 2017
We invite all NAFC Members and Supporters to attend our Inaugural  NAFC Women's Team Presentation night to be held in the Function Room at the North Adelaide Football Club. 
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Leigh Ryswyk – 200 Games
April 10, 2017
With Leigh becoming the most recent North Adelaide player to join the 200 games list I thought it would be interesting to reflect on who Leigh has played with over these games.
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Message from Club President Lee Virgin
April 05, 2017
As you are probably aware by now, we have already had football for the last 6 weeks or so in the form of the SANFL Womens League which culminated in the Grand Final last Saturday. Coached by Matt Slade and under the Captaincy of Jess Edwards, the girls gave it a really good go but were outplayed by Norwood and the better side won on the day. We can all be very proud of Matt and the girls as they were the vast improvers of the competition, a fact acknowledged by the Norwood skipper in the after match announcements. A bright future is in store for all the girls and they can look forward to next season with a great deal of confidence.
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LEAPING LEIGH REACHES 200
April 05, 2017
North Adelaide veteran Leigh Ryswyk has revealed he could have been a Redleg on the eve of his 200th game against Norwood at The Parade on Friday night.
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Ashman travels the distance for his beloved Roosters!
April 05, 2017
A great effort from our Presidents Group Country Member Tony Ashman who travelled down from Pt Lincoln twice already this year to watch his beloved Roosters!
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Rooster Birthdays- April 
April 03, 2017
Do you share a birthday with a Rooster Player?
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SANFL STATEWIDE SUPER WOMEN’S LEAGUE GRAND FINAL
March 29, 2017
Excitement is building ahead of the inaugural SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League Grand Final on Saturday.
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SCHEER WINS STAR SEARCH AWARD
March 29, 2017
Chloe Scheer has continued her winning ways after claiming the inaugural women's Powerade Star Search Award.
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Trial Match Results
March 27, 2017
Trial Match Results - North Adelaide V South Adelaide at Hickinbotham Oval
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TRIAL MATCH- NORTH ADELAIDE V SOUTH ADELAIDE
March 23, 2017
SATURDAY 25TH MARCH 2017 @ HICKINBOTHAM OVAL
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COACHES CORNER – JOSH CARR
March 23, 2017
North Adelaide coach Josh Carr will take inspiration from Sturt’s dramatic turnaround last year when the Roosters begin their 2017 SANFL Macca’s League campaign.
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NAFC Digital Pass
March 21, 2017
The NAFC Digital Pass offers Roosters fans a new and exciting way to engage with our great game! 
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North Adelaide Football Club History Tour
March 20, 2017
NORTH ADELAIDE FOOTBALL CLUB HISTORY TOUR DETAILS
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TRIAL MATCH TEAM SELECTION
March 16, 2017
NORTH ADELAIDE V WEST ADELAIDE, FRIDAY 17TH MARCH 2017 @ CITY MAZDA STADIUM
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CASUAL CATERING STAFF REQUIRED
March 16, 2017
The Club is seeking casual catering staff to work on Home Match days at Prospect Oval this season.
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SANFL AGM AWARDS
March 15, 2017
We would like to congratulate Leigh Ryswyk and Barry Dolman who were both honoured at the 2016 SANFL AGM, held last night at Football Park’s Convention Centre.
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Mad March - Win a Corporate Box for you and three friends!
March 10, 2017
Sign up as an Adult Member before March 31st for your chance to win a Corporate box for you and three others at our first Home Match for Season 2017!
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TRIAL MATCH TEAM LISTS
March 09, 2017
NAFC V PAFC, SATURDAY 11TH MARCH 2017 @ ALBERTON OVAL
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Wanted - Cheerleader Choreographer (Coach)
March 08, 2017
Apply today – applications close Tuesday 14th March, 12.00pm
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Cheerleader Auditions
March 08, 2017
NAFC Cheerleader Auditions will be held at the Club next Tuesday 14 March.
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Thank you to our Golf Day Sponsors
March 08, 2017
Thank you to all involved in our annual Golf Day being held next Friday March 17th at Tea Tree Gully Golf Club.
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ASHLEIGH’S AIMING HIGH
March 08, 2017
The Round 3 Powerade Star Search nominee, Woodland became the first player to kick four goals in a SANFL Statewide Super League match after her eye-catching display against the Bloods.
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ROOSTERS READY FOR REDEMPTION
March 07, 2017
Speaking on SANFL Radio, North coach Matt Slade said he was keen for his team to regain some respect after dishing up a disappointing performance to kick off the inaugural competition on February 17.
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2017 LONG SLEEVE GUERNSEY PRE ORDER
March 03, 2017
Pre order a 2017 Long sleeve guernsey with your choice of number on the back for no extra charge. Be quick orders close Friday March 10 at 5pm.
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Round 2 Powerade Star Search nomination- Chloe Scheer
March 02, 2017
Congratulations to Chloe Scheer on her Round 2 Powerade Star Search Nomination!
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2017 Leadership Group
March 01, 2017
The Club is very pleased to announce our Leadership Group for the 2017 season.
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2017 North Adelaide Senior List
February 28, 2017
Guernsey numbers for our 2017 Senior Squad list have been finalised. Player Profiles & updated photos coming to the website next week!
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Season Launch
February 24, 2017
Save the date. Our Season Launch is Friday March 31 at Prospect Oval
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COUNTRY TRAINING CAMP
February 23, 2017
Our best Country Under 16 talent attended a weekend camp at Melrose from Friday February 17 to Sunday February 19.
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Trial Games
February 22, 2017
Be there from the very start. Our Trial match dates have been set.
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SWEET SHEDS THE DREADS
February 20, 2017
Jordon Sweet is shaving his head to raise money for the Australian Cancer Research Foundation
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STATEWIDE SUPER WOMEN'S ROUND 1 
February 17, 2017
Round 1 is here for the Inaugural Statewide Super Women's League and it is history in the making when our Rooster Women take on Norwood in the first ever match of  SANFL Women's Football tonight at Coopers Stadium. 
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Final word from Matt Slade
February 16, 2017
As the coach, I can confidently say that I have thoroughly enjoyed working with this team. We cant wait to get onto the parade and show exactly what this team is made of. We are determined to establish ourselves as the bench mark of this competition through hard, physical work. Although we would never attempt to presume any outcomes, I am confident that everything that this group does on the field, will be done at absolute peak intensity and we will be content with whatever outcome this type of effort produces. 
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AGM 14.2.16
February 15, 2017
Many thanks to the members who were at our AGM on Tuesday evening. Again, it was great to have such a solid turnout (110 members), highlighting how much care our members have for their Club.
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AGM
February 14, 2017
AGM Details- Tuesday 14th February 2017
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Women's Round 1 North V Norwood
February 13, 2017
We encourage all NAFC Members and Supporters to be a part of history and attend Round One of the inaugural SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League this Friday night at Coopers Stadium.
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Jess Edwards to Captain Women's Team
February 09, 2017
A development player who has been training with Adelaide’s AFL Women’s side, Edwards had an outstanding season last year en route to representing her State as well as winning Adelaide University’s best-and-fairest award.
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Footy Fun Day at Prospect Oval
February 08, 2017
We would like to invite all girls aged 5-18 to our Footy Fun Day at Prospect Oval on Wednesday February 22nd.
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Footy Update
February 03, 2017
The pre-season is close to finishing and the players are looking forward to the upcoming trial game schedule.The team have performed strongly since November with the majority of the list on the track preparing themselves for the 2017 season. We have had minimal injury concerns allowing Josh Carr to have strong numbers on the field to implement our structures and game style.
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YOUNG STARS AT THE FOOTY
February 01, 2017
We have recently been sent this photo of a couple of our senior players when they were coming through our junior development program
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February Rooster Birthdays
February 01, 2017
Do you share a February birthday with a past or present Rooster?
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SLADE SLIPS BACK INTO NORTH ADELAIDE
January 23, 2017
North Adelaide coach Matt Slade says he was excited to answer the call to be the club’s inaugural coach in the SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League.
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INAUGURAL SANFL STATEWIDE SUPER WOMEN’S LEAGUE FIXTURE
January 20, 2017
SANFL has unveiled its 2017 Statewide Super Women’s League fixture with a blockbuster Friday night season opener at Coopers Stadium on 17th February.
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2017 NAFC Copyworld Toshiba Golf Day
January 18, 2017
We are now taking bookings for the 2017 NAFC Copyworld Toshiba Golf Day
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Tourrific
January 16, 2017
Join us this Tuesday January 17 at the the Tourrific Prospect Street Party.
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Rooster Birthdays January
January 11, 2017
Do you share a birthday with a past or present Rooster?
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Robert Gerard AO returns to Prospect Oval
December 22, 2016
The North Adelaide Football Club is extremely pleased to announce that our Club Patron and highly respected patriarch Robert Gerard AO has returned to Prospect Oval for the 2017 season.
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SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League - NAFC Team List!
December 21, 2016
Our squad list has been released for the inaugural SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League, which kicks off on February 17
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Bremerton Wines - Premier Partner for our NAFC Womens Team
December 19, 2016
It is with great pleasure that we announce Bremerton Wines as our Premier Partner for our NAFC Womens team in 2017.
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Christmas Office Hours
December 16, 2016
Our Office is closed from noon today and will re open Monday 9am
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NAFC Women's Coaches
December 15, 2016
There has been plenty of work going on behind the scenes regards the exciting introduction of our new NAFC Womens team in early 2017. We are extremely pleased to announce that the Head Coach for our inaugural Womens team
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AGM
December 14, 2016
Annual General Meeting Details
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SANFL ANNOUNCES NEW NAMING RIGHTS PARTNER
December 14, 2016
South Australia’s elite football competition will become known as the SANFL Macca’s League following the signing of a major new sponsorship agreement with McDonald’s. The new two-year agreement builds on a 13-year relationship between the SANFL and McDonald’s South Australia, which has previously sponsored SANFL’s junior football, the Macca’s Cup and Shield competitions and SANFL’s U15, U16 and U18 State teams.
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Football Update – December 2016
December 09, 2016
Pre-season training is underway and the players have returned in good condition to attack the pre-Christmas phase of the program.
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Coaching News
December 09, 2016
We welcome Michael Handby and Ryan Burnell back to the coaching staff for the 2017 season.
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Membership hotline!
December 08, 2016
Our Membership hotline is now up and running! Memberships can now be purchased by calling 1300 234 851
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VALE Bob Geisler
December 07, 2016
The North Adelaide Football Club must sadly inform supporters of the passing of Robert (Bob) Geisler.
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SANFL Women’s Teams Announced
November 30, 2016
The four clubs selected to be part of the inaugural women’s league are; Glenelg, North Adelaide, Norwood and West Adelaide.
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Rooster Birthdays December
November 30, 2016
Do you share a December birthday with a Rooster? 
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AFL Draft
November 28, 2016
Congratulations to the North Adelaide Footballers selected at the November 25 AFL Draft
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DRAFT INSIGHT
November 24, 2016
Departing North Adelaide development manager Brad Dodd has provided an insight into the Roosters set to be chosen in Friday’s AFL National Draft.
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2016 SA Mock Draft
November 24, 2016
As the 2016 AFL National Draft in Adelaide fast approaches, the SANFL’s ZAC MILBANK predicts the South Australians who could be selected on November 25.
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WILL'S WAIT NEARLY OVER
November 23, 2016
Will Hayward is still very much in the dark about his AFL destination as he arrives in Sydney for Friday’s AFL National Draft.
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Handby returns to the NAFC
November 21, 2016
The NAFC is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Handby into the Development Coach role made vacant by the departure of Brad Dodd back to WA.  Michael had been an Assistant League Coach with the Roosters from 2013 to 2015, including as our interim senior coach in late 2015, and then under Brad Gotch at South Adelaide as their defensive coach in 2016.
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Ken Farmer SA Sport Hall of Fame
November 18, 2016
The North Adelaide Football Club is thrilled that the late Ken Farmer was last night inducted into the SA Football Hall of Fame.
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Tanner Smith joins the NAFC
November 15, 2016
The NAFC is pleased to announce the signing of Tanner Smith from the Fremantle FC
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CHAMPION DATA’S SA TOP 10 PROSPECTS FOR THE AFL DRAFT
November 15, 2016
Three North Adelaide Footballers have been named in Champion Data's top 10 prospects for the upcoming AFL National Draft.
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NOTICE TO MEMBERS - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
November 14, 2016
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Members of the North Adelaide Football Club Inc. and The Roosters Club Inc. will be held in the Function Room, Menzies Crescent, Prospect on Tuesday 14th February 2017 at 7.00 pm.
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FOOTBALL UPDATE - RECRUITS
November 11, 2016
The North Adelaide Football Club is pleased to announce the signings of Keenan Ramsey, Matt Appleton and Ben Darrou for the 2017 season.
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McHappy Day
November 10, 2016
Join us for McHappy Day this Saturday, 12th November!
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Rooster Birthday November
November 01, 2016
Do you share a birthday with a Rooster?
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Melbourne Cup Office Closure
November 01, 2016
Our Office will be closed from 1:30pm today
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Adelaide Crows nominate Ben Jarman
October 31, 2016
The Adelaide Football Club has nominated Ben Jarman as a potential father-son recruit at the AFL draft.
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Tom Schwarz New York Marathon
October 28, 2016
This November Tom Schwarz will be pounding the pavement at one of the most famous sporting events in the world – the New York City Marathon!
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2017 Membership
October 28, 2016
Launching early November
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Football Update – October 2016
October 20, 2016
Since the end of the 2016 season, we have conducted our end of season reviews and endeavoured to get the commitment of the playing group for 2017.
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Reserves Premiership Photo
October 14, 2016
Reserves Premiership photo available to purchase directly from our Club photographer Deb Curtis.
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Bohdan Jaworskyj announces retirement
October 11, 2016
To all NAFC members and supporters, Bohdan Jaworskyj, our Club President of the past 16 years, announced his decision to retire from the Board of Directors effective from the next AGM in February 2017. Bohdan announced to the attendees at the Barrie Robran Club Champion Awards last Friday that he had decided it was time to move on and hand the role over to someone else after a long tenure in the role. 
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Rooster Birthdays October
October 10, 2016
Do you share a birthday with a Rooster?
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2016 Presentation Night award Winners
October 08, 2016
Congratulations to the 2016 Club Champion Award Winners and thank you to the generous donors.
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VALE John Donisthorpe
October 07, 2016
The North Adelaide Football Club is saddened to inform members of the passing of one of our oldest players, John Donisthorpe. 
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Susan Girke joins the NAFC Board
October 04, 2016
The Board of Directors of the North Adelaide Football Club are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Girke to the Board
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Sponsor Signing- North Adelaide Hotel
September 30, 2016
We are excited to announce the signing of North Adelaide Hotel
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Ride for Rhonda
September 29, 2016
This November Lewis Hender will ride from Melbourne to Adelaide to raise money for brain cancer research.
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Barrie Robran Club Champion Presentation Night
September 28, 2016
The Barrie Robran Club Champion Medal, awarded to North Adelaide's Best and Fairest Player, will be held on Friday 7 October at the Ellington, Hackney Road.
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2016 SANFL Reserves Premiers
September 27, 2016
Congratulations to our Reserves Team who are the 2016 SANFL Reserve Grade Premiers!
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Club Statement Under 18's
September 22, 2016
The NAFC Board and Management are extremely proud of our Under 18’s performances throughout the season and in particular, how they attacked the finals series and more so, the Grand Final.  Under challenging conditions, the boys remained strong and focussed and applied enough pressure and intensity through the match to find themselves level at the last kick of the day.
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Grand Final Information
September 19, 2016
Reserves Grand Final | Eagles v North - 11:15am at Adelaide Oval
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Finals Results
September 19, 2016
Reserves Preliminary Final
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BRENTON PHILLIPS-SA Football Hall of Fame
September 14, 2016
Congratulations to Brenton Philips who was last night inducted into the SA Hall of Fame.
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Game Results
September 12, 2016
Results from the weekends Games. Under 18's, Reserves and Girls Footy.
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Dakota Nixon- 2016 McCallum Tomkins Medal
September 07, 2016
Congratulations to Dakota Nixon who has won the 2016 McCallum Tomkins Medal for the Under-18 Macca’s Cup Competition.
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2016 ADVERTISER SANFL TEAM OF YEAR
September 05, 2016
The final squad of 40 players to be considered for the 2016 Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year has been released.
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Elimination Final Scores- 
September 05, 2016
Elimination Final Scores
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Girls Footy-Round 2 Results
September 05, 2016
Girls Footy-Round 2 Results. North Adelaide V Norwood at Prospect Oval.
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Rooster Birthdays- September
September 02, 2016
Do you share a birthday with a Rooster?
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Finals Footy Fixture
August 29, 2016
Both our 18's and Reserves Teams will be playing in elimination finals this weekend.
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Girls Football-Round 1 Results
August 29, 2016
Girls Footy - Round 1 North Adelaide V Central Districts Final Scores.
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Project Discovery Classic
August 26, 2016
The Neil Sachse Foundation is hosting a 3 day cycling classic November 14-16, 2016 to raise money for “Project Discovery”. There is an opportunity for sponsors for the event. Two of the four sponsorship packages includes a cyclist or cyclists in the event.  This provides an excellent opportunity to show case your business via your logo on the Lycra during and after the event.
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Rooster Reminisces Round 22 Season 1987
August 25, 2016
A look back at a memorable match from each round.
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Annual Members Lottery Results
August 15, 2016
Results
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Roosters Reminisces Round 21 Season 1972
August 14, 2016
A look back at a memorable match from each round.
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Roosters Reminisces Round 20 Season 1982
August 11, 2016
A look back at a memorable match from each round.
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Match Day Information
August 10, 2016
Round 20 North Adelaide V South Adelaide
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Last Presidents Group Luncheon for Season 2016
August 09, 2016
1991 Premiership Team Players in attendance
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Neil Sachse Foundation- Project Discovery Classic Bike Ride
August 09, 2016
Neil Sachse along with wonderful support from Kevin O’Keeffe and many others are organising the Project Discovery Classic Bike Ride in November.
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VALE – Lance Tuckey
August 05, 2016
There have been few who can rival the contribution that Lance Tuckey made to the red and white jumper. He played 32 games for the club and kicked 97 goals during his short playing time with the Roosters. However, an even greater contribution was to follow.
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Girls Football Macca’s Talent Shield
August 05, 2016
On behalf of the North Adelaide Football Club we would like to thank all players who have signed up for what will be an exciting competition. The season is just around the corner, with our first training session this Tuesday at Prospect Oval. We are still seeking participants, with all girls in the required age group (born between 2000 and 2004) more than welcome. There is the option of registering at training, or follow the provided link.
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Rooster Reminisces Round 19 Season 2004
August 04, 2016
A look back at a memorable match from each round.
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Your chance to win Two Adelaide Oval Roofclimb Tickets
August 04, 2016
Attend Round 19 North Adelaide V Port Adelaide for your chance to win Two Adelaide Oval Roof Climb Tickets
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Female Super Clinic at Prospect Oval
August 01, 2016
Female Super Clinic at Prospect Oval Tuesday afternoon for participants born 2000-2004
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UNDER 16 CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE HEAD COACH POSITION AVAILABLE
August 01, 2016
This position represents a wonderful opportunity to work with a club committed to success and be part of a highly successful junior development program.
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Rooster Birthdays- August
August 01, 2016
Do you share a birthday with a Rooster?
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Milestone Games
July 30, 2016
Milestone Games for Joe Anderson & Leigh Ryswyk today
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Cohen Thiele Announces Retirement
July 29, 2016
Wednesday night at training Cohen informed the Club and Playing Group that he will be retiring from SANFL Football
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Rooster Reminisces Round 18 Season 1974
July 28, 2016
look back at a memorable match from each round
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Match worn Indigenous guernseys still available
July 26, 2016
The 9 circles on the guernsey (also on the Boomerang) represent our 9 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander players and their respective Aboriginal country.   Each circle has 3 layers of dots, representing Women, Men and Children who become connected to NAFC through the players.
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Roosters Reminisces Round 17 Season 1946
July 21, 2016
A look back at a memorable match from each round.
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Under 15 & Under 17 State Championships Day 3
July 21, 2016
Under 15 & Under 17 State Championships at My Money House Oval 
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Under 15 & Under 17 State Championships Day 3
July 21, 2016
Under 15 & Under 17 State Championships at My Money House Oval 
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Female Football is back for Season 2016!
July 21, 2016
No football experience is necessary!
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Under 15 & Under 17 State Championships at Prospect Oval
July 19, 2016
Under 15 & Under 17 State Championships today and tomorrow at Prospect Oval.
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2016 NAFC Indigenous Guernseys are for sale!
July 18, 2016
Own a piece of limited edition North Adelaide Football Club Merchandise designed by Vice Captain Marlon Motlop.
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Roosters Reminisces Round 16 Season 1967
July 15, 2016
A look back at a memorable match from each round.
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Indigenous Round
July 12, 2016
As part of Indigenous Round celebrations, we will be wearing a special one-off Guernsey designed by Vice Captain Marlon Motlop.
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POWERADE STAR SEARCH NOMINEE – JAKE LISTON
July 12, 2016
The Round 15 Powerade Star Search nominee is Jake Liston
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AIME Mentoring Program – Marlon Motlop & Derick Wanganeen
July 12, 2016
In the lead-up to our Round 16 Indigenous Round clash with Norwood (Sun 17th July at Coopers Stadium), we had a chat with our very own Marlon Motlop and Derick Wanganeen who are proud ambassadors of the AIME Program, working with students across SA.   Both have an indigenous background and share the experience of having spent time in an elite football program and believe in the benefits of Mentoring Indigenous youth and giving back to their culture and community.
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Round 14 Home Match Raffle uncollected prize. 
July 11, 2016
If you have ticket number 66587 from the Roosters Round 14 match against Adelaide
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AFL Debut- Oleg Markov
July 08, 2016
Congratulations to Oleg Markov
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U16 National Carnival MVP
July 08, 2016
Congratulations to Connor Rozee
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Rooster Reminisces Round 15 Season 2005
July 07, 2016
A look back at a memorable match from each round.
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Mitch Harvey 50 SANFL Games
July 02, 2016
Congratulations to Mitch Harvey who will play his 50th SANFL Game today!
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Football Update- Cohen Thiele & Derick Wanganeen
July 01, 2016
We wish to confirm that we have been working with and supporting Cohen Thiele through some personal issues, and have agreed with Cohen that he should take a leave of absence from the Club and football in general to concentrate on taking care of these important matters.
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Rooster Reminisces Round 14 Season 1997
July 01, 2016
A look back at a memorable match from each round
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Rooster Birthdays - July
June 30, 2016
Do you share a birthday with a Rooster?
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Jack Graham wins National U18’s Award
June 30, 2016
McDonald’s SA Under-18 captain Jack Graham has been awarded the Larke Medal
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State U18 Results
June 24, 2016
McDonald's SA U18s v Vic Country
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Rooster Reminisces - Round 13 1938
June 23, 2016
A look back at a memorable match from each round.
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POWERADE STAR SEARCH NOMINEE – STEPHEN TAHANA
June 21, 2016
The Round 12 Powerade Star Search nominee is Stephen Tahana
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Round 12 North Adelaide v West Adelaide
June 17, 2016
Whats happening at Prospect Oval this weekend?
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Rooster Reminisces Round 12, Season 2006.
June 16, 2016
A look back at a memorable match from each round.
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POWERADE STAR SEARCH NOMINEE – SAM DE LEONARDIS
June 15, 2016
The Round 11 Powerade Star Search nominee is Sam De Leonardis!
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Entertainment Books
June 09, 2016
Entertainment Books are now back in stock!
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Merchandise Order Arrival
June 09, 2016
Vest & Softshell Jackets are now back in stock!
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Michael Clinch
June 09, 2016
The North Adelaide Football Club would like to advise members & supporters of the departure last week of Michael Clinch.
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Roosters Reminisces Round 11, Season 2007
June 09, 2016
A look back at a memorable match from each round.
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Rooster Birthdays June
June 02, 2016
Do you share a birthday with a Rooster?
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Rooster Reminisces Round 10 Season 1980
May 26, 2016
A look back at a memorable match from each round
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WEST END STATE SQUAD
May 23, 2016
Two Roosters named in the final squad of 25
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Roosters Reminisces Round 9 Season 1990
May 19, 2016
A look back at a memorable match from each round.
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Marlon Motlop 50 Games
May 13, 2016
Congratulations to Marlon Motlop who this week plays his 50th Club Game.
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Roosters Reminisces Season 1994
May 12, 2016
A look back at a memorable match from each round.
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State Game Ticket Offer
May 12, 2016
With five Roosters named in the squad, this is something no Roosters fan will want to miss! Simply use your Season or 10 Home match ticket to gain access to the West End State Game
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Home Match Winning Ticket
May 09, 2016
The winning ticket for the Round 7 Home Match Raffle is ticket number 54803.
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A letter to all NAFC Supporters
May 06, 2016
A letter to all NAFC Supporters from Senior Coach Josh Carr
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Roosters Reminisces Season 1971
May 05, 2016
A look back at a memorable match from each round.
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Football News
May 03, 2016
North Adelaide has seven Players named in the Under 18 State Squad
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Rooster Birthdays May
May 03, 2016
Do you share a birthday with a Rooster?
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Prostate Cancer Awareness
May 01, 2016
Round 6 proudly supporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
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Past Player & Officials Pre Match Function
April 29, 2016
Round 6 Sunday 1 May is the first of three Past Player & Official Functions being held at the Club.
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2016 WEST END STATE SQUAD
April 29, 2016
Congratulations to our five Roosters who have been selected for the 2016 West End State Team
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VALE Billy McKenzie
April 28, 2016
The Club must sadly inform Members of the passing of Billy McKenzie
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Roosters Fixture survey- Have your say
April 28, 2016
The Board put forward that the SANFL need to return the draw to a status of Saturday Home games one week Home and an Away game the week after, much like it used to be before we had our AFL sides. We are therefore proposing a survey of members to see if you agree with our thoughts and we can then relay this information back to the SANFL.
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Members Only Merchandise
April 28, 2016
We have now officially sold out of Members only caps.
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Roosters Reminisces Round 6 Season 1983
April 28, 2016
A look back at a memorable match from each round.
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VALE John Tidswell
April 22, 2016
The Club must sadly inform Members of the passing of dual North Adelaide League Premiership Player
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Rooster Reminisces Round 5 Season 1960
April 21, 2016
A look back at a memorable match from each round
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Funeral details for Tony Skeffington
April 21, 2016
The funeral for Tony Skeffington will be held on Tuesday 26 April i
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VALE Tony Skeffington
April 19, 2016
We are deeply saddened by the passing of long time member and one of our most passionate supporters, Tony Skeffington.
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North Adelaide Football Club Annual Members Lottery
April 18, 2016
​Tickets are $2.00 each with full proceeds going towards the Youth Development Program. There have only been 1,500 books printed - So your chance of winning is strong!
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'For the Love of the Jumper'
April 18, 2016
Results from our second 'For the Love of the Jumper' poll are in.
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Roosters Reminisces Round 4 Season 2006
April 13, 2016
A look back at a memorable game from each round
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Please join us in welcoming Tom Schwarz
April 13, 2016
We are extremely pleased to announce the arrival of talented midfielder Tom Schwarz to our Club
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Major Partner agrees to extend their Support of the NAFC
April 12, 2016
It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce to our NAFC community that our Major Partner Copyworld Toshiba has agreed to extend their support of our Club for a further two years following this year. This is wonderful news and comes on the back of an outstanding relationship and understanding of how to work together and what is important to each other.
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Past Players
April 12, 2016
The Eagles Past Players have invited North Adelaide Past Players to North Adelaide vs Eagles at Woodville Sunday April 17.
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NAFC Crowd Behaviour
April 11, 2016
Disappointingly, some of our supporters behaviour in the outer at Alberton Oval on Saturday was a disgrace. We have received several complaints today from our own supporters who have been so affected by this language and behaviour that they are weighing up whether to continue to attend our matches in the future
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Training
April 11, 2016
There are three training sessions this week at Prospect Oval. All Members and Supporters are welcome to come along and watch from the grandstand.
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Roosters Reminisces Round 3 Season 1991
April 08, 2016
A look back at a memorable match from each round.
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Welcome to our new Sponsors for Season 2016
April 06, 2016
The NAFC would like to welcome our new Sponsors for Season 2016
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Members Only Merchandise
April 06, 2016
Members Caps & Scarves are now available!
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Round 2 Powerade Star Search nominee
April 05, 2016
The Round 2 Powerade Star Search nominee is our very own Maris Olekalns!
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Training Times
April 04, 2016
There are two training sessions this week at Prospect Oval. All Members and Supporters are welcome to come along and watch from the grandstand.
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Electronic Ticketing at Prospect Oval
April 03, 2016
Please be advised that the new SANFL Electronic ticketing system is running for the first time at Prospect Oval today.
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Membership Draw Winner
April 01, 2016
Congratulations to Daniel Goodwin
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Roosters Reminisces- Round 2 Season 1900
March 31, 2016
A look back at e memorable match from each round
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Rooster Birthdays April
March 31, 2016
Do you share a birthday with a Rooster?
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History Display in the Function Room
March 31, 2016
Our History Committee would like to take this opportunity to advise you all that there is a brand new display in the Function Room
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Melrose Camp
March 31, 2016
Over the weekend of the 14th February, the NAFC Country Squads Camp was held at Melrose. The camp was at the Church of England Camp and was attended by the best young lads aged 16 & 17 from our Country Leagues viz. Northern Areas, Spencer Gulf and Whyalla. The camp commenced Friday night with a get to know you which included a game of soccer. Later physical details and a vertical jump test made for a bit more fun amongst the boys.
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Injury Report
March 29, 2016
SANTILLO, Kahlin- Knee -Round 14/15, McINERNEY, Sam- Hand -Indefinite, SLEE, Harrison- Ankle -Indefinite, BOLES, Patrick- Back -Indefinite
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Training
March 28, 2016
Training times for this week at Prospect Oval : Monday 28 March, 5:30pm Prospect Oval
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Presidents Group Lunch
March 28, 2016
Sunday 3rd April 2016| 12:15pm for 12:30pm start. $60 per person. Includes 2 Course meal, beer, wine, soft drink and afternoon tea in the Prospect Pavilion.
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MILESTONE
March 25, 2016
Milestones games today for the following NAFC Players: Ben Jarman - League debut
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Roosters Reminisces - Round 1
March 24, 2016
A look back at a memorable match from each round
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INJURY REPORT – ROUND 1
March 22, 2016
Wade THOMPSON – QUAD – ROUND 2-3, Cohen THIELE – CALF – ROUND 2, Luke WHARTON – HAMSTRING – TEST
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NAFC V WWTFC
March 17, 2016
NAFC V WWTFC -FRIDAY 18TH MARCH @ THEBARTON OVAL.
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Final Scores
March 11, 2016
Trial Match V West Adelaide
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Trial #2
March 10, 2016
North V West Friday 11th March
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We want you!
March 09, 2016
We are currently looking for a Zone Coaching Coordinator to work with all the clubs within the NAFC Metropolitan zone. The Zone Coaching Coordinator will work with the SANFL / NAFC and all Club Coach Coordinators to ensure that coaches at our local clubs are the best of any sport here in SA. This includes supporting coach education, assistance with training & drills, and being an adviser when it comes to other coaching matters.
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We want you!
March 09, 2016
We are currently looking for a Zone Coaching Coordinator
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2016 COPYWORLD TOSHIBA PRESIDENTS GROUP GOLF DAY
March 03, 2016
On behalf of the Presidents Group Golf Day Committee thank you to all who played and supported the Copyworld Toshiba North Adelaide Football Club Golf Day on 26 February 2016. The day was a huge success with great weather, great golf course, good player numbers and strong corporate support. The day raised funds which the President’s Group will put towards player related projects and welfare initiatives.
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2016 COPYWORLD TOSHIBA PRESIDENTS GROUP GOLF DAY
March 03, 2016
On behalf of the Presidents Group Golf Day Committee
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Rooster Birthdays March
February 29, 2016
Do you share a birthday with a Rooster?
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Rooster Birthdays March
February 29, 2016
Do you share a birthday with a Rooster?
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Club Captain & Leadership Group
February 26, 2016
The NAFC is very pleased to announce that
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Club Captain & Leadership Group
February 26, 2016
The NAFC is very pleased to announce that
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NAFC V NORWOOD
February 25, 2016
League & Reserves Team
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NAFC V NORWOOD
February 25, 2016
League & Reserves Team
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VALE Neil McCann
February 24, 2016
The club must sadly inform members of the passing of a Rooster legend
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NAFC Water Runners Wanted
February 24, 2016
NAFC is looking for volunteer water runners
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NAFC Water Runners Wanted
February 24, 2016
NAFC is looking for volunteer water runners
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VALE Neil McCann
February 24, 2016
The club must sadly inform members of the passing of a Rooster legend
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2016 Guernsey Numbers
February 23, 2016
A full list of the 2016 Playing Squad and their guernsey numbers
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2016 Guernsey Numbers
February 23, 2016
A full list of the 2016 Playing Squad and their guernsey numbers
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Golf Day Auction Items & Sponsors
February 18, 2016
With one week to go until our golf day
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Golf Day Auction Items & Sponsors
February 18, 2016
With one week to go until our golf day
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Pre Order Merchandise
February 15, 2016
Pre-Order new Merchandise items today!
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Pre Order Merchandise
February 15, 2016
Pre-Order new Merchandise items today!
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2016 Calendar
February 12, 2016
13 Month Calendar now available from reception
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2016 Calendar
February 12, 2016
13 Month Calendar now available from reception
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AGM
February 10, 2016
Many thanks to the members who were at our AGM
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AGM
February 10, 2016
Many thanks to the members who were at our AGM
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Season Launch
February 09, 2016
2016 Season Launch & Family Day Saturday 12th March
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2016 Cheerleader Auditions
February 09, 2016
Saturday 13th February
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Season Launch
February 09, 2016
2016 Season Launch & Family Day Saturday 12th March
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2016 Cheerleader Auditions
February 09, 2016
Saturday 13th February
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Vale: Graham Ashby
February 05, 2016
It is with deep regret that we must inform
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Vale: Graham Ashby
February 05, 2016
It is with deep regret that we must inform
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Vale Lloyd Weston
February 03, 2016
The North Adelaide Football Club sadly informs members
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Vale Lloyd Weston
February 03, 2016
The North Adelaide Football Club sadly informs members
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NAB AFL Academy
February 02, 2016
Roosters Represent
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NAB AFL Academy
February 02, 2016
Roosters Represent
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Rooster Birthdays February
January 29, 2016
Do you share a birthday with a Rooster?
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Rooster Birthdays February
January 29, 2016
Do you share a birthday with a Rooster?
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NO UNDER 16 / 18 TRAINING TUESDAY JANUARY 26
January 22, 2016
Due the Australia Day Holiday
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NO UNDER 16 / 18 TRAINING TUESDAY JANUARY 26
January 22, 2016
Due the Australia Day Holiday
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NAFC Trials
January 21, 2016
2016 Trial Game Fixture
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NAFC Trials
January 21, 2016
2016 Trial Game Fixture
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Heat Policy
January 19, 2016
As per our heat policy
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Heat Policy
January 19, 2016
As per our heat policy
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Tourrific Prospect
January 14, 2016
Roosters at Tourrific
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Tourrific Prospect
January 14, 2016
Roosters at Tourrific
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Brandan Parfitt stars for NT U18's
January 01, 0001
Classy midfielder Brandon Parfitt delivered a best on ground performance for Northern Territory to show why he will be highly sought after at this year's NAB AFL Draft.
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Reserves - Round 9 vs Glenelg
June 13, 2017
After a barnstorming win over the Eagles last Saturday, Prospect Oval was the venue for our Round 9 clash with the Tigers. We made three changes, with Jed Woolford, Patrick Boles and Jake Liston into the team, with Zac Slade out, Bryce Denham playing on Saturday in the Under 18’s side and Jay Shannon was elevated to league duty.
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League Round 9 vs Glenelg
June 13, 2017
We flew out of the blocks, with Jordie McKenzie kicking the opening goal, just 26 seconds into the game. Glenelg hit back with three goals in the space of 6 minutes to open up a handy break before we fought back. Jay Shannon kicked his first goal after a terrific mark from behind his defender before Lewis Hender added his first goal after a spectacular mark
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Under 18 Round 8 vs Glenelg
June 13, 2017
Despite Glenelg have some control for the first 15 minutes of the game, we were never headed once we hit the front before quarter time. Glenelg led 4 goals to 2 during that period before we put on 6 unanswered goals. They kicked two but we steadied and scored the last two before half time to lead by 22 points at the change.
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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.
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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.