No updates for a while over christmas and new years break. Hope you all have had a great 2009 and make sure 2010 is much better. Missing footy season already,counting down the days till NAB starts:) great to see all the new goodlookin boys come our way to our footy club.:)not too long till fotty season starts again in 2010.Hope next years a successfull year for our boys if its a send of to the oldeys of the team bring home that premiership :)(L) hope you all have gotten member ships or are getting them in the new year to support the team, have a merry and safe christmas and a wonderfull new year see you all in 2010 GO THE CROWS
ADELAIDE onballer Brad Symes has been added to the club’s leadership group for 2010.
The group, which will again be led by captain Simon Goodwin, also includes Tyson Edwards, Brett Burton, Nathan van Berlo, Ben Rutten, Michael Doughty and Scott Stevens.
Symes’ inclusion in the player-elected group marks a significant turnaround for the 24-year-old, who was on the outer at Port Adelaide just two years ago.
The hard-working utility managed just 20 games in three seasons with the Power and was traded to the Crows at the end of 2007.
He quickly established himself as a regular in the Adelaide line-up playing 16 games in his first season, but it hasn’t all been smooth sailing.
Symes broke bones in both arms last summer after falling off the back of a moving vehicle, while hitching a ride from Max Basheer Reserve to the club’s temporary locker room on the other side of AAMI Stadium.
The injury cost Symes the opening two games of the season, but on Friday he said the unfortunate event had been a blessing in disguise.
“I sat down at the time and because I was injured and couldn’t do much for two or three months I thought, ‘how can I contribute to the team and improve as a person as well?’ Symes said.
“The leadership was the one thing I actually could do having a cast on each arm. I sat down and worked on it and it’s obviously shone through now.”
Symes is the only new face in the leadership group from last season and he admitted it came as a shock when his name was read out as part of the announcement before training on Friday morning.
“It’s something that when I woke up this morning I didn’t come to the club expecting,” he said.
“We had a pretty rock-solid leadership group last season and I didn’t see that changing going into next year, but leadership is something that I’ve been working on in the last year or two ever since I got to the club.
“It’s a massive honour to be acknowledged by my peers that I’ve been doing some of that work and they’ve seen that come through.”
Goodwin will enter his third season as captain of the Crows.
Last month, coach Neil Craig gave the five-time All-Australian a glowing endorsement saying he was developing into possibly the “greatest captain” the club had ever seen.
Goodwin expressed his pride in leading the club he grew up supporting and said he didn’t see the need to pass the baton to a younger player.
“I don’t think you can pick and choose whether you’re going to be a leader or not. It’s up to the playing group and the amount of influence you have on that playing group,” Goodwin said.
“I think the great thing about this footy club is that the leadership runs really deep. I know if I walk away and four or five other guys walk away from the footy club right now this playing group would still be in a strong position in terms of leadership.”
Few footballers could lay claim to flying helicopters in their spare time, but for Adelaide’s newest young rookie it was his job as much as it was his hobby.
Luke Thompson was originally from the town of Wangaratta but moved down south to Port Campbell when he was 11 after his Dad started a helicopter business.
They took scenic tours over the 12 Apostles on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road and Thompson spent a lot of time working with his father.
He was limited to groundwork as soon as football became his number one priority but he found the time to earn a private licence.
“I never got my commercial licence because footy got pretty serious I didn’t have time so I did my private licence in a couple of months,” said Thompson, who missed the last half of the TAC Cup with a shoulder injury.
“I just hit the study really hard and hit the flying hard and got that out of the way. So I’m a private pilot and I love doing that.
“Anytime Dad had time off or I had spare time from footy we’d go for a fly. So I suppose it’s something different that not many people do.”
Thompson caught the attention of Adelaide’s recruiters playing in defence for Vic Country at the national carnival.
At 192cm he is another tall utility having played on a wing and also up forward for the Geelong Falcons in the U18 competition.
He played with Patrick Dangerfield in 2008 before a more consistent year in 2009 until shoulder surgery after the championships ruled him out for the remainder of the season.
Despite missing selection at November’s national draft Thompson remained confident he would end up on an AFL list.
“I knew Adelaide were keen in the actual national draft and when that didn’t happen I thought they had picked all their talls,” he said.
“I got a phone call the day before the rookie draft and I thought if I hadn’t gone before 17 than Adelaide would take me.
“Sure enough it happened so I’m gearing myself up for Adelaide and ready to go.”
Thompson will fly over on Thursday to join the club and begin testing and some training on Friday before returning to Victoria next week for the Christmas break.
He says he is looking forward to learning the ropes from fellow Geelong Falcon Dangerfield.
“It’s good to have someone there that I know and that I played footy with; he’s doing well for himself,” Thompson said.
“When I get over there I’ll be able to learn off him and he can take me under his wings. He trains pretty hard so it’ll be good.”
Recruiting manager Matt Rendell talks about the club’s selections in the 2010 NAB AFL Rookie Draft
“We had Luke Thompson rated pretty high up in the national draft, so we were happy to get him. I know he’s another versatile, key-position player and we’ve loaded up on them this year but he was just too good a player to pass up.
“We knew enough about Matthew Wright and Matthew Jaensch to pick them and I didn’t think anyone else was going to take them anyway. They were the two blokes we’d been targeting from the South Australian system over the last couple of weeks.
“They’re two of the better midfielders in the SANFL and they’ve missed out on being drafted over the last year or two for various reasons. They’ve both had a couple of good years playing in a really tough competition.”
Selection No.17: Luke Thompson
DOB: 8/02/91, Height: 192cm, Weight: 85kg
Recruited from: Geelong Falcons/Timboon (VIC)
“Luke’s a fantastic kid. His psychological testing was as good as we’ve seen and he’ll fit in really easily. He played two years in the TAC Cup and during that time he played wing, forward and also down back. He represented Vic Country in the U18 Championships and had a fantastic contest with Western Australian Jack Darling, who is going to go in the first couple of picks next year. Luke had a shoulder operation after the championships, so he’s going to be a slow starter but his physical testing earlier in the season was outstanding.”
Selection No.33: Matthew Wright
DOB: 14/12/89, Height: 179cm, Weight: 81kg
Recruited from: North Adelaide (SA)
“Matty’s not without issues injury-wise in terms of his knee. He did his posterior cruciate ligament late in the season, but we did our homework on that. Matty had the same procedure Brad Moran had on his knee and both his surgeon and our doctor gave it the all clear. He also had a horrific head injury a few years back and the timing of it all wouldn’t have helped his case to be drafted as an 18-year-old.”
Selection No.46: Matthew Jaensch
DOB: 18/09/89, Height: 181cm, Weight: 80kg
Recruited from: Sturt (SA)
“Matt’s a midfielder but he can sneak a goal or two, which is good. He’s a beautiful kick; a good decision maker and he had a great finish to the year in the finals for Sturt. We picked all talls in the draft last year and more talls again this year, so we’re happy to get a couple of quality midfielders into the club.”
Selection No.58: Aiden Riley (NSW Scholarship player)
DOB: 13/12/91, Height: 181cm, Weight: TBA
Recruited from: Wollongong Lions (NSW)
“We saw Aiden play a bit earlier in the year. He had some injury problems, but he played enough to impress us. He played for NSW in the U18 Championships and played quite well. We brought him over to play a game in the Sturt reserves and after a slow start he was pretty good in the last three quarters. He’s a tough nut and puts his head over the ball. He’s doing pretty well. It’s been tough for him, but he’s fitted in okay.”
Crows midfielder Brad Symes will have a knee clean-out today.
Symes has battled knee soreness in recent weeks and the arthroscopy will keep him off the main training track until late January.
“He has just got a little bit of material in the knee which needs cleaning out,” said caretaker football operations manager John Reid.
Senior coach Neil Craig told supporters at Tuesday night’s members information night that Ben Rutten (knee) and Nathan Bock (heel) would start running before Christmas. Nathan van Berlo (back) will be held back until after the break.
Crows ruckman Brad Moran has had minor knee surgery. Moran had an arthroscopy to clean out his knee and repair the cartilage and will not return to full training until mid-January. He played seven AFL games in 2009 before a ruptured posterior cruciate ligament ended his season at round 13.