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
Category Archives: 2010 Pre-season news
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.
ADELAIDE coach Neil Craig says the race to replace injured defender Andy Otten is wide open, with no one player confirmed as a definite starter for round one.
Otten, 20, had a full knee reconstruction on Friday morning after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a non-contact drill at training on Thursday.
The NAB Rising Star runner-up was trying to sidestep an opponent on Max Basheer Reserve when his knee gave way beneath him.
He heard a crunching sound as he collapsed to the ground and scans that afternoon confirmed he would miss the entire 2010 season.
Craig said Otten had been earmarked for a greater role in the midfield next year.
“It’s really disappointing for Andy. He had an outstanding year, played every game and his form in pre-season had been fantastic,” Craig told afl.com.au. “He’d done a lot of his training in the midfield and was showing some really good signs that he could add to our midfield for 2010, but that’s not going to happen now.
“Andy’s a really strong-minded person, so we need to make sure we use the next 12 months to make him a better player in terms of conditioning, strength, leadership and game knowledge.
“He won’t have another 20-plus games under his belt, but we need to make sure all the other parts of his game progress.”
Otten will join upgraded rookie Brodie Martin, who is five months into his rehabilitation from the same injury, on the sidelines.
The injury to Otten has opened the door for one of No.10 draft pick Phil Davis, utility Will Young or dashing half-back Tony Armstrong to cement a spot in the Crows’ defence.
Craig didn’t even rule out replacing Otten with a draftee, like key-position player Daniel Talia, should a newcomer demand selection over the summer months.
“The sun comes up and the game keeps going on, that’s the reality of it. When Andy went down yesterday you could feel the emotion out there as a group because they all had a fair idea of the severity of it,” he said.
“But we push on because every club has injuries and it will be an opportunity for someone else. I don’t know who those guys are at the moment, but they’ll emerge and that will be based on their performance at training and in the NAB Cup.
“I don’t want to put limitations on any of our players, so if a Rory Sloane, any of our rookies or any of our four, new draftees can push into the side we’ll play them.”
NEW ADELAIDE draftee Jack Gunston only has to look down at his crooked elbow for a reminder of how close he came to missing out on his AFL dream.
The Crows drafted Gunston, 18, with pick No.29 in last week’s NAB AFL Draft but eight months ago a career at the elite level seemed almost inconceivable.
The Haileybury College student was a stranger to the TAC Cup competition before trying out with the Sandringham Dragons last summer.
He survived the initial cut, but two weeks out from the first game his season was put in jeopardy when he suffered a severe elbow injury.
“I was playing in a practice game for Sandy [Sandringham]. I contested the ball and my elbow just popped out. I had to go to hospital and the doctors put my whole arm in a cast,” Gunston said.
“I was more worried about making the Sandringham Dragons’ squad (than the draft) at that stage but then the specialist told me I’d be out for the majority of the season, so it was a pretty down time.”
It took surgeons three hours and a dose of anaesthetic to put Gunston’s elbow back into place.
The initial part of his recovery was slow but the quick-leading forward persisted and surprised everyone, including his specialist, when he returned to the field for Haileybury just eight weeks later.
The 191cm utility caught the attention of Adelaide scouts almost immediately, but the club needed to see more of him before they could commit to selecting him in the November draft.
Fortunately he received a call up to the Sandringham side for the last six games of the season, with his final three performances impressing the Crows.
“I only saw three of his [TAC Cup] games, but I liked his competitiveness and the way he went at the ball,” Adelaide recruiting manager Matt Rendell said.
“I saw him play at full-forward and at full-back and I liked the way he went about playing the full-back role even though he was undersized.
“He’s not going to play full-back at AFL level, but it just showed us what he could do.”
Last year the Crows snapped up injured key position player Phil Davis at what they considered a bargain basement price of pick No.13.
Rendell said there was no doubt both Gunston and the club’s No.13 pick Daniel Talia, who missed part of the season with a hamstring complaint, would’ve been taken higher in the draft if not for injury.
“Jack only played the six [TAC Cup] games and Talia only played three, so it happens with a few of them,” Rendell said.
“Sometimes you just don’t get to see enough of them and it’s hard to pick kids straight out of college because the level of competition falls away pretty quickly.”
Gunston showcased his speed with an impressive time of 2.98sec in the 20m sprint at the Victorian state screening session.
He’s also adept below his knees having played most of his junior footy in the midfield before a growth spurt, adding 13cm in under three years, saw him recast as a forward.
The lifelong Essendon supporter arrived in Adelaide on Monday.
His elbow is still three degrees off where it used to be and at just 74kg he has some work to do in the gym but Gunston said he was looking forward to repaying the Crows’ faith in him.
“I’ve got a big, extended family back at home, so it was a bit sad to say ‘goodbye’ but this is a great opportunity and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into it.”