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This year I am using the pre season to use up as many trades as I can in a hope the novilty wares off by the season proper.

  • Roy

Hello, my name is Roy and I’m a tradaholic. Ok, so that is the first step in my recovery after 3 years of hard core trading that has left me on the brink of a DT breakdown and strained many of my relationships over that period. The second step is to pull trades left right and centre in the pre season, so hopefully I will not have the urge so early in the season. My trades at this stage of the year can be prompted by a rumour, a bad pre season game, a good pre season game or even¬† form on the track like Shaun Hampson picking up Megan Gale earned him a look (for 2 seconds until I remembered that is the only time he has scored something good).

Here is a rough list of my “INS” and “OUTS” over the weekend for one reason or another, for better or worse. There were other minor changes for money sake between players who are rostered for the NAB this weekend that I wont bother mentioning because they are irrelevant at this stage.

Issac Smith (Haw, Fwd)- Two uninspiring scores saw Smith get the arse for a while
Bachar Houli (Rich, Mid)- Too soft to pull the boots on
Cameron Bruce (Haw, Def)- Love Brucey but see above


Nick Lower (Freo, Def)- Could be a regular player for a bargain price, after 2 x 10 possession games.
Patty Dangerfield (adel, Mid/Fwd)- Liked the look of him in the middle. Seemed to have a new found hunger/confidence.
Jack Grimes (Melb, Def)- Swapped him and Bruce around for the 11th time. He was captain backline and his team mates looked for him at every opportunity. I enjoyed the way he kicked for himself multiple times from full back.

What changes did you make?



  1. Phi Eagle

    February 15, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I set my team a week or so ago and haven’t looked at it since. I’m hoping the habit of not trading will sink in and I’ll be able to keep that restraint when the season proper starts.

  2. reconfigrr

    February 15, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Nick Lower (Freo, Def)- Could be a regular player for a bargain price, after 2 x 10 possession games

    Did you even watch freo’s games Roy. If Nick Lower plays any games this year I will boycott all freo games this season. I was at the nab cup, and Lower happened to be playing on the boundary close to where i was sitting. 3 possessions of his clearly standout.

    1. After taking the mark, Lower proceeded to kick to a player on the lead. The kick went straight to the man on the mark. It was so terrible that the man on the mark actually caught it as apposed to smothered.

    2. Lower recieved a handball, and was under a bit if pressure, but probably had same time to make a decision. So what does he do? Handball straight to the opponent, not a freo player near him. And it was a proper handball, not a sloppy, ill-directed handball. The bloke just panicked.

    3. Ok… so maybe 2 clearly standout, but i know he coughed it up atleast once more. I think by this time i was trying to block this bloke out of my mind. Every time he got the ball i couldn;r help but cringe and hope it would go to another freo player.

    So Roy… if you want to LOWER your score for the season, put this bloke in your squad. He will probably be in and out of the squad (or just out), so I hope you enjoy having a useless bench player. :D

    On a side note
    Tendai Mzungu… what an awesome game he had.

    • feathertopDT


      February 15, 2011 at 11:05 am

      I think we all had a bit of a smile on out faces watching Mzungu and learning that Ibbotson and Hayden wont be playing for a while

    • Roy


      February 15, 2011 at 11:18 am

      no, i didnt watch that game……. the boring format plus the fact freo were on. all i did is look at his score, plus read a good review about how he went.

      • reconfigrr

        February 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm

        You made the right choice not watching the game Roy. Freo were woeful :S.
        I don’t mind the format. It’s only for 1 round of the NAB cup. But some of those rules they implemented need to be completely removed from the game, never to be talked about again. Give us a boundary throw in ffs!!!

      • Johno58

        February 15, 2011 at 3:52 pm

        I thought Lower was average, got a bit of it, wasted most of it and I wouldnt say he did much to put his name in front of the selectors faces, but not many from freo did and he may sneak in due to injuries back there. have to wait and see rnd 1. if he is rnd 1 ill have a look if he isnt def pass

    • hotchickens

      February 15, 2011 at 11:21 am

      stuffing it up 2/10 times… 80% efficiency not bad i’d say

      • reconfigrr

        February 15, 2011 at 1:07 pm

        Judging by the game that must not be named (SC) he only managed 11pts in the Freo v Hawks match, which i could totally believe because i though his first game was deplorable. His second game may have been better (SC puts it at 57), but i guess after seeing his first games performance I had totally written him off.

    • LeatherHed

      February 15, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      Haha ha next trade Roy… Lower OUT again.

  3. feathertopDT


    February 15, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Same Roy except i’ve gone Smith in for Callinan
    Derickx in for Campbell
    Cox in for Jolly
    and Atley in for Conca

  4. Mucho-grande

    February 15, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Based on this article I have just included Nick, Paddy and Jack and kicked out Issac, Bachar and Cameron! Damn those rumor mills.

    • THS

      February 15, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      Nick Jack Paddy Bach give a dog a bone

      • harrync

        February 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm


        • Birdy

          February 15, 2011 at 7:51 pm


          • Crichard

            February 15, 2011 at 8:33 pm


          • magpies01

            February 15, 2011 at 8:40 pm


  5. Mucho-grande

    February 15, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Just thinking about Lower – how many actually have Broughton, Duigan in their backline? If so do we risk a third Freo player in the backline? Given that some may even go for Otten and Grimes in their backline – chances are we might not have enough cover for a round. Other than that it’s an interesting pick

    • feathertopDT


      February 15, 2011 at 11:53 am

      Duigan is Carlton but i know what your saying

    • SD

      February 15, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      if going for competition win then you would need to worry about too many players from any team but given freo has its byes during league bye rounds, then load up with any good freo players

  6. Arnie

    February 15, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Is there a problem with sandi atm?

    • crazymofo

      February 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      Fine but it depends on how the other rucks go on how much time he will spend in the middle, last season there were no options for a second good ruck so he spent the majority of time there, this season some options are starting to open up so they might be able to move him up forwarda little more. Still a lock and will score big numbers.

      • Arnie

        February 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm

        Cheers mate

  7. PieMan

    February 15, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I went Buddy down to Rioli and Green down to Morton to get some cash (because I already had Chappy, Colin and Volt). Then Petrie up to Cox and to make some more cash I went Duffman down to Otten (yess I know, shut up). Toy up to Smith and Bailey down to Derickx. I feel like I have a much better side and instead of having $400 cash left I have 45k which I might use to upgrade Rioli back to Buddy (or Green) depending on how they go for the rest of the NAB cup matches.

    • PieMan

      February 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      Oh I also took Callinan out of the midfield and put him up forward replacing M. Motlop and then I put Wallis in Callinan’s old spot.

      • andyjh

        February 15, 2011 at 4:20 pm

        Wallis is a mid year down grade target. Eade has already said he’s prob not gunna play early.

  8. PurpleArmy

    February 15, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    yep i got rid of Bachar Houli too, thought hed be a good pick up but just lazy to get out there. Also Gibbs worried me a bit with a 19! in the only game he played…i hope he had limited TOG so hes walking a fine line in the preseason.

    • PurpleArmy

      February 15, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      oh yeah and NIck Lower (fre)……straight into the side for Faulks (fre), gonna be a regular after those promising efforts :)

  9. Linkster

    February 15, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    liked Mckernan (ade) bought him onto the bench)

  10. EMM

    February 15, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    I made zero changes to my team based on this past week’s footy. Last year i got caught up in pre-season hype and i got sucked in, Barry Hall is just one from memory. The only change i made this week was Out: Judd In: Goodes to give me extra cash and another DPP option in the Mid.

  11. MSlinga

    February 15, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Isn’t Nick Lower on the rookie list?

    Why is everyone putting him in their team when he isn’t even on the senior list?

    • reconfigrr

      February 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      This is true. Personally i dont think he will be elevated unless he can show us more in the next couple of matches

      • DVDACats

        February 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm

        His disposal was also terrible. Can’t see him playing for Freo consistently.

  12. PurpleArmy

    February 15, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    anyone see how Luke Breust (haw) went on the weekend?, got 2 x 25 scores, bit of a long shot to get in the fwd line maybe?

    • hotchickens

      February 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      he dropped about 6 marks so he could of scored so much better, but was always presenting and found himself near the footy in the forward ALOT. hard to see how he could break into the hawthorn side with franklin and roughead (who refuses to play as a defender)

    • hotchickens

      February 15, 2011 at 2:56 pm

      you can watch the replays on the afl site (i did as a hawks suppoorter), i think schneider might get a senior game before breust… and whitecross was just horrible LOL

    • andyjh

      February 15, 2011 at 4:23 pm

      He aint gunna get that much footy in a full team. You gotta remember that was pretty much hawthorns reserves out there.

  13. jim cowski

    February 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    All ive done in the last week is switch Bartel and Montagna around like 100 times. Cant make my mind up.

    • CrimsonRaven

      February 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm

      I just got both instead : D

      • crazymofo

        February 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm

        I got caught up with the rumors of Ablett going to the GC last season and thought he would have a crap season. I was wrong about that and wasted a trade to get him in I think I traded out Stanton after he made abit of money, the mids of geelong might not look that good without ablett. I would go Montagna but I was worng last season so get them both and I will keep Montagna only.

  14. milhouse

    February 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    i also thought breust was pretty good as was that duryea or whatever his name is…… i also thought that rilet milne could be handy in the future. i was at the game and barely sighted smith.. however did a couple of composed things

  15. eeepobreci

    February 15, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I wouldn’t go as far as changing my team, but have certainly added to my watchlist.
    My structure is pretty much set, and there’s no room for rooks like Lower, Bruest, (multi-bye rnd6,)
    Even choosing McKernan is a tough one as I already have Otten,Callinan,Knights….. although Knights is giving me the “seaby jeebies!”
    And Mzungu has cemented his spot in my 22, could even be a fwd keeper?! 6th/7th
    I’m still not sure on Duigan….. was more impressed with Watson, but great to see Coxy back to his best!!!
    Sandi way too expensive, probably the obvious upgrade choice, but I’m not sold on the 211 in 2011!!!

    • crazymofo

      February 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm

      I agree no changes as yet I still have Gaff even though he didn’t set the world on fire Mzungu will be a keeper even if he doesn’t play in round 1 which he will no doubt.

      I am the same with knights hoping a rookie comes up that I havn’t thought of yet to get some extra cash in.

      Sandi should run into some poor form hopefully by the time Fraser gets to full value good idea as always to leave 100k in the bank at the start of the season, the only problem is covering fraser round 1 with a decent scorer maybe derickx if he starts round 1 he looked good, still not locked in until 24th March.

      • PurpleArmy

        February 15, 2011 at 6:11 pm

        now ibbotson is out for up to 8 weeks (round 2-3) he’ll have to play rd 1, hopefully he impresses Harvey really well.

  16. CrimsonRaven

    February 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Been moving my rucks around ALOT. At one stage I had neither Cox nor Sandilands, now I have both, and I’ve also had combinations with Sandi and not Cox and Cox but not Sandi.

    Keep swapping Goodes and Silvia around, one is ultra reliable but old the other is injury prone but young.

  17. magpies01

    February 15, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I done some trades but changed them back and now i don’t have a full team, because i want to wait on these players:

    Sandilands – worrying about him all preseason with age and injury catching up to him
    Gaff – wanted to get Dangerfield in my midfield
    Duffield – alot of people seem to have him and i wanted different

    Cox- excellent games in NAB
    Dangerfield- also great games
    Malceski – no one has him and he’s a great player

    • reconfigrr

      February 15, 2011 at 5:55 pm

      You are worried about Sandilands age? So you replace him with cox who is older than him…. rofl

      • magpies01

        February 15, 2011 at 6:34 pm

        LMAO, didn’t realise that!! hahahahaha! what i meant is that he was getting injured last year (his foot problems). LOL i feel stupid.

        • reconfigrr

          February 15, 2011 at 8:26 pm

          hahaha.. its all good. I swear ruckmens ages are so random. I thought David Hille was around 25 last year. And Josh Fraser looks like hes 40

          • magpies01

            February 15, 2011 at 8:38 pm

            Lol Sandi looks 50. I think it’s cos their body size and the physical stuff they go through.

  18. powerboy

    February 15, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Viv Michie anyone? Massive output in NAB cup for a 92k rookie. If they play him on the ball then he could be pick up of the season!

    • AJ

      February 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      Tempted by Viv Mitchie’s output on the weekend.. especially now with ibbotson spending some time on the sidelines.

  19. I love Dream team

    February 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    hey guys who should i pick

    anthoney and pav or knights and montagna

    • orbs

      February 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      anothony and pav, lock and LOAD!!

  20. TheAussieDigger

    February 15, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Fyfe or Dangerfield?
    Gilbert or Goodes?
    Anthony or Sidebottom?

    • adam182

      February 15, 2011 at 5:50 pm


  21. Nooie

    February 15, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I think it is a bit harsh on Zac Smithy there. Jye Bolton from the Pies and Thomas Schneider from the Hawks look good pick-ups. Both 80K!!!
    Any more tips on good rookie scores?

  22. PurpleArmy

    February 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Simon Buckley looks alright up back for the pies now that Nathan Browns done for the year, grabbed a 31 and a 29 on the weekend. Bit injury prone isnt he?

  23. Wraygun

    February 15, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Sorry off topic, someone has left DT TALK Montagna League, code is 150090, only one spot!

  24. olliebrown11

    February 15, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Sorry quick question.

    Josh Hunt anyone? or others under that 300k?
    Cheers boys :)

  25. teza

    February 15, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Anyone keen on Ricky Petterd ? $286500 ave 76 over 6 games ?

    • benno

      February 17, 2011 at 12:20 am

      injurred already mate

  26. Birdy

    February 15, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    made so many trades i couldnt even explain the logic of them, they just happen when i’m looking at my team. latest inclusion is hannebery, he probably wont be there round 1 though just because he’s not a premium

    • reconfigrr

      February 15, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      if he was around 220 i would have considered him. But at 276 ihes jusrt not worth it. To injury prone and would rather tak a chance on knights. I spose you should consider him if you want to try something different

  27. George Chisholm

    February 15, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    what does it mean with c.bruce – look above?

    • PurpleArmy

      February 15, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      i think Roy meant to look above to Bachar Houli, who was too soft to put the boots on

      • George Chisholm

        February 15, 2011 at 8:28 pm

        oh cheers, doesn’t mean u should still get rid of him! even though i am thinking about getting grimes

  28. piesmills

    February 15, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    G’day Roy it’s Dave from over in Fiji mate. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip.

    I know the feeling, swapped about half a dozen in and out over the weekend. Broughton, Sandi, Jbrown, Sylvia, plus a few others.

    Hope you have a cracker season mate!

  29. reconfigrr

    February 15, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Kyle cheney and brodie smith are 2 that im keeping my on.

  30. zach

    February 15, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    going unique, douglas or K jack?

  31. kipppa

    February 16, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Not to sure on what the situation is with liam anthony
    im still undecided on if i should keep him or have another rookie starting which will free up cash for elsewhere
    does anyone know how hes going/what is everyone’s thoughts about him for 2011

  32. Judd005

    February 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    mmmmmmm Magan Gale… arrrrrrghhhh (drool)

    • Judd005

      February 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm


  33. Shane_o_85

    February 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Notice Dangerfields name being thrown around abit. I was burnt by him last year a bit but I think it may be a resonable choice, am sure he has spent his pre-season working on being an outside midfielder, as Craig noted that is the type of player he wants out of him, as he is a very good user of the ball. Which means good DT scores for us! Only prob he is in that awkward price category, but I think he could be a more reliable selection then Knights, just have a feeling he is gonna get some whack injury again and leave us all high and dry.

    Im still tossing up between Hurley or Henderson what do you guys think?

    • kelonwheels

      February 17, 2011 at 12:09 am

      which Henderson?

      Hurley will have a better side giving him the ball this year. I hope not being a blues man but when I watched Dempsey and a few others last year I just thought s@#t Essendon are a pile of turd. My guess is they won’t be a team of blouses of last year’s (lack of) quality. Just blouses of the normal Essendon variety. He’ll probably get a fair bit of ball in the backline fed through him (like all of them that aren’t Pears or the prostitute that is the other main backman) or if he plays forward will be another target with their resting ruck and Gumby if he makes it on the ground. Of course he has to nudge Neagle out of the forward line (how do you write sarcastically in one of these boxes?)…

      Essendon have a few developing midfielders who move like sheedy off a shovel and can send it deep pretty quickly, if they develop the jam tart to defend then they might turn themselves around. Jetta has me more than a little worried.

      Nothing would make me happier than to watch them suck all over again of course…

      • kelonwheels

        February 17, 2011 at 12:11 am

        I meant a better side than Essendon ’10. They won’t be better than the Blues and that’s just the truth, not loyalties.

        truth in my opinion anyway, bring on the season

      • kelonwheels

        February 17, 2011 at 12:16 am

        Actually one thing would make me happier – for Collingwood to suck more. Still I’m not greedy

        GO BLUES

        • Magpie Mayhem

          February 17, 2011 at 8:18 pm

          No Judd ……….No Blues…………..its as simple as that…………kelonwheels

  34. skillbreakers

    February 17, 2011 at 1:44 am

    look my team is lucky to stay the same for over afew hours with access to the computer…the only player that has stayed there is barry hall…also what are the chances of keplar bradley playing?

    • reconfigrr

      February 17, 2011 at 3:01 am

      if you have bazza and are looking at kepler… i probably wouldnt bother entering the comp mate :S. Maybe have a look at some of the fanfooty forums ( and get a feel for what players to look for. Your gun players should be capable of being top 10 in dt for the position the play. You want your forwards to average +95, and bazza is not going to get near that,

      Also kepler is in and out of the squad… i doubt he’ll play 22

      • Raging Rondo

        February 17, 2011 at 8:00 pm


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