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DT Squawk – Trade Week

The DT Squawk brings you all the REAL news out of the AFL’s Trade Week.
See how ‘Hill Helps Replenish Eagle List’, why Fremantle is ‘Devastated with Clark Loss’, the AFL’s new plan for Trade Week and why there was ‘No Love for Dawson at Trade Table’.


Hill Helps Replenish Eagle List

The Eagles have completed what is being lauded as a successful trading coup by obtaining Josh Hill from the Western Bulldogs for pick 49 in the upcoming draft. Eagles CEO Trevor Nisbett declared the club “very satisfied” with the result, especially because Hill “fills a hole in the list”.

West Coast was chasing a player capable of replacing the recently delisted Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls, and Hill is believed to be a perfect fit.

“Jarrad has been a very important member of the club since his recruitment in 2009” said Nisbett.

“What he brought to West Coast in terms of team balance was unparalleled. You can have as many dead-eye-dicks as you like, but there needs to be balance, and no-one topped Jarrad in terms of turnovers”

“Unfortunately, his disposal was showing too much improvement at WAFL level for East Perth, and with tight list restrictions put in place by the AFL, we had to let him go.”

West Coast also lost another turnover king in Brad Ebert in trade week, who sought a move home to Port Adelaide. Nisbett said the club was perplexed with the decision, not by Ebert, but by Port to accept him.

“This is exactly what we meant about team balance. Port already has more than enough ball butchers”

Nisbett was also quick to reiterate that Hill would be given time to develop into his role, and that the Eagles had enough depth in that position to cover Hill until he became settled.

“We have guys like Masten, Swift and even Dalzeill running around for us at the moment, so Hill is in good company”.

Meanwhile, the Western Bulldogs couldn’t believe their luck.

“We would have been happy with $20 and a bag of new footies” said amazed Bulldogs CEO Simon Garlick.


Fremantle Devastated with Clark Loss

The Fremantle Dockers lost Mitch Clark before they ever had him.

Testament to the harsh reality of Trade Week was the blunt loss of Clark to Melbourne, after he publically stated he wanted to become a Docker. Melbourne secured the rights to the West Australian with not only a better trade offer for the Lions (Pick 12 ), but a greater financial package.

Fremantle Football Manager Chris Bond called a press conference early yesterday morning to ease the minds of the Dockers faithful.

“The Fremantle Football Club would like to assure our loyal supporters that we did everything in our power to get Mitch to our club” said Bond, very, very slowly, keeping his target audience in mind.

“Unfortunately, Melbourne’s contract offer was far greater than we could match. We held a cake sale and even did a car wash, but it still wasn’t enough”

Bond said that Fremantle were still reeling from that result, especially given the great success that the club has had recruiting players in the past.

“It’s even more disappointing knowing that we missed out on a great opportunity to keep this club on track. We can’t dodge the finals for ever, you know.”

“Our trade history shows that Clark would have really helped this club do that”.

Bond reiterated that Fremantle has a history of pulling off great trade week deals. He went on to specify Trent Croad, who “starred for the Dockers for two years” after being recruited from Hawthorn, while Des Headland was “obviously worth every penny” Fremantle gave up for him.

In other news, Fremantle are now considering modifying Pavlich’s role. Again.


AFL Delighted with Trade Week Spectacle

The AFL have released a statement lauding the ‘obvious success’ of Trade Week, and hinted plans for it to be extended to Trade Fortnight in the coming years.

Chief Executive Officer Andrew Demetriou argued “Why not increase the drama and entertainment?” in a short press conference in the lobby of the Hilton on Monday afternoon.

“We have seen an unprecedented level of interest in trading between clubs and the players involved, adding to the general spectacle that is Trade Week” spluttered Demetriou in between spoonfuls of caviar.

“Never before have we seen such big stars attract the headlines over such a period of time. The more the fans are captivated, the better it is for the game of AFL”

When queried about which stars he was referring to, Demetriou didn’t miss a beat.

“Mitch Clark was great for us. The interest in him was huge, I mean, he nearly made the All-Australian team a few years ago. I think. And Josh Caddy – the intense speculation about a two-game player in the final minutes of trade week was incredible!

“And, of course, household names like Ebert and one of those skinny Morton kids found new homes too.”

The AFL suggested the Trade Fortnight proposal would only gain momentum given this year’s raging success. With 18 clubs up and running and an uncompromised Draft on the horizon, even more activity is expected in future trade periods.

However, Demetriou responded hastily to a reporter’s suggestion that the AFL was only ‘worried about revenue’, and that ‘a longer trade period is not what the fans really want’ as the AFL has previously claimed.

“That is completely untrue” scorned Demetriou as his assistant polished one of his many gold rings.


No Love for Dawson at Trade Table

St. Kilda will be forced to negotiate a deal for Zac Dawson after the defender failed to attract interest from other clubs during Trade Week.

The Saints are currently under salary cap pressure which they sought to release during the trading period, with Dawson’s contract one of a handful that has not yet been negotiated.

St. Kilda List Manager Ameet Bains was dumbfounded as to why Dawson was snubbed so completely.

“Dawson has been great for us, especially over the last few of years. He’s played a key role in 3 Grand Finals over that period, he’s young and fit and ready to go. I don’t understand how there isn’t any interest in him?”

DT Squawk can reveal that it has nothing to do with Dawson’s football ability – it’s his lack of commitment.

The Brisbane Lions are one club that have been in the market for a key defender, but List Manager Rob Kerr said his club is “not interested”.

“Don’t get me wrong, Dawson’s a solid player. But our research indicates he is a bit hesitant with his commitment to a club, and that’s not what we’re looking for”

When asked about specifics, Kerr opted not to comment. Melbourne official Tim Harrington was much more open about the Demons lack of interest.

“He’s a pussy, plain and simple. We’ve already got Cale Morton, we can’t handle another.

“What am I basing that on? Well, we all saw that photo with him and Riewoldt about a year ago right? There’s his Captain, fully committed to whipping out his waxed little fella, and then you have that weak Dawson prick holding some pretty box or something – talk about selling your teammate into trouble. He didn’t even have his pants off! There is absolutely no more room for players who sit on the fence at this club.”

Newly appointed St. Kilda Coach Scott Watters said he would have “none of this half-in, half-out business” and assured the media that it was the first thing he dealt with as Senior Coach.

“I got him in a room and we had a frank chat about commitment. I pulled out mine, and after a while, he pulled out his. It was a great moment for this proud club”.



  1. marcus81168

    October 17, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Hey guys what you think of Swans T Walsh will he get games and if so he is definatley an option for my Dream Team next year.

    • tbetta

      October 17, 2011 at 6:36 pm

      You would hope he gets a game, seeing as St Kilda basically guaranteed him one to stop him walking out. Although, Sydney hasn’t been known for blooding youngsters recently…

  2. Shazzam

    October 17, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Casey Stoner as Captain all year long.

    Oh and FIRST (actually second but meh)

  3. The Juddernaut

    October 17, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Bit irrelevant, but what are Dayne Zorko’s stats this year. Have tried sportingpulse but for some reason mine doesn’t show disposals, marks, tackles etc (only goals). Could anyone please tell me his disposals per game, tackles, marks etc, am a brisbane fan and would like to know what kind of player he is. Cheers

    • tbetta

      October 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm

      NEAFL and AFLQ stats are notoriously hard to find – your best bet is tweeting @FantasyFreako and asking for them. He’s tweeted this so far:

      Dayne Zorko. Averaged 125 SC Points at ’07 U18 Champs and 120 in ’07 TAC Cup. Of 12 junior games Champion Data has on record, six were 150+

      • The Juddernaut

        October 17, 2011 at 6:57 pm

        Thanks Tbetta, seems as if he gets plenty of the ball then.

        • Purvo

          October 17, 2011 at 8:10 pm

          I wonder if he would have an impact on Reddens or Rockliffs scores ?

          • thommo

            October 17, 2011 at 8:35 pm

            Doubtful you will see Rockliff decline just because a new kid who can find the ball a bit is drafted. He’s a pretty safe bet in Dreamteam next year, but most teams will have him.

  4. SlightHawk

    October 17, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Boom! Tbetta is back. Sick article brah

  5. JungleMuffin

    October 17, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Not sure if that Clark article is a good or a bad thing for Freo tbetta.

    Worth the read.

    • tbetta

      October 17, 2011 at 8:47 pm

      Ultimately, it’s a good thing. Fremantle have lost too much and paid too much in the past trading for players with potential that never really come good – see Croad and Headland.

      What Melbourne offered is above and beyond what someone of Clark current capabilities is worth, so they’re hedging their bets that he recaptures his 2009 form. Freo don’t need to be taking that kind of risk.

      • feathertopDT


        October 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm

        Luke McPharlin and Trent Croad for pick Number 1, 20 and 36 to Hawthorn
        aka Luke Hodge (1) Luke Ball (2) Chris Judd (3) Jimmy Bartel (8) Nick Dal Santo (13) James Kelly (17) Steve Johnson (24) David Rodan (33) Sam Mitchell (36) Leigh Montagna (37) Dane Swan (58). Freo made the right choice IMO

        • JungleMuffin

          October 18, 2011 at 10:06 pm

          Luke McPharlin has been worth a 1st round pick for us. If we used that #1 pick to pick him up with, it would have been worth it.

        • tbetta

          October 18, 2011 at 10:17 pm

          Unfortunately, no-one else does. Hodge and Mitchell beat Croad and McPharlin any day.

  6. thommo

    October 17, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Can someone please explain the trading of draft picks between Hawthorn and Fremantle. The Hawks gave up 29, 58 and 71 in return for 38 and 56 (traded for Boumann). Surely they could have got Boumann for 58 and kept 29??

    • jb

      October 17, 2011 at 10:20 pm

      Yeah that one made no sense to me either ? What is the difference between 56 and 58 would get the same player regardless no doubt, but 29 and 38 is a reasonable difference.. Doesn’t make sense ?

  7. snorks23

    October 17, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Ha ha, classic article Tbetta!

  8. James

    October 17, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    The trade fortnight thing isn’t far from reality Andy D’s obviously decided we need a Trade MONTH with the arrival of free agency (Monday after grand final until a week after traditional end of trade week I believe). Andrew McLeod would fit in well with the other Freo trading stuff ups too :P

    • tbetta

      October 17, 2011 at 11:23 pm

      Very big mistake – although the difference here is that McLoed was traded out, not in!

      • mainy.3

        October 18, 2011 at 5:20 am

        Didnt Chris Groom come in for him?

        • tbetta

          October 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm

          Yeah – but Fremantle lost because of the player they gave up, not because of the player they recruited. Although it’s fair to say that Groom didn’t set the world on fire.

  9. alexfc director of coaching

    October 17, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    tbetta do you think farren ray would have been a good fit at freo, and what about for dt next year?

    • tbetta

      October 17, 2011 at 11:28 pm

      It’s fair to say I’m not Farren biggest fan. I’m not sure if there is a more outside player in the league, unless of course it’s his teammate Peake. He’s settled into a nice little niche at St. Kilda, at least until now, so I think changing clubs would be a huge unnecessary risk for him.

      From Freo’s perspective, he could have been a good fit, who knows? It’s a bit hard to speculate, especially seeing as Fremantle was decimated by injury this year…

      Overall though: do not want.

  10. jb

    October 17, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    The thing with all these fringe players is most of them aren’t getting a game at their current club for a reason they aren’t good enough or not prepared to do the one percenters or play their role and most of the time they move clubs and are still fringe players, the only ones that actually get games changing sides are the ones in the top 4 because the side is too hard to break into ie. Laidler..

  11. mtooler

    October 17, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    “And Josh Caddy – the intense speculation about a two-game player in the final minutes of trade week was incredible!”


  12. Totto

    October 17, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    North Melbourne have delisted Gavin Urquhart, along with 6 others!

    Gav was a really strong running half back until he had 2 injury riddled seasons. Was planning on having him on my bench in DT this year. Any thoughts on who will pick him up? Is a QLD boy, maybe Suns?

    • mtooler

      October 18, 2011 at 4:41 pm

      He was in my team too.

      • tkol

        October 18, 2011 at 5:30 pm

        At that price I think everyone has him.

        • mtooler

          October 18, 2011 at 7:27 pm


          Should be interesting next year.

          I think there will be potential for some decent variances in starting teams next year given the array of decent midpricers in addition to a new round of cheapies in GWS. Its hard cause we all want to say get on so and so next year, but we dont want too many people rolling with them, got to find an edge somewhere.

          I’ll be listening to what you have to say about Nth players anyway in the new year, p.s. in the end Harper didn’t turn out too bad, thanks for that one.

          • tkol

            October 19, 2011 at 8:14 am

            Harper got better with every game, he was just brilliant to watch as a North die hard.
            Brad Scott spoke in the Jim Stynes room at the G on grand final day and I chased him down for a quick chat. We spoke about Harps and he ensured me he is never going anywhere! What a relief!! :)

  13. crazymofo

    October 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Great article, is anyone going to be picking up Clark for DT next year and take the same gamble the D’s have.

    I have heard Hill is pretty average is he worse than Swift?

    • mtooler

      October 18, 2011 at 7:29 pm

      Nope, he will be an unpopular pick I would think.

  14. feathertopDT


    October 18, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Carlton will give Freo Setanta O’Halpin for pick 150 and a bag of cheezles

    • crazymofo

      October 18, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      West Coast give Swift to GWS for a the facebook pickle that is trying to be more popular than Twilight. Awesome trade


    October 18, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Can someone please help me. I can’t find the 2012 fanplanner on fanfooty. Directions please

  16. tkol

    October 19, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Every morning at work whilst having my coffee I also make a team, TKOL(todays date)
    Looking like a very sharp preseason lol

    • EMM

      October 19, 2011 at 10:50 am

      I do kinda the same except i have a list of players and i instead add to that list basically to remember them, i added Matthew Bate just yesterday after reading the article on him on the Herald sun website.

      Tbetta, I played against you in the DT Regulars league (i lost in the prelim to play you in the GF), that you setup and i wanted to say thanks for the year and i enjoyed your articles on here so keep up the good work.

    • Lukes Legends

      October 19, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      you need to.

  17. jacktenstar

    October 19, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Bring on the Byes.

    Although it probably saves our rookies and premiums from being rested around this time anyway.

    • odeyseus

      October 19, 2011 at 7:18 pm

      Early days but this will be a big test for DT game organisers. Last year hard enough to cover three (3) team multibye rounds will eleven (11) bench players. How many bench players needed to cover six (6) team multibye round?

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