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By Emma Quayle

At the beginning of 2007, Age sportswriter Emma Quayle selected five AFL hopefuls from a number varied situations: Trent Cotchin, Ben McEvoy, Junior Rioli, Pat Vezpremi, and Brad Ebert. She did not recognize what may ensue to them, and neither did the men and their mom and dad. it might be a yr while their desires could be shattered, the place they might need to work flat out bodily, strengthen the psychological durability required via a aggressive atmosphere, deal with accidents, and face the cruel realities of the elite activities industry—all whereas attempting to get homework performed to cross and graduate from highschool. this can be the full story of the folks at the back of the draft: the households, the recruiters, the academics, the coaches, the activities scientists, and most significantly the gamers themselves.

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Clarkson had been impressed with what he’d seen of Pfeiffer, but Birchall was chosen because he was ranked higher on talent and had a stronger psychological profile. A tall utility, he played 16 games in his debut season, 2006. indd 23 10/7/08 12:03:17 PM THE DRAFT Hawthorn’s next pick was No. 18. The club’s research into the next two drafts had also revealed that there were few quality ruckmen on the way – except for a couple of exceptional ones in Matthew Leuenberger and Matthew Kreuzer, both of whom fitted the recruiting model but would require very early draft picks.

It felt like he’d been waiting for her and she was embarrassed, because there had been no towel to dry her hands with. Peter was always up for a chat − with anyone. But when he went to Queensland to watch Trent play in the Under-16 championships, he got tapped on the shoulder so many times that he decided he’d tell the next agent where to go. He wanted to watch the footy. Then he saw John Turnbull, a part-time Adelaide recruiter who also worked for an agent called Paul Connors, sitting with two men on the other side of the ground.

11. Heading into 2007, the player list had grown more than half a centimetre in average height, and was approaching the middle of the pack. For the second consecutive year they had the youngest list in the league. They were stronger, fitter, heavier and their kicking had improved. In 2007, 26 members of the 2005 list remained at the club and Pelchen considered only two of them ‘elite’. Two of the category 3 ‘foot soldiers’ had moved to level 2, and an injurystricken rating-2 player had dropped to level 3.

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