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James Puli

Ok, I'm going back a few years.. but I often wondered why AFL clubs never looked at Puli, I always remember him playing well against Port Melbourne, and seemed to do alright in the TV games I saw. For a tall, he seemed agile/athletic enough.

Am I just over-rating him, or was he one of those players that could have gone further with his footy?


definatly should have played AFL


The 90s wasnt a great time for VFA players trying to make the AFL. I thought Paul Dooley would have played alot of AFL as well.
Matt Kershaw for Port looked a good prospect although every time he kicked a bag on TV the commentators would say he's too small for league football. Good topic NorthPort, who else was there????


Hi guys. Just to fill you in what happened to my brother. He had calls from a few AFL clubs but decided on training preseason (mid 90's) with Hawthorn while playing with the Jets but his heart wasn't in it. AFL was big time and he was a young 17 year old who would rather have his freedom and not be set into a strict diet and training regime that would require our mum drive him to training 4 times a week during his VCE year. He was described by Simon Atkins as the best tap ruckman he had ever played with.