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paul
Frankston 2010

Still some new names to come, but I know some people on here are keen to know the new faces at Frankston Park and those who have returned after an absence. So here are some that have signed up so far.

As I said in another thread, it will be a different Dolphins side to the small running team of the past few years, with plenty of athletic big guys:

- Russell Gabriel, 6'5 ruck, key forward/back. Important part of the Dolphins successful 2008 side, returning after apparently winning a comp B&F in the MPNFL.

- Toby Thoolen, 6'5 key back/forward who can also play ruck. From Collingwood, probably drafted too early as a 17 year old but a very good athlete whose best footy is in front of him, and is very keen to have a statement year.

- Khan Haretuku, 6'6 ruck, key forward. Off St Kilda's rookie list. A Sydneysider with NZ parents, so is still learning the game but has potential, a good set of hands and good athleticism. He will get a great chance to prove himself this year you would think.

- Alex Lee, 6'5 utility who can play third tall forward or back, and has the mobility to play on the wing. Played one game at Frankston in 2008 after returning from Port Adelaide before injuring his knee when pushed into the fence by Cox from Collingwood. Had to sit out of footy all of last year while rehabbing. In good shape and fitness this year.

- Warwick Miller, 6'4 wingman from Rosebud who would have played for the club last year but injured himself late in pre-season and had to sit out of footy for the year. Super athlete with good hands who is a mature recruit at 24 and is an interesting one to watch.

- Another player to note is Chris Ongarello, who had a year off in 2008 and returned last year only to miss almost the whole year with injury. He is flying at this stage and is a very dependable and athletic third tall defender when fit.

Most likely some more names to come, and if all goes to plan another couple of big atheltic kids. Take the five above and match them with the likes of Dale Whelan, Luke Clark, Ben Crowe, Marc Westcott and Ryan Hobbs, and the Dolphins wont be lacking for size or key position mobility this year.

zebraman
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Haretuku played for Sandy seconds last year...I thought he looked pretty handy...thought he might have got a couple of games in the seniors...good pick up

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vfa
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Russell Gabriel is a good player and was surprised he left after 2008.
Good to get him back to Kars Street.
Cox should have got a few weeks for slamming Lee into the fence.
Alex Lee is pretty much unknown in the vfl and could surprise.
Frankston could be a lot stronger team in the air with a taller team.
Can't make any predictions as the new players might take time to gel, especially the younger players. Still can't be as gloomy as some of the pundits have predicted for the dolphins. They should at least match the three wins from 2009. Could actually surprise a few. We will have to wait and see.

dolphinarmy

Agree with you there paul frankston are really going to have alot of tall players to choose from each week.

My only concern is that they get the balance right early and dont have to many big guys playing because the faster sides will cut them to peices with there faster ball movement.

Dont forget the fact either that Paul Kennendy will be back in action playing through the mid field again this season which will be handy to have someone with his experiance to control the young heads that will be floating around in there. Clint Proctor will also be most likely running through the midfield in some shape or form aswell another extremly handy player with plenty of experiance

stevo

[quote=dolphinarmy]Agree with you there paul frankston are really going to have alot of tall players to choose from each week.

My only concern is that they get the balance right early and dont have to many big guys playing because the faster sides will cut them to peices with there faster ball movement.

Dont forget the fact either that Paul Kennendy will be back in action playing through the mid field again this season which will be handy to have someone with his experiance to control the young heads that will be floating around in there. Clint Proctor will also be most likely running through the midfield in some shape or form aswell another extremly handy player with plenty of experiance[/quote]

any good young local boys signed up?

dolphinarmy

Stevo

I believe the list is going to be finalized in the coming weeks.

There is a few local boys from a few clubs coming down over the next few training sessions to see what they think. once they have put pen to paper there names will be posted.

Young local boy called Clinton Rowe that no one has said much about who i have seen at training. Looks like he could develop into a senior footballer. I think he played for Gippsland in the TAC 2 years ago and had a stint at warrugul seniors last year solid looking midfielder

Also Benny Mitchell from Mt Eliza played Stingrays last year played a game last year looks like can play

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Khan Haretuku played Sandy ressies most of last season and helped them to the Grand Final. Khan is a good size chforward but a little slow moving around and while still developing at a young age could well be a very good player later in the season.
Never played a senior game at Sandringham.
zebra

frankstonboy

Geez if thats the players that are going to catapult frankston in to the finals think again.I hope with the next batch that will be signing shortly will need to include at least 5-10 players older than 23 and some will need to have AFL experience for Frankston to win a game.

You surely cant include LEE and ONGARELLO as new recruits LEE has been there 2 seasons and has played 2 practise games and ONGARELLO has been there 5 years with a one year break in between and struggles to get a senior game but it shouldnt be a problem this year.

Magner is another massive loss although Benbow will not get a game at sandy he has been struggling to get a kick in the seconds at frankston the last two years.

He is good for a bit of biff but is clearly to slow at VFL level.

Clearly it is evident the loss of lovett and his right hand man "RATS RAILTON" has effected the club like you wouldnt believe.The players clearly played for him and RATS always had them fit in the five years lovett was coach Frankston would win there first game hands down and thats why EDITHVALE has played in the last 2 grand finals because Rats has been assisting John Hynes who would of been a better fit at Frankston than Goosey as all the players that have moved on would of hung around if HYNESEY was coach.

Good luck Frankston you wouldnt beat The Dandenong Stringrays

dolphinarmy

you should change your username to "STINGRAYSBOY" then frankstonboy

frankstonboy

Im a realist my friend i have been following frankston for 34 years and i cant remember them being in such a bad situation as what they are now.

Its sad but they only have themselves to blame.

zebraman
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The practice matches will give a better picture as to where Frankston are at.....clearly with such a turnover of players it's going to take time for players to get adapted to Goosey's coaching...the final list will be interesting as there is going to be a lot of ins and outs

But Frankston's first match is against Sandy at Frankston and no matter how either team are travelling there's always a fierce rivalry...be even more so this year with the Frankston players that have signed for Sandy..

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