I'm interested to hear what other Frankston (and opposition) supporters think of the direction of our club. I'm beginning to have some serious concerns about our objective of providing an AFL pathway as our main recruiting drawcard. Right now I'm pretty convinced we have a few playing for themselves rather than our club, and if that's going to continue as a trend of our playing group it will be bloody hard to build and keep a membership.
You would like to think that the pathway provided by Frankston would reap some benefits further down the track.
Frankston has been an excellent recruiting ground to AFL clubs & you would hope that after their careers are over the recruits would return to the club that gave them their start.
Does any Dolphin posters have a list of Frankston players that have been recruited to the AFL since the reformation of the VFL ?
Also I'd be interested in some further information on Lowrey who is good enough to be playing AFL footy.
I Like Lloyd too.
We might be from the bush. but we ain't green
Boyd, Baguely, Hibberd, Magner, Edwards, Martin, Dickson and there are 2 others on Essendon's list. Ferguson is another who went to Melbourne and is now playing in the sanfl. Paul will no doubt have a full list. Being recruited to afl clubs I would not class it as a negative. Players who might want to try and get recruited to afl level that don't might not necessarily leave the club if not drafted. If they like the club they will stay.
Dolphins only one win away from a couple. Footy is a confidence game. Capable of at least 4 more wins for the season at the bare minimum.
So far, in 8 games, the Dolphins have faced 7 of the top 8 and next week play the 7th placed Blues. The other game was at Ballarat. You can't really get a much tougher run than that. It's far too early to be making judgement on this season.
Just as big a factor is the average of around 13 players per week who are new to the club this year. This is not yet a team that knows each other inside out and plays their heart out for the jumper, that is still developing and will get better with time.
Re draftees: Boyd, Ferguson, Bryan, Edwards, Marigliani, Hibberd, Baguley, Van Unen, Martin, Osborne.
Thanks Paul. 10 would be hard to beat !!
Port Melbourne 2011 Grand Final side averaged 89 VFL games per player and 81 in 2012. Round 2 v Box Hill Port's average was down to 52 games by Round 8 it was back up to 67 games per player.
Frankston side vs Werribee averaged just 33 games per player. Makes a huge difference to a side's ability to compete at its best for longer.
Port Melbourne a still a good side but even that drop in experience has made a difference in 2013.
FRANKSTON VS WERRIBEE
MICHAEL LOUREY 61
SAM LLOYD 7
LUKE POTTS 70
SCOTT SIMPSON 29
JAYDEN CASS 11
LACHLAN DELAHUNTY 40
LEIGH KITCHEN 36
RILEY HEDDLES 14
TOM PURCELL 11
COREY BUCHAN 25
ZIGGIE ALWAN 8
CHRIS IRVING 28
KHAN HARETUKU 48
RUSSELL GABRIEL 61
SHANE HOCKEY 62
JOEL MILLER 30
JASON PONGRACIC 7
JARROD IRVING 22
JAKE DERMOTT 22
DAVID GALLAGHER 158
JORDAN WILLIAMS 4
ROBERT HILL 2
DALE SUTTON 3
Theres no doubt player retention is the most important thing for Frankston. Plenty of talent on the current list but they need these blokes to stick around and do 4-5 pre season's and go on to play 40-60+ games and then we will see Frankston rise up the ladder.
Players being drafted is a great thing. Not only does the club get more exposure, you get players wanting to come to club with the ambition of achieving big things. So for every player that gets picked up by an AFL club, you probably get 5 new recruits to the club!
Frankston's development team is now winning often which shows the depth of the club has improved dramatically and this will only provide benefits to the club down the track. And also help build club culture so players stick around longer.
From what I saw yesterday I dont think fitness is a problem for the dollies. At times their skill level dropped off and you could see Werribee had a little more polish when they had the ball.
Overall I just think Frankston are on the right track but it's a very tough competition.
The next 4 games are massive for the club and a big chance to get some wins on the board. They face Blues, Sandy, Bendigo and Coburg. Anything less than 2 wins in that month would be disappointing.
The next 4 games are massive for the club and a big chance to get some wins on the board. They face Blues, Sandy, Bendigo and Coburg.
There is the potential for 4 wins there if the Dolphins bring their 'A' Game.
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The Dolphins are capable of matching it with sides but the past two games I've seen (Williamstown and Werribee) they've just let the opposition get on top for a quarter and it's cost them dearly.
In their past five games they've conceded a score of 131 four times, and 130 the other, but they've only cracked the 100 point score themselves once for the season. Can they stop the opposition kicking those high scores, and can they mind a few more avenues to goal themselves?
I think they've got the foundations there for a good side, but they need to keep this group together for a few years. Their development league team is going alright, I don't want to sound like a suck either but watching yesterday Paul Kennedy is a great asset for that team to direct the kids on the ground. A few more clubs should look at having a leader on the field to 'coach' their younger players.
I didn't realize Kennedy was playing in the development team. That's outstanding and says a lot about him. It's definately not the norm having an experienced player do this this type role. Something you're more likely to see in Cricket. Eg An ex champ going back to lead the lower XIs.
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