Tuesday, November 26, 2013

West Coast Eagles recruits Sheed and Karpany eager to get up to speed



New West Coast recruit Dom Sheed says he is one of the lucky ones who was picked up by the team he barracked for at the AFL's National Draft.
His new teammate Malcolm Karpany supported Port Adelaide until a week ago when the Eagles added him to their list.
The pair were introduced to their new teammates this morning.
Sheed, 18, won the Larke Medal as the best player of the under-18 championship playing for WA. The left-footer from Subiaco was snapped up by the Eagles with their first pick of the Draft, number 11 overall.

At one stage he was being touted as a possible top 10 pick, but a foot injury may have caused his slip down the pecking order.
Neither he, nor the Eagles, who gave up their number six pick to snare Brisbane's Elliot Yeo, are complaining.
Coach Adam Simpson will be hoping he can slot in to the midfield. Although Sheed admits that he isn't the quickest player going around, he has no doubts he can eventually get to the top level and is surrounding himself with the right people to allow that to happen.
"I was lucky enough to go out for dinner with him [Simpson] on Draft night because he was over there," Sheed said.
"I had a bit of a chat with him, he said I would probably start with the midfield group and go from there.
"Look, I'm obviously not the quickest bloke, but I like to make up for it in other areas.
"Everyone has to work on something and I have my things to work on as well - obviously my speed and I have to work on my endurance as well.
"Yeah, I kind of just want to follow Matt Priddis and a few of those blokes around and do what they do and put my best foot forward."
Karpany is also a left-footer and was taken and was taken from Woodville-West Torrens in the SANFL with the Eagles second pick, number 31 overall.
He's another midfielder, who doesn't mind going into attack either. His 29 touches, nine marks, two goals and seven inside-50s in the SANFL under-18s Grand Final winning team earned him the Alan Stewart Medal as the best player on the ground.
If he gets anywhere near the heights of the player he admired as a kid, the Eagles may have got a Draft gem.
"Wanganeen, Gav, he was a good player and a role model," Karpany was quick to reply when asked about who inspired him.
He sees himself hopefully playing a similar type of role for the Eagles as Wanganeen did, particularly while at Port.
"Small forward, on the wing, [where there is] a lot of space to run," he said. "Hopefully I can fill that spot – there were a lot of retirees this season – we'll see what happens.
"Obviously it's gonna be a lot harder with Western Australia so far away from South Australia. But it's a good step to learn to be more independent, I guess."
The Eagles left for Broome on Monday for a four-day training camp.

Fremantle Dockers snare Subiaco's Michael Wood in rookie draft



Subiaco product Michael Wood will be a Docker next season.
Subiaco product Michael Wood will be a Docker next season. Source: News Limited

FREMANTLE has turned to emerging Subiaco forward Michael Wood to head the Dockers' rookie selections in the final recruitment of young talent for this year.
And the Dockers stayed with local talent for their second choice with another developing forward - Thomas Vandeleur from South Fremantle at number 32 overall.
Vandeleur is a 194cm and athletic key defender who could be earmarked as a long-term potential backline replacement for the inevitable retirement of champion Luke McPharlin somewhere into the next few seasons.
Another South Fremantle product and mid-sized forward Blaine Johnson was taken by Carlton at pick 43, while nippy Swan Districts on-baller and goal-shark Charlie Cameron is heading to Adelaide.
The livewire Cameron was WA's first rookie selection conducted early this morning at pick No.7.
He had been linked with a move to Greater Western Sydney but late on Tuesday the exciting on-baller was told by Giants management that he was not in their plans.
Wood, 18, was taken with the Dockers' first pick at number 16 overall after the rangy tall sharp-shooter had trained with Essendon since the weekend ahead of the draft.
He played 10 senior games with Subiaco in the 2013 WAFL season and booted 18 goals with an impressive burst of speed and uncanny ability to sense opportunity to score from packs and on the turn in heavy traffic.
And while Fremantle took two new WA products and another eastern stater with their third pick at 47 with Northern Blues Jacob Ballard, arch rival West Coast pulled a surprise by taking Oakleigh Chargers' Will Maginness at number six.
Maginness, 18, is a nippy midfielder with handy goal-scoring capability and is damaging with his disposal.
He was co-captain with his Victorian-based under-18s team.
As has been widely documented, West Coast threw a lifeline to troubled small forward Murray Newman with a recall through the rookie system after he was dropped from the Eagles senior list last week.
The Eagles also took scrawny Claremont defender Rohan Powell with their second pick at 22 overall.
Surprise omissions from Wednesday's final AFL list additions ahead of the 2014 premiership season include highly promising Claremont ruckman Darcy Cameron and clever East Fremantle opportunist forward Ryan Lester-Smith.

BoBA 2013 ISML Predictions: Bonus Exhibition, Day 5

ARENA 01: Uchiha Itachi [Kirigaya Kazuto] by >=1000
Over/Under: 11500
Over

ARENA 02: [Edward Elric] Lelouch Lamperouge by <=1000
Over/Under: 11500
Over

ARENA 03: [Otonashi Yuzuru] Sakamaki Izayoi by >=1000
Over/Under: 11500
Over

ARENA 04: Katsuragi Keima [Accelerator] by >=1000
Over/Under: 11500
Over

ARENA 05: Yanagi Fuyumi Taiyō Akari [Matsuoka Gō] by <=1000
Over/Under: 11500
Over

ARENA 06: Kirigiri Kyōko Susanna Hopkins [Misawa Maho] by >=1000
Over/Under: 11500
Over

ARENA 07: [Minato Tomoka] Ichinose Hajime Mikage Aki by >=1000
Over/Under: 11500
Over

ARENA 08: Dōmyōji Sakura [Kujyō Tsukiyo] Ai Astin by >=1000
Over/Under: 11500
Over

ARENA 09: Serena [Sarashiki Tatenashi] Mukaido Manaka by <=1000
Over/Under: 11500
Over

ARENA 10: [Kaga Kōko] Shinmoto Chiko Yūōji Ōka by >=1000
Over/Under: 11500
Over

ARENA 11: [Hiradaira Chisaki] Ogiso Setsuna Momoi Satsuki by <=1000
Over/Under: 11500
Over

ARENA 12: [Himeragi Yukina] Yaya Saeki Makoto by >=1000
Over/Under: 11500
Over