The West's WAFL team look at all the news from around the State league.
It goes without saying that a strong football pedigree would be a significant benefit for anyone applying for a senior administrative position in the code.
And another advantage would be a deep knowledge of retail affairs and marketing.
But what about beer?
That would help too, given that players and fans require it and the consumption of the beverage is vital to club finances.
All these factors add up to one thing – a clever dick with a strong background in football and beer is the hot favourite to get a senior position in the game in this State.____________
South Fremantle have started to turn things around after a tough start to Paul Hasleby’s coaching career.
Several veterans have moved on, a group of youngsters have shown plenty of promise and the team is playing with a fair bit of spirit on the way to three consecutive wins.
And the future looks bright for the Bulldogs if the attention paid by all AFL clubs is anything to go by.
Ten South Fremantle players have been nominated for the national and State draft combines – the former draft camps where the physical and mental capacities of players are assessed before the annual draft.
Not all 10 will be drafted of course but the spread of talent at Freo Oval is enough to give the club confidence of building some considerable momentum over the next few seasons.
Kris Miller just keeps on keeping on.
The South Fremantle veteran will notch another milestone on Friday when his 278th senior match takes him level with Swan Districts hard man Stan Nowotny in equal 10th place on the WAFL games list.
It is fitting that South will host Swans for Miller’s milestone match.____________
Perth midfielder Alistair Smith is not falling for the popular line that Claremont are virtually certain to unfurl another premiership flag this season.
Smith returned to Demons this season after three years with St Kilda where he managed just three senior matches but said he developed significantly under coach Ross Lyon.
That improvement has been on show in recent weeks with Smith regularly appearing in Perth’s best player list.
And he made a guest appearance in the Football Budget last week where he answered questions posed by his potential 2013 teammate Andrew McDougall.
But he would not have Claremont as flag favourites while his former Saints skipper Nick Riewoldt surprisingly didn’t crack a guernsey as one of the best three players during his time at the club.
Asked if Claremont were the team to beat, Smith came up with this answer: “It’s an open race. I think anyone can win it.”
And Lenny Hayes, Stephen Milne and Justin Koschitzke were the players he nominated as St Kilda’s best three.
But Smith still had praise for the hard-working Riewoldt, describing him as very professional and a great role model. “His work ethic is unbelievable,” Smith said.
And while Brownes Stadium is famous for its Pig Pen, it may raise a few eyebrows that Smith argued that the thing he enjoyed most about Perth was “the farm life”.
Richard Hadley and Max Duffy may play for East Fremantle before the end of the home and away season.
Or they may not play again this year.
Both players have unusual injuries that defy accurate predictions about recovery time.
Hadley suffered a fractured eye socket when he was struck by Claremont’s Luke Blackwell in round 19 and while the bone damage has healed well, his right eye is still affected by complications from the injury.
Duffy, the livewire forward, has an even more unusual injury suffered in the same game.
It was first thought that Duffy had broken his fibula but it has since become apparent that a section of muscle was torn from the bone during the incident.
East Fremantle have been told that it could take two or three weeks to heal or it might take up to two months.
Blackwell’s suspension has not only cost him the chance to defend his Sandover Medal win but may prevent him carving out a piece of Claremont history.
The prolific centreman has won Claremont’s best and fairest award for the past three seasons and another victory this year would have taken him equal with club legend Graham Moss who won four on the trot after returning from Essendon in 1977.
Blackwell remains eligible for the Tigers trophy but under the club scoring system, he will miss out on up to 50 votes during two WAFL matches he will miss.
Votes are not cast in Foxtel Cup matches.
Five members of the Claremont match panel each rate every player from one to five, meaning that players can earn up to 25 votes a game.Given that wingman Kane Mitchell has been in outstanding form all year, Blackwell’s two game absence may be enough for the long-haired flyer to secure his first Cook Medal.
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