Battle of the Mo’s
To the relief of many girlfriends and wives, Saturday saw ‘Movember’ come to an end. Twenty AFL players took part in the annual charity event, which raises money for men’s health. Brisbane Lion’s midfielder Tom Rockliff led the fundraising charge with $2270.
Donations can still be made via the ‘Movemeber’ website. Head to http://au.movember.com to donate money to your favourite player and help support men’s health.
Tom Rockliff $2270
Joel Selwood $2046
Sam Docherty $1000
Mitch Duncan $1390
Angus Monfries $640
Hayden Crozier $465
Tom Bugg $425
Hamish McIntosh $385
Stephen Gilham $350
Justin Clarke $315
Kristian Jaksch $295
Nathan Jones $255
Alex Fasolo $130
Dayne Zorko $100
Nick Dal Santo $80
Jeremy Howe $60
James Frawley $50
Trent Dennis Lane $10
Devon Smith Unknown
Callan Ward Unknown
Holmes makes new home in Aus
Former US basketball star Jason Holmes is officially a Saint after Wednesday’s rookie draft. The 202cm giant has been compared with West Coast Eagle’s ruckman Nic Naitanui after recording a 97cm vertical jump.
“I know it’s going to help me in the long run. I know I’ve got a long way to go as far as cardio and skills, so it’s going to be huge for me,” Holmes told the club’s website.
The promising talent joined the rest of his teammates in Boulder, Colorado over the weekend where the Saints are undergoing a grueling pre season training camp.
— Eric Wallace (@EricM_Wallace) October 2, 2013
Stats swing Swans’ way
The AFL.com.au reporters have predicted Sydney Swans to be the strongest team in the 2014 season. Based upon the 2013 player ratings, the new addition of Lance Franklin significantly boosts the team’s overall point’s tally. The Swans’ predicted starting line up accrues 7777 points, 200 points ahead of the second placed Kangaroos.
Promising talent dies in tragic car accident
Former West Coast Eagles player Michael Mascoulis has tragically died in a car accident in Victoria.
The twenty-year-old was recruited by the Eagles in 2011 in the Rookie Draft and played 4 league games and 21 games in the reserves with the WAFL team West Perth this year.
“Michael was a larger than life character and loved the West Perth Football Club, and [was loved] by everyone at the club and we wish our sincerest condolences to his family at this terrible time,” West Perth management said on the Falcons’ Facebook page.
— Nic Naitanui (@RealNaitanui) November 30, 2013
Riewoldt and Montagna sign with Saints
Nick Riewoldt and Leigh Montagna veterans have signed extension contracts with St Kilda that will undoubtedly see them to the end of their playing careers.
Reiwoldt, 31 has signed until the end of 2015 while 30-year-old Montagna has committed until 2016.
The news comes as St Kilda begin their first week of training at their altitude camp in Boulder, Colorado.
Priddis wins best and fairest
Matt Priddis has won West Coast’s best and fairest which was held on Friday night. After finishing runner up for the past two years, Priddis went one better this season and took out the accolade with 373 votes, six ahead of second placed Eric McKenzie.
The club also announced their decision to name the inaugural award the ‘John Worsfold medal’, recognising the ex-coach’s contribution to the club over the past 24 years.
Clubs head for fresh air
Despite the physiological benefits of altitude training being heavily disputed, many clubs have set off overseas in search for that extra competitive edge.
Find out what your club is up to:
Essendon – Left on Saturday morning for a 16-day training camp in Boulder, Colorado.
St Kilda – Left on Wednesday headed for a 16-day training camp in Boulder, Colorado.
Carlton – Will depart for Arizona tomorrow.
Brisbane – Travelled to Arizona for two weeks in early November.
Western Bulldogs – Have returned from Colorado where they undertook a 15-day training camp.
Hawthorn – Will travel to South Africa for a training camp this month.
Kangaroos – Left for Utah on November 15th.