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    League Roinn 1A 2014
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Player Profiles


Name: Todd Banfield
Club: Brisbane Lions
County: 0
International Rules Appearances 0
Height: 6'
DOB: 28/06/1990

Profile:

Lightning quick forward who broke into the Brisbane side for his debut in round one and went on to play every game for the season, kicking 27 goals and winning a Rising Star nomination. Has good goal sense and is an excellent tackler.


Name: Eddie Betts
Club: Carlton
County: 0
International Rules Appearances 0
Height: 5' 8"
DOB: 26/11/1986

Profile:

Enjoyed the best return of his career in 2010, kicking 42 goals from 23 games. Started the season in outstanding form and was in All Australian calculations at the halfway point of the season before opposition teams started to close down his space around goal. Has great skills at ground level and exceptional speed.


Name: Matthew Boyd
Club: Western Bulldogs
County: 0
International Rules Appearances 2
Height: 6'
DOB: 27/08/1982

Profile:

Now one of the leading midfielders in the competition, winning All Australian selection in 2009 and making the final squad of 40 this year. Led the AFL in clearances in 2010 in the home and away season and was fourth in the competition in kicks. Strong and durable, he has missed just two games in the past five seasons and is a key to the success of the Bulldogs.


Name: Daniel Cross
Club: Western Bulldogs
County: 0
International Rules Appearances 0
Height: 6' 2"
DOB: 30/03/1983

Profile:

With teammate Boyd, a key member of the Bulldogs’ centre square set-up. Among the very best in the AFL with his handball skills and is an outstanding endurance runner. Marks well for his size and is brave and durable. Will bring other players into the game with his unselfish play and one of the leading tacklers in the AFL.


Name: Adam Goodes
Club: Sydney Swans
County: 0
International Rules Appearances 2
Height: 6' 4"
DOB: 08/01/1980

Profile:

All-time great of the AFL, with two Brownlow Medals, multiple club best and fairest, All Australian selections and selection in the Indigenous Team of the Century to his name. Co-captain of the Swans for the past three seasons and heading towards 300 games. Remarkbly durable player who managed more than 200 consecutive games across 1998-2007 and again managed every game for the Swans this year. Tall, athletic and can play midfield, forward or back.


Name: Patrick Dangerfield
Club: Adelaide Crows
County: 0
International Rules Appearances 0
Height: 6' 2"
DOB: 05/04/1990

Profile:

Exciting young talent who blossomed for the Crows in 2010, kicking 26 goals from his 19 games. Can play both a forward and a midfield role. Is powerful and also possesses good pace. Marks well and will be a key building block for the Crows in their bid to build an elite side in the coming years.


Name: Paul Duffield
Club: Fremantle
County: 0
International Rules Appearances 0
Height: 6' 2"
DOB: 05/02/1985

Profile:

Key component of the Fremantle defence that led the club to a third-ever finals appearance in 2010. Has the knack of finding space from his opponent and winning plenty of the ball. Will likely play a central defensive role, coupled with a great ability to run well.


Name: Dustin Fletcher
Club: Essendon
County: 0
International Rules Appearances 4
Height: 6' 6"
DOB: 07/04/1975

Profile:

The longest-serving player in the AFL game, having begun his career in 1993 as a premiership full back with Essendon. Twice served Australia with distinction as a goalkeeper in the successful campaigns of both 2005 and 2006. Continues to star in the AFL with his beloved Bombers and has already been re-contracted for a 19th season in 2011.
Int Rules Appearances: 4 (2005, 2006)


Name: James Frawley
Club: Melbourne
County: 0
International Rules Appearances 0
Height: 6' 4"
DOB: 20/09/1988

Profile:

Developing defender who is set to become one of the outstanding key defensive backs in the competition. Won All Australian selection for the first time in 2010, playing and succeeding against the star forwards of the competition. Has built his body strength over the last three years and is now set to become the lynch pin of Melbourne’s backline as it aims to push up the ladder.


Name: Bryce Gibbs
Club: Carlton
County: 0
International Rules Appearances 0
Height: 6' 2"
DOB: 15/03/1989

Profile:

Number one selection in the 2006 Draft who has quickly established himself as a key performer in the Carlton side. Played 89 of a possible 90 matches since his debut and alternates between midfield and half back, with occasional roles up forward. Beautiful kicking skills and a very safe mark, with the knack of always finding space.


Name: Sam Gilbert
Club: St Kilda
County: 0
International Rules Appearances 0
Height: 6' 4"
DOB: 19/08/1986

Profile:

Tall defender with exceptional pace. Used by the Saints as a key set-up player in its backline, with his ability to find space and mark well. Can be used up forward in a pinch-hitting role, but likely to be used as a defensive runner.


Name: Brad Green
Club: Melbourne
County: 0
International Rules Appearances 2
Height: 6'
DOB: 13/03/1981

Profile:

Enjoyed a career-best year in 2010, kicking 55 goals from his 22 matches to make the initial squad of 40 in contention for All Australian selection. Was sixth in the AFL for both marks and goals – an outstanding effort for a player classified as a small, mobile forward. Kicks extremely well and can go into the midfield as well.


Name: Jarrad McVeigh
Club: Sydney Swans
County: 0
International Rules Appearances 0
Height: 6'
DOB: 07/04/1985

Profile:

Hard-running Swans midfielder and leader of the club’s centre square set-up. Able to kick goals when he plays forward and also has the ability to play as a tagger. Will be a central part of the midfield rotation.


Name: Leigh Montagna
Club: St Kilda
County: 0
International Rules Appearances 2
Height: 5' 10"
DOB: 02/11/1983

Profile:

All Australian player for the second consecutive year and a pivotal member of the powerful St Kilda side that has played in the past three Grand Finals. Led the AFL in attacking moves into the forward 50-metre area of the ground and was second in the AFL for total kicks, playing every game of the season. Member of the Australian side that played under Malthouse in 2008.


Name: Garrick Ibbotson
Club: Fremantle
County: 0
International Rules Appearances 0
Height: 6' 2"
DOB: 15/03/1988

Profile:

Young player who was part of Fremantle’s surge to the finals, playing as a tagger and midfield runner. Covers the ground extremely well and his height allows him to play on a range of opponents.


Name: Kieran Jack
Club: Sydney Swans
County: 0
International Rules Appearances 0
Height: 5' 10"
DOB: 28/06/1987

Profile:

Son of former Australian Kangaroo fullback Garry Jack, who starred for Balmain in the NRL in the 1980s. Chose AFL as his sporting career as a teenager after initially playing NRL and has continued to improve each year at the Swans. This year, won the club best and fairest for the first time, as part of the Swans regeneration. Outstanding tackler and shows improving goal sense with every year.


Name: Jack Riewoldt
Club: Richmond
County: 0
International Rules Appearances 0
Height: 6' 5"
DOB: 31/11/1988

Profile:

Developing forward who is set to blossom into one of the stars of the competition. Won the Coleman Medal as leading goalkicker in the competition and won All Australian selection for the first time in 2010. Outstanding contested mark and finished the season with 78 goals from his 22 games.


Name: Kade Simpson
Club: Carlton
County: 0
International Rules Appearances 4
Height: 6'
DOB: 05/05/1985

Profile:

Winner of the Jim Stynes Medal as Australia’s best player in the 2008 series. Regular in the Carlton midfield and has also played a role across half back. Outstanding runner with good pace and good disposal skills. Toured Ireland in 2006 under Kevin Sheedy and will provide important on-field leadership for the younger members of the squad.


Name: Dane Swan
Club: Collingwood
County: 0
International Rules Appearances 0
Height: 6' 1"
DOB: 25/02/1984

Profile:

One of the on-field stars of the 2010 competition. Nominated by his peers as the Players’ Association Most Valuable Player for the first time and finished third in the 2010 Brownlow Medal. Winner of Collingwood’s past three best and fairest awards and member of the 2010 premiership side.


Name: Travis Varcoe
Club: Geelong Cats
County: 0
International Rules Appearances 0
Height: 5' 11"
DOB: 10/04/1988

Profile:

Pacy forward who has begun to develop his game as a midfielder for the Geelong side. Member of the club’s 2009 premiership side and player who made the key last quarter play in that Grand Final, winning possession at ground level to provide the opportunity for teammate Paul Chapman to kick the winning goal. Excellent tackler and good evasive skills.


Name: David Wojcinski
Club: Geelong Cats
County: 0
International Rules Appearances 0
Height: 5' 11"
DOB: 18/09/1980

Profile:

One of the fastest players in the competition, used by Geelong as a wingman or half-back to break up play with his offensive running. Member of the club’s premiership sides in 2007 and 2009 and now approaching veteran status.




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