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Post by Admin on Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:48 pm

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Post by Wolf Pack on Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:25 pm

The lack of recruiting at our club for season 2020 is alarming.
From our 2019 squad we lost a heap of players including -
Snelling, Beech, Noble, Burgess, Schmidt, Middleton, Wasley- Black and Bates amongst others.
We have yet to sign ONE A grade player for 2020.
As a member of the club, I am really disappointed like many.
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Post by Flag No.10 on Wed Dec 18, 2019 10:26 am

Burgess was drafted the year before but I agree with your point. Hard to see where our improvement is going to come from.
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Post by Lachlan2 on Wed Dec 18, 2019 3:30 pm

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I agree with you 100% our recruiting has been extremely disappointing given we had a significant amount of money in our salary.
I think it’s going to be a very long season.
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Post by Lee on Wed Dec 18, 2019 3:47 pm

Because of a disgraceful zone allocation until 2 years ago, there are few juniors coming through.

Add the SANFL salary cap restriction, a masterpiece of bureaucratic stupidity, which 'saved' $40K and cost vastly more than that, West are in some difficulty.

The players and coaches will give everything they've got, but the salary cap issue has cost us 3 - 5 good players and that takes time to catch up.
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Post by Wolf Pack on Wed Dec 18, 2019 5:22 pm

I understand the difficulties the club has had BUT I still cannot believe that we couldn’t find one or two A grade recruits.
Let’s be honest, I could count on one hand the amount of West players that would get a game at another SANFL club.
I’m sure the players will give everything but the reality is we are destined to finish last again.
As I’ve said before, the club wants us to pay our membership fees, spend money at the club etc etc but they have failed to give supporters any hope for 2020.
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Post by Chambo Off To Work We Go on Thu Dec 19, 2019 10:07 am

I feel for West's plight from all of these conspiring injustices.
Would a rough guesstimation be that it has set things back 3-5 years in terms of the ability at a proper tilt at the flag?

And we would be somewhere about 3 years into that maybe?

I honestly don't know how all the clubs continue plugging their faith in the sanfl administration. The only thing that keeps them quiet is the promise of continued dollars all to allow the wheels to keep rolling.

Can anyone mount a case that the sanfl has any ideas about how to promote a fair, impartial and positive product for the good of footy in SA?
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Post by Lee on Thu Dec 19, 2019 11:27 am

I've dealt at close hand with the SANFL, Chambo.

There are a lot of good people there, but at the top level I can't mount a case at all to answer your last sentence.

Your second last sentence is correct.

Your third last sentence is answered by saying most of the clubs have no faith in the SANFL, IMO.
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Post by Brucetiki on Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:46 pm

You have to question if West Adelaide really want the AFLW matches at Hisense Stadium this season.

I went to the AFLW trial match yesterday, and they had one canteen open that was only selling drinks, with patrons directed to the bistro for food, who were only selling toasted sandwiches. I get that it's a trial match, so I understand that you would provide limited catering accordingly, but to provide pretty much nothing for the spectators is unprofessional. A mate that came to the game opted against stopping somewhere on the way for breakfast so he could get something at the ground (and in turn, investing in a local club). He ended up going to Vili's after lunch because of the lack of catering at the ground.

They also had no scoreboard operating, and did not provide access to the timekeepers room, resulting in the Crows having to provide an air horn for the game.

It was a very poor first impression the club gave AFLW fans, and I hope they lift their game for the 3 AFLW matches they'll have. If they don't want the matches, I'm sure there will be plenty of other clubs who'll gladly have the matches.

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