The BigFooty Top 50 2013


BigFooty members, 112 in all, voted for the Top 50 AFL players.

This was based on a mix of predicted and current form.

The full list, with commentary on each player and member discussion:

  1. Gary Ablett (Gold Coast)
  2. Lance Franklin (Hawthorn)
  3. Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood)
  4. Jobe Watson (Essendon)
  5. Dane Swan (Collingwood)
  6. Trent Cotchin (Richmond)
  7. Josh P Kennedy (Sydney)
  8. Joel Selwood (Geelong)
  9. Sam Mitchell (Hawthorn)
  10. Patrick Dangerfield (Adelaide)
  11. Marc Murphy (Carlton)
  12. Dean Cox (West Coast)
  13. Matthew Pavlich (Fremantle)
  14. Dayne Beams (Collingwood)
  15. Scott Thompson (Adelaide)
  16. Tom Hawkins (Geelong)
  17. Taylor Walker (Adelaide)
  18. Brett Deledio (Richmond)
  19. Nathan Fyfe (Fremantle)
  20. Chris Judd (Carlton)
  21. Andrew Swallow (North Melbourne)
  22. Travis Cloke (Collingwood)
  23. Jack Riewoldt (Richmond)
  24. Darren Glass (West Coast)
  25. Nic Naitanui (West Coast)
  26. Kieren Jack (Sydney)
  27. Adam Goodes (Sydney)
  28. Ted Richards (Sydney)
  29. Matthew Boyd (Western Bulldogs)
  30. Ryan O’Keefe (Sydney)
  31. Luke McPharlin (Fremantle)
  32. Harry Taylor (Geelong)
  33. Steve Johnson (Geelong)
  34. Ryan Griffen (Western Bulldogs)
  35. Lenny Hayes (St Kilda)
  36. Brendon Goddard (Essendon)
  37. David Mundy (Fremantle)
  38. Aaron Sandilands (Fremantle)
  39. Bryce Gibbs (Carlton)
  40. Jimmy Bartel (Geelong)
  41. Nick Dal Santo (St Kilda)
  42. Beau Waters (West Coast)
  43. Sam Jacobs (Adelaide)
  44. Jarryd Roughead (Hawthorn)
  45. Josh J Kennedy (West Coast)
  46. Tom Rockliff (Brisbane)
  47. Daniel Rich (Brisbane)
  48. Stephen Milne (St Kilda)
  49. Jack Redden (Brisbane)
  50. Matt Priddis (West Coast)

Richmond F.C. – Win a copy!

“The Tigers – A proud history of a great club”

As told by those who made it happen…

On October 31, 1907, the Richmond Football Club committee accepted an invitation to become a member of the then fledgling Victorian Football League. The Tigers now represent one of the game’s great and enduring cultures, a tradition built on inner-city tribal football, but which today thrives on a national stage as one of the great clubs of the Australian Football League.

The unyielding passion for the club and the team is represented vividly in more than 60 interviews with players, past and present, conducted by Rhett Bartlett, son of club immortal, KB—Kevin Bartlett. This is the raw story of a club and its people, its glory years and its lean. The tale is told in the words of those who lived the dream. From Vic Thorp and Jack Titus, to Royce Hart and Matthew Richardson, and icons such as Jack Dyer and Francis Bourke, Tom Hafey and Kevin Bartlett, the story of the Yellow and Black is brought to life.

First published in 2007, this updated edition contains an extra 70 pages (12 new chapters) of riveting content. It includes interviews with the 1980 Premiership captain Bruce Monteath, the last recorded interview with Maurice Rioli, the memories of David Cloke and Geoff Raines about the turbulent 1980s, an interview with Verdun Howell – who coached Richmond for one game, and the first ever interview with Stephen Parsons – a key figure in the Windy Hill Brawl. This is in addition to historical essays and up-to-date statistics and honour boards.

Author: Rhett Bartlett

The son of Richmond legend Kevin Bartlett, Rhett Bartlett grew up with the Tigers in his blood. A contributor for the AFL Record, Bartlett has also written for the Richmond Football Club website. An active member of the Richmond Museum Historical Group and the former Players & Officials Association, Bartlett works as a learning and development trainer.  ‘KB – A Life in Footballis his second book, after the 2008 release of Richmond F.C. “The Tigers” A Century of League Football.

Win a copy!

Just post your best memory of Richmond in 2012 and you could win your own copy of Richmond F.C.

Post your memories in this thread on

AFL Pre-Season Draft 2012 – Dec 11

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Talk about the PSD and Rookie Drafts on BigFooty’s Drafts and Trading Board, including Phantom Drafts by BigFooty members.

The final order for the Pre-Season Draft taking place tomorrow:

Round One

1 – GWS Giants
2 – Western Bulldogs
3 – Port Adelaide
4 – Brisbane Lions
5 – Richmond
6 – Essendon
7 – Carlton
8 – Fremantle
9 – Collingwood
10 – Adelaide Crows
11 – Sydney Swans
Round Two

12 – GWS Giants
13 – Carlton
14 – Fremantle
15 – Collingwood
16 – Sydney Swans
Round Three

17 – Sydney Swans


The Draft: What does each club want?

Long-time BigFooty Draft forum mainstay Snoop Dog has compiled a list of each club’s most likely wants in the AFL National Draft.

Gleaned only from the most trusted and respected BigFooty members, here’s the list:

Adelaide – Key forward & back and then just best available (but Adelaide have given back their picks…)

Brisbane – ball winning midfielder & KPF

Carlton – Inside midfielders, outside mids with pace and KPF

Collingwood -Best available with potentially a KPF or KPB and possibly a ruck late

Essendon – Outside mid, Inside mid, small fwd, KPD and ruck

Fremantle – KPF

Geelong – Midfielders

Suns – Best available

Giants – Best available mids and then best available mid to late

Hawthorn – KPD, inside mid and outside mid

Melbourne – Midfielders

North – Midfielder, mercurial mid / HF type and ruck late

Port – Midfielders and KPD

Richmond – Best available and ruck late

Saints – KPD, KPF, midfielders and mature age KPD late

Swans – KPD, mids and ruck

Western Bulldogs – Best available mids and then KPF with 3rd pick and then HB type

West Coast – Inside mid, outside mid and KPD

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Barry Hall’s close shave

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Grand Final Teams, Stats and Matchups


2012 AFL Grand Final Preview – Hawthorn vs. Sydney

2:30pm Saturday 29thSeptember @ MCG – Weather: 14°C – Showers

Guest writer Conca Truck gives us his thoughts on the Grand Final.

After 206 games in season 2012 it all come down to this last one. The biggest game of the year, the AFL grand final between Hawthorn and Sydney.

These two teams have had fantastic years finishing 1st and 3rd. They both won their first qualifying finals, earning themselves the week off to get fresh and ready for their preliminary final. The Swans where too strong for the Magpies while the Hawks beat the Crows in a thriller.

Line Ups


B: Grant Birchall , Josh Gibson , Benjamin Stratton
HB: Matt Suckling , Ryan Schoenmakers , Shaun Burgoyne
C: Jordan Lewis , Sam Mitchell , Xavier Ellis
HF: Jack Gunston, Lance Franklin, Isaac Smith
F: Cyril Rioli , Jarryd Roughead , Luke Breust
Foll: David Hale , Luke Hodge, Brad Sewell
I/C: Clinton Young, Liam Shiels , Shane Savage, Paul Puopolo
Emg: Max Bailey, Thomas Murphy , Kyle Cheney

In: L.Hodge
Out: T.Murphy


B: Rhyce Shaw , Ted Richards, Martin Mattner
HB: Alex Johnson , Heath Grundy , Nicholas Smith
C: Lewis Jetta , Kieren Jack , Daniel Hannebery
HF: Craig Bird , Sam Reid , Ryan O’Keefe
F: Jarrad McVeigh , Adam Goodes, Lewis Roberts-Thomson
Foll: Shane Mumford, Josh P. Kennedy, Jude Bolton
I/C: Nick Malceski, Mike Pyke , Luke Parker , Mitch Morton
Emg: Trent Dennis-Lane , Tony Armstrong, Tommy Walsh

No Change

Last 5 times they have met:

Sydney 95 Hawthorn 102 – SCG Round 22, 2012
Hawthorn 69 Sydney 106 – Aurora Round 5, 2012
Hawthorn 122 def Sydney 86 – MCG Semi Final, 2011
Sydney 60 Hawthorn 106 – SCG Round 9, 2011
Sydney 129 def hawthorn 85 – SCG Round 19, 2010

Key Match Ups

1. The Midfield Battle

Mitchell, Sewell, Hodge, Burgoyne, Lewis, Young, Smith, Shiels, Ellis
Kennedy, Jack, Bolton, Jetta, O’Keffe, McVeigh, Hannebery

The midfield is where the game will be won and lost. There are some genuine stars of the competition in both midfields with Kennedy, Jack, Mitchell and Hodge. Both midfields will get best use of the ball from ruckmen but whichever teams midfield can get the ball from the middle and pump it long inside 50 the most will win the game.

2. Richards vs. Franklin

Richards has played on Franklin the last 3 times these teams have met and I would expect him to play on him again. Franklin has booted 4,0 and 4 goals in those 3 games and with Franlin getting back to his best from his injury and Richards in career best form, I would expect a gruelling contest.

3. Gibson vs. Goodes

With Schoenmakers going to Reid, that will leave Gibson to play on Goodes. Last time they met Gibson kept Goodes to the 2 goals and 15 touches and if Gibson can shut down Goodes again it will give the Hawks a good chance of winning.

4. N.Smith vs. Breust

Breust has had a great 2012 season booting 43 goals while also having 25 goal assists (ranking 2nd in the comp) and putting pressure on defenders with 105 tackles. Smith has also been great down back for the Swans and he should go to Breust and limit his output. Smith played on Breust in the round 22 clash this year keeping him goalless.

Key Players


Shaun Burgoyne
Burgoyne has already played in two Grand Finals with Port Adelaide and he always steps up on the big stage. Burgoyne was best on ground last time he played Sydney with 26 touches and three crucial goals and a big game from Burgoyne is vital if the Hawks want to win.

Lance Franklin
The best defender in the competition Ted Richards will be waiting for Buddy this Saturday. Richards kept Franklin goalless and to four goals in their two clashes this season. But on the big stage expect Buddy to step up and have a big game, which might not mean kicking a bag of goals but setting them up for his teammates.

Luke Hodge
After missing last week with an illness Hodge will be fit and firing to play against the Swans this week. Hodge has shown he is a big game player winning the Norm Smith in 2008. His toughness around the ball will set the standard for his teammates.

Grant Birchall
The skilful defender is important for the Hawks as his pinpoint kicking is really going to set the Hawks up when coming out of defence.

Sam Mitchell
After only 17 and 20 disposals against the Swans this year, Mitchell has struggled against them. But Mitchell has been in great form lately and has been one of the best Hawks performers in finals so except a big performance this week even if he does get tagged by Bird.


Josh P. Kennedy
Kennedy has sent a message to his former Hawk teammates this season in the two matches they played with huge games. Kennedy has been one of the most improved players of the comp and he has turned himself into a genuine star of the AFL and is a very good chance for the Norm Smith medal on Saturday.

Adam Goodes
One of the best players in the history of the Swans, Goodes will be looking for his second premiership medallion. Goodes has been known for his ability to turn a game around single-handedly and for his massive performances in the big games. If the Swans want to win their 5th Premiership then Adam Goodes will have to be at his best.

Sam Reid
Schoenmakers will man Reid up this week and the Swans need to exploit the pair in one on one contests. Schoenmakers has had 20 goals scored on him in his last four games and Reid is a good chance to boot three+ goals on him this week. But Reid has only kicked two goals against the Hawks in their two contests this year.

Lewis Jetta
The excitement machine is a massive X-Factor for the Swans on Saturday. But Jetta has been quiet against the Hawks this year with a combined total of 22 disposals from the two games against the Hawks this season and expect a Hawk to pay close attention to him.

Ted Richards
Richards has had an amazing season but he will have one of the toughest jobs in football, playing at Full Back on Lance Franklin. Richards one of the best defenders in the comp has kept Buddy to 4 goals in there 2 clashes this year and if he can limit Franklins output, it will go a long way in the Swans winning the game.

The Verdict

The best two teams of 2012 will do battle for the ultimate football glory: The Premiership Cup.

It is going to be a great battle from start to finish. The Hawks are a very attacking team while the Swans are defensive and if it turns into a shoot out, the Hawks might be too strong for the Swans. If the Swans slow the game down they are a very good chance of wining. Both teams have some great players and are evenly matched all around the ground.

But I would expect the Hawks to step up after last week and win a thriller.

Tip: Hawthorn by 5 points

Norm Smith Medal: Shaun Burgoyne

First Goal: Lewis Roberts-Thompson

Thanks for reading and leave a comment on which team you think will win the game, Norm Smith and kick the first goal: