Hold Your Horses!

If you are like me, your feeling betrayed. Even if you did the Bryce Gibbs loophole (yes, thanks Calvin!), you still have a very bitter taste in your mouth. Richmond bent me over and said hey Aki, take this! So I did… very reluctantly.

We didn’t want to think about it, but most of us now realise the substitute rule is going to mess with us all year. We are all in the same boat and I guess coping it 1st game of the 1st round is just a sweet reminder to us all that “luck” is going to play such a big part of Dream Team this year, not like it doesn’t already. Personally knowing the coaches might help also…

In case you missed it, Damien Hardwick placed Daniel Connors (24) as the sub to start the game last night and then when his very crook little warrior Nathan Foley (21) was physically unable to take the field, Connors was subbed on.

Now, to brighten everyone’s day (especially my own as I have both) this is the good news: Nathan Foley will do anything to run out on to the ground this year and have a crack. The guy was death warmed up apparently before the game and somehow convinced his hard nut coach and medical staff he could play the game out, even though he’d probably thrown up more time’s than I would on a bender with Charlie Sheen. When the medico’s finally realised man my Foley had been actually leaving traces of fecal matter on the field, they knew it was time for him to put the dressing gown on.

Positive number two: Hardwick has come out and said Connors was only a sub due to his interrupted pre-season. This is not a role he will be getting used too. THANK GOD! But the question is: Why did you play him? Too late now, we must move on.

The Run-Down:

Don’t jump off Foley and Connors just yet, you would be mad. Nathan is going to be an integral part of Richmond’s engine this year and by still wanting to have a crack when he really shouldn’t of, show’s me he is raring to go. While Daniel by the looks/sounds of it, isn’t 100% and I guess we will have to see after Richmond’s next game vs St Kilda if we might have given him a Guernsey too soon.


  • yeah i suggested connors for a mate, i had foley :(

  • Quick, … just b4 lock out … jump off Otten everyone!!! The sky is falling down!!!

  • Same stuff can be said about Yarran. Atleast you know he’ll certainly improve next week :P Thank god I used the EMG loophole on Foley/Yarran

    • I was such an idiot. remembered to do the EMG loophole on yarran but forgot to do it on foley. sigh

    • I had connors found out 10 mins before the game he was a sub and quickly subbed him to the bench as an emergancy, (was hoping for an early injury then would have put D stanley on the field), and duigan went onto the field. Saved me 30 points.

  • The only reason why you’d pick Foley in the first place is as a stepping stone (he’s far from a keeper)
    ie. a high scoring cash cow who appreciates from $220k to $320k with the probability of scoring in the 80s every game. So far he’s delivered a score of twenty and has sent hope of rapid appreciation out the door. Probable trade now.

    • yeah will see how he goes next week ? if he scores bad will probs downgrade him to the best rook.. curnow at this stage..

    • The 24 is in his rolling price change cycle for one change. Wont effect his price in the long haul as you would be holding until round 7 – 8 anyhow

  • I still have faith in foley, he will make it up when he doesn’t have the skids!

  • yeh keep foley , so long as scores are good in rnd 4 and 5 – when they count for longer on his running average. North melbourne have a bye week 3 so you can see foleys round 4 score (that counts for 3 weeks in his running 5 game average I believe) and if it is shit can still trade for a crow sun or roos who will still be on the bubble. I’m thinking atley, brodie smith, or any number of suns.
    I’m tipping maverick weller as a roughy and unique – in the leadership group – fierce tackler and think he will smash it

    • but should mention – i think foley will come good and be worth keeping – above is plan B.

      Foley will make less than some rookies as a cash cow but i think you could bank between 10-30 extra points a week that he plays, and it all counts to that car. same thinking on C Ward – I have both.

    • huh?

  • The key part of this article was …

    “integral part of Richmond’s engine”

    and the important part of the above quote is the use of the word Richmond

    • If you are suggesting because Foley plays for a less quality club he won’t pump out decent scores, your an imbecile.

  • new loophole???? im onto it!

  • Hi Aki. Nice article. Are you from Hobart by any chance?

  • Get on the CURNOW train !!! mature age rookie at it’s absolute best !!! he broke the lines when necessary and his skill level and self belief was amazing for a first gamer … the Emergency loop hole was a Dream Team moment come true ;-)

    • +1

      the Emergency loop hole was a Dream Team moment come true

      Curnow, Edward = 107 hahahaha ” I LOVE IT”

  • spots left in this league # 620786

  • Anyone Have a clue why Palmer was subbed off? Surley he isnt the 21st worst player at freo

    • He was subbed off because he hurt himself in a contest with Buchannon

      • When in the match did Palmer get subbed off? (I didn’t see the game because was at Crows/Hawks match.)

        Does anyone know if/where you can find information on exactly when the sub was used in each match?

  • Apart from the short term pain of being subbed out in week 1, I would be pretty pleased if I had Foley. He was crook as a dog and still racked them up for the 20 mins or so he was on! I’d be hanging onto him because he will definitely make some $$ if he doesn’t get hurt.

  • i had connors and even when he played he didnt look good to me at all! thinking of trading him now for someone like brady rawlings?