Jeppa’s Juniors

Rookie Pre-season Report Card

Rookie Pre-season Report Card

140 by / on March 22, 2011, 7:30 pm / in Jeppa's Juniors, Players of Interest

If a week is a long time in football, then an entire pre-season campaign seems like a lifetime. And I’m not talking about the chubbers growing up today who are tipped to keel over before they reach retirement age, I mean the lifetime of someone really, really ancient… like Dustin Fletcher.

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Rooks on the Radar – Midfielders

Rooks on the Radar – Midfielders

53 by / on February 4, 2011, 4:00 pm / in Jeppa's Juniors, Players of Interest

To Swallow or not to Swallow? It’s not a question I’ve had to ask myself too many times before, but it shapes as one of the major decisions of this AFL Dream Team pre-season.

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Rooks On The Radar – Forwards and Rucks

Rooks On The Radar – Forwards and Rucks

62 by / on January 27, 2011, 1:00 pm / in Jeppa's Juniors, Players of Interest

Chook has a crack at picking this year’s Tom Rockliffe and hopes he doesn’t get a Relton Roberts instead. Oh, and the rucks get a mention, too.

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Rooks On The Radar – Backs

Rooks On The Radar – Backs

36 by / on January 26, 2011, 1:00 pm / in Jeppa's Juniors

Once again, selecting rookie defenders looks as fraught with danger as letting Brendan Fevola near other humans. Chook has a look at who’s on the radar so far this pre-season.

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Rooks On The Radar – DPPs

Rooks On The Radar – DPPs

41 by / on January 25, 2011, 1:00 pm / in Jeppa's Juniors

The pre-season competition – the proving ground of AFL rookies – is yet to get underway, but that’s no excuse for not having got out the binoculars and taken in a spot of rookie watching yet. Chook has a look at which dual-position rookies have cropped up on his radar so far.

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Chook’s Rooks: Round 11

Chook’s Rooks: Round 11

401 by / on June 7, 2010, 9:14 pm / in Jeppa's Juniors

The AFL coaches and Aussie Pim need to get their act together. To raise our national rankings in DT, we need fresh meat to cash in our maxed-out cows. To raise our nation’s chances of progressing in the World Cup, we need some fit and firing guns in our forward half. Unfortunately, the list of one and two-game AFL rookies is as poorly stocked as the Socceroos’ strike force, piling a whole lot of pressure on a few blokes named Cahill, Kewell and, um, Gysberts.

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Chook’s Rooks: Round 10

Chook’s Rooks: Round 10

213 by / on May 31, 2010, 11:27 pm / in Jeppa's Juniors

Like a circus lion tamer turned on by his performing pride, I feel like my rookies bit my head off this round.

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Chook’s Rooks: Round 9

Chook’s Rooks: Round 9

1,299 by / on May 26, 2010, 1:02 am / in Jeppa's Juniors

Want to know what made the kid on the anti-smoking ad get his grizzle on? Chook has the answer, and it wasn’t Scott Gumbleton’s third sub-40 score of the season, as sad as that was.

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Chook’s Rooks – Round 8

Chook’s Rooks – Round 8

1,043 by / on May 18, 2010, 10:16 pm / in Jeppa's Juniors

Clearly Michael Barlow loves a challenge. The week after Melbourne midfielder Tom Scully racked up a rookie-record 134 points, the lanky Freo first-year player responded immediately by setting the bar higher again with an Ablettesque 146. Hey Barlow, I bet you can’t bust out a 150. That should do the trick.

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Chook’s Rooks – Round 7

Chook’s Rooks – Round 7

1,051 by / on May 13, 2010, 8:31 pm / in Jeppa's Juniors

Illness, work and the utter devastation of selling Tom Scully on the eve of his breakout 130+ point game have conspired to make this the shortest Chook’s Rooks of all-time. Lucky, then, that it’s been a week of little importance in the rookie world.

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Chook’s Rooks – Round 6

Chook’s Rooks – Round 6

1,050 by / on May 4, 2010, 11:12 pm / in Jeppa's Juniors

Like those rotting carcases the Americans chasing a million bucks on Survivor mung into from time to time, a few of our rookies are now well past their use by date.

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