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Andrew Krakouer: Deck of Dream Team 2011

He’s done it all. Drafted to the Tigers in 2000, assaulted some dude in 2006, delisted in 2007, went to prison in 2008. Released in 2009 and played in the WAFL. Now he’s a Magpie! Man, what a story. But the big question here is… Will he make your Dream Team for 2011?

Name: Andrew Krakouer
Club: Collingwood
Position: Midfield/Forward
Bye Rounds: 7 & 13
2010 Average: DNP
2010 Games Played: DNP
Predicted Average: 62

The Story….  Krakouer has one hell of a story and that goes well with a funny name (when you think about it). Lets do this nice and slow… He was drafted in 2000 by Richmond with their 41st pick. Then over the course of 7 years, Kraka played 102 games with the Tigers where he averaged pretty poor DT numbers with his best year being in 2006 where he averaged just 65 from 17 games. His last year of footy at AFL level was in 2007, where he only played 9 games for an average of just 48. On December 22nd in 2006, Kraka and his brother Tyrone got into some trouble in Fremantle and 3 days later they were charged with assault causing grievous bodily harm. Kraka was then delisted by the Tigers in October the following year and returned to Western Australia to play in the WAFL with the Swan Districts. In 2008 he was found guilty of assault with intent to cause bodily harm, an offence which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years jail.

He was sentenced to four years jail with a minimum non-parole period of 14 months. But while Kraka was behind bars he kept playing footy. He  played for the Wooroloo Prison team and was released in 2009 (on parole) and signed back on to play the 2010 football season for Swan Districts back in the WAFL. During last year he was a gun! Whooped them in the WAFL (legally this time) and went on to win the Sandover Medal (MVP in the competition). He also won the Simpson Medal for his best on ground effort in the Grand Final after he kicked 4 goals and had 42 touches. After analysis of the game it showed that Kraka would have polled 290 Champion Data ranking points (super coach points) in the game, more than any player has ever polled in an AFL game since the statistical technique was first implemented in 2004. To cut a long story short, he then was picked up by the Gold Coast who then swapped picks and stuff with Collingwood who wanted this guy with them. So there we are…

Why should I pick him? Because he won the Sandover Medal last year… and like players before him such as Priddis and Ballantyne, it shows that the AFL is the next step. His WAFL form meant he was widely regarded the best-credentialed player outside the draft. He scored 290 SC points in the GF last year and holds the record for the most points ever! Imagine if he was your captain!! The dude can play and Collingwood have bent over backwards to try and get him.

Why shouldn’t I pick him? Read the above story. He is loose as…  Krakouer was unable to travel when the Pies travelled to the USA (Arizona) and there were some concerns he might fall behind the pack in his training. Due to his previous conviction, Kraka was left behind to do his own stuff in Australia. But in his defence they say he has ticked every box the fitness staff have set, flourishing in his new surrounds.

Deck of DT Rating. JACK – As we already know, he’s priced at $139,500.  Look at him as an expensive rookie and this guy may just be one of the picks of 2011.


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    January 30, 2011 at 6:31 am

    Locked and Loaded!
    I feel like a predicted average on 62 is a bit harsh, I reckon he can average about 85 and become a keeper.
    But a very good write up Vin, great work :D

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    January 30, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Andrew’s 2010 season is more an indictment of the level of the WAFL rather than any transformation from massive SPUD to DT Gun.

    $139,500 is very expensive for a player who is very unlikely to play anytime soon as he does not have the fitness base required.

    “One of the additions to that group, mature age recruit Andrew Krakouer, finished well back in the pack with the likes of Alan Didak, who is progressing well in recovery from surgery on his pectoral muscle, and heavyweight utility Leigh Brown.”

    Malthouse generally will let new players earn their place in the magoos before getting a senior berth.

    The most telling thing is he is a massive SPUD who only played a reasonable game at the MCG during a downpour.

    Avoid at all costs….

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      The Man

      March 10, 2011 at 3:32 pm

      You are a Tit!! Do you think Malthouse picked him to play in the seconds. Don’t know much about the WAFL but it is fair to say that at least their GF would be a very high standard up their with the better VFL games and he got forty disposals and 4 goals in that. Plus his pre-season form is very good. I am sure he will play rd 1 and is in the pies best 22. Lockyear, Medhurst, Presti, O’Bree, Nathan Brown, and prob leon davis are all out of their 2010 best 22 so surely he will get one of their spots.

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    Bruce Dual

    January 30, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Given Collingwood’s list, he’ll be starting sub in the early part of the season.

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    January 30, 2011 at 9:38 am

    he will definately be in my team, but i have concerns as to how many games he is going to play and when he will actually get a spot in the defending premiers team. he will either be on the bench as a cash cow or he will have a certain starter on the bench ready to cover him from game 1. great write up guys. 2 DAYS TO GO!!!!

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    January 30, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Where will he fit in this team ,they havent lost any players over the preseason, only gained.

    I doubt he’ll get many games at all…..

    However you have to ask yourself why would Malthouse go to all this trouble to get an out of jail player at 27 years old, to play in his team after winning the premiership last year.

    There has to be plans for him in this team otherwise he would have been left alone and picked up by either the eagles or dockers and stayed in WA.

    Its all about the NAB cup!!!!!

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      January 30, 2011 at 10:23 am

      Up against Blair, Dick, Davis IMO, so fair chance at the very least.
      But yeah, all about Nab cup/challenge, injuries etc……

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      January 30, 2011 at 10:31 am

      Why did Micky go for him? INSURANCE?!
      Luke Ball’s dodgy groin, Brad Dick’s dodgy shoulder, Neon’s dodgy form!

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    January 30, 2011 at 9:54 am

    ill be looking at his nab cup performaces, if he averages over 75 then ill pick him if his named otherwise its a no

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      Black Klaw

      January 30, 2011 at 11:21 am

      Yeah your right, who would even look at a base priced player if they could possibly average under 75….

      Pppffftt he’s played at the highest level before, the pies didnt give up their highest draft pick to waste it sitting on the bench or playing in the VFL AND he is a dual position player, he is – he’s a lock!

      @ tigers 19800, what aboriginal players are elite runners anyway? They are fast, more burst type players. I bet he is quick breaking away from packs.

      @ Rise Up here is a list of players they have turned over in the off season:

      John Anthony
      Jaxson Barham
      Jarrad Blight
      Jack Carter**
      Ryan Cook
      Anthony Corrie
      Tristan Francis**
      Josh Fraser (GC)
      Tarkyn Lockyer (ret.)
      Paul Medhurst (ret.)
      Shane O’Bree (ret.)
      Simon Prestigiacomo (ret.)
      Sean Rusling (ret.)

      A fair few of those players played senior footy last year so IMO he will get game time for sure!

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        January 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm

        priced at 140k you can get the same sort of player for 50k less thats going to score the same.
        therefore more money to spend on your guns.
        you go ahead and pick him, im just not convinced on him yet

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    January 30, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Good work Calvin. It’s going to be interesting seeing a Sandover medal winner play in an AFL premiership team.

    Obviously he will get his chances. Malthouse will make him earn it though. I wonder if he will play in the VFL or dare I write it, as a sub!!!

    I would be generally surprised if he cemented a spot in the side and played 15 games. And if he gets to rotate through the middle, I would be amazed and as a pie man, very happy.

    I just read that Ling did his hammy at training. 30/1/11. Things are looking brighter for the younger cats.

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    January 30, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Honestly not sure about Krakouer- $139,500 is a lot sitting on the pine IMO, even with his dpp status.
    Is currently in my fanplanner team, but i have structured it so that he can easily be replaced by Mzungu/Callinan, who may have better job security/opportunity and are same dpp, & $50/$60,000 cheaper.
    Importantly, he obviously has ability & LOVES playing footy!
    I’d assume he’d be up against the likes of Blair, Davis & Dick, so surely he’d have to be a big chance!
    If he does make it, he could be a great chance of averaging 70+.
    Bloody great write-up Roy!
    Footy’s back- woohoo! <2 days for DT, <week for Tiges vs I.A.

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      January 30, 2011 at 10:19 am

      Oh shite! Great write up CALVIN!

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    January 30, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Locked in for now! But for all low priced players I’ll have to see how they go in the NAB Cup.
    Could get into the 7th forward spot on my team…..but he’ll have competition from other rookies/low priced players

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    January 30, 2011 at 11:25 am

    he got like 40 possessions and 4 goals in the wafl gf

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    January 30, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Krak is lock n loaded :D

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    January 30, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Pass. I think he’ll provide a good option for those who take him, but I can’t see him being all that much better than Smith or Mzungu in the same position at a lower price.

  13. feathertopDT


    January 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Yer he is locked in my team as a fed though

    • feathertopDT


      January 30, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      Fwd sorry

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        January 30, 2011 at 2:05 pm

        believe it or not i have done the same thing as krak,drafted,played for brisbane,went to jail,got out played in the 97 wafl premiership with sth fremantle.
        got drafted again to by the dockers,only to end up back inside before the season started(got one bog in a scratchy,only an intra club,but 39 possies isnt bad)
        his game in the wafl granny was one of the best ever,in my books proves that he can play good afl easy. although the standard isnt as high as it used to be even in 97 our side had.
        peter sumich
        peter worsfold
        david hart
        jess sinclair
        health black
        david hynes
        dean rioli
        clem micheal
        brad bootsma
        warren cambell
        and the captain of east captain of the otherside was steve malaxos
        but when ya old mans jimmy krakour ya only have to be half as good as ya old man,
        locked and loaded,job security only worry,ps the jail comp is a no joke believe me they take no prisoners(pardon the pun)and take it VERY SERIOUS they have their own draft and all,after playing in it.outside fitness is all you need to worry about

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          January 30, 2011 at 3:11 pm

          Aren’t you that guy who played the first 2 games of ’96 for Brizzy but then played for West Brisbane abit but then headed back to Peth mid-way through the season (Or atleast thats what i read on some forum a few years back)

        • Warnie


          January 30, 2011 at 5:39 pm

          Serious? I’d like to hear more!

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            January 30, 2011 at 6:39 pm

            yep thats me,i was still playing country footy up untill last year untill i broke my ribs,and thought thats it couldnt afford the time off work,
            the jail comp that krakour played in had changed from when i was there,they got permision to play in a low grade of comp on the outside(wich they killed it in and won the premiership)
            when i was there it was just jail teams,i mainly played full fwd haha,as u can amagine staying of the ball was in your best interests.
            i played 2 years of amatuers,and kicked 100 goals the first year,and won a flag,but left halfway through the second yr when a spectator ran on to the ground and king hit me a couple of times,messing my face up a bit more.
            i cap,coached an all aboriganal side for a year aswell,wich was fun and we got another flag,that team contained troy ugle,if you guys remember him from west coast,while im blowing my own horn haha i made the all australian teal cup aswell ben cousins and jeff farmer missed out

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    January 30, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Unsure on Krakouer atm. This is a bit unrelated but what are your thoughts on Seb Tabe, Marc Lock and Ben Jacobs?

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      January 30, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      My honest opinion, EXTREMELY unrelated, not “a bit!”
      But I did hear a rumour that Krakouer got like 40 possies & 4 goals in the WAFL GF!

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        January 30, 2011 at 10:30 pm

        not sure excatly how many possies,but it was a heap.and four goals,including the winner.
        has to b in the top ten wafl grand final games by a bloke ever,thats how good he played,up there with peter bousutsow,tony bahargiar,brian peake,and others.
        anyway 1day to go till dt opens,im getting half a mongrel

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          January 31, 2011 at 3:20 am

          It was just my attempt at being silly & sarcastic matey!

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    January 30, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Locked as a fwd bench.

  16. HereIam86


    January 30, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    I’m looking at Andrew Krackouer for my team but I don’t know if I should becasuse of the fact I don’t know if he will get that many games this season.

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    Magpie Mayhem

    January 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    If he goes ok in the NAB cup he will start on my bench.

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    super renga

    January 30, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Wot do peeps think about brock mclean, he should be cheep

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      January 30, 2011 at 10:04 pm

      Type his name in the search box @ the top right hand side, under the DT TALK banner & then click on Brock McLean deck of DT, & you’ll get a fair few opinions!

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    January 30, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    His WAFL Grand Final performance was stuff of legend.

    Locked assuming he is named in Round 1.

    Andrew Krakouer DT scores 2004-2007:

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    totes magotes

    January 30, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    I think you’re spot on with the write up Calvin! I honestly can’t see the guy averaging over 70, especially with so many good young blokes floating around the ball at collingwood.

    Think i’d rather buy a solid bench rookie and that the extra 50k can be better spent elsewhere

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    January 30, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Super interesting read there Tuppy!

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      January 31, 2011 at 7:13 pm

      thanks,hope i didnt sound like a twat,there is alot of luck in getting drafted at around that age,ya just have to hope atleast one club wants you.
      most people think my older brother was better than me,and so do i,he never put himself in the draft,he just wasnt that way inclined,and would just rather play with his mates and get on the piss.
      and i nearly blew my chances right from the start when myself and another bloke who,went on to play for the bombers got on the piss at the draft camp and demolished a couple of mini bars at our hotel :)

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    January 31, 2011 at 12:20 am

    It’s Dream Team Eve!!! What does everyone hope Father Dream Team will bring them this year? I hope we find a few big suprises that’ll shake the game up a little under the Dream Team Tree. It was alot easier to choose which star we put on the top of the tree this year with Ablett moving to the Gold Coast. We went with Dane Swan because he is a gun.

    Don’t forget to leave Father Dream Team some cookies and milk……whoops I mean a few rookies to milk and upgrade :P

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    January 31, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    He was indeed magic in the GF, but possibly even better in the final the week before:-) Had us all scrambling for our Footy Budgets, saying “Who IS that man??”. It was an obvious lock that he would be redrafted…
    It does show that he is something special to come back the way he has; his redemption included helping kids in a special footy progamme, so he’s got something to live up to there!
    There’s no guarantees in life or footy (being the same thing!) and this is a somewhat tougher comp to be a standout in, but i’ll be watching his NAB Cup form…

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    March 5, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    He is $26 to win the Brownlow Medal this year!! Unbelievable!!!

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