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14 internationals on AFL lists

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The total number of international players now listed by AFL clubs has reached an all-time high at 12. This follows the submission of AFL lists for the 2009 season, with four clubs welcoming aboard new Irish players to their Rookie Lists, as well as Sydney listing Canadian Rugby international Mike Pyke (see Swans use international rookie list - for Canadian Rugby player and Pyke aims for 2009 debut).

The four new Irish players are all Gaelic footballers who had been trialling with the AFL clubs. Adelaide have listed Brian Donnelly from County Louth, Essendon has gone for Michael Quinn from County Longford, North Melbourne have given a chance to Conor Meredith from County Laois, and Sydney have added Kyle Coney of County Tyrone.

Sydney are the stand-out in giving international talent a chance, with Coney and Canadian Pyke joining Irishmen Brendan Murphy (Rookie List) and Tadhg Kennelly (full list) at the Swans.

The additions come on top Colm Begley getting picked up by St Kilda after being de-listed by Brisbane, although Aisake O'hAilpin was not given a second chance after being cut by Carlton. The full list of internationals is given below.

Full Listed Internationals (4)

Carlton - Setanta O'hAilpin (Ireland)
Collingwood - Martin Clarke (Ireland)
St Kilda - Colm Begley (Ireland)
Sydney - Tadhg Kennelly (Ireland)

Rookie Listed Internationals (8)

Adelaide - Brian Donnelly (Ireland)
Brisbane Lions - Pearce Hanley (Ireland)
Collingwood - Kevin Dyas (Ireland)
Essendon - Michael Quinn (Ireland)
North Melbourne - Conor Meredith (Ireland)
Sydney - Brendan Murphy (Ireland), Kyle Coney (Ireland), Michael Pyke (Canada)

International Scholarship List (2)

Western Bulldogs - Inoke Ratu (Fiji), Solomoni Loki (Fiji)

The final lists also see Fijian-Australian Nick Naitanui at West Coast (drafted at number 2 overall), Khan Haretuku (of recent New Zealand descent) remain on St Kilda's Rookie List, and Ranga Ediriwickrama, of recent Sri Lankan descent, elevated from Geelong's NSW Scholarship List to the Cats' Rookie List. And as we keep saying, surely a PNG or South Africa rookie cannot be too far away.

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14 internationals on AFL lists
Authored by: Troy Thompson on Thursday, December 04 2008 @ 08:45 am ACDT
14 internationals on AFL lists
Authored by: Troy Thompson on Thursday, December 04 2008 @ 12:49 pm ACDT
14 internationals on AFL lists
Authored by: tinka13 on Tuesday, December 09 2008 @ 05:24 pm ACDT

When you look at the draft, you can see that there is a long way to go in NSW, Not 1 person drafted yet we have a AFL team based there. If it's taking 30 years to get NSW going , how long will it take overseas.

14 internationals on AFL lists
Authored by: Brett Northey on Tuesday, December 09 2008 @ 05:41 pm ACDT

True, there remains a lack of NSW players coming through.

Although there were I think 5 NSW scholarship players elevated to AFL rookie lists in the last couple of weeks, and last year some were elevated to full lists.

Sydney people do always argue that Sydney is the toughest football market in the world, with so many professional Rugby League teams (it's the heart of Australia's National Rugby League competition), Rugby Union Super 14 teams, A-League soccer and of course the Sydney Swans.

And probably the biggest issue is the ingrained resentment of our sport in private schools n Sydney.

But the reality is that there are generally a few Sydney boys coming through the system each year, and all we're looking for currently is 1 or 2 internationals to come through. But similar issues exist with their own dominant sports, e.g. if a young player is brilliant at footy but also not bad at a local sport, there's always a likelihood he'll drop footy for his local sport when the time comes to make a choice. That's why scholarships are so important, to try to get young talent into the Aussie system as soon as possible and show them an exciting and financially promising pathway.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN