A-League: Nervy Sydney FC edge into finals

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Richard Garcia of Sydney is congratulated by teammates

Sydney FC edged into the A-League finals for the primary time in two years with a barely deserved 2-1 dwelling win over Perth Glory.

A last-minute winner from Richard Garcia gave Sydney all three points and arrange a meeting with traditional rivals Melbourne Victory, moderately than a match-up with Central Coast Mariners.

A superb first-half strike from Terry Antonis had earlier settled nerves for the hosts, however Rostyn Griffiths equalised on the stoke of half-time.

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Hawks top of the lists

Hawthorn forward Jarryd Roughead in action.

Hawthorn forward Jarryd Roughead in motion. Source: Information Limited

HAWTHORN is properly armed to deal with Lance Franklin’s defection to Sydney with unique Champion Knowledge evaluation revealing the reigning premier still possesses one of the best listing in the AFL.

However the Swans, who claimed Franklin under free agency in October, are thought-about to be the Hawks’ greatest menace as they chase for again-to-again success.

For the second year in a row, Champion Data’s AFL Prospectus 2014 has ranked Hawthorn as No.1 in a listing evaluation of all the golf equipment with a top quality score of 64.three per cent, with Sydney close behind on sixty one.4 per cent.

Champion Information’s listing assessment takes into account numerous totally different elements.

The analysis makes use of player rankings points over a two-year interval with seventy five per cent weight given to scores from 2013 and 25 per cent from 2012.

The rating factors assigned to each motion on the sector are outlined by what correlates to profitable an AFL game. At the completion of each season the system is reviewed to find out and establish modifications in the values of each occasion from a win/loss perspective, with factors for sure stats adjusted accordingly.

All gamers are measured relative to their peers, tagging them as elite, above average, average, under common or poor. For a player to be given a ranking they should have played at least 10 games over the 2 years.

Hawthorn is deemed to have the most “elite” players within the AFL heading into 2014 with six. Champion Information rated Sydney, Fremantle and Geelong each with five.

Hawthorn’s six elite players are Jarryd Roughead, Cyril Rioli, Jack Gunston, Sam Mitchell, Luke Hodge and Josh Gibson.

Of the Hawks’ 25 rated gamers (those that have played 10 or more games within the final two seasons), 15 are thought of to be in the high 35 per cent of their respective positions – ranked No.1 within the competitors.

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge celebrates the Hawks flag. Picture: Alex Coppel.

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge celebrates the Hawks flag. Picture: Alex Coppel. Source: News Limited

Melbourne, ranked second backside on the general record assessment behind Larger Western Sydney, is the only membership to not have an “elite” player on its list for next season.

One of the greatest surprises is West Coast, with Champion Information listing the Eagles third behind Hawthorn and Sydney, despite ending 13th this 12 months.’

The Eagles had been ranked second heading into 2013, however endured a irritating season of accidents and inconsistent form.

Rounding out the top eight sides in list assessment are Richmond (fourth), Adelaide (fifth), Fremantle (sixth), North Melbourne (seventh) and Essendon (eighth).

Collingwood’s low season turnover of players has seen Champion Information drop Nathan Buckley’s crew to tenth, despite the Magpies having 4 “elite” players in their rankings.

Sixteen of the Magpies’ main listed players are ranked “common” – the very best quantity in the AFL – which displays the younger nature of the Collingwood listing.

Sydney ranks as the second oldest workforce within the AFL behind Fremantle – the eighth season in a row rating within the prime 5 of the competitors. The Swans’ average games per participant ranks No.1.

Geelong is the 10th oldest team – its lowest rating since its breakthrough 2007 season. The Cats have 20 players with lower than 25 video games experience – the second most behind GWS.

St Kilda’s rebuilding sees the club’s average age rating drop to sixth – its lowest since 2004. But regardless of having essentially the most 30-plus year-olds in the AFL – six – it still ranks as sixteenth total within the competition in terms of checklist evaluation.

The Saints even have eleven of their forty primary-listed players who’ve come from rival golf equipment, of which there have been 9 trades – the most within the competition.

Adelaide is the only membership with no single-figure nationwide draft selection on its record, bearing in mind the players’ unique drafting, with Patrick Dangerfield (choose 10, 2007) the lowest choice on its checklist.

AFL Prospectus 2014 accessible at championdata.com.au for $39.95.

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2013 draft: Who your club wants

All eyes will probably be on Victorian Tom Boyd on the AFL draft, with the highly-rated ahead anticipated to be recruited as the number one pick by the GWS Giants.

2013 draft: Who your club wants

WA’s Cameron McCarthy is the second-greatest key ahead within the draft. Source: News Corp Australia

Picks: 23, 46

The Crows will probably be considering massive this draft after constructing a nice crop of midfield talent. As much as they love Matt Crouch, large ahead Michael Apeness and defenders Daniel McStay and Tom Cutler might be precedence.

Eastern Rangers full ahead/ruckman Michael Apeness is a uncommon commodity on this draft: a tall forward who is efficient in entrance of purpose.

Brisbane Lions

Picks: 7, 22, 25, 28, 33, 34

Essential draft to rebuild aspect after latest exodus of children. Could be an enormous reach to pluck key forward Cameron McCarthy at No.7. Count on defenders Daniel McStay and Darcy Gardiner to return into focus at No. 25.

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Carlton

Picks: 13, 39, fifty one, sixty seven, 79

Want some inside midfield help, preferably with some toe. Flew to regional WA to talk to Patrick Cripps but Nathan Freeman would possibly still be there. Circling ex-Hawk goalkicker Mitch Thorpe with No. 39.

Sandringham Dragons midfielder Nathan Freeman is understood for his explosive velocity and intelligence in the clearances and appears a tantalising prospect for golf equipment on the 2013 AFL Draft.

Collingwood

Picks: 6, 10, sixty five, 77, 87

Could be 2005 another time as Pies safe two jets at six and 10. Derek Hine in raptures James Aish could fill the wing position vacated by Dale Thomas. Exciting but harm-hit tall Cameron Conlon linked to their No. sixty five choose.

Essendon

Picks: 26, fifty five

Bombers need to unleash younger midfielders Elliott Kavanagh and Jackson Merrett next year, that means they are eyeing a ruckman. Midfielder Darcy Lang can also be on Bombers radar however he will be gone by No. fifty five.

 Darcy Lang is tackled playing for Vic Country in the under-18 national championships.

Darcy Lang is tackled taking part in for Vic Country within the under-18 national championships. Source: News Corp Australia

Fremantle

Picks: 17, 37, 58

Crossing all their fingers and toes Cameron McCarthy slides to them at No. 17. Even with Scotty Gumbleton heading west, the Dockers must bolster their key stocks with Matthew Pavlich and Luke McPharlin ageing.

Geelong

Picks: 16, 36, 41

Time so as to add one other inside midfielder as they regenerate the centre line. Zak Jones and Blake Acres on radar. Expect another key back to come back into the body additionally at No. 36.

Dandenong Stingrays midfielder and Vic Country MVP Zak Jones is hoping his robust finish to the season is noted by AFL teams on draft day.

Gold Coast

Picks: 5, 20, 27

We’ll be in a Jack Martin frenzy early subsequent season. May very well be best first-12 months player we have seen in a very long time. Looking at each Kolodjashnij twins, Kade and Jake, at No. 5 and No. 27.

Twins Jake (left) and Kade Kolodjashnij warm up for the draft on the Gold Coast.

Twins Jake (left) and Kade Kolodjashnij heat up for the draft on the Gold Coast. Supply: Getty Images

Greater Western Sydney

Picks: 1, 2, 14, 29, 48, seventy two, seventy three, eighty one, ninety one

Loopy the club can have the first two picks for the third straight yr. Likes 173cm pocket rocket Lewy Taylor to fill void left by Taylor Adams and Dom Tyson. Going tall with No. 29.

Sandringham Dragons midfielder Josh Kelly is prone to score a spot at GWS with pick two within the 2013 AFL Draft following an impressive TAC Cup season.

Hawthorn

Picks: 24, 38, fifty six

Finest midfielder policy applies at No. 24. Classy pair Zach Merrett or Trent Dumont fit the bill. Dropping curiosity in Dayle Garlett, however maybe a late probability.

Melbourne

Picks: 9, 40, fifty seven

Heaps on the line for the Dees after making a gift of rights to Josh Kelly. Good factor his midfield mate Christian Salem must be on the board at No.9. On the lookout for a small goalkicker equivalent to Jay Kennedy-Harris or Aaron Christensen at No. 40.

A big-bodied midfielder with a exact kick, Sandringham Dragons star Christian Salem is anticipated to be a high 15 AFL Draft pick in 2013.

North Melbourne

Picks: 8, 30, 47

Enjoyable evening for the Roos with Luke McDonald already in Utah. Expecting a key defender at choose No. 30 but additionally they rate zippy small forward Jay Kennedy-Harris. Provides spark.

Jay Kennedy-Harris shapes as your classic AFL small forward and seems a tantalising prospect for clubs on the 2013 AFL Draft.

Port Adelaide

Picks: 21, forty five, fifty two, 68

Cashed in some chips for Jared Polec and would possibly elect for an additional Jake Neade-kind small ahead in Jarman Impey at No. 21. Also linked to huge ahead Apeness to assist out John Butcher.

Richmond

Picks 12, 50, 66, seventy eight, 88

Key midfield targets might be passed by No. 12, meaning Zak Jones, a combative small midfielder/defender, enters the equation. Have performed work on Matt Crouch. Dream result’s elegant flanker Ben Lennon.

Ben Lennon will hope his razor sharp proper boot will be the distinction over his fellow AFL hopefuls at this 12 months’s Nationwide Draft.

St Kilda

Picks: 3, 18, 19

Most important draft for Saints since 2001. Good factor is the membership’s fans will get to cheer on exciting top-end young talent, regardless of tough season forward. All three could possibly be midfielders however there’s curiosity in key again Darcy Gardiner.

Darcy Gardiner is considered the best key defender within the 2013 AFL Draft and is predicted to go within the first round.

Sydney

Picks: 15, 32, 35, 44, 53, 69

Swans had been watching Rory Lobb all 12 months but won’t hand over first pick for him, after signing ex-Tiger Tom Derickx. Jim Tsitas might be in late-decide body. Robust finding gems at again end in shallow draft.

A younger Western Australian who as soon as dreamt of taking part in in the NBA could possibly be this season’s AFL draft bolter.

West Coast

Picks: eleven, 31, 43, 49

Coaches have demanded some inside midfielders to replace Daniel Kerr and Adam Selwood. Dom Sheed wanting like a steal at No. 11 they usually also admire Patrick Cripps and key again McStay.

Western Bulldogs

Picks: four, 42, 60

Canine have massive kahunas choosing Marcus Bontempelli at No.four. Large upside however has been inconsistent. Mitch Honeychurch and Darcy Lang will attraction at No. 42 for a rising midfield.

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Tippett set for Swans debut

The Sydney Swans will rush star recruit Kurt Tippett into their line-up for Saturday’s clash with Port Adelaide.

Tippett has missed the first half of the season due to an 11-match ban for his part in the salary cap saga that plagued the Crows last season.

But with number one ruckman Shane Mumford injuring his cheek against the Crows prior to the Swans’ bye on the weekend, premiership winning coach John Longmire will hand Tippett his debut in Adelaide against the Power.

There are rumours circulating that Adelaide fans will head to AAMI Stadium on Saturday to give Tippett a frosty reception, but the 26-year-old maintains his only focus will be on making an immediate impact at his new club.

“I’m really excited to go back and play,” Tippett said.

“I’m really excited about getting out there and doing my bit for the side.

“I had a training program written out for me and it was building up to this stage and it’s all gone to plan.

“I’m right where I want to be.”

Longmire doesn’t expect Tippett to come into the side and dominate straight away, but he does want him to play his part for the team.

“As with everyone at the Sydney Swans, it’s just about playing your role,” Longmire said.

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s Dane Rampe coming into the team or Kurt Tippett, you’ve got a role to play.”

Longmire said Tippett will improve as the season progresses and that his team-mates will also get a better understanding of how the former Crow plays with every game he has in red and white colours.

“During the pre-season he was able to do a lot of the match simulation work with all of our senior group,” he said.

“He was able to play with our senior players a number of times during the pre-season.

“Clearly up to this point it’s been about the guys that have been able to play and to help us on the weekend.

“Kurt has been part of that the last few weeks and I’m sure the longer the weeks go by the more familiar he’ll be with them and they will be with him.”