Some have questioned whether the new academy points system is effective, after seeing GWS make a few questionable moves.

As it stands now, GWS has picks 10, 27, 43, 48, 64, 65, 66 and 70, which gives them a total of 3,049 points.

Jacob Hopper and Matthew Kennedy are two of the top handful of midfielders in this draft, and it looks very likely that they will be bid on within the first 10 picks.

The Herald Sun’s Jay Clark tweeted saying that Carlton and Melbourne would be ‘long odds’ to bid on the academy players after GWS helped them up the order.

Having said that, Essendon have picks four and five, Gold Coast has pick six and Adelaide has pick nine.

If Essendon were to bid picks four and five on Hopper and Kennedy, it would create a total of 3,912 points: minus the 20 per cent discount for academy products, GWS would have to ‘spend’ 3,130 points on draft night.

That means that GWS picks would then become pick four (Hopper), pick five (Kennedy) and pick 66, while the rest of their picks slide back in the draft.

The Giants have an excellent draft prospect in Harrison Macreadie coming through in 2016, so they might also look to secure a future pick for next year as well on the final day of trading.

It’s all well and good, but when you factor in that Sydney Academy player Callum Mills may get a top five bid and Brisbane’s Eric Hipwood may get a top 10 bid, certain trades seem a bit underwhelming.

Essendon’s picks four and five would slide out to seven and eight, while Carlton’s pick eight would become pick 11.

Now, think about what this has done to the trade period. If your club wasn’t one of those to execute a deal to get them further up the order, stop being salty, you had your chance.

Carlton turned the Lachie Henderson pick (most likely anywhere between 10-15 next year), Troy Menzel and pick 28 into pick eight, Sam Kerridge, Lachie Plowman, Liam Sumner, Andrew Phillips and Jed Lamb.

Was that a great deal? It works really well for both sides, as GWS has to shrink their list.

The Demons deal was about on par, as the Giants increased their points, and were able to get a decent return on Tom Bugg.

The Giants have managed to not only shrink their list, but they’ll be bringing in Hopper and Kennedy who look like genuine game changers.

All of this has occurred whilst they’ve created great trade partnerships with the Demons and Blues, meaning they should be able to bring in their players with no real issues.

On paper, the deals GWS has done look crazy, but to keep their books in check and tick all the boxes, they’ve done well.


  1. This issue certainly added spice to the trading period. But…

    A problem – and it will be a problem at some stage – is that it gives the academy clubs the opportunity to choose between a number of competing bids despite having ‘no skin’ in the components of those bids. Let me explain.

    If a non-academy club wants to trade their high draft pick, one of the factors in choosing between competing offers would be what they feel they can do with the picks and players they get in return. They will be expected to accept the offer that is most beneficial to their on-field performance. The process is transparent.

    But if an academy club want to trade their high draft pick all they want it a defined number of points. So they have no logical reason to select one above the others. They don’t want players and they will not use the draft picks that they receive (apart from the points) Once they get their 1142 points or whatever, the rest does not matter. The AFL monitors all trades and if the academy club accepted pick 88 instead of pick 10 the AFL would move, but when it involves similar picks within a small range how could they react?

    So how will they choose? They will be sitting around a table deciding between one club offering picks 28 and 40, another club offering Picks 32 and 37, etc etc. They will have no logical reason to choose one above the other.

    Imagine the bunfight if pick 4 in a strong draft was the prize. Might they consider:

    – a new wing on the president’s holiday home
    – a skewed trade involving other players
    – promises to refrain from taking a specified free agent
    – etc etc

    Any way, the point is that it is a situation that is open to corruption, and within a year or two – mark my words – suspicions in this situation will be raised.

    I think the AFL would do well to formulate a policy before the spit hits that fan.


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