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Mackenzie Cowley

daniel30

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Its an absolute disgrace that the year before our first genuine NGA prospect arrives the AFL change the rules. We missed out on Jye Simpkin (North) and Ratugolea the year before the academies were introduced. Now this!

Fair to say we have been shafted while the likes of Lolingwood, Dogs, GWS, Sydney, GC, Lions continue to get gifted academy players
100% agree with that, but the draft has been a joke especially this year with academy players picks being pushed so far back.Both Qld teams and Sydney team's should have junior players tied to them removed to regarding areas.
 

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MacKenzie Cowley killing it for Tongala seniors in the Murray Football League. Kicked 6 against Barooga on July 11, making it 21 in his last 5 games. Turns 18 in December, not sure if he's in the Bushrangers squad even? Are we hiding him? Is he not good enough? Maybe @Dont Argue or @tigers1980 know more?
 
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craig

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MacKenzie Cowley killing it for Tongala seniors in the Murray Football League. Kicked 6 against Barooga on July 11, making it 21 in his last 5 games. Turns 18 in December, not sure if he's in the Bushrangers squad even? Are we hiding him? Is he not good enough? Maybe @Dont Argue or @tigers1980 know more?
Supposed to be ours .....via our NGA.

Corrupt as ###^ the AFL
 

Dont Argue

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He can be ours via the NGA, provided no one nominates him in the top 20. Which they won't if he's not playing NAB League.
Plays a combination of 1sts and 2nds at Caulfield Grammer. Questionable work ethic.
Doesn’t look likely at this stage
 
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craig

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He can be ours via the NGA, provided no one nominates him in the top 20. Which they won't if he's not playing NAB League.
Cheers Scoop.

I have no idea how these academies work.

Plays a combination of 1sts and 2nds at Caulfield Grammer. Questionable work ethic.
Doesn’t look likely at this stage
If hes got any desire and has the talent the RFC is the place for him.
 
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Scoop

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The dyslexic community on PRE is significant.
I’m happy to keep taking credit.

But I hope your right about this kid, I miss the bush smokie.

Another great football tradition gone.
 
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TigerMasochist

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?????? Gotta be a bit of weird happening here. Kid plays seniors for Tongala n rips it up in the bush league. Plays some firsts and seconds for Caulfield Grammar but has a questionable work ethic??

Is it possible the young fella is stretching himself a bit thin trying to play too many games on short turnaround??? Have read a few times over the years that some of the youngsters are mixing U18 national comp with school comp as well as local footy comp n virtually running themselves into the ground doing too much while trying to appease every club they have some affiliation to while trying to perform well enough to get their draft chance.
 
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?????? Gotta be a bit of weird happening here. Kid plays seniors for Tongala n rips it up in the bush league. Plays some firsts and seconds for Caulfield Grammar but has a questionable work ethic??

Is it possible the young fella is stretching himself a bit thin trying to play too many games on short turnaround??? Have read a few times over the years that some of the youngsters are mixing U18 national comp with school comp as well as local footy comp n virtually running themselves into the ground doing too much while trying to appease every club they have some affiliation to while trying to perform well enough to get their draft chance.
Can confirm the talent is there, the work ethic is getting there after some strong talking to by the Caulfield coaching staff.
 
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Dont Argue

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?????? Gotta be a bit of weird happening here. Kid plays seniors for Tongala n rips it up in the bush league. Plays some firsts and seconds for Caulfield Grammar but has a questionable work ethic??

Is it possible the young fella is stretching himself a bit thin trying to play too many games on short turnaround??? Have read a few times over the years that some of the youngsters are mixing U18 national comp with school comp as well as local footy comp n virtually running themselves into the ground doing too much while trying to appease every club they have some affiliation to while trying to perform well enough to get their draft chance.
Most AFL draft hopefuls and those on talent pathways have that football schedule and more.
Some have school, local, representative and state commitments. Extremely taxing.
Being motivated, having a strong work ethic and good time management are primary requisites for being drafted these days.
Ability is the starting point. It’s getting the most out of yourself that sets you apart and gets you drafted.
And then you need luck.
 
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Mr Brightside

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Got this info last night on ”Macka” secondhand source who would be from the Pioneers , sorry if any of this has been mentioned, however , been part of VLine pioneers academy since u16s on a indigenous sporting scholarship at CG , very good player, however speed and endurance are his weakness.

Murray league isn’t a great standard , it’s below your Goulburn Valleys and Ovens and Murray’s , however kicking goals as a 17 year old is still a good achievement.

Sounds like he may be worth a rookie pick, MJ could be great for him and vice versa
 
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TigerMasochist

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Most AFL draft hopefuls and those on talent pathways have that football schedule and more.
Some have school, local, representative and state commitments. Extremely taxing.
Unfortunately also a reason that many of the U18 kids are carrying stress n overload injuries into the start of their professional careers.

Talent can't be built or taught, work ethic can. Especially in youngsters who have heaps of life growing and development issues to try n sort out and rationalise at 17 / 18 years old.
 
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Dont Argue

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Unfortunately also a reason that many of the U18 kids are carrying stress n overload injuries into the start of their professional careers.

Talent can't be built or taught, work ethic can. Especially in youngsters who have heaps of life growing and development issues to try n sort out and rationalise at 17 / 18 years old.
They do get good education on recovery, eating well, sleeping well, stretching etc but you are 100% correct re stress injuries and fatigue.
I suppose if it was easy, everyone would do it.
Not sure work ethic can always be taught though.
They have to be super competitive to really want it.

On a side note, Caulfield Grammer have been using Emma Murray to train the students in mindfulness. I’ve implored my son to get into Mackas ear about them both taking advantage of it.
My son then gave me “the look”
 
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BillyJean17

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The good news on the back of all that is no way would he be taken top 20 , if clarkey rates him , he’ll be in y&b
 
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TigerMasochist

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My son then gave me “the look”
Haaarrrgghh. Thoroughly deserved, what on earth were you thinking? Giving the son instructions, even worse expecting him to then go and instruct another teen, good grief.
 
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FistFullOfDollars

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If the talent is there, we should definitely take the punt and see how he goes in our development program.

North overlooked thier NGA prospect Mansell in his draft year to our benefit. Would hate for Crowley to just be a late bloomer a turn into a solid player at another club.

Especially when we've gained so little from the NGA to date.
 
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tigers1980

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Plays a combination of 1sts and 2nds at Caulfield Grammer. Questionable work ethic.
Doesn’t look likely at this stage
Has kicked 25 goals in last 5-6 weeks at Tongala, but hearing the same things.
His Tongala teammate 16 y.o Harley Reid is one to watch. There are some big wraps on this kid.