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Two new Irish rookies

Postby kosifantutti » Thu 28 Jul 2016 9:25pm

http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-2016-s ... qg5sr.html

The Saints have signed teenaged hurling star Darragh Joyce and 22-year-old Ray Connellan, a member of 2015 International Rules squad, with both young Irishman to relocate to Melbourne as early as next month.


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Re: Two new Irish rookies

Postby Impatient Sainter » Thu 28 Jul 2016 9:53pm

Interesting good luck to boys - does anyone know anything about them size etc...?
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Re: Two new Irish rookies

Postby saintbrat » Thu 28 Jul 2016 10:09pm

So Barclay still on the list but Giovani gone

Recruiting boss Tony Elshaug confirmed the club had completed its paperwork signing both players on two-year contracts despite Connellan suffering a broken leg several weeks ago playing for Westmeath in the Leinster final against Dublin.

"Our strategy from mid-2013 has been to increase our talent base through different means," said Elshaug, "and we hope these boys could play a significant part in that." The Saints, which have also access to their New Zealand scholarship pair Barclay Miller and Joe Baker-Thomas must soon make a call on US-born former college basketballer Jason Holmes after three years with the club as an international rookie.
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Re: Two new Irish rookies

Postby saintly » Thu 28 Jul 2016 10:42pm

saintbrat wrote:So Barclay still on the list but Giovani gone

Recruiting boss Tony Elshaug confirmed the club had completed its paperwork signing both players on two-year contracts despite Connellan suffering a broken leg several weeks ago playing for Westmeath in the Leinster final against Dublin.

"Our strategy from mid-2013 has been to increase our talent base through different means," said Elshaug, "and we hope these boys could play a significant part in that." The Saints, which have also access to their New Zealand scholarship pair Barclay Miller and Joe Baker-Thomas must soon make a call on US-born former college basketballer Jason Holmes after three years with the club as an international rookie.


it doesn't say that Giovani has gone.
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Re: Two new Irish rookies

Postby saynta » Thu 28 Jul 2016 10:49pm

Impatient Sainter wrote:Interesting good luck to boys - does anyone know anything about them size etc...?



Ask tony74
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Re: Two new Irish rookies

Postby saintbrat » Thu 28 Jul 2016 10:59pm

saintly wrote:
saintbrat wrote:So Barclay still on the list but Giovani gone

Recruiting boss Tony Elshaug confirmed the club had completed its paperwork signing both players on two-year contracts despite Connellan suffering a broken leg several weeks ago playing for Westmeath in the Leinster final against Dublin.

"Our strategy from mid-2013 has been to increase our talent base through different means," said Elshaug, "and we hope these boys could play a significant part in that." The Saints, which have also access to their New Zealand scholarship pair Barclay Miller and Joe Baker-Thomas must soon make a call on US-born former college basketballer Jason Holmes after three years with the club as an international rookie.


it doesn't say that Giovani has gone.


but doesn't say he is there....
But also I believe Joe is an International Rookie now and not scholarship..
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Re: Two new Irish rookies

Postby Junior » Thu 28 Jul 2016 11:02pm

Giovanni has gone is at an academy being tun by Brad Sewell and Michael Osborne.

Darragh Joyce is 193 cm and 88kg, Ray Connellan 191cm I believe.
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Re: Two new Irish rookies

Postby Wombat15 » Thu 28 Jul 2016 11:06pm

Impatient Sainter wrote:Interesting good luck to boys - does anyone know anything about them size etc...?


http://www.afl.com.au/news/2016-01-25/i ... ys-us-camp

http://www.afl.com.au/news/2015-11-04/i ... -afl-dream

Ray; Left footer, very fast, broke his leg 2 months ago but will be right for preseason.

Darragh; seems a school boy prodigy. played both Hurling and Gaelic from what i could find.
Both are a decent size and i think its a great thing for the club and the AFL to do. they only go on as category B and dont impact on the salary cap and they get 3 years so why not.
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Re: Two new Irish rookies

Postby tony74 » Thu 28 Jul 2016 11:21pm

They trained with us for about 3 weeks in June ( with the main squad ). Seemed like quality blokes. Ray can really move whilst Darragh seems a natural. Well worth the risk.
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Re: Two new Irish rookies

Postby saynta » Thu 28 Jul 2016 11:28pm

Thanks mate.
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Re: Two new Irish rookies

Postby Saintly Passion » Fri 29 Jul 2016 12:06am

Did you see them train tony74? Think they could play next year?
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Re: Two new Irish rookies

Postby Impatient Sainter » Fri 29 Jul 2016 1:54am

tony74 wrote:They trained with us for about 3 weeks in June ( with the main squad ). Seemed like quality blokes. Ray can really move whilst Darragh seems a natural. Well worth the risk.


Thanks Tony...

Does that mean Holmesy is finished with the Saints?
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Re: Two new Irish rookies

Postby Impatient Sainter » Fri 29 Jul 2016 1:56am

tony74 wrote:They trained with us for about 3 weeks in June ( with the main squad ). Seemed like quality blokes. Ray can really move whilst Darragh seems a natural. Well worth the risk.


It looks like the Irishmen will bring speed speed and more speed.
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Re: Two new Irish rookies

Postby Munga » Fri 29 Jul 2016 3:34pm

kosifantutti wrote:http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-2016-st-kilda-saints-punt-on-luck-of-the-irish-20160728-gqg5sr.html

The Saints have signed teenaged hurling star Darragh Joyce and 22-year-old Ray Connellan, a member of 2015 International Rules squad, with both young Irishman to relocate to Melbourne as early as next month.


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Re: Two new Irish rookies

Postby saintbrat » Fri 29 Jul 2016 8:24pm

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Ray Connellan ‏@connellanray

Delighted to sign for @stkildafc for the next two years! Exciting times ahead and I can't wait… https://www.instagram.com/p/BIcIcLlBfwL/
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Re: Two new Irish rookies

Postby saintbrat » Fri 29 Jul 2016 9:51pm

Response in Ireland

AFL Feeds ‏@aflfeeds
Saints sign Irish pair #AFL @zerohanger: The Saints have signed hurling star Darragh Joyce and International Rules… http://dlvr.it/Lvhrxl

Mark Townsend ‏@MarkTownsend10
And people say we don't play football in Kilkenny. Fair play Darragh Joyce http://hoganstand.com/ArticleForm.aspx?ID=258797

Ray Connellan liked
Aidan O'Brien ‏@Flyingbolt2
Well done to both and in particular Darragh. At last a KK man through @GCC_NewRoss opts for the big ball. http://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic- ... 20155.html ….

Kieran Joyce ‏@joycek87 Waterford, Ireland
Congrats to brother @JoyceD97 who now the favourite at house. Massive achievement. Big ball still alive in kk. http://m.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-ga ... 20155.html


Daragh Ó Conchúir ‏@RebelDevil71
Great St Kilda stick with Ray Connellan after leg break. He'll have company in Melbourne, Kilkenny's Darragh Joyce earns contract #AFL #gaa

Independent SportVerified account ‏@IndoSport
AFL's St Kilda sign Westmeath's Ray Connellan and Kilkenny hurler Darragh Joyce http://indo.ie/ZN0K302HamD

Donnchadh Boyle ‏@depboyle
Ray Connellan heading for AFL and St Kilda despite leg fracture. Kilkenny hurler Darragh Joyce will join him there
http://tinyurl.com/j5enemz

Midlands103Sport ‏@MidlandsSport
Irish duo Ray Connellan and Darragh Joyce have signed for St Kilda and will join the Melbourne club in September


Will O'Callaghan ‏@willocallaghan
St Kilda have completed the signing of Irish duo Ray Connellan and Darragh Joyce. Will win speaking to @connellanray on Midlands Today 2moro
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Re: Two new Irish rookies

Postby saintbrat » Fri 29 Jul 2016 9:53pm

like this

AFL giants St Kilda have signed injured Westmeath football star Ray Connellan to a two-year contract.

Connellan, who suffered a double leg break in the Lake County’s Leinster SFC final defeat to Dublin this month, will be joined at the Melbourne club by former Kilkenny All-Ireland minor winning captain Darragh Joyce and both are expected to relocate Down Under as early as next month.

St Kilda’s recruiting boss Tony Elshaug confirmed that both players have been signed to the club, despite the 22-year-old Connellan’s recent injury woe.

"Our strategy from mid-2013 has been to increase our talent base through different means," Elshaug is quoted saying on theage.com.au, "and we hope these boys could play a significant part in that."

After undergoing surgery two weeks ago, Connellan told the Irish Independent: “Injuries happen in sport. They (St Kilda) know that. It's not going to be any major delay.

"Pre-season doesn't start until November so it's not going to affect it too much. My fitness will probably be a bit off but it's nothing I can't deal with."

http://hoganstand.com/ArticleForm.aspx?ID=258797
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Re: Two new Irish rookies

Postby ace » Sat 30 Jul 2016 12:55am

Impatient Sainter wrote:
tony74 wrote:They trained with us for about 3 weeks in June ( with the main squad ). Seemed like quality blokes. Ray can really move whilst Darragh seems a natural. Well worth the risk.


It looks like the Irishmen will bring speed speed and more speed.


I feel the need for speed.
But we don't need illicit drugs.
Let's leave that to Essendon.
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Re: Two new Irish rookies

Postby ace » Sat 30 Jul 2016 1:38am

Impatient Sainter wrote:
tony74 wrote:They trained with us for about 3 weeks in June ( with the main squad ). Seemed like quality blokes. Ray can really move whilst Darragh seems a natural. Well worth the risk.


Thanks Tony...

Does that mean Holmesy is finished with the Saints?

Holmes has been a rookie "B" for 3 years.
After 3 years all rookies must either be promoted to the senior list or go into the draft.
Any team can then select them for their senior list or rookie "A" list.

That leaves us with 3 rookie "B" slots.
We can have two NZ rookie "B" if we like = Joe Baker-Thomas and Barclay Miller
Only one Irishmen can be listed as a rookie "B" = Darragh Joyce (age 19)
The other Irish rookie will need a rookie "A" slot = Ray Connellan (age 22)
We can only have 4 rookie "A"
That means that at least one of Nick O'Kearney, Brenton Payne, Nick Coughlan, Josh Saunders must be promoted or cut to make space for Connellan.
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Re: Two new Irish rookies

Postby BigMart » Sat 30 Jul 2016 9:42am

Saunders will be cut
NOK will either remain or be promoted
Payne will be touch and go
Holmes should have been promoted he may leave

its about time we had an ounce of luck with this
the two kids from Sydney (duncan & ferguson) - fail
JBT - fail
Holmes - if he leaves - fail
Walsh - fail
Mountain - fail
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Re: Two new Irish rookies

Postby shrodes » Wed 11 Jan 2017 4:52pm

New article on Darragh Joyce today:
http://www.saints.com.au/news/2017-01-1 ... -for-joyce

“I went for a bounce at a training session before Christmas and I copped a fair bit of slack for it. It pretty much came up and hit me in the face, but I’ll do it again,” Joyce said.
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Re: Two new Irish rookies

Postby saynta » Wed 11 Jan 2017 5:08pm

shrodes wrote:New article on Darragh Joyce today:
http://www.saints.com.au/news/2017-01-1 ... -for-joyce

“I went for a bounce at a training session before Christmas and I copped a fair bit of slack for it. It pretty much came up and hit me in the face, but I’ll do it again,” Joyce said.




Flack, mate, flack

Not slack.
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Re: Two new Irish rookies

Postby saint3d » Wed 11 Jan 2017 5:57pm

saynta wrote:
shrodes wrote:New article on Darragh Joyce today:
http://www.saints.com.au/news/2017-01-1 ... -for-joyce

“I went for a bounce at a training session before Christmas and I copped a fair bit of slack for it. It pretty much came up and hit me in the face, but I’ll do it again,” Joyce said.




Flack, mate, flack

Not slack.


Flak, not flack.
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Re: Two new Irish rookies

Postby saynta » Thu 12 Jan 2017 9:01am

saint3d wrote:
saynta wrote:
shrodes wrote:New article on Darragh Joyce today:
http://www.saints.com.au/news/2017-01-1 ... -for-joyce

“I went for a bounce at a training session before Christmas and I copped a fair bit of slack for it. It pretty much came up and hit me in the face, but I’ll do it again,” Joyce said.




Flack, mate, flack

Not slack.


Flak, not flack.


Silly me. :oops:
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Re: Two new Irish rookies

Postby loris » Thu 12 Jan 2017 11:38am

saynta wrote:
saint3d wrote:
saynta wrote:
shrodes wrote:New article on Darragh Joyce today:
http://www.saints.com.au/news/2017-01-1 ... -for-joyce

“I went for a bounce at a training session before Christmas and I copped a fair bit of slack for it. It pretty much came up and hit me in the face, but I’ll do it again,” Joyce said.




Flack, mate, flack

Not slack.


Flak, not flack.


Silly me. :oops:


You said it saynta......... most accurate statement from you for 2017!! :wink: :wink: :wink: :P
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