After six years of tertiary education and numerous part-time positions within sport and recreation, Daniel secured an ideal full time role within local government in November 2010.
Away from work, Daniel has 18 years of cricket experience under his belt and has coached and served on committees at numerous clubs. He also plays baseball in winter and is again a member of the club committee.
Sport and recreation is an obvious interest for Daniel and his articles reflect that, especially his knowledge of cricket and football.
The owner, manager and editor in chief of Pen & Paper Sports, Daniel hopes to see the site grow from strength to strength in the future.
This week we are going to look at some of the headlines come seasons end, predictions and being the last week before I go gallivanting across Europe, will make sure I go out with a bang.
Headlines we will see at Season's End
Travis Boak leaves Port for Geelong:
Let's be honest, Travis Boak is going to Geelong. He hasn't indicated anything since he returned and it seems as though he has put all contract negotiations on hold until season's end. As we know, these are the words no club wants to hear and all rival clubs love hearing.
On Friday, I was given a good indication by a previous player manager that Boak will leave. We have seen with Ablett, Ward, Scully and many other players that they are leaving the club if there is no indication to sign.
The only factor that will stop Boak leaving Port to sign for Geelong is the price. If Boak was to sign for Port Adelaide, you would see the price by around 600k. Geelong could offer him a maximum of 450k. So he would have to sacrifice 150k.
Yet he will be living at home, playing in a much better side and team success is what everyone plays for.
No one has said it, but he is leaving.
Travis Cloke Signs 3 year deal worth 800k a year
Cloke's contract negotiations have been the talking point for the last month. Hearing Eddie McGuire, he is very confident that Cloke will stay and I don't see that changing. However the contract length and the $ figure will be the deciding factor.
The fact that Cloke wants a five year deal is very unlikely in today’s football. With many Collingwood players stepping up this season and stars Pendlebury, Swan and Thomas on hefty contracts, Cloke is going to have to get less than his market value and no club is willing to sign a player of his age for five years.
As we know, Fremantle has thrown big money at the Collingwood forward, yet the chances of Cloke heading west is unlikely. Cloke's father David is not making things easy and listening to McGuire, you get the feeling he would rather Cloke played ball.
When it is all said and done, Cloke will be in the black and white next year, but don't expect it to be for five years.
Brett Ratten to Coach Carlton next Season
Despite continuing media speculation and reports Malthouse will be spoken to, Brett Ratten will be coaching Carlton next year. Ratten is often maligned; when Carlton plays well it is the players and when they lose, it is Ratten's fault and the lack of depth he has been able to create. After round three, there were no talks and it is only since the spate of injuries has Ratten's coaching been questioned.
Depth is created through having a stable team, good players playing well and resting players one or two at a time. For Ratten, he has blooded the likes of Bootsma and Watson this season, yet has lost A grade players and his best players are well down on form.
His coaching style has been questioned. His displays of emotion have been slammed, yet last year was exactly the same but there was no criticism as Carlton was winning not losing.
We seem to have small memories as Mark Thompson was close to being sacked at the end of the 2006 season and we then saw what happened after that.
Season 2013 will be a defining year for Ratten, as another poor season will spell the end of Ratten as Carlton coach.
Brownlow Medal Smokies
Pendlebury, Watson, Thompson, Ablett have been the only names thrown up as the Brownlow Medal favourites. However here are some names that may come into calculation and be worth some money for top 5 placings:
Dayne Beams: Has there been a player that has improved more than Beams? Since Luke Ball has gone down, Beams has taken his game to another level. Seven of his last eight games have been 30 plus possessions and is kicking goals as well. Get yourself down to the TAB and plonk $10 on him for a top 5 finish.
Rory Sloane: The boy from Upwey has been superb this season and don't be surprised if his name is shown many times on Brownlow night. Thompson and Dangerfield are going to poll well, but Sloane keeps getting the job done. Like Beams, has taken his game to another level this season.
Ryan Griffen: This has been Griffen's best season. He is not going to win the Brownlow, but he has every chance of polling well and finishing top 5. He needs his team to win a few more games and be in the best players to do this, but if you want some good odds, Griffen will give you those for a top five finish.
2012 has been the year of the mature age recruits once again. For fantasy football players, they are the players we want to have in our team to get some extra cash. Here are the best of 2012:
James Mager: In a disappointing year for Melbourne, Magner has been a shining light. He started the season as a ball winning midfielder but soon after that, was turned into a negating tagger. His preparation for games is elite. Melbourne is going to have more years of pain, yet if Magner has showed them, they just need to find players that want to play football. The 'moneyball' tactic will be something Melbourne will use for the next few years.
Dayne Zorko: Zorko has emerged from nowhere in the past five weeks. You wonder how he hasn't played previously. 23 years of age and a body built like a rugby player. Strong through the core and loves the contest. Gold Coast had a chance to recruit him yet they decided not to. Brisbane took the chance and he hasn't let them down. His past two weeks have been outstanding and looks to have a good career ahead.
Tory Dickson: Dickson has been the Bulldogs best forward. He looks like a natural forward and has been a shining light in a forward line that has at times struggled. He has the ability to kick goals and take his opportunities. With young key forwards around him, Dickson will be crucial to helping them take the next step. Let’s hope that we see more of Dickson for a few years to come
Kyle Horsley: Horsley was a star in the few games he played. When Ablett went down, Horsley was a very prominent player. Horsley has played much of his football in Western Australia, including winning 2 Sandover Medals. He has been rested the past few weeks which is strange but has proven that he can still play the game.
Year's Biggest Disappointment's
2012 hasn't had many disappointments. The quality of football this year has been outstanding, yet here are the most disappointing players of 2012:
Michael Rischitelli: Came across from Brisbane last season and was very good in 2011. Yet 2012 has been the worst year for Rischitelli and it hasn't helped Gold Coast having a team of kids and the senior players not playing well. Whether he is injured or just badly out of form, Rischitelli needs to find the form that led him to a B&F at Brisbane and the help his teammates in other ways a part from kicks and handballs.
Brent Moloney: The standards that Moloney has set have not been there in 2012. His combination with Jamar that has been destructive the past few seasons has gone missing. The centre clearances that give teams the go forward has dried up and Moloney needs to rely on more than that. For Melbourne to finish off the season with some positives and something to look forward to in season 2013, Moloney must find that form that made him one of the best clearance players in the competition.
Liam Jones: Jones was earmarked as the man that would be one of the key pillars in the Western Bulldogs forward line. He has teased and promised for a little while now and 2012 was going to be the year where he took the next step. Unfortunately, he has struggled to impact the game and has found himself on the border of selection. With Dickson, Cordy and Roughead up there as well, Jones is going to have a big pre-season to make sure he becomes the player all Bulldog supporters want him to be.
The Best Sub
The sub has transformed the game over the past few years. When the interchange went to 3 and 1, not many people knew what was going to happen. But we have seen that the sub can be a very effective player and decide games. Here are the best at the role:
Nathan Lovett-Murray: Lovett-Murray has played the role to perfection. He has the ability to play across half-back, pinch hit in the midfield and bon up for a goal or two. It is unlikely that he will play as the sub every week, yet come finals time, Essendon will definitely look at him to come on and be the X factor late in the 3rd quarter.
Andrejs Everitt: Everitt was the match winner on Friday night and showed that as the sub, he can have a massive impact. He is much like Lovett-Murray and the player that can fill holes at both ends for Sydney. With the Swans pretty settled, I can’t see Everitt getting a start, but as the sub, he has been good on most occasions.
Well that is the last From the Boundary for 7 weeks. It has been a joy so far sharing my opinions and giving you some insight into the game. Have a great time watching the footy and hope your team wins. I am sure that I will stay up to date with things.
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