Two Pups and Eagle chick to find dads home – Father/Son Selection Meeting

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 19: Mitch Wallis and Coach Martin Allison of the Cannons hold the cup after winning the TAC Cup Grand Final match between the Calder Cannons and Gippsland Power at Etihad Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Lucas Dawson/Getty Images)(Update here)
Trade week has a new starting event with the new rules for Father/Son selections with the nomination system now being in place. Instead of just giving up a third round pick like it was in the past, there is now the bidding system that sees all clubs able to nominate players that fit the criteria set out for Father/Son selections (mostly that is 100 games for their club although the interstate clubs have some rules pertaining to games played at state level for certain teams). Once nominated, the other clubs (with the exception of the Gold Coast this year) have an option to bid on selection that player in the draft and with which of their picks. The team that the player is nominated by has then the chance to match that selection with their next available pick. If there are more then one father/son selections for a team, they use next available pick after any other picks used. So in this case, if a team has 2 players that teams offer their first round picks and the nominating team chooses to select both, they would give up there first and second round picks.

Last Friday the AFL announced the following players were nominated as Father/Son nominations:

The AFL wishes to advise the following players have nominated for this year’s 2010 NAB AFL Draft under the provisions of the father / son rule – Jacob Brennan (East Fremantle, son of Michael Brennan, West Coast), Tom Liberatore (Calder Cannons, son of Tony Liberatore, Western Bulldogs) and Mitch Wallis (Calder Cannons, son of Steve Wallis, Western Bulldogs).

So this morning (Tuesday 5th) at 10am the clubs will gather to do the bidding process. I will bring an update to this when it is announced.

Note: The pick that the Bulldogs received in compensation for losing Jarrod Harbrow at the end of the 1st round in the next 4 or 5 drafts is considered not to be live for the purpose of the father-son bidding process. Here is the AFL’s statement to me on the situation with the Bulldogs compensation pick.

The compensation selections are additional selections introduced to the draft, as a return for a lost player. They are not eligible to be considered as picks that are live for the father-son process. The father-son process is conducted before trade week and, as such, each club has one live pick per round either to bid for a father/son player, or to be used to activate a father/son selection

UPDATE

The Father/Son meeting concluded with the Dogs agreeing to use there first and second round picks on Wallis and Liberatore and no other team bidding on young Brennan meaning the Eagles will use their last selection on him. Here is the official release from the AFL:

Mitch Wallis (Calder Cannons, son of Steve Wallis, Western Bulldogs) – Western Bulldogs, Round One (currently number 22). Port Adelaide FC bid its Round One Selection (currently number 16) and this was matched by the Western Bulldogs with its next selection in Round One (currently number 22). The Western Bulldogs are now bound to select Wallis at the 2010 NAB AFL Draft with its round one selection.

Tom Liberatore (Calder Cannons, son of Tony Liberatore, Western Bulldogs) – Western Bulldogs, Round Two (currently number 40). Sydney Swans FC bid its Round Two Selection (currently number 39) and this was matched by the Western Bulldogs with its next selection in Round Two (currently number 40). The Western Bulldogs are now bound to select Liberatore at the 2010 NAB AFL Draft with its round two selection.

Jacob Brennan (East Fremantle, son of Michael Brennan, West Coast) – No bid made. West Coast is now bound to select Brennan at the 2010 NAB AFL Draft with its last available selection, to be determined once the club has finalised its selection numbers for this year’s Draft.

By the end of today I will have a running draft order available. Check back later for that and more news.

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