THREE NEW CATS
ROOKIES ROUND OUT 2012 GEELONG LIST
Ben Jensen 13 December 2011
drafted just three new players today, all from the AFL Rookie Draft,
held after the AFL Pre Season Draft in which the Cats did not have a
selection. Midfielder Cameron Eardley from East Fremantle was first
pick, well-known Jackson Sheringham of the Geelong VFL side second and
finally roughie of all roughies Mark Blicavs who if he has his way,
will not be available in 2012 and will be at the London Olympics instead.
23 year old Sheringham may well pull on the boots for the AFL side if
required, while Eardley likelier to bide his time.
tall Blicavs works as a massage therapist at the Alphington Sports Medicine
Clinic and hopes to go to the 2012 Olympics. Son of Andy and Karen Blicavs
(nee Ogden) Biclav, was pre-rookie listed in late November as an 'extra'
rookie, the Cats nominally only having two rookie draft picks available,
a 'Players not registered or played for three years inclusion on rookie
list' selection if you like. "We'd like to emphasise that he's
not taking the place of a footballer at the moment. He's an extra on
our rookie list, so we think it's worth a punt," recruiting boss
Stephen Wells said at the time.
Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic website
Mark joined the Alphington family in mid 2011 and
has rapidly become a valuable member of our massage team His clinical
focuses include a variety of muscular conditions., from trigger point
therapy, sports massage, deep tissue to myofascial release. He particularly
enjoys working with athletes and his sporting experience reflects
this, having worked on the Melbourne marathon circuit and the Torquay
half iron man events. Mark completed a placement while studying at
the Australian Institute of Sport, gaining valuable experience working
with some of Australias top up and coming athletes from a wide
variety of sports (basketball, soccer, netball and swimming). Ultimately,
Mark aims to one day go to the Olympics and work with the Australian
team as a massage therapist. Mark is also a competitive athlete himself,
competing at National level in Cross Country running.
Memberships: Australian Association of Massage Therapists
Draft statement from the Cats, featuring recruiting Tsar Stephen Wells'
Pick 18: Cameron Eardley (East Fremantle)
Wells says: "Cameron was a good player for both East Fremantle
colts and the WA team in the under-18 championships this year. We thought
he would add to our midfield and defensive depth. We spoke to Cameron
before today and he indicated that he'd be very excited to join us,
even as a rookie."
Pick 36: Jackson Sheringham (Geelong VFL/Bell Park)
Wells says: "Jackson was a very good player with the Geelong Falcons
in the TAC Cup a number of years ago. Since then he's continued to improve
his football at both VFL-level and with Bell Park in the local Geelong
league. Jackson played a number of very good games for our VFL team
in 2011, and we think he's ready to take his opportunity."
Pick 54: Mark Blicavs
Wells says: "We're not sure what sort of player he's going to be
yet, but when he gets to a point where he's concentrating on his footy,
it'll all become a bit clearer to everybody. He's doing a lot of training
at the moment, so when he cuts back his running, no doubt he'll put
on a bit more weight."