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  • #BookBlitz: Claimed by the Moon by @LPDover @XpressoTours $25 Amazon gift card

    Claimed by the Moon
    L.P. Dover
    (A Royal Shifters novel, #6)
    Publication date: September 28th 2021
    Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

    Sexy wolves and heart-stopping action await in Claimed by the Moon, the highly-anticipated continuation of the Royal Shifters series by New York Times and USA Today best-selling author L.P. Dover!

    In his 200 years of life, Zayne Lyall has made his share of enemies. The most ruthless of all being Knox Channon, who seeks vengeance for a pack war that took place over a hundred years ago.

    To gain information he can use to bring Zayne down, Knox reconnects with Amelie Graye, a past love who joined the Royal pack Zayne belongs to. Unfortunately, Amelie doesn’t know much about the royal arctic… despite a longing within her to be near him.

    Amelie and Knox have a tumultuous past that ended after she and her family went rogue following an attack by the Sierra pack. While she has no details to offer about Zayne, Knox sniffing around her leaves his inner wolf snarling.

    More than anything Zayne wants to charge in and protect the woman his heart aches for. But he has a secret… and it could cost him everything. Amelie is his fated mate. If Knox were to discover this, he would know hurting her would be the key to destroying Zayne. Torn between his desire to claim Amelie as his own and his ferocious passion to protect her, can Zayne find a way to bring down his malicious enemy? Or will an age old vendetta rob him of a blissful future with his bonded mate?

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  • Forrest for the Trees by Kilby Blades
    Title: Forrest for the Trees
    Series: Green Valley Heroes (Book 1)
    Author: Kilby Blades
    Genre: Multicultural & Interracial Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
    Publisher: Smartypants Romance
    Release Date: September 28th, 2021
    Format: ebook, paperback
    Pages: 399

    Forrest Winters isn’t just a federal fire marshal; he’s a thorn in Ranger Sierra Betts’s side. The way he swings his big axe, fixes her with his chameleon gray eyes, and talks about his jurisdiction has a way of breaking her concentration. He has a way of showing up everywhere he doesn’t belong, including Greenbrier Ranger Station. And he really needs to quit stealing her bacon bites.

    When a series of suspicious fires, an underhanded co-worker, and a cagey Parks Police Chief threaten her job and the park itself, Sierra grudgingly agrees to partner with Forrest. Their side investigation may be her best shot at preventing the framing of an innocent man. But can his firefighting expertise and her detective skills lead them to the real arsonist before Forrest breaks her with his charm?

    'Forrest for the Trees' is a full-length contemporary romance, can be read as a standalone and is book #1 in the Green Valley Heroes series, Green Valley Chronicles, Penny Reid Book Universe.

    “You may have everyone else tricked into thinking you’re some squeaky-clean, golden-girl rule-follower, but I’ve got your number, Ranger Betts”

    Forrest for the Trees by Kilby Blades is the first standalone romance in a brand new series set in Green Valley in the Smartypants Romance lineup of stellar stories. This first book in the Green Valley Heroes is an utterly unputdownable enemies to lovers, workplace romance with a “whodunit” mystery that kept me glued to my e-reader for unhealthy periods of time.

    I’ve wracked my brain for a less cliched way to say this but couldn’t come up with anything so here it is— Sierra Betts is fierce. She’s without a doubt the person you want on your side always, the friend you’ll have when you think you have no one, and one extremely smart and often underestimated lady. I could not get enough of the way Kilby Blades wove Sierra’s battle within the Greenbriar Ranger Station hierarchy and juxtaposed it with her budding, and definitely begrudging working relationship with Forrest Winters into something more personal.

    “Forrest Winters didn’t just kiss with his lips—he kissed with his whole body, holding her in a way that pressed them together, somehow, from head to toe.”

    Forrest Winters (yes those Winters) reminds me of the perfect male archetypes. He’s strong, smart, but not smug or arrogant. He knows what he wants but has the brains and cunning to know how to get what he wants without causing a mess…most times. I loved his unabashed pursuit of Sierra. And even though he had one moment where I wanted to shake my fist at him, overall, he truly is one of those standout male characters for me.

    This is also my first book by Kilby Blades and I can assure you that it will not be my last. I am in awe at the peppering of details throughout the book that cinch up neatly into a perfectly tied up ending. The build-up of the plot, the setting, and the introduction to the characters were not overly done, and truly, I would have enjoyed every word if Forrest for the Trees was double the length. Between the romance and the overall plot, you will not be able to put this book down.

    Forrest for the Trees is available today, September 28th! Consider this your recommendation to grab yourselves a copy of one of the most delightful books of the year!

    The post Forrest for the Trees by Kilby Blades appeared first on LitBuzz.

  • Audiobook Review: Total Exposure (Jordan’s Game, #1). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Total Exposure by J.A. Huss My rating: 5 of 5 stars The spotlight is my enemy. The cameras are my cure. 🎥 Jordan Wells says he can help me. Heal my soul and fix my fear so I can perform on stage again to a sold-out crowd. His game gives me a reason to go […]

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Photography Blogs

28 September 2021

Photography Blogs
  • Hasselblad Celebrates 80 Years With Limited-Edition 907X Anniversary Kit
    28 September 2021

    In celebration of its 80th anniversary, Hasselblad has announced the 907X Anniversary Edition Kit. It is comprised of a CFV II 50C digital back, 907X camera body, control grip, optical viewfinder, and XCD 3mm f/3.5 lens.

    Hasselblad says that this special edition kit is limited to 800 total worldwide to commemorate the 80 years since the launch of the first Hasselblad camera, the HK-7, in 1941.

    “Since its inception, Hasselblad cameras have been trusted by photographers, capturing countless iconic moments and touching stories, including documenting the historical moment of the first humans on the Moon,” the company says. “Over the past eight decades, Hasselblad has continuously pushed the boundaries on medium format and imaging technology with cutting-edge developments and unique photography styles, providing endless inspiration to creators that pursue excellence.”

    The company says that in the 1950s, it created the first wide-angle camera series called the Super Wide Camera (SWC). Since the development of this system came before the availability of aspherical lenses, making a wide-angle lens was more challenging than it is today. Hasselblad chose to tackle this problem by using a rangefinder design that allowed the rear element to be placed closer to the focal plane, which reduced aberration and distortion.

    Hasselblad says that it chose the 30mm wide-angle lens for this anniversary kit because it echoes the Biogon 38mm wide-angle used in the SWC.

    The 907X Anniversary Edition has a new lens design — it is mainly silver as opposed to black — and features an etched focus ring in a Hasselblad logo print. The camera and grip are covered in a black grain leatherette and highlighted with anodized with a grey trim, colors chosen to be consistent with the colors of the SWC. Finally, one side of the camera features a metal plate that reads “Since 1941.”

    The 907X camera body is fully compatible with HC/HCD, V, and XPan Lens Adapters, which Hasselblad says “enriches” the image capture possibilities with the CFV II 50C digital back. This digital back also blends seamlessly with a film camera body, coupling analog and digital technologies.

    The 907X Anniversary Edition Kit will be, as mentioned, only available in limited quantities. It is currently available for pre-order for $15,100.

  • 10 tips for late summer and early autumn woodland photography
    28 September 2021

    It’s getting to that time of year again for folks in the northern hemisphere. The days are getting shorter, and wetter and the sun’s starting to stay a little lower in the sky, but with that comes the beginning of autumn and some beautiful woodland colours. This time of year is rich with colour and […]

    The post 10 tips for late summer and early autumn woodland photography appeared first on DIY Photography.

  • Ricoh GR IIIx sample gallery
    28 September 2021

    Compact camera releases are few and far between these days, which is why we're excited to try out the new Ricoh GR IIIx. It's based around the same 24MP APS-C sensor and in-body stabilizer as the GR III, but features a 40mm equivalent F2.8 lens. See how the image quality looks in our sample gallery.

    View our Ricoh GR IIIx sample gallery

  • Hasselblad releases $15K 907X Anniversary Edition Kit to celebrate 80th anniversary
    28 September 2021

    80 years ago, Hasselblad released its first camera, the To celebrate that momentous release eight decades ago, the Swedish camera manufacturer is releasing a the Hasselblad 907X Anniversary Edition Kit.

    This kit includes Hasselblad’s 907X camera body alongside a CFV II 50C digital back, a control grip, an optical viewfinder and an XCD 30mm F3.5 lens. Only 800 kits will be made to keep on theme with the 80th anniversary.

    The specifications remain unchanged from the non-anniversary version of the camera, which includes a 50MP medium format CMOS sensor (43.8 x 32.9mm) with up to 14 stops of dynamic range, Hasselblad’s Natural Colour Solution (HNCS) and 16-bit capture. Other features include a 3.2" 2.36M dot tilting rear display, USB-C charging, dual UHS-II SD card slots and wireless connectivity.

    The 907X Anniversary Edition Kit is available to pre-order at authorized Hasselblad retailers for $15,100 / €15,500 / £13,900 / CNY¥ 117,000 / JPY¥1,958,000. It will come with a specialized plate on the side of the camera and come inside a special 80th-anniversary box.

  • Backlash forces Facebook to suspend “Instagram for kids.” For now
    28 September 2021

    After fierce criticism from pretty much everyone, Facebook has decided to suspend its controversial “Instagram for kids” project. But hold your horses – the project seems to only be on hold, and there’s fear that Facebook will eventually launch it after all. The backlash against Instagram for those under the age of 13 has been […]

    The post Backlash forces Facebook to suspend “Instagram for kids.” For now appeared first on DIY Photography.

  • A Filmmaker's Review of the Apple iPhone 13 and Its Cinematic Mode
    28 September 2021

    The video specs, both software and hardware, of the new iPhone have caused a bit of a stir as we have seen some impressive upgrades. It is clearly gearing more towards, if not professional videographers, then professional quality and features. But, how good is it really?

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  • Photo Of The Day By Graham McKerrell
    28 September 2021

    Photo By Graham McKerrell

    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “A Brief Glimpse of Mt. Assiniboine” by Graham Mckerrell. Location: British Columbia.

    “After days of snow and rain, Assiniboine shows itself for all of 60 seconds,” says Mckerrell.

    Want to get your images in the running for a Photo of the Day feature? Photo of the Day is chosen from various galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the website homepage, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

    The post Photo Of The Day By Graham McKerrell appeared first on Outdoor Photographer.

  • Unbelievable Fine Art Self Portraits By Beth Parnaby
    28 September 2021

    Her vision is parallel to art, Beth Parnaby has got amazing talent in surprising us with some of the most beautiful and arresting self-portraits. These portraits are meaningful and guides the viewer into her own world. Natural lighting with minimal gear above all loads of imagination is what she calls the ingredients for a beautiful portrait.

    Go through this brief interview as Beth speaks much about her thought process, inspirations and shares us few good advice too. It is quite unbelievable for us as we start appreciating  these self-portraits coming  from a humble 18 year old.

    Meet Beth Parnaby a beautiful artist..

    Few words about you?

    My name is Beth Parnaby and I’m eighteen years old from England, UK. I’ve been photographing for maybe four years or so and since I started I’ve never really stopped. I like to create.

    What made you choose portrait photography & how would you describe your style?

    I think everything goes back to when I was young and my mother had always been an artist in her own right with painting and helping me make my own messes when I was a child, because, after that I was the one who became solely interested in creating things. It started with arts and crafts until I progressed to drawing/painting portraits and then moved forward into photography.

    I become taken in by the person or people and create a world within the photograph where the subject is the main focus. I’m not entirely sure if there is a specific ‘why’ to being interested in portrait photography other than because I find people, male or female, incredibly fascinating. As for my style, I really enjoy working where there are parallels, symmetry and lines as well as in natural lighting.

    How do you achieve this stellar mood in your portraits?

    Stellar? haha I’ve never heard my work being described as stellar before. I really don’t know. Natural lighting, environments (weather, location), my moods and my emotions tend to get my images to what they are when they are finalized and uploaded.

    Although, this, which may also add to the mood in them, is that i rarely completely alter my images from their originals. I like to keep them simple. My post processing is slight and minimal, not a tonne, so they ultimately are what they were just with a little bit of a kick.

    Your Inspiration?

    Whenever i’m asked this I am certain that I always give a different answer but I guess that’s because there’s no definitive or singular thing that is inspiration. Recently, I like the weather and the sky and quiet places. Anything, really.

    Your gear?

    I shoot with a Canon 550D and nearly always with my 50mm lens. As well as my tripod and remote which stick with me through thick and thin. Literally.

    How do you conceive an idea and transform it into a photograph?

    It’s funny. Sometimes, I just go out and let myself fall into being somewhere where I want to create something but have no other thoughts other than that and just see where I end up. Other times, I go to a place and something clicks and i’m ready for anything with either a bundle of ideas or a single one which I absolutely without hesitation have to create and don’t shoot anything other than that image; alternatively, i will have seen somewhere and instantly had an idea come to me so i go back to that place and shoot it.

    So, really, I don’t have a set method of doing it. Although, I have found myself inadvertently planning before, too, where I’ve looked up for specific props or locations. (I am seriously ALWAYS looking for props, locations, dresses, something glittery, wigs, and so on. Seriously. I don’t go ‘clothes shopping’ i go ‘prowling-around-the-shops-to-see-if-anything-will-work-in-a-photograph’-ing).

    Thanks again for this wonderful opportunity, Few words of advice for aspiring photographers?

    Thank you! It’s been fun putting into words my thoughts about my work. For aspiring photographers I would just say go for it. Enjoy what you do and do what you enjoy, if you keep at it and find yourself getting into a rhythm where you discover what your favourite angles, locations, colour schemes, etc, are in photographs, push further until you have an image that you can say ‘hey. i actually did it.’

    Ah, and probably not to go out just before a storm is going to come crashing down on you without a tested AND proven-to-work method of keeping your camera dry. That get’s really scary and reviving your camera is something I, personally, am hoping to never have to go through again

    You can find Beth Parnaby on the Web:

    All the pictures in this post are copyrighted to Beth Parnaby. Their reproduction, even in part, is forbidden without the explicit approval of the rightful owners.

  • Michael Kenna: Inspiration From Masters Of Photography
    28 September 2021

    A Phenomenal Photographer known for his stunning moodaholic monochrome Landscapes. We feel thoroughly honored and blown away by his humbleness for him to have accepted our request. A Master Landscape Photographer of our era shows us what raw passion combined with sheer brilliance can deliver. These works of art are hard for us to call them photographs for the language it speaks and the silent emotions they provoke.

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    Michael Kenna – Biography

    Speaking about his personal stature, Michael Kenna is an English Photographer who loves to capture the incredible nature with some beautiful light. He loves to perform his penance usually during dawn or night. Having been exhibited all over the globe and having travelled to numerous countries with rich natural beauty, It is interesting to learn that Michael Kenna was initially trained as a priest before he actually took up photography once moving to london.

    His childhood has an immense effect on his way of photography. Those empty stadiums and abandoned mills, places of silence fascinated him much further and Michael always wanted to capture the invisible behind the visible. Author of some wonderful books Michael Kenna continues to inspire us through his astounding art creations.

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    Why I like Michael Kenna

    Having watched quite a few videos of our master, the first thing that striked me is the passion and curiosity for him in search of divinity. It may be a quest to capture the unseen or an exploration towards much bigger things. And he strongly believes “Fortune favors the one, who works hard”.

    • These Photographs are words of emotions, sometimes silence and at times the music from a bird’s feather flock.
    • To translate words of emotions through monochrome landscapes is an innovation into our medium of photography. Which I believe only a few photographers have been able to achieve out of their own originality.
    • Shows the magnificence of composition, the excellence it can provide and elevate your photograph or artwork to a totally new level.
    • I keep admiring the beautiful-innocent light, subtle-simple elements and his utterly brilliant placements of them inside a frame.
    • There seems to be a serious question inside these photographs and a near enlightenment  within the same photograph.

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    Famous Quotes from Michael Kenna
    • “I gravitate towards places where humans have been and are no more, to the edge of man’s influence, where the elements are taking over or convering man’s traces.”
    • “I do have strong convictions and political opinions, but I don’t think it’s necessary to imbue my photographic work with them. I use photography as a vessel for visual material to flow through, to encourage conversation with the viewer. I try to present a catalyst and invite viewers to tell their own stories.”

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    Michael Kenna’s Hokkaido

    An amazing view for us to discover how passionate this man is towards art and nature. See it for yourself as Michael walks through snow and ice, just to discover the glory of pure nature.

    Michael Kenna, a letter from Shinan

    Michael walks through the forests of mist and into the trails of nowhere. Chasing time and unexplainable silence just to be felt amongst a land of islands, a must watch video.

    All These Places Feel Like Home

    Michael feels meeting a new place is gaining a new friendship, thousands of unexplored landscapes in a faraway land just for our masters arrival. Michael Kenna’s world travels. England, Italy, Mexico, Vietnam, India, and many more.

    Some of Publications from Michael Kenna

    Listening to the photographs from a book is always an eternal feeling. The sense of touch with every page and photograph will remain forever. Michael Kenna has some wonderful books to his name, which are very compelling for any art and photography enthusiast.

    You can find more details about Michael Kenna:
  • All the Things with Annika
    28 September 2021

    This was my first shoot with Annika Peterson and we did all the things. I started off with some light lighting, using a black fiber optic brush and orange gel from Light Painting Brushes. After that I explored making long exposures while rotating a linear prism FX filter and multi-strobing my flash. Finally, I took some shots with my fungus-filled lens, using shutter drag and an LED with changing colors.

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    After I did all the weird, artsy shit out of my system we simplified and created some high-contrast black and white images. I used the Lindsay Adler Westcott Optical Spot to create the hardest light I’ve ever seen. I’m completely in love with this lighting modifier.

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28 September 2021

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  • The five players your team can least afford to lose: GWS Giants
    28 September 2021

    The Greater Western Sydney Giants finished seventh in 2021, with 11 wins, one draw and ten losses, although they are effectively sixth for the purpose of this exercise, due to their semi-final performances against higher-rated teams.

    They had six debutants, while only four players featured in every game: Callan Ward, Harry Himmelberg, Tim Taranto and Isaac Cumming.

    Here are the five players and an honourable mention that the Giants could least afford to lose based.

    Honourable mention: Sam Taylor
    Taylor featured in 17 of 22 games, the Giants winning two, losing two and getting a draw when Taylor was unavailable through injury.

    He averaged the fourth most intercepts of any player in the AFL, an average of 8.47 per game, and averaged the third-most contested marks of any Giants player.

    5. Josh Kelly
    Kelly was extremely consistent in 2021 and was rewarded with a new contract. He averaged the most metres gained in the club, with an average of 454.17. He also averaged the second-most score involvements, with an average of 5.96 per game, as well as the most tackles, an average of 5.61 per game.

    His versatility was a strength as he could play in the midfield or on the wing.

    Last but not least, he led by example.

    4. Jacob Hopper
    Hopper was in the All Australian squad, had at least 21 disposals and only missed one game, which was through injury.

    He averaged the third-most inside 50s of any of GWS player, with an average of 4.30, and the most contested possessions, with an average of 12.04.

    3. Toby Greene
    Greene featured in 18 games, including the elimination final win over the Swans and was named in the All Australian forward pocket.

    He averaged the second-most score involvements of any player in the competition, with an average of 8.28, and kicked at least one goal in every game!

    (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

    2. Lachie Whitfield
    Whitfield was unavailable for the opening six games, and the club lost five of the seven games he didn’t play. Along with that, in Round 17 he was subbed out after accumulating just three disposals and the team lost to the Suns by one point!

    He averaged the third-most metres, with an average of 437.65 per game, and 4.53 score involvements per game – remarkable for a player who played predominantly on a half back flank.

    1. Tim Taranto
    Taranto was a revelation, featuring in all 24 games that they played, averaging the most disposals and the most inside 50s at the club.

    He also averaged 5.42 score involvements per game and had the second-most tackles – with an average of 5.33 tackles per game – which shows he worked hard defensively.

  • Coaching great tipping sustained success for Melbourne following drought-breaking premiership
    28 September 2021

    Coaching great Leigh Matthews believes Melbourne is well set for sustained success in the coming years.

    On the back of Simon Goodwin’s side winning the premiership on Saturday night – Melbourne’s first in 57 years – Matthews says the club’s list profile and talent across the park means they are as “well equipped as any premiership team in recent times” to continue their dominance this season for years to come.

    “If you’re talking about Melbourne, they have good big defenders and good medium smalls,” he said on Sportsday.

    “They have a fantastic one-two ruck combination (with Max Gawn and Luke Jackson) and they have (Clayton) Oliver, (Christian) Petracca, (Jack) Viney,(James) Harmes, (Angus) Brayshaw and (Ed) Langdon, that’s a fantastic midfielder group.

    “If you want to be honest, (Ben) Brown and (Tom) McDonald are OK forwards… (Bayley) Fritsch looks to be a pretty solid third tall so he’s very good.

    “Between them it’s pretty good, I think it’s reasonable to say that Melbourne is well equipped as any premiership team in recent times to be a good team for a long time.”

    The Demons will depart Perth in recent days, following a successful premiership campaign which saw them largely base themselves out west in the lead up to the Grand Final.

  • “Bottom of the ladder for facilities”: Melbourne CEO speaks on plans for new club base
    28 September 2021

    Melbourne CEO Gary Pert believes the Demons are on the “bottom of the ladder for facilities” in the AFL.

    Multiple club departments are currently situated across different locations, and the Demons are looking to harmonise all operations under the one roof.

    The club has been working on a design for a new base near AAMI park in Gosch’s paddock, which is set to be funded by a joint venture between Melbourne, the AFL, and the Victorian Government.

    Speaking to SEN’s Dwayne’s World, Pert said the club’s dire situation in terms of training facilities is recognised by the AFL.

    “If (the state government) fast tracked it, I’d be more than happy, I’ve been working on it for three years now,” he said.

    “We’ve won the premiership this year and we’re acknowledged at a government level and by the AFL that we’re clearly on the bottom of the ladder for facilities.”

    “If I was to talk to anyone at the AFL and say, ‘I’ll meet you tomorrow at the Melbourne footy club,’ basically you wouldn’t know what I’m talking about because we’re in three, four, five different locations.”

    The fact of Melbourne’s poor facilities makes the Demons triumph in Saturday’s AFL Grand Final “even more amazing,” according to Pert.

    “It’s started, we’re starting the redevelopment of our oval, we’ve had a junior-sized oval that we’ve been training on for the last 10 years and in the next few weeks that’s going to be resurfaced and enlarged to an MCG length and Marvel (stadium) width oval, so that’s a really big step for us,” he said.

    “Right at the moment, we don’t even have the facilities of a community club, which makes the performance of the players even more amazing.”

    The Demons will return home to Melbourne from Perth in the coming days after breaking the longest premiership drought in the AFL with their win over the Bulldogs.

  • Suns list boss trade update on top 10 draft trio, Brodie, Dunstan and more
    28 September 2021

    Gold Coast list boss Craig Cameron has provided an update on numerous dealings for the club during the upcoming AFL trade period, including a trio of young stars set to come out of contract in 2022.

    The Suns followed a familiar path in 2021, starting fairly before fading in the back half of the season.

    However, important wins over Richmond and the GWS Giants late in the season, coupled with the likely return of numerous injured key players next season, has given the club hope for 2022.

    2018 top 10 draft picks Ben King, Jack Lukosius and Izak Rankine are all out of contract at the end of next season and will face the pull of clubs from their home states.

    When asked about the trio, Cameron told AFL Trade Radio’s The Late Trade the Suns are confident the young guns are invested in the team’s success and hoped they might be able to complete signings over the break.

    “We’d be hopeful we can do some signings this off-season before we get into next year,” he said.

    “Our young blokes are really invested, part of our strategy from the get-go was to bring a bunch of talented young guys together, and they’ve really bonded.

    “They’ve got good hope for the future, but on-field we’ve got to show it.”

    Cameron also commented on the futures of Will Brodie and Darcy Macpherson.

    The pair are in a similar boat, both 23-years old but have struggled to cement their places in the Suns best 22.

    Brodie especially has struggled up north, playing just 24 games in five years after being drafted with pick nine in the 2016 AFL draft.

    “Will’s going into his sixth year next year, and he quite rightly wants to explore his options elsewhere and we’re happy to facilitate that if we can find something for him, we’ll work to that through the trade period,” Cameron said.

    “Darcy is a little bit the same, but he hasn’t been quite as vehement in talking to us around wanting to find another home, but if he did and found something that works for us, then we’d look at that.”

    The Suns have some work to do if they are to bring in any trade targets this off-season with all list spots currently filled and signed for next season, however, it hasn’t stopped Cameron and his team from showing interest in delisted Saint Luke Dunstan.

    “We’ll have to wait until we get through the trade period to see where everything sits, but Luke’s a good player and he played some good games this season so we’d be crazy not to look at a player of his talent if he’s available to rookie list, it just depends what happens through the trade period as to how many rookie selections we have,” Cameron said.

    2022 shapes as a big year for the Suns, with numerous signings still to be completed and coach Stuart Dew out of contract.

  • Melbourne man under investigation for attending Perth AFL grand final allegedly in breach of COVID rules
    28 September 2021
    Police in Western Australia are investigating whether a Melbourne man who may have attended the AFL grand final on Saturday is in breach of a COVID-19 quarantine direction.
  • Dermott Brereton's top AFL commentators, experts and host
    28 September 2021

    If you could put together a commentary team made of all available media talent to call a game of footy, who would you select?

    Dermott Brereton has put together who he believes are the best in the business in terms of hosting a broadcast, calling the game and providing expert commentary.

    He has gone with one host, two callers and two experts.

    See Brereton’s call team below:

    Host: Eddie McGuire

    “Eddie McGuire’s the best host. I declare my interests: he’s a great mate, but really if anyone says they’re as good a host as Eddie, it’s chalk and cheese, he’s the best host we’ve got,” Brereton told SEN’s Bob and Andy.

    Callers: Anthony Hudson and Dwayne Russell

    “Anthony Hudson and I love the way Dwayne Russell calls,” he said.

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    “I learn the most off Jimmy Bartel listening to him. Jimmy tells me the most of what I want to know when I’m watching a game off-screen that I can’t see and is able to tell me how things have happened in a certain way,” he said.

    “I’ve got him first, he’s clearly the best in my view. I can’t work out why Channel 7 don’t use him more.

    “I love seeing how Nick (Riewoldt) pulls it apart and shows where players are from, how they’ve got there and shows how things have transpired to get there.

    “They’re the two current best at telling me something that I want to know.”

  • Melbourne CEO reveals club's Adam Cerra trade ambitions
    28 September 2021

    Melbourne CEO Gary Pert has spoken on the speculation surrounding the Demons throwing their hat in the ring for Fremantle young gun Adam Cerra, who has requested a trade home to Victoria.

    Cerra still appears to be destined to nominate Carlton in the coming days, however, Melbourne has emerged as another club interested in the 21-year old.

    Speaking on SEN’s Dwayne World, Pert believes the club’s list is in a great spot, featuring plenty of depth.

    “I’m part of all the conversations the list management group is having with all the players and all managers,” he said.

    “We’ve got a list that’s pretty strong, there’s going to be a bit of pressure on us from a salary cap point of view.

    “But I think not only have we got a talented list, but anyone who was looking at the players who ran onto the ground after the Grand Final, there were quite a few of them who deserved to be playing at the highest level.

    “We’ve got a highly talented group, but again we’ll explore all options.”

    It’s unclear how Pert and his list management team would be able to secure Cerra, considering the club has just one pick in the first two rounds at number 33.

    On the specifics of a deal for Cerra, Melbourne’s CEO confirmed they were interested in the star Docker but refused to elaborate on how it would happen.

    “All clubs are going to be talking to the representatives of a young star player like that,” Pert said.

    “Whether you can have the room or be able to pull off the deal, I’d say the majority of clubs are exploring it, but until we think anything’s going to happen with any player, we keep all those conversations highly confidential.”

    The Demons have an extremely young list, seven of their 23 players on Saturday night 21 years old or younger.

  • Grand finals don't reward season's best team, AFLW star Ebony Marinoff says
    28 September 2021
    After a mixed record in do-or-die grand finals, Adelaide Crows AFLW star Ebony Marinoff says it is a shame that one "really bad day" should cost a team a title.
  • Silvagni explains AFL draft points system, how Dogs will land Sam Darcy
    28 September 2021

    Stephen Silvagni has explained the intricacies of the points system in the AFL draft and how the Western Bulldogs will be able to secure Sam Darcy in the 2021 draft.

    Silvagni has worked as a list manager at both GWS and Carlton and has drafted many players under the current, albeit sometimes confusing rules of the draft.

    Darcy, son of Bulldogs legend Luke, is one of the most talented of his draft class, the tall forward rocketing in to pick one calculations with a six-goal haul for the Vic Metro’s under-19’s trial match in June.

    As a father-son prospect, the Bulldogs have the option to match any bid for the 18-year old.

    Silvagni explained exactly how the Dogs will look to land their prized draftee.

    “They can go into points deficit, but they will try and find the picks,” Silvagni told SEN Breakfast.

    “Each pick has a value, if he goes at pick two, that pick’s worth 2,500 points, plus a 20% discount for father-son or NGAs (Next Generation Academies).

    “So, they’ve got to make up those points within that draft.

    “They’ve got to find 2000 points, so all their picks in the draft have to add up to 2000 points, and they all go (if they match the bid).”

    However, he says that’s not the be-all and end-all, using Fremantle as a past example.

    “If they don’t have enough points with those picks in this year’s draft, the points will come off their first pick in next year’s draft, that’s called going into deficit,” Silvagni said.

    “It’s happened to Fremantle. Fremantle, last year or the year before, there was a bid on one of their NGA players, and they were in deficit in their first-round, so their first pick actually slipped back a couple of spots last year.”

    The Bulldogs first pick currently sits at number 17 in the 2021 AFL draft, meaning they will likely face bids from rival clubs on Darcy.

    The former Carlton list manager says clubs will bid if they think it can benefit them down the track.

    “Ultimately, by me bidding, (you have to ask yourself) ‘Is it going to help me out or is it going to help other picks come in for you, do I really value that player and are we a chance to get him?’” Silvagni said.

    “If you value the player, sure (bid), within reason.

    “I always said that if you value that player and it’s going to help you get that player or it's going to help you get something further down the line, then bid.”

    A club whose bid is matched on a player will then collect the draft picks and points the rival club used to match the original bid.

    Collingwood father-son prospect Nick Daicos and South Australian Jason Horne-Francis are the other two who appear a possibility to be the number one draft pick in 2021.

  • International Cup locked in for 2023
    28 September 2021
    Due to ongoing international border closures impacting travel to and from Australia, the AFL has announced that the next AFL International Cup is scheduled for 2023.

    The event was originally scheduled to be held on the Sunshine Coast in 2020 but was postponed until 2021, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

    AFL Executive General Manager Game Development, Andrew Dillon, said it was important to provide certainty for international participants and stakeholders.

    “Given the challenges around the re-opening of borders, and the need for international teams and organisers to proceed with planning the International Cup, we have made the decision that 2023 is the ideal year in which to next host the event.”

    “The International Cup remains a key aspect of the games growth overseas and the scheduling of the event in 2023 returns us to our original three-year schedule. We know that is has been frustrating for teams to prepare for the event alongside Covid and the appreciate the the patienceshown by all of our international players.”

    New Zealand will field both a Men’s and Women’s team for the first time in the competitions history.

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