The Recruit (TV series)

The Recruit is an Australian rules football reality television series that began airing on Fox8 from 16 July 2014. The winner of the show will be drafted to an Australian Football League (AFL) club's rookie list via a special draft in September, at the end of each series.[2] They will be listed as Category B rookie the same as an international player or someone who hasn't played for more than 3 years.

The Recruit
GenreSports
Reality
Presented byRyan Fitzgerald (S1), (S2 - Finale)
Starring
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20
Production
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)McGuire Media[1]
The Media Tribe[1]
Release
Original networkFox8
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original release16 July 2014 –
21 September 2016
Chronology
Preceded byCricket Superstar
External links
Website

The first series was hosted by Ryan Fitzgerald and featured Michael Voss as the head coach.[3][4] Mick Malthouse replaced Voss as head coach for the second series.[5] Other key members of the program are former Hawthorn player Ben Dixon as Assistant Coach, Leigh Russell as the Elite Performance Manager and Port Adelaide fitness coach Darren Burgess as the High Performance Coach.[4]

Contestants must not have been previously selected to an AFL club list, be over 20 years of age and have not played in a senior state league in the past 2 years.[2]

On 18 September 2014, the series was renewed for a second season. Originally scheduled to air in 2015, it was later announced it would air in 2016 due to multiple factors, one of which being the departure of Voss as coach.[6][7] On 3 August 2015, it was announced Gary Buckenara would be a scout in the second season, and that Fitzgerald will not return as host (although he did return as host for the live finale).[8] The second season began on 20 July 2016.[9]

Series overviewEdit

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 10[1] 16 July 2014 (2014-07-16)[10] 17 September 2014 (2014-09-17)[11]
2 10[9] 20 July 2016 (2016-07-20)[9] 21 September 2016 (2016-09-21)

Season 1Edit

ContestantsEdit

The final squad of 13 players was selected from 50 finalists.

Name Club State/Country Position Comments Status References
Johann Wagner Tasman FC SA Forward Had signed with Central District[12] Winner, signed with Port Adelaide[6] The Recruit, Fox Sports Pulse
Bradie Foster Aspley AFC Qld Ruck/forward Former captain of the AIS volleyball team Second place[6] The Recruit, Fox Sports Pulse
Chris Moreland Geelong West St Peters FC[13] Victoria Midfield Third place[6] The Recruit, Geelong Advertiser
Reece Maxwell WA Utility Played basketball for Gillette College[14] Delisted in episode 9 The Recruit
Padraig Lucey Ireland Ruck Introduced in episode 3, Delisted in episode 9. However he was signed by Geelong. The Recruit
Ryan Semmel Rye Football Club[13] Victoria Midfield/forward 2013 Cheatley Medalist[15] Delisted in episode 9 The Recruit, Fox Sports Pulse
Brendan Goss Old Xaverians[13] Victoria Forward Delisted in episode 8 The Recruit, Fox Sports Pulse
Nathan Jackel Darley FC[13] Victoria Midfield Delisted in episode 7 The Recruit, Fox Sports Pulse
Mark Cisco USA Forward/ruck Introduced in episode 3
Delisted in episode 6
The Recruit, US combine
Waylon Manson Billiluna Community WA Ruck/forward Highly rated 2011 AFL Draft prospect[16] Delisted in episode 6 The Recruit, WAFL
Ryan Smith Lancelin Ledge Point FC WA Centre half-forward/Centre half-back Previously played for East Perth FC[17] Son and brother of golfers Wayne and Kristie Smith Delisted in episode 5 The Recruit, Fox Sports Pulse
Daniel Johncock South Launceston FC Tasmania Midfield Delisted in episode 4 The Recruit,
Michael Hutchinson Aspley AFC Queensland Backline Delisted in episode 4 The Recruit, AFL draft profile
James Brackin Macquarie University AFC NSW Centre half-forward Delisted in episode 3 The Recruit, Fox Sports Pulse
Tyrone Armitage Manly Warringah FC NSW Half-forward/midfield 2013 Phelan Medalist Delisted in episode 2 The Recruit, Fox Sports Pulse

Season 1 episodes (2014)Edit

No. Title Original air Date Overnight Australian viewers
1"The Cut"16 July 2014 (2014-07-16)119,000[18]
2"Drop Zone"23 July 2014 (2014-07-23)94,000[19]
3"Leap of Faith"30 July 2014 (2014-07-30)88,000[20]
4"Child's Play"6 August 2014 (2014-08-06)105,000[21]
5"Survival of the Fittest"13 August 2014 (2014-08-13)123,000[22]
6"Stranded at Sea"20 August 2014 (2014-08-20)130,000[23]
7"Follow the Leader"27 August 2014 (2014-08-27)88,000[24]
8"Recruits at War"3 September 2014 (2014-09-03)119,000[25]
9"Swimming with the Sharks"10 September 2014 (2014-09-10)133,000[26]
10"The Draft"17 September 2014 (2014-09-17)162,000[27]

Season 2Edit

ContestantsEdit

The final squad of 15 players was selected from 50 finalists.

Name Age Club League Hometown Position Status References
Matt Eagles 26 Yeronga South Brisbane FC Queensland FA Morningside, Queensland Full forward / ruck Winner, signed with Brisbane Lions[28] The Recruit
Daniel Cox 21 Cable Beach FC West Kimberley FA Broome, WA Midfield / half-forward Second Place[28] The Recruit
Jordan Treloar 23 Heidelberg FC Northern FL Macleod, Victoria Centre half-forward Third Place[28] The Recruit
Jayden Kelly 27 North Broken Hill FC Broken Hill FL Broken Hill, NSW Midfield Delisted in Episode 9 The Recruit
Jackson Sketcher 24 Noble Park FC Eastern FL Melbourne, Victoria Half-back Delisted in Episode 9 The Recruit
Jack Dimery 23 East Coast Eagles Sydney AFL Quakers Hill, NSW Midfield / half-back Delisted in Episode 8 The Recruit
Darren Allen 21 Lindenow FC East Gippsland FL Lindenow, Victoria Midfield / half-forward Relinquished his position in the competition in Episode 7 The Recruit
Justin Van Unen 26 Mt Eliza FC Mornington Peninsula Nepean FL Nunawading, Victoria Full forward Delisted in Episode 6 The Recruit
Brady Egan 21 Rye FC Mornington Peninsula Nepean FL Rye, Victoria Wing / half-forward Delisted in Episode 5 The Recruit
Dillan Jones 23 Saints FC Newman FL Newman, WA Forward Delisted in Episode 5 The Recruit
Rhett Coots 21 Rupertswood FC Riddell District FL Melbourne, Victoria Half-back Delisted in Episode 5 The Recruit
Jeconiah "Jay Jay" Peni 20 Balwyn FC Eastern FL Balwyn, Victoria Wing Delisted in Episode 4 The Recruit
Shylo Smith 25 Essendon Doutta Stars Essendon District FL Point Cook, Victoria Midfield Delisted in Episode 3 The Recruit
Jason Williams 22 Diggers Rest FC Riddell District FL Sunbury, Victoria Half-forward / half-back Delisted in Episode 2 due to injury The Recruit
Fabian Brancatisano 22 Pyramid Hill FC Loddon Valley FL Kealba, Victoria Wing / half-forward Delisted in Episode 1 The Recruit

Season 2 episodes (2016)Edit

No.TitleCaptain's challengeCaptain's challenge winnerOriginal air dateAustralian viewers
(millions)
1"Episode 1"Run around The Tan and kayak the Yarra RiverRhett Coots20 July 2016 (2016-07-20)118,000[29]
2"Episode 2"Abseil down the wall of the Gordon Dam in TasmaniaJay Jay Peni27 July 2016 (2016-07-27)106,000[30]
3"Episode 3"Run a football clinic for children in Darwin, Northern TerritoryDarren Allen3 August 2016 (2016-08-03)102,000[31]
4"Episode 4"Walking a tightrope across Etihad Stadium with a football to drop on a targetJack Dimery10 August 2016 (2016-08-10)97,000[32]
5"Episode 5"Discus, long jump and relay race with Little Athletics childrenMatt Eagles17 August 2016 (2016-08-17)75,000[33]
6"Episode 6"Race through a tough obstacle courseJayden Kelly24 August 2016 (2016-08-24)95,000[34]
7"Episode 7"V8 Supercar tyre changeMatt Eagles31 August 2016 (2016-08-31)76,000[35]
8"Episode 8"Helicopter water escapeJackson Sketcher7 September 2016 (2016-09-07)78,000[36]
9"Episode 9"Holding a 10 kg football above headMatt Eagles14 September 2016 (2016-09-14)86,000[37]
10"Final - Live draft"N/AN/A21 September 2016 (2016-09-21)150,000[38]

GuestsEdit

Guest[39] Episode
Anthony Koutoufides 1
Brent Harvey 1
Corey Enright 1
Dermott Brereton 1
Dustin Fletcher 1
Jason Akermanis 1
Ian Thorpe 4
Jonathan Brown 4, 9
Stephanie Rice 4
Cathy Freeman 5
Barry Hall 6, 9
Ryan Fitzgerald 6
Paul Licuria 7
David Reynolds 7
Lauryn Eagle 8
Shane Warne 8
Brendan Fevola 9
Kevin Sheedy 9

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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