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  1. 16 points
    Had a look at his 29 games and 2014 - 12 games, 5 of which were as a sub 2015 - 10 games as a defender, 3 of which were the last of the season coming back from hamstring injuries. 2016 - 7 games the last few of which he played under duress from illness. So he has played about 20 full games, fully fit. So if would be fair to say he hasn't had much of run at it to show what he can do. But there is a lot to get excited about. In addition to his silky skills the things that have stood out for me: Coolness under pressure eg the winning goal vs Ess in 2014. Roos said he was the guy he would always love to have the ball in those circumstances. So come to the crunch he is the guy who will deliver a goal when we most need it eg after the siren in a GF. He is equal to Jack Watts with his footy IQ. We don't have many of those. He can certainly find space which enables him to make the right decision nearly every time. Nearly always hits targets. Brings others into the game. Plays the role he is given and follows instructions. Can kick goals. He may not look fast as all his games have in a game plan that was defence focused and we had a shutdown/limit the scoreboard damage style. I think he will relish the 'take the game on' offensive game we now play and his speed of foot, hand and brain will make him a real asset. This is an edited version of Plapp's review 2 weeks ago: '...He played an inside mid role and spent some time forward...but the one thing that I was really pleased about his game on the weekend was his ability to fulfill and play his role. But when he got the ball in his hand, he really hurt the opposition and always seemed to manufacture an inside 50 or help set up a goal. Every time he touched the ball was huge for us on the weekend.' Sorry to be a bit long-winded, just wanted to put his 3 years in context. Understand why people have doubts but for mine he has shown enough brilliance to predict he will be a key factor in getting us into the finals in 2017.
  2. 11 points
    Heath Shaw was 28 when he played his first game at GWS. How has that turned out for them ? Heath Shaw is their general down back. He organises teammates and uses the footy well out of defence. How often do you see him in a midfield rotation ? Answer - never. How often is Grant Birchall in Hawthorn's midfield rotation ? Answer - never. Hibberd will be a terrific mature pick up in a young team with an even younger backline.
  3. 8 points
    I'll take that congratulations now: http://m.melbournefc.com.au/news/2016-08-26/trengove-signs-on-until-2017
  4. 7 points
    A fit Salem and Hunt on the wings makes me McAvaney-excited.
  5. 6 points
    Yep, super news this, and a decision that makes sense. Now that he has a full season under his belt he can have a dip this pre season at getting back to his best!
  6. 6 points
  7. 6 points
    I am curious, as to whether we can gain some useful picks by trading players, who are surplus to our needs. I actually think the Bombers are quite happy for Hibberd to go, as I am told that they refused to match our offer, both in dollar terms and years, which would have seen him stay a Bomber. They used a lot on Hurley and the others and one clearly had to go to make room. Now of course, he is the greatest player that ever lived. Like some others on DL, I am still not sold on him, but he could be useful with that long left foot kick. However, I am a real fan of Taylor and trust him to find us a gem.
  8. 6 points
    I want him to play whatever position will make him the guy delivering the ball inside fifty. The only player I'd want to do this more is Jack Watts, and Jack's unavailable as he'll be busy receiving the ball from Salem inside fifty.
  9. 5 points
    I like to think the AFL has delayed Hunt's nomination to the final round at the request of the Herald Sun who want to use the headline "Rising Star finally in the Hunt"
  10. 5 points
    Well he can either play 1 more senior game or he can play possibly 4 or so more VFL games including a grand final. Seems clear which would be better for his long term development.
  11. 5 points
    Illness aside, I personally still have a question mark beside his name. I can't really put my finger on it but there's something lacking in the way he plays the game. Maybe the HBF role isn't for him and time on ball might aid his development. Seems to be a lot of praise for a bloke who has neat skills but not much of a body of evidence to suggest he'll be an integral cog in next years machine.
  12. 5 points
    Wing/Midfield. The prospect of a fit/healthy Salem on the wing is quite exciting.
  13. 4 points
    nice caricature of b scott
  14. 4 points
    This guys is seriously rated by Swans - they cannot afford to keep him though without losing a JPK, Jack, Heeney, Mills, Parker...not to mention Tippett and Buddy on huge deals. Ala Mumford in recent times, something/someone decent has to give. I have it on good authority he is leaving the Swans - AFLPA friend works with his old man (who does stuff for AFL) and has showed me texts from him saying that he just can't stay at Swans with what he's getting offered elsewhere. He will probably/could potentially win a flag, so not a bad way to go out. If we get him - it would be huge!
  15. 4 points
    Get him up to AFL standard running fitness and he will be a star.
  16. 4 points
    I can see plenty of appeal. He's a beautiful user of the footy. He is strong in a one on one contest. While he is not lightning quick, he has plenty of pace. He will bring some further experience to our backline and he is calm under pressure. With our club pushing for a finals place in 2017, we need experienced players coming in, not more kids. After trading away our first rounder for this year already, we can't land a big fish. So we need to add further quality to our side, and Hibberd is just that. Quality. You can never have enough of it. With the addition of Melksham our side is starting to look much more settled on paper.
  17. 4 points
    I think with Oliver there is a clear sub-text to his being dropped aside from the VFL eligibility aspect, and it's "work your ass off over the break, and hit the start of preseason at AFL level fitness."
  18. 4 points
    Would love to see him get some midfield time; he's hard, poised and and has excellent skills by hand and foot. Failing that, would like to see him in a bit of space on the wing. The breakaway pace of Hunt on one, with the laser foot of Salem on the other- forwards will be climbing over themselves. Much will depend on getting his treatment right so he can hopefully get a proper run at the full preseason.
  19. 4 points
    You mean, the coaches might try to avoid another Bryce Gibbs 26 disposals to half time situation with Dangerfield or Selwood getting 30?
  20. 4 points
    He is absolutely a terrific bloke and a first-class human being. About 10 years ago, a friend of mine was in a plane crash in which a number of people died. Miraculously, she survived, but suffered severe burns to large parts of her body, and the combination of that and an infection meant she ultimately had to have both legs amputated. This would be hard enough for anyone, but was particularly so for my friend, whose favourite past-time was running and competing in marathons - the loss of her legs was devastating. My friend and her partner had been involved with the Swans at this time, and ended up coming into contact with Roosy, who took a close interest in her recovery, which was a long, slow and incredibly difficult process. We see and hear often how players do the right thing by visiting hospitals, spending time with sick kids and the like, but for the most part, by necessity, these relationships are fleeting, one-off acts of kindness. There's just not enough time in the day for it to be any other way. In a way, this happened to my friend, who worked in Parliament House in Canberra - many senior politicians and other 'notable' people were around to support her at the beginning, but most disappeared pretty quickly and got on with their lives, as people do. Roosy was different. He stayed in touch with her, regularly checking in on her health and her rehab as she slowly tried to put her life back together and recover from the horrific trauma of the crash. His friendship and support was invaluable during this time, helping to keep her spirits up despite regular returns to hospital for more surgery and the painfully slow rehab she had to undergo. Ten years on and she's largely been able to move on from that terrible time, but she's still very close with Roosy and his wife, who are now godparents to her young son. My friend and her partner can't speak highly enough of both of them, that they're just A-1 people with a good perspective on life. He doesn't do it for accolades, or because he feels obligated - he does it because he genuinely cares, nothing more and nothing less. So yeh, I reckon he's a legend in more ways than one.
  21. 3 points
    My goodness, has it been three years already? I remember being 17, sitting at a computer in my high school library when I heard the news for the first time. Safe to say that I celebrated a bit too passionately and everyone started giving me weird looks. I then watched the entire press conference with a huge grin on my face. Feels like as if it was yesterday. Anyway, it goes without saying that Paul Roos has left an indelible mark on the club that will live on for many years. Thanks Roosy, You're more than welcome to join in and celebrate with us when we soon hold up that premiership cup. Thanks to you, it seems far closer than what it was 2-3 years ago.
  22. 3 points
    Given the number of posts I have seen from you on this topic I dont think "Speechless" is the right word.
  23. 3 points
    Just look at the players Geelong had in their 2002 VFL Premiership side... Seemed to work well for them. Ablett, Bartel, Hunt, Mackie, Johnson, Kelly.. just to name a few
  24. 3 points
    Ps. Is rated as the 25th player in the league on AFL player ratings. His age is undeniably irrelevant in this case. So I wish people would shut the fark up about us 'not being a retirement home'. Cross provided a huge amount for our club but was clearly battling away toward the end. Harvey's skill-level and general impact on game-day is miles ahead of Cross's and that's not to pot shot on Daniel because he was a huge role model at the club. Harvey would fast track our development without one iota of a doubt, provide further protection so that young guys can continue to develop at Casey for a couple of years and also make a genuine impact onfield come game-day. When will people realise that we need more than Jones and Vince as players who have 150 + games experience in our starting 22? We need more leadership and experience. We're desperate for it. Posters that wouldn't want Harvey because of some pathetic 'annoyance' factor are clueless. Absolutely and utterly clueless. The same ones who if in charge would still be playing Sylvia, Jamar, Howe, Garland, Frawley. It's incredible. Emotional bias is like a [censored] disease around these parts.
  25. 3 points
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