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rjay last won the day on July 26 2016

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  1. I'm not going to do the numbers, but a lot of the calls were based around us going into the season with 2 fit AFL ready ruckmen which is not good planning. If King wasn't coming off the knee it would look a bit different, but he is. ...and only capable of pinch hitting, nothing more. We don't have a real option if our only ruckman goes down during the game...and by the way that is in no means a knock on Watts, he's really stood up. This is a problem with our list.
  2. Great post 'ignition'....
  3. Mason Cox has size but no football IQ 'MadAsHell'....Keilty would get smashed by any half reasonable AFL ruckman and that's not running him down it's just he would be outsized and outclassed by a player also more experienced in the position... For his own career sake I hope they give him a couple of seasons to develop, recruit the right players and allow Dec to go back and see if he can make it as a defender.
  4. This is the point I made in the original post. It's the overall composition of our list that's a problem... All the talk of not using Watts as a relief ruck following last season by Mahoney and co came to nothing after the draft trade period when it was obvious that that is exactly what he was going to be doing again this year. We drafted/traded mid size flankers and a development ruck kid.
  5. You're arguing for the sake of it 'titan'. Most other teams have better ruck coverage than us as other posters have pointed out. Minson, Hannath, Cameron, Petrie for a start. Spencer is not a protected species, Minson creamed him in the VFL GF....he has been handed the number 2 slot with no competition. My original post was about more than our current ruck problem. It's a list balance problem I believe. Apart from Max and Spence (and the 2 kids) we have no tall (in current football terms) KPP's...we have Watts at 196cm and the rest 193cm to 195cm... Despite 'titans' protestations, other clubs have coverage and can throw their KPP's into the ruck if need be. Boyd at the dogs, Roughead at the dogs, Daniher at EFC...the list goes on. They have 200cm KPP's who can give a chop out or take the role if need be. ..by the way Goody is looking for a left field solution but is hamstrung by the lack of height at the club. Pedersen at 193/194 will get absolutely flogged if we bring him in as our number 1 man. Forget what Max says, I'm not sure he raved but was backing up a teammate as you would expect. There were better options out there, some named above who would have walked into the number 2 slot. How did the great knock ruckman go against Freo, battled and he was struggling before injury on Monday night. Given our list overall, we went into this season light on in the ruck division. If you can't see that....
  6. Sorry but he will never be an option as a ruck at AFL level...his best chance really is in defence. I know they've been using him forward and in the ruck at Casey but I think they are playing him out of position...
  7. To old now...pity, he's a great player but I wouldn't be trading for him unless it was a Lewis deal or we could take him as a free agent.
  8. I think Smith could be a beauty.... Salem is better off up the ground, the rest more likely o be depth. Jeffy, not the answer long term and way too hot and cold. JKH is not quick enough for his size and will be depth at best. I would look to trade Kent to WC, would suit them beautifully...down hill skier.
  9. Petracca is the only one I rate, and he's more a mid sized forward than small.
  10. No, we don't have 2 of the premier mids in the comp.... We have been caught out, we took a punt and we've come unstuck. I don't like taking punts with list management, we are not in the position to do it. Not one 'A' grader amongst them. Hibberd close and Hunt on the way...
  11. Our ruck stocks are not the same as those you have mentioned. Jenkins at 200cm and Lobb at 207cm are a bit different to Watts at 196cm, as for Geelong their rucks haven't been great since Ottens retired but Selwood and Danger give them a bit of an equaliser... Lycett was injured in pre season after the lists were settled...WC were better stocked up and took extra insurance with Petrie and Vardy, we didn't...
  12. My criticism of him is if he is going to go up in the contest he's got to take the right option and put his stamp on it. A big one last night when he flew about 3 deep for a mark, he needed to get a good fist into it. We had players forward of the contest to clean up, it got over the back to theirs...
  13. It was a known fact that King was injured so of course you can plan for that.
  14. Disagree, there were a few on here that were concerned about a ruck deficiency before the start of the season. That's not hindsight, it's foresight and what our list management people are paid for. ...and as I pointed out, our lack of height around the ground means we don't have the luxury of using KPP in the ruck. Watts at 196cm is our tallest KPP. As 'Red' says, we took a punt and it came unstuck.
  15. Fake news is very much alive in the sporting industry. I guess I've become more aware of it as of late. The narrative is built around cash & not analysis. The Tiges sell as do Collinnnnwood. The fawning over the Pies and their first Q against bottom of the ladder Swans was all about keeping their fans on side and watching. The story not told was the Swans didn't turn up. It was embarrassing 'Red'. Same thing last night...selling hope to a deluded bunch of Tiges supporters will keep the tills ticking over.