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  1. Dunkley a chance for ANB or Hannan?
  2. Good to hear. I only had the word from Tassie re Couch's involvement. It was a surprise it took until two weeks before the season started for them to pick him up, but the main thing is they did I guess He's very creative, heard he played off half back in Tassie, but he might be too small for that at this level
  3. Tom Couch is coach of North Launceston where he played in Tassie, spotted his potential and put him in touch with Casey so he could get a look in
  4. Found it more interesting that Lever wasn't named in the extended team in the 2's
  5. Hibberd, Preuss, Neal-Bullen, Garlett, Spargo, Stretch, J.Wagner all named for Casey (does that mean anything?)
  6. I'm a fan of Weid, I think he will come good. Out of left field, I know talls take a while to develop, but what about one of the King twins? Max King has kicked a few in recent weeks in the VFL coming off a knee reco, can see him getting his debut with the Saints soon. Ben King is at the Suns, I think he's played this year but really no idea how he's tracking
  7. Lockhart is the surprise for me. Debuted only a few weeks after coming on the list, no preseason (unless unpacking shipping containers counts), has added a bit of grit and pressure, looked right at home. Of course that might be my Tassie bias coming through. Disappointment for me is the Joel Smith situation. Thought he was looking good in the practice games, even the one he played injured. Now looking like we might not see him at all this year.
  8. I think he has great skill and a really good football brain. When he has the ball you generally know something is going to happen. However his size doesn't help him with regard to putting pressure on the opposition and means that he is often out-positioned. I look at Lockhart, who is only 4cm taller, and I just think he has a lot more presence. If Spargo can learn how to work to the right positions (maybe it means he needs to bulk up a little), and Lockhart has his first preseason, they might make a pretty deadly duo
  9. I must admit I don't remember Spargo making an effective tackle, but I'm not going to rewatch the game to look for those two moments What I was trying to say in my original comment is that I think Spargo has some extremely good attributes, but I don't think he is able to impose pressure on the opposition the same way as someone like Lockhart has been able to. It's only an opinion obviously.
  10. True, but I do wonder what constitutes a tackle sometimes. Does anyone have an actual definition? Like, does the tackle need to stop the opposition player? I'm always sceptical when it comes to stats
  11. All things considered, I think Oscar has been quite serviceable this year. His kicking has improved and he does the one percenters as well as anyone. We haven't had the most defensively minded midfield, and I think that's made our 'seconds' backline look worse than it maybe has been. First backline for me at the moment would include Jetta, May, Lever, Hore, Hibberd and Salem. Frost is the unlucky one. Most have them have been missing in action this year. As some of these guys start coming back, would there be any harm trying Frost or Oscar further up the ground? Honestly, I couldn't have imagined TMac playing as a forward a few years back. (I must say though, less optimistic about Oscar up the ground, can imagine Frost though)
  12. Spargo is too small to offer any real pressure (any of those tackles actually stick?). He's great when he's got the ball in hand, very smart and good skills, it's just that he gets pushed off it too easily. The second for goal assists shows his smarts, but probably shows more so how bad our kicking for goal has been this year.
  13. The game plan seems to be 'win the contested ball and kick it to a contest, create chaos'. I wonder how good the skills would be if we played a more possession based game. I remember watching the Saints and the Swans games at the back end of last year and how they just had one less player in at the contest. I think it was a deliberate ploy, the idea quite simple. Don't worry about winning the ball, just knock it out to where the outside player is positioned. And they then killed us with outside run. The Eagles basically used the same blueprint in the prelim (plus they're a much better team). I think chaos works for patches of games, but it can't be the main game plan. Players can't be expected to show off great skills when chaos is the game plan. And forward 50 entries are too easy to pick off when chaos is the game plan.
  14. It's remarkable that after such a poor start to the season we're one game off 9th ... ... and percentage. That's the big worry. I think we're a really good chance to win the next couple and then things suddenly look a lot different going into the Pies game, but I don't see us beating the Crows by 90 odd as we did last year
  15. Footy is like any industy. People who excel in their position want another challenge, sometimes rightly sometimes not. Rawlings was a great backline coach but wanted something more, got it, and is excelling. Maybe McCartney also wanted something more, which prompted the change but so far hasn't worked so well. I don't understand this idea clubs need someone on the boundary to convey messages, as was Neeld's role at the Dons and seems to be McCartney's now. That's just crap. But McCartney is an asset in development, as long as he's happy to stay there
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