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  1. The problem with Fritsch is we don't have two of him. He had one average game. At least he cracks in. He'd be sensational if we had two competent talls in the forward line.
  2. If things don't improve anytime soon, I doubt they will, Goodwin needs to be gone by the year's end. A few things I notice: Seems like a good leader, but a poor coach. Builds good relationships with the players and seems to be respected. Would be an excellent coaching assistant at any club. Very poor at selecting the right team. Misses the value of selecting the correct player composition. Jackson's round 2 selection, he was not ready. Weideman and Brown = No hype, no selection. Failing to develop talls in the forward line. Cannot adapt during a game, gets caught backing his initial game plan. Does not "command troops"/makes moves (coaching) during a quarter. Instead provides encouragement. Does not change player positions Follows trends Pulls a player to the bench to commend them on a good play A forward kicks a goal, they run to the bench. The ball going through the big sticks and the celebration with players afterwards should be the only encouragement they need. Pulling them to the is a great way to ruin their momentum. A fine example was young rivers two excellent runs off half-back. Both times he was pulled afterwards. Tight games he leaves the box to go to the bench. A) It's harder to make actual coaching decisions, during the time of transit and while there. B) To again encourage players. PR phraseology "Reward for effort" - You can work really hard but inefficiently. The efficient team with the same work ethic (e.g. AFL) will more likely win. So you tried hard, it doesn't mean you should receive a participation award. Dare I say the Essendon saga with his time there. Ok, is he completely to blame? I honestly don't know. I think the midfield is lazy. Watching them and the rest of the team not spread and constantly stand still and not providing hit up targets does my head in. This has been happening for years now and certainly not the first time I've mentioned it. That first quarter against Carlton was brilliant, so was it a player problem, a captaining problem, or the inability for the coach make sure the players knew. What worries me is the development of our players. I see Rivers and Kozzy as natural rising stars, which can become excellent players of our game. But will they become complacent and just subside into the system that we've seen so many times before. Now let's look at our talls, what on earth is going on. Lever was recruited as an excellent third tall that roams packs intercepts the entries coming inside 50 (mind you we got rid of Howe who did the same job). Now Lever is played as the second lockdown defender. Next we have Gawn, he was strong when we could float him up forward of back, but he's not doing that now. We have T. McDonald playing as a very poor key forward (he was ok as a second). And May as a our no. one lockdown tall defender (the only one utilised properly). We have the large open G, but who needs talls on such a field right? (rhetorical question if you missed it). We have Weideman and Brown constantly sitting in the second, while at least one needs to be developed. It worries me that Weideman will be excluded and traded for peanuts when we should be developing him in the firsts. As for the talls, run one or both of Weideman and Brown, and develop Tom McDonald into a swingman (like Harry Tailor). We know T.McDonald can have good games both forward and back, I believe he will thrive between the two, but Goodwin is clearly unable to move players around during a match. Then of course with this dynamic, Gawn can rest/float up forward or back. Heck Jackson can replace one of these talls if he earns his spot ahead of them. That's my rant, I'm sorry but it's been a long time coming. I just wish we had a coach that could understand the dynamic of his players at hand, and subsequently implement a strategy where he can adapt by utilizing their respective strengths. Just make some game day moves for Pete-sakes! Heck, maybe even the odd spray if they're being lazy and moving. Feel free to grill me now :)
  3. Hore very unlucky not to get named. I find it a bit bewildering to name Spargo, Lockhart, Beford and Pickett all in the same side. Wish Hore replaced Spargo or Lockhart on this one.
  4. Several times last year I vented my frustrations of Oscar McDonald. He's now had one more pre-season to hone his skills. Today he'll come up against Kennedy and Darling, last time they met I remember they kicked ~6 goals as a direct result of poor performances from Oscar (out-muscled, out-marked, and out-ran). Today is a fresh start for him, but at least, today will mark my expectations of him for the rest of the season. If he gets pants yet again I will eagerly look forward to the returns of Smith and Petty from injury.
  5. Yes I agree they do. At present he's favouring towards them but that shouldn't stop us working to get him to select us over the next couple of years. On field success should certainly help. From reports his father is more of a Melbourne man as well. Even if he doesn't I hope we can work it so if we do indeed bid on him he's not disappointed to come over, e.g. his initial decision was a tough one to make. I just hope the club plays the political game and at least works to get in his ear early. If he's that good of a talent we'd be foolish not to.
  6. What about Kozzi Pickett and Kobe Farmer in the forward line together....?
  7. Disagree. There's nothing stopping us to put a bid in on the night if he's worthy. We could have done it for Green (GWS) at pick 3 this year. I understand he's aligned with Freo via their academy as well as father/son, I am curious if our father/son still carries any weight with relation to the rules. Regardless, any club can bid on him come draft night.
  8. Does anyone know if Kobe made the WA U18 team as a bottom aged player this year? Or even if teams have been named yet? I'm certainly eager to see how he goes and can't help but wonder if the club still has him on their radar to come in a scoop him from the Dockers.
  9. I've been away for a while and thought of posting a 'Deven Robertson' thread for quite some time, better late than never with this post. I genuinely find it astounding that he's not more regularly spoken about as a Top-5 prospect. The two games I saw him play he was an absolute jet. He literally ticks all the boxes: He's a massive accumulator of the ball. He's hard at it, both in and under as well tackling. He's got a good build and great athleticism, e.g. dash out of packs. He's got a great footy brain and knows where to run (he could easily start his career on the wing). And finally, he's a leader and by all reports a quality person that's an absolute professional. The one knock on him that comes up is that sometimes his kicking is 'inconsistent', but how does this differ from Serong or Ash. Additionally, I find it far easier to get a kid in the AFL system with the right attitude to improve their kicking skills (e.g. by 10-20%) as opposed to many of the other fundamentals (e.g. going in hard, sprinting from a pack, and natural running patterns) mentioned above. Keep in mind, this kid won the Larke Medal ahead of both Rowell and Anderson. While his sensational carnival was not a once off. He's been averaging the same stats for two years, ~30 disposals and 6 tackles per game, in the WA Colts. I'm not saying select him with pick #3, all I ask is that Taylor and his team genuinely consider him there. Take that little extra time when comparing him to the other options at that point, because if he doesn't make it to us at #8 we've missed a star in a making.
  10. Too slow off the mark, too slow between the ears, out muscled in marking contests, and can't kick. Not even VFL standard. Love how the club offload Frost for peanuts and then serve us up this tripe.
  11. The idiocy of this club to move Frost on is beyond me. You keep good players, even if you see them as depth. It's not like he's asking for the farm. He's locked down opposition forwards time and time again. He's better than May, while Lever fits best as the third intercept tall (e.g. behind Talia and Hartigan). That's IF they're all fit. Then we have the medium- and small-sized defenders such as Hibberd, Hore, Jetta, and Salem. With that said Hibberd and Jetta only have a few years left anyway. It simply baffles me. Over the last few years we've re-signed sub-par, depth-at-best players like ANB, Stretch, O. McDonald (he's not even VFL standard), Hannan, JKH, Spargo and Wagner (#1 & #2, don't get me started). Sounds like Mahoney's at it again. Will bend over week one. Then get pushed around by Freo's Bell and who knows who else. Then spin some PR nonsense that they wen't well "overall' / looking at the whole trade period. When yet these list management hypocrites (Goodwin included) challenge the players on every single action they do. [censored] this club sometimes, or at least the morons in it.
  12. Disagree completely. Frost is better as a lock-down defender than May. Lever is best as a third tall who can leave his man to roam. The three of them together make a high-quality combination "if" they stay fit. As for Oscar, he's slow off the mark and weak one-on-one, precisely the opposite of Frost. Oscar isn't even VFL standard, I'd happily see his off the list just to see a spot freed up for someone else.
  13. Losing Frost would be an enormous mistake. He continually locked down high-quality opposition forwards, he played his role and did it well. If Frost goes, key forwards will bury next year. If we need to remove a tall, start with Oscar McDonald.
  14. This is an absolute disgrace. I'll be more infuriated if our club let this happen. There will be a big difference between pick 2 and 3 this year, the club just fight this. If the AFL want to support GC, offer them a minidraft for players of next year's crop. Take two out of the system early provides two other kids spots. Then GC trade in for both picks and experienced players. Everyone wins.
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