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Only vague memories, Tim. Please remind me who hit him that time.

(was it that rough StKilda ruckman who later played for us? I can't think of his name)

One of our more memorable games these last 50 odd years: Elimination Final 1987. North Melbourne's 18 yo Shaun Smith whacked by Mr Dean Chiron, former St Kilda player. Our boy got a week, and was back for the Prelim.

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Love this comment from him: “For me to run out on the G and play for Melbourne would mean the world to me and I’d make the most of the opportunity,” he said. Hope he gets a run in the seniors this year (2016) and have that dream come true! Line him up next to Jesse!

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Love this comment from him: “For me to run out on the G and play for Melbourne would mean the world to me and I’d make the most of the opportunity,” he said. Hope he gets a run in the seniors this year (2016) and have that dream come true! Line him up next to Jesse!

Sounds very similar to comments made by Viney in his draft year.

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The photo of him standing next to his dad makes him look good. Has a nice build and good height. He played u16's so should have the basic skills he needs.

I played under 16's too, but I don't think my skills would be up to scratch...

I'm excited about his physical attributes, especially the leap and basketball ability. However transitioning to playing AFL with little recent football experience will take an immense amount of work, particularly on his skills. I really hope he makes it though and will make the effort to go and see him at Casey early next year (and hopefully at the G later in the year!).

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I played under 16's too, but I don't think my skills would be up to scratch...

I'm excited about his physical attributes, especially the leap and basketball ability. However transitioning to playing AFL with little recent football experience will take an immense amount of work, particularly on his skills. I really hope he makes it though and will make the effort to go and see him at Casey early next year (and hopefully at the G later in the year!).

This too is a fair point. I sometimes forget how big a step up there is between the age groups for teen sports. It's one I failed to make, so you'd think I could relate.

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I am a jaded MFC supporter - I don't expect much at all...

I applaud the decision - Category B rookies have been an underutilised resource at this club - but it is tough enough to make it coming from elite footy programs, he is coming from another sport.

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 I was very impressed with"SOS"s form yesterday.

I'd be very surprised if he's not upgraded next year.

He looks to me as if he could be a very useful contributor to our backline next season.

Could he play midfield?

His attack on the ball, his decision making, and his disposal  all impressed me.

I was a great admirer of his dad Shaun's guts, standing his ground in "the hole" to be crashed by the likes of Lockett.

Shaun Smith, like another brave Demon hero of mine, Steven Icke, was a fantastic transfer from North.

I'm so glad we have Joel as a Demon.

 

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Agreed he looked great yesterday, especially after Salem went down. His attack on the ball and man was a feature... composed with ball in hand and a similar size to Garland. I like the kid

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9 minutes ago, Jumping Jack Clennett said:

 I was very impressed with"SOS"s form yesterday.

 

 

Agree. having not really seen much of him this year i was surprised how effictive he was, particulalry in the first. 

Great pick up i reckon, particualry given it is essentially a free throw at ths tsumps. Played a lot of junior football so not a footy novice like the import B rookies, comes accross from basketball -  and increasingly those skills are highly transferabl - and not only that has been playing in elite basketball systems since late teens so was pretty fit and fully up to speed on the dedication and discilpine required to be a professional athlete. 

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51 minutes ago, Jumping Jack Clennett said:

 I was very impressed with"SOS"s form yesterday.

I'd be very surprised if he's not upgraded next year.

He looks to me as if he could be a very useful contributor to our backline next season.

Could he play midfield?

His attack on the ball, his decision making, and his disposal  all impressed me.

I was a great admirer of his dad Shaun's guts, standing his ground in "the hole" to be crashed by the likes of Lockett.

Shaun Smith, like another brave Demon hero of mine, Steven Icke, was a fantastic transfer from North.

I'm so glad we have Joel as a Demon.

 

As an aside, the current Hawthorn coach is another that could be added to that list.  Was not an out and out superstar, but a very serviceable player for us none the less.

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So Casey watchers.....where do you see him fitting in?

HBF / mid?

Listed at 190cm, 85kgm - is this how he looks and plays?

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