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Bernie Vince talks up Tom Sparrow on SEN


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17 hours ago, chook fowler said:

Sounds like , from what Bernie said, Demonlands concern was correct re Mays fitness and skin folds. Sounds like he has buckled down and dropped a couple of dress sizes which is pleasing.

...meanwhile in Freo, their star recruits are smashing it up at the pubs and clubs.

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21 hours ago, S_T said:


Quoting from a SEN report on an interview with Bernie Vince -

“I’ve liked the look of Tom Sparrow,” Vince told SEN Breakfast.

“He is one that has probably stood out to me. Really strong body, really willing to learn."

“It’s a big wrap, but he reminds me a little bit of Patrick Dangerfield’s body shape and the way he goes about it.

“He is just a bull. He is going to be a big man when he has done a few preseasons and spends a bit of time in the weights room.”

                                       ...

What do the track watchers think?

I must admit, I liked the look of his highlight reel because of his size, power and attack on the ball.

 

21 hours ago, S_T said:


Quoting from a SEN report on an interview with Bernie Vince -

“I’ve liked the look of Tom Sparrow,” Vince told SEN Breakfast.

“He is one that has probably stood out to me. Really strong body, really willing to learn."

“It’s a big wrap, but he reminds me a little bit of Patrick Dangerfield’s body shape and the way he goes about it.

“He is just a bull. He is going to be a big man when he has done a few preseasons and spends a bit of time in the weights room.”

                                       ...

What do the track watchers think?

I must admit, I liked the look of his highlight reel because of his size, power and attack on the ball.

Having this kid drop through to our pick is gold. I still believe the first rounders are talent but know it. The second round beyond these guys need to work to show what they have. 

This boy will be another Oliver. Put him in your dream team as he will feature early. Has big wraps and I believe he will deliver. 

Hasn’t played a game yet but I can assure you that Goody, knowing a bit about SA footy, would have had this guy on the radar!

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30 minutes ago, rjay said:

He's listed at 182cm in his draft profiles but looks a bit taller in the training photos...Hard to tell though.

Might have grown a bit since.

Maybe @Satyriconhome could ask the question?

Listed as 180 and I presume would have lost at least half an inch with the alopecia . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Lovell

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1 hour ago, rjay said:

He's listed at 182cm in his draft profiles but looks a bit taller in the training photos...Hard to tell though.

Might have grown a bit since.

Maybe @Satyriconhome could ask the question?

I asked him what he thought of Bernie's statement, answer 'no pressure there'

No good on heights, seems to be same height as Neitschke, was walking with him at end of session

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Solid body and attacks his training, I expect he’ll play well at VFL level and get a go at some stage of the season.

Likes to take guys on at training which has come with some mistakes. I think he’ll be similar to Harmes and have some ups and downs over the early years with decision making errors. If he really can be dangerous as a forward that will increase his chances of playing often early in his career 

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6 hours ago, Dirts said:

 

Having this kid drop through to our pick is gold. I still believe the first rounders are talent but know it. The second round beyond these guys need to work to show what they have. 

This boy will be another Oliver. Put him in your dream team as he will feature early. Has big wraps and I believe he will deliver. 

Hasn’t played a game yet but I can assure you that Goody, knowing a bit about SA footy, would have had this guy on the radar!

Let’s not jinx him. I just hope he can develop without the added stress of expectation placed on him. We know what that has done to previous draft picks. 

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20 hours ago, Ethan Tremblay said:

If Dangerfield and Patrick Cripps had a baby and that baby had a baby with Nat Fyfe and Dustin Martin’s baby, that baby would be Tom Sparrow. 

I got suspended last year for making a similarly tongue in cheek post.  

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1 hour ago, Neil Crompton said:

Let’s not jinx him. I just hope he can develop without the added stress of expectation placed on him. We know what that has done to previous draft picks. 

This is key... IMO

Let him deeVelope in some shadows, until he shows consistent form.

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52 minutes ago, No Plan B said:

Dangerfield comparison is pie in the sky stuff, personally I'd be happy if he replaces vandenBerg down the track. Vanders is a pretty dodgy kick too but worth his weight in gold.

I'd say that Vanders only takes half the footsteps in a match, that his near opponents are taking.

Step lightly Vanders...  and take no prisoners.

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3 hours ago, ProDee said:

And like many Melbourne players, he never lived up to his perceived potential.

To further hijack the Tom Sparrow Thread, Andy Lovell became quite ill for a time, I’m not sure what the problem was, but he missed quite a few games as I remember. I was at Princess Park for a game against Carlton when he returned, a couple of Carlton supporters near me couldn’t believe how gaunt he looked (and neither could I), he looked a different person! At his best he was excellent but his best was short lived I’m afraid.

And back to the Tom Sparrow Thread: if Sparrow could become as good constantly  as Lovell at his best I’m sure we will all be pleased. (Maybe buy him an axe and a few logs).

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29 minutes ago, dieter said:

I'm not sure about Lovell not 'living up to his potential'. I thought he was a damn fine player, hampered by injury.

fans are hard judges with high expectations and are generally ignorant of what issues players have behind closed doors

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5 hours ago, ProDee said:

And like many Melbourne players, he never lived up to his perceived potential.

 

3 hours ago, daisycutter said:

that's probably true for 90% of afl players, regardless of club

To add some further flavor to this theme, I think it's fair to state that in some respects none of the talent at the MFC in thay era lived up to their full potential, because as a team they failed to bring home a flag.  It's amazing how when part of a premiership team makes average players can be perceived as superstars, with some of that praise warranted and parts of it not.

Let's hope that Tom Sparrow and many of his current cohort  of teammates can be looked back on as premiership players for the MFC one day and then we can truely appreciate any individual brilliance that the contributed beyond that.

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