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37 minutes ago, Deespicable said:

Paul Spargo's son Charlie. He's no longer a boy - he grew up in the off-season and now is closer in style to Robbie Gray with his lively play a highlight.

I've been a Spargo doubter. Will be very pleasantly surprised if he develops into a Gray type.

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I'll start with a negative.... Signs similar to this ( see the bottom of the page) were featured around the outside of the ground and were concerning. I thought about wiggling under the fence to

Not sure what was going through my head this morning when I woke up with a sudden urge to drive an hour down the highway to Casey, however as a fellow track watcher today I can most definitely agree w

Thanks to Picket Fence and Back Pocket and yes I was out there as well today - been doing shopping on way home - hence slow reply. I was told it was a closed session and therefore had to stand ou

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Thanks for the reports.

Tmac please don't bring your don't argue back coz everytime you did it they argued and won! Face it mate, you're not a master debator like dust is.

It would be nice if we could have a few years where we are all excited about pre season then those expectations are actually lived up to.

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Very big Thanks to all the track watchers and reports that we are getting.

Priceless info on differing methods About players and the best is their training and development. Every now- and again I twitter to myself about something or a gem From a post . 
At this stage From the training reports 

I have about 2/3 of our list improving of our older 21plusses and all the 2019 and 2020 draftees developing nicely.

Finally Hunt Salem Fritsch look as though they are going to become close to the players they were recruited 3 to 5 years ago. And fabulous to hear that all the D/L ers lining up Charlie as The Oscar bagging  clone will have to find another Player.

Sparrow Jordan and Lockhart plus the young Tyros Jacko Kossie Riv plus Ros Laurie and Bowey are creating a standard that is well overdue with theIf  talent and potential.

Of course having Maxy Maysie Trac AndClarry setting the Standards  overall Is of great comfort as is  Choco and Ooze Running the drills.

Surely we can improve our footy in the wind because we don't play our games at Marvel and MCG all the time esp in aCovid year!!

Thanks again  Track watchers Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

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I'd like to know what Pickett thinks of Spargo?

If Petty and Spargo make the best 22 who drops out? Is it Hibbo and Melksham?

Great report fellas.

B: HUNT, MAY, LEVER

HB: SALEM, PETTY, RIVERS

C : LANGDON, PETRACCA, BAKER

HF: NEAL-BULLEN, MCDONALD, PICKETT

F: FRITSCH, WEIDEMAN, JACKSON

FOLL: GAWN, OLIVER, VINEY

IC: BRAYSHAW, HARMES, SPARGO, TOMLINSON

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Thanks to all the trackwatchers, great stuff.

I've noticed that there has been very little mentioned of Rivers and was wondering how he seemed to be going.  I think it was reported that he played in the "B" team last week.

Any observations appreciated.

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1 hour ago, whatwhatsaywhat said:

the notion of spargo turning into our robbie gray type sounds very promising

bit of a myth re distance of his kicking tho; i seem to remember he had no issues dobbing one from just inside the 50 arc in a final

It was a mm over 40.

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14 minutes ago, Whispering_Jack said:

I also echo my thanks and appreciation to our track watchers. 

I’m interested in Luke Jackson’s position this year. Will it be as the back up ruck for Max, a key forward or as a wingman or even a midfielder?

All of the above

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Re Spargo, I didn't notice any bloopers or highlights for that matter, he was Consistent! Rivers just seems to almost be on automatic autopilot, just does everything well! As iterated I would not be surprised to see Rosman and Laurie make debuts in round 1. Dogga Jackson similarly looks at home in AFL Footy and will play vital roles this year.

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Ditto  all the thanks to the Track watchers, even if it was not raining or you were on the way to the supermarket,

Its all very much appreciated,    Thanks again.    Go Dees

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Spargo has always shown ‘footy smarts’ and is only a few years in. 
I’m really pleased he’s progressing and obviously with time building the body, tank and confidence to take the game on more he’s really starting to blossom. 
IIRC they said he essentially drifted down the order due to a leg injury otherwise he would’ve gone higher.

Let’s hope it all translates to the season proper and he can bob up with a couple of goals each game. 

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To track watchers, thank you, but I have a question.

Would you say that we appear to be training "systems" in drills? In other words, are the coaches teaching specific positioning and player movement in certain scenarios. The best teams are the ones that are well drilled and play a recognisable system that the players "get" and can execute. I hope Yze brings some great knowledge from the Hawks, but equally he has a way of teaching that drills in a system.

I often get the feeling our players are just running around like u12's and have vague instructions like "create space" or "block for your teammate". The problem is our midfield often get in each others way. So many times we play good teams where the players know when and where to go. It's concerning to hear of too many handballs to players who aren't really clear and therefore requires extra evasion to get clear. Or maybe we're just so great at defence?!

Given how professional the league is these days, and the staff, time and technology available, I imagine they would already be doing this. The problem is I don't really see it in games

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1 hour ago, Hellish Inferno said:

To track watchers, thank you, but I have a question.

Would you say that we appear to be training "systems" in drills? In other words, are the coaches teaching specific positioning and player movement in certain scenarios. The best teams are the ones that are well drilled and play a recognisable system that the players "get" and can execute. I hope Yze brings some great knowledge from the Hawks, but equally he has a way of teaching that drills in a system.

I often get the feeling our players are just running around like u12's and have vague instructions like "create space" or "block for your teammate". The problem is our midfield often get in each others way. So many times we play good teams where the players know when and where to go. It's concerning to hear of too many handballs to players who aren't really clear and therefore requires extra evasion to get clear. Or maybe we're just so great at defence?!

Given how professional the league is these days, and the staff, time and technology available, I imagine they would already be doing this. The problem is I don't really see it in games

Having watched training regularly in previous seasons at Gosch’s and then watching in dismay at some of our match day efforts I have regularly commented on Dland that these guys are not playing as they train. The mid/forward disconnect that is talked about ad nauseam, you know the running forward and attacking in straight, predictable lines, the long bombing to the square, when the forwards have led out of the square, etc, etc. You don’t see that at training in game simulations, it is all about unpredictable ball movement, looking for free and short options, constant movement. Come game day against a good opponent this all disappears at least in the past 2 seasons. Maybe this is the year it all starts to work. 

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7 hours ago, McQueen said:

Spargo has always shown ‘footy smarts’ and is only a few years in. 
I’m really pleased he’s progressing and obviously with time building the body, tank and confidence to take the game on more he’s really starting to blossom. 
IIRC they said he essentially drifted down the order due to a leg injury otherwise he would’ve gone higher.

Let’s hope it all translates to the season proper and he can bob up with a couple of goals each game. 

Ditto 

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10 hours ago, WERRIDEE said:

I'd like to know what Pickett thinks of Spargo?

If Petty and Spargo make the best 22 who drops out? Is it Hibbo and Melksham?

Great report fellas.

B: HUNT, MAY, LEVER

HB: SALEM, PETTY, RIVERS

C : LANGDON, PETRACCA, BAKER

HF: NEAL-BULLEN, MCDONALD, PICKETT

F: FRITSCH, WEIDEMAN, JACKSON

FOLL: GAWN, OLIVER, VINEY

IC: BRAYSHAW, HARMES, SPARGO, TOMLINSON

Getting more like the Finals team WD

Locky for Hunt in BP

Rosman for Baker On wing 

Hibbo for ANB and on HB flank moving Spargo to HF and Salem an Inter.

Harmes stays in and Hunt Baker and ANB are Emergencies with 
 

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2 hours ago, forever demons said:

wondering how Jones is going not mentioned in reports ,any chance he would push for rd 1

 


From the OP. 

 

17 hours ago, picket fence said:

OF NOTE

Nathan Jones is not cooked yet was enthusiastic clean and robust,

 

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Interesting that some folks lack confidence in Charlie.

In his first year he played 18 of our 25 games and iirc all three finals.  Coaches showed a lot of faith in him.  He had some injuries and for whatever other reason hasn't played a lot in the last 2 years.

So not surprised at track watchers reports that he is becoming a very good footballer or that he will be in the starting 22. 

He has just turned 21 so a few years to go before reaching 'football maturity'.  A lot to look forward to. 

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