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1 hour ago, leave it to deever said:

A gun forward who Mark's above his height and stronger than his size would indicate.

Some incredible game winning performances including a stunning effort in the granny that was the catylist of our comeback. 

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I had this idea all season that he was a hot-and-cold performer. The stats don’t support it. He had some poor games - who doesn’t? But he scored at least once in every game, and obviously set a few completely alight.

I was also worried he might not perform in the highest pressure games. LOL

The goal over the back in the third quarter illustrates his class. Firstly, he damn near marked it from way out of position but Gawn got in the way. Secondly, with the way he landed he could have been forgiven for falling over, but instead he hit ground at full pace and charged in to open goal. Probably the most crucial of the 6 because of the context of the game, and that it was from a contested ball.

Great season, great grand final. Can’t wait to see him back it up next year.

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3 hours ago, Nasher said:

I had this idea all season that he was a hot-and-cold performer. The stats don’t support it. He had some

Maybe a view based on his efforts last year where he struggled with about a goal per game. Quite a few goaless and no big bags.

I think about 20 for the season.

Talk about improvement and I dont believe we have seen his best yet.

He must be hard for teams to find an opponent for.

Does number 31 proud.

He really stepped up after Tmac started to struggle and won a few games close to by himself.

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Because he doesn’t have the machismo, buffed physique and swagger of a typical AFL footballer he was constantly undersold because he doesn’t do the Jack Viney stuff. I always thought he was a pretty good player. His marking, leading, goal kicking and balance is elite. Just don’t expect him to do what he’s not built for. Now I have to go and watch his GF highlights again. 

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no Fritta no Flag.

Those goals were clutch.

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20 hours ago, durango said:

His hands must be very strong, probably because he works as an electrician, when he marks the ball is sticks unlike a lot of players when they allow the ball to bobble.

Electrostatic attraction?  Has he hidden some wires in his mitts?

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On 12/7/2021 at 3:06 PM, leave it to deever said:

Maybe a view based on his efforts last year where he struggled with about a goal per game. Quite a few goaless and no big bags.

I think about 20 for the season.

Talk about improvement and I dont believe we have seen his best yet.

He must be hard for teams to find an opponent for.

Does number 31 proud.

He really stepped up after Tmac started to struggle and won a few games close to by himself.

Part of the forward improvement from all players was the placement of Benny Brown at full forward and his competitiveness at marking and running around and leading.

He made it much easier for all as he took the first defender. Fritta then got  either the third or fourth defender depending upon whether Maxy or Dogga were resting or not.

Maxy snd Dogga's total of goals scored improved also as the season progressed.

What an inspired price of recruiting BBB was and he will be better in 2022 as he will be even fitter. 

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On 10/28/2021 at 9:09 AM, Satan said:

Improved his accuracy this year and 59 goals was pretty impressive for the player who often got the 3rd best defender. One of the reasons we had a successful year imo. Oppositions had to match up on Bbb and Tmac before The magnet. If maxxy or jacko went forward , he often got 4 defender.

So correct Satan I made the same point on Page 2 of this post.

Look how our goal scoring improved when BBB came in near the end of  the season. Fritta Jacko and Gawny all scored more as more defenders were needed to mind these guys. Then you had the smalls plus mids at ground level!!

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What also needs to be remembered is only one forward out of six is the target of a forward entry, and key forwards get a higher percentage of these, otherwise defenders will be encouraged to zone off them. Then good teams also have goal kicking midfielders (great teams, rucks) - who bypass the forwards all together! So of course there are going to be games where he doesn't kick goals or looks quiet - that does not mean he is playing poorly or "hot and cold".

 

 

 

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On 12/28/2021 at 9:09 PM, The Mighty Demons said:

I posted this in the 'Link Round Up' thread, but felt it fitting that its posted here as well.

Enjoy!

 

I brought this up in another thread where this video was linked, but wow, is Fritsch a nightmare match up or what? He's too quick for a tall defender and too much of an aerial threat for a small/medium defender.

One thing I noticed while watching his 'All The Goals' video is that very few of his goals seem to originate from free kicks. After a rough glance through the video, it looks like only three of his goals came from high contact/holding free kicks while another three came from 50 metre penalties. 

Bayley works hard for his goals, which is part of the reason he's so good to watch. Can't wait to see how the rest of his career unfolds.

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13 minutes ago, Demon Jack said:

I brought this up in another thread where this video was linked, but wow, is Fritsch a nightmare match up or what? He's too quick for a tall defender and too much of an aerial threat for a small/medium defender.

One thing I noticed while watching his 'All The Goals' video is that very few of his goals seem to originate from free kicks. After a rough glance through the video, it looks like only three of his goals came from high contact/holding free kicks while another three came from 50 metre penalties. 

Bayley works hard for his goals, which is part of the reason he's so good to watch. Can't wait to see how the rest of his career unfolds.

He does, but then in a funny way he doesn't seem to. He's one of those players for whom time seems to slow. I also noticed in 'The 59' how much Tom McDonald was involved in the delivery to him. Also noticed quite a few one-hand scoops on the run, of which 'that' GF goal was the pinnacle - a trademark unfolding? And isn't it great to see good old fashioned leads, to precision (yes, precision!) delivery, culminating in leaping chest marks.

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Fritta has always impressed me the way he took being omitted for the 2018 Prelim.  When I look at the Hawks final the previous week I can see why he was dropped , but still it must have been hard.

He could have dropped his bundle as a 21 year old, etc..., but didn't and stuck with the club for whatever reason.

He was the player I was most pleased for because of that hardship and his ultimate 6 goal GF performance.

he's now one of 23 Dees Immortal from 2021.

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On 12/7/2021 at 10:44 AM, durango said:

His hands must be very strong, probably because he works as an electrician, when he marks the ball is sticks unlike a lot of players when they allow the ball to bobble.

Good point Durango.  he also has soft hands  - watch him Mark the ball on that lead to James Harmes. He caresses the ball into his palms. A beautiful thing to watch.

If in doubt - watch a replay of any mark by Chris Dawes.

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Watching that collection of goals, a few things really stand out. He is certainly able to find space very quickly, when there is not much space to be found. His kicking for goal is really good. His football nous is outstanding. And very importantly, I noticed that a lot of his goals were kicked when we were either behind or when the scores were close – in other words, he is very much NOT a downhill skier.

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On 12/7/2021 at 8:27 PM, Biffen said:

no Fritta no Flag.

Those goals were clutch.

Fair call. His fourth was awesome and I think he may have marked it, If Max didnt try. Great cat like reflexes to land like that and then goal. It was on par with Tracs worm but seemed to fire everyone up so perhaps it was better. He could have finished the day with eight. Must have been a close second for the Norm. He's a tough forward size wise to cover. I wonder who we would play on someone like him.

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20 hours ago, mauriesy said:

He doesn't miss too many, but it's interesting how many of his goals just sneak through close to the left-hand goal post.

His accuracy has really improved.  He does lead and kick a lot from pockets so that must be a factor.

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