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Welcome. 

I trust JT to make the call - a tall forward who is given 2-3 y to develop and not rushed as had been the cases over the last decades sounds just what we need.  
 

And am I right in saying he is a teammate of Jackson and Rivers?  

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On 10/8/2021 at 8:51 AM, whatwhat say what said:

is he a titch 'small' for a modern key position tall? they're more and more around the 200cm mark...

That bloke on our list that was part of the best defense in the competition 'Steve May' is waving hello with his All Australian blazer on!

Sheesh mate, not everyone can be a Luke Jackson!! 😉

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39 minutes ago, dee-tox said:

Best available tall. Makes sense and Taylor is true to his word picking for needs.

Yes, but the words "leadership", "character" and a "real competitor" were all mentioned and that is straight out of the JT handbook.

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I had him top 10 in my December 2020 draft:- 

1. Jason Horne (Sth Adelaide, SA)

2. Nick Daicos (Oakleigh Chargers - Collingwood Father/Son) 

3. Josh Rachele (Murray Bushrangers) 

4. Josh Sinn (Sandringham Dragons) 

5. Ben Hobbs (GWV Rebels) 

6. Tyler Sonsie (Eastern Ranges) 

7. Lachlan Brooks (Sandringham Dragons) 

8. Jacob Van Rooyen (Claremont, WA) 

9. Joshua Browne (East Fremantle, WA) 

10. Campbell Chessar (Sandringham Dragons)

Here is what some other experts had to say:-

Cal Twomey 

van Rooyen booted 24 goals in the final six games of the colts season as a key forward but it is in defence where many clubs see the swingman's future. The Claremont product is a tireless worker and competitor, giving him an advantage as a key-position player at either end. The Lions could look to beef up their key-position stocks in van Rooyen. 

Owen Leonard 

The Claremont product holds a demonstrated ability to play at either end of the ground. He booted 30 goals in just eight games at colts level, proving how dangerous he is when deployed in attack, but many believe he plays his best football in the backline. His proficiency at either end of the ground — combined with his height of 194cm and his ready-made weight — means van Rooyen boasts a scarce skillset, particularly when compared to others in this draft pool.

Chris Doerre

Profile: Despite spending much of the year up forward -- providing a commanding marking target with his leap and aerial strength -- Van Rooyen's play when utilised in defence has been even better. Van Rooyen in defence takes intercept marks at will and with his one-on-one capabilities has proven difficult to beat.

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On 11/5/2021 at 7:18 AM, Lucifers Hero said:

  Not saying Sam will make it

 

On 11/5/2021 at 10:13 AM, Redleg said:

Well I am. 

That Sam I am, that Sam I am.

Say, I do like green eggs and ham!!

 

Not sure that what you were aiming for Red, but it works.  For what it's worth, I also think the Weid is only having a decient, non-injury interrupted preseason away from having a really good season next season as well.

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Good judgement and positioning in the air whether spoiling or marking and follows up well when ball is on the ground.

With Brown entering his 29 yo season, May his 30 yo season and McDonald his 29 yo season and query on whether Weidemann entering 25yo season can be a consistent AFL footballer (hopes he's watching his 2018 finals series on an IMAX sized screen this pre season)  its a prudent selection. Should be able to develop at Casey. His flexibility and ground game may see him some early games on a flank if established players miss games.

 

 

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Unfortunately much of Van Rooyen's best forward work at WAFL colts level is not on freely available game tape, but he was dominant in multiple matches against mostly mediocre opponents.   Most of his high-profile and watchable footage  was played in key defence where, stylistically and in terms of trait, he is very reminiscent of Harry Petty - steady overhead, big wingspan and an effort player.  It sounds like the club view him more as a key forward, where he projects to be more of a solid structural piece than a star, which is the question on him and why he is down at pick 19 - does he have the class and or athletic specialness to be a dominant AFL level key forward?  I was surprised given the dearth of key position options that he was available at this pick.  Think it's a sound list management pick but not necessarily a sexy decision.   If he fails or is ineffective as forward, should at worst make it as a second or third key back.

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1 hour ago, adonski said:

We view him as a key fwd:

 

Between listening to JT and Goody it’s obvious the club looks for certain character traits in its players.

Fully expecting an announcement video for a new receptionist that begins with ‘we really like what Sharon brings with her competitiveness, desire for the contest and willingness to compete. She has excellent character, and leadership’.

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47 minutes ago, Rodney (Balls) Grinter said:

 

That Sam I am, that Sam I am.

Say, I do like green eggs and ham!!

 

Not sure that what you were aiming for Red, but it works.  For what it's worth, I also think the Weid is only having a decient, non-injury interrupted preseason away from having a really good season next season as well.

Sam needs Choco to spend some time with him, instilling some confidence, showing him where to position himself when we have the ball and improving his one grab marking.

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5 minutes ago, The heart beats true said:

Between listening to JT and Goody it’s obvious the club looks for certain character traits in its players.

Fully expecting an announcement video for a new receptionist that begins with ‘we really like what Sharon brings with her competitiveness, desire for the contest and willingness to compete. She has excellent character, and leadership’.

I'd be more impressed with "we are looking for some membership types that can get emails to ALL of our members, to advise them of events and assist with ticketing etc." 

Today was a shambles of historic proportions.

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My youngest played against JVR's younger brother this year and he was an absolute joy to watch playing. Smooth mover, penetrating kick.

JVR himself as I said previously is an excellent backman and IMO has shown enough to think he has a very high ceiling as a forward

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