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2 hours ago, jnrmac said:

Seems to have a nice low ball drop which is often a sign of good kickers.

Tracc could learn something!

Spot on. 

I can't believe how many players at  AFL level don't guide the ball right onto the boot. Doing so is kicking technique 101.

Tracc is the perfect example of a player that drops the ball miles from the boot. Such poor technique. 

It's weird actually because as an elite basketballer he would have had the importance of good technique drilled into him at every basketball training session. 

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2 hours ago, Bates Mate said:

Exactly Oliver and Jackson where reaches at the time. We have one of the best in the business leading a team following these kids from around 14 for 3 years . They know way more about them than any pundit on the radio or tv or forum

So was Kozzie

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21 minutes ago, binman said:

Spot on. 

I can't believe how many players at  AFL level don't guide the ball right onto the boot. Doing so is kicking technique 101.

Tracc is the perfect example of a player that drops the ball miles from the boot. Such poor technique. 

It's weird actually because as an elite basketballer he would have had the importance of good technique drilled into him at every basketball training session. 

TMac became a great kick for goal when he started guiding the ball onto his boot. Its a very low drop with a smaller margin for error.

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4 minutes ago, jnrmac said:

TMac became a great kick for goal when he started guiding the ball onto his boot. Its a very low drop with a smaller margin for error.

Yep.

JVR looks a bit clunky as he walks in to shoot for goal but also guides the ball right onto his boot which is big reason he is so accurate.

Wattsy was smoother but again guided the ball on to the boot and was deadly accurate.

The other similarity between those three players is a short, slow run up when kicking set set shots. Basically kicking off just a few steps. Simple techniques with few moving parts and less things that can go wrong.

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3 hours ago, layzie said:

At the end of the day when you have someone like JT calling the shots you back him in with any 'reach' picks. 

I still remember the melts on here when we took Clarry at pick 4.

"WHY DIDN'T WE PICK PARISH? WHAT A STUFF UP. WHO IS OLIVER?"

 

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1 hour ago, Young Blood said:

 

Its interesting not since maybe 2017 have we drafted proper inside mids. The last few years we have looked to improve our outside players with a bit more class. Rivers (2019). Bowey (2020), McVee (2021) Windsor (2023).

 

IMO Rivers will end up as an inside mid

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2 hours ago, Dannyz said:

So would I! He's a gun recruiter.

I just saw the new highlights package on melbournefc.com.au in which he looked stronger in the contest than the reel I saw prior on AFL.com.au. 

 


Funny, I reckon after we drafted him Windsor looked stronger in the contest even in the reel that had been up prior. He also looks taller, faster and more agile than I recall. Hard to understand how he wasn’t in the conversation for pick 1!

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https://www.afl.com.au/video/968936/national-boys-u18-championships-match-replay-vic-metro-v-wa?videoId=968936&modal=true&type=video&publishFrom=1688862900001

May have been posted already somewhere, but this replay of the Vic Metro vs WA has all 3 (hopefully) young Melbourne recruits.  Eg, Windsor, Tholstrup and Brown. Worth a watch. 

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1 hour ago, djr said:

I think Windsor will start well behind Howes, Woey and even McVee for a wing position in 2024. I hope we just let him settle into the VFL system first and build his tank.

I think he will play early on.

I don't believe we recruit a top 10 player to spend much time at Casey.

Good players learn to play AFL by playing at the level.

I love that he's already focussed on getting his first game.

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A GREAT pick, unsure which I am happier with as we need a Windsor, best kick in draft, FAST as all hell in 1st 20m (where it counts) and makes smart decisions under pressure on the run (continually looks sideways, at angles etc) -- but KT could genuinely be the steal of the draft, with many insiders feeling he has a ceiling like few others (maybe only Harley aside), so if he finds that roof, boy.... somewhere between a Heeney and Trac!

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I wouldn’t be discounting Windsor, or any of the top 12-15 players from being regular senior contributors in 24.

Last years top 15 almost all played regular AFL in 23. Anyone not playing key positions got a lot of exposure at senior level.

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14 hours ago, Heart Beats True said:

https://www.espn.com.au/afl/story/_/id/38941517/afl-draft-2023-top-10-draftees-had-say-night-harley-reid-jed-walter-colby-mckercher?platform=amp
 

PICK 7 - CALEB WINDSOR (Melbourne)

"It's bloody awesome. I can't believe it. I did not expect to be a top 10 pick. I'm so grateful for the opportunity they've given me. Probably the best feeling ever when all my best mates jumped on me when I got my name called out. Half of my family goes for [the Demons] so I know a bit about them! Obviously want to play my first game, stay in the team and win a premiership. I play on the wing and I pride myself on my pace and my defensive pressure."

Love this quote “stay in the team and win a premiership”

He has a personality. Sure, needs to back it up, but I enjoy when they display some ambition and honesty.

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2 hours ago, Jaded No More said:

I still remember the melts on here when we took Clarry at pick 4.

"WHY DIDN'T WE PICK PARISH? WHAT A STUFF UP. WHO IS OLIVER?"

 

Was a great time to be alive if you like good value entertainment over footy results. 

And our recruiting staff were seen as a company of B-grade actors. 

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3 hours ago, binman said:

Spot on. 

I can't believe how many players at  AFL level don't guide the ball right onto the boot. Doing so is kicking technique 101.

Tracc is the perfect example of a player that drops the ball miles from the boot. Such poor technique. 

It's weird actually because as an elite basketballer he would have had the importance of good technique drilled into him at every basketball training session. 

This always has me baffled, as someone who grew up learning this technique it almost seems impossible to 'teach' releasing it from so high. Maybe the emphasis and repetition just isn't there and near enough is good enough? I can't figure it out, there are just so few players who properly guide it down. 

There are a few aspect of a good kicking technique but I really do feel that if this single aspect was cleaned up across the board it would bring about the biggest improvement. 

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I think this choice says something about our forward issues 

that our problem has been slow ball movement resulting in a crowded fwd line and subsequent kicks to congestion 

fwds have no chance

Our other deficiencies like Gawn back up tall defence and replacing Tm and BB  are going to have to be solved by those on the list now Fullarton Adams verrall Jefferson etc

im not convinced that our newest recruits are straight in to the team and also Verrall Jefferson and Adams aren’t likely to advance much next year

So my pessimistic outlook is that we are a ways off being more competitive than 2023 particularly when the rest of the comp isn’t standing still 

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