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Number 30 - Zachary Clarke (Pick 37 - 2008 ND)

Discussion in 'Freo Player Watch' started by jgb99, Nov 30, 2008.

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  1. jgb99

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    AFL.com.au profile on Clarke

    Brad Lloyd on Clarke

    FFC.com.au on Clarke:
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    Thoughts from Gilly1972

    macca69 on Clarke

    2008 TAC Cup Stats: http://www.sportingpulse.com/team_i...D=188600336&client=1-3020-27608-67827-8060347

    2008 Vic State Screening Results

     
  2. Bradesmaen

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    Re: Number TBA - Zachary Clarke [Pick 37 - 2008 National Draft]

    Those aren't his highlights, he doesn't have any apparently.
     
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    Re: Number TBA - Zachary Clarke [Pick 37 - 2008 National Draft]

    [youtube]sJ3lwGOIJek#[/youtube]

    Apologies for the poor quality.
     
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    Re: Number TBA - Zachary Clarke [Pick 37 - 2008 National Draft]

    Is he the one that punches the ball 30m at centre bounce?
    [I hope he is, that looked quite impressive]
     
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    Re: Number TBA - Zachary Clarke [Pick 37 - 2008 National Draft]

    Yep that's the one.
     
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    Re: Number TBA - Zachary Clarke [Pick 37 - 2008 National Draft]

    How long has he been playing football? I heard it was for only a year or two. DFopes this mean that the upside is enormous, given we picked him up at 37
     
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    Re: Number TBA - Zachary Clarke [Pick 37 - 2008 National Draft]

    Yep, just played the 12 months of footy. Was a very good basketballer prior to that.

    Huge upside to him.
     
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    Re: Number TBA - Zachary Clarke [Pick 37 - 2008 National Draft]

    Great looking prospect. Athletic, can use both hands, decent kick, good pack mark.
     
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    Re: Number TBA - Zachary Clarke [Pick 37 - 2008 National Draft]

    Bring back the fro!

    His hands in close are quite good. Big leap. Good endurance. Good height for a ruckman. Bit of agro on a skinny frame.

    Should do well. Top pick at 37. Send a kid like that to Melbourne (just an example of a club with a poor ruck division) and he may not achieve anything.

    At least at Fremantle he will have the guidance of an AA ruckman. Its no surprise that Warnock came on faster than expected under the guidance of Sandilands. Would not surprise me in the slightest if this kid made a meteoric rise.
     
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    Re: Number TBA - Zachary Clarke [Pick 37 - 2008 National Draft]

    Good Lord...
    I can see why they grabbed this kid...he's played the game for 12 months?

    Absolutely frightening what he could become...

    How was the hanger and the run down the outer wing?

    Speed off the mark and a nice kick...He knows how to position and where to hit the ball...

    Reminds me of Dean Cox
     
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    Re: Number TBA - Zachary Clarke [Pick 37 - 2008 National Draft]

    very impressive :thumbsu: looks like the game comes naturally too him. Who knows how good he could become in an AFL environment. Let's hope we get to keep him :eek:
     
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    Re: Number TBA - Zachary Clarke [Pick 37 - 2008 National Draft]

    Huge upside. He has strong hands in the air and his tackling is excellent. He could be every bit as good as Warnock and cost us a lower pick.:thumbsu:
     
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    Re: Number TBA - Zachary Clarke [Pick 37 - 2008 National Draft]

    That's a pretty bloody impressive highlights clip! I'm suddenly very excited about this guy.

    Robbie who?
     
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    Re: Number TBA - Zachary Clarke [Pick 37 - 2008 National Draft]

    I thought Clarke was the best ruckman behind the top 2.

    The highlights clip shows that he does have a fair amount of skill, you just have to hope that he does not follow down the Warnock and White line.
     
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    Re: Number TBA - Zachary Clarke [Pick 37 - 2008 National Draft]

    Geez he lays a killer tackle for someone who's come from a basketball background!
     
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    Re: Number TBA - Zachary Clarke [Pick 37 - 2008 National Draft]

    Very impressive for a guy who has only started playing footy. Seems very agile, quite coordinated and abit of pace too for a big man.

    At 83kgs he could be playing AFL by 2010. Living with 211 he could soon put some meat on his bones.
     
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    Re: Number TBA - Zachary Clarke [Pick 37 - 2008 National Draft]

    Not sure if it's been posted on BF or not, but just in case here's another Zach highlights clip.

    [youtube]CfKpQxGUbb0[/youtube]
     
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    Re: Number TBA - Zachary Clarke [Pick 37 - 2008 National Draft]

    Thanks Macca, he looks alright. Quite agile for a ruck and good hands in a contest.
     
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    Re: Number TBA - Zachary Clarke [Pick 37 - 2008 National Draft]

    Its his endurance and vertical leap which define him.

    Will be interesting to see his development versus someone like Naitanui. The Eagles used a very early pick on a ruckman.

    It may add weight or rip apart the theory that early picks are wasted on ruckman.

    Zach may end up the better player. He's taller (just), has got a pretty big vertical leap himself (>80cm) and his endurance is in the midfielder territory.

    Im liking the clubs pick at 37, not many people have heard of him but all are impressed by reports so far.
     
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    Re: Number TBA - Zachary Clarke [Pick 37 - 2008 National Draft]

    im really excited about clarke after seeing the highlights.
     
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    Re: Number TBA - Zachary Clarke [Pick 37 - 2008 National Draft]

    He's going to have a good year, I expect him to have a couple of senior games, just hope he doesn't have to play too many too soon.
     
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    Re: Number TBA - Zachary Clarke [Pick 37 - 2008 National Draft]

    The Big Zee is exactly what we need isn't he. Would love to see a fair bit of work put into his mobility, not just his strength. I am a big fan of having ruckmen with different qualities that can be used as the game and matchups require.
     
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    Re: Number TBA - Zachary Clarke [Pick 37 - 2008 National Draft]

    He looks like he was the best ruckman in the draft IMO, only his inexperience put him behind Vickory and Mckernan. Definitely appears to be the best value at pick 37. Not gangly for his height and has really good coordination.
     
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    Re: Number TBA - Zachary Clarke [Pick 37 - 2008 National Draft]

    I guess you are not rating the number 2 raft pick, or not rating him as a ruckman. I was disappointed we did not select McKernan who I think was available at the Ballantyne selection. Clearly a player who can be very useful as a Forward which is a position we need players for in the next 3-5 years. I think our 2nd ruckman needs an additional position they can fill.
     
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    Re: Number TBA - Zachary Clarke [Pick 37 - 2008 National Draft]

    Agree and by watching the above clip Zach appears to be able to take a good grab in the forward line. Not sure what his accuracy is like but he took a number of contested grabs in that clip in the goal square or forward 50.