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  1. John Who

    Player Watch Jake Soligo - Re-Signed to End of 2029

    Not every elite player needs to have elite speed though. They can make it up with more footy smarts and being more economical with their possessions. Players like Lachie Neale is probably a better comparison, although Soligo is a huge talent with his foot disposals which is more akin to Butters...
  2. John Who

    Player Watch Jake Soligo - Re-Signed to End of 2029

    I think Soligo is tracking to be a Butters’ potential or thereabouts. Butters has a more kamikaze approach but both have similar attacking and defensive traits with very neat dual-sided skills with the feet. They look of a similar size too. Both extremely quick thinkers which allows them to...
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    Roast How diabolical is our midfield?

    I’ve not even listened to any of Nick’s pressers. Just talking from my observation. The current crop are much more dual-position gifted than the previous ones. The real question to me is how far can they improve in the midfield roles, which is needing more time to tell. You honestly want to...
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    Player Watch Darcy Fogarty

    Honestly, this is just a plain weird take after a good win. You literally showed stats that Fog has played better than Berg in their recent respective 22 games, and you want Berg to replace Fog? 🤪 I also think you’re downplaying the craft of forward involvements, as that is the primary role of...
  5. John Who

    Review Good vs Carlton

    I think it’s a bit of both. Nicks made some questionable selection and tactical decisions, which always looks worse in hindsight after a loss. Although the first round loss I consider it a fair effort considering no 2 full forwards and in an away game. Also poor kicking accuracy in the first 4...
  6. John Who

    Roast How diabolical is our midfield?

    I was talking potential if there is more improvement to come with our current midfield young guns. Not talking about the current midfield group compared with the prior group at their peak. Soligo, Pedlar, Rankine, Rachele, Dawson all are genuine threats when resting up forward (if assuming they...
  7. John Who

    Roast How diabolical is our midfield?

    The results currently aren’t showing, but I’m happy to see the midfield is evolving into a much more dynamic group. I think this has been the plan all along with the selection of Rachele and Soligo from the drafting and then playing them straight away in their first year, with some stints in the...
  8. John Who

    Player Watch Darcy Fogarty

    Fog has a bigger ceiling though and much more hurt factor per given disposal. Would also be interested to know the goal assists between them, because I think Fog would clean up Himmelberg in that department, with much better passes by foot. There is also the issue of us now having Rankine...
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    Review Good vs Carlton

    I actually think he’s got a similar potential to Soligo. They’re both the live-wire types who can defend and attack, hard at it with some neat skills. He’s some funny chance to play in midfield in the near future if he can build on his engine.
  10. John Who

    Analysis Some perspective with scoring shot stats 2022 vs 2023

    I already said we’re not performing to a standard like 2023. “The stats are clear and damning. We’ve obviously played a poorer brand of footy than the start of 2023. There can be no arguments to this.” Do you have comprehension issues?
  11. John Who

    Analysis Some perspective with scoring shot stats 2022 vs 2023

    This thread was based on the observations from 2022 to 2023, to confirm a progressive improvement we’ve made in those previous years. I felt that we’ve improved in 2023 and the stats here showed that we did. It was never to guarantee anything in 2024, other than a hopeful linear improvement...
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    Player Watch Sam Berry

    I remember he went ballistic in a game with a really high tackle count, so he already has the natural defensive instincts. If he can keep harnessing his attacking play with the goals and goal assists, then no reason why this bloke can’t make it as an AFL regular. I recall liking both him and...
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    Review Good vs Carlton

    The best part of this game was the way we kept at it. We kept our composure and finally won a close game AND away! I felt we showed this against the Dees last round but our charge at the end was made too late. Hopefully this last couple of rounds is a sign things are turning around with the...
  14. John Who

    Opinion Matthew Nicks: Adelaide's Coach (Part 2) - Re-Signed to End of 2026 🤮

    So the players mindset isn’t the main reason? Seen Tex and Dawson playing some of their worst games in the early rounds, among other older players. Surprisingly how the results can change when the entire team plays well together.
  15. John Who

    Player Watch Mark Keane - Welcome to Adelaide

    You’re an old broken record. Frankly I don’t give a s**t what you think. End convo for rest of the season.
  16. John Who

    Analysis Some perspective with scoring shot stats 2022 vs 2023

    The stats are clear and damning. We’ve obviously played a poorer brand of footy than the start of 2023. There can be no arguments to this. However, with the recent win, there’s no real current trend to observe other than we can play some pretty good footy in addition to playing some of the...
  17. John Who

    Analysis Some perspective with scoring shot stats 2022 vs 2023

    That’s you, projecting much?
  18. John Who

    Toast Brodie Smith 250

    At his peak, he was A-grade with the penetrating kicks and decent accuracy. I feel the penetration and accuracy has dropped to some extent in the last 1-2 years. Hoping to see a vintage Smith 600 metres-gained game soon, preferably in this milestone match!
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    Game Day Crows v Freo - Friday, probs not good

    The positive trend in 2023 that I noticed was in keeping with the positive trend we were improving from 2022. That all fits with the observation that we have genuinely improved with our climbing up the ladder last few years. Those were trends observed over 12 months combined. Why I’m still...
  20. John Who

    Game Day Crows v Freo - Friday, probs not good

    I understand the frustrations, and I don’t believe there any any actual “happy clappers” clapping after our 2 losses. Just I don’t think a lot needs to be done except minor tweaks in our mindset. 3 uncharacteristic errors last week which probably summed up our loss: Fog missing from 1 meter...
  21. John Who

    Game Day Crows v Freo - Friday, probs not good

    That’s you twisting the perspective to fit your narrative. I posted 2 threads in 2022 and 2023 to show that there was a genuine trend that we had improved. 2022 we were winning a fair chunk of the 4th quarters and 2023 we were winning our fair chunk of scoring shots. The theme was that from...
  22. John Who

    Game Day Crows v Freo - Friday, probs not good

    You can’t compare 2 rounds in 2024 relative to an entire season in 2023. Still too early to see if there is an absolute trend (good or bad) this year. You can argue losing round 1 against the Suns was expected in an away game with 2 missing big forwards. With the only disappointment being...
  23. John Who

    Who was more impressive last year - Walker or Curnow?

    I made a thread on the main board end of last year: https://www.bigfooty.com/forum/threads/should-the-coleman-medal-be-more-than-just-about-the-most-goals-kicked-by-a-forward.1370082/ Got a lot of hate by Carlton fans and Tex-haters for bringing up this similar discussion. 🤣 Embarrassing how...
  24. John Who

    Game Day Crows v Freo - Friday, probs not good

    Rd 1 - a loss in an away game by 1 goal. Rd 2 - abysmal kicking for goal, with 3 out-on-the-full, 3 posters, and a couple of shanks from close range. Rd 3 - clean up our game with better decision making and goal kicking, then we have a fair chance. Don’t think we’re far off, hopefully today...
  25. John Who

    Opinion Matthew Nicks: Adelaide's Coach (Part 2) - Re-Signed to End of 2026 🤮

    I personally would have liked to see how the season played out around the midway mark this year. Not going to freak out with this news of an early re-signing though. The one positive I can imagine of an early re-signing, is that if the players truly are buying into the team ethos and Nicks’...
  26. John Who

    Opinion Matthew Nicks: Adelaide's Coach (Part 2) - Re-Signed to End of 2026 🤮

    Do you realise all the best coaches in AFL and with any other sports, their team can start very poorly in games? Particularly when players make handling errors and give away silly free kicks, this has nothing to do with the coach! What point would switching players A to B and B to C when the...
  27. John Who

    Player Watch Josh Rachele - Re-Signed to End of 2029

    Yep, he was poor in the first half, the commentators even mentioned that a few times. What impressed me was his willingness to persevere after a poor start, which is a trait he was lacking previously. The goal kicking accuracy seems to be back, so I’m really keen to see how his year progresses.
  28. John Who

    Opinion Matthew Nicks: Adelaide's Coach (Part 2) - Re-Signed to End of 2026 🤮

    Not sure why everyone wants to dump on Nicks for the poor first half. The entire team looked s**t with error-prone skills, even Dawson looked out of touch! “Malaise” was probably the perfect description of the team in that first half. Then with the come back in that last one and a half...
  29. John Who

    Review Good/Bad vs Gold Coast, Round 1 2024

    I think the weather conditions really didn’t suit us considering we’ve been playing in dry weather for the last 2 months. That was my guess on why we played so s**t in the first 2 quarters. We gave it a good arm wrestle in the 3rd quarter and the momentum felt like it was changing. Bad - first...
  30. John Who

    Competitions Best ever Crows players - FINAL - A. McLeod vs M. Ricciuto - Mea Culpa for ruining our season with the delay :(

    This is tough. Jarman slightly more ambidextrous and gifted. Modra with the better pack marking and consistency. I think Jars wins out for me, due to his brilliance in the Grand Finals. Modra unlucky to have missed out in them due to his knee injury.
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