Player Watch # 1: Andrew McGrath

JDavey

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A little surprising he got more votes than Parish and Hooker who were far more influential
It depends - as fans we overweight touches and underweight off-ball actions. McGrath seemed to be playing on the fat side for a lot of the first half and his defensive running could've been pivotal in stopping Carlton early on. We can't see that from TV footage which makes it really hard for us to judge.
 

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TheGreatBarryB

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It depends - as fans we overweight touches and underweight off-ball actions. McGrath seemed to be playing on the fat side for a lot of the first half and his defensive running could've been pivotal in stopping Carlton early on. We can't see that from TV footage which makes it really hard for us to judge.
All I can say is somehow, some way, Nic Newman got a vote. He was beyond putrid, Clanger after clanger
 

Shane Heard

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I’ll never get tired of sayin it...he is absolute gold this kid.

He actually now reminds me of a very young Timmy Watson...skinny version of Tim before he bulked up by 84’.

He reminds me of him because every time he gets the ball, instantly he’s on his bike and accelerates looking to create something. Wonderful baulking skills and just has pace to burn and hardly ever looks like being tackled.

Once again ...thank you footy gods...praise be.
 

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I think McGrath has been good this year but considering the preseason reports then I would have expected better but he does look good when using his pace to break free and has looked okay around goal. He is best 22 but not in the first dozen named.
 

Shane Heard

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I think McGrath has been good this year but considering the preseason reports then I would have expected better but he does look good when using his pace to break free and has looked okay around goal. He is best 22 but not in the first dozen named.
First dozen named? Does that actually happen at the selection table ..I think not.
From the first game he’s never even remotely looked like being dropped.
Automatic inclusion every single week without hesitation.
 

Bombermania

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First dozen named? Does that actually happen at the selection table ..I think not.
From the first game he’s never even remotely looked like being dropped.
Automatic inclusion every single week without hesitation.
I'm not saying he is in any danger of being dropped and if he was I would lead this site's meltdown but I would think with a fully fit side then guys like Daniher, Stringer, Smith, Shiel, Hepp, Merrett, Fantasia, Hooker and Hurley would be listed as the core group of ins.
 

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Shane Heard

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I'm not saying he is in any danger of being dropped and if he was I would lead this site's meltdown but I would think with a fully fit side then guys like Daniher, Stringer, Smith, Shiel, Hepp, Merrett, Fantasia, Hooker and Hurley would be listed as the core group of ins.
That’s fair enough for me
 

fairbump_playon

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I'm hoping for an absolutely JAWSOME performance Friday night.

Love young Andrew, I think he is just going to get better and better over the next 4 years.
 

Pweter

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So by nuffy logic he'll play better now
Taylor Walker has gone downhill since ditching the mullet.
Dale Thomas hasn't been the same since getting a haircut.
Sampson lost his strength when he had his mullet trimmed by the Philistines.

Andrew having a trim has me quietly scared.
 

Donakebab

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Taylor Walker has gone downhill since ditching the mullet.
Dale Thomas hasn't been the same since getting a haircut.
Sampson lost his strength when he had his mullet trimmed by the Philistines.

Andrew having a trim has me quietly scared.
Plenty of anti Samson's out there. Hurley and Pendlebury both guns after a cut.
 

Orasia Fantazio

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Ablett, Cooney, Judd. Only a matter of time before Andy wins a Brownlow now
 
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