- Nov 14, 2010
- AFL Club
- North Melbourne
Thought he would handle the tag better but hopefully learns from it
To be honest De Boer got belted several times, i though our guys did well. Cunners isn't used to a tag and with our second best contested player out it really spread from there. i was very suprised that he was so well held, however i also remember BJ keeping Dusty to the same numbers.I thought it was a soft team effort.
De Boer should of been in the change rooms at half time bruised and battered after being hit, chipped and scragged by all in sunbury...
JZ, Silver and Ben himself got him good but the rest did nought...
It was his 200th ffs after carrying the team all season...
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Not sure this changes anything with how teams approach Ben - he's already had Hewett and Ellis-Yolmen do similar to him. Not every team has a tagger that can effectively blanket inside blokes as it's a completely different type of defensive role.
needs to go to the courts and change his name to Ben Ablett the first or Ben Dangerfield. if he had done that before the game, he would have got a free kick when De Boer shook his hand before the bounce. The ump would have said Matt don't you dare touch Ben again.
Without being dramatic, he gets held a lot in most games I see. Slow = no free kick in today's AFL.
Bottom line, if Jacobs and Higgins had been there yesterday - whole different ballgame. All those early picks to GWS has worked wonders for their depth.Hindsight says that not bringing in another genuine mid was probably a mistake (as others have alluded to). Ahern in means that he could rotate into Cunnigton’s role completely if we pushed him forward. Without that extra mid we can move Cunnington but kind of needed an extra mid, Ahern has a couple of years on guys like Simpkin / LDU physically even if not with runs in the legs.