Player Watch #10: Ben Cunnington

ferball

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Amazing. I've watched a lot of footy and seen a thousand contests. But I don't think I've ever seen footage of someone who is actively scared of contact with someone else on a football field. Most AFL players are used to being the biggest baddest fish in the pond, and I think it's very rare to see actual fear distilled into one contest. That is just Atkins recognising who Cunnington is and getting scared of it and pulling out of the contest. Incredible

The very essence of "fu** around and find out". Atkins chose not to fu** around
I've seen it with Jed and Cunners actually.
 

DesertRoo

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Amazing. I've watched a lot of footy and seen a thousand contests. But I don't think I've ever seen footage of someone who is actively scared of contact with someone else on a football field. Most AFL players are used to being the biggest baddest fish in the pond, and I think it's very rare to see actual fear distilled into one contest. That is just Atkins recognising who Cunnington is and getting scared of it and pulling out of the contest. Incredible

The very essence of "fu** around and find out". Atkins chose not to fu** around
I don’t like to harp on about regular season games but go back a couple of years ago to Rhyces caretaker games against Collingwood and Richmond, I haven’t seen that much shirk from an opposition team since the 90’s.
they were genuinely scared to pick up the ball.
 
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tazaa

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Can just make him a legend now and be done with it.
He probably looked at Turner and thought you broke Tarrants collarbone and got Hall knocked out, fu** right off.

I’ll put my hand up and say I thought he was cooked after watching him last week.
Just looked slow and lacked so much conditioning.

But Sundays conditions were ripe for him dominating.
Perfect for him and he delivered.
Beast
 

Only Forwards

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I don’t like to harp on about regular season games but go back a couple of years ago to Rhyces caretaker games against Collingwood and Richmond, I haven’t seen that much shirk from an opposition team since the 90’s.
they were genuinely scared to pick up the ball.
A lot of the players that were dishing it out are still on the list.

I'd very much like for us to get the new system down then add the physical aspect back in.
 

DesertRoo

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A lot of the players that were dishing it out are still on the list.

I'd very much like for us to get the new system down then add the physical aspect back in.
Full strength, we’d be a knightmare to match up in finals.

I’ve said it before, we’re an any given Sunday team, we’ve got all the tools to be competitive, unfortunately our list has a very thin age profile. A couple of key outs and we struggle.
And we’ve got about 12 out of our main team.
 

LuvtheKangas

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He has to be up there..........would love to have seen him in that 90s team.......imagine him running around with Duck, Arch, Mick, Pyke, Pickett etc....
I know it's pointless speculation, but you'd have to think we might have won 4 or 5 flags between 1994 and 2000 if he was there.
 

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