Player Watch #16: Aiden Bonar

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Tas

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Dec 23, 2002
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I'm counting the defender that we generally rotate off the bench.

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Sides normally do not have a defender on the interchange. They typically have a high ToG.
On the weekend we had McKay 99%, Corr 67% (got injured), Atley 89%, Ziebell 83%, Young 88%, Bonar 79%.

We ran with Taylor, Powell, Menadue and I think Tyson started on the bench.

In a perfect world we would have had Tarrant, McDonald, Cunnington, Anderson and Dumont available. Tyson and Menadue are two obvious outs, the other 3 are a lot harder to come up with. Injuries might make it a bit easier for a while, Taylor is going to miss two with the concussion thing, Corr might not get up, wasn't Turner reported?

I think his spot will be safe for a bit but I would imagine Powell and in a week or two Phillips will rack up a lot of games this year and they would both be occupying a bench position in their first year. I''d like to see Bonar lock down a permanent defensive position but it will be challenging with Ziebell and Atley back there as well.
 

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Passmore

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Sides normally do not have a defender on the interchange. They typically have a high ToG.
On the weekend we had McKay 99%, Corr 67% (got injured), Atley 89%, Ziebell 83%, Young 88%, Bonar 79%.

We ran with Taylor, Powell, Menadue and I think Tyson started on the bench.

In a perfect world we would have had Tarrant, McDonald, Cunnington, Anderson and Dumont available. Tyson and Menadue are two obvious outs, the other 3 are a lot harder to come up with. Injuries might make it a bit easier for a while, Taylor is going to miss two with the concussion thing, Corr might not get up, wasn't Turner reported?

I think his spot will be safe for a bit but I would imagine Powell and in a week or two Phillips will rack up a lot of games this year and they would both be occupying a bench position in their first year. I''d like to see Bonar lock down a permanent defensive position but it will be challenging with Ziebell and Atley back there as well.
Menedue seemed to be playing back when he was on.

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Saw some great closing speed from Bonar. Does he have the ability to be a lockdown / tagging midfielder?

Now Hayden is injured, it was so frustrating seeing Boak playing with basically no one on him for 3 quarters. Carlton letting dusty run free cost them the game last week for e.g.

Once we get some defenders back maybe he can be a tagger?
 

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