Player Watch #17: James Stewart - Still sidelined with groin injury - 18/6

fishardansin

Brownlow Medallist
Apr 6, 2008
15,444
10,310
coburg
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Australian cricket team
He’s not a McKernan replacement, they’re fairly different players. McKernan is a genuine target / contested mark, Stewart better as a running, high leading quasi-flanker.

He and Brown are basically interchangeable, that’s who he’ll have to replace I think. We already have next to no forward marking targets, we can’t drop McKernan.
Agree 100%. The only replacement we have for McKernan is Hooker. I actually don't mind the idea of letting him play forward on return and not be dictated to by an opponent.

However, I'd like to see a revamp of the forward line with Stringer playing more on the ball and Baguely and Brown dropped.

Fanta Stewart Tippa
Hooker McKernan Mosquito

Just to take advantage of Melbourne losing KPDs. Stewart to get on his bike so we can actually transition the ball and the other two talls to spread any zoning defence by taking it in turns to be the decoy/option on the fat side.

I'd play Hooker in defence against the big talls that Brisbane has and consider sending him forward against Collingwood. Though he may be needed for Cox.

If Stringer's foot is ok he's fit enough this year to play more midfield. He's going to have a lot more impact there than Myers or Langford are having. We could drop Guelfi and send McGrath back again. Langford to play more as a wingman and half forward. Myers last chance.

Anyhow, without Hooker, I'd still play Stewart ahead of Brown, just keep him out of the friggen gym and get him running.
 

(Log in to remove this ad.)

citizen-erased

Brownlow Medallist
Jun 11, 2007
15,366
11,126
Victoria
AFL Club
Essendon
Agree 100%. The only replacement we have for McKernan is Hooker. I actually don't mind the idea of letting him play forward on return and not be dictated to by an opponent.

However, I'd like to see a revamp of the forward line with Stringer playing more on the ball and Baguely and Brown dropped.

Fanta Stewart Tippa
Hooker McKernan Mosquito

Just to take advantage of Melbourne losing KPDs. Stewart to get on his bike so we can actually transition the ball and the other two talls to spread any zoning defence by taking it in turns to be the decoy/option on the fat side.

I'd play Hooker in defence against the big talls that Brisbane has and consider sending him forward against Collingwood. Though he may be needed for Cox.

If Stringer's foot is ok he's fit enough this year to play more midfield. He's going to have a lot more impact there than Myers or Langford are having. We could drop Guelfi and send McGrath back again. Langford to play more as a wingman and half forward. Myers last chance.

Anyhow, without Hooker, I'd still play Stewart ahead of Brown, just keep him out of the friggen gym and get him running.
probably a little early for Mosquito.

I'd either play McKenna as a quick, defensive forward who can push up to the wing (and gets him away from defence), or give Jok a taste at AFL level with a role up forward to begin with.
Or Langford forward as a HFF/winger.
 

boncer34

Inaugural Steward
Jul 11, 2005
41,158
41,263
Baghdad
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Melbourne Storm
What it shows is the coaches must have rated his performance and then suddenly lost faith - To suggest Stewart was 'stinking it up' is far-fetched.
How many votes did he get in the rounds leading up to being dropped?

Where did you get the leaderboard from yaco?
 

eth-dog

Premium Gold
Jan 11, 2007
74,578
33,835
Melbourne
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Coburg Lions, All Boston sides
Stewart was poor before being dropped. However he should be in calculations now. Hope he starts by putting 5+ past Frankston.
 

VelvetSledge

Resident Photoshopper
May 24, 2007
14,170
22,553
Round the Fields of Anfield Road
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Liverpool FC
Since J Green left, we're short of ginger star power in the forward line. He looked like he could end up being a superstar at times, we should definitely give him another crack.

As long as he puts 18 goals through against Franganistan
 

(Log in to remove this ad.)

Lore

Moderator
Dec 14, 2015
13,573
16,019
AFL Club
Essendon
Groin injury. So not available for at least two weeks.

Key forward James Stewart will not be available to return to the senior side after suffering an unfortunate groin injury in the VFL side’s dominant victory over Frankston on Sunday.

Stewart booted four goals in the opening half against the Dolphins but wasn’t able to return to the ground after the main break.

“In the second quarter James landed awkwardly. He’s got a small groin strain as a result and he’ll be rehabbed appropriately – we’re looking at at least two weeks to get him back from that.”
https://www.essendonfc.com.au/news/2019-04-09/hooker-poised-for-return
 

Liberator

Club Legend
Oct 24, 2014
1,493
1,978
AFL Club
Essendon
Glad to see that he looks to have ironed out that stutter step from his set shot routine almost entirely. Actually looks very smooth and efficient now.
 

yaco55

Hall of Famer
Jul 25, 2007
35,594
12,053
hong kong
AFL Club
Essendon
How many votes did he get in the rounds leading up to being dropped?

Where did you get the leaderboard from yaco?
B and F results from the night which was posted in this forum - Reckon there are one or two members who attended the B and F who may recall the votes.
 

Mr Mojo Risin

Norm Smith Medallist
Jul 15, 2008
7,617
9,961
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Celtics, Colts, Renegades, Kings
If you can remember what happened, you weren't there :p
I definitely remember what happened, I caught up with DapperDon for pre-drinks, then Mercurial89, DERO and jmoo wan joined us and we went to dinner. I noted how I liked how the Colonial Beer cans opened the entire top when opened. Some average to decent food was had, a few more drinks, toilet trips and more drinks. Sheeds had red wine stained teeth and somehow there was a photo with TD in there somewhere.

...and the votes, oh yeah there was a BnF happening somewhere around us.
 

DERO

NOBODY PUTS BABY IN THE CORNER
Jan 22, 2013
13,098
17,205
The Ivory Tower
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Mitcham FC
I definitely remember what happened, I caught up with DapperDon for pre-drinks, then Mercurial89, DERO and jmoo wan joined us and we went to dinner. I noted how I liked how the Colonial Beer cans opened the entire top when opened. Some average to decent food was had, a few more drinks, toilet trips and more drinks. Sheeds had red wine stained teeth and somehow there was a photo with TD in there somewhere.

...and the votes, oh yeah there was a BnF happening somewhere around us.
Good times. I've already got my ticket for this year.
 

Mr Mojo Risin

Norm Smith Medallist
Jul 15, 2008
7,617
9,961
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Celtics, Colts, Renegades, Kings
Good times. I've already got my ticket for this year.
Don't think I can justify the cost this year, am already going on multiple overseas trips and while that is awesome, it means I'll need to sacrifice this night. :(
 
Top Bottom