Player Watch #18: Shaun Atley -

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Oct 4, 2006
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Fast and ok skills.

But the football related problem solving speed of a slug.
I’m actually not that sure he is fast anymore. Sure he used to be but it feels like he’s got slower every year. Maybe he is just a little above average now which makes him look like the flash in our side.

He doesn’t seem to leave guys in his wake anymore like he did in his first few seasons. Against Carlton, might have been the third quarter he took possession between half back and wing with nothing but cut grass and brown/weitering between him and the goals. He didn’t even take one bounce but he could have taken three and probably had a shot. Instead he kicks it after a 10 meter dash, with brown running back to goal and weitering leaving his man and marking the 45 meter kick, by himself at half back.

Sure the reluctance to have a few bounces may have been a poor choice, but it says a lot about a player when they are scared to use their biggest weapon.
 

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LB2Snake

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Aug 16, 2009
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I’m actually not that sure he is fast anymore. Sure he used to be but it feels like he’s got slower every year. Maybe he is just a little above average now which makes him look like the flash in our side.

He doesn’t seem to leave guys in his wake anymore like he did in his first few seasons. Against Carlton, might have been the third quarter he took possession between half back and wing with nothing but cut grass and brown/weitering between him and the goals. He didn’t even take one bounce but he could have taken three and probably had a shot. Instead he kicks it after a 10 meter dash, with brown running back to goal and weitering leaving his man and marking the 45 meter kick, by himself at half back.

Sure the reluctance to have a few bounces may have been a poor choice, but it says a lot about a player when they are scared to use their biggest weapon.
That was awful wasn’t it. I saw him get the ball and even with the garbage camera angles etc you could see we were “on” here.
I was screaming, “Go! Go! Go!” and then that happened. Infuriating
 

SunnyBoner

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Aug 15, 2009
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That was awful wasn’t it. I saw him get the ball and even with the garbage camera angles etc you could see we were “on” here.
I was screaming, “Go! Go! Go!” and then that happened. Infuriating
I made the same comment on here after the game. 200 odd games and we still get decision making like this. It's just not good enough.
 

LuvtheKangas

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Mar 11, 2006
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I made the same comment on here after the game. 200 odd games and we still get decision making like this. It's just not good enough.
I would wager that Atley's career highlights reel will consist of some brilliant outcomes when he has had to execute immediately. There will be nothing where he's had time to think and create.
 

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tazaa

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Apr 11, 2007
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Solid three weeks he’s put together.

I just hate that we again wait till sh*t hits the fan for the penny to drop.
It’s almost like we need to start 3 games behind everyone else so we try harder.

That perform when under siege mentality crept in even after we won in round1 and post lockdown. I don’t get this group.
 

King Corey

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Geez we all come for this bloke when he has some ordinary moments. He was clean AF today. I don’t reckon he made an error did he? Was involved in quite a few of our goal chains too. *


*iPad won’t play GR’s goals vids...am basing this off memory. :rolleyes::drunk:
He did some good things and some trademark play chain stoppers from split second indecision. Overall a quality showing.

He's not a Stevo or Swallow who is going to produce much in poor team games. But when the unit is up and about and everyone is on the move he gels nicely.
 

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