Player Watch #2: Marley Williams - aka the NZ Appreciation Thread - 100th game v Lions

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Snake_Baker

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Pfffft, as if!
Read this on the Mongrel Punt:

Marley Williams… take possession of the ball!

I reviewed a North game a few weeks back, and Marley Williams took one of the worst dives I’ve seen this year. After barely being touched, he crumpled to the ground like an anaemic soccer player. You’d think that the ensuing criticism would be enough to ensure that every time your turn came to take possession and take the punishment that comes with it, you’d do your part, right?

Not if you’re Marley Williams, apparently.

At a point in the game where St Kilda were just staggering back to their feet after North’s first quarter barrage, Williams had a ball come into his area (again, sounds erotic, but it’s not) via a handball from Sam Wright. He had to jump to take possession. He jumped all right – jumped like a cat that just got a fright! Instead of grabbing the ball and taking the tackle that inevitably would’ve followed from big, scary third gamer, Ben Paton, Marley tapped the ball away in the direction of… someone (he hoped) and was out of the play.

Jack Billings read the tap from Williams, fed the handball to Jack Sinclair and he snapped a goal around the body from 35 metres out.

Go back and have a look if you like – it happened with 3.20 remaining in the second quarter, and it’s the second time in recent weeks that Williams has cost North a goal due to failing when something physical presented.

In short, it’s not good enough. Once is an anomaly. Twice is the beginning of a pattern of behaviour.
Turn it up!

This is what happens when dorks comment on football.

How many games of footy has the shit campaigner that posted this ever played?
 

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Sam Wright, who butchered the footy all day set him up with a pathetic handball.
If he took position he would have invited the tackle on and been crunched.
By tapping it on it meant any full on contact would have been deemed illegal
 

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I though the article was good except for the misread on Marley x 2. Neither incident was a case of him not going when it was his turn.

Indeed, Marley can be relied upon to go when it is his turn. Not even a question. If there has to be a knock on him, it is the occasional poor decision or poor disposal, but his good far outweighs his bad. One of the best small defenders in the comp, and he's ours.
 

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To be fair it was a pretty lack lustre game. Umps probably nodded off.

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First half was a debacle; Sun in face; changed to shady side second half and we won because I could see wat was going on
 

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Love seeing this sort of commitment.
That kind of dedication is infectious too. Luke McDonald took on the same challenge.

Except he thought it was watching the film 300 16 times in a row.

While sinking a shot everytime Gerard Butler was on screen.
 
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