Prediction 2018 Best 22

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  1. Mr Mojo Risin

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    Players playing today I see as definitely best 22 in 2018:
    - Goddard
    - Hurley
    - Hooker
    - Daniher
    - Gleeson
    - McKenna
    - McGrath
    - Heppell
    - Parish
    - Zaharakis
    - Merrett
    - Bellchambers
    - Fantasia
    - McDonald-Tipungwuti
    - Stewart

    That is (IMO) 7 spots up for grabs depending on trades, draft and development.

    It looks like Begley will make it.

    It would be good to see how well Ambrose/Hartley do with a midfield who defends. Same for Baguley.

    Would like to see Langford and Laverde given extended runs at it and Ridley given a few tastes at senior level.

    We are slowly on the right track, hopefully can have a great off season.
     
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    I have been as big a critic of our selections each week, the non selections of guys like Langford, Laverde and co but the injuries and limited pre seasons to our 3rd - 6th year players has been horrible.

    They are behind the 8 ball when it comes to development
     
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    Time to throw out the sentiment and get ruthless.

    Out: Watson, Stanton, J.Merrett, Bird, Morgan, Clarke, Hocking, Howlett, Kelly, Dea

    Consider re-rookie from these guys: Morgan, Long, Clarke, Draper, McKernan, Dea, McNiece
     
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    Time waits for no man.... One season ends we look to the next.

    Did we stunt development in order to scrape finals to appear fans? Or was playing a final the tonic some kids needed while others got a solid traditional vfl development? Time will tell.

    It ended badly but let's not forget we played some exhilarating football at times this year, the blocks are there...just need to build on them.

    We have a few forced changes, so will it be a little step back to move forward? Or a consolidate and rise again?

    What's our best 22 looking like pre trades? (I won't play that game of adding gaff, stringer , whoever)

    What's your best 22 for round one assuming all players are fit and firing..

    Ambrose. Hurley. Gleeson
    McKenna. Francis. Goddard
    Mutch. Heppell. McGrath
    Begley. Daniher. Fantasia.
    Walla. Hooker. Stewart.
    Tbell. Merrett. Parish
    Langford. Laverde. Colyer. Zaharakis.

    Seems woefully short on the inside and short of a small def..

    What we thinking?
     
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    Id have Myers in ahead of Colyer.

    Hartley should prob be in their too for the real tall forwards.
     
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    Retire: Watson, Stanton, Hocking, Kelly, Bird
    Delist: Howlett, Dea, Green, Brown, J Merret

    Trade bait: Francis, Leunberger, Morgan, Redman, Clarke, Hartley, Gleeson, Baguley


    Time for a major re-assessment of where our list is at.
     
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    Maybe not R1, but as the year wears on, but of course there will be another 8 or so to pick from by then...
    FB Baguley Ambrose McKenna
    HB Gleeson Hurley Francis
    R Bellchambers Heppell ZMerrett
    C Zaharakis Langford Colyer
    HF Begley Daniher Stewart
    FF Fantasia Hooker McDonald-Tipungwuti
    Int Laverde Parish McGrath Goddard
    Emg Ridley Myers Mutch
     
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    Ill spew up if colyer is in the.team ahead of mutch next year
     
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    If we want to improve then Laverde, Langford and Francis need to be best 22 or at least playing 10+ games next year
     
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    Langford the one, was demanding a spot.

    Hope to see him start rd1.

    Wonder where Redman is at? Ridley already pushed in the queue?
     
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    Caught a few minutes of Fox Footy's post match review and was surprised to see on Kingy's player rating that Dea was in positive territory.
     
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    I guess is good cover, not like we are not flush with his type though?

    In the end you can't just cut everything away, still need covering options but wouldn't see him near best 22 territory, or first drop
     
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    I'm hoping it'll be:

    FB Baguley Ambrose McKenna
    HB Gleeson Hurley Francis
    R Bellchambers Heppell Merrett
    C Zaharakis Langford Mutch
    HF Begley Daniher Stewart
    FF Fantasia Hooker McDonald-Tipungwuti
    Int Laverde Parish McGrath Goddard

    Begley, Mutch, Francis, Laverde and Langford have to be best 22.

    Replaced: Hartley, Myers, Colyer, Watson, Green.

    Laverde and Langford through the midfield will provide us with some much needed height there. Adelaide and Sydney both exposed us for a lack of height in the midfield.

    I really hope that both turn into the inside mids that we badly need.
     
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    Langer's doseht seem the absorb a tackle, get arms free and distribute type of inside mid, he's more of a side stepper. I want to find that real hard edged tall mid
     
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    Lever - Hurley - Gleeson
    McKenna - Hooker - Francis
    Heppell - Rockliff - McGrath
    Begley - Daniher - Fantasia
    Walla - Tom Lynch - Stewart
    Grundy - Merrett - Josh Kelly

    Parish - Zaharakis - Goddard - Stringer

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    True but it was interesting that several guys that are highly rated around here like Langford and Lavarde were deeply negative on the rating scale yet Dea who is hardly mentioned was in positive.
     
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    It is David King, so it's entirely possible he just pulled the whole thing out of his arse....
     
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    Kelly - rebounding defender, and Watson (inside mid) have to be replaced from the best 22. Ideally you can improve on at least Colyer and Myers through the midfield. So at the minimum that's 4 senior changes (plus adding back in Hooker).
    An athletic KPD would be nice, but a bonus compared to the above needs
     
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    Fairs fair he has to cover from his complete misreading of the Essendon list with his claim last year that it would take years for Essendon to be competitive.
     
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    Baguely Hurley ambrose
    Gleeson Hartley McKenna
    McGrath Heppell zaka
    Fantasia Daniher Walla
    Green hooker Stewart
    Bellchambers Merrett parish
    Goddard Myers Langford laverde

    Pretty excited with this team pre trade and draft selections.
    We're probably 1 or 2 gun midfielder short of being a really strong team so hopefully we pick up some one that will slot right in.
    I'm really hoping the likes of Langford laverde parish can take there games to another level.
    Myers and Heppell will noticeably be better next year.
    Fantasia and Walla will increase there load in the middle next year.
    Baguely and green are pure one role players, not the best but required.
    Although if I'm being really picky, Francis is the player you'd love to step in for green and provide something as a third fwd and push Stewart up he ground like tom lynch. This would also require Fantasia or Walla staying closer to goal.

    So I guess outside of my 22 I'm hoping for a gun midfield pick up, Francis to have a great preseason and Langford and laverde to hold their spots.
    On the out skirts we have colyer, begley and brown. Also looking forward to seeing some young players earning some games; mutch, Ridley, Clarke, Redman and our new draftees.
     
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    I have at least 6 spots up for grabs in round 1 2018. 2 in defence and 4 on the bench.

    __ Hurley Ambrose
    Gleeson __ McKenna
    Parish Heppell McGrath
    Tippa Daniher Fantasia
    Begley Hooker Stewart

    Foll: Zerrett Goddard Zaharakis Bellchambers

    Bench: ? ? ? ?

    We probably need another smaller defender (Bags on a 1 year deal?) and another tall defender (Hartley not up to it)

    Pick 4 players for the bench who apply the most pressure and actually want to defend up the ground.

    No more Green, Colyer, Myers and guys like this. They will not take the club forward so whats the point of giving them games?
     
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    Not sure if Begley is quite there yet. His first qtr of AFL was outstanding...but has not impacted enough, often enough since then. Will be a player, but plenty of time to develop.
     
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    He came in when we were at our worst, imagine how good he would have been mid year
     
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    I agree that supply is important...but I kind of thought he was a little down on form when he got his first game...wasn't getting huge numbers in the VFL for a bit. Not sure if he is best 22...but definatley will be if its now or later...hopefully we can agree there.
     
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    Baguley Hartley Gleeson
    Lever Hurley Mckenna
    Zaharakis Heppell Mcgrath
    Fantasia Daniher Ambrose
    Amt Hooker Stewart
    Bellchambers parish merrett
    Mutch Langford Laverde begley

    I am making unlikely assumption we get lever and lose draft pick and Francis