Prediction 2018 Best 22

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  1. footylover18

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    Baguley Hurley McKenna

    Gleeson Francis McGrath

    Goddard . Merrett . Zaka

    Begley Daniher . Stringer

    Tippa . Hooker/Stewart . Orazio

    Belly . Heppell Parish

    Mutch . Langford Colyer Laverde
     
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  2. SherbertLemon

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    Will hooker play in defence guys?
     
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    FB: Ambrose, Hooker, Gleeson
    HB: Francis, Hurley, McKenna
    C: Merrett, McGrath, Zaharakis
    HF: Stringer, Daniher, Fantasia
    FF: Begley, Stewart, McDonald-Tipungwuti
    R: Bellchambers, Parish, Heppell
    Int: Langford, Laverde, Myers, Goddard
     
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    After seeing how good the tigers were at team defense this season i've been thinking whether we could do something similar. We struggled all year to defend the ground and having our 3 small forwards doing all the work aren't the answer in my opinion. I am a massive man of Hooker but if we did go smaller we would have to seem him go back unless we drop James Stewart which would be interesting. Having Fantasia, Walla, Green, Laverde, Begley, Colyer buzzing around and tackling and causing havoc, why couldn't that work for us as well?

    Baugley Hurley Francis
    McKenna Hooker Gleeson
    Parish Heppell McGrath
    Fantasia Daniher Colyer
    Walla Stewart Laverde
    Bellchambers Zaharakis Merrett
    Bench: Goddard, Green, Begley, Langford

    If Stewart was dropped, Hooker remains forward and Hartley/Ambrose/Brown slots in. This is obviously pre trade period, could easily slot Stringer in for Begley/Laverde/Colyer.

    Thoughts?
     
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    I like this side however I don't see Hooker returning to the backline on a permanent bases, maybe roll Myers across half back or maybe bring in Hartley.
     
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    There was a bit more to Richmond's success than just playing a small forward line and having them buzzing around and tackling. For starters they had Jack Reiwoldt crashing as many packs as he could get to, along with Townsend. Neither Joe nor Stewart can crash packs or contest marks as well. Hooker can but would have to lift his work rate to have the impact in a smaller set up. They also had Dusty and Caddy play mostly across half forward in the finals. Even when outnumbered by defenders they could still win the ball or at the very minimum put up a fierce contest. This allows Richmond to have more numbers around the contest up the field.
     
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    i like this
     
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    FB: Ambrose, Hooker, Saad
    HB: Gleeson, Hurley, McKenna
    C: McGrath, Heppell, Zaharakis
    HF: Parish, Daniher, Fantasia
    FF: Stringer, Stewart, M-Tipungwuti
    R: Bellchambers, Merrett, D.Smith
    Inter From: Goddard, Langford, Laverde, Myers, Francis, Baguley, Green, Begley, Ridley, Hartley, Bird
     
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    So midfield as per this year without Watson and Myers? Watch us bounce around like pin balls. Awesome.
     
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    Did I miss the Wines or Kennedy on our list? Here's hoping Langford, Laverde and Begley can get extended time in there. Stringer might also run through there for bursts.
    With the likely additions of Stringer, Smith and Saad. McGrath moving to the mid and Fantasia and Walla as well at times, it is clear we are looking at winning games with speed. Games like the Saints, Power, WC were won through quickness. Also cut Sydney up the first game apart from 3 mins. Parish also having the most contested possessions in the final was a look 2018, where in his 3rd year will get much more time in the centre.
     
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    B Gleeson - Hartley/Francis - Ambrose
    HB Saad - Hurley - McKenna
    C McGrath - Heppell - Zaharakis
    HF Smith - Daniher - Stringer
    F Fantasia - Hooker - Stewart
    R Bellchambers - Merrett - Parish
    Int. Goddard - McDonald-Tipungwuti - Langford - Begley
    Emg. Mutch - Laverde - Colyer

    This is hard.
     

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    reckon smith could be a 60/40 mid

    he's strong in there, tackles hard, is quick.

    maybe he was perma fwd at GWS because they are so stacked.
     
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    B: Gleeson - Hartley - Ambrose
    HB: McKenna - Hurley - Saad (Baguley)
    C: McGrath - Heppell - Zaharakis
    HF: Stewart - Daniher - Stringer (Begley)
    F: Fantasia - Hooker - McDonald-Tipungwuti
    R: Bellchambers - Merrett - Parish
    I/C: Smith - Langford - Laverde - Goddard

    EMG: Begley - Francis - Baguley
     
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    It's a nice best 22 if Langford, Laverde and Begley become something that they are not as of right now. As of right now, Myers is a non negotiable.
    Much as i like Myers and want him to come good, it will be a great sign for the club early next year if he is superseded by those younger guys. However i've really got my doubts about Langford. I don't think his current style of play suits our needs. Laverde and Begley are a different matter.
     
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    Goddard to play inside mid until Langford, Laverde or Francis step up. Myers can fill in when BJ needs a spell but you can't have both in the same team. On paper this looks like a fast, strong tackling/pressure team that can score. (Premiership formula).

    Saad Hartley Hurley

    Gleeson Ambrose McKenna

    Smith Goddard McGrath

    Walla Daniher Stringer

    Begley Hooker Fantasia

    Bellchambers Heppell Zerrett

    Zaharakis Francis Parish Raffleticket

    Emergencies: Langverdolyer, Greenwart, Bagyers.
     
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    Or ... Why not play Stringer as a big mid?

    Gleeson Hartley Hurley

    Saad Ambrose McKenna

    Smith Stringer McGrath

    Walla Daniher Fantasia

    Begley Hooker Stewart

    Bellchambers Heppell Merrett

    Zaka Parish Goddard Francis
     
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    FB: Gleeson - Ambrose/Hartley - Saad
    HB: McKenna - Hurley - McGrath
    C: Zaharakis - Myers - Smith
    HF: Walla - Daniher - Stewart
    FF: Fantasia - Hooker - Stringer
    R: TBC - Heppell - Merrett
    IC: Parish - Goddard - ???? - ????

    Remaining two bench players go to best preseason performers. I also think one of Mcniece/Redman would be capable of grabbing a spot in the back 6 to allow McGrath up the field.

    I'm still not sold on Stringer. Even if we get him back to top flight does he really improve our forward line that much? I know it allows Fantasia/Walla to spend more time up the ground but are better as forwards IMO.
     
  18. JayJ20

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    My best 22 by the end of the year:

    B: Gleeson - Hartley - Francis
    HB: McKenna - Hurley - Saad
    C: McGrath - Heppell - Zaharakis
    HF: Stewart - Daniher - Stringer
    F: Fantasia - Hooker - McDonald-Tipungwuti
    R: Bellchambers - Merrett - Parish
    I/C: Smith - Langford - Laverde - Goddard

    EMG: Begley - Ambrose - Baguley

    Changes from last year:

    Stringer > Green
    Langford > Watson
    Saad > Baguley
    Francis > Ambrose
    Smith > Colyer
    Laverde > Myers
    Gleeson > Kelly

    Fair to say that we'll have a younger, quicker and more talented best 22 next year.
     
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    BJ was tried as an inside mid two years ago and failed spectacularly. He has a solid inside aspect to his game this year which was nice, but don't hope for more than that
     
  20. hurlygurdy

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    Wow, that really doesn't sell it for me.
    Stringer is an undeniable win, but Saad is an interesting one. He doesn't fill a need. Very happy to have him but does he defend as well as Bags? Ambrose is a lock, Smith is somewhat of an unknown as a midfielder. Laverde needs a massive lift to replace even an out of form Myers. Gleeson is not better than Kelly. Don't know if you were suggesting the replacements were all better or not but it looked like that.
     
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    Saad fills a huge need. With McGrath likely to play on a wing next season, we have no quick half backs apart from Mckenna. Gleeson is suited to more of a intercept player. Have barely seen him run and carry with the ball.
     
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    By > I mean who they replace. Not "better than".

    Saad will definitely assist with our transition from defence and allow McGrath to move into the midfield. The thing is, Baguley was hanging on by a thread this year. I doubt we'll see him play his best again. I think small defenders are somewhat of a concern for us, but Baguley is certainly not the answer for it. I don't see any other better alternatives, so Saad is definitely the best option. Smith allows Parish to make a permanent move into the midfield as an inside mid instead of that half forward role he's been playing. I think our target for him is to become a goal kicking mid similar to Zorko that we need. Our idfield doesn't kick enough goals as it is. He'll also give us some forward pressure
    Gleeson's intercept marking has been a huge asset for us. One of the few that actually played well in the EF. I wish he put on some size though to play a tougher role like Kelly does. Kelly at his best is certainly better.

    I don't think Ambrose is a lock. I'm expecting Francis to cement his spot. I'm also one of the few that rates Hartley more than Ambrose. Ambrose is too undersized I reckon.
    Myers is done IMO. He would need to lift quite a bit to retain his spot.

    That best 22 is a sizeable improvement on ours this season. Still missing that big-bodied clearance specialist, but that won't come this year
     
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    ambrose isn't a lock, I think he will struggle to even get a game.
     
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    With our teaming needing to become more defensive next year, I’m now a little concerned how many one way runners we have in the team.

    There’s a lot, isn’t there?
     
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    Assuming we pick up Stringer, Smith & Saad

    FB: Ambrose, Hartley, Glesson
    HB: Hurley, Hooker, McKenna
    C: Merrett, McGrath, Zaharakis
    HF: Stringer, Daniher, Fantasia
    FF: Begley, Stewart, McDonald-Tipungwuti
    R: Bellchambers, Parish, Heppell
    Int: Saad, Smith, Goodard, LeVarde
    EMG: Langford, Francis, Myers, Green, Bags, Colyer, Howlett, Ridley, Mutch