- Nov 7, 2012
- AFL Club
- St Kilda
- Other Teams
- Liverpool FC, Bristol City FC
Yeah, Leigh Fisher left and then was re-listed I think, not sure why.It sucked that we got forced into that three way with Richmond and West Coast. I wish they could have got Troy Simmonds to come to us directly.
Leigh Fisher was still playing for us in 2008.
McQualter was actually one of the better picks taken from a crap draft after pick 7, and hard to complain about Gwilt as a late pick. I miss his good disposal.
Matthew Fergason was no loss, Rix was only ever meant to be a backup ruck. ( no worse than Longer in hind sight ).
Look, none of them were a disaster by themselves, but they added more to the lower half of the list, pushing the pre-existing lower half further into the middle, if that makes sense.
If you look at the 2004 list, it was jam packed with quality of all age groups and types, it was so well balanced. As I was trying to highlight even most of the bottom 10 players would comfortably get into our current team. Then the quality dried up year upon year and got replaced with GOPs. I'm not saying Rix was the reason it all came undone, but a ruck division of Ackland, Rix and Brooks plus Jason Blake wasn't helpful. I can count on one hand the St Kilda ruckmen who have been great for the club since I started following in 1996.
James Gwilt was good depth as well, but more of bringing in more sponge than icing or cherries.
I'm struggling to remember any moment in time where I thought Andrew McQualter was going to take our club forward, but you are right, if you look at the players after him in his draft, there aren't a lot of names that ring out as better options; could have been a great year to trade our picks for ready made players. Seems like McQualter is a better coach than a player, but of course that is with the bloody Tigers and X Clark. #bringtheboyshome