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rgauci

Norm Smith Medallist
Jul 16, 2004
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Saw the team sheet - Hill in for Cerra is a significant upgrade. We need a run of games and everyone will remember he is in our top 5 players.
It’s annoying watching Sidebottom, Schuey, Ziebell etc all out their braining then while our equivalent sits sidelined. They are from the same draft.
 

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poshman

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Oct 13, 2006
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It’s annoying watching Sidebottom, Schuey, Ziebell etc all out their braining then while our equivalent sits sidelined. They are from the same draft.
It is so easy to forget how bloody good he is - can get it inside and kills teams on the outside. If he can start to enjoy playing with walters - sonny - wilson etc and if we look to feed him the ball as we have with wilson and ryan he will quickly open the game up through sheer skill or get the tag and open it up for others.
 

tants

Norm Smith Medallist
Jul 30, 2009
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It’s annoying watching Sidebottom, Schuey, Ziebell etc all out their braining then while our equivalent sits sidelined. They are from the same draft.
Yet Hill has played more games than all but Sidebottom, so at some stage over their careers they've all spent extended periods on the sideline.
 

PapaJ

Norm Smith Medallist
Jul 15, 2007
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Yet Hill has played more games than all but Sidebottom, so at some stage over their careers they've all spent extended periods on the sideline.
Interesting, I wouldn't have thought that. I remember Ziebell had a few issues early on (partly form, partly injury issues), so was a bit slower to get going, while we were pumping games into Hill from the get go and he was, for the most part up to it.

That said, there's a fair percentages of games for Hill in the last couple of years that have been injury impacted. IMHO, Hill's game count should be lower than it is. This playing him half baked has cost him/us in the longer run.
 
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Tayl0r

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Jul 16, 2009
37,055
37,309
Perth
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I'd expect our players to tend more on the side of fit if we are a chance at finals.

The cold reality of it is that if we play finals it helps the bottom line, if we finish in the top six it REALLY helps the bottom line. It's basically a free extra home game that will pack out.

When it's in our interests to not play our star players because they have a nasty niggle, because it helps us underperform, that happens. The reverse is true too.
 
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