2020 Non-Freo nonchalance

Remove this Banner Ad

(Log in to remove this ad.)

Joao

Brownlow Medallist
May 2, 2017
10,010
16,074
QLD
AFL Club
Fremantle
Nah they are way too inconsistent and their spine is partly responsible.

See their loss to Adelaide.

Good sides win that.
That's not just on the spine, that's on the whole team and I'd argue the coaches just as much if not more than the players. McKay is inconsistent (well mostly he just can't finish his good work) but still young and will come good.

Weitering is quality. Curnow is quality (although injury prone af). Marchbank (again when not injured) is quality and plowman is perfectly serviceable as the 2nd/3rd tall. Pittonet is AFL standard and De Koning may end up a lot better than that.

Gov is a potato but he is not really a KPP anyway.

Their problem, as already pointed out, is that they only have Cripps as an A grade midfielder (who looks broken from carrying them for 4 years) and their only B graders are Curnow and Murphy who are close to the end.
 

prpl_jss

Premiership Player
Aug 16, 2009
3,887
5,966
AFL Club
Fremantle
In what regard? The bloke is constantly diving for smothers, laying tackles and winning contested ball.

He's not a blocking midfielder but his defensive game is good. It seems that because he is a ball hunter that is somehow negative?
Exactly - it's not his role to be chasing and tackling. That was my point.
 

Yeti

Club Legend
Feb 17, 2012
2,636
6,916
Newcastle
AFL Club
Fremantle
Just reading that young ruckman thread on the main board and who has the best young ruckman.

Got me thinking.

How many Premiership teams have a truly great ruckman? We tied up a chunk of salary cap in Sandilands, West Coast in Natanui, Melbourne in Gawn, Collingwood in Grundy etc.

How many Premiership teams have a top flight ruckman? What team last one a fkag having a highly paid ruckman?

Dean Cox at West Coast?
 

Joao

Brownlow Medallist
May 2, 2017
10,010
16,074
QLD
AFL Club
Fremantle
Just reading that young ruckman thread on the main board and who has the best young ruckman.

Got me thinking.

How many Premiership teams have a truly great ruckman? We tied up a chunk of salary cap in Sandilands, West Coast in Natanui, Melbourne in Gawn, Collingwood in Grundy etc.

How many Premiership teams have a top flight ruckman? What team last one a fkag having a highly paid ruckman?

Dean Cox at West Coast?
Yeah I think ideally you want a good ruckman, but not a great one. Cap space better spent elsewhere.
 

(Log in to remove this ad.)

arsesmart

All Australian
Sep 25, 2018
960
1,591
AFL Club
Fremantle
Just reading that young ruckman thread on the main board and who has the best young ruckman.

Got me thinking.

How many Premiership teams have a truly great ruckman? We tied up a chunk of salary cap in Sandilands, West Coast in Natanui, Melbourne in Gawn, Collingwood in Grundy etc.

How many Premiership teams have a top flight ruckman? What team last one a fkag having a highly paid ruckman?

Dean Cox at West Coast?
Footy teams have 22 players, of which a ruckman is just one and a specialist at that. Odds are against having a truly "great" one in a premiership team really. Great players are great players though.

September is the time for rucks to shine. A ruck who offers plenty of contested advantage and syncs well with the rest of the midfield will do the trick.
 

CapitalA

Team Captain
Nov 18, 2017
507
833
AFL Club
Fremantle
Just reading that young ruckman thread on the main board and who has the best young ruckman.

Got me thinking.

How many Premiership teams have a truly great ruckman? We tied up a chunk of salary cap in Sandilands, West Coast in Natanui, Melbourne in Gawn, Collingwood in Grundy etc.

How many Premiership teams have a top flight ruckman? What team last one a fkag having a highly paid ruckman?

Dean Cox at West Coast?
Isn't the acquisition of Brad Ottens said to be a major reason for Geelong winning a couple premierships?
Nankervis had a big impact at the Tigers when he got traded in although not a "top flight" ruck I remember the media talking about how good he was along with Caddy and Prestia.
Maybe some more that's the closest i could think of off the top of my head.
 

Van_Dyke

Brownlow Medallist
Jun 7, 2015
23,701
31,411
Perth
AFL Club
Fremantle
Other Teams
Chelsea, Glory, Warriors, NOLA,
Just reading that young ruckman thread on the main board and who has the best young ruckman.

Got me thinking.

How many Premiership teams have a truly great ruckman? We tied up a chunk of salary cap in Sandilands, West Coast in Natanui, Melbourne in Gawn, Collingwood in Grundy etc.

How many Premiership teams have a top flight ruckman? What team last one a fkag having a highly paid ruckman?

Dean Cox at West Coast?
He wasn’t there on grand final day, but I doubt 2018 Nic Nat was cheap
 

Paracleet

Emotion is not going to get the job done..
Jun 30, 2011
3,782
6,062
AFL Club
Fremantle
Mundy doesn’t have a record of shirking contests though does he. Terrible comment.

If Acres really wanted to lay the bump (which was a dumb and soft decision) he would’ve. He should’ve attacked the ball like LDU did but instead he took short steps and then very tentatively braced for contact.
Solid keyboard warrior areas.
 

ChimpaWompa

Club Legend
May 27, 2013
1,572
4,431
AFL Club
Fremantle
been watching a lot of mid 2000's footy on Youtube recently.
While watching this one I heard this crazy line "If Carlton win today they get picks 5 and 21, if they lose they get picks 1, 4 and 20". Needless to say, they did not win :$
They picked Murphy and Josh Kennedy which didn't do them much good in the end but what a joke the priority pick era was.
 

ImperialPurple

Matthew Pavlich Medallist
May 26, 2003
21,156
11,177
South Fremantle
AFL Club
Fremantle
Other Teams
SFFC, Australian Women's Cricket
In what regard? The bloke is constantly diving for smothers, laying tackles and winning contested ball.

He's not a blocking midfielder but his defensive game is good. It seems that because he is a ball hunter that is somehow negative?
I saw him lay a massive block for AB I think it was. Just put his huge frame between opponent and Andy, stuck his arms out and Andy waltzed away with the pill. Surprised to see Fyfe being the one laying the block, but he was very effective 👍🏽
 

G Mus

Norm Smith Medallist
Jun 30, 2015
6,220
6,195
Perth
AFL Club
Fremantle
Other Teams
Juventus
The comparison is simple :-

Soccer is a sport full of divers and “hypochondriacs”.

Cycling has no room for divers. Geez they get pushed into barbed wire fences, and then get up and ride on.
They would dive if they could gain a competitive advantage from it, they literally take designer drugs because they need a full blood passport which is mandated in only cycling due to doping being so rife in the sport, and they STILL push the boundaries

The diving in soccer and AFL is to gain a competitive advantage, not because they are genuinely hurt and can’t go on, a bit like Sonny clutching his face and going down when he gets a finger on the shoulder
 

Top Bottom