Opinion 2021 Best 22s

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Suma Magic

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Aug 22, 2009
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West Coast
What is your club’s best 22 for 2021?

My first crack at the Eagles.


FB: Hurn Barrass Sheppard
HB: Cole McGovern Witherden
C: Duggan Kelly Gaff
HF: Cripps Darling Ryan
FF: Langdon Kennedy Allen

R: Naitanui Yeo Shuey

I: Nelson Redden Sheed Waterman

E: Williams Cameron Hutchings Rotham
 
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the Ziebull

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Nov 14, 2010
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North Melbourne
B: Hayden Tarrant Corr
HB: McDonald Walker Perez
C: Dumont LDU Stephenson
HF: Taylor Comben Ziebell
F: Zurhaar Larkey Thomas
R: Goldy Simpkin Cunners
I: Bonar Jed McKay Garner

emg: Pick 2, Pick 11, Turner, Young, Bailey Scott , Atu, Polec, Atley, Hall, Tyson
 

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Spook

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Aug 19, 2003
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Top of the pile looking down
AFL Club
Hawthorn
Other Teams
Claremont
What does your club’s best 22 for 2021?

My first crack at the Eagles.


FB: Hurn Barrass Sheppard
HB: Cole McGovern Witherden
C: Duggan Kelly Gaff
HF: Cripps Darling Ryan
FF: Langdon Kennedy Allen

R: Naitanui Yeo Shuey

I: Nelson Redden Sheed Waterman

E: Williams Cameron Hutchings Rotham
That’s a really strong and balanced side. that’s why I had money on your mob for this years flag.
 

JT_the_Man

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Dec 23, 2014
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Essendon
Other Teams
LCFC, LAL, Stars, 49ers, Canadiens
B Francis - Ambrose/BZT - Ridley
HB Redman - Hurley - Smith
C Langford - McGrath - Merrett
HF Snelling - Stewart - Zaharakis
F Tippa - Wright - Stringer
R Draper - Parish - Shiel
Int. Laverde - Heppell - Caldwell - Hind
Emg. Clarke - Ham - Guelfi - Hooker

Plus 3 top 10 picks, I’d hope at least one is playing round 1.
 

Kwality

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Aug 14, 2011
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West Coast
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Renault F1
What does your club’s best 22 for 2021?

My first crack at the Eagles.


FB: Hurn Barrass Sheppard
HB: Cole McGovern Witherden
C: Duggan Kelly Gaff
HF: Cripps Darling Ryan
FF: Langdon Kennedy Allen

R: Naitanui Yeo Shuey

I: Nelson Redden Sheed Waterman

E: Williams Cameron Hutchings Rotham
No development in sight? So top 8 again, not a contender.
 

Choppers

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Gold Coast
B: Wil Powell - Sam Collins - Connor Buderick
HB: Jack Lukosius - Charlie Ballard - Jack Bowes
C: Noah Anderson - Matt Rowell - Brandon Ellis
HF: Ben Ainsworth - Sam Day - Josh Corbett
F: Alex Sexton - Ben King - Izak Rankine
R: Jarrod Witts - Hugh Greenwood - Touk Miller
I: David Swallow - Rory Atkins - Lachie Weller - Oleg Markov

E: Brodie, Lemmens, Macpherson, Fiorini, Graham, Flanders. Pick 5
 

Hamingja

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If they favour all the old players which is probably a pretty safe bet

B: Bews Blicavs O'Connor
HB: Stewart Henderson Henry
C: Duncan Selwood Menegola
HF: Higgins Cameron Parfitt
F: Rohan Hawkins Miers
R: Stanley Dangerfield Guthrie
I: Tuohy Kolodjashnij Smith Dahlhaus
EMG: Clark Simpson Ratugolea Close

Personally would like to see De Koning, Stephens, Evans etc but expect they will favour the mature role players.
 

Cringle

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Jul 14, 2012
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Carlton
B: Wil Powell - Sam Collins - Connor Buderick
HB: Jack Lukosius - Charlie Ballard - Jack Bowes
C: Noah Anderson - Matt Rowell - Brandon Ellis
HF: Ben Ainsworth - Sam Day - Josh Corbett
F: Alex Sexton - Ben King - Izak Rankine
R: Jarrod Witts - Hugh Greenwood - Touk Miller
I: David Swallow - Rory Atkins - Lachie Weller - Oleg Markov

E: Brodie, Lemmens, Macpherson, Fiorini, Graham, Flanders. Pick 5
Probably the most balanced GC has ever looked.

Good meat and potato players with lots of class on each line too.
 

TeeJay Blue

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Feb 11, 2015
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Carlton
Carlton

FB -
Lachie Plowman - Liam Jones - Nic Newman
HB - Adam Saad - Jacob Weitering - Sam Docherty
C - Sam Walsh - Patrick Cripps - Will Setterfield
HF - Jack Martin - Mitch McGovern - Zac Fisher
FF - Michael Gibbons - Harry McKay - Levi Casboult
R - Tom De Koning - Ed Curnow - Zac Williams
I - Marc Murphy - Caleb Marchbank - Jack Newnes - Tom Williamson

E - Marc Pittonet - Lachie Fogarty - Jack Silvagni - Sam Petrevski-Seton



This was extremely tough.

- Ideally, Eddie Betts would not be in our best side. Especially when looking on his most recent performances. As much of a star he has been, it looks to be his off-field actions that are of greater value to our side.

- I am hearing talks that Caleb Marchbank might be pushed up the ground to play as a winger. And given what he is capable of, it was too difficult not to put him in the side despite his history of injuries.

- A lot would question my addition of Nic Newman. However, he was selected ahead of the likes of Tom Williamson at the beginning of the year. His one-on-one work is not fantastic, but his ability to push up the ground and attack is above average. He too can find the goals. Cops a lot of flak but I am in the minority and I really value what he brings.

- I left out Sam Petrevski-Seton due to the fact that he is far too inconsistent. I am unsure whether it is him simply playing out of position or something else. Perhaps another one to become a victim of our slow-growing depth.

- I was tossing up between Jack Newnes and David Cuningham. I felt Newnes has a greater presence around the ball and seems to be in the right places. Cuningham only had the one very good game this year. Most other times, he too proved to be very inconsistent. Shame because I really like him.

- I have Levi Casboult in for now, knowing the situation surrounding Charlie Curnow and the doubts over his future. We do need to move on from him though.

- At the moment, Marc Murphy remains in the 22. But I'd really hope to see Lachie Fogarty step up and become his successor by the end of the season.

- I reckon Ed Curnow will be the hardest to push out of the side given what he brings. But I like to believe Brodie Kemp will be that guy. This will be his year of development. Mostly in the reserves.

- Only cause for concern at the moment is Liam Jones and who is to replace him. I don't really trust Mitch McGovern to be that guy which many seem to be discussing.
 

Holden Hillbilly

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Power (presuming we draft Jones):

McKenzie, Clurey, Byrne-Jones

Hartlett, Jonas, Aliir

Houston, Wines, Amon

Butters, Marshall, Powell-Pepper

Gray, Dixon, Georgiades

R: Lycett, Boak, Rozee

Int: Rockliff, Duursma, Fantasia, Ladhams

EMG: Jones, Bergman, Burton, Drew
 

BrutThough

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Oct 2, 2010
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St Kilda
St Kilda
FB:
Paton - Howard - Wilkie
HB: Coffield - Carlisle - Long
C: Hill - Steele - Hannebery
HF: Billings - Membrey - Gresham
FF: Butler - King - Marshall
R: Paddy Ryder - Crouch - Jones
I: Clark, Ross, Battle, Higgins

Depth: Sinclair, Geary, Webster, Dunstan, Lonie, Roberton, McKernan, Bytel, Kent

Overall, this was pretty straight forward to pick and it strong on every line. Geary will probably be selected in some capacity but hard to see where he fits in if everyone is fit. We have some pretty good depth now as well.

The inclusion of Crouch and Clark spending more time in the midfield should see Billings and Gresham spend more time forward which will make the forward line our strongest part of the ground.
 

Herne Hill Hammer

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If they favour all the old players which is probably a pretty safe bet

B: Bews Blicavs O'Connor
HB: Stewart Henderson Henry
C: Duncan Selwood Menegola
HF: Higgins Cameron Parfitt
F: Rohan Hawkins Miers
R: Stanley Dangerfield Guthrie
I: Tuohy Kolodjashnij Smith Dahlhaus
EMG: Clark Simpson Ratugolea Close

Personally would like to see De Koning, Stephens, Evans etc but expect they will favour the mature role players.
I'd really hope Clark and Simpson could get into that 22, they're good enough and you don't want them exploring their options elsewhere.

I know he's the captain and has the rep but Selwood almost looked cooked to me, I was half expecting him to retire.

Simpson to the guts and Clark to the bench, two of Selwood, Tuohy, Dahlhaus or Kolo to make way for them.
 

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Warwick

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Feb 17, 2006
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Brisbane Lions
B: Answerth, Andrews, Gardiner
HB: Rich, Payne, Starcevich
C: Bailey, Lyons, McCluggage
HF: Rayner, Hipwood, Zorko
F: Cameron, Daniher, McCarthy
Foll: McInerney, Neale, J. Berry
Int: Lester, Ah Chee, McStay, Coleman

Next: Birchall, Robinson, Robertson, Cockatoo, Hinge, Ellis Yolmen, T. Berry
 

RUNVS

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Feb 28, 2007
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B: Answerth, Andrews, Gardiner
HB: Rich, Payne, Starcevich
C: Bailey, Lyons, McCluggage
HF: Rayner, Hipwood, Zorko
F: Cameron, Daniher, McCarthy
Foll: McInerney, Neale, J. Berry
Int: Lester, Ah Chee, McStay, Coleman

Next: Birchall, Robinson, Robertson, Cockatoo, Hinge, Ellis Yolmen, T. Berry
How Hipwood and Daniher work together is going to be interesting as they are very similar types of players. If both are on the park though it is going to be tough for other teams as most teams have at most 1 defender who can go with a 200cm forward.
 

Warwick

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How Hipwood and Daniher work together is going to be interesting as they are very similar types of players. If both are on the park though it is going to be tough for other teams as most teams have at most 1 defender who can go with a 200cm forward.
Yep going to be really interesting to see how they work in tandem. I think there will be plenty of teething problems. As you said, very similar - neither being a big power forward who would compliment the other perfectly. I think we'll probably play one much higher up the ground to give us a target coming out of defence. For both, their delivery into forward 50 is much more consistent than their set shots as well...

I think one of our biggest strengths up forward is that we do have small/medium forwards who can clunk a contested mark - McCarthy, Rayner, Bailey, even Cameron. It's just appalling kicking at goal that hurts us.

How we fit Andrews, Payne, Gardiner in down back will also be interesting. I believe we have to play all three but we do obviously lose run and gun if we do.
 

RUNVS

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Yep going to be really interesting to see how they work in tandem. I think there will be plenty of teething problems. As you said, very similar - neither being a big power forward who would compliment the other perfectly. I think we'll probably play one much higher up the ground to give us a target coming out of defence. For both, their delivery into forward 50 is much more consistent than their set shots as well...

I think one of our biggest strengths up forward is that we do have small/medium forwards who can clunk a contested mark - McCarthy, Rayner, Bailey, even Cameron. It's just appalling kicking at goal that hurts us.

How we fit Andrews, Payne, Gardiner in down back will also be interesting. I believe we have to play all three but we do obviously lose run and gun if we do.
It does actually take the pressure off the Lions midfield as well as Brisbane midfielders will be able to kick long and high towards either Daniher or Hipwood and one on one they are going to mark it more often than not, and if it becomes a pack situation and the ball hits the ground Brisbane have the small forwards who can capitalise.

Keeping Daniher and Hipwood apart though is key. If Brisbane can get them running in completely different directions for their leads it is going to make things really tough for opposition defenders.
 

Shadow89

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My personal Best 22 and their detailed roles explaining why I've chosen them and how they fit in (hopefully the coaches feel the same way too, haha):

B: O'Connor, Blicavs, Henry
HB: Stewart, Henderson, Clark
C: I. Smith, Guthrie, Menegola
FO: Stanley, Dangerfield, Parfitt
HF: S. Higgins, J. Cameron, Duncan
F: Miers, Hawkins, Dahlhaus
INT: Selwood, Simpson, Bews, Tuohy

EMG: Rohan, Kolodjashnij, Close, Ratugolea


Detailed Breakdown

Mark O'Connor: Lockdown Small Defender

Mark Blicavs: Key Defender/Intercept Mark with rebound capabilities/Back Up Ruck

Jack Henry: 3rd Tall Defender/3rd Man Up

Tom Stewart: Rebound Defender/Attacking Half-Back/Intercept Mark/3rd Man Up

Lachie Henderson: /Key Defender/Centre Half-Back with Intercept Ability

Jordan Clark: Rebound Defender/Attacking Half-Back

Isaac Smith: Attacking Wingman

Cam Guthrie: Inside/Outside Attacking Mid

Sam Menegola: Defensive/Attacking Wingman

Rhys Stanley: 1st Ruck pushing forward

Patrick Dangerfield: Attacking Inside Mid pushing forward

Brandan Parfitt: Defensive Inside Mid

Shaun Higgins: Half Forward Elite Delivery Inside 50/Inside & Outside Mid

Jeremy Cameron: 2nd Key Forward roaming up the ground

Mitch Duncan: Half Forward Elite Delivery Inside 50/Inside & Outside Mid

Gryan Miers: Small Forward/Goalsneak with ability to roam up the ground

Tom Hawkins: 1st Key Forward stay at home/Ruck inside Forward 50

Luke Dahlhaus: Pressure Small Forward/Goalsneak

Joel Selwood: Rotating Inside Mid

Sam Simpson: Rotating Half Forward

Jed Bews: Rotating Attacking/Defensive Half-Back

Zach Tuohy: Rotating Utility
 
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pazza

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B: Redman, Hurley, Ambrose
HB: Hind, Hooker, Ridley
C: Merrett, Shiel, Heppell
HF: McDonald-Tipungwuti, Wright, Langford
F: Stringer, Stewart, Snelling
R: Draper, McGrath, Smith
Int: Phillips, Caldwell, Guelfi, Parish
Emerg: Francis, Ham, Cahill, Laverde
 

Chaisa

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B: Rampe - Melican - Mills
HB: Lloyd - T McCartin - Dawson
C: McInerney - Parker - Florent
HF: Heeney - Reid - Blakey
F: Papley - Franklin - Hayward
R: Hickey - Kennedy - Rowbottom

Int: Cunningham - Stephens - Hewett - Sinclair

Emg: Clarke - Taylor - Campbell - Fox - Thurlow - Brand
 

PieLebo87

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B - Maynard, Roughead, Howe
HB - Crisp, Moore, Noble
C - Daicos, Adams, Quaynor
HF - Brown, Mihocek, Sidebottom
F - Elliott, Cox, WHE
R - Grundy, Pendles, De Goey

Int - Sier, Greenwood, Kelly, Mayne

Unpopular choice is Sidebottom at HHF instead of wing, but I see Quaynor getting more time upfield on a wing, using his pace and elite disposal to feed the forwards.

De Goey will get the midfield minutes he is after with Treloar being moved on, and Sier is due to step up for more consistent senior game time as the extra FT midfielder.

Baby Brown on the cusp, Cameron as the back up ruck/forward, Thomas, Wills and Madgen are next cabs off the rank.

Not all doom and gloom, as some might like to think.
 

RUNVS

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B: Rampe - Melican - Mills
HB: Lloyd - T McCartin - Dawson
C: McInerney - Parker - Florent
HF: Heeney - Reid - Blakey
F: Papley - Franklin - Hayward
R: Hickey - Kennedy - Rowbottom

Int: Cunningham - Stephens - Hewett - Sinclair

Emg: Clarke - Taylor - Campbell - Fox - Thurlow - Brand
Not a bad team on paper. However the depth is pretty weak after a few injuries, and there are certain players in that best 22 who get injured for fun.
 

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