List Mgmt. 2021 Young Talent Time

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Scham

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Ffs does anyone actually want to hear this commentary? Who is their intended audience?
Yep. I’m done. I don’t know who most of the players are so need the game called. I don’t think they have a target audience, it’s just a talkfest amongst colleagues.
 

wayToGo_

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Dockeroo

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Watched 15 min or so. Hard to take much from this. Geelong VFL are light years ahead in terms of structure, physical conditioning etc. AFL academy can barely get the ball inside 50. Horne looks about the liveliest of them. VanRooyen is a bit one paced?
 

CapitalA

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Watched 15 min or so. Hard to take much from this. Geelong VFL are light years ahead in terms of structure, physical conditioning etc. AFL academy can barely get the ball inside 50. Horne looks about the liveliest of them. VanRooyen is a bit one paced?
I agree I watched about 15 minutes too and the difference in level between the teams made the academy kids look like mud.

Hard to watch a bunch of kids play a bunch of afl listed players.
 

Snuffaluphagus

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Watched 15 min or so. Hard to take much from this. Geelong VFL are light years ahead in terms of structure, physical conditioning etc. AFL academy can barely get the ball inside 50. Horne looks about the liveliest of them. VanRooyen is a bit one paced?
Agree on Van Rooyen, looks slow and immobile (but what do I know) and yeah hard to take much out of it. Erasmus has probably been a stand out for WA
 

wayToGo_

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Horne really good. Erasmus good. Johnson been ok. Williams ok. If Daicos would run both ways he'd be good - just refuses to pick up his man nor does he go in to tackle in the contest.
 

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nurries

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Horne really good. Erasmus good. Johnson been ok. Williams ok. If Daicos would run both ways he'd be good - just refuses to pick up his man nor does he go in to tackle in the contest.
It’s not going to happen but how good would Horne look in Purple
 

wayToGo_

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Really don't see the point of flying in a bunch of random under 19yo players who haven't played together before to take on a VFL team made up of a heap of AFL listed players. Forwards have rarely seen it. Thought the format where they split the academy into two teams to play each other worked much better. Maybe do the VFL/WAFL/SANFL thing once they've played with other a few times.
 

Joao

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Turned it on in the 4th, saw the score and Sam Simpson waltz through congestion and snap a goal like he was peak Gaz and turned it off.

Didn't expect them to win but I thought they'd be more competitive than this. What a waste of time.
 

Dockeroo

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Watched chunks of it - an eye opening experience. Academy side were totally out of their depth. Fringe Geelong players looking like Chris Judd at his peak.
Horne was pretty much the only player who played near the required intensity for this level.
Josh Rachele showed flashes of clsss. Would we hard to pass on him if he fell to our pick somehow.
Erasmus probably the best of the WA boys, Johnson was ok at times.
Van Rooyen looked slowish and would be a long term project I reckon. TBH Williams looked as good if not better. Hard day for forwards though given their midfield was obliterated.
Sonsie was a top 3 chance and apparently playing - I didn’t see him get a single touch. Maybe he was a late withdrawal?
Daicos - yeah he’s classy. Similar to the brother at Collingwood. Bazzo had a tough day. Fahey from GWS academy was decent.
Overall I thought the gulf in conditioning, pace power and decision making between the two sides was stark, from the parts I watched.

I can’t help thinking how well Josh Treacy is going to be playing his third AFL game despite being only 6-8 months older than many of these boys.
 

Wilksyy

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Really don't see the point of flying in a bunch of random under 19yo players who haven't played together before to take on a VFL team made up of a heap of AFL listed players. Forwards have rarely seen it. Thought the format where they split the academy into two teams to play each other worked much better. Maybe do the VFL/WAFL/SANFL thing once they've played with other a few times.
I think it’s a good experience for the kids but not much else. At least enlighten them just how fast AFL is compared to the lower levels.
 

Bastyy

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Disappointing stuff but for a group that's been together for 72 hours, and with a few players out of position (Matthew Roberts in a forward pocket for one), I think this was the expected result

Rachele is a gun, I already had him high up on my board but he deserves to stay there. Would love him at our first

Erasmus very good, probably on track to be a late first round-early second round pick now.

Finn Callaghan showed some flashes today, his run and carry is top notch and there were a few instances of it translating to this level. He's one I like for us as an outside midfielder.

Bazzo was fine today, not his best game, would have liked to see him tried forward however.

Horne and Daicos playing as expected, it'll be a battle between those two for pick 1.

Overall, not much to take out of today, but there's a few things that will move kids around draft boards (Rachele's effort in the last half, Erasmus playing great despite being played out of position).
 

wayToGo_

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Finn Callaghan showed some flashes today, his run and carry is top notch and there were a few instances of it translating to this level. He's one I like for us as an outside midfielder.
I didn't catch the whole game but thought his disposal was terrible today from what I did see. Still cringing from one of his kicks to Daicos out on the wing under limited pressure. In fairness, he wasn't alone... Not sure we learnt anything from that game - other than talent alone certainly doesn't equate to winning.
 

Bastyy

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I didn't catch the whole game but thought his disposal was terrible today from what I did see. Still cringing from one of his kicks to Daicos out on the wing under limited pressure. In fairness, he wasn't alone... Not sure we learnt anything from that game - other than talent alone certainly doesn't equate to winning.
He definitely had a few bad kicks, but I thought some of his kicks weren't really capitalised on by his team mates. It was definitely Finn's worst of his past month but I wouldn't call it a bad game in comparison to others
 

sdfc

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I agree I watched about 15 minutes too and the difference in level between the teams made the academy kids look like mud.

Hard to watch a bunch of kids play a bunch of afl listed players.
I've seen enough of Van Rooyen to know he's not one paced. A bunch of 17 and 18 year olds would probably struggle against A grade amateurs, let along a VFL, WAFL or SANFL side.
 

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