- Sep 5, 2016
- AFL Club
We have no 2022 training news, but who?
We have not selected McCartin yet as the Supplemental Selection Period only started today.Ladhams would be the most likely. I am a bit perplexed by the club not announcing a Paddy inclusion in our squad. Why is that taking so long? Surely the guy needs to get on with it or go elsewhere.
I think Marc Sheather has a lot of good points and will be a good player. But debuting in the first 5 rounds I am not sure.
Will Gould is coming on nicely now they have shown him the Sydney way. You could have said the way Glenelg play was not so far from the Sydney method but there are huge differences now. His natural intercept game needed to be tempered by a hard shutdown side of his game. Shutting down an AFL medium or tall is different to shutting down a VFL, SANFL etc player. One step up. They have been teaching him the trade and he looks to have learned very well. Now to see the results. Hopefully first 5vrounds we get a look at him. If he does debut there are going to be some very sore opponents, he hits both bumps and tackles, like a steam train.
Sheldrick will be lucky to debut in the first 5 as he needs to learn our style. Barring injuries to major mids I see him debuting eith mid to late in the year or next year. I think he needs considerable work on his disposal.
Rankin is probably in that bracket too. Except his disposal is superb. He could possibly debut earlier if we give runners a rest.
Roberts, I believe, would be closest. He has a big body and his delivery and work rate are superb. But it all depends on his fitness. He seemed a little back in the time trials. Seemed to be struggling a bit whick is really weird for a bloke who has pretty good endurance. But then again he has a bigger body shape.
Corey Warner is an interesting one. Boy is he quick, Jetta quick. Maybe I am overstating that a bit but not by much. His disposal needs to be a bit cleaner. But his attack on the ball and player is superb and his outside run outstanding. If he hits his straps he could easily debut this year. But in the firdmst 5? Not sure, it would depend on injury. By the way all the players drafted not only have talent they have grunt. They are aggressive. Never backing down and they are all eager for success. None more than this guy.
Barry O'Connor. I can see him debuting later in the year. I think he is developing beautifully. It's interesting that at 193cm he is seen as a medium defender lol. That would have been a Ruckman in my day lol. I think he's actually taller than that. Originally, when he came to us, his bio said 196cm. He is coming along nicely. His pace is so good.
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Ladhams and McCartin feel like certainties. As for the others it is hard to tell as Shelrick, Roberts and Warner all look like they could play a number of games in 2022 as they have the bodies for it.
You’re probably spot-on.
But I do have a sneaky suspicion that Gould might just be a surprise debutant come round 1.
You’re gonna need to do both if you hope to fulfil that burning ambition of becoming a dancer at the Big Bash C88.I like the optimism. I also have a sneaky suspicion that I'm gonna give up beer this year and finally have defined abs, but something tells me that's not gonna happen.
Several of those guys have never even played a game. When we're listing players like Papley and Gulden, a team like Melbourne (the actual best contested ball team in the league last year by some margin) has 13 players who averaged more contested possessions than them. We did too, they ranked 14th and 15th for us, behind guys like Dawson, Franklin, and Amartey. I'm not saying they're crap, they're just nothing special in that department and every team can name a dozen guys with similar output.Parker, JPK, Mills, Warner x 2, Angus, Rowbottom, Heeney, Papley, Gulden, Sheather, Roberts - I think our contested ball will be near best if not best in league for next 8 years.
Perhaps I'm overly optimistic but I think we play in a GF this year.
Covid will take a toll on matchday squads and nobody is matching that lot up and down a list for contested ball IMO.
Several of those guys have never even played a game. When we're listing players like Papley and Gulden, a team like Melbourne (the actual best contested ball team in the league last year by some margin) has 13 players who averaged more contested possessions than them. We did too, they ranked 14th and 15th for us, behind guys like Dawson, Franklin, and Amartey. I'm not saying they're crap, they're just nothing special in that department and every team can name a dozen guys with similar output.