Player Watch #26: Cale Hooker

(Log in to remove this ad.)

Mercurial89

Brownlow Medallist
Joined
Apr 20, 2011
Posts
10,043
Likes
12,413
Location
Melbourne
AFL Club
Essendon
Yeah I far prefer him back but he has to play forward unfortunately. Need a set of hands.
I almost think if he doesn't play forward we lose. We need the target, and Clarke sure as hell wont provide that.

If we go Draper for Clarke and play Tommy forward that may work though.
 

Bunk Moreland

Brownlow Medallist
Joined
Sep 22, 2011
Posts
29,925
Likes
57,322
Location
Your girlfriend's dreams
AFL Club
Essendon
I almost think if he doesn't play forward we lose. We need the target, and Clarke sure as hell wont provide that.

If we go Draper for Clarke and play Tommy forward that may work though.
Bellchambers isn’t anywhere near the marking target that Hooker is. He’s really the only option we have.
 

Mercurial89

Brownlow Medallist
Joined
Apr 20, 2011
Posts
10,043
Likes
12,413
Location
Melbourne
AFL Club
Essendon
Bellchambers isn’t anywhere near the marking target that Hooker is. He’s really the only option we have.
Yeah I was more comparing it to the alternative of bringing in Brown for Smack which i believe loses us the game if we go that way. We would lack a target and would get rebounded against heavily.
Interesting selection to be honest, not necessarily from a form point of view but a structure.
 

ghostdog

Norm Smith Medallist
Joined
Oct 18, 2008
Posts
5,164
Likes
1,853
Location
gondawanaland
AFL Club
Essendon
I almost think if he doesn't play forward we lose. We need the target, and Clarke sure as hell wont provide that.

If we go Draper for Clarke and play Tommy forward that may work though.
I like this set up if Hooker plays back. Make TBell lead out of deep ff all night and attract attention away from Stringer and the mosquito fleet.
 

(Log in to remove this ad.)

TheGreatBarryB

Brownlow Medallist
Joined
Mar 20, 2007
Posts
19,040
Likes
18,278
Location
Melbourne
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Texans, Astros, Leeds
I like this set up if Hooker plays back. Make TBell lead out of deep ff all night and attract attention away from Stringer and the mosquito fleet.
TBell is a poor forward,yes as resting forward he’s good for odd mark but as permanent he’d cost us more the other way.
 

ghostdog

Norm Smith Medallist
Joined
Oct 18, 2008
Posts
5,164
Likes
1,853
Location
gondawanaland
AFL Club
Essendon
TBell is a poor forward,yes as resting forward he’s good for odd mark but as permanent he’d cost us more the other way.
...if Hooker plays back. I'm thinking it will only be for one game then JD returns. I'd prefer Hooker than TBell, of course, but at least TBell has the size and aggression and a decent pair of dukes to hurt a pack and take a mark. Not a bad kick for goal either. I take your point on his defensive ability though. Free kicks would be for high tackles if he actually laid any.
 

TheGreatBarryB

Brownlow Medallist
Joined
Mar 20, 2007
Posts
19,040
Likes
18,278
Location
Melbourne
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Texans, Astros, Leeds
...if Hooker plays back. I'm thinking it will only be for one game then JD returns. I'd prefer Hooker than TBell, of course, but at least TBell has the size and aggression and a decent pair of dukes to hurt a pack and take a mark. Not a bad kick for goal either. I take your point on his defensive ability though. Free kicks would be for high tackles if he actually laid any.
Andrews would have a field day. Think a more mobile Brown would be better along with Stringer.

Daniher, McKernan, Laverde and Stewart all injured...pfft and Tigers think they have it tough with injuries!
 

Mr Mojo Risin

Norm Smith Medallist
Joined
Jul 15, 2008
Posts
7,469
Likes
9,646
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Celtics, Colts, Renegades, Kings
Andrews would have a field day. Think a more mobile Brown would be better along with Stringer.

Daniher, McKernan, Laverde and Stewart all injured...pfft and Tigers think they have it tough with injuries!
Riewoldt, Rance & Cotchin are FAR more significant injuries, forgetting Houli, Grigg and Short with Martin suspended. To think our issues are even close to that is either sarcasm I've clearly missed or hugely overrating McKernan, Laverde and Stewart.
 

TheGreatBarryB

Brownlow Medallist
Joined
Mar 20, 2007
Posts
19,040
Likes
18,278
Location
Melbourne
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Texans, Astros, Leeds
Riewoldt, Rance & Cotchin are FAR more significant injuries, forgetting Houli, Grigg and Short with Martin suspended. To think our issues are even close to that is either sarcasm I've clearly missed or hugely overrating McKernan, Laverde and Stewart.
 

Howard Moon

Brownlow Medallist
Joined
Dec 14, 2008
Posts
16,006
Likes
22,788
AFL Club
Essendon
Forget his vice grip, or his positioning...

I was in the pocket on the fence city end, first time all year I have heard a players voice over the crowd directing his troops.

He is the general down there, he improved Hurleys game, Ridley's game just by being there.

I had heart in mouth at first bounce when I saw him on McCarthy but I neednt have worried, it just gave him more 'general' time to push the troops round the board.

Great in. Huge.
 

VelvetSledge

Resident Photoshopper
Joined
May 24, 2007
Posts
13,920
Likes
21,989
Location
Round the Fields of Anfield Road
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Liverpool FC
Forget his vice grip, or his positioning...

I was in the pocket on the fence city end, first time all year I have heard a players voice over the crowd directing his troops.

He is the general down there, he improved Hurleys game, Ridley's game just by being there.

I had heart in mouth at first bounce when I saw him on McCarthy but I neednt have worried, it just gave him more 'general' time to push the troops round the board.

Great in. Huge.
This post makes me so happy.
 

_Swoon

Premium Platinum
Joined
Oct 12, 2015
Posts
3,915
Likes
5,858
Location
live at the Greek
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Dallas Cowboys
Hooker does his best work down back when the midfield applies pressure like they did today. Keep the kicks coming in hurried and high instead of being laser pointed onto the tits of opposition forwards and Hooksy will keep clunking.
 
Top Bottom