Review 30 - Kaiden Brand (2019)

Dixie Flatline

Saviour Sam
Jun 3, 2005
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Leafy eastern suburbs
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Hawthorn
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Kaiden Brand

Games: 5
Goals: 0
Yabby Medal votes: 1 (equal 22nd)

Averages

Kicks: 6.8 per game
Handballs: 4.4 per game
Disposals: 11.2 per game
Marks: 4.0 per game
Tackles: 1.2 per game

Standout

Round 5, 2019 (versus Geelong Cats): Earned his sole Yabby Medal vote for the season filling in for James Frawley at full-back on Tom Hawkins. Although the Hawks lost Hawkins was only a minimal contributor to the Cats' victory, with one goal.

Shocker

Round 14, 2019 (versus Sydney Swans): Again filling in for the absent Frawley, Brand had the unenviable task of playing on Lance Franklin. Although Brand has previously broken even with Franklin, the Swans superstar comfortably took the points in a win over the Hawks, kicking four goals straight. It turned out to be Brand's last game for Hawthorn, as he was dropped for the next week and then delisted at the end of the season.

30 - Kaiden Brand (2018)
 

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Abasi

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Apr 19, 2006
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Really odd acquisition for the swans.

Brand looked pretty lost at AFL level, and particularly against big bodies.

Maybe they can make him into something, but I’m guessing he’s just insurance.
 

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Millsie69

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Nov 30, 2009
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Looked good at times, but felt like he would always panic under a high ball one on one and then needlessly hold the opposition forward, giving away a free kick.
 

A Cut Above

Every Other Anchor
Aug 27, 2015
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Picking up Brand's a testament to how much Longmire loves defenders and the shitty defensive gameplan he peddles, which is every bit as dreadful as Ross Lyon's but he never gets called on it because the AFL threatens to pull the media accreditation of any footy journo critical of their lovechild.
 

RW

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Jan 11, 2003
15,109
15,877
Sydney
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Really odd acquisition for the swans.

Brand looked pretty lost at AFL level, and particularly against big bodies.

Maybe they can make him into something, but I’m guessing he’s just insurance.
I'm a bit meh on this one as well, seems like we're being reactive and trying to find a replacement for Grundy. He could be handy but I'm not expecting a lot.
 

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