- Aug 22, 2014
- AFL Club
Not this again. Just because you keep saying it's established doesn't make it true.What a load of tosh. Teagues preference for older players over the kids - has been very well established - no one can seriously be still denying this after what we have witnessed this year - and the stats posted confirm it.
Obrien has been performing very well in the VFL all year, with even his worst performances still more than handy, he was also full of confidence under Bolton.
Murphy on the wing has been great /s
The U/25s who have played more than 50% of the season.
Walsh - 20yo
Weitering - 23yo
McKay - 23yo
Fogarty - 22yo
Cottrell - 21yo
Silvagni - 23yo
Dow - 21yo
SPS - 23yo
Stocker - 21yo
Pittonet - 24yo
Owies - 24yo
The "kids" who haven't played much, but are clearly preferred when fit:
Curnow - 24yo - injured
Marchbank - 24yo - injured
Cuningham - 24yo - injured
Fisher - 22yo - injured for first half of the year
De Koning - 21yo - injured (but still played just under half the season)
The kids who may have played but were kept out for reasons outside the selection committee's control:
Philp - 20yo - injured
Kemp - 19yo - injured for the last two years, close to a debut
Carroll - 18yo - injured for first half of the year, only his first season
Boyd - 22yo - mid-season recruit, injured
Mirkov - 21yo - mid-season recruit, injured
The kids who have been mostly available, but not selected:
Kennedy - 24yo - played just under half the season
Setterfield - 23yo - poor form, but now injured, played 8 games
Willo - 22yo - poor form, now back in the side, played 7 games
O'Brien - 21yo
Honey - 19yo
Ramsay - 20yo
Parks - 20yo - first season, played 6 games
Durdin - 19yo - first season
There are three kids in that list who you could argue have been hard done by. LOB, Honey, Ramsay. That's it. Parks has had a fair crack in his debut season, Durdin clearly needs development. Kennedy could have come in earlier, perhaps, either way though, he's well in now.
The "old blokes"?
Ed Curnow - 31yo - nobody pushing him out of the middle
Betts - 34yo - nobody pushing him out of the forward line
Newnes - 28yo - could have come out for LOB or Ramsay?
Murphy - 33yo - the approaching milestone is a bigger factor than his "age"
Casboult - 31yo - got games cause we had no fit talls
Newman - 28yo - solid, better contributions than Willo and Parks for the most part