Player Watch #41: Ben McNiece

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quotemokc

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I don't like potting our players, but it's strange he's getting games ahead of Ridley.
I get playing a guy like McNiece against a team like Richmond in the wet over Ridley, but Baguley would have done a better job last night.
 

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Nothing against McNiece but he's never impressed me at AFL level. I think Ridley is clearly ahead of him even if you were just selecting on merit right now. Ridley has an AFL level physique and athleticism. McNiece compared to AFL level small forwards is pretty slow and he's never been able to use his great kicking to much impact in AFL games (similar to Hartley who despite having a weapon of a leg, never got it going at AFL level).

I'd be expecting that going forward if we have McKenna, Saad and Redman fit, that's plenty of coverage for speedy small forwards and we can easily play Ridley in the team. Ridley actually does pretty well against smaller blokes, he has that long reach and he's pretty agile, kind of like Fletcher lite.
I'd just play him every week in the AFL now. He's ready.
 

Bunk Moreland

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Yeah I find it quite strange he’s getting a game. Good luck to him but it’s thoroughly bizarre. There’s really nothing about him that belongs in the AFL, he’s a very good local footballer and that’s about it. Somebody just got extremely over-excited with the ridiculous Cat B rookie rules.
 

Knox Harrington

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Yeah I find it quite strange he’s getting a game. Good luck to him but it’s thoroughly bizarre. There’s really nothing about him that belongs in the AFL, he’s a very good local footballer and that’s about it. Somebody just got extremely over-excited with the ridiculous Cat B rookie rules.
It's an interesting one.
I agree that he can thank the Cat B rules for his list spot.
He does perform well in VFL as the game is slower it plays to his strengths.
I don't think he is AFL worthy though any more.
 

srobbo

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Can we stop persisting with this bloke? Confused as to why he’s playing because he doesn’t really do much other than guard grass.

These selections really piss me off, because we have Ridley who can play his role 10 times better with a view to taking the game on as well.
 

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Bombers36

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Looks like hes playing again this week - hope he does better than last weeks effort when he had 4 disposals - all clangers...!!!
 

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Can Ridley play on small forwards? (Honest question, just wondering why people are assuming Rids and McSchmiece are competing for the same spot)
 

naraku

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I thought after last weeks debacle he might respond a bit better. Might be premature but I think he could be playing for his senior career right now.
 

yaco55

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Actually think this was the worst of his three games - His actual defending of an opponent is solid but the rest of his game is lacking.
 

Runk

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Actually think this was the worst of his three games - His actual defending of an opponent is solid but the rest of his game is lacking.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, he is basically Ben doolan. Not good enough.
 
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