Player Watch #43 Lewis Melican - All Aboard the Melicopter...aka The Melican Brief

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Probably his worst game of the year, his lack of pace got exposed multiple times.
Yes, I'd think so but in saying that I think he will learn from it. I think he was caught out of position a couple of times which led to Roughy being on a mismatch in the square or very close. However, he was not alone and turnovers are notoriously hard to cover.

I'm still backing him to work hard, improve and be more aware. I really do think he is our Reg replacement, and how long did it take Reg to get to his current level? Melican is developing well ahead of him imo.
 
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Yes, I'd think so but in saying that I think he will learn from it. I think he was caught out of position a couple of times which led to Roughy being on a mismatch in the square or very close. However, he was not alone and turnovers are notoriously hard to cover.

I'm still backing him to work hard, improve and be more aware. I really do think he is our Reg replacement, and how long did it take Reg to get to his current level? Melican is developing well ahead of him imo.
Yeah, not trying to say he is crap or anything, just some commentary.
 

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Our defence needs mids to push back and help clear it through the corridor.

Losing Lloyd, having the Hawks give us another masterclass on denying the opposition the ball in the middle, then JPK and Naismith getting injured really just left us kicking to the wings.

I thought Melican fought hard all night. But our whole back 6 was exposed.
 

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Our defence needs mids to push back and help clear it through the corridor.

Losing Lloyd, having the Hawks give us another masterclass on denying the opposition the ball in the middle, then JPK and Naismith getting injured really just left us kicking to the wings.

I thought Melican fought hard all night. But our whole back 6 was exposed.
Did I hear you mention Lloyd's name?
This is why we missed him. This is his role.
 

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Take Hodge out of Hawthorn the other night & you would have an absolute unorganised mess down back & we would have scored at least another 6 goals.
Like wise, Lloyd saves us a couple & gains us a couple. Rohan saves us a couple & gains us a couple. & we would have trained all week with these two blokes as Lloyd hurt himself in the last session & Rohan in the warm up. That was a critical blow to us & we nearly pinched it.
 

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Take Hodge out of Hawthorn the other night & you would have an absolute unorganised mess down back & we would have scored at least another 6 goals.
Like wise, Lloyd saves us a couple & gains us a couple. Rohan saves us a couple & gains us a couple. & we would have trained all week with these two blokes as Lloyd hurt himself in the last session & Rohan in the warm up. That was a critical blow to us & we nearly pinched it.
Franklin doesn't play his career worst game and we kick another 6 goals and the game opens up
 

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Snagged a single vote to finish 7th in the rising star! Bloody good effort given his draft pedigree when compared to some of the other nominees.
An outstanding effort to poll. Congrats Lewis!!!
McGrath #1
Burton #19
Powell-Pepper #18
Curnow #12
Hipwood #14
Petrevski Seton #6
Melican #52 rookie draft
 

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Didn't even get to play a final :(
Hopefully he'll play many more. What a star he was this year...we do rookie recruiting right!
I reckon you're right Mick, this guy is going to be one of the stars of our back-line moving forward, and will play many finals starting next year when he plays four! There is no doubt in my mind, that this guy will be one of the cornerstones of our defence for years to come.
 
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