Player Watch #44: Shaun McKernan

Darealrath

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Ha... tbf there is 17 years between them, they could be father and son.



I actually don’t think his marking is very hot and cold. It’s bloody good, he has great hands.
His hands are great but he often misreads it and runs under it, so doesn’t get a chance to use them. That said it’s nice to have one forward who likes to play in front!
 

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ghostdog

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I don't know a lot about ruck work, but Smack certainly has agility on the ground. Is there any benefit or likelihood that Smack can play off the contest like Aliir did and beat Goldstein? Smack roving his own ball?
 

SherbertLemon

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Apr 7, 2013
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Let’s not forget the time when Goldstein absolutely destroyed Smack, like, game changing dominated.

The only issue is I sincerely don’t think we can play Clarke again...
 

Lore

Dec 14, 2015
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2k fine for striking

Essendon forward/ruck Shaun McKernan has been charged with striking Sydney’s Jordan Dawson in the Bombers’ 10-point victory over the Swans at the MCG on Saturday.

McKernan can accept a $2000 sanction with an early plea after the fourth-quarter incident was assessed as careless conduct with low impact and high contact.
 

blitzer

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That's fair enough since he clearly tried to pull up and minimise the contact. Also I don't reckon it hurt his chances that he immediately apologised after the incident. I know that shouldn't count for anything but somehow I reckon it does.
 

BrunoV

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May 5, 2009
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My boy needs a big game.

Wouldn't say needs as much as he is primed to reap some heavy rewards. I suppose he could owe that to himself.

He's been really good since he returned this year.

He's locked down the second tall forward role for the foreseeable future.
 

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Runk

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Wouldn't say needs as much as he is primed to reap some heavy rewards. I suppose he could owe that to himself.

He's been really good since he returned this year.

He's locked down the second tall forward role for the foreseeable future.
It's more for me than him ;)
 

Doss

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Aug 1, 2011
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So Shaun has been playing at AFL level now for 11 seasons, and believe it or not:

a) in six seasons at Adelaide he never once played against Essendon
b) before last night, in five seasons at Essendon he had never once played against Adelaide

Finally he broke that trend last night, and ended up on the right side of the ledger to boot. :thumbsu:
 

Liberator

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Lifted big time after quarter time. Thought he was important for us - I’m going to give him a vote in the MVP.
It might have sort of snuck up on us, but he is now pretty damn reliable on A per-game basis, churning out good game on good game, really when we’ve really needed it due to the injury curse. Onya Horse!
 

Orazio2Joe

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Hate to be “that guy” but I noticed something about him today that I really don’t like. Twice when it was a GC free kick McKernan stood over the ball and stopped it being passed back to the free kick taker. On one hand it’s smart, but it’s really a bit of a dick move.

Anyway, played well and hope he pulls up fine for next week.
 

fairbump_playon

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Hate to be “that guy” but I noticed something about him today that I really don’t like. Twice when it was a GC free kick McKernan stood over the ball and stopped it being passed back to the free kick taker. On one hand it’s smart, but it’s really a bit of a dick move.

Anyway, played well and hope he pulls up fine for next week.
I noticed it too. Not a dick move IMO but a little silly as he could easily give a 50 away doing it.
 

Rebellya

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Hate to be “that guy” but I noticed something about him today that I really don’t like. Twice when it was a GC free kick McKernan stood over the ball and stopped it being passed back to the free kick taker. On one hand it’s smart, but it’s really a bit of a dick move.

Anyway, played well and hope he pulls up fine for next week.
Standard operating procedure. Every opposition player will do it.

The part that was dumb was that he knocked it along the ground, which could have been paid 50
 

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