- Aug 21, 2018
- AFL Club
- North Melbourne
The problem with targeting US athletes, is that your trialling the fish John West rejects.If we ever sign another Irishman, how about we ease up on the cheap, demeaning gags about their accent next time round?
Attention is best focused on the US though if we want the "free hits" on international talent imo. The Irish are much more immediately adapted and suited to our game but seem to be mentally fragile in sticking it out.
My recollections are that every listed US player has not only stuck it out but displayed a very "American" willingness to back themselves and do everything to claw for success - Holmes, Wallace, Cox.. that other Collingwood bloke too seemed very driven trying to make it (name escapes me).
The strikerate might be low right now but there could be better facsimilies of Mason Cox out there (no sarcasm please). It'll only take 1x or 2x 205cm talented and athletic ex-College basketballers or American footballers to break through and every club will be mining that market for opportunities.
Plus the US guys typically come from a comprehensive and respectful system where they're completely devoted to their athletic development.
It was very well worked out. Home ground advantage I spose coupled with a careful study of their enemy and how they operated.It was a superb piece of fieldcraft, siting the initial bomb so that the survivors and initial reaction teams would use the building where they planted the secondary as a command post, and also the timing on the secondary.
There's a fair chance the fastest athlete in Jamaica already has one or is at a US high school (or on their way to a college.)Time to take the John Candy approach.
Jamaica.....offer a contract to the fastest athlete on that island.
It’s simplistic but it can’t go any worse than the Irish expirements.
The "double tap" is also standard practice when targeting urban resistance controlled areas from the air in conflicts like Syria.It was very well worked out. Home ground advantage I spose coupled with a careful study of their enemy and how they operated.
Its worth remembering given the way terrorist attacks have been increasing for years. There will nearly always be a second bomb timed and placed to cause maximum disruption to whatever emergency response there is. If you are at a terrorist incident involving bombing try to remember that.
Their minor leagues pay as much as AFL.They have a population that's over 10 times our size. Their rejects will still be high level athletes.
Yes, I was disappointed that Conor couldn’t make. I remember having a chat to him and he really made me feel my age. I was telling him about players from his club, O’Dempseys, that I played against in my heyday. “Jeez”, he said, “that’s a long time ago”.Fwiw he was a really nice lad.
And actually stuck it out iirc.
As for Zach, he's from the middle of the bog...On Red Og, taking a guy from Sligo was laden with risk of go home. They think Dublin is the big smoke.
The kids who do best are from the north or Dublin and its surrounds.
Tadgh Kennelly the outlier there in that he's a Kerryman - and even he went home for a bit too.
Its not like he was drafted with pick 1 and took a few mil off us before deciding footy isn't his thing.Not going to salute him or his lack of passion but if doesn't want to be at Arden Street it's best that neither party will waste their time for another year.
I think there's an opportunity cost to any recruitment but that's just me.Its not like he was drafted with pick 1 and took a few mil off us before deciding footy isn't his thing.
Didn't even cost us a list spot.
Agreed, we haven't made an Irish bloke work yet, had a few cracks too.I think there's an opportunity cost to any recruitment but that's just me.
There are athletes in Ireland, Australia and the US who might all pose reasonable gambles with a Cat B spot.
There's the resources spent scouting, persuading and administering his recruitment as well as the resources spent coaching and managing him especially including an international transfer.
I'm still for swinging the bat but this was a fail and it comes with a price.
100%.fu** the campaigner
It didn’t work out for both parties but Eric Wallace is twice the human you are (literally) and it’s only for no reason other than being humble about the opportunity
Or maybe the fact North believed in him and took a chance on him he might have appreciated exactly what the football club is about.Geez you lot are precious. Kid unfamiliar with our sport was presented an opportunity but found it wasn't for him and pulled the pin rather than hogging a list spot. Would you rather he create a misleading narrative to other Irish youth and pretend that he loved the game?
Where has he expressed a bad word about North Melbourne?Or maybe the fact North believed in him and took a chance on him he might have appreciated exactly what the football club is about.
I understand it didn’t work out but he basically couldn’t give a flying fu**.
Did he need to? The entire interview basically spells out he hated the experience. North tried to accommodate him by allowing him a more relaxed work/life balance and playing him up forward to get him to enjoy the game.Where has he expressed a bad word about North Melbourne?
He says the sport did not captivate or engage him enough. That's fair enough. I'd rather him do that than mislead other Irish youth that clubs may waste their time on if they're not fully sure of Aussie Rules being the sport for them.