Player Watch #46: Robert Hansen Jnr - will debut in front of friends and family vs WCE - go well Bobby

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roos_fanatic08

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I am really pleased by the training reports about Robert. He has noticeably bulked up in the photos and footage. Still very young and raw.

Seen a few pics from earlier in the week and he looked noticeably stronger through the hips and arms.

Really good signs that he has been super committed this off season.

The raw talent is definitely there.
 

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Seen a few pics from earlier in the week and he looked noticeably stronger through the hips and arms.

Really good signs that he has been super committed this off season.

The raw talent is definitely there.
we're finally building depth which means pressure on spots and for players to perform. Go hard or go home.
 

zoomba23

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Beggars belief that this man, a midseason pick from Perth who can't kick further than 45m, has more capacity than almost anyone else to transform the forward line. Still don't have a pressure/ground level specialist in that 50. We could've had Watson and even though I don't disagree with the Duursma selection, you have to admit it makes things even more lopsided.

Medium forwards: Ford, Zurhaar, Duursma, Curtis, George

Hybrid: Stephenson

Small: Hansen Jnr

Really really hope he comes on and makes my criticism of him look ******* stupid
 

r_boy

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Beggars belief that this man, a midseason pick from Perth who can't kick further than 45m, has more capacity than almost anyone else to transform the forward line. Still don't have a pressure/ground level specialist in that 50. We could've had Watson and even though I don't disagree with the Duursma selection, you have to admit it makes things even more lopsided.

Medium forwards: Ford, Zurhaar, Duursma, Curtis, George

Hybrid: Stephenson

Small: Hansen Jnr

Really really hope he comes on and makes my criticism of him look ******* stupid
Yes he better be ready for the flag run this year.
 

JGreezy

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Beggars belief that this man, a midseason pick from Perth who can't kick further than 45m, has more capacity than almost anyone else to transform the forward line. Still don't have a pressure/ground level specialist in that 50. We could've had Watson and even though I don't disagree with the Duursma selection, you have to admit it makes things even more lopsided.

Medium forwards: Ford, Zurhaar, Duursma, Curtis, George

Hybrid: Stephenson

Small: Hansen Jnr

Really really hope he comes on and makes my criticism of him look ******* stupid
I think that Curtis will fit more into the small forward category, going forward.

After he got dropped last year he ramped up his pressure and effort.
His tackles went from 1.1 to 3.5 per game.
His goal assists doubled from 0.6 to 1.2 per game.
 

zoomba23

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I think that Curtis will fit more into the small forward category, going forward.

After he got dropped last year he ramped up his pressure and effort.
His tackles went from 1.1 to 3.5 per game.
His goal assists doubled from 0.6 to 1.2 per game.
He probably is more of a hybrid, in fairness. Definitely scope for him to move into the small forward category but as it stands I see a lot of marking strength, not quite enough roving nous, and average pressure. Average is certainly an upgrade from where he was early last year pressure wise
 
I think that Curtis will fit more into the small forward category, going forward.

After he got dropped last year he ramped up his pressure and effort.
His tackles went from 1.1 to 3.5 per game.
His goal assists doubled from 0.6 to 1.2 per game.
Wait are we talkin paul? Cause the standout for me with him was his ability to take the mark leadin outside of 50, say 60 to 70 metres out, turn and laser a pass to the leading forward.

Is that part of the small forward category? Legit asking, in that my idea of small forward is stick around the 50 in the area of larkey.
 

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Scottroo

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Wait are we talkin paul? Cause the standout for me with him was his ability to take the mark leadin outside of 50, say 60 to 70 metres out, turn and laser a pass to the leading forward.

Is that part of the small forward category? Legit asking, in that my idea of small forward is stick around the 50 in the area of larkey.
Paul Curtis reminds me of Corey Jones
 

DesertRoo

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I think that Curtis will fit more into the small forward category, going forward.

After he got dropped last year he ramped up his pressure and effort.
His tackles went from 1.1 to 3.5 per game.
His goal assists doubled from 0.6 to 1.2 per game.
A 19 year with that fend off?
Long term plan, I think he’ll be in mid rotations, he’ll be one of those rare players that’ll need two to take him down and he’ll still be able to get a handball out.

Long and short of it, we’re desperately still in need of a fleet a foot small forward.
 

roos_fanatic08

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Club is very excited by this kid. Has come back in really good condition and starting to feel very settled at the club. Still a bit of a ways to go regarding his running capacity, but if he continues with his current work ethic it’ll be sorted in no time. A couple of insiders at the club think he is the 2nd best kick on the list behind Sheezel. Has been hitting some absolute bullets during training this pre-season.
 

RightWingRoo

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Club is very excited by this kid. Has come back in really good condition and starting to feel very settled at the club. Still a bit of a ways to go regarding his running capacity, but if he continues with his current work ethic it’ll be sorted in no time. A couple of insiders at the club think he is the 2nd best kick on the list behind Sheezel. Has been hitting some absolute bullets during training this pre-season.
Sounds like RHJ could develop into a Gryan Miers type. Probably never be a big goalkicker. But can provide forward pressure and has the kicking skills to set up his fellow forwards.
 

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Club is very excited by this kid. Has come back in really good condition and starting to feel very settled at the club. Still a bit of a ways to go regarding his running capacity, but if he continues with his current work ethic it’ll be sorted in no time. A couple of insiders at the club think he is the 2nd best kick on the list behind Sheezel. Has been hitting some absolute bullets during training this pre-season.
Wait, I thought he left halfway through the last VFL game and flew home, never to be seen again.

In all seriouslyness, I saw a drill at training this week which involved 20 seconds of three-on-one close quarters handball keepings-off and the player defending just had to try to get a hand to the ball. They rotated through a group of about 6 or 7 players and when RHJ was the defender he managed to get a hand in 3 or 4 times in the 20 seconds. Nobody else in the group managed to touch the ball once when defending. If we plan to set up with a pressure small forward, then Robbie is really throwing his hat into the ring.
 

roos_fanatic08

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Sounds like RHJ could develop into a Gryan Miers type. Probably never be a big goalkicker. But can provide forward pressure and has the kicking skills to set up his fellow forwards.

I think he is equally at home either as a goal kicker inside forward 50 or as a distributor into forward 50. Watching him in the VFL last year it is evident he is a beautiful finisher in front of goal, particularly on the run.
 

roos_fanatic08

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Wait, I thought he left halfway through the last VFL game and flew home, never to be seen again.

In all seriouslyness, I saw a drill at training this week which involved 20 seconds of three-on-one close quarters handball keepings-off and the player defending just had to try to get a hand to the ball. They rotated through a group of about 6 or 7 players and when RHJ was the defender he managed to get a hand in 3 or 4 times in the 20 seconds. Nobody else in the group managed to touch the ball once when defending. If we plan to set up with a pressure small forward, then Robbie is really throwing his hat into the ring.

Yep, what a load of s**t that was. From what I was told he did go back to WA but it was for the death of a family member.

Good insight, there is a bucketload of talent there with this kid.
 
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Club is very excited by this kid. Has come back in really good condition and starting to feel very settled at the club. Still a bit of a ways to go regarding his running capacity, but if he continues with his current work ethic it’ll be sorted in no time. A couple of insiders at the club think he is the 2nd best kick on the list behind Sheezel. Has been hitting some absolute bullets during training this pre-season.

I mentioned how well he was hitting them in the training thread yesterday. They were running a drill transitioning out of defence. Pass it to someone on the wing/half forward and then run back past to get the handball and deliver it inside 50 to someone running into goal from the top of the 50. Every single time Robbie had the pill he was hitting them on the chest. He was getting a lot of encouragement/praise all session, could be absolutely on the money that the club are happy the way he’s tracking.
 

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