Aaron Sandilands announces retirement at season's end

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MC Extra Dollop

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I can't remember where I read this and wouldn't take it as gospel, but I remember reading somewhere that Sandilands clocked roughly the same time as Peter Bell over 400m.
 

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Nowhere near the influence Cox had on his team.

Sandilands’ career is pretty underwhelming to me.

Good at palming ..but hands of rubber while marking.

Played 5 years too many..
Was B+F At his club 4 years ago
Underwhelming but 4 times judged either best or second best ruckman in the league. (

What exactly is underwhelming? He was, in his career span and once he hit his prime the second best ruckman in the league, and Wasnt the best because Dean Cox who was the best ruckman in the AFL since Polly Farmer.

Underwhelming because someone was better? Sandilands is a giant and is massively under-rated. Go re-assess your opinion.
 

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I first saw him play in a pre-season practice game against my mob, when we were really good. He dominated, even though he was only a kid. I thought it should have been against the rules that a player could be that tall, and have that advantage over other ruckmen, whom he made look like midgets.

For those who don't rate him, to play as many games as he did (no idea how many, but it was more than a few), with such distinction, made him an unlikely, yet elite, athlete.

Well played that man. He certainly made the most of his talent and rare physique.
Of course he dominated, he was taller than everyone else and was a s**t mark.

Imagine a 7ft tall Wayne Carey.
 

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Good at palming ..but hands of rubber while marking.
Really? Name a ruck who averages more contested marks over his career. Only NicNat is close as current player (and he cannot take uncontested marks). For uncontested marks he is obvioulsy beaten by those more mobile rucks who get a lot of possessions.
 

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Got the best from his body, gentle giant and highly respected in the AFL community.

He stayed on this year to tutor (mentor) Sean Darcy, and now I think he can see that his job is done. He will quietly wander off to his lawnmower.

Will get a good send off on the weekend, by both clubs supporters.
Wonder who will carry him off at the end🙄 Not sure there would be anybody big and strong enough lol!

The game won't be the same without the big unit. When he first came on the scene thought he was just all size and no talent but over the years he proved many of us wrong.
 

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Wonder who will carry him off at the end🙄 Not sure there would be anybody big and strong enough lol!

The game won't be the same without the big unit. When he first came on the scene thought he was just all size and no talent but over the years he proved many of us wrong.
Is Freo sponsored by a forklift company ?.

He’s not a player who likes a fuss being made of him.
 

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Of course he dominated, he was taller than everyone else and was a s**t mark.

Imagine a 7ft tall Wayne Carey.
Classless in a retirement thread of a 4x AA who has played nigh on 300 games.

I can't wait till you get bounced in straight sets (again) by Richmond and Collingwood at MCG 'home' finals. Going to genuinely piss myself with laughter.
 

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Me and the missus were laughing recently about how Matt Burton used to be the std for super tall ruckman. Luckily Sandilands came along! A huge unit, seems like a decent guy and it’s a shame his body can’t keep up, as I thought he showed glimpses of his best a few times this year.

Cheers sandi!
 

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I have so much love for the big fella. Loved when he played angry, but we seldom saw it (unless you're Paul Puopolo)

I posted these on the freo board and I think most sets of fans will appreciate them:

This bump:

This tap:

This bump:

That first video..... I'm sure Freo fans don't need to be told but just what could have been if his knees were better...
 

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Under rated as an athlete...yeah he is great at the tappy tappy bit, but unreal ability to get around the ground for his size, and smart user of the footy.
 

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Classless in a retirement thread of a 4x AA who has played nigh on 300 games.

I can't wait till you get bounced in straight sets (again) by Richmond and Collingwood at MCG 'home' finals. Going to genuinely piss myself with laughter.
I'm devastated.

His career could have been so much better with his physical attributes. Underwhelming as already posted by someone else.

Go and cry into your cornflakes with that one.
 

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He absolutely flattened Phil Davis one time. Completely accidental contact but it was like a bug hitting a windshield. And Phil Davis isn't exactly a small man himself.
 

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There is Dean Cox

Then other guys with Multiple looks are Simon Madden, Paul Salmon, Max Gawn, John Nicholls and Graham Farmer, Ok list, Still didnt make it as much times as Sandi
Madden, Nicholls, Michael, Moss, Fitzpatrick, Farmer, early Salmon and the like played in the carnival era when AA may have only been every 4 years, the yearly AA didn't start until about '91, iirc.

You can throw the likes of Peter Moore and Len Thomson in there too. Dempsey, Stynes, there's been plenty of gun ruckmen over the years that I've been watching.
 

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