- May 1, 2016
- AFL Club
I've said this on the main board as well, in the Dodoro thread. Too many people are looking at what's being produced now, instead of a) what was produced at times last year and the year before (in seasons unaffected by the pandemic, and where their form was much, much better) and b) what can be done when the team gets a bit of continuity. They've had Hooker, Hurley, Daniher, Stringer, Heppell on the sidelines for substantial periods of time; what people forget most about the Tiger's run in 2017 is the blessed run they had with injuries keeping what was - at the time - quite a shallow pool of A graders out there and playing good, consistent footy. If they keep Daniher (and I do not see why he'd choose to go to Sydney at the beginning of a rebuild, Joe's not so young anymore) and they can get him and the others to stay on the park, and they can get in a quality defensive winger (someone like Butters) and someone to compensate for the loss of McKenna, they really aren't far off in terms of potential production.I'm also a bit worried about this gatorade.
people love to say "BuT rIcHmOnD wErE aLwAyS gOoD!!"
Richmond had just come off 3 consecutive embarrassing finals campaigns, followed by finishing 13th with a 100pt+ smacking in the final round, Deledio wanted out, there was almost a board spill, Dusty wasn't even "Dusty" yet, Cotchin had a default Brownlow 5 years prior and was seen as a poor leader, they spent their best years giving blokes like Chaplin and Morris games, Jack Riewoldt had gone from Coleman medallist to 'up-the-ground decoy', Dimma was universally hated by the supporters, Treloar snubbed them and the only big name to land there was a fat Chris Yarran.
I'll admit I personally can't see the list with Essendon, but nobody saw the list with Richmond in 2017, or Geelong in 07.
For a club as big as Essendon, and for being crap so long - I'm always worried about them tbh.
McGrath, Ridley, Shiel, Daniher, Hooker, Stringer, Fantasia, Tippa... it's not a horrid list.
I still maintain that it's as much gameplan and fitness related as anything else. They produce clean ball at the wrong parts of the ground, and go for kicks to targets that are 40m out from goal, and in general (outside of Tippa) players are better shots within 30m from goal. I hope that my theory (that someone within the club is interfering with the structures, forcing the football department to play conventional footy with unconventional parts) is true, because if that's the case they're genuinely f’ed.
Oh, and I really do not like Draper. As a ruckman, he's too distracted by the idea of crashing into someone else ahead of tapping or getting the ball; he looks like a yokel, and behaves like a thug. I don't get why they like him; one would've thought they'd prefer to win the ruck and have him tapping it well clear because they lack inside players, but whatever.