Prediction Assistant Coaches 2019

BlueJet

Premiership Player
Aug 16, 2009
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I just had a look at Essendon VFL. Have a look at their list. Their depth is quite poor. Despite this, they spanked us both times finished 4th with a 12 win 6 loss ratio and a very healthy 133 %. We on the other hand finished 10th with only two AFL aligned teams falling below us. We ended up with a 7 win 11 loss record and a percentage of 85%. We cant afford as a club to lower the bar as all we are doing is fostering mediocrity.
Their VFL squad is built around a solid foundation of Heppell, Younan & Hocking.
What Carlton/Bullants have done a poor job of is recruiting and retaining solid state league players to help build a solid side, had they managed to keep or bring back Meese, Marcon & Ballard, it'd have provided a platform to build a decent vfl squad around which in turn would have created a better environment for young players to develop in.
Additionally, whether it's fair or not, there has long been a perception that for VFL listed blokes to really showcase their wares, they'd have to leave PCO..
Fingers crossed that the club reviews its practices at the lower level as something has been amiss for quite some time.
 

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DirkDiggler

Team Captain
Feb 28, 2008
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544
Melbourne
AFL Club
Carlton
Their VFL squad is built around a solid foundation of Heppell, Younan & Hocking.
What Carlton/Bullants have done a poor job of is recruiting and retaining solid state league players to help build a solid side, had they managed to keep or bring back Meese, Marcon & Ballard, it'd have provided a platform to build a decent vfl squad around which in turn would have created a better environment for young players to develop in.
Additionally, whether it's fair or not, there has long been a perception that for VFL listed blokes to really showcase their wares, they'd have to leave PCO..
Fingers crossed that the club reviews its practices at the lower level as something has been amiss for quite some time.
So we can’t hold the coach accountable for three miserable years. It’s our poor list management that is to blame for our kids stagnating in the vfl. Thought Lobbe was a leader. So if we attribute this to poor list management, should we be severing ties with SOS? Who is going to be held to account if the coach is being protected?
 

BlueJet

Premiership Player
Aug 16, 2009
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So we can’t hold the coach accountable for three miserable years. It’s our poor list management that is to blame for our kids stagnating in the vfl. Thought Lobbe was a leader. So if we attribute this to poor list management, should we be severing ties with SOS? Who is going to be held to account if the coach is being protected?
Did I say that? No, I made no comment regarding Frasers performance, however you seem to have an axe to grind here.
A lack of investment in the Bullants, when contrasted with the likes of Box Hill, has been apparent for years.
Placing Carlton players to the side, the Bullants have one of the weaker lists in the comp, it's any wonder that they've failed to set the world on fire.
Personally, I wouldn't be averse to a new coach as there were times this year when Fraser seemed at a loss as to how he could get his msg across, however, I also don't expect a new coach to miraculously turn around a poorly run club.
In the same manner that our AFL sides fortunes have begun to turn around once better operators were in place, our VFL affiliates off field operations require strengthening to really blossom.

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gab213

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Aug 29, 2013
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We struggled to manage our AFL side and the club itself properly for years, what hope did we have off getting the VFL side right? Hopefully we are getting to a position of strength where we can turn that around too. I think we have had bigger fish to fry over the past few years.
 

ferrisb

Brownlow Medallist
May 22, 2011
15,272
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The Naughty Corner
AFL Club
Carlton
We struggled to manage our AFL side and the club itself properly for years, what hope did we have off getting the VFL side right? Hopefully we are getting to a position of strength where we can turn that around too. I think we have had bigger fish to fry over the past few years.
Fair point; Get the AFL side right and then worry about the VFL.

BUT to some extent the AFL needs the VFL side to flourish (and develop players) in order to reach its own full potential.

A bit of a Catch (best) 22...
 

mediumsizered

Brownlow Medallist
Nov 11, 2005
27,941
30,553
Queensland
AFL Club
Carlton
Did I say that? No, I made no comment regarding Frasers performance, however you seem to have an axe to grind here.
A lack of investment in the Bullants, when contrasted with the likes of Box Hill, has been apparent for years.
Placing Carlton players to the side, the Bullants have one of the weaker lists in the comp, it's any wonder that they've failed to set the world on fire.
Personally, I wouldn't be averse to a new coach as there were times this year when Fraser seemed at a loss as to how he could get his msg across, however, I also don't expect a new coach to miraculously turn around a poorly run club.
In the same manner that our AFL sides fortunes have begun to turn around once better operators were in place, our VFL affiliates off field operations require strengthening to really blossom.

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You are definitely right about the quality of the Northern Blues list over recent years & the inability to retain players.

From my observations there has generally only been maybe 3-5 VFL standard players on the list for much of the last 5 years. The absence of Tom Wilson this season due to injury didn't help matters. Fisher & Anderson have shown themselves to be quality at VFL level, Palmer was good in 2018, but had an absolute 'mare this year. I suspect if anyone else had put their hand up Palmer may well have been dropped this year.

What has been a huge challenge for the Northern Blues is the number of 18, 19 & 20 year old Carlton listed players in the team each week, some of whom have had little continuity due to long term injuries & sheer lack of preparedness to play at this level. When you see Ben Silvagni holding down a KP in his first season on an AFL list it is a good indication of where the Northern Blues were at this season. It was also quite revealing that in the last few games of the season Kye Quirk showed up some players who had played more games than him at this level.

Looking ahead one wonders how the Northern Blues will attract 'journeyman' players to the club & retain them on the list. The successful VFL clubs have a number of these players on their list & generally keep them for more than 1 or 2 seasons.
 

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