Player Watch Ben Crocker

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DuckToaster

Maynards #1 fan
Aug 30, 2013
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Another year for crocs. Good depth and started ok but faded significantly. Has lots of friends at the club and at this stage I'd be wary about creating any form of disharmony within the playing group by giving a well loved bloke his marching orders. Deserves another year anyway to prove us all wrong. He has been carrying a very heavy mental load this season that has obviously taken its toll. It was only after many chats with the club's psychologist that he decided he should tell the club about the situation his family has been facing with his dad and open up to the playing group. I'll happily back him in for 2019 and a return to form. Some of the posts in here leave a lot to be desired.
 

TheFreshBanana

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Mar 13, 2011
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Crocker is delist worthy, but we'll take him as a depth player in 2019 and he gets another chance to impress and stay at the club. After this seasons performance, we'll be pushing for a flag, and Crocker who has kicked a bag of goals and has some AFL experience, will be handy depth come 2019.
 

whiskeytown

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Nov 16, 2014
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Fasolo's gone so contracted Crocker is necessary depth for 2019.

Could do with trailing Chris Mayne and working hard in the VFL to learn a 2nd position, whether it be in midfield or defence. These days you need to be exceptional in your position or offer the coaches gameday flexibility.

His traits suggest he'll leave no stone unturned and won't die wondering whether he could cut it at AFL level or not.
 

Robroy22

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Oct 24, 2012
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Crocks and Wells both need to go to the Chris Mayne summer camp / vegetarian boot training venue and both need to get a lot fitter in order to play in 2019.
 

nahnah

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Sep 26, 2012
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He is Contracted but has to get De-Listed as he is even struggles in the VFL
History suggests because he is contracted he will get another year, maybe on the rookie list though. Anthony Corrie got another year despite being usless about a decade ago now.
 

partypie

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Nov 26, 2013
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Ben Crocker is officially useless even at VFL level.

A couple of promising marks on the lead but lacks the composure to finish relatively easy shots and then another strong mark on the lead just to stupidly turn it over trying to pass it off resulting in an Essendon goal out the back.
 

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Bard

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Jun 30, 2012
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When did it become ok to bag the crap out of players doing their best?
Josh Fraser got it worse than anyone that I can remember. With that said Fasolo has been rubbish today and clearly isn't trying his best, someone like Crocker however is just too limited but can't be faulted for effort IMO.
 

TradeDraft

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Oct 18, 2009
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Josh Fraser got it worse than anyone that I can remember. With that said Fasolo has been rubbish today and clearly isn't trying his best, someone like Crocker however is just too limited but can't be faulted for effort IMO.
Fas has been poor most of the Season.

Only look good against Bottom Teams.

Crocker is not even in the VFL Player
 

domus

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Mar 31, 2008
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Josh Fraser got it worse than anyone that I can remember. With that said Fasolo has been rubbish today and clearly isn't trying his best, someone like Crocker however is just too limited but can't be faulted for effort IMO.
When a man Fraser's size pulled out of a contest when the scores were level with a minute to play because an opposition midfielder was in his path he deserved all the criticism he got. He didn't do it once either.
 

domus

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Crocker misses goals at crucial moments on a regular basis and makes terrible decisions with the pill in hand. This is not a personal attack-just an accurate summation of how he plays the game. He is brave and tenacious but so was Luke Godden and we know how far that took him.
 

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