Player Watch Ben Crocker

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Aug 10, 2015
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Don't how he is still on our Senior List?

He even Sucks at VFL Level.

There are better Players on our VFL List
All teams require depth.
He’s not expensive either so helps the cap.
Was captain in his junior year I believe?
Has a good vibe personality, if not a bit off centre.

Likely he’ll be on the list for not much longer, but handy enough depth.
I’d happy to carry him on cheap money as an emergency two or three games a season type (say injuries hit Thomas, WHE, Elliott, Phillips all at once? He can fill in for a game or two.)
Has some versatility. Wing, forward.

And he has attitude on the field.

And if not, not.
Once a better replacement comes along then we can thank him for his service.
He’s not A grade, he’s not B grade, but for cheap insurance he’s ok.


ps he’s easily VFL level and then some.
 

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TradeDraft

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All teams require depth.
He’s not expensive either so helps the cap.
Was captain in his junior year I believe?
Has a good vibe personality, if not a bit off centre.

Likely he’ll be on the list for not much longer, but handy enough depth.
I’d happy to carry him on cheap money as an emergency two or three games a season type (say injuries hit Thomas, WHE, Elliott, Phillips all at once? He can fill in for a game or two.)
Has some versatility. Wing, forward.

And he has attitude on the field.

And if not, not.
Once a better replacement comes along then we can thank him for his service.
He’s not A grade, he’s not B grade, but for cheap insurance he’s ok.


ps he’s easily VFL level and then some.
Why you think he is VFL Level? I never seen him do much at VFL Level at all
 

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Why you think he is VFL Level? I never seen him do much at VFL Level at all
Not watching much VFL, so can’t really comment on that specifically.

But playing AFL he’s played about 23 games or thereabouts including 10 games last year.
Was adequate without any trumpets blowing.
Sometimes a bit less than adequate (hence the sparse number of games played), but from what I saw has his moments.

That tells me, spare parts type, but can manage at some level. Hence he’s going to be more than fine at the lower level.
And can’t imagine he’d get 20 plus games without solid lower grade form.

Not that I’ll lose much sleep over his list status, but he’s cheap salary cap depth.
 

Frank Gallagher

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Seen him do some good things, haven't seen him at all this year and looking at our abundance of forwards ATM he'll be deleted come seasons end.
 

barrackers

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A couple of weeks ago it would not have been unreasonable for Crocker to replace the injured Mayne. Crocker was in red hot VFL form playing exclusively on a wing, in the two games since though he's spent considerable time forward and his form has fallen away. The club needs to forget about Crocker as a forward and keep him on a wing.
 

Markfs

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All teams require depth.
He’s not expensive either so helps the cap.
Was captain in his junior year I believe?
Has a good vibe personality, if not a bit off centre.

Likely he’ll be on the list for not much longer, but handy enough depth.
I’d happy to carry him on cheap money as an emergency two or three games a season type (say injuries hit Thomas, WHE, Elliott, Phillips all at once? He can fill in for a game or two.)
Has some versatility. Wing, forward.

And he has attitude on the field.

And if not, not.
Once a better replacement comes along then we can thank him for his service.
He’s not A grade, he’s not B grade, but for cheap insurance he’s ok.


ps he’s easily VFL level and then some.
That sums it up pretty well. It seems that he is one of those players that reach their potential early - and this was probably helped by his leadership qualities and the fact that he is surrounded by people who supported him etc. I can't understand why people ( not yourself) feel the need to sink the boots in to players giving it an honest shot. Sure, he is sailing close to getting delisted at the end of the year. However, there might be a few retiring and we might just see him again for another year. Let's give the kid a break.
 

Thatsmyname

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Apr 16, 2019
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I missed the first half, was he played on a wing where he's been starring in the magoos or did they stick him where he's failed every single other time in the forward line?
 

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Hong Kong Pie

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Yeah, I felt for him too in some ways. Playing in such a tight game and mostly up forward - especially in the first half - was going to be bloody hard for anybody; look at Elliot, for instance, who is a proven gun.

But he did do some nice little things in the 2nd half, and if he doesn't get another chance in the 1's, as Bucks likes to say "footy can be a hard caper".

But personally I think we as a Pies board don't need to stick the boot into him unnecessarily. He has tried his heart out for our club, seems to be a good character and teammate, and deserves his due respect whatever happens from here.
 

OniAu

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He tries and gives his all. Looked off the pace , needs two or three games to get up to speed.

Would shatter his confidence to be dropped after one


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dmoore30

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To be fair he didnt play well but he needs another game or two to show something. In the last quarter he did do some massive things which helped immensely in our win, eg kicking the winning point, winning a 2 on 1 contest to lock it in our half, etc
 
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