Best Back 6 All Time

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Kramer1

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Mr Hunter played more half back than anywhere else.
Be interested in your selection to replace Doc ?
Fair enough. I only saw the second half of his career when mostly stationed forward

McKay definitely, Dean probably, a handful maybe.
 

haveago

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Fair enough. I only saw the second half of his career when mostly stationed forward

McKay definitely, Dean probably, a handful maybe.
Two great defenders.
I personally wouldn't rate them higher than Doc, pretty well on an even keel IMO particularly if Doc plays well in these finals. (premiership player;) )

It is very tough to choose our best back 6.
Dean Rice comes to mind as well and there will be more that I can't think of right now.
 

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BIGNEDKELLY

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Are we allowed to absolutely totally and utterly shitmix oppo players with shirtfronts etc in this imaginary scenario?

If so Woosha, if not McKenna

Imagine Waters and Woosh on the same half backline.... footsteps would be deafening!
 

M Malice

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Valleys. Chelsea.
Chris Johnson, Mal Michael, Luke Power.
Darryl White, Justin Leppitsch, Chris Scott.
 

Osho

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A composite of 2 eras:

Ayres Langford Collins
Jaworskyj Knights Bremner
A flash from the past.
Ian Bremner was extremely ... shall I say ... robust and resilient.

While Bowden J was, shall I say ... heavy set, robust and resilient.

Fancy John Senior liking those types ;)

The other players, good stuff.

Is Chris Mew stiff at CHB?
What about K. Moore at FB?

Tough decisions.
 

LeakyValve

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Eagles best backline
FB: Hurn McIntosh McGovern
HB: McKenna Jakovich Worsfold

McIntosh was an absolute stud as a full back criminally underatred

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McIntosh to me is up there with Kelvin Moore, David Dench et al. Composed, disciplined and quick.
He and his dad are never cited as one of the great father/son combos but they are.
The best defender the Eagles had (who from memory never played as a defender while with the WCE) was Ross Glendinning.
 

Kramer1

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Without bias, that forward six is the best any team could put forward. Do any sides have a back six that could stop it?
Well, if you are playing four KPPs, Carlton.

SOS to Franklin, Southby to Brereton, John James to Mathews.

Swan McKay to Dunstall, Doull to Hudson, Andrew McKay to Rioli.
 

kranky al

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Without bias, that forward six is the best any team could put forward. Do any sides have a back six that could stop it?
I dunno if I could put up a back six that could stop it, but the one I would put up would have Worsfold in it - Worsfold on Matthew’s.

Just imagine the fireworks.
 

LeakyValve

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That’s a great off-season thread actually - the AA most intimidating team of all time.

Hey.

Was thinking of this a while ago.

A quick effort. Happy to be updated or improved upon.

Also a combo of volatility, toughness and an oppo love to hate.

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Kevin Sheedy, Wes Lofts, Rod Grinter

Bernard Toohey, Ron Andrews, John Worsfold

Dipper, Greg Williams, David Rhys-Jones

Mal Brown, Neil Balme, Hayden Ballantyne

Leigh Matthews, Tony Lockett, Roger Merrett

Carl Ditterich, Phil Carman, Dale Weightman

Int: Karl Langdon, Darren Bewick, Dean Wallis, Mark Riccuito, Liberatore (both of em).
 

Lingsface

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Hey.

Was thinking of this a while ago.

A quick effort. Happy to be updated or improved upon.

Also a combo of volatility, toughness and an oppo love to hate.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


Kevin Sheedy, Wes Lofts, Rod Grinter

Bernard Toohey, Ron Andrews, John Worsfold

Dipper, Greg Williams, David Rhys-Jones

Mal Brown, Neil Balme, Hayden Ballantyne

Leigh Matthews, Tony Lockett, Roger Merrett

Carl Ditterich, Phil Carman, Dale Weightman

Int: Karl Langdon, Darren Bewick, Dean Wallis, Mark Riccuito, Liberatore (both of em).
Pickett has to get a run.
 

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kranky al

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Hey.

Was thinking of this a while ago.

A quick effort. Happy to be updated or improved upon.

Also a combo of volatility, toughness and an oppo love to hate.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


Kevin Sheedy, Wes Lofts, Rod Grinter

Bernard Toohey, Ron Andrews, John Worsfold

Dipper, Greg Williams, David Rhys-Jones

Mal Brown, Neil Balme, Hayden Ballantyne

Leigh Matthews, Tony Lockett, Roger Merrett

Carl Ditterich, Phil Carman, Dale Weightman

Int: Karl Langdon, Darren Bewick, Dean Wallis, Mark Riccuito, Liberatore (both of em).
I reckon that would be a good weekend to have a niggling calf injury.
 

HairyO

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A flash from the past.
Ian Bremner was extremely ... shall I say ... robust and resilient.

While Bowden J was, shall I say ... heavy set, robust and resilient.

Fancy John Senior liking those types ;)

The other players, good stuff.

Is Chris Mew stiff at CHB?
What about K. Moore at FB?

Tough decisions.

Moore or Langford at FB still means one can go BP.

But Mew has to be at CHB given he is there for our team of the century despite the universal love for Knights.

Mew's style in the 80s would still work today. One on one brilliant but moved so quickly to double team another forward, and had an incredible penetrating kick.

Kennedy Jr is another who could be in the back 6. We had 10 guys in the 80s who were brilliant defenders.
 

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Which club puts together the best back 6 of all time? Ones that pop to mind are eagles and Carlton but would be interested to know where we rate these lineups.

Geelong would be in my opinion this lineup

Milburn Scarlett Stewart
Enright Taylor Bilcavs
Bernie Smith Gary Malarkey Matthew Scarlett
Corey Enright Harry Taylor Tom Stewart
 

Osho

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Hey.

Was thinking of this a while ago.

A quick effort. Happy to be updated or improved upon.

Also a combo of volatility, toughness and an oppo love to hate.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


Kevin Sheedy, Wes Lofts, Rod Grinter

Bernard Toohey, Ron Andrews, John Worsfold

Dipper, Greg Williams, David Rhys-Jones

Mal Brown, Neil Balme, Hayden Ballantyne

Leigh Matthews, Tony Lockett, Roger Merrett

Carl Ditterich, Phil Carman, Dale Weightman

Int: Karl Langdon, Darren Bewick, Dean Wallis, Mark Riccuito, Liberatore (both of em).
Noone gets out alive!
Libba, both of em, ROAR in agreement!

There are also the fair super tough guys who could be in this side:
-Archer
-Paul Kelly, fck me, tough dude, bullet proof
-Gary Wilson, paper thin, in and under and outside.
 

Osho

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Moore or Langford at FB still means one can go BP.

But Mew has to be at CHB given he is there for our team of the century despite the universal love for Knights.

Mew's style in the 80s would still work today. One on one brilliant but moved so quickly to double team another forward, and had an incredible penetrating kick.

Kennedy Jr is another who could be in the back 6. We had 10 guys in the 80s who were brilliant defenders.
Great players, all. An embarrassment of riches, really. Knights was a switch hitter, he could play flank wing and forward also.

There are also some other handy players over the years, premiership players all, who were very effective defenders:
Douge
Ohallorin
Schwab
Collins
Maginness
Jenke

Ohallirin and Collins I thought were siginificantly under rated.
 

Thrawn

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Two great defenders.
I personally wouldn't rate them higher than Doc, pretty well on an even keel IMO particularly if Doc plays well in these finals. (premiership player;) )

It is very tough to choose our best back 6.
Dean Rice comes to mind as well and there will be more that I can't think of right now.
McKay was a better HBF than Doc, that is, Andrew McKay. A lot more consistent back there.
 

HairyO

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Great players, all. An embarrassment of riches, really. Knights was a switch hitter, he could play flank wing and forward also.

There are also some other handy players over the years, premiership players all, who were very effective defenders:
Douge
Ohallorin
Schwab
Collins
Maginness
Jenke

Ohallirin and Collins I thought were siginificantly under rated.

Andy Collins definitely rated within Hawthorn.
 

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