Best Individual season you've seen from a player

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Norm Smith Medallist
Aug 25, 2005
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Agreed. And I don't know how anyone could argue with a straight face that modern players are longer kicks. Granted they probably aren't encouraged to take risks with torpedo punts and so on, but Quinlan was kicking it effortlessly longer than anyone today. His drop punts must have been covering 65 metres.

Think about it, every single team in that era had at least one player who could kick the ball a long way and pretty well. Quinlan, Jess, Ablett, Glendinning, and Van der Haar come to mind without thinking.
Aside from goals outside 50 - long kicking isn't really a thing in modern footy.

Aside from the long kick down the line late in games - coaches don't encourage it.
 

Adelaide Hawk

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Buddy's 2008 was pretty good. He had the ball on a string that year. Looked as though he could become the greatest player of all time, but although he remained a great player, never quite scaled the dizzy heights of 2008 again.
 

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Lavender Bushranger

Norm Smith Medallist
Aug 25, 2005
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Yeah they do encourage it, that is why there are so many handballs out the back to blokes that can kick.
They don't kick long all that often though.

A guy like Brad Hill is probably in the top 3 as a designated kicker - but his targets are rarely more than 40m away.

You lose all precision and control of the game if you start kicking 60m to contests.
 

RichLeMonde

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Kouta in 2000 has to be close to the best 'all-round' season.

Accounting for his getting injured in round 20, he averaged 27 disposals and 1.8 goals per game; for comparison, Dustin Martin in 2017 averaged 29 disposals and 1.5 goals, while Dangerfield's best season was 31 and 1.8 goals - both of those in a higher possession era generally.

But Kouta was also both #1 in the league in contested possessions per game AND #5 in contested marks per game (I think that's right). He was also arguably the best kick in the team.

He basically did it all that year - to be both the best contested ballwinner in the league and one of the best tall marking targets, while also having exquisite disposal and being a genuine forward target...

I think others have had better years - they've done their strengths better. But that's about as close to all-round as you can be.
And as well as all that, that year he had a Hird-like ability to pop up exactly where he was needed at the right time and like Carey grab the game by the scruff in 10 min bursts that turned the whole game
 

RichLeMonde

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Depends on how you rate it.

If you go watch the game again, you will notice Dusty was taking 2-3-4 oppo players out of play freeing up team mates.
I had him 3rd after Houli and Rance. Rance was the most important player in the first quarter - he stopped the crows running away with it. Dusty really added a lot of icing on the cake that game, rather than turning it.
 

RobbyRoy

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Brett Ratten also won Carlton's best and fairest in 2000

Kouta was 3rd
Ratts played 5 extra games though, which always helps in the B&F.
 

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