What makes you think he's such a great talent? I'm not down on him exactly, I just don't get the near universal love... Every vanilla forward will hit that kind of snap 20% of the time. He seems to miss his share of easy set-shot and fumbles more than his share of marks. Maybe he will develop down the track, but as of now he doesnt deserve the acclaim.Cameron Rayner is one of the best upcoming talents...
First thing I thought after the game was it will be interesting to see how they go without Hodge. I wonder if they may now target another experienced leader? (Obviously won’t be of Hodges caliber though).Still have decent improvement scope though to make up for the harder draw. If Hodge retires, it will be interesting to see how they go without his leadership. They brought him in for a reason, and while he'll have been teaching for 2 years now, some of what he offers you can't teach and it will be missed. We've certainly missed it at Hawthorn.
If they are not close to Hodge's calibre then you'd have to ask if it is worth taking up the development spot of another young player. Hodge situation was fairly unique. There are probably only a very small handful of players who can offer that level of leadership, and then they have to be available. Hawthorn let him go with good football still to play because they wanted to regenerate (and probably underestimated how much Hodge's footy smarts would allow him to get out of himself over the last two years). Unless they get lucky with a similar player, I reckon they'll be more likely to trust the extra maturity their players have gathered since Hodge arrived, and fill his spot from amongst the current group.First thing I thought after the game was it will be interesting to see how they go without Hodge. I wonder if they may now target another experienced leader? (Obviously won’t be of Hodges caliber though).
Over officiated. Under officiated. Inconsistent. It was moronic umpiring and took away from the spectacle.Was a comical night of umpiring. I wouldn't really say any bias but enough for both sides to feel hard done by at various times. Seemed over officiated to me.
Easily? Have you ever umpired a game? People seem to have the idea that everything must be seen and no mistakes can be made. Umpires make less errors than players do, yet get the most criticism for "costing games". Granted that throw was ugly. But its a game of angles, look at all the players around him, and then the Lions player in front of Kelly. The only angle you could clearly pick up the throw is if you're standing on the lower right side of the screen. Its a game of angles, 360 degrees. One degree different either direction can alter perception to what you see. Also take into account not ALL umpires are looking at the ball carrier, some would be looking around the ball carrier for other infringements. If everyone watched the ball, many things will be missed.
Do they umpires see the game in slow motion do they? And are they up on cherry pickers looking down at the perfect angle?
Except that every club starts in a particular and different way, and you can’t stop the players from giving their best because a bunch of BF conspirators think they’re club is worth nothing.If GWS were not a soulless, plastic, vacuous club you’d be onto something.
Ok have a look. And take note of the umpire 2 meters away.Show me ? Did that determine the result ? NO . there was an agenda for sure
If that was against the Tigers or pies there would have been a riot
Clearly hands him the ball, not a legal disposal. If Brisbane won it would've determined the result.Damn cheaters!