We will get our chance soon enough. We have West Coast in a fortnight, GWS the week after that, and then Richmond the following week just before the bye. Immediately after the bye we have Geelong. By then we certainly will be in a position to make realistic and considered judgements. However, the competition is very even so that in a sense every week is a test. I have yet to watch the replay but from memory didn't like the way we allowed Sam Powell-Pepper to break away from the centre a number of times as the second half progressed. I noticed Matt Crouch was going with him early and am wondering if this had anything to do with Crouch going off injured?
I think his selection policy and some of the decisions he has made (leaving Hartigan on Stringer for 5 goals) show that he has a real eye to our 2017 push. Giving blocks of games in a row to CEY, Lever & Kelly (who had a combined total of 1 AFL game prior to 2015) and giving Grigg, Lyons, Crouch and Cameron an extended run to see where they fit.
He is in a good position where we are 5-2 and he can keep playing youngsters. I just hope that if things turn bad he doesn't get jumpy.
I’m talking about the numerous times we give a player a game or two here or there and when they don’t perform immediately (of course they won’t) they get dropped back for a senior player.
See Poholke, this year and Fogarty last year for two recent examples.
The problem with most supporters a need for almost instant stardom from players. Most need to work their way into the system and have a decent, continuous number of games. We as supporters have a fair history in this regard. See Nathan Bock as a prime example. Same thing is happening with Gallucci and Poholke now. Not saying everyone makes it as most don't but we have a bad habit of writing players off way too soon.
CEY was ready to rock in 2017 but that knee injury in the pre-season game vs Richmond ruined his season and I honestly thought that would be the last we’d see of him at AFL level. Kudos to the club for sticking with him, he showed at the start of 2018 he has plenty to offer and this year he’s taken another step forward again. He along with Greenwood give us the tall big bodied midfielders we crave and have been a major factor in the turnaround in our form.