- Sep 9, 2017
- AFL Club
Sorry for intruding, but saw the threat title and thought I'd have a nosey little peek.I am sure Hardwick has said that they identified their strength early in 2017 after a few finals failures was their speed. I guess they've then built a side of a bunch of quick smaller players, and even some taller ones who also have pace (and of course Dusty), and worked on that in 2017 and by season's end it was obviously proven to be successful. Their players have come through a fair few years of development as a group under Hardwick, and they believe 110% in their style, with good reason.
All I'll say is that you got this bit 100% correct.
I don't recall when it was (after the 2017 GF perhaps?) Hardwick spoke about a meeting that was held at the end of 2016 between the coaching and recruiting staff. One thing that came out of that meeting was that the two groups weren't on exactly the same page. The recruiters had been targeting good runners and for whatever reason the coaching staff didn't know about this or didn't exploit it.
Anyway, it lead to a major change in game-plan with a focus on speed being a big part of the new model.
Even Dusty, incidentally, was quicker across the first 20m than any other player in his draft.
Of course, none of this is news. Chris Scott
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Don't ask me how to counter this. I'm a long way from anything like a tactical genius so I really have no idea.
The only point is to confirm that you got the bit about "speed" correct.