Opinion Could Ainsworth play a subtly important role in finals?

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Norm Smith Medallist
Jun 21, 2015
AFL Club
West Coast
I've already pencilled him in for the important role of Team Whipping-boy & Scapegoat for this finals series. He's got some big shoes to fill off other such West Coast luminaries as Masten, Swift and Hutchings.
Swift and Hutchings dont hold a candle to whipping boys Priddis and Hill.

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Hell Yeoh

Jun 19, 2020
AFL Club
West Coast
Weirdly I feel more confident playing Ainsworth as a tagger this finals series then I do Hutchings. Hutch came off a long stint with a hammy and then pulled it again a couple weeks later. If we're in a tough EF/SF and Hutch gets injured again it would be a horrible result. Lets go with Ainsworth.

Rather go with Ainsworth over Hutch (sacrilege I know, but Hutch too injury-prone).


All Australian
Jul 26, 2020
AFL Club
West Coast
I agree about Ainsworth and Hutch but I'd go with neither tbh. Ainsworth with the body of a 12 year old school boy will struggle with physicality of finals. After all this was the kid that made Dusty out of Polec.


Brownlow Medallist
May 8, 2012
AFL Club
West Coast
Other Teams
Royals, Wildcats, Warriors
I have never knocked the kid but im not sure he is AFL quality, happy to be surprised if given more opportunity.

Dark Sharks

Brownlow Medallist
Feb 21, 2011
Maynard was blocked
AFL Club
West Coast
I've got a feeling our list management is going to be sucked into the 'roles' he's done on a B grade crab like Jones or slowing down a midget like Caleb Daniel.

He's not AFL quality. An improvement in his past couple games as a tagger doesn't suddenly gift him a 2 year extension, that's ridiculous.

A tagger is the least important role you consider on your list. Any of our young mid depth (O'Neil) could do the roll if required.

Keeping Ainsworth because we "need" to have a tagger on the list, just no.

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