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gouki88

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With all that Paddy mcCartin has been through, would be great if he has a great run in the Sydney VFL team and gets picked up in the mid season draft. Fingers crossed for the guy!
I really hope he doesn't get a head knock, but I'm not holding my breath. Just can't see this going well, given I can't think of any athlete in any code making it back from severe concussion issues.

Would be a great story though. Being around his brother in Sydney might help.
 

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I really hope he doesn't get a head knock, but I'm not holding my breath. Just can't see this going well, given I can't think of any athlete in any code making it back from severe concussion issues.

Would be a great story though. Being around his brother in Sydney might help.
The story would be an even better one were it Collingwood's and not Sydney's, though if it were our's, we would have yet another player on our list who is one step away from the player scrap heap, at a time when we are trying to move our list firmly away from season and career ending injury player types. But as you say, all the best to him, and if he should come good, let it be against someone else, not us.
 

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whiskeytown

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This illustrates why pre-season intra-club games are not necessarily a predictor of talent or form.
True. But I’m not entirely surprised. There were definitely moments where Crocker’s VFL form warranted senior selection... he just couldn’t impact many games at the quicker paced AFL level.

So for mine he’d be a bust at AFL level again.

Likewise FWIW I don’t think Appleby would offer anything except a ready to play, mature depth for a young North Melbourne. Another player who looked good at VFL level but struggled to impact at AFL level

But best of luck to them both.

being a 185-187cm 84kg (non midfield player) like both Crocker and Appleby are is tough in the modern game. Really need a point of difference otherwise too small to be aerially dominant and too slow to be a quick player
 

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True. But I’m not entirely surprised. There were definitely moments where Crocker’s VFL form warranted senior selection... he just couldn’t impact many games at the quicker paced AFL level.

So for mine he’d be a bust at AFL level again.

Likewise FWIW I don’t think Appleby would offer anything except a ready to play, mature depth for a young North Melbourne. Another player who looked good at VFL level but struggled to impact at AFL level

But best of luck to them both.

being a 185-187cm 84kg (non midfield player) like both Crocker and Appleby are is tough in the modern game. Really need a point of difference otherwise too small to be aerially dominant and too slow to be a quick player
I would have liked to see Appleby play a few more games. I’m not 100% convinced he can’t make make it. He did look lost at times, but I wonder if there was a particular role he could learn to play (ie a run with player/tagger) and given a block of games in that role whether he can show what he can do.
 

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I would have liked to see Appleby play a few more games. I’m not 100% convinced he can’t make make it. He did look lost at times, but I wonder if there was a particular role he could learn to play (ie a run with player/tagger) and given a block of games in that role whether he can show what he can do.
Wasn’t going to crack our backline. Like Aish he might find a home in Norths defence... or as a general utility. A young list like North could do with a few more mature bodies. But I don’t see him as part of their long term future

Hard for players his size to make it at AFL level unless they have an elite attribute like interceptions or run

Good luck to him though
 

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Marley Williams having a go at boxing. Ex Collingwood vs Ex Carlton fight night

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