Autopsy Eagles defeat Swans by 34

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mtooler

Premiership Player
Feb 5, 2012
4,261
4,226
AFL Club
Sydney
Heeney cops a lot of flack for his consistency but I have rarely seen Marcus 'Has There Ever Been a Greater Player?' Bontempelli play two or three great games in a row.

Exhibit A - after giving us a whooping with no direct attention (but then predictably fading as soon as that attention came in the second half), he had 11 possessions against the Roos.

Heeney really isn't that bad and even on the weekend had some major moments of class. We'd be utterly ****ed without him.
He'll be a cripple if used in the way he currently is too though, think he will start picking up injuries in late 20s with crashing the packs the way he has been asked to do.
 

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RobbieK

Premiership Player
Aug 20, 2009
4,211
7,047
Berlin
AFL Club
Sydney
I think anyone judging Isaac Heeney harshly right now needs a reality check. He is basically being asked to play as a key forward because the team doesn't have anyone fit to do the job. Rather than teams planning their defence around combating someone like Buddy or Reid as a first priority, they get to plan their defence around shutting down him and Papley.

It makes it significantly harder for our small and mid-sized forwards when an opposition defence is able to respond to them as the primary rather than the secondary or tertiary route to goal.
 

caesar88

Brownlow Medallist
Apr 26, 2016
18,515
21,196
AFL Club
Sydney
I think anyone judging Isaac Heeney harshly right now needs a reality check. He is basically being asked to play as a key forward because the team doesn't have anyone fit to do the job. Rather than teams planning their defence around combating someone like Buddy or Reid as a first priority, they get to plan their defence around shutting down him and Papley.

It makes it significantly harder for our small and mid-sized forwards when an opposition defence is able to respond to them as the primary rather than the secondary or tertiary route to goal.
Heeney is one of the best one-on-one players in the competition.

The problem is we can't get him one-on-one because he has two opponents hanging off him like he's a coat rack. Even the very best, like Buddy, struggle in those circumstances. And it will continue to happen while our forward depth is so dire.

He's also pushing up the ground more to help out and to get some isolation, working his arse off but not getting the bags or the screamers that catch the eye.

Very pleased with his year so far.
 

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