Farewell Matt Suckling, and thanks for being a Bulldog

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Glaeken Oracle

Club Legend
Dec 3, 2015
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Thought a 5-year servant who was mostly best 22 over that time deserved his own farewell thread.

weltschmerz - hope you don't mind me quoting your post from the Trade / List Management thtead:


Thanks, Suckling. Loved your boot.
All the best Matt Suckling, thanks for the contribution you made to our club, and some of those goals.

:largeredcircle: :mwcirlce::largebluecircle::bulldogs:
 

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Glaeken Oracle

Club Legend
Dec 3, 2015
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If only Repeat Rookie Roarke has shown an MBoyd/Morris/JJ trajectory. I suppose there's still time to attain the captaincy or Norm Smith or toughest Bulldog in history levels! :D
 

TedDougChris

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A real talent, had the very rare ability to be able to kick it in such a way that only 0.0000000001% of players can - in both a positive and negative way - and sometimes in the same match....

Best of luck Matt, glad you were a Bulldog for a while !! Thanks for everything...
 

Snarls Barkley

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Jun 7, 2012
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Thanks Matt. Probably would've been a four time Premiership player if not for some untimely injuries. I'm sure he is content with two. Thought he was pretty solid for us over the journey, this year he looked past it but was generally decent. Thought he was one of our better players in 2018 before injury struck him down.

Wonder if he tries the NFL route. He seemed a little interested in giving that a go. COVID may make that difficult now.
 

TMoney22

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Sep 15, 2010
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One of the best at "switching the play" and calling it before anyone else on the field. Enjoy retirement mate, I for one appreciate the skill set you brought to the doggies and loved it.
 

Triple Baileys

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Jan 7, 2019
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there was times in 2017-2018 when I felt the main reason I wanted to go to watch a game was to see Suckers kick the ball. He's right up there as one of the longest kicks ever in the AFL, a sight to behold.
 

Yojimbo

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Nov 14, 2012
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The "Elephant" in the room.
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Matthew Suckling may not like to gamble, but he would be handy on the punt.

Thanks for all the Metres Gained and for actually kicking the ball and taking a risk. (Rare traits for a Bulldog player)
 

Dogs_R_Us

Space Traveller
May 3, 2001
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Sirius - the Dogstar
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Always amazed me with those loooong kicks, things of beauty.

Remember that tackle on Darling in the 2016 EF? Shame he couldn’t get a medal with us, but thanks, Matt, for everything.
 

Dogs till i die

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Dec 30, 2003
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You certainly weren't 'run of the mill' Matt.

I'll miss the sense of anticipation I got when you had the ball 55 or even 60m from goal. That ball just kept on going.....

The set shot goal from outside the boundary outside 50 at Ballarat was just enormous, closely followed by your long goal in the first 20 seconds in the 2019 final v GWS.
 

RedWhite&Blue

Premiership Player
Jul 21, 2005
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Onya Piglet!
I am one of your biggest fans.
You were an artist with that left boot and I loved watching you ply your trade! A player with a point of difference.
 

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