VFL Footscray 2023 Season

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Martyn_30_

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That was the first vfl game I've watched all year.
Cleary and Gallagher didn't get near it
McLean, Mccomb and Crozier look like different players at the slower pace which is not a great sign.
Obrien should be a certain delist with the depth in the talls down back.
Garcia is a much better option than McNeil and Scott if he can stay fit.
Clarke doesn't seem quick enough as a small forward, which is still the biggest hole on the list.
Busslinger was the only one who impressed me as an afl prospect , which isn't surprising as a first rounder. Barring a mass exodus the group of talls looks very good for many years to come.
 

weltschmerz

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At this stage O'Donnell looks more like pick 13 and Busslinger a category B rookie. Got a steal with JOD may have missed out with Busslinger but still early may bloom next season.

Buss is a tall skinny guy, will take a bit longer to develop. He's got a footy brain which can't be taught.
 

willofwest

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That was the first vfl game I've watched all year.
Cleary and Gallagher didn't get near it
McLean, Mccomb and Crozier look like different players at the slower pace which is not a great sign.
Obrien should be a certain delist with the depth in the talls down back.
Garcia is a much better option than McNeil and Scott if he can stay fit.
Clarke doesn't seem quick enough as a small forward, which is still the biggest hole on the list.
Busslinger was the only one who impressed me as an afl prospect , which isn't surprising as a first rounder. Barring a mass exodus the group of talls looks very good for many years to come.
After watching the game O’Brien should be off the list. Turned it over too many times for a guy of his experience. Crozier was a class above Casey forwards.
 

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chop0205

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At this stage O'Donnell looks more like pick 13 and Busslinger a category B rookie. Got a steal with JOD may have missed out with Busslinger but still early may bloom next season.
Not so optimistic!

I think she’d is fine. A little light, and limited preseason. In a different year he would have debut based on what I have seen. The young lad reads the ball well
 

Nat Fyfe

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Buss is a tall skinny guy, will take a bit longer to develop. He's got a footy brain which can't be taught.
With how quickly guys like Daicos and Jackson burst onto the scene and started performing, it’s given an extremely skewed view among some fans on how developed these guys should be. In reality, most players, even the very best, aren’t looking at a concrete best 22 spot until their 3rd or 4th season, if not later for talls. We really can’t expect Buss and Clarke to be consistently best 22 until at least 2025. Same goes for Darcy
 

PocketRocket08

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With how quickly guys like Daicos and Jackson burst onto the scene and started performing, it’s given an extremely skewed view among some fans on how developed these guys should be. In reality, most players, even the very best, aren’t looking at a concrete best 22 spot until their 3rd or 4th season, if not later for talls. We really can’t expect Buss and Clarke to be consistently best 22 until at least 2025. Same goes for Darcy
You might well be the most intelligent poster on this forum. I feel most of our supporters are delusional and removed from reality. The negative mindset is terrible. Putting down players is bad enough but first or second yr draftees is beyond a joke.
I’m sure those negative comments either come from naive teenagers or overweight couch potatoes that haven’t done any exercise in years. Be better guys.
On busslinger he has been very solid coming off a shoulder opp and no preseason. He reads the game extremely well and his skill execution and disposal are elite. Obviously needs fitness and strength. He may get a few games next year but 2025 he will be ready to be a more regular senior player.
 

Charlie Bucket

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Still very undersized and not aerobically there. Big preseason ahead for the Buss.

At this stage O'Donnell looks more like pick 13 and Busslinger a category B rookie. Got a steal with JOD may have missed out with Busslinger but still early may bloom next season.
He’s improved out of sight.

However I am worried about his speed and agility. He Could get exposed at afl level, especially early on.

Thanks.

Although he was impressive, he seemed a fair way off when I saw him live mid season.

I think expectations should be regular footy by 25/26. Early 20’s, probably in line with most developing key defenders.
 
I think Busslinger will play senior football next season providing he can strengthen his upper body. He has looked just fine when roaming around the backline intercepting and delivering to team mates. One on one against stronger opponents he has struggled somewhat. This is understandable for a 19 year old tall. Just get him in the gym.
 

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Foxman98

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Not suggesting he will get to the same level but see a lot of Harris Andrews in the way Buss plays, Doesn't "stand out" athletically but seems to often get to the right positions tidy by foot and has the ability to take an intercept mark or two when needed,

Have been very impressed with his overall development and was fuming Keath kept getting games over him to finish the year
 
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I'll probably be at this one.

Live in Hawthorn so I don't have many excuses not to waddle on down and watch rhylee west s**t on inferior opposition.
 

Lee

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So win this week and it would be a prelim in Queenland against Gold Coast.

Make the GF and it would be a game against Brisbane, Werribee or Williamstown at Marvel
Grand Final will be Sunday 24th @ Ikon Park
 

Optimistic Dog

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A day out from the semi final cannot even see our team selection but the bulldogs website is all over the AFLW. Nothing against women's footy but not my cup of tea.
 
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weltschmerz

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A day out from the semi final cannot even see our team selection but the bulldogs website is all over the AFLW. Nothing against women's footy but not my cup of tea.

The ones usually get billing over the twos.

It's up on the AFL website if you dig into the game day page

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