Well they're not going to say he was ordinary.Can I ask why people think Kolodjashnij will be omitted for our next match? Numerous match reports, along with interviews with teammates list him amongst our best
I get that he's not necessarily everyone's favourite, but surely it's highly unlikely he's omitted after his efforts yesterday
Even the match review on our club website lists him in the best - thinking he's safe for at least another week or 2 or longer
Geelong: Selwood, Stewart, Kolodjashnij, Atkins, C.Guthrie
Because yet again his opponent gave him a bath.
Tom Macdonald was his opponent for most of the time he spent forward and he gave Kolo the run around. And to be honest I don't rate Tom Macdonald at all. When Macdonald went into the ruck he often picked up Petracca (sometimes Fritsch) and that didn't end well either.
I was at the game and watched him closely and his decision making on when to leave his opponent and attack, and when to defend was horrible. The amount of times he left his man to try and affect the contest and was either ineffectual or got caught in no man's land was astounding. Mind you he wasn't the only one.
There was one instance half way through the 1st quarter where he came up to ball on our half forward flank and had to get it out of bounds, even it was for a free against. He failed to do that, meandered back as his opponent Tom Macdonald sat out the back took a uncontested mark and setup Nathan Jones for a goal. It was so bad to see happen live.
Then there is his disposal and decision making particularly under pressure (that handball that nearly setup Spargo for the 1st goal of the match, and the horribly shanked kick that luckily fell in Miers hands under no pressure, WTF) and the way in which he kills momentum and drive out of the backline. It's an area we clearly need to get better at, and for me he has to be the first in the gun.
TomMac was also in the coaches votes, something I look to more than what some unnamed journo has said in an article for the AFL website.
He was a disciplined player who could play our zonal defence effectively but with the new rule changes prompting faster ball movement and thus more one on one defending, he is becoming more and more irrelevant.
The only reason I can see why he's getting games at the moment is Cameron and Savrat are out injured. It's forced us to re-jig the forward line at times with Henry or pull Blicavs from defence to ruck.
If one of Cameron or Savrat are right to go, put Henry back and get rid of Kolo.