Max King in the recent match, reminds me of Tippett at his best. Both have the ability to jump at the highest point, taking advantage of their height, likely outmarking most tall defenders.
The issue I had was people comparing King and RT directly with the weight is unfair, because it’s the core strength that is the key. This comes naturally with more training and body maturing. RT is still a young body despite his current size and weight, and naturally his core strength isn’t comparable right now to most defenders or other older forwards. With a stronger core strength, he can plant his body more to his advantage and defenders less able to shift him off the line of the ball, therefore will improve his marking chances.
We need to find our Tom Lynch connector replacement for that lead up forward who works hard to provide an option coming out of defence.Tactically, our coaching is horrendous. Our set up around stoppages has been awful at times this year.
Likewise, our set up as we exit the D50 is unbelievably bad. The amount of times we had the ball in possession at half back from a mark, looked up and had absolutely nothing to kick to was incredible. The problem is, it isn't player errors, they are doing exactly what they are coached to do.
What tends to happen:
So from an attacking position on half back, our entire plan is to try to create a contest and hope we can get a stoppage. Genius!
- Short kick to CHB. Player takes mark runs back and looks. Nothing obvious on offer. Looks down the wing as no leads are made in the corridor (coaching decision).
- Our 3 key forwards do NOT come up to the next contest. One goes wide to the boundary a kick and a half away. The other two stay deep. The two deep are by themselves. No smalls around, so that if by some miracle we do get through quickly, we have no crumbing players anyway) It leaves a hole, right where we are going to land the ball. The two players there? McHenry and Murphy. Seriously. They are the target by design (I watched our key forwards closely as they ran to set positions and pointed to each other about where to stand). The hope is that we keep the opposition key defenders away and create a contest on the wing.
- If we manage to find another short target somewhere near the middle, we might occasionally take it. The next kick then is not an attacking kick in towards the key forwards. No. Crazy stuff. Our next kick is as wide as possible to the one key forward who went wide earlier. The kick goes as close to the boundary as possible so that we can hopefully knock it out and have a stoppage. Just as well our midfield is absolutely elite.
And we wonder why our forwards struggle....
Our entire coaching plan at the moment is to minimise any damage, hope we drag the opposition down to our level and scrap a low scoring win.
Must be so fun playing in our team.
We need to find something, because 50 m kicks that sit the ball on the head of the 2 shortest people in the team doesn't seem like a great plan...
One part of the game that cracked me up was in the last quarter, the ball went into Saints forward 50 and Membrey took a mark uncontested. Hinge was there but got caught out of position and wasn't able to contest the mark. Really embarrassing stuff. Anyway there was a replay from another angle that showed Sam Berry nearby and his expression was priceless. He just had this dejected look on his face, like "How can we be this bad?".