Grant Birchall returns after 2 years out...

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TheFourPillars

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Yeah I will be the first to put my hand up and say I am excited by what he can do but training form and game form are two entirely different things. He also needs to pull up well from the game. Which will only be a Half at best this week if that
 

Jables

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Well at least you have not called him a parasite and someone who is just bleeding the club of money, like someone else I know on this board.

Birch has been a champion of our club and it has been frustrating for us all in the last couple of yesrs in regard to him, just imagine how frustrating it must be for the guy himself.

I want him to come back and play great footy for us and be around for a couple of years yet, which hopefully will see this said poster backpeddle at a million miles an hour.

Of course Birch may indeed not play on after this year and if he does not then so be it, the guy deserves massive respect.
People like that are just miserable. 4x premiership star that never put a foot wrong, no doubt earning less here than he would have anywhere else, doesn't deserve to be treated like that because his body wasn't right. Hope he pulls a Hodge post 2012! Not gonna lie I'd just be excited for him to get a farewell though.
 

cryptor

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I think a lot of people (myself included) have forgotten just how much a fit Birchall adds to Hawthorn. His kicking, positioning, composure, and game sense are all elite. The drive off half back he can provide is top shelf.

If he can stay fit and make his way back into the senior team I'll be excited to see what his addition to the backline will do for Sicily's game. Sicily had only just made the switch to play in defence in the last two games Birchall played with him back in mid-2017. Since then Sicily has broken out to be one of the best rebounding defenders in the league. If Birchall can prove to be a dangerous (for our opponents) rebounding option then it could help free Sicily up. Scrimshaw too.
 

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Ditto Cryptor, am also interested to see if there are any flow-on effects further up the ground too (his penetrating/long quick kicks - make us look better up the ground?), free up Impey to play up forward? Free up Smith/Hendo to play further up and perhaps have Smith taking shots from outside50 or running down the wing and booming it QUICKLY into a non-congested forward line?
 

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All those who can get down to box hill to watch one of our all time great players
I think this is forgotten alot on this board. He is/was a brilliant player for us. His incredible A grade consistency in our recent golden era was only matched by Sam Mitchell.
 

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Birchall said he would play half a game this week, a full game next week and then ready for AFL selection in Round 16.

Optimistic in my view, perhaps a month at BHH would be better.
He’ll be in for a rude shock if he thinks he can stream off Half Back & get creative, or even sneak up the field & deliver accurate passes to the advantage of our Half Forwards.

That **** just won’t fly & if he thinks he can stroll on into the 1sts & improve our ball movement, well... He’s got another thing coming...

Very optimistic indeed!
 

Hawks1994

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God how I have missed his weird running style

Best of luck Birch, if he returns successfully to the senior side, it might just lift those around him a little bit
 
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