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Welcome Harley Bennell

Discussion in 'Fremantle' started by FreoRicci, Sep 7, 2015.

Put it out there
  1. Superkoops

    Superkoops All Australian

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    I agree with your observation. I think last year there was a real push to win a WAFL premiership with our young crop, but this year whilst that would be acceptable collateral (and a strong possibility) the real motivation is to get games into Harley Bennell. Freo won't be playing AFL finals so the extra 1-4 games post AFL season finish will set-up Bennell nicely for 2018. It certainly had the desired effect for Harley Balic.
     
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  2. rgauci

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    Players bargaining agreement means a certain number of weeks off. Last year, our players returned from the offseason like they had competed in a prelim. It's interesting whether extending the season or playing WAFL finals is of benefit. I think the latter.

    Given Harley's had weeks off already earlier this year. He may play finals and return to preseason with everyone else, shortening his off time. Wonder how it will play out.
     
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  3. Wizard

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    I think it is really a 1:1 thing.
    Harley would certainly benefit from the extra games while i would think the younger guys that are already playing 18-20 games would be better to take the time off get over the niggles quickly and start training ASAP.
     
  4. M_rash

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    I thought we installed the water slides to entice the kids to do a stay-cay at Cockburn. Who needs holidays when we have the ARC.
     
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  5. Freoforever86

    Freoforever86 Premiership Player

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    From what Lyon has said last night, Bennell will play for Peel this weekend.

    Would love to see him play 3/4 games at Freo this year. Give us a little sample
     
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  6. MadDocker

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    Bennell stringing a few games together, whether that's for Peel or Freo and coming through unscathed will be amazing. Even if he plays all the rest of the Peel games, calves hold up and he gears up for round1 2018 at the new stadium I'll be happy.
     
  7. freoextra

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    Unlikely 4, Lyon has said the plan is to qualify him for Peels finals. So his next 4 games, at least, are with Peel.

    We have played 15 so have 7 remaining. We might see him in our last 3 at best - think it might be last 2.
     
  8. Deathly

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    I'm as desperate as the next guy to see Bennell come in and play for Freo - although I think he should play out the rest of the year in the WAFL. If he can get through the seconds until Round 23 in AFL unscathed then put him in for our last game if it's at home (not sure if it is).
     
  9. apuchar

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    essendon at etiad
     
  10. Righteo

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    Now that's interesting. Etihad surface is notoriously hard, not the ideal ground to come back on from a leg injury.
     
  11. apuchar

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    yeah, doubt we would want that.
     

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  12. scon

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    Don't care if he plays AFL or not this season.
    Club has always said it's looking at him as a long term addition.
    Has taken incredible perserverance and patience by all,particularly Harley.
    Be such a success story if he never has a recurrence.
    I'm coming up a day early for the derby to go to Leederville Oval Sat arvo to watch the Ball Whisperer's comeback game.
    Such a determined effort,it's got to be admired.
     
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    How about see how well he plays

    If he dominates for Peel he should come straight in. I'd rather that than play Peel finals. If he is only slowly getting back to his best then he continues for Peel.
     
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  14. Tundrawolf

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    As soon as he shows he can run out a full game Freo will select him. They want him to be playing for Freo not Peel.
     
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  15. Snuffaluphagus

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    On top of all this, I'd be willing to bet the guy needs a game in the AFL for his own mental health. Being out for 19 months would be killer. I think best case scenario is he plays limited minutes this week, a full game the week after and then back for Freo after that. Playing a month for Peel just seems ridiculous to me, but maybe I'm just overly keen to see him in the purple
     
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  16. meima

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    Why not let Ross and his coaching team decide about bennell ? either way freo or peel ,the media will be full on if bennell injured himself again.
     
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  17. Righteo

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    I don't think anyone has suggested anything to the contrary? Just speculating about the potential circumstances surrounding his first game for the club, nothing wrong with that.
     
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    I don't think there is any wrong in that , but let him play his first match and come back injury free before suggesting his first freo match . You are talking about a star player out of the game for 1 1/2 years and not 3 month . Soreness can easily lead to another injury .
     
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  19. Wally Walpamur

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    I reckon it would do him the world of good to string a couple of AFL games together. His goals at the start of the year would have been to get his calf right, then get through a game (at any level) then play AFL. His confidence will be through the roof and he'd have a taste of the speed of the game. He hasn't played in two years so he needs as many games as possible, just looke at Fyfey this season.
     
  20. StingBitten

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    If Bennell gets through the next couple of Peel games unscathed.... and we pull off a few miraculous consecutive wins then we might be seeing him in Purple this year.

    If not he can grab us a second, consecutive WAFL Premiership Cup for shits and gigs.
     
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  21. One_Wing

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    Harley Bennell Simpson medalist has a nice ring to it.
     
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  22. Snuffaluphagus

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    Deep breaths, stay calm, dont get excit...

    ITS HAPPENING!!!!
     
  23. PurpleReign

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    If he plays for Peel this weekend it'll be with the reserves right?
     
  24. freo_leo29

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    Do we bother rolling him out in reserves? limited minutes in the Peel seniors IMO
     
  25. Tayl0r

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    I wonder if we can name him in the reserves on Saturday then play him Sunday