Analysis Is Matt Crouch going to be the best ball magnet in the AFL?

Discussion in 'Adelaide' started by Redleg Crow, May 19, 2015.

Put it out there
  1. Vhaluus

    Vhaluus Norm Smith Medallist

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    I thought he was going to be a good solid footballer.

    I had no idea how good he'd get.

    Happy he exceeded my expectations.
     

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    The lad himself has been quoted as saying it's all basically down to his fitness levels and IMO has zero to do with Sloane being tagged, hell Scott had Blicavs tagging Matty early in the game the other night and quickly binned that strategy when the tag was having little effect on Matt's game.
     
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    I still remember the first time I saw Brad play live. It was playing WC in Perth before his injuries. Matt is seriously kicking arse now. Brad if he can stay on the park for the next couple of years is to blow a few people away. His skill was simply sublime considering his age.
     
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    Same here after watching him play that game I thought here we go. We got ourselves a ripper here...... during all the bad luck he has been going through I believed he could rise above it all he needed was a fair run of it.
    If he stays injury free he will only get better.
     
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    I think there's no doubt it's part the age/experience and his natural evolution. My earlier point was due to Sloane being more heavily tagged, this allowed Matt more opportunities to take over the reign as a midfield general. Not only more opportunities were created, but it allowed Matt to have more confidence to back himself in.
    Kind of like this scenario: if you have a star standing next to you, you're more likely to pass the ball to the star. If there is no star next to you, or the star's gone missing, then you're likely to take more ownership of the situation and make yourself become the star.
     
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    Second-most Brownlow votes amongst the Crows this year, albeit only just! 11 votes in breakout year is a good return. Hopefully the umpires pay a bit more attention next year!
     
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    Yeah he is definitely on the radar now after a stellar year. Will poll more next year easily.
     
  9. Redleg Crow

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    Great season, worthy Best and Fairest winner.

    Here's the thing though - if he can get his fitness up a bit more (which he should, midfielders generally do play more minutes the older they get) he is going to blow away the records.

    Last year he averaged 71% game time, this year 77%.

    He averaged 33 disposals. Tom Mitchell averaged 35.8 disposals but from 88% game time.

    Here are the average disposals per 100% game time by the top disposal players:
    Matt - 42.8
    Mitchell - 40.9
    Merrett - 39.0
    Oliver - 38.9
    Ablett - 38.2
    Brad 37.7
    Treloar - 36.7
    Dangerfield - 35.1
    Martin 34.9
     
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    Congratulations Matty. Great effort. Originally I thought we took Matty in the draft to strengthen our hold on Brad and that Brad would be the real focus. Now we have two great Crouch brothers. Just have to keep them together.
     
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    isn't he managed by the same peanut who looks after Sloaney that's now gone to collingwood?
     

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    Said he was the closest thing to sam mitchell going around a while back. Just needed to improve his disposal which he has and them some. Decent kid, future captain. Pay him accordingly and will show loyalty.
     
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    Exactly what you want as a modern footballer. Hard at it, tough as nails, no nonsense, heads down, bums up, media shy, born to play football.

    The key thing I've noticed is the media shy attitude of the Crouch bros. I think this is a trait that will likely to make them stay in the one club. Lever and Dangerfield, they got skills but also seem to enjoy the media limelight, which is an ingredient that makes the Victorian lure an easier bait.
     
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    Care to comment NTRabbit ?

    Highly respected former Herald Sun Chief AFL Journalist rates his 25 most influential AFL players of 2017..



    Mike Sheahan has listed the best performed players of 2017.

    Any changes you would make to this list?

    1. Dustin Martin

    2. Patrick Dangerfield

    3. Alex Rance

    4. Josh Kelly

    5. Matt Crouch

    6. Tom Mitchell

    7. Rory Sloane

    8. Joe Daniher

    9. Steele Sidebottom

    10. Josh Kennedy (WC)

    11. Lance Franklin

    12. Callan Ward

    13. Trent Cotchin

    14. Marcus Bontempelli

    15. Josh Kennedy (Syd)

    16. Dayne Zorko

    17. Clayton Oliver

    18. Sam Jacobs

    19. Ben Brown

    20. Patrick Ryder

    21. Sebastian Ross

    22. Jeremy Howe

    23. Luke Parker

    24. Mitch Duncan

    25. Adam Treloar
     
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