Jake Tarca

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catswhiskers

Premiership Player
Mar 13, 2006
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Tarca's first year was as expected for a late pick. Needed development. Importantly he improved game by game.
He along with Ablett and Miers has goal sense. Loves to kick them and backs himself. Compare with Dahlhaus and Atkins who play different roles. Tarca adds a bit of aerial too.

Tarca has his chance next season to put his hand up. Needs a big preseason (his first full one). No reason he shouldn't push on.
 

Hamingja

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May 20, 2014
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Tarca's first year was as expected for a late pick. Needed development. Importantly he improved game by game.
He along with Ablett and Miers has goal sense. Loves to kick them and backs himself. Compare with Dahlhaus and Atkins who play different roles. Tarca adds a bit of aerial too.

Tarca has his chance next season to put his hand up. Needs a big preseason (his first full one). No reason he shouldn't push on.
He showed flashes like a young Linc McCarthy. Obviously the challenge is to turn the flashes into something more consistent. This time last year no one had Miers playing a game let alone 25 of them.
 

Landgraft

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Dec 18, 2016
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The closest thing I have to a 'boy' from the 2018 draft. I think he's an interesting prospect if he can use his aerial ability more consistently, but that's not an easy ask for a small guy.
 

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dazbroncos

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Getting rid of Tarcs after one year is like getting rid of Miers after the same time period.

Both short sighted and foolish.

Let the kids develop ffs
But I guess that clearing that list spot Miers was clogging up would have helped us out a bunch :rolleyes:

Go Catters
 

iameviljez

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Oct 20, 2004
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Getting rid of Tarcs after one year is like getting rid of Miers after the same time period.
Miers seemed to show a bit more in his first year, based solely, that said, on match reports.

However, most of that draft (Jarvis, Tarca, Kennerley, Brownless) picked up super-skinny kids who just do not have AFL-ready bodies yet.

And thus.. time..

Go Catters
 
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Warhorse

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Sep 23, 2017
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Getting rid of Tarcs after one year is like getting rid of Miers after the same time period.

Both short sighted and foolish.

Let the kids develop ffs
But I guess that clearing that list spot Miers was clogging up would have helped us out a bunch :rolleyes:

Go Catters
Less than 10 touches and 1 goal per game. He's not yet serviceable at vfl level and has shown heaps less than Miers. Yeah all our kids are stars though I guess..
 

Seeds

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Getting rid of Tarcs after one year is like getting rid of Miers after the same time period.

Both short sighted and foolish.

Let the kids develop ffs
But I guess that clearing that list spot Miers was clogging up would have helped us out a bunch :rolleyes:

Go Catters
Um who is saying we should get rid of him after one year?
 

Landgraft

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Dec 18, 2016
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Even as a fan of Tarca I don't see why we would shy away from the idea that his first year wasn't hugely impressive. I think he could improve and become an interesting prospect, but lets not pretend that would be reasonable to expect - odds are that, just like most kids, he won't make it. It's still pretty impressive to get to this stage tbh.
 

Live in hope

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May 8, 2006
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As indicated by others, a little early to judge other than to say needs more time, fitness and development.

Having said that, Jake has displayed some attributes that gives me hope -
- pretty quick over distance as on show in the GF sprint (was ‘in it’ right till last 10 metres). The key is acceleration over first 5-10 metres, but still rather encouraging.
- at times showed that can hit up passes pretty neatly.
- in some games showed some neat crumbing, and goal snapping. As a small forward will ready need to get to the 2-3 a game level at VFL, next season or two.

Didn’t see much evidence of tackling intensity - will need to show that.

The essential requirement will be building the tank and staying uninjured, but looks like a few facets to build on.

As a related point - I would like to see Geelong bring in a specialist small forward coach to master class on the art - even for a month or two.
 
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