Norm Smith Medallist
- Oct 6, 2004
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
I agree with all this.'Tis an interesting debate re the Roughy forward v back
Roughy has been great down back, but if you look at the Dees forwards they have a tall kid in Petty who doesn't weigh 90kgs and then O.McDonald or Frost as defenders who may also be shifted forward.
The Dees dangerous forward players are Fritsch, Petracca, Melksham and even J.Lewis who is playing forward now.
So the question becomes, for the team structure to be effective, do we need that tall target down the line and deep forward that Cox provided, when Cox was out we had Reid playing a similar role. Also noting that DeGoey another regular target is also missing.
I'd be happy for us to try Roughy up forward in the Cox role, as believe he would be able to play that role. We don't desperately need a 200cm KPD against the Dees, so can let Magden take a body and rely on our mid sized defenders to quell the Dees actual dangerous forwards.
But if it ain't working we just go small up forward, but then not sure why we would bring in Magden, he ain't a forward.
I probably would have named Goldsack who at least can offer something as a forward, even if it is just defensive pressure. But it seems Goldsack's papers have been stamped now and he isn't really an option unless of a significant emergency.
I think the setup named is the best solution for this week. We probably need a smaller, more versatile defence, against Melbourne anyway. And we can always throw Roughead back if we need to.
The only argument against Roughead moving out of defence is team chemistry. I agree that we are at a time of the year where we need our defence to solidify. That said, this time last year we had a backline of Magden and Murphy, and we still came good for finals. Goldsack played his first game in the elimination final, and Jeremy Howe was struggling big time. We'll be stronger this year with Roughead, Howe and Moore available for finals.
I am happy with Magden's selection because it frees up the option of using Roughead in the ruck and up forward. I believe it is our only genuine option.