Player Watch John Noble

Apex36

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Mar 26, 2014
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I’ve read some criticism of his game and I’m struggling with it TBH. Perhaps it’s because I didn’t watch the match live and knowing the result there’s less emotional investment in the replay? My feel is that the criticism is heightened because he’s yet to establish himself. Personally he was nowhere near as bad as Greenwood and Mayne ball in hand.

He had one questionable moment real early where he turned it over taking a 45 option on a short pass. I’m not sure it was the right option and the execution was poor, but other than that he was remarkably solid for a guy in his second game after a 6 week break from senior footy off the back of no pre-season.

For me if he backs that up v Essendon Aish doesn’t dislodge him and he books himself a finals spot.
I rewatched the second half last night and honestly I’m struggling to see much at all that he did wrong. He was actually remarkably composed for a second gamer imo.
 

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Apex36

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I do like the option of Greenwood as a tagger if a midfielder is getting away from us. That flexibility is handy. I don't think it should be the default option though.
It’s fine as an option, but Greenwood in the middle weakens it imo, and his kicking when he doesn’t have time and space like he does coming out of defence is still terrible. Add to that, that he’s become a very good reliable small defender and I’m loathe to think about moving him up the ground.
 

Quicky

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It’s fine as an option, but Greenwood in the middle weakens it imo, and his kicking when he doesn’t have time and space like he does coming out of defence is still terrible. Add to that, that he’s become a very good reliable small defender and I’m loathe to think about moving him up the ground.
Yep agree. I only like it as a break glass in case someone starts smacking us in there option.
 

HFF

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Sep 25, 2006
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Had an very good game tonight.
Used the ball well, bounced off half back and surprisingly took some very strong marks- which I didn’t think he had.
Definitely put the selection pressure on for 1st week of finals.
 

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Leviathan Pie

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Oct 7, 2014
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Tried to bite off more than he could chew early, but incrementally worked into the game nicely.

Has quite good hands over head for a little man, too.
 

nahnah

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Sep 26, 2012
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He was good after the first quarter, I worry about his size for that position. Think he’d be better suited to a wing
 

Unknown Identity

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Oct 7, 2009
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Definitely has the scope to move up the ground onto a wing.

Not as fast as I thought he was but makes good decisions.

I'm a fan.
 

Rorzza

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May 12, 2014
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Looking forward to both Noble and Quaynor distributing the footy and breaking lines off the half back line. IMO something CFC have missed for some time now, exciting times to come!
 

ClaytonM

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Jan 20, 2013
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If he plays the first final it is a hell of a ride in a few months. Playing on suburban ovals in Adelaide to playing in front of 80k on the biggest stage in about a dozen games.
 

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