Toast Mark O'Connor

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cats_09

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Couldn't find a toast thread for Merrick & decided he needed his own.

Great article on him in today's paper and shows just how far he has come from his Cat B rookie days to now being a lock in our best 22.

Remarkably, he heads into today’s clash with Gold Coast without having conceded a goal against his primary opponent.
And it's not just the lack of goals conceded, but he is also restricting many of his opponents from accumulating high number of disposals.

No doubt he has been one of the biggest surprises for the club this year - the quiet achiever of the Misfits but maybe for not much longer

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Turbocat

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It would be interesting to be a fly on the wall .to see the way he would relate the system to any young irish man. With 2e and him.. we should now be trying to make the most of this while both are in the side. Are there any irish guys around 200? Im sure there is just not many seem to be that good.
 

FredLeDeux

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It would be interesting to be a fly on the wall .to see the way he would relate the system to any young irish man. With 2e and him.. we should now be trying to make the most of this while both are in the side. Are there any irish guys around 200? Im sure there is just not many seem to be that good.
Okunbor :D
 

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Turbocat

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I didn't mention him as he is not yet a success .. Id say MOC ..playing at the G, making decent money etc would be an easier sell than playing at some VFL venue with 300 die hards. Im not sure what the sell point is for the irish boys.. do they think its all Home and away or beach etc.. or is it just getting paid to play sport even if its some weird game. So while we have them if we can persuade and other star kid as MOC was... why not. We must have a spot we missed on the basketballer.

Im looking forward to see a bit to see Ok play.. he looks like he can hand the pyhsical stuff.
 

FredLeDeux

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I didn't mention him as he is not yet a success .. Id say MOC ..playing at the G, making decent money etc would be an easier sell than playing at some VFL venue with 300 die hards. Im not sure what the sell point is for the irish boys.. do they think its all Home and away or beach etc.. or is it just getting paid to play sport even if its some weird game. So while we have them if we can persuade and other star kid as MOC was... why not. We must have a spot we missed on the basketballer.

Im looking forward to see a bit to see Ok play.. he looks like he can hand the pyhsical stuff.
Maybe if Okunbor succeeds, he can open doors into Nigeria as well as Ireland; they've produced a few decent rugby players.
 

pollywaffle

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He is reaching deeper into his trick bag this year as his confidence grows. Great to watch.
When(if) Bews is fit, could O'connor get a run upfield as a mid/wing?
 

iameviljez

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It would be interesting to be a fly on the wall .to see the way he would relate the system to any young irish man. With 2e and him.. we should now be trying to make the most of this while both are in the side. Are there any irish guys around 200? Im sure there is just not many seem to be that good.
There was one, who happened to win a Brownlow...
 

Willo_

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With each passing week he is making it much more difficult for Jed Bews to walk back in... Simply cannot see him losing his spot in the side at the moment, bloody remarkable really
 

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Will_I_Am

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Wow
Couldn't find a toast thread for Merrick & decided he needed his own.

Great article on him in today's paper and shows just how far he has come from his Cat B rookie days to now being a lock in our best 22.



And it's not just the lack of goals conceded, but he is also restricting many of his opponents from accumulating high number of disposals.

No doubt he has been one of the biggest surprises for the club this year - the quiet achiever of the Misfits but maybe for not much longer

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Wow!
 

dazbroncos

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Hs improved out of sight and is really doing well for an under 30 gamer. Plays just hard footy. Like a Dasher Milburn type not the most skillful but you will never die wondering if he's going 100%.

Credit to him and Wells and Scarlo for getting him up.

GO Catters
 

Seeds

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His defensive work has been excellent but his disposal is attricous and he knows it. He is one of the major reasons for our slow ball movement. He is to scared to move it quickly and take a risk so he slows the play up nearly every time he touches the ball.
 

catempire

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His defensive work has been excellent but his disposal is attricous and he knows it. He is one of the major reasons for our slow ball movement. He is to scared to move it quickly and take a risk so he slows the play up nearly every time he touches the ball.
Lol


Keep the horrid takes coming Seeds. 😂
 

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