Toast Mark O'Connor

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catscollector

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Feel stupid this slipped my mind before - is he in AA contention, at least the 40 man squad if not the final team?
He's not one of the best 6 defenders in the competition.
Taylor's been better and Stewart is still our no.1 despite missing a couple of matches.
 

StonedCat

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Something I have noticed about MOC, he seems to always have 2 even 3 opposition players around him, willing to chase him, thereby freeing up our guys up the field, which is always a bonus. He even appears to be slower than he actually is, almost lulling the oppo players into thinking 'I can take this guy easy', but it doesn't happen. Definitely a revelation this year.
 

TheWoodenSlug

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For those with access to the Age

Love the guy - definitely one of my favourites.

Interesting point raised regarding the decrease in list sizes and the effect that will have on Irish (and other non traditional background) players. I hadn't thought of that, but you'd think clubs would be less willing to take a punt on these guys and instead play it safe. Might make things a bit more boring.
 

Hamingja

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Love the guy - definitely one of my favourites.

Interesting point raised regarding the decrease in list sizes and the effect that will have on Irish (and other non traditional background) players. I hadn't thought of that, but you'd think clubs would be less willing to take a punt on these guys and instead play it safe. Might make things a bit more boring.
I think the AFL would be wise to keep the two Cat B spots even if the rest of the rookie list is disbanded. So if they reduced the normal list to 36 for example, clubs could still have two Cat Bs outside the cap if they were willing and able. Only way to keep poaching talented athletes from other sports.
 

Hinkley29

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This thread is a microcosm of the board over the last couple of years:

- thread is started toasting something positive about the club
- posters join in embracing the positive
- seeds (or a few select other buzzkill posters) try to rain on the parade by ignoring all positives and focussing on inevitable possible areas of improvement
- thread turns out to be prophetic as positive developments prove sustainable.
- seeds (or other buzzkill) is not to be seen again)
- majority rejoice in positive develolment
- other buzzkill poster (such as catscollector) joins thread to play down positives and take on role raining on parade
- rinse. Repeat

So predictable.

It almost makes you think that there were trolls out there with multiple accounts just stirring sh*te.
 

catempire

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This thread is a microcosm of the board over the last couple of years:

- thread is started toasting something positive about the club
- posters join in embracing the positive
- seeds (or a few select other buzzkill posters) try to rain on the parade by ignoring all positives and focussing on inevitable possible areas of improvement
- thread turns out to be prophetic as positive developments prove sustainable.
- seeds (or other buzzkill) is not to be seen again)
- majority rejoice in positive develolment
- other buzzkill poster (such as catscollector) joins thread to play down positives and take on role raining on parade
- rinse. Repeat

So predictable.

It almost makes you think that there were trolls out there with multiple accounts just stirring sh*te.
Ignore is your friend. I can’t see any of it.
 

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dazbroncos

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Think its time for a bump here...

Gone from B Class Rookie to MF shark bite on the oppo's best mid.

Not saying he's the second coming of Ling or anything, but its a fair effort to go in the guts and be a noticeable clamp on his opponent.

Quality work, quality bloke it seems and he's not old.

And chalk another one up to what happens when kids are given time to develop and mature. Not every one makes it - but the instant expectation of effect and success is not real.

Credit to Shark and the club for getting this done.

GO Catters
 

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