Toast Marlion Pickett GF performance

Dystraction

Rookie
Aug 17, 2009
43
147
Nineteeneighty
AFL Club
Richmond
maybe i'm a grinch, but aside from it being in a grand final, was his game really that amazing? plenty of mature age players have big first games (Mick Barlow's 33 touches and 2 goals comes to mind). fair enough Pickett's debut was on the biggest stage, but he had just been BOG in a grand final the week prior, his team was absolute dominating the match, and he did actually make quite a few skill errors early on that just happened not to matter. it's a fantastic story because of his background and the occasion, but I wouldn't get too carried away yet about what he's going to be next year.
Michael Barlow turned out to be a fantastic AFL footballer. If not for a badly broken leg would have been recognised as such by everyone. Happy if Pickett can emulate Barlow's career sans the broken leg bit.
 

(Log in to remove this ad.)

ryancash

Team Captain
Apr 27, 2017
379
1,530
AFL Club
Richmond
Ill get a lot of dislikes but their is a damn good reason he played his first game at 27 and its entirely his own doing. I feel the celebration of his achievement is a tad stupid and a bit condescending

Rioli smokes a bong - Ban him for life
Pickett robs a house and assaults 12 year old during robbery - Do 18 months then come back and be a hero

Seems a bit well wrong doesnt it?
Iv'e been pissing myself laughing at your posts, you think you know life but it reads like a 10 year old trying to be clever. Good luck with your life Mr Perfect
 

_jrtp09_

Team Captain
May 14, 2014
502
919
Doing the laundry
AFL Club
Richmond
maybe i'm a grinch, but aside from it being in a grand final, was his game really that amazing? plenty of mature age players have big first games (Mick Barlow's 33 touches and 2 goals comes to mind). fair enough Pickett's debut was on the biggest stage, but he had just been BOG in a grand final the week prior, his team was absolute dominating the match, and he did actually make quite a few skill errors early on that just happened not to matter. it's a fantastic story because of his background and the occasion, but I wouldn't get too carried away yet about what he's going to be next year.
Perfectly sensible thinking based on a small sample, hence his 1 year contract from Richmond. He can be anything, but the club certainly isnโ€™t getting carried away at this point.
 

Tony Harrison

๐Ÿ†
Apr 15, 2013
9,942
28,502
AFL Club
Richmond
Have most said he should be banned? I'm not sure about over in WA but over here I have seen nothing but sympathy for the lad. I certainly don't think anyone should be banned for smoking a bong
People are speculating how long he will be banned for based on the urine substitution of which ASADA, who are independent and the public and bigfooty have no sway, has to make a ruling.
Youโ€™re correct, people arenโ€™t calling for him to be banned for life.

This guy is a big sook.
 

AuntyBlindEye

Bad Bear
Jul 19, 2019
1,982
3,492
AFL Club
Richmond
People are speculating how long he will be banned for based on the urine substitution of which ASADA, who are independent and the public and bigfooty have no sway, has to make a ruling.
Youโ€™re correct, people arenโ€™t calling for him to be banned for life.

This guy is a big sook.
West coast fans lately mate. Weird. It's like '18 knocked a screw loose and all talk of corruption, vic bias and anti WC sentiment were turned up to 11ยฒ.

Everyone thinks their clubs cops it the worst but WC supporters have taken it to a new level. Almost rivals Geelong.
 

roacheee

๐Ÿฏโฐ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Aug 25, 2015
4,505
10,126
AFL Club
Richmond
West coast fans lately mate. Weird. It's like '18 knocked a screw loose and all talk of corruption, vic bias and anti WC sentiment were turned up to 11ยฒ.

Everyone thinks their clubs cops it the worst but WC supporters have taken it to a new level. Almost rivals Geelong.
something in the water out west
 

Royce Hafey

Premiership Player
Mar 6, 2013
3,194
10,140
Point Cook
AFL Club
Richmond
Did his family come over with him? I thought they were still in Perth and just came over for the game, could be mistaken though.
He came over by himself (staying with Dusty) while he tried to sort out schools etc. But my understanding is that his family followed after about a month. Gotta love the story, btw, of how his kids got bored during the presentations and started playing kick to kick on the 'G with Dan Rioli. When Pickett first arrived he was greeted at the airport by all the indigenous players (along with Chol and Dusty, with whom they form a tight-knit group). Imagine having Dusty, Stack, Rioli etc as "uncles". :hearteyes:
 

Abba Lonie

Brownlow Medallist
Oct 7, 2002
10,500
7,666
AFL Club
Collingwood
Other Teams
NUFC, BHN, OKC
I dont know but i think it was his parents that flew over and his kids are schooled in melbourne

if Pickett wants to leave to Perth in 2021 he has my blessing. Bloody legend.
The investment has already paid off, even if he got sick of Melbourne halfway through next year I reckon you couldn't be too mad.
 

(Log in to remove this ad.)

Ceehook

Team Captain
Oct 3, 2017
374
1,007
AFL Club
Richmond
Down-hill skier. Only shows up when his team is dominating.
the GF wasn't a touch unfortunate on the "down hill skier" score
with GWS not scoring from early in the 1st qtr till late in the 3rd qtr all Richmond players can be tagged with that

his form in the VFL was very consistent , clean hands & good decision making his trade mark , he didn't have too many opportunities to display physaical toughness but passed them with flying colours on the few occasions he did

the media pressure on him would have been enormous, for him to do as well as he did is a real credit

but what happens when the dust settles ?

come the 2020 season we will see where he sits in the AFL pecking order
 

Lsta062

Brownlow Medallist
Jul 15, 2014
11,547
23,229
AFL Club
Richmond
Other Teams
Chelsea
Congratulations on him for rejecting a life of failure for sure, but does it need this high of a pedestal?

Im more inclined to celebrate those who never failed to begin with
Youโ€™re not going to be celebrating a lot of people nowadays if youโ€™re only celebrating those who never failed to begin with
 

Infamy

๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Oct 1, 2004
10,648
12,939
Melbourne, VIC
AFL Club
Richmond
only 1 year though, stayed tuned for this time next year
He's already said in interviews that he will never leave Richmond no matter what the money on offer as he wants to repay them for finally giving him a chance
 

Rich01

Norm Smith Medallist
Oct 5, 2004
6,758
5,675
Melbourne
AFL Club
Richmond
Other Teams
Richmond
It'll be interesting to see how his career pans out. Will he still be around in 5 years time or gone in a year or 2? Ill back him to play 100+ games but also wouldn't be surprised to see him back at WAFL in a couple of years.
Will be interesting. Iโ€™ll back him in to be the overwhelmingly most productive player from the first midseason draft.
 

Top Bottom