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Don't know enough about him as to whether he can midfield, but Doedee replaces Kelly. Hinge I would like to see off half back as an attacking rebound defender.So I know there’s a lot of talk around Hinge potentially vying for that Jake Kelly type role in defense, but do we see any midfield potential here? He seems to have all the right physical attributes to me. Wing? Inside? Combo? Tagger? Can he find enough of the ball?
Sure, we can hide him in a back pocket if we want, but there’s something about Mitch that makes me want to send him to the midfield with his old mate Keays. He’s AFL-ready, unlike a lot of the guys on our list younger than him.
If Hinge is in that attacking defender role, then one of Smith or Hamill (or Milera) aren’t. That’s 3 very good players he’s in competition with, and frankly, when they’re all fit, Hinge is no hope of being selected over them.Don't know enough about him as to whether he can midfield, but Doedee replaces Kelly. Hinge I would like to see off half back as an attacking rebound defender.
There’s a couple of things here I think.If Hinge is in that attacking defender role, then one of Smith or Hamill (or Milera) aren’t. That’s 3 very good players he’s in competition with, and frankly, when they’re all fit, Hinge is no hope of being selected over them.
Also, Doedee is a rebounding interceptor and Kelly isn’t. They’ve previously played in the same side so I don’t really feel he’s replacing Kelly personally.
Our backline from towards the end of 2020 was different pretty much every week, but was something along the lines of this (remembering Hamill was kept out due to concussion and Doedee was injured):
B: Brown - Talia - McPherson
HB: Smith - Hartigan - Mackay
**Note: the above was the back 7 in Round 18, while the back 7 in Round 17 featured Butts and Gibbs instead of Talia and Mackay. Prior to this we were going in taller if my memory serves.
I’d like to think we can turn that into this for 2021...
B: Brown - Talia - Doedee
HB: Smith - McAsey - Hamill
When you factor in Milera (who I have starting on the opposite wing to Sholl but switching frequently to half back) and Butts, and also Kelly who is available for lock-down roles as much as most BF posters won’t want that to happen, and while we’re at it let’s throw in the inevitable D-Mac inclusion when someone like McPherson, Brown, Hamill or Smith go down injured, I really don’t see how Hinge gets a gig in defense unless we’re absolutely ravaged by injury.
On a wing or in a combo mid role though? Well, we have huge question marks hanging over the likes of McHenry and Jones in this part of the ground, and Hinge is more AFL-ready than the likes of Pedlar and Berry. Sloane isn’t getting any younger and would benefit from spending time up forward in the twilight of his career. Brad is gone, as are Poholke and Gallucci. Keays is no sure thing to continue his 2020 form. O’Connor and Gollant are nothing more than lotto tickets.
There’s a spot there for Hinge if he wants it and is good enough IMO. I’d love to see him streaming up the wing with the odd burst on the ball. Highly skilled, reasonably quick left footer at 190cm = what our midfield is crying out for.