Most spectacular players in the league

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Carringbush2010

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Flyin' Ryan and Jeremy Howe for sure, and Walla and Betts have some special highlights. I'm a fan of both the Cameron brothers based on what they've shown this year.

Obligatory "mention a player from my team": Hayden Crozier's work in the air has been exceptional this year. Huge mark against the pies but he pulls down a speccy every week.
Reckon JJ and Libba when they're on, JJ is the epitome of the attacking quarterback in Aussie football terms
 

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There's not too many spectacular players anymore.
Too many athletes these days and all jump as high and run as fast as each other.

I guess DeGoey and Stringer are different due to their size (191cm & 192cm) almost key position and both very explosive and play short.
Franklin is an obvious choice.
Maybe Howe for his brilliant vertical leap.
Dustin Martin is sensational. A shame he can't pluck any high marks though.
 
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Franklin then rest. There have been a lot of spectacular players in recent times, but Franklin has been the most reliable spectacular drawcard for some time now. Maybe his freakishness is receding nowadays, but if we are talking recent times it is still him.

From my team, on a scale of 0 to Bruce creaming himself, clearly NN and Liam Ryan.
 
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Oh boy what a list, there's probably a few missing in that 2nd list. These off the top of my head.

Dusty (say no more)
JJ (the flashy quarterback)
Pendles (Still slows down time - head scratching stuff)
Saad (can create corridor transition purely on speed)
Silk (say no more)
Higgins
Sides (does some wow stuff)
Oliver
Petracca (speedy bull)
Stephenson
Grundy*

* Not necessarily "spectacular" but does do the odd "spectacular" every now and then. Otherwise invaluable.

I'd also put Danger in the top 10 and put Lewis Jetta in the 2nd list purely coz Danger does the spectacular more often.
 

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There's not too many spectacular players anymore.
Too many athletes these days and all jump as high and run as fast as each other.

I guess DeGoey and Stringer are different due to their size (191cm & 192cm) almost key position and both very explosive and play short.
Franklin is an obvious choice.
Maybe Howe for his brilliant vertical leap.
Dustin Martin is sensational. A shame he can't pluck any high marks though.
Depends what you find spectacular though. We still see high marks and great goals, although admittedly high marking isn't as common as yesteryear.
 

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Reckon there’s a few at the dons, they lack consistency but Walla, Raz, Daniher, Stringer, Saad and McKenna all bring genuine excitement and some WTF moments. They’re spectacular, nerve wracking and genuinely confounding sometimes.
 

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There are some players that consistently amaze, excite, 'wow' us. They may not be overall the 'best' or most effective players, and there are many great players who do a lot for their team, who are technically sound, who generally don't do anything too spectacular or amazing, but they definitely stand out, whether it be for marking prowess, goal kicking, or just spectacular ball movement or handling. This would be my selection, in no particular order:

Liam 'Flyin' Ryan: He undoubtedly takes some of the most spectacular marks, which is amazing given his size. Has a great sense of timing and natural instinct for it. Plus he can kick some freaky crumbling goals. Almost like Eddie Betts crossed with Jeremy Howe.

Jeremy Howe: Speaking of which, probably takes 'speccies' more consistently than anyone who's ever played the game. At least in the modern era.

Lewis Jetta: It might surprise some, but personally when he's at his best he's absolutely sublime. Just the silky ball handling, even when he's at full tilt or in wet weather, or in congestion. Honestly even among the best there are few that can match him. Pity he can't excel a bit more consistently.

Eddie Betts: I think enough has been said about Eddie, has a freakish ability to put the ball through the big sticks. There's always a lot of excitement when he gets it.

Gary Ablett Jnr: Still the best overall player in the league imo, nine times out of ten when Gaz gets the ball he makes something happen. Just seems to be able to know how to evade and attack with ease. His movement through congestion is something to behold.

Dustin Martin: Like GAJ is clearly on another level, his ability to dodge, weave, twist and turn, and his trademark 'don't argue', elite field and goal kicking skills, make him clearly one of the best.

Lance 'Buddy' Franklin: Of course enough has been said about Buddy, but he is a genuine superstar. Can kick the most improbable goals (and miss the most probable ones), and is pretty good on the ground for a big fella. Sometimes it seems like it takes half a team to bring him down lol.

Marcus Bontempelli: Doesn't usually get the most touches, but almost all his disposals are effective. Just has a really natural touch, and ability to just push it forward.

Jordan DeGoey: His combination of strength and speed make him very dangerous, but also really exciting to watch (as much as I hate it when we play the Pies lol). Can kick some real pearlers.

Nic Naitanui: Possibly the most exciting player to watch, though it's subjective. Just has an enormous presence, and his so agile for a big man. A beast in the ruck, can run, mark, kick goals, bust through packs, just throw his weight around. A shame he's been injured so much.


So that would probably be my top 10 for now. I know it's kind of biased towards the Eagles, lol, but I really think those three are up there. Some other honourable mentions/candidates, among many:

Patrick Dangerfield
Tim Kelly
Ben Brown
Toby Green
Nat Fyfe
Aaron Naughton
Will Hoskin-Elliott
Eric Hipwood
Jack Ziebel
Cameron Zurhar
Orazio Fantasia
Anthony McDonald-Tipingwuti
Easton Wood
Jake Stringer
Patrick Cripps
Charlie Curnow
Matthew Kruezer
Max Gawn
Robbie Gray
Sam Powell-Pepper
Kreuzer? I love him but wtf lol
 

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Grundy's ruck work, in close efforts, skills, tackling are great.
De Goey is a ripper.
Leapin Ryan.
And of course, SYDNEY STACK.
Buddy can still play a bit too.
 

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Just love watching Charlie Cameron go about it. Eddie is always a delight too. The indigenous boys are always the most spectacular imo. The freakish talent they bring to the game makes them games worth watching.
 

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Buddy ,Cyril ,betts in the last few years for me. As usual people just trying to justify players from their own club.
 

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Charlie deserves a little more credit. Easily in the top few spectacular players. Does freakish things on a weekly basis. Has had more goal of the year contenders this year than anyone else. Has taken some huge screamers too. He is the definition of spectacular.

Buddy and Betts in their prime were my two favourites.
 
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There are some players that consistently amaze, excite, 'wow' us. They may not be overall the 'best' or most effective players, and there are many great players who do a lot for their team, who are technically sound, who generally don't do anything too spectacular or amazing, but they definitely stand out, whether it be for marking prowess, goal kicking, or just spectacular ball movement or handling. This would be my selection, in no particular order:

Liam 'Flyin' Ryan: He undoubtedly takes some of the most spectacular marks, which is amazing given his size. Has a great sense of timing and natural instinct for it. Plus he can kick some freaky crumbling goals. Almost like Eddie Betts crossed with Jeremy Howe.

Jeremy Howe: Speaking of which, probably takes 'speccies' more consistently than anyone who's ever played the game. At least in the modern era.

Lewis Jetta: It might surprise some, but personally when he's at his best he's absolutely sublime. Just the silky ball handling, even when he's at full tilt or in wet weather, or in congestion. Honestly even among the best there are few that can match him. Pity he can't excel a bit more consistently.

Eddie Betts: I think enough has been said about Eddie, has a freakish ability to put the ball through the big sticks. There's always a lot of excitement when he gets it.

Gary Ablett Jnr: Still the best overall player in the league imo, nine times out of ten when Gaz gets the ball he makes something happen. Just seems to be able to know how to evade and attack with ease. His movement through congestion is something to behold.

Dustin Martin: Like GAJ is clearly on another level, his ability to dodge, weave, twist and turn, and his trademark 'don't argue', elite field and goal kicking skills, make him clearly one of the best.

Lance 'Buddy' Franklin: Of course enough has been said about Buddy, but he is a genuine superstar. Can kick the most improbable goals (and miss the most probable ones), and is pretty good on the ground for a big fella. Sometimes it seems like it takes half a team to bring him down lol.

Marcus Bontempelli: Doesn't usually get the most touches, but almost all his disposals are effective. Just has a really natural touch, and ability to just push it forward.

Jordan DeGoey: His combination of strength and speed make him very dangerous, but also really exciting to watch (as much as I hate it when we play the Pies lol). Can kick some real pearlers.

Nic Naitanui: Possibly the most exciting player to watch, though it's subjective. Just has an enormous presence, and his so agile for a big man. A beast in the ruck, can run, mark, kick goals, bust through packs, just throw his weight around. A shame he's been injured so much.


So that would probably be my top 10 for now. I know it's kind of biased towards the Eagles, lol, but I really think those three are up there. Some other honourable mentions/candidates, among many:

Patrick Dangerfield
Tim Kelly
Ben Brown
Toby Green
Nat Fyfe
Aaron Naughton
Will Hoskin-Elliott
Eric Hipwood
Jack Ziebel
Cameron Zurhar
Orazio Fantasia
Anthony McDonald-Tipingwuti
Easton Wood
Jake Stringer
Patrick Cripps
Charlie Curnow
Matthew Kruezer
Max Gawn
Robbie Gray
Sam Powell-Pepper
Ben Brown???

Besides his spectacularly long run up, why???
 

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