Ta mateRapt to hear no ACL for Naughton. Seems a lot like Charlie Curnow earlier this year who also feared an ACL but was instead a lateral and bone bruising. 3 months is better than 12 or more.
I was a big fan of Naughton in his draft year and had him No5 on my board. Have followed him closely since his debut and fair to say he is one of my favorite non Carlton players to watch. A real talent.
Are you kidding? The game is hard enough as it is without thinking about where you are going to land after a mark. Let him do what is natural to him, and that is to run and jump at the ball.Very good news, but at the same time, I think there's something for Naughton to learn from this.
He jumps high in the air for his marks, and likes to land on his feet, which is always a bit risky. In the back of my mind I was kind of expecting something like this to happen one day. I hope he starts learning to take more marks on the lead, or in one-on-one strength battles.
You wouldn't be saying this if he tore his ACL. People like you take knees for granted.Are you kidding? The game is hard enough as it is without thinking about where you are going to land after a mark. Let him do what is natural to him, and that is to run and jump at the ball.
Not feasible at all.You wouldn't be saying this if he tore his ACL. People like you take knees for granted.
Tom Hawkins used to jump for his marks, but these days he doesn't jump at all. AA this year.Not feasible at all.
If you're thinking about landing before taking the mark then you'll never take a contested mark.
Sure, if you've clunked it and you think quickly enough you may get a chance to mentally calculate a 'safe' landing, but even then getting buffeted by 100kg men from all angles makes that near on impossible.
By this stage it's complete muscle memory. You effectively 'know' how long you'll be in the air for based on previous experiences...
...one small nudge (as opposed to a big one which will put you on your @rse or head), is all it takes to get the landing a tiny split second out.
Ps. I'm sure you've misjudged a step before...
Wheelchair bound for the rest of his lifeSo with an LCL, is there any potential long term consequences? Like will the knee still be strong? Or will the stability be permanently compromised to the point where he is at a higher risk of blowing his knee out in the future?
I think from memory when we drafted him someone on this board basically wrote him off because of his posture??I know right?
hmm, I just checked which knee - his left, and its like oh noes, thats his leaping leg, but.. I think he is a lefty, so it isnt?
Wasn't just one poster, a multi disciplinary full blown medical evaluation and personal cases comparison. Amazing he's still walking nevermind playing AFL
Scrag,If it is not an ACL I will personally propose to Scrag mid morning Monday