Opinion Our best defender in Modern era

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ChoppyGun

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Sorry all but this list management stuff gets consuming.

So I'd like to ask who have been our best defenders since say, 1970?

I was only born in 1981 so never remember Dench etc.

Top 3, tall or small, and give a reason why?
 

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Sorry all but this list management stuff gets consuming.

So I'd like to ask who have been our best defenders since say, 1970?

I was only born in 1981 so never remember Dench etc.

Top 3, tall or small, and give a reason why?
Dench. Reinvented the position of full back.
Glendinning. Would probably be a midfielder nowadays. Supreme rebounder.
Archer. Hard as fu**. Underrated skill wise.
 
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ChoppyGun

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I'll start.
1. Mick Martyn. Beat or nullified the very best fwd of all time.
2. Glenn Archer. Tough and played tall.
3. Robbie Tarrant. Under pressure for years but steady as and such a cool head.
 

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1. Troy Makepeace
2. Turtle Harding
3. Jess Sinclair
 

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1. Troy Makepeace
2. Turtle Harding
3. Jess Sinclair
All goers for sure.

Makepeace especially underrated imo
 

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King Corey

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Chapter 1...

Mick - played in a golden age where every team had a solid (or better) key forward. Not ruckmen playing out of position or 3 metre tall Americans.

In any given week Mick could be facing Gary Lyon, Ablett Sr, Dunstall, Modra, Merrett, Kernahan, Rocca, Lloyd, Brownless, Neitz, Tredrea, Richardson, Loewe, Lockett, Wheildon, Grant et al. All dangerous on their day.

Mick destroyed plenty of opponents before hoofing it 50 metres in any direction upfield in a sort of "get the hell out of here" move. Sure there were times he got beaten - but that was only going to happen when the opposition midfield were at full throttle and his opponent played a blinder. Mick was never going to willingly give his opponent an inch.

Archer - just the complete flank player. Control his man on the ground and in the air and burst out with a short pass to clear the area. Extreme courage and physicality and an exceptional intercept player before it became trendy as well as a 3rd man up spoiler - and not just a spoil but a "kill the ball" type of action.

Just to top it off he could swing forward when needed and turn momentum our way like clockwork. Exceptional player.

Choppy/King - neither probably rated off the charts for minding an opponent but there's a reason we never even had to worry about rebound in the 90s with these 2 roaring out of defence. Each in their own way would just get and go, brutalising an opponent on the way before charging upfield and turning the play our way. Guns.
 

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1. Dench - changed the game
2. Archer - enough said
3. Mick - took on the monsters. Beat them regularly.
Probably have Glendenning ahead of Mick but it’s hard to argue with your list.

If you want a small to midsize sized defender then it’s hard to go past Blakey.
John Law was also a very good player.
 

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Choppy/King - neither probably rated off the charts for minding an opponent but there's a reason we never even had to worry about rebound in the 90s with these 2 roaring out of defence. Each in their own way would just get and go, brutalising an opponent on the way before charging upfield and turning the play our way. Guns.
That 1999 side was incredible for small/medium defenders. You also had Pike and Blakey, four tough hombres.
 

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