Outrageous coaching moves (that worked!)

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  1. John Who

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    This thread is about the coaching moves that has stayed with you for a very long time. Coaching moves that either were made out of necessity or pure lateral thinking. These moves on paper, makes you go "what the? It'd never work, surely!" Then as the match progresses, the genius in the coaching move becomes more and more revealing, and BANG! Match won! Thanks Coach! And thanks player X for making that move look so good!

    For mine, one of the best coaching move was in the 1997 Grand Final for Crows. Shane Ellen normally playing from half back, played more at forward in that game. Prior to the game he only had scored 3 goals total. On that day, he scored an amazing 5 goals, and 3 of them started from half-back! Wow!
     
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    Tom Mcdonald plays as our FF without Hogan and kicks 5 in WA including the match winner with seconds left.

    Paul Roos realizes Jeremy Howe is shit forward of centre and moves him to the Backline for the season. Couple years Nathan Buckley copys the move after promising Howe he would play forward.
     
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    Something the coach of my team did.
     
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    If he had kicked 7 instead, Melbourne might have played finals.
     
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    Shane Ellen to full forward.
     
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    Both making up numbers this year. Good luck next year when 2 of your best 3 midfielders retire.
     
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    Bartel to tag Lenny Hayes 09 GF.
     
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    No need to get all twisted and bitter, learn to take a joke.
     
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    This has Robert Walls written all over it.
     
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    Chris Scott let our list coach itself and it won us a flag.
     
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    Born more out of necessity than genius, but moving Dangerfield to FF after he got injured in the Hawks game earlier in the year.
     

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    That time Malcolm Blight went full Wallsy and gave Trent Ormond-Allen a run in the ruck.
     
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    Hinkley basically having the whole midfield sprint off the back of the square for each center bounce in the last quarter of the 2014 prelim. Was working just ran out of time.
     
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    Matthew Knights making our only ruckman Tom Bellchambers a late exclusion and playing Nathan Lovett-Murray in the ruck for the elimination final against Adelaide in 09.



    Oh. Only moves that worked out...
     
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    Shane Ellen clear best for Adelaide, given the impact it made on our club's history.
     
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    Richo to the wing in 2008
     
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    Dew tweaked his ankle and was sent to the forward line, a position he was not likely to do much in while injured, won us the game. An assistant coach made the decision, might have been Hardwick maybe not.

    Jarryd Roughead to the ruck after returning from an achilles during 2012, not his best goal kicking year but equal to some of the best footy he ever played. He was still doing ruck duties in the forward line while he won his coleman!

    Putting Buddy a lot more in the midfield in 2013, bad for Buddy's goal tally that year but made us even better as we already had a monster forward line. It's like Richo to the wing if the Tigers were dominant, odd but it worked.
     
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    Billy Barrot to full foward and kicks 8 goals
     
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    I don't see the difference. You are picking at a very sore scab still and not expecting some blood.
     
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    That was Phil Walsh
     
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    Dawson in the ruck against Collingwood. Bamboozled Buckley, and some say is still bamboozled.
     
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    i think it would have happened eventually but in general, using midfielders like grigg or bontempelli 1v1 against ruckman around the ground. which has ironically been brought to the forefront of the game by an afl rule change intended to maintain the sanctity of the ruckman.

    tactics of terry wallace tigers v adelaide game that made the backward switching of today look like aggressive free flowing football... can't recall what year or round
     
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    This is one i didn't see coming, but damn, what a move.

    Leon Davis to defense, IMO his 2011 season surpassed anything i've seen from a small defender, the man walked on water, one on one he destroyed almost everyone he came up against, went at near 100% for kickouts and would've gone +80 overall, one of the few players to make AA as both a fwd and defender, criminally underrated player.
     
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    Leigh Matthews taming Akermanis and forming him into a Brownlow medal winning premiership gun
     
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