Pace through the middle

Remove this Banner Ad

heavho

Club Legend
Dec 22, 2005
1,455
1,262
perth
AFL Club
Fremantle
Other Teams
fremantle
Speed through the middle of the ground is a issue that Jlo has even addressed we need to fix with hill,Langdon etc gone. We definitely need to bring some quick mids in through the draft but for a quicker fix would be good to see more of Henry and switkowski running through the midfield next year more as a permanent thing than stints we saw this year. Thoughts ?
 

jusjoshin

Club Legend
Oct 22, 2008
2,315
1,991
Gosnells
AFL Club
Fremantle
Other Teams
Perth Scorchers, East Side Hawks
Would like to see Henry/Switta running through the middle a bit. Wouldn't hate drafting a silky outside mid with pace with one of our firsts (assuming we get one first this year for Cez).
 

GingerDocker

All Australian
Nov 7, 2018
891
2,691
AFL Club
Fremantle
Obviously pace through the middle would be great, particularly out wide.

The other thing we should be doing more is overlap run off the half backline. The new "stand" rule makes giving the ball to an overlap runner from behind good value and the bonus is that player doesn't need to be lightening quick. People like Young, Wilson, Chapman, Aish and Walker should be providing this run and making the opposition half forwards work like dogs covering these options.
 

Log in to remove this ad.

heavho

Club Legend
Dec 22, 2005
1,455
1,262
perth
AFL Club
Fremantle
Other Teams
fremantle
Obviously pace through the middle would be great, particularly out wide.

The other thing we should be doing more is overlap run off the half backline. The new "stand" rule makes giving the ball to an overlap runner from behind good value and the bonus is that player doesn't need to be lightening quick. People like Young, Wilson, Chapman, Aish and Walker should be providing this run and making the opposition half forwards work like dogs covering these options.
Loved walkers run and carry through the year. You could prob throw him in with switkowski and Henrey In the middle pace category too. With a full strength back 6 walker could have more of a opportunity through the midfield going into 2022
 

JBMAN

Debutant
Aug 8, 2016
75
526
AFL Club
Fremantle
Obviously pace through the middle would be great, particularly out wide.

The other thing we should be doing more is overlap run off the half backline. The new "stand" rule makes giving the ball to an overlap runner from behind good value and the bonus is that player doesn't need to be lightening quick. People like Young, Wilson, Chapman, Aish and Walker should be providing this run and making the opposition half forwards work like dogs covering these options.
[/QUOTE
I think Walker would be a standout winger with his pace, ball sense and his disposal gets better with each game.
 

EastcoastDocker

Team Captain
Sep 23, 2007
513
319
Sydney
AFL Club
Fremantle
Would like to see Henry/Switta running through the middle a bit. Wouldn't hate drafting a silky outside mid with pace with one of our firsts (assuming we get one first this year for Cez).
I think the silky outside mid will go the way of the dinosaur. It will all be about being able to win contested ball or receive handball at a stoppage and power away from a stoppage out the front like a stringer, petracca or bailey smith. The days of a brad hill running freely down the wing or running around someone to get a cheapie handball are long gone. With the stand rule the kicked ball can always travel faster than your legs.

Brayshaw looks like he might have the power in the legs to develop into that with a bit more work in the gym. Walker physically could though ball winning and finishing might be a problem.
 

manpurple

Club Legend
Dec 5, 2012
1,646
1,226
AFL Club
Fremantle
I think the silky outside mid will go the way of the dinosaur. It will all be about being able to win contested ball or receive handball at a stoppage and power away from a stoppage out the front like a stringer, petracca or bailey smith. The days of a brad hill running freely down the wing or running around someone to get a cheapie handball are long gone. With the stand rule the kicked ball can always travel faster than your legs.

Brayshaw looks like he might have the power in the legs to develop into that with a bit more work in the gym. Walker physically could though ball winning and finishing might be a problem.
Perhaps. But I would want to see some evidence of this before I changed my recruiting stratengy.
 

(Log in to remove this ad.)

Swan Districts Kid

All Australian
Jun 4, 2008
678
1,252
Kardinya
AFL Club
Fremantle
Haven't seen them lately but equally as good / quick as his brother in junior footy. Maybe suffered a bit from being played in different positions (wing, hff, ruck) whereas Brandon only really played hbf. Both were in state team.

Sent from my RMX2111 using Tapatalk
 

heavho

Club Legend
Dec 22, 2005
1,455
1,262
perth
AFL Club
Fremantle
Other Teams
fremantle
Forgot all about Frederick. A lot of the guys do need the extra kgs whilst maintaining their agility and speed.


federick and walker on a wing each
Switkowski roving with serong. If Henry can put on a few kgs would be good in there too
 

Freomaniac

Brownlow Medallist
May 3, 2007
25,396
13,797
Parts Unknown
AFL Club
Fremantle
Other Teams
Man City, Valencia, Lazio, Panthers
gutted that stephen hill is retired
 

freo1

Club Legend
Jul 19, 2006
1,794
804
perth
AFL Club
Fremantle
Forgot all about Frederick. A lot of the guys do need the extra kgs whilst maintaining their agility and speed.


federick and walker on a wing each
Switkowski roving with serong. If Henry can put on a few kgs would be good in there too
Yep agree with this - Walker and Freddy have great pace, hopefully we can develop them to play in the middle.

Henry doesn't have the pace of these boys though
 

332docker

Club Legend
Apr 23, 2006
1,453
775
Perth
AFL Club
Fremantle
Other Teams
Western Force
Switta through the middle is good in theory but what's the likelihood that he ever strings together more than 3 games before picking up a new injury
Totally agree, he is too injury prone. not holding out hope is the long term solution to our small forward issue
 

Taylor

Community Leader
Jul 16, 2009
56,133
64,617
Perth
AFL Club
Fremantle
The issue is that if our spread players are also our pressure players, they can't be in both places at once and we want quick in both locations. So do we want Frederick chasing or do we want him working into space for a mark.
 

Remove this Banner Ad

Remove this Banner Ad