Norm Smith Medallist
- Jun 6, 2016
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Pines Football Club
That pretty much sums up the issue we have in the middle, Grundy IS a good tap ruckman his other attributes make him the player he is. If we can take advantage of the supposed elite midfield then we'll step up another gear. Currently our contested footy somewhat covers this deficiency.Gr
Grundy is not a great tap ruckman, nor are our mids great at reading the tap (Pendles excluded), it’s a negative combination, but Grundy and our mids are good contested so we continually tap to the feet and expect to win it from there....VERY frustrating to watch. The inclusion of DeGoey would go a long way of rectifying that, the reported trial of Elliott in the guts also does this, pace and class is a massive area we lack.
Mabey in the future Stephenson also fills this role, but being so slight and such a good forward it may not be a good move. The fact Steele has moved almost permanently to the wing/outside is another head scratcher, after his best season ‘18 playing that classy inside role. I would love to see a combination of Steele, DeGoey and Elliott in every centre bounce and or contest around the ground, workhorses like Adams, Pendles and Treloar mixed the above would go A LONG way in rejuvenating a stale, slow and predictable set up.
This is not our greatest issue however, we need to stop massaging the ball i:e stop phuckin around with in transition. It just invites pressure and allows the opp to out Collingwood Collingwood. This the most frustrating part, we aren't playing with freedom like we were in 2018.
The qf was the closest to what we should be playing like in a long time.
Hopefully the message will be let's get back to swarm and spread.