Pyke interview 12th Feb

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This is quite a good interview and covers a few topics we have covered this off-season.

https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/afl/teams/adelaide/enjoy-the-journey-coach-don-pykes-plan-to-revitalise-adelaide-crows-after-tumultuous-12-months/news-story/d3ba8af683077ac8d155ebc7d7449f11

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There’s getting away from the AFL bubble for a holiday and then there’s hiking up Machu Picchu, 2500m above sea level in Peru away from mobile phone service and anyone talking footy.
Adelaide coach Don Pyke turned 50 in December and to celebrate, he, his wife and some friends went to New Zealand and then South America to Chile and Peru.
“50 being a reasonable milestone,” Pyke says with a wry smile that was rarely seen last year.
Hence why the trip had a broader meaning for Pyke who’d just finished the third and toughest season of his AFL coaching career.
Crows coach Don Pyke mentally refreshed in December by hiking up Machu Picchu in Peru. Picture Sarah Reed
At the end of it, when the Crows had fallen from grand finalist to 12th in 12 tumultuous months, Pyke told his players it was important they switch off and mentally refresh in their break — and that included him.
“It was just after the trade period and you’re far enough away (in South America) in terms of time zones to be able to switch off,” he said.
“It’s important for everyone in the industry which is pretty full-on to get a full break when you can get away.”
Because when the players returned for duty on November 5 — a month earlier than in 2017 after the grand final — Pyke wanted them ready to go.
But he also acknowledged the mood around the place needed to change after the club from head office down to the last spot in its list had at times taken a beating on and off the field.
 
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This is quite a good interview and covers a few topics we have covered this off-season.

https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/afl/teams/adelaide/enjoy-the-journey-coach-don-pykes-plan-to-revitalise-adelaide-crows-after-tumultuous-12-months/news-story/d3ba8af683077ac8d155ebc7d7449f11

Mods I am not sure if Ive broken the rules about posting articles so please check (MODS - sadly yes)

There’s getting away from the AFL bubble for a holiday and then there’s hiking up Machu Picchu, 2500m above sea level in Peru away from mobile phone service and anyone talking footy.
Adelaide coach Don Pyke turned 50 in December and to celebrate, he, his wife and some friends went to New Zealand and then South America to Chile and Peru.
“50 being a reasonable milestone,” Pyke says with a wry smile that was rarely seen last year.
Hence why the trip had a broader meaning for Pyke who’d just finished the third and toughest season of his AFL coaching career.
Crows coach Don Pyke mentally refreshed in December by hiking up Machu Picchu in Peru. Picture Sarah Reed
At the end of it, when the Crows had fallen from grand finalist to 12th in 12 tumultuous months, Pyke told his players it was important they switch off and mentally refresh in their break — and that included him.
“It was just after the trade period and you’re far enough away (in South America) in terms of time zones to be able to switch off,” he said.
“It’s important for everyone in the industry which is pretty full-on to get a full break when you can get away.”
Because when the players returned for duty on November 5 — a month earlier than in 2017 after the grand final — Pyke wanted them ready to go.
But he also acknowledged the mood around the place needed to change after the club from head office down to the last spot in its list had at times taken a beating on and off the field.

What position on the ladder this year sees Pyke Goneski?
 

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Pykie is safe as houses for the moment.

Saying that, no Crows coach has missed finals in consecutive years and kept their job. I don't think that would happen to Pyke though, and I don't think we'll miss finals.
If we miss the finals again don't we sign him up for another 5 years?
 

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Sounds like McAdam is a fair way off fitness wise reading between the lines
Yep, any chance of a round 1 selection ain’t happening.

Also sounds like Milera will extra midfield time before one day becoming a full time mid. Kane McGoodwin sounds like they are adopting your approach with Milera.

Pyke said Jenkins is decent in the ruck so ST won’t be happy.

Also shows with the focus on fun and happiness, how badly we botched our preseason last year and it wasn’t a happy place to be at.
 

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No idea but we won’t be 12th, we will make the finals, how high is the question
Hypothetically if we were to miss finals, you would think Pyke would need to deliver in 2020 to stay on.
 

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Yep, any chance of a round 1 selection ain’t happening.

Also sounds like Milera will extra midfield time before one day becoming a full time mid. Kane McGoodwin sounds like they are adopting your approach with Milera.

Pyke said Jenkins is decent in the ruck so ST won’t be happy.

Also shows with the focus on fun and happiness, how badly we botched our preseason last year and it wasn’t a happy place to be at.

Is JJ the answer in ruck not sure he can hang out the back
 

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Yep, any chance of a round 1 selection ain’t happening.

Also sounds like Milera will extra midfield time before one day becoming a full time mid. Kane McGoodwin sounds like they are adopting your approach with Milera.

Pyke said Jenkins is decent in the ruck so ST won’t be happy.

Also shows with the focus on fun and happiness, how badly we botched our preseason last year and it wasn’t a happy place to be at.
Looking at a McAdam I reckon he dropping behind Davis and Fogerty. for the McGovern position.
I also have Milera, playing the MacKay role, defender/midfielder. and MacKay playing in the midfield next to Wright. :)

Also, like the article for the reasons you mention. plus it does show that Pyke is willing to listen and learn. And still willing to change it up.
 

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Is JJ the answer in ruck not sure he can hang out the back
Reckon he's the answer to an in Game supporting ruck who is capable of kicking 40 to 60 goals,
My question would be is having 2 rucks going to be better.
2018 Jacobs and JJ per game averages = 40.6 hitouts, 24.7 disposals, 2.2 goals and 11 score involvements
2017 Jacobs and JJ per game averages = 45 hitouts, 27.6 disposals, 2.5 goals and 11.9 score involvements.
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Vardy and Lycett per game averages = 34.8 hitouts, 20.6 disposals 1.1 goals, 8.3 score involvements.
 

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Reckon he's the answer to an in Game supporting ruck who is capable of kicking 40 to 60 goals,
My question would be is having 2 rucks going to be better.
2018 Jacobs and JJ per game averages = 40.6 hitouts, 24.7 disposals, 2.2 goals and 11 score involvements
2017 Jacobs and JJ per game averages = 45 hitouts, 27.6 disposals, 2.5 goals and 11.9 score involvements.
note
Vardy and Lycett per game averages = 34.8 hitouts, 20.6 disposals 1.1 goals, 8.3 score involvements.
That may be relevant if Lycett and Vardy were West Coast's number 1 ruck duo option, which we all know they weren't. Fortunately for them they were able to deliver when it mattered.
 

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Sounds like McAdam is a fair way off fitness wise reading between the lines
Yeah, he's been hardly mentioned in the offseason which is a sign everyone has low expectations. There's been no "training the house down" no "really impressive in the trials" not even a mention from Eddie about how good he will be.
 

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That may be relevant if Lycett and Vardy were West Coast's number 1 ruck duo option, which we all know they weren't. Fortunately for them they were able to deliver when it mattered.
Nic Nat and Lycett, in the 15 games they played together. 2018.
per game 48.6 hitouts, 23.7 disposals, .9 goals, and 8.6 goal assist.
They were on top in hitouts while down on disposal, goals and score involvements.
 

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Yeah, he's been hardly mentioned in the offseason which is a sign everyone has low expectations. There's been no "training the house down" no "really impressive in the trials" not even a mention from Eddie about how good he will be.
That is totally incorrect, Pyke spoke glowingly of Shane McAdam only a week or so ago. I put the links to the interview up on here at that time.
 

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Yeah, he's been hardly mentioned in the offseason which is a sign everyone has low expectations. There's been no "training the house down" no "really impressive in the trials" not even a mention from Eddie about how good he will be.
Also an interview with Pykey.

https://www.sen.com.au/news/2019/01/23/the-new-crow-to-watch-out-for-in-2019/

Adelaide coach Don Pyke has earmarked mature-aged recruit Shane McAdam as a player to watch out for throughout the 2019 season.

McAdam, 23, joined the Crows along with pick No. 13 and a future fifth-round selection in a three-way trade that saw Mitch McGovern land at Carlton and Sydney secure selections No. 26, 28 and 40
The medium-sized forward scored 31 goals in 17 games for SANFL outfit Sturt last year and caught the eye with his forward line pressure, speed and agility.
“We’re really excited about having Shane (McAdam) on board,” Pyke told SEN Breakfast.
“He’s a mature-aged guy that’s played some good footy at SANFL level. He’s making that transition, as all first-year guys do, between playing at a local level then getting into the AFL.
He’s certainly one to look out for – he’s highly talented, he moves really well and has a great feel for the game.”
McAdam recently spent time in hospital with a bout of gastro but is expected to recover in time for the start of the JLT Community Series.
 
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