Review R7 - Port ate all the Pies

Janus

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Sep 9, 2007
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I dislike Bonner for different reasons to Janus, primarily that he completely lacks awareness and is as much a bombscare as Adam Kingsley ever was.

I don't think he backs out of contest for being soft, but because he gets lost in decision making, and thats why he looks OK on the outside.
See, I thought this was the case last year - that he was being timid and indecisive.

But when you see him run a million miles an hour at a contest because he thinks he can get an easy hard ball get stat with a ball that is spilling out from it, and said ball then gets whipped out to the opponent Bonner left on his own...it becomes less about being indecisive and more about thinking about what is going to make his own stats look good for his agent when negotiating a new contract.

That's the only reason I can think of why he actually took a bounce in a back pocket. He's all about his stats. He has to be.
 

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OneGreatClub

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Nov 6, 2014
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Why do our running half backs turn into flakes, is the better question.

O'Shea, Pittard, DBJ, Bonner. All of them showed glimpses of greatness at one time or another and all end up devoid of confidence. What's the common factor here?
I ponder this also
 

Forzaport

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May 27, 2004
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Adelaide
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I’m thinking the coaches are playing Bonner when they really shouldn’t be because they’re punting on it all clicking for him. Thing is he’s shown glimpses here and there but not when the heat is on. Maybe he is better suited as a receiver.
 

Janus

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Sep 9, 2007
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Portland, Oregon
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Port Adelaide
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Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bulls
I’m thinking the coaches are playing Bonner when they really shouldn’t be because they’re punting on it all clicking for him. Thing is he’s shown glimpses here and there but not when the heat is on. Maybe he is better suited as a receiver.
There comes a time when a player needs to be dropped to reserves for it to click, because the speed at which AFL is played makes them lose confidence in their ability.

We've seen him play to the standard, so it's not like he can't do it.
 

TeeKray

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Mar 1, 2014
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Perth
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Port Adelaide
The way I see it is there are a handful of non negotiables in football - and one of them is putting your body on the line for the team when it's your turn to do so. Bonner has failed this test too often, particularly this year. The way he played on Friday night was simply unacceptable. Leaving aside everything he is or isn't doing with ball in hand, you just can't play like that and expect ongoing selection in an AFL side. He'll be dropped this week and it'll be deserved.
 

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