Thanks for this AndyL. Much appreciated. I think this insight is amazing given I currently only get to see what the TV camera chooses. I have been thinking poorly of Mitch McG but I will have to reconsider now as I think you have outlined a situation that he's playing a role and is perhaps being unfairly judged.I have been asked by ODN to track our whipping boy Mitch McGovern. Here are my observations:
In the first half he seemed to be under instructions to keep clear of McKay and/or Casboult and whether it was instructions or not but as the ball was coming into the forward line he seemed to retreat back to the goal square a lot (e.g Josh Jenkins) which effectively meant he was running away from the ball.
When he did lead or try and make the play he was no doubt a victim of our poor delivery into the forward.
For example his first quarter read like this
In the 2nd half the instructions seemed to change and he was playing up the ground more and at least we presenting but ball delivery was still poor and the ball was slippery.
- Lead to the pocket and ball delivered over head and outbodied and outmarked by Melican
- Cunningham fast break under pressure. MCG lead to Cunningham’s left – Cunningham ignored Gov and kicked to CHF to pack of Swans players.
- Fast break through centre from Murphy who kicked to CHF. I think McGovern may have lead initially but then retreated back and ball went to straight to Swans. MCG needed to lead harder and commit to the lead but tried to wait for the ball to come over the back.
- Lead to the pocket to Caz but ball kicked to his feet , Mcg fumble and cleared by Melican.
In fairness it was a terrible night to be a forward – particularly a third tall given the slippery conditions, the Swans flood and our terrible ball delivery and strategies going into the forward line. This really needs sorting out – it’s poor.
Having Harry, Caz and MCG basically trying to play the same role isn’t working. Harry or Caz are more demanding of the ball and I think McGov is just second guessing himself and trying to not get in the way. He’s a player who needs to get a good run at the ball but at the moment he is just stopping and starting and not sure where to run. Doesn’t help when our ball movement is slow and Swans could flood back. Regularly looked like 10-12 players at the fall of the ball in the hot spot so bigger bodied Harry or Caz more likely to hold ground and mark or it just gets spoiled.
Whilst he didn’t set the world on fire he looked much more dangerous running more freely up the ground in the second half.
Some more negative points – he didn’t hold his ground well against Melican and was outbodied several times. He has very little second efforts but seemed to openly try to do better at this in the second half. Personally, I think he would do well playing up high half forward/wing and being a target for us down the line or when coming of the half back line. He has the creativity to do this.
Playing his type of role you are going to get nights like that where you basically don’t get a look at the ball but in that case he needs to get some more strings to his bow, get fitter and work harder to tackle and create more pressure – in the words of John Kennedy “at least do something !!”.
As Kimmy would say...."noice".Just watched the replay:
Cuners got to the right spots frequently but, didn't have the speed by hand or foot to impact going forward
Gov had more sooks for free kicks than direct impacts on the game. At least do effort things, Gov
Papley spent a fair bit if time on ball around the ground, didn't reallt impact there either. Plow made him look worse the second time around
H impacted the contest up the ground in a fashion that hasn't been seen since Charlie was up and about. Has so much more to offer than just a bang up target
Simmo ruled the backline
Newnes did a whole lot of 1%ers to keep the contest alive
Ed Curnow monstered Parker and thrives in a dogfight.
Politely disagree.Full credit to Cottrell for seizing an opportunity to help the team like that, but he had 3 disposals at 3/4 time and was running laps of the centre square. He's not alone in names on the chopping block, but I'd like to see us make a professional decision at the selection table.
TDK looked really good at the centre bounce and around the ground and I'm really excited about his performance, but I still want MK on the list next year. It's Pittonet who we should be looking to move on.
That was two years ago, and Marchbank had similar issues.Politely disagree.
As much as I love Kreuz, his body was beyond cooked. I was really concerned for him last season with the elevated heart rate issue. In such a strenuous game, a problem with the ticker can be fatal. See the unfortunate instances in European football with players essentially dying on the pitch.