- Sep 28, 2018
- AFL Club
I needed to have another look..I agree our stoppages need work; I think we are one dimensional and going to Cripps is becoming far to predictable. He lifted the last quarter though. I think we need another mid that can break a tackle in there with him. Maybe Stocker or Cotrell in the future but for the moment I would give gibbons more time as he looks like a traditional rover that hawks the ruck man.Our centre clearance work was abysmal on the weekend, Cripps was a dead set liability as soon as he lost the clearance he just stood there or went to ground leaving us 1 short, I think he was responsible for 3 Essendon goals in the 3rd Qtr with terrible stoppage work that turned the ball over.
If he cant run we can not play him in the centre end of story, if we play the same way at the centre bounce against the Dogs the game will be over at Qtr time as they are the best team for scoring from centre bounces, Setterfield needs to come back in and take over as the bull at centre bounces until Cripps can run or we will get slaughtered.
Cunningham’s speed and quick clean hands around the contest was very good let’s hope he can back it up against the Dogs as it will be needed, Walsh is just sublime and if others could work as hard as him we would be top 4.
Just for those Ed Curnow baggers his kicking this year has been very good and is leading the mids for kicks and has also had very descent efficiency, gone are the around the corner hack kicks and in are the precision kicks forward of centre, all this while closing down the oppositions best mid, loving his work.
If we want to beat the Dogs or start winning more often our work rate without the ball will need a huge improvement, last years improvement came off the back of a big improvement in our defensive running this year it has regressed and it shows in the results.
Less emphasis on moving the ball fast and more emphasis on our speed without the ball will see a much improved side, this was my concern during pre season and it is proving to be correct and until our priorities shift we will continue to be middle of the road.
Cunningham is growing, Curnow has lifted and Walsh could be a once in a generation type player.
I agree; to bet the dogs we are going to need speed of the ball to limit the damage they can do on the spread. I think if we can lock it in for sustained periods and keep pressure on their defence they could buckle.