On the subject of playing a position to which one is suited, early career form, and referencing the great Doormat, above.Because Teague is going to try him in a new position which better suits his strengths which are running and his great left kick.
Great and wise words my learned friend.On the subject of playing a position to which one is suited, early career form, and referencing the great Doormat, above.
It's easy to forget that when Bruce started he was played on a wing, RR, HFF. He wore #4 which put him in the midst of Silvagni, Nichols, Hall, [cant remember] and Gary Crane when sitting at the lockers. All high profile stars. He was not comfortable, and spent a couple of seasons in and out of the ones. Not selected for the '70 triumph. Eventually Barassi offered him a spot on the hbf and a change to #11 (with the retirement of Ragsy Gould) and he found his feet out of the spotlight and with a job to do.
Greatness ensued. Has there been a 'best ever' team picked by anyone since his retirement which did not have B. Doull on the hbf?
Few remember that both Doull and Southby were played as forwards mid career with very sketchy results. Greats of the backline playing out of position.
Cut the kids some slack folks. It's a mugs caper trying to predict the future, which is essentially the recruitment departments job. Some with potential greatness will be burned through mismanagement or poor habits. Some just need n environment in which to thrive. Some are just not the footballers the recruiters thought they may become. Some recruits need to find their niche.
Bruce found his, and we are all grateful to have either seen him play or at least seen footage.
Not sure about FF. I remember Southby playing at CHF and being useless. My best full back I've seen. (SOS best utility) Out of his depth trying to make the play. Outstanding at negating the attacks of the opposition. Useless at copping a Balme fist to the jaw. I remember Doull playing at CHF for almost zero result.I do believe Southby basically begged to be tried at full forward. And it was an abject failure. At least thats the popular story.
Insightful post SinI wouldn't mind backing our on ballers in against theirs, tipping Cripps to have an enormous game after last week. I wouldn't mind seeing Ed bully McCluggage for the day, he's been a seriously damaging player on the outside for them this year.
Something intriguing about Teague's role compared other interim coaches is that there's no need to tank this year, we've already traded our pick away. Compare that to Ratten or Barker with what was at stake plus many from other clubs and if a new coach took over they were usually there to help get as low a draft pick as possible. Teague is one of the very few that will have licence to get the best out of the players.
Not too hard at all, as long as guys like Marchbank don’t just mark the ball and then sit on it thinking about what to do next...Every time Kruez, Caz and Marchbank take a mark he needs to be running past for the handball receive to take the kick forward. Get the ball out of the hands of the bad users and into the hands of the good kicks. How hard can that be for a running machine like LOB.