- Sep 15, 2011
- AFL Club
- St Kilda
Obviously Papley would be a massive get and suit our game plan . Dunno about dunstan being a first 22 player though. Would probably show where we’re at more than anything.Handling these one at a time -
Two of the Eagles' goals in the last qtr were a direct result of Geary blindly bombing the ball out of defence and straight to Nic Nat. The Captain is meant to be calm and composed and keep his head about him under pressure. Jaz has been a stalwart for us but he almost directly handed them the ascension half way through that last qtr.
People have been saying it for weeks, last night was a highlight reel for why he just is not skilled enough to play as a higher level. If he wasn't the captain he would be out.
Carlisle not playing was a mistake. I'm stunned that the media didn't question this in the post match presser.
It's not that any of their KPFs took us apart, it's that the natural games of Coffield, Wilkie and Long had to be stunted to allow them to match up on Darling, Allen and Waterman. At no point were any of them able to free wheel out of the backline to help us create overlap run and drive the ball forward through the middle.
This meant that our initial forward entries came almost exclusively from stoppage work. When we were fortunate enough to get the ball forward we did a very good job of locking it in but just could not put a score on the board. Which leads to...
Max King is not a park mark monster. Why do we persist with dumping the ball to the 'hot spot' only for Max to get smashed by 2-3 blokes? His best work is on the lead and into space. Put the ball to an area he can run into and no defender in the comp is going to stop him. But nah, he's tall and he can jump so just hoof it.
Our recent recruitment has been fine but we are still carrying alot of dead wood from the Richo era. I think Ratts has well and truly over achieved with the talent that we have but in order to get to the next level we need to trim the fat.
Carlisle - Will probably be traded out.
Savage - Depth I guess?
Ross - If he's not effective defensively then I'm not sure he's worth a spot over someone like Dunstan.
Dunstan - I would play him but is he in Ratts plans?
Lonie - Showing something as a high half forward but if another team wants him...
Geary - Done. Should walk away now.
Roberton - Mystery man. Probably retires.
Austin - Delist
Abbott - Delist
Webster - Is he fit? Probably looks for a trade.
Phillips - Get the feeling he could be good in 2-3 years with 50+ games but will we want to carry him in the 22 while he develops?
McKenzie - Delist
Clavarino - Rave reviews from some, poor feedback from others. Can a team pushing for finals debut a CHB?
Joyce - Delist
Langlands - Where is he at?
Marsh - Gone
We can't run 4 small forwards either.
Lonie, Butler, Kent and Hind is not a mix that can get the job done. It's why Im still so keen for us to get in the ear of Papley if he still wants to move back to Vic. He and Butler as the pockets, Lonie and Gresh up the field.
We are a work in progress. The frustration is in not being able to take the next step while we have 3-4 guys who, realistically, shouldn't be getting a game right now.
So for me we need a gun mid ( even an aging one ) while bytel develops. A small forward and a Carlisle replacement.