Agreed with all you say. I’d also like to add that it’s not just about us improving our spread but how we defend how the opposition spread. I don’t know if I can take too much more of seeing the oppo waltz the ball out soft AF the way they have been. Since when did the HFC condone bruise free footy? SMDHCeglar out for Greaves (I know Gawn/Jackson, but a part timer will give us the same output as Ceglar anyway, so I'd rather another mid in to help us hurt them with spread)
TOB out for Jeka (its surely about time to at least give him a chance)
Howe out for Downie/Burgoyne
Brockman stays. He's doing enough, he's the future. Just needs 22 games experience.
I have said all preseason I would like to see Shiels moved down back or up fwd performing a role each week. Is definatly in the best 22. I think it's hindering our development with the next gen Cousins,Finn, even Worpel always having Shiels or Silk still in the center square.Not really looking forward to this one. I recon it will get ugly very quickly with the current selection trends.
Greaves, Downie, Reeves, Nash
Howe (inj), Hartigan, Shiels (managed) Cegs
I wouldn’t mind seeing Mitchell pushed out of the square for a bit to give Scrimshaw a look in there for shits and giggles. If he can get in and under inside 50 like he does everywhere else, guys like Breust and Moore should have a field day.
Downie gets his MCG debut that he missed out on
Reeves gets a look at the best Ruck in the comp.
Howe injured is easy.
Hartigan.... I am not sold here at all
Shiels is the third wheel in a midfield that lacks dynamic players with skill. Tried and true solid player that plays a role
Can see him being well suited to CHF. He is mobile with a massive kick and can take a grab. Worth a shot. Clarko should be trying everything to improve scoring power, as we look crap forward of center, although the way our mids get it in there, who would want to be a forward in this team.Ive said it in this thread, but I'll say it again. Move Hartley to CHF. He is a monster kick. Our issue is we have noone who can kick the ball from 70m out. It allows teams to set up a shallow defence, and spend less energy getting it back up the field.
We need DEEP entries, which in turn will help our midfield set up defensively
Yep... The selectors have show a reticence to make wholesale changes. If Howe is injured I can't see more than one or 2 changes..One of major problems with making so many changes is that we don't have enough A or B grade players so multiple changes just shuffles the deck rather than improves the team. Need Sic, Will, Gunners, a fully firing Breust and Wingard all in to have a skills uplift. We're a long way off.
Funny for such a big lad Lewis does actually look a lot better playing that high half forward role.Lewis looked handy playing up the ground while Jeka has been kicking bags at box hill playing deep - why not try it?
Surging forward requires you to trust your team mate to win the ball and get it to you. Hard to do when they are super fumbly and can’t make a 2m handball or a 20m kick. We get the basics right and we will look a lot better when we go forward. I think personnel issues are a lessor concern as it seemed to be a team wide mistake-a-thon.it’s 2021. It’s all about fast ball movement and surge mentality. Look at Geelong compared to Sydney. Gotta run and surge to take ground. Kick mark doesn’t work. Now add that to a wet slippery day in Perth and Clarkos team selection is just soo puzzling. Why are we playing 2 ruckman, 3 key defenders AND 2 key forwards? Take a defender out ( Hartigan or Hartley ), take ceglar out, and replace TOB with kosi or jeka. Bring downie in for some pace, and I would seriously look at bringing in Finn for his endurance and work rate through the middle and contested ball winning to help in the clearances. Midfield spread and clearance work is abysmal.
Burgoyne, downie, finn, kosi in for Hartigan, ceglar, obrien and Howe next week please