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- Sep 14, 2007
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
On-field leadership is incredibly important as it allows your junior players to learn running patterns and to figure our changing matchups.Structure is like the number one excuse for accepting mediocrity. Just look at Reid and how important he is to our “structure”.
Some good examples of this are
- GWS's improvement once Shaw came into the team
- Brisbane's improvement once Hodge joined the team
Negative examples of having no real experience
- Carlton's lack of improvement when no leaders were part of the team (Docherty makes a huge difference to this)
It is all around finding the right balance, personally I don't think Jack is part of the squad if McVeigh is available. You also have to note the game is very different to how it was played 10 years ago when individual brilliance can repeatedly decide a game, instead structures, gameplan's and consistency usually outweigh individual brilliance (The 2014 grand final is a good example of this, and so is Geelong's recent lack of success whilst they had Selwood, Dangerfield, Ablett, Hawkins and co, the reason Geelong have improved dramatically this year is largely due to the recruitment of bit part players who have improved their structure and overall gameplan.