Who was Naish going to play on? Scully or Hendo? Hawks would love either matchup I'm sure. Or are we dropping a small fwd and hiding him in a pocket. He is just far too light and lacks a defensive side of his game to play right now
I would say RCD is a better player than Naish.
Surely Soldo and Vlaustin would return.
I have a feeling RCD or CCJ might debut.
I think it is better to debut in daytime with optimal conditions.
Rioli should return for Dreamtime I would guess.
Forgot this was a Sunday game.
Hanging out for the selections and they tell me what I already knew:
Vlastuin returns, rioli maybe.
Soldo in for Nank, or maybe CCJ.
With Ross out, Townsend or RCD to maybe come in, but then who goes out?
Like I say, I already knew all these questions but still have no clue as to the answers.
Soldo is a given for Nank. They won't through CCJ with so many other kids in and Soldo is a more ready made replacement. Vlastuin the other in.
The thing is all the likely types or fringe types who would be dropped for Rioli, etc played well. Menadue, etc. I'm probably the biggest Menadue critic on this board but I would not suggest him being dropped this week. I have serious doubts he backs it up though.
Interesting with all these injuries Rioli is very likely to be playing VFL this weekend. Would be a good wake up call for him. Has not been at his best.
On the overall structure of the team, with no Cotchin and now no Ross, we look very weak in the midfield. I don't think RCD is ready and we have no one else who can reliably play there.
Lastly on Naish, I understand why he is not getting a game given the form of those who he could possibly replace. However, to not name him on the extended bench at all as bit of a spur on and reward for effort is a bit piss poor IMO.
Trent Cotchin – hamstring
Luke English – tonsillitis
Jack Graham – hamstring
Shaun Grigg – knee/hip
Callum Moore – ankle
Toby Nankervis – adductor
Alex Rance – ACL
Jack Riewoldt – PCL
Daniel Rioli – ribs/thigh
Jack Ross – ankle syndesmosis
Jayden Short – elbow
Nick Vlastuin – ankle