- Nov 22, 2012
- AFL Club
I think the list management with regard to rucks was fine. No one during the trade/draft period last year would have expected our stocks of talls to have been decimated the way they have been. Do we start going into a season with 4 rucks to provide backup in case Bellchambers gets injured again? Seems like a lot of list spots to cover one spot in the senior side. Then you have issues with an AFL standard back up ruck wanting games and asking to be traded.Originally went to post this in Clarke’s thread, but it probably belongs here.
The ruck situation really is a lesson in poor list management, let’s be honest.
I remember the rule was always you don’t go into a season without four ruckmen, because their form can be hot and cold (hard to recover when they’re in a slump) and they have a habit of getting hurt (hardly surprising given the crash and bash nature of the role).
We went in with three... the first two got hurt and Clarke is a long way off the level required.
Such was the poor decision in recruiting Clarke, it’s really like we’ve gone into the season with two ruckmen. Both of whom are now predictably injured.
There’s no way you can count McKernan as a ruckman given our shortage of key forwards, which we should have known with Daniher coming off a major injury - that’s now flared again.
We have to play Clarke right now, not sure we have another option.
With Bellchambers possibly retiring, Clarke not up to it and Draper maybe going, we could conceivably be in the market for four rucks this off season. At least three.
#1 Ruck: I’m not sure it’s Bellchambers any more, in which case we’ll need a genuine AFL ruckman who can step in Round 1.
The Next In Line: could potentially be #1 in 2020. Hopefully it’s Draper, if he leaves we need another.
The Emergency Option: at the moment it’s Clarke... though we probably should replace him with someone better
The Project: young ruck we can bring through. Don’t have one at the moment.
If we had someone vaguely competent as backup instead of Clarke we probably wouldn't be having this conversation, however he was the best available at the time so we're stuck with him until Bellchambers is healthy again.
Best we can hope for over the next handful of games is for Clarke to build in confidence and show a bit of improvement.