Strategy Talk about the makeup of our list (and overall list management)

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BrunoV

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I've said this a fews time but I would try Stewart as a defender I mean look at Jones and Casboult at Carlton.

Is tall,athletic,strong and can take a grab reckon it's worth a shot.

Not a bad suggestion at all.

Not sure it ends up being necessary but there is a lot about his game that lends itself to defence.

Probably needed forward more at the stage but I wouldn't be against it.
 

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ghostdog

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Not a bad suggestion at all.

Not sure it ends up being necessary but there is a lot about his game that lends itself to defence.

Probably needed forward more at the stage but I wouldn't be against it.
Is definitely needed forward more. We have an abundance of backline talent. Wouldn't be against developing the ability to play back though, for the sake of versatility.
 

BrunoV

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Is definitely needed forward more. We have an abundance of backline talent. Wouldn't be against developing the ability to play back though, for the sake of versatility.

We do but we dont have a big guy that can run or even a Hooker replacement.

Hartley has neither the run nor the marking ability even if he has improved.

No doubt the priority ought to be forward st this stage.
 

CBombers17

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Stewart is a strange scenario.

He was on a decent roll with his footy and doing everything pretty well, even improving his marking which was a knock early....next thing the stutter run and all of a sudden he's spiralling like a clipped fighter plane in an old world war 2 movie.
 

FlyingV

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Why can't he cover Hooker so he can play forward?

Surely McKernan in the ruck and Hooker forward is better than having a complete and utter spud like Clarke in the side.
What about Brown in the ruck. He may get beaten physically but man he’ll run opposition rucks off their feet. Plus he has a good leap.
 

ghostdog

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Stewart is a strange scenario.

He was on a decent roll with his footy and doing everything pretty well, even improving his marking which was a knock early....next thing the stutter run and all of a sudden he's spiralling like a clipped fighter plane in an old world war 2 movie.
The stutter run did it. I cringed every time.
 

owen87

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What about Brown in the ruck. He may get beaten physically but man he’ll run opposition rucks off their feet. Plus he has a good leap.
He'd get manhandled by a Gawn, I've never seen him have any kind of ruck technique, and he's not explosive enough to break away from congestion. He's also no stronger a runner than Grundy or Goldstein imo, Blicavs is the only one that is really on another level and even he's not really a viable first ruck option because he'd get cleaned up by a first string ruckman.

Clarke is the best of a bad set of options, McKernan is a very good second ruck and did OK against Aliir because Aliir isn't a first ruck either, but we've seen him struggle against your traditional ruckmen, whereas Clarke should be better against Goldstein than an Aliir type.
 

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CBombers17

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An Essendon mate of mine mentioned he'd look to trade Tippa because of the inconsistency or lack of performance when we are poor.

I hadn't really considered the opinion but my thoughts at the time was that I'd be very surprised if he or the club wanted to part ways (because of all the connection and his story especially).

But if he wants to go then we trade hard and move on.
 

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Thought Essendon was a bit soft in the past. But watching Dylan Clarke & Ambrose, I think they add a bit of toughness to the side.
 
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An Essendon mate of mine mentioned he'd look to trade Tippa because of the inconsistency or lack of performance when we are poor.

I hadn't really considered the opinion but my thoughts at the time was that I'd be very surprised if he or the club wanted to part ways (because of all the connection and his story especially).

But if he wants to go then we trade hard and move on.
Interesting post, as this occurred before the Saturday night game.

Curious to gague your thoughts on this now after he had a ripping game against Norf.
 

CBombers17

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Interesting post, as this occurred before the Saturday night game.

Curious to gague your thoughts on this now after he had a ripping game against Norf.
Id say the same thing now. As much as I love Tippa, if he wants to go and we could find another piece of the puzzle then so be it.

I'd also repeat that given where he's come from to build his career and also in terms of background id never want the club to be pushing him anywhere..
 

ant555

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TheGrizz

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You need to work out who was critically evaluating his performances and sack that person or maybe just not listen again.

What's the bet no one was actually watching him play and they went on the back of recommendations?

I'd say it's a good bet.
Does your tin-foil hat come in an XL?
 

ILikeCheese

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Can up date you on this. Adopted mum is holding out for a few more $ .
I heard Tippas a little under the thumb when it comes to Mum. Heard a rumour from a current players sibling she looks after his finances and keeps tabs on his spendings.
Looks like the price just went up again after Saturday....
 

CBombers17

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I'm not a particularly politically correct person but the commentary around Tippa's family influence on his personal spending, finances or contract negotiation seems fraught with danger.
 

Old Campaigner

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Don’t think it’s the biggest indicator since we aren’t that far behind Geelong and Carlton are top 2 for both. Not sure what this proves but does it mean speed is overrated or fitness? Hard to say
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Distance covered has a lot to do with defending, so while a team with a good defensive attitude will cover a lot of distance, a sh*t side that is constantly chasing the opposition will also have a really high distance covered stat.
 

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