Analysis The Matt Taberner effect

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I believe Taberner is the player we always wanted. He has limitations, but his upside is just amazing. I believe he is the best contested mark in the competition.

He is not conventional. He is not flashy. He is unorthodox in many aspects. But he is one of the toughest players going around. Statistics are in our favour also. In the past 2 years, when he plays we win more than we lose.

I am a bit sick of the rhetoric going around trying to prove he is bad. I would say he is a top 10 player (for Freo), and a target for every club. He can ruck, go to defence, play as a roaming forward, and sneak forward as a key forward.

WHAT THE F IS THERE NOT TO LIKE?
 

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He's actually arrived. Super dominant the last couple against really good defenders. What I love about him is that he does so much work around the ground. Just need to work on the brain farts and he'll be a genuine 45-50+ goal forward which seems crazy to think about considering how far he's come.
 

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Remember when opposition teams would only put their 3rd defender on Tabs.

Now he's taking the No1 defender and running them into the ground and Hogan gets the 2nd best defender. Get McCarthy back in the side quickly.


We have 4 forwards averaging 2goals+ a game!!!
 

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Remember when opposition teams would only put their 3rd defender on Tabs.

Now he's taking the No1 defender and running them into the ground and Hogan gets the 2nd best defender. Get McCarthy back in the side quickly.


We have 4 forwards averaging 2goals+ a game!!!
He has done that for a number of years,only we have never had good enough forwards to take advantage of it.
I had Switkowsi and Logue as the two player to look out for this year.One is beginning to shine already.Well played Switta.
 

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He’s finally realised his size and that he can outmuscle pretty much any key defender and he’s starting to develop that mongrel side to his game. Not many can make Davis look like an undersized defender 1v1 and he moved him out of position at the drop and dragged him everywhere.
 

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I’m glad we won today because if we hadn’t that could have been a nightmare for Tabs. So dominant, but when he had the chance to take the game by the scruff of the neck (on the scoreboard), he melted. Awesome that he had a contribution in the win, but he needs to get his head right before being the real deal.
 

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I like Tabs just needs to turn some of his dominance into a big haul other than that. you wouldn't trade him for Darling at the moment would you?
 

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I think we extended his contract this year too?

I remember the WAFL final series 2 years ago and watching him absolutely rag-doll the opposition defenders.I knew then he was going to make it as a quality AFL key forward.

Our list finally has 2 quality,young key forwards.We've got a potential top quality spine on hands here folks.

If we can add another top quality mid or two-we're finals bound for sure.
 

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As I live in Perth and am impartial to the Dockers, I have watched alot of Matt Taberner in the classic Freo sunday arvo timeslot. I think he is one big bag away from realising just how good he is. The way he muscled Davis off the ball yesterday was scary. Serious talent but he still makes basic mistakes that would cause frustration.
 

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As I live in Perth and am impartial to the Dockers, I have watched alot of Matt Taberner in the classic Freo sunday arvo timeslot. I think he is one big bag away from realising just how good he is. The way he muscled Davis off the ball yesterday was scary. Serious talent but he still makes basic mistakes that would cause frustration.
Yep he frustrates us from basic errors but within a moment he'll kick a goal or take an important mark.

If he was able to eradicate his brain fades Freo would have a seriously good player.

People forget that he was a rookie pick
 
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He’s the player I most look forward to watch now just because of his presence in the forward line and his ability to pull a contested mark. Back in November someone posted a photo of him doing sprints at Freo oval before pre season started and I thought at the time that this type of dedication deserves success. Yes he has some things to work on but he is an absolute role model for working hard to deliver his current performances. Well done Tabs and keep going. I look forward to your bag of 7 later this year.
 

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He’s the player I most look forward to watch now just because of his presence in the forward line and his ability to pull a contested mark. Back in November someone posted a photo of him doing sprints at Freo oval before pre season started and I thought at the time that this type of dedication deserves success. Yes he has some things to work on but he is an absolute role model for working hard to deliver his current performances. Well done Tabs and keep going. I look forward to your bag of 7 later this year.
666 rule is probably helping us too,coaches can't flood the back line.If tabs doesn't get injured ,his quality of performances through confidence should get a lot more consistent.
 
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Easily the most frustrating player on the list for me.

His marking up the ground and in the f50 is very important but seriously needs to work on his goal kicking and his brain fades. If he can do that he could be anything (for which I've been waiting for years).

He hasn't convinced me yet just yet, I'm still waiting
 
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