Analysis The Matt Taberner effect

Discussion in 'Fremantle' started by samFFC, May 13, 2015.

  1. Belnakor

    Belnakor Brownlow Medallist

    Fremantle
    Apr 10, 2005
    16,300
    Perth
    people were saying the exact same thing last year after the Brisbane Lions game when he kicked 5.

    Lets see how he goes next week before anointing him as the next messiah please.
     

    (Log in to remove this ad.)

  2. PapaJ

    PapaJ Norm Smith Medallist

    Fremantle
    Other teams:
    Boston Celtics, Patriots
    Jul 15, 2007
    8,664
    Whatever Google Maps Tells Me
    Thought the same thing. But there was something different yesterday too. For starters, he was able to be part of a working 3 big system (all of them quite mobile which helps) rather than just a temporary replacement for Pav.

    Of course, he plays a position that will be up and down. Unless you regularly run through the midfield, the KPP players (and fwd flankers too) can easily drift in and out of games depending on other factors. So that's to be expected, but if he can be a contributor to a system rather than a spot player that the rest of the team don't know how to use, then you've got a useful player. Whether he kicks 5 one week and none the next, as long as he can be reliable enough, he'll do fine.

    Sure, it's wise to keep expectations in check, but that doesn't mean you don't celebrate the good times. He had a great game yesterday either way you look at it. His next big challenge is to bounce back when it doesn't all go his way and still show he belongs.
     
  3. Ripper

    Ripper Brownlow Medallist

    Fremantle
    Nov 6, 2002
    21,934
    End of the Earth.
    Difference this time is Pav is not going to be playing against the Tigers. IIRC His best game prior to yesterday was when everyone was rested against Port.
     
  4. Nickos66

    Nickos66 Brownlow Medallist

    Fremantle
    Jul 22, 2010
    15,688
    Perth
    I think he can benefit greatly from our young guys playing the free flowing, attacking game style, and having a few other talls up there playing different styles will only help him not get singled out. He looked really good yesterday. I've always been a harsh skeptic on Tabs the last 2 years or so, but he can make a real fist of it with the flair the youngsters are binging to the side.
     
    samFFC likes this.
  5. Lach72

    Lach72 Bam!

    Fremantle
    Other teams:
    Freo and Bulldogs, ManU
    Sep 30, 2005
    38,239
    Perth
    There's never really been any doubt about his ability to run, or generally get to the right spots.

    There was massive doubts on his body strength and his ability actually mark the ball...and I don't necessarily mean contested marking...in the past he was dropping balls under little to no pressure
     
    Seppo and G Mus like this.
  6. Freomaniac

    Freomaniac Brownlow Medallist

    Fremantle
    Other teams:
    Man City, Valencia, Lazio, Panthers
    May 3, 2007
    13,676
    Parts Unknown
    It was a good game by tabs. Last time he had a good game like this was against a struggling Brisbane at the Gabba last year when he kicked 5 goals. He got 4 vs a half decent Essendon side. He also did ok as a ruck.

    Lets be realistic, I am not expecting Tabs to kick 4-6 goals each week. Tabs isn't he main guy in he forward line but at his best can be a good cog in our forward structure. If he kicks 2-3 goals and get 10 disposals then that is fine.

    This is a totally different forward structure to our 2013-5 era. Sure we had Pav and Ballantyne in their good years but we also had Mayne as a 2nd tall, Walters was emerging too we also heavily relied on Mids to get 12 goals. Now we Got Tabs with a few years under the belt, he isn't a rookie like he was in 2013. McCarthy and Kersten are 190cm 90 kg talls that are very good on a good day. Langdon and Weller are rotating on forward flanks too. We still have goal scoring mids.
     
  7. MadDocker

    MadDocker Premiership Player

    Fremantle
    Jun 26, 2013
    3,132
    If Tabs can kick 2 goals a game and occasionally bob up with 5, that's a solid return. 50+ goals a season is good.
     
  8. free at last

    free at last Norm Smith Medallist

    Fremantle
    Aug 16, 2009
    7,713
    south of lat 32
    Throw Fyfe/Mundy into the mix as well...From Tabs-McCarthy-Kersten-Fyfe/Mundy gives some really good height spread.
     
    Freomaniac likes this.
  9. youmewe

    youmewe Club Legend

    Fremantle
    Dec 22, 2014
    1,746
    Tabs cited by the MRP for striking!

    Matt Taberner, Fremantle, has been charged with striking Michael Hurley, Essendon, during the first quarter of the Round Seven match between Fremantle and Essendon, played at Domain Stadium on Sunday May 7, 2017.


    In summary, he can accept a $1000 sanction with an early plea.


    Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the Essendon Football Club, the incident was assessed as careless conduct with low impact to the groin. The incident was classified as a $15000 sanction. The player has no applicable record which impacts the penalty. An early plea enables the player to accept a $1000 sanction.

    Medical report from EssendonFC? Bunch of softcocks...literally.
     
    UFO Tatsu, Ripper and Freomaniac like this.
  10. ShockersBoy11

    ShockersBoy11 Debutant

    Fremantle
    Other teams:
    Bulls, 49ers, Swan Dist, Arsenal
    Feb 14, 2017
    91
    Taberner is my everything and my spirit animal.....
     
  11. Freomaniac

    Freomaniac Brownlow Medallist

    Fremantle
    Other teams:
    Man City, Valencia, Lazio, Panthers
    May 3, 2007
    13,676
    Parts Unknown
    I call it Tough Man Tony Abbott tactics.

    Still... I remember Daniel Kerr punching a hawks player at Tassie in the groin around 2003-5, Kerr got cleared and it was much more lethal than Tabs hit.
     
    UFO Tatsu and scon like this.

    (Log in to remove this ad.)

  12. wayToGo_

    wayToGo_ Premiership Player

    Fremantle
    Oct 24, 2015
    4,820
    Far too much credit. No way Hurley is that big.

    Hurley should just be glad it's the first shot he's had in his leg that didn't require ASADA to investigate.
     
    Seppo, UFO Tatsu, Gussman and 3 others like this.
  13. MadDocker

    MadDocker Premiership Player

    Fremantle
    Jun 26, 2013
    3,132
    Quite a discount they're offering...
     
    WeaselWJ, UFO Tatsu, Van_Dyke and 7 others like this.
  14. tants

    tants Premiership Player

    Fremantle
    Jul 30, 2009
    4,885
    It should be $1500, typical quality out from AFL.

    Also, I don't think he hit him in the groin, but can't find a decent replay of it.
     
    Freomaniac likes this.
  15. Gussman

    Gussman Team Captain

    Fremantle
    Oct 14, 2016
    560
    It seems Tabs is adding new weapons to his arsenal all the time. If he can continue doing that, then he could play for us for at least another 500 games.
     
    WeaselWJ, UFO Tatsu, meima and 3 others like this.
  16. youmewe

    youmewe Club Legend

    Fremantle
    Dec 22, 2014
    1,746
    #1016 youmewe, May 8, 2017
    Last edited: May 8, 2017
    At 0.18 in the video.

    If Tabs hit Hurley in the groin, Hurley should borrow Daniher's mo and join the porno industry.

    http://www.afl.com.au/video/2017-05-07/tabs-sparkling-return-to-senior-action

    Edit: Actually I take it back, it looks like Tabs did give Hurley a flat left bag.
    At 11.40 in this video (thanks DrMike)

    http://203.36.101.148/Telstra/AFL-W...-05-07_06-23-35-7679/output_2400kbps_720p.mp4
     
    tants likes this.
  17. Moist Biscuit

    Moist Biscuit Norm Smith Medallist

    Fremantle
    Apr 8, 2012
    9,660
    Melbourne
    Geez that's optimistic :straining:
     
    jerms and Gussman like this.
  18. yoong

    yoong Club Legend

    Fremantle
    May 9, 2013
    2,166
    3,919 km from Fremantle

    Meh. There is a poster that keep banging on Tabs being "too soft". Happy to see him show some aggression and that he'll not take crap from his defender :thumbsu:
     
    UFO Tatsu likes this.
  19. yoong

    yoong Club Legend

    Fremantle
    May 9, 2013
    2,166
    3,919 km from Fremantle
    Yup.
    The thing is, even back when Tabs is dropping marks left right and centre, we still play better with him in the team. If he continue to hold on to his marks, he'll be an invaluable part of our offense. We really needed a tall target like him in the team.

    But yeah, one week at a time. Hopefully, he've sorted out whatever that is affecting his marking and be consistent with it. Hopefully, he'll still stand up with more attention from the opposition next week.
     
    samFFC likes this.
  20. greatgatsby

    greatgatsby Club Legend

    Fremantle
    Other teams:
    Swan Districts, Wash. Nats
    Oct 17, 2010
    1,849
    The Seat of Power
    My take is Hurley should be pleased - contact was only made because Hurley was shaping up like Stephen Michael!
     
  21. ydraw

    ydraw Premiership Player

    Fremantle
    Apr 27, 2015
    4,503
    Now that he's added the ability to pinch hit in the ruck to his bow, he'll be even more valuable to our side than he was before (and before he made us a 2 goal a game better side). Half the contribution he gave last night is a very good contribution from a 2nd ruckman.

    Learning to ruck is a long process, and the best you can hope for from an inexperienced 2nd ruck is that they don't give away too many free kicks. Taberner did very well last night and even won 6 hitouts of his own, which is far more than anyone else we've tried in that position has done.
     
    PapaJ, UFO Tatsu, yoong and 1 other person like this.
  22. TheMcManusNose

    TheMcManusNose Club Legend

    Fremantle
    Other teams:
    Vancouver Canucks
    Apr 21, 2014
    1,966
    IIRC he did that twice yesterday. Old mate behind me in 311 yells out 'he's back!' whenever Tabs drops an uncontested mark so hopefully I have a decent running tally.

    The lack of ruck ability was major problem number 1 against him, he seems to have dealt with that. Now it's only the easy uncontested drops and a realisation that he can't kick over 45m which need to be corrected (which is odd because he's a decent field kick) and we have a player.
     
    UFO Tatsu, samFFC, Purpletown and 2 others like this.
  23. samFFC

    samFFC Premiership Player

    Fremantle
    Other teams:
    Fulham, 76ers, Cubs, Bills
    Jul 1, 2013
    4,701
    /thread
     
  24. TheMcManusNose

    TheMcManusNose Club Legend

    Fremantle
    Other teams:
    Vancouver Canucks
    Apr 21, 2014
    1,966
    Only point of caution is that the Bombers defence is potato. Hurley is a fine player but Dea is an absolute ******* spud. Hartley no better at his age.

    That said; with Cam Mac and Kersten in it is no longer a case of ignoring the lumbering ruckman in our forward 50 and just double teaming a cooked Pav and a tentative Taberner.
     
    samFFC, PapaJ, WeaselWJ and 2 others like this.
  25. Vintage

    Vintage Club Legend

    Fremantle
    Mar 5, 2006
    1,199
    Perth
    isn't low the lowest grading it can be?
     

Share This Page

Loading...