Tim O'Brien: turning the corner?

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I think a lot of us are overrating Tim's game. He got done in the contest by Petracca, McDonald and Hunt which led to 2 Melb goals and if the underwater specialist hadn't shanked his set shot soda it would've been 3. Sure, he had one or two nice moments but they didn't cancel out his deficiencies imo
 

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When Frawley is ready, who makes way? TOB or Brand? Looking more like Brand in the last few games. I've always thought he was more solid, but he has made some rookie errors that have costs goals in the last week or so. TOB looks a little better.
 

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When Frawley is ready, who makes way? TOB or Brand? Looking more like Brand in the last few games. I've always thought he was more solid, but he has made some rookie errors that have costs goals in the last week or so. TOB looks a little better.
TBH they're both filling a spot until we can get someone better back there. One will have slightly better game than the other one week then it will reverse the next
 
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When Frawley is ready, who makes way? TOB or Brand? Looking more like Brand in the last few games. I've always thought he was more solid, but he has made some rookie errors that have costs goals in the last week or so. TOB looks a little better.
Both TOB and Brand come out of our best 22 when Frawley and Scrim are fit. What TOB has done in the last couple of games at least is make sure that he has pushed past Mirra as the next back up in defence. He wasn't seen as such at the season's start

One positive TOB now has in his favour is that for a bloke his size he is versatile and can genuinly be used both forward and back. This is a trait Clarko loves (see Gunston) and it makes TOB quite a useful 19-22 on match day
 
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I think a lot of us are overrating Tim's game. He got done in the contest by Petracca, McDonald and Hunt which led to 2 Melb goals and if the underwater specialist hadn't shanked his set shot soda it would've been 3. Sure, he had one or two nice moments but they didn't cancel out his deficiencies imo
Agree. The fact that people are talking up his games highlights how low his bar has been.

Expect this week will really show where he is at, with us having to deal with an in form Giants midfield and the best key forward in the game.

Our key defensive depth is weaker than any other part of our list. Hardly an AFL level player...
 

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I thought TOB was great today again and will get better with each game down back! Which will probably mean the end for his mate Kaiden Brand!
Totally agree on his performance. Looked very sure of himself out there today. Got caught in the wrong position a few times but for the most part he was a very solid performer today. Hopefully he can build on that in the coming weeks.
 
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Hodge's comments were spot on during commentary. He lacks the body weight to compete against the big bodied forwards and will likely always do so but he has leap, agility, speed and is generally a good ball user out of defence. He can become a more than useful defender and has the added bonus that he is versatile enough to be swung forward if needed.
 

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I like Brand and I saw Brand playing VFL today. He still makes critical errors where he loses his opponent totally resulting in a certain goal.

On this front O’Brien gives me less of a heart attack when the ball comes near him.

Has he found his role? - should be rewarded with more game time and hopefully keeps the improvement trajectory going.
 

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Hodge's comments were spot on during commentary. He lacks the body weight to compete against the big bodied forwards and will likely always do so but he has leap, agility, speed and is generally a good ball user out of defence. He can become a more than useful defender and has the added bonus that he is versatile enough to be swung forward if needed.
Agreed - also has a long and penetrating kick
 
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As one of the 2 dozen people there today I liked what I saw from Tim. Good leap, agile and spots up well by foot. If he’s only required to take the 3rd tall he may have finally found his spot.
With Chip over 30 and Brand yet to be convincing, we are definitely still need of a quality tall defender.
 
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