We need a SERIOUS injection of PACE

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astrovic

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Pace is good, but Atley is fast in a straight line and we rarely see him chase down opponents, he lacks the agility, he has the turning circle of an ocean liner at speed and so his pace isn't as valuable where there are zones or congestion or playing on someone who can change direction at speed.

Boomer and Wells weren't super fast in a straight line but they had cat-like agility, Usain Bolt in his prime wouldn't be able to catch Boomer or Wells in their prime if they are zig zagging. I would target agile players and develop them on acceleration off the mark and hone their ability to get off the mark and change direction quickly, in footy it is the ability to get separation which is critical.

Too much is made of our lack of speed, you don't need to be super quick to move the football quickly. Port are a quick side and we made them look slow because we used the corridor and we made the effort to move the ball quickly rather than fart arse around with the ball. Sides that look quick tend to have an aggressive game plan.

I'd love if we had Willie Rioli, Liam Ryan and Lewis Jetta in our side, they are very agile players, they aren't slow either but more importantly they have extremely good skills. They are light of frame though and they generally do not accumulate a lot of the footy, they can do damage without getting a lot of the ball but you need to have the right players around them as well. When we had Boomer running with Wells, Campbell and Harper we were one of the highest scoring sides in the competition but we lacked balance and these players weren't raised on defensive mantras and executing zones, presses, etc so when we didn't win enough of the ball we often lost, and sometimes lost badly.

Since then we have been gun shy about recruiting smaller frame, faster/agile players. I think the majority of our rookie spots should be used on indigenous players, bring back some of our retired indigenous players, put them on the payroll and setup an indigenous program here which helps players who struggle when moving to Melbourne by having the support structure here in place to help them. I'd love to see LT back at the club in a leadership role, he is a great guy and would be a wonderful role model. I think indigenous players naturally have the kind of traits we are lacking as a club and it isn't a surprise as we have moved away from recruiting as many indigenous players as we used to that it has become a problem for us now.
I was going to give you a 10/10 for this post, and then added an extra mark for bringing back LT.

Absolutely on the money.
 

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I think indigenous players naturally have the kind of traits we are lacking as a club and it isn't a surprise as we have moved away from recruiting as many indigenous players as we used to that it has become a problem for us now.
We have 5 blackfellas who all played senior footy last year - Jed, Jy, the kid young man in your avatar, Paul Ahern and Kyron Hayden. They are all pretty agile and good movers tho not necessarily typically fast.

What you mean is a typical indigenous small forward.

I tend to agree with the rest of your post tho.
 

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We have 5 blackfellas who all played senior footy last year - Jed, Jy, the kid young man in your avatar, Paul Ahern and Kyron Hayden. They are all pretty agile and good movers tho not necessarily typically fast.

What you mean is a typical indigenous small forward.

I tend to agree with the rest of your post tho.
I think I said the smaller/lighter frame players who are agile. I think Anderson and Jy are the only lighter frame players and of those I would only call Jy agile. I mean like the players that you typically see in the NT local comp, they play a more dynamic brand of footy and the skill level is quite high for an amateur grade comp, they show a lot of agility traits that most of our boys are lacking.

I think they would be speculative type of inclusions, most who will probably not adjust to the AFL, but I think we could probably turn some into the kind of players we are lacking if we put the effort into it. I'd be surprised if any of our recruitment people have set foot in the NT. We quite often use our rookie list to dump senior listed players there and I don't think anyone who has been demoted to the rookie list has made it back to the AFL list, it seems a waste of opportunity.
 
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