- Nov 16, 2008
- AFL Club
- Western Bulldogs
- Other Teams
I just want to say, Cripps and Oliver are my favorite young players to watch outside of ours, I rate them both higher than Kelly, De Goey, Heeney, Merrett etc.Love it when he kicks but some of his handballs tonight were extreme next level. AFL has a love affair with Cripps ATM and Bont is yesterday’s news for some but Bonts best >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Cripps best.
With that said, I dont know how people now rate Bontempelli the lowest of the Cripps, Kelly and Bont debate.
If we compare Bonts seasons in the AFL to Cripps:
2014: Bont Wins
2015: Bont Wins
2016: Bont Wins
2017: Bont Wins
2018: Cripps Wins
I am happy to concede that 2014 and 2015 should not be used as they were still in their first couple of seasons, so it would be disingenous to use that data. You could also say in 2017 that Cripps did his ACL so I am happy to erase that season also. That puts them at 1:1 (Bontempelli 2016) (Cripps 2018) at worst.
People (including dogs supporters) always talk down Bonts 2017 season because it wasn't as good as 2016 and everyone expects young players to follow an upward trajectory. Fact is, Bontempelli won our BnF in 2017, made the AA Squad (could of easily got a spot in the team on the HFF) and finished 7th in the Brownlow medal - that is a very good season for a 21 year old kid.
Bontempelli and Cripps are both superstars, Bontempelli is also a victim of how Bevo plays him, there are times his stuck in our forward line for 10 minutes and the ball doesn't go near him (losing momentum). If he was getting the same midfield minutes as Cripps his disposal count would be a lot higher.
Obviously different players - Cripps is a better contested clearance player and Bontempelli is more versatile and can kick a few goals a game and has better skills. Regardless, I am taking both ahead of Kelly and if forced to choose between Cripps and Bontempelli, I'd go the Bont (would be happy with either).
Will be interesting if Bontempelli has a huge season, his last 4 games of 2018 were massive and he was clearly BOG in round 1 2019.