This is how we lined up forward (from watching the tv).Happy we won showed a lot of heart today still not convinced we are on the right path though, if Lyon is the man to take us forward he needs better assistants that’s for sure, the forward line is still a mess.
That’s all good but I m still not convinced we have good enough coaches to make use of the talent we have in the forward line.This is how we lined up forward (from watching the tv).
Switkowski Hogan Matera
Walters Cox Cerra
We went in with Hogan and Cox both looking out of form, and Hogan still building after an extended injury. It has Cerra only having recently moved to the forward-line as part of his development and education (and having been exposed a little for pace). Switkowski looks promising.
It is a reasonable forward set up at best, if they were in form and have actually played together. It is significantly different from what would be our "ideal" forward set up.
What is revealed in these games is the direction that the club and game-style is heading in, and it excites me. Add Darcy, SHill, and Born-again Bennell to that team list and our delivery into the forward line changes. Add Lobb and Sturt to that forward line and it is dangerous. Add a decent forward assistant coach, and we are up and running towards finals.
The club put in place a time-frame at the start of our rebuild. It looked like this;
Start Rebuild .........../.............../......... Contend
This where we are now;
Start Rebuild .........../.............../....
A good time to be a supporter.
That’s all good but I m still not convinced we have good enough coaches to make use of the talent we have in the forward line.
Yes I am a big fan of watching the development, which includes the draft and trading. Really disappointed at the negativity on this board that derailed the wonderful pre-season reports we enjoyed. Love hearing about some of the fringe players and musing over what someone like Crowden needs to do to force his way up the pecking order. Really enjoy contemplating what the ceiling is for someone like Logue three or four years down the track. etcWhen the club announced a rebuild, I lowered my expectations, was expecting it to be ugly for a few years.
Losing games isn't exactly fun... Particularly some of the beltings, awkwardness in the team when they are unsure of the best team options right now and do the best individual option (e.g. all fly at the ball in the forward line).
So I set myself to watch for and enjoy the small wins. e.g. ongoing evolution of 18 year old draftees, Watch us take a risk and use the corridor, the transition to the fast decision making and determination to get the ball forward before the rolling mawl gets there. etc.
I was disappointed that we were in a position that needed the rebuild. But happy that we didn't muck around, swallowed our pride and just got on with it when it was clear that we needed to.
Brisbane was a fair test for where we are at and even if it was lost by a point, we were evenly matched against them. So, we are tracking excellently for a rebuilding team.
We're through the worst of the rebuild and while there will be a few snags along the way, it's blue sky, for 2020 and beyond.
The catch will be, should we have thrown more development time into more junior players and squeezed extra talent in via the draft for 1 more year. That could be the difference between being in the finals for a handful of years - or actually winning a premiership.
How's your mate Bewley going?We had a 19 year old Kp ,2 second year rookies, the other Kp coming off a major foot injury , a KP out with a LTI, a small forward reject from another club and the other small forward a mature age recruit with a history of hammy injuries. All in all I reckon it was a pass re the forward coaches.
Our wings were physically dominated by bigger players in some of the recent games, and it really hurt us. Having some other options is a good move.Ok but let's wait and see . Schulz was all the rage after his first game ,second game not so good? If Bewley is the next best thing to sliced bread I will be over the moon.