West Coast is adopting the No Homers rule, they're only allowed to have one Hawthorn Brownlow medalist named Mitchell.We already had Sam Mitchell, we've reached our quota of Hawthorn Brownlow medallists thanks.
Yeah beating Freo justified the reason for everything LoL.BOG against St Kilda and Adelaide last year, good games against Collingwood (first time), Carlton and Essendon. BOG today, also had good games for all of our wins (shockers against Geelong and St Kilda but he's not alone there).
The picks given up were 14, 24 and 37.
We're quite happy.
Agree that West Coast's midfield does not have the same depth as we did. From afar my knock on Kelly would be that he has not been consistent, he plays excellent games for WC but he is not the consistent top level mid he was for us.My view of TK hasn't really changed over his career. Absolute gun but the bloke played his best footy in a midfield that consisted of Danger/Selwood and even Ablett. While Sheed, Redden and Gaff are good mids, their no where close to being in the same air as those blokes mentioned above and hence why TK's has struggled at time. Once Shuey and Yeo comes back it's going to be different.
Shuey's impact for the eagles is amazing. The side is the next level when he's playing.He definitely hasn’t been consistent - but it’s been hard to gauge - I think he’s played about 8 games alongside a full strength midfield brigade (Yeo, Shuey, Gaff, Sheed, Redden) since crossing to WCE - the majority in that first hub where the Eagles started really poorly and he was obviously adjusting to a new team. Kelly is definitely a guy you want to be your 3rd or 4th tagging option - he struggles with a hard tag because he does his best work in space - he has been forced to become the #1 attacking mid at West Coast and it’s been hit and miss.
His understanding with Naitanui is improving though, definitely building a good dynamic there - not quite ‘Naitashuey’ levels yet but getting there.
The Eagles cop flak for ‘paying up’ for him (when really it was pretty much a case of handing over what we could, because we didn’t have anything particularly juicy) but what’s done is done and I’ll back him in to come good. He was really busy against Freo, could have topped it off with a couple of goals too but didn’t finish - if he can start hitting the scoreboard more often that would definitely help.
like I said he’s more 2nd/3rd fiddle. He wouldn’t have looked good at the Cats too if he was leading a midfield of That had no Danger and Selwood. He’s forced to play a more contested game atm and we can see that its not really his natural game.Agree that West Coast's midfield does not have the same depth as we did. From afar my knock on Kelly would be that he has not been consistent, he plays excellent games for WC but he is not the consistent top level mid he was for us.
With the trade though, the Eagles hands were tied, you commit to a player before the season starts then he has a career best year and you have to trade with a grumpy team to get him across.
I think Elliot Yeo played as important or bigger role than Boots. During 2018/19 he was the barometer and when he lifted the side lifted underneath him. We tend to lack the intensity and defensive edge in the midfield and he brings that in spade. I love both players. Structurally and leadership wise Boots is important but defensively and intensity wise Yeo is more important.Shuey's impact for the eagles is amazing. The side is the next level when he's playing.
Covid in year 1.His first year was COVID impacted. Making it difficult to adjust to a new team.
He’s been much better this year.
Having Shuey and Yeo back would make a massive difference as well. At the moment he gets the hard tag as the entire focus of the other team, as he’s the only one worth tagging, try that when Shuey and Yeo are up and about and it will go very badly for a team.