Worst afl player you've seen (and why)

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H4LF8ACK

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My shortlist;

Shaun Mckernan... showed a combined total of 15 minutes of quality football in 50+ games at 2 clubs

Richard Tambling... enough said


Jared patrenko - again 1 quarter of good football
Jake “push up” King

Very average footballer who was better known for doing better off field Andrew on the training track.

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Richmond
 

Bloodied52

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Tough thread and the criteria is obscure. The notion of what constitutes worst when the bulk of us could not hold a candle to those we deride is baffling.

Rather than the one to 20 game players who any of us could pull out of a hat I applied a minimum of 100 games in one or more Clubs. I also thought about where they were ranked in the draft and immeasurables like the amount of hype/pay disproportionate with performance.

For me there are acknowledged battlers described as having very ordinary skills. I excluded them. In fact some like Mickey Gayfer and Mike Pyke were battlers with Pyke being described early on as the worst ever AFL player. Pyke of course became a crucial player in the 2012 GF, esp when Mummy when down with injury. Gayfer became a wonderful contributor.

I also thought about fails in big games such as finals.

I started to think about who was the equivalent of Mitch Marsh, statistically the worst number 6 in the history of Test cricket who was gifted 30+ tests.

I am happy to say I could not think of one AFL player who came within a bull's roar of Mitch.

Of current or recently retired players from my team, I have a couple of nominations. Gary Rohan played 100+ games and was a highly touted number 6 draft pick. He collected 20 possies just once in his career with the Bloods and disappeared in two GFs. Tippett and McGlynn are two others.
 

Tbonefreo

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Tough thread and the criteria is obscure. The notion of what constitutes worst when the bulk of us could not hold a candle to those we deride is baffling.

Rather than the one to 20 game players who any of us could pull out of a hat I applied a minimum of 100 games in one or more Clubs. I also thought about where they were ranked in the draft and immeasurables like the amount of hype/pay disproportionate with performance.

For me there are acknowledged battlers described as having very ordinary skills. I excluded them. In fact some like Mickey Gayfer and Mike Pyke were battlers with Pyke being described early on as the worst ever AFL player. Pyke of course became a crucial player in the 2012 GF, esp when Mummy when down with injury. Gayfer became a wonderful contributor.

I also thought about fails in big games such as finals.

I started to think about who was the equivalent of Mitch Marsh, statistically the worst number 6 in the history of Test cricket who was gifted 30+ tests.

I am happy to say I could not think of one AFL player who came within a bull's roar of Mitch.

Of current or recently retired players from my team, I have a couple of nominations. Gary Rohan played 100+ games and was a highly touted number 6 draft pick. He collected 20 possies just once in his career with the Bloods and disappeared in two GFs. Tippett and McGlynn are two others.
Just once?

Crikey
 

Upgrayedd

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Trent Croads stint at Freo was very very average. I dont know how Hawks fans rated him, but he wouldnt be on too many peoples favourite players list at Freo.
Ultra talented, Flashy flamboyant CHF at hawthorn, Crazy trade to get that Pick 1. There was an angry mob at hawthorn HQ when we traded him. We had just given an ultra talented McPharlin who wanted to go home, and we freaking Bundled our best young player in it as welkl to get Luke Hodge who was unproven

Came back and was a rock for us for a couple of years as well. Worked out ok in the end
 

MiPiG

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Ultra talented, Flashy flamboyant CHF at hawthorn, Crazy trade to get that Pick 1. There was an angry mob at hawthorn HQ when we traded him. We had just given an ultra talented McPharlin who wanted to go home, and we freaking Bundled our best young player in it as welkl to get Luke Hodge who was unproven

Came back and was a rock for us for a couple of years as well. Worked out ok in the end
Yes thanks for McPharlin, he was terrific! Croad, not so much. I remember he was very quick, he just didnt seem to be able to do anything else very well. Well, not for Freo anyway.
 
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juss

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My shortlist;

Shaun Mckernan... showed a combined total of 15 minutes of quality football in 50+ games at 2 clubs

Richard Tambling... enough said

Jared patrenko - again 1 quarter of good football
Actually, this is plain wrong, and just built by the media hype because of the Tambling over Franklin debacle.
Tambling had some brief periods of great footy, and some further extensions of solid footy. He was below average overall, but he was far from the worst. To give you the correct answer from the Tigers, Jarrod Oakley-Nicholls played 13 games between 06-09. He is undoubtably the worst player to have put on a Tiger jumper, especially considering he was taken inside the top 10 (I still have no idea how).
He was an uncoordianted, fumbly, skinny, cat of an outside player. He made Jordy McMahon look like Ben Cousins and Richard Tambling look like Andy McLeod compared to him.

Other nominations from Richmond include Adam Pattison. This guy somehow made it onto 3 AFL lists!!! And one of them was Hawthorn!?!?
66 games in total, I don't remember a single good one. He did take a nice contested chest mark though. One time.
 

Rusty Brookes

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Yes thanks for McPharlin, he was terrific! Croad, not so much. I remember he was very quick, he just didnt seem to be able to do anything else very well. Well, not for Freo anyway.
Problem was he was a natural backman and Freo played him forward. He was fine at CHB and was an All Australian in 2005. In fact, his second Hawthorn stint was pretty darn successful.
 

master bate

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Isaac Weetra the worst I've seen at Melbourne. Absolutely no discernible talent.

From demonwiki

A shock selection for Round 1, 2008 he retained his place the next week but was underwhelming in the Demons second consecutive massive loss. Holds an average losing margin of 99.5 over his two games.
By mid-season he had returned to the Sandringham reserves and was delisted at the end of the season
Shannon Byrnes at Melbourne pretty awful for a senior player who had a decent career.
 

adammania9

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Isaac Weetra the worst I've seen at Melbourne. Absolutely no discernible talent.

From demonwiki



Shannon Byrnes at Melbourne pretty awful for a senior player who had a decent career.
There’s another question in play here - who are the league’s worst one-time, two-time, three-time etc. premiership players? I’d love to hear a nomination for a worse two-time premiership player than Shannon Byrnes.
 

master bate

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There’s another question in play here - who are the league’s worst one-time, two-time, three-time etc. premiership players? I’d love to hear a nomination for a worse two-time premiership player than Shannon Byrnes.
He'd be up there, but I think he played pretty well in the 2009 grand final and on the quality of that game alone he probably gets passed a number of guys who skated along in multiple flags.
 

WillHayward

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Tough thread and the criteria is obscure. The notion of what constitutes worst when the bulk of us could not hold a candle to those we deride is baffling.

Rather than the one to 20 game players who any of us could pull out of a hat I applied a minimum of 100 games in one or more Clubs. I also thought about where they were ranked in the draft and immeasurables like the amount of hype/pay disproportionate with performance.

For me there are acknowledged battlers described as having very ordinary skills. I excluded them. In fact some like Mickey Gayfer and Mike Pyke were battlers with Pyke being described early on as the worst ever AFL player. Pyke of course became a crucial player in the 2012 GF, esp when Mummy when down with injury. Gayfer became a wonderful contributor.

I also thought about fails in big games such as finals.

I started to think about who was the equivalent of Mitch Marsh, statistically the worst number 6 in the history of Test cricket who was gifted 30+ tests.

I am happy to say I could not think of one AFL player who came within a bull's roar of Mitch.

Of current or recently retired players from my team, I have a couple of nominations. Gary Rohan played 100+ games and was a highly touted number 6 draft pick. He collected 20 possies just once in his career with the Bloods and disappeared in two GFs. Tippett and McGlynn are two others.
Fair call.
Thread would be more interesting and practical if it was 'worst player to make 100 games'.
Obviously a lot of strange units have made 1 or 2 games.
 

Abba Lonie

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Isaac Weetra the worst I've seen at Melbourne. Absolutely no discernible talent.
Someone further up the thread was saying there were many worse than Cale Morton in Melbourne's recent history. Weetra's was the first name that came to mind when trying to think of who.
 

Engimal v3

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Tough thread and the criteria is obscure. The notion of what constitutes worst when the bulk of us could not hold a candle to those we deride is baffling.

Rather than the one to 20 game players who any of us could pull out of a hat I applied a minimum of 100 games in one or more Clubs. I also thought about where they were ranked in the draft and immeasurables like the amount of hype/pay disproportionate with performance.

For me there are acknowledged battlers described as having very ordinary skills. I excluded them. In fact some like Mickey Gayfer and Mike Pyke were battlers with Pyke being described early on as the worst ever AFL player. Pyke of course became a crucial player in the 2012 GF, esp when Mummy when down with injury. Gayfer became a wonderful contributor.

I also thought about fails in big games such as finals.

I started to think about who was the equivalent of Mitch Marsh, statistically the worst number 6 in the history of Test cricket who was gifted 30+ tests.

I am happy to say I could not think of one AFL player who came within a bull's roar of Mitch.

Of current or recently retired players from my team, I have a couple of nominations. Gary Rohan played 100+ games and was a highly touted number 6 draft pick. He collected 20 possies just once in his career with the Bloods and disappeared in two GFs. Tippett and McGlynn are two others.
Gary Rohan slips under the radar way too much. Seriously shit.
 

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