Question: should he be brought in?
Ideally, no; in the situation we find ourselves, yes.
I know it was a VFL practice game, but he did look good when he got it, and his decision making was good. I was surprised.
Like I said a week ago.... don't be in any way surprised when they push him up for Round 1.
How much of a gambler is Woosha ? Ask Bluey how important is it for the mids to have a genuine tap ruckman at the centre bounces, of which there will be about 20 in the game. No way TBC is selected without elevating SMack and running 2 ruck forwards, and dropping Stewart.
Ding Dong's career highlight was in the vfl when a baby ran onto to field and he was holding it like it was a biohazard.
Looked really good in the highlights. It's a long season though so I'd give him another week
Have to give Stewart and McKernan the gig, done the work and have form. Another week won't hurt.
When Skippy was asked about him playing round 1, he was pretty doubtful. Seemed to think he was a better chance for round 2.
Skippy also thought he only played one half.
I thought he said three quarters, which was correct wasn't it?
Edit: He said "he didn't play a full game tonight". I thought that was correct and he played 3 quarters?
Stewart has failed/not been given the opportunity to demonstrate he can be a fill-in ruck, especially at centre bounces.
That worries me.
He did it a few times against Geelong, with mixed success in Q2 and none in the second half. But I agree I don't think he started in there very much at all.
Solid hit out but I wouldn't play him Round 1.. too much risk and we need 22 fit players if we are to be successful. Already going to take Hooker in a little underdone.. you would have to be careful throwing TBell in as well.
I reckon they could even hold him back to Round 3.. depending on training loads etc etc.
The only reason we are considering an under-prepared TBell is that we are worried that McKernan is not good enough. If correct then we would have 2 ruckman who are not ready/not good enough.Woosha might play 2 rucks if and when they are both fit, firing and in form.McKernan gets the gig against Hawks and Joey will have to provide back-up. We need the extra spot for a midflder who can run out the game. Otherwise our fade out will start half way through the pre-game warm up.
ROLL THE DICE
We played Jamar on one leg last year FFS. And how long does it actually take to get 'fit' if you've been in the AFL system as long as this bloke.
Bring him in.
Tom had a cleanout,of his knee. There was either some loose tissue in there or a torn meniscus or both. That was 2 month ago. Now, its not that he is injured, its that he is not match fit. He has been playing in intraclub hit outs for some time and they have been able to evaluate his form.....They could roll the dice on him if they can workaround his loadings. Lets wait to Thursday and find out how conservative they are with selection in the season proper.
Bellchambers has always been a liability when not at 100 percent, remember 2015? I wouldn't be playing him, mckernan will do a better job around the ground round 1 and has been good in the practice matches.
This is 2017 Bully. I haven't asked every one but I dont believe anyone suggests not playing SMack and putting TBell in his place. This is really an issue of the 3rd tall forward ( vs Stewart) and ruck options.at centre bounces where SMack can be a serious liability against some opponents