#20 Zac “Zed Clackers” Clarke


#1227

I hear there was confusion in the middle.

Clarke and Clarke
Zac and Zach

Get some nicknames people


#1228

I assume you ran out of time. I could name at least another 727 players that would also give him trouble.


#1229

Tom Campbell went to Norf but im not sure how hes going there…


#1230

You know what he could have done.

1.Closed his hand into a fist and knock it 20m forward.

  1. Tapped it backwards

  2. Taken posession.

  3. Head butted the ball so it went in a random direction rather than straight to Alir time after time.

Let’s hope he has some good moments for us. Would be great if he could kick a winning goal or something. Even a goal would be good. Actually feel a bit sorry for him after the rage subsided because he is just not up to it.


#1231

We should have a rookie ruck-off!


#1232

Problem is ZClarke probably doesn’t want to get hurt at this stage of his career. He’s not in it for the long run.


#1233

As frustrated as I was at the time about Clarke’s performance, I agree that some of the blame has to lie with the midfielders. Was there any communication among the ruck/midfield group prior to the centre bounces? The loss of Bellchambers’ and Heppell’s leadership in this regard probably hurt us, but guys like Merrett and Shiel should have stepped up in their place to ensure that everyone was working to the same plan. There seemed to be such a disconnect between ruckman and midfielders that it can’t have all been down to Clarke’s inability to execute.

During the game my thought was “never again!”, but upon reflection, there are a variety of reasons why Clarke has to stay in next week, many of them already expressed in this thread.


#1234

He was the 2nd last player added, to the very bottom of the rookie list, on a 1 year deal.
And needs to be judged as such. Context, people.

He’s been ordinary, with bits of OK. If he can get to a consistent OK, he gets another year, or he packs his bags in October and we go again.


#1235

How so?

He’s uprooted his life & moved across the country, for a 1 year deal on rookie money?


#1236

I saw him beat Draper pretty convincingly earlier in the year.


#1237

People whinging we didn’t take a ruck in mid season draft don’t realise ZClarke was the dominant WAFL ruckman last year, so have a look at the pool your choosing from.

Evidenced by Syd not playing Knoll last week…ZClarke was the best of the available bunch last year.
West Coast took Brooksby who was also decent and delisted by GC, but is yet to play a game.


#1238

I can get the stuff that gets said during a game about him, heat of the moment and some stuff ups are pretty frustrating, but when people cool down midweek and still throw the same abuse it’s pretty ■■■■.

Reckon we’ve all been guilty of it in some regard but really, the guy is all we have and showed some pretty big heart in that last quarter.


#1239

Watching Natainui jump all over Fremantle on the weekend I thought, in a Jaws like moment, “We’re gonna need a better ruck”.


#1240

He probably wants another contract though, rookie $$ are probably not worth uprooting your life from WA to Vic for a year.


#1241

It is not as if you ever criticise any Bomber player or coach.


#1242

I literally wrote that I did.

The coach bit is way. way off. I actively support the coach.


#1243

He is from Victoria.


#1244

That third quarter in the ruck almost cost us the game.

To consistently do the same thing over and over and get the same undisired result!!!

He was WOEFUL… we are here to discus footy as we see it. Not become precious like the rest of the world has become.

Fortunately he improved in the last, and took that good contested mark when it really mattered. I am really hoping, more like trying to convince myself that for the first 3 quarters he was blowing out the cobwebs.

Trying to think back to earlier in the year. didn’t he have a pretty good game against gawn?


#1245

He’s lived in WA since Freo drafted him, 2008.


#1246

This is spot on and why it was his fault.