Sorry peeps, NHL draft prep and draft got in the way.
Players Have to Play a 3rd of a Season or More in a New Position for me to nominate them - 7 games for most players. I’ve tweaked this slightly so players that play 22 have to reach 8 games - which was in line with last year’s rule that guys playing more than 22 needed to hit 8. In other words a minimum of 33% of games played to be nominated
Players Have to Play 2 Seasons as a Mid to Become a Pure Mid
To maintain flexibility first year players get a year’s grace before losing a position
Consideration is given to history in a position ie. if Alex Rance suddenly became a forward, he’d get FB after the first year instead of just F.
Break-down of Games Studied Per Side
7’s decision to ditch the Saturday game ended up being helpful as I could schedule things to ensure each team was studied for a minimum of 3 games per 8 round cycle. After the initial 8 rounds that was extended to 4 games of study per cycle. Being a depressive with no life occasionally has its uses.
Gold Coast: 13
North Melb: 13
Port Adelaide: 14
St Kilda: 14
West Coast: 16
Western Bulldogs: 16
Annoying Team Structures:
A hearty FU to Simon Goodwin for starting the trend of running multiple players off the back of the square, which ultimately affected some positions.
Hawthorn: Clarkson rejigged their gameplan over their bye - he took Goodwin’s idea and perfected it to annoying lengths, they started 4 forwards with the other 2 starting on the wing. The 2 actual wingers (usually Hartung & Smith) would start off the back of the square and move into their actual positions once there was a stoppage or the ball was in a neutral position in general play. Unfortunately this took me a few games to figure that out, so some forwards were probably classified as mids for games there as they were starting wingers.
Adelaide: Late in the season they used 3 different structures. Normal - Atkins and Mackay/Seedsman started on their wings. 4 Wings - The wingers would start 5-10m behind the midpoint of the wing, 2 forwards would start 5-10m towards the 50m arc from the midpoint of the wing. Hawthorn Set-Up Variation: Atkins and Seedsman would start on the back corner of the wing/square, Tom Lynch would start on the wing and run at a 45 degree angle to hit CHF, the other starting winger often Charlie Cameron would act like a normal winger and run towards the bounce. The winger on Lynch’s side would sprint to pick up the opposing winger ASAP, the other would hold position until a neutral situation. Adelaide only applied the Hawthorn structure in some games, so again that took me a game or 2 to work out.
Mark Hutchings: For the second half of the year they changed how he tagged. Aside from the GWS Final when he tagged Scully, he never started on his opponent at centre bounces. He started as a mid at very few bounces at all, instead he picked up his opponent in general play - so West Coast would have an extra mid around the ball outside of bounces.
Players that I’m aware played other positions but didn’t make classification:
North Melbourne: Brad Scott went into experimentation mode in the last 6 weeks, because of injuries to Williams, Macmillan, Hibberd and the year-long unavailability of Wright he trialled a few players off the HBF: Ryan Clarke (5 games), Lindsay Thomas (2), Corey Wagner (2). Shaun Atley played the last 5 as a forward flanker.
Blakely played a couple of games off a HBF before injury. Rockliff (2) as a foward. Ziebell (1 back, 1 forward after his toe injury). Alex Sexton down for 3 games down back. Jack Redden (5) forward. Whitfield last 4 games of H&A (+1 midseason) as a forward . Shiel played finals primarily forward. Josh Walker started the season down back.
Different Position at State League to AFL
Ryan Nyhuis (4), Kurt Mutimer (4) and Jacob Townsend (5) all played different roles at AFL level to state level. Nyhuis played as a key forward at AFL level vs. a close-checking defender at WAFL. Mutimer - mid in the WAFL, HFF at AFL. Townsend - inside mid in the VFL vs. forward at AFL
Jake Barrett: Inside mid at GWS, defensive forward at Brisbane with little midfield time - 3 was his most appearances at bounces, 0 was frequent.
Claye Beams: Has consistently played mid at NEAFL level, but this was the first season he mainly played there at AFL level.
Justin Berry: One of a few wim guys shaping up as a mid for 2019. 7 of 9 games studied as an inside mid, one forward and one unknown as it was his first match and I wasn’t overly paying much attention to him.
Jack Billings: Received a lot of wing time last season. Jack Sinclair largely replaced him in that role
Travis Boak: Like Barrett, didn’t make the top 6 mids for any game. Often started games on the wing then appeared occasionally in relief wing roles. Often used as the extra forward to run off the back of the square
Jack Bowes: Fair chance this reverts to FC with the new coach. Eade wanted to get games into him as a HBF - he played the 7 of the first 8 in that role before being dropped.
Josh Bruce: Second-straight season as the main relief ruck. They experimented with Gilbert in that role for 3 of the studied games and Marshall also took the role for his single match
Tom Bugg: I’m not aware of him playing as a back since crossing to Melbourne. Last season he mainly played wing at AFL level, this season mainly as a defensive forward
Mabior Chol: Qualified in 3 roles (FBR) last season, but finished the season as a FR in the AFL so I nominated him as such. This season again they’ve played him back for large stretches of the season, but this year the difference is he’s received very little ruck time when playing forward. Again possible this may change next season with Maric leaving
Jack Crisp: One of a few players across the comp who had their role either around the bye or after it - until Round 9 he was a wing. From Rd 11 onwards he played back with zero mid time (3 appearances in 7 games), with the exception of the last game studied against Port when he played half the game off the wing again.
Hayden Crozier: For reasons best known to Ross Lyon after having a breakout 2nd half of 2016 as a HBF and training all pre-season with the backs, he played the entire season forward.
Tom Cutler: A bit like Newman I think Fagan is concerned about his lack of defensive accountability as after returning from injury he saw significant wing time - if he didn’t make the top 6 mids he had double digits appearances. Also spent time there in the NEAFL
7.18 so will be back with the rest tomorrow.