2018 Pre Season Discussion


#161

Some like Rylandoz reckon we should be lined up aganst a wall and shot for suggesting Clarke/Mutch might get a game in the AFL next year.

Rather than heading into the draft hoping to pick up a gun bull mid with a pick 48 starting point, its a good idea to put a watch on the kids who were already drafted as mids in November 2016.

As it happens Guelfi, being older, might leap frog both Clarke and Mutch. But those 2 kids finished high in the VFL BNF and by 2018 will have done 2 preseasons. Its reasonable to watch how they go in 2018 and hope they might improve enough to get an AFL game.


#162

Yeah, I personnally believe mids in particular need to be give a shot at least before their second season is out.

List turnover is getting more ruthless and you cant afford to carry players to long.

Based on this years performance I think both Mutch and Clarke deserve an opportunity.


#163

Not a religious guy?


#164

Has been only one god play this game.

He wore number 5 for Geelong.


#165

Don’t forget the Messiah.


#166

I still haven’t given up on him yet


#167

Please don’t take it out of context of what i’m trying to say. I did not even mention Mutch in my previous post.

Mutch had a fantastic first year in the VFL and he would be a much higher chance of seeing a few games in the AFL this year.
You can hope and wish all you want but Clarke is a long way off playing AFL football this year (not to say he won’t be a good player in the future), but with our current list I don’t think there will be opportunities for him unless we have a terrible run of injuries.

We should be having a real crack at winning finals this year and gifting games to players who are not performing should not be something we are prioritising.


#168

What a load of Malarkey


#169

Yeah, all cool.

everyone has their own ideas about players.

I would be happy if both get a game but if it doesn’t happen then that means we are travelling well.

I also expect we will be going deep next year and can even challenge for the flag. But I also know that injuries can occur and good teams give players opportunity if they are meeting certain KPI’s.


#170

lol which part?


#171

STRINGER
SMITH
SAAD
A FORWARD
A KEY BACK
A MID


#172

OK, the game seems to be to pick who is most likely to be the next inside mid bull, and to put the players in some kind of order of probability based on their progress so far… I think that Clarke has been written off by many.

Some wrote off Kav and they were right.
Some wrote off Jobe , they were wrong.


#173

It is going to be pretty damn hard for unblooded guys to crack the team next year. There’s max 13 spots in the midfield up for grabs, 5 mids, 4 flankers, 4 on the bench.

I have 11 automatic starters in those spots: Heppel, Parish, Zaka, Goddard, Smith, Stringer, Mckenna, Saad, McG, Merret, Fantasia.

So 2 free spots and thats before you consider, Myers, Colyer, langford, laverde or Tippa moving up etc.


#174

I’m sure there was a Krishna running around in the VFL for a bit. Werribee?


#175

Busy player…always seemed to be in a Hare, Krishna.

Although the orange jumper was ordinary, and the footy boots were a bit light on.


#176

He’s talking about Gary Malarkey, Geelong FB from the 1980’s


#177

Aren’t you forgetting a bloke who played for the bombers in the same era and wore the number 10?


#178

Good point.

He won a b&f in a premiership year.


#179

Does anyone know if any of the new recruits supported Essendon as a kid?

Lavender doesn’t count😄


#180

Yes. Can confirm that all the kids we just drafted, now barrack for Essendon as a kid.