#26 Cale "Thank You Mr" Hooker


#3565

Pffft. What would Heppell know? He should let the Footy Department answer those questions.


#3566

This is good news


#3567

Conjecture.
And assuming he wouldn’t cut off as many goals as a KPB.
And that his replacement would kick zero goals.


#3568

If we get our midfield right, especially in term of defensive pressure, our backline wont be so exposed. Part of the problem evaluating the performance of our backline has been due to the lack of midfield defensive pressure exposing them. Hurley and Hooker (or Rance) aren’t going to stop forwards who are gifted possessions from a midfield that is having no pressure put on it. The Norf game this year was a case in point.


#3569

To that, I say…okay?

Personally I see Hooker as a great switch player.
And no, I don’t countenance the idea that a player cannot possibly do both.
He goes missing up forward. For loooong periods. Usually early.
Why on earth would you not start him back, where he is very, very good, let him play himself into the game, and then move him forward?
Unless, of course, you can’t afford to.

Edit: Put it another way, how much of a downgrade is Hooker to Stewart? How much of an upgrade is Hartley to Hooker?

I don’t care. I don’t live and die by ‘Hooker is a forward!’ Or not.
I simply see Hooker as more value down back.
And again, this whole ‘Forty goals!’ thing…like his replacement will kick zero.
Seriously, come on.


#3570

All Australia Full Foward next year, take it to the bank!


#3571

Setting aside Stringer, there aren’t many others who are going to kick forty goals. My recollection of the last season was there were times when Hooker pushed into the backline. So what (I understand) you are proposing was instituted.
No, I don’t think Hartley is as good as Hooker. He panics and gives away free kicks far too much for my liking. But what made our forwards dangerous during the 2017 season was that double teaming one often let the others off the leash. Hooker needed to be manned up on or he threatened to get off the leash.
In the end it’s a void argument. Unless Stewart or someone else can match Hookers output in terms of goals the club has made it pretty clear he will staying forward.


#3572

Hooker is BY FAR the better defender. In all aspects I can think of, bar age.


#3573

age is not something to rate a player on


#3574

So…I didn’t just do it then?


#3575

A lot of people give Heppell the first year back slack but not many give Hooker that same slack. To kick 40 goals whilst going MIA for 50% of games is a fair effort, you’d expect him to impact the game more often next year or at least give more consistent effort. Those 7 or 8/10 games were great but there were a few too many 2 or 3/10 games mixed in there fora truly successful season.

I think he’ll stay forward but if Hartley struggles and Stringer is doing well then we may need him to fill some holes down back depending on the opposition. He’s probably a better back and a bigger upgrade on Hartley but he was more important up forward, how Stringer changes that dynamic will have to be seen. Ideally Harltey finds some form, Stringer spends good midfield time and Hooker improves further up forward.


#3576

Yep, a consistent Hooker is a frightening prospect.


#3577

Hooker had 2 poor games - Richmond and Adelaide first time - To say otherwise is not appreciating his role in the team.


#3578

If only there were two of him.


#3579

Ripping year for Hooker all things considered with him returning from year off, first as a full time kpf and our struggles with inside 50’s at times.

4 players in top 30, no other side did that.


#3580

How come Franklin isn’t spelt all in capitals, eh, @Diggers?


#3581

It’s the off-season.


#3582

true, in yesteryear we had Monfries or Stu about 30th…
however - we really need more midfield players kicking more goals - we pipe on about the midfield exposing the backline, which is true, but we’d so much more dangerous if Zach, Hepp, DP etc were more of a threat on goal.
Re Zach specifically - if he could add goalkicking to his resume, he’d be right at the top of the AFL tree.


#3583

He need only play in the front half more to do it


#3584

Great year for Hooker. Could’ve easily had ten more goals with the amount of easy shots he missed too.