#26 Cale "Thank You Mr" Hooker


#3705

I’m happy for woosha to play Hooker at whichever end is best for the team. What I do worry about is that players like Cale with a history of leg injuries and not much natural agility fall of the bus fairly quickly. If we can get 2 more years from Cale as good as 2017 that will be fantastic.


#3706

I call him McFly.


#3707

Monster?


#3708

CLUNK


#3709

Spot on, no backline could defend some of the mistakes we make across half back.


#3710

Having said that, I hope you dont go over to the Conor or Saad threads and gush about how fantastic our half back line is with Hurls being an elite rebounder , while Saad and Connor switch on the afterburners and slice through our opponents.


#3711

With Stringer Hooker will have even less attention playing deep forward, he also won’t have to have the best accuracy if he’s clunkin them 10 metres out. Hooker either marks it, or just monsters the ball to advantage and kicks the goal.


#3712

FFS, Stringer forward really? FFS


#3713

at some point some bright spark will suggest he is our new inside mid.


#3714

But what do you really think of our backline and 2018 prospects?


#3715

In attack or go back? Hooker unsure where he’ll play
By Ronny Lerner20 March 2018 — 2:44pm

Despite playing as a forward in 2017, and training all pre-season long in that role, Essendon big man Cale Hooker admits he isn’t entirely sure if he will be used in attack against Adelaide on Friday night.

With key defender Patrick Ambrose now expected to miss a month due to a fractured wrist, and Mitch Brown (adductor) unlikely to line up against the Crows at Etihad Stadium, Hooker might be forced back to his natural home in defence where he won All-Australian honours and a best-and-fairest.

“Paddy’s an important player for us, we know we’re going to miss him,” said Hooker, who kicked a career-best 41 goals last season.

“Hopefully we can get him back pretty quick and until then I’m not sure [where I’ll play], that’s for the coaches to work out.

“I just love playing footy so I’m happy wherever.”

Despite looking ominous at times as a key target up forward in 2017, with bags of five, five and four to his credit, Hooker still doesn’t believe he has done enough to prove wrong the critics who have doubted his ability in attack.

“It’s more about proving to myself that I can do it and just being part of the team and helping the team, that’s what it comes down to,” he said.

“I feel like I personally improved a lot last year and as the season went on, so I’ll be looking to build on that and I’ve had a big pre-season.”

Last year Essendon enjoyed the fruits of assembling their most potent forward line in a decade and ended up being the third-highest scoring team in the AFL.

Hooker and Daniher (65 goals) were the first Essendon key forward duo to combine for over 100 goals since Matthew Lloyd (62) and Scott Lucas (61) in 2007.

Orazio Fantasia (39), Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (34) and James Stewart (22) also chimed in and with the additions of Jake Stringer and Devon Smith, Hooker was confident the forward line would continue to gel as the season progresses.

“Last year was great to have a year all together as a group, especially as a forward line. We hardly trained together [in 2016],” Hooker said.

“I think we made a lot of good improvements throughout the year and we’re looking to build on that as the year goes on.”

Given the previous five seasons had been either dogged by the fallout of the supplements saga or the club managing the re-integration of 10 previously suspended players, Hooker believes this is the most settled the team has been heading into a season for quite some time.

“It’s been good to have some continuity all together,” he said.

Hooker anticipated Essendon would get a good early indication of where they sit in the AFL pecking order when they tackle last year’s runners-up this weekend.

“You want to test out against the best teams and Adelaide have certainly shown they’re a quality side,” he said.
“We’ve worked on a lot of things over the pre-season and we’ll be looking to put them in place on Friday night.

“The JLT [Series] is a bit like dancing with your sister, it’s fun but nothing like the real stuff and it’ll be good to get into the season.”

New recruits Stringer, Smith and Adam Saad are all expected to line up amid much hype and anticipation, but Hooker was keen to avoid placing additional pressure on the trio.

“Those guys have been great, they’ve come in and put their best foot forward and shown great attitude,” he said.

“That’s all we expect from them on the weekend, we don’t expect anything special, we expect them to come in and play the Essendon way and we’ve enjoyed having them at the club and it’ll be good to see how they go.”
Third-year midfielder Darcy Parish trained on Wednesday and is likely to be available for selection after being sent for scans earlier in the week.

Adelaide have beaten Essendon in their past four meetings by an average of 76 points.


#3716

He’s going to need to go back for at least some of this game. We’re two key defenders and a Gleeson down with no obvious replacements and Hurls is the rebounder. That leaves Harts and… Chooker. People aren’t going to like it but McNernan comes in as forward/pinch ruck for mine until one of Ambrose, Brown and Glees are ready again.


#3717

Is Bagley injured as well?


#3718

That’s misleading. We arnt 2 key defenders down, brown trained and we don’t ever play Hurley, Brown, Ambrose and Hartley all together. Dea is perfect cover for Gleeson


#3719

Delete


#3720

#3721

What a terrible article. He admits he’s not sure where he’s gonna play? No he didn’t. Infact, it’s no coincidence they left out this

“I’ve played all last year as a forward and trained as a forward all pre-season, so I think you’ll see me starting down there,” Hooker said after training on Tuesday


#3722

Reckon Wines and McGovern should be our 2 key targets


#3723

I think we should stick with Daniher and Hooker


#3724

As in Hooker back? Move Hooker back and then get Lynch and Wines. I don’t see ethier Brown or Hartley as players who would help us to 17.