#26 Cale "Thank You Mr" Hooker


#4188

And missed a sitter in the last


#4189

I know there’s a lot of love for Smack at the moment, but my preference for a forward line next year would be, Joe and Hooker, with Stringer at times and the smalls.
That’s assuming JD can play back up ruck.

Of course, my preference for tall defenders is Hurley, Hooker and Francis.
But I think if Francis comes on as we all hope, Hooker’s biggest strength is offset a bit in the backline by Francis. So we could go with Hurley, Ambrose and Francis against a lot of opponents.

We could switch Hooker back against specific tricky opponents like Hawkins


#4190

We just had to move Hooker back this year. After losing Marty we had almost no intercept marking ability.

However, now that Francis appears to be travelling ok, and hopefully with Marty returning fully fit, then that weakness might now be considered a strength.

There will be a few best 22’s with Hooker forward I reckon, and they will get disparaged, but I think it is a real possibility that the switch happens yet again.


#4191

Agree with that.
Ridley could also add to the intercept marking.
Good chance we’ll have 2 reasonable intercept marks in the backline even if Hooker plays forward


#4192

Next season Hooker goes back. Our defence looked so much more settled when he went back there. Overall i think the backline needs him more than the forward line.

Forward line has Joe, Stringer,Smack,Raz, Tippa, rotating mids etc. Joe will play higher up the ground while Smack is the deep forward


#4193

Hooker is great both ends. Use him at both ends change it up. Keep the op guessing, become in an unpredictable team that’s hard to play against


#4194

That’s the luxury of having a player of Hooker’s ilk, and having some depth options at either end - we can reassess when ever we want or need. Ambrose and Smack are genuinely good options at either end, depending on where we deploy Hooker.


#4195

Depends a lot on Smack. If he can reproduce this season’s efforts then it would make sense to have him there and Hooker back. Big if though


#4196

I think Hooker needs to decide what end of the ground he likes best and then not move from there for the game, while everyone else swaps at each quarter time.

Best of both worlds, every week


#4197

100% agree. Francis and Marty back in the team makes our backline a completely different proposition in 2019. Also let’s not forget that Hooker himself kicked 40 something goals as a 2nd forward, and allows Joe to run rampant, and he had his best year with this set up (as did our forwardline in general)

And Stringer as the third ‘tall’

Pretty scary forwardline when you think about it!


#4198

I agree hooker is a quality forward but with him, daniher and stringer in the same forward line the defensive pressure is near on non existent.


#4199

Yep that’s a really good point. Good dilemma to have I guess.


#4200

I like Hooksey as a Key Back. And he prob prefers playing there but if he played forward all of this year and Brown or Harley played back I think we would have made finals this year all things being equal.


#4201

Define ‘all things being equal’ though?


#4202

The thought of Cale ‘NatRating’ Francis makes me smile from ear to ear, Aaron couldn’t ask for a better mentor


#4203

I really hope he’s just struggling with that knee. He seems to be slowing down awfully quickly. Got a bath tonight, as Port doesn’t have any gorillas.


#4204

Has to be injured
Last week he could barely run and last night you could tell he was holding himself back


#4205

I think he is clearly playing sore.


#4206

A bit worrying though. Last year he wasn’t available at the end of the season either.


#4207

Next year when we’re sitting comfortably in the top 4 all year, they’ll feel more comfortable about restong him a few times to freshen him up