#26 Cale "Thank You Mr" Hooker


#4588

If Hooker clunkin and going ballistic after each goal doesn’t get these boys going then that’s confirmation for me this playing group is cooked.


#4589

If he does that, give him the farking captaincy


#4590

There is a suggestion he might play forward Friday night if he’s selected. I’m not convinced on that though, need his leadership badly and he’s been the backbone of our defence for a decade aside from 2017.


#4591

#4592

Great idea, rush him back like they rushed back JD


#4593

True. But I think our defence functioned okay this week.

Our forward line seems to be the mess at the moment…that and the midfield.

But on Saturday, we got the ball in the forward line. But we just couldn’t mark the ball or create space. Hooker there can guide the players. Smack, Brown, Fantasia were all leading to the same spots.


#4594

I don’t think they’re rushing him back, the last few weeks of training reports have indicated that he’s been training very well.


#4595

Who do you take out? Mckernan or Brown?


#4596

Neither. Drop Myers, who’s been spending time forward for some reason and is about as mobile as Hooker would be anyway. Then give extra midfield minutes to Parish.


#4597

Myers won’t get dropped. Myers has photos of someone with animals or something. Only plausible explanation for playing over 100 rubbish matches across 11 seasons. FWIW, I agree with you but who are we kidding? Myers won’t be dropped.


#4598

Don’t forget Myers was awarded Most Improved Player last year, after only a decade at the club.


#4599

Myers as a forward (or as a defender) is indeed bizarre. Very close to the most one-dimensional player on our list.


#4600

Too tall. Unless Mckernan and Brown play half forward and look to get most possessions on the wings and are the connection out of defence.


#4601

One dimensional is being very kind.


#4602

You’re right in that it’s a risk. However, we’ve gone with three talls up forward before and it’s worked, plus we’ve certainly looked undersized going forward this year. Dees are also without May, so there’s an opportunity there to stretch their defence.

Hooker at FF, Smack at CHF, with Brown who mostly pushes further up the ground as a link up player anyway. It also allows us to use Stringer through the middle for larger chunks of the game and not worry about losing our forward structure whenever T-Bell comes off for a rest.

We’d just need to make sure that we have quicker blokes by their feet for crumbing support and not Myers/Langford types that’ll end up making us too top heavy.


#4603

Maybe start him forward and see how the backline holds up under the mountain of ball they’re going to see… Melbourne had ~75 I50’s last week against the Cats…


#4604

The only time Myers gets dropped is when he drops himself :joy:


#4605

He trained with the main group last week and will do so again this week. It’s not a stretch to think he might be available. Imagine they’ll be conservative though.


#4606

we’re pretty farked as it is, i’m not sure putting a hooker in to the mix is a good idea.


#4607

I’m curious where this 3 weeks came from, given no such stipulation was made last week in the injury update. Only that he was resuming full training last week.