#26 Cale "Thank You Mr" Hooker


#4668

There may be a Hooker and a H ore on each other.


#4669

The mids are definitely going too far back.

I would like to know if it’s part of Rutten plan or part of the problem the coaches are talking about.

I actually don’t think we need hooker forward if we can fix the rest. Smack took 4 contested marks on the weekend and 11 of his 12 possessions were contested so he can win the ball, his issue was finishing it off. I would persist with him.


#4670

I think they may be over doing it. As well as a communication problem which would make sense as most of the time they don’t even know who’s starting at the next centre bounce. I think they know the roles but in the moment they’re lacking who’s doing what and they’re all protecting each other by all falling back.


#4671

So who misses out, a tall has to go.


#4672

I hate to say it because I like him but Ambrose.

He’s primarily a stopper and I don’t think that will be required as much if the mids do their job and apply more pressure up field.


#4673

What Smack is not doing is taking any uncontested marks.
There should be some marks taken on the lead or by using defensive blocks / outbodying to mark in a metre of space.
Hooker, despite his lack of leg speed is actually quite good at this. Not all his marks are pack work clunks. He’s quite good at doubling back on short leads to establish separation.

Smack has a man up his clacker every single time this year.


#4674

That’s most likely a result of slow ball movement.

We are moving the ball at such a slow speed due to horrible skills that everything we do is under pressure.

I am hesitant judge anyone in isolation until there is a bit more fluidity in our play.

Obviously somethings at fault but it’s hard to work out exactly what it is with out knowing who’s roles what.

It’s just all a mess at the moment.


#4675

Well except Myers, he’s out!


#4676

Hooker back can release Francis forward if needed.


#4677

No it’s not the result of slow ball movement.

There are times we move the ball quickly, but Smack seems trapped in linear land - an extended lead up to the wing or high flank in a straight line, with no change in direction, so of course his opponent’s right up him, or circling back from a short lead to exactly where he started from, except behind a pack of players.

It’s as if he is determined to stick to the stereotype of the big power forward, without using any tricks or variations


#4678

1000 x god no. Franga is just starting to settle in defence. Do. Not. Move. Him.


#4679

Well hopefully that comes with a bit of confidence.

He looked pretty dejected after that early miss but I was happy that he kept plugging away.


#4680

Not often I’m quoting you alex, … but you’re 110% spot on here.

He’s still just finding his feet. Another dozen games or so, then, maybe.


#4681

No Hooker this week.


#4682

Has that been confirmed?


#4683

According to club website being given another week to prepare by the same group of guys responsible for under preparing our playing list for Round 1.


#4684

It might only be VFL next week too.


#4685

It seems very likely to me, based on what Crow said. Sounded like if he played this week it was going to be VFL.


#4686

VFL boys play this weekend then a bye next weekend so it might be tricky to give Cale a run before the Norf game on Good Friday


#4687

:+1: