#26 Cale "Thank You Mr" Hooker


#4748

If those 3 just start owning their opponents week in week out, watch out, things are going to get exciting.


#4749

Having both Hooker and Hurley in the same defence, and neither of them having to take the most dangerous forward, is quite a luxury. Be interesting to see how Ambrose goes on the Ben Brown / Hawkins / Lynch types. Boy, if he could hold them down…

I’ve thought our defence has been good all year, but the addition of General Hooksy took it up a notch today. (Redman in as well, to a lesser extent.)


#4750

I wouldn’t send Ambrose to Brown, probably start Hurley on him and send Ambrose to zieball next week. Hooker plays on Hawkins. Ambrose has done well on Lynch in the past.


#4751

Our most important player along with Orazio, we’ve missed him greatly


#4752

We actually might be a bit tall against norfs forward line.


#4753


#4754

Hooker killed Brown last year, I’d send him there before Hurley.

Cool argument to be having though.

Ambrose actually beat Brown convincingly back in 2016. Granted, brown was much younger, but he was no mug.


#4755

I worry that hooker had slowed down a bit. I think the trick with brown is to keep a number in front him and take his leading lane.


#4756

Hooker has been getting around his lack of speed his entire career. (Apart from one evening on the MCG wing in 2010)

Buy yeah, last year we played a spare in front of Brown (maybe even more than one) and let Hooker wrestle with him for the high balls.


#4757

Super return.

You just feel so much more secure when the opposition bombs it into a pack knowing that Hooker is there to kill the ball as that tall defender. Brisbane had a lot of repeat inside 50s in the second half and we repelled many thanks to this guy.

Send him to Brown. If he does a good job North won’t be able to kick a winning score


#4758

I personally wouldn’t send Hooker to their best forward and certainly one that repeat leads like Brown does.

Hookers strength is in zoning off and intercepting.

Let Ambrose have first crack at Brown.


#4759

No way would Ambrose work on Brown.

The reach difference is just huge.

Brown takes the ball at its highest point. Ambrose barely gets off the ground


#4760

I agree with that but Ambrose will put an arm or shoulder into him at every opportunity and try and unsettle his run at the ball.

Brown will have Hooker on the lead just as easily.

We should back our strengths and that’s having Hooker and Hurley roaming and Ambrose locking down.

If that fails then make the change.


#4761

The chase was super. If it wasn’t, the other guy wouldn’t have just straightened up and waltzed into goal.


#4762

Hooker played on Brown in last years game & will surely get him again.

If not pointless playing him, as not going to match up on Wood or Ziebell.

Up to our mids to ensure pressuring so long high entries, and other defenders to help out cutting off the leading lanes etc.


#4763

Hipwood is 4cm taller than Brown and Ambrose handled him easily


#4764

That is a fair point. Ambrose played in that game as well


#4765

Does he?


#4766

Yeah but Hipwood runs around/gets way further up the ground than Brown which suits Ambrose’s aerobic ability.

If Brown gets Ambrose he will plonk himself at the top of the square and easily out jump Ambrose on long kicks in


#4767

They just played him loose against the lions if the 2nd ruck wasn’t there. He often had mccarthey at centre bounces and then just ignored him and let McKenna pick him up when he dropped back off the wing.

I haven’t seen an Essendon side that determined to play with a spare behind the ball in a long time. I liked it. It also meant Hurley played with his elbow in mcstay’s sternum which is why he was able to continually outpoint him in the last with the lions trying to kick over hooker to the one on one rather than to a lead.