What is this? Are we allowed to like both?
Only difficult to believe if you don’t follow the team closely.
True - now it’s the McGrath/McClug debate.
Gee I hope not, couldn’t give a ■■■■ how many stats clug gets this sat either, over the moon we picked this kid, future leader
This is great to hear, as if we thought shiel wasnt great enough already.
Sitting No. 1 at Essendon for disposals, contested possessions, clearances and metres gained, prized recruit Dylan Shiel has already had a profound on-field impact at the Bombers.
But it’s behind the scenes where Shiel has been just as valuable, particularly for new midfield teammate Darcy Parish, who showed Shiel-like characteristics in Essendon’s first victory on Friday night.
Shiel racked up an equal team-high 31 disposals in the Bombers’ 18-point win over Melbourne at the MCG. While his ball use was subpar — he had a kicking efficiency of 37 per cent — his ability to break lines was brilliant, finishing with 600m gained and eight inside 50s.
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Just as promising, though, was the form of Parish, who produced his own well-rounded game: 24 disposals, 14 contested possessions, seven clearances and six inside 50s.
But it was Parish’s confidence and dash that would’ve pleased Bombers fans the most, as nearly half of his disposals turned into scores (11) — a result of winning the ball predominantly through the corridor. He also pushed forward at every occasion, taking three marks inside 50 and booting 1.3.
Shiel and Parish have similar on-field strengths — something Parish, taken by the Bombers with Pick 5 in the 2015 draft, is well aware of.
It’s why Parish has thoroughly enjoyed working closely with Shiel since he walked into the club, taking in every piece of crucial advice from the ex-Giant.
“He’s been terrific since he’s come to the club. Even his leadership off the field has been absolutely fantastic for the young group like ourselves,” Parish told foxfooty.com.au .
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Darcy Parish had 31 disposals against Melbourne. Photo: Michael Klein.Source: News Corp Australia
“I’ve worked with him a fair bit. He’s telling him to back myself in and play my way. It gives me great confidence to hear that from such a great talent. It’s just great to have him on our side.”
Despite his strong finish to the 2018 home and away season, Parish was left out of Essendon’s Round 1 clash against the Giants in Sydney. That decision came after he struggled to have an influence in his side’s two JLT Community Series hit-outs against Carlton and Geelong.
But instead of becoming bitter, Parish got better, booting five goals for the Bombers’ VFL side to earn a recall to the AFL side for Round 2.
Parish said he reflects on the selection disappointment from an objective and positive perspective.
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“It was tough, but it’s sort of a good thing for our team we’ve got so much depth at the moment,” he said.
“I just couldn’t force my way in, but I’m glad to be back in now and playing some reasonable footy for the club.
“There wasn’t a spot for me in the Round 1 side. I took that on board and wanted to go back to the VFL and prove I was right for the AFL.”
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Parish was one of several Bombers that performed well in what coach John Worsfold described as a collective output lift. That was evident in the midfield, with captain Dyson Heppell leading the way alongside David Zaharakis, Zach Merrett and Andy McGrath.
“I felt great (on Friday night). Everyone clicking it helps a bit,” Parish said.
“To get on the end of a few was nice, but I’m feeling really confident with my footy at the moment and hopefully can continue that throughout the year.”
Great article, says a lot about both of the players to be honest. That’s how you respond to going back to the VFL!
Good response, shows maturity.
There was a passage where I think he earned a holding the ball free from a tackle on McDonald on the half back flank. He ended up running the outside and behind the play and ended up loose on the opposite forward flank. He’s running hard which was the biggest flaw I had on him early last year.
He’s at the stage now where Friday night has to be close to his norm. Any worse deserves the criticism. He’s a good decision maker in tight and has improved his outside game. I’m predicting the good form to continue and expect as well deserve more responsibility in the middle.
Darc is pure talent, has mongrel and knows how to put himself in damaging positions, particularly when given midfield responsibility - a position he consistently excels in! He’s so dynamic in the guts, has lightening hands and energises the group with his run and involvement. He gives Essendon a different/confident look and needs to stay in the middle ffs. It’s his 4th year In the system John. Just give him a decent run in the guts!
Yes please just play him midfield at least 80% of the time.
Just needs a decent go at it!
another solid game. has. great hands. needs more game time in the guts.
Even in a great win there are a few players who were a tad ordinary. This week its young Darcy. His decision making and disposals were off. Hopefully he will get his mojo back next week or he might need a to get some leather poisoning in the VFL.
Had a couple of poor kicks but is fast becoming an important piece in the midfield rotations. He was ok.
He had one howler which was meant for Heppell but went across goal and landed in a north players lap who kicked truely.
Other than that he went alright.
But because Shiel and zerrett were so prolific didn’t notice parish as much.
His disposal is areal concern. And I’m not just talking about that one howler. Has it always been a question mark because it shocking at times
Yeah he’s never been a great kick
People that don’t watch draft shocked when a non elite kick doesn’t kick elitely. For further proof see the McGrath thread.
When we lost Zaharakis and Smith I thought that Parish would really need to step up for us to win. I was obviously wrong and it shows how strong a performance it was from Hep, Zac and Shiel. I’d be interested to understand how much time Parish had on the ball.
Yep, I love Darcy Parish.
That was one of his poorer contributions.
Needs to be in and under to shine.
Parish is a weird one. I dont think he’ll ever be as good as what we want him to be.
He could well be the one to miss out for zaka or smith.