B: Saad, Hooker, McGrath
HB: McKenna, Hurley, Francis
C: Parish, Heppell, Smith
HF: Fantasia, Stewart, Zaharakis
F: McDT, Daniher, Stringer
R: Belchambers, Merrett, Shiel
INT: Myers, Begley, Laverde, Guelfi
My two cents. Obviously a lot similar to a lot of other teams here. Points of difference are:
Backs: A lot of people have McGrath on the wing and Gleeson back. I think with Hurley/Hooker/Francis we are already dangerously tall. Gleeson tips us over the edge. McGrath is currently a questionable midfielder (I think he will become a good midfielder) and an excellent small back who stops his opponent and is very attacking with the ball. I think this turns two ‘not-quite-right’ players, into two ‘the time is right’ players. Start 2019 like this and see how they develop.
Mids: Seems to be a general consensus with most people. Play Parish in the midfield. He’s a midfielder. I’d play others (McD-T, Fantasia, McGrath) less in the midfield and maximise our strength in their starting positions - and hopefully prevent some injuries.
Forwards: Pretty similar to others. Zaharakis is obviously going to be playing through the mids, but he will have a time on the HFF and is naturally suited to it. To me, McKernan will not complement Daniher. They are too similar. Together, they will make the forward line worse. Daniher is better than McKernan, so McKernan misses out. The number two tall forward needs to complement Daniher, and that means being predictable, working up the ground, presenting, and being dangerous overhead when they double-team Daniher. To me, Stewart is still the most promising here. Willing to hear arguments for Brown, but this is how I would pick them round 1.
Bench: So much harder to pick than the starting 18. I think Myers is just in the team based on the average output of his last 10 games this year. He’s one dimensional to the extreme, but if he gets that dimension working, he’s in the side. Myers is in the side to the exclusion of Langford. Many will disagree, but I see them as too similar. They are slower than your average mid and are only average at stoppages. I hope there is improvement coming for Langford and I hope he ends up in side - but I wouldn’t pick him round 1. I like the best version of Laverde. He’s not our next best player not in the team - I think that’s one of Gleeson and Ambrose. Nor is he is one of the most promising young players in the team - I think that’s Ridley or Redman. Unfortunately, all four of those guys are competing for spots on the field that are well and truly filled. Asks some questions about list management, but I gather that’s a separate thread…
Anyway, Laverde offers some diversity. I’d pick him, just. Begley looks like he might have it. He’s probably not as good yet output wise as people he’s being picked in front of, but he’s a big, strong, not slow, good kicking potential-midfielder. And that’s what our team needs. So he gets picked. Guelfi gets picked last because he’s the only player left who can do a bit of everything. And that’s what this team needs. The temptation is to put in Ambrose or Ridley on the bench, because I think they’re better players, but as soon as the game starts and the mids start coming to the bench, the balance is screwed. We need more players like Guelfi. But better. Until we have them, I’d just pick the man himself.
tldr; ramble, ramble, ramble