Our ruck division would go close to being the worst in the competition. It is a real problem for us.
And they are all ageing as well bar Draper who was playing soccer a couple of years ago.
Leuenberger was really poor around the ground today. You can cop him losing the tap outs against Sandilands but to be out positioned and out bodied completely around the ground against Taberner is embarrassing. When he drifted back in defence to help out he was clueless.
Bellchambers we all know is coming from a long way back.
Where do we go from here?
Just run with what we’ve got for another 2-4 years and hope a kid comes through or do we target a ready made ruckman from another club?
In regards the original post, its a catch 22 if we draft or trade for a good ruck.
Drafting a ruck takes a years to develop and not guarenteed to make it… Look at Nyon for that. Draper is very raw so would need a while to develop and that could be more than 2 years considering from how far back he is in his development.
Trading is also hard as most clubs would put a hefty asking price on their young developing rucks.
I dont reckon there is one that is available, coming out of contract.
Pittonet (hawks) has signed on until 2019 or thereabout
Longer (Saints) has signed on for 2 years more
Smith (Bris) injured atm but cant see him leaving.
This draft has some nice ones in it that could go early, but they said that about Jeremy Goddard who didn’t get picked by any club.
I don’t think it’s as bad as that, but we really should be looking to play Belly over Leuey. Reckon Belly took more contested marks last week than Leuey has all year. I Leuey, but outside the centre bounce he’s virtually a liability, and Belly offers some attacking options.
Even that, whilst not great by any stretch, is somewhat expected against Sandilands the giant. It was how poor he was around the ground in marking contests that stuck out like dogs balls. Not even able to halve contests and bring it to ground. FFS.
Luey is the worst type of ruckman to have.
In that your mids need consistency, Either get consistently beaten in hit-outs or consistently win them.
Luey is your middle man meaning know one has an idea what to expect.
To me he adds little round the ground.
Bellchambers can go forward and therefore is a far better player/choice at the moment.
I feel for Mckernan, he’s actually ahead of his time. In 5 years all teams will draft or pick is a guy like him who can become another mid at ground level.
It’s prob starting to go that way. Melb showed last week that the mobile ruckman can be the way to go.