I’ve got a few different names to most, as well as some positional changes I would like to see.
I thought one of the weaknesses we had last year was a lack of height and marking power through the middle of the ground which was exposed against some of the bigger teams, and particularly against Sydney in the final.
B Bags Francis Ridley
HB Saad Hurley Laverde
C McKenna McGrath Stewart
HF Fanta Joe Stringer
F Tippa Hooker Smith
R Belly Heppell Zerrett
Int Goddard Ambrose Parish Colyer
I think Francis would benefit from being given a role of responsibility and full back would potentially have less aerobic requirements than other positions.
I really like the look of Ridley both in the air and on the ground and think the third tall position would suit him perfectly when fit
Laverde at half back could suit his game perfectly along with adding some mid size height strength and marking power
I would like to see McKenna given a go on the wing adding extra speed across the middle and also more goal scoring from the centre of the ground
Stewart on the other wing is a bit controversial but would give us much needed height for the clearing kick out of defence, at the same time reducing the overall height on the forward line
Ambrose on the bench could be a great utility, interchanging with Francis and the other talls on the backline as well as even doing tagging roles on bigger mids like Bontempelli, Fyfe and Martin
I haven’t given up on Colyer and at his best his speed adds a lot to the team.
I think overall this team is very balanced with height, speed, marking power all over the ground and plenty of rotations through the midfield with both bigger and smaller bodies.
Some notable omissions:
I don’t share the same love for Gleeson as others. I think he’s good without being great in a number of areas,
Zaharakis wasn’t a deliberate omission, there just wasn’t anyone I preferred him to and I went with the pace of Colyer instead but no doubt he will get games
I would also like to have Myers and Langford in the team but again not enough spots