Coach – Nathan Buckley
Points For –11th
Points Against – 12th
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Scott Pendlebury
- Adam Treloar
- Steele Sidebottom
- Brodie Grundy
- Jeremy Howe
2016 Rising Star Noms
Darcy Moore (Rnd 19)
Ins – Chris Mayne, Will Hoskin-Elliott, Lynden Dunn, Daniel Wells, Sam McLarty, Callum Brown, Kayle Kirby, Josh Daicos, MItch McCarthy, Henry Schade, Liam Mackie, Max Lynch
Outs – Brent Macaffer, Alan Toovey, Dane Swan, Jonathon Marsh, Matthew Goodyear, Tim Golds, Darrean Wyatt, Corey Gault, Nathan Brown, Jarrod Witts, Travis Cloke, Jack Frost
The 2016 trade period shall forever be known as the year Bucks went all Crazy Vossy. I get the recruitment of WHE although I don't really rate him the way a lot of others do. But Dunn, Wells and Mayne? That is the sort of drafting for a team who wants one last chance at a premiership before a few of their top end players finish up. There is a fair smell of desperation as they try and turn around the decline that started with the change of seats between Malthouse and Buckley.
The backline is dire. There is no KP back you would bet your life on. They have Keefe back and he looked promising before his ban. Goldsack seems like he is nearly finished and Howe is a little inconsistent and short. You can see why they picked up Schade but I don't really rate him. They could get handed some real punishment this year if they lose through the midfield.
The midfield is probably their strength. Treloar, Pendlebury, Adams, Sidebottom and Crisp or De Gooey make for a handy combination. They have added Wells for outside run. Overall it looks pretty well balanced if maybe a little one paced. They have genuine talent around the middle and they will be banking on that to bring the improvement they need.
They are ok in the ruck. Grundy continues to develop and I thought White was surprising last year. Cox will never be a great ruck. I guess all hope is that Grundy stays fit. If he does they will be fine .
The forward line is not quite as bad as the backline due in large part to Darcy Moore. He looks every part the future, great hands and a beautiful kick. Then who? Fasolo gave them two goals a game last year and Cox looked ok in spurts. The thing though was that when Cloke played he was still getting the best defender. This year Moore will get that every week, I think he may battle at first. I dont see much improvement on last year. I know Mayne at his best is a reasonable medium sized forward who kicks goals and applies defensive pressure but his output seems to be dropping year on year, I am not sure why they picked him up. Small forwards Fasolo and Blair get the job done.
Buckley seems to be the living embodiment of the fact that being a great player doesn't necessarily translate into being a great coach. I would love to be a fly on the wall in one of the list management meetings to understand just why they are recruiting the players they are. They seems to lack a genuine game plan and almost rely on individual brilliance to get the job done. Unfortunately for them they lack genuine match winners. I expect they to be relatively stagnant this year. 13-15 for mine.