Sounds like the cricket commentators who is worse?
Cricket finished at the end of the 2006/07 Ashes. Everything since then has been an unwanted and unnecessary sequel, and as such I haven’t watched it.
SA vs VC tonight.
Very hard to evaluate the mids in this game. SA was just so much better organised and drilled, VC boys were having to do everything through solo efforts and kept missing targets through not knowing their teammates’ running patterns, while the SA guys know each other and were a well-oiled machine. So every SA mid looked great and every VC mid looked worse than they are.
This is the first time I’ve seen SA so I’m still getting to know the players & will focus more on the VC guys cos I know them better.
Ainsworth played very well - was arrogant (which can be a plus and a minus) and sometimes tried to do too much, but i liked his turning circle, his balance, and his flat, accurate kicks going forward on a day when VC bombed all the time. Got better as the game went on.
Some people will try to tell you Darcy is a draftable ruck prospect. Don’t believe them.
Lots of inside mid prospects in this game. Brodie, Scharenberg, Atley, Drew, Graham, and Poholke. I actually think Scharenberg and Brodie are a level of talent above the others, even though others would have gotten more of the ball. This is a type of player that it’s hard to judge, but personally I look for a bit of calmness, a willingness to step sideways, to lower the eyes, or to handball backwards. Lots of u18 inside mids get by on crashing through and bombing forward, and that just doesn’t translate to the next level.
Graham has everything you’d want in a mid except for accurate kicking. Ball magnet, explosive pace away from the contest, just wastes it too often.
Scharenberg was very impressive. No big weapon that I could see but did almost nothing wrong. Composed and productive mid, his strength seems to be inside but he is a perfectly competent linkman through smarts & positioning, even though he’s never going to break the lines with sheer pace or drop lace out 65m passes into the f50.
Brodie was unobtrusive and didn’t put in huge numbers even though he was in his side’s top 3 possession getters, but he’s just got a bit better vision and time, even though he never seems to be going very fast (did cough up a goal with massive shank when centering to CHB one time though)
Loved Drew’s attack on the ball, and his strength in the air, but his decison making under pressure tends toward hoof-and-hope. Atley didn’t get as much clean ball, but had a dose of the same problem.
I liked Piper a lot, back pocket type who can rebound or defend equally. Locked down well on Jarman who early looked as if he was going to kick 10. Competent, reliable, but isn’t afraid to dash, unlike some competent, reliable, but overly conservative small defenders. Definitely worth a look late, possible Bags successor?
Villis only got 13 touches in the middle and accross hb, but I liked how he was always utterly calm and unruffled, and his footskills were surgical. was in the news this week after being diagnosed with a heart condition unfortunately, dunno what that means re his draft prospects.
Hard to evaluate Battle’s AFL prospects. He’s the ultimate team player - runs like a manic, crashes packs to bring the ball to ground, chases, pressures, shepherds. His engine is great, he’s got good hands and is usually a very safe shot on goal. If he was 5cm taller or a metre faster he’d be definite top 10 material, but so often I see him held quiet by lesser players who are simply just taller and quicker than him. He normally manages to slip the leash briefly for a goal or two through workrate even on his bad days, but will he be able to do this a level up where everyone’s fitter?
Stengle looked deadly dangerous all day and i was surprised to see he only ended up with 1 goal and 13 touches. Probably had a couple of assists though. Definite small forward prospect.
Pittman a nuggety little inside mid who backs it up with a dangerous long left foot, a bit Daniel Rich-ish. Height maybe a question, but worth a look.
Ratugolea apparently came into the season off a knee injury and had little preseason, which makes me more interested in him given one of my questions on him was his tank. Love his second efforts and closing pace when he has the awareness to use it. Kpp project who’ll take time, but the body and athleticism are already there. Needs to start taking his marks with arms outstretched though, he bends his elbows & takes them in front of his face, which will give a spoiler too much opportunity at the next level up.
Yeah, McCluggage played too…
I’ve found Pittman very impressive every time I’ve seen him, just gets the job done, but looks like a good pre season will do him the world of good.