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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: 2024 Practice Match Carlton vs Melbourne
Last post by DJC -
Give Pitto time, he was in need of a hit out having missed a lot of footy.

As I've said before, Pitto's worth is measured in combination with TDK, they come good and when they do it'll hurt opposition.

If there was anything to take out of yesterday, it was that BigH is not a ruck, not a 2nd ruck, and given how good he looked inside F50 I'm gobsmacked we risk him in that role.

We did come up against one of the best rucks in the comp and in fine form.  Pitto simply couldn't keep up with Gawn and was out-muscled, out-jumped and out-thought by the big man.  De Koning did a lot better and was able to use his athleticism and mobility to put a very slight dent in Gawn's dominance. 

There was one ruck free kick in which, of the three people directly involved, only one saw it as a free to Gawn.  Both Pitto and Gawn reacted as if it was a free to Pitto.  Apart from that, the "straight arm" rule did not come into play.  Gawn dominated because of his size, athleticism and ruck ability.

Harry McKay was excellent as second ruck and I though he was our best player by some margin.

Plan A might be Pitto and De Koning in tandem, but I think Plan B - De Koning with Harry as back up ruck - is gaining momentum.

Goodwin wanted to rest Gawn but had to put him back on in the last quarter when Tom and Harry were having their way with Verrall, Schache and van Rooyen.
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: 2024 Practice Match Carlton vs Melbourne
Last post by DJC -
Did you watch all of the game? I was very impressed by Boyd and can now see clearly why Voss rates this kid so highly.

Can roost it 60 metres to a target lowered his eyes and spotted a leading forward 2-3 times and snagged a nice goal from a tight angle.

Has'nt even played 10 matches and some on here wrote him off after 2 games!

Boydy makes a few blues, but he's not Robinson Crusoe there!

He works his butt off, has a bit of attitude and generally hits his targets.  Winning that free in the forward pocket and nailing the goal was reward for effort.

I didn't have him in my best 22 but EB reminded me of the job he did on Bailey in the prelim.  There's definitely room for improvement but, on form, he plays against Brisbane in Opening Round.
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The Sports Desk / Re: God help me - the Test Cricket thread
Last post by LP -
Not Test cricket but concerning a potential Test cricketer:

Victorian skipper, Will Sutherland, was dismissed early in the Prahran first XI innings last weekend.  He heard that the second XI only had ten players and volunteered as their sub fielder against Geelong.
A bunch of people around national cricket have stated that Sutherland should be our next long term test captain, but alas he was born and plays for the wrong state.
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: 2024 Practice Match Carlton vs Melbourne
Last post by kruddler -
Did you watch all of the game? I was very impressed by Boyd and can now see clearly why Voss rates this kid so highly.

Can roost it 60 metres to a target lowered his eyes and spotted a leading forward 2-3 times and snagged a nice goal from a tight angle.

Has'nt even played 10 matches and some on here wrote him off after 2 games!

Thses are the games that Boyd looks a million bucks. Low pressure games.

The games that 'he lost me' was when he kept folding under pressure and his 'elite kicking' went out the window.

If he can play the same way under pressure, i've got no qualms in him getting a game.
Not many players have been able to come back from 'deer in headlights' games to genuine AFL players though, so good luck to him if he can.
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The Sports Desk / Re: God help me - the Test Cricket thread
Last post by DJC -
Not Test cricket but concerning a potential Test cricketer:

Victorian skipper, Will Sutherland, was dismissed early in the Prahran first XI innings last weekend.  He heard that the second XI only had ten players and volunteered as their sub fielder against Geelong.