I dont know that that is actually a law. I reckon Hardwick and Co pick players they think have the game to translate to AFL, rather than base selection on VFL performances. Graham, Pickett and Stack are a few examples in recent years.
In the longer term yes but there is also the law of Richmond FC which says you have to earn your precious yellow sash by a series of performances that knock the door of selection down. Young Maurice has picked up the sledge hammer and has given it a decent whack but he has to hit it a few more times to dislodge the incumbents.
I would travel a long way to see the offspring of one of the most electric players I have ever seen run out in the yellow and black on game day but he has to earn it.
Well said. Good sign for a player when they debut early in there career regardless of development, conditioning etc. Bad sign when they get left in the VFL regardless of how well they are apparently performing. Can’t think of many times in Hardwick’s reign when he’s got it wrong, either way.I dont know that that is actually a law. I reckon Hardwick and Co pick players they think have the game to translate to AFL, rather than base selection on VFL performances. Graham, Pickett and Stack are a few examples in recent years.
It confuses the fans at times, but you've got to say they've got it pretty right in recent years.
many "good" judges still probably want Hardwick sacked for ruining the career of the greatest small forward that never lived.
He's a different player now. Played with natural instincts and no hesitation back then. Was poised to be a superstar of the game - Cyril level. Still a triple premiership player but a bit disappointing he's not doing what he did in that clip.Here's his 2017 Highlights package. I miss 2017 Dan Rioli