Noah Balta - Welcome to Tigerland

craig

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Probably looking at Garth and Miller and realised their aint much there for us going forward so Noah has to go back and learn some defensive craft.

He gets lost playing defencea bit so he will likerly just stay in KPD post for the rest of the year in the VFL.

That said the club still needs to bring in another tall key defender for the future anyway.

Ideally 197cm+ to handle the new breed of 200 cm Key Forwards that is upon us.
 
Probably looking at Garth and Miller and realised their aint much there for us going forward so Noah has to go back and learn some defensive craft.

He gets lost playing defencea bit so he will likerly just stay in KPD post for the rest of the year in the VFL.

That said the club still needs to bring in another tall key defender for the future anyway.

Ideally 197cm+ to handle the new breed of 200 cm Key Forwards that is upon us.
Miller is 198 or so isn't he?

Very very quick too.
 

zippadeee

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The Balta Bus has broken down.
He needs a massive preseason otherwise next year could be his last.
 
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jb03

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Still reckon he will be great. Was doing some pretty good things for us earlier in the year despite being thrown around.
 
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Bullarto Tiger

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The Balta Bus has broken down.
He needs a massive preseason otherwise next year could be his last.
Disagree Zipps
Don't reckon Balta is a bust at all.
Just needs to be harnessed correctly and allowed to develop.
Has much talent and the potential to be a very good player for the Tigers.
Reckon he's more a onballer/ruckrover type than a defender, but wherever he finds his groove he will be a very good player for years to come.
 
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haunteddoubt

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Has Noah been playing more as an intercept or lockdown defender in the VFL?
This is highly unlikely given the importance of the next three H&A matches but I would have liked to have seen him play on Darling or Kennedy had we played them earlier in the year, given the fact the current side doesn't have a strong mobile tall matchup for that particular forward duo.
 

Brodders17

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I think Balta's move back was more about increasing his ability there to give us an extra option should any of our talls miss come finals.
I still think he is in the mix for that 2nd ruck/3 tall fwd spot come finals, if Chol continues to struggle.
 
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Tony Braxton-Hicks

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This is highly unlikely given the importance of the next three H&A matches but I would have liked to have seen him play on Darling or Kennedy had we played them earlier in the year, given the fact the current side doesn't have a strong mobile tall matchup for that particular forward duo.
Not on your Nelly. They'd take him apart. Defending isn't his natural instinct and he still has so much to learn if that's where he's going to play.

That defensive winger spot Caddy and KMac are training for is more likely his go, getting back to help the defence, providing a target for the kick out of defence, then racing out along the wing and kicking looooong to Jack and Tom.
 
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Tenacious

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Not on your Nelly. They'd take him apart. Defending isn't his natural instinct and he still has so much to learn if that's where he's going to play.

That defensive winger spot Caddy and KMac are training for is more likely his go, getting back to help the defence, providing a target for the kick out of defence, then racing out along the wing and kicking looooong to Jack and Tom.
Tend to agree.
Got the impression at last weeks VFL game that he was given licence to just take the game on even when playing back e.g. if he felt he could run past the bloke on the mark and stream down field he could try it.
So if he stays in the backline it could be a free wheeling runner rather than a shut down type.
 

Don’t Argue

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Tend to agree.
Got the impression at last weeks VFL game that he was given licence to just take the game on even when playing back e.g. if he felt he could run past the bloke on the mark and stream down field he could try it.
So if he stays in the backline it could be a free wheeling runner rather than a shut down type.
Not sure he was given licence. And therein lies the problem. Think game plans don’t adhere to his natural instincts yet. Needs to be reprogrammed like Bolton. Play to the structures blah blah blah.
 

Tony Braxton-Hicks

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IN the last quarter they played him in the square as a follower and then a ruck, so they may have given up the plan to play him as a pure defender this year: Garth will fill that role better. But maybe Chol's spot is on the line. In which case they need to trial it sooner than later. In Nankalta. Out Choldo.
 

Bullarto Tiger

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MC will possibly be considering Balta this week due to the height of WCE forwards, with occasional chop out in the ruck.
 
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toothless

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While Balta played well in the vfl, first year player Ben Silvagni kicked two on him. Silvagni also managed to play nearly the entire first half in defence
 

Al Bundy

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MC will possibly be considering Balta this week due to the height of WCE forwards, with occasional chop out in the ruck.
Just watched the VFL game, was awesome. Watching him run up the wing the term "Run, Forest, Run" came to mind :) What speed
 
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Don’t Argue

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His speed and power ratio for a tall is so very rare. If we can harness it and develop him correctly, we have another Rance on our hands. Hope he has the hunger to succeed
 
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