Noah Balta - Welcome to Tigerland

Rfc4Ever

Tiger Legend
Oct 5, 2007
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We were desperate for talls and played him early.

We saw what he is capable of just needs to find consistency - his potential as a player is off the charts.
 

tigerlove

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Aug 9, 2014
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Can't see us experimenting with Balta now. Need to choose a position for him and let him grow into the position at VFL level and some consistency. Hasn't been doing enough at VFL level to warrant selection, particularly this late into the season.
 

zippadeee

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Oct 8, 2004
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Big rumour Balta is coming in to play a defensive roll on McGovern.
That's not hard.
Keep the same 6 as last week, just stick hamburger vouchers in their shorts
 
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glenn downing

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McGovern is such a master at reading the play and the opposition forward thrusts so it will be very interesting to see if Hardwick does actually sacrifice one of our forwards to become a nullifier against McGovern. Cost/benefit analysis needed by the RFC coaches.
 
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ToraToraTora

Piccadilly anyone?
Mar 21, 2005
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Compared to McGv Balta reads the ball in the air as well as I read Farsi. Just dont bang it long and high NEAR Mcgv and we'll be fine. Spot up leads like buggery. Harass the **** out of their talls. And run run run.
 
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Don’t Argue

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We have a premiership to win. It's Big Boy time. Bring on the Baltic. End the farce.
Balta for Chol.
For his overall development and future career I see CHB.
For a 2019 Richmond Premiership, I see a 2nd ruck/3rd forward.
He’s put his hand up at the right time of year. Wildcard Balta must replace Chol this week as a dress rehearsal. He runs, he tackles and he marks. ✔ ✔ ✔
 
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leon

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Balta for Chol.
For his overall development and future career I see CHB.
For a 2019 Richmond Premiership, I see a 2nd ruck/3rd forward.
He’s put his hand up at the right time of year. Wildcard Balta must replace Chol this week as a dress rehearsal. He runs, he tackles and he marks. ✔ ✔ ✔
This is quite amusing. So no need for an apology or whatever else you were sooking for, I didn't need to say a thing, just let you finally come around to see the light.
Yes, Balta has to come in for Chol because he has so much more to offer than just a small cameo role - he can be a game-changer, capable of playing back, forward or mid/relief ruck.
Sure, the club, very astutely, have played him a lot in defence back at VFL because Garth firstly, then Balts second, are our back-up tall defenders if anything should happen to Grimesy or Astbury who are crucial for success in '19 finals. AIHSB, Balta may become the CHB when Rancey goes, but hopefully that won't be for some years yet.
Noah is a scarey opponent for any opposition - he's so big, powerful and fast. I see him as most dangerous as a follower because he can explode from a stoppage and kick a long ball into threatening positions, or barge through tackles, or jump on shoulders and take a hanger. Not to mention, compete vigorously in ruck duels with much taller opponents due to his leap, sheer size and fearless aggression. Even the dumps are scared of him and award soft frees against because he tackles fiercely.
Think Elliot Yeo or Adam Goodes ... just bigger, faster and more powerful. Carlton has their Cripps, Balts could turn into our 'Cryptonite.'

Anyway, Bont, good to see we're finally on the same page.
PS - even if at VFL level, just compare Balta's versatility to Chol's limitations e.g last match: 21 hitouts, 18 disposals, two goals. Both final matches at this level, he has played a bit of everywhere. He's a weapon, not just a stop-gap.