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Noah Balta - Welcome to Tigerland

RedanTiger

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I'm relying on one of you draft followers here..... is it correct that the knock on Noah in his draft year were doubts over his desire for the game, whether he'd be all in and do the hard work?
Maybe we lock him in a little room with the 2 Ivans and they have a chat about what’s required to succeed!
I think that knock was pretty overblown.
He just said he wasn't a big fan of watching games to learn the craft as most draftees would.
 
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jb03

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Balta still looks like an Adonis but came back in pretty poor running shape, playing catch up now and having to do a few extras me thinks?
Silly having to come back in November already in shape. That is what pre-season is for.
 
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kiwitiger

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my concerns with Noah in the backline would be his disposal , not saying its bad ,

But from what I have seen , I think it needs work ,

but i remember similar concerns with Rance
 

TigerMasochist

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I think that knock was pretty overblown.
He just said he wasn't a big fan of watching games to learn the craft as most draftees would.
That's the way I heard it. Got a feeling Balta's grown up at kids level being able to dominate just by running out there n having some fun. Probably simply lacking a little professionalism n structural nous. He's obviously got more than enough shiny footy toys to play with, it's more a matter of teaching him the little dot points required to perform properly at big boy level.
 
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TigerMasochist

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I like the idea of Balta down back but have also been thinking whether he could become a Nick Riewoldt style hit up forward as well.
Don't think anyone has yet figured out where Balta is best suited playing especially as he's not really a student of the game. Would think he'd be best educated playing down back for a season or two, where the game unfolds and comes to him. Rather than trying to play him forward where he'd need to be instigating n creating opportunities.
Reckon he's still a good two years of learning the game before he starts to become the footballer he's capable of being. To my line of thought he reminds me a bit of Trent Croad early days. Incredible athlete with a flashy highlights reel who took a long while to develop into a bloody good and consistent player.
 
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TigerMad

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Balta is a burst player

Not sure where he fits in todays game of defensive running patterns.

If he is good for 5 minutes burst, can he be in the interchange rotation?
Has not got the tank to recover in 3 minutes rest on the bench.
Can you afford a player in the rotation who needs a seven? minute bench rest?
 

zippadeee

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Balta is a burst player

Not sure where he fits in todays game of defensive running patterns.

If he is good for 5 minutes burst, can he be in the interchange rotation?
Has not got the tank to recover in 3 minutes rest on the bench.
Can you afford a player in the rotation who needs a seven? minute bench rest?
He reminds me of Rene kink
 

Quickdraw

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He reminds me of Rene kink
Can't see any similarities myself.

Kink looked like a condom stuffed with walnuts. Had no pace. Or to put it another way, looked like Tarzan, played like Jane.

Noah is a fine specimen. More like Rance in body shape. Got pace to burn.

Not saying he'll make it as a footballer but I'm hopeful that he can develop into a solid player.
 
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blx

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Not worried about Noah just yet. He is still at the beginning of his journey and as long as he improves each year he will be an asset when the likes of Astbury and co start retiring.
 
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Tony Braxton-Hicks

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Don't think anyone has yet figured out where Balta is best suited playing especially as he's not really a student of the game. Would think he'd be best educated playing down back for a season or two, where the game unfolds and comes to him.
That's exactly when he's thrived at VFL level.

CuJo is the one who goes forward more naturally.
 
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Baloo

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Noah also has Uncle Ivan watching over him. Based on Uncle Ivan's work with Soldo, you'd start wondering if Uncle Ivan as an AFL Player Whisperer
 
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Birdman19

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I think he needs to be the third tall in the backline. The few times we did get spanked by an opposition team was when they had a tall marking forward eg vs the dogs Aaron Naughton , Josh Jenkins kicking 4 in the Adelaide game (albeit we had heaps of outs), Hawkins kicking 4 in the cats game, and Cox with 8 contested marks in the prelim kicking 3.1. I think Balta gives us a foil for those tall fwds that either have burst speed or aerial dominance. Play him back I say and let him develop.
 
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